Monday, September 22, 2014

The Last Breath by Kimberly Belle


Was it her husband, her lover, or an intruder that took Ella Mae's last breath?

Regardless of who the guilty party was, her husband, Ray Andrews, was convicted and sent to prison for sixteen years.  Ray was now on his way home but not because he had served his sentence but because he was dying of cancer. Will his children be there to greet him or have they forgotten him as they did when he was in prison?

THE LAST BREATH moves from past to present telling the story of Ella Mae's life before she was suffocated with Saran Wrap and her daughter's life as her father comes home.


While Gia Andrews struggles with coming home and having to face the shame of what happened sixteen years ago and finding out if her father really did kill her mother, you also follow her through her sexual romps.   Her mother's romps with her lover were also part of  storyline and definitely were a part of solving the mystery.  These descriptions aren't graphic, but I had to give a warning.
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As Gia investigates, she questions her uncle who was her father's attorney about his defense and if everything was truly done to prove Ray's innocence. Could the evidence all have been false or contrived and the real killer still be free? 

Gia had to know. Would the professor writing a book about her father have the real facts or would it all be water under the bridge for now?

The book was tense and made me anxious to find out the truth and oh so good​ because you can't figure out who the guilty party really was.  You think you have it and then you change your mind.

The ending has a surprise, and it is an ending that I really liked.  :) 4/5

If you read the book, please let me know what you thought.

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Mailbox Monday - 9/22/14

 
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. (Library books don’t count, but eBooks & audiobooks do).    

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday.


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Every week Mailbox Monday will have a new linky posted for our Mailbox Monday links at Marcia's Mailbox Monday blog.

Here’s a shout out to the new administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Vicki of I’d Rather Be at the Beach
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit 

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive. 

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I hope you had a good mailbox.  

I had a FANTASTIC mailbox.  :)

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On Tuesday, September 16, I received:

1.  WORTH BROWN'S DAUGHTER by Phillip Margolin, courtesy of Andrea Hackett of Harper Collins.

 

2.  AUNTY LEE'S DEADLY SPECIALS by Ovidia Yu, courtesy of Joanne Minutillo of Harper Collins.
 
This looks like a fun book.  :)

3.  VINTAGE by Susan Gloss, courtesy of Alaina Waagner of Harper Collins. 

   
Love the cover on this book.

On Thursday, September 18, I received:

1.  VILLAGE OF SECRETS by Caroline Moorehead, courtesy of Harper Collins and TLC Book Tours.


This is for a TLC blog tour on November 7.

On Friday, September 20, I received:

1. THE KILLER NEXT DOOR by Alex Marwood, courtesy of Christopher Smith of Penguin Randomhouse.


2.  JULIET'S NURSE by Lois Leveen, courtesy of David Brown of Simon & Schuster.


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 How about your mailbox?   

Any titles in your mailbox that you were excited about seeing?
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading - 9/22/14

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I hope you had a great reading week.  
 
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This is a weekly meme run by Book Journey!
 

Post the books completed last week, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish this week. 


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Books Completed Last Week:

THE LAST BREATH by Kimberly Bell


Excellent mystery with some love.  :)

Review link is in the book's title.


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Book Currently Reading: 

THREE STORY HOUSE by Courtney Miller Santo



Books Up Next:


RUTH'S JOURNEY by Donald McCaig

CROOKED RIVER by Valerie Geary


HIGH SEAS DARKNESS by



AN UNSEEMINGLY WIFE by E. B. Moore



VILLAGE OF SECRETS by Caroline Moorehead.


GARDEN OF LETTERS by Alyson Richman


TAHOE GHOST by Todd Borg



THE BEEKEEPER'S BALL by Susan Wiggs



NATCHEZ BURNING by Greg Isles

MADAME PICASSO by Anne Girard


THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR by Joel Dicker


THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME by Hazel Gaynor


WOMAN OF ILL FAME by Erika Mailman



THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS by Elizabeth Gilbert



PERFECT by Rachel Joyce


UNDER THE WIDE AND STARRY SKY by Nancy Horan


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The books below are not necessarily in the order I have planned to read them.  

I normally read in order of publication or tour date.

And....these are not for reading in the upcoming week.  They are books into and including all of 2014.

The "list" is a means of keeping me organized.  A visual display helps a lot for organization along with my Excel lists. 

     


How was your reading week?