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The Sea Of Lost Girls

I love when I discover a new author whose writing style I can just dive into and can’t put down. The Sea Of Lost Girls is a story that will naw at your mind and heart after you’ve finished the final page.

Tess is a teacher at a fancy boarding school that her husband works at as well. This boarding school has a unique past of originally being a place for wayward girls to be sent to. Her son Rudy attends there and has a girlfriend Lila who seems to be a great influence on him. Life seems like its perfect until the night Rudy asks Tess to come pick him up from their safe spot and Rudy’s girlfriend is found dead later that early morning.

Who killed Lila? Tess is sure it can’t be Rudy. He loves his girlfriend. Yes, he has anger issues, but not to the point of murder. Tess wants to uncover who killed Lila, but in sleuthing she discovers there’s more to the sordid history of the boarding school. Is there something to maiden stone?

I received my complimentary copy of The Sea Of Lost Girls You by Carol Goodman from William Morrow, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are mine and of my own choice. To grab a gorgeous copy visit HarperCollins and find out more about the author.

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Wonderful You

In times that are scary and nerve racking I recommend picking up this slim, little gem of a book next month. Wonderful You provides great quotes throughout with different styles of artwork on each page. The book is broken up into different themes. This book had me smiling, laughing and nodding in agreement on some of the quotes.

I received my complimentary copy of Wonderful You by Carin Rockind from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. I loved this little quote book. It cheered me up. One thing on a later edition of it would be neat if the pages were perforated so that you could hang up your favorite pages to decorate with.

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Bedtime Meditations For Kids

I’ve wanted to dive into meditation for the past few years. I’ll admit the idea of it is a tad daunting. When I saw this book available to review I thought well if it’s geared for kids then it will be less intimidating for an adult. Bedtime Meditations For Kids is an adorable picture book filled with cute artwork to accompany each meditation. The different meditations are fun, silly and perfect to practice along side your child, or child you are taking care of (niece, nephew, step-child, grandchild, etc).

I received my complimentary copy of Bedtime Meditations For Kids by Cory Cochiolo,MA, CHt from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. If you are looking for a book that is a fun introduction to meditating with kids then this is just the right book. I found the artwork to be fun, playful and it definitely brings out the little kid in you.

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The Story Of Frida Kahlo

Do you love biographies? Do you have a kid in your life who loves them too? If so, then this gorgeous chapter book is perfect. I have read a little bit about the artist Frida Kahlo, but this mini biography is informative, has cute artwork and the style of writing isn’t dumbed down.

This book features Jump In The Think Tank, a side blurb that gives you a topic within the story to think about regarding your own life and how you may be able to relate to Frida. Also, has the When feature which provides a timeline of events to see where you are at in the story. There is also, a Myth & Fact section to help you determine what is true. I like that bigger vocabulary words are bolded and of course there’s a nice glossary at the back to help know what those words mean.

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican artist from the early 1900’s who struggled with health challenges, but didn’t let that her stop her from drawing for artwork. Her story is one of courage and standing out. Frida was a woman ahead of her time.

I received my complimentary copy of The Story Of Frida Kahlo by Susan B. Katz from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. If you love artwork, biographies, women empowerment books this little gem would make a great gift for a special child in your life. Even as an adult I enjoyed this informative chapter book.

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Dead To Her

Marcie has come up in the world now that she’s married to Jason, lives in a nice home and hobnobs with the rich inner circle of Savannah. The only thing is Marcie’s past is shut away in a little box. When her and Jason’s friend William marries a new wife, Keisha, a woman who makes everyone’s head turn. Marcie wonders if this new wife is all who she appears to be.

Keisha is thrust into this high society that is out of her comfort zone, but even though William is much older then her, the money is worth it. But her past keeps knocking at her door, making her feel unworthy of her new found love and home. Can Keisha move beyond her past?

Two women trying to fit in to a world that has its own little secrets. Why was William’s first wife so beloved? Are the inner circle ladies truly your friend, or is it just for social appearances? Will Marcie and Keisha ever get along?

I received my complimentary copy of Dead To Her by Sarah Pinborough from William Morrow, care of TLC Book Tours. The views are mine and of my own choice. Sarah Pinborough creates complex characters that take you on a whirlwind of adventure. My brain is still wrapping around the ending. If you enjoy Gone Girl, then you may enjoy this Southern thriller. Pinborough is a master of the psychological thriller. Once you read one of novels you’ll be greedy for more.

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The Crystal Directory

Growing up crystals were a no, no. They were viewed as New Age and something not to look into. That is, until my curiosity got the better of me. The book, The Crystal Directory, is a collection of 100 crystals showcased by their purpose wether for the home, relationships, wealth, health, etc. Each page has a picture of the crystal with information about the crystal, any legend surrounding it and it’s uses.

If you are looking for a non intimidating book that is easy to read, interesting and educational then I recommend this book. The one caution I do have is that is does give you different rituals, so if you are spiritually sensitive I’d take this into account.

I received my complimentary digital copy of The Crystal Directory by Sarah Bartlett from NetGalley. The views are mine and of my own choice. I found this book interesting from a potential healing/health factor. Also, the history and legends behind the crystals are fascinating. I did recently purchase my first crystal, Lapis. Blue is one of my favorite colors which is why I picked it out.

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10 Days Gone

Police detectives A.L. and Rea have a serial killer that needs to be caught, but will they let their personal struggles distract them? Rea is trying to get pregnant, but her husband seems distracted and aloof. A.L.’s teen daughter is starting to act out. Can’t life ever not include extra drama?

When they figure out what the past victims have in common the serial killer becomes even more mysterious. Will Rea and A.L. be able to figure out whose next on his/her list? Will they get to the next upcoming victim in time?

This book was a fun, intense read that keeps you guessing. The characters are relatable and lovable. The setting of the story is in a small town where you think you know everyone, until women start dying with no signs of struggle. I am definitely going to seek out other titles in this series with A.L. and Rea.

I received my complimentary digital copy of Ten Days Gone by Beverly Long from MIRA Books, care of NetGalley. The views are mine and of my own choice. If you enjoy mystery, suspense with some romance thrown in then I recommend this title. This book makes me want to become a detective. Yes. It’s that engrossing.