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Who I Am by Sarah Simpson #travelingsistersread #BookReview #BlogTour @Aria_Fiction @sarahsimpson

WHO I AM BY SARA SIMPSON BLOG TOUR

 

 

Hello everyone and thank you so much for stopping by! We are so excited and it’s our absolute pleasure to be a part of the blog tour for Who I Am by Sarah Simpson and share our individual reviews with you. Thank you so much to Victoria Joss at Aria for inviting us to be a part of this blog tour.

The Traveling Sisters ~ Norma, Brenda & Lindsay! xxoo

img_7038SARAH SIMPSON – About the author
Sarah Simpson has a first-class honours degree in Psychology and has experienced working at a Brain Rehabilitation Hospital. She has spent time as a family consultant for Warwickshire and Oxfordshire solicitors and gained knowledge of the Family Court System. She now lives in Cornwall with her husband, three children and animals.

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Twitter handle: @sarahrsimpson
Facebook: @sarahsimpsoncornwall

About the book

I know everything about you

And you know everything about me… except

WHO I AM.

Andi met Camilla at university. Instantly best friends, they shared everything together. Until their long-planned graduation celebration ends in tragedy…

Years later, Andi is living a seemingly perfect life on the rugged Cornish Coast with her loving husband, happy children and dream home. Yet Andi is haunted by a secret she thought only she knew. Someone out there is bringing Andi’s deepest fears to life. And she knows there’s no escaping the past that has come back to haunt her…

You trusted me with your secrets, you told me everything, you thought I was your best friend… but you have no idea WHO I AM.

Gripping, unputdownable and packed with twists and turns from the first page to the very last, this stunning psychological thriller will make you question whether we can ever really trust the ones we love.

Web_L339-4_brunette_brown eyesNorma’s Review

Gripping, twisty & totally mind-boggling!

WHO I AM by SARAH SIMPSON was quite the engrossing, intense, entertaining and unputdownable psychological thriller that necessarily didn’t grab my attention right away but it definitely had me totally consumed with curiosity in trying to figure out what the heck was actually going on with these characters.

I really struggled in the beginning because I didn’t really connect with the authors writing style but with that being said there was definitely a purpose for the way that this story was written which becomes quite apparent as the story progresses. Regardless of my struggles the storyline definitely was filled with lots of suspense which was so intense that I was anxiously swiping through those pages as fast as I possibly could.

SARAH SIMPSON delivers a dizzying, twisty, suspenseful, and well-written read here that had my head spinning in circles pretty much throughout most of this read. The story is told in multiple perspectives with a past and present timeline which definitely kept me on my toes in trying to figure out how all the perspectives were related. At times I was getting pretty frustrated and antsy eagerly awaiting for some of those subtle clues. But boy of boy it was definitely worth the wait!

As always I like to play detective and my detective skills were on the right track but let me tell you I had no idea how the author was going to pull it all off. Well, I am actually totally floored and truly impressed in the author’s ability to pull this one together in such a way that was so cleverly plotted bringing the whole story together in the end. This is one that those little pieces of puzzles definitely fit together perfectly. And those are probably one of my favourite techniques that an author chooses to use when telling their stories.

Web_L367-4_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s Review

Things started off a little rocky for me at first and I wasn’t sure if this one was going to be one that I read through quickly just to finish it.  Well things really started to pick up for me and I started to pick up on some of those clues and I raced through most of this one in one evening to find out how it ends.  I was completely engrossed and entertained in this story and nothing was stopping me till I found Who I Am really is in this story. Things got quite twisty as I tried to piece things together and my head started to spin and at times I forgot who I was while trying to figure out how everyone fitted into this story.

Sarah Simpson does a great job here developing some interesting characters and we were quite intrigued with one character who seemed to have some background to her. After we finished reading we realized there is a previous book Her Greatest Mistake with that character in it. We will be adding that one to our list in the new year and looking out for her next book I Know You’re There, that will be released April 16, 2019.

Now here is the best thing about this story for me I can’t say I really liked the ending but I sure enjoyed the story.  I don’t think I ever felt that way about an ending before. Usually, how I like the ending is deal breaking for me.  Well, this ending was just perfect and brilliantly written. We highly recommend.

Web_L355-4_blonde_blue eyesLindsay’s Review

Twisty, TWISTY, T W I S T Y!!!!!!!!!

Wow – this was really good! I devoured this delicious treat of a novel like a child eating candy. Sneaking in minutes here and there when I should have been doing household chores. It was a thrilling, edge-of-my-seat, highly entertaining adventure that left my brain spinning when finished.

Andi and Camilla, raised in opposite ends of society, meet in university and become roommates. Each girl finds intrigue and allure into the background and lifestyle of the other and they become best friends. The night of their graduation party ends in tragedy, ending the bond that held their loyal friendship. Twenty years later, Andi is living a privileged life but feels a creeping suspicion that something from her past is coming to threaten her. Will the secrets she thought were long ago buried come back to haunt her?

I was glued to the pages of this clever, tension-filled thrilling ride! The story unfolds through multiple characters perspectives with Past and Present timelines which kept me engrossed and anxious from start to finish. There were times that I had to pause to reassess which character’s perspective I was reading, however, this didn’t deter from my overall enjoyment. (This confusion was most likely due to the author being so clever and brilliantly worded that things slipped by my not-so-clever brain). The writing was excellent! Some of the characters’ inner thoughts had a brilliant snarkiness that had me giggling to myself. The conclusion is a twisty, mind blowing whirlwind of pieces of an intricate puzzle being put together. Loved it!

This was a Traveling Sister read with Brenda and Norma which we all really enjoyed. It was an excellent book to discuss and try to figure out. Norma and Brenda’s detective skills far surpassed mine (no surprise there!).

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Eerie, forbidding, gloomy, suspenseful, intriguing and a fitting representation to storyline.
Title: Intriguing, impressive, suspenseful, and an excellent and fitting representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, captivating, and mysterious.
Plot: Complex, suspenseful, twisty, bewildering, engrossing, fast-paced, held my attention and extremely entertaining.
Ending: An intricately plotted ending that left me feeling totally satisfied, elated and thoroughly impressed.
Overall: The psychological aspects, revelations, suspense and thrills along with those shocking twists and turns definitely made me one happy and totally satisfied reader upon finishing this book. Would recommend!

Thank you so much to Victoria Joss at Aria and Sarah Simpson for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.

Who I Am is available now!

img_7039CONNECT WEBSITE – AUTHOR Q&A

1. Tell us about your novel, Who I Am.
Who I Am, is my second novel, it’s a dark character driven psychological thriller which plays on the old adage – the grass is always greener on the other side. Isn’t so easy for us all to believe this, especially when times are, let’s say – challenging. I have two main female protagonists who first meet at Edinburgh University, they form a tightly knit relationship very quickly. The novel is set over two time periods so it leads us from these university days in the 1990’s up to the present day. The two characters couldn’t be more different in terms of their backgrounds and their means but when it comes to their emotional needs, they have much in common. Both seek to make fundamental changes to reflect their discontentment which leads them along a twisted, tragic path. They struggle to come to terms with the consequences of some life defining events. This novel also deals with issues of alcoholism, anxiety and depression and their far reaching consequences.

2. What was the most difficult part about writing this book? And what was the most fun part?
Hmm… this is a difficult one to answer without giving the twists away. But fundamentally it was – providing the reader with enough information without revealing the main plot, I know this is true of most psychological thrillers but it was particularly difficult with this one, for reasons I cannot say – sorry. The most fun part has to be visiting some of Cornwall’s most beautiful spots where I set the scenes for my characters. Gosh – this was hard work, to wander the beaches with my imagination 😉

3. Did you do any specific research for the book?
Who I Am is set between Edinburgh and Cornwall, Edinburgh is a city I love and I have had the pleasure of visiting many times and Cornwall is where I live – so the location research was relatively easy. The psychological aspects were very much dependent on my background and experience as a psychologist to be honest. Other technical content (again I can’t be too specific) I mainly researched online, hoping to goodness – no one ever checks my hard drive as it doesn’t make for a sound mind.

4. Do you see yourself in any of the characters in your novel?
Interestingly, no not in this novel, and as I did with Her Greatest Mistake. I certainly recognised the characters traits in other people I know, or have met though as is usually the case with all fictional characters.

5. Can you describe Who I Am in 3 adjectives?
Evocative, twisted and delusive.

6. How long did it take to write the novel and how many drafts did you write?
I began this novel last year but then put it down for quite a while to concentrate on Her Greatest Mistake. I would say about six months and a lot longer in my mind. I edit as I write so it’s difficult to say how many true drafts my novels go through. I would say I did four rigorous edits and then a lot of tweaking.

7. If you could only read one book for the rest of your life which book would it be?
This is such a difficult question to answer because I have read so many fantastic books. So, I guess I have to say those books that made a difference at certain times of my life. And books feel different depending on our stage and state of life at the time, but for now I will say – The Song of Pentecost W.J. Corbett.

8. When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?
I decided to write when I was little more than eight years old, and I used to write all the time at this age and into my teens. For some reason that I still trying to fathom I then followed a totally different life path which took me away from my writing on paper at least. So it was many, many more years before I began writing again which wasn’t until two years ago.

9. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I now live in Cornwall with my husband, three children (not so little anymore),German Shepherd – Arthur and moggy cat – Thomas. I love the simple things in life. Being with my family and being outdoors, walking the coastlines and anything really to with and being close to the sea. I probably, no definitely think too much and I’m a terrible people watcher!

10. What projects are you working on now?
I am currently half way through my third book which is set mostly in St. Ives in Cornwall. This is another character driven, taut, dark and twisted psychological thriller. But it’s all top secret at the moment…

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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott @SimonSchusterCA @rchllipp #BookReview #BookBloggers #travelingsistersread

FIVE FEET APART by RACHAEL LIPPINCOTT

Heartfelt, touching & absorbing!

FIVE FEET APART by RACHAEL LIPPINCOTT was such an endearing, engaging and a sweet Teens & YA novel featuring two teenage main characters, Stella and Will who are both patients in the hospital with Cystic Fibrosis that fall in love.  I was totally taken with this story and this tale of these two star-crossed lovers, Stella and Will as they totally consumed my thoughts and my heart.

This book immediately grabbed my attention with that gorgeous cover and I knew it was a book that I had to read.  Although I was a little bit worried because it is marketed for the Teens & YA genre but I needn’t have worried though as I was immediately drawn into this touching and heartbreaking story and I couldn’t put it down. This story was so sad to read at times but yet at other times it was so hopeful.  It had me smiling and feeling such warmth and love for these two characters.

RACHAEL LIPPINCOTT delivers an intriguing, emotional, well-plotted and well-written read here with relatable and likeable characters that I couldn’t help but to fall in love with.  The story is told in alternating perspectives between Nell and Will and I thoroughly enjoyed both narratives equally. They complimented each other so well and I really felt for them.  Both of their situations and feelings towards each other rang true and I loved how I learned so much more about Cystic Fibrosis.

The story might be considered to be a little bit corny or cliche for some but for me I totally fell for it and devoured it in two sittings. I am a total sucker for emotional and sweet romance novels.

Learning that this book is already being made into a movie I just had to watch the trailer and I know that it is a movie that I am definitely putting on my list of movies to watch.      

Norma’s Stats:

  • Cover: Eye-catching, gorgeous, intriguing and a beautiful representation to storyline.
  • Title: Such a meaningful, emotive and fitting representation to storyline.
  • Writing/Prose: Well-written, effortless, genuine, light and beautiful.
  • Plot: Engrossing, interesting, heartfelt, steady-paced, and entertaining.
  • Ending:  An open-ended ending that left me feeling hopeful and totally satisfied.
  • Overall:  The story is a tender, light and easy read that just simply pulls at the heartstrings.  Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada and Rachael Lippincott for providing me with an advanced readers copy of this wonderful book.

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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!

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The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens @aeskens @HBGCanada #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Joe Talbert is back in this highly anticipated title The Shadows We Hide!!  We are really excited to bring you our reviews from this Traveling Sisters group read.  It is now available, so if you haven’t read it we highly recommend getting your hands on it.  

The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens

Web_L365-4_brunetteBrenda’s review

Allen Eskens is a favorite author of ours and I have read and loved all of his books.  I think we read most of his books in our group. I was very excited to see Allen Eskens brought back Joe from The Life We Bury and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Thank you to HBG Canada and Allen Eskens for Norma, Lindsay and my ARCs and the opportunity to read this intriguing and exciting story here with The Shadows We Hide. We all were left cheering after reading and discussing this title.

The Shadows We Hide is the sequel to The Life We Bury where we meet and get to know Joe Talbert and his family.  Allen Eskens drew us in right away with the well-developed characters. He has this way of bringing such emotion to the story through the dynamics between the characters making them very real for us.  

In The Shadows We Hide we learn who might be Joe’s father and that brings a mystery to the story when he is found dead. We are taken to a small town where secrets are hidden and Joe is determined to find answers. The gripping story slowly unfolds with well plotted and perfectly paced twists.  We were glued to our books, turning the pages as fast as we could to that satisfying outcome that had us guessing right to the end.  Norma was so glued to this story, she read it in 24 hours, waking up with the best book hangover ever. 

The ending left us all cheering with how it all wrapped up and we really enjoyed discussing the ending.   If you haven’t read The Life We Bury yet we strongly recommend reading it and following it up with The Shadows We Hide.  You are in for a real treat.

Web_L337-4_brunetteNorma’s review

Suspenseful, gripping & thrilling!

THE SHADOWS WE HIDE by ALLEN ESKENS is an engaging, interesting, fast-paced and excellent mystery novel that pulled me in right from the very first page and held my attention right to the very end.  I was totally immersed in this suspenseful storyline and thoroughly enjoyed the narrative, the mystery and the characters.

ALLEN ESKENS delivers a complex, well-written and well-plotted read here with memorable and realistic characters, a great mystery and some surprising twists and turns along the way.  I absolutely loved how this story played out and I did not guess the ending at all. And I am so happy that I didn’t because I absolutely love it and find it so satisfying when the pieces of the puzzle all fall into place as the story unfolds and we learn the reveals right along with the characters.  

Eskens’ ease of writing and his choice of words is so appealing and highly entertaining.  He has this perfect skill of immersing you totally into the emotional side of the characters making the mystery that much more thrilling.

I was absolutely thrilled and pretty excited to revisit much-loved characters from Eskens’ first book, THE LIFE WE BURY, which I absolutely loved too.  Even though this is a sequel I think it would also work out really well as a standalone.

Web_L353-4_blondeLindsay’s review

A thrilling and suspenseful follow up to The Life We Bury.

Joe Talbert Jr. has graduated from college and is a journalist at the Associated Press. He comes across an article about the murder of a man named Joe Talbert in a small town a few hours away.   Desperately curious to find out if this could be a link to the father he never knew, Joe finds himself digging up details and chasing answers to try to sort through the small town’s secrets.

I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel from start to finish.  The writing is solid and suspenseful. I was glued to the pages, trying to piece together how things would play out.  The heart-pounding intensity and shock-factor really kicked up a few notches near the end – wow! There were a few things left open in the end, but I was still very satisfied and felt that it was a great way to leave the story.   I hope the intention was to leave the door open for Book #3.

I highly recommend this novel!   If you haven’t read The Life We Bury, I strongly suggest starting with that one so you can get the full backstory on Joe.  He is a fantastic character that I love rooting for.

Norma’s Stats:

  • Cover: Eye-catching, intriguing, and an excellent and fitting representation to the storyline.
  • Title: Intriguing and an extremely fitting representation of the storyline.  I absolutely loved how the title played into the storyline.
  • Writing/Prose: Well-written, catchy, suspenseful, and smooth.  Absolutely love Eskens’ writing style!
  • Plot: Engrossing, suspenseful, interesting, fast-paced, and entertaining.
  • Ending:  Surprising, gripping, and intensely satisfying.
  • Overall:  A fantastic, highly entertaining, enjoyable and immersive read!  Would highly recommend!

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Let’s Chat!

Have you read The Life We Bury? Want to?  It’s now being currently read in The Traveling Friends group!  You can find us on Goodreads to join in!

Have you read The Shadows We Hide?  Are you adding it to your want to read list?

Have you read any other books by Allen Eskens?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

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Little Darlings by Melanie Golding @crookedlanebks #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

If new Mother’s weren’t already afraid to leave their newborns alone they will be after reading this story!!


Little Darlings
by Melanie Golding

img_6779Norma’s review

Creepy, gripping, & atmospheric!

The story is inspired by some deliciously creepy dark fairy tales that adds an extra layer to the sinister, menacing and eerie feel of the book. I absolutely love these types of tales and found myself devouring this one!

LITTLE DARLINGS by MELANIE GOLDING is an unsettling, compulsive and mysterious tale that had me constantly wavering between believing Lauren’s story and thinking maybe she really is just imagining it all. The feelings that I had for Lauren throughout were quite intense and had me feeling her fear. I wanted to believe her!

MELANIE GOLDING delivers an atmospheric and well-written read here and does a great job with slowly building up the tension and making me believe in those dark folktales. I absolutely loved how the folklore was integrated into the storyline and how plot points were addressed quickly and flowed nicely into the next chapter. Not having to wait and leaving us hanging added some suspense to the actual storyline for me, that I really appreciated.

I think there were some characters and scenes that weren’t necessary though but all in all I thought this was a very good, entertaining and enjoyable read.

Web_L365-1_brunette_blue-eyesBrenda’s review

I decided to pack up my computer and go to our spectacular library to write this review.  I found my perfect spot right next to the fiction section.  I did get a bit sidetracked and didn’t quite get to the screen on my computer to start my review.  However, I did enjoy my afternoon at the library.

I remember that fear of leaving my newborns.  That’s an exhausting feeling but not wanting to fall asleep because I couldn’t watch them.  Thinking that one time my attention isn’t on them something will happen.

Melanie Golding has taken that fear and exhaustion and added some of the darkest folktales, the unknown and the unbelievable and created a sinister, creepy, haunting and exciting story here.  She takes some real-life scenarios and the supernatural and weaves a unique and creative story that had us questioning what was real and what wasn’t.  At times some of us wanted the story to be a bit creepier and dark that took on a little more supernatural.  Some of the character’s drama weighted down the story for us a bit but didn’t take away from any of our enjoyment for the story.

Little Darlings makes for a really good story if this isn’t your normal type of story.  If it is, it’s definitely one for you and it makes for a really good group read with a lot to discuss. We highly recommend!

Web_L355-6_blonde_blue eyesLindsay’s review

Creepy, haunting, addictive and atmospheric!

Lauren Tranter is a new mother to twin boys.   As many new moms do, Lauren struggles upon her return home from the hospital after giving birth.   She is exhausted, she is constantly feeding her babies, she can’t find time for a shower, she can’t possibly think of finding a way to venture out of the house with the boys to get groceries.   Her husband works a lot and pushes Lauren to get out of the house with the twins to refresh and reacquaint herself with society. Lauren’s first venture outside ends with a traumatic afternoon that changes her family forever.

I was immediately drawn into this story and felt a strong connection throughout.  The author, Melanie Golding, does a brilliant job building suspense, keeping the intensity of the intrigue engrossing throughout the entire story.   The characters were fantastic – I loved the two main characters, Lauren and DS Jo Harper. I could strongly relate to Lauren – Golding did an exceptional job capturing the chaos and exhaustion of a new mom.

This novel has supernatural aspects that were handled skillfully and believable.  Supernatural elements are usually a turn-off for me, but they were presented in such an intriguing and fascinating way, that I was completely drawn into the plot and invested in the characters.

Thank you so much to Sarah at Crooked Lane Books for providing us with an Advanced Reader’s E-Proof to read and review.

Web_L301-1_brunette_brown eyesFrom Debra’s review

This is a well written psychological thriller which is atmospheric with a dark creepy feel. My only complaint is that I wanted this book to be darker, to be even creepier, and more suspenseful. I also thought there were “romances” and “possible romances” in this book which really did not add to the story and in fact detracted from the story to a small degree. I wanted more menacing and heart-pounding moments.

Web_L075-1_brunette_brown-eyesNikki’s review

A creepy read for that spooky time of year! I thoroughly enjoyed this eerie tale over the Halloween season. Life with newborn babies isn’t easy. The exhaustion, the responsibilities, the overall mega life change… and… suddenly something dark and fearful too? OH NO. Little Darlings is an interesting mix, combining real-life scenarios with folklore/fairytales along the way. It is a creative and unique tale that kept me guessing and questioning the entire time—even post read! I am still pondering this story! With well-developed characters and a storyline that immediately drew me in, Little Darlings is a quick, disturbingly fun read with that ‘something different’ quality. Well done, Melanie Golding!

Expected Publishing Date: April 30, 2019

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: I got a chance to vote on this cover and mine wasn’t chosen. To be honest I didn’t really care for any of the covers.
Title: A fitting and good representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, impressive debut, descriptive and absorbing.
Plot: Gripping, intriguing, engrossing, fascinating, sinister, steadily-paced, and entertaining.
Ending: An ending that left us with a little bit of mystery to ponder that I was totally satisfied with interpreting on my own.
Overall: Dare I say, just a little more creepy though! Would recommend!

Thank you so much to Sarah at Crooked Lane Books for providing me with an Advanced Reader’s E-Proof in exchange for a review!

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The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Diane Chamberlain has done it again, she has left us all reaching for a tissue after reading this story.  Be prepared and grab some tissues, a nice comforting beverage and find that special spot to curl up with this book.  If you read this one, grab another book by her.  I think it’s required things for most of her books. Got to love the books that leave us emotional.

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

Web_L057-3_brunette_green-eyesBrenda’s review 

Diane Chamberlain has taken a dream or maybe a fantasy here in this story that I think a few mothers have dreamed about. Being able to travel through time to save their child. To be given a chance to change or do something more for your unhealthy child. She took my dream and wrote a heartbreaking and heartwarming story that brought life to this fantasy and made the unbelievable so real for me.

The Dream Daughter blends the unrealistic dream of time traveling with the story of a mother’s love, hope and sacrifices for her unhealthy unborn child. Diane Chamberlain captures the length a heartbroken mother will go to save her child. Going on only hope and faith in her brother-in-law she risks everything and takes a chance to change the path for her unborn child.

This story pulled at my momma heartstrings and left this non-crier looking for tissues after finishing this story. I highly recommend.

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Captivating, breathtaking & unputdownable!

Wow! I absolutely love DIANE CHAMBERLAIN and this book was phenomenal, one of my top books of the year.

THE DREAM DAUGHTER by DIANE CHAMBERLAIN is an irresistible, powerful and deeply moving story that immediately captured my attention and my heart. It had me in tears so many times over the course of reading this emotionally captivating story and in the end, it left me with feelings of such warmth in my heart.

I am so glad that I go into my books totally blind because not knowing anything beforehand about this story was definitely very pleasing and appealing. I absolutely loved the direction that this story took and totally embraced it.

DIANE CHAMBERLAIN delivers a beautifully written, unique, magnificent and intense story here with absolutely wonderful, relatable and compelling characters. The emotions and compassion that you feel for them are so palpable. My heart especially went out to Carly. Her unconditional love, courage, and strength were absolutely admirable and I felt so much compassion for her.

I do love my thrillers but I also love stories that take me on an emotional journey and this one definitely moved and touched me.

Thank you from both of us to NetGalley, St Martin’s Press and Diane Chamberlain for a copy to read and review.

Web_L301-3_brunette_brown eyesSuzy’s review

What a beautiful, heartwarming, addictive and truly unique book I just read! Diane Chamberlain, you’re quite an awesome storyteller!

I’ve never been a fan of science fiction type novels, let alone time travel. Please don’t let this be the reason you don’t want to read this fabulous book! It’s so much more than that. It’s about a mother’s love and sacrifice and what lengths she will go to for her child. I’m SO thankful that I didn’t let that hinder my decision to join some of my fellow Traveling Sisters in reading this.

I was hooked from the first page. I loved all of the characters – primary and secondary – which added a lot of depth to the story. I want to keep my review short because I don’t want to give anything away. It never slowed down, I never felt bored and cannot imagine giving it anything less than all the stars. The ending was perfection. Simply wonderful.

Web_LF05-1_brunette_green-eyesFrom Stephanie’s’ review

The Dream Daughter is about a mother’s frantic, urgent, and passionate need to do anything and everything within her power to save and protect her unborn child.

The Dream Daughter is just gorgeous, flawless writing. It is a heartwrenching, emotional story but it’s joyful too. I actually finished reading this several weeks ago, and I’m still feeling so many emotions after reading this superb book! I really loved this book, and it’s now my favorite book by Chamberlain. Of course, I highly recommend it to everyone and hope anyone who reads it loves it too! For Stephanie’s full review

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Affecting, fascinating, suspenseful, eye-catching, piqued my interest, and an extremely fitting representation to storyline. The significance of this cover after reading this novel definitely made its impact on me.
Title: Oh my that title….that is all I’m going to say!
Writing/Prose: Well-written, beautiful, captivating, skilled, and proficient. I absolutely love this author’s writing style and will read anything she writes.
Plot: Suspenseful, thought-provoking, heartbreaking, heartwarming, complex, imaginative, perfectly-paced, enjoyable and extremely entertaining.
Ending: Tearjerker, satisfying, and heartwarming that gave me that gratifying afterglow upon finishing.
Overall: This book contained all the elements that I absolutely love in my books. For me, this was book perfection! Would highly recommend!

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