It is 1969 and in Dover, Ginny has just given birth to a daughter, Lucy. But Lucy doesn’t get to hold her baby and take her home. Lucy has Down’s Syndrome and her father and grandfather just can’t have that.
They proceed to stick Lucy in Willowridge and assure Ginny it is for the best. It is not. It is a hell hole for unwanted children. When Ginny finally finds her backbone and rescues Lucy things got tense.
I had to keep reminding myself this was 1969. Times were different. But it was still the same poor woman can’t manage herself and can’t see that her husband is the bad guy.
I understood this was based on true events. If so I am happy things turned out well, but the story was lacking.
NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press August 6th, 2019
Cassie is happy. She is one of the only female firefighters in her Austin department. She’s so good at her job she’s about to receive an award for Valor when we first meet her. She loves her job and her team. Cassie is gobsmacked when the presenter isn’t the Mayor but a Councilman. An enemy from high school. Let’s just say he leaves the stage on a stretcher and Cassie may not be making Lieutenant or even have a job left.
Cassie’s mother left her and her father when Cassie was 16 and she isn’t over it or anything else. So when out of the blue she receives a call from Diana, her mother, asking her to move to the Boston area and stay with her for a year while she is having a bit of a problem with her eye.
Reminding herself it is only temporary she heads out knowing that she will have a job with a much smaller and older station with guys she knows don’t want a woman in their boys’ club. But she needs to stay away from Austin and let the dust settle.
Before leaving Austin her Captain had told her to not make waves and DO. NOT. Date. Firemen. Not a problem for Cassie as she doesn’t even believe in love and never dates. The hazing and lack of support at the station is compounded with a new guy who on day one turns her life upside down!
I loved this story. Every character was so well done. This was a tale of perspective, forgiveness, and the complicated love of family. I was so moved by the courage Cassie and her mother had.
Very Well Done!
NetGalley/ August 13th, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press
When a single mom ends up playing an unwilling fake girlfriend to a charming playboy baseball player, love suddenly turns everything upside down in this fun, heartwarming multicultural romance.
Angel Gomez lives in the Bronx. An unwed mother by age 16. Her son Jose means the world to her and she has worked and studied tirelessly to get to where she is now. Passing her finals at nursing school. She has no time for men or playing around.
Duke Lewis, a star pitcher who parties hard and is basically a drunk with issues. In order to keep his place on the team, he needs to clean up his act. What could be better than a nurse? A pretend girlfriend until the headlines die down.
Angel has a rather uppity attitude towards other women. I could not understand why she would agree to do something that seems so out of character for her. All of the men were disgusting stereotypes of male athletes and their money hungry wives.
For me, this was much like the Real Housewives. Bad and embarrassing.
NetGalley/ St. Martin’s Griffin June 11, 2019
Andrew is a forty years old, single, living in a small one-room bed-sit, working for the council attending to those who have died with no apparent family or means to provide for a funeral. It’s a grim and depressing job.
Due to a misunderstanding when he first got the job, his boss and co-workers think he has a wife and two children and he has never bothered to set them straight.
Okay right here is where I started getting bored with wimpy Andrew and what may or may not have happened in his past. So much angst over a tiny lie that no one cares about. Maybe if he’d move his train collection to a warehouse he could have a life.
As it is I was bored to death by this book. There was no depth or logic to it.
NetGalley/ May 28th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
“Back before there was time, I lived with my father on an island, tucked away in an endless archipelago that reached up out of the cold salt water, hungry for air.”
The Island is all Emmeline has ever known. Her father teaches her about magic and the world of scents and how they are tied so closely to our memories.
Since she was a small child she has believed in the magic of the island. How mysteriously things appear when they need them. The walls of small drawers in their little cabin full of tiny pieces of paper from the mysterious machine that can capture a memory with scent. She believes it all.
As she gets older and begins to question her father and his actions, she finds her own answers and feels betrayed and angry. When tragedy occurs, she is suddenly removed from her island and enters the real world. A world that is ugly and mean and one she wants no part of.
She sets out on her own to find who she is and why she is so different from other people and in doing so will find out about family, loyalty, and betrayal by the ones you love the most.
This may be the most beautiful piece of writing I have seen in a long time. I was left with a beautiful ending and had tears streaming down my face.
This is a must read!
NetGalley/ St.Martin’s Press May 21, 2019
About the Author:
Erica Bauermeister is the author of the bestselling novel The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, and The Lost Art of Mixing. She is also the co-author of the non-fiction works, 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Washington, and has taught there and at Antioch University. She is a founding member of the Seattle7Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
I am doing a Giveaway for this book! Comment below on the subject of scents! Will draw on Monday!
“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
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