Our Homesick Songs by Emma Hooper #travelingsistersread #BookReview

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Our Homesick Songs
by Emma Hooper

Brenda’s review

Lindsay and I read Our Homesick Songs with three of our Traveling Sisters and we all ended up in the same coulee with this one except for Lindsay who was left feeling this was not the right choice for her.

I instantly connected to the setting in this story as I am Canadian and familiar with both settings in this story. I love the feeling I got while reading this story and it reminded me of that haunting and mysterious the sea can be and I often wonder what secrets it holds. In this story, one of the secrets the sea holds is the mystery to the fish that disappear leaving a small town devastated and desperate as they are left with no industry.

There are some connections to some Canadian history here. In 1992 there was a collapse in the cod fishing industry and Canada declared a moratorium, ending the region’s 500-year run with the Northern Cod due to overfishing. This left the fishing industry and communities devastated.

There is something mystical and charming to this story that had us loving how the music, atmosphere, and environment came to life and became like characters for us.

This is a slow paced story that might not be for every reader. The story is told in a such a lyrical way and there is no quotation. For Lindsay, she struggled with connecting to the characters and this story.

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

Thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and Emma Hooper for a copy to read and review.

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Christina’s review

This is the story of a family: Aiden, Martha and their children Cora and Finn and the dying fishing town of Big Running. As the town and fishing situation grows more desperate Aiden and Martha are forced to work inland and away from their children in alternating months. Their love for their town and their family never wavers, but the distance grows difficult for everyone.

Finn, the youngest child, feels desperate for his home and for his family. As houses are abandoned, neighbors move away and life as he knows it crumbles beneath him this desperation only grows. Finn seeks solace in his accordion teacher Mrs.Callaghan’s stories, songs and tales.

This novel is steeped in magical realism, lyrical writing and quiet contemplation. Vivid detail and attention is given to the environment of Big Running. At first, I struggled to connect to this story and these characters but as I read on I realized I’d gotten the entire thing wrong. Aiden, Martha, Cora and Finn weren’t the characters we were supposed to be connecting to. Hooper was much too clever for that – the environment, the town, hope and desperation were the characters driving this story.

Music plays an incredible role here and that is evident not only in writing style but in the content of the story. There are songs that date back centuries for this village that are discussed and contemplated over. These are melancholy songs, happy songs, sad songs, songs for lost loved ones, lost hopes and found dreams – they are homesick songs.

Because everyone did. Everyone believed, everyone knew, that mermaids were the sea-dead, singing their love back to you. If it wasn’t too loud with rain or waves, you could hear them in the wind, most nights.

This switches between two time periods – the “present” (what we are given as to be happening now, but is actually 1993) and the past showing us the backstory of Martha and Aiden. I found their love story to be effortlessly charming and heartwarming. I really enjoyed being a part of their struggles and triumphs and that proposal! *swooning*

In the end, this loses 1.5 stars for me because the stylistic choices Hooper made were not my personal favorite. The conversations were a bit choppy for me and there was not a lot of distinguishing between conversation and story progression. It was a very simplistic style format that didn’t speak to me personally, but I think could appeal to someone who maybe has a bit more literary prowess than I do!

While there were some things that weren’t my personal cup of tea and family sagas are not normally what I’m drawn to I think anyone with an appreciation for language would enjoy this.

Finn lifted his accordion and stepped into the water, feet cold on wet stone. He walked out through the low waves and the others followed until they were all up to their knees. OK, said Finn,

and he took a deep breath

and Aiden took a deep breath

and Martha held out the phone

and Sophie lifted her beater

and Richard put his mouth to his horn

and Mrs.Callaghan pulled open her bellows

and Cora lifted her bow

and the stars shone down

and the green lights shone up

and the flags pulled and pulled in the wind

and all around them in the water,

the water,

the water

was dark and empty and waiting.

ready.

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this ARC.

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Our House by Louise Candlish #travelingsistersread #BookReview

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Our House
by Louise Candlish

Brenda’s Traveling Sisters Review

I read Our House with seven of my Traveling Sisters and we varied with how we all felt about this one.

We all started off drawn into this story and were intrigued right away when we met Fiona who comes home to find strangers have moved into her house and that it has been sold. The tension and suspense rise as we start to see betrayals and secrets spiral.

Louise Candlish does a great job here creating a different angle to a domestic suspense with a plot that revolves around a house. At times the house becomes the center of the story and we start to see just how connected our main character Fiona is to her home. The house itself starts to become a character I started to connect with

Louise Candlish adds just the right amount of drama to leave us questioning Fiona’s actions and creating a little ourselves for her in our discussion. We appreciated that she kept the drama down while still creating enough tension and suspense to keep the story moving forward for some of us. At times we did feel the story slowed down and got a little bogged down and things started to go sideways for me and a few sisters and we started to make our way out of a Coulee. Soon some of us were pulled back down on to a twisty path with twists and turns that kept us turning the pages as fast as we could right to the end.

You need a little patience with this story and the twists are not shocking but twisty leaving some of us quite satisfied in a coulee and for some of us they couldn’t wait to jump on out.

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.

Thank you to NetGalley, Berkley Publishing Group and Louise Candlish for a copy to read and review.

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Lindsay’s review

A suspenseful, unique and twisty story!

This novel follows Fiona Lawson who has recently split with her husband Bram and has a “bird’s nest” custody arrangement forher two sons.   The custody arrangement allows Fiona and Bram to stay in the marital home separately with their sons a few nights each week.   One day, Fiona arrives at the house earlier than expected to find a young couple moving their belongings in.   Bram, her children and personal belongings are nowhere to be found.   The situation is shocking for all parties involved.   What transpires afterward is a turn of events that will keep you guessing.

This book started out strong – I was intrigued by the premise and immediately liked Fiona’s character.   Louise Candlish, drew me right into this wild and shocking situation, piquing my interest from the first sentence.  As the plot unfolds, the narrative switches between Fiona and Bram.

Unfortunately, the story lost its spark by the halfway point and began to drag and feel repetitious. The back and forth narratives became too detailed and many paragraphs and pages felt like unnecessary detail which took away from the suspenseful intensity.  Bram’s character was extremely selfish and irritating and I found his sections grew to become frustrating to read.  Overall, this was a good thriller with a unique and interesting premise.  It just didn’t work out as great as I had hoped for me.

Published August 7, 2018

A big thank you to Edelweiss, Berkley and Louise Candlish for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Believe Me by J.P. Delaney #BookReview #travelingsistersread

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Believe Me
by J.P. Delaney

Brenda’s Traveling Sister Group Review

One group / Two Coulees

Believe me, I wasn’t believing anything here. (I took this idea from Debra) We are Traveling Sisters we can do that. lol

I was lost in a coulee reading Believe Me with five of my Traveling Sisters and we ended up in two very different coulees with the way we felt about this one. Four of my TS really enjoyed this one and one other TS and I just couldn’t suspend disbelief enough to enjoy this one.

There is some depth here to make this an interesting and intriguing read and a few elements to the story that makes this a uniquely written story. However, for me, it went just a little too far and really tested my ability to suspend that disbelief and in the end, I lost my struggle to do so and I couldn’t wait to jump out of that Coulee. I must admit I get really disappointed with myself when I am unable to suspend that disbelief and just enjoy the story.

Anyways enough about me let’s talk about what the TS thought. They really enjoyed this fast-paced entertaining story that took them on a wild ride through a coulee passing by me and my other sister while we sat grumpily by. They really were having way more fun than we were. They really liked the way the story was written in the form of a script and that really added to the story here with our main character Claire who was an actress. They thought Claire was an interesting character and enjoyed many things about her that I can’t say because you need to find out by reading it.

I recommend this one to readers who are looking for a fast-paced interesting and unique story that you will need to suspend one’s disbelief to really enjoy this story.

Thank you to Edelweiss, Random House-Ballantine and J.P. Delaney for my copy to read and review.

 

An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena #BookReview #travelingsistersread

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An Unwanted Guest
by Shari Lapena

Brenda’s Traveling Sisters Review

Norma and I were lost in a Coulee reading An Unwanted Guest with seven of our Traveling Sisters and overall we all had very similar thoughts on this one. A few twists here with this story and one especially that left us with something to talk about and left us completely satisfied in the end.

Right from the start, Shari Lapena pulled us into this story with a very chilling setting here with a hotel snowed in. We all loved the feeling we got from the storm and the spooky feeling of being trapped with people you don’t know, with nowhere to go and no one can come to help. The suspense and tension rises when bodies start to drop like flies and we started questioning just who was the unwanted guest.

An Unwanted Guest is an easy, fast-paced, fun and entertaining read and safe from any disturbing darkness. Not much complexity here but it is not needed. The story is cleverly plotted for a fun and entertaining read. As one sister said (Debra) in our discussion the strength is in the characters and their inner thoughts and their interactions with other characters. I highly recommend and can see this story appealing to a wide audience.

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Norma’s Review

4.5 Stars! A weekend getaway at a cozy mountain lodge I would say is my ideal getaway but if I’m snowed in with no power and a murderer amongst the midst with no way out……I’d be totally scared right out of my wits!

AN UNWANTED GUEST by SHARI LAPENA is a fast-paced, tension-filled, compelling, suspenseful, and a chilling read that immediately grabbed my attention and kept me pretty much guessing right to the very end. Although, there are a few clues that I did pick up on, it did not spoil the actual reveal for me at all. Oh, and that final twist in the end…..total shocker and I absolutely loved it!

SHARI LAPENA delivers an atmospheric, appealing and cleverly written read here that has an old-fashioned whodunit storyline, a huge cast of characters and an extremely eerie and haunting setting. Even though this book has several characters in it I was never confused in who was who or had any trouble in keeping them all straight.

The setting, characters, and vintage feel to this story is what I found the most entertaining and enjoyable. Would highly recommend!

* Traveling Sisters Group Read

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Lindsay’s Review

Eerie.   Suspenseful.   Haunting. Mysterious.  Captivating.

This was a gripping, addictive and highly atmospheric thriller that had me flying through the pages!  The setting is a remote, old-fashioned luxury hotel where guests arrive to spend a relaxing weekend in vintage lavishness.  They arrive just as a brutal winter storm hits, cutting off electricity to the hotel along with any possible contact with the outside world.   The plot unfolds as a whodunit murder mystery – is the killer among the guests or is there someone lurking in the shadows of the hotel?

The characters were great!   Though there are several characters and relationships to keep track of, Shari Lapena does such a wonderful job developing them that I could follow the storyline effortlessly.   I loved what each character brought to the mystery. My mind was spinning trying to piece together this intricate and twisty tale.

This was a Traveling Sister read.  As always, it was a pleasure discussing and theorizing the possible motivations and conclusions.

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Thank you so much from all of us to Edelweiss, Penguin Publishing Group and Shari Lapena for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!

Her Mother’s Grave by Lisa Regan #BookReview #travelingsistersread

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Her Mother’s Grave by Lisa Regan

I read Her Mother’s Grave with three of my Traveling Sisters and this story left all of shocked with that final twist that we all enjoyed and never saw coming.

Her Mother’s Grave is the third book in the Detective Josie Quinn series and has come to be the favorite of the three for me and this series has also become a favorite of mine. Josie did not start out as a favorite character for me and I really thought she was cold and hard to connect with, in the first book Vanishing Girls. It took me a while to warm up to her and I really wanted to know what demons haunt her. Well, Lisa Regan takes us back to Josie’s childhood and we finally see who that demon is and see into to her dark past. A little darker than we thought it would be and Lisa Regan shocked us a bit here, as we didn’t see some of that darkest coming from her.

After human remains are discovered Detective Josie Quinn is on a new case and we start to see a connection between Josie’s past and present. From the very start, we all were hooked and didn’t want to leave a coulee into we read the very last page.

Lisa Regan does such a fantastic job here creating and developing Josie’s character over the three stories, allowing us to think and feel differently for her with each book. A real talent and gift from an author who can have us more invested in a character with each book. For me and a couple other TS this one is the best in the series and one not to be missed. I highly recommend this one and of course, I highly recommend this series. If you haven’t read it, I suggest putting this one and the whole series on the top of your list.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture, and Lisa Regan for a copy to read and review.

 

The Disappearing by Lori Roy #BookReview #travelingsistersread

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The Disappearing
by Lori Roy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

One Coulee, Two Sides

I was lost in a coulee reading The Disappearing with six of my Traveling Sisters and we ended up in the same coulee but on different sides with a couple of us really enjoying this one and the rest of us struggling a bit with this story.

We all started off in the atmospheric, gothic side of the coulee and really enjoyed the setting here with this small town tale. We were intrigued by the small town, and the truths behind the secrets it carries involving disappearing boys from the past and girls who now have disappeared. We really enjoyed some elements to this small town with their small town gossip and dark rumors that kept us on our toes.

There are a few storylines going on here and a few characters and some of us struggled with keeping them apart. I took so many paths down the coulee that I ended up getting lost in the end and my TS sisters had to show me the way back by filling in the blanks to some of the connections to the story I missed.

The Disappearing is a chilling and twisty story with some shocking twists that kept us interested even though at times we struggled with some of them ringing true for us. I recommend to readers who enjoy a gothic atmospheric read with a small town mystery.

Thank you to Edelweiss, Dutton and Lori Roy for a copy of this title to read and review.

For reviews by my Traveling Sisters, they can be found on their blogs

Mackenzie’s review

Berit’s review

Debra’s review

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The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland #travelingsistersread #BookReview

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The Lost for Words Bookshop by Stephanie Butland

Norma’s review & rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well what is better than reading a book that speaks to you like a book and has so many references of books that is so easily relatable to? THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP!

THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP by STEPHANIE BUTLAND is a wonderfully charming, light, moving, and endearing tale that is set in the greatest place ever, a bookshop.

Any books that have any indication that it is going to be about a bookstore or books, I’m in, no questions asked. They are by far one of my favourite settings! Also, I have to mention that beautiful cover!

STEPHANIE BUTLAND delivers an absolutely lovely, appealing, and well-written read here that was more character-driven than plot-driven with wonderful, relatable and likeable characters. Our quirky and snarky main character is Loveday (adorable name right?) and she is known to love her books more than people. My husband has accused me of that many a times! LOL

This isn’t a fast-paced read by no means, it’s slow-moving and might have lost me a few times but as we follow along Loveday’s journey and learning the mystery behind her traumatic past, I found myself totally intrigued and couldn’t help but fall in love and identify with Loveday’s character.

This book made me smile and was an absolute comfort for me to read! I truly enjoyed the escape into Loveday’s life and found this to be an entertaining, quick and easy read. Would recommend!

*~* This was a Sister Read that I read along with my dear friend, Kris. Thank you so much, Kris for reading and discussing this one with me. You made it that much more fun!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press, and Stephanie Butland for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Kris’s review

*3.85 stars* <– (Don’t judge, book-nerd struggles are REAL)

A delicate rendering of heartache and forgiveness, and the healing power of a bookshop!

Give me a cozy bookshop setting, a quirky cast of sarcastic bibliophiles, and a shake of mystery to pepper my pages and I’ll be a happy reader every time.

LOST FOR WORDS was a lovely read, even if it wasn’t a particularly lively one. This author has a unique writing style that shines as though it’s been freshly polished—sophisticated, sharp, and witty without trying too hard.

Loveday, (cute name, right?) is quite a lovable, one-of-a kind protagonist. For reasons warranted she’s generally sad, but she has a quiet spunk that’ll make you smirk when you’re least expecting to.

Her defensive tone is almost perpetual and certainly predictable, and peeks through her internal chatter as though she suspects even the reader of judging her.

She’s fragile in a way that makes you want to hold her together, but straightforward and honest in a way that’ll make you wish you had a pinch of her gumption.

She tells her broken story directly to the reader, as though she considers you her confidant. She’s stronger than she feels, and her gradual character growth is both impressive and believable.

Loveday works at a bookshop—the owner, a kind older man who looks after Loveday, keeps her grounded and cared for. There’s a touching love story entwined that becomes a driving point, but doesn’t absorb all the focus. Heartache, forgiveness, and inner-strength remain at the core.

This plot moves slowly and sort of coasts in a soothing motion that felt akin to the gentle swaying of a boat—rocking over ripples with few waves in sight. There were moments I wanted more of a pulse and grew slightly tired, but the beautiful writing and heartwarming connections kept me afloat.

I appreciated and looked forward to the element of poetry, which was also a gentle but lovely addition. The fractured relationship between Loveday and her parents, along with its residual effects, was executed wonderfully and dominated the pages.

Three Days Missing by Kimberly Belle #travelingsistersread @KimberlySBelle @HarlequinBooks

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Three Days Missing
by Kimberly Belle

Brenda’s Traveling Sisters Review and her rating:  4 of 5 stars

Norma and I read Three Days Missing with four of our Traveling Sisters and we all were pretty much left lost in the same coulee feeling a little chilled after finishing with that chilling and unsettling final twist.

Kimberly Belle does a great job here setting the tension and the anxiety with sending your child off to camp. The tension soars when Ethan goes missing and Kat along with us all are left with questions as to how a child can go missing from camp. We soon learn more is involved here when another mother and her son become involved in the mystery of Ethan disappearing.

Three Day Missing is an entertaining and suspenseful thriller that takes us on a fast-paced, clock ticking race through the coulee to find where Ethan is.

Kimberly Belle creates two strong mothers here with Kat and Stephanie who live very different lives from each other yet similar in many ways as Mothers. We found both interesting and our hearts went out to each as they struggled with finding the truth to Ethan’s disappearance.

And that ending things got a little chilly in the Coulee after finishing this story and some of us were feeling a little uneasy with that well-done ending.

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Norma’s Review

THREE DAYS MISSING by KIMBERLY BELLE is a gripping, suspenseful, and a fast-paced domestic thriller novel about a nine-year-old boy named Ethan who goes missing on a school field trip.  That alone makes this book so scary and disturbing to read about (with no disturbing scenes though) and is something that no parent should ever have to experience in their lifetime.

I was totally intrigued and immersed in this storyline and had me flipping those pages as fast as I could desperately searching for answers to what happened and transpired in those three missing days.  

Although, I figured out some of this story quite early on it didn’t take away any of the suspense or tension that I felt for this story or the characters.  I especially enjoyed and loved Ethan’s character!

KIMBERLY BELLE delivers a well-written and tension-filled story here that is both character and plot driven.  The story was told from two different perspectives that of Kat (Ethan’s Mom) and Stephanie (the mother of another nine-year-old boy in Ethan’s class). I really enjoyed the perspective and individual stories from both of these mothers and really had me rooting for a positive outcome for both of them.

Both stories came together so nicely and were very satisfying to make this another entertaining, quick, easy and enjoyable read!  Would recommend!

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Lindsay’s Review

3.5 stars.   This was a quick and suspenseful read that kept my curiosity piqued throughout.  

This book revolves around every parents’ worst nightmare.  Kat Jenkins wakes up in the middle of the night to over twenty missed phone calls and the police knocking on her door.  They inform her that her eight-year-old son, Ethan, has disappeared from the campground where he and his classmates were staying.  Told from the perspective of Kat and a fellow classmates’ mother, the chapters switch between the narrators. I felt for these mothers and enjoyed what each of their perspectives brought to the story.   

The suspense gripped me quickly from the first chapter.  The novel had me guessing throughout, however, the intensity of the suspense and thrill started to slightly fizzle out around the halfway mark.   I was still intrigued to find out how it would all end, but the story lost some of its spark for me. Additionally, toward the end of the book, there were a few situations that seemed implausible which took away from my enjoyment.

Overall, I enjoyed this quick, easy and entertaining book and would recommend it to thriller and suspense fans.

Thank you so much from all of us to NetGalley, Harlequin, and Kimberly Belle for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of this book.

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Mary Beth’s Review

Ethan goes on a camping trip with his classmates and they stay at a YMCA summer camp facility. Ethan’s Mom, Kat Jenkin’s, is nervous and uptight about it and asks the teacher why she is taking a boatload of second graders on an overnight
trip. Miss Erma assures her that they do it every year and there is one chaperone for every five students and it’s perfectly safe.

Ethan has an I.Q of 158 and is a genius. He has been at Cambridge for two years and has never brought any friends home, he doesn’t have any play dates or any sleepovers. Ethan is right years old and looks like he is six.

His Mom received a phone call and the voice on the other end asks her if her son Ethan Maddox is with her. She replied that her son is away on a camping trip. Then the person who calls her tells her that her son is missing from Camp Crosby. The teacher did a head count around 2:30 am and found Ethan missing. After searching the area and not finding him they called the authorities at 3:02 am. The Lumpkin County sheriff ‘s office arrived and initiated an organized search of the camp and didn’t t have any luck finding him. They think he might be lost in the woods and he is afraid of the dark. Well trained search and rescue dogs weren’t able to catch his scent. Ethan has vanished without a trace. Ethan’s Mom is divorced and had a terrible relationship with Andrew, Ethan ‘s father. He drank too much and was under a lot of stress and took it out on her and Ethan.

Another mother, Steph Huntington, from the school, seems like she has it all: money, a popular son and a loving husband. She hardly knows Kat. But as the police investigation upholds, Ethan’s disappearance will have earth-shattering consequences in Steph’s own life- and the paths of these two mother’s are about to cross in ways no one could have anticipated.

This story is every parent’s nightmare. It is not dark or graphic.  I think it’s a book for everyone, not just thriller fans. This is a fast-paced read but it is a slow burner in the beginning but it then turns out to be a page-turner. I really loved this book. I also was not able to guess what happened to Ethan and was shocked when I found out.
I didn’t find this to be predictable at all.
I did have some disbelief in apart of the story, but other than that it was great.

I thought that the author did a great job with her characters. I really thought that I got to know them. I liked reading about Kay’s and Steph’s point of views, and that was when I felt like it got really suspenseful. I loved Ethan and my heart went out to him and Sammy’s character shocked me.

I want to thank Edelweiss, Park Row/Harlequin and Kimberly Belle for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh #BookReview #travelingsistersread

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Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

Norma’s review & rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

GHOSTED by ROSIE WALSH was such a beautifully written love story that had a hint of mystery to it and a few surprising twists, that I absolutely adored! This book was extremely gripping, intense, and a heartwarming story that had me totally engaged and interested right from the very first chapter to the very last page. I was totally intrigued and emotionally invested in this whole story and I really appreciated that I went into this one blind. Some parts of this novel I had an intimate and emotional connection to.

ROSIE WALSH delivers an original, well-paced and well-written read here with believable and convincing characters. I could totally relate to Sarah & Eddie’s characters and their short and intense relationship. My relationship with my husband was so similar to the love story in this book. So for that very reason I found this story both intense and beautiful and had me choked up quite a few times. I was totally entertained and flew through those pages!

Publishing Date: July 24, 2018

This was another extremely compulsive read for me as I was emotionally invested and gripped right from the beginning which followed through to that extremely touching and stunning conclusion. Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Pamela Dorman Books / Penguin Publishing Group and Rosie Walsh for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Brenda’s Traveling Sisters Review

Norma and I read Ghosted with seven of our Traveling Sisters and we had some very strong views on this one that not only split us into two different Coulees but two Coulees nowhere near each other.

Ghosted starts off a bit slow and weighted down a bit as we are introduced to a story that seems like boy meets girl and they fall in love, but there is much more going on in this story than meets the eye though. For some of us started to see a different story here hidden in the coincidences of this love story that really isn’t a love story. This is where we started to split as some of us did not buy into the love story and wanted to see more into the relationship between our two main characters Sarah and Eddie. Sarah blinded by love and what started off as an intense happy feeling of love and bliss soon turns into an obsession of thoughts as Sarah tries to find out the truth.

Rosie Walsh explores something deeper here and it really isn’t a love story but a story hidden deep within the relationship of Sarah and Eddie. She explores something common but not something often talked about or something we were aware of before reading this story as well as exploring pain, loss and family drama and dynamics, which at times does feel a bit too dramatic.

Ghosted does start off slow and sometimes does become repetitive and I with a couple other sisters made my way up to the top of the coulee looking for a way to escape but just as I was ready to jump out I left two of my sisters there and Rosie Walsh pulled me back into the coulee with Norma and three of our other TS and we couldn’t put this book down until we were finished. In the end, the four of us were looking for a tissue and felt quite satisfied with this heartwarming ending.

I highly recommend Ghosted to readers who are looking for a story that digs a little deeper into the emotional side with a twist that might leave you surprised. If you are looking to connect to these characters based on their relationship and love story alone this might not be the one for you. As always we recommend you give it a try to find out where you might land with this story.

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Pamela Dorman Books / Penguin Publishing Group and Rosie Walsh for the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of this book.

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Kristin’s Review

*3.5 Stars*

GHOSTED: (Verb) When someone you love disappears without explanation…Then your friends and family act like you’re crazy. (Urban dictionary knows how it feels.)

Sarah Mackey has been Ghosted—and she is not okay. After almost a full week of pure bliss, Sarah and Eddie have fallen hopelessly in love with one another despite having only just met.

Yes, it’s a shameless bout of insta-love, and I, for once, didn’t hate it.

When life finally pulls these two lovebirds out of their romantic cocoon, Eddie promises Sarah he’ll call…BUT…he never does.

Convinced this is the real deal, Sarah becomes desperate for answers and will stop at almost nothing to obtain them, even if this quest includes compulsive phone calls and incessant messaging, until it gradually devolves into the self-depreciating task of flat out googling “why didn’t he call?”…

This plot is focused, and squeezes its reader into the manic grip of Sarah’s growing insanity, dragging us on a journey that is both obsessive and dryly comical.

She’s kind of unraveling, and it’s kind of ridiculous, but I also kind of loved it because who hasn’t been on the receiving end of being *ghosted* at least once in their lives, convinced that death-by-rejection might in fact be a thing?

What I enjoyed most about this book was the writing and originality, especially that of the first half. Sure, the plot itself is, at times, redundant and tends to have some dragging points, but woven into this prolonged cycle of Sarah-finding-Eddie are heartbreaking side stories with extremely touching outcomes.

For me, this was good storytelling, and even though there are elements I wish had more focus and some that could have been a bit less pronounced, I had fun with this one and would recommend it not necessarily as a love story, but a tale of the lengths people will go to in order to find some happiness. And, of course, to witness firsthand the art of being ghosted.

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For Carol’s review and for Nikki’s review who were lost in the same Coulee as us and for the different views from the rest, you can find our Traveling Sister’s Angela, Melissa and Haley’s reviews on Goodreads.

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