Book Review — “If You Find Me” by Emily Murdoch

Carey and Jenessa have been living in a trailer in the woods for years with their sometimes present, meth-addicted mother. Surviving as best they could, their father has now found them and is bringing them back to the “real world”. What makes this story great is that it is told through the voice of Carey, a survivor yet victim — a child yet an adult. Instead of being backward and victimized, Carey is strong and funny, and I couldn’t walk away. Of course there’s a twist and of course it’s nasty but this book is well-written and not too depressing. Thank you to the author for that!! 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “Red, White & Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston

Obviously, this is a twist on your conventional love story. Alex is the President’s son, and Henry is the Prince of Wales….and they fall in love. Aside from the press having a heyday, their families are lovingly supportive and this is a fun, gay romance. No tragic ending. No true villain. Just two boys in the spotlight that aren’t what people expect, but become what people accept. The supporting characters are top notch, which will make this a fun movie as well. For once its a feel good love story for the non-heterosexual. 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “The Obsession” by Nora Roberts

Ya know, I have to admit it. I like Nora Roberts. While her books might not change your life, they’re a great, enjoyable way to spend a few hours or a rainy day. “The Obsession” is about Naomi (Bowles) Carson, who’s father was an infamous serial killer. Changing her name, moving from town to town, keeping her family secret — all Naomi wants to do is put the past behind her. When she thinks the can finally settle in a new town and a new home, her past surfaces with chilling consequences. Throw in a handsome, charming love interest and a loyal dog and you have another Nora Roberts book that keeps you interested and doesn’t disappoint. Its not Shakespeare, but its not too shabby, either. 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review— “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles

Beautifully written, this is a tale of Count Alexander Rostov who is sentenced to a lifetime of house arrest at the Metropol Hotel in the heart of Moscow. Being a man of substance and charm, the Count makes the most of this situation by embracing the hotel, his new sparse quarters, and the staff and patrons of the grand hotel. While at first glance this is a story of imprisonment, it is actually a novel of freedom, grace and loyalty and a window into the Moscow of the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. It’s a quiet and touching story of a man who makes the most of his life, no matter what restrictions are placed on him. I’m glad I read this. I haven’t given 5 stars in awhile, but this is so deserving. 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” by Maria Semple

This is a fun book with great characters. I loved quirky, bitchy Bernadette and her daughter, Bee who is the true heroine of the story. I enjoyed the writer’s choice of telling most of the tale through emails, letters and articles. It made it even more interesting and weird. We all have a little bit of Bernadette in us, and it was that part of me that loved her. Its farcical, unbelievable and totally enjoyable!! Embrace your inner Bernadette!! 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “The Perfect Mother” by Caroline Mitchell

I really liked this book! First of all, the writing was great and Caroline Mitchell reels you in from the beginning. It doesn’t wander…blather on…etc and I was drawn in on every page. Roz is a young girl living in Ireland. She has a good life and good friends but a dead-end job and now she’s pregnant. Deciding to give the child up for adoption, she joins a website that facilitates high-end adoptions. That’s where she meets Sheridan and Daniel — a power couple that will give her baby everything she can’t. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, isn’t it? Sworn to secrecy of their identity, Roz is flown to America, first-class, and brought by chauffeur to their beautiful home. But (no surprise here!!) this celebrity couple isn’t what they seem; everyone working for them is either scared or non-communicative, and none of her friends and family know where Roz is. This is fast-paced and creepy, as intended. And what I really appreciated is that I did, in fact, like Roz, as Mitchell did a great job in making her relatable and believable. Too many times in these types of novels I am so annoyed by the stupidity of the heroine that I’m ready to snuff her off myself by the end. Not so here; so kudos to the author. Good, fun, creepy read. Disclaimer — I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher!!! #NetGalley 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “The Dispatcher” by John Scalzi

This was a very enjoyable Audible Originals book. Set in a world where murder is no longer possible (due to government intervention) — this is another “good intentions gone bad” book. Meet the Dispatchers, people whose job it is to prevent murder — but not in the traditional way. These government-paid employees prevent murder by being “dispatched” to kill the intended victim using a method that send them back to their bedroom, naked but with a second chance. As with any government-sponsored idea, corruption begins and now it’s the Dispatchers that are being hunted. But by whom? Nice and short and well read by Zachary Quinto. Definitely worth your time. 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “Big Lies in a Small Town” by Diane Chamberlain

If you had the chance to start a new life, would you take it? Morgan Christopher gets that chance when she’s visited in prison by two women who are strangers to her but are offering not only a release from prison but also a job restoring a post office mural that was mysteriously important to one of the women’s father. Thus begins both Morgan’s second chance and the rebirth of the mysteries surrounding the mural. Told alternately between Morgan in 2018 and Anna (the mural’s artist) in 1940, “Big Lies in a Small Town” is a story of jealousy, lies, murder as well as friendship, loyalty and strength. This was an interesting storyline filled with well-defined characters. Diane Chamberlain navigates between the past and present flawlessly and the reader gets to discover the mystery along with the 2018 characters. Definitely a good read!! Disclaimer — I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher! 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “The Poison Garden” by A. J. Banner

So, for most of this book I was annoyed. The men were hideous and creepy. And the main character, Elise, was the utmost victim. I mean, how can one person have such bad judgment? How stupid can one woman possibly be???? Honestly, I almost stopped caring and rooting against her. BUT in a rare twist of fate — I actually liked the ending more than the rest of the book!! Maybe because there was finally a strong female character. (I don’t care if you’re crazy as long as you’re not pathetic.) Maybe because there was finally some vengeance. Well, for whatever reason — I was so pleased with the twist at the end that it redeemed the book. At least I walked away satisfied. 🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “The Wives” by Tarryn Fisher

This was definitely a strange one, but I liked it!! The writing was good and the main character was likable. I was rooting for her to get her life in order and ditch Seth! Thursday is married to a polygamist — sharing her husband with two other women. Tiring of this lifestyle, Thursday decides to reach out to the other two women. At first she just researches who they are, but then she can’t help herself and escalates to meeting them under an alias and finally confronting them about their lives and the man they share. Its an interesting novel (and, of course, there’s a twist!!!) It will make you wonder how people live a lifestyle in which they “happily” share a man. “The Wives” is suspenseful, riveting and a fun escape. 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “When All Is Said” by Anne Griffin

This is a lovely, sweet book. I really liked it and I hope you do too. The narrator is a charming Irishman, whom I think you’ll love. Follow Maurice as he raises 5 toasts on the last day of his life and look back with him on his struggles and victories. It isn’t devastatingly sad; it won’t make you cringe; there is no disgusting behavior and nothing over-sensationalized or morbidly shocking. Its just a book about a man’s life and, more than anything, his love for his wife (that is told realistically and not overly romanticized) This is a rare find — a simple and good book. Period. Curl up with it and enjoy. 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Book Review — “Miracle Creek” by Angie Kim

This is a creative twist on the classic courtroom drama. At the heart of it all is an oxygen treatment device that tragically explodes through what looks to be an intentionally set fire. Tackling an innovative subject — medical experimentation — “Miracle Creek” isn’t just about whom is guilty or innocent. Richly drawn and honest characters who are battling not only medical but emotional wars on a daily, agonizing basis, are what sets this book apart from others. Each person is struggling, feels guilty and resentful, and could easily have been the one that set this horrible tragedy in motion. In fact, in their own way, they are all victims, heroes, criminals and saboteurs. But who actually set the fire that kills two and injures many with physical and psychological scars that may never heal? You’ll hope none of them did, but you’ll hope in vain. I enjoyed the writing, especially the honesty of the characters — who are portrayed as human and flawed and just struggling to survive. Although there are some very disturbing parts and some of these characters will infuriate you, I highly recommend this one. 😁😁😁😁

Book Review — “The Family Upstairs” by Lisa Jewell

I’ve really debated with myself about this review. Did I hate the characters so much that I didn’t like the book? Not really. Did this book deserve a good rating because of it’s readability or a bad rating because every time I think of it — I feel very dark inside? Not really sure…. So let’s begin with the good points. Lisa Jewell is a great writer. You’ll pick up this book, and in spite of yourself, you won’t be able to put it down. That’s a “good book”, right? Well… let me get to the bad parts. EVERY ADULT CHARACTER (pretty much) IN THIS BOOK IS COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY HIDEOUS!!!!! Yes, you too, Justin and Sally! How you two could leave those kids with those total nut cases is beyond me!! And adult Henry?? Just UGH. More so, we have not — nor will we! — even touched upon the 4 adults living in the house or the COMPLETE IDIOCY of Martina and Henry Lamb, Sr. O.M.G. Those two deserved much worse than they got. And as for YOU, Birdie and David, I loathe you. Seriously. Additionally, I’m not even wasting my time talking about the domestic violence guy in France. So — that’s how I feel about this book! Enter at your own risk. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (I guess…)

Book Review — “Never Have I Ever” by Joshilyn Jackson

Have you ever played “Never Have I Ever”? Its a party/drinking game where someone says “never have I ever…” followed by a secret/scandalous/funny thing, and everyone that DID that thing takes a drink. Well, imagine playing that game with a stranger who somehow knows your deepest, darkest secrets. That’s how this book starts, and then it takes you on a ride through secrets, lies, betrayals, and revenge. This was a pretty good book about flawed women and a very creepy scandal. Secrets come back to haunt everyone here — where no one is a victim and everyone is a villain. Fun read. 😍😍😍😍