Book Review! The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen

Title: The Wife Between Us
Author:
 Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
Rating:
5/5
Expected Release Date: 
January 9, 2018

Description from Goodreads: “A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love. 

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Assume nothing.

Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.”

Review: I really enjoyed this book. It drew me in right away and confused me so many times. I really thought I was following the plot line, I actually thought that I was smart enough to figure out what was really going on. Ha! Not even close.

I didn’t really like Gone Girl and I hated The Girl on the Train so I was nervous how I would feel about a book many have compared them. There were elements of similarity between the books but this truly was a book all its own. I was afraid this book would be dark and have that creepy feeling I got when reading both those books but it really wasn’t. I also felt this was more realistic and the characters weren’t annoying people who I really didn’t give a crap about, ahem, The Girl on the Train. I am so glad I decided to give this book a chance. Looking at the other reviews of this book, others apparently agree.

This is the perfect kind of psychological thriller for me. The twists and turns kept me turning page after page. The twists were perfect and didn’t feel forced. I was surprised by the turns, yet they made sense when you looked back. I had to reread the beginning because I felt that I must have missed something. This is a book I feel that I will have to reread to pick up all the clues that were left behind that I overlooked. This will probably be one of those books that you understand more of it each time you read it, which means I will have to read this at least a few more times!

Oh and the ending is fabulous, totally surprising, but great. It didn’t make me want to beat my head against the wall like Gone Girl’s ending did!

 

I am extremely glad I took a chance on this book and I would recommend others to do the same.

 

 

Recommendation: I am extremely glad I took a chance on this book and I would recommend others to do the same.

 

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

Book Review-Muffin to Fear by Victoria Hamilton

Title: Muffin to Fear
Author:
 Victoria Hamilton

Narrator: Margaret Storm

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Version: Unabridged Audiobook

Length of Production: 10 hrs 29 mins.

Year of publication: 2017

Rating: 3/5

 

Description from Goodreads: “In the latest from the national bestselling author of Much Ado About Muffin, newlywed baker Merry Wynter has some unwanted guests looking for ghosts at Wynter Castle…

While Merry is distracted by her quickly planned marriage to Virgil Grace and a blissful honeymoon in New York, her friend Pish invites the ghost-hunting crew from the TV show Haunt Hunt to investigate Merry’s home, Wynter Castle. Merry soon discovers that not only is the crew out of sync, there are so many feuds and squabbles, it’s a miracle they get a show produced at all.

It all goes from bad to worse when the show’s psychics claim to have contact with people murdered on Merry’s property. When two cast members are found dead, Merry and Virgil must figure out who’s picking off the Haunt Hunt team before their hard-earned happily ever after is cut short.”

Review: This was an interesting, fun, and lighthearted cozy mystery. It’s the type of story you can just relax and get lost in for a while. This is a perfect lazy or rainy weekend book. There wasn’t anything real deep in this book, it wasn’t freighting or creepy. In classic cozy mystery fashion, the murders weren’t gory or real dark.

 

The characters were interesting and had differing personalities making it more complex and fun. Figuring out who was the murderer was amusing and not as simple as I would have thought. Each character had a different motive, but yet had reasons not to do it also. I didn’t figure out for sure who the murderer was until it was revealed.

 

I thought this book was a good selection for an audio-book. This is the type of story you would love to just sit back and have someone read to you. The narrator’s voice was calming and soothing, it fit the story well.

This is a single voice narration but she did do voice inflections for different characters, making it easy to differentiate between characters.

I did feel the narration was too slow paced; there were dramatic pauses at each punctuation mark which I felt broke up the story. It was as though she was reading to a hearing impaired person; as though she was making sure they could read her lips. I played it for my husband, to make sure I wasn’t just in a weird mood, and he compared it to the robot who reads the weather alerts.

That was my only problem with this book. I think if it would have been sped up a little, this would have flowed better and I would have enjoyed it more.

 

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

Book Review! The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall

Title: The Best Kind of People

Author: Zoe Whittall

Rating: 3.5/5

Description from Goodreads: What if someone you trusted was accused of the unthinkable?

George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, assists in his father’s defense, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men’s rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? How do they defend someone they love while wrestling with the possibility of his guilt?

With exquisite emotional precision, award-winning author Zoe Whittall explores issues of loyalty, truth, and the meaning of happiness through the lens of an all-American family on the brink of collapse.”

Review: This book drew me in right away. I was intrigued by the plot and kept trying to figure out if George was guilty or not. I would think that I knew, and then there would be something new that would come up and it would make me rethink it.

I loved how this book focused on the family and what they endured. Often times we think about the people who are accused and go to prison, but I don’t see as much about their families, and what they go through. The blame that often gets put onto the family is both unfair and hurtful. This book showed just how much these things matter.

This was well written; the writing was vivid and very detailed. I felt as though I was there, with this family through the worst moments of their lives. I could picture their beautiful home, the prison, the courthouse, everything. I got lost in this story and it was hard to pull myself out of it when it was over.

I felt as though the story was realistic and relevant to our society today. It really makes you wonder if you truly know anyone. If someone you loved was accused of something horrible, could you say without a doubt, that you knew they were innocent? We all want to think that we would, but could we?

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

Book Review! The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling

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Title: The Promise of Dawn

Author: Lauraine Snelling

Rating: 4/5

Release Date: 08/01/17

Description from Goodreads: Beloved Author Lauraine Snelling Launches New Immigrant Series

When Signe, her husband, Rune, and their three boys arrive in Minnesota from Norway to help a relative clear his land of lumber, they dream of owning their own farm and building a life in the New World. But Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone in order to repay the cost of their voyage. At this rate, they will never have land or a life of their own.

Signe tries to trust God but struggles with anger and bitterness. She has left behind the only life she knew, and while it wasn’t an easy life, it wasn’t as hard as what she now faces. When a new addition to the family arrives, Signe begins to see how God has been watching over them throughout their ordeal. But after all that has happened, can she still believe in the promise of a bright future?”

 

Review: This was a wonderful book filled with love, forgiveness, family, and God’s grace. Proving that miracles do happen, this book had such wonderful examples of faith. The way this family prayed and trusted God with their lives was truly amazing and an example we should all take note of.

I found this book heart warming, and it reminded me of the simpler times. They had to work so hard back then, but they worked for their food and shelter. Sitting around the table together was normal and enjoying coffee with friends was an exceptional treat. Family should be the most important thing, only after God, but it seems that life has become more about material gain now days. I loved traveling back in time to this way of life. I cannot wait for the next book(s) in this series!

 

 

Read an excerpt herehttp://cdn.bakerpublishinggroup.com/processed/book-resources/files/Excerpt_9780764218965.pdf?1496243915

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

Book Review! Fault Lines by Thomas Locke

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Title: Fault Lines
Author: Thomas Locke
Rating:
1/5
Release Date: 
August 1, 2017

Description from the publisher: “What if reality is only the edge of possibility?

There isn’t much that can throw Charlie Hazard off balance. But the mystery woman with the striking eyes and the intense request to follow her–now–is about to shake his world. Knowing little more than her name, Charlie leaves his post as a guard at the Satellite Beach community center for what he thinks is just another risk-containment job. But Gabriella, an experimental psychologist, has far more in store for him than protection duty–if the two of them survive the test.

Reese Clawson relishes her work at the Combine and all the perks and power that come with it–including the ability to manipulate perceptions. But the Combine never anticipated this mind-shifting technology. If Gabriella’s experiments succeed, the Combine would be destroyed. And Reese will never allow that to happen.”

Review: It isn’t very often that I really dislike a book that I read. I am fortunate to have good luck with books. This one, however, was not my cup of tea. I should have known by reading the description, but I have always enjoyed books by this publisher so I thought it would be a pleasant surprise. I have enjoyed many books that I wouldn’t have thought I would like so I try to keep an open mind.

This book was just way too sci-fi for me and really unrealistic. I was turned off right off the bat when Charlie decides to leave his work and go with Gabriella, a girl he knows nothing about. ***Slight spoiler alert, this is all in the first few pages, but if you are someone who needs everything to be a surprise, skip the rest of the paragraph.***Then they are driving along and when he asks questions about where they are going and why, she tells him that anything she says will not clarify anything, really? Not a red flag that something is weird? Then bikers attack, in a totally improbable way, and he still continues on with her because she says that they can’t be late, for what he still has no idea, I mean seriously? I would have ran far far away a long time before that. Then it really just get’s weirder from there.

Like I said before, this was just not my cup of tea. I know a lot of people enjoy the sci-fi genre and they would probably really love this book, but I don’t enjoy these types of books. I have to feel that it is at least somewhat probable to really enjoy a story and that was not there with this book.

Read an excerpt here: http://cdn.bakerpublishinggroup.com/processed/book-resources/files/Excerpt_9780800724375.pdf?1495466263

 

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

Where I End by Katherine Clark-Review

Title: Where I End
Author: 
Katherine Clark
Rating:
4/5
Release Date: 
January 2, 2018

Description from Goodreads: “Those who are hidden in Jesus, though they suffer, will discover a more beautiful ending—or should I say beginning—than they ever could imagine.”

Katherine Clark was just an average wife and mother with two young children when she was in a tragic playground accident in late May 2009. A little boy playing on the jungle gym fell and landed on Kate’s head, knocking her over and snapping her neck. Kate was paralyzed from the neck down. The doctors diagnosed her quadriplegic and said she would never walk again.

This terrifying prognosis could have been the end of the story. But instead, God chose to work a profound miracle in Kate’s life and in the life of her family.

Where I End tells the incredible story. Kate describes how God’s presence carried her through the trying journey of re-learning to walk, both physically and spiritually. Throughout, she shares the deep theological truths that sustained her as she and her family traveled this difficult road.

For fans of Ann Voskamp, Sheldon Vanauken, and Joni Eareckson Tada, Where I End offers hope, encouragement, and a timely reminder of who Jesus is: God with us. In a reflective, literary style, Kate invites readers to see pain and suffering within the context of God’s loving, tender, powerful care—and there find hope.”

Review: This book was really powerful and inspiring. The story of Kate’s accident and injury drew me in right away and I knew this would be a book I would finish quickly. Not just because it is actually a really short book, but because it is so out of the ordinary. I cannot imagine an innocent day playing with children on the playground turning into an absolute catastrophe but in Kate’s case, that is exactly what happened. She could have let that keep her down. She could have believed the doctors when they said that she would never be able to get out of bed. She could have let the pain and sorrow rule her life, but she didn’t do any of these things. Instead she prayed and put all her faith in God. What a wonderful show of faith that was.

This book is not just about her accident and rehabilitation, however. She describes what happened with her family and what they went through also. Her husband and children were greatly affected by the accident and she shares some very powerful memories of these instances. There are also a lot of inspirational stories from others scattered throughout and she used popular quotes from books and movies to relate parts of her story to the reader.

I really enjoyed this book and was incredibly inspired by Kate and her family’s strength and faith. My faith was grown after reading this and I have a feeling, yours will too. It would be very difficult for it not to be effected by this wonderful story and show of God’s strength and mercy.

 

  *I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*

 

Book Review! Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

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Title: Chasing Secrets
Author: Lynette Eason
Rating:
5/5
Release Date: 
August 1, 2017

Description from the publisher: “Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.

When a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan’s life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she’s made a career out of taking care of others. But after she has an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her–and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he’s not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories–and the depths of the heart–Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley’s past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won’t quit.”

 Review: This book was amazing. I haven’t read any of the previous books in the Elite Guardians Series so I was hesitant to start with the 4th book. I needn’t have been concerned. I’m sure the story would have been better had I read the previous books, but I didn’t feel lost at all. Now I will have to go back and read the others, because if they are half as amazing as this one was, I’m going to love them as well.

The writing in this book was incredible; I could visualize the story perfectly. I truly felt like I was there and I felt as though I truly knew these characters. This action packed romantic suspense had my heart racing numerous times and I didn’t ever want to put it down. The suspense was so spellbinding and I could not figure out who was behind the attacks. Every time I thought I figured it out, something shifted slightly and had me second guessing. I was surprised to find out who it was.

I loved Haley and Steven so much! They were such complex and badass characters that I couldn’t help but be drawn into their personal conflicts. I love characters that have issues, but don’t let that slow them down. Haley and Steven fit that bill perfectly. I also really loved everyone else in this book as well. They were all so perfectly written that they stepped right off the page for me. I was very happy with this book.

This book truly was amazing and I highly recommend it.

Read an excerpt here: http://cdn.bakerpublishinggroup.com/processed/book-resources/files/Excerpt_9780800723910.pdf?1495466224

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*