Wednesday, July 31, 2019

WWW Wednesday: July 31

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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?
 
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I enjoyed both books!! My review of The Two Lila Bennetts can be found here.
 

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My sis Breanne just read A Woman is No Man, and absolutely LOVED it and said I HAD to read it! She let me borrow her copy and  I dove right in.  Loving it so far!! Also enjoying Surfside Sisters on my Kindle!
 
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So here's the deal.  Telling you now what I'm going to read next is hard.  It depends on how I'm feeling when I'm done reading my current reads. Sooo...this week I'm featuring a book I just added to my TBR! Like A Woman is No Man, it's also an immigrant story.
 
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What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Review: The Two Lila Bennetts

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By Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
307 pages, published July 23, 2019
Lake Union Publishing

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:

Lila Bennett’s bad choices have finally caught up with her. And one of those decisions has split her life in two. Literally.

In one life, she’s taken hostage by someone who appears to be a stranger but knows too much. As she’s trapped in a concrete cell, her kidnapper forces her to face what she’s done or be killed. In an alternate life, she eludes her captor but is hunted by someone who is dismantling her happiness, exposing one secret at a time.

Lila’s decorated career as a criminal defense attorney, her marriage, and her life are on the line. She must make a list of those she’s wronged—both in and out of the courtroom—to determine who is out to get her before it’s too late. But even if she can pinpoint her assailant, will she survive? And if she does, which parts of her life are worth saving, and which parts must die? Because one thing’s for certain—life as Lila Bennett knew it is over.


 
The format and premise of this book was fantastic!  It reminded me of Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  Because each chapter switched between "taken" and "free" you could NOT put this book down!! Sometimes you'd get clues to the "other life" in the opposite chapter--which also makes you want to keep reading! Several chapters ended on cliffhangers too--and then switched to the other chapter.  It was such a well crafted, masterpiece of a book!

That being said, I did not like Lila as a character. She made bad choice after bad choice and told lies every opportunity she had. But she did evolve throughout the book and she did grow on me a little.  It's best to go into this book knowing as little as possible so I won't say too much more about the book--other than it's definitely an excellent, fast past thrill of a read! Liz and Lisa never disappoint!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

WWW Wednesday: July 24

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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?



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When We Believed in Mermaids was a fantastic, five star read. My review is posted here!

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I've had several friends recommend Red, White and Royal Blue and it's just as delightful as everyone's said! What a fun read. Also got sucked in pretty quickly to The Two Lila Bennetts--it's a great read so far.

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One of these two...have you read either of these?

What are you reading this week?

Sunday, July 21, 2019

TLC Book Tours: When We Believed in Mermaids (Review)

About When We Believed in Mermaids

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (July 16, 2019)
From the author of The Art of Inheriting Secrets comes an emotional new tale of two sisters, an ocean of lies, and a search for the truth.
Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news…
Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world. Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable. With it comes a flood of emotions—grief, loss, and anger—that Kit finally has a chance to put to rest: by finding the sister who’s been living a lie.
After arriving in New Zealand, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives.
Now, if two sisters are to reunite, it can only be by unearthing long-buried secrets and facing a devastating truth that has kept them apart far too long. To regain their relationship, they may have to lose everything.

 Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

 

I've been a Barabara O'Neal fan foa a long time--I remember picking up The Lost Recipe for Happiness at the bookstore, absolutely loving it, and immediately adding her to my "must read" author list!  I love her writing style, and I love how her books have depth, but yet are easy and enjoyable to read. When We Believed in Mermaids is one of her best!

 I absolutely loved the New Zealand setting, and I loved the story of Kit and Josie's sisterly bond. This story did have some romance, too--Javier the musician from Spain was just dreamy!  I loved the description of surfing--I felt like I could smell the saltwater, feel the ocean breeze, hear the waves. This book felt like a vacation! I was hooked from the very first chapter and spent a weekend devouring this book. While the book is emotional, it's also a relaxing, feel good read you won't be able to put down. If she isn't already, this book will definitely make Barbara O'Neal a must read author for you too! 

About Barbara O’Neal

Barbara O’Neal is the author of twelve novels of women’s fiction, including The Art of Inheriting SecretsHow to Bake a Perfect Life, and The All You Can Dream Buffet. Her award-winning books have been published in more than a dozen countries, including France, England, Poland, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Brazil. She lives in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs with her beloved, a British endurance athlete who vows he’ll never lose his accent.

Connect with Barbara

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

 

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Auto Buy Authors




Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This Week's Topic:

Auto Buy Authors

This is a great topic!! I have several auto buy authors I love and will immediately pre-order or buy without even reading the synopsis! Here they are, in no particular order:
Cathy Lamb
Kristan Higgins
Kerry Lonsdale
Jamie Brenner
Blake Crouch
Elin Hilderbrand
Allie Larkin
Kristin Harmel
Barbara O'Neal
Jane Green

Who are your auto buy authors?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

WWW Wednesday: July 10

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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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Unfortunately, this one was disappointing.  I was excited to read a book about yoga but I felt like it was way too cheesy and over the top. I really enjoyed Summer on Mirror Lake--finished it last night. Though predictable, I've loved the Honeymoon Harbor series. The characters are great and I love the PNW setting.

Currently Reading
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I'm listening to Queen Bee on audio. At first I wasn't into it but about 40% through I started loving it. I should finish it today. I plan on starting Whisper Network today at lunch!

 
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Just picked this one up from the library! I've heard nothing but good things! It looks like a fun read! 

What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!





Tuesday, July 9, 2019

TLC Book Tours: Last Summer (Review + GIVEAWAY!)

About Last Summer

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (July 9, 2019)
From the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Everything series comes a new novel of love, lies, and deceit.
Lifestyle journalist Ella Skye remembers every celebrity she interviewed, every politician she charmed between the sheets, and every socialite who eyed her with envy. The chance meeting with her husband, Damien; their rapid free fall into love; and their low-key, intimate wedding are all locked in her memory. But what she can’t remember is the tragic car accident that ripped her unborn child from her. Ella can’t even recall being pregnant.
Hoping to find the memories of a lost pregnancy that’s left her husband devastated and their home empty, Ella begins delving into her past when she’s assigned an exclusive story about Nathan Donovan, a retired celebrity adventurer who seems to know more about her than she does him. To unravel the mystery of her selective memory loss, Ella follows Nathan from the snowcapped Sierra Nevada to the frozen slopes of southeast Alaska. There she discovers the people she trusts most aren’t the only ones keeping secrets from her—she’s hiding them from herself. Ella quickly learns that some truths are best left forgotten.

Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

I've read everything Kerry's written, including the Everything Series, All the Breaking Waves, her short story in J.T. Ellison's collaboration A Thousand Doors, and now Last Summer, her 2019 release, and I am consistently impressed by the quality of her writing and her ability to write a story you just CANNOT stop reading! Last Summer has such an interesting premise--as a psychology nerd I'm always drawn to anything mind or memory related. Why did Ella forget? Did she actually forget on purpose? How? What pieces of the puzzle are missing from her memory? All those questions keep you turning the pages as fast as you possibly can. I read the last two thirds of the book in one afternoon because once I really got into the story, I HAD to know the ending and how everything came together. I had some guesses early on about parts of the plot and what was going on, but the ending was still a surprise and left me excited about the story and wondering what happens next to Ella (though Kerry has said at this point the book is a standalone). The book is so fast moving during the last few chapters--I found myself racing through it but telling myself to slow down so I didn't miss any details! That's how much of a roller coaster the ending was.

I loved Ella as a character. Though I felt she made questionable choices at times, that's what made her REAL. I can't imagine that I would always make good choices when faced with whole chunks of my life missing from my memory. She was trying to piece things together and figure out what was going on and keep her job and her life together and was doing the best she could. This book is a wild ride you won't be able to put down and won't be able to stop thinking about once you finish it. If you haven't read any of Kerry's books--add all of them to your list. You won't be disappointed!

About Kerry Lonsdale

Kerry Lonsdale is the Wall Street Journal, Amazon Charts, and #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author of the Everything series—Everything We KeepEverything We Left Behind, and Everything We Give—as well as All the Breaking Waves. She resides in Northern California with her husband and two children. Learn more about Kerry at www.kerrylonsdale.com.

Connect with Kerry

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

WWW Wednesday: July 3

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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?

Appologies for the lack of blog posts lately--last week at work was insane, and I have this week off (yay!) so I'm really trying to spend some time relaxing and reading!

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I Heart Hawaii was just OK for me. However, I LOVED Incursion. Blake Crouch is amazing! Read my review here. Just finished The Lemon Sisters last night--the third book in the Wildstone series. I loved it!

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I'm struggling through The Dragonfly Sea. The writing is gorgeous, and I like the characters, but it moves along slowly and is 500 pages.  I'm only 100 pages in and I'm at that point where I'm deciding if I keep going or DNF. Sigh. Started my eARC of Breathe In, Cash Out last night--I've been in need of some lighter reading lately and The Lemon Sisters and this one are perfect for that!


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The July Reese Witherspoon book club pick! When she announced it I immediately put a hold on at the library. They emailed me today saying the hold was ready to pick up...I think I'm the first person to read this copy!

Hope you have a great week! For those of you in the USA, Happy 4th of July!