The Fifth Avenue Story Society (by Rachel Hauck) … delightful and emotional book about broken relationships and finding hope

A book of broken relationships, developing friendships, discovery, and healing. What a delightful and emotional book where strangers, new acquaintances, and former spouses find themselves meeting unexpectedly.

Your heart will reach out to each character as they struggle to find meaning to their lives, resolve broken relationships, discover how to be brave enough to face the truth, and heal. You will be drawn into the story and find yourself emotionally invested in their lives.

It was an amazing journey through the pages as they all began to realize that God provides the ultimate truth and way through your situation.

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for my honest review. I am grateful for the opportunity to read a wonderful book that touched my heart deeply.

Paris Ever After (by K. S. R. Burns) … emotional journey with twists and turns

I didn’t realize until the end of this book that it was a sequel. So having not read the first book, I think I missed out on some of the background. However, I enjoyed the book enough that I bought “The Paris Effect.”

I was not a fan of Amy at the beginning of the book. I felt like she was a little self-absorbed, but as I got further involved in the book, I began to understand her better and the decisions she made. There are some quirky characters and you will love some and hate others!

I felt like Marguerite’s nervous breakdown was a little bizarre. It did not seem to be resolved in a believable way.

There were some twists and turns and I loved how Amy’s adventure in Paris gives the reader a delightful tour of this delightful city. You will also be exposed to an emotional journey as life brings surprises, anxiety, anger, friendship, and love to Amy.

Thank you to NetGalley and Velvet Morning Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

The Traitor (by V. S. Alexander) … amazing story of bravery, fear, determination, and love

What an amazing historical fiction story about the White Rose resistance group during WWII. I was not familiar with this particular aspect of history and am grateful to the author for sharing such an emotional story of bravery, fear, determination, relationships, and love.

I continue to be amazed at the strength, bravery, and resilience individuals displayed during the atrocities of the Nazi regime.

You will be waffling whether or not to believe who is telling the truth, and you will find yourself gasping as revelations are made. My words cannot do justice to the horrors the characters experienced. Their efforts and willingness to face such evil without flinching is beyond admirable.

V. S. Alexander weaves a tale that will have you invested in the lives of the White Rose resistance. His words create a vortex that draws you in and will have you flipping through the pages as fast as you can. You will not be able to put the book down until you’ve read the last word and closed the book with reverence. This book will stay with you long after you’ve finished.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishers for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to read such a wonderful book and can’t wait for the author’s next book to readers.

Photos of You (by Tammy Robinson) … heartwrenching story that makes you think

Before you open the cover and read the first word, make sure you have a box … or two boxes … of tissues close by! There are no words to describe how deeply this story touched me emotionally.

This book is a journey through sadness, pain, hope, love, loss, relationships (family, friends, romantic), emotional healing, and grief and even amidst the painful moments, there is still laughter. The author brings the characters to life. They are richly developed and you will respond to them strongly. Their support for each other is amazingly compassionate.

When you are given a number of days left to live, how will you spend that time? What will become important to you? What kind of person will you be.

Thank you to NetGalley and Forever and Grand Central Publishing for an ARC of this beautifully crafted and heartwrenching story that I hope will make you examine yourself and realize how precious life and relationships are. All comments are honest and freely shared. This is a book that needs to go the top of you to-be-read list!

Coming Home (by Lisa Scottoline) … great read with twists and turns

This book was an interesting take on family … or ex-family … relationships. There is mystery, intrigue, danger, and action throughout the pages. I loved the main character, Jill Farrow. However, her fiance just irritated me. As the story unfolds, you will develop strong feelings about the characters.

Great read with twists and turns that keep you guessing.