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The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go by Amy E. Reichert–4 Stars

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The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go is a captivating, heart-wrenching and touching story.

Lorraine realized that the easiest way to do something was not necessarily the best way. When the love of her life, Joe, died, instead of bringing up her two children alone, Lorraine sought the help of her estranged parents. Her father insisted that she marry well. Within weeks she was married to a man who would provide for her, and her children, financially. This would not be a marriage based on love though. Floyd needed a ready-made family and Lorraine, needed financial security. The catch was, unfortunately, that her children were never to know that Joe, was their real father. It would be as if he never existed. This secret would cost Lorraine, dearly.

Gina always tried to look on the bright side of life. Some days; however, it seemed to be too much of a task. Gina, loved her mother, Lorraine, she just didn’t like her, sometimes. Lorraine was always finding fault with Gina, and the way she raised, May, her daughter. Gina lost her husband two years ago and although she knew May’s coldness towards her, was just grief over losing her father; it still stung.

When Lorraine’s health failed her, Gina discovered the secret; Lorraine had buried for forty years.  Although this truth was shocking, it was the catalyst for Gina’s healing. Gina, like her mother, had married a man she loved but lost him. Vicky, Gina’s sister, had married for convenience only, so it was no surprise when she found herself, caught in a loveless marriage. Neither Gina nor Vicky could move on with their lives until they learned to truly let go; Gina, the man she lost, and Vicky, the marriage that brought her pain.

This book is about grief, letting go, and learning to live again. The Optimist’s Guide To Letting Go is a captivating story that touches the heart.

Thank you, Galley Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s page on Amazon)

Amy Reichert earned her MA in Literature from Marquette University, and honed her writing and editing skills as a technical writer (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds). As a newly minted member of the local library board, she loves helping readers find new books to love. She’s a life-long Wisconsin resident with (allegedly) a very noticeable accent, a patient husband, and two too-smart-for-their-own-good kids. When time allows, she loves to read, collect more cookbooks than she could possibly use, and test the limits of her DVR.

 

Flying At Night by Rebecca L. Brown–Review-5 Shining Stars!

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Don’t Miss Rebecca Brown’s Outstanding Debut Novel—Flying At Night. I absolutely loved it!

 

Wow, I can’t believe Flying At Night is a debut novel! This book is written with rich details, colorful characters, authentic dialogue, and a compelling plot. 

Flying At Night is told from three points of view, Fred, a nine-year-old boy with Autism, his mother, Piper, and Lance, Fred’s grandfather. My favorite was experiencing the world through Fred’s eyes.  This book is not only about Autism. It’s also about growing up in a toxic environment. Piper’s father, Lance, was a narcissist. He was cruel and abusive. He was also a famous pilot. The pain Lance caused his family is described throughout the book. Everyone had their limit, and after forty years, Lance’s wife had had enough.

Piper suffered from severe depression for years. Her father’s constant verbal and emotional abuse kept her down. Her brother left home as soon as he was able. Piper never found a way to fully free herself from her father. But, in the end, life had a way of righting itself. 

My heart broke for Piper when she thought that she might have caused her son’s autism. Piper had taken antidepressants during her pregnancy, out of necessity, not out of negligence. But the guilt she felt because of it, ate at her very soul. It took Piper a while to accept Fred’s diagnosis. She often made excuses for his quirky behavior. Piper didn’t want to see what was so obvious to others. 

I loved the professor who took Fred under his wing. He was kind, thoughtful and “got” Fred. This book put me on an emotional rollercoaster. I loved Piper and Fred from the very first page; Piper’s parents, though, not so much. 

I read Flying At Night in one sitting. I hated to put the book down for even a moment. The book is touching, beautifully written and a story that I won’t forget for a long time. 

Thank you, Berkley Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

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

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*Gone Girl* Five-Star* Riveting Thriller* by Gillian Flynn

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Gone Girl is a meticulously crafted dark thriller, filled with lies and deceit. It exposes the torturous pain caused by toxic relationships and the chilling manipulations of the sociopathic mind.

I found myself quickly sucked into the story and then kept on edge as the author brought me through creepy mazes of unexpected twists and turns. This intriguing book is so cleverly written that as soon as I finished it I started to re-read it. I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss any of the hidden gems during my first go around.

I am utterly amazed that I could like a book like this as much as I did, considering that I didn’t care for any of the characters. This is one of those books where telling too much will really spoil it for the reader, so I won’t. However, I will say that this is a story of deceit, and just when you think that you know what’s happening, you’ll find out that you really don’t.  Nothing is what it seems. What makes this story especially chilling is that this nightmare could actually be some unlucky person’s reality.

Nick and Amy found that their perfect relationship wasn’t so perfect, after all. And what they thought they had known about each another ended up being all lies. So they became fast learners of one another. Their survival depended on it.

The book’s ending evokes strong emotions and opinions, but the ending isn’t as vague as many readers would have you believe. Read the clues, the answers are all there.

I highly recommend giving this book a read. It is very well written. Plan to be entertained, challenged and manipulated – and to enjoy every moment of it!

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover