I am a retired teacher and an avid reader of books of all genres. I have several Kindles and Nooks, hardcover copies, paperback editions, and collect signed first editions. I love to read and write reviews. I have reviewed on NetGalley, First to Read, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, BookBrowse(First Impressions) LibraryThing, and Amazon. I am obsessed with books!!
First of all I would like to thank Berkley and Goodreads for winning the ARE (Advanced Reading Edition) of “BRING HER HOME” by David Bell for my honest review. The genres for this book are Mystery and Thriller.
I like David Bell’s intriguing and captivating ways of writing a story. The author’s descriptions where the story takes place are easy to visualize. I can see the kitchen in the house, the various rooms, the woods, and the neighborhood. The timeline of the story is in the present.
The author describes the characters as complex and complicated. Some characters seem to be suspicious. Bill Price lost his wife a year and a half ago, and now his daughter Summer is missing. Two young girls have been found. One is badly beaten up, and the other is dead. At first Bill stays by the bed where is daughter Summer is fighting for her life. She is beaten beyond recognition. My first thoughts are could this really be Samantha? What happened? What is the motivation and why?
Be warned. There are many twists and turns in this book. What seems to be may not be. The suspense in this book is a killer!! When I came to some conclusions, I was proven wrong. This is a book full of surprises and secrets. I would highly recommend this book that keeps you guessing until the end. Happy Reading.
#Book Mail to Me !!
“The Lost Letter” by Jillian Cantor. “Hello Sunshine” by Laura Dave (author of Eight Hundred Grapes) Signed
Although I have the Advanced Reading Copies of “The Lost Letter” by Jillian Cantor, and “Hello Sunshine” by Laura Dave, author of “Eight Hundred Grapes”, I treated myself to the signed books by Jillian Cantor and Laura Dave. I would have preferred to meet the authors in person, but I couldn’t go to Rhode Island where “Reading With Robin” and the authors were, so instead I ordered the signed editions. ( I guess that is why I named my blog “Linda Book Obsession.” Some women buy shoes or pocketbooks, but I get books.)
I look forward to reading “Hello Sunshine” from Laura Dave, and will post a review. I enjoyed “Eight Hundred Grapes” by Laura Dave.
Some of my friends don’t understand why I buy the books or e-books, when I have read the advanced copies. The Advanced Reading Copies and Advanced Reading Editions are wonderful to be able to read the book before everyone else and I enjoy seeing of how I feel about a book before it comes out. They are not final copies and sometimes editions and final notes are left out. It also helps support the authors.
What’s even better is that there is something special about getting book mail. In this case, I was the lucky recipient. My treat to me !! Happy Reading!!!
“Mothers and Other Strangers” by Gina Sorell is a very intriguing and captivating novel. I read this in one sitting and didn’t want to put it down. The genres of this novel are Women’s Fiction, Fiction, and Mystery. The very first sentence draws you in.” My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man’s childish accepted”.
The author describes her characters as complicated and complex. Elise, the daughter of the above mother, finds that upon her mother’s death, she is left with a legacy of debts, dishonesty, mystery, and many secrets. Unfortunately Elise has not been close to her mother for years. Elise’s mother was selfish, competitive, uncaring, and not affectionate.
There are many twists and turns, Elise embarks on an adventure of discovery to find out her family roots, and the truth. Elise’s mother had friendships of question with incredulous people. Elise is longing to find herself, and where she belongs.
The author talks about family, betrayal, secrets, friendship and hope. What makes a family? What roles should a mother and daughter have? What is important in life?
I would highly recommend this enjoying book. I received an ARC for review for my honest review and opinion.
Cat Mendoza needs a win. After a business failure and years of dating the wrong men, she’s ready to turn things around.
First she must convince the residents of Sweet Lake, Ohio, that she’s taking her responsibilities seriously. As the events director of the newly restored Wayfair Inn, she has the support of her best friends, Linnie and Jada. But everyone else—including her…more
Paperback, 316 pages
Expected publication: July 18th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
MY REVIEW OF “THE COMFORT OF SECRETS” by Christine Nolfi
“THE COMFORT OF SECRETS by Christine Nolfi is the second book in the “Sweet Lake ” series. This is a delightful and charming story that describes the Wayfair Inn in Ohio and the quirky, complex and complicated characters. Many of the characters are the same as in the first book.
The genres for this story are Women’s Literature, Literature, Romance, and a touch of Mystery. I love the different layers in this story. The timeline is mostly in the present and mostly takes place in Ohio surrounding the Wayfair Inn, which is undergoing major renovations.
Lizzie, Jada, and Cat are all involved in the new and improved Wayfair Inn. Cat has been promoted to the events director. There is enough money to bring in a major advertising company and a friend has offered reduced rates. The friend sends Ryan, a top advertising executive to help put the Wayfair Inn on the map. There will be a big concert and many events. Cat and Ryan seem to have an attraction. Ryan lives with his troubled mother Julia, and takes care of her. There seem to be major secrets in Ryans’s and Julia’s lives.
My favorite characters, “The Sweet Lake Sirens”, an eccentric and quirky group of older women who put sisterhood first, and doing a special secret kindness are quite active in this story. At times some of them non-intentionally causing trouble, and at other times they are helpful and protective. I find that they are amusing and have big hearts.
Christine Nolfi describes family, friends, love, support and hope. I would recommend this enchanting, feel good story highly. I received this ARC from Lake Union Publishing, and Christine Nolfi for my honest review and opinion. Happy Reading.
Linnie Wayfair knows just how many people are counting on her. But knowing doesn’t make doing any easier.
Everyone in Sweet Lake, Ohio, wants her to muster all her business sense and return the Wayfair Inn to its former glory. Her parents hope she’ll forgive her scoundrel of a brother and reconcile the family. The eccentric Sweet Lake Sirens want her to open the inn—and her
“Sweet Lake” by Christine Nolfi is such a feel good read. The author’s descriptions of the characters and the Wayfair Inn are told in such a charming way. The genres of this story is Women’s Fiction, Fiction with a touch of Romance.
Linnie Wayfair has been trying to keep the Wayfair Inn from failing. The Inn has been in the Wayfair family for years. Linnie’s father had a stroke, and recovered but has retired with her mother. Linnie shoulders tremendous responsibilities in running the business. Her brother had taken money from the family and has run off to make movies, leaving Linnie in debt and with the responsibility to run the Inn. Linnie’s parents have forgiven her brother and in their will are,some disturbing surprises.
I enjoyed the quirky “Sweet Lake Sirens”, middle age plus women who had rituals of “sisterhood” and eccentric meetings to provide support and believed they had “magical” powers, or powers of suggestion. They also took action in different ways , that I found quite amusing.
The author describes the importance of support and love of friends and family. Christine Nolfi also discusses the simple act of kindness , believing and standing up for yourself and having hope. I would highly recommend this novel as an enjoyable and delightful novel. Happy Reading!
What an amazing and captivating novel,”The Trust” by Ronald H. Balson is. Ronald H. Balson is the author of “Once We Were Brothers” and “Karolina’s Twins.” If you are a Ronald H. Balson fan, this latest novel will not disappoint. The genres of this novel are Fiction, and Mystery.
The author describes his characters as complicated and complex. The two main characters, Private Investigator Liam Taggert and his Attorney wife Catherine are involved in this novel. Liam gets a phone call that his Uncle Fergus has died and heads to Northern Ireland. Liam and his Uncle Fergus had a falling out sixteen years prior, and have had no contact. Liam had once been very close to his Uncle, and has deep regrets that he hadn’t reached out to him.
It seems that Uncle Fergus anticipated his death, and has been murdered. Liam finds himself in the position of executor of his Uncle’s trust. Uncle Fergus has a provision that his killer be found before his estate can be inherited. Many of the Taggert family view Liam as an outsider, and want him to leave. Threatening notes start showing up in Liam’s and other relatives’ mailboxes. There are threats, and other murders.
Ronald H. Balson describes the political history in Ireland, and the past conflicts. I appreciate that the author has done much research in the history of Ireland. Could these murders be revenge from a rival family? Could these murders be from a family member?
There are twists and turns in this story. The author’s storytelling is intriguing and descriptive giving us certain clues. There is adventure, and danger. Who can be trusted?
I enjoyed reading this novel and didn’t want to put the book down. I would recommend this story to Ronald H. Balson fans and for those who like a great mystery, complex characters and motives. I received a copy of this ARC for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.