If your looking for a book to transport you through time this is it. You will be taken back to 1907 we’re the very prestigious Highbury home becomes the center of this book. Venetia Smith is just at the beginning of her career as a garden designer when she sets foot into the Highbury home. At the beginning Venetia has no clue how big this project will become let alone how well known she will soon be. Fast forward to 1944 when Beth Pedley arrives at the Highbury home seeking shelter and wanting to feel a sense of belonging. Little does she know when she meets Stella Adderton the cook at the Highbury home the wants of one another become opposite. Stella wants her freedom and by freedom she wants to be rid of the Highbury home. Both of these women’s lives become intertwined and in the midst of it Diana Symonds the current house owner only wishes to turn back time. While grieving in her own way for her husband she turns the Highbury home into a convalescent hospital. These women soon will have secrets that will be left in Highbury to never be uncovered. However in 2021 Emma who is dedicated to transforming gardens gets the chance of a lifetime when she is asked to restore the Highbury gardens. Emma has no clue what secrets she will uncover. This novel was great I love Julia Kelly and her amazing historical fiction books. The imagery is just unbelievable you really get a feeling that you are their at the Highbury home.
One time I loved. With all of me. Emptied myself unselfishly and then she was gone and I never got to tell her… -Murphy Shepherd
Murphy Shepherd seems like just an ordinary man who lives alone on an island were he tends the grounds of a church. What many don’t see is the mourning that Murphy is going through. However when Murphy pulls a women named Summer out of Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway something is awakened inside of Murph’s soul. When he learns about Summers daughter who has gone missing he suddenly finds himself diving deeper into a world he may already know about. This book truly touched my heart in so many ways, Murphy Shepherd is a man of many traits. In The Water Keeper we see just how genuine and selfless Murphy is and along the way we learn the truth and secrets that are kept hidden. I absolutely loved The Water Keeper it was a book that kept me wanting to know more. The story line mixed in modern slavery and the willingness to be a changed man. I loved each character that was brought into the story line and I appreciated the depth that they brought to the overall story. This Novel really had me wiping my tears away following a few chuckles, if your wanting a novel that will pull you in and take you for a ride I highly recommend The Water Keeper.
Bookworm Nora, high powered attorney Christina and super mom in training Leanne have been in each other’s life despite their disliking of one another. Molly their best friend is the only neutral party who has been keeping all the girls together. However after Molly passes away things begin to change and as much as Nora, Leanne and Christina want to be away for good from one another Molly seemed to have different plans. Molly’s final request was for the girls to have a brunch every month for a year despite their disliking of one another. Overall this book was a mix between light hearted friendship and the trials that others face when dealing with death. I really loved the way Suzanne mixes the different friendships between the girls it really brought depth to the story line. If your looking for a light read with friendship, some drama and lots of tears I recommend Brunch and Other Obligations.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.