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Where Have You Been?

Where have you been is an excellent question, which has a two-part answer. One, where have I been because I haven’t posted to the blog for a while? Two, how did I not discover author Freida McFadden sooner?

It’s been more than a year since I last posted to the blog. Where have I been? Still reading as usual but mental exhaustion saw the posting of book reviews go by the wayside. The changes that COVID brought to our world plus two job promotions since 2020, meant something had to go and unfortunately, that was blogging. I don’t know that I’ll begin posting on a regular basis again, but I have missed it and would love to get back into the rhythm.

How had I never heard of Freida McFadden before 2022! I was scrolling through one of my Facebook book groups when someone mentioned how good McFadden’s The Housemaid was. McFadden is the author of numerous psychological thrillers. Mystery/thriller/suspense is my most read genre, so The Housemaid was right up my reading alley. The Housemaid was my only 5-star read in 2022! The sequel The Housemaid’s Secret releases in February and I can’t wait to read it.

Since October 2022, I have read eight McFadden books and those I haven’t read are on my TBR list ready and waiting. I don’t know what it is about her books, but each one leaves me feeling as if I’m hanging right on the edge waiting for the next thing. I wouldn’t say they are jammed packed with action, but that is not a bad thing! McFadden writes in such a way that a simple conversation or action by a character has me waiting anxiously for what’s next. Her stories are clever and always closed out satisfactorily.

Never read McFadden? Get on that immediately! All of her books are available with Kindle Unlimited. You can find a complete list of her books at https://www.freidamcfadden.com.

Until next time, which hopefully won’t be too long.

Book Review: A Distant Shore by Karen Kingsbury

There has not been a book from Kingsbury that did not feature the Baxter family since Brush of Wings, which released in 2017. I have been hoping for a Kingsbury stand alone for a long time. That time is finally here. Continue reading “Book Review: A Distant Shore by Karen Kingsbury”

Book Review: A Dog’s Courage by W. Bruce Cameron

If you are an animal lover who has not read a Cameron novel before, you need to remedy that now! Continue reading “Book Review: A Dog’s Courage by W. Bruce Cameron”

Book Review: WIN by Harlan Coben

Windsor Horne Lockwood III – his friends call him Win, and even they would be pressed to accurately describe this man. I first met Win in Coben’s Myron Bolitar series and loved his character. When this book was announced, I was eager to get my hands on a copy. Continue reading “Book Review: WIN by Harlan Coben”

Book Review: The Perfect Daughter by D. J. Palmer

The Perfect Daughter, the latest from D. J. Palmer, was not as good as his previous books, both of which I really enjoyed. Continue reading “Book Review: The Perfect Daughter by D. J. Palmer”

Book Review: Deliberate Duplicity by David Rohlfing

When bodies begin to appear, detective Sasha Frank is on the case. Deliberate Duplicity follows Sasha’s attempts to track down the culprit—a calculating, methodical killer who glues open his victims’ eyes and poses them along a park trail. Continue reading “Book Review: Deliberate Duplicity by David Rohlfing”

Book Review: The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

Sally Hepworth has become one of my go to authors. I know when I sit down with one of her novels that I’m going to be grabbed and better hold on tight until I turn the last page. That was true with her latest, The Good Sister. Continue reading “Book Review: The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth”

Book Review: The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin

The Children’s Blizzard is based on actual oral histories of survivors of the January 12, 1888 Dakota Territory blizzard. This was a book that I expected to sucker punch me with emotion. However, it did not grip me as emotionally as I expected. Continue reading “Book Review: The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin”

Turning the Page to 2021

As we say good riddance to the year that, at times, seemed like it would never end, we’d like to take a minute to share some of our favorite reads of 2020 and a bit of what we’re looking forward to reading in 2021.

While 2020 wasn’t the year anyone wanted to be, for the Bookish Ladies, it wasn’t a total loss since we did get to read some pretty good books.

Continue reading “Turning the Page to 2021”

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