Friday, February 28, 2020

The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

 
Will and Sadie moved from Chicago and from their troubles to a remote island and a house Will inherited from his sister.

Not sure their troubles were left behind, though. Will became the guardian of his niece who is quite difficult, and then a neighbor is murdered.

The troubles left behind were nothing compared to what was happening to the family now. Threatening notes on their cars, intruders coming in when the house was empty, people spying on them, and Sadie being accused of the neighbor’s murder as well as her family telling her she didn’t see things she saw.

The characters in this book all seemed to have something to hide or some problem with people in their lives.

We meet husbands having affairs, a spooky, sinister-seeming house, gossipy, small-town citizens, and odd-behaving characters.

How did it all fit together, and how did everything happening follow the Fausts to this small island?

Despite the story line being difficult to follow, THE OTHER MRS is a tense, bizarre, keep-you-turning-the-pages thriller. If you can hang in there, the ending is well worth the wait.

The ending wraps up all the loose ends for a satisfying conclusion that will stick with you. 4/5

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


Spotlight and Giveaway of No Truth Left to Tell by Michael McAuliffe



Anna Sacca of FSB Associates along with the author is celebrating the release of:

NO TRUTH LEFT TO TELL

With a USA Giveaway!!
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Information in this post is courtesy of Anna Sacca of FSB Associates
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A debut legal thriller from former federal civil rights prosecutor Michael McAuliffe.

A smart legal thriller inspired by real events, including McAuliffe's time in Louisiana investigating violent extremists and corrupt cops, No Truth Left to Tell offers the ultimate insider's take on chasing violent racists in the Deep South.
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PRAISE FOR NO TRUTH TO TELL:

“Hate is shockingly alive and well in America these days, but so is moral courage and a passion for justice. This is a compelling, emotionally taut first novel by an accomplished attorney. We are intrigued by the protagonist, a self-doubting white prosecutor who joins forces with a seasoned black agent who knows the sting of prejudice. They battle the Klan, police corruption, and sometimes each other, but in the process, forge a memorable alliance. Through it all, Michael McAuliffe's fresh, image-infused style makes reading a pleasure.”
—Rose Styron, poet, human rights activist, and journalist

“It is the rare work that can create a gripping plot—fueled with meaningful characters—that also seamlessly weaves in the law and the inner workings of criminal investigations and trials all at once. No Truth Left to Tell does just that and more, raising important questions about character, justice, and who we are as Americans.”
—Richard Zabel, former deputy US attorney for the Southern District of New York
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ABOUT NO TRUTH TO TELL:


It is 1994 in Lynwood, Louisiana, and flaming crosses light up the night and terrorize the southern town. The resurgent Klan wants a new race war, and the Klansmen will start it here. For Nettie Wynn, a victim of the cross burnings and lifelong resident of the town’s segregated neighborhood, the hate crimes summon frightful memories of her youth, when she witnessed white townspeople lynch a black man.



When federal civil rights prosecutor Adrien Rush arrives from DC to investigate the crimes with Lee Mercer, a seasoned local FBI special agent, their partnership is tested as they clash over how far to go to catch the racists before the violence escalates. Rush’s role in the case becomes even more complicated after he falls for Nicole DuBose, a successful New York City journalist who returns to Lynwood to care for her grandmother, Nettie.

When crucial evidence becomes compromised—threatening to upend what should be a celebrated conviction—the lines between right and wrong, black and white, collide with deadly consequences.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 PHOTO CREDIT: Sydney McAuliffe

Michael McAuliffe has been a practicing lawyer for thirty years. He was a federal prosecutor serving both as a supervisory assistant US attorney in the Southern District of Florida and a trial attorney in the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC.

In 2008, Michael was elected and served as the state attorney for Palm Beach County, leading an office of approximately 125 prosecutors. He was  known for leading the ethics reform movement in county that resulted in the creation of a permanent inspector general, an ethics commission, and new ethics code.

He also has been a partner at a major law firm, a global company general counsel, a senior lecturing fellow at Duke University's School of Law, and an adjunct professor at William & Mary's School of Law. Early in his career, Mr. McAuliffe was a Civic Education Project fellow and visiting professor of law in the Czech Republic.

Aside from the law, Mr. McAuliffe is an alpine mountaineer, having climbed and reached the summits of Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro (with his daughter), Island Peak in the Himalayas, and many other mountains.

He received his JD from the College of William & Mary's Law School and his BBA from the Business Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Michael and his wife Robin Rosenberg, a US district judge, have three children, and live in Florida and Massachusetts.

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Book Blogger Hop - 2/28 - 3/5


Question of the Week:

Tomorrow is Leap Year. Name one book being released in 2020 that you would prefer to skip. (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
 
My Answer:

Love this clever question, Billy.

I started PLEASE SEE US by Caitlin Muellen and didn't like it, but normally I don't have any that I would like to skip.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Today's Prompt: BRIDES

https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2019/10/the-house-of-brides-by-jane-cockram.html
Thank you to eggs of Litsy:

#FEBRUARYFEELS
@eggs

Today’s Prompt:  BRIDES

This book was a favorite.

If you enjoy odd characters, old mansions, family secrets, supposed ghosts, a stolen book, and Gothic undertones, you will want to have THE HOUSE OF BRIDES added to your TBR

FULL REVIEW HERE.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Spotlight and Giveaway of The Girl In White Gloves by Kerri Maher



Berkley/Penguin Random House is celebrating the release of:

THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES



With a USA Giveaway!!
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Information in this post is courtesy of Danielle Keir of Penguin Random House.
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From the acclaimed author of The Kennedy Debutante. Maher once again shines a spotlight onto the inner life of an almost mythical female historical figure: actress and princess—and fiction’s newest “it-girl”—Grace Kelly.
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PRAISE FOR THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES: 

“The stunning and very human story of a beloved icon…. Full of nuance and poignancy—this novel is gorgeous.”— Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Queen’s Fortune
 
“[A] fascinating, deeply researched novel of the extraordinary Grace Kelly … establishes Maher as a true force in biographical fiction.”—Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of The Golden Hour
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ABOUT THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES: 
Grace knows what people see. She’s the Cinderella story. An icon of glamor and elegance frozen in dazzling Technicolor. The picture of perfection. The girl in white gloves.

But behind the lens, beyond the panoramic views of glistening Mediterranean azure, she knows the truth. The sacrifices it takes for an unappreciated girl from Philadelphia to defy her family and become the reigning queen of the screen. The heartbreaking reasons she trades Hollywood for a crown. The loneliness of being a princess in a fairy tale kingdom that is all too real.
Hardest of all for her adoring fans and loyal subjects to comprehend, is the harsh reality that to be the most envied woman in the world does not mean she is the happiest.
Starved for affection and purpose, facing a labyrinth of romantic and social expectations with more twists and turns than Monaco’s infamous winding roads, Grace must find her own way to fulfillment. But what she risks—her art, her family, her marriage—she may never get back.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Kerri Maher is the author of The Kennedy Debutante, which People magazine described as “a riveting reimagining of a true tale of forbidden love,” and This Is Not a Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World under the name Kerri Majors. 
She holds an MFA from Columbia University and founded YARN, an award-winning literary journal of short-form YA writing.
A writing professor for many years, she now writes full time and lives with her daughter and dog in a leafy suburb west of Boston, Massachusetts.
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GIVEAWAY:


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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Review and Giveaway - Red Letter Days by Sarah-Jane Stratford

 
Phoebe was finally making some money for her scripts and getting well known, but then for some reason she was tagged as being a communist by the government and blacklisted by the playwrights.

Phoebe had no idea what she did to be tagged, but she decided to leave the country and head to London where there was someone who would take her scripts no matter who or what she was.

We follow Phoebe on her trip across the ocean and when she arrives in London determined to make a name for herself in the seven weeks she was granted to be in the country.

I enjoyed the characters in RED LETTER DAYS.  LOVE the cover.

Phoebe was funny and lovable and eager to take chances. Hannah was talented but flighty.  Phoebe’s sister, Mona, was upbeat even though her life wasn’t.

We see the historical struggles and worries that play writes had at this time and how the blacklisted writers could get into deep trouble.

Historical fiction fans, fans of the theater and television productions, and fans of Robin Hood will enjoy RED LETTER DAYS.
 

Ms. Stratford did marvelous, in-depth research, but The Robin Hood pages that took up a great deal of the book actually were of no interest, and that did make the story drag for me. 3/5

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

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ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE. 


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Monday, February 24, 2020

Books With Wife In The Title

All good reads and all reviewed on my blog.

What titles can YOU add?

It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 2/24/2020


 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:

DOVETAIL by Karen McQuestion - review will be on March 11 - finished February 21.

A beautiful read.

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

LOVED this book.

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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THE OPERATOR by Gretchen Berg - review will be on March 10, 2020.

 
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LOST AT SEA by Erica Boyce - review will be on March 6, 2020 - finished February 4.

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THE SEA OF LOST GIRLS by Carol Goodman - review will be on March 4, 2020 - finished on February 5.

 
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YOU ARE NOT ALONE by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen - review will be March 3 - finished on January 31.
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TEN DAYS GONE by Beverly Long - review is in the book's title.

A good read.

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THE BORGIA CONFESSIONS by Alyssa Palumbo - review is in the book's title.

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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MERCY HOUSE by Alena Dillon - review is in the book's title.

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THE SECRETS OF LOVE STORY BRIDGE by Phaedra Patrick - review will be on April 29 - finished on January 12.

Another heartwarming, sweet read by Phaedra Patrick.

 
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THE SUNDOWN MOTEL by Simone St. James - review and giveaway are in the book's title.

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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:

DARLING ROSE GOLD by Stephanie Wrobel - review will be on March 17.

 
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Books Up Next:

THE OTHER MRS by Mary Kubica - review will be on March 19.

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SAFE HOUSE by Jo Jakeman - review will be on March 21.
https://www.amazon.com/Safe-House-Jo-Jakeman-ebook/dp/B07T1V24DL/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=sage+house+jo+jakeman&qid=1579895610&sr=8-1-spell
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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 GERMAN HEIRESS by Anika Scott - review will be on April 8.

 
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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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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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THE HEIRLOOM GARDEN by Viola Shipman - review will be on May 4.

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

 
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THE FIRST EMMA by Camille Dimaio - review will be on May 6.
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CATHERINE HOUSE by Elisabeth Thomas - review will be on June 13.

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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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THE PRISONER'S WIFE by Maggie Brooks - review will be on May 26.

 
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HE STARTED IT by Samantha Downing - review will be on May 30.

 
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MRS. LINCOLN'S SISTERS by Jennifer Chiaverini - review will be on June 2.

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THE PARIS LIBRARY by Janet Skeslien Charles - review will be on June 3.


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PARIS NEVER LEAVES YOU by - review will be on June 13.
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THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Michelle Campbell - review will be on June 9.

 
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WE CAME HERE TO SHINE by Susie Orman Schnall - review will be on June 16.

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SPRING GIRLS by Karen Katchur - review wil be on June 17.

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THE LAST OF THE MOON GIRLS by Barbara Davis - review will be on June 23.

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THE VACATION by T. M. Logan - review will be on July 21.

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THE LIONS OF FIFTH AVENUE by Fiona Davis - review will be on July 28.

 
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ELI'S PROMISE by Ronald H. Balson - review will be on September 22.


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