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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh #BookReview #travelingsistersread

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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Norma’s review & rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

GHOSTED by ROSIE WALSH was such a beautifully written love story that had a hint of mystery to it and a few surprising twists, that I absolutely adored! This book was extremely gripping, intense, and a heartwarming story that had me totally engaged and interested right from the very first chapter to the very last page. I was totally intrigued and emotionally invested in this whole story and I really appreciated that I went into this one blind. Some parts of this novel I had an intimate and emotional connection to.

ROSIE WALSH delivers an original, well-paced and well-written read here with believable and convincing characters. I could totally relate to Sarah & Eddie’s characters and their short and intense relationship. My relationship with my husband was so similar to the love story in this book. So for that very reason I found this story both intense and beautiful and had me choked up quite a few times. I was totally entertained and flew through those pages!

Publishing Date: July 24, 2018

This was another extremely compulsive read for me as I was emotionally invested and gripped right from the beginning which followed through to that extremely touching and stunning conclusion. Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Pamela Dorman Books / Penguin Publishing Group and Rosie Walsh for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Brenda’s Traveling Sisters Review

Norma and I read Ghosted with seven of our Traveling Sisters and we had some very strong views on this one that not only split us into two different Coulees but two Coulees nowhere near each other.

Ghosted starts off a bit slow and weighted down a bit as we are introduced to a story that seems like boy meets girl and they fall in love, but there is much more going on in this story than meets the eye though. For some of us started to see a different story here hidden in the coincidences of this love story that really isn’t a love story. This is where we started to split as some of us did not buy into the love story and wanted to see more into the relationship between our two main characters Sarah and Eddie. Sarah blinded by love and what started off as an intense happy feeling of love and bliss soon turns into an obsession of thoughts as Sarah tries to find out the truth.

Rosie Walsh explores something deeper here and it really isn’t a love story but a story hidden deep within the relationship of Sarah and Eddie. She explores something common but not something often talked about or something we were aware of before reading this story as well as exploring pain, loss and family drama and dynamics, which at times does feel a bit too dramatic.

Ghosted does start off slow and sometimes does become repetitive and I with a couple other sisters made my way up to the top of the coulee looking for a way to escape but just as I was ready to jump out I left two of my sisters there and Rosie Walsh pulled me back into the coulee with Norma and three of our other TS and we couldn’t put this book down until we were finished. In the end, the four of us were looking for a tissue and felt quite satisfied with this heartwarming ending.

I highly recommend Ghosted to readers who are looking for a story that digs a little deeper into the emotional side with a twist that might leave you surprised. If you are looking to connect to these characters based on their relationship and love story alone this might not be the one for you. As always we recommend you give it a try to find out where you might land with this story.

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Pamela Dorman Books / Penguin Publishing Group and Rosie Walsh for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of this book.

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Kristin’s Review

*3.5 Stars*

GHOSTED: (Verb) When someone you love disappears without explanation…Then your friends and family act like you’re crazy. (Urban dictionary knows how it feels.)

Sarah Mackey has been Ghosted—and she is not okay. After almost a full week of pure bliss, Sarah and Eddie have fallen hopelessly in love with one another despite having only just met.

Yes, it’s a shameless bout of insta-love, and I, for once, didn’t hate it.

When life finally pulls these two lovebirds out of their romantic cocoon, Eddie promises Sarah he’ll call…BUT…he never does.

Convinced this is the real deal, Sarah becomes desperate for answers and will stop at almost nothing to obtain them, even if this quest includes compulsive phone calls and incessant messaging, until it gradually devolves into the self-depreciating task of flat out googling “why didn’t he call?”…

This plot is focused, and squeezes its reader into the manic grip of Sarah’s growing insanity, dragging us on a journey that is both obsessive and dryly comical.

She’s kind of unraveling, and it’s kind of ridiculous, but I also kind of loved it because who hasn’t been on the receiving end of being *ghosted* at least once in their lives, convinced that death-by-rejection might in fact be a thing?

What I enjoyed most about this book was the writing and originality, especially that of the first half. Sure, the plot itself is, at times, redundant and tends to have some dragging points, but woven into this prolonged cycle of Sarah-finding-Eddie are heartbreaking side stories with extremely touching outcomes.

For me, this was good storytelling, and even though there are elements I wish had more focus and some that could have been a bit less pronounced, I had fun with this one and would recommend it not necessarily as a love story, but a tale of the lengths people will go to in order to find some happiness. And, of course, to witness firsthand the art of being ghosted.

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For Carol’s review and for Nikki’s review who were lost in the same Coulee as us and for the different views from the rest, you can find our Traveling Sister’s Angela, Melissa and Haley’s reviews on Goodreads.

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra #BookReview #travelingsistersread

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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
by Anthony Marra

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started off lost in a coulee reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena with seven of my Traveling Sisters and some of us really got lost with this story. We all found our comfy spot to read this and were drawn into this densely vivid heavy in-depth plot that demanded our full attention. As life pulled some of the sisters away from the story they became really lost with their focus and had to leave the coulee and return back to read this at another time. Leaving three sisters and myself in a coulee continuing to read this story together.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena has a complicated plot with many side plots and characters and we found it easy to get lost in the plot and at times felt we missed some connections between characters in this delicate web of connections. It takes some patience but in the end, it was really worth it as it all comes brilliantly together and things become clear just how extraordinary this story really is.

In the background to this web of interesting and complex characters are the Chechen wars and we see how some horrific events unfold around our characters. In the center of the story we meet and come to care for Havaa. Our main characters, a village doctor Akhmed and another doctor who runs the hospital on her own, Sonja both try to hide Haraa and protect her after her father is abducted by Russian soldiers.

Anthony Marra brilliantly adds layers and depth to the plot and characters and then as the end nears gradually peels them back, revealing more and more and only, in the end, we can see the connections to the story. The ending so brilliantly done led to an interesting final discussion where we shared our feelings and appreciation for reading this phenomenal story.

We highly recommend for everyone and especially for book clubs. Loads to discuss with this one and we also recommend not to be missed for book clubs who come together in person to discuss the plot and characters. We suggest taking this book and really hiding or locking yourself away with your favorite beverage and really taking some time to yourself to focus on this dense plot. It’s worth the focus.