Widow Falls by Kiersten Modglin ~ 5⭐

Genre: Phycological Suspense ~ Releases: September 21, 2021

REVIEW: Do you love going to fairs and riding the Rollercoaster but, you can’t because of Covid?  You really miss it. Right? Well, hop on the Kiersten Modglin train because you’re in for the ride of your life! Widow Falls is the next stop. 

Widow Falls is one more in a line of great stories from this author. Do you have an author when you see they have a new book coming out, you don’t even have to read the synopsis to know your going to read it one way or another? Kiersten is that author for me. The Dream Job was the hook that pulled me in and I’ve been caught up ever since. One of these days, I’ll quit reviewing and get caught up on all the back books I haven’t had time to read yet! 

Widow Falls is about a rafting company in the mountains of Tennessee. The employees have to sign a contract for two seasons. Once you sign the contract, you can’t leave.  Sloane is taking another girls place who left in the middle of the night during her first season. Did she leave or is she missing? That is the question! Believe me, there are so many questions. 

If you love good Psychological Suspense, this book is for you. They don’t come any better than Kiersten Modglin. She is the queen of twists and turns and ups and downs. Yup, sounds like a Rollercoaster to me! This book releases September 21. You can pre-order now. 

SYNOPSIS: The last girl went missing…
Someone doesn’t want her to be found.

When Sloane takes a job at the infamous whitewater rafting camp, Widow Falls, she quickly learns that the camp has a reputation for more than just summer fun.

People go missing at Widow Falls.

The guide she’s replacing was just one of many. As Sloane settles into her new home—a one-room apartment she’ll be sharing with the five other guides—she can’t help asking questions and digging into the disappearances she’s heard about. Her new roommates tell her stories of dark legends and dangerous folklore surrounding the secluded camp but assure her there’s nothing to worry about. It’s all just superstition.

When Sloane stumbles upon a clue and a secret message hidden beneath the floorboards of their loft, she begins to realize there may be more to the myths than she’s been told.

The message gets her attention: Don’t trust anyone at Widow Falls.

As she follows clues to better understand the missing guide she replaced, Sloane can’t help noticing the similarities between the two of them.

What happened to the other girl?
Why won’t the others help her search?
Are they all in danger?

Whatever’s happening at Widow Falls, it’s clear someone doesn’t want her digging into it. As the seams of her reality are torn apart, making her question everything she sees, feels, and believes, Sloane will have to uncover the truth about the camp—and its occupants—before someone else goes missing.

Because this time…it might be her.

Cop An Attitude by Hilary Grossman ~ 5⭐ from the Anthology Hate Me Like You Mean It

Genre: Romance Anthologies ~ Releases: September 21, 2021

REVIEW: Cop An Attitude by Hilary Grossman is included in an anthology called Hate Me Like You Mean It. I haven’t read the rest of the novellas yet but, I wanted to encourage you to read Hilary’s story. 

Cop An Attitude is the introduction to a new series that is a spin off of the Forest River PTA Moms Series. If you enjoyed that series you’re really going to enjoy the new one. It has a different flavor to it. One I think you will like! 

Hilary’s writing is superb. It is different in this book. I’m not sure if it is the tone of the new series or something else. I loved her characters. I think maybe you’re not supposed to like the cop but, I found a soft spot in my heart for him. Waverly Ensworth is the main character. You don’t have to worry about her. She is a spunky firecracker and I’m pretty sure she’ll see herself out of any situation. 

I’m telling you right now…I can’t wait to read this new series. It’s going to be fun and full of crazy situations while pulling at your heartstrings. 

Best of all… the proceeds from this anthology will go to the Animal Welfare Institute! How great is that? This is for a limited time only so hurry and get your copy pre-ordered now! Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.  

SYNOPSIS: Hate (or is it love?) is in the air in this enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy anthology. Find your happily ever after with six smart and sexy, feel-good romcoms. Stories range from sweet to medium steam level.

Available for a limited time only.
100% of proceeds from preorders will be donated to the Animal Welfare Institute.

This anthology includes never before published standalone titles:
Tracy Krimmer: Barking Up The Wrong Tree
Hilary Grossman: Cop An Attitude
Holly Kerr: Bite Me
Allie Boniface: Dare Me
Liz Alden: The Rival In South Africa
Sarah Peis: Booby Trap

Other People’s Things by Kerry Anne King ~ 5⭐

Genre: Women’s Literary Fiction ~ Releases: September 21, 2021

REVIEW: Intriguing, Fascinating and Suspenseful are what comes to mind when I think of my experience with Kerry Anne King’s New novel Other People’s Things. I enjoyed my time with these characters. 

I found the premise of this book Intriguing. Nicole has a calling and a behavior she calls the Object Relocation Program. Most people thinks she steals things but the things call out to her to be moved. She moves them where they want to be. Her family and friends don’t understand. Heck, she doesn’t understand! It is beyond her control. Good and bad comes from her gift. 

The gift was fascinating to me and kept me reading. I wanted more! Then came the Suspense. The best part of the book. What is up with the soon to be ex-husband? Why doesn’t her family see what’s going on? What about the crazy boss lady? Oh and what about her psychologist? Then what happens with Hawk? Umm…you’re going to have to read the book to get those answers. 

I hope I’ve peaked your interest. This was a fun book that also kept me on edge. You must think about picking up a copy for yourself. I think you will be intrigued and fascinated like I was.

I received a complimentary copy of this book #OtherPeople’sThings from #Netgalley and #LakeUnionPublishing. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

SYNOPSIS: From the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Whisper Me This comes a witty, magical story about improbable connections, difficult gifts, and the unexpected events that heal us and bring us together.

Jailbird. Klepto. Spectacular failure to launch. Nicole Wood’s sticky fingers have earned her many names, but it’s not that she’s stealing—some objects just need to be moved elsewhere, and the universe has chosen her to do it. Still, being a relocator of objects isn’t easy. With her marriage on the rocks, no real-world skills, and the threat of prison hanging over her head, Nicole is determined to change her ways.

Things seem to be looking up, thanks to a godsent job with her sister’s housecleaning business—until she encounters a seemingly harmless paperback that insists on moving from one client’s home to another’s. Nicole hopes no one will notice, but the action stirs up long-hidden secrets and triggers a series of fateful events that threatens to destroy the life she’s creating and hurt those closest to her. She’ll need to embrace her unwieldy gift and take a chance on love in order to unravel the mystery and fix what’s gone wrong.

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead ~ 3⭐

Genre: Black & African American Literary Fiction ~ Releases: September 14, 2021

REVIEW: Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead was my first novel by this author. He is a Pulitzer Prize winner two times in a row. When I got the chance to read Harlem Shuffle for review, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind I wanted to read it. However, I was disappointed. 

This novel was one crime after another. The story didn’t have any cohesiveness. It all seemed pretty random to me. The main character was Ray Carney. His life style was handed down and learned from his father. Ray had two sides. The good side was a family man and a furniture store owner. I would have liked to know more about his wife and family but, they were mostly in the background. Sadly, I think that is how he liked it. 

I wish I could say the writing was beautiful but, I was often confused with all of the slang and talk of Harlem. This just adds one more to the pile of books I don’t care for by male authors.

He was very good at setting the atmosphere of the book. I’m sure many people will love this book. It was just not my cup of tea. Those that love hard crime novels will most likely love this book. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from #Netgalley and #DoubledayBooks. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

SYNOPSIS: From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 1960s.

“Ray Carney was only slightly bent when it came to being crooked…” To his customers and neighbors on 125th street, Carney is an upstanding salesman of reasonably priced furniture, making a decent life for himself and his family. He and his wife Elizabeth are expecting their second child, and if her parents on Striver’s Row don’t approve of him or their cramped apartment across from the subway tracks, it’s still home. 

Few people know he descends from a line of uptown hoods and crooks, and that his façade of normalcy has more than a few cracks in it. Cracks that are getting bigger all the time. 

Cash is tight, especially with all those installment-plan sofas, so if his cousin Freddie occasionally drops off the odd ring or necklace, Ray doesn’t ask where it comes from. He knows a discreet jeweler downtown who doesn’t ask questions, either. 

Then Freddie falls in with a crew who plan to rob the Hotel Theresa—the “Waldorf of Harlem”—and volunteers Ray’s services as the fence. The heist doesn’t go as planned; they rarely do. Now Ray has a new clientele, one made up of shady cops, vicious local gangsters, two-bit pornographers, and other assorted Harlem lowlifes. 

Thus begins the internal tussle between Ray the striver and Ray the crook. As Ray navigates this double life, he begins to see who actually pulls the strings in Harlem. Can Ray avoid getting killed, save his cousin, and grab his share of the big score, all while maintaining his reputation as the go-to source for all your quality home furniture needs? 

Harlem Shuffle’s ingenious story plays out in a beautifully recreated New York City of the early 1960s. It’s a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem. 

But mostly, it’s a joy to read, another dazzling novel from the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning Colson Whitehead.

Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez ~5⭐

Genre: Black &African Historical Fiction ~ Releases: April 12, 2022

REVIEW: Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez was a profound, enlightening and heartbreaking book. I will never be the same after reading this book. 

We have learned that many things in our history as a nation are unforgivable but yet they happened. We cannot forget these things otherwise, they may be repeated. Back in the early 70’s it came out that our government run agencies for women were distributing birth control for women of color and poor families. In many instances women were sterilized without proper informed consent. In this book two young girls ages 11 and 13 were sterilized because they were poor and black even though they were not sexually active. There were more than 70,000 women who were victims of this abuse. I’m heartbroken that there are people who felt they knew what was best for the future of these women. 

I was a young adult back then and for the life of me I can’t remember this happening or the trial that took place. We can’t forget these things. This broke the summer after we learned of the Tuskegee experiments. How could this happen in our great nation? This is a book I will never forget. It has changed me for the better. 

I would highly recommend this book. Although, it is Fiction, it is based on a trial and a sad part of our American history. I hope you take some time to look up Relf v. Weinberger and another trial Buck v. Bell. You will be astounded.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from #BookBrowse #Netgalley and #BerkleyPublishingGroup. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

SYNOPSIS: Inspired by true events that rocked the nation, a profoundly moving novel about a Black nurse in post-segregation Alabama who blows the whistle on a terrible wrong done to her patients, from the New York Times bestselling author of Wench.

Montgomery, Alabama, 1973. Fresh out of nursing school, Civil Townsend has big plans to make a difference, especially in her African American community. At the Montgomery Family Planning Clinic, she intends to help women make their own choices for their lives and bodies.

But when her first week on the job takes her down a dusty country road to a worn-down one-room cabin, she’s shocked to learn that her new patients, Erica and India, are children—just eleven and thirteen years old. Neither of the Williams sisters has even kissed a boy, but they are poor and Black, and for those handling the family’s welfare benefits, that’s reason enough to have the girls on birth control. As Civil grapples with her role, she takes India, Erica, and their family into her heart. Until one day she arrives at the door to learn the unthinkable has happened, and nothing will ever be the same for any of them.

Decades later, with her daughter grown and a long career in her wake, Dr. Civil Townsend is ready to retire, to find her peace, and to leave the past behind. But there are people and stories that refuse to be forgotten. That must not be forgotten.

Because history repeats what we don’t remember.

When Stars Fall by Wendy Million ~ 5⭐

Genre: Contemporary Fiction ~ Released September 7, 2021

REVIEW: Bravo! Well done. I have read three previous books by Wendy Million, they were the Donaghey Brothers series and I loved them. When Stars Fall is her brand new release and she has knocked it out of the park with this book. I loved every minute I spent reading this new story. 

The main characters were perfect and perfectly flawed. She did such a good job with them. This book deals with two stars referred to as WYLLIE. Wyatt and Ellie. The story is presented in a way that I found myself pulling for both characters. They were so well developed. I didn’t ever think I was reading a made up story. This very well could have happened. 

There is a tiny bit of sex but it is not over the top descriptive. There is a lot of drug abuse that plays into everything that happens. This book pulled at my heartstrings and kept me glued to my seat. I thought I was going to miss release day. Not a chance! 

This book gave me all the feels. It is a beautiful love story. What they go through is not always beautiful. There is a lot of sorrow. That’s all I can really tell you because, I’m not going to ruin the book for you. You have to read this for yourself! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

SYNOPSIS: When faced with a decision all those years ago, Wyatt chose wrong.
And now it’ll take a lot more than fast-talking to get Ellie back.
This time, he won’t let go. This time, it’s different.
This time he’s only choosing her.

Thirteen years ago, Ellie Cooper struck gold. She secured a coveted movie role that sent her life spiraling into success and out of control. Landing in the arms of Wyatt Burgess, her world-famous co-star with some hard-partying ways, she was enveloped in a world of clubs, romance, and drugs. But when one of Wyatt and Ellie’s best friends overdoses outside a nightclub, Ellie gives Wyatt an ultimatum: the lifestyle or her. Wyatt makes the wrong choice.

Years later, Wyatt sets out to make things right. But Ellie has moved on; she’s left the party life behind in exchange for something more stable. But Wyatt has always set her heart on fire. And now she’s forced to choose between the new world she has carved out for herself and the passionate whirlwind that allowing Wyatt back into her life could bring . . .

Dad: A Novel by Steven Manchester ~ 5⭐

Literary and Family Life Fiction ~ Releases: September 14, 2021

REVIEW: One of the many blessings in my life is reviewing for some of the best authors around. One of those is Steven Manchester. His new book releasing September 14 is Dad: A Novel. I can’t wait for you to read it! His book The Menu and Dad: A Novel are among some of my very favorite books. 

This book brought me to tears. It dealt with three generations of men from the same family. The oldest man, his son and his grandson and what it means to be a father. Each of these men were in different seasons of their lives. I liked how the grandfather spoke of life being made up of the little moments. Our days are numbered, live life to the fullest and be present.

I love how Steven deals with life, death and our faith in God. He always reminds me of how much my faith means to me and the part it plays in my life. This book also spoke to me about the important men in my life and how they’ve influenced me. I think everyone who reads this book will take something different away from it. It is a very special book and will speak to you no matter what season of life you are in. 

I wouldn’t call this book religious. It is spiritual in nature by describing a life that includes God. It is very moving. I would encourage all my friends to read this book. I would definitely give it more that five stars if I could. There is something unique and inspiring about this story. Try it for yourself and see what I mean.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

SYNOPSIS: Three generations of dads, playing traditional roles in each other’s lives, arrive simultaneously at significant crossroads. The decisions they make and the actions they take will directly – and eternally – affect each other.

After a life of hard work and raising children, Robert is enjoying his well-deserved retirement when he discovers that he has an illness he might not be able to beat. At 19, Jonah is sprinting across the threshold of adulthood when he learns, stunningly, that he’s going to become a father. And Oliver – Robert’s son and Jonah’s dad – has entered middle age and is paying its demanding price. While reconciling the time and effort it has taken him to reach an unfulfilling career and an even less satisfying marriage, he realizes that it’s imperative that he keep it all together for the two men who mean everything to him.

When different perspectives lead to misunderstandings that remain unspoken – sometimes for years – it takes great strength and even more love to travel beyond the resentment.

Dad: A Novel chronicles the sacred legacy of fatherhood.

The New Home by Chris Merritt ~ 4⭐

Genre: Phycological Suspense ~ Releases: September 7, 2021

REVIEW: Whoa! I think I may have found a new male author to follow. I usually don’t care for many male authors because let’s face it, most of them don’t know how to write a female character. I read The New Home by Chris Merritt thinking this author was probably female. Nope! This guy knows how to get into the mind of a female character and convincingly put her on paper! 

I really enjoyed this book. Freya is the main character who has a past experience with mental illness. Eight years later she and her boyfriend move to a new town and strange happenings begin. Is her psychiatric problems returning or is it more sinister than that? This book kept me guessing. I couldn’t wait to finish it and see where it was all headed. 

Chris Merritt is new to me and a stand alone Psychological Suspense novel is new to him. I have to say he did a great job pulling it off! There are not a lot of twists, just a gradual climb to the climax. Like I said before, he writes a darn good woman! If you love Suspense and Mysteries, I think you need to give this book a try. I know I’m going to be recommending this book to all my friends. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from #Netgalley/Bookouture. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

SYNOPSIS: You never know what’s happening behind closed doors…

Freya loves her new home on a quiet suburban street. And her beautiful neighbour Emily is everything she’s ever wanted in a best friend. Finally, she has somebody to share her secrets with over a glass of wine. But as Freya watches her new friend setting the table for dinner one evening, she sees something shocking that makes her think that Emily’s life might not be as perfect as it seems. Days later, Emily and her daughter vanish…

When you meet Emily’s husband, you will think you know what he’s hiding.

You will ask yourself whether Emily and Freya really did meet by chance.

You will think you know what happened to Emily and her little girl the night they went missing.

But when you discover the truth, it will shake you to your core and you will lie awake at night wondering if you can ever really trust the people in the house next door…

Fans of Claire McGowan, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell will love the gripping tension and unexpected twists of The New Home. Once you start reading, you’ll be hooked!

Carolina Comforts by Susan Schild ~ 5⭐

Genres: Southern & Women’s Fiction ~ Releases: September 15, 2021

REVIEW:

Susan Schild has received the rights back to Linny’s Sweet Dream List and is re-releasing it on September 15 as Carolina Comforts. It’s the first of a three part series. Can I tell you how much I loved it? Oh my goodness if you haven’t read it yet, like me, you really need to. It’s really something special. 

Susan Schild writes some of my most favorite books. I have several authors that are tops on my list and she is one of them. I don’t even have to know what the book is about to know I want to read it and I haven’t been disappointed yet! 

Carolina Comforts has characters you will fall in love with. The main character Linny is one that many of us women will relate to. She doesn’t have enough faith in herself and doesn’t appreciate how special she is. Her sister has a great marriage but, sees problems rising and takes the bull by the horns and makes some changes. Her mom is a strong woman dealing with her marriage to the girls late father. I love how these women take control and empower themselves. I think there are lessons for us all to learn. 

I can’t wait to read the next two books! Get your name on the pre-order list so you can receive your copy as soon as it releases. I just know you’re going to love this new series. 

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

SYNOPSIS: Carolina Comforts is a wholesome and sunny Southern novel about charming men, missing money, adventuresome women, sweet dogs, and happily ever afters at any age.

Carolina Comforts (A Second Chance at Love Series Book 1) If you love books by Debbie Macomber, Mary Kay Andrews, or RaeAnn Thayne, you’ll love this small town romance. With older heroines, this sweet and comforting Southern novel will warm your heart.

Thirty-eight-year-old Linny Taylor should have known Buck, a golden boy driving a vintage Caddy, was not good husband material, but she married him anyway. The marriage goes south fast, and Buck steals all her money. Her dreams of a good husband and a happy life dashed, Linny is left to pick up the pieces.

Dottie, Linny’s church lady mama, offers her a rent free trailer on the family farm and though daunted by the run-down condition of the place, Linny is grateful for the reprieve. With her sister and her smart-mouthed best friend rooting for her, she rolls up her sleeves, moves into the fixer upper, and sets to work rebuilding her life from scratch.

Soon, good ole boy veterinarian, Jack Avery, comes into Linny’s life, seeming kind and genuine, but so had her thieving late husband. And then there’s his baggage—an exquisite ex-wife who seems a little too chummy with him and a young son still struggling with his parents’ divorce.

When Neal runs away from home, the entire town launches into action. Linny realizes this quirky small town is full of family and friends and the happy life she dreamed of is right in front of her.
But can Linny learn to trust love again and finally find her happily ever after?

The Grinding Wheel by Marc Rainer ~ 5⭐

Genre: Courts & Criminal Procedure ~ Released: June 8, 2021

REVIEW: The Grinding Wheel is book number seven in the Jeff Trask Crime Series by Marc Rainer. If you’ve read any of the previous six novels, you should definitely pick up this new addition to the series. You haven’t read any of them yet? Read this one anyway! It is so good! I laughed out loud and I even gasped out loud. Don’t worry about it being number seven because it does very well as a stand alone. Now, I will be on the lookout for the rest of the series. 

Marc Rainer has more than 30 years experience as a government attorney and his expertise shines through. He bases his stories on real-life crimes. The names have been changed (not to ptotect the guilty) and some of the circumstances. You would never know it. His book reads almost like a true crime novel. I don’t read true crime but this book kept me turning the pages until there wasn’t any more. I didn’t lose interest. I was involved with his characters at work and at home. They weren’t just cops and I hated to see the end! 

This book is for anyone who loves true crime, court room procedure or police procedure. Those are not always my favorite genres but, I have to tell you I was practically handcuffed to my tablet. I literally spent my Sunday reading this book. 

Are you still sitting in your chair? What are you waiting for? Go get your copy of this book. Wow, you’re gonna love it! 

SYNOPSIS: Federal prosecutor Jeff Trask is assigned to prosecute WaShaun “Gloomy” Stewart, a street gang leader who has killed five rival gang members by his eighteenth birthday. At the same time, another serial killer—known to the investigators as, “The Butcher”—has begun kidnapping local women, killing them, and leaving their body parts in and around Kansas City.

Working with the Kansas City Police Department’s Career Criminal Unit, a task force made up of both local police officers and federal agents, Trask is surprised as Stewart escapes from custody and the two investigations suddenly merge. When one of the task force’s female detectives is captured and taken by The Butcher, Trask and the CCU investigators must race against time to save her life and end The Butcher’s reign of terror.

Retired federal prosecutor Marc Rainer brings his thirty years of trial and investigative experience into another edition of the Jeff Trask Crime Drama Series, books hailed by attorneys and law enforcement personnel for their realism.