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#The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand–Review-5 Stars #NetGalley

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Don’t Miss This Brilliant Whodunit Novel by Elin Hilderbrand- Coming 6/19/18–I loved Every Page!

 

The Perfect Couple is a superbly crafted, captivating, mystery. 

The most expensive event of the summer on Nantucket was to be the marriage celebration between Benjamin Winbury and Celeste Otis. It was being held at the Winbury’s Nantucket beachfront home. Greer spared no cost in planning Benji and Celeste’s happy day. The only wrinkle, Greer could see, affecting her son’s wedding, was the report of a missing person, and the dead body that was floating in front of their home, the morning of the wedding.

Everyone at the Winbury home was being questioned; nerves were on edge, hearts were shattered, fear was everywhere as the intricate web of sordid, dark secrets were unearthed, one by one. 

The Perfect Couple is an incredible whodunit mystery, crafted with an intriguing plot, flowing dialog and colorful characters. There wasn’t a dull page in the entire book. The characters are beautifully developed, realistic and flawed. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will say that I never figured out who the true villain was. Brilliantly crafted. I loved it!

Thank you, Little, Brown & Co. Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Elin Hilderbrand first discovered the magic of Nantucket in July 1993. Her recipe for a happy island life includes running, writing at the beach, picnics at Eel Point with her three children, and singing “Home, Sweet Home” at the Club Car piano bar. Here’s to Us is her seventeenth novel.

 

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews–Review–4.5 Stars

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I really enjoyed The High Tide Club. It’s a well-written story about friendship and forgiveness. The book alternates between the 1940s and the present day. It takes place mostly on Talisa Island. The same Island where the eccentric Josephine Bettendorf Warrick, the sole owner of the land, lived. 

Josephine is ninety-nine-years-old and dying from Cancer. She knows that her time for making amends to the High Tide Club members is running out. Although she only has one friend who is still alive, from the exclusive club, she plans on making restitution to her deceased friends, by giving to their next of kin. So Josephine hires Brooke Trappnell, a lawyer, to not only re-write her will but to also find her friend’s closest relatives. Josephine needs to confess. Her dark secrets are too much for her to bear. But, more than anything, Josephine wants forgiveness. She sincerely, hopes that it’s not too late. 

The High Tide Club has a bit of everything, betrayal, heartache, romance, mystery, friendship and secrets; Lots and lots of secrets. The story has several twists and surprises, a couple of them; I never saw coming. 

This book is a well-written and enjoyable story. Mary Kay Andrews knows how to spin a tale. Thank you, St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Beach Town, Save the Date, Christmas Bliss, Ladies’ Night, Spring Fever, and Summer Rental, all from St. Martin’s Press, as well as Savannah Breeze, Blue Christmas Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues, all HarperPerennial. On May 17, 2016, St. Martin’s Press will release her 24th novel, THE WEEKENDERS

A former reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, originally under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. The Callahan mysteries have recently been re-released by HarperPerennial, as Mary Kay Andrews writing as Kathy Hogan Trocheck. 

A native of St. Petersburg, FL (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), she started her professional journalism career in Savannah, GA, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. 

As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio. 

She has a B.A. in newspaper journalism from The University of Georgia (go Dawgs!), and is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops and book festivals.

Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. When not on book tour, she divides her time between Atlanta and her two beach cottages on Tybee Island GA.

 

Today’s New Release!–Anna by Amanda Prowse-#Review–5-Stars

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Anna by Amanda Prowse is Out Today!

In Case You Missed My Review on This Fab. Book, Here’s The Link:

https://write-escape.com/2018/03/03/anna-by-amanda-prowse-review-5-shining-stars

 

 

Before I Knew by Jamie Beck- Review

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Don’t Miss Jamie Beck’s Newest Release, Coming 8/22/17!

Before I Knew is an Emotionally Raw, Compelling, and Touching Novel. 

 

Before I Knew, is an amazing story about, starting over, second chances and honesty. I was immediately caught up in the story’s plot and drawn into Alec and Colby’s lives. This is the third novel that I have read by Jamie Beck, and I loved it. It’s compelling, well-written and emotionally raw. I didn’t want to put it down.

Alec Morgan has loved Colby Cabot-Baxter since childhood. His brother, Joe, the athletic one, however, was the brother who won Colby’s friendship. The Morgan’s and the Cabot family have been friends for years, but that all changed, when Joe died. Joe had acted on a foolish dare, which ended his life; Mark Baxter’s dare. Alec’s family blamed Colby’s husband, Mark Baxter, but Alec knew it wasn’t entirely Mark’s fault. Not by a long shot. Three months after Joe’s death, Mark committed suicide. Both Colby and Alec were riddled with guilt. They both were hiding secrets and lies of omission. Colby had never told her family and friends about Mark’s secret. If she had, would Mark still be alive? Possibly.

Secrets of omission can be just as damaging as outright lies. Alec wanted to come clean with Colby, but he just couldn’t spit the words out. He has loved Colby for forever, and now that he had her in his arms he didn’t want to crush his chance of making her, his. Alec just knew that their relationship would end if Colby discovered what he was hiding. But, secrets and lies of omission have a way of unearthing themselves, and the fall-out is never pretty. Can Colby and Alec’s relationship survive, when the inevitable happens?

Before I knew, is a brilliant beginning to The Cabots Series. I’m looking forward to reading more by this talented author.

Thank you, Montlake Romance and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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*The Forgotten Woman* by Angela Marsons

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The Forgotten Woman is a riveting story, about two women, broken, from the backlash of abuse and alcoholism. They formed a close bond and assisted one another in rebuilding their lives. Although Kit Mason and Frances Thornton came from completely different backgrounds, they became the best of friends.

Kim Mason is an ex-prostitute with a violent and abusive past. Frances Thornton is a successful lawyer who was abandoned and abused. Kim Mason landed in a safe-house after being beaten and stabbed by her pimp. Frances Thornton is recovering from an embarrassing, career altering mishap. She collapsed into a drunkard stupor while representing her client, in the middle of the courtroom.

The author does a wonderful job developing these two characters and bringing them to life for the reader. Their dialogue is realistic and witty and their circumstances compelling but tragic. Although, Kim and Frances had come from different worlds; their battles, especially regarding trust, love, and addiction, were the same. The book would have had more of a realistic feel to it, though, if there had been more detail written about the women’s struggle with addiction and the role that Alcoholics Anonymous had played in their recovery.

I enjoyed the book immensely, though, and rooted for the characters, right from the start. The story flowed smoothly from one character’s life to the other. It’s not a fluffy tale; it’s raw, but it’s well-written. I loved the book and recommend giving it a read.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

~4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Drowned Phoenician Sailor* by Lesley Hayes*5-Shining Stars

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The Drowned Phoenician Sailor is a beautifully written, character-driven novel, which quickly draws the reader into the heart and mind of the main character, Fynn. Fynn is a strong-willed, feisty, independent woman with a good sense of humor and a caring spirit. But, because she is being bothered by two ghosts on a regular basis, she fears for her sanity. One of the ghosts is her twin sister, and the other is Paul, her psychotherapist; the same psychotherapist who she was seeing because of her ghost visitations in the first place. Unfortunately for Fynn, when Paul dies, he ends up popping in and out of Fynn’s life, just like her dead sister.

Although Fynn was afraid that she might be insane, she was still the most responsible person in her family and the only one who cared for her eccentric, childlike mother whose grip on reality was quite slippery. It was on one of her visits to her mother’s house that Fynn met Jack, a mysterious man whom her mother found washed up on the beach and brought home, much like she would a stray puppy. Jack would become a special person to Fynn, though, someone who would touch her soul.

The author does an exceptional job writing about the issues that are often found in dysfunctional families; such as; abuse, abandonment, deceit, depression, and mistrust. Ms. Hayes explores many of the puzzle pieces that make up positive and negative relationships and crafts them into a beautiful story. There is a lot of humor, wisdom, and inspiration that is sprinkled throughout this book.

The characters are unique, developed and utterly fascinating; even the cat has a quirky hysterical personality. The Drowned Phoenician Sailor is written with elegance, so much so, that I often stopped to reread a sentence, just to admire the beauty of the author’s word choices. Every sentence is carefully crafted, to tug at the reader’s heart, make them laugh or move the story forward.

This is a quality book with oodles of insights and wisdom. I highly recommend giving it a read.

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

*Everything We Keep*by Kerry Lonsdale

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Everything We Keep is an intriguing and entertaining romantic suspense novel.

Aimee thought that she had the perfect life. And she did; until the news of her fiancee’s death had reached her ears. Aimee was devastated, of course, but, to add to her distress, her fiancee’s mother insisted on having James’s funeral on the same day that they were supposed to have been married.

Aimee did her best to move on; she opened her dream restaurant, met new people; she even developed a close friendship with another man. But her heart was still stuck in the past. Aimee couldn’t help bouncing a crazy psychic’s words around in her head. “James is alive. He’s living in Mexico.”

Aimee’s friends tried to convince her that the psychic was a phony and only after her money. Aimee was not so sure about that. She never did see James’s body and things weren’t quite adding up. Against everyone’s advice, Aimee boarded a plane. What she found in Mexico, though, shocked her to the core, not to mention all of the lies and secrets that she unearthed while she was there. Aimee didn’t know who to trust anymore.

Kerry Lonsdale proves herself to be a talented storyteller. Everything We Keep is a captivating novel, crafted with a unique storyline, and a mixture of mystery and romance. The book could benefit, though, with a quick edit to remove unnecessary repetitions. All in all, I found Everything We Keep, an enjoyable read.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover