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Where The Forest Meets The Stars

Reading debut novels is an adventure. You don’t know what thrilling new author you might discover. Honestly who can look at this book cover and not want to dive into this story? I just finished reading the last page and I already want a sequel.

Jo is still reeling from the passing of her mom and coming to terms with her own health challenges. As a bird researcher she enjoys the solitude her work gives her. One night Jo encounters a little girl who appears lost, hungry and shy. Feeding this unknown waif Jo learns this girl is an alien visiting from another plant. Ursa does seem very bright for her approximate age. Doing the right thing a few days later, Jo calls the local police, but gets the strangest reaction. Ursa runs off as soon as she senses it’s the police.

After locating Ursa, Jo realizes the police won’t be any help. Her and Ursa encounter the local egg man who sells eggs near the house she’s renting for her summer research. Egg man is handsome and Ursa seems to take a liking to him. Because of Jo’s health challenges she doesn’t feel desirable, but egg man is cute and they seem to get along.

Both Jo and egg man take to both helping out Ursa by swapping taking care of her. Through this joint effort they all start to create a bond of sorts. One day when they are out helping Jo with her field work Ursa gets whacked by a tree branch. Due to the injury Jo and egg man start to drive her to the hospital, but Ursa leaps out of the car and makes a dash for it.

This book covers a myriad of topics from what makes up a family, relationships, health, to missing children, and so much more. This book was intense from page one and had me wanting to find out what happens to Jo, Ursa and egg man.

I received a complimentary copy of Where The Forest Meets The Stars by Glendy Vanderah from Lake Union care of TLC Book Tours. The views expressed are my own.

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The Long Way Home

This historical novel is the story of Murphy and Thomas. They are two slaves in the south caught in the middle of the American Revolution. They decide to fight on the side of the British since they promised freedom if their side wins. Thomas just wants to live his life in peace as a free man and Murphy has a lot of pent up anger he needs to let loose. This book is their journey through the war to reach for home.

I haven’t read many novels on the American Revolution, but this book brings to life the grit of the fighting, the moral quandary of wanting to do the right thing, but being asked to do the opposite by your army supervisors. This novel is poetic and yet graphic in parts. If you enjoy reading about the Revolution I think you will find this novel fascinating. It’s very insightful as to what it would have been like to be a slave fighting for your freedom.

I received my complimentary copy of The Long Way Home by Kevin Bannister from Fireship Press care of TLC Book Tours. The views expressed in this review are strictly my own. Go grab a copy and check out Mr. Bannister’s website.

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Journeys Of A Lifetime

Who doesn’t love to travel and to dream of where you want to go? Journeys Of A Lifetime is one giant coffee table book. The cover of this hefty tome is Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. Inside are 500 of the world’s greatest trips sectioned by water, rail, road, foot, by food, etc. Each section has the stunning photography that National Geographic is known for. Included also, are different trip routes you can take.

Getting to review this lovely book it reminded me of different places and experiences I’d like to have some day. One thing I’ve wanted to do since childhood is cage dive to see Great Whites. In fourth grade I wrote a short story about a Great White. A place I’ve wanted to go visit since grade school is Poland. I’m not Polish, but after reading a children’s book based on World War II I’ve wanted to go visit it. I find their language sounds like music.

I received a complimentary copy of National Geographic’s Second Edition Journeys Of A Lifetime from TLC Book Tours. The views expressed in this review are my own. To go grab a copy for your home help support National Geographic. This book would make a great gift, conversation piece, inspiration and beautiful coffee table book.

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Marilla Of GreenGables

If you love Anne Of Green Gables, then you will love this new fictional novel by Sarah McCoy about Marilla before Anne arrives on her doorstep. This sweet novel imagine’s what Marilla’s life was like before Anne Shirley came into her life. Since I’m a huge fan of the 1980’s mini series I always imagined what happened between John Blythe and Marilla. Having become a fan of the new Netflix show “Anne With An E,” I wondered if Marilla’s mother really did pass after childbirth. This novel stirs the imagination as to why Marilla turned out so strict and reserved.

Marilla was never my favorite character in Anne Of Green Gables. I always found her reserved, strict, emotionless and boring. This book peels back her stone exterior to the true heartfelt woman beneath her protective layers. A lot of stories within this novel remind me a lot of Anne’s adventures. This book brings Marilla to life.

I received my complimentary ARC copy of Marilla Of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy from William Morrow care of TLC Book Tours. The opinions I express in this review are my own. To find out more about the author check out her website. To purchase a gorgeous copy via Amazon.

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Under My Skin

Poppy’s life seems perfect: handsome husband, Jack, best friend, Layla and a thriving business in NY. Everything screeches to a halt when Jack is murdered one morning while jogging early in the morning. Poppy is sick with a cold so she stays home instead of going jogging with him like usual. She wonders who would want her husband dead?

Poppy wants to piece together the why of her husband’s untimely death. Who killed Jack and why? In her grief over his death there are days after his funeral that are missing for Poppy. Where was she? Who was she with? Layla, her husband, Mac and their security connections just want Poppy to let it be and allow the professionals to look into Jack’s death. The detective Mr. Grayson keeps trying to keep Poppy from doing her own investigation, but once Poppy is on a mission with her camera to find her husband’s killer she won’t be stopped.

This novel is fast paced, intense, a mental gymnastics that will have you guessing till the end. Lisa Unger is a master suspense story teller that brings to life her stories. I haven’t read a book by her in almost ten years, but I’m so glad I got asked to review this novel. It has renewed how much I enjoy her novels.

I received a complimentary ARC copy of Under My Skin by Lisa Unger care of TLC Book Tours from Park Row Books. The opinions expressed in this review are strictly mine. Connect with Lisa via her website and buy a copy.

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis

I haven’t read the whole Chronicles Of Narnia series. Yes, it’s a shame since it was one of the earliest series my mom would start to read to me as a little girl. As an adult I had heard bits and pieces about C.S. Lewis and his marriage, but until I read this stunning historical novel about his wife, Joy Davidman I had no idea all it entailed.

Becoming Mrs. Lewis sucked me into Joy’s 1950’s world of New York. She was married to Bill with two little boys. Her and her husband were both writers. Bill was an alcoholic and a cheater. Joy was miserable, but did her best to try and keep the peace at home.

One day Joy has a spiritual conversation of sorts. She decides to write to C.S. Lewis some of her spiritual, Christian questions. She had read one of this books and thought he may be able to provide her some insight. This brings to life a correspondence between them that gets intense. Bill starts to get concerned, but when Joy’s health goes down hill she is told she must get away to rest. Of course Joy decides to go to the UK, to C.S. Lewis, to finally meet the man, the myth, the legend. Will meeting her new friend be all she hopes it to be? Will Joy and C.S. Lewis’ friendship blossom, or will the reality of being in person dampen their connection?

This novel is the best love story I’ve read in a long time. I’m not into romance novels, but this one is sweetly written, magical, suspenseful and leaves you feeling stunned after the last page. If you are a fan of C.S. Lewis and want to read a historical novel that will keep you reading nonstop, and it’s over 400 pages, then I highly recommend this beautiful novel.

I received a complimentary copy of Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan care of TLC Book Tours from Thomas Nelson. The opinions in this review are strictly my own. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of this amazing book grab a copy from Amazon and check out more about the author, Patti Callahan. To get a sneak peak of the audio clips of chapters one and two: https://soundcloud.com/harperaudio_us/sets/becoming-mrs-lewis

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The Stranger Game

Rebecca and her boyfriend were attempting to take a break from each other when one day he goes missing. Ezra doesn’t give any inkling as to where he’s gone, or why. Rebecca gets concerned as the days turn into weeks. In the midst of trying to locate her ex boyfriend she meets a dashing man named Carey. How Rebecca meets Carey is a tricky situation. Carey was playing the stranger game and Rebecca is fooled at first.

The stranger game is where you follow a stranger without them discovering you following them. Pretty much stalking.

The game was starting to get more intense with local home break ins happening. Rebecca realizes this game is getting dangerous when she witnesses the game turning sinister. After this incident Carey disappears as well. Will she find Ezra? Why did Carey disappear all of a sudden? Is the stranger game all that it appears to be?

This book took quite awhile to get into. Honestly, it’s categorized as suspense, but I didn’t find it that suspenseful. If you are into low key suspense then I would recommend this book. This novel does a good job of discussing the topic of human nature and the turn it takes when we turn people watching into a game that can turn ugly.

I received a complimentary ARC copy of The Stranger Game by Peter Gadol from Hanover Square Press/HarperCollins through TLC Book Tours. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. To grab a copy off Amazon click here and to find out more about the author, Peter Gadol here’s his website.