Review of: Every Single Secret, by Emily Carpenter

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I have to thank NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for letting me have a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

WOW!! This book blew me away. It had so many twists that I started thinking everyone was guilty of something. It’s an edge of your seat thriller for sure. It will make you cringe and cry in parts. It will hold your attention to the very last word on the very last page. It was that good.

Daphne started out life hard. He mother was a drug addict and would just up and leave her alone when she was just a little girl. When she grows up she meets Heath and they get engaged. He has a past that causes him much distress also. He wants to take her away for a week couple retreat and although she does not believe in therapy she agrees to go.

Once settled she becomes very suspicious of the place. The cameras that are on them most all the time. The secrets she finds. It’s all a bit much and she wants and needs to get away.

Heath has many secrets that he has kept from Daphne and she has secrets of her own. But she does not want to share her life secrets and thinks if they can just go home all will be ok. But will it. Can Heath get over the things he went through and make a life with Daphne? Or will he choose another way?

This book will hook you from the very first page and won’t let go even after you read the very last word. It’s one that you will truly enjoy reading and won’t want to skip a word. It’s wonderfully written with believable characters. Believable story. It’s definitely one of my favorites this year.

I loved The Honeysuckle Girls by the same author and this one. Now I can’t wait to read more by this awesome author. You have to read this book. It’s wonderful. It will dig down into your deepest recesses. It won’t let go.

A big 5 stars for this awesome book. Loved it.

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On A Cold Dark Sea, by Elizabeth Blackwell

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Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union for this wonderful book.

I started this book with no expectations because I usually do not like books about the Titanic. But it pulled me in and I could not put it down. It was not just set on the Titanic but about several lives spared when it sank. Before boarding, during and after. From several characters point of view. It was absolutely a wonderful awesome book. I won’t forget this one for a while.

This is one book I would love to see a sequel to. Only because of the ending to see what happened. It was so good. I was crying in parts, smiling in other and my heart broke in several places. It’s an emotional read but yet uplifting too. If that makes sense. It was just all around good. I read it in record time. Loved it. I will read more by this author.

I had to give this book 5 stars and it would be way more if possible. Loved it from start to finish.

Hurricane Season by Lauren K Denton

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Thank you NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the honor of reading such a good book.

This is one of the very best books ever. Set in AL on a dairy farm.
Ty and Betsy have been in love since they both went to Auburn University in AL. Her parents had different plans for her but love won. He is a dairy farmer who takes over his grandfathers farm even though his dad wanted him to follow in his footsteps. They have a very nice farm and home but no children. There is no medical reason for them not having a child. They both want children, it’s just not in the stars for them. Ty finally makes Betsy understand that although having a child would be great, he loves her and always will.

Jenna is Betsy’s younger sister. She has two adorable girls, Walsh who is 3 and Addie who is 5. Jenna works hard as a barista and spends all of her free time with her girls. She has coffee each day that she works, except weekends, with Sam. Sam is just a guy who’s coffee pot stopped working and decided to stop in for coffee. He was attracted to Jenna so started coming for coffee each morning. They spend all of 10 minutes together each day. Her girls are her reason for everything good in her life. She loves them unconditionally and is a very good mother. She gets a chance to go to a retreat in FL called Halcyon to be mentored by another photographer. He’s done lots of work for big time magazines and helps her more than she thought possible.

Jenna calls Betsy to see if she will keep the girls for 2 weeks, which turns into 2 months. Ty is upset at first that Betsy didn’t consult him first but he also loves the girls and will do anything for Betsy. He’s only trying to protect her from being hurt.

This is a book about self discovery, hope, love, understanding, patience, photography, farming, children, neighbors and family. One that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. It’s about a hurricane that comes through and how family and neighbors stick together. Help each other. I hated so bad for it to end. It was one that sure will make you stop and think about life. Appreciate the life you have. It’s a love story but not one that is just about a couple, it’s about lots of people who work together for the sake of friendship. It will touch your heart in ways you won’t see coming. I wish there would be a sequel in a way. I’d love to read more about Jenna and also Betsy and Ty. I believe Jenna and Sam end up together. I also believed Betsy and Ty have that child they both deserve and want to bad. This book will make you believe in life. The good parts of life.

I loved it and highly recommend it. I had to give it a 5 star rating and will read more books by this author

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2288938331

The Secret Child

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I received a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This was probably the most emotional book I have read in a while. My first for the new year. It was so good. Grabbed me from the first page and would not let go. I could have just sat and read all day and night if I did not have other things that I had to do and people to take care of.

Kerry Fisher did a wonderful job of pulling me in and had me hanging on for dear life. I wanted to know what came next and had a very hard time putting it down.

I won’t go into what this book was about because there are so many great reviews already doing that. I will say have a big box of Kleenex handy while reading this book. It’s worth every single tear you will shed. I promise. It’s just a good book that will keep you wanting more.

I honestly cried so much reading this book that my eyes are sore now. But like I said, it was worth it. I will read more by this author.

Just a wonderful story of love, loss and bringing back together again. A love story for everyone.

When We Were Worthy

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I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book that will certainly stay with you. It has so many different people telling their stories and thoughts about what happened, yet you can imagine for yourself too. It is sad but at the same time enlightening. It’s a tough book to read but one that will make you think. Make you appreciate things. See things, especially your children in a whole different way.

From being falsely accused of messing with students to losing her husband(not a big loss in my opinion) to the loss of innocence of a young girl. Thins are not always as they seem yet at times are exactly as they seem.

This book hit home to me in a few way. Like the love between certain people. Years of love and respect. Knowing that person is and will always be there for you. From being forced to do something you don’t want to do, begging for them to stop, to helping a person get their life back and keeping a young man from going to prison for something he may or may not have done.

You can’t read this book without being ready to show many emotions. It’s very sad but also happy, if that makes sense. It’s the story of a town’s loss. Tragedy. Citizens. Innocents and guilty boys who think they are above everything just because.

I did enjoy this book. I did shed many tears reading this book. But it was worth each tear. It was WORTHY.

I can’t wait to read more from this author. This was one awesome, good, emotional, touching, story.

I loved it from start to finish.

WOMAN LAST SEEN IN HER THIRTIES

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I received a copy of this awesome book from NetGalley. I have to thank them for allowing me to read such a good book.

It’s an age-old story: woman meets man, man woos woman, woman spends her best years believing their love is the everlasting kind.

Woman embraces aging with hair dye and ample amounts of wine. Man faces his impending mortality by convincing himself that a younger woman is the answer to his waning energy and flagging libido.

Those two parts at the beginning were perfect. Drew me right in to find out why…

I fell in love with this book. It was so heart touching. Sad in parts, funny in parts and many happy parts too. It had a bit of all the emotions that make for a good book.

I felt so bad for Maggie when her husband of 28 years decided he was no longer happy with her. But she went out and did things. She got a life. She experienced things and tried things she never would have if Adam had not of done what he did. I didn’t like him. I never felt sorry for him. Mid life crisis my butt. I don’t think it is ever ok to do what he did. But he paid and paid dearly. In my humble opinion he got off pretty light. But he did learn a vital lesson.

I loved how her children stood by her but still didn’t turn against their dad. Even though he sure didn’t set a good example of how a married man should behave. Rose was a gem. I cried reading about her, toward the end. It has to be hard to know you are forgetting the ones you love so dearly. I agree with her that it would be so much better if it would just happen real fast. The remembering then forgetting has to be hell on a person.

This was a very good book and really made me stop and think. What would I do in Maggie’s place. Probaby fall to pieces. I don’t know if I could be as strong as she finally got. I was very touched at how she handled things. How she ended up doing things. It was perfect. The ending was perfect. I honestly loved this book. It is a 5 star read…

Blue Hole Back Home

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First of all I have to thank NetGalley for the honor of reading such a touching and heartfelt book. It is truly a story that everyone should read.

I hate prejudice. It’s something I find I have very little patience with. I was born and raised in the south and have alway rebelled against hating someone because of the color of their skin, or their religious beliefs or sexual preferences. I try my best to love everyone and treat everyone with respect. Now, the bigots, haters and ones who think their race is the only one that counts; I throughly detest. I can’t tolerate haters. I have NO use for them be it in AL or in WASHINGTON. I won’t get polititacal here, but sure could with all that is going on right now in 2017. It’s a shame. It’s sad beyond words. That being said…..

I loved this book. It was written with such beauty, such eloquent words. In a way that to me most haters could read and it might get through to them. Maybe not, but maybe

Each character was formed so beautifully. Each person, each response to what this story was about, was written perfectly in my opinion.

I loved the setting and the Blue Hole reminds me in lots of ways of a place some of my friends and myself went to during hot summers when I was a teen in the 70s. I don’t remember there being trouble if someone different was there but I know in lots of places there was much trouble. Much hatred and pain.

This should be a book that kids in high school should have to read. Maybe it would teach them something. Something about belonging. Not being a bully or a hater. Just maybe it would get through to a few. You never know.

This book starts out great and it never let me down. I love how it started out with Turtle grown then going back in time to tell her story. Or the story I should say. It was just the right way to do this. She had a good story to tell albeit sad at times and very sad about half way through. Each character was touched by the New Girl, Sanna. Maybe some in not so good ways, they being haters. But the mangy pack took her as their friend and never let her down. She was different and some people can’t accept different, even now. She was kind and loving and a good friend. Em, he was one of my favorite characters. He loved reading and was kind in so many ways too. (Turtle’s brother). Then Jimbo. He was probably my very favorite person in this story. The son of a preacher. He was funny, well spoken, loving, kind and fell for the wrong, in their opinion, no mine, girl. I hated what happened to him.

I knew this was going to be a story that would get under my skin but I read it anyway and am so glad I did. It was so worth it. All the characters were so well written and so perfect for their part. Even the mean hearted. I wonder if the mean people do that out of fear of something or if they are truly just mean cruel people? I’ve often wondered about that. In this story you get to know each character and feel bad for some and happy for some.

It has something for everyone and lots of tears to be shed so be warned that you will need that box of Kleenex.

I gave this book a 5 star rating and would have given it many more if I could have. It is true to it’s time and it makes me wonder why there are some that would go back to that time or worse if they could. Or they think they would anyway. The author did a great job and I thank her for writing such a good story. It touched my heart deeply and completely