We are Brenda, Norma and Lindsay and we are The Traveling Sisters. We read and review together. We are the hosts to The Traveling Sisters & Friends Goodreads Reading Groups and The Traveling Friends Instagram Reading Group.
First I really have to start off by saying it’s too much of expectations here to compare The Light Over London with The Nightingale or Lilac Girls. The Light Over London is a much lighter historical fiction and more towards a historical romance. I thought they were very different stories and had different tones to the stories. I think you are much better off going into this story without the expectations of comparing it to The Nightingale or Lilac Girls.
Now that I got that off my chest on to my thoughts for The Light Over London. Julia Kelly tells a tender story of war and love and she creates two different, remarkable and strong women here with Louise and Cara who are from two different timelines. They both are struggling with love and their self-worth. We follow along as both find their independence, inner strength and worth.
I was intrigued by both storylines and thought each brought something very different to the story. I really enjoyed Louise’s courageous journey to self-discovery and was intrigued by the history of the gunner girls. I wish that Julia Kelly would have spent more time on this part of the history.
Now, what makes this story is that it is on the lighter side and it’s a nice change of pace to read a tender yet intriguing WWII story that is safe from the dark side of the war. I highly recommend for readers who like to keep things light.
Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Julia Kelly for gifting me a physical advance uncorrected proof to read.
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This was quite the emotional psychological thriller that immediately drew me in and had me totally glued to those pages for the entirety of reading this book. The storyline is one that I seem to be always drawn to and where this book deals with every parent’s worst nightmare, a missing child there is a nice twist to this one that definitely made this a different reading experience for me. The angst and devastation that you feel for these characters along with the pacing and short chapters made this an extremely palpable, fast and unputdownable read.
HER ONE MISTAKE by HEIDI PERKS is a compelling, chilling, suspenseful, and a compulsive read that was an easy book to escape into that didn’t have too much darkness to it. The intensity level of this book gradually builds as the story progresses and there is also this subtle undertone of unease that makes you question what you are reading.
HEIDI PERKS delivers a character-driven, intriguing and well-written read here with complex and realistic characters, a uniquely written premise and an enthralling storyline. The story is told from dual perspectives between Charlotte and Harriet in an alternating timeline of “Now” and “Before” the disappearance of Alice with excerpts from Harriet’s diary. I thoroughly enjoyed the format of this story and both perspectives and timelines equally. I’m a total sucker when an author chooses to add in different writing devices to spice up the story so the diary excerpts definitely added a little extra excitement to the story for me.
Norma’s Stats: Cover: Worrisome, suspenseful and a fitting representation to storyline. Although I thought maybe the stuffed animal should have been a different character as was mentioned in the book a few times. Hmmm…..maybe I missed something? Title: Appealing, suspenseful, intriguing and absolutely love how the title plays so fittingly into storyline. Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, captivating, and fluid. I thoroughly enjoyed this author’s writing style! Plot: Unique, thought-provoking, suspenseful, gripping, perfectly-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and extremely entertaining. I found this storyline to be quite refreshing! Ending: An absolutely perfect and plausible resolution that I was extremely satisfied with. Overall: An excellent read that had me totally entertained and engrossed from start to finish! Would highly recommend!
Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Heidi Perks for gifting me a physical advance uncorrected proof to read. I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience!
What should have been a fun-filled, carefree day takes a tragic turn for the worse for one mother when her best friend’s child goes missing in this suspenseful, compulsively readable, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.
It all started at the school fair…
Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame.
Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter….
This breathless and fast-paced debut—perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door—takes you on a chilling journey that will keep you guessing until the very last page.