Sunday, June 30, 2024

Saturday, June 29, 2024

FEATURING: The Children's Train by Viola Ardone


The war is over, but Italy is still recovering and is filled with underprivileged children.

Northern Italy seems to have come back much quicker and is more prosperous.

THE CHILDREN'S TRAIN is a story based on true events that happened post WWII.

This was another event in history that I wasn't aware of.

It is educational, uplifting, but also heartbreaking.



Thursday, June 27, 2024

Storm Warning by David Bell

Jake was trying to get back to Ohio from Florida, but just as he decides to leave, a hurricane hits the island he lives on.

He lives in a building that may not withstand the storm, but on his way out his wife and daughter show up.  

In the middle of a hurricane?  What were they thinking? 

So....Jake, his family, and six others that include a sick woman and a ninety-one-year old are stranded along with a murderer.

They all will be staying in an apartment on the second floor that is the safest place in the not-so-safe building to wait out the storm and to keep safe from a murderer unless the murderer is in the room with them.  

They don't really know who this person is that turned up and said he was a security guard.

We ride out the storm with the motley group of residents just trying to stay alive before and during the storm along with the one person they do not trust or could there be more than one?

Who/what is more dangerous - the storm or the killer who is on the loose?  What is the killer’s beef and reason? 

How will everything turn out? 

You will find out in this character-driven, descriptive read.  4/5

Thank you the publisher for a copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

A Happier Life by Kristy Woodson Harvey

A house at the beach that her mother grew up in?

Keaton never knew about the house and never knew her grandparents.

When she saw the house, she immediately fell in love with it and with the neighbor next door.

What a great way to spend the summer cleaning and fixing up a house that has been left vacant since 1970.

We move back and forth learning of what happened to Keaton’s grandparents in the 70s and follow Keaton present day as she is getting the house ready to sell and getting close to her neighbors who knew her grandparents and her mother.

A HAPPIER LIFE was a lovely, heartwarming read with great characters, wonderful descriptive writing, a mystery to solve, and Kristy’s signature pull-you-in storytelling.

A sweet, marvelous read to start your summer.  5/5

Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book.   All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The Year of What If by Phaedra Patrick

Carla didn’t believe in the family relationship curse.

She knows she found the love of her life and wanted to prove them wrong.

But then her family took her on a mystery evening to have her fortune read.

She didn’t want to have her future read or determined by tarot cards.

She went ahead anyway and had it done, but then she couldn’t get the revelations out of her head.

Wonder if there really is someone from her past she is meant to spend the rest of her life with instead of fiancé Tom who will be her husband in three weeks.

Still determined to break the family curse, she heads back Spain to find one of her loves from when she was 22 years old.

What will she find?

It was fun following Carla.

Ms Patrick’s newest will have you also thinking about “what if” as you share everything with the lovely characters.  4/5

Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, June 24, 2024

FEATURING: Mordecai's Ashes by Arlana Crane


Karl had no job, a bossy sister, and then an inherited detective agency.

We meet Karl as he starts up his grandfather's detective agency, and then adds on his niece as an assistant.

This book has great characters and is a light read except for when Karl was on this dangerous assignment where drugs were being sold and people had been murdered.

MORDECAI'S ASHES had a nicely flowing story line, plenty of tension, some levity, and a fun twist at the end.


It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 6/24/2024


I hope you had a great reading week.
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.
Books Completed:

HOUSE OF GLASS by Sarah Pekkanen - review will be on August 6.'s good.  Don't miss it.

RETURN TO WYLDCLIFFE HEIGHTS by Carol Goodman - review will be on July 30.

A bit confusing and some paranormal, but a good storyline.

WHEN THE WORLD FELL SILENT by Donna Jones Alward - review will be on July 22.

Excellent read!!

THE PERFECT SISTER by Stephanie DeCarolis - review will be on July 19.

A good thriller - a little slow at first, but the ending twists are worth the wait.

STORM WARNING by David Bell - review will be on June 27.

A character-driven book - good, but not his best.

ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY by Jamie Day - review will be on July 16.

A bit slow at first, but turns out to be a good thriller.


THE BURNING by Linda Castillo - review will be on July 11.

Excellent thriller.

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER by Kimberly McCreight - review will be on August 2.

Not a favorite - very confusing, and no likeable characters.

LENNY MARKS GETS AWAY WITH MURDER by Kerryn Mayne - review will be on July 9.

LOVED IT - add it to your TBR!!  A loveable main character - great debut!!

BEYOND SUMMERLAND by Jenny LeCoat - review wil be on July 3.

LOVE this author's books.  

It didn't disappoint...the only complaint was it was a bit confusing when it switched from one character to the other, BUT fabulous storyline and research.

THE HAPPIER LIFE by Kristy Woodson Harvey - review will be on June 26. good!!  

THE YEAR OF WHAT IF by Phaedra Patrick - review will be on June 25.

Good as always, but I have liked her others better.


Book Currently Reading:

THE THIRTEENTH HUSBAND by Greer MaCallister - review will be on August 7.

Books Up Next:

THE BODY NEXT DOOR by Maia Chance - review will be on August 8.
IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE by Jo Callaghan - review will be on August 10.

ALL THE WAY GONE by Joanna Schaffhausen - review will be on August 13.

THE HOUSEKEEPER'S SECRET by Iona Grey - review will be on August 14.

THE FULL MOON COFFEE SHOP by Mai Mochizuki - review will be on August 20.

THEN THINGS WENT DARK by Bea Fitzgerald - review will be on August 27.
RED RIVER ROAD by Anna Downes - review will be on August 28.

THE BOOK SWAP by Tessa Bickers - review will be on September 4.
THE PARIS UNDERSTUDY by Aurelie Thiele - review will be on September 10.
THE BOOKLOVER'S LIBRARY by Madeline Martin - review will be on September 11.

A PLACE TO HIDE by Ronald H. Balson - review will be on September 17.

THE HITCHCOCK HOTEL by Stephanie Wrobel - review will be on September 24.

THE NIGHT WE LOST HIM by Laura Dave - review will be on October 1.

BETRAYAL AT BLACKTHORN PARK by Julia Kelly - review will be on October 2.

THE LOVE ELIXIR OF AUGUSTA STERN by Lynda Cohen Logiman - review will be on October 8.

THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYER by Lawrence Robbins - review will be on October 9.  
THE SUNFLOWER HOUSE by Adriana Allegri - review will be on November 12.

WHAT SECRETS STAY by CherAnn Wright - review will be on December 1.

WHAT THE WIFE KNEW by Darby Kane - review will be on December 10.
THE FRENCH WINEMAKER'S DAUGHTER by Loretta Ellsworth - review will be on December 11.

THE LOST HOUSE by Melissa Larsen - review will be on January 14, 2025...NO COVER YET.

THE FAMILY INSIDE by Katie Garner - review will be on January 28, 2025.

TOUGH LUCK by Sandra Dallas - review will be on April 29, 2025.