Books

Weekend Reading

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I was super excited to see this book, The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White. If you havent read the authors other novel, The Forgotten Room, which was absolutely amazing and an excellent story!

The Glass Ocean offers a compelling plot and I know the writing will be top notch. Check it out:

May 2013
Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .

April 1915
Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . .

Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . .

As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself.

If you are someone who enjoys beautifully written work with a glimpse into history then scoot this up to the top of your must-reads for September when it will be released!

 

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I really enjoyed Gilly MacMillan’s novel, The Perfect Girl, so when I saw her newest novel, I Know You Know, I knew I had to read it. Without reading the plot, just looking at the cover, I can tell it’s going to be a dark and mysterious read, aren’t those the best?

Here’s what you need to know:

Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Page and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger.

For his whole life, filmmaker Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encourage those who may be keeping long-buried secrets to speak up, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. But there are many people who don’t want the case—along with old wounds—reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands.

When a long-dead body is found in the same location the boys were left decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now Detective John Fletcher, the investigator on the original case, must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career in jeopardy, the clock is ticking and lives are in jeopardy…

Clear space from your schedule, you will want to read this one into the night!

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I was instantly intrigued by the plot of The Exes Revenge by Jo Jakeman and from page one I was hooked. What happens when not one ex-wife but three, have an ax to grind with an abusive ex-husband?

Divorces are often messy, and Imogen’s is no exception. Phillip Rochester is controlling, abusive, and determined to make things as difficult as possible. When he shows up without warning demanding that Imogen move out of their house by the end of the month or he’ll sue for sole custody of their young son, Imogen is ready to snap.

In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable–something that puts her in control for the first time in years. She’s desperate to protect her son and to claim authority over her own life.

But she wasn’t expecting both Phillip’s ex-wife and new girlfriend to get tangled up in her plans. These three very different women–and unlikely allies–reluctantly team up to take revenge against a man who has wronged them all.

The women are brought together to exact revenge on Phillip, a man who has zero redeeming qualities about himself. I think this was fast paced, with solid characters and an interesting premise. I think a lot of people are going to read this book in a single sitting!

 

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When The Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica was intense from beginning to end. I read this in record time, wondering WHAT IS HAPPENING?

When Jessie Sloan’s mother dies, her world is turned upside down. She cannot sleep and begins to lose her mind. What is real, what is imagined and who is the man she keeps seeing? Jessie needs her social security number but learns the number belongs to a girl who is long dead, so why does Jessie have a past that is shrouded in mystery? Who is she, really? Is there a link to the dead girl whose social security number she possesses?

So many questions! And the whole time Jessie tries to figure out her true identity, the lack of sleep is causing her hallucinations. Meanwhile, in alternating chapters, we learn about Eden, a woman so desperate to have a baby that she’s willing to do anything.

This book is not out until September but I highly recommend this author’s novel, The Good Girl, which I thought was very good!

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Currently, I am reading A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell, this novel will soon be a movie starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively.

Here’s the plot: 

It starts with a simple favor—an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son Nicky after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together—just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time.

But Emily doesn’t come back. She doesn’t answer calls or return texts. Stephanie knows something is terribly wrong—Emily would never leave Nicky, no matter what the police say. Terrified, she reaches out to her blog readers for help. She also reaches out to Emily’s husband, the handsome, reticent Sean, offering emotional support. It’s the least she can do for her best friend. Then, she and Sean receive shocking news. Emily is dead. The nightmare of her disappearance is over.

Or is it? Because soon, Stephanie will begin to see that nothing—not friendship, love, or even an ordinary favor—is as simple as it seems.

 

You know what else would make a GREAT MOVIE? The Blondes of Bel Air

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If you haven’t read my YA murder/suspense story, you can find it here. I haven’t seen or read Pretty Little Liars or Gossip Girl but I have heard it compared to those titles.

Think glamour, Bel Air, two gorgeous girls who try to cover up the accidental death of a classmate while reality TV show cameras roll…we are working to get book two out soon! Meanwhile, check out my Pinterest board dedicated to The Blondes of Bel Air here.

 

Last but not least, I am so excited and happy to share with you my friends John’s book titled, Seed, Grow, Love, Write. This is a collection of heartwarming, sometimes funny- sometimes emotional essays that everyone will relate to and enjoy. I literally grew up with John, meeting at age six and going all through school and the nightmare of Sunday school together.

It’s such a thrill for me to see a friend have success with writing which is often a lonely pursuit!

Anyway, here’s the synopsis: 

“Hey Johnnie Mulchowski, are you coming out with us tonight or what?” Part self help, part a hilarious jaunt through one writer’s life, Seed, Grow, Love, Write will leave every reader laughing, crying and, as author John Markowski says, “chewing” on something different. Grow with Markowski as the “Family Leaf Management Program” lures him into gardening, a love further strengthened by “The Markowski Mulch,” a grand event that happened each July.

Feel the relief of a clean slate provided by mowing the lawn (known as “The Theory of Vacuum Momentum”), and nod with understanding as he explains how ornamental grasses saved his life. It’s not all gardening, though. There are stories of his time as a mailman, private investigator, new dad, and petty thief. You meet his grandfather, the amateur taxidermist, his wife (and editor), and blog readers, including “Allison in Ohio.” In Seed, Grow, Love, Write, Markowski shows that a life lived without passion isn’t really a life at all, and you’ll close the book reinvigorated to find your own passion and not apologize for it. Meanwhile, you’ll have had a grand time getting there.

Grab a cup of tea, get comfy on the couch and prepare to read this in a single sitting. I loved it!

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