The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman

The Charm Bracelet

I was very surprised to learn that Viola Shipman is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning writer. He chose his Grandmother’s name to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel. According to the author page he is already at work on his second “heirloom” novel, which should be out in 2017.

Through an heirloom charm bracelet, 3 generations of women will rediscover how important family is and how each charm on their bracelets have impacted their lives.

Every year, on her birthday, Lolly’s mother gave her a charm, along with a small piece of advice that there is nothing more important than keeping family memories alive, and that Lolly’s charm bracelet would be a constant reminder of that love.

Now 70 years old and starting to forget things, Lolly knows her time is running out to reconnect with her daughter, Arden and her granddaughter, Lauren whose lives have become too busy for her and her stories.

When Arden and Lauren come home to Scoops, Michigan, to check on Lolly and spend some time with her during the long Memorial Day weekend they all will find their way closer to not only each other, but to finding the joy, love, and faith in life that they have lost.
The past and the present are remembered and told through each of the charms on Lolly’s bracelet.

The minute I saw this book I wanted it. It was the charm bracelet for me. Being from Southern Georgia, getting your first charm bracelet at age 10 is a high point. After that every birthday, holiday and special occasion is marked by the gift of a charm. My mother’s bracelet rests in her jewelry box now, too heavy for her delicate wrist. Every charm has a story just as Lolly’s did.

I thought this was a charming story of family, love, and forgiveness. A story of listening and really hearing the generations that have come before you. Of seeing our own mothers as real people who still have a lot of life, love and wisdom to impart to us. Wisdom that we will pass on to our own daughters.

I laughed and cried and then read some more and then I read it again. And still cried.

Great Book Club selection as well as a great summer read!

All The Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

All the Missing Girls

Megan Miranda is the author of several YA books. This is her first adult novel.
A novel about the disappearance of two young women, a decade apart, in reverse. That’s right….Reverse! This may be her first novel, but I hope it won’t be her last.

It’s been 10 years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown. 10 years since her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace.
Now she is back to help her brother, Daniel with their ailing and confused father and to get her childhood home ready to sell.
It’s not long before Nic is plunged into a shocking drama that re-opens the case of Corinne’s disappearance and opens up old wounds.

Told in reverse_ Day 15 to Day 1 _ from the time another young woman goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about the missing girl whose family home is located directly behind Nic’s. Shocking truths are brought to light about her family, her friends, and what exactly happened the night Corinne disappeared.

This is a book unlike any I have read. Starting a book backwards? I’ve seen that scenario on television dramas, but how does one do that with a book? I have no idea, but it works in a big way!

There are twists and turns and just when you think you have it all figured out there’s another turn, another twist. All leading to an ending I never saw coming!
I read this book in one sitting. After the introduction, it was very easy to follow the reverse order concept.

I would highly recommend this book and I will definitely read it again! I look forward to more from Ms. Miranda.

I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. Publication is set for June of 2016.

Forgive Me by Daniel Palmer

Forgive Me

This is definitely an action packed, fast paced, thriller! The ending totally blew me away!

In Virginia, Private Investigator and Owner of DeRose and Associates Private Investigators, Angie DeRose and her team, consisting of Mike and Bao specialize in finding runaways. Nadine is one of those runaways and has gotten in way over her head and is desperately in need of saving.

As she and her team push full steam ahead on the case, Angie’s mother dies. And with that death comes questions, mysteries and danger. In her mother’s things Angie finds a small photograph of a little girl that she doesn’t recognize and on the back are a series of numbers and letters IC.

Now Angie has two cases, one which is unfolding to be a human trafficking ring and the other the mystery of the photograph.

Which one will be the most dangerous? Who can she trust to get answers? The answers could mean her death and none of us saw what happened in the end.

Daniel Palmer’s books are always exciting reads and this one didn’t disappoint me.

I was happy to receive an advanced copy of this book from Netgalley and Kensington. Book release set for May 31, 2016

About the Author

Daniel Palmer is the author of five critically-acclaimed suspense novels. After receiving his master’s degree from Boston University, he spent a decade as an e-commerce pioneer. A recording artist, accomplished blues harmonica player, and lifelong Red Sox fan, Daniel lives in New Hampshire with his wife and two children where he is currently at work on his next novel. Visit his website at www.danielpalmerbooks.com.