The Missing by Kiersten Modglin ~ 5⭐

Genre: Phycological Thriller ~ Releases: May 18, 2021

REVIEW: My brain is like a slot machine! Ding ding ding… I’ve won the jackpot! I have been most fortunate to be on the review team for Kiersten Modglin. Her new book called The Missing is fabulous. The twists and turns are not as fast in this book. It’s a lot of mini climaxes until the final one at the end.

I’ve told you that she doesn’t have an outline she follows. Not one of her books are the same. When I started this one, I had the feeling it was going to be like The Perfect Getaway. Nope. Wrong again. It is nothing like that at all and once again she has provided a new and completely different story. I’m a little worried about how Kiersten’s mind works. She is so….I don’t have words. 

Her characters are all likeable to some extent. Maybe. In this book I found myself vacillating between like and hate. I think like the characters themselves, my emotions were being yanked back and forth like a yoyo. Kiersten always keeps me guessing and I NEVER know how the book ends until the end. In this book it was the very last sentence. 

Thank you Kiersten Modglin for yet another story that kept me engaged and on my toes. You are making a name for yourself and when you are a number one bestseller, I’ll be proud to say I knew you from the early days. 

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

SYNOPSIS: They disappeared…

That was just the beginning.

When five strangers are abandoned on an island without any idea where they are or whom to trust, their nightmarish new reality begins to unfold.

Someone is lying.

Someone is hiding a terrible secret.

They’d all do anything to get home… Wouldn’t they?

As the group struggles to uncover the truth about their mysterious whereabouts, only one thing is certain: every choice they make on the island will affect the others.

And when they uncover a strange note with a chilling revelation, the group begins to question everything they thought they knew. If they want to make it off the island alive, they’ll have to discover who brought them there and why…before it’s too late.

Lowcountry On My Mind by Ashley Farley ~ 5⭐

Genre: Women’s Fiction ~ Releases: May 11, 2021

REVIEW: Honored. I feel so honored to be able to read and review the new ARCs by Ashley Farley. Her new book coming out is Lowcountry On My Mind. It is book 3 of the Palmetto Island Series. Muddy Bottom is book one and it is free! If you haven’t downloaded it and read it yet, you don’t know what you are missing! It is a heartwarming series of friendship and love of long time friends. 

I have loved everything I’ve read by Ashley Farley. She writes wonderful Women’s Fiction. In this installment Max is accused of Arson when there is a fire in her hotel. Amelia has lost her mother and is planning an escape from her abusive husband. Birdie’s Cafe is expanding to offer fine dining at night so, all of the friends have a lot on their plates. There are some new characters and more planned for the next installment named Sail Away. 

There is a little suspense, some mystery, a little danger and a new relationship or two budding. I love this series and hope it doesn’t end for several more books. Time will tell. I highly recommend downloading the free book and then reading the next two before May 11 when Lowcountry On My Mind comes out. You will thank me for the advice! 

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

SYNOPSIS: “An element of suspense along with the right amount of romantic sparks.”

Childhood friends reunite in an explosive tale of family dysfunction and romance gone wrong.

Amelia has been plotting to escape her abusive husband for years. When her mama’s untimely death provides an unexpected opportunity, she hops on the next bus to the South Carolina Lowcountry. Her husband will eventually come for her. But she’s prepared. Her freedom has given her confidence to face her uncertain future. She settles in at her family’s oceanfront estate to await her destiny. But a visit from Amelia’s past presents danger in a different form.

After a string of disastrous blind dates, Max falls for the first guy who expresses an interest in her. As the weeks wear on, her attraction to Ron wanes. But he’s living in her apartment. And he won’t be so easy to get rid of.

Jump on board for a wild ride of adventure with the continuation of the bestselling Palmetto Island Series. Be sure to download Muddy Bottom, the series novella prequel, for FREE.

Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde ~ 5⭐

Genres: Animal, Friendship Fiction ~ Releases: May 4, 2021

REVIEW: Perfect! Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde was the perfect story for a couple of evenings. It took my mind off the problems of the world and totally refreshed me. Don’t get me wrong…the whole story was not all wine and roses but, there was a lot of good in this book. It even includes seven little puppies. What could be better? 

This author writes the best novels! I’ve read a few of her books and have really enjoyed them so I’m always happy when I see a new one coming out. Her characters in this book are wonderfully flawed and wonderfully perfect at the same time. My heart at times broke for Abby and sang for her bravery and success. She is so loveable with heart of gold. 

If you are craving a wholesome book that will break your heart and put it back together again, this book is for you. It brings out all the emotions. You’ll laugh, cry, get angry, cheer and just be happy you took the time to read Seven Perfect Things. 

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

SYNOPSIS: A heart-stirring novel about the joy that comes from finding love in unexpected places by the New York Times and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author.

Thirteen-year-old Abby Hubble lives in an unhappy home in the Sierra Nevada foothills where her father makes life miserable for her and her mother, Mary. One day Abby witnesses a man dump a litter of puppies into the nearby river. Diving in to rescue all seven, she knows she won’t be able to bring them home. Afraid for their fate at the pound, she takes them to an abandoned cabin, where all she can offer is a promise that she’ll be back the next day.

To grieving widower Elliot Colvin, life has lost meaning. Looking for solace, he retreats to the hunting cabin he last visited years ago, before his wife’s illness. What he discovers is not at all what he expected: seven puppies and one determined girl with an indomitable heart.

As Abby and Elliot’s friendship deepens, Abby imagines how much better her life—and the puppies’ lives—would be if her mother were married to Elliot instead of her father. But when Abby’s father moves the family hundreds of miles away, Abby and her mother must decide how long they’re willing to defer happiness.

Seven Perfect Things is a story about joy, where to find it, how to know it when you see it, and the courage it takes to hang on to it once you have it.

Waiting To Begin by Amanda Prowse ~ 5⭐

Genre: Phycological Literary Fiction ~ Releases: June 8, 2021

REVIEW: Waiting To Begin by Amanda Prowse really struck a cord with me. This book really hit me right in the heart. It speaks so eloquently about youth and the profound effect it has on our adult life.

Bess is the main character who made a few mistakes in her youth. It gained her a name and a reputation. Ones that she was not able to forget. Ones she kept hidden from her family and Mario, her husband. Bess had a pretty great relationship with Mario based on true love but built on a secret that she kept hidden from Mario. At the beginning of the book, I didn’t have much interest in young Bess. I read it anyway and came to understand the adult Bess in a much better way. You’ll have to read the book to see how it all works out. I don’t want to ruin it for you but, I know my heart was touched. 

If you like family drama, you’ll love this new novel from Amanda Prowse! I haven’t read a book by her yet that I didn’t love. Waiting to Begin is no exception.

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

SYNOPSIS: From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a story that asks: what would you risk for a shot at happiness?

1984. Bessie is a confident sixteen-year-old girl with the world at her feet, dreaming of what life will bring and what she’ll bring to this life. Then everything comes crashing down. Her bright and trusting smile is lost, banished by shame—and a secret she’ll carry with her for the rest of her life.

2021. The last thirty-seven years have not been easy for Bess. At fifty-three she is visibly weary, and her marriage to Mario is in tatters. Watching her son in newlywed bliss—the hope, the trust, the joy—Bess knows it is time to face her own demons, and try to save her relationship. But she’ll have to throw off the burden of shame if she is to honour that sixteen-year-old girl whose dreams lie frozen in time.

Can Bess face her past, finally come clean to Mario, and claim the love she has longed to fully experience all these years?

The Secrets We Left Behind by Soraya M Lane ~ 5⭐

Genre: Historical Fiction ~ Releases: May 20, 2021

REVIEW: HUMBLED is the word that comes to mind when I finished The Secrets We Left Behind by Soraya M Lane. I’m humbled when I stop to think of all the people in the world who gave up their lives and all the families that lost loved ones to fight in WWII. We had a lot of folks who gave all and not just in the United States. 

This is the second book I’ve read written by Soraya M Lane. I read her book The Last Correspondent and loved that one as well. She puts so much research into her stories. It is unbelievable. I feel like I’m right there in the midst of the war and what the women are fighting for. These two books are from a woman’s perspective. It doesn’t make war any easier to read about but, it does give you a look at how long we have had to fight for our rights and how strong we are as women.

I loved this book. I loved the love stories. I loved the fight for survival. I loved the characters. Did it all bring me to tears. YES!

If you haven’t read anything like this, I strongly urge you to try a book by Soraya M Lane. She is awesome. The Secrets We Left Behind releases May 20th. Pre-order yours now. I promise you, you will be glad you did!

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

SYNOPSIS: How far will they go for family, friendship, and love?

Occupied France, 1940. When the staff at a field hospital draw straws to find out who will join the evacuation from Dunkirk, Nurse Cate is left behind. But when the Nazis arrive to claim prisoners of war, she takes her chance and flees into the night, taking one patient with her.

Fifty miles away, the surrendering soldiers of the Royal Norfolk Regiment are shot dead by the advancing Germans. Beneath the pile of bodies two men survive, crawling to the safety of a nearby farmhouse, where sisters Elise and Adelaide risk their lives to take them in. When Cate, too, arrives at their door with her injured soldier, the pressure mounts.

The sisters are risking everything to keep their visitors safe. But with the Nazis coming ever closer and relationships in the farmhouse intensifying, they must all question the sacrifices they are willing to make for the lives of others. How far will they go for family, friendship, and love?

The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews ~ 5⭐

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction ~ Releases: May 4, 2021

REVIEW: Look! I don’t know where I got the idea that Mary Kay Andrews was an author of romance books but, she’s NOT! I just finished The Newcomer and that is not just a romance book. It is about murder, love gone wrong, swindling old folks, robbery, kidnapping and the list goes on. This was my first novel by Ms. Andrews and it won’t be my last. This was a fabulous book. I’ll certainly be looking for more of her work in the future. 

Everything was just right. I’m not kidding. Just enough romance, enough crime, enough of the old folks butting in and complaining. I never felt overwhelmed by any one aspect of the book. You know how sometimes you want to say “just get on with it”? I never felt that. I didn’t feel like I didn’t want to continue. I kind of felt like things would work out but then I wasn’t totally positive about that either. I guess what I’m trying to say is this was a well crafted story from beginning to end. 

If you are a fan of Mary Kay Andrews, you will want to make sure you get your hands on a copy of this book. If your like me and haven’t read her books, this one will be a great place to start! 

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

SYNOPSIS: Mary Kay Andrews, the New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads delivers her next page-turner for the summer with The Newcomer.

In trouble and on the run…

After she discovers her sister Tanya dead on the floor of her fashionable New York City townhouse, Letty Carnahan is certain she knows who did it: Tanya’s ex; sleazy real estate entrepreneur Evan Wingfield. Even in the grip of grief and panic Letty heeds her late sister’s warnings: “If anything bad happens to me—it’s Evan. Promise me you’ll take Maya and run. Promise me.”

With a trunkful of emotional baggage…

So Letty grabs her sister’s Mercedes and hits the road with her wailing four-year-old niece Maya. Letty is determined to out-run Evan and the law, but run to where? Tanya, a woman with a past shrouded in secrets, left behind a “go-bag” of cash and a big honking diamond ring—but only one clue: a faded magazine story about a sleepy mom-and-pop motel in a Florida beach town with the improbable name of Treasure Island. She sheds her old life and checks into an uncertain future at The Murmuring Surf Motel.

The No Vacancy sign is flashing & the sharks are circling…

And that’s the good news. Because The Surf, as the regulars call it, is the winter home of a close-knit flock of retirees and snowbirds who regard this odd-duck newcomer with suspicion and down-right hostility. As Letty settles into the motel’s former storage room, she tries to heal Maya’s heartache and unravel the key to her sister’s shady past, all while dodging the attention of the owner’s dangerously attractive son Joe, who just happens to be a local police detective. Can Letty find romance as well as a room at the inn—or will Joe betray her secrets and put her behind bars? With danger closing in, it’s a race to find the truth and right the wrongs of the past.

The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser ~ 5⭐

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction ~ Releases: May 4, 2021

REVIEW: The Bookshop of Second Chances by Jackie Fraser drew me in with the first paragraph and made me chuckle. From there, I gradually fell in love. When ancestry updated, I found out I was actually 30% Scottish. I’m more Scottish than anything else! I didn’t know this book took place in Scotland when I chose it to read. Can I just tell you how much I want to visit Scotland? Oh my.

I hope her characters were a good representation of the folks I might find during my visit. There were people with royal titles and the commoners. I like most of the folks I met on this journey. I kept thinking to myself that I would give anything to live in a home like Thea. A home that was once part of an estate. A nice garden and peace and quiet.  Oh! There was even a library of valuable books. Yup. I could live there! I immersed myself in this book. 

If you like a book that has a love story with a few complications and a chance to get to know another country, then The Bookshop of Second Chances might be a book for you to check out. This was Jackie Fraser’s first novel. I predict she will go far. I know I will be anxiously waiting for her next book. 

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

SYNOPSIS: A woman desperate to turn a new page heads to the Scottish coast and finds herself locked in a battle of wills with an infuriatingly aloof bookseller in this utterly heartwarming debut, perfect for readers of Evvie Drake Starts Over.

Thea Mottram is having a bad month. She’s been let go from her office job with no notice—and to make matters even worse, her husband of nearly twenty years has decided to leave her for one of her friends. Bewildered and completely lost, Thea doesn’t know what to do. But when she learns that a distant great uncle in Scotland has passed away, leaving her his home and a hefty antique book collection, she decides to leave Sussex for a few weeks. Escaping to a small coastal town where no one knows her seems to be exactly what she needs.

Almost instantly, Thea becomes enamored with the quaint cottage, comforted by its cozy rooms and lovely but neglected garden. The locals in nearby Baldochrie are just as warm, quirky, and inviting. The only person she can’t seem to win over is bookshop owner Edward Maltravers, to whom she hopes to sell her uncle’s book collection. His gruff attitude—fueled by an infamous, long-standing feud with his brother, a local lord—tests Thea’s patience. But bickering with Edward proves oddly refreshing and exciting, leading Thea to develop feelings she hasn’t experienced in a long time. As she follows a thrilling yet terrifying impulse to stay in Scotland indefinitely, Thea realizes that her new life may quickly become just as complicated as the one she was running from.

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 . . .