Category Archives: Favorite books

“The Lost Children” by Theresa Talbot – Book Review

“But happiness is a fragile thing.” Glasgow, Scotland 2000 – Oonagh O’Neil is small, slim, in her mid-thirties, and having an affair with a married man. An only child, she is still grieving for her father who died two years … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Favorite books, NetGalley, Page turners, Tartan noir, What's In A Name Reading Challenge | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

“Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” The Bankrobber – made an unwise decision and robbed a bank for only enough money to pay a month’s rent because the divorce lawyer said that was the only … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Favorite books, Literary fiction, NetGalley, Scandinavian | Tagged , , , | 16 Comments

“Dear Child” by Romy Hausmann – Book Review

“Things got really terribly out of hand”. Lena Beck – Thirteen years ago Lena was abducted. Over that time she has been kept in a remote cabin situated on the border of Germany and Czechoslovakia. The cabin has no running … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, debut novels, Favorite books, NetGalley, novels in translation, Psychological thrillers | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

“Eudora Honeysett is Quite Well, Thank You” by Annie Lyons – Book Review

Eudora Honeysett – 85 years old and increasingly troubled by the usual ailments, vulnerabilities, and indignities of old age. Eudora has never been married and still lives in the London house she grew up in – her only company is … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Favorite books, NetGalley, Women's fiction | Tagged , , , | 25 Comments

Throwback Thursday – “The Stolen Child” by Lisa Carey – Book Review

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Renee over at It’s Book Talk. She made this meme to share some of her old favorites. Although all bookbloggers have an endless TBR pile, we seldom take the time to reflect back … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Favorite books, Historical fiction, Throwback Thursday | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

Throwback Thursday – “The Possible World” by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

  The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Renee over at It’s Book Talk. She made this meme to share some of her old favorites. Although all bookbloggers have an endless TBR pile, we seldom take the time to reflect … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Favorite books, Throwback Thursday | Tagged , | 7 Comments

“The Silence” by Susan Allott – Book Review

“…two neighbor families, and shameful secrets from the past that refuse to stay buried.” THEN 1967 – On a quiet street by the sea, two young couples live as next-door neighbours. Mandy and Steve Mallory‘s marriage is floundering. Mandy fears … Continue reading

Posted in 20 Books of Summer, Book Reviews, debut novels, Favorite books, NetGalley, Random Things Tours (Anne Cater) | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

“The Song of Hartgrove Hall” by Natasha Solomons – Book Review

“Home wasn’t a place. Home was music.” Hartgrove Hall is a house with nine bedrooms, five reception rooms, a suite of attics and half a dozen ramshackle barns. Reading “The Song of Hartgrove Hall” I knew that I was being … Continue reading

Posted in 20 Books of Summer, Book Reviews, Favorite books, Historical fiction, Literary fiction, Love stories, NetGalley | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

“Remain Silent” by Susie Steiner – Book Review

“Human beings cannot bear too much reality.”It has been my absolute JOY this week to read the third novel in the Manon Bradshaw series. And, no surprise, it was just as wonderful – if not more so! “Remain Silent” will, … Continue reading

Posted in 20 Books of Summer, Book Reviews, Favorite books, Mystery fiction, NetGalley | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

Susie Steiner – author extraordinaire

In the summer of 2016 I read a fantastic novel called “Missing, Presumed“. WOW! What a series debut!  The characterization was nothing short of stellar. Here is a brief quote from my review of “Missing, presumed“: “And the police… I … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, Favorite books | Tagged | 10 Comments

“The Sea Gate” by Jane Johnson – Book Review

“The house is full of secrets, and sometimes they come out and whisper together in the night.” A wonderful story that switches between dual timelines featuring two strong, courageous, and resilient women artists. 1943 – Olivia Kitto is sixteen years … Continue reading

Posted in 20 Books of Summer, Book Reviews, Favorite books, Head of Zeus, Historical fiction, NetGalley, Women's fiction | Tagged , , , | 12 Comments

“Death of a Mermaid” by Lesley Thomson – Book Review

“…even sinners love those who love them.” It all started over two decades ago at a Catholic school. Four teenage girls who called themselves ‘Mermaids’.  When one of the Mermaids got ousted from their little friendship circle, bitterness remained. Now, … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, Favorite books, Head of Zeus, Mystery fiction, NetGalley, Suspense | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

“A Dark Matter” by Doug Johnstone – Book Review

We meet the Skelfs on the day that they are saying goodbye to their patriarch, Jim. They are doing this in a somewhat bizarre way. Though they run a funeral home, they are having an illegal funeral pyre in their … Continue reading

Posted in 1st in series, Book Reviews, Favorite books, Orenda Books | Tagged , , | 12 Comments

“Mile Marker 139” by Cynthia Hilston – Book Review

There is a rest stop near Mile Marker 139 on the Ohio Turnpike. It is here that we come to meet the characters of this compelling novel. Lost souls all, they come to find themselves through friendship and empathy. Disparate … Continue reading

Posted in Blog Tour, Book Reviews, Favorite books, Literary fiction, Rachel's Random Resources | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

“The Authenticity Project” by Clare Pooley – Book Review

What Happens When You Tell Your Truth? Monica – 37 years old, a former corporate lawyer, she now owns and runs “Monica’s Cafe” in Fulham, London.  Monica is in her mid-thirties and her biological clock is ticking louder and louder … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews, debut novels, Favorite books, Literary fiction, NetGalley, Women's fiction | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments