Long Black Veil by: Jennifer Finney Boylan

Long Black Veil

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The Very Picture of You by: Isabel Wolff

The Very Picture of You

It has been many, many years since I have read and loved Isabel’s book A Vintage Affair. I purchased this book years ago hoping to love it just as much. Unfortunately, I was bored. I didn’t really get into the book until the last 100 pages. Some of the first 1/3 of the story was decent but otherwise, I kept wanting to put it down.

This is a story about a portrait painter and the stories that her sitters tell. Maybe the subject matter wasn’t for me. I wonder if I go back and reread A Vintage Affair, if I would still like it as much as I did back then.

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Shoeless Child by: J.A. Schneider

Shoeless Child Publication Date: January 24, 2018

Book #4 in the Detective Kerri Blasco series

Summary:

A little boy has seen a horrific murder but is too traumatized to speak. Detective Kerri Blasco struggles to connect with him…

Charlie Sparkes peeks out to see his mother and another young woman brutally shot. Hysterical, the brave child bolts into the cold November night for help. He screams and cries, only to fall into more trauma.

Homicide Detective Kerri Blasco is called to the murder scene. One woman lies dead next to the blood soaked rug where Rachel Sparkes was seriously wounded. With little memory of the attack, she has been taken to the hospital – but where is her child? He too, Kerri discovers, now lies in a hospital bed, mute and traumatized in a fetal position, refusing even food and water.

Charlie must have seen what happened. Kerri’s heart aches for this piteous little boy and she struggles to help him; struggles, too to find the monster who did this horrible crime. “It’s your kind of case,” Sergeant Alex Brand, Kerri’s boss and partner tells her, stepping up police urgency when another innocent is shot, and then another.

Kerri Blasco finds herself more emotionally obsessed with this case than with any other, despite clear and onrushing danger to herself…

My Review:

I am a mystery genre junkie!  These are my favorite types of books to read and when they are written well, I am  full immersed into the story.  This is one of those books.  I have read 2 other books in this series and love them.

Detective Kerri Blasco is a tough female Detective and in this book she shows her heart of gold.  It was so touching to read about her relationship with Charlie.  His story broke my heart and I couldn’t stop reading until I knew what happened.

I think I’ve said it before but I will say it again; if you love female detectives that can kick ass and take names, this is a series you should pick up.  I find this to be in the same vein as James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series.

I can’t wait to read more!

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Woman in the Windows by: A.J. Finn

34848682 Publication date: Jan. 2, 2018

What did she see?

It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbors. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

My Review:

I received an unsolicited copy of this book and knew nothing about it.  This is my type of book, so I didn’t hesitate to pick it up.  I loved this book.  It was a page turner and kept me interested every step of the way.

There are twists and turns and the main character Anna, is the type of woman you would befriend in your neighborhood.  This is an amazing debut novel that will have me on the lookout for more books by this author in the future.

Grab this book when it comes out, you will not regret it!

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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A Love Letter to Jay by: May Lee

When an unusual love letter arrives nearly 22 years late, in the form of a book, the man who receives it discovers a memoir filled with passion, wit and sensitivity. He also discovers that the book is about him…
Outskirts Press Announces the Release of a New Memoir, A Love Letter to Jay by May Le.
May Le’s debut novel, A Love Letter to Jay: A Memoir, is a unique and compelling love story that chronicles the life of a Chinese immigrant— one of six children from Vietnam—who faces one obstacle, one tragedy after another. One Amazon reviewer describes the memoir as “an Amy Tan novel with Horatio Alger undertones. An engrossing story filled with life at its bittersweet best.”
In A Love Letter to Jay, a memoir arrives in the mail one day, and the man to whom it’s addressed tears it open and begins to read. He quickly realizes the book is about him. It is about her. It is an astounding history of things he never knew. Deeply felt letters of devotion he’d never received fill the pages of the book, containing passionate remembrances of their lovemaking, confessions of secrets never shared, and painful details about the chasm that developed between her and her mother as they clashed over archaic cultural traditions from the old country. And now, reading her words, he begins to piece together the last 22 years.
Jay devours the book, especially the details about a son he still believes is his. When he reads about how she was raped and abused by her husband, his heart breaks, and he begins to understand why he and she were always like two ships passing in a densefoggy night, experiencing only occasional trysts punctuated by long periods of silence. He had always known of her success in business and how she’d overcome so much. After all, he had been her mentor and confidant before he was her lover. He was always proud of her. And he has always been in love with her. Putting the book down on the desk, Jay covers his eyes and begins to cry for what could have been.
May Le’s story jumps off the pages with a direct, raw, insightful wit as she recounts her life beginning as a Chinese immigrant to America from Vietnam in 1985. From the death of her father and brother while her mother struggled to support the family of five, to two decades of poverty followed by a brutal rape and coerced marriage to the rapist, a series of misfortunes propels May Le to rise above her circumstances. Ultimately she becomes a successful restaurateur and philanthropist, eventually rediscovering her long lost love, the real subject of May Le’s story: A Love Letter to Jay.
My Review:
I was expecting this book to be a bit different.  I thought that it would be the story of Jay opening up this package and reading these letters that May had wrote him.  It wasn’t really like that.  This was more of a first account of May’s story as it was happening.  It was missing Jay’s perspective.  It is a memoir of a young woman who struggles between her Chinese heritage/culture and growing up in America.
I think that this book needed additional editing and I found it to be a bit boring.  Some parts were intriguing but others just fell flat for me.  It didn’t match the description like I thought it would.
I gave this book 2 crowns.
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The Story of Arthur Truluv by: Elizabeth Berg

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Description from the publisher through Netgalley

 

December 2017 Indie Next selection
November 2017 LibraryReads selection
My Review:
I am a big fan of Elizabeth Berg’s novels.  She has a way of telling such honest stories and really touching the reader.  This story was no exception.
Arthur was an incredible character who really cared about people in such a different and outstanding way.  He befriends Maddy when she needs it the most  and their relationship is beautiful.
This is a quick read but it is so heart- warming.  I highly recommend it.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received this e-arc from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Sex, Lies and Handwriting: A Top Expert Reveals the Secrets Hidden in Your Handwriting by: Michelle Dresbold with James Kwalwasser

Sex, Lies and Handwriting

This book was fantastic.  I am now obsessed with learning more about deciphering what one’s handwriting says about them and their personalities.  This was an interesting read as it provided samples from everyday people as well as infamous criminals.

This was easy to read and very descriptive.  I will be looking for more books on this topic.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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