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TWO SISTERS LOST IN A COULEE READING

Two sisters coming together sharing their book reviews and just talking books!

The Angel of InnisfreeThe Angel of Innisfree by Patrick F. Rooney

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From Goodreads:  The Angel of Innisfree , a Victorian-era historical romance, weaves a story of love overcoming every obstacle during one of the most tumultuous periods in history. It’s 1848, the Irish Potato Famine has claimed more lives than anyone can count, and English landlords are evicting their tenants with a ruthless lack of compassion. Revolutions in Europe are transforming the basic foundations of society while inventions such as the telegraph are changing the way the world works.

Young Brian O’Rourke, an ingenious, Catholic, violin prodigy in a family of outlawed Ribbonmen peasants meets Elizabeth Reilly, a talented Protestant pianist from London, while she’s visiting her father in a nearby castle. After secretly promising themselves to each other at the age of sixteen, Elizabeth returns to London to study piano with Chopin while Brian immigrates to New York on a famine ship. Brian joins the nascent telegraph industry, where he uses his expertise to help slaves escape on the Underground Railroad, travels to California to work on the Transcontinental Telegraph, and to Washington to help President Lincoln during the Civil War. Meanwhile, Elizabeth launches a successful career as a concert pianist in Europe while impatiently searching for Brian to find out if he’s even alive.

This enduring romance captures the passionate spirits of two people determined to find each other regardless of the forces conspiring to keep them apart.

The BreakdownThe Breakdown by B.A. Paris

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From Goodreads:  THE NEW CHILLING, PROPULSIVE NOVEL FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside―the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

 

 

Review by Norma: Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster #4) by Robert Bryndza

Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster, #4)Last Breath by Robert Bryndza

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Date read:  March 21 to 24, 2017

Grab yourself a hot piece of pizza, a fresh cold beer, and Robert Bryndza’s new novel and be prepared to escape into another non-stop, adrenaline-pumping, thrilling ride!

LAST BREATH (Detective Erika Foster, #4) by ROBERT BRYNDZA is an action-packed, exciting, and a gripping suspenseful mystery/thriller that pulled me in right away and didn’t let go once as the story races along at high-speed to the breathless and exhilarating ending.

ROBERT BRYNDZA delivers another well-written read here with non-stop action, although some things are revealed to us early on it is the tone, the well-developed characters, and the storyline that grabs your attention.  I really liked all the characters and loved how Bryndza balanced their work and personal lives in this book.

I absolutely love Erika Foster as we see a little softer side to her in LAST BREATH but she is still that extremely likeable, interesting, entertaining, and strong character who is just as cutting and determined to get results.

To sum it all up it was an entertaining, exciting, tense, fast-paced, and a quick read with a very satisfying ending. Highly recommend!!

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture, and Robert Bryndza for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book for a fair and honest review.

 

Redemption RoadRedemption Road by John Hart

From Goodreads:  Over 2 million copies of his books in print. The first and only author to win back-to-back Edgars for Best Novel. Every book a New York Times bestseller.

Now after five years, John Hart is back with a stunning literary thriller.

Imagine:

A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother.

A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting.

After thirteen years in prison, a good cop walks free. But for how long?

And deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, the unthinkable has just happened…

This is a town on the brink. This is a road with no mercy.

After five years, John Hart returns with Redemption Road, his most powerful story yet.

 

Upcoming Sister Read: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

11/22/6311/22/63 by Stephen King

“Sister Read” with Brenda, Norma & special friend Lindsay!

From Goodreads:  Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

Review by Norma: Blindsighted by Karen Slaughter

Blindsighted (Grant County, #1)Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Date read:  March 19 to 22, 2017

Well after reading BLINDSIGHTED I now consider myself to be a full-blown KARIN SLAUGHTER fan! This is only the second book I have read by her and the first book in her Grant County Series which I thoroughly enjoyed. So this definitely will not be my last and I think that I will probably find myself binge reading the rest of the books in this series.

BLINDSIGHTED by KARIN SLAUGHTER is a gritty, edgy, engrossing, and suspenseful mystery / thriller that had me interested enough to turn those pages as fast as I could.

Trigger warning as this author does go into some graphic detail that might be disturbing for some.

The novel kept me interested and guessing with the right amount of clues as the mystery gradually unfolded to the very exciting ending. Although, there was nothing real surprising with the reveal it is the storyline and the way that the author delivers this story is what grabbed my attention and made this book such a good read for me.

To sum it all up it was an entertaining, disturbing, exciting, tense, fast-paced, and a quick read with a very satisfying ending. Highly recommend!!

 

Thoughts by Brenda! Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf

Our Souls at NightOur Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Listened from March 21-23, 2017

After reading a review from a Goodreads friend who found Our Souls At Night the perfect first audiobook for her. I decided to listen to the audiobook myself. It’s not my first but it was a perfect one for me and an excellent choice to listen too.

Our Souls at Night is a simple, graceful and tender story of elderly Louis and Addie who while seeking companionship share a touching relationship, quietly at night, sharing their stories of their past, happiness, missed opportunity, mistakes and grief. I love their quiet acceptance of each other and how they start to enjoy the quiet and simple pleasures in life until the noise and judgment of others threaten it.

Listening to this was a special one for me and I became emerged into their lives that left me feeling peaceful and hopeful with the possibility that with change and growth there is quiet later in life.

Our Souls at Night is a beautiful novella, short and quick that will have me thinking of the beauty in it for a long time. I highly recommend, especially the audio version.

Review by Norma: The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry (Aaron Falk, #1)The Dry by Jane Harper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Date read:  March 19 to 21, 2017

Holy Cow!  What a wonderful book!  This book definitely had all my senses on high alert while reading this one!

The mood, the atmosphere, the setting, the tone, the format…..

“Her goodbye as she left was as dry as the fields.”

THE DRY by JANE HARPER is an absolutely engrossing and compelling whodunit crime mystery / thriller that drew me in right from the very first chapter to the very last page!

JANE HARPER delivers a clever, atmospheric, suspenseful, impressive, and very descriptive read here which was well-written and told in tandem from a past mystery and linking events of a family murder in the present.  What really grabbed my attention with this story was the extremely vivid portrayal of place and time.  The setting surrounding the dry conditions of this small town in Australia was so vivid that it had me desperately wanting and waiting for the rain to pour!

The novel kept me guessing as the mysteries gradually unfolded, although there was nothing real surprising with the reveal it was the way that the author delivered this story that made this book an exceptional read.  I also really enjoyed Aaron Falk’s character and will wait patiently to read the next book in this series.

To sum it all up it was an entertaining, exciting, tense, steady-paced, and a quick read with a very satisfying ending. Highly recommend!!

 

Thoughts by Brenda:  That Night by Chevy Stevens

That NightThat Night by Chevy Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read March 17-19, 2017

I am now a Chevy Stevens fan. This is the second book I have read by her and will not be my last. I own three more of her books that I am really excited to read.

That Night was just the perfect read at the right time for me. What a fun, easy and enjoyable read this was for me.

Chevy Stevens delivers a gripping story of a murder with secrets, betrayal and heartache that had me feeling angry and sad but not weighing me down with emotions. With just the right amount of suspense and tension to keep me turning the pages as fast as I could.

The story is told from misunderstood and resentful teenager Toni’s perspective shifting easily between the past, leading up to the murder and incarceration and the present after she is released from jail for the murder of her sister. We see her go from the teenager she was to a cautious, closed off women trying to stay out of trouble after she is released. Struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. However the past is still hanging over her and threatening her future and she must find the truth.

Just the right amount of grit and shocking events with twist and turns that kept me guessing until the satisfying end. I highly recommend.

Thoughts by Brenda:  Desperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

Desperation RoadDesperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Listened March 13-19, 2017

I listened to Desperation Road on audiobook and the narration was a bit distracting for me. I would really suggest reading a print copy of this one. Besides that I really enjoyed this wonderful, perfectly paced, heartfelt story filled with some characters with quiet desperation and others with violent desperation.

We hear mostly from moody and loner Russell and gritty, beaten down, Maben who are struggling to leave the past behind them. However secrets, old mistakes and revenge can make for a desperate road. We follow along and learn their stories with their road taken until their lives intersect and we learn how their past connects them. We also hear Larry’s story as we understand his self hate, his rage and violent revenge.

The warmth to the story, the tender relationships and moments give hope for redemption and balances well with this story. I highly recommend.

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