Traveling Sister in a Coulee: I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara #travelingfriendsread

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
by Michelle McNamara

Review by Christina

Read in The Traveling Friends Goodreads Reading Group

🎶Everyday I’m feeling fine,
Drinking wine,
Forever reading true crime🎶

This starts with an introduction by juggernaut thriller author Gillian Flynn and ends with a heartbreaking and beautiful epilogue by McNamara’s husband and esteemed actor Patton Oswalt. What happens in-between was pure, unadulterated journalistic *magic*.

“Writing this now, I’m struck by two incompatible truths that pain me. No one would have taken more joy from this book than my mother. And I probably wouldn’t have felt the freedom to write it until she was gone.”

While on its surface, this is a story about an elusive burglar, rapist, and murderer dubbed the Golden State Killer – at its heart, it’s really a look inside the life and mind of its author: Michelle McNamara. We’re given intimate details about the crimes committed by GSK (whom we now know is Joseph DeAngelo) and are walked chronologically through the escalation and the atrocities he reaped upon the Sacramento area over a decade-long crime-spree.

Spliced in between these horrendous retellings we’re given insight into McNamara. Who she is as a person, where her obsessive nature comes from, how it was ultimately refined to true-crime. Her passion for the work she does is evident throughout the entirety of this read and it’s impossible not to be swept up into the sheer magnitude of research and dedication she put into this masterpiece.

“The victims recede from view. Their rhythm is off, their confidence drained. They’re laden with phobias and made tentative by memory. Divorce and drugs beset them. Statutes of limitations expire. Evidence kits are tossed for lack of room. What happened to them is buried, bright and unmoving, a coin at the bottom of a pool. They do their best to carry on.”

What really struck me here was the accessibility of McNamara’s voice. When you’re dealing in such raw, gruesome and heart-rending facts it’s easy to get lost in the sensationalism of it all. So much of true-crime is this in-your-face, all about ratings, how many jaws can we get to drop type of business that the humanity of those affected is lost. McNamara did not falter in this regard even once. She dealt in pure facts and maintained a clear and deep respect for the victims, the police officers, and the communities this criminal terrorized.

“I don’t care if I’m the one who captures him. I just want bracelets on his wrists and a cell door slamming behind him.”

It is certainly very interesting having read this book after DeAngelo has now been caught and knowing how easy it would’ve been for him to just slip through the cracks and live the rest of his life a free man. I think it shows who McNamara was as a person that despite her deep obsession with this case she simply wanted him caught. She didn’t need fame or fortune or to be involved -in the end, she just wanted justice. It leaves a sad aura around me knowing that she will not get to see the praise and reception she has received and that we’ve lost such a truly talented voice in investigative journalism.

I completed this as a Traveling Friends read and it is incredible how many people have their own stories of seemingly normal people we later find out have committed heinous crimes. This makes a fantastic group read as there are endless opportunities to discuss. However, if I can give future readers one piece of advice: don’t read this alone, at night or you’ll be gone in the dark too.

Cheers to Michelle McNamara and a true work of art.

Have you read this title? Drop us a comment!

Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee, Welcome our Traveling Sister, Lindsay to our Blog! #travelingsistersread #travelingfriendsread #thetravelingbloggers

You are going to be seeing a little more from Lindsay from now on!  She is absolutely thrilled and so excited to be joining our blog and the blogging community.

It has happened Brenda has stretched herself thin and has fallen in a coulee dragging Norma with her. We are buried in ARC’S and books that we just can’t get to.  It’s quite wonderful but life and family responsibilities do need us and we have to find our way out.

So on to the exciting part.  Lindsay our very first Traveling Sister and whose’s reviews you see quite regularly on this blog has crossed over the coulee and has officially joined the Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee blog. Some of you will see her around the community as L Lostinacoulee and you will also see more of her presence here on the blog.

We want to welcome Lindsay officially to our blog and we are so excited to be working more closely with you – on what we love to do!  Thank you Lindsay for officially joining Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee!!

 

 

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang #travelingfriendsread #travelingsistersread #BookReview

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Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

  • Traveling Friends Read

Review by Norma

This was a Traveling Friends read that I almost missed participating in as I didn’t have myself a copy of this book but after popping into the first goal thread I knew that I had to rectify that immediately. The words magic, whimsical, and mysterious are definitely elements that I am attracted to so on my way to Amazon I went.

BEASTS OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE by RUTH EMMIE LANG is an engaging, charming, heartwarming, and a mesmerizing tale that gave me such a warm and serene feeling while I was reading this book. I was totally entranced in this tale right from the very beginning which is about a young boy named Weylyn who was raised by wolves.

RUTH EMMIE LANG delivers an absolutely beautifully written, appealing, and magical read here with a storyline that will bewitch you and enchanting characters that you won’t soon forget. Weylyn by far was such a special, endearing, and the most wonderful character that I have ever come across in a book. His innocence and sweet demeanour was so adorable and truly extraordinary.

The way that we got to know Weylyn through the stories of everyone that he encountered throughout his life was such a clever and heartfelt way to truly and wholeheartedly embrace this character.

The magical realism of this novel wasn’t really explained to us in too much depth and I would have liked that to have been explored a little bit more. But, with that being said I do absolutely believe that leaving us with a little bit of mystery and wonderment to the circumstances surrounding Weylyn’s extraordinary life was quite the clever and brilliant way to end this story.

I was truly entertained & thoroughly enjoyed escaping into Weylyn’s extraordinary life every time I held this book in my hands! Would highly recommend!

* Traveling Friends Read and a special thank you to my dear friend Kris for helping me figure out what made this book so mysteriously extraordinary!

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Kristin’s Review

Beautifully written with tons of magic and heart!

This story was a warm hug and made me want to step out into nature and embrace all its magic and natural wonders.

From the second we meet Weylyn we can tell he’s different, but his distinct peculiarities are what make him special. He can somehow summon the power to alter weather conditions and has the unique ability to communicate with animals. Having lost his parents at a young age, Weylyn ended up being raised by wolves and has a potent connection with nature.

As one would expect, this sort of lifestyle leaves Weylyn highly undomesticated, but in the most endearing way imaginable. There’s not a chance your heart won’t warm to his genuine innocence.

His unique character is humble and kind, and he doesn’t put on a show even though he’s quite capable of one.

This book is written in a good old-fashioned storytelling kind of style; a true “Once Upon A Time” tale that will make you abandon all suspicion and grab hold of your belief in magic and endless possibility—something that comes so easily in our youth.

The plot is delivered in first person narratives and just about every major character gets a turn at their own perspective. We get inside everyone’s mind and learn how each of them views the curious case of Weylyn.

With all of these incredible ideas at play, I felt that some more depth would have helped to back them up, and I sometimes wished the story dug a bit deeper into the mystery behind the magic.

However, even that didn’t cause the story to feel like it was “lacking”—but as though a bit more could have been added. And, as my good friend Norma pointed out, not every mystery is meant to be solved.

This was a gentle read, and certainly a fantastic one, with expert prose and breathtaking imagery, and I’d highly recommend to fans of magical realism and great storytelling!

Book Stats:
▪ Genre/Category: Magical Realism/ Fantasy
▪ Characters: Solid, well-constructed cast of lovable characters.
▪ Plot: Spans decades, following a young orphaned boy with certain magical “powers” into adulthood, spanning decades.
▪ Writing: Vivid and imaginative. Beautiful descriptions.
▪ POV: 1st Person Perspective: Various narrators.
▪ Cliffhanger: None. Standalone

Traveling Book Bloggers and Links to Reviews That Caught Your Eye #travelingbookbloggers

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The Traveling Book Bloggers is a group Norma and I started to share links reviews.  This post is a new post, Norma and I started to share reviews from their blogs and links to reviews that caught the eye of bloggers or reviewers.  Norma and I pick a review or post from participating blogs that caught our eye to share with our readers.

This post has been inspired by Zuky @Bookbum

Book Bloggers who joined in on our fun and their reviews for books that caught our eye.

Kim’s review She Was Quiet by Michele Campbell from It’s All About The Thrill caught our eye.  We haven’t read this title but think it would make for a fun read.

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman is a Traveling Friends Group Read we can’t wait to read.  We were excited to see Carla’s review from Carla Loves To Read.  Check out her review and if she has you wanting to read this and you would like to read it in a group, you can find The Traveling Friends on Goodreads.

I haven’t read any books by Paula McLain and her newest title Love and Ruin caught my eye after reading a few reviews.  I have now added it to my TBR list after reading Julie’s review from The Book Review.

Jonetta from Blue Mood Cafe reviewed I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

This was a Traveling Friends Group Read.

Scarlett Readz and Runz review for The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco sounds so intriguing and has me interested in reading it.

Links to Reviews that caught our eye.

My pic is Jewels’ review Rust & Stardust by T. Greenwood from Books Bejewels.  I just finished reading this one with our Traveling Friends Goodreads Reading Group.  I highly recommend and after you read Jewels’ review you might want to put it on top of your list.

Lindsay is excited to read Sadie by Courtney Summers after reading Mackey’s review from Macsbook.

Another book that has Lindsay wanting to read is Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien after reading Marialyce’s review from Yaya_reads

To join The Traveling Book Bloggers Group on Goodreads.  We invite all Bloggers and readers to join!

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/722804-the-traveling-book-bloggers

Are there any reviews you would like to share?  Drop us a link in the comment section below.  Would you like to join in on us sharing your reviews on a post for The Traveling Book Bloggers Post?  Leave us your link to your blog and we will add a review from your blog to our weekly post.

We Can’t-Wait to Read: The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

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Norma and I are joining in with our first post Can’t-Wait Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about and that we have yet to read.  It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Between our two groups The Traveling Sisters and The Traveling Friends we have many reads we just can’t wait for, so it seems fitting to do a post on the ones that we are very excited to read.

Our first Can’t Wait Wednesday book is an Upcoming Traveling Friends Group Read: Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman.  It has already been released.

If you are interested in reading and discussing this one with The Traveling Friends Goodreads Reading group.  You can find us on Goodreads and we invite you to request to join.  Please let us know if you found us on our blog when requesting.

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Summary from Goodreads

Philomena meets Orphan Train in this suspenseful, provocative novel filled with love, secrets, and deceit—the story of a young unwed mother who is forcibly separated from her daughter at birth and the lengths to which they go to find each other.

In 1950s Quebec, French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility—much like Maggie Hughes’ parents. Maggie’s English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don’t include marriage to the poor French boy on the next farm over. But Maggie’s heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents force her to give baby Elodie up for adoption and get her life ‘back on track’.

Elodie is raised in Quebec’s impoverished orphanage system. It’s a precarious enough existence that takes a tragic turn when Elodie, along with thousands of other orphans in Quebec, is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Bright and determined, Elodie withstands abysmal treatment at the nuns’ hands, finally earning her freedom at seventeen, when she is thrust into an alien, often unnerving world.

Maggie, married to a businessman eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon, and a chance reconnection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice. As time passes, the stories of Maggie and Elodie intertwine but never touch, until Maggie realizes she must take what she wants from life and go in search of her long-lost daughter, finally reclaiming the truth that has been denied them both.

About Author Joanna Goodman

Joanna Goodman’s #1 Bestselling Historical Fiction novel, The Home for Unwanted Girlswas released April 17, 2018 to wide critical acclaim.

Joanna is the author of four previous novels, including The Finishing School, You Made Me Love You and Harmony. Her stories have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Ottawa Citizen, B & A Fiction, Event, The New Quarterly, and White Wall Review.

Originally from Montreal, Joanna now lives in Toronto with her husband and two children, and is at work on her sixth novel. She is also the owner of a well-known Toronto linen store, Au Lit Fine Linens.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
  • Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.
  • Add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s post so that everyone can check out other bloggers’ lists.
  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

We are just now joining in on the Top Ten Tuesday and this is our first post.  This week’s Top Ten topic Favourite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites.

Of course, when I saw this topic I knew I had to join in.  Norma and I have a love for sharing and a big part of our blog is sharing reviews and links to our Traveling Sisters reviews.  We recently have started a weekly post to share links to bloggers reviews.

We have so many favorite blogs we follow so this is tough to pick our top ten but here we go here with some of our Top Ten Favourite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites.

I just love Danielle’s discussion posts at Books Vertigo and Tea.  I have learned so much about blogging from her discussion posts.  Her posts are interesting and spark some great discussions.

I love the look of Carol’s blog Bookaria and love the photos of the books she adds.   Her blog is so bright and inviting to read her great reviews.  Carol is a Traveling Sister.

Ann Marie at Lit Wit Wine Dine  We really enjoy Anne Marie’s style of blogging and enjoy reading her posts.  She makes us smile with the energy her blog radiates.

We love reading Nicki’s memes at Secret Library Book Blog  She posts a few of my favorite posts like Links I’ve Enjoyed this Week, WWW Wednesdays and I love reading her reviews.

Lynne at Fictionophile was one of the first bloggers we started following and who first started supporting us.  Norma and I had no idea what we were doing or what we should be doing to grow our blog.  It was so nice to see all those likes on our posts from Lynne.  It took us a bit to figure out we wanted to grow our blog by connecting with bloggers.  We are a little slow sometimes.  lol Lynne reviews crime fiction, author interviews, mystery series, cover, love, bookish thoughts…

Another one of our Traveling Sisters who regularly reads with us Mackenzie at PhDiva  I love her well thought out reviews and she likes to dig deep into books like I do.  Mackenzie mostly sticks to Thrillers.

Carla at Carla Loves To Read.  I can’t even begin to say how many times Carla has brightened our day with all her likes and comments on our blog.  Her reviews are fun and exciting.  She reviews many different types of genres from children books to Thrillers.

Deanna at Dee’s Rad Reads and Reviews was one of the first friends on Goodreads we connected and interacted with and she was one of the first bloggers to inspire Norma to start a new blog.  We always enjoy reading all Deanna’s posts.  She has some variety to the posts she does and mostly gravitates to reviewing Thrillers.

Marija at Inside My Library Mind We really like her style and find her posts and blogs very interesting. She mainly reads Literary fiction and Fantasy.

We always look forward to Tina’s posts from Reading Between The Pages and love her reviews.  She always makes us smile with all her support and sharing she does. She mostly reviews mystery/thrillers and historical fiction but will sprinkle in other genres in between.

So many bloggers we would like to add but we better stick to Ten and continue our Travels throughout our day!

Ok going to sneak in one more because she is a Traveling Sister and so many of her reviews are Traveling Sisters’ reviews so I think I can get away with sneaking her in. Marialyce at Yaya_reads

We are excited to see more Favorite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites to add to our list of blogs to follow.  We hope you enjoy or will enjoy in the future some of our Favorite blogs.

Last Week / This Week in a Coulee #travelingsistersread #travelingfriendsread #BookReview

What We Finished

Sister of MineSister of Mine by Laurie Petrou

Norma and I read Sister of Mine with Mackenzie and Berit.  We all really enjoyed this story of two sisters.  It seemed like the perfect book for Norma and I.  Norma has often referred to me as “That Sister of Mine”.  Now our relationship is nothing like this complicated relationship between these sisters though.  We are boring compared to them.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

We all thought this was a fast-paced, entertaining, and easy read that focused more on the suspense and these characters to move this well-written story forward.

WHO WE RECOMMEND IT TO:

We recommend to everyone looking for some good storytelling that doesn’t rely on any shocking twists to make for an interesting and fun story.

Our New Overall Review Rating Scale (broken down with a rating for each category)

5 out of 5 for a safe, easy, quick, and light read with a little bit of darkness

4 out of 5 for depth and complexity

4 out of 5 for character development

5 out of 5 for a well-written suspenseful story

Our reviews

Mackenzie’s review

Our HouseOur House by Louise Candlish

I read Our House with seven of my Traveling Sisters and we were split on how we felt about this one.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

Some of us really enjoyed the unique premise of this story and really enjoyed the twists to this one.  The rest of us found it a bit slow and some actions of the character just didn’t add up for them.

WHO WE RECOMMEND IT TO:

I recommend this Domestic Suspense Thriller to readers who are looking for a safer yet different angle to a thriller with a touch of drama.

Overall Review Rating Scale 

5 out of 5 for a safe, easy, quick, and light read 

4 out of 5 for depth and complexity

4 out of 5 for character development

 Brenda and Lindsay’s review

Our Traveling blogger Sisters

Debra’s review

Carol’s review

Our Traveling Sisters reviews on Goodreads

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Our Homesick SongsOur Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper

Lindsay and I read Our Homesick Songs with three of our Traveling Sisters. Reading this one together and discussing it really enhanced our reading experience.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

Overall, we all really enjoyed this unique, slow-paced, magical and charming story.  It does take some patience and focus to appreciate the magic and charm to this story.  For Lindsay, she struggled with connecting to the atmosphere of the story and the way the story was written.  It made it hard for her to connect to the story.

WHO WE RECOMMEND IT TO:

I recommend to readers looking for something different here in a story where the focus is on connecting with the characters through the setting and the elements to the story.

Brenda and Christina’s review

Marialyce’s review

Diane’s review on Goodreads

Something in the WaterSomething in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Norma read Something in the Water with eight of our Traveling Friends and there were definitely some different views here on this story. This one made for a very interesting discussion and there were a few different views discussed.

WHO WE RECOMMEND IT TO:

Even though Something in The Water left a few friends rating this one lower, it really made for a fun and interesting group read.  We highly recommend for reading groups.  There is a lot going on here with this one to discuss.

Overall Review Rating Scale 

4 out of 5 for a safe, easy, quick, and light read with a little bit of darkness

4 out of 5 for depth and complexity

3 out of 5 for character development

 Norma’s Review

For our Traveling Sisters’ reviews on Goodreads:

Kaceey  Rose

Leave No TraceLeave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

Norma read Leave No Trace on her own this week because there were a few books that we were reading that she didn’t have.  So she snuck in a couple of books from her NetGalley shelf.

WHAT NORMA THOUGHT:

Norma read Mindy Mejia’s first novel Everything You Want Me To Be and really enjoyed it so she was happy to dive into Leave No Trace.  She found it to have an enjoyable and suspenseful storyline with a captivating setting and characters.

WHO WE RECOMMEND IT TO:

Anyone who enjoys an unputdownable psychological thriller with well-developed characters and a unique premise but you will need to be able to suspend disbelief here though.

Overall Review Rating Scale 

5 out of 5 for an easy, quick, and light read with a little bit of darkness

4 out of 5 for depth and complexity

4 out of 5 for character development

3 out of 5 for believability

Norma’s Review

Harry's TreesHarry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

Harry’s Trees is another one that Norma read on her own this week.

WHAT NORMA THOUGHT:

Norma was totally lost in the imagery of this endearing, fabulously and magically written novel!

WHO WE RECOMMEND IT TO:

Anyone who enjoys a magical story with a bit of a fairy tale incorporated into it but with a strong dose of reality.

Overall Review Rating Scale 

5 out of 5 for a safe, easy, quick, and light read with a little bit of darkness

5 out of 5 for depth and complexity

5 out of 5 for character development

Norma’s Review

What we have starting this week:

Not Her DaughterNot Her Daughter by Rea Frey

 

 

 

 

The Air You BreatheThe Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

 

 

 

 

The Word Is MurderThe Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper #travelingsistersread #BookReview

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Our Homesick Songs
by Emma Hooper

Brenda’s review

Lindsay and I read Our Homesick Songs with three of our Traveling Sisters and we all ended up in the same coulee with this one except for Lindsay who was left feeling this was not the right choice for her.

I instantly connected to the setting in this story as I am Canadian and familiar with both settings in this story. I love the feeling I got while reading this story and it reminded me of that haunting and mysterious the sea can be and I often wonder what secrets it holds. In this story, one of the secrets the sea holds is the mystery to the fish that disappear leaving a small town devastated and desperate as they are left with no industry.

There are some connections to some Canadian history here. In 1992 there was a collapse in the cod fishing industry and Canada declared a moratorium, ending the region’s 500-year run with the Northern Cod due to overfishing. This left the fishing industry and communities devastated.

There is something mystical and charming to this story that had us loving how the music, atmosphere, and environment came to life and became like characters for us.

This is a slow paced story that might not be for every reader. The story is told in a such a lyrical way and there is no quotation. For Lindsay, she struggled with connecting to the characters and this story.

I recommend to readers looking for something different here in a story where the focus is on connecting with the characters through the setting and the elements to the story

Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and Emma Hooper for a copy to read and review.

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Christina’s review

This is the story of a family: Aiden, Martha and their children Cora and Finn and the dying fishing town of Big Running. As the town and fishing situation grows more desperate Aiden and Martha are forced to work inland and away from their children in alternating months. Their love for their town and their family never wavers, but the distance grows difficult for everyone.

Finn, the youngest child, feels desperate for his home and for his family. As houses are abandoned, neighbors move away and life as he knows it crumbles beneath him this desperation only grows. Finn seeks solace in his accordion teacher Mrs.Callaghan’s stories, songs and tales.

This novel is steeped in magical realism, lyrical writing and quiet contemplation. Vivid detail and attention is given to the environment of Big Running. At first, I struggled to connect to this story and these characters but as I read on I realized I’d gotten the entire thing wrong. Aiden, Martha, Cora and Finn weren’t the characters we were supposed to be connecting to. Hooper was much too clever for that – the environment, the town, hope and desperation were the characters driving this story.

Music plays an incredible role here and that is evident not only in writing style but in the content of the story. There are songs that date back centuries for this village that are discussed and contemplated over. These are melancholy songs, happy songs, sad songs, songs for lost loved ones, lost hopes and found dreams – they are homesick songs.

Because everyone did. Everyone believed, everyone knew, that mermaids were the sea-dead, singing their love back to you. If it wasn’t too loud with rain or waves, you could hear them in the wind, most nights.

This switches between two time periods – the “present” (what we are given as to be happening now, but is actually 1993) and the past showing us the backstory of Martha and Aiden. I found their love story to be effortlessly charming and heartwarming. I really enjoyed being a part of their struggles and triumphs and that proposal! *swooning*

In the end, this loses 1.5 stars for me because the stylistic choices Hooper made were not my personal favorite. The conversations were a bit choppy for me and there was not a lot of distinguishing between conversation and story progression. It was a very simplistic style format that didn’t speak to me personally, but I think could appeal to someone who maybe has a bit more literary prowess than I do!

While there were some things that weren’t my personal cup of tea and family sagas are not normally what I’m drawn to I think anyone with an appreciation for language would enjoy this.

Finn lifted his accordion and stepped into the water, feet cold on wet stone. He walked out through the low waves and the others followed until they were all up to their knees. OK, said Finn,

and he took a deep breath

and Aiden took a deep breath

and Martha held out the phone

and Sophie lifted her beater

and Richard put his mouth to his horn

and Mrs.Callaghan pulled open her bellows

and Cora lifted her bow

and the stars shone down

and the green lights shone up

and the flags pulled and pulled in the wind

and all around them in the water,

the water,

the water

was dark and empty and waiting.

ready.

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this ARC.

Have you read Our Homesick Songs?  Have we convinced you to add it to your list?  We would love to hear from you!  Drop us a comment!

Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia #travelingsistersread #BookReview #NetGalley


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Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

Norma’s Review

My initial impression when I first started reading LEAVE NO TRACE by MINDY MEJIA was that it was an extremely compelling tale and I was totally intrigued in discovering all the multiple layered mysteries that this book had to offer. I found the storyline to be quite interesting and unique but I struggled a little bit with some of the main characters, Maya’s choices that she made and her motivations. Which later did hinder with my feelings and initial impression of this book.

I thought this book was very good and definitely had some interesting aspects to it which had me flying through those pages but it didn’t really have me totally engaged while I was reading it though. I was interested in finding out all the details of the mysteries and appreciated all the twists and turns this book had to offer, although I wouldn’t necessarily say that anything really surprised me though. I will say though that there was one reveal that totally took me by surprise!

MINDY MEJIA delivers a suspenseful, well-written and atmospheric read here with a great setting and captivating characters. I was totally captivated by Lucas’s character and a few of the other secondary characters as well as the wilderness setting of the Boundary Waters.

Even though I had some reservations with some of the choices that Maya made, I couldn’t really fault her for some of those decisions without actually experiencing or being in the same situation as her, so the unbelievable or unrealistic aspect to the story didn’t and usually doesn’t bother me.

I really like Mindy Mejia’s writing style and I really think she is a talented author. The haunting cover I found to be quite appealing and a good representation to this enjoyable read! Would recommend!

Publishing Date: September 4, 2018

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Atria/Emily Bestler Books and Mindy Mejia for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the book in exchange for a review!

 

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