Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Recipe for A Perfect Wife by Karma Brown

 
An old house, an old cookbook, notes in the cookbook that reveal the life of Nellie, and Alice who has some secrets of her own is what the reader finds in this lovely read.

We meet Alice who was fired from her job because of something she leaked and we learn of a box she finds that is filled with books, magazines, and a cookbook that inspires Alice to try some of the recipes.

Along with the cookbook, Alice finds notes about the life of a woman, Nellie, who lived during the 1950’s.

The cookbook helped Alice pass her days since she no longer was working and really didn’t like her new home.
 
Nellie who owned the books was a stay-at-home wife from the 1950's who wasn’t happy and whose husband was a domestic abuser.

The stories of Nellie and Alice are told in alternating chapters as Alice finds similarities in their lives and meets the next door neighbor whose mother knew Nellie. 

Alice was a bit unlikable, but her husband was sweet.
 
Alice’s neighbor found old letters in her basement written by Nellie to her mother and brought them to Alice.  Could these old letters trigger an idea for the book Alice was supposed to be writing? 

RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE is an endearing and nostalgic trip back in time with the letters taking us back to the 1950’s and influencing Alice’s present-day life.

Women’s fiction fans, readers who enjoy a dual time line and a story line that keeps you wanting more will enjoy RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE.  

A truly, enjoyable, makes-you-feel-good read.  

Loved it.  5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Good Girls Lie by J. T. Ellison


We are greeted on the opening page with a girl hanging from the entrance gate to The Goode School for privileged girls, and it all begins.

And then we meet Ash as she arrives for her first year here all the way from England to the United States.

Ash arrives with secrets and lies that are not revealed but are intriguing enough to make you extremely curious.

GOOD GIRLS LIE has a sinister, Gothic feel, and the school has rule after rule.  Ash doesn't know if she can stay here, and she has only been there one day.

Every day is a struggle trying to fit in and learning how to deal with everything that happened back home and at the school both present and past.

The girls are catty and manipulative.  Comments are made by the characters about what someone is going to do, but you never know who is talking.  This definitely keeps up the intrigue and suspense.

As the new school year continues, things get worse and another girl is dead.

GOOD GIRLS LIE is filled with drama, cruel girls, administrators that look the other way, lies, deceit, secrets, betrayal, surprises, and an ending and ending twist you won't see coming.

 
You won’t want to put it down because it is filled with edge-of-your-seat tension, is chilling, and pretty creepy.  5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 PHOTO CREDIT:  Krista Lee Photography

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 20 novels, and the EMMY-award winning co-host of A WORD ON WORDS, Nashville's premier literary show. 

With millions of books in print, her work has won critical acclaim, prestigious awards, and has been published in 26 countries. Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

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Malbox Monday - 12/30/2019

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.
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Here’s a shout out to the administrators:

Leslie @ Under My Apple Tree
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit
Martha @ Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf
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THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
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I hope you had a good mailbox.
I had a good mailbox this past week.
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On Tuesday, December 24, I received:

1.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, courtesy of Erica Martirano of St. Martin's and Shelf Awareness.
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On Thursday, December 26, I received:

1.  DOVETAIL by Karen McQuestion, courtesy of the author and NetGalley.


2.  THE GIRLS WITH NO NAMES by Serena Burdick, courtesy of Justine Sha of Harper Collins/Park Row and NetGalley.

 

3.  I CHOOSE YOU by Gayle Curtis, courtesy of Amazon First Reads.

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On Saturday, December 29, I received:

1.  THE VINEYARDS OF CHAMPAGNE by Juliet Blackwell, courtesy of Danielle Kier of Penguin Random House.

 
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It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 12/30/2019


 http://bookdate.blogspot.com/
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I hope you had a great reading week.  
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This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
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Books Completed:

RECIPE FOR A PERFECT WIFE by Karma Brown - review will be on December 31 - finished on December 26.

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THE BETTER LIAR by Tanen Jones - review will be on January 15 - finished on December 22.

 
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THE VINEYARDS OF CHAMPAGNE by Juliet Blackwell - review will be on January 16, 2020 - finished on December 16.

 
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HOW QUICKLY SHE DISAPPEARS by Raymond Fleischmann - review will be on January 14, 2020 - finished on December 12.

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THE TENANT by Katrine Engberg - review will be on January 13, 2020 - finished on December 7.

 
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BIG LIES IN A SMALL TOWN by Diane Chamberlain - review will be on January 10, 2020 - finished on December 2.

This book is WOW good.

 
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ALL THE WAYS WE SAID GOODBYE by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White - review will be on January 9, 2010 - finished November 27.

LOVED IT!!

 
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THE VANISHING by Jayne Ann Krentz - review will be on January 7, 2010 - finished on November 21.

 
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HOUSE ON ENDLESS WATER by Emuna Elon - review will be on January 6, 2020 - finished on November 17.

 
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GOOD GIRLS LIE by J. T. Ellison - review will be on December 30 - finished on November 12.

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THE SUNDOWN MOTEL by Simone St. James - review will be on February 18, 2020 - finished on November 3.

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RED LETTER DAYS by Sarah-Jane Stratford - blog review will be on February 25, 2020 - finished September 9.

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Book Currently Reading:

THE GIRLS WITH NO NAMES by Serena Burdick - review will be on January 5.

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Books Up Next:

CARTIER'S HOPE by M. J. Rose - review will be on January 28, 2020.

 
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THE LIGHT AFTER THE WAR by Anita Abril - review will be on February 4, 2020.


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RUBY OF THE SEA by Peggy Lampman - review will be on February 5, 2020.

 
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MERCY HOUSE by Alena Dillon - review will be on February 10, 2020.

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - review will be late February or early March.
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THE BORGIA CONFESSIONS by Alyssa Palumbo - review will be on February 11, 2020.

https://www.amazon.com/Borgia-Confessions-Novel-Alyssa-Palombo/dp/1250191203/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+borgia+confessions&qid=1571695520&sr=8-1
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TEN DAYS GONE by Beverly Long - review will be on February 19, 2020.

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PLEASE SEE US by Caitlin Mullen - review will be on March 2, 2020.
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LOST AT SEA by Erica Boyce - review will be on March 3, 2020.

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THE SEA OF LOST GIRLS by Carol Goodman - review will be on March 4, 2020.

 
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THE OPERATOR by Gretchen Berg - review will be on March 9, 2020.

 
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MY DARK VANESSA by Kate Elizabeth Russell - review will be on March 10, 2020.

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DOVETAIL by Karen McQuetion - review will be on March 11.

 
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SOMETHING SHE'S NOT TELLING US by Darcey Bell - review will be on April 6, 2010.


 
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THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF AUGUST MARCH by Aaron Jackson - review will be on April 7, 2010.

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THE NEW HUSBAND by D. J. Palmer - the review will be on April 13, 2020.


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SIMON THE FIDDLER by Paulette Jiles - review will be on April 14, 2020. 

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THE STAR-CROSSED SISTERS OF TUSCANY by Lori Nelson Spielman - review will be on April 21, 2020.

https://www.amazon.com/Star-Crossed-Sisters-Tuscany-Nelson-Spielman/dp/1984803166/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=the+starcrossed+sisters+of+tuscany&qid=1571428146&sr=8-3
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STORIES WE NEVER TOLD by Sonja Yoerg - review will be on April 23, 2020.

 
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HAVE YOU SEEN ME by Kate White - review will be on April 28, 2020.

 
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A GOOD MARRIAGE by Kimberly McCreight - review will be on May 5, 2020.

 
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THE WIFE STALKER by Liv Constantine - review will be on May 19, 2020.

 
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SUBSTITUTE SOLOIST by D. R. Randsall - review will be on May 13, 2020.

https://www.amazon.com/Substitute-Soloist-Andy-Veracruz-Mystery/dp/1938436776/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=substitute+soloist&qid=1572985977&sr=8-1
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