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Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell @lisajewelluk @AtriaBooks @SimonSchusterCA #NetGalley #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Then She Was GoneThen She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Our rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brenda’s Traveling Sisters Review

Norma and I were lost in the dark and light earthy lush coulee with five of our Traveling Sisters reading Then She Was Gone. We all really enjoyed it and it lead to a great discussion amongst us.

We all were immediately drawn into this intriguing story right from start to the rewarding and very satisfying ending that we all loved.

We all agreed Lisa Jewell brilliantly creates a well-written and perfectly paced story to create a good, intriguing suspenseful story. Just at the right time, she reveals enough of the story to create suspense and then gives us understanding and insight into her characters rather than creating a shocky twisty story. She balances the darkest well by adding just the right amount of disturbing and creepy along with the insight into the well-developed characters’ emotions, creating emotional layers to the characters along with layers to the plot.

Some of us have read a few of Lisa Jewells books and loved them all and the rest of us will be looking into reading more of her books.  For me I have read a few and have a couple to review. Hmm think it’s time for the sun to shine on Lisa Jewells in the coulee. I will be posting those reviews soon.

Publishing Date: April 17, 2018

Thank you, NetGalley, Atria Books, and Lisa Jewell for a copy to read and review.


Norma’s Review

THEN SHE WAS GONE by LISA JEWELL is a breathtaking, thrilling, unputdownable, and suspenseful psychological thriller novel that had me totally engrossed and interested right from the very first page.  I was so intrigued in finding out what happened to Ellie Mack that I was racing through those pages as fast as I could!

LISA JEWELL delivers a well-written story here with flawed, believable, and compelling characters that were told in alternating points of view and short chapters to make this a quick and easy read.  Upon finishing one chapter it was easy to read the next and then just one more chapter and before I knew it I was finished!

I absolutely love LISA JEWELL’S writing style as she writes with passion and feeling and I couldn’t help but feel for so many of these characters.  Also, I really enjoyed how she leaves us with little snippets of clues along the way for us readers to pick up on right away and start questioning and guessing how they fit into the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the ending was very touching and satisfying for me.  Would recommend!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Atria Books, and Lisa Jewell for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.  


Lindsay’s Review

4 stars! This was a spine-tingling and addictive story!

This novel follows Laurel whose teenage daughter, Ellie, went missing ten years ago. Laurel has been battling her grief since the day Ellie disappeared with the hope that she may one day come home.  After Ellie’s disappearance, being swallowed up in her sadness and grief, Laurel’s marriage falls apart and she loses her connection with her two other children.

The story is narrated by various characters in Laurel’s life through a Now and Then perspective, each character adding a new layer of suspense and appeal as the novel brilliantly unfolds.Lisa Jewell has a fantastic ability to pull you in right from the start. Her writing is strong, compelling and addictive. I look forward to reading more from her!

A big thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Lisa Jewell for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!!  


Kaceey’s Review


Brilliant! I completely lost myself in this book from beginning to end!

Laurel is doing her best to move on with her life. Her teenage daughter went missing years ago, triggering an avalanche of misfortune. The family splintered. Laurel and Paul divorcing. And now, their two remaining children are leaving home at the first chance they get – anxious to live their own lives, away from the oppressive tension within their home.

When Laurel meets Floyd she’s quickly swept off her feet. She’s finally ready to live and love again. But too many things just aren’t adding up. What do they say about coincidences? Could Floyd be too good to be true? Why do the doors to the past keep opening?

What a breath of fresh air this book was for me. I‘ve had trouble losing myself in a good book lately. And isn’t that what we all hope for?

Well, this was the refreshing change I’d been looking for! Though some give-away clues are revealed early on, you’re still taken on a journey that will most definitely pull your heart in many directions.

 Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.


Susanne’s Review

4.25 Stars

Spellbinding and Completely Irresistible.

Ellie Mack went missing 10 years ago. Her mother, Laurel has never given up hope of finding her. Ellie was fifteen years old, full of life. The world was, in fact, her oyster. No one knew what happened to Ellie. The police have never found a trace of her. My interest was piqued from the very beginning. My breath caught in my throat – nerves jangled.

Now, Laurel Mack’s life is very different: her marriage fell apart years ago and her relationship with her remaining children is tenuous. Somehow, she meets Floyd – a devastatingly handsome man and she is immediately swept off her feet. Then Laurel is introduced to his little girl: Poppy, and she is dumbfounded to discover that Poppy bears a striking resemblance to Ellie, her Ellie. Of course, this isn’t possible – it’s a coincidence, right? And if it’s not, whatever does it mean? Laurel begins questioning everything and those questions take her on a dangerous path, one she never envisioned.

Can you feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up? Mine did. What unfolds thereafter is brilliant, stunning and packs one heck of an emotional punch. Lisa Jewell’s “Then She Was Gone” is a phenomenal psychological thriller that kept me enthralled throughout. Though I knew where it was going early on, I still truly enjoyed it and simply could not put it down! The character development was stellar and the writing was spot on. This is the second Lisa Jewell novel I’ve read (I Found You, being the first) and I can’t wait to read more of Ms. Jewell’s novels.

Thank you to NetGalley, Ariele Friedman, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.


Traveling Sisters in a Coulee Reading Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst

Before I Let You InBefore I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst

Kaceey’s review and rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read with Brenda

Three best friends, Karen, Bea and Eleanor. They are always there for each other. In a heartbeat, they’d drop whatever they’re doing to help. I mean, that’s what best friends do…right?

Karen is busy creating a successful psychiatrist practice, and another new client just walked through the door. Only this new client seems to want more than a therapy session from Karen. It’s not long before she realizes this patient will rock the foundation of the tight bonds between these 3 women.

Told from points of view of all three friends. The storyline weaves back and forth between the women as they desperately struggle to hold on to their friendship and their families. Lies will be revealed, leaving all three wondering how well they ever really knew one another. If indeed they ever did.

This was my first read by this author and I just loved how she effortlessly spun the storyline together between these friends. I was joyfully hooked from the first chapter and enjoyed it right to the very end. Highly recommend!

Thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Jenny Blackhurst for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.


The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni @robertdugoni #NetGalley #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The Extraordinary Life of Sam HellThe Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni

Norma’s review and rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Extraordinary Stars!

THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF SAM HELL by ROBERT DUGONI is a touching, uplifting, heartwarming and an absolutely wonderful novel that had me totally engrossed and interested throughout this entire book. I was totally captivated and immersed with the voice of Sam and his story as he looks back on his life, making this novel extremely hard for me to put down. Sam totally touched my heart!

ROBERT DUGONI delivers an inspirational and beautifully written story here with wonderful characters and short chapters to make this a quick and easy read. The relationships, love and support that Sam had here with his family and friends is what makes this novel so special. Sam was truly extraordinary and through his journey we really seen the struggles he faced as he was figuring out his purpose of life. I thoroughly enjoyed following along with Sam, his family and friends and all the wisdom, love, and themes shared within the pages of this book made this a powerful and memorable read!

To sum it all up it was an interesting, insightful, unforgettable, emotional, and an enjoyable read with a satisfying ending. Would highly recommend!

Publishing Date: April 24, 2018

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Robert Dugoni for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.


Brenda’s Review

3.5 Stars

Norma and I started off in the extraordinary inspiring lush coulee reading The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell and it started off strong for us and we both were drawn into this story right away. In the end we ended up in separate coulees with the way we felt about this story.

There are many extraordinary things explored in this story like a Mother’s love and belief in just how extraordinary her son is and how our main character Sam HIll overcomes the many obstacles throughout his life from a young age. I loved Sam’s compassion and understanding and it was inspiring to read. We see the best and the worst in people and at times this story was heartbreaking and heartwarming with all the themes explored in this story,
Where Norma and I ended up in different coulees was with the way we felt about this one was with the ending. I found it too gushy, sentimental and too forced. I was left in the soggy muddy coulee feeling unsatisfied and Norma was in the lush coulee feeling very satisfied.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Robert Dugoni for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.

Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Two Girls DownTwo Girls Down by Louisa Luna

Brenda’s rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lost in the sunny, weedy, lush coulee with three of my Traveling Sisters reading Two Girls Down. Things started off a little quiet and relaxing in the coulee for us but quickly turned into a chilly, unnerving, fast-paced race to finish for us.

Two Girls Down is an entertaining yet disturbing dark psychology thriller that started off a little slow and confusing for us as our main characters Vega and Cap team up together to find two missing girls.

Louisa Luna does a fantastic job here creating very interesting and memorable characters here with Alive Vega and Cap and his daughter Nell. The dynamics between them really made the story for us. She does a good job balancing Vega and Cap with their differences that complement each other making them an interesting team. Cap being more realistic and Vega more like a superhuman who gets things done. We loved the dynamics between Cap and Nell and our hearts warmed with the way they took care of each other, adding some softness to the darkness in the story.

Vega and Cap follow a few different leads and suspects and it was confusing to keep track of everything and after a while, we just gave up trying to keep the suspects straight. It didn’t take away from the story for us and we didn’t miss anything when that final shocking twist came that left me speechless. The ending is shocking, high on drama, disturbing and so brilliantly done. I highly recommend but with some caution as it’s a story about two missing girls.


Kaceey’s Review

Alice Vega is a tough bounty hunter (in a unique kind of way). Her specialty is finding missing people. She’s good at what she does – and she knows it. Rawhide tough, she doesn’t let anyone get too close to her, but knows this time she’s going to need help.

Max Caplan, (Cap) is a former policeman who was forced into early retirement. He’s a single father raising his sixteen (going on 25!) year old daughter, while now working as a private detective.

Vega is called to a small town in PA to assist in finding two missing young girls. It’s time to enlist the help of Cap. With two sets of eyes, and no help from the local police department she hopes to hunt down the kidnappers before it’s too late.

I just loved the dynamic between Cap and Vega. You can feel the tension, touch the sparks…grasp the loneliness of their hearts. Truthfully, I was more swept up in their dynamic than the actual kidnapping!

This is a slow read, but once in I was all in, and found it hard to put down. The chapters are long, but you’ll easily lose yourself in the storyline. I didn’t want it to end, and was left hoping to hear more from Cap and Vega in the future! Highly recommend!

Thank you to NetGalley, Doubleday Books and Louisa Luna for an ARC to review in exchange for an honest review.


Susanne’s Review

Jamie Brandt makes a quick stop at the mall with her two girls to grab a birthday present.  She’s just going to leave her girls in the car for a quick sec as she’ll be in and out, no big deal.  When she comes out however, they are gone. Just like that.

Jamie’s family hires Private Detective Alice Vega to find the girls.  Finding missing people is Vega’s speciality. Needing help, she partners with a former cop, Max Caplan a/k/a “Cap.”  Tough and funny – somehow they immediately trust each other and make one heck of a team. The cops however, don’t want Vega and Cap investigating this case and they try to stop them at every turn, yet Vega and Cap are determined.  They will do whatever it takes to find these girls, even if it gets them into trouble or, in the alternative, if trouble finds them first.

“Two Girls Down” by Louisa Luna kept me on my toes.  Talk about a fabulous suspense that grabs hold from the first page and doesn’t let up!  The character development was spot on. I loved the interplay between Vega and Cap! They have an understated chemistry and I can’t help but hope I see them again sometime soon.  I also loved the relationship between Cap and his daughter Nell. Each character brought another layer to this well written suspense.


The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The Child Next DoorThe Child Next Door by Shalini Boland

Brenda’s rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I was lost in the cloudy, dry coulee with Kaceey and Susanne reading The Child Next Door feeling a little paranoid as we read this story and were looking over our shoulders and questioning if we heard whispering in the brushes.

The Child Next Door is an enjoyable, entertaining yet frightening story filled with suspense that delves into the anxiety and paranoid feeling of a mother who feels her child is in danger.

Shalini Boland took us on quite an emotional ride here filled with anxiety and feeling of paranoid. She takes her time here with creating the anxiety for our main character Kristie and for us in the coulee. At times Kaceey and I wanted to jump out of the coulee leaving Susanne turning the pages as fast as she could to get some answers to her questions. Things started to pick up for us and Kaceey and I were soon pulled back down into this story and not moving till we reached that final twist.

In the end, we ended up on different sides of the coulee with how we felt about the story. Susanne feeling quite satisfied and really enjoyed the story. Kaceey on the other side left wanting a bit more from the story and me in the middle trying to catch my breath from all the excitement.

Thank you, NetGalley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for a copy to read and review.


Susanne’s Review

4 Stars.

In her latest novel, “The Child Next Door” Shalini Boland makes you feel anxious and she ties your stomach in knots.  This is one suspense novel that keeps you glued to the pages and should not be missed.

Kirstie Rawlings is a new mother to six month old Daisy.  Her life revolves around her little girl. When she is awakened by a baby’s cry she immediately goes running, only to discover that it wasn’t her child that was crying.  Then the unimaginable happens: she hears voices on her baby monitor saying “let’s just take the baby and go.” My stomach just about dropped hearing those words and I’m not even a mother.

From then on, Kirstie becomes a nervous wreck thinking someone is out to kidnap her baby.  Unfortunately, no one believes her, not even after strange things start happening, thus she starts investigating on her own.  Can you say dangerous? Is Kirstie making it up? Is she imagining things? What is going on? With my nerves on edge from the very first, I was on a roller coaster ride right up until the very end.  “The Child Next Door” is my fourth Shalini Boland novel and in case you couldn’t tell, I enjoyed it immensely and can’t wait to see what Ms. Boland comes out with next.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.


Kaceey’s Review


Kirstie hears faint whispers coming from her baby monitor. All she’s able to make out is that someone wants to take a baby. Naturally, she’s immediately fearful that her baby is the topic of conversation. Why won’t someone, anyone listen or understand her fears. Soon, with the stress mounting, Kirstie is unable to sleep or let her baby out of her sight for even a moment. Is there someone out there trying to take her baby? Why is her not-so-busy husband always too busy to help calm her fears?

Though there was building suspense, this thriller never really took off for me until the final 20%. When Shalini Boland filled the ending with fireworks! I’ve read a lot of thrillers lately and unfortunately this one fell short of standing out to me. In fact, it was so similar to one I’d just read 2 weeks ago, that I thought I was having Deja-vu! Had a hard time keeping them apart. (Maybe it’s time for a thriller break….ha-ha! Kidding!)

This is a thriller I’ll say I enjoyed, but still wanted something more to distinguish it from the pack. I did enjoy the writing style and would still be interested in reading another by this author in the future.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Shalini Boland for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.


Just Between Us by Rebecca Drake @AuthorRDrake @StMartinsPress #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Just Between UsJust Between Us by Rebecca Drake

Brenda’s rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Just Between Us is a twisty, intriguing and suspenseful story that explores the dangerous secrets amongst a group of four women. Secrets that test just how far these women will go for each other.

Rebecca Drake does a good job creating some interesting and well-developed characters here with our group of friends. Often I get confused with so many points of views and characters however each character is unique and realistic and has a distinct voice that made it easy for me to remember each one and their part in this intriguing storyline. I really enjoyed the dynamics between the friends and at times I was entertained and other times I was a little frustrated with them for their decisions and wanted to shout at them. I enjoyed trying to figure out what they were going to do next and was entertained with what they did do.

So many great twists and turns in this one that had me questioning each friend and such a great twist in the end that took me by surprise and left me a little shocked and rattled after finishing this one. I recommend.

Thank you, NetGalley, St Martin’s Press and Rebecca Drake for a copy to read and review.


Lost in the Beehive by Michele Young-Stone @micheleyosto @simonschuster #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Lost in the BeehiveLost in the Beehive by Michele Young-Stone

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Norma and I were lost with the bees buzzing in the magical, heart and soul lush coulee with Jennifer reading Lost in the Beehive and we have some buzz for you.

Lost in the Beehive is a well-written and heartwarming magical coming of age love story. It’s a love story between friends, partners and love for yourself. It is written with heart and compassion making this a quiet, easy and touching story.

Michele Young-Stone does a fantastic job developing our main character here with Gloria as she strives for the courage and the freedom to be herself. Our hearts went out to her as she struggled with finding herself and accepting her past and realizing her future.

Michele Young-Stone brilliantly balances a magical realism here with Gloria’s journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance that added some emotional depth to the story for us. We could hear the buzz from the bees as they quietly talked to us and we could feel the magic and meaning they brought to this story.

We all loved the ending to this story and how it all came together leaving us feeling very satisfied lost in the coulee with this beautiful, memorable and peaceful story. We highly recommend joining the buzz of the bees and finding a nice quiet place to enjoy this story.

Published on April 10, 2018

Thank you, Edelweiss, Simon and Schuster and Michele Young-Stone for a copy to read and review.


Norma’s Review

4.5 Stars

A simply bee-utiful book that had me buzzing with excitement upon finishing to share my thoughts with you!  This was some book!

LOST IN THE BEEHIVE by MICHELE YOUNG-STONE was an absolutely beautifully written coming of age/coming out story that touched my heart.  It was an enjoyable, spellbinding, and touching story that was extremely hard for me to put down. I was quickly and completely drawn into this simply written, compassionate tale and the main characters in this book.  I absolutely loved Gloria & Sheff.

MICHELE YOUNG-STONE delivers a magical story here that was well-written and I totally enjoyed following along with Gloria and her moving journey.  I really enjoyed the magical realism & symbolism to this story with the bees and the fortuneteller. In the end it was brought together so wonderfully that I found it both touching and moving.   The meaning behind this story definitely resonated with me and I thought it was absolutely brilliant! Highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Simon and Schuster and Michele Young-Stone for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!


Jennifer’s Review

I can’t wait to tell you about this book!

Gloria Ricci, main character and teenager, finds herself in an institute being “treated” for her feelings toward her best friend, Isabel. At the open of the book, Gloria is dropped off at the Belmont Institute by her seemingly loving parents. In the 1960s, many aspects of typical sexuality were more than taboo; they were incorrectly viewed as mental illness, and as a sign of the times, the Institute specializes in abhorrent conversion therapy.

While at Belmont, Gloria meets Sheff, a fellow patient, who becomes her dearest friend. Every friendship needs a sidekick like Sheff! Gloria and Sheff eventually run away and experience some escapades.

As Gloria moves through life, she is visited by bees, and she never understands their purpose until much later – foreshadowed at the beginning of the book and fully played out at the end.

Lost in the Beehive is a poignant exploration of what it means to feel different, and how with friendship you can overcome most any hardship. Gloria and Sheff were two unforgettable characters. This book deeply touched me, and I could not put it down. Simple in its writing, complex in its emotions, Lost in the Beehive is an enchanting and monumentally moving story.

Thank you to Michele Young-Stone, Simon Schuster, and Netgalley for the ARC. Lost in the Beehive will be available on April 10, 2018!



Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunt @HuntAuthor #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Best Friends ForeverBest Friends Forever by Margot Hunt

Norma’s rating & review: 4 of 5 stars

Whoa! What an ending!!!

BEST FRIENDS FOREVER by MARGOT HUNT is an intriguing, enjoyable, fast-paced, and intense psychological thriller that had me totally engaged and interested right from the very first page. I was totally immersed in this tale about the relationship between two best friends and the suspicious death of one of their husbands. I had fun trying to figure out what was going on here with what was real and what wasn’t with their friendship.

MARGOT HUNT delivers a well-written, suspenseful, and interesting story here with some surprising twists and turns along the way to make this quite the exciting book to read. The story is told solely from Alice’s point of view which flips back and forth between the present and three years prior when she first meets her best friend, Kat.

To sum it all up it was an entertaining, enjoyable, quick and easy read that was extremely hard to put down with an ending that will surprise you! Would recommend!

This was a Traveling Sisters Read that I read along with Kaceey, Susanne, and Brenda!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Harlequin, and Margot Hunt for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.


Brenda’s Traveling Sister Review

Norma and I were lost in the messy, weedy lush coulee reading Best Friends Forever with Kaceey and Susanne.

Best Friends Forever is a cleverly written entertaining story that explores just how well two best friends really know each other. We stuck quite close together in our coulee and were just a little afraid of our two unlikable best friends forever here with our main characters. We were suspicious and questioning who to believe and who to trust or not to trust.

Margot Hunt does a fantastic job creating well-developed unreliable characters here with our main characters Alice and Kat. They are both interesting and unique and lived very differently from each other, adding some layers to the story. At different times we were suspicious of each character and some us flipped back and forth on who we trusted and didn’t trust, making this a fun and entertaining read for us.

In the end one of was feeling a little bit disappointed for figuring this one out and the rest of us shocked with the outcome of this story. We highly recommend.

Published on January 23, 2018

Thank you Edelweiss, HarperCollins and Margot Hunt for a copy to read and review.


Kaceey’s Review

Four twisty stars

A debut thriller from Margot Hunt delivers a twisty treat!

Alicia and Kat have been the best of friends for the past 3 years. Long lunches over bottles of wine, topped off with sunny beach vacations away from their spouses. When tragedy strikes and Kat’s husband dies that friendship is put to the test. How well do you really know your friends? Can you trust them when things are darkest and everything is at stake?

Told in present and past timelines through Alice’s POV. From their first meeting in an airport lounge to the present, where the police are circling, in search for a suspect.

This is a super-fast read that kept me engaged straight through. My only issue with this book was I constantly felt one step ahead, easily deducing where the story was going, predicting each twist before it happened. Sometimes I wish I could just go along for the ride instead of trying to predict every turn! Oh well…that’s just me! But at the end of the day, I still feel it’s a four-star read as that never took away from my enjoyment. I would recommend this book to all thriller lovers!

I will be looking out for Margot Hunt’s next release!

Thank you to NetGalley, HQ Digital and Margot Hunt for an ARC to review in exchange for an honest review.


Susanne’s Review

4 Deliciously Wicked Stars.

Twisty, turny and completely captivating, “Best Friends Forever” by Margot Hunt is one heck of a debut that should not be missed.

Kat and Alice meet in an airport and become fast friends. These two women are from very different worlds: Kat is extremely wealthy, while Alice and her husband struggle to make ends meet. You’d think they have nothing in common, yet somehow these two women click. And just like they share absolutely everything, much to their husbands’ chagrin. Kat’s husband Howard is a difficult man, one who is not fond of Kat and Alice’s friendship. When he is found dead, Alice is arrested for his murder. Once she gets out, Alice tries to contact Kat to get help and is ghosted by her best friend. Sounds a little harsh to me don’t think?! Now Alice is left with a bunch of questions and so are we.

What starts as Alice being ignored by her best friend, leads to secrets coming out and every action being questioned. Do you ever really know your friends? Do Kat and Alice know each other? Alice always thought so.. Can you trust the person next to you? Asking that question gives me the chills. I hope it gives you some as well.

“Best Friends Forever” by Margot Hunt is an extremely well done character driven suspense novel that kept me glued to the story, turning pages as quickly as I possibly could. I highly recommend it to those looking for a quick, easy, enthralling read.

Thank you to NetGalley, HQ Digital and Margot Hunt for a complimentary copy to read and review.

The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel @kristinharmel @SimonSchusterCA #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The Room on Rue AmélieThe Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel

Brenda’s rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lost in the awe so inspiring Lush Coulee with Lindsay and Jennifer reading The Room on Rue Amelie. Not wanting to leave but to stay and savor this endearing story. Kristen Hamel gave us much to discuss and I really enjoyed discussing our thoughts and insight to this story.

The Room on Rue Amelie is an easy, lighter more dramatic WWII story of the sacrifices and bravery of the heroes who take a stand against injustice. It was a nice change of pace for us and we really enjoyed the lighter, endearing and easier side to a WWII story that still had the depth and layers to make it an intriguing story for us.

Kristin Harmel does a fantastic job creating brave, strong and interesting characters here with our three main characters Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas. All fighting to survive and protect each other. We could feel their courage, love, fear and the danger they faced with bravery and we were touch by the emotional depth of this story.

We all loved the heartbreaking and heartwarming ending that left us excited to discuss this story. Kristen Hamel gave us much to discuss and I really enjoyed discussing our thoughts and insight to this story. We were left very satisfied with this unforgettable story. We highly recommend.

This is my first book by Kristin Harmel but not my last. I just ordered three more books by her and can’t wait to get them!

Review by Brenda

Published on March 27, 2018

Thank you, NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Kristin Harmel for a copy to read and review.


Lindsay’s Review

4.5 stars!

I adored this novel! This was a touching and unforgettable WWII story revolving around Ruby Benoit, a brave young American newlywed woman, living in occupied Paris during wartime devastation and desperation.

The story is narrated through her perspective, along with a British RAF pilot and a neighboring Jewish teenage girl. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded overlapping through their perspectives in alternating chapters.

One of the things I most enjoyed about this novel was learning that Ruby’s character was based on a real woman named Virginia d’Albert-Lake. I found her story so captivating and inspiring and to discover that much of what unfolds in this book was based on real events made me appreciate this novel so much more. The author, Kristin Harmel, writes with such beauty and clarity. I felt the intensity of wartime loss and devastation, yet didn’t feel overwhelmed with sadness. There was much sorrow and grief throughout the story but it was presented in such a hopeful manner – this hope being what these characters focused on to survive.

I enjoyed reading this wonderful book along with Brenda and Jennifer and it was an absolute pleasure. They offered such intriguing insight that deeply enhanced my reading experience.

A big thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Kristin Harmel for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!


Jennifer’s Review

4 stars to this historical drama of WWII

I have enjoyed other books by Kristin Harmel, but The Room on Rue Amelie may just be my favorite from her.

Set in World War II, my favorite time period of which to read, the Epilogue of The Room on Rue Amelie set the intriguing stage, as it was not until the end of the book that I knew which loving elderly couple was portrayed.

In 1939, Ruby falls in love with a Frenchman and moves to Paris, against her parents’ wishes because the political climate of the time is uncertain. By 1940, Ruby’s marriage also becomes uncertain and now the Nazis have invaded her beloved Paris.

Ruby becomes close friends with a girl who is Jewish in her apartment who did not evacuate, and later in time, a shot-down RAF pilot appears who needs to make his way back to England. The story that unfolds is one of two fearless women who help others no matter the cost. I was inspired to find out that the story was loosely based on a real person.

The Room on Rue Amelie is an endearing story of WWII, lovingly told, of bravery and the utmost sacrifice. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and it’s delightful to have a well-researched, beautifully-written account that’s “lighter.” This does not mean that this novel was lacking in depth, but instead, I could read and enjoy with ease without re-reading at times in order to absorb all the content.

Thank you to Kristin Harmel, Gallery Books, and Netgalley, for the ARC. 


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