The Boy Between (by Josiah Hartley and Amanda Prowse)

What an emotional read that is an honest and brutal view of depression. As someone who suffers from clinical depression, I admire the authors, Amanda Prowse and her son, Josh Hartley, for their upfront details and the willingness to openly share their journey. You will experience life for Josh as he is diagnosed and his efforts to seek assistance. You will also view life from a parent’s perspective and how much effort is put into supporting, encouraging, and accepting the trauma associated with depression. Kudos to both of them for the raw emotions they share to make the reader aware of this medical epidemic.

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

No More Secrets (by Joanne Guidoccio)

What a beautifully woven story about Angelica. The tale is full of love and mystery as the primary character, Angelica, shares about her life growing up in Italy. What an amazing woman and you will find yourself drawn into her story. And when you have the opportunity to discover her nieces’ stories, you won’t be able to put the book aside. This is a wonderful example of well-written women’s fiction. You’ll be shedding tears one moment and filled with joy the next.

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

The Stolen Letter (by Clara Benson)

I love reading historical fiction books that are set during WWII. I have become enamored with books in that genre that cover the resistance. I am awed by the bravery and selflessness so many young people demonstrated as they fought against the horrors Hitler’s regime perpetrated. The characters are well developed and the author does an amazing job of drawing you into the story so that you are invested. This book is touching and emotionally addictive. This is definitely one to put on your to-be-read list.

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

The Young Survivors (by Debra Barnes)

I am an avid fan of historical fiction books that take place during WWII. This was an emotional read and it was made more so because the author shares the similarities of her mother’s experiences as a holocaust survivor. The characters were well developed and the story is a vivid portrayal of what the Laskowski children endure at the hands of the Nazis. There were a few things that left me unsatisfied … the ending was rushed and there could have been more closure between some of the characters. But other than these issues, this was a touching and engaging story that will tug at your heartstrings.

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

The Little Grave ~ Detective Amanda Steele #1 (by Carolyn Arnold)

This book was a great introduction to a new series by Carolyn Arnold. I enjoy the author’s writing style and look forward to reading any new releases. The characters are well developed and the story keeps you invested. While you will find yourself not liking Amanda Steele, the primary character, you understand why she is doing the destructive behaviors. And she manages to redeem herself by the end. A very good police procedural book that will have you flipping the pages to get to the end.

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

The Girl Under the Flag ~ WWII Girls #1 (by Alex Amit)

I love reading WWII historical fiction books. This one was a great addition to this genre of books. The only negative comment I have is regarding the writing style. There were some times that the text did not flow smoothly. But I could endure that because the story was captivating. The characters were well developed and the author did extensive research which was evident in the details she provided about that time period and the atrocities that occurred. With the focus on the French resistance, you will find yourself drawn into the book and be amazed at how individuals demonstrated pure evil while others were willing to help others survive this horrendous time in history.

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

Tea and Treachery ~ Tea by the Sea #1 (by Vicki Delany)

I have read the second and third books in this series. I loved them so much, I had to go back and read the first one! The author does a great job of setting up the series. The characters are well developed and the setting is perfect. There are lots of twists and turns that keep you invested in the story and will have you guessing until the very end. I love the descriptions of the food and the bonus recipes at the end. I’ve never had the opportunity to enjoy a “tea,” but it’s now on my bucket list.

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

A Picture of Hope ~ Heroines of WWII #2 (by Liz Tolsma)

I have really enjoyed the books in the Heroines of WWII series. However, this one did not appeal to me. From the beginning, Nellie, the main character, got on my nerves. She did not understand the concept that she was on foreign soil and in the middle of a war. She was too bull headed and not willing to learn from those who could provide wise guidance. The storyline was not engaging and fell short as a WWII historical fiction book. I was so disappointed that this book did not keep up with the standard the other books in this series established.

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

The Lost Children (by Shirley Dickson)

I love reading historical fiction books that take place during WWII. This is an emotional read. From an out of wedlock pregnancy, difficult relationships, loss of life due to bombings in WWII, and physical disabilities, the characters in this story will tug at your heart. Jacob and Molly are twins and you will find yourself amazed at what they must endure. Their strength and determination, and the willingness of Jacob to assume the role of caregiver for his sister, is admirable. The storyline is well written and engaging and the characters so richly developed that you will be absorbed in the story until the end.

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

Murder Spills the Tea ~ Tea by the Sea #3 (by Vicki Delany)

My stomach is growling and my mouth is watering as I devour this latest book in the Tea by the Sea series. I have fallen in love with Lily, Rose, and Bernie. The murder mysteries are always done well and have you guessing until the end. The characters are well developed and I love their interactions. Between quirky personalities, continuing and developing relationships, delicious food, and a delightful setting in Cape Cod, you will find yourself drawn into the story and wondering how soon you can book a trip to the Cape!

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