Saturday, April 21, 2018

Memory Man (Memory Man series Book 1) : A Review

Memory Man (Memory Man series Book 1) 

by David Baldacci
My Thoughts:

This was the first series by Baldacci I actually completed.  I found this first installment quite far fetched and a bit dry.  Each book in the series was better than the previous one.  I did enjoyed the series overall, the final is the series was by far the best.  I prefer a cleaner more concise writing style without unimportant side stories, details, descriptions or adjectives.

I give it three of five stars.

Publisher's Synopsis: Amos Decker's life changed forever--twice.

The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect--he can never forget anything.

The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare--his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered.

His family destroyed, their killer's identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can.

But over a year later, a man turns himself in to the police and confesses to the murders. At the same time a horrific event nearly brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with this investigation. Decker also seizes his chance to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gifts and confront the burdens that go along with them. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Memory Man will stay with you long after the turn of the final page.

Disclaimer:  I borrowed this book from my library, this is my honest opinion.  

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Friday, April 20, 2018

The Woman in the Window: A Review

The Woman in the Window

by A. J. Finn

My Thoughts:

This book is a psychological thriller starring an agoraphobic child psychologist is very reminiscent of Rear Window.   I did enjoy it, though I did predict most of the outcome an easy read. Good plot, good story line.

Anna Fox was a child psychologist with a perfect life. But things drastically changed almost a year ago. Anna now suffers from agoraphobia that keeps her prisoner in both her own home and mind. Anna’s life now consists of old back and white movies, bulk red wine, prescription medications and online chat rooms and most importantly watching the neighbors through her telescopic camera lens.
The seemingly perfect Russell family moves into the house across the street and now Anna believes she may truly be losing her mind.  Did she see what she thinks she did? Could she have hallucinated? Who can she trust? Is she in danger? 

Agoraphobia, substance abuse, alcoholism, murder, death, grief, anxiety, depression poor Anna experiences all of it.  Can she overcome it or does she even want to? 

Publisher’s Synopsis:

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Just in Time: A Review

Just in Time

Kensington Books
My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed Just in Time.  Marie Bostwick drew me in and brought each character to life. I read it straight through.   The bond the three main characters share is special and inspiring.   I’d love to have a close-knit circle of friends like this.  Grief is experienced differently for everyone.  This story is about three women each with very different backgrounds and stories, how they became their own support group and learned to enjoy life again. A very uplifting story of overcoming grief from different perspectives.  I highly recommend this title it is fully engaging, very well written and concise with no annoying verbiage or repetition.  

Publisher’s Synopsis:

Fifteen years ago, Grace Saunders vowed to take her beloved husband for better or worse. Now she’s coming to terms with difficult choices as she crafts a memory quilt from scraps of their life together—a life torn to shreds by an accident that has left him in a coma. Enduring months of limbo, Grace is at least not alone.

Nan has been widowed for twenty years, but now, with her children grown, her home feels painfully empty. Even the company of her golden retriever, Blixen, and a series of other rescue dogs, can't fill the void. Then there’s Monica, a feisty woman with a biting wit who’s reeling following her husband’s death—and the revelation of his infidelity.

As for Grace, a chance evening with a man she barely knows brings a glimmer of joy she hasn’t felt since the tragedy—along with feelings of turmoil and guilt. But her struggle to cope will force all three women to face their fears, share their deepest secrets—and lean on one another as they move from grief and isolation to hope, and a second chance at happiness. 

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title for review purposes, free of charge, from NetGalley and Kensington Books. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. This Review is my honest opinion.

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I Almost Divorced My Husband but I Went On Strike Instead: A Review

I Almost Divorced My Husband but I Went On Strike Instead
by Sherri Mills
Cedar Fort
Bonneville Books
Parenting & Families 

My Thoughts:

"Help" is a 4-letter word, I love it.  This book was delightful.  I enjoyed it through to the very end.  As a single working mom of five the idea of a strike is appealing but not going to happen.  However, I have taken many of her concepts and ideas and applied some of them to my own life.  Though marriage struggle may not all be “help” related the tricks and tools most certainly can indeed apply to almost every marriage.  I would recommend this especially to young brides or struggling moms.  Terrific read. I highly recommend it. 

Publisher’s Synopsis:

Sherri Mills eagerly took over all household and child rearing duties at the beginning of her marriage. Years later, exhausted and angry from her husband's do-nothing attitude but having a “No Divorce” goal, she went on strike—and it worked. Sherri's candid confessions of going from picket fences to picket signs will have you laughing your way to a permanent, equitable division of labor and domestic bliss.

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title for review purposes, free of charge, from NetGalley. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. This Review is my honest opinion.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

It Is Well with My Soul: A review

It Is Well with My Soul: Meditations for Those Living with Illness, Pain, and the Challenges of Aging

By: Shelly Beach
Discovery House / 2012 / Paperback

My Thoughts:

It is Well with My Soul is my all-time favorite hymn, so the title of this book certainly struck a chord with me.  This is such a delightful little book. Full of encouragement this is a collection of meditations or devotions for those who are dealing with chronic illness, aging, daily pain and more. She includes many examples from her own personal testimony. What an enjoyable and uplifting read, a terrific gift for anyone suffering.  I highly recommend it.
Publisher’s Synopsis:
Living with chronic illness, growing older, or facing the end of life can be a frightening experience, even for some Christians. Where do you find strength to face the reality of your pain and suffering? Who can you depend on to care for your needs? How do you cope with life each day, knowing it could very well be your last?

It Is Well with My Soul is an insightful devotional designed to offer encouragement to those who are receiving care. You’ll explore biblical perspectives on issues associated with some of life’s most difficult stages. With engaging narrative, personal experience stories, and the use of humor, author Shelly Beach helps you find hope and contentment in Jesus.

This collection of brief meditations also provides scriptural integrated prayers, reflective questions, and space to journal. Gain a deeper understanding of God’s purposes in situations of suffering. Discover how you can experience His peace and have confidence in knowing it is well with your soul.
 Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title for review purposes, free of charge, from  NetGalley. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. This Review is my honest opinion.
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