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Last Week / This Week in a Coulee #travelingsistersread #travelingfriendsread #BookReview

What We Finished

Sister of MineSister of Mine by Laurie Petrou

Norma and I read Sister of Mine with Mackenzie and Berit.  We all really enjoyed this story of two sisters.  It seemed like the perfect book for Norma and I.  Norma has often referred to me as “That Sister of Mine”.  Now our relationship is nothing like this complicated relationship between these sisters though.  We are boring compared to them.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

We all thought this was a fast-paced, entertaining, and easy read that focused more on the suspense and these characters to move this well-written story forward.

WHO WE RECOMMEND IT TO:

We recommend to everyone looking for some good storytelling that doesn’t rely on any shocking twists to make for an interesting and fun story.

Our New Overall Review Rating Scale (broken down with a rating for each category)

5 out of 5 for a safe, easy, quick, and light read with a little bit of darkness

4 out of 5 for depth and complexity

4 out of 5 for character development

5 out of 5 for a well-written suspenseful story

Our reviews

Mackenzie’s review

Our HouseOur House by Louise Candlish

I read Our House with seven of my Traveling Sisters and we were split on how we felt about this one.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

Some of us really enjoyed the unique premise of this story and really enjoyed the twists to this one.  The rest of us found it a bit slow and some actions of the character just didn’t add up for them.

WHO WE RECOMMEND IT TO:

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.

Overall Review Rating Scale 

5 out of 5 for a safe, easy, quick, and light read 

4 out of 5 for depth and complexity

4 out of 5 for character development

 Brenda and Lindsay’s review

Our Traveling blogger Sisters

Debra’s review

Carol’s review

Our Traveling Sisters reviews on Goodreads

ChristinaDianeRose

Our Homesick SongsOur Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper

Lindsay and I read Our Homesick Songs with three of our Traveling Sisters. Reading this one together and discussing it really enhanced our reading experience.

WHAT WE THOUGHT:

Overall, we all really enjoyed this unique, slow-paced, magical and charming story.  It does take some patience and focus to appreciate the magic and charm to this story.  For Lindsay, she struggled with connecting to the atmosphere of the story and the way the story was written.  It made it hard for her to connect to the story.

WHO WE RECOMMEND IT TO:

I recommend to readers looking for something different here in a story where the focus is on connecting with the characters through the setting and the elements to the story.

Brenda and Christina’s review

Marialyce’s review

Diane’s review on Goodreads

Something in the WaterSomething in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Norma read Something in the Water with eight of our Traveling Friends and there were definitely some different views here on this story. This one made for a very interesting discussion and there were a few different views discussed.

WHO WE RECOMMEND IT TO:

Even though Something in The Water left a few friends rating this one lower, it really made for a fun and interesting group read.  We highly recommend for reading groups.  There is a lot going on here with this one to discuss.

Overall Review Rating Scale 

4 out of 5 for a safe, easy, quick, and light read with a little bit of darkness

4 out of 5 for depth and complexity

3 out of 5 for character development

 Norma’s Review

For our Traveling Sisters’ reviews on Goodreads:

Kaceey  Rose

Leave No TraceLeave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

Norma read Leave No Trace on her own this week because there were a few books that we were reading that she didn’t have.  So she snuck in a couple of books from her NetGalley shelf.

WHAT NORMA THOUGHT:

Norma read Mindy Mejia’s first novel Everything You Want Me To Be and really enjoyed it so she was happy to dive into Leave No Trace.  She found it to have an enjoyable and suspenseful storyline with a captivating setting and characters.

WHO WE RECOMMEND IT TO:

Anyone who enjoys an unputdownable psychological thriller with well-developed characters and a unique premise but you will need to be able to suspend disbelief here though.

Overall Review Rating Scale 

5 out of 5 for an easy, quick, and light read with a little bit of darkness

4 out of 5 for depth and complexity

4 out of 5 for character development

3 out of 5 for believability

Norma’s Review

Harry's TreesHarry’s Trees by Jon Cohen

Harry’s Trees is another one that Norma read on her own this week.

WHAT NORMA THOUGHT:

Norma was totally lost in the imagery of this endearing, fabulously and magically written novel!

WHO WE RECOMMEND IT TO:

Anyone who enjoys a magical story with a bit of a fairy tale incorporated into it but with a strong dose of reality.

Overall Review Rating Scale 

5 out of 5 for a safe, easy, quick, and light read with a little bit of darkness

5 out of 5 for depth and complexity

5 out of 5 for character development

Norma’s Review

What we have starting this week:

Not Her DaughterNot Her Daughter by Rea Frey

 

 

 

 

The Air You BreatheThe Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles

 

 

 

 

The Word Is MurderThe Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

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