Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen #travelingsistersread #BookReview #NetGalley

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Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

Norma’s Review

4.5 stars rounded up! Oh my! I was totally lost in the beautiful imagery of this fabulously and magically written novel!

HARRY’S TREES by JON COHEN is an engaging, fascinating, and an emotionally moving tale that definitely tugged at my heartstrings but in an uplifting and heartwarming way. Even though there was some sadness to this story it was the love, kindness, and hope that magically flowed through from the pages of this book to my very being that absolutely touched my heart.

JON COHEN delivers an endearing, thought-provoking and beautifully written novel here with a fairy tale interwoven into the storyline to make this a charming and an all around magical tale. I absolutely loved how a fairy tale was written into this story and all the underlying messages that this book had to offer.

I was immediately drawn into the fabulous setting and found the characters to be so intriguing and compelling and I was especially enchanted by young Oriana and how she played a major role in this story. Also, the descriptions of the library and the books from the librarian was such a welcoming part of this story for me.

The only time I would say that I wavered from this story was some of the references towards the trees. I wouldn’t necessarily say I was bored maybe just a little bit uninterested so that is where the book lost a half a star from me.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the symbolism that the trees had to Harry’s healing and how the fairy tale was incorporated into this story which was intertwined by a strong dose of reality. Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Harlequin and Jon Cohen for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!

Our House by Louise Candlish #travelingsistersread #BookReview

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Our House
by Louise Candlish

Brenda’s Traveling Sisters Review

I read Our House with seven of my Traveling Sisters and we varied with how we all felt about this one.

We all started off drawn into this story and were intrigued right away when we met Fiona who comes home to find strangers have moved into her house and that it has been sold. The tension and suspense rise as we start to see betrayals and secrets spiral.

Louise Candlish does a great job here creating a different angle to a domestic suspense with a plot that revolves around a house. At times the house becomes the center of the story and we start to see just how connected our main character Fiona is to her home. The house itself starts to become a character I started to connect with

Louise Candlish adds just the right amount of drama to leave us questioning Fiona’s actions and creating a little ourselves for her in our discussion. We appreciated that she kept the drama down while still creating enough tension and suspense to keep the story moving forward for some of us. At times we did feel the story slowed down and got a little bogged down and things started to go sideways for me and a few sisters and we started to make our way out of a Coulee. Soon some of us were pulled back down on to a twisty path with twists and turns that kept us turning the pages as fast as we could right to the end.

You need a little patience with this story and the twists are not shocking but twisty leaving some of us quite satisfied in a coulee and for some of us they couldn’t wait to jump on out.

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.

Thank you to NetGalley, Berkley Publishing Group and Louise Candlish for a copy to read and review.

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Lindsay’s review

A suspenseful, unique and twisty story!

This novel follows Fiona Lawson who has recently split with her husband Bram and has a “bird’s nest” custody arrangement forher two sons.   The custody arrangement allows Fiona and Bram to stay in the marital home separately with their sons a few nights each week.   One day, Fiona arrives at the house earlier than expected to find a young couple moving their belongings in.   Bram, her children and personal belongings are nowhere to be found.   The situation is shocking for all parties involved.   What transpires afterward is a turn of events that will keep you guessing.

This book started out strong – I was intrigued by the premise and immediately liked Fiona’s character.   Louise Candlish, drew me right into this wild and shocking situation, piquing my interest from the first sentence.  As the plot unfolds, the narrative switches between Fiona and Bram.

Unfortunately, the story lost its spark by the halfway point and began to drag and feel repetitious. The back and forth narratives became too detailed and many paragraphs and pages felt like unnecessary detail which took away from the suspenseful intensity.  Bram’s character was extremely selfish and irritating and I found his sections grew to become frustrating to read.  Overall, this was a good thriller with a unique and interesting premise.  It just didn’t work out as great as I had hoped for me.

Published August 7, 2018

A big thank you to Edelweiss, Berkley and Louise Candlish for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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