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.

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth ~ 4⭐

Genre: Domestic Suspense ~ Releases: April 13, 2021

REVIEW: The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth was an enjoyable book. It kept me interested from the beginning until the end. I had trouble figuring out who the “good” Sister was. Was it Rose or was it Fern? We find out at the end but, I’m not going to ruin it for you. 

This book was missing a little something for me. I’m not sure what it was. I don’t know if I was expecting a few more twists or if the sense of impending doom wasn’t strong enough. It was just barely there under the surface.

I did like the character development. I liked Fern but,  her sister took too much control of her life. Fern has sensory perception problems and I loved her thought processes. Wally is Fern’s boyfriend. He was fabulous. All in all it was a good story and worth the time to read it. I’m not sorry I did and would recommend it. 

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

SYNOPSIS: Sally Hepworth, the author of The Mother-In-Law delivers a knock-out of a novel about the lies that bind two sisters in The Good Sister.

There’s only been one time that Rose couldn’t stop me from doing the wrong thing and that was a mistake that will haunt me for the rest of my life.

Fern Castle works in her local library. She has dinner with her twin sister Rose three nights a week. And she avoids crowds, bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. Fern has a carefully structured life and disrupting her routine can be…dangerous.

When Rose discovers that she cannot get pregnant, Fern sees her chance to pay her sister back for everything Rose has done for her. Fern can have a baby for Rose. She just needs to find a father. Simple.

Fern’s mission will shake the foundations of the life she has carefully built for herself and stir up dark secrets from the past, in this quirky, rich and shocking story of what families keep hidden.

The Menu by Steven Manchester ~ 5⭐

Genre: Christian Romance ~ Released: June 16, 2020

REVIEW: How can you possibly read a book with tears pouring out of your eyes and your nose running with snot? It’s not easy. That is exactly what happened to me while trying to read The Menu by Steven Manchester. I gave this book 5 stars but would gladly give it more. 

This book brought me closer to my faith. Not my religion but, my faith. I love his descriptions of our eternal journey and how we enter life on earth and return back to our home with God, the father. This book was so beautifully written! 

The main character was Phinn and I could sympathize and relate to his journey. His wife was Maddy and boy was she a sweetheart! There were other great characters that I enjoyed. I found the story plausible and believable. I can’t tell you how much this book meant to me and how much I love it. 

If you read The Shack and loved it, you need to read this one too. They are not exactly alike but, you could say they are in the same family. I don’t reread books but, I may have to make an exception with this one. There is a lot to absorb. 

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

SYNOPSIS: From New England’s Storyteller Steven Manchester comes a soul-awakening novel about love, faith and family. During Phinn Reed’s romantic quest, he discovers that even through great suffering and loss, he is never alone—not ever—and that we are all eternally connected.

“If you liked The Shack, then The Menu is a must read!” – John Lansing, Bestselling Author

Phinn Reed enters the world with God’s promise of finding his soul mate. With heaven’s memories erased, his romantic quest teaches him that the heart often sees clearer than the eyes—and that not everyone has ordered the same items from The Menu. This inspirational novel is heartfelt evidence that love stories come in many different forms.

Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney ~ 5⭐

Genre: Contemporary Literary Fiction ~ Releases: April 6, 2021

REVIEW: Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney was quite a thought provoking book. It really made me stop and think. Does something that happened years ago really define a relationship or is it just a blip on the radar?

When Flora married Julian she thought they had a love that would hold them together forever. Once their daughter graduates and is heading off to college, Flora stumbles a across something that makes her question her marriage and her relationship with her best friend. It made me stop and think about my relationship and what I would do in the same circumstance. I always thought I knew what I would do and now I’m not so sure. I loved this book for that very reason. It made me think and question what I thought I knew. I wasn’t able to read this story and just move along to the next book. 

Most of the characters were multifaceted. The story was told at times from each characters viewpoint. I loved the symbolism of Julian cutting down the tree. You’ll have to read the book to figure that out and as I think about it there were more symbols used throughout the story. 

Overall, this was a great book. It is one that will make you think. It is well worth your time to read Good Company because…it is! 

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

SYNOPSIS: Flora Mancini has been happily married for more than twenty years. But everything she thought she knew about herself, her marriage, and her relationship with her best friend, Margot, is upended when she stumbles upon an envelope containing her husband’s wedding ring—the one he claimed he lost one summer when their daughter, Ruby, was five.

Flora and Julian struggled for years, scraping together just enough acting work to raise Ruby in Manhattan and keep Julian’s small theater company—Good Company—afloat. A move to Los Angeles brought their first real career successes, a chance to breathe easier, and a reunion with Margot, now a bona fide television star. But has their new life been built on lies? What happened that summer all those years ago? And what happens now?

With Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s signature tenderness, humor, and insight, Good Company tells a bighearted story of the lifelong relationships that both wound and heal us. 

Riptides, Wrath and Murder by A.M. Ialacci ~ 5⭐

Genre: Mystery ~ Releases: March 30, 2021

REVIEW: Riptides, Wrath and Murder is the 3rd installment of the Crystal Coast Case Series by A.M. Ialacci. I love this series. It is such a delight to read.

I couldn’t wait to begin this book to see what her characters were up to. They’re people who truly care for one another. Allie is the main character who is a private investigator and has a brother on the autism spectrum named Ryan. Ryan has a girlfriend named Frankie with autism as well. They’re so cute! Allie has boyfriend named Mike. She is friends with the Police Chief named Charlie and his wife Shelia. These are all people I would like in my life. 

I’m looking forward to more installments of this series. Is you like mysteries, intrigue and likable everyday characters, this book is for you. Grab yourself a copy, a cup of coffee and curl up in your favorite reading spot because you’re in for a treat! 

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

SYNOPSIS: She wanted sun and surf. The waves gave her a wet corpse. It’s been all work and no play for PI Allie Fox since moving to coastal North Carolina, and she’s in desperate need of a relaxing day at the beach. When a dead man washes up on the sand, Allie can’t help but examine the body. Everyone says local surfer Ebbie Watkins was a nice guy, and the police are ready to call it an accident. But Allie isn’t convinced. Then Ebbie’s estranged son hires her to take the case, and she begins to unravel the victim’s darker side, uncovering a trail of bitterness, deceit, and wrath. Allie tracks down every lead only to come up empty. When she is attacked, she must face her own vulnerability in order to find the killer in their midst before he strikes again. Riptides, Wrath, and Murder continues the story of the Crystal Coast Case series. If you like Melinda Leigh, Lisa Gray, or Claire McGowan, you’ll love A. M. Ialacci’s gripping story of sun-drenched murder.

The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon ~ 4⭐

Genre: Horror Fiction ~ Releases: April 6, 2021

REVIEW: I just finished The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon last night. For some reason I didn’t realize that the genre is Horror Fiction. I don’t usually read horror but, I have to admit this book was really good. I spent the whole day reading because my allergies were bothering me and this book held my interests and entertained me. Can’t ask for better than that! 

The characters were flawed and believable. There were so many good ones in this story. I especially liked the Dr and his wife who grew to believe in the healing power of the springs. 

It does cover a couple different time periods which I loved. The current time period takes place over the week Jax was home for the death of her sister Lexie. It wasn’t so much of a horror it scared you out of your wits but it was believable. I liked that and I could fall into the folk lore about the swimming pool fed by a natural spring. 

If you like horror stories (or not) that can make you believe, you might want to take a chance on this one. I recommend stepping into the unknown with The Drowning Kind. 

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

SYNOPSIS: From the New York Times bestselling author of The Invited and The Winter People comes a chilling new novel about a woman who returns to the old family home after her sister mysteriously drowns in its swimming pool…but she’s not the pool’s only victim.

Be careful what you wish for.

When social worker Jax receives nine missed calls from her older sister, Lexie, she assumes that it’s just another one of her sister’s episodes. Manic and increasingly out of touch with reality, Lexie has pushed Jax away for over a year. But the next day, Lexie is dead: drowned in the pool at their grandmother’s estate. When Jax arrives at the house to go through her sister’s things, she learns that Lexie was researching the history of their family and the property. And as she dives deeper into the research herself, she discovers that the land holds a far darker past than she could have ever imagined.

In 1929, thirty-seven-year-old newlywed Ethel Monroe hopes desperately for a baby. In an effort to distract her, her husband whisks her away on a trip to Vermont, where a natural spring is showcased by the newest and most modern hotel in the Northeast. Once there, Ethel learns that the water is rumored to grant wishes, never suspecting that the spring takes in equal measure to what it gives.

A haunting, twisty, and compulsively readable thrill ride from the author who Chris Bohjalian has dubbed the “literary descendant of Shirley Jackson,” The Drowning Kind is a modern-day ghost story that illuminates how the past, though sometimes forgotten, is never really far behind us.