A Deadly Business (by Lis Wiehl) … intrigue throughout the book

While the mystery is solved early in the book, there is still intrigue throughout the pages. There is background information on Mia Quinn’s husband and the car accident that caused his death. The characters are well developed and you find yourself cheering for some and despising others. I have enjoyed the books in this series.

Not Her Daughter (by Rea Frey) … a moral dilemma

This book was a moral dilemma for me. While I would never support the committing of a crime, but as a parent, how would I respond to the way a child is being treated by her mother? This will tug on your heart and have you falling in love with Emma, a delightful five-year-old.

I have to admit that this book has stayed with me long after I turned the last page.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

The Newsmakers (by Lis Wiehl) … great beginning to a new series

This first book in the newscasters series has grabbed my attention and I will definitely be reading more of the books.  I have enjoyed the other books by this author, Snapshot (a historical novel) and the Mia Quinn series, so I had high expectations as I began reading this book.  I was not disappointed!

While the main character’s rise to fame might seem a little too quick, when you discover the evil manipulations going on behind the scenes, you understand how and why it happened.  There are lots of twists and turns that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.  You’ll hold your breath at the scary moments and cringe as you read about the evil thoughts and intentions of some of the individuals.

This is definitely a book that will grab you and hold on to the final page!

The Beautiful Strangers (by Camille di Maio) … historical fiction that covers many facets of life

What an amazing historical fiction novel. This story touches on many facets of life … dementia, family relationships, new love, self discovery, coming of age, courage to seek more from life, and deep sense of loss. The inside view of Hollywood, the making of a film, and the movie star personalities was interesting and entertaining. The setting of the Hotel del Coronado was informative and had me doing my own research about the “Hollywood playground.”

Though there is a ghost as part of the story, the character only adds to the intrigue and made the dual time line flow smoothly.

This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I have invested money in purchasing every book she has written. Her writing style and ability to bring history to life has made her one of my favorite authors.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Before I end this review, though, I have to point out that the end of the book … and last page in particular … are excellent! They were the perfect ending to a wonderful book!

The Library at the Edge of the World (by Felicity Hayes-McCoy) … the story will have you yearning for a vacation to Ireland

Though the book is a little difficult to get into at the beginning. It’s worth hanging in there, though. There are a lot of characters to keep up with. The fact that I listened to the audiobook made it more difficult to keep up with the number of people. I found myself yearning for a vacation in Ireland and hoping to find a sense of community that Hanna discovers.