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The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell- Book Review

When you are sent a copy of Lisa Jewell’s newest book then you drop everything and read it immediately which is exactly what I did. This book takes you down a story of family drama and secrets that will rock you to your core. The beginning was a little confusing because it is told from different characters but once I was understanding what was being told, I couldn’t put this book down. The story completely swallowed me and I was so intrigued by the secrets this family held all from different perspectives that I had to keep going. I read this book in two days and really enjoyed it. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Atria Books for the ARC in exchange for a review.

Synopsis:

Be careful who you let in. Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am. She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them. Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane- Book Review

This book beautiful and heart rendering. It dives into the lives of two neighbors Kate and Peter, who have a bond of being born close together and living right next door to each other. Both their father’s are police officers but behind closed doors their lives are very different. Everything changes in one night when the unbelievable happens (not going to say because I don’t want to give too much away). Years later they find each other and build a life together but once again life throws them a curve. I really enjoyed this book although it did take me a few chapters until I really got into the story and then I couldn’t put it down. This story touches so many different emotions and reminds you that everyone has that own problems even if you can’t see them going through it. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Thank you to Simon and Schuster and Scribner for this copy to read and review.

Synopsis:

Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, rookie cops in the NYPD, live next door to each other outside the city. What happens behind closed doors in both houses—the loneliness of Francis’s wife, Lena, and the instability of Brian’s wife, Anne, sets the stage for the explosive events to come.


Run Away by Harlan Coben- Book Review

I’ve heard of author Harlan Coben but this is the first book I’ve read by him. I was give an ARC of this book by Net Galley and Grand Central Publishing in exchange for a review. This was a great quick thriller read with a lot of twists that continued until the end. I felt that is was easy to get into from the first page and really enjoyed the story dynamics. Not only was this book full of action and also had a deep emotional underlying story as well. The storyline was a little hard to follow because I felt as if there were so many characters that I couldn’t quite keep track of everyone where they connected in the story. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2. It was fast paced but it was also easy to get lost behind all the characters that continued to be presented.

Synopsis:

You’ve lost your daughter.
She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found. Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she’s not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble. You don’t stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home. She runs.  And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate- Book Review

Grab a box a tissues and get read to go an emotional roller coaster with this book. I hope that doesn’t discourage you from reading it but this book will definitely pull at your heart strings and to imagine that things like this actually happened to kids is completely mind blowing. This story centers around a little girl name Rill and her four sibling who are kidnapped and put into a brutal orphanage for wealthy families to adopt. This book was well written and difficult to put down because I couldn’t wait and hoped for a happy ending for these sweet children. It’s also so compelling because it’s based off of true events. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. It was a hard read but also a great one because makes you put yourself in other shoes and see things that go on around that we some times turn a blind eye to.

Synopsis:

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty. Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption. Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.


The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda- Book Review

This a summer suspense book that you definitely want to read. I was enveloped into the story from page one and read it in two sittings because I literally couldn’t put it down. I really liked the main character Avery and was intrigued with her story and her friendship with Sadie. I loved all the secrets and twist and turns that this story took me on. I don’t like to compare previous books from Authors because it’s not a series but I had trouble really getting into All the Missing Girls more because of the way the story was told from backward to forward but this book was easy to read and hard to put down. I give the book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I have already bought The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda and I can’t wait to read that one in the future. Thank you too Simon and Schuster for the ARC in exchange for a review.

Synopsis:

Littleport, Maine, has always felt like two separate towns: an ideal vacation enclave for the wealthy, whose summer homes line the coastline; and a simple harbor community for the year-round residents whose livelihoods rely on service to the visitors. Typically, fierce friendships never develop between a local and a summer girl—but that’s just what happens with visitor Sadie Loman and Littleport resident Avery Greer. Each summer for almost a decade, the girls are inseparable—until Sadie is found dead. While the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother, Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name, before the facts get twisted against her.

Kindle or Real Books?

As an avid reader I carry my Kindle everywhere I go because I never know when I’m going to get a few minutes to read. I love buying real books and feeling to weight in hands and that smell of the pages as I flip through the book but I love the convenience of my Kindle. I love that I don’t damage my book while I’m reading it but I feel like I tend to read quicker on a Kindle which is a good and bad thing. So here’s the question for you…are you a Kindle reader or Real Book reader? There is no judgement here. I love both but tend to lean on my Kindle more.