Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

How great is it when one of your most anticipated reads for the year turns out to be all that you expected?! I loved this book from the drop dead gorgeous cover to the very last page.

The setting of this book was so intriguing and added to the entire story so much. Littleport Maine is a seaside community that caters to the wealthy families that chose to summer there each year. As with many communities like this, you hear of the fantastic events during the summer, but what happens when the season comes to an end? We got a look into the lives of the all year residents and it was quite a different atmosphere when the visitors have left.

Avery Greer and Sadie Loman became unlikely best friends. Since Sadie belongs to the elite Loman family and Avery is a resident that has grown up there. I felt myself cringe as Avery took on more and more of Sadie's interests, friends, clothes, etc. I began to wonder if this was not turning into an obsession for Avery. It started to have a single white female vibe.

When Sadie is found dead and it was ruled a suicide my mind began to spin. I questioned if Avery could have gotten jealous and done the unthinkable. Yet there were so many people that may have been fueled by jealousy to harm Sadie. I literally was in the dark all the way until the end as to how Sadie came to meet her fate. The last couple of chapters were so suspense filled I couldn't flip the pages fast enough.

I have read so many good reviews about Megan Miranda's books. This book sounded like one I had to have and it shot immediately up to the top of my must read pile. I was over the moon excited when I won a ARC print copy of this book from Simon & Schuster from their Instagram giveaway. I rarely say that I didn't want a book to end, but I really was quite sad when I knew I had to leave Avery behind as this book came to a close. I loved how the book ended, it was very satisfying. I can't wait to read the rest of Megan Miranda's books! Sign me up as I am now a fan!

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for this fantastic book!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson

A gripping courtroom drama that will have you asking yourself- what would you do? How far would you go to protect  your family? Would you compromise every single thing you believe in?

There really was not a lot that is "nearly normal" with this family. They start out as the picture perfect family of three. Adam- the husband and father whom is a pastor. Ulrika- the wife, mom and defense attorney. Stella the 18 year old daughter who is gearing up to travel Asia. Sounds like a perfectly upstanding "normal" family right?

As their life is turned upside down by accusations that Stella is responsible for a brutal, heinous murder of a 32 year businessman, their family will either be torn apart or be bound together even tighter. As details come out, I must admit things are not looking good for Stella.

As the courtroom drama unfolds and more details are revealed, I began to question everyone and their motives. I love that the story is told from multiple POV's. We get a look into Adams thoughts, Ulrika's and Stella's. Each point of view reveals more secrets that the family has held, past and present. I found myself gasping as just when I thought I had heard it all, yet another sorted detail was revealed.

As I thought we had wrapped everything up and we had all our answers........think again...that ending was just perfect!

Thank you so much to Celadon Books for providing me with this ARC to read and review.

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Perfect Fraud by Ellen Lacorte

Disturbing yet...I could not put this down! I flew through this book and I must say it certainly stirred up a wide array of emotions in me.

Rena spends most of her days desperately searching for ways to help her chronically ill daughter Stephanie. It doesn't matter how many specialists or how many tests she has run she just can't  seem to get answers. Her desperation is apparent as she takes to social media, blogging, searching for answers. A mother just wanting to "fix" her daughter and have her live a normal life.

Wow this book managed to evoke some pretty powerful emotions in me. I found myself getting down right angry with Rena. As a nurse I found myself offended as Rena belittled the doctors and nurses trying to help her daughter. She thought of herself as a medical professional as she had learned a great deal from google, chat boards and her stint in nursing school (which she did not graduate from). Then I had to laugh as I realized how good the author was at getting me drawn into this book. So much so I was literally furious with a character! That is exactly what an author should be able to do. I was so wrapped up in Rena's life and I didn't even realize it.

Enter Claire and Cal the young couple making a life together. Claire comes from a long line of psychics and she has chosen to carry on with the tradition. Except Claire has a secret that only Cal knows. A secret she has hidden for so many years. After the death of her father, Claire begins experiencing some extreme thoughts that makes her question her secret.  Perhaps she was wrong all these years? I was not sure how the two stories were going to intersect but they did in fact wrap up together nicely.

I admit some parts were a bit predictable and yet that did not matter in the least bit to me. It was not an edge of your seat thriller, it was however a  disturbing work of fiction that had me turning the pages as fast as I could. I was very intrigued with the book especially the story of Rena and Stephanie. A fantastic debut by Ellen Lacorte whom I would definitely like to see more from.

Thank you so much to Harper Collins for sending me this gorgeous finished book!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

One Last Greek Summer by Mandy Baggot

Beth Martin is 31, newly divorced and wondering just what life holds for her…

Best-friend, Heidi, is adamant that all the answers lie in Corfu – the island where the girls’ partied away their youth.

So cue a trip to a sun-drenched Greek island, ouzo cocktails, a trip down memory lane…and Alex Hallas, the man Beth has never quite forgotten.

As they dance under the stars, the sand beneath their toes, old feelings begin to resurface and Beth might just have a chance to take back her life. If they can learn to love the people they’ve become…

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 My Thoughts

Fun, sun, cocktails and summer love! What more could a girl ask for? This fun filled book whisks you off to Corfu and I dare you not to smile as you read it!

Your best friend feels like her life is unraveling before her eyes. What do you do? You throw her one heck of a divorce party and take off for a sun filled adventure to Corfu. That is what Beth's BFF Heidi does for her when she learns her husband is cheating on her. They are off to party like they are 21 again! Girls trip!!

Their last trip to Corfu when they really  were 21, was a fun filled adventure that ended up in romance for Beth. Could they relive their 20's? Is it possible?  Well they sure tried! What a fun book this was. I felt like I was right there in Corfu with the sun streaming down on me as I went on their adventures with them both.

I found myself laughing and nodding my head in agreement as the girls discovered things just aren't the same as it was when they are 21. Aware that they just weren't as spontaneous as they were in their 20's they made a conscious effort to change their frame of mind and live life to the fullest. What a girls trip this turned out to be.

Corfu ended up being full of surprises for both girls. This book is a light, fun filled read that is perfect for this time year. It will make you want to get yourself out in the sun and have a little fun yourself! Thank you so much to Victoria Joss from Aria and Mandy Baggot for having me along on this blog tour!

Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK's Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy's books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1's Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

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