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The Perfect Stranger

May 8, 2017
The Perfect Stranger Book Cover The Perfect Stranger
Megan Miranda
Thriller
Simon & Schuster
April 11, 2017
352
Net Galley

Description of The Perfect Stranger

In the masterful follow-up to the New York Times bestseller All the Missing Girls—“think: Luckiest Girl Alive, The Girl on the Train, Gone Girl” (TheSkimm)—a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

My Review of The Perfect Stranger

Having read All The Missing Girls I was eager to get a copy of The Perfect stranger.

I think Megan Miranda weaves a very complicated plot. It  takes quiet a while to get all of the important characters introduced. Once that is accomplished the role each plays in the story is presented. The story starts in the present with Leah and Emmy finding each other after an eight year separation and becoming roommates again.

No one is what they originally appear to be, even our main character.

Leah is damaged. She is a lost soul in some ways. She is deeply ashamed of how things ended in Boston. She is very secretive with people about her life before becoming a teacher in a small Pennsylvania town. She keeps to herself until an injured girl is found down by the lake. The girl looks remarkably like Leah. The police think Leah could be the intended victim.

Emmy appears to be Leah’s one true friend, someone who knows her whole story. She is eager to reconnect with Leah and join her in the small rural town in Pennsylvania. The two seldom see each other, Emmy works nights and Leah works days. When Emmy disappears, Leah is thrown into yet another questionable investigation.

Detective Kyle Donovan is the lead investigator on the case. Can she trust him with her truth, or will the truth put her in more danger?

If you like a good mystery/thriller, this book fits the bill. Pick it up, you won’t be disappointed.

Enjoy!

About the author

Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls. She has also written several books for young adults, including FractureHysteriaVengeance, Soulprint, and The Safest Lies. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. The Perfect Stranger is her second novel of psychological suspense. Follow @MeganLMiranda on Twitter, or visit MeganMiranda.com.

Treasured Grace

April 17, 2017
Treasured Grace Book Cover Treasured Grace
Heart of the Frontier, Book 1
Tracie Peterson
Christian Fiction
Bethany House Publishers
February 28, 2017
320
Publisher

Description of Treasured Grace

Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position.

Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she and her sisters arrive at the Whitman mission in “Oregon Country,” she decides to stay rather than push on.

With the help of Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper, Grace begins to provide care for her neighbors, including some of the native populace. But not everyone welcomes her skills–or her presence–and soon Grace finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.

My review of Treasured Grace

I love Tracie Peterson’s books. Thank you Bethany House for sending me a copy to review.

Treasured Grace is the first book in the Heart of the Frontier Series. It tells the tale of three sisters who are traveling to Oregon City to stay with their uncle. The trip west in 1848 is not for the faint of heart.

The timing for this book is right before the gold rush in California.  Wagon trains are heading west to settle the Oregon Territory. There is  choloera to deal with because of the unsanitary practices on the trail. Measles, which to us doesn’t seem like such a terrible disease since we have the vaccinations to prevent it, but to a wagon train of people in close quarters, it proves to be deadly. Then there are the Indians who are looking for any excuse to kill the white man who is stealing their land from them. A very volatile setting.

The things the characters do to survive in this environment is what makes the story.

This book is for historical fiction lovers or Christian fiction readers in  particular.  I thouroughly enjoyed this book and recommend you give it a try.

Enjoy!

About the author

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

Visit Tracie’s web site at: http://www.traciepeterson.com

Rightfully Ours

April 10, 2017
Rightfully Ours Book Cover Rightfully Ours
Carolyn Astfalk
Christian Fiction
Full Quiver Publishing
April 1, 2017
326
Author

Description of Rightfully Ours

Sixteen-year-old Paul Porter’s relocation to Pennsylvania is a temporary move during his dad’s deployment. Or so he and his brother think, until devastating news lands on their doorstep.

Paul’s new home with the Muellers provides solace, especially in the form of Rachel, his friend and confidante. Their abiding friendship deepens as they work side-by-side to uncover what could be lost treasure.

Will they acquire the strength of character and virtue to take only what rightfully belongs to them or are they in way over their heads, with more than a few lost artifacts at stake?

Check out theTrailer for Rightfully Ours

My Review of Rightfully Ours

Do you have teenagers at home? This is the perfect book for them.

A coming-of-age story of first love, buried treasure, and discovering some things are worth the wait.

The teenage years can be difficult to navigate. There are so many changes taking place in their bodies, so many temptations from the world.

This would be an excellent book for a parent to read first, then have your teen read it. Great for the two of you to discuss afterward.

I taught junior high students at a Christian School here in Texas. I would have loved for there to have been more good books out there for them to read. Reading about how others their own age struggle with some of the same things they are struugling with would have been a blessing. It would let them know that they are not alone. This books shows that it is possible to remain pure until marriage. The journey won’t be without it’s pitfalls, but the reward is priceless.

This is Caroyln’s third novel, but her first Young Adult novel. I think she did an excellent job of writing a book teens would love. The book is available in kindle version right now. The print version will be out the week after Easter, but is available for pre-order now.

She has included a playlist that plays an important role in the story. I think teens would like to hear the songs that spoke to Paul during his times of trouble. Here is a link to the playlist and extras on her website http://www.carolynastfalk.com/category/extras/

If you pick up the book let me know what you thought of it. I’d love to hear your feedback.

Enjoy!

About the Author

Carolyn Astfalk resides with her husband and four children in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where it smells like either chocolate or manure, depending on wind direction. She is the author of the inspirational romances Stay With Me and Ornamental Graces and the coming-of-age story Rightfully Ours. Carolyn is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild and Pennwriters and a CatholicMom.com contributor. Formerly, she served as the communications director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, the public affairs agency of Pennsylvania’s Catholic bishops. True to her Pittsburgh roots, she still says “pop” instead of “soda,” although her beverage of choice is tea. You can find her online at www.carolynastfalk.com.

Where to connect with Carolyn:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarolynMAstfalk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CMAstfalk

www.carolynastfalk.com.

A Note Yet Unsung

March 13, 2017
A Note Yet Unsung Book Cover A Note Yet Unsung
A Belmont Mansion Series - Books 3
Tamera Alexander
Historical Fiction
Bethany House Publishers
January 31, 2017
433
Publisher

Description of A Note Yet Unsung

From beloved USA Today bestselling author Tamera Alexander comes the final and much anticipated novel in the Sweeping Belmont Mansion Series

A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the new maestro at the Nashville Philharmonic. But women are “far too fragile and frail” for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah’s hopes are swiftly dashed when the conductor–determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music–bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah’s new employer, agrees with him.

Nationally acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville’s youngest orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head, he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city’s new symphony hall. Even more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music–his dying father. As Tate’s ailment worsens, he knows Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how can he win back her trust when he’s robbed her of her dream?

My review of A Note Yet Unsung

What a wonderful story! I fell in love with the charaters in this book. I was sad when the story ended knowing  that this would be the last book in the series. I  adore Adelicia Cheatham.

If  you haven’t read the other books in this series, don’t worry about it. Each book is a stand alone book, but let me assure you, once you have read one of them, you will want to read the others. They are that good.

Tamera Alexander has a knack for finding an interesting histoircal place and using that as the setting for a novel. In this particular series it is the Belmont Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee. We get a glimpse into life in Nashville in the early 1870’s.

A Note Yet Unsung tells the story of Rebekah Carrington. Rebekah is a  woman who posses an extraordinary  musical gift, but do to the contrains of polite society at the time, is unable to perform her music in public.

Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is the talented orchestra conductor who is determined to complete a symphony he is writing as a tribute to his dying father. Nathaniel has a medical condition that is making it difficult for him to achieve his goal.

Rebekah becomes Tate’s assistant and agrees help him complete his symphony. Their journey is beautifully written.

If you are a history buff like I am you will thouroughly enjoy this wonderful novel. Pick up your copy today.

Enjoy!

About the author

Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers in the historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels. For more about Tamera’s books, visit www.TameraAlexander.com

Nashville Series – Part Four – Pleasure In The Rain

March 2, 2017
Nashville - Part Four- Pleasure In The Rain Book Cover Nashville - Part Four- Pleasure In The Rain
Nashville - Book Four
Inglath Cooper
Romance
Fence Free Entertainment
December 16, 2013
96
purchased

Description of Pleasure In The Rain

Just as Barefoot Outlook begins to hit the big time, tragedy strikes when a rage-filled Nashville musician who hasn’t found the success he’s hoped for crashes an after-concert party and begins shooting. Among the victims are band members CeCe MacKenzie, Holden Ashford, Thomas Franklin, Beck Phillips and his country music star dad, Case.

With each of them gravely injured, one will not survive, forever changing the lives of everyone involved. Will one man’s hatred and contempt demolish all of their dreams, or will they eventually reach a place where they can even take pleasure in the rain?

My Review of Pleasure In The Rain

Pleasure in The Rain takes us on tour with the group. The tour is going well. CeCe, Holden and Beck choose to be professionals and put the show first. They are will put their personal feelings aside for the time being, but tension runs high.

During an after party the group comes under attack by a jealous gunman. All three members of Barfoot Outlook are shot as well as Beck and his father. One person does not survive the attack and the other four struggle to heal  both physically and mentally.

This book takes us through the inner turmoil a shooting victim might face. The survivors all handle this turmoil in different ways and at different speeds.  Seeing this played out on the page is very emotional.

I’ve become inthralled with CeCe, Holden and Thomas’s story. I have to know what happens next to this group of friends. Join me for this next book in the series.

Enjoy!

About the author

RITA AWARD WINNING AUTHOR INGLATH COOPER writes books that aim to give her readers a mini-vacation. A stretch of time during which they can visit other places and other people’s lives. Her books have reached the top 100 Amazon Kindle Bestseller list, with Truths and Roses hitting #11.

Inglath Cooper’s Nashville series became a reality after she spent time in Music City, writing lyrics with other songwriters. She fell in love with the community and gets to revisit regularly through her characters.