Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Wow! I loved this book! I had already given this a big 5 stars in my mind before sitting down to write this review, then I stumbled across an article written by the author that made me love this book even more. It actually took the book to the next level for me. Once I read that the author had based much of this material on personal experience, my heart hurt. My heart hurt for every parent that has to go through this. I will include the article at the end of my review if you are interested.

If you had a child that had a special need, whatever the degree wouldn't you as a parent do whatever it took to help them function to their fullest capacity? I sure would and I would bet that almost everyone else out there would also. That is why it is so easy to empathize with the families of Miracle Creek that have taken to an experimental treatment with HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen therapy). Each child in the treatment program has a different physical or mental disability with varying degrees that they are affected by them. The ultimate goal for each family is to improve the quality of life for their loved ones.

When tragedy strikes and the HBOT explodes this book really takes off into a suspense filled page turner. All the characters were so well developed by this point that I felt I knew each one. One by one facts were revealed that made them a suspect in my mind. Was the explosion an accident or murder? Did a parent do the unthinkable? Or was it one of the various protesters that had flocked to Miracle Creek to demand the program be shut down?

I could not flip through these pages fast enough. This story just kept building up momentum as I got deeper and deeper into it. An absolute fantastic debut novel with such a thought provoking premise. I am a nurse and I have heard of these treatments but had not put much thought into it. Upon reading up on it I am absolutely intrigued and blown away with the information out there. The author's personal experience is nothing short of amazing. I highly suggest getting your hands on this book.

Link to vogue article from January 2018 where the author Angie Kim talks about her personal experience. Fascinating article, I wished I had read this before I read the book! It ties in so well.


Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Mother In Law by Sally Hepworth

 Wow, I loved it! Please add me to the huge list of fans for Sally Hepworth. I have heard so much about this author and yet this is my first book I have read by her. Needless to say I am quickly adding the rest to my TBR pile!

The age old mother- in- law vs  daughter- in- law dilemma. Except this time the mother in law Diana ends up dead! Certainly even though Lucy and Diana have had their differences in the past, it surely would not have come to this?! As we search for the answer to this question we are privy to both Lucy and Diana's point of view. Which allowed us to see how each really felt about the other as we got a look into each of their thoughts.

This book started out with a bang and did not let up. I literally flew through this book in less than 24 hours because I could not put it down! I loved the writers style which kept me gripped to the pages until the very end. I know that many will think Diana is unlikable, but dare I say I loved her. Yes I did! I loved reading her point of view. She was very witty at times and made me laugh. I felt she was a very strong woman with a strong personality. This quite often rubs people the wrong way, but it made me like her even more.

I read this book as a group read with the Traveling Sisters. It was a fantastic book to read as a group because we could bounce all our theories off each other. Needless to say this one kept me guessing until the very end. I never saw that ending coming! That is the best kind of book in my opinion. Loved my first book by Sally Hepworth, I have a lot of catching up to do!

Thank you so much to St. Martin's Press for this ARC and Sally Hepworth for writing this fantastic book!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

About the book: What if you had a second chance at first love?
Annika Rose likes being alone.
She feels lost in social situations, saying the wrong thing or acting the wrong way. She just can't read people. She prefers the quiet solitude of books or playing chess to being around others. Apart from Jonathan. She liked being around him, but she hasn't seen him for ten years. Until now that is. And she's not sure he'll want to see her again after what happened all those years ago.
Annika Rose likes being alone.
Except that, actually, she doesn't like being alone at all.
The Girl He Used to Know is an uplifting novel full of surprising revelations that keep you turning the page.

  My Thoughts


What did I like about this book? Everything........I loved every single thing about this book! This book is about a love story. Not your typical love story but a deep unconditional love that only comes around once in a lifetime. The type of love that happens when you are aware of the faults, the little quirks that a person has but you just don't care. In fact, you love them even more so for them.

As we got to know Annika and Jonathan it became clear that they were not your normal college sweethearts. As their relationship grew, I did not realize how invested I was becoming until they split apart, for ten whole years! As they moved on in their life, I wondered if they still had a place in their lives for each other. Is it possible to rekindle that deep love that they had or did it never really go away?

 I loved both Annika and Jonathan, they were both truly good people with gentle souls. In a world that can be cruel, these two give you hope that there is still good in the world. When Annika expressed her love of all creatures and literally jumped out of the car to rescue one, I wanted to high five her and hug her. She is my kind of girl!

I don't often have the emotional reaction I did after finishing this book. It had such a profound effect on me that I just sat there to process it. I found myself thinking, okay so the book is over, now what? It tugged at my heartstrings in a way that not many books are able to. How have I not read this author's other books, I am not quite sure. I can tell you I won't make that mistake again. I can't recommend this book enough.

Thank you so much to Tracy Fenton for having me along on this blog tour! Huge thanks to St. Martin's Press for this ARC. Thank you also to Tracey Garvis Graves for writing this fantastic book that I loved!

 Tracey Garvis Graves is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into thirty-one languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film. She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of You, Cherish, Heart-Shaped Hack, White-Hot Hack, and The Girl He Used to Know. She is hard at work on her next book.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Your Perfect Life gets 5 perfect stars from me! I loved, loved, loved it!! Admittedly when I originally read the premise I thought hasn't this idea been done a million times before? Then I thought well it is Liz and Lisa so I am sure it will still be good. Well don't let that worry you, these authors put such a different spin on this you will love it!

Rachael and Casey have been BFF's most of their life (hmmm sounds like someone we know)! Casey Lee has a successful career as a host of Gossip TV. She rubs shoulders with the rich and famous and her career is her life.

Meanwhile her BFF Rachel chose early on to give up her aspirations of the same career, choosing to marry her high school sweetheart and have a family.

All is fine until their high school reunion, where each girl bitterly begins to think maybe they chose the wrong path. Boom they are inserted into each other bodies after toasting with a shot.

When I have watched body switch themed shows or books I found them a bit zany, crazy and hard to believe (of course). Somehow I totally bought in to the fact that these two switched bodies. I think because the characters were so well developed, that believe it or not I would forget that they had switched. I got so involved in their stories that I wondered how each would tackle what was thrown at them next.

This was such a fun book that I flew through the pages. I loved all the real life references to current celebrities and situations. Every character was extremely likable and I loved seeing their interactions with each other.

 Highly recommend if you want an entertaining feel good story that will make you laugh and smile! I have read a couple Liz and Lisa books and this is my favorite so far. I can't wait to get my hands on their new one!

Thank you so much to Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke for a copy of this fantastic book! As you can see I absolutely loved it!