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The Secret Child by Kerry Fisher-5 Shining Stars–#Book Review

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Don’t Miss This Extraordinary Novel by Kerry Fisher. The Secret Child, Coming 11/29/17. I Absolutely Loved It!

 

The Secret Child is a powerful and emotionally charged character-driven novel. The story is heartbreaking and well as touching. I didn’t want to put the book down, for even a moment. And, this superbly written story stayed with me, long after I turned the last page.

Susie counted herself lucky to be married to Danny, even though as a military man, he was gone for long stretches of time. When Danny was home, though, he was a kind, loving and devoted husband. And, that was exactly why Susie couldn’t confess her infidelity to him. To make matters worse and add to her list of sins, Susie had given her son away. So every time Susie witnessed Danny with their grandson or her friend Jeanie’s son, her gut would wrench. And each time her insides twisted with guilt, Susie withdrew more into herself.

The carefree, beautiful wife Danny had left with their daughter before deploying overseas, was not the same women he came back to. Susie had become moody, withdrawn and depressed and Danny had no idea why. He tried everything he could think of to make Susie happy, without success. Danny even left the Navy and took a factory job, which he despised, just to be home more. But, Susie’s guilt over giving away her son and now losing her daughter’s affection, was tearing her up inside and stealing the very life out of her. It would be Susie’s estranged daughter, of all people, who would be the one to step-up, comfort her mother, and help her to heal.

The Secret Child is an unforgettable, moving novel. The characters are well-developed and alive. I felt their pain, their brokenness, their trials and their forgiveness. Truly a beautiful story, so well-written that even days later, I was still thinking about it. This is an outstanding novel and one that I will read again and again. Kerry Fisher is fast becoming a favorite author of mine. I will definitely be reading her next book.

Thank you, Bookouture and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I absolutely loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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11/7/17 #Today’s New 5- Star Releases -Written In Blood by Layton Green, Taking A Chance by Maggie McGinnis & No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes- #Edelweiss, #NetGalley, #Book Reviews

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Don’t Miss These Fab New Releases. All Of Them Are 5-Star Books!

 

Written In Blood by Layton Green-Thriller- 5-Stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/07/written-in-blood-by-layton-green-5-stars-book-review

 

Taking A Chance by Maggie McGinnis- Romance- 5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/29/taking-a-chance-by-maggie-mcginnis-5-stars-book-review

 

No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes- Historical Fiction- 5 stars
https://write-escape.com/2017/10/11/no-other-duke-will-do-by-grace-burrowes-5-stars-book-review

 

 

The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor–5 Stars–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Janna MacGregor’s Newest 5-Star Release, Coming 10/31/17!

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written historical fiction romance. This novel explores the harsh realities of what it was like for a woman in the 1700s to be trapped in an abusive marriage. Women during this time had very few rights, and when they married, they lost what little rights they had. Emma felt guilty over her friend Lena’s death. She knew that Lena’s husband had abused her. Unfortunately, the last time Lena had asked Emma for help, she’d been busy. Lena died that night, and Emma has been shackled with guilt ever since.

Emma was convinced that Lena’s husband had murdered her friend. She tried to persuade Lena’s maid, Mary to testify against the cruel man. But since husbands held all of the rights in a marriage, people, including Mary, turned their back on Emma’s request for help; even Nick, her own husband. Emma was determined to have her life count for something. She wanted to help abused women escape their harsh fate. She was determined to help them have choices, and to even start a new life, if necessary. Emma loved her husband and hated crossing him, but avenging Lena’s death, was just too important to her, to let go.

Little did Emma know, though, that Nick was also, doing some soul searching. Forgiveness would not come easy for him, but forgiving was exactly what Nick needed to do, to heal his heart. Would Nick go against everything he based his life on, and forgive? He didn’t think that was possible, but neither was living without Emma. This was just the type of heartache Nick had always tried to guard against.

This well-written book is captivating, touching, as well as, heart-wrenching. The Bride Who Got Lucky is a story well told. I loved it.

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

 

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Written In Blood by Layton Green–5 Stars–Book Review

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Layton Green’s Newest Crime Thriller is Brilliant!

 

Written In Blood— Release Date 11/7/17.
Don’t Miss It. I Loved it!

 

Synopsis

Detective Joe “Preach” Everson, a prison chaplain turned police officer, is coming home. After a decade tracking down killers in Atlanta, and with a reputation as one of the finest homicide detectives in the city, his career derailed when he suffered a mental breakdown during the investigation of a serial killer who was targeting children.

No sooner does Preach arrive at home in Creekville, North Carolina–a bohemian community near Chapel Hill–than a local bookstore owner is brutally killed, the first murder in a decade. The only officer with homicide experience, Preach is assigned to the case and makes a shocking discovery: the bookstore owner has been murdered in exactly the same manner as the pawnbroker in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

With the help of Ariana Hale, a law student and bibliophile who knew the victim, Preach investigates the local writer’s community. As their questions increase, a second body is found, this time eerily resembling the crime scene in a famous Edgar Allan Poe novella. Preach and Ariana realize that their adversary is an intelligent, literate killer with a mind as devious as it is disturbed–and that one or both of them may be his next target.

 

My Review

 

Written in Blood is a meticulously crafted perfectly paced crime thriller. The author’s ability to create lifelike characters and authentic crime scenes brought this story alive for me. Once I started reading this book, I was hooked, engrossed and addicted. Written In Blood is brilliant!

Murders were adding up in Creekville, North Carolina. The killer was recreating brutal murder scenes, from books, written by Dostoevsky, Poe and Agatha Christie. But why? Creekville was just a small town where nothing ever happened; at least it was.

Joe Everson aka Preach was once a top-notch detective, but a mental breakdown in Atlanta changed all of that. Preach returned home to Creekville and was hoping to slowly ease his way back into his law enforcement career. Detective Joe Everson, however, would not get his wish. Shortly after the detective returned to his hometown, Creekville had its first murder in a decade. And, since Preach was the only detective with homicide experience, ready or not, he would have to head the investigation. This was no ordinary killer they were looking for. The only connection Preach could find, along with his friend, Ari Hale, a bibliophile, was that each murder scene was precisely recreated from a horror book.

Preach was grateful for Ari Hale’s literary expertise and although he knew that the timing was wrong for a relationship, he could feel a mutual attraction between them, growing. Their relationship, however, no matter how secret they tried to keep it, was noticed, namely by the thugs gunning for Preach. And, the closer Preach and his partner Kirby came to nailing the mastermind, behind the killings, the more dangerous, life became for them, as well as for everyone Preach and Kirby loved and cared for.

Written In Blood is a multi-layered, superbly crafted, compelling thriller. It’s a riveting twisty tale of intrigue, greed, revenge, and self-discovery; with a dash of romance, mixed in. Layton Green is a talented writer. If you haven’t discovered this author’s work yet, I would highly recommend, Written In Blood. The book is extraordinary.

Many thanks to Layton Green, Prometheus Books, and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 shining stars~ Review by Peg Glover

 

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Biography

Layton is a bestselling author who writes across multiple genres, including mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, and fantasy. He is the author of the popular Dominic Grey series, as well as other works of fiction. His novels have been optioned for film, nominated for multiple awards (including a finalist for an International Thriller Writers award), and have reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Layton is also the co-editor of International Thrills, the online magazine of ITW (International Thriller Writers).

In addition to writing, Layton attended law school in New Orleans and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door to door phone book deliverer in Florida, and the list goes downhill from there.

Layton lives with his family in North Carolina. You can also visit him on Facebook, Goodreads, or on his website (www.laytongreen.com).
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5-Star Crime/Thriller WrapUp! /July/Aug/Sept 2017—The Surrogate, The Marriage Pact, The Other Girl, Unraveling Oliver

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Quarterly WrapUp–

Best 5-Star Thrillers–July/Aug/Sept 2017

In Case You Missed These Fabulous 5-Star New Releases-Here Are The Links:

 

9/27/17-The Surrogate by Louise Jensen-5 stars (Thriller)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/13/the-surrogate-by-louise-jensen-book-review-5-stars

8/22/17-The Other Girl by Erica Spindler-5 stars (Thriller)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/02/the-other-girl-by-erica-spindler-5-stars-book-review

8/22/17-Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent-5 stars ( Thriller)
https://write-escape.com/2017/08/11/unraveling-oliver-by-liz-nugent-book-review

7/25/17-The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond- 5 stars (Thriller)
https://write-escape.com/2017/07/19/the-marriage-pact-by-michelle-richmond

 

The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake-5 Stars! Book Review

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Don’t Miss Olivia Drake’s Fabulous New Historical Fiction, Filled With Love, Betrayal and Intrigue.

The Scandalous Flirt, Coming 10/31/17

 

The Scandalous Flirt is an enchanting and captivating historical fiction romance.

Miss Aurora Paxton, aka, Rory, was banished from London, and polite society, after being found in a compromising position with Stephano, an Italian Ambassador. Stephano had no intention of marrying Rory; because the Ambassador was already married. Rory, now a ruined woman, was sent to the country to live with her Aunt Bernice. Although, Rory loved her Aunt, and Norfolk’s country fresh air, she missed her former life as a Lady. She longed for London, its balls, theaters, and shops.

Years later, a highly respected woman from London’s polite society, Lady Milford, came to visit Rory, with a request. Apparently, Rory’s stepmother, Kitty, was being blackmailed and needed Rory’s help. Rory didn’t want to assist the woman, who had abandoned her, eight years ago, but Rory traveled to London anyway; wearing a pair of borrowed, jeweled slippers from Lady Milford.

Letters stolen from Kitty’s home were being used to blackmail her. The scoundrel knew, that if Kitty’s private letters were to become public, the scandal would ruin her, and affect her daughter’s upcoming marriage. Kitty was sure that the conniving evil-doer was the Marquess of Dashell, Lucas Vale. To have better access to the nobleman’s home, Kitty asked Rory to take a position as the Marquess’s disabled mother’s companion.

Never in Rory’s wildest dreams did she ever think that she’d one day be partnered with the Marquess to solve a mystery. But, there, Rory was, too close to the handsome nobleman, for her own good. She tried her best, to guard against falling for him, because a Marquess, would never be interested in a ruined, penniless woman. But, little did Rory know, that Lucas Vale, had always had a soft spot for her.

This book has it all, romance, love, betrayal and intrigue. The Scandalous Flirt is well-written, compelling, and delightfully entertaining. I loved it. This is the first book that I have read by Olivia Drake, but it won’t be my last.

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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10/3/17 Today’s New Releases!-The Stolen Marriage, Winter Solstice, The Scot Beds His Wife, Holiday Spice, The Orphan of Florence & With This Christmas Ring—Book Reviews

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Check Out Today’s Six Fabulous New Book Releases!

 

In Case You Missed My Reviews on Today’s Fabulous New Releases, I’ve Included the Links Below:

 

Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain-5 stars (Lit Fic)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/20/the-stolen-marriage-by-diane-chamberlain-5-stars-book-review

Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand-5 stars (Women’s Fic)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/24/winter-solstice-by-elin-hilderbrand-5-stars-book-review

The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne-5 stars (Hist. Fic Rom)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/22/the-scot-beds-his-wife-by-kerrigan-byrne-5-stars-book-review

Holiday Spice by Samantha Chase-5 stars (Holiday Rom)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/23/holiday-spice-by-samantha-chase-5-stars-book-review

The Orphan of Florence by Jeanne Kalogridis-4 stars (Hist Fic)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/16/the-orphan-of-florence-by-jeanne-kalogridis

With This Christmas Ring by Manda Collins-4 stars (Holiday Rom)
https://write-escape.com/2017/09/17/with-this-christmas-ring-by-manda-collins-book-review