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I Invited Her In by Adele Parks @adeleparks @HarperCollinsCa @HarlequinBooks #BookBloggers #travelingsistersread #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

I Invited Her In by Adele Parks is now available

Brenda’s review

They lost touch, she invited her in, shows off her perfect life and she wreaks chaos on their lives.

I Invite Her In is a chilling, twisty emotionally dark story that explores love, betrayal and the illusion and jealousy of happiness.   The story starts off a bit slow as we get to know our main characters friends from the past Melanie and Abi as the do some female bonding.  They now live very different lives and when successful Abi’s life is turned upside down she reaches out to Melanie and she invites her into her home.   The suspense and tension built as Abi’s presence causes friction in the family. We started to see cracks develop in their relationship and things start to heat up to a shocking discovery that left me yelling at some characters. Things started to get heated between me and the characters and I was texting Lindsay with what I wanted to do to the characters.   I started turning those pages as fast as I could to find out how this story comes together in the end.

At times a bit predictable but I found it comes together with enough surprises to move the story forward and have a satisfying ending.  I recommend.

Lindsay’s Review

I LOVED this book!

Mel and Abi were best friends in university until Mel dropped out due to an unplanned pregnancy, ending their inseparable friendship and all communication between the girls. Seventeen years later, Abi, now a well-known TV personality, shows up on Mel’s doorstep seeking friendship and support after leaving her wealthy and powerful husband. Mel invites Abi to stay in her family home as long as she needs. 

This is a tale of love, loyalty, family, revenge, secrets and lies. Brimming with suspense and intrigue, this novel had me glued to the pages from start to finish. The characters were fantastic – some of the most memorable characters I have read about in a very long time – loved them! The witty humour and snark scattered throughout the story had me shocked and laughing. 

My connection to the writing was immediate and intense. The pace and flow of the book were flawless. I enjoyed each of the multiple characters perspectives and thought the transitions between each were smooth and fluent. There were a few fantastic twists in this story! I had suspected a couple of the twists (which is shocking for me as I’m not usually a good book detective), yet my enjoyment wasn’t negatively impacted at all by my accurate predictions. This was my first novel by Adele Parks and as you can tell, I was very impressed and am a big fan! I look forward to reading more of her work.

Thank you from both of us to Edelweiss, HarperCollins Canada and Adele Parks for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! 

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

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Ugh, As If Book Stack For Remaining January and February #travelingsistersread #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

We have a pretty tight and intense reading schedule here with our remaining January and February reads. It’s hard not to think “Ugh, as if” lol. However, we are going to do our best to get as many as we can in.

What we are reading in our Traveling Friends Instagram group. You can find us @travelingsistersread to join.

  • The Line Between by Tosca Lee start date January 25
  • Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler start date January 28
  • House on Fire by Bonnie Kistler start date February 1
  • The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict squeezing it in before February 5
  • My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing start date February 7
  • Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward start date February 21

What Norma and I are reading:

  • One Fatal Mistake by Tom Hunt
  • The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli
  • The Beasts Heart by Leife Shallcross
  • Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose

What the Traveling Sisters are reading:

  • The Dead Ex by Jane Corry
  • The End Of Loneliness by Benedict Wells
  • The Secret of Clouds by Alyson Richman
  • The Last Woman in The Forest by Diane Les Becquets
  • The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley
  • I Invite Her In by Adele Parks

What Brenda is reading by herself. That doesn’t happen often….

  • Willa & Hesper by Amy Feltman
  • Last Night by Karen Ellis

From Norma’s never-ending TBR. Book hoarder, book collector or building a library? These are not on our list yet and won’t be till March when we hope to get back into reading a few from our own book library.

Have you read any of these titles listed? Which ones did you love or think could be missed? Do you want to read any? Join in on any? Drop us a comment. We love to here from you!

Posted in Can't Wait Wednesday, Traveling Sisters Reads

Can’t-Wait for: The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict @laurabenedict @HBGCanada @about_thethrill #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

It’s that time of the week when we sister up with Traveling Sisters, Kim and Christina and talk about books we can’t wait to read. Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme that is hosted by  Wishful Endings.  Christina Recipe and a Read is still not back at posting regularly due to family health reasons. We miss her and hope she will be back at it with us in the New Year.

Now on to the upcoming sister read that Kim @It’s all about the Thrill Norma, Lindsay and I can’t wait to read.

The Stranger Inside by Laura Benedict

Kimber Hannon’s belief that she has complete control over her life is shattered the night that she comes home from a trip to find her key no longer opens her front door. There is a stranger living in her house. A stranger who claims he has every right to be there, with the paperwork to prove it. When she confronts the man, he lets her get close enough to whisper, “I was there. I saw what you did.”

She doesn’t know how he knows her, but with those words Kimber knows this stranger isn’t after anything as simple as her money or artwork or charming Craftsman bungalow. She has to find out exactly what he wants and get him out of her carefully orchestrated life before he ruins it.

There are plenty of people in her life who might help, but should Kimber trust any of them? Her lawyer, Gabriel, is also her ex-lover; Diana, her best friend, doesn’t know Kimber slept with her husband; her ex-husband has a new, happier life since leaving her; and her co-workers know she’ll do anything to get her next sale. And no one can know the real reason this man is in her house. Without trust, everyone’s a stranger….

Expected Publication date February 5, 2019. Thank you to Hachette Canada for our copies of this book.


Does this one sound interesting to you? Want to read it with us?. This will be an Instagram chat for us. You can find us from our home page. We can also chat on our Goodreads group. Let us know if you are interested in reading with us.

Posted in The Sisters Recommend, Traveling Sisters Reads

The 2018 Traveling Sister Choice Awards

It’s that time of year…..Goodreads members from all over the world have voted and chosen their favourite books.   The 10th Annual Goodreads Choice Awards winners were announced and we wanted to see how the winners compared to what our Traveling Sisters voted for.   Such a very exciting time especially for our group of Traveling Sisters who have dedicated so many hours to choosing, reading and discussing books from our mountainous and ever-expanding TBR piles.  

Lindsay started a thread on The Traveling Sister Goodreads Group where Sisters voted for their picks in each category.  The results are in from our Traveling Sisters and the winners are as follows:

FICTION:  

The Dream DaughterThe Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain




HISTORICAL FICTION:  Tie between:

Rust & StardustRust & Stardust by T. Greenwood


Where the Crawdads SingWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens




THRILLER/MYSTERY Tie between:

Lying in Wait

Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent


Jane DoeJane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone




HORROR:  

DraculDracul by Dacre Stoker




DEBUT AUTHOR:  

The Chalk ManThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor




Memoir:

EducatedEducated by Tara Westover




YOUNG ADULT FICTION:  

SadieSadie by Courtney Summers




ROMANCE:  One Day In December by Josie Silver

One Day in DecemberOne Day in December by Josie Silver

*The categories not listed didn’t have enough votes to tally a winner.

Thanks to all the Traveling Sisters who participated!  It was fun to see everyone’s nominations and discuss our thoughts.   

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We are interested in your thoughts!   Did you agree with the Goodreads Choice Awards winners?   Do you agree with what our Traveling Sisters voted for? We would love to hear from you!  

 

 

Posted in Can't Wait Wednesday, Traveling Sisters Reads

Can’t-Wait for: Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant @amberjackpub @kimicgrant #travelingsistersread #BookBloggers

It’s that time of the week when we sister up with Traveling Sisters, Christina and Kim and talk about books we can’t wait to read. Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme that is hosted by  Wishful Endings.  Christina Recipe and a Read is on a mini-hiatus right now while she deals with families’ health.

Today Kim It’s All About The Thrill is talking about a group read for The Au Pair by Emma Rous that we both can’t wait to read and of course, I have fallen behind on.

The book I am talking about that Norma, Lindsay and I can’t wait for is Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant.  Our advanced copies didn’t have the cover yet because we just couldn’t wait for it, so I have added the cover from Goodreads for you all to see.

Fallen Mountains

“An intense and engaging portrait of characters driven by—and bound by—the secrets of their pasts . . . an absorbing mystery as well as a gracefully layered story of death and loss in a small town.” —Allen Eskens, USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury and The Shadows We Hide

When Transom Shultz goes missing shortly after returning to his sleepy hometown of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania, his secrets are not the only ones that threaten to emerge. Red, the sheriff, is haunted by the possibility that a crime Transom was involved in seventeen years earlier—a crime Red secretly helped cover up—may somehow be linked to his disappearance. Possum, the victim of that crime, wants revenge. Laney will do anything to keep Transom quiet about the careless mistake they made that could jeopardize her budding relationship. And Chase, once a close friend, reels from Transom’s betrayal of buying his family’s farm under false pretenses and ruthlessly logging it and leasing the mineral rights to Marcellus shale frackers. As the search for Transom Shultz heats up and the inhabitants’ dark and tangled histories unfold, each one must decide whether to live under the brutal weight of the past or try to move beyond it.

This one is a read now on NetGalley and Kim has downloaded it to join on in with us.  If anyone is interested in reading this one with us let us know and we will start a group read for it.

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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!