Posted in Can't Wait Wednesday, Traveling Friends Reads

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Lies We Told by Camilla Way

It’s that time of the week when we sister up with Traveling Sisters, Christina and Kim and talk about a book we can’t wait to read. Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme that is hosted by  Wishful Ending.

Today Kim over at It’s All About The Thrill and I are so excited to talk about The Lies We Told by Camilla Way. Christina over at Recipe and a Read will be joining in with another book we can’t wait to read.

Norma got this one from book of the month and all it took was an I want to read this one….I was all over it and now it’s an upcoming Traveling Friends group read.  Now how does Norma get book of the month well she really does have a book fairy who magically makes these books appear for her just out of the kindness of her heart.  You know who you are and we love you!!

On to more about this book.  We haven’t read Watching Edie but have heard some really good things about it.  I am thinking we will need to put it on our TBR list in the new year.  A few friends have mentioned they really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read The Lies We Told.  It should be a great group read.  As always if anyone wants to join in with us, you can find The Travelings Friends group on Goodreads.

About the book

The highly acclaimed author of Watching Edie returns with a new novel of dark psychological suspense that explores how those closest to us have the most to hide…

When Clara’s boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he’s left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he’s been kidnapped. Then Luke’s older sister, Emily, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.

Emily wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened–even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke’s mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.

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Have you read this one or Watching Edie?  What are your thoughts on it?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

Posted in Sneak Peek Sunday, Traveling Sisters Reads

Sneak Peek Sunday on Monday: The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray @BerkleyPub #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Happy Monday!  Today we are sistering up with Kim @ It’s All About The Thrill and Christina @ Recipe and A Read with another Sunday Sneak Peek but on Monday where we take a peek into our thoughts for a highly anticipated group read.

We are talking about different books today, we are reading in our groups. Christina is giving a sneak peek into her current group read and Kim is given a peek into an upcoming group read.

I am taking a peek into a book not published till February 19, 2019, and sharing our thoughts for The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray.   It’s one we highly recommend adding to your TBR list and marking the pub date in your calendar if you don’t already have it.

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls is a story to think and talk about.  It’s one you will want to talk about!

Brenda’s thoughts

I knew as soon as I received this book and read the description it was going to be a good one for me and I would love it.  It is one of those stories I love that really makes me dig deep into the character’s layers and lives and had me really think about each of them.

Anissa Gray draws us into the lives of honest real like characters and gives them each a strong voice.   We see their struggles and experiences, and what shapes the dynamics within their family.

From Norma’s review

ANISSA GRAY delivers an impressive, interesting and beautifully written read here that is told in alternating perspectives between three sisters, Althea, Viola and Lillian with letters interspersed from Proctor to Althea. The author does such a wonderful job portraying the complicated familial dynamics really allowing us to feel and see right into each of their struggles. I couldn’t help but feel strong emotions for each of these sisters stories and was definitely hoping that they would all find the strength and love they needed.

From Lindsay’s review

Raw. Emotional. Insightful. Heartbreaking. Hopeful.

This is a deeply affecting novel that had me feeling the strong sense of sadness that haunted each of the character’s lives. The author, Anissa Gray, did a fantastic job pulling me into this complicated family’s struggles and relationship dynamics. I was rooting for these characters.

Thank you to Elisha from Berkley for our ARCs.

From Diane review

A story with many layers, and under the layers, many scars. Individual ways of dealing with the trauma that even as adults they do not want to face. Scars that manifest in different ways, until they threaten to spill over into the next generation. Written in a raw, honest manner, a thoroughly believable look at a terribly flawed family, but one that comes together in love to help two young girls. While doing this they face and recognize their own silent and not so silent ghosts of the past, and are forced to deal with them. A book about second chances, if one can find the strength to take them, and the strength of women to cope and change.

From Sandi’s review

Relationships – terrifying! And when they are relationships between a Mother and her daughter they become even more confusing, more highly emotional and possibly more devastating. Then add in relationships with siblings, runaways, lies and prison and you have this amazing debut novel from Anissa Gray.

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We would love to see a peek into your thoughts on what you are reading or excited to read.  It’s a great way to share those thoughts on books you are excited about that are not yet released.  So feel free to participate and link up!

Have you read this one?  Want to talk about it?  Want to read it?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

Posted in Book Musings

Random Book Musings: So if you were to describe yourself in a review which five words would you use?#travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Hi everyone! Hope everybody is having a great Thursday!

I always have these random bookish questions that I’m curious about so I ask our Traveling Sisters a weekly (sometimes more) book related question. We thought it would be fun and interesting to take some of those questions to our blog and see what you all think or do. I hope that you will also join in on the discussion with us.

Okay, I thought I would do a little something different this week to mix it up and maybe make it a little more interesting and get to know you all a little bit better.  This question was well received in our Traveling Sisters reading group and seemed like a fun one for all.  I hope that you find my question this week fun too!

Norma’s random book question:

So if you were to describe yourself in a review which five words would you use? Feel free to use your words in sentences if you so wish! 

Web_L337-1_brunette_brown eyesNorma’s Answer

So I thought I might get some help from my hubby with my five words but he just said, “Honey you really aren’t going to ask that of me are you?” LOL

Affectionate, emotional, dramatic, predictable, and spontaneous.

I am an extremely affectionate person and I need lots of love and also like to show my love.

I am an all around emotional person. I can get easily excited and I am very open with my feelings. You would know exactly how I am feeling.

I have been known to get quite dramatic at times and well I can be a little bit of a drama queen. LOL

I have a tendency to be a little predictable and pretty sure that everyone around me can easily foresee or anticipate what I might do under certain situations.

I am an all around spontaneous kind of person.

Web_L365-1_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s Answer

Hmm I would describe myself as

Passionate about the things I love and love to share what I love.

Welcoming, I welcome everyone to share in our passion with the things we love.

Worrier but I think I control that

I am determined

Empathic to everyone’s mental health and it’s one of the things I worry about.

I am going to sneak one more in.  I am all over the place kind of person who always has too many tabs in my brain open and sometimes doesn’t know when to close some.   lol

Web_L353-1_blonde_blue eyesLindsay’s Answer

Ohhhhhhh…..interesting question Norma! Five words that describe me…..🤔….. happy, energetic, sensitive, caring and stubborn. 😆

Now to the best part.  Your answers.  Please join in our discussion and let us know your answer.  We would love to hear from you!

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Posted in Can't Wait Wednesday, Traveling Friends Reads

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty #travelingfriendsread #BookBloggers

It’s that time of week when we sister up with Traveling Sisters Christina and Kim and talk about a book we can’t wait to read. Can’t Wait Wednesday is a meme that is hosted by  Wishful Ending.

However, Kim over at It’s All About The Thrill  is unwell today and we might need to catch up with her later. Christina over at Recipe and a Read will be joining in with another book we can’t wait to read.

In the Traveling Freinds group, we can’t wait to read Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty.  Through my book travels, I have seen some mixed reviews for this and I am really curious to see how this read will go.  Some of our most interesting discussions often have had some mixed feeling towards a book.  I think this just might end up being one of them.  With Liane Moriarty being one of our favorite authors how could we not read this one?

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out…

Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer – or should she run while she still can?

It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.

Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft.

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Have you read this one?  Want to read this one?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

 

Posted in Coulee Chatter, Traveling Sisters Reads

Falling Behind Friday @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Happy Friday!!!  Friday is here and it’s that time again when we chat about a couple books we have been falling behind on with Kim@It’s All About the Thrill and Christina@Recipe and a Read . Today we all are chatting about different books we have fallen behind on.  Travel on over to their blogs to see what they are chatting about today.

We are chatting about A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne. Norma, Lindsay and I have fallen behind on the group read but really want to read it. I have been seeing some really great buzz for it.  The group read was added a month ago and we haven’t been able to catch up.  After reading Stephanie’s amazing review I noticed we missed the pub date for it.  Stephanie really has me wanting to dive into this one soon.  Zoe @ What’s Better Than Books? review caught my eye as well.

I did take a peek into the threads to see who read this one and looked at their reviews.

From The Traveling Sisters’ review

From Debra’s review  This book is beautifully written, tragic, compelling and hard to put down. Boyne has given me a character that I love to hate. Maurice Swift is so deliciously “amoral”.  

From Diane’s review: Now I am the type of reader who enjoys being given a character who tugs at my heart, someone in which I can hope for, cherish. But….I also say if you can’t give me that, then give me some stellar prose, or a plot that is intriguing, pulls me into the story. And…..yes that is definitely the case here, this plot pulled me in, like watching a train wreck I couldn’t pull away.

I have to add the beginning of Angela’s review.  My interest is definitely peaked after reading that.  What do you do when you have the blind ambition to be a writer and while you can write, you just don’t have a creative idea in you? If you are the unscrupulous, narcissistic, slimeball named Maurice Swift – you do anything that it takes – steal their stories and their books and ruin their lives.

img_6785Let’s Chat about books we have fallen behind on.  So I am convinced we are squeezing this one in!  Have you read this one?  If so we would love to hear what you thought about this slimeball.

Want to join us on our fun and chat about a couple titles you have fallen behind on? Join us on Fridays with our Falling Behind Friday meme where you chat about a couple books you have fallen behind on and then link Kim, Christina and us so we can travel on over and check out your post.  Drop your link in the comment section for everyone to check it out.

Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

Posted in Reviews, Traveling Sisters Read Reviews

One Day in December by Josie Silver @JosieSilver_ @CrownPublishing @penguinrandom @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Reading One Day in December is a like a getting a warm hug on a chilly winter day.  It warmed our hearts and left us feeling like we just experienced something very special.  

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Web_L367-4_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s review

I have been talking about a few books I have read lately that have not been my normal and One Day in December was definitely one of them.  This sister does not have a romantic bone in her. My poor husband.

One Day in December is warm, captivating, unforgettable and quirky love story not only between couples but within a friendship as well.  It’s a story of friendship, loyalty, and missing chances that left us questioning if they really were.

Sometimes I think I am more romantic when it comes to friendships.  I envied the relationship our main characters Laurie and Sarah had. Both characters were so different from each yet similar in some ways.  

One of the things that makes this story so great is how it is told over a long period of time.  We really get the chance to connect to the characters and see them develop, change, and experience different things.  The dynamic between the characters seemed realistic and was heartwarming and truly special.

One Day in December made for one of the best group discussions we have had.  We received a group kit with discussion questions and it had some of the best questions we have yet used.  You can find them online as well. The questions are very thought-provoking, easy to answer and really related to the theme, insight and emotions we felt towards the story.

We highly recommend this one and think it is one to put on your do not miss list.  If you get the chance to read it in a group we suggest taking it as its one of the best stories to discuss.  You could always join the Traveling Friends. This is one I am definitely going to suggest they read.

img_6779Norma’s review

Smashing, engrossing & devouring!

Wow! I absolutely LOVED this book! Laurie, Sarah & Jack were great characters!

Random amusing line:
“I squint, trying to duck my head to see what he’s reading ….”

Oh my, I think all of us book lovers can relate to that sentence. I know that I have done that very same thing so many times!

ONE DAY IN DECEMBER by JOSIE SILVER is a fabulous, brilliant, heartwarming and delightful story that completely stole my heart and consumed my thoughts. It took me less than 24 hours to read this book because once I started reading it I absolutely could not put it down. It had me totally absorbed, entertained, and interested in the storyline right from the very first page.

The way that this story was told and presented was actually much more than your typical love story. It was such a powerful and moving story that had so much heart and warmth flowing through the pages of this book that I absolutely could not get enough of. I’m actually kind of a little disappointed that the story was over. It definitely left me yearning for more but in a good way though.

JOSIE SILVER delivers an engaging, intriguing and beautifully written tale of love, friendship, hope, longing, loss and regret that flowed so perfectly. I was wholly impressed with Josie Silver’s writing style and how perfectly she interweaves the passage of time and storyline with the perspectives of Laurie and Jack. I have totally invested in these characters lives and was definitely hoping for a happily ever after for them.

It was one of those books that were definitely an all-consuming read for me and the perfect winter escape.

Web_L355-3_blonde_blue eyesLindsay’s review 

Charming.   Witty. Endearing.  Refreshing. Heartwarming.

I do not generally read romance, but when Brenda and Norma offered the Traveling Sisters the opportunity to read this title, I thought I would take a chance and try it out.  I am SO GLAD I did! This is not your typical love story.

This novel follows Laurie who believes she has found “the one” when she happens to look through the window of the bus she is on and makes magical eye contact with a handsome stranger.   She doesn’t believe in love at first sight, yet she feels an unexplainable intense connection to this man as her bus drives away. Along with the help of her best friend Sarah, Laurie spends the next year scouring the city in the hopes of reuniting with this handsome stranger.   Over a year later, Laurie does reunite with this man, named Jack, although it is not in the way she had hoped…..

This book spans over a decade in which we follow the ever-changing relationship dynamic between Laurie, Sarah and Jack.  The author, Josie Silver, does an outstanding job with character development. I was completely invested in their lives and I simply adored Laurie.   The pace and flow of the story was perfect which is impressive considering the many time jumps throughout the plot. I loved the ‘New Year’s Resolution’ sections – they were a brilliant addition to the novel.

Web_L083-1_brunette_green-eyesFrom Kim’s review

This very well might be my biggest surprise read of the year. WOW! I can’t even express how much I loved this book. It is such a feel-good book, you just genuinely feel good after reading it. This book had me from page one. Okay, so you get the idea that I loved it.

I don’t read books that are not thrillers/suspense. Repeat I don’t read them……..until now! I can’t wait to get my hands on another Josie Silver book. This author has an amazing writing style. I flew through this book and it wasn’t because it was some mindless chick lit book, because it was not. The characters were well developed and I could completely relate with Laurie. She could be my BFF for sure. I can’t recommend this book enough and I swear if you are hardcore thriller/suspense readers and write this off because it is “not your type of book” you are missing out.  For Kim’s full review

Web_LF05-1_brunette_green-eyesFrom Stephanie’s review

I admit it, I love a good romance and One Day in December more than delivers. I was enthralled from the moment that I started reading; I felt like I was watching scenes from my favorite romantic holiday movies, and the entire time I was reading I felt like I was connecting with each character on a personal level! It is so emotional and so delightful to read, and I think that Josie Silver has written an outstanding debut novel. 

Most of all, the very real relationships and friendships these incredible characters share with one another was just amazing, and it made me cry and laugh, want to shake them sometimes, but mostly just root for them and wish them nothing but lives filled with love and joy!

This is a book that makes you question missed chances, fate, whether there is just that one special person for you in a lifetime, friendship versus true love, and moving on when life throws out the unexpected. It’s a romance, but a romance filled with heart and soul that will make you think, feel, dream, and love. You definitely don’t want to miss One Day in December this holiday season! I love it and think you will too!! For Stephanie’s full review

Web_L075-1_brunette_brown-eyesFrom Nikki’s review

One Day in December is an absolutely delightful read. It’s the story of friends, fate, what-ifs, navigating adulthood, and all the roads taken and not taken. Picture Laurie on a bus having a love-at-first-sight moment with a young man. A connection. A click. That once in a lifetime feeling. And the bus drives away. Laurie is left to ponder, stress, agonize over this moment and this man. She spends months and months looking and hoping to find her Bus Boy. And one day she does. But not at all under the circumstances she imagined.

Told from both Laurie’s and Jack’s perspectives, One Day in December takes the reader through the years of their lives, keeping the reader on edge and engaged the entire time. The characters are well developed and relatable, and I found myself completely connected to the story. This novel is a wonderful mix of heartwarming moments, heartbreaking moments, and laugh-out-loud moments.

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: I love everything about this cover from that beautiful design to the embossed snowflakes!
Title: Appealing, intriguing, and such a meaningful and fitting representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, beautiful, impressive, engaging, captivating, and fluid.
Plot: Warming, sweet, comical, thought-provoking, engrossing, perfectly-paced, enjoyable and extremely entertaining. I adored this storyline!
Ending: A touching and emotional ending that I was extremely satisfied with that left me with that warm fuzzy afterglow feeling. If a book produces that feeling from me then it is a splendid read indeed!
Overall: This book was beyond wonderful! Loved, loved, loved it! This book has made my top five books of the year! Would highly recommend!

*Thank you so much to Emily from Goodreads for making this spectacular Traveling Sisters group read possible!*

Thank you so much to Crown Publishing and Josie Silver for gifting us the Perfect Night In book club kit and sending out copies to The Traveling Sisters.  It was an absolute pleasure reading this incredible book!

img_6429Have you read this one?  What are your thoughts?  Want to read it? Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!