Pecan Pie for Breakfast by Susan Schild ~5⭐

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction ~ Releases: May 27, 2021

REVIEW: CALLING ALL SUSAN SCHILD FANS! You are in for a Sweeeet Treat…Pecan Pie for Breakfast is the first book in a brand new series by Susan Schild called Azalea Lake Sweet Romance. I can’t wait for more stories in this series!

From the minute I picked up Crickets story, I couldn’t put it down. I was compelled to see where it was going to take me. I was totally immersed in her world. I don’t know about you but, when I find a story like this, I live in the world of the characters. My mind is consumed even when I’m not actively reading. This is one of those books that gives you a hangover and you’re not able to move on to a new book for a day or two. 

Susan brings her sweet, compassionate and gentle style to this book. It is everything you’ve come to expect from her books. She doesn’t disappoint! If you have read any of her books and enjoyed them your going to love this new series. Go ahead and take my advice and pre-order this book now. You will be glad you did. 

I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review. Thank you! 

SYNOPSIS: USA Today Bestselling Author Susan Schild writes heartwarming romances about heroines over 40 having adventures and falling in love.

After a rough divorce, 45-year-old Cricket has built a new life for herself in the charming small town of Azalea Lake, North Carolina. With her senior caregiving business taking off and a possible new romance brewing with a handsome neighbor, Cricket’s life is looking up. But before she moves ahead, she must deal with unfinished business from the past, namely her ex-husband Knox who abandoned her without a word of explanation and has become a famous rock climber.

Cricket and her best friend Honey decide to track down the elusive ex and discover why he left. Posing as wannabee rock climbers, they find Knox and learn the truth. Finally able to stop blaming herself and let go of the past, Cricket realizes how much promise her new life holds and embraces her budding happiness.

Join the scores of readers who have fallen in love with Susan Schild’s charming small-town romances.

Ripple of Doubt by Jenifer Ruff ~ 5⭐

Genre: Suspense ~ Releases: April 30, 2021

REVIEW: Ripple of Doubt by Jenifer Ruff is the fourth book in The Agent Victoria Heslin Series and boy oh boy it was a good one! I read number three “When They Find Us” last year and rated that a five star book. I think Ripple of Doubt was even better. 

I liked this story because it has more of her family. More of Ned and Rivera (her vet and her partner) and I think I love Rivera a little bit. I think they both love her but, Ned loves her animals too! Who doesn’t love a man that loves your animals? We get to know her brother Alex and her Dad Mr. Heslin. I like Victoria and all the men in her life and was excited to be with them again. 

The plot of this book was more of the Suspense that I like. It was an actual “who done it”. There are several neighbors who are looked at and not one but two bodies were found during their time at the lake house. That made lots of work for the little local police department. 

If you like a good mystery with characters you already know, you will like this one! Jenifer Ruff writes her novels as standalone books. Each case is different but, Victoria’s life moves along through each of them. I have only read the last two and aim to read the first two as soon as possible. I’m definitely looking forward to the next one coming out in 2022!

I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review. Thank you! 

SYNOPSIS: A young woman mysteriously drowns in Lake Lucinda. She’s not the first to die there and she might not be the last.

FBI Agent Victoria Heslin visits her family’s secluded lake house to recuperate from a plane crash. But her peaceful recovery time turns into a murder investigation when she discovers the body of an unidentified young woman in the lake.

Only a few others live in the exclusive Lake Lucinda community and all of them are suspects, including Victoria’s brother. Which of them knows more than they are saying? How many of them are lying? Who is guilty? As Victoria’s personal investigation unfolds, she learns they all have secrets to hide.

Will Victoria uncover the dark mysteries of Lake Lucinda before more lives are lost? And will doing so destroy what’s left of her family?

Fans of James Patterson, Megan Miranda, and Agatha Christie will love this mystery by USA Today bestselling author Jenifer Ruff.

Ripple of Doubt is book 4 in the award-winning Agent Victoria Heslin Thriller Series. It can be read as a standalone.

The Dark Hour by K.J. Young ~ 5⭐

Genre: Horror Suspense ~ Releases: May 1, 2021

REVIEW: Good Golly! I loved this book. It was so fun to read. I had a great time trying to figure out where it was all leading up to. I had an inkling what was happening but, I didn’t have an idea of how it was being accomplished. Oh my…your mouth is going to drop to the floor when you find out! 

Right off I will tell you I never read Horror. I’m super glad I took a chance on this one. I love the older couple who are actually brother and sister named Roy and Alma Walgrave who at one time had a world renowned magic act. Mark Norman and eventually his girlfriend move into their mansion to take care of them in their later years. 

Roy and Alma belong to The Redevine Society. Mark can’t figure out why they are in this group with two younger couples and what they have in common besides drinking together. There is also an old hippie that hangs around the industrial building next door who is always warning Mark that people don’t come out of the house the same. The house is spooky. 

This is the creepiest book I’ve ever read. It was a ton of fun! If you’re in for a creepy, spooky time and love something different, this is your book! You won’t be disappointed. I promise you. 

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher and #Netgalley for a fair and honest review. Thank you! 

SYNOPSIS: “Deliciously creepy!”—Barbara Taylor Sissel, bestselling author of The Truth We Bury

Mark Norman can’t catch a break—until he’s hired as a live-in home health aide for two elderly siblings who live at Alden Manor, a run-down mansion mired in the past. His charges, former stage magicians Roy and Alma Walgrave, give off an eerie vibe, but they are also wealthy and careless with their money. Seizing the opportunity, Mark soon makes himself indispensable to the old folks, losing himself in fantasies of inheriting the Walgrave fortune upon their deaths. When another employee, a young woman named Lisa, shares her dark premonitions and insists that evil lurks in the house, Mark thinks she’s paranoid and unstable.

Until he begins to notice odd, unsettling things himself.

When nightmares begin to plague him and the house gradually reveals a web of lies and twisted secrets, he can no longer deny the possibility that Alden Manor is pervaded by some sinister force. He’s terrified of losing his mind—or worse, his life. But he’s so close to landing a big financial windfall that walking away is not an option.

In the past, Mark has always known when to cut loose and get out. But if he can just stick this out a bit longer . . .

The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer ~ 4⭐

Genre: Phycological Thriller ~ Releases: April 20, 2020

REVIEW: Very interesting! I finished The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer yesterday morning and I had to let it sit with me for a while before I could write the review. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. If you know me, you know I like anything with medical cases and I love legal mysteries. So, right off the bat I had two of my favorites in one book! 

Penny is an adopted daughter who was found in a park and has developed multiple personalities known today as DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). She has been accused of murdering her biological mother. About 75% of the book was background and trying to find out which one of the personalities committed the murder. The last part was the court trial and the huge surprise ending. I can tell you I didn’t see that one coming at me!

There were some gnarly people in this book. I loved several of the characters and hated what they were going through. For some reason, I felt like I was on the outside looking in. I didn’t have the connection with the characters like I thought I would. Maybe it was the DID that actually made me stand back. 

This story will pull at your heartstrings and it was a good read. I read The New Husband by Mr. Palmer and I will have to say they are nothing alike. If you like a story like this, take a chance on The Perfect Daughter. 

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher and Netgalley for a fair and honest review. Thank you! 

SYNOPSIS: A thriller that explores the truth or lies behind a teenage girl’s multiple personality disorder, from D.J. Palmer, the author of The New Husband.

Meet Ruby, who speaks with a British accent.
Then there’s Chloe, a perfectionist who strives for straight A’s in school.
And along comes Eve, who is spiteful and vicious.
All of them live inside Penny…
Or do they?

Penny Francone, age sixteen, is a murderer. Her guilt is beyond doubt: she was found alone in the victim’s apartment, covered in blood, holding the murder weapon. The victim’s identity and her secret relationship to Penny give Penny the perfect motive, sealing the deal. All the jury needs to decide now is where Penny will serve out her sentence. Will she be found not guilty by reason of insanity, as her lawyer intends to argue? Or will she get a life sentence in a maximum-security prison?

Already reeling from tragedy after the sudden passing of her beloved husband a few years before, now Grace is on her knees, grateful that Massachusetts doesn’t allow the death penalty.

As Penny awaits trial in a state mental hospital, she is treated by Dr. Mitchell McHugh, a psychiatrist battling demons of his own. Grace’s determination to understand the why behind her daughter’s terrible crime fuels Mitch’s resolve to help the Francone family. Together, they set out in search of the truth about Penny, but discover instead a shocking hidden history of secrets, lies, and betrayals that threatens to consume them all.

The perfect daughter. Is she fooling them all?

Her Last Chance by Alison Ragsdale ~ 5⭐

Genre: Contemporary Literature ~ Releases: April 13, 2021

REVIEW: I think I’m about ready to run my tear ducts dry! This is the second book I’ve read this week that caused me to cry like a baby. At one point I was doing the ugly cry. I highly recommend you read Her Last Chance by Alison Ragsdale. You will need to have a box of tissues handy. 

The characters are so warm and loving. I was drawn into their story from page one and had a hard time putting it down to go to bed. My dreams were filled with this story and the tragedies this family were facing. I loved when Rick told Ava “We are strong enough”. That is such a beautiful sentiment. With God’s love we are always strong enough!

Alison knocked this one out of the park! The medical situations that had to be researched were well done. There was also art and art history, tourist destinations in other countries, guide dog information. There were so many things in this book that went above and beyond just a story. 

If you’ve read anything by Alison Ragsdale then you need to read Her Last Chance! If you haven’t read any of her books, I strongly recommend that you pre-order this one so you can start it as soon as possible. This one is worth taking a day off work! 

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher and Netgalley for a fair and honest review! Thank you! 

SYNOPSIS: My darling girl, I watch you playing outside in the grass. Your long blonde hair sweeps back and your blue eyes are bright with joy. You are utterly perfect, I never imagined something could be so wrong and I’d be powerless to protect you…

Ava’s daughter Carly is everything a ten-year-old should be: energetic, creative and the light of her parents’ lives. But when she starts stumbling down stairs and walking into doors, Ava wants to rush to the doctor. Her husband Rick is sure she’s fretting over nothing – kids can be a little clumsy sometimes. But Ava’s instinct is telling her something is seriously wrong.

Against Rick’s advice, Ava takes Carly to see a specialist and is given a devastating diagnosis: a rare genetic condition that will change her future forever. When Rick realises the truth, he is determined to do all he can to help Carly enjoy what light she has left. The close-knit family take it one day at a time, walking to the beach and watching the sunrise.

Just as Ava begins to imagine a new future for them all, a tragic accident throws their lives into chaos once more. To give her daughter a chance at a full life, Ava faces a devastating choice. How can she possibly choose between the two people she loves most?

An emotional, heartbreaking page-turner about a mother’s love and an utterly devastating decision. Readers of Kate Hewitt, My Sister’s Keeper and Diane Chamberlain will keep this story in their hearts forever.