#BookReview The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

5 stars

Featured imageFeatured imageThe Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel is a captivating crime novel from the very beginning. This is the seventh book in the Louise Rick series and the first one I have read. When a woman’s body is found in the woods Detective Louise Rick thought it would be easy to identify her from the large scar on her face. Only later to discover that the woman was issued a death certificate thirty years ago. When similar crimes begin occurring, Louise knows she has to solve this case fast.

Blaedel being considered “The Queen of Crime” in Denmark made me want to read The Forgotten Girls, just to see if she truly deserves a title like that. Long story short, I was not disappointed! This book had me wondering who the killer was and just when I thought I knew who it was, I find out I was wrong. Mixing in Louise’s past experiences in the book with the other characters has made me very curious about Blaedel’s other novels in the series. Blaedel does an excellent job of not giving away too much of what has happened in her other novels, which makes me want to read them all. The ending of the book left me with more questions that I still need answers to. Mostly questions about Louise and what would happen with her. I guess I have to wait for the next book in the series to find out.

Overall I think that Sara Blaedel has earned her title “Queen of Crime”. I look forward to reading more of her work. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good crime novel.

I gave this book 5 stars and have posted my review on Goodreads, The Reading Room and Amazon.

•I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

#BookReview Brookwood Road: Memories of a Home by Scott Douglas Vaughan

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Featured imageFeatured imageBrookwood Road: Memories of a Home by Scott Douglas Vaughan is a collection of thirty-nine short stories inspired by Vaughan’s memories of growing up. Each story takes place on or around Brookwood Home, which is located in Georgia. As Vaughan states in the beginning of the book “Some stories are true. Some of these stories are based on truth. Some of these stories should have been true.” Each story is told through Frank’s eyes, and is unique and obviously told with a love and fondness for the area and people in it.

I chose Brookwood Road because I love to read about memoirs that occur in the South. Vaughan does not disappoint. Some of his stories are humorous and tell of easier times. Other stories just make you wish that you could have lived in those times and experience the same things that Frank did. The very first story in “Brookwood Road” was hilarious. When R.C. Wilcox, the grandfather, forced the hired help to sing upon his newborn grandson’s, named Frank, arrival home. My personal favorite story was “Tallywackers” which also happens to be my new favorite word.  The story was hilarious and occurred when it was still innocent to go skinny-dipping. The story “The Pink Store” had a good message in it that I wish more people would listen to. The story also loved Papa Paul’s advice, “Anytime you are stumped for an answer or find yourself worried about something, I recommend a Hershey chocolate bar.”

I am glad the promise was kept to Vaughan’s father and this book was named “Memories of a Home”.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes memoirs or stories from the South. Reading these stories made me long for my own small town that used to be and the days when a Coca-Cola used to be ten cents.

I gave this book 5 stars and have posted my review on Goodreads, Reader’s Favorite and Amazon.

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#BookReview Shorts and Shudders: Eight short stories, including some to make you (slightly) shudder by Gwendolyn Savvy

Featured imageFeatured imageShorts and Shudders: Eight short stories, including some to make you (slightly) shudder by Gwendolyn Savvy is a quick read made up of eight short stories. Some stories are cute and funny others leave you in shock. I have listed each story and my thoughts on them.

The Goddess Diary: Tania Witherspoon is a self-proclaimed Goddess who is able to control people with her thoughts. She takes her new job very seriously and attempts to fix all that is wrong in the world.
I thought this story that takes place in the year 2022 was cute. Savvy has wrote this story as if you are reading Tania’s diary. It was funny that when Tania laughs people get hiccups. The story left me wishing I too was a Goddess.

Suitor: Polly Paloma is a loving, widowed grandmother. When she returns from vacation in Cancun, she mistakenly picks up a stranger’s luggage. The suitcase happens to belong to a male. Polly then starts to imagine who the items in the suitcase belong to and starts to fall for that person.
I thought the ending of this story was going to be predictable but I was wrong. The ending had me surprised. Savvy definitely surprised me with this story.

Only the Best for Me: Marjorie Walsh only wants the best. When her kitchen is remodeled she discovers an imperfection. That imperfection scares her and when she is left home alone, something happens.
This story was a little eerie. It reminded me of something I would see on The Twilight Zone. I will never look at my own kitchen’s imperfections the same way again.

Log Off: Jennifer Cole is stuck at her dead end job when weird messages start appearing on her computer screen.
This story was funny I was not sure what kind of ending to expect. I could see myself doing something like what occurs in the story one day.
Hello Tomato!: Is a story about the most perfect tomato to ever grace this earth and the guy who fell in love with it.
This story was kind of a cute love story. It is a story I would tell my child in hope that she will take an interest in vegetables.

Curses: Tabitha decides to steal a sorcerer’s book of curses, after he puts curse on everyone in her apartment building.
I thought it was pretty clever of how Tabitha decided to go about stealing the book of curses. I liked that everyone worked together.

Dog Rules: This story is about a dog and it is told through his eyes. The dog is very protective of his female owner.
I love that this story is through the dog’s eyes. I know my dog does the exact same thing to get my attention.

Welcome to My World: Joe-Joe is the Professor’s assistant. When the Professor starts spending time with a former student, Joe-Joe is a little jealous. That is until the Professor finally introduces him to a former student.
This is another story I would expect to see on The Twilight Zone. I was not sure what to expect, and once again I was wrong with my guess.

Gwendolyn Savvy has a gift for telling stories. I love how all of them are unique. When you think one is going to end a certain way it does not. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys short stories.Featured image

I gave this book 5 stars. Every story was unique and I could not guess the endings correctly. That is something I enjoy. My review is posted on Goodreads, Reader’s Favorite and Amazon.
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review

#BookReview Dark Pursuit by Jennifer Chase

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Featured imageFeatured imageDark Pursuit is the fifth book by Jennifer Chase in the Emily Stone series. Dark Pursuit is an action packed book starting from the very first page. Emily Stone and Rick Lopez are on a race against time to stop a serial killer whose victims are children.

Dark Pursuit is the first book I have read in Chase’s series. If the others books in the series are as good as this one is, then they are all must reads. Dark Pursuit is made up of three parts. The first part starts with a car chase and Emily ends up seeing the results of an unspeakable crime committed by a serial killer. The second part is the tale of Emily’s police career and the events she witnessed to put her on the path of becoming a “phantom detective” who hunts serial killers. The third part of the book is the where Emily tries to find the Tick-Tock Killer and his next victim.

There were so many things that made Dark Pursuit a good book. I liked that while Emily and Rick are both partners and lovers, that their relationship was not the focus of the story. I also think that it is so wonderfully creepy that the Tick-Tock Killer communicates with his dead mother. I love how Chase made Emily Stone a strong female character who can take care of herself. I wish there were more female characters like that in books.

Reading Dark Pursuit is not recommended if you are about to go to bed. This book will give you an adrenaline rush that will keep you awake the whole night just trying to finish the book. I am now definitely a fan of Jennifer Chase and her Emily Stone series. I would like to read her other books in the series, just not before I am going to sleep.Featured image

I gave this book 5 stars. I recommend this book to anyone who like mysteries and action packed books. My review is posted on Reader’s Favorite, Amazon

*I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Woman’s rude note over handicapped parking spot goes viral

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This is such a shame! I hope the apartment complex solves this.

Originally posted on WGN-TV:

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MIAMISBURG, Ohio — An Ohio woman with a prosthetic leg says she was happy when her apartment complex gave her a parking spot closer to her door, but now she is in a battle of words with a neighbor who keeps taking her spot.

Accoridng to WKEF, 26-year-old Ashley Brady lost her right leg in an accident last year. She learned to walk again with a prosthetic, but getting across her apartment complex’s parking lot proved difficult, especially when there was snow and ice.

So, the apartment complex designated a parking spot for Brady to park closer and avoid icy falls.

“I finally get my handicapped parking spot last Thursday, and then I come home on Saturday, and they’re parking in my parking spot,” Brady told WKEF.

She decided to leave a note when she didn’t see a handicap placard or plate, but in return, she received a very rude letter under her…

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#BookReview Two Years of Heaven: Rekindled Stories of Happiness by JoAnn Fastoff

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“Happy is fishing, boating, running, volleyball, cooking, dancing, playing the piano, gardening…as long as you remember it is.”

Featured imageFeatured imageTwo Years of Heaven: Rekindled Stories of Happiness by JoAnn Fastoff is a different kind of memoir. Instead of just one person’s story the book is filled with short stories of many people’s happiest memories from the best two years of their lives.

Two Years of Heaven made me think. If I had the choice of reliving the best two years of my life over and over again, I would take it in a heartbeat. I really liked that Fastoff created this unique book. The story that I connected with the most was the story that Glenda told about traveling with her mother and stopping everywhere they wanted to. This story brought back my own happy memories of taking a road trip with my mother and also stopping everywhere we wanted to. One other thing I liked was that the book included pictures of places with a short explanation of the history. Many of the pictures are from the area I live in or have visited. I liked seeing the places through the eyes of another and knowing they too have memories there.

There are few books that can leave a reader with the feeling of peace and happiness once finished. Two Years of Heaven does just this. It also makes the reader member their own happy memories. Fastoff has done a great job with this book. The world needs less negativity and more happiness in it. I recommend this quick read for anyone who needs their spirit lifted or needs to be reminded what happiness is.Featured imageI gave this book 5 stars because it actually made me feel happy and put me in a good mood. Reviews are posted on Goodreads, Reader’s Favorite and Amazon.

*I received a copy of this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

#BookReview Conflicting Webs by Darlene Quinn

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Featured imageFeatured imageI absolutely loved Conflicting Webs by Darlene Quinn. Conflicting Webs, which happens to be a stand-alone story, is the fifth addition to Quinn’s Web series. The Web series contains four other books. This is the first book I have read in the Web series so I was happy that Quinn fills the reader in on some of the things from the other books in the series. This book focuses on the wedding of April Toddman and Kyle Clark. It also revolves around a custody battle for Lindsay Levin. There is also a lot more that happens, but I will not spoil it. This story is filled with just the right about of drama and everything that occurs is believable. The characters are mostly loveable and all of them are unique.

Conflicting Webs contains a cast of characters which the book focuses on. At first I felt there were too many characters to focus on but when I continued reading I appreciated that Quinn tells each character’s side of the story and point of view. Every character has a reason for being in this book. I also like how everyone of Quinn’s characters, no matter how bad they are, all have a little good in them. I liked the character of April Toddman because she is a strong female who always tries to do the right thing. I hated Howard Levin, but so did everyone else in the book. Nora Levin is a saint for putting up with him and not hiring a hitman. Lindsay Levin is the character my heart went out to the most. She is surrounded by love but no one person can really take care of her.

Overall I really enjoyed Conflicting Webs. It reminded me of the television show “Brothers & Sisters” in that everyone is related or their paths cross in some way. I liked that Quinn wrote about Survivor’s Guilt. It helped me to realize that people in my own life are suffering from it. I will be looking into reading the rest of the Web series as well as Quinn’s other book. I recommend this book for anyone who like reading drama and family stories.Featured image
*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review

I have given this book 5 stars and have posted reviews on Goodreads, The Reading Room and Reader’s Favorite. The book is not available on Amazon til April 7th, so I was unable to post it there.

#BookReview HEY DOORMAN: Twenty-one true tales of an uncommon bouncer in Los Angeles by John P. Kildemm

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Featured imageFeatured imageHEY DOORMAN: Twenty-one true tales of an uncommon bouncer in Los Angeles by John P. Kildemm is a hilarious quick read. The book contains twenty-one stories or advice from a bouncer’s experiences. They are all told in Kildemm’s funny sarcastic style.

I thought Hey Doorman was shm-tastic. Bouncers are often overlooked. They are the guardians of the doors and people do not realize they see pretty much everything. My favorite story in this book was Twenty-one you say? I never thought that bouncers would use social media to identify someone’s age. This sort of reminds me of something the government would do. Matt Damon (and other famous celebrities) was another story I really liked. I liked this story because Kildemm tells the readers the truth about how these celebrities actually are. The only time I hear about a celebrity at a nightclub is when they are getting in trouble. The verdict is still out on Justin Bieber, but it is nice to hear that they are not always getting into trouble and that they are nice people. Kildemm’s words of shm-wisdom are not something one should forget either.

I really enjoyed Hey Doorman. It made me laugh out loud. It also made me want to go to Los Angeles just to see if what Kildemm says about the transvestites in the street are true. I read that Kildemm has written another book called HEY DOORMAN: twenty-two true tales of an uncommon bouncer in Los Angeles, I cannot wait to read it.

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I gave this book 4 stars. I posted my review on Goodreads, Amazon, The Reading Room and Reader’s Favorite.

#BookReview Defiance by M. Elaine Moore

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*I received this ARC for an honest review

Featured imageFeatured imageDefiance by M. Elaine Moore is the second book in The Human Sacrifice Series. It is also the first one I have read. The book follows up on Detective Aubri Payton after her abduction in the first book, Human Sacrifice, and her rescue by her partner Chris Avery. This book is not so much a crime novel as it is a book about a woman trying to live again after a brutal kidnapping.

Defiance is a book of emotions. After Detective Aubri Payton’s kidnapping the only person she lets get close to her is her partner and savior Chris Avery. Even then she keeps him at arm length. The book goes back and forth with their feelings for each other. Both characters try so hard to be strong and fight their need for each other. It is obvious to the reader that these two characters are better off together and have a strong connection. I admit I wanted to crawl in the book and slap both characters and handcuff them together at times. Moore does throw in a little excitement when more crimes similar to what happened to Aubri start occurring, but the main focus of the book is Aubri and Chris and their relationship.

Defiance is a book of fiction but what Aubri feels and goes through after her abduction is real to actual kidnapping victims. They cannot just get over what happened to them like they would in a book. I liked that Moore kept that part of the story true to life. I also really liked how Chris treated his informant Constantine and that he valued him as a person. That is something I have never seen in all the books I have read.

I did enjoy this book. At first it was a little too emotional for me but once reading the whole story I understood why. I would like to read Moore’s next book in the series to see if it is any different or if the crimes keep repeating.Featured image

*I received this ARC for an honest review

I gave this book 4 stars because while it was good it was too emotional for me. Those emotions kept going back and forth a little too much. I have posted my review on Goodreads, Amazon, The Reading Room and Reader’s Favorite.