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Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

Title: The Passenger

Author: Lisa Lutz

Rating: 4 stars

Reviewers: Dottie & Jennifer

Dottie and I teamed up several weeks ago to review The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth. We’ve teamed up again to bring you a review of Lisa Lutz’s latest, The Passenger. Sit back, check out our thoughts and then go buy the book. Dottie and I think you’ll love it.

~Jennifer Continue reading “Book Review: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz”

Book Review: A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber

Title: A Girl’s Guide to Moving On

Author: Debbie Macomber

Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

My heart is happy and full of warm fuzzies 🙂 Continue reading “Book Review: A Girl’s Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber”

Book Review: Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

Title: Missing Pieces

Author: Heather Gudenkauf

Rating: 3 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

*sigh* Everyone is an amateur detective. It occurred to me several times while reading this book that unprofessionals always seem to be doing the work better left to the professionals. Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked … Continue reading “Book Review: Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf”

Book Review: He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker

Title: He Will Be My Ruin

Author: K.A. Tucker

Rating: 3 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

The prologue was captivating and grabbed me but …
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Book Review: The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich

Title: The Winter Girl

Author: Matt Marinovich

Rating: 2 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

I’m almost at a loss for words. I didn’t like this book at all. I’m surprised I finished it but I was curious enough to want to know how it would end. Continue reading “Book Review: The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich”

Book Review: The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

Title: The Things We Keep

Author: Sally Hepworth

Rating: 4 stars

Reviewers: Dottie & Jennifer

Summary: Anna Forster is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease at only 38. Her family has placed her in Rosalind House, an assisted living facility. It just so happens that the home has another young Alzheimer’s patient, Luke. They forge a friendship, which has consequences that develop later in the story.
Continue reading “Book Review: The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth”

Book Review: All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher










Title: All of Us and Everything

Author: Bridget Asher

Rating:  2 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

What I thought would be a wonderful heartfelt story of a family coming back together … wasn’t.

When the Rockwell sisters—Esme, Liv, and Ru—were young, their mother, Augusta, silenced talk of their absent father with the story that he was an international spy. Fast-forward to present day and Esme is navigating a failing marriage while trying to keep her daughter from live-tweeting every detail. Liv finds herself in between relationships and rehabs, and Ru has run away from enough people and problems to earn her frequent flier miles. When Hurricane Sandy hits the family home on the Jersey Shore, the Rockwells reunite—only to discover that the storm has unearthed a long-buried box.

I felt nothing while reading this book except an eagerness to finish. I wonder now how I did manage to finish. There must have been something there keeping me intrigued. Though for the life of me I can’t figure out what that was. I disliked each of the characters. Each character fell flat and underdeveloped, in my opinion. Some of the happenings were far-fetched and too easily fixed without a proper explanation … especially one comment made by Augusta. She mumbles something under her breath and I think “Oh! This is going to get interesting!” But it goes no further! It’s never discussed or brought up again. It would have made the more interesting story.

Usually if I’m on the fence about rating a book, the Epilogue helps me decide. It certainly did in this case … I hated it! I couldn’t understand why the author felt the need to update us on characters that I didn’t consider a factor in the story at all.

Readers all have differing opinions. This is mine. You might love this book but it just wasn’t for me.

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Heartsong Cottage by Emily March

heartsong cottageTitle: Heartsong Cottage

Author: Emily March

Rating:  4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

My heart! Heartsong Cottage is emotional, intense and suspenseful … great addition to the Eternity Springs series.

Haunted by the loss of his wife and son, Daniel Garrett left the police force to devote his life to finding missing children. But he still hasn’t found a way to mend the wounds of his past-until he attends a wedding in Eternity Springs.
Shannon O’Toole isn’t looking for romance. Ever since her fiancé’s death, she’s created a quiet life for herself. Still, she can’t deny her attraction to the handsome, broad-shouldered stranger. Daniel makes her feel things she’s hasn’t felt in years. But can Shannon trust a detective when doing so could bring danger to her cottage door?

Heartsong Cottage is Book #10 in the Eternity Springs series. Haven’t read the rest of the series yet? I recommend you do but I don’t think it will take away from the reading of this story. By reading the rest of the series you’ll have the stories of the other characters you’ll read about here.

I loved Daniel and Shannon together. I thought them to be believable characters. There stories were believable and pulled at the heartstrings and even made me gasp out loud once or twice. I can’t wait to see what’s up with them in the next book in the series.

Fans of this series won’t be disappointed. New readers of Ms. March will be hooked and eager for more.

ARC provided by NetGalley.


Book Review: Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen



Title: Playing with Fire

Author: Tess Gerritsen

Rating:  4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

I’ve only read Ms. Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series and have absolutely loved them. While Playing with Fire is a departure from that, I did find it to be a really quick and enjoyable read.

Julia Ansdell picks up “The Incendio Waltz,” while on a trip. When she sees it for the first time, she knows it’s an unusual composition. Once back home, while playing the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her young daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. Was Julia’s daughter really acting out and intentionally harming her? I found this aspect of the story intriguing and creepy. I imagined what my reaction might be if I thought my child were harming me … and that freaked me out.

When Julia travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a dark secret that involves dangerously powerful people—a family who would stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light. Um … sounds like a big part of the story doesn’t it? I didn’t think so. It was not well done in my opinion. It felt slapped together and wrapped up too quickly with not enough of the details the rest of the story was given.

There is also the story of Lorenzo and Laura. I enjoyed their story as well, finding it believable and interesting.

While there was that one aspect of the story I couldn’t quite believe, I found myself not being able to turn the pages fast enough because I wanted to know what was next.

ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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