The Lies I Tell (by Julie Clark)

I have enjoyed all of Julie Clark’s books. She has become one of my favorite authors. Her writing style is easy to read and I love how she presents and develops her characters. The twists and turns as you flip through the pages will have you gasping. While I was shocked at Meg’s behavior, I also admired her intelligence, patience, ability to survive. She was one tough cookie. Kat’s character was a perfect counter to Meg. I couldn’t put the book down … which is why I have such dark circles under my eyes. And get ready for the ending! It will leave you wanting to know more. Perfect ending!

Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebook Landmark for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I have enjoyed all of Julie Clark’s books. She has become one of my favorite authors. Her writing style is easy to read and I love how she presents and develops her characters. The twists and turns as you flip through the pages will have you gasping. While I was shocked at Meg’s behavior, I also admired her intelligence, patience, ability to survive. She was one tough cookie. Kat’s character was a perfect counter to Meg. I couldn’t put the book down … which is why I have such dark circles under my eyes. And get ready for the ending! It will leave you wanting to know more. Perfect ending!

Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebook Landmark for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Rings, Rocks and Murder (by D. C. Pitt)

I have enjoyed both of the books in the Rosie Ryan series and have pre-ordered the third book. The characters are well developed and I have loved getting to know Rosie and Kim. The mystery is well done and there are lots of twists and turns to keep you guessing. And the fact that the book takes place in Australia was a bonus. That’s on my bucket list of places to visit! While part of a series, you could read this book as a standalone. But I would recommend enjoying the series from the start. Delightful cozy mystery and I look forward to the next adventure in Cape Carson!

Thank you to the author and BookSirens for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Homewreckers (by Mary Kay Andrews)

I really enjoyed The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews. There is a little bit of everything to keep your attention … murder mystery, great characters, drama, romantic interests, family relationships. The setting of Savannah is one of my favorites. And I loved how the author introduced a lot of characters but they were developed well enough that you could keep up with them. In addition, their personalities were so varied that you discovered the good, the bad, and the ugly they represented. This was a perfect summer read and I know I will be sharing it with my book loving peeps. Put this one on your to-be-read list.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Mengele’s Apprentice ~ Auschwitz Twins #2 (by Roberta Kagan)

I love reading historical fiction books set during WWII. This one was a little different. There were three separate story lines that meshed together. The view into Mengele’s depravity and his reasons for conducting the experiments he did on twins, the gypsies, those with abnormalities (one blue eye and one brown eye, etc.) will make you shudder. It was difficult to read the details of what life was like for individuals who endured life in Europe during the war. While not a warm fuzzy read, the realities of the horrendous acts that occurred during Hitler’s reign of terror are important to know so that history is not repeated.

Thank you to NetGalley and The Book Whisperer for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Bodyguard (by Katherine Center)

This was an entertaining rom-com. I am not a fan of books in the romance genre, but this one ended up being a fun read. I loved the idea of Hannah working for an agency that provides protection for rich, important people. The dynamics of the relationships among the employees were varied … friends, lovers, frenemies, wannabe lovers. There was a lot to keep you laughing or rolling your eyes. Then you factor in Jack, the person Hannah has been assigned to protect. I really liked his personality and the friction between he and Hannah. And I fell in love with Jack’s parents. It was heartwarming to see Hannah realize that they were an example of what a loving family should be like. If you are looking for a book that has you laughing with feel good vibes, this needs to be added to your to-be-read list.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Nonna Maria and the Case of the Missing Bride (by Lorenzo Carcaterra)

I found myself really enjoying this book. I loved Nonna Maria. She is a unique character … mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt … She quietly goes about her day getting involved in situations in which she simply “helps” her family and friends. Her character is well developed and I found myself admiring her intelligence, her quiet strength, the way she encouraged those who needed it, and her ability to ask for help to accomplish her tasks. I enjoyed the description of the town, the people and their lifestyle. This was a good read and the author’s writing style flowed easily and kept me invested in the story.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bantam for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Death by Beach Read ~ Lighthouse Library #9 (by Eva Gates)

I have enjoyed the books in the Lighthouse Library series by Eva Gates. The characters are well developed. The mystery is well done and had me guessing until the very end. There were lots of clues that had you assuming certain characters were responsible. It was enjoyable to see how Lucy and Connor were fixing up their house and how their relationship has progressed. The characters who surround Lucy and are part of the Lighthouse Library are a unique group of individuals. They will help keep you invested in the story. Can’t wait for the next adventure with Lucy and the Lighthouse Library gang.

Thank you to NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss (by Amy Bloom)

This was an emotional read from beginning to end. The author does an amazing job of sharing her husband’s experience from being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s through the decision to choose death in a dignified and intentional manner. You get glimpses of life before the diagnosis as well as how Amy responds to her husband, Brian, once they are aware of his condition. The way they travel together through the effect the disease has on Brian, the struggles they experience, the effort put into being permitted to have an assisted suicide, etc. are admirable. Amy Bloom does not paint herself as a saint. She is open and honest about her response to Brian and the many people who become part of his life because of Alzheimer’s and his choice of assisted suicide. She shares her pain, her anger, her frustration, her impatience, her never ending attempts to fulfill her husband’s final wish … all while the tears flow down her face. This was an informative book, but the personal aspects are what made it a moving read.

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Dead Against Her ~ Bree Taggert #5 (by Melinda Leigh)

I am never disappointed with a book by Melinda Leigh. She grabs my attention from the first page and I am holding on tight for a rollercoaster ride to the end. The characters are well developed and you will find yourself liking some while despising others. There are twists and turns, moments where you are holding your breath, and times when your heart stops because you know how things will end. The main character, Bree Taggert, is a strong female and you will be cheering her on as she continues to do her job with integrity. Each story in this series gets better and better. I can’t wait for the next adventure!

Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Forgotten Beach ~ Cornish Escapes #3 (by Amanda James)

Though the third book in the Cornish Escapes series, it is only the second one I’ve read. It can be read as a standalone. And both books were really good. The characters are well developed and will have you so invested in the story, you won’t want to put the book down. I loved the bit of mysticism that flowed through the story line. This book was an exploration in growth, self discovery, love, support of family and friends, and a fun mystery. Though a romance, it was a pleasure watching Sennen and Tremaine face their past and develop individually as well as together in their relationship. I can’t say enough good things about this story. You need to put it on your to-be-read list!

Thank you to NetGalley and One More Chapter for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.