Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Book Review: The Promise: A Tale of Unconventional Adoption and the Immeasurable Strength of a Mothers Love by Sam Vickery

Release Date: July 20, 2016
Publisher: Createspace
Format: Paperback
Pages: 250 Pages
Genre: Fiction
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


Saraya Matthews knows that at thirty two years old, life should look better than this. With no spark and no passion, she decides enough is enough. She is going to find her purpose and stop wasting her life away. Little does she know, her purpose will come in the form of an orphaned baby boy whose mother has been gruesomely murdered on the streets of London. Saraya finds herself in a battle between what's legal and what's morally right. The authorities expect her to hand him over, but baby Flynn needs her. Saraya is surprised to discover that once she lets herself love him, she can't turn back. Flung full force into the unexpected position of mother and protector, she realises she will do whatever it takes to keep her baby safe in her arms. But will she succeed? A tale of unconventional adoption and the immeasurable strength of a mother's love.


I read this book in one sitting.  I was drawn in by Emily and her story. The way she was treated, what she was doing to try to stay alive.  I had a hard time relating to Saraya I felt that her instant bond to Flynn was a bit of a stretch. Yes its is possible to bond strongly with a child that is adopted but to feel that bond as you peel it from the dead arms of its mother is bit of a stretch for me.

Since I work in adoption I find it offensive that this book says that it is a tale of unconventional adoption.  This isn't just unconventional its illegal.  She steals a baby, doesn't call the police about the child's dead mother and doesn't go through legal channels to adopt, all the while stating the statistics of adoption in the UK.

I understand the authors description of the strong bond between a mother and her child, and given that Saraya had three months to bond with Flynn I can understand her feeling a strong bond and not wanting to give him up at that point. However I still strongly disagree with how she went about keeping him.

This is an emotionally charged book that is sure to draw strong emotions.

Monday, August 22, 2016

ARC Review: The Good Spy Dies Twice (The Bullseye Series book 1) by Mark Hosack

Release Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Wide Awake Books
Format: Kindle
Pages: 324 pages
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover


Jake Boxer, investigative journalist and host of the conspiratorial news show Bullseye, is in serious trouble. Not only is his soundman murdered by Russian intelligence agents while reporting on a secretive New World Order, but his network cancels his show, leaving Jake humiliated and spiraling into a deep dark depression.

Years later, a condemned murderer, who claims he was abandoned by the CIA, and who starred in an early episode of Bullseye, is finally executed for killing two supposed Soviet spies back in the 1970’s.

Jake Boxer, still trying to piece his life back together, is on his honeymoon in a posh ski resort in the Alaskan mountains when he gets word of the inmate’s execution . . . and the old killer’s final words: “The good spy dies twice.”

Those five words, seemingly meant for Jake, draw the ex-reporter out of his forced retirement and into a complex and deadly global conspiracy involving his newlywed wife, the secretive New World Order, and the hotel’s hundred or so “guests.”

Everyone is a suspect.


I wasn't too sure about this book wondering if it was going to be a cheesy spy story but I found myself really sucked in.  This is a great espionage thriller.  Jake Boxer had a public meltdown on his tv show Bullseye.  Since then he has been trying to pull himself out of a deep depression, figure out what he is going to do with the rest of his life. After marrying his ex-producer, he travels to a posh ski resort in remote Alaska. It is there that Jake's life will forever be altered again.

Everyone in this book feels like a suspect and you can't really get a good handle on what is happening until the ending.  Fantastic writing that keeps you guessing and pulling you along.  It takes a good writer to not have me figuring everything out before the final page and this one definitely kept me guessing.  There is a whole lot to this book much more than meets the eye.

Wonderful edge of your seat ride.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Book Review: Among the Wicked ( Kate Burkholder book 8) by Linda Castillo

Release Date: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Format: Kindle
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Mystery - Amish
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover


Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called upon by the sheriff's department in rural, upstate New York to assist on a developing situation that involves a reclusive Amish settlement and the death of a young girl. Unable to penetrate the wall of silence between the Amish and "English" communities, the sheriff asks Kate to travel to New York, pose as an Amish woman, and infiltrate the community.

Kate's long time love interest, State Agent John Tomasetti, is dead set against her taking on such an unorthodox assignment, knowing she'll have limited communication - and even less in the way of backup. But Kate can't turn her back, especially when the rumor mill boils with disturbing accounts of children in danger. She travels to New York where she's briefed and assumes her new identity as a lone widow seeking a new life.

Kate infiltrates the community and goes deep under cover. In the coming days, she unearths a world built on secrets, a series of shocking crimes, and herself, alone... trapped in a fight for her life.


I am a sucker for these books.  I love every second of them. I have a fascination with the Amish culture and love Kate's mixed feelings about leaving the fold. This is a great book that shows how easy it is for devoted people to fall prey to charismatic leaders who may take advantage of them.  This is a story of how a bad apple can definitely spoil the bunch.

Kate goes undercover to infiltrate an Amish community that has come under suspicion after the death of a young teenage girl. There are rumors of child abuse and the whole Amish community has started to become more and more insular under the leadership of their new Bishop.  As Kate attempts to infiltrate the community and gain their trust she starts to wonder if the thing that makes her special (being ex-amish) is also the thing that is her biggest downfall.

Fast paced, fun read.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Book Review: Six Train to Wisconsin (Book 1) by Kourtney Heintz

Release Date: May 1, 2013
Publisher: Aurea Blue Press
Format: Kindle
Pages: 433 pages
Genre: Mystery/Thriller, Fantasy
Buy: Paperback | Kindle 


Sometimes saving the person you love can cost you everything. 

There is one person that ties Oliver Richter to this world: his wife Kai. For Kai, Oliver is the keeper of her secrets.

When her telepathy spirals out of control and inundates her mind with the thoughts and emotions of everyone within a half-mile radius, the life they built together in Manhattan is threatened.

To save her, Oliver brings her to the hometown he abandoned--Butternut, Wisconsin--where the secrets of his past remain buried. But the past has a way of refusing to stay dead. Can Kai save Oliver before his secrets claim their future?


After reading this book I can honestly say that having telepathy would be the worst super power in the world.  Knowing everyone's thoughts, would be torturous.  How Kai thought she could live in Manhattan and not go insane is beyond me.  I don't even have telepathy and the emotional noise from NYC can be overwhelming.

Heintz has created a great story, mixing the supernatural with a modern day mystery romance.  To help save Kai, Oliver kidnaps her and brings her to his home town.  But his home town holds a lot of secrets. Olivers first love, and a dark secret that kept him away for over 10 years, and estranged from his father. Now in this small town where everyone knows everyone Oliver and Kai find themselves fighting for their lives and their relationship.

The story is told in alternating voices, Kai and her husband Oliver.  It was really nice to have both sides of the action so I appreciated the way this was written.Great writing, great mystery. The ending is left on a bit of a cliff hanger but that was okay. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the next in this series.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review.

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