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I knew right away that I would love this book and I was right. A Stranger in the House is author Shari Lapena’s follow up to the page turning novel, The Couple Next Door. I applaud an author who can create a riveting story that makes you stay up long past your bedtime and Shari does that. It’s not easy, I’ve tried!

The story starts out with a bang- Karen is making dinner like any other night when suddenly she runs out of the house, drives across town and ends up in a car accident. The problem is that she doesn’t remember anything. Adding to that is a strange man, found dead close to Karen’s accident.

Suffering from amnesia, she doesn’t know anything about the dead man but a pair of pink rubber gloves with her car tire prints across them put her near the scene of the crime. Her nosy neighbor Brigid, watches Karen closely from her front room, noting Karen and her husband’s activities. Two detectives are hell bent on arresting Karen for the murder of the dead man.  As things start to get more and more suspicious, even Karen’s husband doesn’t know what to believe.

And who is Karen, a woman with no documented past?

This book is SO GOOD. Due out in July.

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Long, long time ago, Nadine sent me a rough draft of this book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Young Adult isn’t my preferred genre but if a book is good, I will read it and I really liked Nadine’s story. Years passed and the story got a new name and a bit of a makeover and here it is, in its final, published form, with a new title and a cute cover, here it is…. Romancing the Throne.   Nadine Jolie Courtney is a fabulous writer and I love her sense of humor. Don’t miss this one!

Here is what you need to know about this entertaining novel:

For the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby’s all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. Social-climbing Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle: Britain’s young elites, glamorous teens who vacation in Hong Kong and the South of France and are just as comfortable at a polo match as they are at a party.

It’s a social circle that just so happens to include handsome seventeen-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne.

If there are any rules of sisterhood, “Don’t fall for the same guy” should be one of them. But sometimes chemistry—even love—grows where you least expect it. In the end, there may be a price to pay for romancing the throne…and more than one path to happily ever after.

Due out in May. Congratulations Nadine!

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I was immediately captivated by Fiona Barton’s new novel, The Child. Maybe you read her first novel, The Widow, which was one of my favorites from last year, now here’s an equally creepy and mysterious new novel for you. You will devour this one!

Here’s the synopsis:

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…

I am eagerly awaiting Fiona’s next story!

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There’s a lot of information out there right now about ketogenic eating. I am pretty new to this idea but basically, you eat healthy fats to fuel your body and you actively reduce your intake of carbs and sugar. Your body burns the fat for energy and you are left feeling better and your body is more efficient in how it creates energy.

Here’s the 411 on this book:

In this groundbreaking guide, the first of its kind, New York Times best-selling author and leading natural-health practitioner Joseph Mercola explains how nearly all disease is caused by defective metabolic processes. Then he reveals what’s really causing your metabolism to go haywire: damage and dysfunction in the mitochondria, thousands of which are at work in nearly every cell in your body, generating 90 percent of the energy you need to stay alive and well. When mitochondria become damaged in large numbers, it is impossible to stay healthy.

Dr. Mercola shows you that you can take control of your health simply by giving your body the proper fuel—and it’s not what you’ve likely been led to believe. A ketogenic diet, very low in carbohydrates and high in healthy fats, is the way to optimize the biochemical pathways that suppress disease and support healing. And the benefits can be astonishing—not only in treating or preventing serious illness, but in boosting your brainpower, increasing your energy, helping you lose weight and keep it off, and much more.

In Dr. Mercola’s book, he gets into details about how cells function and heal and much more. It’s definitely an in-depth look at the how’s and why’s of consuming fats for optimum health.

I am very excited to share with you two beautiful new cookbooks on this topic. It makes a lot of sense to me and during this awful bought with candida, I’m going to be following this very closely.

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And up next to be read this weekend is Elizabeth Berg’s new book, The Story of Arthur Truluv. I’ve long been a fan of this author and every time she writes a new book, I’m anxious to read it. This is the quirky kind of story that I absolutely love.

Here’s the synopsis:

A moving novel about three people who find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of happiness. Arthur, a widow, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who is avoiding school by hiding out at the cemetery, where Arthur goes every day for lunch to have imaginary conversations with his late wife, and think about the lives of others. The two strike up a friendship that draws them out of isolation. Maddy gives Arthur the name Truluv, for his loving and positive responses to every outrageous thing she says or does. With Arthur’s nosy neighbor Lucille, they create a loving and unconventional family, proving that life’s most precious moments are sweeter when shared.