Plot Twist by Bethany Turner ~ 5⭐

Genre: Contemporary Romance ~ Releases: June 15, 2021

REVIEW: Y’all! Are you looking for a fun book to read? Maybe the perfect book to take to the beach or on vacation? Well have I got a recommendation for you. Plot Twist by Bethany Turner is the best fun I’ve had in a while. I totally enjoyed this book. 

The premise of the book is something different. I only wondered who would even make a pact with a stranger ten years down the road? But, these two did! They met on February 4 and agreed to meet in the same coffee house in ten years. He wanted to be an actor and she wanted to be a playwright for films. After they became successful they would partner up and make a film together. 

Olivia is the main character who is best friends with Fiona. Liam is someone they both date at different times and they both love. I really liked these characters. Most of the story revolves around them and their escapades. Friendships grow and fade during different times in our life. What do we give up for our friendships? That’s the big question we all have to answer at some point.

Although I’m retirement age, I still enjoyed the characters and could relate to them. The author did an awesome job on this book. You might want to preorder your copy today so it is in your inbox on release day! I know you’re going to have as much fun as I did! 

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

SYNOPSIS: An aspiring screenwriter has a chance encounter with an actor who could be the man of her dreams. Over the next ten years, she’ll write the story . . . but will he end up being the star?

February 4, 2003, promises to be a typical day for Olivia Ross—a greeting card writer whose passion project is a screenplay of her own. But after she and a handsome actor have a magical meet-cute in a coffee shop, they make a spontaneous pact: in ten years, after they’ve found the success they’re just sure they’re going to achieve, they’ll return to the coffeehouse to partner up and make a film together. The only problem? Olivia neglected to get the stranger’s name. But she doesn’t forget his face—or the date.

For the next ten years, every February 4 is marked with coincidences and ironies for Olivia. As men come and go and return to her life, she continues to write, but still wonders about the guy from the coffee shop—the nameless actor she’s almost certain has turned out to be Hamish MacDougal, now a famous A-lister and Hollywood leading man.

But a lot can happen in ten years, and while waiting for the curtain to rise on her fate, the true story of Olivia’s life is being written—and if she’s not careful, she’ll completely miss the real-life romantic comedy playing out right before her eyes.

The Pilot’s Daughter by Audrey J Cole ~ 5⭐

Genre:Travel Adventure Fiction ~ Releases: June 22, 2021

REVIEW: I just finished a spine-tingling, sit on the edge of your seat book! It was The Pilot’s Daughter by Audrey J Cole. Wow! I literally could not put this book down. It is listed as Travel Adventure. It’s an adventure alright. I’m not sure I’ll ever board a plane in complete comfort again! 

A plane is hijacked and Cora is a Pilot’s daughter who took lessons and landed a 747 in a simulator. She has never followed through on obtaining her license. She is their only chance at making it out alive. The story started out with a gradual inching up of the tension and then it spikes and stays that way until the end. Just when you think things are under control, they go haywire again.

If you like an action packed book, this one is for you. Her character development was spot on. Nothing seemed over the top. It was as scary and nerve-wracking as you would expect being on a hijacked plane might be. 

Do yourself a favor and pick yourself up a copy. Then schedule a day to read it because you won’t be able to put it down! Order in lunch and dinner ahead of time if you must! You’ll thank me for recommending The Pilot’s Daughter. Oh! Make sure you buckle your seat belt because your in for the ride of your life. 

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

SYNOPSIS:

Welcome aboard Pacific Air Flight 385, with nonstop service from Seattle to Honolulu.

Cora is scared to fly again after her husband died in a recent helicopter crash in Pago Pago.

A thousand times she has told herself to turn around, not get on the flight, go back to her young children.

But now, she’s seated in first class across the aisle from the girlfriend of a famous billionaire pharmaceutical entrepreneur.

Halfway across the Pacific, the flight is hijacked. Six people are dead—including the pilots.

Cora is a young widow, mother, and emergency room nurse…but as the world closes in around her, she’s also a pilot’s daughter.

Lost off radar in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, the motive behind the hijacking remains a mystery. Not knowing who to trust, Cora works with the man seated beside her, Seattle Homicide Detective Kyle Adams, to save herself along with the remaining one hundred and fifty-four souls on board.

The Crooked Truth by Kristine F Anderson ~ 5⭐

Genre: Southern Fiction ~ Released: September 1, 2020

REVIEW: I am so thankful Kristine F. Anderson gave me a chance to read her debut novel Crooked Truth. This book was outstanding! I think it should be one of our classics. It had the flavor and feel of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Grapes of Wrath.

I was quickly invested in the story and the lives of these characters. I wanted them to be a part of my own family. They were a hard working family that did not show outward affection but, you knew they loved one another by the way they cared. All but one worked for the good of the family. Can you tell I didn’t like him? 

This book dealt with some hard subjects such as racism, bullying, split families and those that are just plain different from us. There were times my heart broke and there were times I rejoiced. Life was hard back then and still is today in many ways. 

If you like family stories with all of their ups and downs, you will fall in love with this book. I gave it 5/5 stars so you know I’m going to highly recommend this book. This was Kristine F. Anderson’s first book and I’m certainly looking forward to more from this author. I’m excited about this new voice and can’t wait for more!

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

SYNOPSIS: Fifteen-year-old Lucas Webster doesn’t mind working in the fields and chopping cotton on his grandfather’s farm in South Georgia, but he hates getting stuck caring for his Uncle Robert. Born with Down Syndrome, Robert is ten years older than Lucas and follows Lucas around like a clumsy shadow. Lucas wants to get out of Crisscross and be rid of his child-like uncle, but after his grandpa dies in the spring of 1948, things change. His grandmother withdraws in her grief and Alvin Earl, Robert’s half-brother, returns to manage the farm with his guns and stash of liquor. Lucas must become more than a reluctant caretaker. A hard man, Alvin Earl plans to pull Lucas out of school to work on the farm full-time and send Robert to the state asylum. When a fatal shooting occurs late one hot afternoon, Lucas must decide what to tell the sheriff. As he discovers the ties that can destroy and bind a family, he cannot reveal what really happened to the local authorities or anyone else.

The Five Things by Beth Merwood ~ 4⭐

Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense ~ Released: May3, 2021

REVIEW: Captivating, Intriguing and Odd comes to mind when I think of the debut novel The Five Things by Beth Merwood. So, let me explain why I chose those words. First, I must say this was a pretty darn good debut novel. 

CAPTIVATING because there is a mystery at the center of the story. Many of us love a good mystery. It revolves around a devastating event and three young children try to figure out what really happened. You know how it is, your parents don’t tell you everything because you’re too young. So, you and your friends imagine all sorts of terrible scenarios. 

INTRIGUING because like me, you’re gonna want to know how this turns out and you’re along for the ride with these kids and their imaginings. Since this happened when they were 9 years old or so, this stays with them their whole lives. Thankfully, we don’t have to wonder that long!

ODD because this book takes place in England near the coast. I didn’t figure that out until the end of the book as I didn’t stop to look up the little towns. The author uses slang and terms that I’ve never heard before. Some of it I looked up but, most of it I could kind of figure out by the context in which it was used. 

I would recommend this book for all those that love a good mystery. 

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

SYNOPSIS: For nine-year-old Wendy, the summer of 1969 will never be forgotten.

Local kids have always told stories about the eerie wood on the outskirts of the village, and Wendy knows for sure that some of them are true. Now the school holidays have started and she’s going to the wood again with Anna and Sam, but they soon become convinced that someone is trying to frighten them off.

When a terrible event rocks the coastal community, the young friends can’t help thinking there must be a connection between the incident, the tales they’ve heard, and the strange happenings they’ve begun to witness. As glimpses of a darker world threaten their carefree existence, they feel compelled to search out the underlying truth.