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See What I Have Done by: Sarah Schmidt

See What I Have Done

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Recognition

 August 2017 Indie Next selection
My Review:
Before reading this, I really didn’t know anything about Lizzie Borden and the horrific details of her life.  I went into this book thinking it would be a good mystery based on a true story.  This is a debut novel for this author and it was a good first book.
I am not sure how I feel about the story.  I did find myself interested in what happened but it did drag at times for me.  I was thoroughly annoyed at the ending of the book I feel as if the author ran out of things to say.  I do understand that the conclusion of the Lizzie Borden case was one in which everyone felt satisfied with, but for me, the book ended abruptly.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Goddesses by: Swan Huntley

The Goddesses

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My Review:
Wow!  I finished this book this morning and I am stunned.  I was emotionally invested in this story and these characters, it was as if they were people I knew.  Nancy was going through a difficult period in her life and she found a friendship with Ana that she desperately needed.  Ana was a free spirit who showed Nancy a different way to live.
Nancy struggled to decide if she wanted to be the woman that she was in the States or if she was going to reinvent herself.  Ana made that choice easy for Nancy.  As their relationship became stronger, Nancy’s home life started to fall apart.
This was a psychological thriller that read like contemporary fiction.  I was hooked.  I highly recommend this book.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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The Marriage Pact by: Michelle Richmond

The Marriage Pact

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

Recognition

 August 2017 Indie Next selection
 July 2017 LibraryReads selection
My Review:
This took a simple marriage and turned it into a nightmare.  What would you if you received  wedding present that promised a happy marriage above all else?!  For Alice and Jake, they decided to sign the contract and join the Pact.
They had to memorize rules and procedures and if they screwed up in any way, they were punished.  The events and repercussions that Alice and Jack and the other members of the Pact participated in were outrageous.
This was an interesting twist to a story about a cult-like organization.  It has a suspenseful atmosphere and is categorized under a few different sub-genres.  I would read something else from this author.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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Bring Her Home by: David Bell

bring her home Publication Date:  July 11, 2017

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This story is filled with twists and had me trying to figure out what was going on.  I was pretty close to solving this minus some details.  However, I did enjoy the story.  It was well thought out and detailed.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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The Fourth Monkey by: J.D. Barker

The Fourth Monkey

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My Review:
This book reminded me of one of my favorite movies “The Bone Collector”.  It was very intense and definitely not easy to figure out.  It was a bit graphic, so if you are not into that, tread lightly here.
I really enjoyed the characters of Sam and his team on the task force.  They had a great camaraderie and  it made the story flow.  This was a fast read and one that I would happily read a sequel to.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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The Angels’ Share by: JR Ward

The Angels' Share

This is the second book in the Bourbon Kings series.  I read the first book a year or two ago and loved it.  I decided to listen to this book because my commute to and from work has been torturous with traffic.  I didn’t like the narrator’s acting when depicting the women’s voices but that aside, I loved the story.

As this is a continuation of the first book, I can’t give any particular details.  However, what I can say is that the characters all have a very descriptive personalty.  There are some steamy scenes throughout the book but what do you expect from JR Ward?!

I gave this book 4 crowns and can’t wait to get the next installment.

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The Paris Architect by: Charles Belfoure

The Paris Architect

I have always found novels that take place during World War II to be very interesting.  I have a soft spot in my heart for Anne Frank and similar stories.  This book had an interesting twist to that time frame.

Lucien Bernard is an architect and he is commissioned by a man to create hiding places in houses for Jews that were on the run.  Lucien never felt that he needed to protect the Jewish people but that offer that came with this job was one he couldn’t resist.  At the same time, he is commissioned by the German’s to design one of their largest war related structures.  Lucien is playing both sides and risking it all.

I listened to this on audio and enjoyed the narration.  I was a decent read but a bit boring at times.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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