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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!

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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!

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Can’t Wait Wednesday: Watching You by Lisa Jewell @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Here we are again sistering up with our Traveling Sisters Christina and Kim with another Can’t Wait Wednesday meme that is hosted by  Wishful Endings

Our Traveling Sisters Group Read for Watching You by Lisa Jewell is fast approaching and we can’t wait to read it.  Lisa Jewell is another favorite author of mine.  After reading I Found You I was hooked and knew I had to read more of her books.   I have read most of her books in our group and she is a favorite author for a few of us.  Every time I see a new book out by her I do that cheering thing we love to do.

Kim over at It’s All About The Thrill  and Christina at Recipe and a Read have not read any books by Lisa Jewell and I knew I had to correct that.  Pop on over and check out what the have to say about that.  There is just something so exciting about reading a book with sisters who are reading a book by an author for the first time.

So on to the book and the cheering.

 

 


Watching You
by Lisa Jewell
Melville Heights is one of the nicest neighbourhoods in Bristol, England; home to doctors and lawyers and old-money academics. It’s not the sort of place where people are brutally murdered in their own kitchens. But it is the sort of place where everyone has a secret. And everyone is watching you.

As the headmaster credited with turning around the local school, Tom Fitzwilliam is beloved by one and all—including Joey Mullen, his new neighbor, who quickly develops an intense infatuation with this thoroughly charming yet unavailable man. Joey thinks her crush is a secret, but Tom’s teenaged son Freddie—a prodigy with aspirations of becoming a spy for MI5—excels in observing people and has witnessed Joey behaving strangely around his father.

One of Tom’s students, Jenna Tripp, also lives on the same street, and she’s not convinced her teacher is as squeaky clean as he seems. For one thing, he has taken a particular liking to her best friend and fellow classmate, and Jenna’s mother—whose mental health has admittedly been deteriorating in recent years—is convinced that Mr. Fitzwilliam is stalking her.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier, a schoolgirl writes in her diary, charting her doomed obsession with a handsome young English teacher named Mr. Fitzwilliam

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Have you read any books by Lisa Jewell?  Have a favorite?   Want to read one?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

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Falling Behind Friday #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Happy Friday!!!  Friday is here and it’s that time again when we chat about books we have been falling behind on with Kim@It’s All About the Thrill and Christina@Recipe and a Read . We thought it would be fun to focus on a couple of titles and chat about them.  Pop on over and check out their posts.  They will be sure to have you on the floor laughing with their fun posts.

I have done a little book travels on our titles for this week to find some buzz to help us decide when we should start reading these titles.  So please join in on our discussion and let us know if you have read these titles and if you recommend we read them right away.

Today I am featuring two books that have been on our list of books we have fallen behind on.  Both I am really excited to read but for some reason or another they kept getting lost or buried under so many other titles.

Lindsay and I have fallen behind on one of our most anticipated books The Girl They Left Behind by Roxanne Veletzos. I am not even too sure how that happened.  It seems to be getting some great buzz.  Being an anticipated one Norma did start it and is almost finished.  She is cheering it’s praise so far.  Our Traveling Sister Marialyce @ yaya-read loved this it and her review has me wanting to jump into this one right away.

Zoe@What’s Better Than Books has caught my attention with this  ‘Overall, The Girl They Left Behind is the perfect blend of historical facts, compelling fiction, and palpable emotion”  from her review.

From Goodreads

A sweeping family saga and love story that offers a vivid and unique portrayal of life in war-torn 1941 Bucharest and life behind the Iron Curtain during the Soviet Union occupation—perfect for fans of Lilac Girls and Sarah’s Key.

On a freezing night in January 1941, a little Jewish girl is found on the steps of an apartment building in Bucharest. With Romania recently allied with the Nazis, the Jewish population is in grave danger, undergoing increasingly violent persecution. The girl is placed in an orphanage and eventually adopted by a wealthy childless couple who name her Natalia. As she assimilates into her new life, she all but forgets the parents who were forced to leave her behind. They are even further from her mind when Romania falls under Soviet occupation.

Yet, as Natalia comes of age in a bleak and hopeless world, traces of her identity pierce the surface of her everyday life, leading gradually to a discovery that will change her destiny. She has a secret crush on Victor, an intense young man who as an impoverished student befriended her family long ago. Years later, when Natalia is in her early twenties and working at a warehouse packing fruit, she and Victor, now an important official in the Communist regime, cross paths again. This time they are fatefully drawn into a passionate affair despite the obstacles swirling around them and Victor’s dark secrets.

When Natalia is suddenly offered a one-time chance at freedom, Victor is determined to help her escape, even if it means losing her. Natalia must make an agonizing decision: remain in Bucharest with her beloved adoptive parents and the man she has come to love, or seize the chance to finally live life on her own terms, and to confront the painful enigma of her past.

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While chatting with Kim she mentioned she has fallen behind on  The Winters by Lisa Gabriele. I have had it my Edelweiss shelve for some time now.  I have seen a bit of buzz along my book travels and have been wanting to read it.  When I saw a copy at our most amazing new library I had to take it home with me.   Kim is chatting about this one over on her blog.

Our Traveling Sister Debra@Open Book Post read it and her review has me really wanting to read it soon.

Michelle @ Books on a Book Shelve had me wanting to dive into this one with saying this on her review  “What started off as a seemingly beautiful love story ended up dark and sinister…”

From Goodreads

“From the brilliant first line to the shattering conclusion, The Winters will draw you in and leave you breathless. . . . A must read.” —Liv Constantine, author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a spellbindingly suspenseful novel set in the moneyed world of the Hamptons, about secrets that refuse to remain buried and consequences that can’t be escaped

After a whirlwind romance, a young woman returns to the opulent, secluded Long Island mansion of her new fiancé Max Winter—a wealthy politician and recent widower—and a life of luxury she’s never known. But all is not as it appears at the Asherley estate. The house is steeped in the memory of Max’s beautiful first wife Rebekah, who haunts the young woman’s imagination and feeds her uncertainties, while his very alive teenage daughter Dani makes her life a living hell. She soon realizes there is no clear place for her in this twisted little family: Max and Dani circle each other like cats, a dynamic that both repels and fascinates her, and he harbors political ambitions with which he will allow no woman—alive or dead—to interfere.

As the soon-to-be second Mrs. Winter grows more in love with Max, and more afraid of Dani, she is drawn deeper into the family’s dark secrets—the kind of secrets that could kill her, too. The Winters is a riveting story about what happens when a family’s ghosts resurface and threaten to upend everything.

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Let’s Chat about books we have fallen behind on.  Have you read either of these titles?  Let us know your thoughts on them.  Help us decide if we should catch up on them or fall behind some more on them.

Want to join us on chatting 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.

Do you have a book or two you would like to chat about? Is your fallen behind list longer than your TBR one?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!

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Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Suspect by Fiona Barton @figbarton @BerkleyPub @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Here we are again sistering up with our Traveling Sisters Christina and Kim with another Can’t Wait Wednesday meme that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Suspect by Fiona Barton has all of us cheering and we all can’t wait for this group read.  After reading The Widow and The Child, Fiona Barton has become a go-to author for Norma.  Both Norma and I were cheering around the house when we received our copies in the mail from Berkley Publishing. Seriously I did.  You should see how my family looks at me when I do that.  Thank you so much Elisha for our copies.

Kim over at It’s All About The Thrill has really expressed her excitement over this title and had me on the floor laughing with her feel good post.  Christina @ Recipe and a Read always knows how to bring on the excitement.  Check out their posts, they will have you excited to read this title and laughing too with their feel-good posts.

Here come the cheers for The Suspect by Fiona Barton

 

The new must-read standalone crime thriller from the author of Sunday Times bestseller, The Widow, and the Richard & Judy No. 1 bestseller, The Child – featuring unforgettable journalist, Kate Waters.

The police belonged to another world – the world they saw on the television or in the papers. Not theirs.

When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing on their gap year in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry.

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth – and this time is no exception. But she can’t help but think of her own son, who she hasn’t seen in two years since he left home to go traveling. This time it’s personal.

And as the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think . . .

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Let’s Chat!  Have you read The Widow or The Child by Fiona Barton?  I have read The Child and really enjoyed it but I didn’t realize at the time the story featured the same character Kate Waters from The Widow.  I thought it worked well but I would of like to have read The Widow first.

Have you read The Suspect?  Want to read and have added it to your want to read list?  Drop us a comment!  We loved to hear from you.

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Lets Chat! About books we have fallen behind on #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

Today we are sistering up with Kim@It’s All About the Thrill and Christina@Recipe and a Read with something a little different than our normal Can’t-Wait Wednesday.  When chatting with Kim and Christina about what book we can’t wait to read, Kim said I feel like we should rename it can’t catch up Wednesdays.  We all seem to be in the falling behind coulee and can’t-wait to get out of that coulee.  So we thought it would be fun to switch it up and start a meme to discuss books we are falling behind on.  Today we are switching our Can’t-wait post to Falling Behind and after today we will continue this post on Fridays.

Let’s chat about those books we are falling behind on.  Sometimes I think my list of books I have fallen behind on is longer than my to be read list of books.  Norma is always running behind and trying to catch up and Lindsay she been buried in a coulee for a while now.

I added A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson to the Traveling sisters’ group a month ago and it is one we kept sliding back.  I haven’t taken a peek into the threads but have checked out a few reviews for it and they are mixed.  I am still on the fence if this one is one we should catch up on or keep sliding it back.  It sounds like a very emotional and tough read with a few things explored in this story.  If you have read this one, drop us a comment and let us know what your thoughts are for this one.

A Cloud in the Shape of a GirlA Cloud in the Shape of a Girl by Jean Thompson

From National Book Award finalist and the New York Timesbestselling author of The Year We Left Home comes a moving family saga about three generations of women who struggle to find freedom and happiness in their small Midwestern college town.

A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl is a poignant novel about three generations of the Wise family—Evelyn, Laura, and Grace—as they hunt for contentment amid chaos of their own making.

Evelyn set aside her career to marry, late, and motherhood never became her. Her daughter Laura felt this acutely and wants desperately to marry, but she soon discovers her husband Gabe to be a man who expects too much of everyone in his life, especially his musician son. Grace has moved out from Laura and Gabe’s house, but can’t seem to live up to her potential—whatever that might be.

In A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl we see these women and their trials, small and large: social slights and heartbreaks; marital disappointments and infidelities; familial dysfunction; mortality. Spanning from World War II to the present, Thompson reveals a matrilineal love story that is so perfectly grounded in our time—a story of three women regressing, stalling, and yes, evolving, over decades. One of the burning questions she asks is: by serving her family, is a woman destined to repeat the mistakes of previous generations, or can she transcend the expectations of a place, and a time? Can she truly be free?

Evelyn, Laura, and Grace are the glue that binds their family together. Tethered to their small Midwestern town—by choice or chance—Jean Thompson seamlessly weaves together the stories of the Wise women with humanity and elegance, through their heartbreaks, setbacks, triumphs, and tragedies.

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Along with Kim, we keep falling behind on The Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman.  This is one I really want to read and I have rescheduled for November and it’s one I am now putting on my Can’t-wait list to read.

The Exes' RevengeThe Exes’ Revenge by Jo Jakeman

 

Originally titled Sticks and Stones

A wickedly dark debut thriller about three women who’ve all been involved with the same man and realize the one thing they have in common is that they all want revenge against him…

Divorces are often messy, and Imogen’s is no exception. Phillip Rochester is controlling, abusive, and determined to make things as difficult as possible. When he shows up without warning demanding that Imogen move out of their house by the end of the month or he’ll sue for sole custody of their young son, Imogen is ready to snap.

In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable–something that puts her in control for the first time in years. She’s desperate to protect her son and to claim authority over her own life.

But she wasn’t expecting both Phillip’s ex-wife and new girlfriend to get tangled up in her plans. These three very different women–and unlikely allies–reluctantly team up to take revenge against a man who has wronged them all.

Web_L195-5Christina has been so busy with work and she has been buried in a coulee I haven’t been to before.  She has fallen so far behind I am not even sure what book she will be talking about today.

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Have you read either of these titles?  Help us decided if we should catch up on them or fall behind some more on them.

Want to join us on sharing what titles you have fallen behind on?  Join us on Fridays with our Falling Behind Friday meme by linking 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.

What titles have you fallen behind on?  Is your fallen behind list longer than your TBR one?  Drop us a comment!  We would love to hear from you!