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Summer of ‘69 by Elin Hilderbrand #travelingfriendsread #BookReview

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Brenda’s review

Summer of ‘69 is my first book I read by Elin Hilderbrand and I have to say it was the perfect one to start with.  It’s already coming up to the end of summer and we haven’t had any summer weather and I really enjoyed being swept away to the sun in Nantucket.  The cover alone took me to my happy summer place. 

Elin Hilderbrand weaves a historical fiction, family drama  with a beach read that was the perfect summer read for me. She vividly creates the iconic american summer of ‘69 while capturing each of the characters’ own conflicts that represents a theme of that era.   The writing flows so quietly as Hilderbrand explores a lot of themes here. 

I was immediately drawn into the family dynamics here with their misunderstanding, secrets, headache and worry.  Their relationships are complicated however the dynamics between them is easy and light while still capturing their emotional depth and growth.

I enjoyed every minute of this story and it all came together so well.  I highly recommend! I look forward to diving into one of the many other books by Elin Hilderbrand I own! 

Norma’s review

Evocative, entrancing, & absorbing!

I have been meaning to read one of ELIN HILDERBRAND books for quite a while now and I am so glad that I finally followed through and read my very first book by her. This is some fine storytelling here. I totally loved the dynamics between the characters, was full-heartedly entranced by the setting, enraptured by the premise, and had a deep fondness for the whole story in general. 

SUMMER OF ‘69 by ELIN HILDERBRAND is a nostalgic, fun, touching, moving, and breezy domestic tale that totally enchanted me. I was immediately hooked and fully absorbed within this storyline. Being born in 1966, I absolutely loved being transported back to a place in time and era that totally came alive for me. It was extremely easy to visualize and experience place and time perfectly through the words expressed here. Loved that! 

ELIN HILDERBRAND delivers an intriguing, vivid, atmospheric, beautifully written and retrospective tale here that has woven together some historical moments perfectly into an easy-breezy summer read with heart. I really loved the tone and flow of this novel. It was like sitting down with a good friend on a relaxing summery day while they relayed to me their story. 

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: A feel-good, happy, summery, and lively cover that depicts this time period and storyline perfectly.
Title: Intriguing, appealing, emotive, relevant, and a simply beautiful representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Compulsively readable, expressive, prolific, engaging, and dramatic. 
Plot: Dynamic, steadily-paced, fun, captivating, nostalgic, heartfelt, relevant, and entertaining.
Ending: A beautiful and heartfelt ending that left me feeling totally satiated.
Overall: I thought this was the perfect summer read and absolutely loved reading the authors note in the end where I found out where the inspiration behind the story came from. That just brought in an extra feeling of respect, meaning and warmth for the novel for me. Would highly recommend!

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Behind the Pages Q & A with Noelle Salazar, Author of The Flight Girls #travelingfriendsread @noelle_salazar #BookBloggers

We are so excited to have Noelle Salazar joining us in the Behind the Pages Goodreads group August 25 @7:00 pm EST for a Q & A. We look forward to finding out more about what inspired Noelle Salazar to write about these strong female pilots. You can find the group here.

The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar

About the Book

A stunning story about the Women Airforce Service Pilots whose courage during World War II turned ordinary women into extraordinary heroes

1941. Audrey Coltrane has always wanted to fly. It’s why she implored her father to teach her at the little airfield back home in Texas. It’s why she signed up to train military pilots in Hawaii when the war in Europe began. And it’s why she insists she is not interested in any dream-derailing romantic involvements, even with the disarming Lieutenant James Hart, who fast becomes a friend as treasured as the women she flies with. Then one fateful day, she gets caught in the air over Pearl Harbor just as the bombs begin to fall, and suddenly, nowhere feels safe.

To make everything she’s lost count for something, Audrey joins the Women Airforce Service Pilots program. The bonds she forms with her fellow pilots reignite a spark of hope in the face war, and–when James goes missing in action–give Audrey the strength to cross the front lines and fight not only for her country, but for the love she holds so dear.

Shining a light on a little-known piece of history, The Flight Girls is a sweeping portrayal of women’s fearlessness, love, and the power of friendship to make us soar

To find out who were the women of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) follow this link here.

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Someone We Know by Shari Lapena @PamelaDormanBks @sharilapena #travelingsistersread #BookReview

Someone We Know by Shari Lapena is available now!

Lindsay’s Review

Dripping with suspense!

Neighbourhood gossip and hidden secrets makes this an addictively gripping and thrilling story that was impossible to put down. 

In a quiet subdivision where everyone knows everyone, there has been a string of break-ins. A teenager has been sneaking into houses and hacking into personal computers. Secrets are uncovered. Then a neighbour is found dead in the trunk of her car. Could the exposed secrets uncover who is responsible for the murder? Whose secrets will be revealed and whose will be kept hidden? Is anyone in the neighbourhood safe? 

I have read and loved all of this author, Shari Lapena’s, books. There is something about her writing that keeps me on the edge of my seat with anticipation and curiosity. The suspense hit me from page one in this story and didn’t let me go until I finished the book. It is an engrossing, fast-paced novel that had me suspicious of absolutely every character. 

This was a Traveling Sister read. The ending made for a good discussion as it is a love/hate scenario.

Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC to read and review!

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Girls Like Us by Christina Alger #travelingsistersread #BookReview

Girls Like Us By Christina Alger is available now!

Lindsay’s Review

Loved the characters! Loved the atmosphere! Loved the storyline!

Twelve years after moving away, FBI agent Nell Flynn, returns to her small seaside hometown to handle closing her father’s estate.   Nell’s mother was murdered when Nell was a child and since then, she and her father, a police detective, had a rocky relationship.   When Nell was old enough to be on her own, she left her hometown and never looked back.   Now that she is backin her childhood town following her father’s death, old memories return and she is drawn to looking into some unanswered questions about her past.   Shortly after her arrival,a dead body is found and Nell finds herself helping the local police investigate.   Could the body be connected to one of her father’s old cases?

These characters were fantastic!   I ADORED Nell!   She was such a strong yet vulnerable character who I was rooting for from start to finish.

Each character carried an air of mystery which kept me curious to see how things would play out.   The atmosphere was thick and engrossing throughout this thrilling and edgy storyline which had me flipping the pages as quickly as possible.  I really enjoyed the writing – the pace and flow of the story was excellent.   I look forward to reading more from this author!

Norma’s Thoughts

An easy-breezy, entertaining and quick read!

GIRLS LIKE US by CHRISTINA ALGER was an interesting premise with a fabulous and strong female character that mildly held my interest throughout. I was immediately intrigued and thoroughly enjoyed the mystery but felt like I was never fully engaged though. I was a little disappointed with the way a few things played out in the end which lowered my overall rating.

I enjoyed it just didn’t love it as much as I would have liked. It was a much loved book by quite a few other Traveling Friends though so please don’t let my rating/review deter you from picking this one up.

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Cristina Alger for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy of this book.

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Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins @Kristan_Higgins @BerkleyPub #travelingfriendsread #BookReview

Life and Other Inconveniences by Kristan Higgins

Norma’s Review

Affecting, emotional, & expressive!

I am a fairly new reader of KRISTAN HIGGINS, I have only read one of her previous novels, NOW THAT YOU MENTION IT and absolutely loved it. So I was extremely eager to read her latest offering here with LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES. I have read a few reviews where they have mentioned that this book isn’t written in her signature humorous style. So without really knowing her signature style I thought it was an extremely balanced read that produced the perfect mixture of emotions from me which included some laugh-out-loud ones from a few comical scenes. 

LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES by KRISTAN HIGGINS is a touching, impactful, powerful, insightful, and moving story that immediately captured my attention and my heart. I was totally immersed in these characters lives which had me smiling, laughing, happy, sad, and even shed a few tears over the course of reading this emotionally captivating story and in the end, it left me with feelings of such warmth in my heart.

KRISTAN HIGGINS delivers a beautifully written, engaging, and heartfelt story here with absolutely wonderful, relatable and compelling characters. With the fantastic characterizations the emotions and compassion that you feel for these characters are extremely palpable and easily be fully invested in.

The story is told mostly between the perspectives of Genevieve, Riley and Emma with a few chapters from some secondary characters. Although I totally loved each and every perspective equally, I had a fondness for Miller and thoroughly enjoyed him and his story. 

Brenda’s review

Life and Other Inconveniences is my second book I have read by Kristan Higgins and I have to admit my first was a miss for me.  Well I was completely surprised and this one was a big hit for me!

Kristan Higgins does a great job creating engaging characters using warm humor, insightful thoughts with realistic, raw emotions and actions.  For me the humor has to have some warmth to it when more affecting topics are explored in a story. I have been told I am just a little over sensitive when it comes to that.  

I was hooked right from the start with these engaging likable and unlikable characters. I loved the dynamics between the characters and I enjoyed the complicated relationships between them.  Old wounds are opened up and second chances are explored with emotional depth to the characters. Each are given a conflict and through each of their POV we see them grow. At times I did feel their inner thoughts were a bit repetitive and would have preferred to see them grow more by their actions.

There is a mystery here as well and that added some suspense to the story.  I really enjoyed how Higgins weaved that into the story line and I thought it all came together well.  The story wrapped up and I felt very satisfied after reading this one. I highly recommend. 

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Affecting, intriguing, heartfelt, peaceful, eye-catching, and an impactful representation to storyline. 
Title: An impactful and powerful title!!
Writing/Prose: Well-written, beautiful, captivating, expressive, skilled, and proficient.
Plot: Suspenseful, thought-provoking, heartbreaking, heartwarming, insightful, perfectly-paced, amusing, enjoyable and extremely entertaining. 
Ending: Bittersweet, satisfying, and heartwarming that definitely made me pause, reflect and contemplate. 
Overall: This book contained all the elements that I absolutely love in my books. Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this beautiful book.

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The Arrangement by Robyn Harding @SimonSchusterCA @rhardingwriter @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #BookReview

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

We read The Arrangement with a few of our Traveling Sisters and after reading this one we need to know more about Sugar Bowls. Robyn Harding will be our first author in our new group Behind The Pages with The Traveling Friends to answer a few spoiler-free questions about The Arrangement. She will be popping into the group to see any positive comments our friends might have for her and joining us on Sunday, 10:00-11:00 am PST August 11 to answer a few questions I just need to know the answers too. To share the love for The Arrangement and ask Robyn question or see what she has to say you can find the group here. Or join the group.

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1003230-behind-the-pages-with-the-traveling-friends

Brenda’s review

Candy Bar and Jelly Beans!! Yipee! I might be on a Tootsie Roll here with another winning thriller for me! My groove is back.

Are you ready to rumble here in this sugar bowl? Wondering what a sugar bowl is or curious to take a look into one. Well, Robyn Harding has got you covered here with her intriguing, entertaining yet unsettling fast, easy-paced story that left me wanting to talk about it. 

Things are not so sweet as sugar here between this arrangement with our main characters and Robyn Harding delivers a unique take here with the premise to the story and adds some twists and turns that had me totally entertained from start to finish. I highly recommend!

Norma’s Review

Seductive, alluring, and wickedly entertaining!

A modern day and sinister version of Pretty Woman right here folks! I didn’t even realize that this was a thing, what’s a Sugar Baby & Sugar Daddy? Well I know now and I definitely fell for this hook, line, and sinker. 

THE ARRANGEMENT by ROBYN HARDING is a fascinating, dark, twisted, and gritty tale that was such an irresistible, entertaining and fun book to read. I was immediately pulled into the story, totally intrigued by the premise, and fully absorbed in this suspenseful page-turner.

Thoughts from our Traveling Sisters and blogging Sister Its All About The Thrill

Wow! The author certainly knocked it out of the park with this one! Five flipping scandalous stars from me. This book will leave you with your mouth hanging open. I loved it! I was submersed into a world that I had no idea that existed until a recent news segment and of course this book! Up until this point sugar babies were just a candy I had enjoyed as a child. For Kim’s full review

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Arresting, intriguing, eye-catching, electrifying, and a fitting representation to storyline. I definitely love the cover art and find it aesthetically pleasing. 
Title: A perfectly perfect, suspenseful, intriguing and fitting representation to storyline. I absolutely love how the title played so perfectly into storyline. 
Writing/Prose: Compulsively readable, well-written, entertaining, engaging, and suspenseful. 
Plot: Fascinating, suspenseful, gritty, unique, riveting, brisk, engrossing, dark, thrilling, seductive, sinister, captivating, twisty, and entertaining.
Ending: Well that was an extremely satisfying end that I absolutely loved! So good!! A neat ending that wraps things up smoothly & perfectly. 
Overall: I absolutely loved this one and devoured every single page of this dark, sexy, sinister, and thrilling tale! Would highly recommend! 

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Robyn Harding for our copies.

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