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Traveling Sisters Review: The Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol @JeanPendziwol #travelingsistersread #bookreview

The Lightkeeper's DaughtersThe Lightkeeper’s Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Review by Brenda with Jennifer, Lindsay, Jaline, Nikki and Berit.

I read The Lightkeeper’s Daughters with six of my Traveling Sisters. This was a first sister read for two of our sisters and I am so happy this turned out to be such a special reading experience for their first read. We all really enjoyed this beautifully written book and as one sister said it was such a huggable book that she tucked it under her pillow so she could cuddle it.

I am going to warn you now I am going to continue gushing over how beautifully wonderful this book is and the brilliant discussion it brought to this sister read. The discussions that this story brought out is my favorite kind of discussion. The kind where we dig deep into the writing, the story and the characters and share our insight to them both. Such great and wonderful insight from this smart and insightful sisters of mine.

The Lightkeeper’s Daughters is a captivating, elegant, complex and well-written story and one that a sister called it a force of nature that has us totally immersed in this captivating story of love and deception.

The story is told through the perspectives of two unlikely characters who are not so unlikely and it goes back and forth from the past and the present. Jean E. Pendziwol does a fantastic job weaving their stories together. We were right away drawn into these strong and interesting characters and their relationship to each other as we are shown how a complex web of secrets are unraveled. The characters are so well-done and we came to really care about them and they brought out a few emotions that we shared with each other. We all love the strong sister bond between two of the characters and we could feel their love, commitment and unspoken understanding of each other that bonded them together.

We all really appreciated all the research Jean E. Pendziwol put into this story and so vividly gave us such a wonderful sense of place. We could visualize the lighthouse and the lake and it gave a good sense of how isolated it must have been. Through our discussion we found out a few of us have a fascination for lighthouses and one sister shared a very special story with us involving a lighthouse.

Jean E. Pendziwol does a wonderful and refreshing job of portraying Morgan’s foster parents and home. It was so nice to see a different side to foster homes and it brought out a nice warm boast to the story.

We shared a couple quotes from the story and I will leave you with one of our favorites.

“At some point, we all ask ourselves, Who am I?, it’s not about who you are or who you were, it’s about who you can be”

I will leave this review with one of my favorite thoughts from a sister “Could you imagine what life would be like if we loved all books this much!”

Thank you, Jean E. Pendziwol for making me and my sisters ultra-happy sisters with this reading experience. We highly recommend!

 

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Traveling Sisters Review: The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor @CrownPublishing @cjtudor #travelingsistersread #bookreview

The Chalk ManThe Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars!  Traveling Sisters review by Brenda with Norma, Lindsay, Diane, Rita, Susanne and Melisa

The Chalk Man is a dark, compelling, chilling and suspenseful psychological thriller that grabbed our attention right from the very start and held on right until the very last page.  This one was a winner for all of us that we all thoroughly enjoyed and it brought some excitement into our discussion.

C. J Tudor does a great job here creating some realistic and interesting well-developed characters here with this very cleverly well-written story. There was a few things going on here with these characters that had us guessing at how they were connected to the mystery of this story. This created an interesting discussion throughout this one.

The story alternates from the past and present as we learn how the past catches up to our main character Eddie.  We all loved the chapter-ending cliffhangers that really added to the suspense of the story.  We also really enjoyed the references to the 80’s within the storyline and loved the gang of kids riding around on their bikes to see what excitement they can get themselves into and it brought back a sense of time for some of us to the days we grew up and gave us a warm feeling.  However, that’s where the warm feeling ended as there were some not so innocent things going on in this small village leaving us guessing what secrets and evil is lurking right up to the end.

It is worth mentioning that there is one highly uncomfortable bullying scene that disturbed us all. Other than that, we found it was the way the author had the ability to scare and creep us out with words without a whole lot of all the gory details for that we applaud her and we found that is a nice change from your typical thriller. We highly recommend.

Expected Date of Publication:   January 9th, 2018

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Crown Publishing, and C. J. Tudor for the opportunity to read a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Norma’s Review

4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars!

Traveling Sisters Read with Brenda, Lindsay, Diane, Rita, Susanne and Melisa

THE CHALK MAN is a debut psychological thriller novel by C. J. TUDOR that is a chilling, suspenseful, gripping, and a spooky good read that had a sinister feel to it which had me flipping those pages as fast as I could to find out who or what was behind all those mysterious chalk men.

C. J. TUDOR delivers a unique and cleverly written story here with realistic and well-developed characters that all brought a mysterious and interesting aspect to this story for me.  There is a constant sense of foreboding surrounding the whole idea of who or what the mysterious chalk men were or represented which did keep me puzzled and guessing throughout this whole story.

The story flips between flashbacks from 1986 and present day of 2016 and I loved the younger voice of our main character, Eddie and really enjoyed how the story was told to us through his childhood eyes. I really enjoyed the interactions between Eddie and his childhood friends which kind of had a STAND BY ME vibe to it and I also really liked the references to the 80’s within the storyline.

Just a word of caution as there was one highly uncomfortable and disturbing bullying scene that took me a little by surprise but other than that one scene the author does a fantastic job at scaring you with words and not through graphic violent scenes.

To sum it all up it was an enjoyable, fun, fast-paced, and an entertaining read which had that creepy good vibe going on without all the gory details. Would highly recommend!!

Expected Date of Publication:   January 9th, 2018

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Crown Publishing, and C. J. Tudor for the opportunity to read a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Lindsay’s review

4 stars!  This was a highly suspenseful, intriguing, creepy and mysterious thriller.

This novel caught my attention from the prologue and I found myself growing more attached to this story as I turned each page. The characters were well-developed – some likeable, others not.   Each character had an element of mystery about them which I really enjoyed.  My suspicions were flip-flopping all over the place trying to determine what had happened and how things would all end.   The author did a fantastic job slowly revealing clues, secrets and lies which kept the suspense high and pace flowing.

I really enjoyed the mysterious and puzzling references surrounding ‘the chalk man’ throughout this entire book.  It was a unique and clever piece of the story.

Overall, this was an additive, highly intriguing, suspenseful, fast-paced novel that I would definitely recommend!

This was a Traveling Sister Read with Brenda, Norma, Diane, Susanne and Melisa.  It was a great book choice for us as we all ended up loving it!   We look forward to the next novel from this author – C. J. Tudor!!

Expected Date of Publication:   January 9th, 2018.

A big thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Random House Canada and C. J. Tudor for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Traveling Sisters Review: Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart @NicoleLynnBaart @AtriaBooks #travelingsistersread #BookReview

Little Broken ThingsLittle Broken Things by Nicole Baart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars

Brenda’s Review:  Traveling Sisters NetGalley Group Review by Brenda with Norma, Lindsay, Holly, Susanne, Jan and Holly

I read Little Broken Things along with six of my Traveling Sisters and it left us in different coulees once again. We were mostly split in two different ones, some sisters were lost in the lush coulee and enjoying this one and others were lost in the dry coulee and finding themselves bored and napping leaving them uninterested in this one.

Little Broken Things starts off suspenseful and caught the attention of some sisters and then slows down quite a bit in the middle leaving us a bit disappointed and then picks up near the end and wrapped up quite nicely for the sisters in the lush coulee. We would have liked it to have been a bit better paced.

Nicole Baart delivers a quieter suspenseful mystery novel with some family drama that is free from using any shock value to surprise her readers, making this one a nice safe read. There is a little dark to the story to add to the dynamics of the family, however, there are no surprises here. The sisters in the dry coulee found that to be predictable and were bored with the storyline. The story is a refreshing yet a little dark that explores the complicated relationships between flawed women and what ties a family together. The story revolves around a little girl Lucy who captured our hearts and we enjoyed the relationships she had with the women in this story.

Norma and I recommend this one to readers who are looking for a safer, suspenseful story with some family drama with no real surprises to shock you.

Publication date: November 21, 2017

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Atria Books and Nicole Baart for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Norma’s Review

3.5 stars rounded up!

LITTLE BROKEN THINGS by NICOLE BAART was an engaging, suspenseful, and a slower paced mystery novel which had an intriguing storyline revolving around family secrets and the sacrifices and bond between mothers and daughters. Little Broken Things I thought was the perfect title for this novel which is filled with familial broken relationships and the sacrifices of a mother’s love for her family. With a little honesty, hope, and understanding maybe all the little broken things can be repaired with truth and love.

NICOLE BAART delivers a beautifully written multi-layered story here which is told in multiple points of view which started off quite strong for me but lost me a little in the middle and then picked up again in the end. The story starts off tense with a sense of impending danger from a cryptic text message that Quinn receives from her sister Nora, “I have something for you.” Unfortunately, that sense of danger and tense feeling didn’t follow through the whole story for me but Lucy captured my heart and I was totally invested in the safety and fate of the little girl.

Even though some of this story was a little slow moving for me in the end this book touched my heart. Would recommend to readers who appreciate a safe, steady-paced, and suspenseful family drama mystery story with hidden secrets that are revealed with no shocking moments.

Publication date: November 21, 2017

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Atria Books and Nicole Baart for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Lindsay’s Review

3 stars.

This was a story about a mother’s love and sacrifice for her child and a family coming together after years of separation. At times, the book had my heart pounding, my worry intensifying, my stomach churning and my hope growing. There were some wild twists and turns that caught me completely off guard.

I liked the main characters Quinn and Everlee. The remaining characters I had more of a hard time connecting with. Some ended up growing on me, while others began to irritate me and a few relationships felt awkward and forced. I also found some situations questionable from a realistic perspective, but I was still able to endure and enjoy the story unfolding.

This book started off stronger than it ended. The beginning captured my attention and had me drawn into the storyline and characters. The last third of the book lost its spark for me as there was so much aimless going back and forth chasing after characters.

Overall, I’m happy I read the book and enjoyed the story, but it wasn’t a standout novel for me. I loved reading this along with my Traveling Sisters – that experience never fails!

A big thank you to NetGalley, Atria Books and Nicole Baart for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

 

Traveling Sisters Review: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter #BookReview #travelingsistersread

The Good DaughterThe Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars rounded down!

Traveling Sisters Group Read with Kaceey, Diane, Jennifer, Jan, and Holly

Tidbit:  For all of you that might be wondering why the Traveling Sisters continually mention “coulee” in our reviews it is because our blog name is Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading and I live in the country and my ranch is surrounded by coulees on three sides of us.  It is beautiful country and the coulees are so peaceful and wonderful to look at and so easy to wander and get lost in the beauty of them.  I have been known to take long walks in the coulee while reading a book.

THE GOOD DAUGHTER by KARIN SLAUGHTER produced quite the discussion with all of us and in the end left us having split feelings, with some of us in the lush coulee, dry coulee, and leaving the coulee all together.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter is a dark, intense, compelling, and disturbing thriller novel that had an intriguing side to it with the family dynamics within the storyline that we all quite enjoyed. The relationships between some of the characters was very touching and another great aspect to this novel. However, for some of us this wasn’t enough to balance the graphic violent details and save them from leaving the coulee or wishing that they had.

KARIN SLAUGHTER delivers a violent and graphic story here repeating the horrific violence that was hard for all of us to take.  She digs deep within the multi-layers of the story and really knows how to create and work some very shocking moments for her readers. Some of the scenes were retold a few times through the different characters memories and perspectives which was a little repetitive and unnecessary for some sisters leaving them in the dry coulee. We thought the retelling didn’t need to include every single disturbing detail again just the things that were relevant to the story. Some of us give high praise to Karin Slaughter for the shocking moments that she delved deep to achieve which did keep some of us in the lush coulee.

Some parts of it seemed to to be so drawn out and we really had a hard time staying interested and focused while reading this one.  Although, once things did start happening and some of those “wow” shocking moments happened some of us found it so gripping, exciting, and hard to put down and then at other times we struggled with the writing which was frustrating for us

The stereotypes within the storyline weighed heavy on some of us making the story even more disturbing for them.

Warning due to the heavy graphic violence as the organizers of the Traveling Sisters group reads Brenda and I strongly recommend this one with caution and advise readers that this isn’t the one to test out your curiosity, tolerance level or limitations if you are have any doubts.  This might be one for you to feel totally confident in with your limitations before reading. Some of us really enjoy Karin Slaughter and absolutely loved Pretty Girls and didn’t think this one was as good as that one or some of her other novels.

 

Blog Tour: The Last Day of Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph @nickeljoseph ‏ @Sourcebooks

~*~ AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT ~*~

October 28, 2017 ~ We are delighted to participate in our very first blog tour for The Last Day of Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph.  There is a Rafflecopter Giveaway for this book at the bottom of this post which is open to USA residents only.

Thanks for stopping by!  Norma & Brenda

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The Last Day of Emily Lindsey by Nic Joseph
Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: October 3, 2017

Emily Lindsey doesn’t speak when they find her. Holding a hunting knife and covered in blood that is not her own, she communicates with a single, ominous drawing.

Detective Steven Paul has had the same nightmare for as long as he can remember, a strange symbol figuring prominently into his terror. He decided long ago that the recurring dreams are nothing more than an unfortunate side effect of his often traumatic profession.

Until, that is, he’s assigned to the case of Emily Lindsey, the beautiful, elusive, and controversial blogger found alone, who can’t possibly know the symbol from his nightmares… unless she does.
Praise for The Last Day of Emily Lindsey

“eye-opening…Joseph’s prose is smooth enough to keep the pages turning.” – Kirkus

“An inventive thrill-ride that keeps you guessing. Nic Joseph weaves a delicate filament between the secrets of a tribe of childhood friends and the murderous consequences of their adulthood. Psychologically astute and full of satisfying twists.” – Kelly Simmons, author of One More Day and The Fifth of July

“Nic Joseph’s The Last Day of Emily Lindsey is an intricately plotted and downright creepy thriller about one man’s struggle to leave his past behind and the impossibility of ever being able to do so. Nic Joseph skillfully doles out the shocks and surprises, and the reader will be gasping for air as they land like perfect jabs. This book is a powerful, timely, intense treat for anyone who loves stories loaded with suspense, chills, and intrigue.” – David Bell, author of Bring Her Home

“This chilling novel from the author of Boy, 9, Missing (2016) will entice readers with its unique storytelling. Full of unexpected twists and complex characters, Joseph’s page-turner will keep readers up late into the night.” – Booklist

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About the Author:
Nic Joseph is fascinated by the very good reasons that make people do very bad things. She writes thrillers and suspense novels from her home in Chicago. As a trained journalist, Nic has written about everything from health care and business to aerospace and IT—but she feels most at home when there’s a murder to be solved on the next page. Nic holds a BS in journalism and an MA in communications, both from Northwestern University.

Visit NicJoseph.com, or follow her on Twitter: @nickeljoseph

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Our Traveling Sisters Reviews

Traveling Sisters Group Read – thank you sisters for another wonderful reading experience!

Norma’s Review:

THE LAST DAY OF EMILY LINDSEY by NIC JOSEPH is an extremely suspenseful, thrilling, and an engrossing tale with an intriguing and mysterious storyline that is filled with secrets, nightmares, and visions that I was totally fascinated with and I could not put this book down. This book grabbed my attention from the very first page and had me frantically turning those pages in fascination and in anticipation of finding out the root cause behind our main characters nightmares and visions. The author also has us focusing on a date of June 2nd throughout the book which keeps you guessing and wondering what is so significant about that date.

NIC JOSEPH delivers a well-written and an absolutely unputdownable read here with well-developed characters with a storyline that is centred around Detective Steven Paul and the case of Emily Lindsey. The story is told through two timelines which alternate between past and present perspectives as each chapter progresses it connects the stories together as we learn more about Detective Steven Paul’s visions and nightmares. I found both timelines to be equally enjoyable and captivating.

Although, this book had so many twists and turns, was an extremely quick read, and I was totally wrapped up in the storyline I found myself a little bit disappointed with the ending. It was a solid 5 star read for me up until that point as there was one thing that really bothered me and had me questioning the reasoning behind it. Hence the 4 star rating.

Publishing Date: October 3, 2017

To sum it all up it was an entertaining, fun, interesting, thrilling, suspenseful, and a rapid paced read with an ending that I wasn’t totally satisfied with. I would still highly recommend this book though!!!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark, and Nic Joseph for the opportunity to read and review a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Brenda’s Review:

I read this along with Norma and our wonderful Traveling Sisters Kaceey, Lindsay, Susanne and Diane and I really enjoyed our discussion with this one.

The Last Day of Emily Lindsay is an enthralling, captivating and very suspenseful story that starts off with a heart stopping scene full of blood and questions that had all of us sisters turning those pages as fast as we could and not wanting to put this one down. We all became very invested in finding out about “the last day of Emily Lindsay” right from the start.

We were intrigued and fascinated with this storyline and it caught our attention from the very first page.  One of our sisters was completely fascinated with this storyline and we soon learnt she has a weird fascination with cults and this one really stood out for her.

Nic Joseph does a great job with our main character Steven and we all loved him.  We found him interesting, unique, and such a compelling character.  We want to know more about his visions and nightmares and our curiosity spiked with the suspense of the buried secrets that haunt him.  We come to know Steven’s family and I really liked the softer side his family brought to the story with the support and love he receives and thought the author does a fantastic job with that storyline and I was very satisfied with that part of the ending.

Going into the ending this story was a solid five stars for most of us however some parts didn’t quite add up for us and left us a little confused.  Don’t let this stop you from reading this completely captivating story though as you will be missing out on quite the fascinating story.  We highly recommend!

Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Nic Joseph for the opportunity to read and review a copy of this book.

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Kaceey’s Review:

This was a fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing and flipping pages as fast as I could. (Well, for most of it anyway).

Detective Steven Paul is tasked with investigating the strange case of a woman, Emily Lindsey, found covered in blood. But oddly enough, not a drop of it is hers. Is she a victim? Or is she the killer? In which case…where is the real victim? In Emily’s pocket is a note with Steve’s name on it. Only problem…Steven is clueless who this woman is!

Struggling with his own personal demons, Steve attempts to solve the mystery of Emily Lindsey. Dealing with bizarre nightmares and daytime hallucinations, he is determined to stay on top of the case and find the connection between him and this mystery woman.

For 90% of this book it was an absolute 5 * read for me! I could not put it down! Had multiple jaw dropping moments! Then came the final 10%….

I guessed some of the shockers early on, but that was ok – I was still expecting my wow moment!  Unfortunately the ending just left me thinking ….huh?! After such an incredible read and build up I was totally expecting fireworks and explosions! Instead all I had was a fizzle.

As always another wonderful Traveling Sister Group Read with Norma, Brenda, Lindsay, Diane and Susanne!

Thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Nic Joseph for a copy to read in exchange for an honest review.

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Lindsay’s Review:

4.5 stars!   I loved this suspenseful, captivating and highly addictive story!

This book captured my full attention from the first chapter and didn’t let it go until the very last page.   The story revolves around solving the mystery of a woman found in her house covered in blood, holding a hunting knife with no recollection of what happened.   Was a crime committed?

Detective Steven Paul who has an unknown personal connection to this woman is assigned to the case.  I adored Detective Paul – I was rooting for him from start to finish.

This gripping story is told through “Then” and “Now” perspectives which was done extremely well.  I was completely drawn into each riveting storyline, flipping the pages as fast as possible to figure out the case.  The writing was superb – had me addicted to every chapter, page and paragraph.   The character development was excellent – I felt completely immersed in the characters’ lives and situations. 

I felt the ending wrapped up a little quick, but I felt satisfied.   There was one piece of the puzzle that didn’t quite “fit” for me at the end, but it certainly didn’t take away from my overall fantastic reading experience.   I would highly recommend this enthralling and unputdownable book!

A big thank you to NetGalley, Sourcebooks Landmark and Nic Joseph for providing a copy of this in exchange for an honest review!!

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The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker ~ Review by Norma

The Fourth Monkey (A 4MK Thriller, #1)The Fourth Monkey by J.D. Barker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All I can say is WOW! and thank you so much to my dear friend, Kaceey for encouraging me to read this book! You only told me I don’t know how many times that I needed to read this book and now I know exactly why!!! 5 Thrilling Stars!

THE FOURTH MONKEY (A 4MK Thriller, #1) by J.D. BARKER is a dark, thrilling, chilling, creepy, and suspenseful mystery/thriller/police procedural novel that was a captivating, gripping, and fast-paced read that was extremely hard to put down. I absolutely loved this one from start to finish as I was stepping into the sadistic mind of this sick and twisted serial killer. There are so many good twists and turns to keep you entertained and on the edge of your seat with all the cat and mouse games that occurs throughout this story between a detective and a serial killer.

The premise of the book involves the four monkeys which I found to be quite interesting. The four monkeys are Mizaru, covering his eyes, who sees no evil; Kikazaru, covering his ears, who hears no evil; Iwazaru, covering his mouth, who speaks no evil; and the fourth monkey Shizaru, symbolizes the principle of “do no evil”.

J.D. BARKER delivers an extremely intense and well-written story here with some cringe worthy scenes that is told through three different perspectives including the serial killer’s backstory by way of diary chapters. The diary chapters was one of my favorite parts of this story as it really allowed me to get inside the life and mind of this disturbing and creepy character.

I couldn’t help but love Detective Sam Porter’s character as he was vulnerable, funny and such a likeable character. I really appreciated the witty banter that ensued between him and Nash as it really helped to ease the tension of the disturbing scenes as they could get a little gory at times.

This book was so exciting, fun and thrilling to read that even had a little bit of horror thrown in to keep me totally engaged and eager to read to see how it was all going to play out. The ending was unexpected and spectacular which left me wanting more. So I am so happy to hear that there is a second book coming out and that this is also optioned for both television and film. I can hardly wait!! Would highly recommend!

In addition to reading this book, I purchased myself a copy of the audiobook and although it took me a little bit to warm-up to the narrator voices, once I did I thoroughly enjoyed Edoardo Ballerini and Graham Winton’s performance and thought they both delivered the perfect voices for the characters.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and J.D. Barker for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!!

Traveling Sisters Group review: If The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss @Sourcebooks

If The Creek Don't RiseIf The Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Group review by Brenda with Jennifer, PorshaJo, Sarah and Mary Beth

I read If The Creek Don’t Rise with four of my Traveling Sisters and we all really enjoyed reading and discussing this one.

If The Creek Don’t Rise is a gritty, heartfelt, and character-driven story with realistic and a colourful range of characters that gives an insightful look into the lives of a small Appalachian mountain community. Leah Weiss’ descriptions of mountain life right away gave us a good sense of place and time, right down to the grammar she used for some characters and the references to Loretta Lynn. The references to Loretta Lynn brought back some memories for some of us and we enjoyed sharing our love for her.

The story centers around pregnant teen Sadie and her abusive, husband Roy. Leah Weiss does a great job introducing us slowly to some mean and dislikable characters and with some who work for the good of their community, giving us a good sense of community. She weaves together the large cast of compelling voices, as they tell us their stories we begin to see how some added to the darkness in Roy and the strength and hope for Sadie.

We all really liked the little twist in the end that cleverly gave a wow moment and that brought out some discussion from us. We all were very satisfied with the ending but it did leave some us wanting more from some of our loved characters. We recommend finding your comfy place with this book and finding if “he’s gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta Lynn”. We highly recommend for group reads.

Thank you to Edelweiss, Sourcebooks and Leah Weiss for a copy to read and review

 

Traveling Sisters Group Review: Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak @FrancescaHornak @BerkleyPub

Seven Days of UsSeven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Traveling Sisters Group review by Brenda with Norma, Susanne, Jan, and Dana.

I read Seven Days of Us with four of my Traveling Sisters and this one will be added to one of our best discussions we have had.

Seven Days of Us is a well written warm, funny, and insightful character-driven family drama that explores the dynamics of a family with realistic and interesting characters. The Birch family could be any family and we could see ourselves and our family in these memorable characters and we began to open up with each other and sharing some of our experiences in our discussion.

The story is told from different perspectives of each of the family members. When we first met each member of the family we started to see how self-absorbed each one was in different ways from their experiences and environment. We found ourselves judging them quite harshly. Francesca Hornak does a good job with the family dynamics and showing us different sides to each member from the different perspectives allowing us to see and understand how each affected the other members of the family. The way we felt about the characters started to change and we really started to see them more as I family and we really enjoyed the dynamics of the family. I really loved how I started to see in our discussions how our opinions and our discussions started to change as the characters developed and grew.

Thank you to Francesca Hornak for writing such an insightful and thought-provoking book that could bring out so much about ourselves that allowed us to share our own experiences with each other making this one of our favorite Sister reads. It will be a special one for all of us. We highly recommend for group club reads.

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Berkley Publishing and Francesca Hornak for the opportunity to read and review a copy of this book.

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Norma’s review

4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars!

SEVEN DAYS OF US by FRANCESCA HORNAK is a warm, witty, engaging, and a feel good story that explores the dynamics within the Birch family as they are forced to spend a tension filled week together in quarantine over the holidays. I had a personal connection with this book and some of the content was so real to me that I could really see myself as part of the Birch family as they were facing some difficult and emotional revelations within this story that were very similar to some experiences from my life.  

FRANCESCA HORNAK delivers an insightful, well-written, and character-driven story here with interesting and realistic characters that is told from different perspectives of each of the family members.  Through the different perspectives of each character we were able to get to know each character very well and seen how and where they fit into the dynamics within the family and how each was affected by other members of the family.

I really enjoyed this book and I thought the ending was sad but hopeful and left me with a warm and shivery feeling and even some goosebumps.     

To sum it all up it was an enjoyable, thought-provoking, insightful, and entertaining read that was a realistic portrayal of a dysfunctional family that I found quite enjoyable. Would recommend!!

Traveling Sisters Group Read – Thank you so much for another wonderful reading experience! It is always a pleasure reading along with these awesome group of ladies and I felt so much love and support sharing some personal experiences in our discussion!

Thank you so much to Edelweiss, Berkley Publishing and Francesca Hornak for the opportunity to read a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Traveling Sisters NetGalley Group Sister Review: Losing Leah Holloway by Lisa Regan @Lisalregan

Losing Leah Holloway (Claire Fletcher & Detective Parks Mystery #2)Losing Leah Holloway by Lisa Regan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

LOSING LEAH HOLLOWAY (Claire Fletcher & Detective Parks Mystery #2) picks up 5 years after the first installment in this series, Finding Claire Fletcher. Finding Claire Fletcher was the book that brought the Traveling Sisters together and how we started our reading group for our blog. We were extremely excited to get an advanced copy of this book. For Losing Leah Holloway our group grew to six of us reading and discussing this one together. One of our sisters did not read the first one but the rest of us have. For this special read, I have taken some of Norma’s review and combined it with my sister review.

Losing Leah Holloway is a captivating, tense, and a fast-paced exciting story that was thrilling to read from start to finish with some really great twists and turns that grabbed our attention right away and kept us curious right to the end. The first twist sent us reeling in shock over it and I am not sure I am over it yet. Those twists and turns kept us trying to guess them throughout this mystery. Some of us picking up on some clues to the twists and turns and leaving some of us stumped. I was one of the stumped sisters, and Norma being one of the sisters who did pick up on some clues.

We all loved our returning main characters Claire and Connor from Finding Claire Fletcher and were rooting for them and loved their relationship. We really like how Lisa Regan tied Claire to the story, however, some of us wanted a bit more of Claire. How can I not mention Wilson, Claire’s dog and how much we all enjoyed his character. Such a great name for a dog too.

We all were very satisfied with the ending and everything came together and tied up well for us and leaving us wanting more from these memorable characters. We all are hoping for a third installment to this very special sister series. We highly recommend reading both of these well-done books.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Lisa Regan for the opportunity to read a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

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Norma’s Review

LOSING LEAH HOLLOWAY (Claire Fletcher & Detective Parks Mystery #2) by LISA REGAN is a tense, suspenseful, thrilling, and a fast-paced novel with some really good twists that grabbed my attention right away and had me totally engaged and curious throughout this whole book. Losing Leah Holloway picks up 5 years after the first installment in this series, Finding Claire Fletcher and I was extremely excited to get an advanced copy of this novel.  I thought it was just as good if not better than the first book in this series.  

LISA REGAN delivers an action-packed story here that was thrilling and exciting to read from start to finish.  The storyline was interesting, extremely good, tied together nicely throughout, and played out perfectly in the end.  I love Claire and Connor’s relationship and I think they are awesome characters.  

I loved everything about this book and hope that there might be a third installment to this series in the future. Would recommend!!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Lisa Regan for the opportunity to read a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Traveling Sisters Group Read – Thank you so much for another wonderful reading experience! It is always a pleasure reading along with these awesome group of ladies!

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Kaceey’s Review

A seemingly ordinary mother, Leah Holloway, drives off a bridge with a car full of children. Now it’s up to Detective Connor Parks to investigate and dig into the life of this woman. How exactly does a woman who displayed no warning signs do something so horrific? What went so wrong in her life to make her take such a drastic step?

Claire takes somewhat of a back-seat in this book. Which for me was unexpected.  Maybe in the future I need to take a closer look before I start reading. I was hopeful for more content involving Claire, and of course Connor! The second half of the book mainly focuses on Leah Holloway. (Well, ok she is the title character after all!). But I didn’t feel the characters of Claire and Leah meshed well into one book.  I really enjoyed both characters, but Claire and Leah could each stand on their own separately and be terrific. Actually I think I may have preferred to read separate full length books solely devoted to each woman. Even with that said, it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of this book!

It is a very quick read with short chapters that make it hard to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend!

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Lindsay’s review

4.5 stars!! Wow – this was a fantastic follow up to Finding Claire Fletcher!

This book captured my FULL attention from page one and didn’t let it go until the very last sentence. It was an intense, unique, gripping, heart-pounding, addictive, fast-paced, highly entertaining thriller.

I really enjoyed meeting the main characters, Claire and Connor, in the first book and my love for them grew even deeper through this engrossing story. The author, Lisa Regan, did a fabulous job further developing these characters. I really liked how this story was presented through multiple time frames and various characters’ perspectives. There were several pages that made me gasp and pause to (pick my jaw up off the floor and) ensure I had read things correctly. This novel has many shocking twists and turns that kept me at the edge of my seat and flipping the pages as fast as possible.

I would highly recommend this edgy, jaw-dropping, highly suspenseful novel! Be sure to start with the first book, Finding Claire Fletcher, to ensure you get the entire backstory and can fully appreciate and truly enjoy this unforgettable tale. I will end by saying that Wilson the dog was such a perfect addition to Claire’s life – absolutely loved him!

A big thank you to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Lisa Regan for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Our Traveling Sister Review for Finding Claire Fletcher

An absolutely brilliant take on the double meaning of the title!! Loved it!!

5 stars!! Well that was one awesome all-around great read for Norma & Kaceey!

4 stars!! From Brenda & Lindsay (So for the purpose of this review 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars)

We thought it was time to bring our regular Traveling Sisters Lindsay and Kaceey together to do a Traveling Sister Read/Review with us. After a bit of searching by Brenda and trying to coordinate all four us with the same book at the same time with a few unsuccessful attempts, we finally decided to go with FINDING CLAIRE FLETCHER by LISA REGAN from NetGalley. This is our very first Traveling Sister Review with thoughts from all four of us altogether in one review. What a great choice this book was as we all thoroughly enjoyed this emotional and heart-breaking read.

FINDING CLAIRE FLETCHER is an intense, dark, disturbing, haunting, gripping, and suspenseful psychological thriller that captured all of our attention right from the very start and had some of us reading way past our reading goals as we kept thinking of this story and simply could not put it down.

LISA REGAN delivers a well-written and fascinating story here told in two alternating timelines from the perspective of our main character, Claire as we follow along her horrific ordeal that she endured while being held captive for 10 years. As well as the point of view from Connor a detective and his involvement and determination in FINDING CLAIRE FLETCHER. We were really able to feel the nightmare that Claire went through because LISA REGAN gave us a clear picture and a good understanding and insight into the horror that Claire endured asking ourselves why do we read this stuff.

Right away Brenda and Lindsay put their detective skills to work and thought they figured out someone suspicious, almost having Norma convinced but leaving Kaceey not convinced and waiting for it to go somewhere. We had a good laugh over that one.

To sum it all up it was a gripping, fast-paced, and an enjoyable read with a perfectly paced satisfying ending that didn’t feel rushed. Would recommend!!

 

 

 

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