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What We Finished

Three Days MissingThree Days Missing by Kimberly Belle
Norma and I read Three Days Missing with four of our Traveling Sisters and we all ended up in the same coulee with our thoughts on this one.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

We all enjoyed this lighter story, yet unsettling story of a missing child who goes missing while at a school camp.  We found it had just the right amount of tension and darkness to move the story forward but still keep it on the lighter side.

WHO WE RECOMMEND TO:

We recommend Three Days Missing to anyone looking for an easy fast-paced lighter thriller with just enough dark to leave you feeling a little chilled but not disturbed after finishing.

Brenda, Lindsay and Mary Beth’s review

 

Sold on a MondaySold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

Norma and I read Sold on Monday with six of our Traveling Sisters.  We all started off intrigued by what we thought was the premise of the story that was inspired by an actual newspaper photograph, however, it is not the story that was told here.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

We all ended a bit disappointed with this story as we really wanted the story to be more about the actual newspaper photograph.  The story became more about the characters and their search for answers.  Maybe if we had been aware of that we would not have been so disappointed.

WHO WE RECOMMEND TO:

We recommend to readers looking for a lighter story with some drama to take away from some of the dark to the story.

Norma, Lindsay and I will be posting our reviews closer to publication date August 28, 2018.

For now, you can find our Traveling Sister’s reviews here on Goodreads.

Angela,  Debra, Diane, Marialyce

The DisappearingThe Disappearing by Lori Roy

I read The Disappearing with six of my Traveling Sisters and ended up on different sides of the Coulee with this one.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

We really enjoyed the atmosphere with this one and it really made the story for us, however, there was a lot going on with this story that weighted down the story for us.

WHO WE RECOMMEND TO:

I recommend to readers who enjoy a gothic atmospheric read with a small town mystery.

Brenda’s review 

For reviews from my Traveling Sisters, you can find links to their blogs on the bottom of my review.

 

The Lost for Words BookshopThe Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

Norma read The Lost for Words Bookshop with Kris and both had similar thoughts on the story.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

We both really enjoyed this wonderfully charming, light, moving, and endearing tale that is set in the greatest place ever, a bookshop.

WHO WE RECOMMEND TO:

We recommend The Lost for Words Bookshop to all of you book lovers out there or to anyone who loves an endearing main character.

Norma and Kris’s review

What we have starting this week:

An Unwanted GuestAn Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena

 

 

 

The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis

 

 

 

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes AfterThe Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya

 

 

Are there any you have read or would like to read?  Drop us a comment!

Posted in Reviews, Traveling Sisters in a Coulee Reviews

Traveling Sister in a Coulee Reading Little Big Love by Katy Regan

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Little Big Love by Katy Regan

Review by Jan

3.5 stars

Sweet and heartwarming! I enjoyed this book very much.
This was a Traveling Sister read, and, as always, it made the experience even more enjoyable.

The story is told from the POV of 10-year-old Zac, his mother Juliet, and his grandfather Mick. I enjoyed all three perspectives. Zac has never met his father, who “did a runner” before he was born. Zac decides he will undertake a super-secret ‘Find Dad Mission’, and he recruits his best friend Teagan to help him. The plan, of course, is not just to find his father, but to reunite his parents.

Zac…what a sweet boy with a big heart. Although Zac’s insights seemed particularly astute given his age, I fell in love with him and my heart broke over the bullying he endured over his weight. His hope and optimism were endearing. I loved how he collected facts, and they were quoted at the beginning of chapters. I really loved his best friend Teagan too….what a great friend she was.

Juliet is a single mom whose heart was broken when Zac’s dad abandoned them, but she is doing the best she can. I was a little frustrated with her at times but I also thought she was portrayed realistically. Her love for her son knew no bounds, something that as a mom I can relate to. Juliet’s own mother is still grieving the death of her son, Juliet’s brother, who died 10 years ago, and their relationship is somewhat strained.

Mick, the grandfather, is holding onto an explosive secret that he’d rather not reveal. Juliet and Mick both love Zac deeply but each of them has kept secrets from each other and from Zac. Secrets that, if revealed, have the potential to cause a lot of damage.

The overriding themes were love and forgiveness. But the sheer number of issues threaten to overwhelm the story. These include bullying, weight and body image, grief, family secrets, alcoholism/addiction, asthma, and unhealthy living conditions. This makes the book sound rather grim, but there is enough humor and sweetness to offset the seriousness. The story has some unexpected twists and ended on a hopeful note. This is the type of book that demands that type of ending and I was satisfied. I admit that at one point my eyes welled up.

Recommended for fans of heartwarming and sweet family stories. It was a perfect read for me in between some heavier reads.

*Many thanks to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own