Friday, July 21, 2017

The Child
by Fiona Barton

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…


Kritters Thoughts:  A infant baby is found during construction and there is more than one person who may have connections to the baby, but reporter Kate is on the case and wants to get the story before anyone else.  

I have to say that I did figure out all of the things early.  I doubted myself at a few points, but in the end I was correct and I am still not sure how I feel about how easily I came to the conclusion.  

I loved how the story was set up, there were chapters told from the reporter Kate, a young woman named Emma who lived in the neighborhood where the baby was with her mom, who also has a few chapters from her perspective and the other person who did a lot of narrating was Angela who had a baby kidnapped from the hospital.  I loved how it hopped between all of these women and the story moved forward from one story to the next and even a few times a scene was repeated from a different perspective - it was very cool how she weaved it all in and out.

I will continue to read Fiona Barton, I like the way she puts together her stories and completely adore her characters!


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2017 Challenge: 21 out of 50



Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sweetbriar Cottage
by Denise Hunter

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 320
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?



Kritters Thoughts:  Noah and Josephine thought that they had been divorced for a year and a half, but due to some paperwork mix up they are technically still married.  A weather event, a horse and a few mistakes send this couple out into winter cold and they must depend on each other to survive.  

There were many times in this book where I rolled my eyes as something would happen that would make their situation worse and it was just too much.  I don't want to be too specific and spoil, but there was officially a moment where I went oh really, how convenient for the story and it was too obvious.  

What I did love about the book was the glimpses into their past.  From when they met to their love story, I loved seeing those snap shots as the full story was happening - it put the bigger story into context.  

Overall this book was just ok in my opinion.  I liked the overall concept of story and mostly how it was executed, there were just a few moments where I wish the author had tried something else to get the plot to move where she wanted it to.  

I wanted to add a little side warning - Denise Hunter is a Christian fiction author and this book definitely has some Christian moments.  I read Christian fiction often and some are obviously Christian fiction with scripture and such and some are very light on it, this one had quite a few moments, so if you are not into that thing, I wanted to forewarn you.


Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But a Pool
by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages: 320
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The bestselling and “perennially hilarious” mother-daughter team is back with a new collection of stories from their real lives, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. Join Lisa and Francesca as they regret drunk-shopping online, try smell-dating, and explore the freedom of a hiatus from men - a Guyatus. They offer a fresh and funny take on the triumphs and facepalm moments of modern life, showing that when it comes to navigating the crazy world we live in, you’re always your own best lifeguard 


Kritters Thoughts:  I will have to admit this early, I have yet to read one of these kinds of books by Lisa Scottoline and her daughter Francesca Serritella, even though I own almost all of them, I just hadn't read them and when I was pitched this book to review I decided I had to do it!  

In a few of the essays I will say that Lisa specifically hinted at stories from the past and as this was my first read of theirs I felt a little left out, not enough to not laugh and get the moral of the story, but just felt as though I was missing a little piece.

There were some essays or stories that literally made me laugh out loud and even to the point of laugh crying, as a dog person, I tended to absolutely adore the stories where dogs were involved.  I was also a bit partial to Francesca's stories because we are close to the same age, so I related to her stories and was saying ME TOO during a lot of her stories.

Although, I didn't read this on a beach but instead in fits and spurts and here and there, I think this would be a perfect addition to your beach bag.  The quick essays allow you to read and pay attention if you have a little one frolicking in the sand or floating in the pool.  Of course the cover is even perfect to lounge by the side of the pool with! 

After reading this one, I will definitely be picking up the other ones and quick, I want to see the stories that I was missing and get to know these two better.


Rating: perfect beach read

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from St. Martin's Press.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Serenity Harbor
by RaeAnne Thayne

Publisher: Harlequin
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  In the town of Haven Point, love can be just a wish—and one magical kiss—away…

Computer-tech millionaire Bowie Callahan is about the last person that schoolteacher Katrina Bailey wants to work for. As far as she can see, he's arrogant, entitled and not up to the task of caring for his young half brother, Milo. But Kat is, especially if it brings her closer to her goal of adopting an orphaned little girl. And as her kindness and patience work wonders with Milo, she realizes there's more to sexy, wary Bo than she'd ever realized.

Bo never imagined he'd be tasked with caring for a sibling he didn't know existed. Then again, he never pictured himself impulsively kissing vibrant, compassionate Katrina in the moonlight. Now he's ready to make her dream of family come true…and hoping there's room in it for him, too…


Kritters Thoughts:  The next in the Haven Point series and with each read in this series I love it more and more.  This episode centers around Bowie Callahan who has moved to Haven Point to work for Caine Tech a company that he has worked for since its founding and he has a big reason - his half brother Milo to live there in a small quiet town.  Katrina Bailey is from a prominent family in Haven Point and has come home for a wedding, but is determined to return to Columbia.

As all romance books go, the reader is pretty sure of what the ending may look like, but the journey is still fun!  With Katrina's background as a teacher and interest in children with needs she is a perfect fit to help Bowie figure out the best care for his half brother who has come into his life.

I loved the push and pull of this relationship, it never felt fake or forced and it just worked.  I completely loved both of these characters and it was so easy to read their meeting and eventual love story.  

I read this book completely in one sitting at the pool and it was the perfect companion for the pool day.  I will definitely be continuing this series as long as it continues.



Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Bookshop at Water's End
by Patti Callahan Henry

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround it...

Bonny Blankenship's most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey's mother disappeared.

Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide.


Kritters Thoughts:  Bonny Blankenship has a something major happen at work and it throws her life for a spin, so she decides to go back to the place where she felt the most at peace and at home - a summer beach house that her and her brother still own after their parents have passed away.  Bonny thinks that escaping here for a moment can help her find a new north and send her down a better path in life.  Her best friend will meet her there, but her best friend has some negative memories but maybe returning can help her find peace.  

I absolutely adored this story.  I loved Bonny and Lainey and their friendship felt so real and true and I loved seeing small glimpses into their first few summers together and then the full story of their adult relationship.  I also adored the small town it was such a great setting for both of them to go to to regroup and you could see that pushing the pause button in the small town was easy.  

I am embarrassed to admit that I own quite a few Patti Callahan Henry and all of them sound like they will be great reads, but this was actually my first book of hers that I completed.  I loved her writing, characters and setting, so I will be picking up her others one very soon!  

Have any of you read any of her books?  What should I read next?


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

This was a busy week for evening activities - a book club, a concert with some girls and a dinner with one of my faves, so all the reading happened this weekend by the pool
A meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 

Finished this past week:
The Separatists by Lis Wiehl
The Bookshop at Water's End by Patti Callahan Henry
Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne

Currently Reading:
Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter

Next on the TBR pile:
The Child by Fiona Barton

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Separatists
by Lis Wiehl

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When America is threatened from within on a scale not seen since the Civil War, Erica Sparks is on the front lines reporting. But what can she do to stop it?

Star newsmaker Erica Sparks is in Bismark, North Dakota, covering the first recall of a governor in that state since 1921. Mary Bellamy, who is trying to unseat the current governor, keeps talking about going through the political process to gain more freedom for the state. She seems peaceful and level-headed . . . but with other secessionist groups making noise around the country, Erica can't help but wonder what Mary's goal really is.

Then Erica receives a desperate call from a woman downstairs in the lobby of her hotel. Erica goes down to meet her and discovers the woman in the ladies room with her throat slit. There's obviously more going on here--and someone doesn't want Erica looking below the surface.

Meanwhile, Erica's marriage to Greg Underwood seems headed for disaster . . . and her relationship with her teenage daughter Jenny may not be far behind.

Erica feels a civil war looming in her own home, and all the signs indicate that military action will be required in North Dakota. And then she discovers that the threat to all Americans is even greater than anyone imagined. Can she find the answers to save her family and her country in time?


Kritters Thoughts:  The third in a series and I would warn that you should start with book one, as I said before the mysteries are self contained but there are character developments from one book to another, so you will want to start at the beginning.

There is an uproar in the United States and some states have decided that want to break away and form their own government with their own set of rules, North Dakota has moved forward the most and by political means and that is where the drama starts for this book.  Erica Sparks takes it away again in this book and she wants to get down to the foundation of Mary Bellamy and her reasoning for spearheading this movement, it seems like there are a few reasons!

Again, I love Erica Sparks and her drive for the truth.  This book felt like there was a lot less of her personal life in comparison to the ones before, but the cliff hanger at the end makes me think that her personal life may be more of a focus in the next book, there is a next book right?


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel  (I think there will be one)

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Smith Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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