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Caroline

Growing up I was a big fan of “Little House On The Prairie.” I watched the show religiously M-F at 5pm sharp. I liked Laura, but found her sister, Mary stuffy. When I was asked if I wanted to review this historical novel, Caroline, I couldn’t resist.

Caroline is the viewpoint of Laura Ingall’s family’s move from WI to KS, but told from Laura’s mother’s stance. This novel is so detailed you feel as though you are traveling right alongside Caroline with Charles, Mary and Laura. The author, Sarah Miller’s research is detailed. One scene was so detailed regarding prepping hides to be tanned I almost got ill reading about brains being mushed to coat the hides.

I enjoyed reading this novel. The only challenge is I felt it was a tad too, long. The detail is excellent, but for that long of a book I’d almost want to read a biography on the subject. The realism of venturing out on the prairie is very vivid. The author took great care in explaining the little details of pioneer life. It makes me sit in awe how people could survive with such basic provisions and in modern times we are spoiled with an over abundance.

I received my free copy of Caroline by Sarah Miller care of TLC Book Tours from William Morrow in exchange for my honest feedback. If you would like purchase this title go grab a copy from HarperCollins and to read more about the author check out her website.

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You All Grow Up And Leave Me

What if you discovered one of the most trusted adults you knew had a dark secret; a secret you escaped from being a victim of? Piper Weiss describes her life growing up during her teen years being coached tennis by Gary Wilensky. Gary made tennis practice fun. He would dress up in a funny costumes, coach wearing roller skates and even allow some of the girls to buy candy after practice. Piper’s parents trusted Gary, as did a lot of the parents of teens Gary coached. When Gary sends Valentine cards to select tennis players that does raise a few parental eyebrows. One night Piper hears the news that Gary is dead. Years later she decides she wants to find out what really happened the night Gary died. Why wasn’t Piper one of Gary’s favorites and was there more to Gary than meets the eye?

This memoir is gripping from page one. Piper brings forth the true creepiness of what happened in 1993 to full color. After the first chapter I felt goosebumps it was that creepy. Yes, Stephen King creepy! I haven’t read true crime in a long time, but Piper’s account of her experience being coached by Gary and what she uncovered by her research into the night Gary died brings to mind that as an adult, don’t be ashamed to ask for help if you are depressed. Piper discusses the tricky mind screw that is being thought a favorite of Gary, but yet not THE favorite.

I received my ARC copy of You All Grow Up And Leave Me by Piper Weiss for free care of TLC Book Tours from William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins. If you are looking for a fast paced read this memoir will have you staying up late to finish. Thank you for speaking out Piper. To go buy a copy click here and to contact Piper click here.

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The Fox Hunt

What would you do if you wanted to research opposite faiths than what you were raised with? Mohammed encounters a Christian teacher at his college. He wants to be an obedient Muslim and share his faith with his teacher, so he brings him a Quran. Surprisingly his teacher is of the same mindset and gifts him a Christian Bible, which for Mohammed is a forbidden item.

Mohammed reads his Bible and starts to have discussions with his teacher, but when his teacher moves away he branches out online to connect with others who can help further explain Christianity and Judaism. Through his studying he gets jobs at nonprofits where he can continue his studies and connecting with Christians, other Muslims and Jews to learn more about why there is conflict. Mohammed wants to help bridge peace between the groups, but when there is upheaval in his country of Yemen he is trapped in his home. He reaches out to others online to see if anyone will help him escape.

I received my ARC copy of The Fox Hunt by Mohammed Al Samawi for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my review. This book is intense from page one. Mohammed writes in such a way you feel as though you are walking by his side throughout his memoir, experiencing every moment. This book is a great window into what it’s like to grow up in Yemen.

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A Piece Of The World

What would you do if you had an ailment that doctors couldn’t figure out? You wanted a life free and carefree like others, but you knew you had your lot in life. Christina has terrible pain in her arms and legs. Her legs are misshapen, so getting around is laborious and takes time. Her family and few friends try to persuade her to go see doctors, but out of pride she declines. Christina helps out her parents on their farm. It’s a pretty piece of property on the coast of Maine. One day when she is older, Christina’s friend’s husband, Andy, an artist comes to draw at her house. What could Andy have her to possibly draw? Will Andy be the friend Christina needs, to truly show her who she is, no holds barred?

This novel switches back and forth between past and present in Christina’s life. The time period spans from the 1900’s to the late 1940’s. At times it can be a bit confusing, but the characterization is well thought out. You see how Christina changes and yet still remains her stubborn self. This novel makes me want to go visit the setting of this story. Maine sounds gorgeous, and yet brutal in winter.

I received my free copy of A Piece Of The World by Christina Baker Kline from TLC Book Tours care of William Morrow Books in exchange for my review. If you are interested in buying a copy please click here. To find out more about the author check out her site.

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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.