Sunday, March 31, 2019

Palmer's Page Turners Turns 5! (GIVEAWAY!)


Today, Palmer's Page Turners turns 5! It's crazy to think I've been blogging for five years! I absolutely love being a book blogger, and am so thankful for all of you who read my blog! I've made so many awesome readers and bloggers through my book blog, as well as some amazing authors!!  I've read so many amazing books and have loved sharing them with you all, as well as encouraging others to read--which is my ultimate goal with this blog.  Thank you for your continued support!

To celebrate, I'm hosting a giveaway!!! I have a stack of ARC's and the giveaway winner gets to pick ONE book--whichever one they want! Here are the books you get to choose from:

*Golden Child by Claire Adam
*Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward
*Under My Skin by Lisa Unger
*When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica
*The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
*The Hiding Place by CJ Tudor
*The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

I will email the winner and ask for their pick! Giveaway ends April 10! Good Luck!!




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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

WWW Wednesday: March 27

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The Three W's are:
What did you just finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next?
Recently Finished

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Both of these ARC's were fantastic!! Add both of them to your TBR ASAP! Full reviews to come soon. Drawing Home releases in May and Last Summer releases in July!

Currently Reading

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Allie Larkin is a new author for me, and I'm absolutely loving this ARC of Swimming for Sunlight so far. In contrast, I've read several of Pam Jenoff's books and was super excited for The Lost Girls of Paris! It's excellent so far.
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I've been really enjoying diving into these ARC's of summer releases! Even if its' still rainy outside I can be dreaming of summer in these books!


What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: The Huntress

40390766Title: The Huntress
Author: Kate Quinn
560 pages, published February 26, 2019
Publisher: William Morrow
Source: Library

From Goodreads:

From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, THE ALICE NETWORK, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted… 

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying. When the Nazis attack the Soviet Union, she risks everything to join the legendary Night Witches, an all-female night bomber regiment wreaking havoc on the invading Germans. When she is stranded behind enemy lines, Nina becomes the prey of a lethal Nazi murderess known as the Huntress, and only Nina’s bravery and cunning will keep her alive.

Transformed by the horrors he witnessed from Omaha Beach to the Nuremberg Trials, British war correspondent Ian Graham has become a Nazi hunter. Yet one target eludes him: a vicious predator known as the Huntress. To find her, the fierce, disciplined investigator joins forces with the only witness to escape the Huntress alive: the brazen, cocksure Nina. But a shared secret could derail their mission unless Ian and Nina force themselves to confront it.

Growing up in post-war Boston, seventeen-year-old Jordan McBride is determined to become a photographer. When her long-widowed father unexpectedly comes homes with a new fiancĂ©e, Jordan is thrilled. But there is something disconcerting about the soft-spoken German widow. Certain that danger is lurking, Jordan begins to delve into her new stepmother’s past—only to discover that there are mysteries buried deep in her family . . . secrets that may threaten all Jordan holds dear.

In this immersive, heart-wrenching story, Kate Quinn illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth. 


I absolutely loved The Alice Network, so I was so excited to read this one. The 560 page length is intimidating at first until you start reading and absolutely cannot put the book down. The chapters revolve between Jordan, Ian, and Nina, and the chapters are relatively short. This means it is super easy to tell yourself "Just ONE more chapter!" and pretty soon you'll have read 100 pages! The action starts right from the beginning and doesn't stop until the last page. I loved learning more about the Russian perspective of Wold War 2--Nina was a fascinating character--not to mention a badass woman!

Each character's story was interesting and exciting, but the character I connected most with was Jordan, probably because of her love of photography. Plus she was a smart, independent woman full of ideas and goals. I got very emotionally attached to her throughout the book for various reasons (no spoilers here) and just go so wrapped up in her story.

If you enjoy historical fiction, this is an absolute must read. Read The Alice Network too if you haven't already. Kate Quinn is definitely an "auto read" author for me after these two fantastic books!!


Thursday, March 21, 2019

TLC Book Tours: Where the Forest Meets the Stars (Review)

About Where the Forest Meets the Stars

Hardcover: 332 Pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 1, 2019)
In this gorgeously stunning debut, a mysterious child teaches two strangers how to love and trust again.
After the loss of her mother and her own battle with breast cancer, Joanna Teale returns to her graduate research on nesting birds in rural Illinois, determined to prove that her recent hardships have not broken her. She throws herself into her work from dusk to dawn, until her solitary routine is disrupted by the appearance of a mysterious child who shows up at her cabin barefoot and covered in bruises.
The girl calls herself Ursa, and she claims to have been sent from the stars to witness five miracles. With concerns about the child’s home situation, Jo reluctantly agrees to let her stay—just until she learns more about Ursa’s past.
Jo enlists the help of her reclusive neighbor, Gabriel Nash, to solve the mystery of the charming child. But the more time they spend together, the more questions they have. How does a young girl not only read but understand Shakespeare? Why do good things keep happening in her presence? And why aren’t Jo and Gabe checking the missing children’s website anymore?
Though the three have formed an incredible bond, they know difficult choices must be made. As the summer nears an end and Ursa gets closer to her fifth miracle, her dangerous past closes in. When it finally catches up to them, all of their painful secrets will be forced into the open, and their fates will be left to the stars.
“Enchanting, insightful, and extraordinary.” Novelgossip
“A heartwarming, magical story about love, loss, and finding family where you least expect it. This touching novel will remind readers of a modern-day The Snow Child.” —Christopher Meades, award-winning author of Hanna Who Fell from the Sky

Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes &  Noble


WOW! What a book! As soon as I started reading it I knew it was something special. This book gave me all the feels and it's so hard to express how much I loved this book. I loved all the characters, but particularly connected with Gabe, because of his issues with anxiety. The author beautifully  dealt with so many complex issues in this book, ranging from cancer to anxiety and mental illness to a troubled child, and did it well. What I also loved about this book wad the fantasy element of Ursa being an "alien" and coming from the stars--though your brain tells you there's no way that can happen, this book is so great that you think, "well....maybe!" and part of you hopes it's true. Ursa is just so likeable!

There was only ONE thing I didn't like in the book-- I won't write it here because of spoilers.  If you want to know the specific trigger warning, feel free to message me. I decided not to let it impact my overall rating of the book because it was something specific to me.  I even DM'd the author about it!  Overall this one of my top reads so far in 2019. I absolutely recommend you read this book! Plus...THAT COVER! Swoon!

About Glendy Vanderah

Glendy Vanderah worked as an endangered bird specialist in Illinois before she became a writer. Originally from Chicago, she now lives in rural Florida with as many birds, butterflies, and wildflowers as she can lure to her land. Where the Forest Meets the Stars is her debut novel.

Connect with Glendy

Website | Instagram



Wednesday, March 20, 2019

WWW Wednesday: March 20

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Hosted by Taking On A World of Words.

First off, I apologize for the lack of posts in the last week!! Things have been crazy lately and all the self care (reading) has been needed.  But I have lots of ARC's of spring and summer releases that I'm super excited about, so lots of reviews to come in the future!

The Three W's are:
What did you just finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next?

Recently Finished


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Both of these books were five star reads!!! My review for Where the Forest Meets the Stars will be on the blog tomorrow with TLC Book Tours! The Huntress was absolutely fantastic! At 550 pages, it was a long one, but the chapters alternated characters and were short enough it was easy to read "just one more chapter"! If you loved The Alice Network, this is a must read. If you haven't read The Alice Network, read both of these!!

Currently Reading

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This week I am reading two ARC's by two of my "auto read" favorite authors!!  Drawing Home is out in May and Last Summer is out in July--definitely add these to your TBR if you haven't already!!

Up Next


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This one just came in on hold for me at the library!!

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

WWW Wednesday: March 13

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The Three W's are:
 
What did you just finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next?
 
Recently Finished
 
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I've recently discovered Jamie Raintree thanks to Brandie @ Running on Words and Wine, and she quickly became an auto read author for me! Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard releases March 26th and it's definitely worth reading!! I also liked There There, though there were a LOT of characters to keep up with. Excellent writing though!

Currently Reading

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I absolutely loved The Alice Network, so The Huntress was a must read. It came in for me at the library so I started it right away. Thoroughly enjoying it so far! Also just started Where the Forest Meets the Stars--look for my review next Thursday, March 21st!
 
Up Next

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I know I said this one was Up Next last week, but I promise it's on my super soon to be read radar. The Huntress took precedence as a library book but I still can't wait to dive into Kerry's latest!!

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Blog Tours

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Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

This Week's Topic: To Tour or Not to Tour? Do you participate in book tours? Why or why not?

I do participate in blog tours, mostly in partnership with TLC Book Tours!  I usually work with Lisa, but occasionally Trish as well. I do a few blog tours with other publishers but probably 90% of the tours I participate in are through TLC. They get a lot of fantastic authors on their tours, and are so organized. I've connected with so many authors and other bloggers through hosting TLC tours on my blog.

These are the tours I have coming up this Spring with TLC!


March 21st
 
April 22nd
 
May 28th
 
If you're a blogger, do you enjoy participating in tours? Readers, do you enjoy reading blog tour posts?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

WWW Wednesday: March 6

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The Three W's are:
 
What did you just finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next?
 
Recently Finished
 
Read my review!
 
 
Currently Reading
 
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I've recently discovered Jamie Raintree thanks to Brandie @ Running on Words and Wine, and she quickly became an auto read author for me! Also reading There There, a 2018 release I heard so many good things about. Enjoying both of these so far!
 
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I received a print ARC of this beauty from Kerry Lonsdale! It's not out until July but I cannot wait to dive in! I've LOVED all her other books (The Everything series, and All the Breaking Waves) so I'm super excited for this one. And THAT COVER! Dreamy!

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Spring Picks

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Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.

This Week's Topic: Spring Picks for 2019

I am SO excited Spring is around the corner! I can't stand winter, hate being cold, and miss the sun. It was sunny over the weekend but still cold--come on Spring! Here are some of my top picks for springtime reading:

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These are all authors I love and I'm so excited about these books! Also: aren't these covers gorgeous? 
I'm currently reading my ARC of Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard, and loving it!

What are you planning on reading this Spring?

Monday, March 4, 2019

TLC Book Tours: Beautiful Bad (review!)

About Beautiful Bad
Hardcover: 368 Pages
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (March 5, 2019)
A devoted wife, a loving husband and a chilling murder that no one saw coming.
Things that make me scared: When Charlie cries. Hospitals and lakes. When Ian drinks vodka in the basement. ISIS. When Ian gets angry… That something is really, really wrong with me.
Maddie and Ian’s love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas; he was serving in the British army and she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo. Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America. But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending writing therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian’s PTSD; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple’s tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.
From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble




 There was so much going on in this book! An intense psychological thriller with lots of depth, this book is a crazy ride. It did start out a bit slow for me, and there was so much backstory about Maddie, Jo, and Ian that it slowed the book down a bit. However, the background information was important to the story. What I really enjoyed about this book was trying to figure Maddie out in the few weeks before the mysterious incident. I liked the use of writing therapy to help the reader get to know  about her relationship with Jo, as well as her past. But what was the truth? That's what kept me reading.

The book does have some trigger warnings, particularly to military related PTSD and some violence. It was at times a bit an intense read that I had to step away from for a bit for something lighter (I normally read a couple books at once).  Overall though I enjoyed this book--once I got used to the jumping around and switching perspectives and things started to fall into place, I couldn't stop reading!

About Annie Ward

Annie Ward has a BA in English literature from UCLA and an MFA in screenwriting from the American Film Institute. Her first short screenplay, Strange Habit, starred Adam Scott and won awards at the Aspen and Sundance Film Festivals. She lives in Kansas with her two sons and British husband, whom she met in the Balkans. She was recently awarded a Fulbright scholarship and An Escape to Create artist’s residency.

Connect with Annie

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


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Friday, March 1, 2019

Review: Dreaming of Tuscany

43608903Title: Dreaming of Tuscany
Author: T.A. Williams
Published February 11, 2019
Publisher: Canelo
Purchase Links: Amazon

Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.


From Goodreads:

The glamour of Hollywood. The magic of the Tuscan countryside. One big decision...

Beatrice Kingdom (Bee to her friends) wakes up in hospital in Tuscany. After an accident on a film set leaves her burned and scarred, she feels her whole life has been turned upside down.

Bee is offered the chance of recuperating in a stunning Tuscan villa in the company of a world-famous film star, the irascible Mimi Robertson. Here amid the vines and olive groves, Bee quickly finds there’s more to the place than meets the eye, not least a certain Luca (and Romeo the dog).

As she comes to terms with her injuries and her new life takes shape, Bee will have to travel a road of self-discovery… and make a huge decision.

A joyous, funny and moving tale, Dreaming of Tuscany is a triumph, pe
rfect for fans of Holly Martin, Tilly Tennant, and Jenny Oliver.


T.A.'s books are always a must read for me! I don't even read the blurb before diving in. This sounds a bit crazy, but what I love about T.A.'s books is that despite the fact that they're relatively predictable, you CANNOT get enough of them! It's a quality you don't come across too often. He clearly has a talent for writing books that make you feel good. Another thing I love about his books--there is ALWAYS a black Labrador in the story and that pup is always one of my favorite characters. Romeo, the Lab in Dreaming of Tuscany, was delightful. I want his life--living on a vineyard villa in Tuscany, swimming in the river, taking naps in the sunshine....sigh.

The setting was dreamy (no pun intended!). I read this book while it was snowing outside, and the book made me want to be in Tuscany in the heat of summer and eat all that delicious food and take daily walks with friends and a black Lab. I adored the characters, especially Bee and Luca. 

If you haven't read one of T.A.'s books and you love a feel good rom-com style of book, look no further! This book was a delight!

Happy Reading!