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The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin @kimmerym  @BerkleyPub #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The Queen of HeartsThe Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cover Love!

THE QUEEN OF HEARTS by KIMMERY MARTIN is an intriguing, thought-provoking, and richly written medical drama that explores the relationship between two medical doctors with themes of friendship, betrayal and the act of forgiveness. Some of us found it quite heavy on the medical aspect and the drama within the storyline and this ultimately affected what coulee we ended up in.

KIMMERY MARTIN delivers a well-written, interesting and a compelling story here with some comedic relief interspersed within to lighten the mood of the tension and drama to this story.  We all absolutely loved cute and adorable Delaney and wanted a bit more of her involved in the storyline.  She was the most adorable and witty character of this story with the most cutest lines ever!  She had us laughing out loud with some of her witty banter with sayings like, “Hi, beloved dear!”, “I’m sorry, darling honey. I’m sorry!” or “Mommy? Are we still in love?”.

This was a Traveling Sisters Group Read, and this book had so many different reactions from all of us.  With a few of the sisters leaving the coulee around the halfway mark of reading this or before, a few of us that stuck with it to the end but maybe wished that they would have left the coulee, and a couple of us that quite enjoyed this story, including myself.

So with the high amount of medical jargon and procedures weaved into the storyline this is where it separated us as readers.  A few of us thought it was quite interesting and were intrigued while the rest were bored and uninterested.

To sum it all up it was a steady-paced, heartfelt, interesting, and a medically rich story that was quite entertaining and enjoyable for me to read.  Would recommend if you are looking for something different and highly recommend if you love those very popular medical TV dramas.

Published:  February 13, 2018 by Berkley

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Berkley & Kimmery Martin for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!


Lindsay’s Review

3 stars

This was an entertaining medical suspense drama revolving around best friends and fellow doctors, Emma and Zadie.  I enjoyed it for the most part, but found the medical detail to be quite heavy and overpowering.  It had a Grey’s Anatomy feel to it which I enjoyed (I used to love watching that show!)

I really liked Emma and Zadie’s friendship.   They had a bond strong enough to last decades – through medical school, marriage, children, busy careers – they still managed to find time to dedicate to their friendship.   I felt in “awe” of them at several points being able to juggle life the way they did.

As much as I enjoyed the friendship part of this story, I had a hard time with the extreme medical detail.  I felt it went overboard to the point that I skimmed a lot of it and it took away from the story.

This was a Traveling Sister Read and we had varying opinions.  As always, it was a pleasure to discuss with my “sisters” along the way.



Grist Mill Road by Christopher J Yates #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Grist Mill RoadGrist Mill Road by Christopher J. Yates

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started off lost in the brushy, woody lush coulee reading Grist Mill Road with three of my Traveling Sisters and we ended up in the thorny woody rocky coulee looking for a way out.

Grist Mill Road is a dark, complex story of secrets, deceit, and misunderstandings that started off with a bang for us and shocking us with the brutal crime committed by one character Matthew towards Hannah while Patch watched and didn’t intervene. We were drawn in right away to the mystery of the crime and what really happened that day and we flew through the first part of the story as fast as we could. Then things started to slow down for us as Christopher J Yates took us down some windy and twisty roads through the coulee till we hid a ridge of blazing white rock like a wall and were left a bit confused with the ending.

Christopher J Yates skillfully and uniquely takes us back and forth in time and from one narrator to another giving us different perspectives to the day that bonds Matthew, Hannah and Patch together. We loved being drawn into their minds and seeing their perspectives however at times things started to get a little bogged down for us with some of their thoughts and things started to get a little murky for us.

Overall we enjoyed this story for it’s different and interesting characters and cleverly written perspectives. We recommend for anyone looking for a little something a little more complexed and different to their mysteries.

Review by Brenda

Published on January 9, 2018

Thank you, NetGalley, Macmillan-Picador and Christopher J Yates for a copy to read and review.


Kaceey’s Review


What should have been a fun outing for three young teens, quickly turns tragic. Leaving all three with lifelong scars that each need to deal with in their own way. Years later, their paths will cross one more time. Will tragedy strike twice or will they all find the truth and closure they so desperately need.

This book started off very strong. Great story…great characters, with the potential to be an amazing read.  Unfortunately, somewhere around the halfway mark it just, well…I’m not sure what happened. The storyline slowed right down and then veered off in directions that, at the time, didn’t feel relevant.

When I started this book I was so excited! Couldn’t stop thinking about it every time I had to step away. If only that excitement could have lasted throughout.

It is written in several POVs and timelines that become difficult to follow. As all the storylines and characters converged at the end, for what should have been a spectacular finale instead I was left with a fizzle. Worse yet, so many unanswered questions.

Thank you to NetGalley, Macmillan-Picador and Christopher J. Yates for an ARC to review in exchange for an honest review.


Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella #BookReview #travelingsistersread @KinsellaSophie @randomhouse

Surprise MeSurprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Surprisingly Delightful Stars!

SOPHIE KINSELLA has always been one of my favourite go-to authors, so I was pretty excited when I was approved to read her latest novel, SURPRISE ME.  I have enjoyed all of her books and to me they are such a treat to read inbetween reading so many thrillers.  I like to be able to just relax and enjoy the humour within the storyline. SURPRISE ME definitely surprised me and I kind of liked the idea of Project Surprise Me too except for one of the surprises that Dan gave to Sylvie in the book which had me totally creeped right out!

SURPRISE ME by SOPHIE KINSELLA is a charming, warm, humorous and a feel-good story that even had a touch of mystery to the storyline and a surprising twist.

SOPHIE KINSELLA delivers an engaging, lighthearted and entertaining read here with well-developed and likeable characters.  The storyline even had an element of seriousness to it with some thought-provoking issues that took me a little by surprise as I wasn’t expecting that at all. I loved it though!

To sum it all up it was an engaging, fun, moving, witty, fast-paced, and an enjoyable read that surprised me, made me laugh and had an ending that made me smile! Would recommend!

Published: February 13, 2018

Thank you so much to my fellow Traveling Sisters for another wonderful reading experience!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Random House, and Sophie Kinsella for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!


Traveling Sisters Review by Brenda

I was lost in the flowery, bushy and blooming with color lush Coulee with five of my Traveling Sisters.  We all settled in at different spots and times in the juicy, delicious berry bushes in the lush coulee.  We were surrounded by color, charm, and quirkiness with this story and these characters and we gobbled up this story as fast as we could.   At times the seriousness got a little prickly for us in the thorny bushes with our likable and loved characters.

Like Norma, I am a big fan of Sophie Kinsella but somewhere in the flurry of thrillers, I forgot how great it is to read one of her books and how she always brings on a feel-good feeling with her signature wit and charm.  I have not yet read My Not So Perfect Life but I have now bumped it up my list to read soon.

Surprise Me is a bit different from other books by Sophie Kinsella’s girl meets boy storyline and in this one, she explores a marriage.  We meet our very likable main characters Sylvie and Dan at a Doctors appointment and the doctor predicted that they will live long enough to be married 68 years more.  This sends some fear of routine and boredom to them and they decided to spice things up by doing a few surprises for each other.  This brought on some laugh out loud moments that could be heard from us within the coulee and we really enjoyed discussing this and some of our own stories of surprises with each other.  Along with the fun, there is some seriousness to this story and it has some layers to it and we see a deeper side to this story.  We start to see Sylvie and Dan grow apart and come together as a couple.

Sophie Kinsella does such a fantastic job of creating some likable, colorful and eccentric characters here.  She does a great job developing an interesting and quirky character with Sylvie who we loved following along within the coulee.  I highly recommend this clever, witty and charming story that just might surprise you with how deep and layered it is.

Published: February 13, 2018

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Random House, and Sophie Kinsella for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book to read and review!



The French Girl by Lexie Elliott @BerkleyPub #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The French GirlThe French Girl by Lexie Elliott

My rating:  3.5 Stars

Brenda’s Review

I was lost in the grassy, weedy lush coulee reading The French Girl with seven of my Traveling Sisters and we ended up in different sides of the coulee at the end of this story.

The French Girl is an entertaining and fun slow moving maze of secrets and lies involving a messy mix of relationships between six friends, who on a summer vacation in France when they meet their neighbor Severine who goes missing. Things get even messier when 10 years later her remains are found.

Lexie Elliott does a really good job here with the dynamics between our main character Kate and her friends. Kate is an interesting narrator and we could see how she develops over time and see how her perspective changes as the investigation into Severine’s death causes her to look back to the weeks in France. Severine begins to haunt her and some of us really enjoyed that supernatural element to the story that added some fun to the story.

While some us were quite happy tangled up in the grassy coulee and liking the dynamics between these friends and enjoying the easy, mindless but interesting and entertaining story, two of my TS were tangled in the weeds and wondering why they didn’t struggle their way out of the coulee.

Published on February 20, 2018

Thank you Edelweiss, Berkley Publishing Group and Lexie Elliott for a copy to read and review.


Kaceey’s Review


This is not a book that’s going to grab you in the first page…or even the first chapter for that matter. It’s a slow burn that builds in intensity as the storyline progresses. Before long you will be hooked and anxious to see how it all plays out!

Then: Ten years ago – there were six friends enjoying a much needed break from their studies at Oxford, choosing to vacation at a quaint farmhouse in France.

By the end of their holiday someone is missing

Now: Ten years later, the remaining group of five have re-convened. This, after learning the remains of their missing friend Severine have been found in the bottom of a well in France…at the farmhouse.

The investigation is now reopened….

Kate is trying her best to move forward and put the past behind her. To forget what happened all those years ago. Only Severine won’t let her. Severine? Kate is haunted by the ghost of her dearest friend showing up at any given moment. These were my favorite parts of the book – when Severine would appear.

This is not a book that “wowed” me, but I did get drawn in and ultimately enjoyed it. I was hoping for a little more from the ending (just my twisted thinking) but overall it came together.

If you’re looking for a light, easy thriller then this might be the perfect read for you!

As always a fantastic traveling sister read!:)

Thank you to NetGalley, Berkley Publishing Group and Lexie Elliott for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.


Lindsay’s Review

3.5 stars   

This novel revolves around six friends.  Ten years ago they vacationed in a farmhouse in France where their week of leisure ended with the disappearance of the “mademoiselle next door”.   They were all  questioned as they were the last people to see her before she vanished.  A decade later, the unsolved case has new evidence and the friends are put back in the spotlight of the investigation as they were the last to see her alive.

I enjoyed this slow burning psychological thriller.  It was an easy, enjoyable, undemanding read that I quickly devoured.   It was the exact type of uncomplicated novel that I was craving.  While there were aspects of the storyline that seemed a bit far-fetched, I was able to look past those things and simply roll with the flow of the book.

I thought this was impressive for a debut novel and I would definitely be interested in reading more from this author.

A big thank you to Edelweiss, Berkley Books and Lexie Elliott for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Blood Sisters by Jane Corry @JaneCorryAuthor #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Blood SistersBlood Sisters by Jane Corry

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read Blood Sisters with seven of my Traveling Sisters and we were split into two different coulees. Overall we all enjoyed this story and started off curious and intrigued. In the end, some of us were left lost in the dense, green and weedy lush coulee and some of us ended up lost in the shallow dry coulee looking for water.

Blood Sisters is a suspenseful light yet dark at times domestic thriller that explores a deadly secret shared by two very different women. Alison who is trapped by guilt and remembers the secret and Kitty unable to speak from brain damage who doesn’t remember.

Jane Corry does a good job creating an interesting character here with Kitty and drawing us into her thoughts and we loved her wicked sense of humor that brought a lighter feel to the story. It was really hard to like Kitty but we enjoyed her POV most. We mostly hear from unreliable and not so likable Alison. We get a glimpse into their past as we learn more secrets and family deceit leaving some of us turning the pages as fast as we can and others content to just take in the sun in the coulee. As we see the stories start to weave together and the secrets start to reveal themselves some of us were shocked and engrossed right to the end in the dense green lush coulee while others were fighting the urge to roll on out of the coulee thinking things were just a little too neat and tidy in the overgrown and weedy coulee and were left in the dry coulee.

Published: January 30, 2018

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Penguin Books, and Jane Corry for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!


Norma’s Review

BLOOD SISTERS by JANE CORRY is a gripping, surprising, complex, and a suspenseful psychological thriller novel that had me totally engaged, entertained, and interested throughout the whole book.

The book starts out with a few situations that seem a little too coincidental and had me questioning where this story was going but as I continued to read and things became a little more clear it was absolutely unputdownable.  This turned out to be so much more than what first appears as just another predictable thriller.

JANE CORRY delivers a unique story here that is well-written, clever, and well executed with well-developed and interesting characters.  JANE CORRY does such a wonderful job with the portrayal of Kitty’s character even though she wasn’t all that likeable we definitely got a firsthand look into the psyche of this very interesting character.

To sum it all up it was an engrossing, interesting, fast-paced, and an enjoyable read with a few surprising twists and turns and an absolutely wonderful ending. Would recommend!

Published: January 30, 2018

Thank you so much to my fellow Traveling Sisters for another wonderful reading experience!

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Penguin Books, and Jane Corry for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!

In addition to receiving an ARC from Edelweiss I also won myself a copy of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.


Kaceey’s Review


That unexplainable, special bond between sisters that no one or nothing can break! But what if it was never there to begin with?

Alison lives in London. Not so much living really but merely existing as she’s always looking over her shoulder, waiting for the past to catch up to her. Her guilt is all-consuming. Is it survivor’s guilt? Or something else entirely?

Kitty is living in a group home with full 24 hour care. Bound to a wheelchair, and dependent on others for her care. She’s able to communicate within her brain, but all the messages frustratingly get scrambled as they make their way out. Thus, only babbling of language and beautiful humming can be heard.

Told from both Alison and Kitty’s POV in current and past timelines. Inevitably, deeply buried secrets from the past begin to unfold. Can the sisters move forward and put their lives back together before it’s too late?

Jane Corry has delivered a highly suspenseful novel that will keep you intrigued and guessing right to the end. Some of the big reveals I saw coming. (The cost of being a voracious reader!) But others were very much a surprise. Did I leave this book fully satisfied? Almost. I really was looking for a bit more focus as to the reason behind the big secrets. That said, I would still recommend! Already looking forward to Jane Corry’s next release The Dead Ex.

A traveling sister read about sisters!  What could be better!

Thank you to Edelweiss for an ARC to review.


Black Heart by Anna-Lou Weatherley @annaloulondon @bookouture #BookReview #travelingsistersread

Black Heart (Detective Dan Riley #1)Black Heart by Anna-Lou Weatherley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lost in the dark, grim Barren Coulee with Kaceey and Susanne reading Black Heart.

Black Heart is a fast-paced, engaging, interesting and original dark story. At first, we were a little unsure about how we felt about this one and at times the story made us feel a little uncomfortable when some dark clouds closed in on us. Instead of running for cover in our Coulee we continued on and were rewarded with a very well layered complex story here.

Anna-Lou Weatherley does a really good job creating such a likable and caring main character here with Detective Dan Riley. After reading a few female leads we enjoyed our lead here being a male detective. Dan is cynical, yet kind-hearted and struggles with his own personal demons.

Anna-Lou Weatherley also does a fantastic job drawing us into the mind of Goldilocks, allowing us to be quite surprised with how we felt about this character. We found the story to be thought-provoking and that inspired a very interesting discussion between us. In the end, we were left amazed at how we felt towards Goldilocks and our psychopath to this story and were left thinking now that was just brilliant. We are left wanting more from Detective Dan and we look forward to book two. We highly recommend but like Susanne below with caution.

Review by Brenda

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Anna-Lou Weatherley for a copy to read and review.

Published January 31, 2018


Kaceey’s Review


What an unexpected surprise!!

Detective inspector Dan Riley is trying to get his life in order after the sudden loss of his girlfriend and unborn baby. He’s drawn to a new case that looks to have some real meat on the bone. The death of a wealthy family man found in a luxury hotel. At first appearance, it looks like a suicide. But not everything is as it looks…

As he digs into this new case, Dan is also attempting to dip a toe back in the always daunting dating game. And he may just get more than he bargained for. (Who hasn’t been there before?!)

I absolutely devoured this book in one day! I wasn’t sure what to expect (I’ve stopped reading the blurbs lately) and all I can say is wow! That was really good!

I have been reading quite a few detective novels lately and I have to say this one was so refreshing! The main character felt very real, with a great balance between his personal and professional life. The storyline hit some tough subjects but all were handled very well.

This was my first book by Anna-Lou Weatherley. It is also presented as book one to a brand new series! (Yeah!) I can’t wait for book two!

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Anna-Lou Weatherley for an ARC to review in exchange for an honest review.  


Susanne’s Review

4 Stars.

Something wicked this way comes and in “Black Heart,” it’s up to Detective Dan Riley to stop it, before all hope is lost.

When a wealthy man is found in the bathtub of a hotel room, Riley is called to the scene.  Immediately, he knows that all is not as it seems. There is something in the air, and then, there is the teddy bear.  Whatever does it mean?  

Could a killer be on the loose?  Leave it to Riley to find out.

Flo is a chameleon, a shapeshifter.  Dangerous, dynamic and gorgeous.  Men and women alike are drawn to her.  There is just something mysterious about her, even cops agree.

This is a book one in the new Detective Dan Riley series from Anna-Lou Weatherley.  From what I can see, she has a winner on her hands.  Riley is quite the copper and he’s unabashedly romantic to boot.  All I can say is, sign me up!

“Black Heart” is both a chilling and fear-inducing thriller.  It is dark, romantic, sinister and utterly suspenseful and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Though this novel is a mystery, it is also thought-provoking and delves into serious subjects for which I must provide a caution to the readers.

Thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and Anna-Lou Weatherley for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Published on NetGalley, Goodreads, Amazon and Twitter.





The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris @BonnierZaffre #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The Tattooist of AuschwitzThe Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was lost in the all my heart and soul lush coulee with eight of my Traveling Sisters reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a compelling and unforgettable story of hope and courage that is so beautifully written based on interviews with Holocaust Survivor Auschwitz-Birkenau Tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. Lale with compassion and sensitivity, tattoos numbers on the arms of prisoners. While doing this he forms a connection with Gita that leads to a tender and charming love story.

Heather Morris does a good job capturing the life of Lale and the conditions he lived with, without adding unnecessary graphic scenes that we all really appreciated here. At times the story is dark and haunting and we really could feel the heartbreak of the horrific setting of this story. We also felt hope in the love and affection Lale and Gita had for each other in such dark times. Some of us did feel the love story seemed hard to believe under such horrific conditions but still allowed us to feel hope in times that seemed so hopeless.

This is Lale’s account of what he needed to do to survive with dignity and I am so glad I got the chance to hear this uplifting and inspiring story of courage and love. I hope you all do too and I highly recommend.

Published on January 27, 2018

Thank you NetGalley, Bonnier Publishing and Heather Morris for a copy to read and review.


Lindsay’s Review

4.5 stars!

My heart opened up and welcomed Lale in from the first page of this powerful story.

This is a truly unforgettable story of one man’s journey of survival through one of the most horrendous and appalling times in our history – Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz. Lale Sokolov survived the brutal hell known as Auschwitz for over two years where his “job” was to tattoo prisoners with their identifying number. What he endured and witnessed is nothing short of horrific and devastating.

The author, Heather Morris, did an outstanding job giving Lale a voice. I will not ever forget reading this life changing and emotional story. How wonderful that Lale’s legacy will live on through the wonderful work of Heather Morris. It is so important that stories like this are not forgotten.

This was a Traveling Sister read which really enhanced the experience for me.

A big thank you to NetGalley, Bonnier Zaffre and Heather Morris for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

In the Quiet by Eliza Henry-Jones #BookReview #travelingsistersread @ehenryjones

In the QuietIn the Quiet by Eliza Henry-Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Flourishing Coulee Stars for IN THE QUIET from all the Traveling Sisters!

IN THE QUIET by ELIZA HENRY-JONES is an emotional, captivating, moving, and such a beautifully written novel that captured our attention and our hearts right from the very start.  We all absolutely fell in love right away with how this story was delivered and how well this story was written.  For some of us, me included it quickly went into our 2018 favourite reads shelf!

We all fell in love with this family and each of the characters who are all dealing with the death of our narrator Cate.  There were so many emotions explored here within the pages of this book and we felt so many of them and that led to such an enduring and wonderful discussion for all of us.  We won’t soon forget our discussion or this novel!

We loved all the different relationships explored here with the different characters and the ones that really stood out for us were between the sisters, Cate and Bea and Laura and Sylvia.

ELIZA HENRY-JONES delivers an extremely impressive, well-written, and touching story here with enduring and real characters that were easily relatable and to love.  Even the horses were a special edition to this story and found that the connection that the family had with the horses and to them to be extremely fitting to the whole story in general.

ELIZA HENRY-JONES does such a great job creating the different types of characters within this family giving each of them their own conflict and voice that allowed us to feel multiple emotions for each of them.  We loved how intuitive Cate was and how well her thoughts on each of the family members reverberated out of the pages and into us the readers.  Raff and Cam tugged at our heartstrings and we loved their gentle relationship.

What an emotional and powerful end for such a beautifully written book that flowed so perfectly that we all won’t soon forget!  Would highly recommend!!

This was an absolutely wonderful book to have shared and discussed with our Traveling Sisters and I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience! Thank you ladies!!


A Map Of The Dark by Karen Ellis @mulhollandbooks @KatiaLief #BookReview #travelingsistersread

A Map of the Dark (The Searchers #1)A Map of the Dark by Karen Ellis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

I was lost in the dark shadowy barren coulee with one of my Traveling Sisters reading The Map of the Dark trying to find cover from the demons haunting our main character FBI Agent Elsa Myers.

Map of the Dark is a police procedural with a strong well-drawn character here with Elsa who really stood out for us. Karen Ellis does a good job creating an interesting and complex character with Elsa Myers. We settled in with our books and soon were taken on a race against time with Elsa as she hunts for a missing girl. Her dark past secrets start to surface and we had our guard up for those demons that were lurking in the shadow as Elsa begins to wrestle with them. We were intrigued and wanted to know more about her past however her past began to overshadow the case for us. The race slowed down and the case became a bit too predictable. However, for me, the revelation, in the end, left me shocked and clinched this one as a winner for me.

We loved the dynamics between intense, flawed Elsa and her cool easy going partner Lex. We enjoyed their growing friendship and loved the kindness and understanding Lex offered Elsa leaving us wanting more from Lex. We look forward to book two focusing on him.

Published January 2nd 2018 by Mulholland Books

Thank you, to NetGalley, Mulholland Books and Karen Ellis for a copy to read and review.

Review by Brenda


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