The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Author: Ruth Ware

5/5 Stars

This book was not what I envisioned instead it was so much more. With its secrets and turn of events I was immediately captivated and wanted to keep reading. When Harriet Westaway is going through her many bill notices one evening she stumbles upon a letter addressed to her. After opening it Harriet is a bit shocked to find an invitation to a funeral however it’s not just any funereal it’s her late grandmother Miss. Westaways funeral. Harriet is a bit confused due to the fact that her grandparents had been deceased for over 20 yrs now. But how could this be a mistake it was in fact addressed to her. Harriet finds herself traveling to the funeral and once she arrives she finds herself questioning her past and begins to learn new things that could change her future. I really enjoyed this book it was one of those page turner thrillers that makes you want to just keep knowing more about whats going to happened. Throughout the book I found myself trying multiple times to figure out the huge mystery only to be thrown in a completely different direction. Overall this book is great for someone who really wants a catchy thriller to read. Its story line is great and Ruth Ware does a great job at describing such vivid images throughout the book.

Broth From the Cauldron: A wisdom journey through every day magic

Broth from the cauldron

Author: Cerridwen Fallingstar

4/5 stars

Broth from the cauldron is a memoir based off of Fallingstars many life lessons. If their is one thing I really enjoyed about this book it has to be the deeply thought out stories that are told. Fallingstar doesn’t just tell simple stories, instead they are stories from her forty years of being a Shamanic teacher. This book was sent to me from booksparks and at first I was a bit unsure of how I was gonna like this one due to it being way out of my comfort zone however I found myself really enjoying the contents of this memoir. I do feel like Fallingstar does a great job in explaining her struggles when growing up and really captures her readers attention.

They Went Left

They Went Left

Author: Monica Hesse

5/5 stars

Germany 1945 the soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp stated that the war was over. However for eighteen year old Zofia Lederman the war in her mind and body is still going on. Three years have past since Zofia and her brother Abek were sent right away from the gas chambers while the rest of her family was sent left. Zofia promised Abek that they would find each other again but Zofia starts to realize how hard it may be to find Abek in the destruction that was left behind. This book really tore my heart into pieces to really see the struggle that Zofia goes through even after 3 years nothing feels normal. I loved the amount of details that were put into this book. Monica Hesse really makes the readers feel everything Zofia is feeling which really captivated me. Overall this book is great for someone who is into historical fiction.

The Snowman

The Snowman

Author: Jo Nesbo

5/5 stars

On a cold night after the first snowfall of the year a young boy wakes up and finds that his mother is missing. Once inspector Harry Hole arrives he sees the only item left out of place is her pink scarf that is placed on a snowman outside the home. This leads Harry to dive deep into this strange case. Harry also receives a mysterious letter and it leads him to link it to the case he’s working on. As time goes by Harry notices a pattern in the cases that are starting to appear. Harry is pulled in and finds himself closer and closer to cracking the case. I really enjoyed this book it was full of the right amount of suspense as well as depth to the the story line. If your looking for a good mystery novel that will grab your attention I highly recommend The Snowman.

In Five Years

In Five Years

Author: Rebecca Serle

5/5 Stars

In Five years was such an in depth novel that really makes the reader relate to moments in each and every ones life were we grow. In five years is based in New York when Dannie Kohan a successful corporate lawyers is at the height of her career she finally get the interview of a lifetime and her boyfriend proposes to her in the stunning rainbow room. However when Dannie finds herself falling asleep the night she is engaged she awakens from a steamy encounter with not her husband David but a new man who’s name is Aaron along with a new man Dannie sees in her dream it is 5 yrs into the future and it is 2025. After awaking Dannie realizes it was a dream but it seemed so real, time goes by and Dannie gets busy with her new job and David ends up being the supportive fiance and settles with pushing the wedding back. However time goes by and Dannie soon realizes that four and a half years have gone by and she’s still not married. She soon gets a phone call from her childhood best friend Bella who has made it back to New York from a trip. Bella is a free spirited women who lives with no boundaries like Dannie does they meet for coffee when Bella spills the tea about her new love interest and how she’s head over heels for him. Dannie listens and doesn’t make much of it till Bella invites her and David to dine out with them it is then that Dannie is suddenly shaken Bellas new love interest is her Aaron from her dream 5 yrs ago! But how? Its impossible. Time goes by and Dannie is once again busy with work until Bella starts talking about their childhood and mentions a vacation home they used to go to. So Dannie decides its time for a getaway and she joins Bella and Aaron along with David. While they are their Bella confines in Dannie and tells her the good news she’s pregnant! Dannie is overjoyed she’s never seen her friend this happy and although the encounter in her dreams with Aaron were steamy Dannie knows her boundaries and lets go of the whole situation. They all continue on the nice getaway and once they return home Bella finally makes an appointment however the news she finds out is not what she expected. Bella finds out that she isn’t pregnant she has a high chance of having cancer. This is when the reader really starts to understand the depth of this novel and as the story goes on we see what love is really like along with how important growth is and the truth that we sometimes are afraid of seeing. I loved this novel so much and i loved the rawness of the truth. I would keep going on but i don’t want to ruin the rest of the novel and the evolving of each character and situation that becomes present.

The Sun Down Motel

The Sun Down Motel

Author: Simone St. James

5/5 Stars

It’s 1985 in Fell, New York Viv Delaney is the new desk clerk at the Sun Down Motel. Taking the job to pay for her big move to New York Viv is optimistic and curious about the Sun Down Motel. Viv will soon find the dark secrets lurking in the night. Along with those she’ll start to get curious on the murders that are happening around her. Fast forward to 2017 Carly Kirk is on a mission to find out what really happened to her aunt Viv and why nothing was ever done. So she takes a trip to the Sun Down Motel to find out herself and when she gets their an opening for a night clerk presents itself to her and she takes the job! However Carly will soon realize just like her aunt Viv that something is not right at the Sundown Motel and she won’t be leaving until she gets to the bottom of it. In this novel we learn that Viv is a simple lady trying to make a living to move to New York however when she starts to notice the women who are dropping around her in Fell,New York she cant help but start to investigate on her own. Soon Viv starts to notice weird noises and on a dark night she gets a rude awakening when she goes out to to the amenities room and suddenly she finds herself being pushed into the blackness of the room. The eery feeling that is brought onto her is hard to not notice and Viv is in extreme fear, the ice machine stops working and she is silent and terrified. Suddenly in an instant the machine comes back on and the door swings open along with a hiss of the words RUN! It is that night that she meets Alma Trent the night officer who shows up when Viv calls for the cops to address a fight between two truckers. As the story progresses Viv and Alma become good friends and we later learn they share secrets. Overall this novel was very well developed i enjoyed the characters and their roles that they played. The dual timeline was great and easy to understand overall i really enjoyed this novel.

A Witch In Time

Author: Constance Sayers

5/5 Stars

A Witch In Time is an experience like no other, based around the main character Juliette LaCompte and her forbidden lover Auguste Marchant. In 1895 Juliette is sixteen years old when she finds herself falling in love with Auguste Marchant the mysterious parisian painter, however Marchant is years older then her and is also a married man. Juliettes mother who is a witch will do anything at any cost to protect Juliette even if it means death. Finding herself having no other choice Juliettes mother performs a curse to keep Auguste and Juliette apart however in doing so she accidentally binds Juliette and Marchant for all eternity making it so they have to live multiple lives in different bodies reliving their tragic love story. In doing so Juliette is given a “guardian” whom relives each life with her he goes by the name of Luke Varner however Luke is no ordinary man he is a demon repaying his own debt and in doing so he finds himself falling hopelessly in love with every new life Juliette lives whether its Nora the Hollywood actress in 1930s, Sandra the musician in 1970s or Helen the present day magazine executive. No matter what form Juliette takes Luke is always their with open arms ready to catch her. The twist to it all is that in each lifetime Juliette passes away tragically and when she is reincarnated into the next lifetime she begins to have dreams which aren’t really dreams there her previous lives. I loved this book so much it had the perfect amount of details in each character. It also captured my attention and left me wanting me more Constance Sayers does an amazing job at switching up the timelines and keeping the readers attention.

The Tenant

The Tenant

Author: Katrine Engberg

5/5 Stars

A murder mystery with a twist The Tenant was thoughtfully written and engages the reader with each page that is turned. When Gregers Hermansen wakes up on a regular Wednesday morning he decides to take his trash out however what Gregers doesn’t realize is that he will discover his biggest nightmare. As Gregers shuffles down crooked steps he realizes a door to a neighboring tenants home is open so he does what any concerned neighbor would do and pushes the door open. Instantly Gregers regrets prying the door open due to his old aging body he loses his balance and falls to the ground. Gregers is stuck and in the midst of trying to get up he looks down only to realize the large amounts of blood spread across the room and the body laying on the floor. Soon Gregers is discovered and is taken to the hospital while detectives Jeppe Korner and Anette Werner attend to the gruesome bloody scene. Jeppe and Anette make their first stop to the landlady who owns the building Esther de Laurenti. Esther is told the news and questioned about her whereabouts however Esther had heard nothing unusual and was baffled herself on the death in her building. After viewing the crime scene and sorting out who the tenants are it is made clear that the victim is Julie Stender. However the way she is murdered is like no other her killer made it clear that they wanted to draw attention to what they had done by leaving an intricate design carved into Julies face. Soon 1 victim becomes 2 and another tenant is also found dead but not before he becomes the main suspect to Julies murder. Kristopher comes into play as he was the last person to have seen Julie alive in fact he was following her the night she was murdered he was just feet away from her door. Kristopher was a singing instructor and was good friends with Esther however he had begun to have feelings for Julie and when she blew him off the night that she died she had just left a party and Kristopher followed her home hoping to somehow get her attention one more time. But when Kristopher sees a light appear in her house he immediately thinks there is someone else in the picture so he leaves. So did Kristopher murder Julie in spite of her possible new lover? After doing a sweep of Julie’s home there is no evidence left behind the killer was smart but he did leave a perfect hand print that was coated in cornstarch from the gloves worn while killing Julie. But why have a perfectly clean crime scene and leave a handprint? After getting a confirmation on the handprint being 100% Kristophers, Anette and Jeppe head over to arrest him the evidence points to him, it has to be him. As Anette and Jeppe arrive at the theater that Kristopher works at they both are shocked to find him hanging lifelessly on the chandelier above the theater. So many question marks are displayed on everyone’s faces why would he kill himself before being confronted? In all of this confusion Esther decided it is time to tell the truth, she killed Julie. As she calls Jeppe he is once again thrown a curveball. Esther did not physically kill Julie but she was an aspiring writer and had been writing a story and Julie happened to play the main character and she indeed dies in almost the exact way that she did in Esther’s story. But Esther hasn’t shared this story or well not to the world only in a writing group online which included Anna Harlov and Erik Kingo. So could they be the killers? With the many changes of suspects the reader learns the connection between Erik Kingo, Julie, Mr. Stender Julie’s father and Julies mystery boyfriend David Bovin. One night Esther had a get together with a few friends where she might have drank too much and revealed a little about her past childhood, she reveals that she had gotten pregnant young and her parents made her give up the child. I know what your thinking how does this tie into the murder well what Esther doesn’t know that night is the killer was at that party disguised. It isnt until the murder happens that Esther starts to think about Julies past and how they had shared similar traumas. Julie had slept with her teacher years ago and got pregnant and had to give up her child however what Julie never knew was her child was adopted and her grandfather happened to be Erik Kingo. Now to add another character David Bovin who was Julies secret boyfriend and a “work” friend of Julies father. Now David Bovin had a rough upbringing and happened to have always thought his birth mother abandoned him so when he heard Esther talk the night of her party he assumed she was his mother whom gave him up years ago however he wasn’t because Esther had given birth to a baby girl. In spite of Esther, David Bovin came up with a plan to seek revenge so he murdered Julie, he murdered Kristopher and he attempted to murder his mommy dearest Esther till she revealed the truth to him. So he then decided to go after Erik Kingo in the best way possible by taking his granddaughter in attempt he murdered Erik Kingo and David Bovin. Overall this novel had me turning each page trying to figure out who murdered Julie and why? I loved each character and felt like the novel was very well developed.

Dear Edward

Dear Edward

Author : Ann Napolitano

5/5 stars

As I was walking down the aisles at Barnes and Nobles I stumbled upon Dear Edward, with its shiny gold BOOK CLUB sticker on it I decided it would be my next read. However what I didn’t know was the massive impact it would have on me. Dear Edward is a novel that revolves around twelve-year-old Edward Adler. Edward and is family are making a huge move to Los Angeles which is how they end up on an airplane with 183 other passengers. About half way to the destination the plane crashes leaving only one survivor Edward Adler somehow he is the only one alive. In this novel the reader really gets insight on what Edward feels throughout his journey of recovery not just physically but also mentally. When Edward is left without his sibling or parents custody is given to his aunt Lacey and uncle John. Edward awakens in the hospital trying to piece together the last moments of his life on the airplane. Shockingly Edward survived the plane crash with minimal injuries some bruised ribs and the most damaging area is his leg which he recovers from shortly and is released from the hospital. When Edward gets to Lacey and Johns home he is suddenly having to face the reality of his situation. Edward finds himself in a new room full of items that don’t belong to him and is wishing he could just be back in the hospital. But when Besa and her daughter Shay come knocking at the door Edward will soon find the comfort that he needs. Shay and Edward meet and Shay shares a story about Edwards brother Jordan and in that moment Edward is taken back to the crash. Edward constantly feels like it should have been his brother who survived not him and the reader really gets insight on were Edwards mind seems to wonder off to and the battle he has within. Edward finds himself at Besa’s front steps asking to speak to shay and once he makes his way to her room he is suddenly able to just be a normal kid. Not the “miracle boy” or the “lucky one” he gets to just be a normal boy. Edward finds comfort in speaking to Shay and soon finds himself sleeping in her room every night and creating an unspoken bond with her. Edward and Shay become each others savior throughout the book and soon Shay finds herself helping Edward face his new life. Edward soon realizes that his aunt and uncle are facing marital issues and can’t help but sense that it is his fault. Edward knows that his aunt had struggled with having multiple miscarriages but what he doesn’t know is she still is struggling, but is putting on a brave face to raise him. Throughout the novel the reader gets introduced to multiple people who were on the airplane with Edward and his family from the Afghanistan veteran on his way home from war to the unexpected mother to be. These passengers all belonged to a loved one whom they left behind and soon Edward is reading thousands of letters some from those loved ones and others are strangers whom offer Edward support. Edward is then once again transported back to the crash and finds himself wondering what everyone would want him to do. Ann Napolitano did an amazing job at introducing each character and telling their story in Dear Edward. The timelines did go back and forth from present day to before the airplane crash which i had no problem understanding. I loved every aspect of this novel along with each character. It truly captivated my heart and had me shedding some tears.

First Book of 2020

The Whispers Of War

The Whispers Of War

By: Julia Kelly

Pub Date: 01/14/2020

4/5 Stars

Yay to 2020!!

My first book to read for the year was The Whispers Of War by Julia Kelly I received an ARC from Gallery Books and Bibliofinder. I’ve started to be more and more of a historical fiction lover. The Whispers Of War did not disappoint one bit. It began with telling the story of three friends who go by the names of Nora, Hazel and Marie. These three childhood friends find themselves amongst the beginning of World War II. In the book the reader finds out the background of each women Nora who is a socialite and attends fancy balls and social outings. Hazel who works as a matchmaker and matches men and women who may have similar likings. Marie who was initially born a German but had been living in England since she was the age of 12. Throughout the book the three women hear more and more talk of the war and the internment camps. Marie is the one who is in true danger considering she was technically born a German and is an alien. When Marie becomes in danger of being taken to an internment camp the girls will do anything to protect her. Which then make the women think up an unimaginable plan in order to save Marie from the danger she may be in. During WWII the standards for a women was set and stone and they were not to be changed. However Nora, Hazel and Marie may just change the roles that women play. The whispers of War doesn’t have one timeline but two when Samantha is introduced as needing to travel back to England as a request from her deceased grandmother Marie. It is then that she meets Nora who sends Samantha back into time and tells a story of a lifetime. Along with Nora we see a romance start to blossom between Samantha and Noras Grandson. Overall The Whispers Of War was well written, I found the transitions from past to present flowed very well. I loved the fierceness of each women and the story behind them. I felt Julia Kelly dipped her feet into each section of the book equally love, war and sacrifices.