Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

OMG! I flipping loved this book! I don't know if I can even convey just how much I loved it! I had purposely not requested this as an ARC because I was trying to cut down on the TBR pile. Except then my Traveling Sisters decided to read this as a group read. I said okay why not and ordered a copy. Hands down one of the best books I have read this year.

Every so often you start a book and you just know it is going to be one of the few that stand out from the rest. That is how this was for me. There were two really suspense filled stories going on with alternating chapters. Clara and her boyfriend Luke had recently moved into together and suddenly Luke goes missing. Little by little Clara finds out some disturbing information regarding Luke. Did Luke leave on his own accord or has he met a deadly fate?

Doug and Beth are raising their daughter Hannah. They are terrified of Hannah who is exhibiting sociopath behaviors. They are terrified of what she might do next or if she will reveal their secret that they thought was buried in the past.

Hannah is down right terrifying! If she was my kid, trust me I would be locking my bedroom door at night for fear that she would do something crazy to me in my sleep. She really was that disturbing.

At this time of year I start to compile my top 10 list of books I have read, as many of you do. This defiantly is in my top 5!! I flew through this book and simply could not put it down. This was my first Camilla Way book, now excuse as I go order my copy of Watching Edie! I can't recommend this book enough!

Can't Wait Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone! It is time for a little Can't Wait Wednesday! This is where myself and my Traveling Sisters share with you an upcoming read we are really excited about. This is a meme hosted by Wishful Ending. Usually we have Christina from Recipe and a Read with us, but she will be taking a little time off. We are thinking of you Christina!  Please pop over and see what Brenda & Norma at Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee have to say about what they are looking forward to! As for me I can't wait for us to read this week........

The Au Pair by Emma Rous! This has been on my TBR list for quite some time and I am really excited to say we are finally reading it as a group. It is next up on my list. My reaction when the Traveling Sisters said it was going to be a read this month...see below.........

 Okay sisters, buckle up!!! I am ready for this one! Has anyone read this one yet? What are your thoughts? Publication date is right around the corner! January 8, 2019 will be here before you know it!

Goodreads Summary


 A grand estate, terrible secrets, and a young woman who bears witness to it all. If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous’ The Au Pair would be it.

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.

Who is the child and what really happened that day?

One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.

About the author

Emma Rous grew up in England, Indonesia, Kuwait, Portugal and Fiji, and from a young age she had two ambitions: to write stories, and to look after animals. She studied veterinary medicine and zoology at the University of Cambridge, and worked as a veterinary surgeon for eighteen years before starting to write fiction. Emma lives in Cambridgeshire, England, with her husband and three sons.

The Au Pair is her first novel. It will be published in ten countries, in nine languages. She is currently writing her second book.

She can be found on Facebook at
and on instagram as emmarousauthor.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Last Lullaby by Carol Wyer

Wow! Carol Wyer does it again! I love the Natalie Ward series! I had great expectations because, well it is Carol Wyer and  I loved the first book in the series, The Birthday. Dare I say I loved this one even more!

This book had me gripped from page one with a grisly fantastic opening. I was shocked at the story unfolding before me. Detective Natalie Ward is searching for a killer that is leaving behind a gruesome trail. He is targeting young mothers with sons. He brutally murders the mother, writing cryptic messages on the wall of their home in their own blood. Did that get your attention? Meanwhile the child is left untouched in the home at the same time.

I flew through this book in a day as I could not put it down. I am loving this Natalie Ward series! The exciting news is that there is a third book in the series coming out next year. I am on team Natalie all the way. Go Natalie! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next year.

The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan

The Christmas Spirit

Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.

Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.

Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?

Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.

Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?

The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

Purchase Links

My Thoughts

What a fantastic book to read especially if you want to get yourself into the Christmas spirit. I loved this! This book has such a warm inviting feeling, you feel transformed into the very town itself.

Our story takes place around a group of people that all have a reason  not to be looking forward to the holidays. Each person has a specific reason that they are feeling rather down and not in the Christmas spirit. One thing they all have in common is they frequently visit the Sugar and Spice bakery. Natalie who is new in town steps in to run the bakery while the owner is out with medical issues. Natalie makes it clear that Sugar and Spice is a place where you can leave your problems at the door and bask in the Christmas Spirit. Slowly the town starts to be drawn into the bakery and we watch how their lives evolve.

This is such a fun December read! I highly recommend it. I literally felt myself step into the little Sugar and Spice bakery. I was able to envision the environment perfectly, good smells and all! The characters were so well developed that I felt like I knew them and I found myself cheering them along.  A fantastic feel good read that you will not want to end. With a magical Christmas twist at the end that will have you saying, yes I do believe in the miracle of the Christmas Spirit!

Thank you so much to Rachel for having me on this fun book blitz!!

Author Bio – Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband and their two children. She is the author of four novels: Return of the Christmas Spirit, The Christmas Spirit, The Dating Game, and Sign of the Times. She is currently working on books five and six: The Proposal and Just One Day.

Susan is also a proofreader, editor and translator, and when not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, loves reading, the theatre, quiz shows and eating out – not necessarily in that order!
Social Media Links
Twitter – susan_buchanan
Blog – Sooz’s journal –


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