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Goodreads Summary: The Last Original Wife

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the last original wife among her husband’s group of cronies. They’ve all traded in their first wives-the middle-aged women they long ago promised to love and cherish ’til death did them part-for riper peaches: younger . . . blonder . . . more enhanced models.

Leslie is proud of her status and the longevity of her marriage. Sure the spark isn’t quite as bright and sometimes takes a little longer to flame. And it wouldn’t be too much to ask if her husband paid just an itty bit more attention to her desires. But there’s something to be said for a comfortable and deeply familiar relationship. Or at least she thinks until the day, out golfing with her husband and his friends, she slips into a manhole. And nobody realizes that she’s gone.

That one misstep opens Leslie’s eyes to the sham her perfect life has become. No longer will she be invisible. No longer will she accept being taken for granted. With the healing powers of South Carolina’s lush white beaches, candy-colored sunsets, and fiesty and funny residents, Leslie is going to transform herself and reclaim the strong, vibrant, sexy woman she was meant to be.

The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of friendship and love that is as refreshing as a soothing breeze across a golden lowcountry marsh and as invigorating as a dip in cool, salty waters on a sizzling South Carolina summer day.

REVIEW: 2 STARS

I was disappointed in this book. Sure I was incensed by the arrogant and egotistical husband…but they both raised those kids…they taught them to act this way. Leslie was made out to be the victim…but I wish she had more of a backbone…

I wanted more…expected more…I felt I was let down…but that’s just me.

To be fair, I was dealing with the loss of our dog, my furbaby, so perhaps I was not as invested as I should have been.  

Goodreads Summary: The Summer Girls

Three sisters reunite on Sullivan’s Island off the coast of South Carolina after years of separation in this heartwarming first novel in a new trilogy from a beloved author.Eighty-year-old Marietta Muir is a dowager of Charleston society who has retired to her historic summer home on Sullivan’s Island. At the onset of summer, Marietta, “Mamaw,” seeks to gather her three granddaughters—Carson, Eudora, and Harper—with the intent to reunite them after years apart. Monroe explores the depths and complexities of sisterhood, friendship and the power of forgiveness. The Summer Girls is a perfect beach read and anyone who “enjoys such fine southern voices as Pat Conroy will add the talented Monroe to their list of favorites” 

REVIEW: 4 STARS

I was expecting this to be a typical book where sisters meet up, have issues, then resolve it all by the end of the book. I was wrong and I’m glad, to find out about the other two sisters you must continue reading the next two books. I’m in…I must know what’s going to happen with Dora and Harper.

The first two moments with the dolphin blew me away…what happened…sorry you have to read the book.

I was not a fan of Carson at the beginning, and was annoyed this was all about her…but she definitely grew on me.    

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: The Girl You Left Behind

In 1916, French artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his wife Sophie to fight at the Front. When her town falls into German hands, his portrait of Sophie stirs the heart of the local Kommandant and causes her to risk everything – her family, reputation and life – in the hope of seeing her true love one last time.

Nearly a century later and Sophie’s portrait is given to Liv by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. Its beauty speaks of their short life together, but when the painting’s dark and passion-torn history is revealed, Liv discovers that the first spark of love she has felt since she lost him is threatened…

In The Girl You Left Behind two young women, separated by a century, are united in their determination to fight for the thing they love most – whatever the cost.

I am deeply drawn into this book…wow! What is Sophie willing to do to save her hubby? I am on the edge of my seat…so torn about what I would do.

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Goodreads Summary: Play Dead

Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said ?I do? than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim ? and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years ? while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut…. 

REVIEW: 4 STARS

This was the first time I was disappointed by Harlan Coben. Was it the writing? NOPE? It was the plot…I had an idea what was going on…he made it too easy to figure out. Then the events that follow seem to be over the top and silly. I found myself screaming in annoyance, “Oh come on!” 

Now I know this was one of his first books. I can see how he developed these characters into characters in his newer books. I love his more recent books as they truly mess with me and leave me in awe at his writing. 

Despite my disappointment, I will always love Harlan Coben and continue to read all his books.

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: The Last Original Wife

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is the last original wife among her husband’s group of cronies. They’ve all traded in their first wives-the middle-aged women they long ago promised to love and cherish ’til death did them part-for riper peaches: younger . . . blonder . . . more enhanced models.

Leslie is proud of her status and the longevity of her marriage. Sure the spark isn’t quite as bright and sometimes takes a little longer to flame. And it wouldn’t be too much to ask if her husband paid just an itty bit more attention to her desires. But there’s something to be said for a comfortable and deeply familiar relationship. Or at least she thinks until the day, out golfing with her husband and his friends, she slips into a manhole. And nobody realizes that she’s gone.

That one misstep opens Leslie’s eyes to the sham her perfect life has become. No longer will she be invisible. No longer will she accept being taken for granted. With the healing powers of South Carolina’s lush white beaches, candy-colored sunsets, and fiesty and funny residents, Leslie is going to transform herself and reclaim the strong, vibrant, sexy woman she was meant to be.

The Last Original Wife is classic Dorothea Benton Frank: an intoxicating tale of friendship and love that is as refreshing as a soothing breeze across a golden lowcountry marsh and as invigorating as a dip in cool, salty waters on a sizzling South Carolina summer day.

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Just a few pages in and I’m already loving it. A great southern flair and a spunky and funny main character. I am loving her journey to self discovery and independence. 

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Goodreads Summary: Justice for Sara

When seventeen-year-old Katherine McCall awakened one morning to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye. Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death . . .

Now, years later, Kat is still haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder and continues to receive chilling anonymous letters, but she has tried to move on with her life. Until, on the tenth anniversary of Sara’s death, she receives a letter that makes the past impossible to ignore: “What about justice for Sara?” What about justice for Sara? And for herself? Kat realizes that going back to Liberty, Louisiana, might be the only way to move forward and find some peace. And there’s a killer out there who was never caught.

But the town she’s come back to is hardly different from the one she left. The secrets and suspicions still run deep. Kat has an ally in Detective Luke Tanner, son of the former Liberty police chief, but he may be her only one. With plenty of enemies, no one to trust and a killer determined to keep a dark secret buried, Kat must decide if justice is worth fighting—and dying—for.

REVIEW: 4 STARS

Of course she WOULD be attracted to the new police chief, who just happened to be the son of the former police chief-the guy who truly believed she killed her sister.

I had an idea of who the killer was…but I was off…there were too many twists, and tricks…Love when an author does that. I love a good suspense and to be totally shocked. Will have to read more of her books.

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: Play Dead

Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said ?I do? than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim ? and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years ? while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut…. 

Wow…this one is insane. I think this is going to be another HUGE mind f*ck…and I am scared. I have an idea of what is going on, but have a feeling Harlan Coben will once again throw in a plot twist. 

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Goodreads Summary: Good Grief 

Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow-a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers-soon she’s not only lost her husband, but her job, house…and waistline. With humor and chutzpah Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life. But starting over has its hurdles; soon she’s involved with a thirteen-year-old who has a fascination with fire, and a handsome actor who inspires a range of feelings she can’t cope with-yet.

REVIEW: 5 STARS

Yes, this is about death and grieving, so why was I laughing when I should be crying? You can totally relate to Sophie, you can feel her pain, sorrow, loss, and confusion. You know you would be going to work in a bathrobe and slippers too. In losing it all, she finds herself and a real life after losing her husband. A must read…

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary:Justice for Sarah

When seventeen-year-old Katherine McCall awakened one morning to find her beloved sister, Sara, brutally murdered, her whole life changed in the blink of an eye. Kat was named the prime suspect and, on a string of circumstantial evidence, charged and tried. While the jury found her innocent, not everyone else agreed, and her only choice was to go into hiding. But she carried a dark secret with her, one that made her worry she might actually have had something to do with Sara’s death . . .

Now, years later, Kat is still haunted by her sister’s unsolved murder and continues to receive chilling anonymous letters, but she has tried to move on with her life. Until, on the tenth anniversary of Sara’s death, she receives a letter that makes the past impossible to ignore: “What about justice for Sara?” What about justice for Sara? And for herself? Kat realizes that going back to Liberty, Louisiana, might be the only way to move forward and find some peace. And there’s a killer out there who was never caught.

But the town she’s come back to is hardly different from the one she left. The secrets and suspicions still run deep. Kat has an ally in Detective Luke Tanner, son of the former Liberty police chief, but he may be her only one. With plenty of enemies, no one to trust and a killer determined to keep a dark secret buried, Kat must decide if justice is worth fighting—and dying—for.

think I am going to be messed up after reading this…love when I get scared…I know it’s a great book

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Goodreads Summary: From Inside the Brain of a Dad Looking Out

From Inside the Brain of a Dad Looking Out is an offbeat, humorous look at life through the eyes of an imperfect husband and father. 
This collections of short stories range from the honest thoughts on parenting that go through a dad’s mind, to ridiculously funny situations one could only hope would never happen to a parent or spouse.

I WON this book from Courtney at The Brown Girl with Long Hair. I entered the giveaway and WON a book!

REVIEW: 5 STARS

A truly funny book about how a dad looks at parenthood. From birth, to diapers, to dealing with kids who think they know it all. I laughed out loud, picturing my husband most of the time..now I know what he is thinking and why he does what he does. 

An easy read with short chapters. A read that will make you laugh out loud and appreciate all the dads in your life. 

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

Goodreads Summary: Good Grief 

Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow-a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers-soon she’s not only lost her husband, but her job, house…and waistline. With humor and chutzpah Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life. But starting over has its hurdles; soon she’s involved with a thirteen-year-old who has a fascination with fire, and a handsome actor who inspires a range of feelings she can’t cope with-yet.

I am just starting and already going through emotional whiplash. Sophie goes is beyond depressed and falling down a slippery slope, yet there is a sweet humor that makes you laugh at the things she does. It makes you want to move in with her and be her best friend. I only just started and KNOW I will love this. 

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Goodreads Summary: Vanishing Acts

Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father, Andrew, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiance, and her own search-and-rescue bloodhound, which she uses to find missing persons. But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can’t recall. And then a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret that changes the world as she knows it.” In shock and confusion, Delia must sift through the truth – even when it jeopardizes her life and the lives of those she loves. What happens when you learn you are not who you thought you were? When the people you’ve loved and trusted suddenly change before your eyes? When getting your deepest wish means giving up what you’ve always taken for granted? Vanishing Acts explores how life – as we know it – might not turn out the way we imagined; how doing the right thing could mean doing the wrong thing; how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat.

REVIEW: 5 STARS

You know when you read a Jodi Picoult book, you are not going to get a warm and fuzzy happy ending, you are reading real life. You are reading what could happen to any of us or someone we know.

I totally sympathize with Andrew…he did what he had to for his daughter and I would have done the same for my son.
At first I felt bad for Elise, but then I was sick of her. She knew…or had an idea and just didn’t care or want to know.

Poor Eric, he grew up in what could have been Delia’s life…so sad. I don’t blame Delia for making him defend her dad, he was one stress away from drinking again. If Fitz wasn’t a better friend he could have been with Delia all along.

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

 

Goodreads Summary: From Inside the Brain of a Dad Looking Out

From Inside the Brain of a Dad Looking Out is an offbeat, humorous look at life through the eyes of an imperfect husband and father. 
This collections of short stories range from the honest thoughts on parenting that go through a dad’s mind, to ridiculously funny situations one could only hope would never happen to a parent or spouse.

REVIEW: 

I WON this book from Courtney

at The Brown Girl with Long Hair. I entered the giveaway and WON a book! The best part is that it’s signed by the author. How cool is that!!!!

I am so excited to start reading it. From Courtney’s review and just reading about it on Goodreads I know I’m in for a read with lots of laughter and understanding nods. Maybe I can get my hubby to read it as well. 

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Goodreads Summary: The Miracle Cure

A stunning, controversial, nonstop thriller that careens through the inner halls of high-stakes medical research, the upper echelons of Washington politics, and the steamy streets of Bangkok, on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cure for AIDS.

REVIEW: 5 STARS

I was so wrong in my guess of who the murderer was, WOW! Well played Harlan Coben, well played.

At least with Cassandra I went from wanting her dead to glad she got what she deserved. She never did see that coming…karma b*tch.

I was right about Michael’s situation and what was REALLY happening to him. How terrible and evil to make him go through all that…so f*cked up. So thrilled there were some happy endings.

Even though he opens up with this being his first book, I can see his writing style. It was both annoying how he kept switching from POVs, and ingenious to keep us on our toes.

 

 

Goodreads Summary: Where’d You Go Bernadette

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

REVIEW: 5 STARS

Another book where I HATE the husband…I wanted to jump in and junk punch him on SEVERAL occasions…what a colossal jerk. 

I like the style of letters, emails, and feedback from Bee. Bernadette is a quirky lady and pretty cool. The other mothers, whom she refers to as gnats, are the crazy ones.The ‘something’ that happened to her back in LA was worse than I could have imagined…it would have destroyed me to. WOW…no wonder she’s the way she is, but I also think she’s pretty cool…and smart. 

Of course Bee knew what to do. What did she do???? Well, you’ll have to read to find out…TOTALLY WORTH IT…A GREAT READ.  

 ~~~NOW I’M READING~~~

 

Goodreads Summary: Vanishing Acts

Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father, Andrew, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiance, and her own search-and-rescue bloodhound, which she uses to find missing persons. But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can’t recall. And then a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret that changes the world as she knows it.” In shock and confusion, Delia must sift through the truth – even when it jeopardizes her life and the lives of those she loves. What happens when you learn you are not who you thought you were? When the people you’ve loved and trusted suddenly change before your eyes? When getting your deepest wish means giving up what you’ve always taken for granted? Vanishing Acts explores how life – as we know it – might not turn out the way we imagined; how doing the right thing could mean doing the wrong thing; how the memory we thought had vanished could return as a threat.(less)

REVIEW: 

I’m in for a doozy and I’m scared…LOL

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Loved his other book, so had to read this one. The opening is already giving my anxiety and wondering who he can trust and when he will die.

Goodreads Summary: The FOOTPRINTS of God

In the heart of North Carolina’s Research Triangle stands a corporate laboratory much like the others nearby. But behind its walls, America’s top scientists work around the clock to attain the holy grail of the twenty-first century – a supercomputer that surpasses the power of the human mind. Appointed by the president as ethicist to Project Trinity, Dr. David Tennant finds himself in a pressure cooker of groundbreaking science and colossal ambition. When his friend and fellow scientist is murdered, David discovers that the genius who runs Project Trinity was responsible and that his own life is in danger. Unable to reach the president, and afraid to trust his colleagues, David turns to Rachel Weiss, the psychiatrist probing the nightmares that have plagued him during his work at Trinity. Rachel is skeptical of David’s fears, but when an assassin strikes, the two doctors must flee for their lives. Pursued across the globe by ruthless National Security Agency operatives, David and Rachel struggle to piece together the truth behind Project Trinity and the enormous power it could unleash upon the world. As constant danger deepens their intimacy, Rachel realizes the key to Trinity lies buried in David’s disturbed mind. But Trinity’s clock is ticking . . . Mankind is being held hostage by a machine that cannot be destroyed. Its only hope – a terrifying chess game between David and the Trinity computer, with the cities of the world as pawns. But what are the rules? How human is the machine? Can one man and woman change the course of history? Man’s future hangs in the balance, and the price of failure is extinction

MY REVIEW: 3 STARS

Makes me wonder what our government is really working on behind our backs. What technology and evil plans are they creating that we are just clueless too and will only find out when we are about to be destroyed. 

Greg Iles does not disappoint, from the moment I started I realized it was going to be wild ride. The beginning and end were fast paced and beyond nerve wracking. The middle was a bit slow and I almost shut it off. A great combination of theology and technology..with a bunch of ethics thrown right in.

Now if only they listened to David from the beginning, but you know how twisted and evil those big wigs in our government really are.

Would ONLY recommended if you are intrigued by theology and technology or the conflicts between them. Was hoping it would have been more action packed or more of a mind f&ck. 

 

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Of course I’ll read another Harlan Coben book…AND SO GLAD I AM.. He opens with this being written twenty years ago, but he’s is such a great writer, you’d never know. 

From the beginning you are on the edge of your seat…with disgust, horror, and dread…knowing you are in for one hell of sick and twisted ride. I still shiver thinking about what happened. 

So far, I wish the only one who will be murdered is the evil sister…the dirty, evil wh*re. 

I have an idea who is behind all the murders…at least I think I know. Really an amazing book, I’m captivated.

Goodreads Summary: The Miracle Cure

A stunning, controversial, nonstop thriller that careens through the inner halls of high-stakes medical research, the upper echelons of Washington politics, and the steamy streets of Bangkok, on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cure for AIDS.

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Goodreads Summary: To Have and To Hold

What happens when your Prince Charming turns out not to be so charming after all? In To Have and To Hold, bestselling author Jane Green offers a sizzling, highly entertaining look at romantic relationships after we say “I do.” 

Alice knows she should be happy. A charming twenty-eight-year-old with a successful catering business, she’s always dreamed of a rose-covered cottage in the English countryside, filled with children and animals and home-cooked meals. Her favorite attire is comfy jeans, her best manicure features garden dirt under the nails. But when her teenage crush—the wealthy, dashing man-about-town Joe Chambers—wants to make her his bride, Alice is more than willing to play Cinderella to Joe’s prince. Never mind that he wants her to change—a diet, ice-blond highlights, stilettos, snooty gallery openings—and that he’s allergic to nature and kids. She tells herself she’s happy to sacrifice for love, and besides, with Joe’s stunning good looks and high-profile career at a top financial firm, every woman in London wants to be in her shoes.

But that’s just the problem. Despite Alice’s efforts to be the perfect wife, Joe soon reveals a penchant for being hopelessly unfaithful. When a notorious indiscretion with a female colleague forces Joe to transfer to New York, Alice’s life turns upside down. As Joe continues to sneak around, and her best friend’s beau offers a tempting glimpse of what real love could be like, Alice must decide how much Cinderella she can take before her deepest desires win out—and if she can summon up the courage to find real happiness on her own.

Delicious, witty, and packed with sparkling sex appeal, To Have and To Hold is an unputdownable read that will have you rooting out loud for its endearing heroine. A #1 bestseller in Britain, this latest tale from the beloved, utterly winning Jane Green proves that the search for true love doesn’t always end when someone dons a veil, and offers a lively, refreshing take on modern marriage.

MY REVIEW: 

WOW…what a douche Joe is, no he’s worse than a douche. He needs to be destroyed and left broke living on the streets.

LOVE how we get a glimpse into their futures…I won’t tell you what happens, but that it is worth reading.

Oh Alice, at first I wanted to smack the sh*t out of her for being so dense. Then I realized she was helpless to his evil charms, just like the rest of them were. Glad she got what she wanted…and that is all I will say. 

A MUST READ! 

                                    


Goodreads Summary: The Beach House

Jane Green is one of the preeminent authors of women’s fiction today, and with each new novel, her audience grows. Green’s avid and loyal fans follow her because she writes about the true-to-life dilemmas of women—and The Beach Housewill not disappoint.

Known in Nantucket as the crazy woman who lives in the rambling house atop the bluff, Nan doesn’t care what people think. At sixty-five-years old, her husband died twenty years ago, her beauty has faded, and her family has flown. If her neighbors are away, why shouldn’t she skinny dip in their swimming pools and help herself to their flowers? But when she discovers the money she thought would last forever is dwindling and she could lose her beloved house, Nan knows she has to make drastic changes.

So Nan takes out an ad: . Slowly, people start moving into the house, filling it with noise, with laughter, and with tears. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family expanding. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside-down.

MY REVIEW: A great read. I knew it was going to have a sweet ending, and some of my predictions were wrong, but not too far off. Loved the twist that was thrown in there, never saw that coming. Thought Nan was sick and was going to pass…never expected the other thing…sorry no spoilers.

A sweet, heart warming read. 

 


Goodreads Summary: The Comfort of Lies

Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. Married, and the father of two boys, Nathan was unavailable in every way. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption.

Five years ago, Caroline, a dedicated pathologist, reluctantly adopted a baby to please her husband. She prayed her misgivings would disappear; instead, she’s questioning whether she’s cut out for the role of wife and mother.

Five years ago, Juliette considered her life ideal: she had a solid marriage, two beautiful young sons, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He promised he?d never stray again, and she trusted him. But when Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband from Tia that contains pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband, her world crumbles once more. How could Nathan deny his daughter? And if he’s kept this a secret from her, what else is he hiding?

Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl. And before long, the three women and Nathan are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted. Riveting and arresting, The Comfort of Lies explores the collateral damage of infidelity and the dark, private struggles many of us experience but rarely reveal.

MY REVIEW: I enjoy reading books that have strangers all connected by a series of events or one character. What a tangled web is weaved because of two people, lies told, people hurt, lives forever changed. What a journey for all of them, what a tough situation for all of them. I truly felt I was in their shoes and could understand their emotions…while I still have questions and doubts, I’m not sure how I would handle any of those situations any better.

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Loved his other book, so had to read this one. The opening is already giving my anxiety and wondering who he can trust and when he will die.

Goodreads Summary: The FOOTPRINTS of God

In the heart of North Carolina’s Research Triangle stands a corporate laboratory much like the others nearby. But behind its walls, America’s top scientists work around the clock to attain the holy grail of the twenty-first century – a supercomputer that surpasses the power of the human mind. Appointed by the president as ethicist to Project Trinity, Dr. David Tennant finds himself in a pressure cooker of groundbreaking science and colossal ambition. When his friend and fellow scientist is murdered, David discovers that the genius who runs Project Trinity was responsible and that his own life is in danger. Unable to reach the president, and afraid to trust his colleagues, David turns to Rachel Weiss, the psychiatrist probing the nightmares that have plagued him during his work at Trinity. Rachel is skeptical of David’s fears, but when an assassin strikes, the two doctors must flee for their lives. Pursued across the globe by ruthless National Security Agency operatives, David and Rachel struggle to piece together the truth behind Project Trinity and the enormous power it could unleash upon the world. As constant danger deepens their intimacy, Rachel realizes the key to Trinity lies buried in David’s disturbed mind. But Trinity’s clock is ticking . . . Mankind is being held hostage by a machine that cannot be destroyed. Its only hope – a terrifying chess game between David and the Trinity computer, with the cities of the world as pawns. But what are the rules? How human is the machine? Can one man and woman change the course of history? Man’s future hangs in the balance, and the price of failure is extinction

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          Goodreads Summary: 

For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.

Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, aphrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible — that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.

Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.

But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret — and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.

MY REVIEW: 

This was the first time I was disappointed by Harlan Coben…a shocker, I know. I found this book predictable and was left waiting for the other shoe to drop…and it never did.

Perhaps since this was published in 2002, it was one of his earlier works.

                               

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I want to jump in the book and give everyone a good butt kicking. Seriously, Alice, you didn’t see this coming? Joe, you are such a vile pig, I hope your manhood becomes diseased and falls off. When will he get caught? When will she dump him. Seriously, he comes to CT and demands things are his way. He doesn’t love her, he loves that he has a wife he can control and do what he says so he can go out and screw other women. Emily, you have a good guy and you’re bored…get a brain woman. 

Goodreads Summary: 

What happens when your Prince Charming turns out not to be so charming after all? In To Have and To Hold, bestselling author Jane Green offers a sizzling, highly entertaining look at romantic relationships after we say “I do.” 

Alice knows she should be happy. A charming twenty-eight-year-old with a successful catering business, she’s always dreamed of a rose-covered cottage in the English countryside, filled with children and animals and home-cooked meals. Her favorite attire is comfy jeans, her best manicure features garden dirt under the nails. But when her teenage crush—the wealthy, dashing man-about-town Joe Chambers—wants to make her his bride, Alice is more than willing to play Cinderella to Joe’s prince. Never mind that he wants her to change—a diet, ice-blond highlights, stilettos, snooty gallery openings—and that he’s allergic to nature and kids. She tells herself she’s happy to sacrifice for love, and besides, with Joe’s stunning good looks and high-profile career at a top financial firm, every woman in London wants to be in her shoes.

But that’s just the problem. Despite Alice’s efforts to be the perfect wife, Joe soon reveals a penchant for being hopelessly unfaithful. When a notorious indiscretion with a female colleague forces Joe to transfer to New York, Alice’s life turns upside down. As Joe continues to sneak around, and her best friend’s beau offers a tempting glimpse of what real love could be like, Alice must decide how much Cinderella she can take before her deepest desires win out—and if she can summon up the courage to find real happiness on her own.

Delicious, witty, and packed with sparkling sex appeal, To Have and To Hold is an unputdownable read that will have you rooting out loud for its endearing heroine. A #1 bestseller in Britain, this latest tale from the beloved, utterly winning Jane Green proves that the search for true love doesn’t always end when someone dons a veil, and offers a lively, refreshing take on modern marriage.

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