Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The Truth of the Matter by Leigh Fleming

Laurel wants to know why her father is so cruel to her.

She knows she looks exactly like her grandmother, but what could she have done that makes her father take things out on her.

Laurel works at the textile mill during the day and goes to painting school at night.

One day she finally decides she has had enough and leaves in the night from Philadelphia to where her grandmother lives in Maryland in hopes of finding out just what happened between her father and her grandmother.

Her trip was a harrowing one, but she made it.  Her grandmother is just as cruel to her as her father has been all these years.  Did she make the trip for nothing?

Laurel decides she must find out and stays longer even though she misses her home, her painting, and especially Cillian.

We follow Laurel as she is determined to find the mysteries and secrets her family holds.

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER is a very enjoyable read with writing that pulls you in.

Ms. Fleming does a marvelous job with descriptions of the characters, places, and feelings.

This book is a lovely, heartwarming read
based on the author's research of her own family but does have some harsh moments

It will appeal to women’s fiction fans, historical fiction fans, and those readers who enjoy a family saga along with life lessons.

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER is a pleasant, satisfying read that will stay with you and one that will lift your spirits as you see how the family endured hardships, made the best of them, and became closer.  5/5

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

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The Fiancee by Kate White

The annual family gathering at the Keaton’s beautiful country estate is always a pleasant week of fun and getting reacquainted.

This year’s annual family vacation has a few surprises that aren’t welcome including murder.

One of the surprises is that a new member has been added to the family and everyone takes an instant dislike to her. Hannah had also been the girlfriend of one of the other Keaton men.

The daughter-in-law, Summer, knew Hannah, but she can’t get Hannah to admit remembering her.  Summer doesn’t know what plans Hannah has, but she doesn’t like what’s happening.

When her beloved mother-in-law is found dead and Summer has found clues pointing to Hannah, Summer makes it her mission to try to find out what happened to her mother-in-law without telling anyone what she is doing or what she suspects.

As the tension mounts and everyone isn’t as pleasant as usual, you won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough.

Kate White once again puts you right into the thick of things and makes you want to be there and to help solve the crime. 

THE FIANC√ČE is another heart-pounding read that will keep you guessing until the end.

What a vacation this turned out to be.

Do not miss reading this one. 5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via Netgalley and a print courtesy of the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Monday, June 28, 2021

FEATURING: DARLING ROSE GOLD by Stephanie Wrobel


For eighteen years Rose Gold was told by her mother that she was ill with some disease that no one could figure out.  

DARLING ROSE GOLD is a tense, chilling book, but is very well written.

If you like psychological thrillers, you will enjoy it.

FULL REVIEW HERE

Mailbox Monday - 6/28/2021


 

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

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

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

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Here is 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.

 

My mailbox was AMAZING this week!!

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On Tuesday, June 22, I received THE FIRST FIVE OF THESE BOOKS from Justine Sha of Harper Collins for blog tours and NetGalley:

 

1.  NEVER SAW ME COMING by Vera Kurian.


 

2.  THE MOTHER NEXT DOOR by Tara Laskowski.

 

 

 

3.  NANNY DEAREST by Flora Collins.

 

 

 

4.  MY DARLING HUSBAND by Kimberly Bell.


 

5.  THE INHERITANCE by JoAnn Ross.

 

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On Friday, June 25, I received:

 

1.  THREE SISTERS by Heather Morris, courtesy of Erica Martirano of St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.

 

It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 6/28/2021

          
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:
 
 GONE FOR GOOD by Joanna Schaffhausen - review will be on August 10.
 
This was really good...enjoy if you read it.
 
 
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SUCH A GOOD WIFE by Seraphina Nova Glass  - review will be on August 9.
 
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EMILY'S HOUSE by Amy Belding Brown - review will be on August 5.
 
 
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DARK ROADS by Chevy Stevens - review will be on August 3.
 
Disappointed in this one.


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THE WIDOWS OF CHAMPAGNE by Renee Ryan - review will be on July 28.

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book...is it in your TBR?

 
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THE OTHER PASSENGER by Louise Candlish - review will be on July 20.
 
Disappointed since I liked her other books, but the ending twist and revelations were brilliant.
 
 
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THE LIGHTS OF SUGARBERRY COVE by Heather Webber - review will be on July 19.
 
A sweet read.
 
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THE THERAPIST by B. A. Paris - review will be on July 13.
 
One you won't want to miss.
 
 
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THE FOREST OF VANISHING STARS by Kristin Harmel - review will be on July 7.
 
 
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STRANGER IN THE MIRROR by Liv Constantine - review will be on July 6.
 
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KILL ALL YOUR DARLINGS by David Bell - review will be on July 5.
 
DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!!
 
 
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THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray - review will be on July 1.

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THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER by Leigh Fleming - review will be on June 30.
 
 
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THE FIANCEE by Kate White - review will be on June 29.

 
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LIE BESIDE ME by Gytha Lodge - review will be on June 22.

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THE STEPSISTERS by Susan Mallery - review is in the book's title.

 

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HAIRPIN BRIDGE by Taylor Adama - review is in the book's title.


 
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Book Currently Reading:

THE FAMILY PLOT by Megan Collins - review will be on August 16.
 
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Books Up Next:

THE BOOKSELLER'S SECRET by Michelle Gable - review will be on August 17.
 
 
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THE GUILT TRIP by Sandie Jones - review will be on August 18.
 
 
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WHEN THE SUMMER WAS OURS by Roxanne Veletzos - review will be on August 24.
 
 
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WHERE I LEFT HER by Amber Garza - review will be on August 26.
 
 
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THE LAST CHANCE LIBRARY by Freya Sampson - review will be on August 31.
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HOW TO KILL YOUR BEST FRIEND by Lexie Elliott - review will be on September 3.
 
 
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THE NECKLACE by Matt Witten - review will be on September 6.
 
 
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THE LIVING AND THE LOST by Ellen Feldman - review will be on September 7.
 
 
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NEVER SAW ME COMING by Vera Kurian - review will be on September 9.
 
  
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THE INHERITANCE by JoAnn Ross - review will be on September 11.
 
 
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BETTER TO TRUST by Heather Frimmer - review will be on September 21.
 
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THE KEEPER OF HAPPY ENDINGS by Barbara Davis - review will be on October 1.
 
 
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THE LIGHTHOUSE WITCHES by C. J. Cooke - review will be on October 4.
 
 
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LAST GIRL GHOSTED by Lisa Unger - review will be on October 5.
 
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THREE SISTERS by Heather Morris - review will be on October 6.
 
 
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THE MOTHER NEXT DOOR by Tara Laskowski - review will be on October 13.
 
  
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THE HIDDEN CHILD by Louise Fein - review will be on October 19.
 
 
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THE TALLY STICK by Carl Nixon- review will be on November 2.
 
 
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NANNY DEAREST by Flora Collins - review will be on November 23.
 
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MY DARLING HUSBAND by Kimberly Bell - review will be on December 28.
 
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THE NEXT SHIP HOME by Heather Webb - review will be on February 8.
 
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