Sunday, February 19, 2017

Gone Without a Trace

I have never heard of this author before, but you can bet I will be looking into another book of hers!  I can honestly say this is the most fun I have had with a book in a long time. The premise, without spoiling anything is this: Hannah has it all. A good job, a comfortable home and a loving boyfriend. She goes away for a business trip and is thrilled when her boss hints at an upcoming promotion. Riding high, Hannah returns home only to find her boyfriend,  Matt, is gone. Not only is he gone, every trace of him is missing. All of his belongings, all the artwork he had brought with him that had hung on the walls, everything. And, not only is it gone, all of Hannah's belongings are back in the places they were in before Matt moved in with her. Hannah is stunned and goes to call him only to find that all of her calls, texts and pictures with Matt are gone from her phone. At first, I thought, he didn't exist in the first place, but Hannah calls her best friend and tells her Matt is gone and from that point on, it is evident that he DID exist and a true mystery ensues. I think I yelled at loud once or twice, "What is going ON here?" It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it thoroughly. And, let me just say the ending isn't your typical tie it up a bow, all is well scenario. I HIGHLY recommend this book. Go have fun with it! Thank you to Penguin Read It First program for the advance copy! 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Amish Weddings by Leslie Gould

I have found a great Amish fiction author to add to my already very heavy to read list. I received a copy of this from The Bethany House review program and wanted to share my review. 

I am a big Amish fiction fan. I like a couple different authors, and never had heard of this one. Well, I dove right in! I was only disappointed when I found out this was a third  installment in a trilogy. I immediately wanted to go back and read the first two. 

I really enjoyed this book. It was about two Amish sisters and their family. Lila, the older sister is planning her wedding to Zane when a terrible accident happens (I won't get spoil it here), and younger sister Rose has to step up and help. Rose is in the middle of her own courtship with Reuben and trying to find her own way in life. 

Meanwhile, Zane's English friend, Trevor shows up for a visit and that's when things really start picking up in the book. 

This book is a great lesson to all about appreciating what you have right in front of you and how important it is to cherish your loved ones. Even more powerful is the power of forgiveness and moving on in the best way one can. 

If you like Amish fiction, I highly recommend this story. The characters were very well developed, and made me want to see them again.  I am happy to have found Leslie Gould, so a big thank you goes out to Bethany House! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Wish by Beverly Lewis

I received a free copy (rom the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required. However that being said, I always enjoy Beverly Lewis' books. Her book, The Shunning was the first Amish book I read and it kicked off a journey for me into a world of Amish fiction. This book is about Leona and Gloria, very close childhood friends who live next door to one another until Gloria's father packs his family up and leaves the Amish community. Leona is devastated and misses Gloria terribly. Leona dreamed of having Gloria as a lifelong sister-friend. Three years pass and Gloria reaches out to Leona. What occurred that made Gloria's father leave? What is Gloria up to now? Leona goes to find out what happened to her friend and why she and her family left. The rest of the book is about forgiveness and redemption and making our own choices in life. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

I received an advance galley from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jodi Picoult is one of my automatic read authors. She always makes me think more about whatever topic she has written about. In this one, Ruth Jefferson is a very experienced nurse who has been told by a newborn's father that he, nor his wife, want Ruth taking care of the baby because she's African-American. Well, without giving too much away, things happen and Ruth is forced to make a decision. Things snowball from there leaving Ruth in the middle of a court battle. I don't like to go too much into a synopsis because I don't want to give too much away. In any event, this book heavily touches on racism in America today. However, I had trouble with some of the examples the author used to showcase racism. I totally understand where she was coming from because in all honesty, all you have to do is look around and you will see it. But, I guess the author was really focusing on the one side of the story, because what about ANYBODY that experiences racism? Not just one class or race? I guess that was covered in the white supremacists' part of the story, but I had bad feelings at some of the points being made. All in all, the book, as always by Ms. Picoult was riveting and I couldn't wait to see what happened. She amazes me in how she can write from so many different viewpoints and sound like completely different people.Thank you to NetGalley and to the publisher! 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Falling by Jane Green

This book is about Emma who has given up her fast paced life in New York City. She moves to a quiet beach town where she meets Dominic, her new landlord, along with his young son, Jesse. Well, you know right away what's going to happen here. BUT, there is an unexpected thing that does happen in the book and I won't give it away here. However, I have to say this, is by far the weakest female character I have ever seen. About halfway in the book, a SLIGHT misunderstanding takes place between Emma and Dominic, plunging Emma into a depression to the point of where she keeps thinking "it's over." I didn't understand the author's intent here. Why did she make Emma so dramatic. I didn't find much of this believable. I know I will not be in the majority here with my review. As always though, I am grateful for the opportunity to read this book. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publishers and to NetGalley! 

I was really interested in this book and to be truthful, I was hooked right away. The book revolves around a terrible car accident which kills five year old Jacob where the driver leaves the scene. What happens after that is a whirlwind of a story! Revolving around the mother of the child, the suspect driver as well as the police who are on the case made this a book I couldn't put down!  In fact, this is the first book in a long time that I couldn't wait to get back to when I was busy doing other things. 

I don't want to give too much away because a lot does happen and I would love for you to read it and enjoy it the way I did. I saw someone comment that they didn't like how the author went behind the scenes in the police officers' personal lives, but I have to say, I enjoyed that. The author was not overly wordy with descriptions and so it kept me hooked. I like how she described all the characters, actually.  

Word has it that the author has a new book out this year. I will definitely be checking that out. Go ahead and read this. It truly was a great read.