Book Review: Today Will Be Different

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Eleanor knows she’s a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won’t swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother’s company. It’s also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he’s on vacation. Just when it seems like things can’t go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret.

TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.

*****2 STARS*****

Too similar to Where’d You Bernadette and too boring and drawn out. I really had to force myself to get through it. I didn’t want my first book to be one I gave up on, but wish I did

I found Eleanor boring and annoying. I felt bad for her son. 

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The next book after Deeper Than The Dead this is going to be sick, twisted, and captivating. 

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Book Review: Ones True Loves

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In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

*****5 STARS*****

This book was captivating and emotional, as well as, well written. We are there with Emma while she tries to choose between her long long husband and her current fiance.

I can’t imagine being in that position. To go through all that grief and pain of losing the love of your life only to find out he was barely surviving on a uninhabited island. His only motivation for survival was coming back to his wife. Emma has to deal with this guilt of finally moving on and the guilt of breaking her current finance’s heart. She loves Sam and the life they created. She has matured and grown, reconnected with her sister, and living the life she never expected but loves immensely.

Excellent book to end 2016.

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Highlight for Spoilers: ((((Of course she chooses Sam. The day Jesse goes out on the ill-fated flight Emma is already contemplating moving back to her hometown and creating roots. Jesse returns from hell and is expecting his life to be back to how it has always been. He expects Emma to still be the same person he left, but she has changed and loves her life now.

Too much has changed for both of them. Thankfully Jesse moves on and finds a love that understands his new life and Emma lives a life she never expected but loves.))))

 

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Book Review: Deeper Than The Dead

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Tami Hoag is in a class by herself, beloved by readers and critic s alike, with more than 22 million copies of her books in print.
California, 1984. Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn’t yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer’s escalating activity.

Detective Tony Mendez, fresh from a law enforcement course at FBI headquarters, is charged with interpreting those now revealed secrets. He’s using a new technique-profiling-to develop a theory of the case, a strategy that pushes him ever deeper into the lives of the three children, and closer to the young teacher whose interest in recent events becomes as intense as his own.

As new victims are found and the media scrutiny of the investigation bears down on them, both Mendez and Navarre are unsure if those who suffer most are the victims themselves-or the family and friends of the killer, blissfully unaware that someone very close to them is a brutal, calculating psychopath..

*****5 STARS*****

 

Screaming in the car as the book came to an end. The plot was spectacular and loved that it was set in a time before DNA evidence. The killer knew there was no way in hell of convicting him. And what he was willing to do to keep his secret…disgusting.

I kept changing my mind about the killer and then when it was obvious and you feared the worst, I was screaming like a banshee as I drove to work. 

Full of suspense, horror, mystery, and disgust. A must read!!!! Can’t wait to read the next book in the series. 

I am so sad for his child, the mom knew all along and did nothing, I pray the kid doesn’t become a serial killer in future books because of all this shit. 

And the other kids…the psychopath with a fucked up family! The one who was almost killed. What was done to the women. 

You NEVER know what your neighbors are really capable of. 

 

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Already captivating and intense. I can’t imagine who she will choose and what it means for the other man. I can’t imagine ever being in this situation.

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Book Review: A Tapping At My Door

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A woman at home in Liverpool is disturbed by a persistent tapping at her back door. She’s disturbed to discover the culprit is a raven, and tries to shoo it away. Which is when the killer strikes.

DS Nathan Cody, still bearing the scars of an undercover mission that went horrifyingly wrong, is put on the case. But the police have no leads, except the body of the bird – and the victim’s missing eyes.

As flashbacks from his past begin to intrude, Cody realizes he is battling not just a murderer, but his own inner demons too.

And then the killer strikes again, and Cody realizes the threat isn’t to the people of Liverpool after all – it’s to the police.

Following the success and acclaim of the Callum Doyle novels, A Tapping at My Door is the first installment of David Jackson’s new Nathan Cody series.

*****5 STARS*****

Wow what a read!!! I’m hooked and will be reading the next one in the series. When you find out the trauma he suffered, it will make you gag, at least it made me gag and that is pretty difficult to do. His tormentors are still bothering him and they step it up at the end leaving you wanted to know what happens in the next book.

The entire time I knew it couldn’t be the obvious suspect and had my theories about two other people and I was wrong of course. Though I realized it right about the time the detectives did!

Love how we find out why the cop killer is doing this, how it all adds up and why. So amazingly written and plotted out.

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 She’s having a heart attack and still being walked all over my by her husband, former best friend/boss, and kids’ school, and everyone else. She is still treated like a doormat, a servant to her husband and her own mother doesn’t seem to get the severity of the fact that her daughter almost died

I wanted to jump into the book, slam down the door, kick the mom out, punish those kids for two days, and put the husband to work doing all her crap.

Instead of standing up for herself she just leaves. I am not sure I am liking this premise. I would just stop doing it all, Let the kids be mad at me, let the house go to mess, let it all go to shit and just relax. But to leave it all behind, to leave your kids with no notes or calls is really weird and odd. I am going to continue for a bit, but may skip to the end.  

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Book Review: The Promise

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1900. Young pianist Catherine Wainwright flees the fashionable town of Dayton, Ohio in the wake of a terrible scandal. Heartbroken and facing destitution, she finds herself striking up correspondence with a childhood admirer, the recently widowed Oscar Williams. In desperation she agrees to marry him, but when Catherine travels to Oscar’s farm on Galveston Island, Texas—a thousand miles from home—she finds she is little prepared for the life that awaits her. The island is remote, the weather sweltering, and Oscar’s little boy Andre is grieving hard for his lost mother. And though Oscar tries to please his new wife, the secrets of the past sit uncomfortably between them. Meanwhile for Nan Ogden, Oscar’s housekeeper, Catherine’s sudden arrival has come as a great shock. For not only did she promise Oscar’s first wife that she would be the one to take care of little Andre, but she has feelings for Oscar which she is struggling to suppress. And when the worst storm in a generation descends, the women will find themselves tested as never before.

*****5 STARS*****

You know there is going to be devastation and tragedy. We know, from history, very little survive, but we get pulled into so many lives and feel heartbroken when those characters we have come to know and love die. We are heartbroken when the characters that are left behind must find a way to continue and live on in their friends and families’s names.

Well written and captivating. Nothing quite like an excellent historical fiction.

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I hope this book has a kick ass ending and doesn’t let me down. 

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Book Review: Never Too Late

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Clare Wilson is starting over. She’s had it with her marriage to a charming serial cheater. Even her own son thinks she’s given his father too many chances. With the support of her sisters, Maggie and Sarah, she’s ready to move on. Facing her fortieth birthday, Clare is finally feeling the rush of unadulterated freedom.

But when a near-fatal car accident lands Clare in the hospital, her life takes another detour. While recovering, Clare realizes she has the power to choose her life’s path. The wonderful younger police officer who witnessed her crash is over the moon for her. A man from her past stirs up long-buried feelings. Even her ex is pining for her. With enthusiasm and a little envy, her sisters watch her bloom.

Together, the sisters encourage each other to seek what they need to be happy. Along the way they all learn that it’s never too late to begin again.

*****4 STARS*****

A beautiful story about friendship, romance, family, and happiness. Claire finally sees the writing on the wall and has to divorce her husband.  Her older sister, Maggie, is wondering why her husband is no longer interested in her. Her younger sister, Sarah, needs a spark in her life and a love. 

Yes there is a happy ending, of course you knew it would happen. The journey was predictable, but sweet and funny. You weren’t sure how long it was going to take Claire and her family to figure out all of their issues. When they do it’s sweet and magical.  A lovely read filled with sorrow, romance, and humor. 

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This books sounds captivating and a immensely rich read. Looking forward to a historical fiction. 

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Book Review: Among the Wicked

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Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff’s department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and “English” communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community.

Kate’s long time love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she’ll have limited communication – and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can’t turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she’s briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life.

Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone… trapped in a fight for her life.

*****5 STARS*****

We know it’s not going to be a simple assignment and I wanted to slap Kate when she said “It’s the Amish, how bad can it be?” Oh it’s bad. It’s always bad. 

Yes in the end Kate makes it out, but I fear one day she will not be so lucky. At least she is able to connect with her roots and make dear friendships that I hope she holds onto. 

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((((It turns out the Chief of Police in the town she’s undercover is part of the human trafficking and cult activity. He is responsible for raping, impregnating, and killing the murdered girl. The cult leader, who pretends to be an Amish bishop, knows his desire for underage girls and traps the police chief. Now he is at the bishops mercy. 

Kate solves it and barely makes it out alive.))))

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Sounds like a sweet read with lots of life lessons along the way. Hope it’s not too sappy though. 

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Book Review: After The Storm

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When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones–and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty year old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged.

Meanwhile, turmoil of an emotional and personal nature strikes at the very heart of Kate’s budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti. A reality that strains their fragile new love to the breaking point and threatens the refuge they’ve built for themselves–and their future.

Under siege from an unknown assailant–and her own personal demons–Kate digs deep into the case only to discover proof of an unimaginable atrocity, a plethora of family secrets and the lengths to which people will go to protect their own.

*****5 STARS*****

As always I love the Kate Burkholder series and this was no different. Yes, it was predictable to the reader and not to the ones tracking down the case…that’s the way it always works. I was screaming at them to see the obvious. Sickening the way people use religion to justify murder. Every religion has its fanatics. 

I love how Kate and John’s relationship is evolving and trying to move on with their lives despite all the pain and past traumas. 

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Okay, I wish it would move a bit faster, but I know something really messed up and crazy happened and I am dying to know what that was.  Just wish it would move faster.

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Book Review: Swept Away

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Jennifer Chaise is proud of her life. Coming from nothing, she’s used her beauty to her advantage and is swept up in a glamorous world of wealth and privilege as the mistress of a high-flying businessman. But when she walks in on a violent scene in their Las Vegas hotel room, Jennifer knows she can no longer ignore the truth about her boyfriend and she flees. Desperate to escape the men searching for her, she invents a whole new persona—with a new look and a new name—as she hides out in a small Nevada town.

Working as a waitress in the local diner, she finds a mentor in Louise, a retired professor who takes her in. As Jennifer begins to embrace a new life, she realizes how much was missing from her old one: a sense of community and purpose… But it’s not easy to simply disappear. Her neighbor Alex is a cop, and while he’s friendly enough, he may also suspect that Jennifer is not what she seems.

Although she is under constant threat of being discovered, Jennifer is surprised to realize that, for the first time, she’s genuinely happy. Suddenly this real world is all she wants. But will it be enough when her past catches up with her?

*****5 STARS*****

A sweet and slow-building love story. Some truly sad parts and other parts full of hope, love, and friendship. Sometimes we need to just stop and find ourselves. A sweet and wonderful read!

Some parts were predictable and other parts I was not expecting…I cried a few times and laughed out loud other times.

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When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones–and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty year old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged.

Meanwhile, turmoil of an emotional and personal nature strikes at the very heart of Kate’s budding relationship with state agent John Tomasetti. A reality that strains their fragile new love to the breaking point and threatens the refuge they’ve built for themselves–and their future.

Under siege from an unknown assailant–and her own personal demons–Kate digs deep into the case only to discover proof of an unimaginable atrocity, a plethora of family secrets and the lengths to which people will go to protect their own.

It’s been a while since I have read a book from this series. I know it’s going to be sick, twisted, and messed up…I can’t wait. 
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Book Review: No One Knows

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The day Aubrey Hamilton’s husband is declared dead by the state of Tennessee should bring closure so she can move on with her life. But Aubrey doesn’t want to move on; she wants Josh back. It’s been five years since he disappeared, since their blissfully happy marriage—they were happy, weren’t they?—screeched to a halt and Aubrey became the prime suspect in his disappearance. Five years of emptiness, solitude, loneliness, questions. Why didn’t Josh show up at his friend’s bachelor party? Was he murdered? Did he run away? And now, all this time later, who is the mysterious yet strangely familiar figure suddenly haunting her new life?

In No One Knows, the New York Times bestselling coauthor of the Nicholas Drummond series expertly peels back the layers of a complex woman who is hiding dark secrets beneath her unassuming exterior. This masterful thriller for fans of Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Paula Hawkins will pull readers into a you’ll-never-guess merry-go-round of danger and deception. Round and round and round it goes, where it stops…no one knows


*****2 STARS*****

Huge disappointment. You can’t claim a book is like Gone Girl just because of a plot twits. Changing what a character knew or was thinking at the end of a book, is NOT a plot twist, it just makes no sense. It’s one thing if they were pretending, but to have the character believe what they are are thinking then suddenly add a final chapter about them knowing and thinking something else is confusing.

I gave it two stars because I was hoping it would end one of two ways. The whole book was not bad, but the ending just ruined it.

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Jennifer Chaise is proud of her life. Coming from nothing, she’s used her beauty to her advantage and is swept up in a glamorous world of wealth and privilege as the mistress of a high-flying businessman. But when she walks in on a violent scene in their Las Vegas hotel room, Jennifer knows she can no longer ignore the truth about her boyfriend and she flees. Desperate to escape the men searching for her, she invents a whole new persona—with a new look and a new name—as she hides out in a small Nevada town.

Working as a waitress in the local diner, she finds a mentor in Louise, a retired professor who takes her in. As Jennifer begins to embrace a new life, she realizes how much was missing from her old one: a sense of community and purpose… But it’s not easy to simply disappear. Her neighbor Alex is a cop, and while he’s friendly enough, he may also suspect that Jennifer is not what she seems.

Although she is under constant threat of being discovered, Jennifer is surprised to realize that, for the first time, she’s genuinely happy. Suddenly this real world is all she wants. But will it be enough when her past catches up with her?

So in love with all the characters she has met in our need to hide away. She seems to have finally found herself. This is of course going to be a sweet journey with a happy ending, I hope.

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