I had some catching up to do with Katherine Centers’s books. I read Things You Save in a Fire first because I was given the ARC through Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press. I read this book in two nights because I couldn’t put it down and loved it. I was immediately loved the main character Cassie, she was strong, capable and knew exactly what she wanted…until a hot young Rookie firefighter stepped into her life. I loved that she came a little damaged because that made her even more relatable. She wasn’t perfect, she had a back story and that made her even more like able. Also picturing what that Rookie looked like and his sense of humor and likable also helped. I loved this story and so glad I was able to read it. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. It was the perfect book to read in between my usual thrillers.
Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s a total pro at other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to give up her whole life and move to Boston, Cassie suddenly has an emergency of her own. The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a lack of funding, and poor facilities mean that the firemen aren’t exactly thrilled to have a “lady” on the crew—even one as competent and smart as Cassie. Except for the infatuation-inspiring rookie, who doesn’t seem to mind having Cassie around. But she can’t think about that. Because love is girly, and it’s not her thing. And don’t forget the advice her old captain gave her: Never date firefighters. Cassie can feel her resolve slipping…and it means risking it all—the only job she’s ever loved, and the hero she’s worked like hell to become.
Thank you to Net Galley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC to read and review. I really enjoyed this book. I felt like the characters were easy to like and the story was intriguing. I really enjoyed the main character Lucy, and felt like she was extremely easy to relate to. She seemed like an every day normal person that has felt like there was a little tension with her in-laws. It was fun to see this story take all the twist and turns and the endings was definitely a surprise which I did not see coming. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. It’s a quick fast pace read that keeps you intrigued the whole time. I will definitely be reading more books by Sally Hepworth.
From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, she knew she wasn’t the wife Diana had envisioned for her perfect son. Exquisitely polite, friendly, and always generous, Diana nonetheless kept Lucy at arm’s length despite her desperate attempts to win her over. And as a pillar in the community, an advocate for female refugees, and a woman happily married for decades, no one had a bad word to say about Diana…except Lucy. That was five years ago. Now, Diana is dead, a suicide note found near her body claiming that she longer wanted to live because of the cancer wreaking havoc inside her body. But the autopsy finds no cancer. It does find traces of poison, and evidence of suffocation. Who could possibly want Diana dead? Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her children, and their spouses? And what does it mean that Lucy isn’t exactly sad she’s gone?
Oh this book pulled at so many heartstrings. I can’t imagine being in a situation where my husband and his family choose to take my child away from me because she has down syndrome. I can’t imagine being lied to by the people I trust the most. This book will bring on so many emotions but also shows that there is nothing a mother won’t do for her child. I loved this book so much and would highly recommend it. While there are a few things in this book that are far-fetched, the story as a whole is absolutely beautiful. It’s a quick read but it will stay with you days after reading it. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. This story is based on true events which makes it even more moving. It will be published August 6th. Thank you to Net Galley and St Martin’s Press for the ARC to read and review
Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on. But two years later, when Ginny’s best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth–its squalid hallways filled with neglected children–she knows she can’t leave her daughter there. With Ginny’s six-year-old son in tow, Ginny and Marsha drive to the school to see Lucy for themselves. What they find sets their course on a heart-racing journey across state lines—turning Ginny into a fugitive. For the first time, Ginny must test her own strength and face the world head-on as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy. Racing from Massachusetts to the beaches of Atlantic City, through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to a roadside mermaid show in Florida, Keeping Lucy is a searing portrait of just how far a mother’s love can take her.
I was sent this book by Minotaur Books and St. Marin’s Press before this book was published and just want to say thank you! This was the first book I’ve read by Sandie Jones and it definitely won’t be my last- I loved it. From page one to the last page, I couldn’t put it down. I loved the characters and the story. The ending was a complete shocker and mind blowing. I had to re-read the last chapter just to make sure that what I read was right. The main character Alice is relatable and easy to like. She has a normal life, so the thinks, and is working to move past the grief of losing her first husband. While her friend, Beth, is single and raising her daughter alone, there is something that draws them together and the secret is perfect. I give this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
THE WIFE: For Alice, life has never been better. With her second husband, she has a successful business, two children, and a beautiful house. HER HUSBAND: Alice knows that life could have been different if her first husband had lived, but Nathan’s arrival into her life gave her back the happiness she craved. HER BEST FRIEND: Through the ups and downs of life, from celebratory nights out to comforting each other through loss, Alice knows that with her best friend Beth by her side, they can survive anything together. So when Nathan starts acting strangely, Alice turns to Beth for help. But soon, Alice begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced . . .