Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say

By Kelly Corrigan

Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say by [Corrigan, Kelly]

5 out of 5 stars

My friend Trish says that Kelly Corrigan is her best friend, she just does not know it yet. That is not stalkery at all because when you read a book by Kelly Corrigan, you feel as if she is that one real friend that you can sit with and talk about anything. She gets it. You get her.

In this wonderful book, Kelly talks about 12 phrases that she is learning to say in different ways.  I guarantee you will relate to one, if not all, of them. Especially touching to me was I Love You. It really is so true how that changes as time goes by. It changes in the way you say it to your husband or your children, your parents. This chapter had me in tears because I too have lost my father, actually both parents, and what she says about her dad, is so much of how I feel about mine. See? Best friends.

Thank you Kelly for putting into words a lot of what I feel. When you wrote about going back to when your kids were younger, I felt that. When you wrote about how great it was that they were where they are now, I felt that. When you wrote about your father and mother, felt that too.

This is the perfect book to read and reflect on life, especially since we are starting a new year. It will put a lot of things into perspective for you.

Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for this lovely, lovely book.

Ginny Moon

By Benjamin Ludwig

4 out of 5 stars

Ginny Moon, a 14-year-old autistic child, is in her fourth forever home. She likes her new forever mom and forever dad. They are even having a baby but she needs to get back to Gloria, her mother. Ginny left her Baby Doll in a suitcase under the bed and she knows that Gloria is not taking care of her. Ginny always took care of Baby Doll. Ginny herself was abused badly by Gloria. She was underfed and hurt and she is worried the same will happen to her Baby Doll. No one understands why she keeps trying to run back to Gloria. She plans and plans, all the while trying to deal with all her emotions. Will she get back to her Baby Doll?

I just loved Ginny. She is such a wonderfully written character with such depth. I loved how the author let us into her head and understand the ways she was figuring things out.  The story plays out in Ginny’s voice. There is no other narrator and I loved how it took us through her struggles and her final realization. I do have to say that I did figure out pretty early on what the truth was but that in no way took away from reading the whole story. You will fall in love with the wonderful Ginny Moon.

Thanks to Netgalley for my copy of this lovely book.

The Marriage Lie

By Kimberly Belle

The Marriage Lie: A bestselling psychological thriller by [Belle, Kimberly]

4 out of 5 stars

What a great way to start off this new year!

Iris thinks she has the perfect marriage with Will. They both love their jobs. They have a beautiful house. When news of a plane crash comes, just as Will is flying for business, Iris is happy to know it wasn’t his plane. Oh but it was his plane. Will has died in a horrendous plane crash. As she deals with his tragic death, surrounded by a wonderfully loving family, especially her twin brother, things start to come to light. Iris finds out some truths about her husband that she did not know and when text messages start coming in, threatening text messages, she believes her husband is not really dead. Iris begins to unravel the threads of their marriage and Will’s lies and it leads her to places she could not have imagined.

This is such a good, involved read! Your heart breaks for Iris as she finds out exactly who the man she married was. You will let out a little gasp at the end when she makes the biggest decision of her life. I loved all the characters around Iris as well. Her family was great. Evan, a lawyer, who lost his family in the crash, loved him too. In my mind, I have hopes for him.  Toss in a few surprises and you will not be able to stop turning the page.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Harlequin and this review is completely my own humble opinion.

The Fifth Letter

By Nicola Moriarty

The Fifth Letter by [Moriarty, Nicola]

4 out of 5 stars

Four friends meet up for a getaway. They have been friends since high school.  Such good friends…..Joni, the only one with no children, has set up the vacation, as she always does. Things don’t go perfectly and one night, it is suggested that they all write a letter, telling a secret that the others don’t know about. They each type it up on the computer so as not to give it away. But as they pick one letter each day, they seem to figure out just who is who. Their secrets lead to more secrets being revealed and a lot of anger coming out. But, it’s a letter that Joni finds half burnt in the fireplace, that changes everything. It seems as if one of the ladies  is harboring a deep hate and resentment for one of the other women. Enough that she writes about killing her. Can they figure this all out in time to save each other?

This is one of those books that you pick up and right away, know you are going to enjoy it. There are enough juicy little tidbits about each character to keep you intrigued by all of them. Trying to figure out just who hates the other one is the best part! I was wrong but the answer made so much sense when all was revealed. And I loved Father O’Reilly, Joni’s confessional conspirator. The ending made me smile. This is a very enjoyable read and one that made for a perfect ending to my year of reading.

 

The Woman in the Window

By A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window: A Novel by [Finn, A. J.]

5 out of 5 stars

I have read that this is the thriller of 2018 and it very well may be. I hope it is the start of many, many more good reads like this.

Dr. Anna Fox is agoraphobic. She does not leave her house, well, a few steps in the yard with her umbrella, per her doctor’s advice. She wasn’t always this way. She had a child psychology practice with another doctor. She had a husband and a daughter. Something happens, which I will not go into, and she is now housebound. Anna has her computer. That seems to be her lifeline to the outside world. She is on a website for agoraphobics where she does offer some advice. She plays chess. Anna also loves to watch her neighborhood from her window, taking pictures and imagining what their lives are all about. She shares her findings with her husband , whom she talks to a lot. He has their daughter Olivia.

It is in looking out the window that Anna witnesses a murder. Or does she? She is hardly reliable with her over medicating herself and her large consumption of merlot every night. Is she going crazy? Is it real? Is it her fascination with film noir and Hitchcock that feeds into her mind playing tricks on her? You must read this gem to find out.

I love all things Hitchcock and this story was so reminiscent of Rear Window in many ways. Of course, Anna is no Jimmy Stewart, but she is pretty good at thinking things out, even with the state of her mind. Having her be agoraphobic added such a sense of claustrophobia throughout the story. And let me tell you, I gasped aloud on a couple of occasions. You read it and you will know exactly when! This will be a great first book of the year for everyone. It comes out January 2. Don’t we all love to start the new year out with a great book?

I am so thankful to Edelweiss and William Morrow for my early copy of this book. Of course, this review is my own opinion but I know you will all agree.

Genuine Fraud

By e. lockhart

Genuine Fraud by [Lockhart, E.]

4 out of 5 stars

I finished this book last night and I am still trying to figure out what went on in it!

Jule seems to be running away from something. It seems that way pretty much through the whole book but was she really? Her life story is so interesting and yet you are left to wonder just what is true and what isn’t. She is searching for something but what? Jule seems to envy the life that Imogen has or does she? Does she want to be Imogen? Does she just want to be someone else period? I don’t know! I do know that I was totally invested in what happened to her. The storyline pops back and forth into time, which I admit, confused me a couple of times, but it worked.

If you like your characters a bit unhinged, this is definitely the book for you.

 

The Stars In Our Eyes

By Julie Klam

The Stars in Our Eyes: The Famous, the Infamous, and Why We Care Way Too Much About Them by [Klam, Julie]

4 out of 5 stars

This book was right up my alley! Julie Klam and I are somewhat of the same cloth. We enjoy our celebrities. I may not be as fascinated by Jennifer Aniston as she is but I have always been intrigued by them. It goes back to reading my mom’s Photoplay and Silver Screen magazines when I was a child. That life just looked so glamorous. Ms. Klam goes into the differences of those old times when studios ruled what we saw, to today where everything seems to be fair game. It is an interesting look on why we are so obsessed with celebrities and how it seems now, anyone can be one. (Kadarshians, hint hint)

I loved the little intermissions after each chapter where different people gave their brushes with celebrities. Lots of fun! And the author herself is very, very funny. This was just a joy to read.