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#Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris–Review–4.5 Stars-#NetGalley

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Cilka’s Journey is a beautifully written poignant historical fiction novel, about Cilka Klein’s life in a Soviet Gulag, after leaving Auschwitz.

The role Cilka played in Auschwitz haunted her daily. It didn’t lessen Cilka’s guilt knowing that the way she survived the horrific death camp, was not of her choosing, but forced upon her. All Cilka knew, was that every Jewish person around her, in Auschwitz, including her mother and sister, were dead, except for her.

To keep Cilka’s guilt from eating her alive, she nursed and assisted fellow prisoners at Vorkuta Gulag. This book is all about Cilka’s life as a prisoner after Auschwitz. It’s a captivating story, poignant, and heartfelt. The author makes this story come alive, for the reader, by crafting it with authentic details, realistic dialogue, and fully developed characters. Highly-recommended.

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

~4.5 out of 5 stars~


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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Heather Morris is a native of New Zealand, now resident in Australia. For several years, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, she studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an Academy Award-winning screenwriter in the US. In 2003, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who ‘might just have a story worth telling’. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Their friendship grew and Lale embarked on a journey of self-scrutiny, entrusting the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust to her. Heather originally wrote Lale’s story as a screenplay – which ranked high in international competitions – before reshaping it into her debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz


#Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey–Review–5 Stars!–#NetGalley

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Because You’re Mine is a compelling novel; brilliantly crafted, heart-wrenching, and unputdownable. 

From the very first page I was invested in the main character’s lives; Lee, Grace, Noah, and Mason. The four characters are flawed, well-developed, and true-to-life. Seven-year-old Mason was my favorite.

There is good and bad in everyone. And Rea Frey manipulates the reader’s emotion, as she cleverly weaves this fact into her story. Some people have darker sides than others, and, unfortunately, they are very good, at keeping them hidden. This book holds several brilliant surprises and twists. So I won’t go into detail about the plot. I will say, however, that a few times, when I  thought that I had the story figured out, I was wrong. 

Because You’re Mine is superbly written. Each intricate detail is meticulously crafted to move the story forward, and have the reader experiencing everything within its pages. Outstanding!

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

~5 out of 5 stars~


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Bio (from author’s page on Amazon)

Rea Frey is an award-winning author of four nonfiction books. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter. Her debut novel, NOT HER DAUGHTER, was released 8.21.18 and has been optioned for film. Her new novel, BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE, will be published 8.6.19. Read more at reafrey.com.



**Dangerous Liaisons**by Sarah Stuart*5-stars

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Dangerous Liaisons is a unique and well-written fictional story about dark hidden secrets, love and betrayal and forgiving the unforgivable.

The story begins in Scotland when Lizzie Cameron comes across a jewel-encrusted journal that was written by Queen Margaret, during the 1500’s. Lizzie learns from her mother that she is a descendant of the Queen. The Book of Hours, the Queen’s journal is written in code. Lizzie and eventually Lizzie’s daughter Lisette take turns deciphering the Queen’s secrets. Queen Margaret’s message is clear, though,“I direct and beseech my heirs to find love where they may. Love is a gift of God, not of kings.”

Lizzie at the age of eighteen decides to travel to London not only to satisfy her independent streak but to also discover what exactly she wants to do in life. While in London, Lizzie meets and falls in love with Michael Marsh, an unknown amateur actor. Lizzie encourages and helps Michael to become an internationally known, and famous actor. However, because of his success, Michael is on tour for long stretches of time. His marriage to Lizzie as well as his relationship with their children, Lisette, and James, suffer because of it. The author depicts for the reader the agony and remorse that both Michael and Lizzie feel after it becomes clear to them, that they have not only scarred each other by their selfish acts, but also their children.

It is quite evident that the author did extensive research before writing Dangerous Liaisons. The book is unique and well-written. The reader should be warned, though, that the second half of the book is quite dark and contains scenes of rape and incest. Talented authors can affect their reader’s emotions in powerful ways.  Dangerous Liaisons is such a book. This book will unquestionably trigger some readers to anger, others to tears and some to both, but all readers will be strongly affected while reading Dangerous Liaisons.

~5 out of 5 stars~