Friday, April 20, 2018

Book Beginnings - 4/20/2018

*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page. 
My Book Beginnings is taken from THE WATERS & THE WILD by DeSales Harrison:


"Had you a nightscope, or the eye of a night bird staring down from the rafters of the church, you could make him out, the priest:  supine, sunk in darkness, wide-awake."
Books Finished:

BEACH HOUSE REUNION by Mary Alice Monroe.

Review will be on May 23.

An easy, sweet read.

BOARDWALK SUMMER by Meredith Jaeger.

LOVED it -  It is set in 1940 and then moves to 2007. A lovely nostalgic read.

Review will be on June 19.


Review will be on June 5.

Excellent as always.

PAPER GHOSTS by Julia Heaberlin.

Review will be on May 15. 

A different kind of spooky.  :)


A MATTER OF CHANCE by Julie Maloney.

Review is in the book's title.

Suspenseful and good.

THE WAY OF BEAUTY by Camille Di Maio.

Review will be on May 2.

A marvelous book.

WHEN NEVER COMES by Barbara Davis. 

Really enjoyed this book as I have enjoyed all of her books.

Review will be on May 1, 2018.

THE ELIZAS by Sara Shepard

Review will be on April 26.

THE HUSBAND HOUR by Jamie Brenner.

Review will be on April 24.


THEN SHE WAS GONE by Lisa Jewell.

Review is in the book's title.

AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline.

Review is in the book's title

Book Blogger Hop - 4/20 - 4/26

Question of the Week:

How do you organize your books for review? Does it work for you or have you had to change it? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

My Answer:

I keep an online calendar, a printed list, and my blog.

It works very well for me and haven't had to change it.

Friendly Fill-Ins - 4/20/2018

1. New ____ are ____.

2. I love to ___ on the ____.

3. When I was a child, I loved to play           .

4. One         , I         .

1.  New babies are so precious.

2.  I love to read on the porch in the summer.

3. When I was a child, I loved to play in the creek.

4.  One thing I learned is that some people "know" everything and don't want to hear what you have to say. 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

A very odd set of characters awaits the reader in THEN SHE WAS GONE.

Two families are the main focus and somehow they become blended by a chance meeting.

Laurel’s family has been mourning their daughter Ellie’s death for ten years, and then her body is found. Meanwhile the family has fallen apart - a divorce for Paul and Laurel and sort of an estrangement between their children. Floyd‘s family has a precocious daughter, Poppy, who looks like Ellie and a sister that is quite different.

The more time Laurel spends with Poppy, the more confused she becomes about her personality, her outlook on life, and how Laurel sees her dead daughter in Poppy.

Laurel finds clues that seem to connect Floyd and Poppy to Ellie.

THEN SHE WAS GONE had an undercurrent of doom and sinister things lurking.  The sinister thing seemed to be the tie to all of the heartache the characters were experiencing both present and past.

THEN SHE WAS GONE kept my interest, but I can't say it was a thriller until the past was coming into the picture and the book went back in time to tell us the story of how Ellie went missing. It was more of a study of personalities and families as well as lies.  

If you enjoy a turn-around, revealing ending with a few creepy characters, you will enjoy THEN SHE WAS GONE.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

Anna, Anna, Anna...she finally has come home to her mother, but what should have been a joyous occasion after seventeen years turns into a nightmare.

Anna and Maggie were apart for seventeen years.  Maggie’s husband falsely accused her of abusing their infant daughter and took her away.  Anna connected with her mother after her father was killed in a plane crash.

Maggie had remarried and lived with her loving husband, Dr. Noah Alderman.  Everyone accepted Anna into the family even though Anna balked at their rules.

AFTER ANNA takes us back and forth in time as we follow the trial that has Dr. Alderman fighting for his freedom, and we are taken back to the days BEFORE Anna's return and DURING Anna’s return home to her mother after seventeen years.

Anna had her mother believing everything she told her whether it was true or not, and Maggie was not believing anything her husband said about Anna.

I didn’t like Anna the moment I met her.  Something just told me she was manipulative, cunning, and evil.

Ms. Scottoline has written another fantastic thriller filled with tension that will keep you on the edge of your seat along with characters that you will not like and some that you will want to tell to wake up and see what really is going on.

Everything was PERFECT until Anna arrived. 

Do NOT miss reading this book. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018



The winner of the giveaway is:

Stacy from Ohio.




There are quite a few CELEBRATIONS and GIVEAWAYS in ​the next two months. 

Click on the GIVEAWAYS TAB NOW or wait until the post goes live on the dates below.





Monday, April 16, 2018

MUST Reads

Ninety-nine percent of the books I read are MUST READS. 🙂

What are YOUR Must Reads?

I am choosing these four from 2018 that have been read but with reviews not posted yet.

Dates of my blog reviews are below:

When Never Comes - 5/1 - GIVEAWAY TOO
The Way of Beauty - 5/2 
Dreams of Falling - 6/1 
Boardwalk Summer - 6/19