Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Bridge Across The Ocean by Susan Meissner

Three women, three stories, three connected lives.

Annaliese, Brett​e​, and Simone were connected by WWII and ghosts.

A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN takes us from WWII to present day with three intriguing stories.

Annaliese was a German girl, Brett was a present-day American who had inherited an unusual gift, and Simone was a French girl who fell in love with an American during WWII.

Even though ghosts appear in this novel, the ghosts are what connects the present to the past for the three main characters.  It isn't a major theme, but a good one.​  The paranormal aspect didn't detract from the wonderful, detailed story line.​

​The characters were all ones that you couldn't help but sympathize with and love.​

​Annaliese's story was my favorite simply because of the mystery surrounding her.​  

Brette's story was interesting even though I am not interested in paranormal, but her ability to see spirits added another layer to the book and made connections between characters.  

Simone's story was sweet, sad, and very plausible.

​What I enjoyed was learning about the RMS Queen Mary that was first used as a war ship then a ship that brought WWII European brides back to America to be united with their husbands.​

A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN is another truly enjoyable, emotional book by Ms. Meissner.   

The final pages and revelations are marvelous...loved the book. 5/5

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

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Secrets You Keep by Kate White

An automobile accident, a book that can't seem to ​get written, a new home, a murder, and unsettling questions Bryn had about her new husband.

Bryn was recovering from an accident with the total support from her husband starting to wane after three months.   Was he tired of her fragility?  Was he doing things behind her back?​  What else didn't she know about her new husband's current and past life?​

All of this uncertainty also caused Bryn to not be able to focus on the new book she was to be writing.   Her writing kept her busy, but the inspiration just didn't materialize.

What​ ​did materialize was the brutal murder of the chef who catered the dinner party Bryn hosted at her home and things getting worse for her in every aspect. The visits and questions about the murder from the police were very disconcerting, and Bryn wasn't even sure she could trust her husband.
When another murder occurs, my mind immediately went to one of the characters as being the same person who murdered the chef.  ​

THE SECRETS YOU KEEP was q​uite a good mystery with most characters not being trustworthy and others who were caught in the middle of the deceit.
THE SECRETS YOU KEEP kept me awake longer than usual and kept me in suspense as have all of Ms. White's books.​

Ms. White did it again with another splendid mystery that was well written ​and had plenty of intrigue.

I enjoyed the storyline and trying to guess who the real murderer was.

ENJOY if you read THE SECRETS YOU KEEP.  5/5

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Mailbox Monday - 3/20/2017

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.

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.
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 administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit
Martha of Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
I hope you had a good mailbox.

I had another marvelous mailbox this week!!

I am on my way home from a short trip and will visit blogs later today or tomorrow.  :)
On Monday, March 13, I received:

1.  WHAT SHE SAW by Gerard Stembridge, courtesy of Mary Sasso of Harper Collins.

2.  SECRET SISTERS by Joy Callaway, courtesy of Mary Sasso of Harper Collins.

On Wednesday, March 15, I received:

1. THE SISTERS OF BLUE MOUNTAIN by Karen Katchur, courtesy of Katie Bassel of St. Martin's.

Another surprise from Katie!!  Thanks!!

It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading? - 3/20/2017
I hope you had a great reading week.  
This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

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

I am on my way back from a short trip and will stop by blogs later today or tomorrow.  :)
Books Completed:

THE SECRETS YOU KEEP by Kate White - review is tomorrow.
THE WIDOW'S HOUSE by Carol Goodman - review will be on March 29

NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens - review is in the book's title.

She is coming to a local bookstore, and am excited to be able to attend.  :)

A SIMPLE FAVOR by Darcey Bell

A simple favor wasn't so simple.  :)
Review is in the book's title.
THE BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN by Susan Meissner - review will be on March 22 


Book Currently Reading:

THE BAKER'S SECRET by Stephen P. Kiernan - review will be on May 2

Books Up Next:

THE BOOK OF SUMMER by Michelle Gable - review will be on May 9

WHAT SHE KNEW by Gerard Stembridge - review will be on May 23

SECRET SISTERS by Joy Callaway - review will be on July 6

THE ALMOST SISTERS by Joshilyn Jackson - review will be on July 11

How was your reading week?

THANKS for stopping. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring Bloggiesta 2017

Ready to clean things up?  I am.
Taken Directly From The Bloggiesta Sign Up Page:

"It’s Bloggiesta time again!!!! The spring Bloggiesta is coming! Mark your calendars for March 20-26!

It’s time to start writing your to do list, post it to your blog, and link it here so we can all support and help each other!

Your list can be as long or as short as you want. The goal of Bloggiesta is to get things accomplished for our blogs, so make your list reflect whatever you need to do. For some suggestions of what to include on your list, check out this master list.

Our mini challenges will be announced on Sunday March 19, so you can start planning! You can also check out our list of past mini challenges for ideas!

We will be having three Twitter chats during this week-long Bloggiesta. They will be on Sunday March 19, Thursday March 23, and Saturday March 25. The topics and chat times will be posted within the next few days."

My Goals:
  1. Clean up duplicate photos in google and Dropbox - deleted a few, but need to delete tons more.
  2. Delete unused folders in Gmail - done.
  3. Visit other blogs and comment - visited all the blogs in the list - total of 22 blogs - couldn't get on one of the blogs.  What great lists everyone has. 
  4. Participate in the Twitter Chats - missed the Sunday one - hopefully will be around for the Thursday one.
  5. Change my side bar headers. - done
  6. Delete some side bar headers. -done
  7. Add side bar headers. - done
I am sure more will be added as the week goes on.  :)

Looking forward to the Spring Bloggiesta....I always have a lot of fun during the Bloggiestas.

Book Beginnings - 3/17/2017

*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page. 
My book beginnings is taken from BEYOND THE WILD RIVER by Sarah Maine:

"The gunshot lifted the rooks from the branches.  James was already running fast through the woodland when he heard it, and he plunged on, cursing now and desperate, careless of skin and clothes that caught on twigs and brambles."
Book Finished:

THE WIDOW'S HOUSE by Carol Goodman.

Review will be on March 29.

A slow start, but once it got going I couldn't put it down.
NEVER LET YOU GO by Chevy Stevens.

Review is in the book's title.

A good thriller.

Review will be on March 22.

A SIMPLE FAVOR by Darcey Bell

A simple favor wasn't so simple.  :)
Review is in the book's title.