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Sneak Peek: Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant #travelingsistersread @amberjackpub @kimicgrant

Sneak Peek Sunday is a post where give a peek into our thoughts for a book not yet published or we give a peek into an anticipating upcoming group read. It’s a great way to share thoughts on a book not yet published.

Today Kim @It’s All About The Thrill  and I are sistering up and taking a peek into two different books. I hope you get a chance to travel over to her blog and check out what she is taking a peek into. I am giving a sneak peek into Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant. Norma, Lindsay and I read this one together. Christina @ Recipe and A Read hopefully will be back soon sistering up with us on our posts.

Expected Publication date: March 5th 2019

Fallen Mountains

Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant

From Goodreads

“An intense and engaging portrait of characters driven by—and bound by—the secrets of their pasts . . . an absorbing mystery as well as a gracefully layered story of death and loss in a small town.” —Allen Eskens, USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury and The Shadows We Hide

When Transom Shultz goes missing shortly after returning to his sleepy hometown of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania, his secrets are not the only ones that threaten to emerge. Red, the sheriff, is haunted by the possibility that a crime Transom was involved in seventeen years earlier—a crime Red secretly helped cover up—may somehow be linked to his disappearance. Possum, the victim of that crime, wants revenge. Laney will do anything to keep Transom quiet about the careless mistake they made that could jeopardize her budding relationship. And Chase, once a close friend, reels from Transom’s betrayal of buying his family’s farm under false pretenses and ruthlessly logging it and leasing the mineral rights to Marcellus shale frackers. As the search for Transom Shultz heats up and the inhabitants’ dark and tangled histories unfold, each one must decide whether to live under the brutal weight of the past or try to move beyond it.

Norma’s thoughts: Atmospheric, riveting and intensely entertaining!

I was immediately intrigued by the mystery of FALLEN MOUNTAINS and found the setting to be immensely appealing.  I am a total sucker when it comes to dark and gritty tales set in a small rural town. They are by far one of my favorite types of reads and add in great writing, a suspenseful mystery full of secrets and a missing person – well then I am one happy and contented reader!

Brenda’s thoughts: Kimi Cunningham Grant does a great job creating a realistic down to earth feel through her descriptive atmospheric writing and we could feel the emotional connection the characters had to each other and their surroundings. 

Lindsay’s thoughts: I loved everything about this novel!   The characters, the writing, the storyline, the pacing, the flow, the suspense – simply perfect! Red reminded me of Walt from the TV show Longmire which I loved. I felt an immediate connection to this story from page one, instantly sympathizing with Red and his situation.  The atmosphere was thick and wrapped me up completely throughout this rugged and unforgettable tale. I will be thinking of these characters long after I have finished writing this review.  It was a book that I wished would have continued further, not because I wasn’t satisfied with the ending, but simply because I didn’t want to let the characters and storyline go.

Thank you so much to Amberjack Publishing and Kimi Cunningham Grant for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book

Have you read this? Are you adding this one to your TBR list? Drop us a comment! We would love to hear from you!

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The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle @rebecca_serle @flatiron_books #BookReview #travelingfriendsread #BookBloggers

The Dinner ListThe Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

Unique, wistful & magical!

Such an imaginative premise that will have you asking yourself if you could invite five people living or dead to a dinner party who would you choose?

THE DINNER LIST by REBECCA SERLE is a wonderful, captivating, touching, fun and light-hearted tale that I was immediately drawn into and devoured rather quickly.

REBECCA SERLE delivers an intriguing, engaging, complex and well-written story here told in short alternating chapters to make this a quick and easy read. The story was filled with diverse and unique characters, an enchanting and delicious setting, and a heartfelt and insightful storyline.

Although, I really enjoyed this one and I was swept right under its spell the drama wore me down a little bit. Sabrina has some issues here that she is dealing with and a lot she is confronting from her past. Normally I welcome a lot of drama in my novels but for some reason it became a little exhausting and suspecting one of the twists was a little disheartening lessening the impact of the pivotal moment for me.

The storyline definitely had me dreaming and pondering which five guests I would choose and wouldn’t it be fun if fantasy just became reality.

* I read this book in our Traveling Friends Group *

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: That striking, bright & bold yellow cover definitely caught my eye and definitely enticed me into buying and reading this book.
Title: The title definitely intrigued me and it is a fitting and excellent representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, fluid, witty, beautiful and engaging.
Plot: Engrossing, insightful, thought-provoking, interesting, heartfelt, fast-paced, and entertaining.
Ending: Bittersweet, tearjerker and satisfying.
Overall: This was an all around fabulous book that was beautifully poignant with an absolutely wonderful message! Would recommend!

Traveling Friends Group Read
Norma’s Review

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Watching You by Lisa Jewell #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers @AtriaBooks @SimonSchusterCA @lisajewelluk @about_thethrill

Happy pub day to one the most anticipated books from one of our favorite authors. Today we are sistering up with Kim @Its All About The Thrill and Christina @Recipe And a Read to share our reviews for Watching You by Lisa Jewell

Brenda’s Review

Lisa Jewell does it again!! She nailed it with this one and satisfied the anticipation we had here with Watching You! She has written another well-layered story in her traditional way of layering those clues and reveals at just the right time but this time with a little bit of a different twist here to that.  She maintained creating that suspense she is a master at but left that final reveal right up to the end. Now there were some clues there and normally I pick up on Jewell’s clues but this time around I found they were hidden in the layers.   When I read that reveal and what came after I was left jumping out of my chair yelling “Wow I didn’t see that coming”.


My first book by Lisa Jewell was I Found You and it became one of my favorite books. I was hooked on Lisa Jewell’s writing and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on more of her books. I went on a reading binge with a couple of my Traveling Sisters and we enjoyed all her books we read. Then She Was Gone was another highly anticipated book for us and one we all loved. I highly recommend all of her books!

Norma’s Review

Entrancing, irresistible and compelling!

WATCHING YOU by LISA JEWELL is a clever, unputdownable, and suspenseful psychological thriller novel that immediately drew me in and had me totally engrossed and interested right from the very first page. 

The opening scene had me so intrigued in finding out who was murdered and why that I was racing through those pages as fast as I possibly could. We the readers aren’t privy to any of that information and that is definitely the strong point of this novel. The process is a slow-burn as we get to know all the characters and their motives. Plenty of questions started swirling around in my mind and where some of those questions are answered the motive behind those actions aren’t revealed to us until the end. 

LISA JEWELL delivers an intriguing, character-driven, well-written and plotted story here with interesting and engaging characters that was told in multiple points of view along with police transcripts intertwined into the storyline. The police transcripts were a favorite and such an effective way for us to get a firsthand look into the investigation and pick up on some of those clues. 

I absolutely loved that this book created so many questions and the subtle clues are perfectly interspersed in the storyline but piecing them all together was definitely making my head spin. So I decided that I was just going to read and let the story do the job for me. And, I am so glad that I did because what transpires in the end was absolutely stunning and so totally worth it! 

Lindsay’s Review


A tense, secretive and twisty story that had me guessing until the end.

This is my third Lisa Jewell book and she continues to impress me.  I love how addictive, fast-paced and gripping her novels are. I just can’t seem to put them down once I start the first chapter.   Her storylines are current, suspenseful and highly intriguing.

There are several characters in this book, all are well developed with perfectly timed introductions, leaving no room for confusion.  The plot largely focuses on Josephine (Joey) Mullen who lives with her new husband in her brother and sister-in-laws’ house in a well-respected neighbourhood. They are trying to find steady jobs and get settled before finding a place of their own. We meet several of their neighbours, with chapters alternating between many of their perspectives.   Each perspective brought a new layer of suspense and allure, each with a hint of secrecy that could possibly connect the intricate pieces of this puzzle together. The title says it all – “Watching You” – this applies to many scenarios throughout this fast-paced and highly addictive novel.

Norma’s Stats
Cover: Eye-catching, intriguing, and effective! Absolutely love everything about this cover and such a fantastic representation to storyline.
Title: Intriguing, suspenseful, and an absolutely perfect representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, absorbing, captivating, and skilled.
Plot: Suspenseful, fascinating, engrossing, fast-paced, held my attention fully and extremely entertaining.
Ending: A twist ending that wrapped up everything perfectly! Loved it!
Overall: An irresistible, intense, surprising, suspenseful, and fabulous read! Would highly recommend!

Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for our copies to read and review

Have you read this one? Are you clicking on your favourite bookstore to order it now or out the door to buy this one? Have you read any other books by Lisa Jewell that you enjoyed? Drop us a comment!

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Can’t-Wait for: The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict @laurabenedict @HBGCanada @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

It’s that time of the week when we sister up with Traveling Sisters, Kim and Christina and talk about books we can’t wait to read. Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme that is hosted by  Wishful Endings.  Christina Recipe and a Read is still not back at posting regularly due to family health reasons. We miss her and hope she will be back at it with us in the New Year.

Now on to the upcoming sister read that Kim @It’s all about the Thrill Norma, Lindsay and I can’t wait to read.

The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict

Kimber Hannon’s belief that she has complete control over her life is shattered the night that she comes home from a trip to find her key no longer opens her front door. There is a stranger living in her house. A stranger who claims he has every right to be there, with the paperwork to prove it. When she confronts the man, he lets her get close enough to whisper, “I was there. I saw what you did.”

She doesn’t know how he knows her, but with those words Kimber knows this stranger isn’t after anything as simple as her money or artwork or charming Craftsman bungalow. She has to find out exactly what he wants and get him out of her carefully orchestrated life before he ruins it.

There are plenty of people in her life who might help, but should Kimber trust any of them? Her lawyer, Gabriel, is also her ex-lover; Diana, her best friend, doesn’t know Kimber slept with her husband; her ex-husband has a new, happier life since leaving her; and her co-workers know she’ll do anything to get her next sale. And no one can know the real reason this man is in her house. Without trust, everyone’s a stranger….

Expected Publication date February 5, 2019. Thank you to Hachette Canada for our copies of this book.


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Posted in The Sisters Recommend, Traveling Sisters Reads

The 2018 Traveling Sister Choice Awards

It’s that time of year…..Goodreads members from all over the world have voted and chosen their favourite books.   The 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards winners were announced and we wanted to see how the winners compared to what our Traveling Sisters voted for.   Such a very exciting time especially for our group of Traveling Sisters who have dedicated so many hours to choosing, reading and discussing books from our mountainous and ever-expanding TBR piles.  

Lindsay started a thread on The Traveling Sister Goodreads Group where Sisters voted for their picks in each category.  The results are in from our Traveling Sisters and the winners are as follows:

FICTION:  

The Dream DaughterThe Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain




HISTORICAL FICTION:  Tie between:

Rust & StardustRust & Stardust by T. Greenwood


Where the Crawdads SingWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens




THRILLER/MYSTERY Tie between:

Lying in Wait

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent


Jane DoeJane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone




HORROR:  

DraculDracul by Dacre Stoker




DEBUT AUTHOR:  

The Chalk ManThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor




Memoir:

EducatedEducated by Tara Westover




YOUNG ADULT FICTION:  

SadieSadie by Courtney Summers




ROMANCE:  One Day In December by Josie Silver

One Day in DecemberOne Day in December by Josie Silver

*The categories not listed didn’t have enough votes to tally a winner.

Thanks to all the Traveling Sisters who participated!  It was fun to see everyone’s nominations and discuss our thoughts.   

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We are interested in your thoughts!   Did you agree with the Goodreads Choice Awards winners?   Do you agree with what our Traveling Sisters voted for? We would love to hear from you!  

 

 

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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty @Flatironbooks @MacmillanUSA @about_thethrill #travelingfriendsread #BookBloggers

Norma, Lindsay and I have decided to take our love of reading in a group to Instagram and we have now started hosting group reads there.  For one of our first exciting and fun group reads on Instagram Norma and I read Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty with a few bookstagramers.  We loved this one and it was a surefire winner for us that left us cheering after reading it.  On a suggestion from members, we also read this one in our Traveling Friends Goodreads group.  Our Traveling Sister and close blogging sister Kim, joined us cheering for this one in both groups.  Today we are sistering up with her on this post. So please pop on over and check out her review @It’s All About The Thrill.  

In our Instagram group, we hosted an ongoing discussion, and this really made for a very interesting and fun discussion as we swapped theories, shared some of our favorite quotes that left us laughing out loud and cried together over some of the scenes in this story.  A couple friends who read this one already joined in on our discussion.  Now things were interestingly different in the Goodreads group and overall friends were left in the over-the-top and off the rails coulee.

Web_L367-4_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s review and thoughts into our group reads.

Nine Perfect Strangers started off strong for me and a few other friends in both groups. We instantly loved one of our main characters Frances and a few of us could really relate to her.  Liane Moriarty had us starting off laughing out loud as we met our nine perfect strangers. Now all of them are not strangers to each other as there is a family and a couple.  

Liane Moriarty does a great job here creating some different strangers with different backgrounds each dealing with their own conflicts.  We get a glimpse into their inner thoughts and see their insecurities and their feelings or assumptions into each other. Really making that an interesting part to each of their POVs.  

Things do take on a more serious tone when we learn more about why some of our characters are on this retreat and at times I was left in tears, now some of you know I am not a crier and Moriarty really was able to capture some real like emotions here with these characters for me.   This is where I thought her brilliant writing came in. She had me laughing one minute and crying the next but not at the expense of some of the serious topics she explored. I thought the humor relief was done well here and paced well where it was needed.

Now where this story went a little sideways for some us I thought was very brave of  Liane Moriarty to tackle and we could see how that paid off for her for some of us but not for others in our groups.  She introduces a part to the storyline not yet explored in any stories I have read before. I applaud her for taking that risk.

Now I will admit things did get a little over the top towards the ending and I did start to get a little worried.  I can certainly understand how this left some of our members feeling this one went over the top and off the rail for them.  In the end, it all worked for me and a few of us.  We highly recommend.

Web_L339-4_brunette_brown eyesNorma’s Review
Wildly entertaining, wickedly perceptive & an irresistible page-turner!

“It’s just a story!” ……and oh boy what a story it was!

NINE PERFECT STRANGERS by LIANE MORIARTY was such a fantastic, lighthearted, fun, sad, and touching story that was so thought-provoking and yet so humorous to read. I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t get enough of these quirky characters. I adored this book right from the very start and had me laughing out loud numerous times and then at other times gasping out loud in shock for the pain that some of these characters were suffering.

LIANE MORIARTY delivers quite the fascinating, intriguing, vulnerable, lifelike, and beautifully written read here with quirky and realistic characters, a brazen and dynamic premise and an extremely spellbinding and enthralling storyline.

What really stood out about this novel for me was how realistic and raw these characters were written. I could see myself and others in probably every single one of these characters in this story. I thought the inner thoughts and dialogue was absolutely spot on.

I absolutely loved the way that this novel made me feel and yup, in the end, it gave me that warmth and satisfying afterglow that I seek in my books.

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Simply beautiful, natural, effective & purely Moriarty! P.S. – Do you see an outline of a woman’s body on the cover?
Title: Appealing, suspenseful, intriguing and a fabulous representation to storyline. The nine guests were perfectly imperfect!
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, captivating, witty, intelligent and smart.
Plot: Intriguing, clever, thought-provoking, suspenseful, perfectly-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and highly entertaining.
Ending: Clever and totally satisfying. Loved the progressive timeline.
Overall: An extremely enjoyable & entertaining read that had me totally engrossed from start to finish! Would highly recommend!

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Have you read this one?  Were you left feeling this one was a sure-fire winner for you or over the top and off the rails?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you.