Monday, July 15, 2019

Book Review: Who She Is by Diane Byington

Release Date: March 28, 2018
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Format: ebook
Pages: 278 pages
Genre:  womens fiction
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Synopsis:

In the fall of 1967, Faye Smith’s family moves to Florida to work in the orange groves, and she has to start a new school… again. She tries out for the track team, knowing her mother would never approve because of Faye’s epilepsy.

When Faye discovers she has a talent for distance running, she and her friend Francie decide to enter the Boston Marathon, even though women aren’t allowed to compete. Desperate to climb out of the rut of poverty, Faye is determined to take part and win a college scholarship.

After the school bully tries to run her down with his car, a strange memory surfaces—a scene Faye doesn’t recognize. Her parents insist that it’s a symptom of her epilepsy, but Faye thinks they might be lying, especially when it keeps happening. To get her life on the right path, she’ll need to figure out what her parents are hiding and never lose sight of the finish line.

Review: 

This was a fast paced read, that I couldn't put down.  Faye Smith's family moves around a lot.  She is never in the same place more than a few months at a time but this time her parents have said they would stay until she finishes high school in a year and a half.  Faye makes friends for the first time and discovers a love of running.  Her parents don't agree with it and want to keep her home but Faye and her friend Francie decide to enter the Boston Marathon despite her parents protests and the fact that women aren't allowed to run.  Faye is determined to run in order to obtain a full scholarship to college so she can break free of the transient hard work of the farm hand.

What starts off as a book about a strict family with a daughter who wants to break free and find her own way turns into a mystery.  Faye starts having flashbacks and bad dreams about another woman, a car wreck and another life. As her home life unravels Faye is forced to try to defend herself and her will.

I liked that this was set back in the late 60's when women were just starting to break out of gender stereotypes. You weren't sure what was just a family scared of the unknown and wanting to keep their daughter "in her place" or what is actually fear of something else. Well written and interesting I really enjoyed this book. 




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

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Friday, July 12, 2019

ARC Book Review: After the End by Claire Mackintosh

Release Date: June 25, 2019
Publisher: Penguin Group
Format: ebook
Pages: 400 pages
Genre:  Womens Fiction
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Synopsis:

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They're best friends, lovers—unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can't agree. They each want a different future for their son. 

Review: 

This book is tough, but not overly so.  What would you do if your child was terminally ill? Would you make the decision to let them go or would you fight to give them a little more time, even if that time is spent confined to a wheelchair, and unable to communicate? Max and Pip have different opinions on what would be best for the their son Max. This leads to court hearings and a huge strain on their marriage. There doesn't seem to be any right decision and about halfway through the book Mackintosh shows you what would happen with Max and Pip if the ruling went in their favor - two different outcomes with similar results.  Its not a happy book but its a book that makes you think.  Some have compared it to books written by Jodi Picoult and I have to agree.  There is a moral dilemma that doesn't have a definitive answer.  I was a little confused when the book branched off into two different directions but once I got the hang of it, it was interesting to see what the author felt the outcome of Pip and Max would have been if they had made different decisions.





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

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Book Review: Love Lines by Sheri Langer

Release Date: February 26, 2019
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Format: ebook
Pages: 344 pages
Genre:  Chic Lit, romance
Buy: Kindle | paperback

Synopsis:

Fordham Price is juggling her job at a publisher, her precocious 10-year-old daughter, and her feisty mother. She wants to find time for men, but a stream of dating disasters has her relationship status stuck at single. As if her Latte wasn’t already overflowing, a co-worker gets pregnant, sticking Fordham on the hook for the company’s latest reality read from their popular series. She must supplement her own romantic misadventures with tales of cynical cat-ladies, identical-twin husbands, spunky monks, and creepy web-crawlers.

As she wades through submissions, one from a widower gives her tingles in all the places she forgot existed. His words draw her in until she finds herself daydreaming about him more than she’d care to admit…

Review: 

Fordham is a single mother trying to juggle her profession and her job as a mother.  With the help of her mother she is raising her daughter who is a precocious 10 year old with a physical disability. Her best friend keeps setting her up on dates that she really has no interest in but then she runs into her high school boyfriend and first love, Aaron. Could this be the start of what was meant to be all along? In the wings is her daughters principal, David who always seems to show up at the same places she is and they appear to have a chemistry of sorts.

Fordham's mother lives with her and between helping Fordham she plays online scrabble and always wins until she finds the one player she can't seem to beat.

This is a sweet romance, learning how to start over and move forward. Its a reminder to us all to really pay attention to the people in our lives and what they are putting out there.  I really loved all the characters and Fordham's relationship with her daughter is sweet. I really enjoyed this book and think it would make a great beach read. 




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

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Monday, July 1, 2019

ARC Review: Those People by Louise Candlish

Release Date: June 11, 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Format: ebook
Pages: 368 pages
Genre:  thriller
Buy: Kindle | Hardcover | Audio

Synopsis:

Lowland Way is the suburban dream. The houses are beautiful, the neighbors get along, and the kids play together on weekends.

But when Darren and Jodie move into the house on the corner, they donʼt follow the rules. They blast music at all hours, begin an unsightly renovation, and run a used-car business from their yard. It doesn’t take long for an all-out war to start brewing.

Then, early one Saturday, a horrific death shocks the street. As police search for witnesses, accusations start flying—and everyone has something to hide.

Review: 

I read Louise Candlish's last novel "Our House" and this one shows how little it takes to make average everyday people do things that seem out of character. When Darren and Jodie move into the close knit community of Lowland Way they disrupt the lives of their neighbors causing an uproar in the neighborhood.  There is scheming, plotting and downright bad behavior from these "nice" suburban families.

I really appreciate how Candlish uses normal everyday activities like a new neighbor to launch these books into the horror show they turn out to be. Darren and Jodi are not good neighbors, they blast music all night, have turned their front yard into a construction zone / used car lot but what about the other people in the neighborhood who are so involved with other peoples business that they are constantly on the lookout for something new to police.  These so called good neighbors aren't so good, plotting and scheming about how to get Darren and Jodi to move since they won't toe the line.

You feel the anxiety and crazy as it starts to amplify throughout the book.  The mystery unfolds at a fast pace leaving you with so many suspects its almost hard to keep up! Great book with an element of wondering if this could really happen anywhere to it.






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