Review: The Vineyards of Champagne #bookreview #TheVineyardsofChampagne #historicalfiction @BerkleyPub #promo

Review: The Vineyards of Champagne #bookreview #TheVineyardsofChampagne #historicalfiction @BerkleyPub #promo

*Thank you Berkley Publishing for this gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own

Title: The Vineyards of Champagne

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Publish Date: January 21, 2020

Publisher: Berkley

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What I Loved/Thought: ★★★★☆

I’m always so fascinated at discovering the historical facts I’d never known while reading Historical Fiction. It’s one of my favorite things about this genre, not to mention the love stories woven throughout.

While reading The Vineyards of Champagne I once again learned something new with the hidden caves beneath the vineyards throughout France, that served as a place to hide women and children during the Great War.

I binge read this book and really loved the second chance at love for main character Rosalyn after losing her husband. I also really loved the epistolary style writing as she discovered letters from the past.

The champagne vineyards played a main part as well, and I loved that it was the center of this historical fiction love story but also themes of grief and finding yourself again.

About the Book:

Beneath the cover of France’s most exquisite vineyards, a city of women defy an army during World War I, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Carousel of Provence…. 

Deep within the labyrinth of caves that lies below the lush, rolling vineyards of the Champagne region, an underground city of women and children hums with life. Forced to take shelter from the unrelenting onslaught of German shellfire above, the bravest and most defiant women venture out to pluck sweet grapes for the harvest. But wine is not the only secret preserved in the cool, dark cellars… 

In present day, Rosalyn Acosta travels to Champagne to select vintages for her Napa-based employer. Rosalyn doesn’t much care for champagne–or France, for that matter. Since the untimely death of her young husband, Rosalyn finds it a challenge to enjoy anything at all. But as she reads through a precious cache of WWI letters and retraces the lives lived in the limestone tunnels, Rosalyn will unravel a mystery hidden for decades…and find a way to savor her own life again.

Praise:

“A beautifully captivating story of wartime tenacity and tenderness that celebrates the sweetest bonds of human relationships and the courage to love again after loss. So exquisitely rich in detail, you’ll feel bubbles on your tongue.”—Susan Meissner, bestselling author ofThe Last Year of the War

“Blackwell moves effortlessly between present-day France and the battlefields of WWI… The allure of the decades-old mystery of missing letters juxtaposed against the history of the caves of Champagne makes for a satisfying page-turner.”— Publishers Weekly

“Blackwell’s exquisite talent at interweaving the past with the present is on full display in her latest…telling the universal story of grief, loss, and human resilience.”— Booklist

Review: No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez #bookreview #NoBadDeed

Review: No Bad Deed by Heather Chavez #bookreview #NoBadDeed

*thank you William Morrow for this gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own

Title: No Bad Deed

About the author: (credit to Amazon)

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publish Date: February 18, 2020

Publisher: William Morrow

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What I Loved/Thought: ★★★★★

What a ride.. I may have whiplash! I am loooooving the 2020 thrillers this year and it’s only February. This was most definitely a binge-worthy read, and I think my head is still spinning from it all.

By far the most twisty stories that I have read lately, and I’ve read some unpredictable books recently. If you’re looking for a fast paced psychological thriller, then you definitely need to add No Bad Deed to the top of your list! I loved how engaging this book was, from start to finish, and the plot was so well done.

About the book:

“A twisty, jet-fueled thriller… Don’t miss it!” – Lisa Gardner

Packed with the electrifying pacing and pulse-pounding suspense of Harlan Coben and Lisa Gardner, a thrilling debut about a mother desperate to find the connections between her missing husband and a deadly stalker who knows too much about her own dark family history.

Driving home one rainy night, Cassie Larkin sees a man and woman fighting on the side of the road. After calling 911, the veterinarian makes a split-second decision that will throw her sedate suburban life into chaos. Against all reason and advice, she gets out of her minivan and chases after the violent man, trying to help his victim. When Cassie physically tries to stop him, he suddenly turns on her and spits out an ominous threat: “Let her die, and I’ll let you live.”

A veterinarian trained to heal, Cassie can’t let the woman die. But while she’s examining the unconscious victim, the attacker steals her car. Now he has her name. Her address. And he knows about her children. Though they warn her to be careful, the police assure her that the perpetrator—a criminal named Carver Sweet—won’t get near her. Cassie isn’t so sure. 

The next day—Halloween—her husband disappears while trick-or-treating with their six-year-old daughter. Are these disturbing events a coincidence or the beginning of a horrifying nightmare? Her husband has been growing distant—is it possible he’s become involved with another woman? Is Cassie’s confrontation with the road-side attacker connected to her husband’s disappearance? With all these questions swirling in her mind Cassie can trust no one, maybe not even herself. The only thing she knows for sure is that she can’t sit back while the people she loves are in danger.

As she desperately searches for answers, Cassie discovers that nothing is as random as it seems, and that she is more than willing to fight—to go the most terrifying extremes—to save her family and her marriage.

Praise:

“A sensational debut – compelling, hypnotic, full of suspense and quiet menace.  Don’t miss it!”  Lee Child

“The kind of twisty, jet-fueled thriller that explodes on page one and has you happily abandoning work, sleep, and life as you race to the stunning end. Don’t miss it!”  Lisa Gardner

“[A] propulsive debut… Chavez peoples her tale with credible, flawed individuals, presenting even the multiple antagonists with harrowing backstories and convincing psychological motives… Chavez is in full command of plot and pacing… Domestic thriller fans will be well satisfied.”  Publishers Weekly

Review: The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler #bookreview @stmartinspress #review

Review: The Look-Alike by Erica Spindler #bookreview @stmartinspress #review

*thank you St Martin’s Press for the gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own

Title: The Look-Alike

About the author: (credit to Goodreads)

Genre: mystery/thriller

Publish Date: January 28, 2020

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

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What I Loved/Thought: ★★★

★★★½

After coming off a few heavier reads, this was just the book I needed! What a fast paced thrill ride! I loved the short chapters and this goose chase of finding out who killed the college student all those years ago. I spent most of this book trying to figure out if Sienna Scott’s mother really had a mental psychosis where she thought someone was after her or if they really were.

I would definitely recommend this one, my only flaw being that it was a bit rushed at the end, but if you’re looking for a lighter thriller, this one is for you!

About the Book:

From Erica Spindler, the New York Times bestselling author of The Other Girl and Justice for Sara comes The Look-Alike, a thrilling psychological drama about a woman who believes she escaped a brutal murder years ago―but does anyone else believe her?

Sienna Scott grew up in the dark shadow of her mother’s paranoid delusions. Now, she’s returned home to confront her past and the unsolved murder that altered the course of her life. 

In her mother’s shuttered house, an old fear that has haunted Sienna for years rears its ugly head―that it was she who had been the killer’s target that night. And now, with it, a new fear―that the killer not only intended to remedy his past mistake―he’s already begun. But are these fears any different from the ones that torment her mother?

As the walls close in, the line between truth and lie, reality and delusion disintegrate. Has Sienna’s worst nightmare come true? Or will she unmask a killer and finally prove she may be her mother’s look-alike, but she’s not her clone?

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Review: Dead To Her by Sarah Pinborough #bookreview @WmMorrowBooks #DeadToHer #partner

Review: Dead To Her by Sarah Pinborough #bookreview @WmMorrowBooks #DeadToHer #partner

*Thank you William Morrow for this gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own

Title: Dead To Her

About the author: (credit to goodreads)

Genre: mystery/thriller

Publish Date: February 11, 2020

Publisher: William Morrow; Harper Collins

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What I Loved/Thought: ★★★½

This was definitely a twisty page turner! But it’s hard to review some thrillers like this because you really want to go in blind with them.

There was a full cast of characters that were hard to find anything to like about them, and you never knew what their motivations were, but it also reminded me of a real housewife drama I love to watch.

Overall this was a captivating read and I feel like I need to read Behind Her Eyes now.

About the Book:

For fans of Liane Moriarty, Liv Constantine and Lisa Jewell, a twisty psychological thriller about a savvy second wife who will do almost anything to come out on top from the New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes.

Being the second wife can be murder . . .

“”Once a cheat, always a cheat,”” they say. Marcie Maddox has worked hard to get where she is after the illicit affair that started her new life a few years ago. But her world of country clubs, yachts and sumptuous houses in Savannah, Georgia, isn’t easy to maintain, no matter how hard she tries. Nor is keeping her husband, Jason, truly interested. 

So, when Jason’s boss brings home a hot new wife from his trip to London, the young Mrs William Radford IV isn’t quite the souvenir everyone expected. Sexy, drop-dead gorgeous and black–Keisha quickly usurps Marcie’s place as the beautiful second wife. But when Marcie sees the extra spark in the room when Keisha and Jason are together and their obvious, magnetic attraction, the gloves come off. 

Revenge is best served cold, but in the steamy Savannah heat, blood runs so hot that this summer it might just boil over into murder. 

Praise:

“A dark, electrifying page-turner with a corker of an ending. Sarah Pinborough is about to become your new obsession.”

— “Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author”

Review: Dear Edward #dearedward @randomhouse #gifted

Review: Dear Edward #dearedward @randomhouse #gifted

*Thank you Dial Press and Penguin Random House for the gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own

Title: Dear Edward

About the author: (credit to Goodreads)

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publish Date: January 7, 2020

Publisher: The Dial Press; Penguin Random House

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What I Loved/ Thought: ★★★★☆

What a great story! So well written, and I really felt each passenger on flight 2977. I was wondering how that part would play out, and if I would feel a connection at all, and I have to say that the author really did a great job of that.

I’m writing this review, and still processing my feels on this book, but it’s so powerful, and I really enjoyed the alternating timelines. I felt engaged with what was going on, and needed to see how things would pan out for Edward. 

As the reader gets into the meat of the story, it really struck a chord with me as we see the struggles that Edward is now dealing with, and although he is very closed off, my heart also breaks for what he has suffered and been through at the age of 12. I just can’t even imagine.

I think the only thing holding me back from a 5 star read is that I felt things were kind of abrupt with the final plane scenes. Maybe that’s the thriller chaser in me, but I wanted the action. Overall this was a perfect choice for our book club pick, and I’m excited for the last discussion!

About the Book:

What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live? 

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them are a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured veteran returning from Afghanistan, a business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. Halfway across the country, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a part of himself has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery—one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find the strength to put one foot in front of the other? How do you learn to feel safe again? How do you find meaning in your life?

Dear Edward is at once a transcendent coming-of-age story, a multidimensional portrait of an unforgettable cast of characters, and a breathtaking illustration of all the ways a broken heart learns to love again.

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Review: The Girl with the Louding Voice #bookreview #TheGirlWithTheLoudingVoice #partner @DuttonBooks

Review: The Girl with the Louding Voice #bookreview #TheGirlWithTheLoudingVoice #partner @DuttonBooks

Title: The Girl with the Louding Voice

About the author: (credit to publisher PRH)

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction

Publish Date: February 4, 2020

Publisher: Dutton; Penguin Random House

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What I Loved/ Thought: ★★★★★

So I’m speechless after reading The Girl With The Louding Voice over the weekend. This was one of those books that I could have easily binge read in one sitting, but I wanted to soak in the story of Adunni.

After a few 5 star reviews started flooding my feed, I was excited to read this debut novel, but I had no idea that I would immerse myself so fully into the story.

I was so drawn to Adunni’s powerful spirit, despite the fact that she is sold into a marriage at the age of 14, living in a village of Nigeria, with no voice regarding her future. Abi Dare has written a beautiful novel, and tackled the issues of sexism, power, grief, marriage, and women’s inequality so effortlessly, and I can see why this book is getting the early praise that it deserves.

I highly recommend this book, and you should get those pre-orders in, because this is going down as a favorite of mine!

*Thank you Dutton for the beautiful finished copy for review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:

A powerful, emotional debut novel told in the unforgettable voice of a young Nigerian woman who is trapped in a life of servitude but determined to fight for her dreams and choose her own future.

Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education. This, her mother has told her, is the only way to get a “louding voice”—the ability to speak for herself and decide her own future. But instead, Adunni’s father sells her to be the third wife of a local man who is eager for her to bear him a son and heir.

When Adunni runs away to the city, hoping to make a better life, she finds that the only other option before her is servitude to a wealthy family. As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless slave, Adunni is told, by words and deeds, that she is nothing.

But while misfortunes might muffle her voice for a time, they cannot mute it. And when she realizes that she must stand up not only for herself, but for other girls, for the ones who came before her and were lost, and for the next girls, who will inevitably follow; she finds the resolve to speak, however she can—in a whisper, in song, in broken English—until she is heard.

Praise:

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by the New York Times, Marie Claire, Vogue, Essence, PopSugar, Daily Mail, Electric Literature, Red Magazine, Stylist, Daily Kos, Library Journal, The Every Girl, and Read it Forward!  

“A courageous story.” —The New York Times

“A celebration of girls who dare to dream.” —Imbolo Mbue, author of Behold the Dreamers (Oprah’s Book Club pick)