Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand

Read on the beach in Switzerland – highly recommend!

Celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe has always been a force of nature with an insatiable appetite for life. But after that appetite contributes to Deacon’s shocking death in his favorite place on earth, a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage, his (messy, complicated) family is reeling. Now Deacon’s three wives, his children, and his best friend gather on the island he loved to say farewell.

The three very different women have long been bitter rivals, each wanting to claim the primary place in Deacon’s life and his heart. But as they slowly let go of the resentments they’ve held onto for years and remember the good times, secrets are revealed, confidences are shared, and improbable bonds are formed as this unlikely family says goodbye to the man who brought them all together, for better or worse–and the women he loved find new ways to love again. 

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What a perfect beach read, which is what I ended up doing when we were travelling in Switzerland earlier this week! I blogged recently about Hilderbrand’s most recent novel – The Perfect Couple and to my surprise my husband got me one of her earlier novels for my birthday!

This novel wasn’t as mysterious as The Perfect Couple, but it had drama and was hard to put down! Here’s To Us focused on Deacon Thorpes’ 3 wives – his current wife and his two ex-wives – as well as his two children as they dealt with their grief once he had surprisingly passed away.

I loved the drama that the book had. Each of Deacon’s marriages didn’t end very well and he jumped into a next marriage fairly quickly after the divorce of his previous wife. This obviously caused a ton of tension between the wives and they don’t speak to each other. Of course, all that tension has to come out when they need to live in a house together for Deacon’s funeral in Nantucket.

I really enjoyed Laurie (Deacon’s first wife) and Angie (Deacon’s daughter), but the other characters were fairly unlikable and I never really warmed up to them (especially Scarlett). My favourite part of the novel was that all of the wives (even though they hated each other) didn’t have any hatred towards any of Deacon’s children (he had a child with each wife) and treated them as part of the family.

4 calculators out of a potential 5. If you are looking for a light read, I would highly recommend Elin Hilderbrand! Can’t wait to read more of her books!

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WWW Wednesday – August 8, 2018

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Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The Three Ws are:

What did you recently finish reading?

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Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known.

Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined.

Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Has Jessie’s whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?

I’m so torn on this one! Has anyone else read it – I need to discuss!

What are you currently reading?

The Good Liar

When an explosion rips apart a Chicago building, the lives of three women are forever altered.

A year later, Cecily is in mourning. She was supposed to be in the building that day. Instead, she stood on the street and witnessed it going down, with her husband and best friend inside. Kate, now living thousands of miles away, fled the disaster and is hoping that her past won’t catch up with her. And Franny, a young woman in search of her birth mother, watched the horror unfold on the morning news, knowing that the woman she was so desperate to reconnect with was in the building.

Now, despite the marks left by the tragedy, they all seem safe. But as its anniversary dominates the media, the memories of that terrifying morning become dangerous triggers. All these women are guarding important secrets. Just how far will they go to keep them?

I’m not very far in, but excited to read more! There are so many amazing reviews!

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Survivor's Club

They survived what no woman should ever have to endure. Now these three women have the means, the opportunity, and the perfect motive. Are they trying to get away with murder–or is someone trying to make sure that this time they don’t get away at all? The Survivors Club… that’s what Jillian Hayes, Carol Rosen, and Meg Pesaturo call it. They won’t consider themselves victims. They are survivors. They faced the blazing headlines and helped lead the investigation that caught the man who changed their lives forever. 

And now that Eddie Como, the College Hill rapist, has been murdered, shot down outside a packed courthouse moments before his trial was about to begin, all three women are openly ecstatic that he’s dead. They are also the prime suspects in his murder. Detective Sergeant Roan Griffin knows all too well what can drive even the best people to cross the line. But he has never seen a case quite like this one. But questions taunt Griffin: Who ordered the deaths of Eddie Como and his killer? Could three ordinary women have been driven to do the unthinkable? Had someone in the Survivors Club become a killer? 

I love Lisa Gardner’s novels and I’m excited to read this stand alone by her!

What are your WWW? Have you read When the Lights Go Out, The Good Liar or The Survivor’s Club?

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Tied to Deceit by Neena H. Brar

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Thank you to Digital Reads Blog Tours for having me on the tour for Tied to Deceit!

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On a drizzly August morning, the inhabitants of the hill town of Sanover, Himachal Pradesh, wake up to the shocking news of the murder of the exquisite, secretive, malicious, and thoroughly immoral Devika Singh. 

As Superintendent of Police Vishwanath Sharma begins to sift through the hidden secrets of Devika Singh’s life, it becomes evident that everyone who knew her seems to have a clear-cut motive for killing her. Faced with the investigation of a crime that appears to have as many suspects as there are motives, Vishwanath Sharma probes the sinister web spun around a tangle of lies and deception.

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I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant going into Tied to Deceit, but I enjoyed it! It was a slow burning mystery that had me guessing that multiple people were the killer. I found that the novel and guessing the killer was like a game of Clue – it was person x because of this reason, no wait it was person y because of that!

I haven’t read too many Indian novels, so it did take me a bit to get into all of the different Indian names. Also at times, I found myself getting a bit lost in the story since I found it hard to tell who Superintendent Sharma was interviewing.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. If the plot sounds interesting to you, then I would recommend reading it. I will be looking out for Brar’s future novels!

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Author’s Information:

AUTHOR PICNeena H. Brar lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, two children, a highly energetic German Shepherd, and a lifetime collection of her favourite books.

A hermit at heart, she’s a permissive mother, a reluctant housekeeper, a superb cook, and a hard-core reader.

Tied to Deceit is her debut novel.

 

Website:  http://neenabrar.com 

Instagram: @bookaddictnwriter

Facebook: Facebook – NeenaHBrar

Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas

Do Not Disturb

After what happened in London, Kirsty needs a fresh start with her family.
And running a guesthouse in the Welsh mountains sounds idyllic.

But then their first guest arrives.
Selena is the last person Kirsty wants to see.
It’s seventeen years since she tore everything apart.

Why has she chosen now to walk back into Kirsty’s life?
Is Selena running from something too?
Or is there an even darker reason for her visit?

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I have only previously read Claire Douglas’ Local Girl Missing  and I had really enjoyed it. I liked Do Not Disturb, but I think it may be a novel that I will forget about in the next few weeks.

The book was a bit slow to open. In the first chapter, Kristy’s mom is lending over a body with blood on her hands. The novel then goes back and shows the early days when Kristy and her mother open a bed & breakfast.

My favourite part of the novel was how there was a number of suspects that could of been responsible. Everyone had their secrets and I liked how it was a family, because family secrets are always juicier!

3 calculators out of a potential 5. Even though this wasn’t my favourite Claire Douglas novel, I want to go back and read more of her earlier novels!

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Thank you to Penguin Random House and Netgallery for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for my honest review. 

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

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When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap–from their city flat to a townhouse in a leafy, upscale London suburb–they jump at the chance for a week away from home, their son, and the tensions that have pushed their marriage to the brink.

As the couple settles in, the old problems that permeate their marriage–his unhealthy behaviors, her indiscretions–start bubbling to the surface. But while they attempt to mend their relationship, their neighbor, an intense young woman, is showing a little too much interest in their activities.

Meanwhile, Caroline slowly begins to uncover some signs of life in the stark house–signs of her life. The flowers in the bathroom or the music might seem innocent to anyone else–but to her they are clues. It seems the person they have swapped with is someone who knows her, someone who knows the secrets she’s desperate to forget…

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So, so disappointed with this one. There are so many amazing reviews out there for The House Swap and my Aunt highly recommended it,  but I just didn’t like it.

The House Swap is a different novel than what I normally read. I typically read a murder mystery type book where you need to solve who is the killer. In this novel, there was no dead bodies piling up and no killer that you didn’t to investigate. It was about guessing who Caroline and Francis swapped houses with and what happened in the past that would lead to this situation.

I didn’t like Caroline and Francis, especially Caroline. I understand that the past scenes were a difficult time in her marriage, but I didn’t agree with her actions. I also wasn’t a big fan of her in the present day. I found that I couldn’t connect with her so I found that I didn’t have much sympathy or compassion towards her.

2 calculators out of a potential 5. Sadly disappointed with this one.

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