Mac on a Hot Tin Roof

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I would like to thank Melinda Metz, Net Galley and Kensington Books for this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story of MacGyver (Mac) was cute, but not cute enough to carry the whole book. Unfortunately the rest if the story was boring. I wanted to tell the two main people to just suck it up and grow up. There were several other people in the neighborhood but they didn’t add enough to the story to remember their names. If the author had put in more about the thefts and the people instead of the long commercial shoot it would have been more interesting.





Spring House

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I want to thank NetGalley, Mary Ellen Taylor and Montlake for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

This book has it all, romance, mystery, family history and lots of secrets. It was written in current time and the past. At first I thought it would be hard to read but it was a very easy and enjoyable book. The fact that it was the second book in a series wasn’t a problem either. If anything it convinced me to read the first book, Winter Cottage.

While Megan is renovating a house she finds letters written by Diane during the early 1900’s. Diane’s mother died when she very young. Her father sent her to live with a Mrs. LeBlanc, a shady woman who took Diane to France. The letters reveal the story of her life.

At the same time she was reading the letters Megan was dealing with problems and changes in her own life. There is a dead man, a live man, a teenager, a best friend, a baby and a busybody almost mother in law.

This is a really good book. I highly recommend it.





Girl Most Likely to Succeed

Girl Most Likely to Succeed

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This is a brand new book. It just came out 4 days ago and there are no reviews on it yet. I hope it is a good as it sounds.

Katrina Parker graduated from Gray Valley High school in 1994. It seems someone put a curse on the class and it is now kicking in. Of course Katrina is the only one who can save them.

Katrina doesn’t want to remember high school, but the curse is going to make her remember all the bad things that happened in her senior year if she wants to or not. She really doesn’t want to remember her part in it or what she did, but someone wants her to remember. It has been twenty-five years and time is running out.

 

 

One Perfect Witness

One Perfect Witness

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This is a story of bullying, abuse, death, family, priorities, lies and overcoming issues that hold a person back. It is also a story of choices made that can impact a person for years. It is about love and what one might be willing to do for a person loved…or a person feared. It is a slow building story with an ending that was unexpected and yet a finale that will make you think Karma is indeed something to be reckoned with.

 

 

 

The Trailing Spouse

The Trailing Spouse

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The Trailing Spouse follows the story of three characters, each of whom have a relationship with a man, Edward Bonham. Amanda, his wife, who traveled around the world to Singapore to be with Edward. She is “the trailing” spouse, a phrase used to describe the spouse who follows the person with a job wherever that job takes them. Here, Amanda has left Great Britain to move to Singapore, a city built on illusion, beautiful yet filled with horrors. This imagery is present throughout the marvelously crafted story.  Camille Kimball has returned to Singapore to find answers from her childhood, her missing parents, and closure to her past. And, there is Josie, Edward’s daughter who still is recovering from her mother’s apparent suicide. Her relationship with Edward is a strange one, to say the least. As the story progresses, the web around these characters grows and becomes more intricately tangled until the climactic conclusion.

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I knew this day would come and here it is. You are about to read a bad review. There are a lot of people on Goodreads who love this book but I can not recommend it. Here is my take on it:

Before I say anything else I have to thank Lake Union Publishers and Netgalley for the advance digital review copy!

This book got off to a bad beginning. It was hard to read at first. Some of the sentences were as long as a paragraph and some were so flowerly it was hard to read. After a couple of chapters the author toned it down and the book actually became good. There were two story lines going on that came together mid book. I enjoyed the middle but the end went off the rails. I almost gave it up but I am one who always finishes a book once started.

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It came off as the family was well off but not rich. Throughout the book, the wife was hiding things in the bank safety box; money, her mother’s ring, etc. Then there was the daughter who was always a character that did not fit in, just a filler. Then we learned she killed her mother. A 10 year old pushed her mother over a cliff. Not from behind, she pushed her in a fight. It didn’t fit and it seemed unlikely that would have happened that way. Then at the end everyone is in a hotel room. We learned the daughter had killed all the women her dad ever looked at. The husband is dying and the daughter has a gun. Hotel employees are banging on the door. Why didn’t they have a card to get in? The two women are just hanging around waiting to be shot when the unconscious man gets out of his deathbed and goes after the daughter. During the fight they both fall over the railing. The two women then left and went on their way. How did the girl get the money to follow her dad on every one of his business trips? Why did the stepmother not miss her? Why did the school not miss her? How did she get on all those planes with a gun? If you are going to write a book, it should at least be believable.

One Day in December

One Day in December

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One December day Laurie is sitting staring out the window of a London bus when suddenly her eyes meet a man that makes her believe in love at first sight. In those brief moments Laurie and this stranger share a connection so deep that she knows he’s the one… But then the bus pulls off. And he’s gone forever. Laurie tries to find him over the course of the next year to no avail. And then the following Christmas she meets him again. The only problem is he is her best friend Sarah’s new boyfriend Jack. And Sarah, is possibly even more in love with him than Laurie is.

The book follows the lives of these three characters over the course of the next ten years as they all try to find out what falling in love versus staying in love with someone really means.

 

 

When Never Comes

When Never Comes

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When Christy-Lynn is told by the police that her husband, a famous author, has died in a car accident, she also finds out that there was a half naked woman in the car with him who also died. She had no idea that he was having an affair but once the news becomes public, the media begins to harass her about it. With the unrelenting media scrutiny, Christy-Lynn escapes from her home and drives until she finds a small town to hide out in. As she learns to deal with her husband’s death, she has to learn from the fact that she has hidden out her entire life to try to escape the memories from a horrific childhood. Will she be able to open herself up to happiness in her life despite all that has happened to her?

 

 

 

The Couple Next Door

The Couple Next Door

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Anne and Marco’s babysitter cancels at the last minute when they have a dinner party next door. Marco talks Anne into leaving their six month Cora alone because they can bring along the baby monitor and check in on her at half hour intervals. When the two arrive home shortly after 1 AM and Cora is no where to be found. The police are called in to investigate. As the investigation proceeds it becomes increasingly clear that the kidnapping was orchestrated by someone close to the couple or the couple themselves.

 

 

The Obsession

The Obsession

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Young Naomi is excited about her upcoming birthday and to see if she’ll get a new bicycle. She wakes up in the middle of the night and sees her father heading into the woods. She thinks he’s hidden her bike in a secret place and is going to put it together to surprise her, so she follows him. Instead, the horrible secret that she uncovers will affect Naomi and her family for the rest of their lives. What she finds is truly horrifying but her actions make Naomi a hero.

Seventeen years have passed and Naomi has a career as a successful photographer. However, she lives her life without putting down roots, traveling frequently and never staying in one place for long. Then she visits Sunrise Cove, Washington, and buys a huge, old, rambling former B&B on a bluff.

Xander is the owner of the local garage and body shop, part owner of the local bar, and the front man of a garage band. Naomi has never allowed herself to become involved in a serious relationship until Xander. He’s handsome, rugged, confident, and patient. Life for Naomi is definitely looking good, she’s making friends, finding love, blending into the community, and even adopts a dog. Then, women start disappearing and it looks like her nightmares may be becoming a reality.