Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Roanoke Girls Book #Review

Synopsis:
Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother's suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother's mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane's first Roanoke summer and her return,
The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart. 
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My Review:
Lane didn't know what it felt like to be loved. Her mother, Camilla, spent most days crying and the rest ignoring her daughter. The only thing Lane knew about her mother was that she ran away from Roanoke, she never wanted to speak of her past, other than to say that she never wanted to return there.

After Camilla passes away, social services finds family for Lane to live with. Lane had no idea that she had family, and now she was headed to her wealthy grandparents that are also raising her teenage cousin at Roanoke. During that brief summer at Roanoke, Lane learns about love and the dark secrets at Roanoke.

I really enjoyed the toggling between past and present. The story was so suspenseful, that it was difficult to put the book down. The mystery kept me guessing right up to the very end. This was a great thriller everyone will love.

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:

Amy Engel is the author of THE BOOK OF IVY young adult series. A former criminal defense attorney, she lives in Missouri with her family. THE ROANOKE GIRLS (March 7, 2017), is her first novel for adults.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Silent Corner Book #Review

Synopsis:
A dazzling new series debuts with a remarkable heroine certain to become a new icon of suspense, propelled by the singular narrative genius of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.
I very much need to be dead.


These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demands: find the truth, no matter what.
People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn
why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important so terrifying that they will exterminate anyone in their way.
But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.


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My Review:
The Silent Corner is the first novel in the Jane Hawk series.  Jane Hawk, a brilliant FBI agent, has lost her husband from a suicide.  Other than a very ├žryptic and bizarre note, there were no signs of depression.  This forces Jane to begin investigating other suicides of happy, successful people.  Her actions puts her and her sweet five year old son, Travis, in mortal danger.  She isn't sure who she can trust.

Dean Koontz has written a riveting tale of suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  This is definitely one of those books that will keep you up at night.  I hated to see it end and I cannot wait for the next installment.

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names
Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.

Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.
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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Fifth Petal Book #Review

Synopsis:
Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, investigates a 25-year-old triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed one Halloween night. Aided by Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims who has returned to town, Rafferty begins to uncover a dark chapter in Salem’s past. Callie, who has always been gifted with premonitions, begins to struggle with visions she doesn’t quite understand and an attraction to a man who has unknown connections to her mother’s murder. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian and sometime-aunt to Callie, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?
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My Review:
 I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

The Fifth Petal is book two of The Lace Reader series.  In this portion, a few years has passed since book one.  Towner has decided to stay and although the relationship with her mother is strained at best, Towner has restored her aunt's tea room, and has it serve as a halfway house for the women living at Yellow Dog.  The mystery opens on Halloween night, teenage boys heckling an old mentally ill homeless woman.  They claim she's a witch, and when one of the boys die.  The outraged people of Salem want justice to finally be served.  Will Rafferty be able to find the killer before there is a witch hunt like olden days?

Brunonia Barry once again brings us a story rich in the history of the Salem Witch Trials.  There was so much suspense, this book held me at the edge of my seat.  I was engrossed until the very end and was taken by surprise by the end.  This was a great suspenseful novel with lots of unsuspecting twists.

About the Author:
Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best selling author of THE LACE READER, THE MAP OF TRUE PLACES, and THE FIFTH PETAL, which will be released in January 2017. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists’ Colony’s Strnad Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction, a People Magazine Pick, and Amazon’s Best of the Month. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in The London Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. She is a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed. Brunonia chairs the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee and serves on Grub Street’s Development Committee. She is the Executive Director of the Salem Lit Fest, an annual event that brings people to Salem, MA from all over the world. She lives in Salem with her husband, Gary, and their dog, Angel.
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Grace and the Preacher Book #Review

Synopsis:
At the age of twenty-four, postmistress Grace Cristler has all but given up hope of finding a husband among the narrowing group of eligible men in her town of Fairland, Kansas. But when her uncle decides to retire from the pulpit, Grace is responsible for corresponding with the new preacher set to take his place. She can’t deny the affection growing in her heart for Reverend Rufus Dille—a man she deeply admires, but has only met through his letters.

Theophil Garrison is on the run from a past and a label he’s desperate to escape. Ten years ago, his outlaw cousins convinced him to take part in a train robbery, but Theo fled the scene, leaving his cousins to face imprisonment. Now their sentence is complete, but the plan for vengeance has only just begun. Branded a coward and running for his life, a chance encounter could provide Theo with the escape he needs.

But the young man’s desperate con might come at an enormous price for the tenderhearted Grace—and the entire town. Will Grace’s undeserved affection and God’s mercy make something beautiful from the ashes of Theo’s past?

My Review:
I received a free copy from Random House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Once again, another great novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer. The story was a fantastic lesson in trusting God to send the one your heart loves. We get to see Grace, and Theo, the young man pretending to be her new pastor, grow in faith together. I loved Grace, she never gave up. It is such a beautiful, sweet story rich in faith, with characters we can all relate to.



About the Author:

With over 40 titles on library shelves and more than 1.5 copies of her books in print worldwide, Kim Vogel Sawyer enjoys a full-time writing and speaking ministry. Empty-nesters, Kim and her retired military husband, Don, are active in their church’s music ministry. Additionally, Kim helps lead women’s fellowship and enjoys teaching at writing conferences and spiritual retreats. When she isn't writing, Kim enjoys quilting, traveling, and spoiling her granddarlings.


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