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The Keeper Of Lost Things

This book has me speechless. If you love romance, mystery, suspense, a sprinkle of snarky humor then you will love The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. This novel follows the journey of Laura who takes a job as an assistant for a gentleman in a big, fancy house. She’s gone through a nasty divorce and is trying to rebuild her life. Her job of keeping the house tidy and typing up documents for the owner seems simple and pleasant. Her employer, Anthony, has one room he keeps locked. Laura wonders what could be so important in that particular room, but figures if Anthony wanted to tell her he would. She has no idea that once tragedy strikes she will get to find out the mystery. What is hidden behind said door and will Laura trust and love again?

I received my free paperback copy of The Keeper Of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan in exchange for my review. This book was breathtaking in verbiage, the storyline sweet, romantic, old fashioned and one you won’t forget or want to put down.

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Sunday Silence

Well known Psychologist Frieda Klein thought her life was getting back to normal till the body of a man who’d given her a lead regarding a case she’d helped the police with winds up in her own home. This case has been bugging her and she wants to get it solved. Even though she’s creeped out, Frieda is determined to get to the bottom of who the murderer is. When friends, family and colleagues start becoming targets, at what price is it worth to solve the crime?

If you enjoy murder mysteries then you will enjoy this page turner, Sunday Silence by Nicci French. This British novel is fast paced, intense, and if you love the Frieda Klein series you’ll like this next installment. I’ve never read this series, so I sort of started recent vs the beginning, but I think you can read this without having to have read the previous books. Nicci French’s characters are lively and complex. They keep you guessing every step of the way. I received my free copy from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. I definitely want to go grab the other books to read what happened earlier to Frieda. To get a copy click here and to connect with the author, click here to check out her Twitter.

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The Wicked City

When you can’t put a book down and wish there was a sequel to grab. The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams is just such a book. This novel has everything: romance, suspense, mystery, sass, beauty, tears, laughter, authenticity and more.

Ella moves into a new apartment in NY after deciding to start over after catching her husband in an affair. She is raw, shaky and determined to start over. One night she goes downstairs to do her laundry and hears strange jazz music. A handsome neighbor, Hector, explains there used to a secret jazz club next door back in the prohibition era. Ella wonders if her apartment building is haunted.

Flashback to 1920’s NY where we are introduced to Ginger. She’s a good girl from Maryland looking to get a fresh start away from her creepy stepfather. Ginger goes to said secret jazz club where she discovers there’s more to the clientele there than meets the eye. Is her past catching up with her in NY?

This novel goes back and forth between Ella and Ginger’s stories. How does the jazz club tie them together? Will the jazz club give up its secrets? Will Ella ever believe in love again and will Ginger ever be free of her past?

If you love flapper era fiction then you will absolutely love The Wicked City. I got my copy for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my reaction to this novel. I am totally gaga over this book and want more Beatriz Williams. To purchase a copy click here. To discover more about the author click here to check out her website.

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It Started With 5

For a few months I watched Sasha Alsberg’s booktube channel. She’d do unboxing videos of getting ARCs from different publishers. I was intrigued. I wanted free books to review. I started a blog and reviewed five books I’d recently read. I, then started searching for book blogger review opportunities. I was thrilled to discover NetGalley,  Blogging For Books and TLC Book Tours. All three of these companies have been gracious in giving me an opportunity to get to review for them. My TBR is quite scary thanks to all the lovely books I’ve been approved to review. If you love to write and read, then think about starting a blog today. It only took 5 book reviews to be accepted to review for the above 3 companies. I always get excited when I see book mail from HarperCollins.

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The It Girls

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The It Girls by Karen Harper is a historical novel about sisters Lucille and Elinor Sutherland. Lucille is the eldest who adores designing clothing for women and Elinor is the younger who loves to write romance. This novel follows their family life, love life and careers. This takes place during the late 1800 to early 1900’s. There are many themes that run throughout this book from relationships to money, to what a woman’s role is. The theme I think that stood out the most is the importance of family. The cover of this novel is gorgeous with an image of what the two sisters may have looked like with an image of the Titanic at the bottom.

This novel is rich in the description of the era that  the two sisters lived in. The relationship dynamics are a tad head spinning as it seems both sisters love life’s were intense. If you enjoy historical fiction this novel might be just right for you. I received an ARC of The It Girls by Karen Harper for free in exchange for my honest review from TLC Book Tours. To buy a copy click here. If you are interested to find out more about Karen Harper click here. Once you finish this novel I’m sure you’ll want to find out more about Lucille and Elinor.

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Unforgivable Love

img_2140.jpgI didn’t know anything much about what Unforgivable Love was going to be about. This novel follows the lives of Mae, Elizabeth, Cecily and Val during the early civil rights movement of the late 1940’s. Mae and Val are rich and use their wealth to get just what they want wether it’s sex, or wealth. They are mirror images of each other in their lack of character. There are secrets, lies, betrayal and love. This story is set in the south and in Harlem. The descriptions of both places is well done. I think having never read the novel, or seen the film that it’s a retelling of didn’t help me. If you’ve watched, “Dangerous Liaisons,” then you may enjoy this novel.

I try to give a book the benefit of the doubt, but honestly this novel was not my cup of tea. The writing was nice, but the storyline I found boring after 150 or less pages. I’m struggling to finish this 500+ page book. Maybe I am not a long novel kind of girl, but the storyline of manipulation back and forth got boring very quickly. I don’t hugely care for any of the characters. I can’t stand Mae or Val.

A few days later…..

I did get to the end of this novel retelling of “Dangerous Liaisons,” and I must say the ending redemed it’s self. I was given my free copy of Unforgivable Love by Sophfronia Scott from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. I feel awful not liking the book, but it’s just not my genre. I’m sure the author’s other books might be to my liking.

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The Way To London

img_2122.jpgIf you enjoy WWII historical fiction you will love Alix Rickloff’s novel: The Way To London. Lucy Standhope is a spoiled young woman who has always lived in her mother’s shadow. Through the years Lucy has had avariety of governesses as well as different boarding schools. While living with her mother and stepfather in Singapore she is whisked off to go live with her aunt in England after her romantic interest proves to be a conflict of interest for her step father. Lucy is not ready for war torn England. On her way to England she encounters a handsome man named Michael whose on his way home after being discharged from the service.  One day when Lucy is bored at her aunt’s she finds a young boy hanging off a cliff. She rescues him not realizing how this young boy. Bill, is going to change the course of her life.  This novel follows their journey to get Bill back to his mum in London and Lucy to get her try at auditioning for Hollywood.

This book has great, lively and humerous dialogue. The descriptions are authentic to the time period and the characters are lovable. I am a fan of this era, so I enjoyed reading this historical novel. It was charming, insightful on the topic of family, relationships and love. I don’t know what it would be like to be raised as if you were a bother to your own mother. To crave maternal affection and not know what what that that’s like is so sad. This novel shows how if you’ve never been shown love it’s not too, late for someone to show you what it’s liked to be loved for who you are. If you are interested to buy this book click here to buy it from HarperCollins. I will definitely be wanting to find a copy of Secrets Of Nanreath Hall. I got my free ARC care of TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review.