My Wife Is Missing by D. J. Palmer ~ 5⭐

Genre: Domestic Thriller ~ Release Date: May 10, 2022

REVIEW: OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I finished the new book My Wife Is Missing by D. J. Palmer last night as I was trying to wind down for sleep. My mind kept whirling for a while after I shut the light off. What a brilliant book this is. I haven’t read anything quite like this one in a long time. 

This book is so believably twisty! I loved every second of it. A husband and his wife take their two children to New York City for a vacation. They are so excited to share their special city with their children. While Michael is out picking up pizza for dinner the first night, Natalie packs up the children and they make a run for safety. Michael comes back to an empty hotel room with only his luggage left behind. He immediately thinks someone has abducted his family. Police are called and a look at the security cameras tell them that Natalie has left with the children of her own free will. Why?

There are several factors working here. One is that Natalie has been suffering from insomnia and she also thinks Michael has been having an affair. She has started to have visions and delusions. Has she imagined things or are they real? You have to read this book to find out. There is so much to this story that I want to tell you but, I can’t! That would be giving away all the fun stuff. It is really more fun to discover all of the ins and outs of this story on your own.

I have truly enjoyed the other books I’ve read by this author but, this one is simply genius. My mind went in so many directions and yet I did not see a lot of it happening. I was surprised and I am sure you will be too. This book is not predictable at all. Just the opposite. So many times I thought I knew what was coming only to be blindsided with reality.

If you like Psychological Suspense at it’s fnest or Domestic Thrillers, then this is a must read! D. J. Palmer is brilliant! I haven’t read all of his books but, this has to be his best to date. I started my blog on April 3, 2020 and The New Husband by D. J. Palmer was my very first review on my blog Phyllis Jones Pisanelli Reviews. 

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SYNOPSIS: When a woman disappears with her two children, one husband will do anything to find them–even confront the secrets of his own past–in D. J. Palmer’s My Wife Is Missing, a twisty thriller from the author of The New Husband.

A family vacation turns into a nightmare for Michael Hart when he discovers his wife and two children have disappeared from their New York City hotel room. Horrified, he fears they’ve been kidnapped. Michael’s frantic search to find them takes a shocking turn when he discovers that his wife, Natalie, appears to have left quite willingly, taking their children with her. The police want to know why, and so does Michael. But there may be a reason why Natalie ran, something Michael can’t tell the police—the truth about his past.

While untangling his deceptions might be the key to locating Natalie, Michael knows it could also be his undoing. To find his wife, he must now turn to the one person capable of exposing all that he’s been hiding. Natalie thinks she has Michael all figured out and has hatched a plan to escape from him permanently. One detail, though, threatens to derail her efforts: sleep—or more accurately, the lack of it. Since the moment the shocking revelations about her husband came to light, Natalie’s insomnia has worsened to the point that she now suffers from delusions.

Are her fears about Michael valid—or a symptom of her condition? With her children’s lives at risk, the stakes for Natalie could not be higher. On her own, running low on energy and resources, avoiding increasingly close calls with Michael—who is on the hunt and closing in fast—Natalie needs someone to turn to for help. But who can she trust when she can’t even trust herself?

The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews ~ 4⭐

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction ~ Release Date: May 3, 2022

REVIEW: I’m running behind and just finished The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews on Pub morning. If you love home make-over shows you will love this book. If you follow MKA on social media you know that she restores and decorates cottages. This was a fun book and I have liked the books I’ve read of hers in the past. I think she is one of those authors most of her fans buy her books blindly.

The story is about a woman named Hattie who works for her father-in-law restoring homes. She married the bosses son and became a widow at the age of 25. It is seven years later when this book begins. Hattie bought a run-down mansion and wound up selling it at a loss. There was just too much to fix and now she is out to prove herself. She is offered the co-host spot on a beach house renovation reality show. There are a few men on the show that may or may not become love interests.

I liked the characters. They were complex and MKA did a fabulous job with them. Hattie was down to earth and still grieving and missing her late husband. Time stands still for her until this new reality show comes along. It was fun to see her get wrapped up in this project and start living her life again. You have the other characters from Hollywood and you can imagine the fun that brought to the book. 

I have to admit that the first quarter of the book did not grab me like I thought it would. Then the introduction of the disappearance of a local school teacher from years before got my attention. Of course, you know I love a good mystery. MKA brought it! The last three fourths of the book was gangbusters! I really enjoyed it. I spent most of yesterday reading because I had to see what was going to happen and how the disappearance of the beloved school teacher worked out.

If you love mysteries and reality TV, then this is a book just for you! I’m really hoping Mary Kay Andrews might revisit this story line and make it into a series. I think she could write us a few more interesting sequels. I want to know more. So will  you!

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SYNOPSIS: Summer begins with Mary Kay Andrews, in this delightful summer read about flipping houses, and finding true love.

Hattie Kavanaugh went to work restoring homes for Kavanaugh & Son Restorations at eighteen, married the boss’s son at twenty, and became a widow at twenty-five. Now, she’s passionate about her work, but that’s the only passion in her life. “Never love something that can’t love you back,” is advice her father-in-law gives her, but Hattie doesn’t follow it and falls head-over-heels for a money pit of a house. She’s determined to make it work, but disaster after disaster occurs, and Hattie’s dream might cost Kavanaugh & Son their livelihood. Hattie needs money, and fast.

When a slick Hollywood producer shows up in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia, she gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: star in a beach house renovation reality show called The Homewreckers, cast against a male lead who may be a love interest, or may be the ultimate antagonist. Soon, there’s more at stake than bad pipes and dry rot: during the demolition, evidence comes to light that points to the mysterious disappearance of a young wife and mother years before.

With a burned out detective investigating the case, an arsonist on the loose, two men playing with her emotions, and layers upon layers of vintage wallpaper causing havoc, it’s a question of who will flip, who will flop, and if Hattie will ever get her happily-ever-after.

Dreaming of Flight by Catherine Ryan Hyde ~ 5⭐

Genre: Coming of Age Fiction ~ Release Date: May 3, 2022

REVIEW: Heartwarming is the word that kept coming to mind while I was reading Dreaming of Flight by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I loved this book. It didn’t give me all the warm fuzzies like some books do, it just made my heart warm. Stewie was a boy that reminded me a little of myself and I totally understood all that he was facing and just wanted to wrap him in my arms and give him a big hug.

Stewie lost his parents when he was a baby and he doesn’t have any memories of them. His grandmother died just before the book started. He has had a lot of loss in his young life. I love Stewie because he values family even though he never had a large family. Now, his older sister takes care of him and his older brother. Stewie is just 11 years old when the book starts. He is a character I can identify with. I didn’t lose my parents but, I didn’t have siblings and we didn’t live near family. I was always a bit jealous when kids came to school and spoke of family gatherings. I wanted that.

I usually don’t read reviews before I read a book and write my own review. I happened to see a review online about this book and that reviewer said the book was too YA for her. I’m glad that I put that out of my mind and read the book with an open heart. There were many older characters in this book although, it was told through the eyes of Stewie. I loved his values. He didn’t tell lies and he always tried to do what he said he would. 

The heart of this book is opening our own heart to someone who is different from us, older than us and seeing what opportunities that are right in front of us to make our lives better and other peoples lives at the same time. There are a lot of lessons to be learned in Dreaming of Flight.

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SYNOPSIS: An unexpected connection becomes the saving grace for two unlikely friends in a heart-stirring novel about love, loss, and moving forward by a New York Times and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author.

Never knowing his parents, eleven-year-old Stewie Little and his brother have been raised on a farm by their older sister. Stewie steadfastly tends the chickens left by his beloved late grandmother. And every day Stewie goes door to door selling fresh eggs from his wagon—a routine with a surprise just around the corner. It’s his new customer, Marilyn. She’s prickly and guarded, yet comfortably familiar—she reminds the grieving Stewie so much of the grandmother he misses more than he can express.

Marilyn has a reason for keeping her distance: a secret no one knows about. Her survival tactic is to draw a line between herself and other people—one that Stewie is determined to cross. As their visits become more frequent, a complicated but deeply rooted relationship grows. That’s when Stewie discovers how much more there is to Marilyn, to her past, and to challenges that become more pressing each day. But whatever difficult times lie ahead, Stewie learns that although he can’t fix everything for Marilyn or himself, at least he’s no longer alone.

The Dinner Guests by Kiersten Modglin ~ 5⭐

Genre: Psychological Thriller ~ Release Date: May 1, 2022

REVIEW: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Wow! Kiersten Modglin knocked my socks off! You can’t have a better reading experience than reading one of her books. I thought her last book Tell Me The Truth was my favorite but, now I think it’s The Dinner Guests. I have been reading and reviewing Kiersten’s books since May of 2020. There have been a lot of books in the last two years and my favorite has changed a lot.

This book starts out with several childhood friends that move into the same neighborhood right next door and across the street from each other. That in itself is an interesting premise. Then the developer of their community who lives at the end of the cul de sac suddenly moves and doesn’t say goodbye. They are a little confused and wonder where they went. The new couple moves in and immediately installs a high fence and gate around the property and security equipment. What are they hiding or what are they afraid of?

The couples that are friends on the street all get black invitations to a dinner party at the new neighbors house. Black invitations? How odd. Are they going or do they send regrets? There is so much I want to tell you but, I won’t give any spoilers away. Make sure you read the synopsis.

I highly recommend this book. It will keep your interest and keep you on the edge of your seat. I couldn’t wait to get to the end to see how everything worked out with the friends. If you like Psychological Thrillers, then this is a must read. You’ll be glad you did.

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SYNOPSIS: Six friends.
A lifetime of secrets.
One terrifying game.

When a group of friends receives unexpected invitations to a dinner party, they see it as a chance to finally meet the bizarre and reclusive new neighbor whose home is enshrouded in layers of security.

As the drinks are poured and dinner is served, the group begins to realize things are not what they seem. What starts out as an innocent night of fun soon becomes a seemingly calculated game filled with cryptic messages and chilling revelations.

With no way out, the guests are forced to play along in hopes of escape. Friendships fray, loyalties are tested, and the secrets they’ve kept from each other are revealed one by one.

Six friends walk into the house that night.
Will six friends make it out?

Little Souls by Sandra Dallas ~ 5⭐

Genre: Historical Fiction ~ Release Date: April 26, 2022

REVIEW: Little Souls by Sandra Dallas was a fabulous book! I gave it FIVE stars for FIVE reasons. I’ll list them for you below.

Number One ~ I loved the time period. It took place during the period of the 1918 flu and World War I. It was interesting how the epidemic was handled then compared to how it has been handled during our current Covid-19 epidemic. The same type of precautions were taken and at times precautions were thrown to the wind. The parades and the celebrations in the streets when the end of the war was declared was one instance.

Number Two ~ The characters in this book were people we could relate to. Much like we think they may have been in that time period. More gentle and caring. Hardworking people. The main character was an artist for a popular department store that drew the advertisements for the newspaper. We’ve all seen the black and white drawings but, for some reason, I never imagined someone be employed to do that all day everyday.

Number Three ~ The cost of homes in that day for a modest family home was in the neighborhood of $1000.00. I like reading how they were frugal with their money. Many folks in town did not own a care because there were trolleys running through town and it was easy enough to walk to the stop and jump on the trolley to get to near where you wanted to go. 

Number Four ~ I grew to understand that although we have many more advancements in the medical field, we still fell short when it came to treating Covid-19. They fell very short when it came to treating the Spanish Flu. They absolutely didn’t have any drugs to combat the flu. When the sick started to turn blue, they knew the end was near. In fact, they called it the Spanish Flu but they think it may have started in the United States and our service men took it to other countries when they went to fight the war.

Number Five ~ I loved the slang that was used during that time. We have all heard the police called Coppers in the old films. It was fun to see how the vocabulary was sometimes used during that time. I really enjoyed that time period in the book.

Sandra Dallas did a fine job in the book. Some folks resist reading anything about a pandemic but, I don’t think it was really that prominent in the book. It might have been for someone that has lost a loved one to the pandemic but, it may be just something you can relate to. Overall, the book related to the stamina of people in hard times and the will to move forward and do what is right. 

I think this book should be required reading. It was so good and there was so much to be learned. 

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SYNOPSIS: Sandra Dallas’s Little Souls is a gripping tale of sisterhood, loyalty, and secrets set in Denver amid America’s last deadly flu pandemic

Colorado, 1918. World War I is raging overseas, but it’s the home front battling for survival. With the Spanish Flu rampant, Denver’s schools are converted into hospitals, churches and funeral homes are closed, and nightly horse-drawn wagons collect corpses left in the street. Sisters Helen and Lutie have moved to Denver from Ohio after their parents’ death. Helen, a nurse, and Lutie, a carefree advertising designer at Neusteter’s department store, share a small, neat house and each finds a local beau – for Helen a doctor, for Lutie a young student who soon enlists. They make a modest income from a rental apartment in the basement. When their tenant dies from the flu, the sisters are thrust into caring the woman’s small daughter, Dorothy. Soon after, Lutie comes home from work and discovers a dead man on their kitchen floor and Helen standing above the body, an icepick in hand. She has no doubt Helen killed the man—Dorothy’s father—in self-defense, but she knows that will be hard to prove. They decide to leave the body in the street, hoping to disguise it as a victim of the flu.

Meanwhile Lutie also worries about her fiance “over there”. As it happens, his wealthy mother harbors a secret of her own and helps the sisters as the danger deepens, from the murder investigation and the flu.

Set against the backdrop of an epidemic that feels all too familiar, Little Souls is a compelling tale of sisterhood and of the sacrifices people make to protect those they love most.

Beach Dreams by Tammy L Grace ~ 5⭐

Genre: Family Life Fiction ~ Release Date: June 7, 2022

REVIEW: As usual, I flew through Beach Dreams by Tammy L. Grace. I love her books and can’t keep myself away from them once I get started. Beach Dreams was not any different and now I sit here wondering when she has another book coming out. 

Beach Dreams was the conclusion to a three part series called Glass Beach Cottage. I hated to see it end. It is a lovely series. There are a few authors that are among my favorites that have a knack of bringing out all the feels. Tammy is one of them. Do you ever read a book and feel like your soul is wallowing in the goodness of the book? That’s what I’m getting at. There are good characters, good plots, great settings, fun and clean romance and tribulations that have satisfying conclusions. They have it all and you can’t think of one thing that could make the book better.

I love that she brings characters from other books into her plots. They visit each other as old friends and it gives you a chance to catch up with old friends as well. While reading this book there were characters from the Hometown Harbor Series that Lily went to visit. The one that brought a big smile to my face was the mention of planning a visit to Linden Falls where The Wishing Tree Series takes place. I have read and reviewed the first seven books in this series and am looking forward to the next six this fall with a few new authors. If you haven’t started The Wishing Tree Series, I urge you to check it out and download book one The Wishing Tree. Best of all it is FREE!

If you are like me and enjoy several different genres of fiction but always rely on the sweet romance to mix things up a bit, Beach Dreams and Glass Beach Cottage Series will do the trick. They are a wonderful respite from the Psychological Thrillers, Mysteries and Historical Fiction that I read a lot of. These books soothe my soul and relax me. 

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SYNOPSIS: Surrendering to the tide of life might just make all their dreams come true. Lily is preparing for the high season at Glass Beach Cottage and looking forward to her son’s upcoming visit, when she’s hit with an unwelcome surprise—her estranged sister is back.

Wendy’s arrival, and plan to stay indefinitely, frustrates Lily beyond belief and adds to the chaos of her busiest time of year. While the two sisters navigate living under the same roof, Mac surprises Lily with a proposal that promises to make all their dreams come true.

Then, during the arrival of her first guests, an untimely event forces Lily to rely on Wendy for help—not something she’s happy about, not at all! To make matters worse, Mac’s daughter, Missy, threatens to dismantle their future.

After a particularly nasty encounter, Lily realizes she can’t move forward and make a life with Mac with his daughter making constant trouble. She’s looking for stability, not turmoil, but the thought of breaking the heart of the man she loves shatters her.

Lily and Mac have a vision for the future and a dream that grew from their first walk on the beach. Will the strength of their love and commitment be enough to withstand the forces that want to tear them apart?

Join USA Today bestselling author, Tammy L. Grace for the conclusion of the Glass Beach Cottage Series in this third installment of Lily’s story, and join her search for hope, healing, & happiness along the shores of the Pacific Northwest.

Read more from Tammy L. Grace

COOPER HARRINGTON DETECTIVE NOVELS

  • Killer Music (2016 Gold Medal Mystery Winner in the Global eBook Awards)
  • Deadly Connection (2017 Gold Medal Mystery Winner in the Global eBook Awards)
  • Dead Wrong
  • Cold Killer

HOMETOWN HARBOR SERIES

  • Hometown Harbor: The Beginning (Prequel Novella)
  • Finding Home
  • Home Blooms
  • Promise of Home
  • Pieces of Home
  • Finally Home
  • Forever Home

GLASS BEACH COTTAGE SERIES

  • Beach Haven
  • Moonlight Beach
  • Beach Dreams

CHRISTMAS BOOKS

  • A Season for Hope (Christmas in Silver Falls, Book 1)
  • The Magic of the Season (Christmas in Silver Falls, Book 2)
  • Christmas in Snow Valley (Hometown Christmas Series, Book 1)
  • Christmas Sisters (FREE PREQUEL to Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge, Book 1)
  • Christmas Wishes (Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge, Book 3)
  • Christmas Surprises (Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge, Book 7)

THE WISHING TREE SERIES

  • The Wishing Tree (FREE PREQUEL)
  • Wish Again
  • Overdue Wishes

Love Child by Ashley Farley ~ 5⭐

Genre: Family Life Saga Fiction ~ Release Date: May 17, 2022

REVIEW: I have to admit I was dragging my feet. I didn’t want to start Love Child by Ashley Farley. You see, her new series Virginia Vineyards is a spin off of her Hope Springs series. I was so in love with the story line, the characters and the setting of Hope Springs that I didn’t want to leave. Have you ever felt that way about a series? The author starts a new series and you want to be stubborn and stay behind living in Hope Springs.

Well…I’m a reviewer and had to put my feeling aside and jump in. Oh my goodness. I fell in love on the first page! Ollie is a character from Hope Springs that leaves and moves to Lovely. She buys her own vineyard and she brings Fiona with her to get things rolling. There is a lot to do. Along comes Casey Hobbs who is just the graphic designer Ollie needs to get her vineyard the attention it deserves. BUT, like any good story there are problems to iron out at Foxtail Farms.

I’m not sure how Ashley did it, but she did! She hogtied and roped me in so fast my head is still spinning. This is going to be a wonderful series. I finished the book in one day. It’s not terribly long but, I sure hated to turn that last page. Sometimes, I wish I could wait until all the books are all out and binge read them. I can’t do that because my job as a reviewer is to get my opinion out there and hopefully draw in readers old and new to Ashley’s books. 

Believe me when I tell you, if I didn’t love her books I would not have requested to be on her review team. I read some of her stand alone novels and was totally drawn in by the passion, angst and perseverance of her characters. Her story lines are not only fabulous but, they are interesting. I always get lost in the world of her characters. Why don’t you pre-order your Love Child today and join me in reading this series?

Book two Blind Love comes out July 26, 2022. We don’t have long to wait! I’m so excited…

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SYNOPSIS: Small-town romantic suspense from USA Today bestselling author Ashley Farley.

Casey Hobbs has never met her father. She doesn’t know his identity or where he lives or whether he has children. She’s spent the past three years at her mother’s sickbed, watching cancer eat away her organs and their bank account. Upon her mother’s death, Casey receives a letter containing clues about her mysterious father. With nothing left for her in New York, Casey packs her meager belongings in her mother’s old convertible and heads off in search of Daniel Love.

Casey finds the Virginia mountains charming and the small town of Lovely quaint. Buying time while she determines how best to approach her father, Casey accepts a job as graphic designer with Foxtail Farm, a boutique winery conveniently located next door to Love-Struck Vineyard. On her first day, she discovers her new boss is at war with the Love children, Casey’s half siblings.

Weeks pass before Casey meets her father. Casey reminds Daniel of her mother, the true love of his life, and he welcomes her with open arms. But Casey’s half siblings want nothing to do with her. They stakes are high, and they want her gone. They’ll stop at nothing to protect the family dynasty.

The Groom Went Missing by Jenifer Ruff ~ 5⭐

Genre: Suspense Thriller ~ Release Date: May 2, 2022

REVIEW: Jenifer Ruff hit it out of the ball park with a grand slam home run with The Groom Went Missing. This has to be the best book I’ve read by her yet. Don’t get me wrong, I love her books but, this one is the best one so far. 

I haven’t communicated with the author so, I am not sure what brought about this change in her work. This book is on a whole new level. I love how she tells different sides of the story in the different parts. There are three parts to this book. You have to shift gears a little bit when you leave each part. The change of gears is smooth and although I felt a little resistance on my part when we entered into the new parts, I soon was right back into the story. I was totally invested in this book. I couldn’t wait to find out what was happening next and what happened to the groom. Is he ok? Where is he? This book was unputdownable. I devoured it.

Some of the characters were the same. Victoria and Ned returned. I love how they have blended her love for rescuing animals and his veterinary skills to better the lives of homeless and injured animals. Their love for each other shines through. I liked some of the other characters in the book and like any good book there were a few I did not like. Her character development in this story is perfect. You feel like you’ve met these people somewhere berfore. They are not predictible but, they have a familiar feeling to them.

“The Groom Went Missing” An Agent Victoria Heslin Thriller Book Five is of course book five in the series and can be written as a stand alone. You don’t need to read them in order. I have read the last three out of the five. I do have the first two and have promised myself that I will go back and read book one and two. I want to assure you that you will not feel lost if you start with The Groom Went Missing. I know you will be jumping into the rabbit hole and will have to go back and read the first four. Number Six is Vanished on Vacation and is slated to be released in October. I can’t wait to see what Jenifer Ruff brings us next. The title sounds intriguing!

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SYNOPSIS: Second thoughts . . . or something more sinister?

Agent Victoria attends a lavish wedding as a guest of the best man. Everything is perfect and in place, except the groom.

Family and friends aren’t sure if they should be angry or deeply concerned, until mounting evidence suggests the groom panicked and fled. The bride and the best man don’t believe it. They convince Victoria to find the missing groom and uncover the truth.

Investigations reveal people’s dirty secrets, and the guests at this wedding have many. But even Victoria doesn’t anticipate the disturbing reality she unearths, and the life and death situations she’ll face because of it.

“Totally engrossing. The latest Victoria Heslin Thriller is a well-crafted blend of intrigue and suspense. A perfect read for fans of The Guest List by Lucy Foley.” – USA Today bestselling author, Audrey. J. Cole

The Groom Went Missing is book five in the award-winning Victoria Heslin Series and can also be read as a standalone novel with no confusion. Secrets, suspects, and subtle clues will pull you in and keep you guessing until the end.

Mulberry Hollow by Denise Hunter ~ 5⭐

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance ~ Release Date: April 19, 2022

REVIEW: Mulberry Hollow by Denise Hunter is the second of three books in A Riverbend Romance Series. The first book is Riverbend Gap. I fell in love with the first book and couldn’t resist another vist with the characters and the town of Riverbend Gap.

If you haven’t read the first book yet, you don’t have to as these books do well on their own but, I highly recommend this series. It is just the kind of place and the kind of people I would like to live in and around. There is one more book to this series and I can’t wait for that one but, on the otherhand, I’m not looking forward to the end. I always hate to see a good series come to an end. I think I could live in them for a long time.

Denise Hunter has a writing style that just brings her stories to life. You don’t have to think about it. It flows so easily and pulls you forward from page one. There is not a great mystery other than what happens to the characters and where life will lead them. Her characters are full of love for their town, family and helping where they can. 

If you love a good clean story that has characters that mean something to you and worm their way into your heart, this is a series for you. It brings out all the feels and makes you happy you found the little town of Riverbend Gap. I hope you’ll join me in reading this series.

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SYNOPSIS: Living life to the fullest always requires sacrifice.

Avery Robinson decided to be a physician after helplessly watching her mother lose a battle with a terrible disease. Now at risk of developing the same illness, Avery guards her heart from love. She’s driven to protect her loved ones as a workaholic doctor in the tiny mountain town of Riverbend Gap, North Carolina.

Contractor Wes Garrett is hiking the Appalachian trail, in memory of the man who died saving his life, when an illness racks his body. After an agonizing fifteen-mile hike to Avery’s clinic, he collapses on her doorstep. He recovers to find himself in debt again, this time to a beautiful doctor.

When he decides to help her renovate a rundown carriage house, the obstacles to their attraction sprout like weeds—starting with the woman waiting for Wes at the end of the trail. Will he be able to relinquish the debt he owes his best friend? And will Avery find the courage to risk everything for love?

The second book in Denise Hunter’s popular Riverbend Romance series explores what it might be like to live fearlessly and free.

“A poignant romance that’s perfect for fans of emotional love stories that capture your heart from the very first page. With her signature style, Denise Hunter whisks readers into a world where broken hearts are mended, lives are changed and love really does conquer all!” —Courtney Walsh, New York Times bestselling author

  • Sweet and thoughtful contemporary read
  • Book 1: Riverbend Gap; Book 2: Mulberry Hollow; Book 3: Harvest Moon
  • Book length: 86,000 words
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

I Heard You Scream by Emerald O’Brien ~ 4⭐

Genre: Phycological Fiction ~ Release Date: April 21,2022

REVIEW: I had the pleasure of reading the newest book to be released by Emerald O’Brien called I Heard You Scream. What a book! If you have read any other books by her, you know she puts out a very good suspenseful novel. I have enjoyed the previous books that I have read by her so, I was really looking forward to I Heard You Scream!

I Heard You Scream was a bit different from what I have read by Emerald so far. This book is centered around a group of young adults. I thought they were a bit self centered and immature. I didn’t see them as mature, upstanding citizens although some of them were teachers and heads of schools. I understand that an author can create and develop any kind of situation and character she chooses and that usually makes for a most interesting book. I just didn’t like any of the characters in this book. They were all under my suspicion and I think they were all guilty of some crime or at least a crime against a friend if not a legal crime.

The story line took a while for me to be invested and the twists and turns in the last half of the book kept me intersted and turning the pages. I at some point had to know what exactly was going on and who was responsible. Overall, I enjoyed the book. Just not the characters. I guess they didn’t pretend to be my kind of people?

If you like Psychological Suspense, then this book will be right up your alley. If you like Kiersten Modglin, you know what you are in for. I highly recommend this book!

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SYNOPSIS: Five can keep a secret if four are dead.

On a cold fall night in a small Canadian town, four of Chelsea’s friends are found dead, victims of a brutal stabbing—a selfish act of revenge.

The only witness, Chelsea spends the next five years struggling to bury her trauma. The victims’ families call her a hero. Her fiancé calls her the love of his life. Her best friend tells her there’s nothing more she could have done for her friends. She’s almost convinced herself that it’s true when she attends an anniversary memorial held at the scene of the crime.

But Chelsea’s ability to ignore the past comes to an end that very night when she receives an intimidating message.

Tell the police the truth about what you all did that night or I will.
You have 48 hours to confess.

Is it an empty threat from someone digging for facts they don’t actually possess? Or does someone else know Chelsea shared a secret with her friends? Either way, Chelsea knows the stakes are too high to ignore when the blackmailer resorts to violence—those closest to her might be the next victims if she doesn’t do as they ask.

The truth can ruin her life. But the lies have her just as trapped, a pawn in a deadly game even she doesn’t fully understand. She has no choice but to confess.

But Chelsea’s about to discover that some things are best taken to the grave.