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Our HusbandOur Husband by Stephanie Bond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



When I first started this book I thought it would be just a funny, quirky book. But as I ventured into it more I found the suspense and the surprise ending really threw me off. How one man actually managed to keep three wives and managed to get one pregnant without all the others knowing is in itself a little out there. But as I read through the book I began to find myself sympathizing with all three. It's a cute story with a bit of laughter, a bit of suspense and a dash of anger for the man who created the situation. But then again like they say "everything happens for a reason".

View all my reviews15 Seconds15 Seconds by Andrew Gross
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazing and well worth the read. We all live our lives thinking nothing bad can happen but it only takes "15 seconds" for that to change. As Dr Steadman found out, your life can take a different road when you least expect it. What you thought you knew can be turned around so quickly. From being pulled over for a traffic incident to being accused of not one but many murders in a short time. When no one believes you except the woman you spoke to who answers phones. So you and her (Carrie) hook up to bring down the one person who is changing the course of your life.

When his daughter gets thrown into the story and her life is at stake, all bets are off and Henry is now racing against time and the fate of his daughter to not only catch this crazy person but also to save the life of his daughter. The amazing way this story comes all together is just mind blowing. A great read.

View all my reviewsKeepsakeKeepsake by Kristina Riggle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I often wonder about the difference between a hoarder and someone who is sentimental over things. Things that have memories attached to them. But over a lifetime, those things can accumulate. And so it did for Trish. Her sister Mary on the other hand was quite the opposite. Two sisters greatly affected by their family and mother in particular. The deep secrets that were buried only magnified their being. If you dont know anything about hoarding...this is a must read....

View all my reviewsFifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

While I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy I found the last book a bit slow and drawn out in certain sections. From time to time it did pick up and the ending was interesting and different.

I would definitely read any future books by E J James because while very erotic this book also portrayed a beautiful story of love and compassion above and beyond the ordinary --- taking it to the extraordinary!!

View all my reviewsFifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



The 2nd book of this trilogy is definitely more romantic. Can two erotic people really find love? Ana and Christian seem to do it. But alas are there truly happy endings? Especially since the author leaves us hanging in the end wanting to know "what evil lurks beyond?"

View all my reviewsFifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ready for Book #2.......Surprising enough there is a lovely story behind this book..its not all sex. I feel sorry for the main characters - Ana and Christian - because they definitely have issues...but then again who doesnt. They are two people who cant seem to control themselves and think with their bodies and not their heads....Book 1 leaves you hanging and you must go on to Book 2....will their lives get better or worst?

View all my reviewsSpare ChangeSpare Change by Bette Lee Crosby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ethan Allen. a boy who all his life had turmoil. And who else to help him after seeing his mom and dad killed? but to go to his grandfather of whom was dead. But then there was grandma who not only didn't see herself taking care of a little boy but somehow ended up loving and protecting him. A heartwarming story that will bring tears to your eyes in the end.

View all my reviewsA False DawnA False Dawn by Tom Lowe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another great book by Tom Lowe. Follow Sean O'Brien who even though retired has gotten involved in a ring of murderers and drugs and prostitution. All leading up to a surprise ending.

View all my reviewsThe Butterfly Forest The Butterfly Forest by Tom Lowe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am already hooked on Tom Lowe..he made Sean O'Brien come alive and bring every page out to excite you. Its the kind of book you cant put down. From the time Sean helped the two women in the parking lot, to getting involved in the mystery that surrounded them - through the good times and the bad times....this action packed story had me going....I was totally surprised by the ending...not your usual love story either. Looking forward to more of Lowe's books.

This is why I belong to Goodreads....would have never found Tom Lowe otherwise....

View all my reviewsThe ListThe List by J.A. Konrath
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What if you found out you were cloned? After a famous person who lived centuries ago? Take a journey here to find out the why, who, what and when this all happened. A little bit of fantasy, history, and suspense all rolled up into one book.

View all my reviewsThe Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted: A Psychological ThrillerThe Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted: A Psychological Thriller by Andrew E. Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What happened to Nathan Kingsley? Why is it a secret and now it is one secret about to be exposed....only Patrick Bannister is in for the surprise of his life. Follow Patrick on the trail to find out who the killer is, who is behind this big secret and who is the person pulling the strings.

You will not want to put this book down until you have found out....and you will be surprised. This book is a "must read"....

View all my reviewsPictures of YouPictures of You by Caroline Leavitt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Can one moment on the road change the rest of your life? It did for Isabelle when a freak accident on a foggy road pushes her life in another direction. Follow her through 2 decades of decisions, guilt and love to a surprise ending. A love story you wont forget.

View all my reviewsA Secret Wish (WISH SERIES #1A Secret Wish (WISH SERIES #1 by Barbara Freethy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What are the odds of 3 women having the same birthday, being in the middle of a life crises and making life changing decisions. Another Freehy story that will keep you turning the pages until it all comes together at the end. Freehy never disappoints.

View all my reviewsOne True LoveOne True Love by Barbara Freethy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another Freethy book that does not disappoint.....if you believe in love, then read this book. The heart is a mysterious organ that can withstand many things...even being separated for 8 years. Lisa and Nick marry, have a child who then dies at two months from infant sudden death syndrome. This tears them apart...but 8 years later Nick's sister and Lisa's best friend, Maggie brings them together. With Lisa planning to marry another in a few weeks, the romance is kindled again....read this book to find out the surprise ending.....

View all my reviewsDaddy's HomeDaddy's Home by A.K. Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Follow Holly and her family get involved with a serial killer who targets single moms and their young children, until the day he targets Holly and her daughter. Holly lost her husband when pregnant with Chloe. Alone she tries to raise her daughter while working ss a criminologist tor the police department. This book will keep you turning the page until the climatic end.

View all my reviewsOlga - A Daughter's TaleOlga - A Daughter's Tale by Marie-Thérèse Browne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wasn't sure I would enjoy this book. You see I am more into mysteries and this clearly wasn't one of my usual genres. But I got hooked on Becky and enamored with the plantation in Jamaica and all its beauty
I especially love Olga's diary as I too love to write in journals. Her diary took you onto her life not only in Jamaica but also her adventures in London. She made you feel like you were right there
with her. This book combined love of family, sadness, and a special beauty in the words of a young girl. It took you into the beauty of jamaica and i felt i was right there while reading about it.

Not only was Olga's diary a well written story but her letters home are inspirational and uplifting. I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking for a change in the genre you usually read.


View all my reviewsRyan's ReturnRyan's Return by Barbara Freethy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another excellent book by Freethy. Love, family, stubbornness, lies, secrets, ....Serenity Springs has it all. An insprirational story that shows "no man is an island" Add to your list "to read"

View all my reviewsAsperger's Answer Book: The Top 300 Questions Parents Ask (Answer Book)Asperger's Answer Book: The Top 300 Questions Parents Ask by Susan Ashley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Very interesting and informative but set up as question/answer book and does not go into depth regarding specific areas.

View all my reviewsLook Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger'sLook Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's by John Elder Robison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Originally not my kind of book but drew me in Bc since I work in a school where autistic children study I was curious to find out how this man John coped with Aspergers. While his story held me I found it dragged in the area of what he felt he could accomplish and what he did accomplish. Granted his home life wasn't supportive of his diagnosis and apparently left unsupervised it was amazing how he made his own decisions and was able to find out all he did through books.

This book read like a story of a boy who grew up in a disfunctional family. Several times I actually thought to stop reading because it wasn't telling me about Aspergers. It just read like an autobiography...But I stuck to it and after 80% of reading it. I was st the point of not only learning more but also the relationship the book had with the author. He apparently didnt find out about his Aspergers until later in life.

The end of the book justified the length in that John came to terms with what he had. and how his family was still a part of him no matter what happened.

View all my reviewsAsk MariahAsk Mariah by Barbara Freethy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Ashton's and the DeLucas - and the Wingates. Strong families deep in family values and pride in what family means. But what does it mean when there are secrets among them that finally came out 40 years later. Is Joanna part of the DeLuca's? She looks like Michael's late wife....are they related....and what has brought them all together? This is an amazing story of love and trust and what families do to stay together...even if it means breaking apart. Great read!

View all my reviewsJust the Way You AreJust the Way You Are by Barbara Freethy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My first impression of this book was well, ok, another love triangle. Allie, Tessa and Sam..but the further I got into the book the more i realized this was not just another love story. The grandma, Pheobe had her own love story and each character had their own ghosts to battle....what kept me reading this book was the fact I didnt know which way Sam was going - would he give Allie the divorce, go with Tessa, did he really love Allie, would he leave his daughter, Meghan behind - this was a great book that showed "grandma knows best"......in keeping a family together. Definitely will read her other books....

View all my reviewsBefore I Go To Sleep: A NovelBefore I Go To Sleep: A Novel by S.J. Watson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazing book....what do you do if you wake up every morning not "remembering' who you are, where you are, who you are with, your past???? This is Christine's life....how she got there, and where she is going with it will blow your mind. Just when I thought I knew what was going on with Christine, the plot takes another turn.....Her husband, friend, son and doctor are all involved....but how much do they know.....the ending will surprise you!

View all my reviewsMockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy. A bit slow moving and surprising. But will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story ends with Katniss and Peeta. What a surprise ending. Will the games continue or end. Worth the wait.

View all my reviewsCatching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 2. even better as you follow Peeta and Katniss once again fighting for their lives. This time in a whole new arena with different challenges. Will they make it and at what price ? Now on to the last book of this trilogy

View all my reviewsThe Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Recommended by a friend but not my type of book except I couldn't put it down. So I finished it in two days and cant wait to read the second book in this trilogy.

The world is changed as we know it. To follow Peeta and Katniss and their survival is mesmerising. Their friendship and love get them through the amazing obstacles in their way. Has survival turned to love. or has love helped them to survive?

A must read book.

View all my reviewsBlindsighted (Grant County, #1)Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although this is the first time I have read anything by Karin Slaughter, I must admit I am hooked....want thrills and suspense....this is a page turner....everytime I thought I would lose the main character....he surprised me.....definitely going to look into Slaughters books and put her on my list of those to read....

View all my reviewsBrainrushBrainrush by Richard Bard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story of Jake who brings us through adventures, thrills and a captive story of heroics and fantasy. While parts were slow moving the story called for you to find out the ending. An ending that surprised me and now calls me to read Book 2. Waiting patiently for its arrival. This book was one constant chase that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

View all my reviewsMy Sister's VoiceMy Sister's Voice by Mary Carter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Twins...separated....but why? And then meeting up years later...all grown....the reason they were separated is a secret until the very end when all explodes....amazing story of sister-bonding and love....we can never keep apart....excellent story although slow in a few places but need to get to the end to really enjoy the whole story.....

View all my reviewsDarkness, My Old Friend: A NovelDarkness, My Old Friend: A Novel by Lisa Unger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After giving up his post at The Hollows Police Department, Jones Cooper is at loose ends. He’s in therapy.

Michael Holt, has returned to the Hollows to look for answers about his mother who went missing many years ago. He has hired Ray Muldune and psychic Eloise Montgomery to help him solve the mystery.
A mystery he is very much involved in.

Willow Graves has moved to The Hollows from Manhattan Willow is spending time with kids that get her into trouble

This is the story of many lives intertwining and ending up in a much complicated story which is finally cleared up at the end of the story. Lisa Unger has given us a fast pace thriller with some surprising answers.




View all my reviewsThe InsiderThe Insider by Reece Hirsch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read inside the life of Will Connelly who sees his colleague thrown? or pushed? out a window 38 floors up. Someone was selling inside info....was it his colleagues....and who was accusing him...the Russian mafiya or his colleagues....the suspense builds up and only at the end do you find out the real story....definitely worth the read.

View all my reviewsThe SixesThe Sixes by Kate White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First time I have read a Kate White book and really enjoyed it. Suspenseful, thrilling and definitely a page turner. Takes place in a college setting. Phoebe, a teacher, gets involved in murder and trickery that brings her back to the reason she left Manhattan to live in Pennsylvania...but she would not give up investigating what was going on in this town, even if it meant putting herself in danger..definitely worth the read....

View all my reviewsThe ConfessionThe Confession by John Grisham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Grisham does it again. Its been a while since I have read his books and forgot how intense they can be....A confession from an innocent man brings you through court, jail and finally death row. This book has to get you to be angry, sad and anxious about what will happen to this boy who was accused of murdering a white girl. His lawyer Robbie endures long days and nights to fight for Donte....while the Minister Keith sticks his neck out to bring justice to the town of Slone in Texas where they are all gungho on the death penalty......this book is a must read as it will keep you on the edge of your seat with every turning page.

View all my reviewsThe HelpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A group of black maids bond together to give their story to a white woman who wants to write a story on what these maids go through just to survive. What they had to endure from the woman whose house they cleaned and children they raised.

I hesitated to give it five stars, but had to because it was a fantastic story.....but the ending left me hanging. Does this mean there is a sequel?

I loved the friendship of all the maids and the bonding that they did....a real sisterhood. And as we all know, these were true times which still need to be addressed......I felt a bonding myself with Abileen, and Minny and Skeeter.....During the Civil Rights Era it became a trying time to stand up for what you know is an injustice to people.....and what these women did showed courage .... to stnad up for what you believe in...



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The Friend RequestThe Friend Request by Alex Ford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Have a Facebook account? This is a must read. It is very scarey what people put out on the internet ... all their personal information...for anyone to see...or use. This book covers what happens when someone who wants to get back at another person does with access to social networks.....an interesting read and a quick one...

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Never Look Away: A ThrillerNever Look Away: A Thriller by Linwood Barclay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have another author to add to my list....must read his other books. This story was amazing...what would you do if you found out you didnt really know your spouse? You will fall in love with Ethan and David and feel their pain as they search for Jan.... Missing wife = husband is guilty....what to do when everything points to you.....this had thrills and twists and turns....half way through the book things become clearer, but you are still left with the why.....why do people make the wrong choices in life? If you love mysteries, put this book on your list....

View all my reviewsAmuletAmulet by S. Wolf
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"An erotic love story." This was a quick read and although there are many scenes of a sexual nature and usually not my cup of tea....I must admit this book was written very well, has a great plot and some great twists.

Parts of this book are graphic....so it may not be for everyone...but the story is amazing....being invisible....who wouldnt want to be...and if you were....what would you do with this new found gift. Well Jason uses it in an unusual way...this a wonderful journey of young love...full of surprising twists...worth the read.


View all my reviewsNow You See Her

Now You See Her by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Patterson did it again....another page turner.....the perfect life, does it exist....well, Nina Bloom thought so but at last her past caught up to her....thinking she can run away from a husband who turned out to be not what she thought.....she soon finds her past catching up with her...she must return to her past life and right a wrong that has been done and she is the only one who can do it.....

Another excellent read from a great author who never disappoints...

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On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kristin Hannah never disappoints me....I plan to read all her books...this one is a lovely love story about the strength women have when faced with the empty nest syndrome of a daughter going to college and then a husband who announces he wants a divorce. Annie never saw it coming but she manages to pick herself up....visiting her father in Mystic and being reunited with her first love, Nick.....if you love to read love stories.....this is the book for you.

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The Tea Rose (The Tea Rose, #1)The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book started off slow but when it picked up it ran full speed ahead. Every page was filled with a "wonder what's next" type of writing. Follow Fiona from her downridden days in England in squalor and starvation right through her "pick myself up" attitude making her a very rich and powerful lady who fulfilled her dream....but, for one thing - Joe, the love of her life was not with her.

Keep track of all the times Joe and Fiona should have gotten together but kept missing each other. There is a happy ending, along with a few twists and turns and a surprise thrown into it....a must read for the romantics out there. You won't be disappointed.

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Trojan HorseTrojan Horse by David Lender
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

While the overall story was great and interesting, I found myself trying to keep up with it since it hopped back and forth from present to past.....Daniel Youngblood though kept me wanting more....especially his relationship with Sasha and where it was leading....there was intrigue, violence, spying, danger, love.....I would say a little bit of everything....alot of suspense ..... all in all not a bad book for 99 cents on my Kindle.....

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Wish ListWish List by John Locke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Be careful for what you wish for.......you might get yourself in hot water. This story centers around people who are granted three wishes through a website...but fail to read the fine print....because nothing in this life is free....and payback is a b.......

A must read - took me only two days to read it.....

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The Lovely ShoesThe Lovely Shoes by Susan Shreve
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a first-read Goodreads book I won and when I received it and read the inside of the cover page it was classified as "middle-school fiction". While I am into fiction, I am prone to pick up books of mystery fiction, not middle-school. But then I did win it and felt I owed the author a review. So I sat down, read it in a few days and............loved it.

It's a lovely story about Franny who has a crippled leg and is entering high school with such a low self esteem because of her leg. Children of all ages are cruel and Franny suffers because of it.....but....her mother is this amazing woman who I feel loves her daughter so much, that she writes to Signor Ferragamo - regarding making shoes for her daughter....and when invited to go to Italy, this becomes a story that changes the life of Franny...turning her into a self confident young lady. The story is based in part on a true story of the author, Susan Shreve....Well worth reading..

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These Things HiddenThese Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While I was intrigued following the lives of Brynn, Allison, Charm and Christopher and amazed on how intertwined this story was, I couldnt help but feel a little sad for the outcome. Actually I did have tears in my eyes at the end. This book showed how the choices we make take us down different paths that make us wonder where we would have ended up if that path was not taken.

The question is "How far would you go for your sister?" The story covers a bond between sisters who only had each other and how their actions touched other people.

I had to give this book 5 stars because I could not put it down once I got involved in the lives of these people ... all the way down to little Joshua....This is definitely a must read book!

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The Midwife's ConfessionThe Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A must read for daughters and mothers, friends and relatives.

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The Survivors ClubThe Survivors Club by Lisa Gardner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Serial rapist. Rapists. Three women who band together to face their fears and be strong for one another. This story takes twist and turns that will keep you glued to the book. It's scary, terrifying and intriguing on every page. Well worth the read.



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Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah

Do you have a sister?  Do you get along?  If you need a crying book, pick this one up and you wont be able to put it down.  The obstacles these sisters faced and their devotion to each other through thick and thin.....well, bring out the tissues.....Each one is involved in each other's lives and through the tears and the pain, the happiness and the sadness....sisterly love is right there, no matter what.  Your heart will be broken and then fixed.....it is a story that is amazing no matter what you believe we have in store by living in this world.....today is the day you should start reading this great story....Claire, and her amazing ability to withstand the worst of times and always looking for the best in people, whether it is in her sister, husband or mom.......remember to bring the tissues....


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Damaged by Pamela Callow

Kate Lange throws herself into her new career at a high-powered law firm.  But she has a past and it is slowly catching up to her.....there's a serial killer preying on prostitutes, using their limbs for science......but who is it......I did guess 3/4 of the way into this book....but still loved it because I didnt know how they would catch him......the book keeps you on your toes and jumps back and forth between the killer, Kate, her love interests........Perfect 4 star book.....







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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen....which will be a movie soon.  A friend of mine insisted I read this.  Read the reviews, sounded good but didnt think I would like it.  Well, two days later I have finished three quarters of the book and plan to read the rest tonight.  It switches between a young man who lost his parents, found himself poor and drops out of  vet school right before finals.  Somewhere along the line he joins up with a circus (vet + animals)....anyway, it goes back and forth to his life now - at age 90 or 93......and the fact that he is in an "assisted living" home....after having five children you would think this is not where he would end up.....but the story in enthralling, interesting, sad and amazing........and the best ending I have ever read.....nuf said.....read it....you wont be sorry.



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the story about three friends.....Lexi who grew up in foster homes and Mia and Zach who are brother and sister who grew up in a loving family in a well to do neighborhood......the story starts around their friendship.................to be continued.....




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