ASSAD OR WE BURN THE COUNTRY by SAM DAGHER

Assad, or We Burn the Country: How One Family's Lust for Power Destroyed Syria

From a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist specializing in the Middle East, this groundbreaking account of the Syrian Civil War reveals the never-before-published true story of a 21st-century humanitarian disaster.

Finally a real account of what is going on in Syria! And from a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist who specializes in the Middle East. A never before heard boots on the ground look at the Syrian Civil War that is killing the country.

In 2011, President Bashar al-Assad, decided to address the Arab Spring-type protests in Syria with crushing violence on his own people. There would be no uprising here. Instead, there would be a long war that so far has killed almost 500,000 and as citizens flee, terrorist groups came in and suddenly we had an enormous refugee issue. His response went against the advice of his friend Manaf Tlass, commander of the army. 

Dagher uses his own observations and experiences in Damascus and has interviewed many on both sides of this war. Including Tlass. Everything he says rings true. The campaign waged by Basheer has turned the country and the entire region into chaos.

This book could not be more timely. Dagher has shown us what evil looks like and how easily it can be ignored by the world. There is so much false information out there and this book clears it all up very nicely.

Keep bringing us the truth and great journalism!

NetGalley/ May 28th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company

 

 

TELL NO ONE by BARBARA TAYLOR SISSEL

Tell No One

“It’s not the lies you tell everybody else that matter so much, but the lies you tell yourself can kill you.”

This tale is told from two points of view. Caroline and Harris. Caroline is trying to find the father that left when she was young and she shut out for good. But now her father’s sister is dying and she needs to tell him something. Caroline is determined to find him all the while her own life is in shambles.

Her story was rambling and all over the place and I had little patience for all of the jumping all over the place.

Harris was a little easier to feel for, but even then, it was just too all over the place I thought and the ending was okay.

I would have loved to have known more about the characters before we went on the rambling ride with Caroline.

NetGalley/ May 14th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

The Unbreakables by Lisa Barr

The Unbreakables

The worst birthday ever might just be the gift of a lifetime…

Sophie and Gabe Bloom along with her two best friends and their spouses are ready to celebrate Sophie’s 42nd birthday with a nice dinner out. In very short order they get down to the gossip going around about all of the men caught out in the Ashley Madison cheating scandal. And, Happy Birthday!, guess who is the top cheater? Gabe.

Humiliated? Yes. Done? Yes. Sophie hops a flight to France to see her daughter who is studying in Paris struggling with her own cheater. Sophie ends up in Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Artists abound and Sophie finds herself putting her dreams and desires first for once.

I love strong women. And Sophie did not hesitate to jump into the unknown while trying to heal her heart and grieve for what she thought she had. In this story, she discovers her own voice, her own strength and becomes her true self. She decides what is over and what is unbreakable.

Wonderful Story!

Edelweiss/ Harper Collins  May 14, 2019

 

 

 

THE NIGHT BEFORE by WENDY WALKER

The Night Before

This story is told in dual timelines. The night before and the day after.

There is also a conversation from months ago with what looks to be her therapist. Laura is angry, self-destructive and obsessed with finding love.

We find out bits and pieces seen through the eyes of Laura as well as her sister Rose.

Laura grew up believing her father loved Rose more. And then he left. Is Laura simply not loveable? She has a pattern of falling for unavailable men and then exploding when they don’t commit. So when her latest relationship is over, she heads home to Rose and Joe. The first thing she does is sign up for a dating app. When she doesn’t come home after one date, Rose isn’t sure who she is more frightened for. Laura or John.

As Rose, Joe and best bud, Gabe search for Laura, long-buried secrets come bubbling to the surface. Did any of them really know the others? The past seen through the eyes of all of them is quite different. But who is right?

This one sent me in so many different directions! It was like trying to untie a complicated knot! There were secrets inside of secrets and when it all came to a head at the end I was left sitting there with my mouth hanging open! What???

Netgalley/ May 14th 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

 

 

 

 

BLOG TOUR FOR THE FAMILY by PR BLACK

The Family

Becky was the only survivor of the horrific and ritualistic killing of her entire family. Injured and terrified she saw her opportunity to run and she did. Rescued by a man in the woods.

Adult Becky is doing everything she can to find out who the killer was and why he hasn’t been found. But when her digging starts getting people who help her killed in horrible ways, she doesn’t stop, she just goes harder. Not knowing who to trust may just get her killed herself before she can find out the truth.

This was a very explicit and horrifying read. As a character I didn’t care for Becky. But I did not see that ending!

NetGalley/ May 2nd 2019 by Aria

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59 Memory Lane by Celia Anderson

59 Memory Lane

May Rosevere, sits in her little cottage in Cornwall, contemplating having reached 110. She is awfully spry for someone her age and her goal is to reach 111. It’s an important goal for her. May tells everyone she has lived this long thanks to buttered toast in the morning and some sherry in the evening.

May actually has a whopper of a secret. She is a memory thief. To keep her own mind and body young, she steals the memories left in objects of others.

There is some questions about her husbands death and affairs and the choices he made has her neighbor Julia, a recent widow, despising May. And then Julia begins to forget things.

I didn’t quite buy into the memory draining but the story as a whole was more about honesty, forgiveness and the power of love.

NetGalley/April 1st 2019 by HarperCollins

 

 

 

 

The Little Teashop on Main by Jodi Thomas

The Little Teashop on Main

A rainy-day ritual—a tea party between three little girls—becomes the framework of not only their friendship, but their lives.

A heart felt story about 3 friends and the bonds they forged over their first tea party as children. They have vowed to always remain friends and be there for each other.

Zoe, Shannon and Emily are different people. With different paths and different challenges. But what remains the same as we watch them grow up and face difficult times, but together.

One of my favorite authors, Thomas is so good at weaving a story with layers and characters you would love to know. This is one of those stories that leave you with tears and laughter, joy and heartache.

What a joy it was to read this!

NetGalley/May 7th 2019 by HQN