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Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt @HuntAuthor #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Best Friends ForeverBest Friends Forever by Margot Hunt

Norma’s rating & review: 4 of 5 stars

Whoa! What an ending!!!

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER by MARGOT HUNT is an intriguing, enjoyable, fast-paced, and intense psychological thriller that had me totally engaged and interested right from the very first page. I was totally immersed in this tale about the relationship between two best friends and the suspicious death of one of their husbands. I had fun trying to figure out what was going on here with what was real and what wasn’t with their friendship.

MARGOT HUNT delivers a well-written, suspenseful, and interesting story here with some surprising twists and turns along the way to make this quite the exciting book to read. The story is told solely from Alice’s point of view which flips back and forth between the present and three years prior when she first meets her best friend, Kat.

To sum it all up it was an entertaining, enjoyable, quick and easy read that was extremely hard to put down with an ending that will surprise you! Would recommend!

This was a Traveling Sisters Read that I read along with Kaceey, Susanne, and Brenda!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Harlequin, and Margot Hunt for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.

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Brenda’s Traveling Sister Review

Norma and I were lost in the messy, weedy lush coulee reading Best Friends Forever with Kaceey and Susanne.

Best Friends Forever is a cleverly written entertaining story that explores just how well two best friends really know each other. We stuck quite close together in our coulee and were just a little afraid of our two unlikable best friends forever here with our main characters. We were suspicious and questioning who to believe and who to trust or not to trust.

Margot Hunt does a fantastic job creating well-developed unreliable characters here with our main characters Alice and Kat. They are both interesting and unique and lived very differently from each other, adding some layers to the story. At different times we were suspicious of each character and some us flipped back and forth on who we trusted and didn’t trust, making this a fun and entertaining read for us.

In the end one of was feeling a little bit disappointed for figuring this one out and the rest of us shocked with the outcome of this story. We highly recommend.

Published on January 23, 2018

Thank you Edelweiss, HarperCollins and Margot Hunt for a copy to read and review.

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Kaceey’s Review

Four twisty stars

A debut thriller from Margot Hunt delivers a twisty treat!

Alicia and Kat have been the best of friends for the past 3 years. Long lunches over bottles of wine, topped off with sunny beach vacations away from their spouses. When tragedy strikes and Kat’s husband dies that friendship is put to the test. How well do you really know your friends? Can you trust them when things are darkest and everything is at stake?

Told in present and past timelines through Alice’s POV. From their first meeting in an airport lounge to the present, where the police are circling, in search for a suspect.

This is a super-fast read that kept me engaged straight through. My only issue with this book was I constantly felt one step ahead, easily deducing where the story was going, predicting each twist before it happened. Sometimes I wish I could just go along for the ride instead of trying to predict every turn! Oh well…that’s just me! But at the end of the day, I still feel it’s a four-star read as that never took away from my enjoyment. I would recommend this book to all thriller lovers!

I will be looking out for Margot Hunt’s next release!

Thank you to NetGalley, HQ Digital and Margot Hunt for an ARC to review in exchange for an honest review.

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Susanne’s Review

4 Deliciously Wicked Stars.

Twisty, turny and completely captivating, “Best Friends Forever” by Margot Hunt is one heck of a debut that should not be missed.

Kat and Alice meet in an airport and become fast friends. These two women are from very different worlds: Kat is extremely wealthy, while Alice and her husband struggle to make ends meet. You’d think they have nothing in common, yet somehow these two women click. And just like they share absolutely everything, much to their husbands’ chagrin. Kat’s husband Howard is a difficult man, one who is not fond of Kat and Alice’s friendship. When he is found dead, Alice is arrested for his murder. Once she gets out, Alice tries to contact Kat to get help and is ghosted by her best friend. Sounds a little harsh to me don’t think?! Now Alice is left with a bunch of questions and so are we.

What starts as Alice being ignored by her best friend, leads to secrets coming out and every action being questioned. Do you ever really know your friends? Do Kat and Alice know each other? Alice always thought so.. Can you trust the person next to you? Asking that question gives me the chills. I hope it gives you some as well.

“Best Friends Forever” by Margot Hunt is an extremely well done character driven suspense novel that kept me glued to the story, turning pages as quickly as I possibly could. I highly recommend it to those looking for a quick, easy, enthralling read.

Thank you to NetGalley, HQ Digital and Margot Hunt for a complimentary copy to read and review.

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The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel @kristinharmel @SimonSchusterCA #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The Room on Rue AmélieThe Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel

Brenda’s rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lost in the awe so inspiring Lush Coulee with Lindsay and Jennifer reading The Room on Rue Amelie. Not wanting to leave but to stay and savor this endearing story. Kristen Hamel gave us much to discuss and I really enjoyed discussing our thoughts and insight to this story.

The Room on Rue Amelie is an easy, lighter more dramatic WWII story of the sacrifices and bravery of the heroes who take a stand against injustice. It was a nice change of pace for us and we really enjoyed the lighter, endearing and easier side to a WWII story that still had the depth and layers to make it an intriguing story for us.

Kristin Harmel does a fantastic job creating brave, strong and interesting characters here with our three main characters Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas. All fighting to survive and protect each other. We could feel their courage, love, fear and the danger they faced with bravery and we were touch by the emotional depth of this story.

We all loved the heartbreaking and heartwarming ending that left us excited to discuss this story. Kristen Hamel gave us much to discuss and I really enjoyed discussing our thoughts and insight to this story. We were left very satisfied with this unforgettable story. We highly recommend.

This is my first book by Kristin Harmel but not my last. I just ordered three more books by her and can’t wait to get them!

Review by Brenda

Published on March 27, 2018

Thank you, NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Kristin Harmel for a copy to read and review.

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Lindsay’s Review

4.5 stars!

I adored this novel! This was a touching and unforgettable WWII story revolving around Ruby Benoit, a brave young American newlywed woman, living in occupied Paris during wartime devastation and desperation.

The story is narrated through her perspective, along with a British RAF pilot and a neighboring Jewish teenage girl. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded overlapping through their perspectives in alternating chapters.

One of the things I most enjoyed about this novel was learning that Ruby’s character was based on a real woman named Virginia d’Albert-Lake. I found her story so captivating and inspiring and to discover that much of what unfolds in this book was based on real events made me appreciate this novel so much more. The author, Kristin Harmel, writes with such beauty and clarity. I felt the intensity of wartime loss and devastation, yet didn’t feel overwhelmed with sadness. There was much sorrow and grief throughout the story but it was presented in such a hopeful manner – this hope being what these characters focused on to survive.

I enjoyed reading this wonderful book along with Brenda and Jennifer and it was an absolute pleasure. They offered such intriguing insight that deeply enhanced my reading experience.

A big thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Kristin Harmel for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Jennifer’s Review

4 stars to this historical drama of WWII

I have enjoyed other books by Kristin Harmel, but The Room on Rue Amelie may just be my favorite from her.

Set in World War II, my favorite time period of which to read, the Epilogue of The Room on Rue Amelie set the intriguing stage, as it was not until the end of the book that I knew which loving elderly couple was portrayed.

In 1939, Ruby falls in love with a Frenchman and moves to Paris, against her parents’ wishes because the political climate of the time is uncertain. By 1940, Ruby’s marriage also becomes uncertain and now the Nazis have invaded her beloved Paris.

Ruby becomes close friends with a girl who is Jewish in her apartment who did not evacuate, and later in time, a shot-down RAF pilot appears who needs to make his way back to England. The story that unfolds is one of two fearless women who help others no matter the cost. I was inspired to find out that the story was loosely based on a real person.

The Room on Rue Amelie is an endearing story of WWII, lovingly told, of bravery and the utmost sacrifice. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and it’s delightful to have a well-researched, beautifully-written account that’s “lighter.” This does not mean that this novel was lacking in depth, but instead, I could read and enjoy with ease without re-reading at times in order to absorb all the content.

Thank you to Kristin Harmel, Gallery Books, and Netgalley, for the ARC.