The Perfect Mother by: Caroline Mitchell

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She thought they wanted her baby. But they won’t stop there.

Roz is young, penniless and pregnant. All she wants is to be the perfect mother to her child, but the more she thinks about her own chaotic upbringing, the more certain she is that the best life for her baby is as far away as possible from her hometown in Ireland.

Determined to do the right thing, Roz joins an elite adoption service and can’t believe her luck. Within days she is jetting to New York to meet a celebrity power couple desperate for a child of their own. Sheridan and Daniel are wealthy and glamorous—everything Roz isn’t. Her baby will never go hungry, and will have every opportunity for the perfect life. But soon after Roz moves into their plush basement suite, she starts to suspect that something darker lurks beneath the glossy surface of their home.

When Roz discovers she isn’t the first person to move in with the couple, and that the previous woman has never been seen since, alarm bells start ringing. As the clock ticks down to her due date, Roz realises her unborn baby may be the only thing keeping her alive, and that despite her best intentions, she has walked them both into the perfect nightmare…

My Review

Holy crap! This was intense. Roz is a vunerable young woman who finds herself in a situation that she thinks she has a way out of. Is it unconventional? Yes, Is it legal? I’m not so sure. Is it captivating to read about? Absolutely!

This was so well done. The characters were very authentic and the situation was creepy. I really enjoyed each moment that I spent reading this book and the twists did not stop. I highly recommend this read!

I gave it 4 crowns.

I received this E- ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

You Were There Too by: Colleen Oakley

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Acclaimed author Colleen Oakley delivers a heart-wrenching and unforgettable love story about a woman who must choose between the man she loves and the man fate has chosen for her, in a novel that reminds us that the best life is one led by the heart.

Mia Graydon’s life looks picket-fence perfect; she has the house, her loving husband, and dreams of starting a family. But she has other dreams too—unexplained, recurring ones starring the same man. Still, she doesn’t think much of it, until a relocation to small-town Pennsylvania brings her face to face with the stranger she has been dreaming about for years. And this man harbors a jaw-dropping secret of his own—he’s been dreaming of her too. 

Determined to understand, Mia and this not-so-stranger search for answers. But when diving into their pasts begins to unravel her life in the present, Mia emerges with a single question—what if?

Recognition

 January 2020 Indie Next selection

My Review:

The summary of this book intrigued me and this was the first book I’ve read from this author so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Mia was stuck in a bit of a rut after moving to a new town and struggling through several miscarriages. The one thing that has remained semi-constant in her life are weird dreams that always feature the same unknown man. The dreams range from odd to romantic.

I wish I could say that I liked this book but for me, it was just ok. It felt long and it seemed to drag on. The last few chapters picked up the pace but at that point, it was too late. I can’t help but wonder, if I listened to this on audio, would I have had a better time?

I gave this book 2 crowns.

I received this E- ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Confession Club by: Elizabeth Berg

In this uplifting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv, good friends discover that the things we fear revealing to others can be the very things that bring us closer together.

When a group of friends in Mason, Missouri, decide to start a monthly supper club, they get more than they bargained for. The plan for congenial evenings—talking, laughing, and sharing recipes, homemade food, and wine—abruptly changes course one night when one of the women reveals something startlingly intimate. The supper club then becomes Confession Club, and the women gather weekly to share not only dinners, but embarrassing misdeeds, deep insecurities, and long-held regrets.

They invite Iris Winters and Maddy Harris to join, and their timing couldn’t be better. Iris is conflicted about her feelings for a charming but troubled man, and Maddy has come back home from New York to escape a problem too big to handle alone. The club offers exactly the kind of support they need to help them make some difficult decisions.

The Confession Club 
is charming, heartwarming, and inspiring. And as in the previous books that take place in Mason, readers will find friendship, community, and kindness on full display.

My Review

In this third book of the Mason trilogy, we see Maddy as a young mother with a inquisitive and growing child. The relationships that were formed in the first two books are still thriving. I love these characters as they each have a very distinct personality. I really felt that this was a great end to the trilogy even though the second book left me a bit disappointed. If you read this as a whole series, I think it does come back together nicely.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

Where I Come From by: Aaron Sanchez

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America’s most prominent Latino chef shares the story behind his food, his family, and his professional journey 

Before Chef Aaron Sanchez rose to fame on shows like MasterChef and Chopped, he was a restless Mexican-American son, raised by a fiercely determined and talented woman who was a successful chef and restaurateur in her own right—she is credited with bringing Mexican cuisine to the New York City dining scene. In many ways, Sanchez, who lost his father at a young age, was destined to follow in his mother Zarela’s footsteps. He spent nights as a child in his family’s dining room surrounded by some of the most influential chefs and restaurateurs in New York. At 16, needing direction, he was sent by his mother to work for renowned chef Paul Prudhomme in New Orleans. 

In this memoir, Sanchez delves into his formative years with remarkable candor, injecting his story with adrenaline and revealing how he fell in love with cooking and started a career in the fast-paced culinary world. Sanchez shares the invaluable lessons he learned from his upbringing and his training—both inside and outside the kitchen—and offers an intimate look into the chaotic and untraditional life of a professional chef and television personality. This memoir is Sanchez’s highly personal account of a fatherless Latino kid whose talent and passion took him to the top of his profession. 

My Review

I enjoy watching Aaron Sanchez on tv and have for years. I appreciate that he is a Latino Chef that has brought his culture and background into his food. I truly believe that you incorporate your surroundings and feelings into your food and that you can tell when a chef really has a passion for what they do.

Aaron was very honest in this memoir when he discusses his struggles with depression. I applaud his truthfulness when telling the reader that he still speaks with a therapist on a weekly basis and is taking medication. The people that work in food industry usually show a harder side of themselves but as Aaron explains, it is a lonely profession.

This book also has some of Aaron’s recipes throughout. I think that was a great touch. Overall, I gave this book 3 crowns.

I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.