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Home Safe by: Elizabeth Berg

Home Safe

I have a collection of books by Elizabeth Berg that I have read many years ago and loved.  On a recent trip to buy some books, I came across an Elizabeth Berg book called Never Change and purchased it.  At work one day this week, I needed to borrow another audiobook from Overdrive because I had just finished the previous one.  I couldn’t remember the name of the book I had just purchased but knew it was a two word title.  I was convinced this was it, so I downloaded it.  What a pleasant mistake!

This audio book is read by the author (my favorite situation) and the story touched my heart so deeply from the very beginning.  I feel confident in saying that this book is one of my favorites that I have read this year if not the BEST of the year!

I loved every character in this story and will definitely re-read this book, and I don’t do that!  Helen is very down to earth and Tess, her daughter, is a typical daughter who tries to minimize her mother’s involvement in her life.  I absolutely loved this book and encourage you all to read it.

I should probably tell you that I already own a copy of Never Change and know just purchased Home Safe to add to my shelves.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words by: Maeve Binchy

Maeve's Times

After Maeve passed away, her husband gathered a collection of her articles from the Irish Times and had them published into this book.  I was and still am a huge fan of Maeve Binchy.  Her writing was unlike anything I had ever read before and her story telling abilities were bar none.

I listened to this on audio book and found that it was read by her daughter with the same strong Irish accent that I believe Maeve had.  It was as if I was listening to her.  Each of these stories were articles that she had written and published in the Irish Times.  There was no continuous theme except that they are painstakingly honest.

I found myself nodding my head in agreement and laughing at some of the stories.  I did enjoy it but I know that if I had read it, I may have enjoyed it more.  Short stories and/or articles are difficult to listen to.  It is much better, for me anyway, to listen to a complete story.  That being said, her writing was true to that of her full length novels.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Her Last Breath by: J.A. Schneider

Her Last Breath

(Detective Kerri Blasco Book 2)

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

My Review:

I guess I didn’t pay attention to the fact that this is the second book in a series when I requested it for review.  The good news:  it doesn’t read like a series because the series itself is about the detective.  Each case is different.

Yet another psychological thriller for me this month and it was so good.  I flew through the pages of this book and tried to figure out what the heck was going on.  I was hit with a twist at the end again.  You would think that with all of the thrillers that I read, I would be able to determine at least some of what the conclusion will be, but nope.  I guess that’s a good thing though.

I really enjoyed the story line and liked the characters.  I dislike the cover though.

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.

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The Girl from Yesterday by: Kathryn Miller Haines

The Girl from Yesterday Publication Date: April 17, 2017

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The Roanoke Girls by: Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls

ABOUT THE ROANOKE GIRLS from penguinrandomhouse.com

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“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.

My Review:

This book was so disturbing but even with that said the writing was good and the story held my attention.  This is not for people who are triggered by  (*spoiler) insest, abuse, promiscuity, alcohol abuse…

I felt like I was reading a VC Andrews book but I read this quicker.  It was a page turner but it was so disturbing in context.  I don’t know how to rate something that was written well but disgusted me.  For now I’m giving it 3 stars.

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I received this book from the publishers through BloggingforBooks.com in exchange for an honest review.

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Behind Her Eyes by: Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes

Everyone, and I mean everyone has been talking about this book and its’ twisted ending. I had to pick it up and see for myself.  This psychological thriller was a page turner and I didn’t want to put it down.

I don’t want to tell you too much about this book, it is better if you go into it without knowing too much.  Louise is one of our man characters who meets a guy in a bar one night and enjoys a kiss with him.  The next day, she finds out that he is her new boss and he is married.

That’s all you need to know.  If this genre is one that you enjoy, pick it up and get ready for the twist of a lifetime!

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Idea of You by: Amanda Prowse

The Idea of You

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