Showing posts from June, 2019

Shamed by Linda Castillo

A young Amish girl is missing and time is running out to find her. Kate is the chief of police in a small town near an Amish community. Kate has a special relationship with the Amish because she grew up Amish before leaving. Kate understands the Amish don’t trust outsiders and prefer to handle things within their own community. However, Kate has a missing girl to find. As she investigates she begins to uncover details the Amish wish were not known. Kate has to use her ties with the community in order to gain their trust and bring the little girl home. This is the second book I have read by Linda Castillo and I was not disappointed. The main character, Kate, is in all the books but everything is explained so you can jump right into the book. I love the story development and the characters are very relatable. I tried to figure out the ending but could not until it was here. I loved this book! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson

A pastor and his family face something no family wants to face. Eighteen year old Stella is arrested for murder. The story unfolds first from the view of the father, Adam, a pastor. The viewpoint changes to the mother, Ulrika, a criminal defense lawyer. Finally the viewpoint changes to Stella, the daughter accused of murder. It is set in Sweden and is the author’s first book published in the US. I was intrigued by the book because of the storyline and also because of the setting. The criminal system in Sweden is different than in the US and the author cleverly explained how the system worked via Ulrika. It was very helpful so I was not confused as to what was going on. The story explores how parents battle doing everything they can to protect their child with the ethics shown in their jobs, a pastor and a lawyer. How do you protect your child and each other while finding out the truth? You will not be disappointed in this book! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase

Leah and her boyfriend of four years, Oli, invite Leah’s best friend, June, to July 4th holiday at Oli’s parents lake house. Seems like a fun vacation until something goes wrong and Leah dies. Several years later June and Oli start dating and quickly get engaged. June cannot truly be happy knowing if her best friend was still alive, Oli would be with her. Oli asks June to go back to the lake with him for his mother’s special birthday. It is the first time June would go back to where her best friend died. June and Oli struggle to accept the past and move on and June wonders what really happened to Leah. The story alternates each chapter changing from Leah’s point of view several years ago to June’s point of view now. I really loved this book and devoured it in two days! I love this style of writing and the characters were amazing. I was pulled in more by each chapter and could not wait to get to the next one to find out what happened next. I highly recommend this book! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Montauk by Nicola Harrison

Bea has everything a 1930’s girl could want. A rich successful husband and an opportunity to spend the summer in a tourist destination outside of New York City. The beautiful town of Montauk thrives on the summer tourist season. The trouble is Bea does not have everything she could want. She has been unable to have a baby despite years of trying. She is not comfortable around the rest of the summer visitors to Montauk. Bea was raised by middle class parents and was expected to work for what she wanted. She was not used to nannies, being waited on, and was bored not working. She sees this summer as a chance to rekindle her marriage but her husband spends his weeks in the City and only the weekends at Montauk. Bea befriends a local, Elizabeth, who does laundry for the summer visitors. Bea feels more comfortable with the locals and builds additional relationships. As the summer winds down, Bea has to decide how she wants to live her life and what her future holds. I was wrapped up i

The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

Alice is a successful designer with her own company. It was started in part with her past husband’s inheritance. Her past husband, Tom, had disappeared during a skiing trip and is presumed dead. Alice is devastated and neglects everything, only getting out of bed to care for her daughter. Then she meets  Nathan and she slowly starts to come back to life. She is still struggling with anxiety and is about to close on the biggest deal in the history of her company when she starts to find strange things. An earring in Nathan’s car, receipts that don’t add up. Is Nathan cheating on her? Alice turns to her best friend Beth for advice. But the twists keep coming as Beth is hiding her own secrets. I was very excited to read this book as I loved The Other Woman. The storyline for this book was confusing at times but the plot twists keep you engaged. I enjoyed trying to figure out what really happened but I did not see the ending coming!