This book starts off with the murder of Jordanian student, Siwar Salaiha on her 25th birthday. Her consciousness goes into the body of Wyatt who was born on the same day Siwar was murdered.
Wyatt grows up and develops a fascination with Siwar’s death and begins his own investigation to find out who is responsible.
I received an advanced copy of this book from Natasha Tynes and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review and it comes out on June 21. This book was unlike anything I have ever read before. The story kept me guessing up until the very end as to who killed Siwar and I loved Wyatt’s character.
I rated this book a 4/5 stars and would definitely encourage everyone to get it when it comes out in June!
This is an ebook which comes out April 16th that I was fortunate enough to preview from NetGalley!
The book follows Vivienne’s life during both WWI and WWII. She helped the troops during WWI where she and her sister, Olive, drive the wounded soldiers to get medical attention. During WWII, Vivienne helps take care of a little girl, Pearl, who is an evacuee from London. Vivienne is also married to Edmund who is less than thrilled about having Pearl in their house. The book does a great job of switching between the two wars and even though it is historical fiction, there are some true elements that did take place during each of the wars.
This story was good, but the book started out a little slow for me and for this reason, I rated it a 3/5 stars.
It’s Spring!! It’s been so nice having warmer days and not having to bundle up to go outside. Hopefully we don’t get any more snow!
I read 3 books in March as per my norm! All 3 were physical copies that I had in my TBR pile. Two of the authors were new to me. In total, I read 1,045 pages, which is the most I’ve read so far this year!
Reviews of these books are in prior posts on my blog. Short recaps of each of the books are below:
In April I will be reviewing 3 books that haven’t been released yet! It will be my first time reviewing advanced copies and I’m super excited!!
In A Dark, Dark Wood follows Nora who has been invited to a Hen Weekend (Bridal Shower) for Clare. Nora hasn’t seen Clare since they were in school ten years ago. The party takes place at a house located deep in the woods. Clare’s fiance also happens to have had a relationship with Nora when they were in school all those years ago. A shooting takes place at the house over the weekend. Nora is named a suspect but isn’t able to remember what happened. We follow her on her journey as she tries to remember what took place and who is responsible. She also takes a journey through secrets she thought were buried long ago.
This was a great thriller! It was somewhat predictable; however, I still enjoyed the book a lot! I rated it a 4/5 stars.
Winter Garden deals with the relationships between mothers and daughters and how the past shapes us into who we become in the present.
Meredith and Nina are sisters and pretty much have nothing in common. Meredith is living her life running the family business and pleasing everyone around her. Nina is a free spirit living her life traveling the world as a photographer. Their mother, Anya, has always been very cold towards them and they never understood why. Their father becomes ill and his last wish before he dies is that he wants Anya to tell Meredith and Nina a Russian Fairytale in hopes that this will bring the three women together after he is gone.
What Meredith and Nina don’t understand at first but eventually realize is that this fairytale is actually about Anya and the life she lived during WWII in Leningrad.
This was a heartbreakingly beautifully written story. There were some twists at the end that you will not see coming and yes, tissues will be needed! This is the fourth book I’ve read by Kristin Hannah and it did not disappoint at all! I rated this book a 5/5 stars!
This story is about 4 siblings (Simon, Klara, Daniel and Varya) who when they were younger pooled their money together and visited a psychic. Each of the children meets with the phychic individually and she tells them when they will die. The book then follows each of the children into adulthood and how they lived their lives knowing this information.
First, I just have to say that this is probably one of the most stunning book covers I’ve ever seen! The story was thought provoking and was beautifully written. This was the first book I read by Chloe Benjamin and I was not disappointed! I rated it 4/5 stars.
How on earth can we be in March already? It feels like February went by in the blink of the eye! It probably didn’t help that my family and I were sick for the last week and a half of February.
I read 3 books in February which seems to be the norm for me as of late. All 3 were physical copies that I had in my TBR pile and were also by authors who are new to me. One of the books was from my Book of the Month Subscription that I have. In total I read 949 pages in February!
Reviews of these books are in prior posts on this blog. Short recaps of each of the books are below:
It’s almost mid-March as I’m putting this post together and right now I’m on track to read more than 3 books . . . fingers crossed!
This is a psychological thriller about a woman who has been convicted of killing her husband and a therapist who is determined to find out why she did it.
Alicia Berenson is a famous artist who seems to have a perfect life until one night when she shoots her husband multiple times and then never speaks again. Instead of going to prison, she is committed to a psychiatric facility. Theo Faber is a psychotherapist who is obsessed with finding out why Alicia killed her husband. He is determined to get her to speak again so that he can unravel the mystery.
This book was beyond fantastic and a great debut novel by this author!!! The story kept me guessing throughout and the twists at the end of the book are what made me give it a rating of 5/5 stars!
The announcement of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding came in 1947. England was experiencing one of the harshest winters ever and food was in such short supply that rationing had to take place. The wedding announcement was thought to be a joyous event for the country.
The story surrounds the creating of the wedding gown for Princess Elizabeth and the women who were involved in bringing it to life. Two of those women were Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassen. Both of the women were embroiderers at the fashion house of Norman Hartnell. The story follows their friendship and the trials and tribulations they experience during the time that the gown is being created.
In 2016, Ann’s granddaughter, Heather, is left some embroidered squares after Ann’s passing. Heather is determined to find out the mystery behind these squares and why her grandmother thought it so important to leave them to her.
Anyone who knows me, knows that historical fiction is my favorite genre. The author did a great job of switching between 1947 and 2016. I loved the friendship that developed between Ann and Miriam. A beautifully told story that I rated a 4.5/5 stars! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of this genre!
This book is about a man (A.J. Fikry) who has lost his wife and his business (a bookstore) is failing. He isn’t the easiest person to be around either. His life changes when he discovers a small child has been abandoned in his bookstore with a note from the child’s mother wanting him to raise her daughter. The arrival of the girl gives AJ a new lease on life and allows him to see things in a more positive light. He also discovers love again when he meets a new book sales rep that is assigned to his store.
This was a fantastic book! It made me laugh out loud, and at the end it even made me cry. It was beautiful to see A.J. transform into such a loving father and husband and watch him turn his life, and his business, around. There were some twists towards the end that I didn’t see coming involving some of the characters too!