Blog Tour: Buried Secrets by T. J. Brearton @BreartonTJ @bookouture


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Release date: August 18, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture 

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb: 

What if your dream home became your worst nightmare?


Newlyweds Brett and Emily Larson have just moved into a new home deep in the countryside, and are overjoyed when Emily finds out she’s pregnant. 


Then they discover human bones in their garden.


As the police start to investigate, three things become clear:


The bones are recent.

They are not here by accident.

They are a message.


When the police put three photographs of known criminals on the Larsons’ kitchen table, the couple realize the danger may be closer to home than they think. 


As the situation escalates, can Brett and Emily keep one step ahead to protect themselves – and their unborn child?


Fast-paced, compelling and full of twists, this heart-pounding thriller will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Perfect for fans of Rachel Abbott, Robert Dugoni and Linwood Barclay.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Buried Secrets!


Review: 

Oohh this book ended up being different than what I had expected but I mean that in a good way. I had assumed it would focus on either a cop narrating the story or have a killer as the focus but it was actually told in two separate narratives and not from a cop OR a killer. The first is Brett and Emily a young, newlywed couple who have just moved into a new home. When they decide to start a garden they find human bones and their lives take an unexpected turn. The second follows Jimmy Russo, a man who finds himself in jail when his portion begins due to a past transgression he thought he escaped. I kept trying to figure out how these storylines would merge and I definitely didn’t predict exactly how, or when they would. 

The first half of Buried Secrets starts out on the slower side as Russo tries to figure out how to get himself out of jail and back with his wife and baby daughter while Emily and Brett deal with the aftermath of the bones being unearthed. While I found both storylines interesting and engaging, I was more drawn to Russo, both his character and his specific story. There was just something endearing about this rough around the edges man that got under my skin and captured my attention. 

By the last quarter of this book I was well and truly hooked as the storylines converged in unexpected ways. It became tense and very action packed as crazy things started to happen and they didn’t stop until the very end. It’s so strange how the discovery of human bones set off a series of events that I never saw coming, this one kept me on my toes. If you’re looking for a different type of thriller told from a unusual perspective, you may like this one.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

About the Author: 



 

 

 

 

 

T.J. Brearton is the author of eight published novels of crime fiction, including detective thrillers, police procedurals, psychological suspense, and one paranormal crime story. His eBooks have been best-sellers on the Amazon kindle fiction Top 100 list. He lives in the Adirondacks with his wife and three children where he writes full time.

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Blog Tour: The Queen of New Beginnings by Therese Loreskar @loreskar @bombshellpub


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Release date: August 10, 2017

Publisher: Bombshell Books

Genre: Women’s Fiction 

Blurb: 

Kajsa lives in a large house in Stockholm along with her three children and their dog. Since coming clean about lying on her popular blog she no longer has any work. Not only that but she has kicked her husband out because of his sex addiction.


 


While her husband is in rehab trying to fix his little problem, Kajsa’s mother in law is thrown out of her retirement home and comes to live with her daughter in law.


 


Then Kajsa receives an unexpected offer to move to a fashionable part of London. But having to look after her mother in law makes life complicated.  


 


Can Kajsa rid herself of her baggage and make a fresh start with her children in England?


 


This laugh-out-loud comedy looks at the daily struggles we all face with our families and asks if starting again is ever really possible. 


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Queen of New Beginnings.


Review:

This is the second book in a series, I read the first, The Queen of Blogging right before this one and since I didn’t post a full review, I’ll quickly share my thoughts on that book before this one. 

Queen of Blogging

Kajsa is a hilarious and quirky character, she made the book for me personally, she was just so much fun in an over the type kind of way. She was kind of a mash up of Bridget Jones and Becky Bloomwood, she finds herself in these outrageous situations, mostly due to the fact that her whole blog is a total lie. She’s supposed to be this fitness guru and she hates to exercise and she posts pics of her meals that she finds using Google. It’s told through diary entries and was a quick, light read. The ending did feel a bit rushed and there wasn’t a lot of resolution, so I was happy I had the next one to start immediately!

Queen of New Beginnings 

This one picks up three months after the first book ends and Kajsa is separated from her sex addict husband and struggling as a single mom. It’s told in a similar structure as the first book was and once again, it made it really easy to just keep turning the pages. She’s as funny as ever in this installment and finds herself in several awkward and embarrassing scenarios. I especially liked the relationship between her and her mother in law, they’re at odds most of the time and they both say and think the funniest things!

Kajsa has definitely shown growth and development throughout both books but she’s still a lovable hot mess underneath. This was such an easy read that made me giggle, a super fun book to read in an afternoon. The ending was a bit abrupt again but I’m hoping this means there’s a third book in the works?! 

Overall rating: 4/5

About the Author: 


Therese Loreskär started her carrier in 2010 as a Swedish author. She self-published her first novel which was very well received and quickly sold out!


 


In 2014 she signed up to a publishing house. Her novel called “The Queen of Blogging” was released and the feedback was overwhelming! People referred to the book as a modern “Bridget Jones” and couldn’t get enough of the main character, Kajsa. The next book “The Queen of Blogging 2” was released shortly after to all the reader’s delight.


 


Therese has since then published 4 bestselling children’s books as well. She often does tours at different schools and talks about her books. The children love her visits and Therese always enjoys talking to her little readers.


 


“The Queen of Blogging 1 & 2” have also been recorded and launched as audiobooks in addition to paper backs in Sweden. Her biggest dream is to have “The Queen of Blogging series” made into films, and she secretly keeps a list in an old drawer of presumptive actors that would do the characters in her books justice.


 


Her never-ending energy for writing and entertaining people with her characters is her biggest trait.


 


Therese lives in the countryside along the west coast of Sweden. She has a rather big and busy household, with (one) husband, two children, one deaf cat, five hamsters and a grandmother.


 


When she’s not busy making up stories and writing silly things, she enjoys the nature, people, history, redecorating the house without asking anyone for permission, and all other kinds of creativity.

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Blog Tour: The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky by Summer Heacock @Fizzygrrl


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Release date: July 25, 2017

Publisher: MIRA

Genre: Women’s Fiction 

Blurb:

In thirty-four days, it will have been exactly two years to the day since I’ve had sex.  


Having sex wasn’t exactly high on Kat Carmichael’s priority list while her successful bakery was taking off, especially since things hadn’t been working very well in that department. And the last time she and her boyfriend, Ryan, even attempted the act, they found it to be physically impossible—resulting in pain and disappointment for Kat instead of sunshine and orgasms.


With just over a month until their four-year anniversary, Kat calls for a break in her relationship with Ryan, encouraging him to see other people while she throws herself into physical therapy. Yet even with the well-intentioned (but wildly inappropriate) attempts at help from her best friends, Kat quickly discovers that a solo mission may not be the best approach.


Fortunately, physical therapist Ben Cleary, the shop’s best (looking) customer, volunteers to help out—strictly as a friend, of course. But as the line between love and friendship begins to blur, Kat stands to lose much more than a functioning set of lady bits if she can’t figure out what to hang on to…and what to let go.

Review: 

From the blurb I had assumed this would be a typical, lighthearted read with a focus on vaginas, a dash of romance and a pretty predictable plot. I couldn’t have been more wrong, this is anything but formulaic, it’s a refreshing read that’s SO much more than your average women’s fiction/chick lit read, I LOVED it!

Kat has a broken vagina. Yes, that’s a thing but it’s actually called vaginismus and it sounds completely and totally awful. After two long years with the condition she decides it’s finally time to get it fixed with the help of her three best friends and coworkers, Shannon, Butter and Liz. I want Kat to be my new BFF and I want a job at the bakery, this group of women are amazing and Heacock created the most relatable, realistic characters I’ve come across in quite awhile. When they were together and just chatting I felt like I was eavesdropping on an awesome group of friends, the dialogue and structure was perfect. 

While there is romance here that isn’t the central focus, instead it’s about this group of badass women who handle life’s awkward moments with humor and as much grace as they can. There are so many hilarious scenes that had me cracking up, I’m talking tears streaming down my face type of funny. On top of all of that fun, there is a swoon worthy romance AND cupcakes, it doesn’t get much better than that! Except it does because some of the delicious sounding recipes are included at the end of the book.

If you’re looking for a fresh, modern read with sassy characters, snarky, witty humor and a wickedly funny storyline, look no further. I’m sort of bummed that this is Heacock’s debut because I have to wait another year to read more of her work and I’ve never read anything else quite like this book. 

Overall rating: 5/5

Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for my review copy. 

About the Author: 


Summer Heacock is an author of contemporary women’s fiction and prances through life like a Disney cartoon that says the “F” word a lot. She lives in a teeny Indiana town, where she’s a stay-at-home-mom to two scampy tots, wife to an amazingly understanding husband, herder of a rescue critter menagerie and collector of life-size celebrity cardboard cutouts. When not writing or hoarding jellybeans, she’s a member of the Midwest Writers planning committee and a cohost of PubTalkTV. She can be found at http://www.Fizzygrrl.com and on Twitter as @Fizzygrrl. The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky is her debut novel.

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Blog Tour: Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett @Sarahlou_writes @NeverlandBT

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Release date: July 13, 2017

Publisher: HQ Digital

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit

Blurb:

 A second chance by the sea?
When Kiki Jackson’s marriage falls to pieces, there’s only one place that she knows she can escape to – her sister’s little guesthouse in Butterfly Cove.

But she’s worried that turning up on bride-to-be Mia’s doorstep, especially with her two adorable children in tow, will spoil her sister’s imminent wedding plans!

Luckily, handsome neighbour Aaron Spenser offers to share his new cottage with Kiki until she’s back on her feet. And as the wedding draws closer, Kiki realises that Butterfly Cove may be offering her little family more than just a new home…

Maybe this is where her new life begins…?

An uplifting and heartwarming read, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd
 
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove!


Review:

I was really craving a lighthearted, fun read when I picked this book up and had a feeling this would hit the spot. I was totally right, it was sweet, charming and so romantic!

This is the second book in a series but can easily be read as a standalone. I didn’t have a chance to read the first book and Bennett filled in the blanks for me beautifully. Butterfly Cove is one of those magical, enchanting settings that make you wish you were there with the characters. 

The characters themselves were all so lovely, some of them are related so there’s a great family bond and some are friends that are as close as family. Kiki is such a dear woman, I really felt for her, she’s had such a rough time in an awful marriage. But despite her struggles she’s an amazing mother and I loved the bond between her and her two adorable children. Aaron was the kindest, gentlest man, I just adored him. While they definitely had an instantaneous chemistry, there was no instant love, which always makes me happy and just makes things so much more realistic. 

If you’re looking for a happy, feel good read with a gorgeous, quaint setting, this is it! There is another book in this delightful series (a Christmas one!!!) coming out in October so you have plenty of time to catch up. 

Overall rating: 4/5

About the Author:

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.
 
Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.
 
When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.
 

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Blog Tour: If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton @Keris @bookouture


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Release date: August 4, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture 

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Blurb:

 

Izzy Harris should have it all – but her boyfriend has been ignoring her for months, she’s been overlooked for a promotion, and the owner of her local coffee shop pervs on her every time she has a craving for a salted caramel muffin.


Then her life is unexpectedly turned upside down.


Izzy dumps her oblivious boyfriend, and leaps on the chance to win a big pitch at work. Needing to work closely with gorgeous colleague Alex is an added perk…


But then her best friend has her heart broken, the pitch is way more complicated than expected, and Alex is keeping secrets. Does Izzy have what it takes to help her friend, save her career and get the guy?


A funny, feel-good read about finding yourself – and love – when you least expect it, for fans of Joanna Bolouri, Cate Woods, and Lindsey Kelk.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for If You Could See Me Now!


Review:

What an absolutely fun read this turned out to be! It was different than what I was expecting, but I mean that in a good way. Without spoiling it, it gave me a Kitty French/Chapelwick series vibe and had a touch of magical realism that worked really well for me. It was highly original in both the concept and the characterization, I cannot wait to read more from Keris Stainton. 

Izzy was such a fabulous character, she went through quite the transformation throughout the book and I was rooting for her the whole time. She’s been a bit of a doormat her entire life and lets people walk all over her until something kind of crazy happens to her. Her best friend Tash was also fantastic, she’s naughty and sassy and the perfect balance to Izzy’s more subdued personality. When they were together they had me laughing so hard, there were SO many hilarious scenes in this book.

I loved the positivity throughout the book, it was super uplifting and lighthearted but it still had a powerful message of female empowerment that had me nodding my head in solidarity. It’s a little risqué but in a wickedly funny way and while there was definitely romance, the entirety of the plot did not hinge on that aspect which was great! If you’re looking for an original, easy weekend/vacation read this is it. 

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy. 

About the Author:



 

 

 

 

 Keris lives in Lancashire with her husband and two sons. She’s written a bunch of books for young adults and children, and is obsessed with Twitter, tea, and 1D.

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Blog Tour: Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown @AuthorAimeeB

Title: Little Gray Dress
Author: Aimee Brown
Release Date: August 2nd, 2017
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Chick Lit
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Book Blurb:

Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.

From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.

When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!

Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another when she least expects it?

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AmazonUK: eBook – £1.99| print – £6.99
Barnes & Noble: print – $9.99

I am SO excited to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Aimee’s debut novel!

Review:

This begins in the present as Emi prepares to head to her brother Evan’s wedding where she’ll come face to face with her ex fiancé. Two years have passed since they’ve spilt and to say she’s nervous is putting it mildly. It then flips to the past and chronicles Emi and Jack’s relationship, but with a clever little twist. It starts with their most recent history, two years ago then goes back three years, then four all the way up until the day they met. I really enjoyed this structure, it was unique and really added something fresh to the story. 

The characters in this book were just awesome, I loved Emi’s friendship with her best friend Lily, she’s the type of friend that every girl needs, she’s honest to a fault and won’t hesitate to tell you your outfit is ugly or your hair looks awful. Who wants a “friend” who will sugarcoat things? I sure don’t and their bond was really sweet but also snarky and hilarious. She plays a small part, but Emi’s aunt Maggie was also another of my favorite people, she’s a quirky psychic and I thought her cryptic fortune telling was so funny! Emi was totally relatable and Jack was charming and sexy, their love story had some pretty swoon worthy, romantic moments, but it also had plenty of realistic hardships that made it easy to identify with. 

Little Gray Dress had every single ingredient that I crave when I reach for a chick lit novel, it honestly delivered on all levels for me and I’m super impressed that it’s a debut novel! It was sassy, witty, sexy, sweet and adorable and had a delightful cast of characters that I became totally invested in.  I’m even crossing my fingers that this will be the start of a new series of books?! Emi’s story was wrapped up rather nicely but I would love to check in with some of the supporting characters in the future. 

Overall rating: 5/5

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Blog Tour: The Trouble With Words by Suzie Tullett @SuzieTullett @bombshellpub

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Release date: July 29, 2017

Publisher: Bombshell Books

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Blurb:

Annabel is desperate to have a baby – there’s just one problem. She’s single, and after losing her husband in a hit and run accident she’s just not ready for a relationship. 
Dan is on the hunt for the perfect woman – but when his mother drops a bombshell, he starts to feel the pressure.
When Dan and Annabel’s worlds collide, both think that maybe they’ve found the solution to their problems…but things start to get messy.
Can both Dan and Annabel get what they want?
Both will soon find out that the trouble with words is finding the right thing to say.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Trouble With Words!

Review:

This was such an adorable, fun read! It's told from both Annabel and Dan's perspective and it flips back and forth each chapter. The premise was cute, Annabel is a widow who wants to have a baby and is looking for a sperm donor and Dan is happily single but his mother really wants him to settle down. It's not as predictable as I had assumed it may be based on the blurb, the author had quite a few tricks up her sleeve that kept me engaged.

I really liked Annabel and couldn't help but feel for her. Being widowed so young must be devastating and she still managed to have a positive outlook on life. Dan was a pretty clueless guy but he did have his charms, though there were times I wanted to smack some sense into him! My favorite character was actually a secondary one and that was Dan's mom. She was hilarious and brought so much life to the story. She's a little troublemaker and was such a vivacious addition to a sweet story.

This was a really fast paced read, a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Despite it's somewhat heavy subject matter it was lighthearted though it did have it's emotional moments. Tullett has a very descriptive, vivid writing style and discusses the characters feelings and emotional outlook quite a bit. It was really heartfelt and touching, a truly fun read.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

About the Author:

Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her motto is to 'live, laugh, love' and when she's not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else's.
Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs.

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Blog Tour: Deadly Friendship by Tara Lyons @taralyonsauthor @bloodhoundbook

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Release date: July 23, 2017

Publisher: Bloodhound Books

Genre: Crime Fiction, Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

Who can you really trust?
 
Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is dragged into a gruesome murder investigation, while on annual leave in Lake Windermere. A handwritten note, with a woman’s name, is found inside the corpse.
 
When a direct link to London is unidentified, Hamilton must race against the clock to make the connection before the body count rises.
 
Meanwhile, four friends with strained relationships, are reunited. What past event do they want to keep buried and is there something linking them to the murders?
 
Then, when a person from Hamilton's past returns, he must ask himself: how well do we really know our friends?
 
London’s murder investigations team returns in this third novel from the bestselling author of In the Shadows and No Safe Home.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Deadly Friendship!

Review:

This is the third book in a series but can easily be read as a standalone, I jumped in at book two, No Safe Home and really liked Denis Hamilton, the lead character. Once again, Lyons captured my attention with the premise, I love the idea of a group of friends with secrets and lies. It opens with a chilling and attention grabbing prologue, a woman is murdered and it's told from the POV of the killer and it totally chilled me right to my core.

Hamilton and his team are back on the case and I'm really loving each and every one of them. Rocky first appeared in the last book and I predicted I would like him and I was definitely right. Dixon is another new member and I like the little bit that was revealed about her and am eager to learn more about her in the future. There's an emerging storyline following Fraser that has piqued my interest and I'm curious to see where Lyons takes it. As you can see, there is a great cast of characters and Lyons does a fantastic job of giving more detail and backstory on them in each installment.

The plot focuses on a group of six friends from college who are as thick as thieves, until one of them disappears. Two years later, one of them is murdered and Hamilton is actually on a weekend getaway when the victims body is found in the water while him and his family are trying to enjoy an outing. The remaining five friends were all shady individuals with ties to a past event that isn't revealed until much later, but I was constantly kept on my toes as I tried to figure out which one, if any was the killer.

This was another great read in a solid series, and it may be my new favorite thus far. It was a quick, fast paced read with plenty of thrills and excitement and I'm so eager to see what happens in book four!

Quick side note, I won a competition a few months back where I got the opportunity to choose a characters name in the book! Naturally, I chose myself (haha) and Tara was kind enough to ask me if any particular type of character would bother me. I told her no, she could kill me, make me the killer, I was up for anything. So being completely in the dark, I was pleasantly surprised to find she made Amy Sullivan a pathologist, how cool is that?!? She even made her American, that made me laugh and was such a sweet touch. Huge thanks to Tara, it was unreal seeing my name in the pages of such a great book!

Overall rating: 4.5/5

About the Author:

Tara is a crime/psychological thriller author from London, UK. Turning 30 in 2015 propelled her to fulfil her lifelong dream of becoming a writer. In the Shadows is Tara's debut solo novel published in March 2016. She co-wrote The Caller and Web of Deceit: A DI Sally Parker novella with New York Times bestselling author, M.A Comley.

In August 2016 Tara signed a two-book contract with Bloodhound Books. The second book in the DI Hamilton series, No Safe Home, was published in January 2017.

When she's not writing, Tara can be found at a local Wacky Warehouse stuck in the ball-pit with her young, energetic son. 

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Blog Tour: The Lost Wife by Anna Mansell @AnnaMansell @Bookouture

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Release date: July 28, 2017

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Women's Fiction

Blurb:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fans of Sheila O’Flanagan, Amanda Prowse and Kelly Rimmer will love The Lost Wife, the compelling story of a woman’s deepest secrets, and the friends and family who must learn to live without her.

‘An incredible, beautiful story of loss, love, forgiveness, moving on, overcoming grief, redemption and above all, hope.’ Renita D’Silva

When Ellie Moran passes away, she leaves her newborn son and husband Ed behind her. Their marriage was perfect, their lives everything they had hoped for. So why was Ellie keeping secrets from Ed?

Knowing he can never ask his wife the truth, Ed is struggling to cope. When the secrets threaten to tear his whole family apart, Ed turns to Rachel, the one person who sees him as more than just Ellie’s widower.

But then Rachel discovers something Ellie was hiding, something that would break Ed’s heart. Can Rachel help Ed to find peace without the wife he lost – and a second chance at happiness?

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Lost Wife!

Review:

This is broken up into three separate parts and is told from the viewpoint of Ed and Rachel. It begins in 2012 immediately after Ed loses his wife in a tragic accident just a few weeks after their son, Oli is born. Rachel is in her late twenties during this section and is trying to figure out what she wants out of life. Part two is where the two lead characters meet, Rachel works at the daycare where Ed takes Oli. The bulk of the story unfolds during part two and then part three is four years later. The pacing was dead on here, it was a really compelling read that had me hooked throughout.

This is the second book by Mansell and also my second time reading one of her novels and one of my favorite things about her writing is that there is such a lovely flow. Her style is absolutely beautiful, she writes in a really evocative way and Ed's story especially was touching and heartbreaking. I can't even imagine losing my husband, much less right after having a child and Mansell did such a wonderful job in creating his character. His grief was so raw and devastating, you could feel his pain flying off the pages and it totally broke my heart. Rachel was also very well crafted, she was relatable and kind.

This was ultimately an uplifting story, but there was so much heartache along the way, I did tear up a few times, but I also smiled quite a bit as well. Much like her first novel, things were left very open ended and while that's not always my favorite way to end a book, it truly works well here. The characters are so realistic that it's fitting when things are left a bit messy and unresolved, much like real life. I really enjoyed this one and would recommend it to anyone looking for an emotional read with heart.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

About the Author:

 
 
 
 
 
Anna had a brush with 'fame' as a magician’s assistant back in 1977. She later decided that being sawn in half by her father, at barely 6 months old, was too submissive a role, vowing to channel the trauma in to something much more pro-actively creative. Having failed at acting, singing and professional murder mystery parties (she was ALWAYs the one to die!), she fell to something much more solitary: writing. How To Mend a Broken Heart is her first novel and her life was not on the line in order to write it, or her second: The Lost Wife. Anna lives on a dairy farm in Cornwall with her two children, her husband, and her ex-racing greyhound, Olive Dog.
 
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Blog Tour: The Mentor by Lee Matthew Goldberg @LeeMatthewG @pumpupyourbook

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Release date: June 13, 2017

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb:

Kyle Broder has achieved his lifelong dream and is an editor at a major publishing house.
When Kyle is contacted by his favorite college professor, William Lansing, Kyle couldn’t be happier. Kyle has his mentor over for dinner to catch up and introduce him to his girlfriend, Jamie, and the three have a great time. When William mentions that he’s been writing a novel, Kyle is overjoyed. He would love to read the opus his mentor has toiled over.
Until the novel turns out to be not only horribly written, but the most depraved story Kyle has read.
After Kyle politely rejects the novel, William becomes obsessed, causing trouble between Kyle and Jamie, threatening Kyle’s career, and even his life. As Kyle delves into more of this psychopath’s work, it begins to resemble a cold case from his college town, when a girl went missing. William’s work is looking increasingly like a true crime confession.
Lee Matthew Goldberg's The Mentor is a twisty, nail-biting thriller that explores how the love of words can lead to a deadly obsession with the fate of all those connected and hanging in the balance.

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Mentor!

Review:

As most of you know by now, I read a ton of thrillers so I'm always on the lookout for something within the genre that is fresh and unique. I've never read a thriller quite like The Mentor, it has a major literary vibe, it's highly intelligent and very tightly plotted, I loved it!

The premise of this was super interesting to me, I liked the insiders POV into the publishing industry, and as Kyle is an editor, I definitely got a fascinating look at the business of books. This is also a book within a book, (a bookception) another device that always intrigues me. I was hooked even before I actually started reading this, but I do want to point out that it's a bit of a slow burn in the first half. The groundwork is being laid for what is to come and while it was definitely enough to hold my attention, some may be expecting a faster pace right away. Right in the middle things start to move very quickly and that's when the real thrills and twists begin, there are some heart pounding moments and the pacing picks up to a relentless speed that took my breath away.

This had some really gruesome scenes and a deranged and depraved individual, this is definitely not for the faint of heart. There were some surprisingly funny moments as well that really helped to break the darkness up which is always a tool that I appreciate. There is also a subplot that deals with a cold case that was a great addition as well as characters that begin to unravel and descend into madness, the sense of paranoia was palpable and menacing.

This was far too twisty to allow me to discuss the plot further than what the blurb provides, but if that piques your interest and you can stomach some graphic scenes, you may like this one. Goldberg is an immensely talented writer and one that I will certainly be following, his ability to craft sinister characters and a tight plot is exactly what I look for in a solid thriller.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

About the Author:

Lee Matthew Goldberg’s novel THE MENTOR is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in June 2017 and has been acquired by Macmillan Entertainment. The French edition will be published by Editions Hugo. His debut novel SLOW DOWN is out now. His pilot JOIN US was a finalist in Script Pipeline’s TV Writing Competition. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his fiction has also appeared in The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, Verdad Magazine,BlazeVOX, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. He lives in New York City.

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