Catching the Wind (by Melanie Dobson) … an emotionally moving story

You are in for an amazing ride as you fly through the pages of this emotionally moving story. A dual-time adventure in WWII and the present, you will experience many emotions. Your heart aches for Brigitte and hold your breath waiting to see how her story will end.

The characters are well developed and you will become invested in their lives. I kept wondering if a certain relationship would be discovered. But while it didn’t come to fruition, another one was revealed and I had several moments of the end when I gasped out loud.

The author has done an amazing job of weaving a tale of love, loss, war, healing, forgiveness, and grace. I am hooked on this author and will be reading more of her books!

In the Cradle Lies (by Olivia Newport) … forgiveness, accountability, and grace flows

This was a wonderful follow-up to the author’s previous book, The Inn at Hidden Run. And while it could be read as a stand alone, you would miss some of the background about Nolan and Jillian that helps. I love the father/daughter duo and their relationship. The characters are endearing and their supportive relationships add to the book.

I enjoyed the back and forth time frame. You learn about Tucker’s family history, which enhances the present day story. It adds just enough mystery to keep you flipping the pages as you race to the end. After having just read Lisa Wingate’s book, Before We Were Yours, the backstory was interesting and heartwrenching. You will continue wondering exactly what is triggering Tucker’s reckless behavior.

There is a theme of forgiveness, accountability, and grace that flows through the pages. I am a huge fan of the Tree of Life Series. And I’m looking forward to the next adventure with Jillian and Nolan.

Thank you to NetGalley and Shiloh Run Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

All the Missing Girls (by Megan Miranda) … where have the girls gone?

This book was a little of a struggle as an audiobook. I enjoyed the basic story, the mystery involved, but it was difficult to follow a storyline that went in reverse. I imagine it would flow better if I was reading the book because I could stop and read sections again.

The mystery and how things are resolved keeps you guessing. So, the author does a great job of keeping you guessing and going back and forth about what happened to the missing girls and/or who could be the guilty person/people.

I would give this author another chance…but I would definitely read a copy of the book instead of listening to an audiobook.

True Blue (by David Baldacci) … strong female characters with kick-butt action

I have fallen in love with David Baldacci books. This is not part of a series and serves as a wonderful stand-alone. You are given a glimpse into who the bad guys are, but not how they will be caught.

Mason Perry is a tough former cop and her sister, Beth, is a take-no-prisoners chief of police. I really enjoyed the relationships that exist and are developed throughout the pages. This one keeps you interested and you anxiously wait to see how things will be resolved.

The characters are well developed and I enjoyed having the females as the primary focus. There is mystery, kick-butt action, intrigue, survival, twists and turns, and excitement. I highly recommend this for the reader who enjoys action reads.

The Lost Sister (by Tracy Buchanan) … how far would you go to find closure with your family

What a bunch of twists! I was reading the end of the book at my mother’s house and kept gasping in shock. I love a book that keeps catching me by surprise!

The story itself was okay…not one of the best books I’ve ever read. But I have to say that the ending made it worth sticking with the story. I think one of the issues I had was with the main character, Selma. Her ability to lie with no effort was a little irritating. I know there are people like that, but they are not people I admire.

I would definitely give the author, Tracy Buchanan, another chance and will read other books she has written.

This book follows two story lines…one in the present day and one in the past (Selma’s daughter, Becky’s childhood). It flowed easily and the back-and-forth was easy to follow.

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

Caught (by Harlan Coben) … was the right person caught in the act?

I am in love with Harlan Coben books. This is the first audiobook I’ve listened to by Coben and I am hooked! Whether you are absorbed in the audiobook, and e-book, or a paper version, you will not want to stop listening/reading.

This book has twists and turns. Just when you think you’ve figured it out, you come to a screeching halt and do a complete roundabout and find yourself racing down another track to the solution. The author does a great job of pulling you into the story, developing the characters, and making you invested in their lives.

I can’t wait for another Harlan Coben book! He is one of my favorite authors now! So glad a friend introduced me to his writing.