Book Feature: Molly by Colin Butcher @celadonbooks #partner #sponsored #celadonreads

Book Feature: Molly by Colin Butcher @celadonbooks #partner #sponsored #celadonreads

*Thank you Celadon Books for this free copy #partner

Title: Molly The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats

About the author: (credit to Amazon)

Colin Butcher is the Company Director and Chief Investigator of the UKPD. Previously a Detective Inspector in Surrey Police, and a veteran of the Royal Navy, Colin was awarded a prestigious Chief Constables Commendation for his contributions to the advancement of the Criminal Investigation Department. He has been recovering stolen and missing pets for over twenty years and has a wealth of experience in the investigation of pet crime. His first successful assignment was back in 1994 when, serving as a Detective Sergeant with Surrey Police, he recovered two German Shepherd puppies stolen from a breeder’s kennels. Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats is his first book.

Publisher: Celadon

Publish Date: October 8, 2019

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Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats tells the heartwarming story of the man-and-dog team behind the United Kingdom Pet Detective Agency―how Colin, in need of a new lease on life, rescues Molly the dog, and how Molly in turn rescues many more beloved lost pets.
As a veteran of the Royal Navy and longtime police officer, Colin Butcher was no stranger to dangerous situations. But a career in uniform can wear anyone down, so, in 2003, Colin left the force to start his own private detective agency, specializing in helping reunite people with their missing pets. And yet, despite his hundreds of successes, there were still heartbreaking cases where Colin couldn’t find the missing on his own. He knew he needed a partner.

When Colin first met Molly, his friends doubted that she would be up for the job. Where Colin was battle-tested, Molly was young and inexperienced. She was willful, wayward, and stubborn. But Colin could tell that Molly was unusually charismatic and intelligent. He decided to take a risk and bring on Molly for training. 

Yes, Molly is no ordinary deputy, but a black Cocker Spaniel, and this is no ordinary detective agency. Trained by the top canine behavioral experts at Medical Detection Dogs, Molly can find missing cats―who are uniquely skilled at eluding humans―by detecting a unique scent signature, and she has been wildly successful. 

The work is not always easy. Molly has faced hardships ranging from a near-fatal snakebite to the challenge of winning over Colin’s girlfriend, Sarah. But through it all, Colin and Molly share an enduring love and affection. More than a working relationship, Molly is part of the family. Together, they are the Sherlock and Watson of missing pets.

Review: The Woman in the Park by Teresa Sorkin and Tullan Holmqvist #partner #TheWomaninthePark #SuzyApprovedBookTours

Review: The Woman in the Park by Teresa Sorkin and Tullan Holmqvist #partner #TheWomaninthePark #SuzyApprovedBookTours

Title: The Woman in the Park

About the authors:

Teresa Sorkin 
For as long as Teresa can remember she has loved the world of storytelling.  Her passion for writing began at an early age. She loves Teresa Sorkin’s passion is stories – creating, writing, telling, sharing and producing them.Teresa went on to study Marketing and Writing at New York University and with her degree she landed a job at RAI Italian Television as a television host and producer.  She worked as a News Producer and worked on documentaries that highlighted her love of telling a story through images and prose. She later went on to develop television and film for MTV, A&E and sold her screenplays to various studios including Miramax. 

Teresa has produced shows for various American networks, including MTV and Bravo. She helped develop “The Hills” and “Girl, Get Your Mind Right!,” which aired in 15 different countries. She has worked on many projects under first look deals with The Weinstein Company and DIGA, run by Tony Disanto and Liz Gately. She was a journalist and news producer for many years working on many significant international news stories.

In early 2000’s, Teresa took courses in screenwriting and production and proceeded to help pro- duce Jay-Z’s documentary, “Fade to Black”. Shortly after, she was offered a first look deal with The Weinstein Company, where she created ideas for film, scripted and reality TV until its recent filing. She has helped cast and produce for companies like Bungalow Media and Tru Entertainment. She also created her own show “The X Effect” and sold her first screenplay to Ben Affleck’s production company.

Teresa received her degree in Marketing and Media from New York University (NYU). While studying at Bocconi University in Milan, she modeled During one of her shows, a producer from RAI TV tapped her to be their fashion and entertainment correspondent. She then hosted her own entertainment show at RAI for several years, where she interviewed Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise and many other celebrities.

When Teresa isn’t working on the best next story, she spends time with her husband Ian and two children Jaden and Isabella and their dog Coco.

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thewomaninthepark/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/teresasorkin

Twitter: @TeresaSorkin

Tullan Holmqvist
Tullan Holmqvist is an investigator, writer and actor and is the coauthor of the psychological thriller novel and screenplay The Woman in the Park with producer Teresa Sorkin. Tullan’s work as a private investigator has included global fraud investigations, financial due diligence and art cases. She has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Florence; literature and language degrees from universities in France and Italy; and screenwriting and acting studies at New York University, Boston University, Michael Howard and HB Studios. Originally from Sweden, Tullan lives in New York with her composer-attorney husband Giovanni and two sons. www.tullanh.com

https://www.tullanh.com/

Social Media:

Instagram: https://instagram.com/tullanh

Twitter: @tullanh


Publish Date: August 26, 2019

Genre: Psychological Thriller

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About the Book:

When Manhattanite Sarah Rock meets a mysterious and handsome stranger in the park, she is drawn to him. Sarah wants to get away from her daily routine, her cheating husband and his crazy mistress, her frequent sessions with her heartless therapist, and her moody children.

But nothing is as it seems. Her life begins to unravel when a woman from the park goes missing and Sarah becomes the prime suspect in the woman’s disappearance. Her lover is nowhere to be found, her husband is suspicious of her, and her therapist is talking to the police.

With no one to trust, Sarah must face her inner demons and uncover the truth to prove her innocence.

A thriller that questions what is real-with its shocking twists, secrets, and lies—The Woman in the Park will leave readers breathless.

What I Loved/Thought:

I loved that this little book packed a big punch!

My favorite thing about psychological thrillers is the way that they play mind tricks on you. Things may seem one way, yet as the story unfolds, you’re left trying to solve what is exactly going on. I loved trying to figure out what happened to the woman in the park, and I just needed to know!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars!

*Thank you to @suzyapprovedbooktours for this free book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own

Review: The Perfect Son by Lauren North #ThePerfectSon #sponsored 8/13/19

Review: The Perfect Son by Lauren North #ThePerfectSon #sponsored 8/13/19

Title: The Perfect Son

About the author: (credit to Goodreads)

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Publish Date: August 13, 2019

Publisher: Berkley, Penguin Randomhouse

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About the Book:

A disturbing and shocking debut novel of psychological suspense about a recently widowed mother, her young son, and the lengths she’ll go to in order to keep him safe. 

When Tess Clarke wakes up in the hospital the day after her son Jamie’s eighth birthday, she’s sure of these things: She’s been stabbed, her son is missing, her brother-in-law and her grief counselor are involved. But no one is listening to her.  

After her husband, Mark, died suddenly in a terrible accident a few months earlier, the only thing keeping Tess together is Jamie. As they struggle to make sense of their new life without Mark, they find joy in brief moments of normalcy like walking to school and watching television together. Life is hard without Mark, but Tess has Jamie, and that’s what matters. 

But there in the hospital, confused and surrounded by people who won’t listen, Tess’s world falls apart. To save her son, she must piece together what happened between Mark’s death and Jamie’s birthday, but the truth might just be too much for her to bear.

What I Loved/Thought:

𝙸 𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚜𝚖𝚒𝚕𝚎 𝚊𝚝 𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚜𝚘𝚗 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚊𝚞𝚝𝚒𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚋𝚕𝚞𝚎 𝚎𝚢𝚎𝚜.”

—𝙻𝚊𝚞𝚛𝚎𝚗 𝙽𝚘𝚛𝚝𝚑, 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙿𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚂𝚘𝚗

This debut novel by Lauren North captivated me right away and I needed to find out what happened to Jamie, as the events begin to unravel leading up to his birthday.

Grief stricken Tess, has just become a widow and she is just trying to function and be there for her son, after losing her husband, but it seems like she can’t quite get a handle on things. I felt so deeply for her and was frustrated on many levels, wishing that someone would just listen to her and help her solve this mystery!

I loved the twists and overall really enjoyed this mystery!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars!

*Thank you to Berkley Pub for this gifted copy. Opinions are my own

Praise:

Review: The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall #sponsored #partner #TheDearlyBeloved on sale 8/13/19

Review: The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall #sponsored #partner #TheDearlyBeloved on sale 8/13/19

Title: The Dearly Beloved

About the author: (credit to Amazon)

Genre: Fiction

Publish Date: August 13, 2019

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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About the Book:

Charles and Lily, James and Nan. They meet in Greenwich Village in 1963 when Charles and James are jointly hired to steward the historic Third Presbyterian Church through turbulent times. Their personal differences however, threaten to tear them apart. 

Charles is destined to succeed his father as an esteemed professor of history at Harvard, until an unorthodox lecture about faith leads him to ministry. How then, can he fall in love with Lily—fiercely intellectual, elegantly stern—after she tells him with certainty that she will never believe in God? And yet, how can he not? 

James, the youngest son in a hardscrabble Chicago family, spent much of his youth angry at his alcoholic father and avoiding his anxious mother. Nan grew up in Mississippi, the devout and beloved daughter of a minister and a debutante. James’s escape from his desperate circumstances leads him to Nan and, despite his skepticism of hope in all its forms, her gentle, constant faith changes the course of his life. 

In The Dearly Beloved, we follow these two couples through decades of love and friendship, jealousy and understanding, forgiveness and commitment. Against the backdrop of turbulent changes facing the city and the church’s congregation, these four forge improbable paths through their evolving relationships, each struggling with uncertainty, heartbreak, and joy. A poignant meditation on faith and reason, marriage and children, and the ways we find meaning in our lives, Cara Wall’s The Dearly Beloved is a gorgeous, wise, and provocative novel that is destined to become a classic.

What I Loved/Thought:

“𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚕𝚢 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚍,” 𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚎𝚐𝚊𝚗. 𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚍𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚜𝚝𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚎𝚍 𝚠𝚎𝚍𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜, 𝚗𝚘𝚝 𝚋𝚊𝚙𝚝𝚒𝚜𝚖𝚜, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚌𝚑𝚞𝚛𝚌𝚑 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚋𝚎𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚍, 𝚜𝚘 𝚍𝚎𝚊𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚊𝚜 𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚙𝚘𝚔𝚎 𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚛𝚘𝚊𝚝 𝚐𝚛𝚎𝚠 𝚝𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝.”

—𝙲𝚊𝚛𝚊 𝚆𝚊𝚕𝚕, 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙳𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚕𝚢 𝙱𝚎𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚍

I’m still somewhat processing my feelings with this book, but it definitely pulled at my emotions and gently pushed the issues of religion, which I’ve rarely seen done so eloquently before.

The Dearly Beloved is a debut novel, with the woven story of friendship, grief, love, faith, doubt, and perseverance. I knew little about this book other than it involved two couples that would meet through their husbands line of work as pastors. I quickly fell in love with the stories of James, Charles, Lily and Nan, as I learned of their pasts, wondering how they would meet.

I did have a few moments where I didn’t love some of the characters, and felt disconnected, but they drew me back in, and I ended this book with a full heart.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 stars!

*Thank you to the publisher for this free copy. All opinions are my own

Praise:

“A moving portrait of love and friendship set against a backdrop of social change.” The New York Times 

“Here is the power of the novel in its simplest, richest for: bearing intimate witness to human beings grappling with their faith and falling in love. That Wall executes it so beautifully? Well, this is exactly why we read literary fiction…The best book about faith in recent memory.” —Entertainment Weekly (A-) 

“When I began reading The Dearly Beloved I braced for piety, worried it might be a book only a believer could appreciate. Instead, I found myself carried along by Cara Wall’s luminous prose, and then by these characters and their stories. I saw myself in their doubts, in their hopes. There is no moralizing here, only empathy. When I arrived at the end I felt absolutely lifted by the spirit of the story.” —Mary Beth Keane, New York Times bestselling author of Ask Again, Yes 

Review: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center #partner #sponsored (on sale 8/13/19) #TYSIAF #ThingsYouSaveinaFire

Review: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center #partner #sponsored (on sale 8/13/19) #TYSIAF #ThingsYouSaveinaFire

Title: Things You Save in a Fire

About the author: (credit to Goodreads)

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Publish Date: August 13, 2019

Publisher: St Martin’s Press, Macmillan

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About the Book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel about courage, hope, and learning to love against all odds.

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.

Katherine Center’s Things You Save in a Fire is a heartfelt and healing tour-de-force about the strength of vulnerability, the nourishing magic of forgiveness, and the life-changing power of defining courage, at last, for yourself.

What I Loved/Thought:

“ 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚊𝚗’𝚝 𝚕𝚎𝚝 𝚊𝚗𝚢𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚋𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚢𝚘𝚞,” 𝚜𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚘𝚗. “𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚊𝚗’𝚝 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚘𝚏𝚏𝚎𝚗𝚍𝚎𝚍. 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚌𝚊𝚗’𝚝 𝚋𝚎 𝚐𝚒𝚛𝚕𝚢. 𝚃𝚑𝚎𝚢 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚝𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚎𝚜𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚋𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚎𝚊𝚛𝚗 𝚊 𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚎 𝚊𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖—𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚖𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝 𝚜𝚝𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚗𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛 𝚐𝚎𝚝 𝚘𝚗𝚎.”

“𝙹𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚋𝚎 𝚊 𝚖𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚎,” 𝚜𝚑𝚎 𝚜𝚊𝚒𝚍. “𝙰 𝚖𝚊𝚌𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚜 𝚏𝚒𝚛𝚎.” —𝙺𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚒𝚗𝚎 𝙲𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛, 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚂𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝙵𝚒𝚛𝚎

So this was my very first book by author Katherine Center, but I instantly fell in love with the characters and storyline. I can see why so many people fall in love with her books because they truly grab hold of your heartstrings.

I savored this book and then binge read it in one sitting. I just felt such a connection with Cassie, and had similar feelings towards my own estranged father. (In her case, her Mother). I love when I find myself lost in the pages of a book like this, and this one gets all the stars from me. I just loved how we see the relationship between Cassie and her Mother, but also the issues with love, and being a woman in a predominately male field of work. Such a great story!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars!

If you need me, I’ll be devouring How To Wall Away next, and everything else that Center publishes ha!

*Thank you to St Martin’s Press and @netgalley for this free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own

Praise:

Review: The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney #ThePerfectWife #PubDay 8/6/19 #BallantineBooks #sponsored @penguinrandomhouse

Review: The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney #ThePerfectWife #PubDay 8/6/19 #BallantineBooks #sponsored @penguinrandomhouse

Title: The Perfect Wife

About the author: (credit to Amazon)

Genre: Mystery/Suspense, sci-fi

Publish Date: August 6, 2019

Publisher: Ballantine Books, Penguin Randomhouse

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About the Book:

The perfect life. The perfect love. The perfect lie. From the bestselling author of The Girl Beforecomes a gripping new psychological thriller. . . . 

“Dynamic, razor-sharp, and thought-provoking . . . a cutting-edge suspense novel unlike any you’ve read before.”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of The Good Girl 

Abbie awakens in a daze with no memory of who she is or how she landed in this unsettling condition. The man by her side claims to be her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative start-ups. He tells Abbie that she is a gifted artist, an avid surfer, a loving mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. He says she had a terrible accident five years ago and that, through a huge technological breakthrough, she has been brought back from the abyss. 

She is a miracle of science.  

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins to question her husband’s motives—and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together forever? And what really happened to her, half a decade ago? 

Beware the man who calls you . . . 

What I Loved/Thought:

“𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚕𝚠𝚊𝚢𝚜 𝚞𝚗𝚒𝚚𝚞𝚎, 𝙰𝚋𝚋𝚒𝚎. 𝙸𝚛𝚛𝚎𝚙𝚕𝚊𝚌𝚎𝚊𝚋𝚕𝚎. 𝙰 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚠𝚒𝚏𝚎. 𝙰 𝚙𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚖𝚘𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛. 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚢 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎.” —𝙹 𝙿 𝙳𝚎𝚕𝚊𝚗𝚎𝚢, 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙿𝚎𝚛𝚏𝚎𝚌𝚝 𝚆𝚒𝚏𝚎

J P Delaney is a master of writing novels that really mix things up. I enjoyed his previous book, The Girl Before, and was excited to read his newest release.

I loved the robot/AI aspects that played out with this suspense, and I was due for a good sci-fi read! This was nothing like I thought it would be, and yet I loved the storyline of a functioning robot that acted as a real person. I also loved that the author used real life experience with his own son with autism that was shown with Abbie and Tim’s son Danny.

Based on being a different book than I have read, I give ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars!

Thank you to #BallantineBooks and @penguinrandomhouse for this free book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own

Praise:

“Seriously, amazingly, awesomely brilliant . . . speculative fiction mixed up with a mind-bendingly twisty psycho thriller! I devoured it.” —C. J. Tudor, author of The Chalk Man 
  
“A tour de force . . . The Perfect Wife is a chilling and uniquely disturbing twenty-first-century twist on the unreliable narrator that makes for a compulsive and deeply thought-provoking book. It asks troubling questions about selfhood and ‘souls’ and what makes us human, and plays them out in a compelling psychological thriller.” —Cara Hunter, author of  Close to Home


  

August Hopefuls #TBRstack #AugustTBR #tbr #partner

August Hopefuls #TBRstack #AugustTBR #tbr #partner

It’s August! I can’t believe a new month is already here, and I’m hoping to continue mood reads this month, but I’m sharing my August Hopefuls with you today.

A good mix of genres and ARCs, backlist and library books. This stack also doesn’t include the many buddy read books I’m planning to get to this month too!

Thank you to the publishers for the gifted books! #partner

What are you hoping to read this month?

Review: Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

Review: Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

Title: Lost Roses

About the author: (credit to Goodreads)

Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Publish Date: April 9, 2019

Publisher: Ballantine Books, Penguin Randomhouse

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Pages: 448

About the Book:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The million-copy bestseller Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Now Lost Roses, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I. 

“Not only a brilliant historical tale, but a love song to all the ways our friendships carry us through the worst of times.”Lisa Wingate, #1New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours 

It is 1914, and the world has been on the brink of war so often, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes. Now Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime, home with Sofya to see the splendors of Russia: the church with the interior covered in jeweled mosaics, the Rembrandts at the tsar’s Winter Palace, the famous ballet. 

But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia’s imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortune-teller’s daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household. 

On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya’s letters suddenly stop coming, she fears the worst for her best friend.  

From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg and aristocratic countryside estates to the avenues of Paris where a society of fallen Russian émigrés live to the mansions of Long Island, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways. In her newest powerful tale told through female-driven perspectives, Martha Hall Kelly celebrates the unbreakable bonds of women’s friendship, especially during the darkest days of history. 

What I Loved/Thought:

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 stars!

“𝙼𝚎𝚗 𝚖𝚊𝚢 𝚕𝚎𝚊𝚟𝚎, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔𝚜 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚊𝚕𝚠𝚊𝚢𝚜 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚊𝚒𝚗 𝚝𝚛𝚞𝚎.”

—𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚝𝚑𝚊 𝙷𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝙺𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚢, 𝙻𝚘𝚜𝚝 𝚁𝚘𝚜𝚎𝚜

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 stars!

I read a lot of historical fiction, and I was so excited to read The Lost Roses, a story of WWI, based on true events. I just don’t know if this book was so high up on my most anticipated reads, or if I waited too long to read it or what, but I just couldn’t dive into the story as I’d hoped.

Martha Hall Kelly is a wonderful writer, and I loved The Lilac Girls, so I had high hopes for this novel. I started out feeling connections with some of the characters, but quickly lost that engagement somehow. I struggled to really get a sense of the story and where it was going.

With that being said, from now on I’ve decided not to hoard books any longer, and to go ahead and read them before the hype gets to me. I really wonder if that was the case with this one.

*many thanks to Netgalley and publisher for the free ebook in exchange for an honest review

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