A MONTH IN BOOKS: APRIL 2018

Below are some of the books I read this month. Short descriptions and opinions included. Please keep in mind the star system is just personally how much or little a book was enjoyed. We just don’t all have the same tastes and that is a wonderful part of how novels come into being. 1 star is the lowest rating and 5 is the highest.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney. (4 stars) “There are three things you should know about me: 1. I’m in a coma. 2. My husband doesn’t love me any more. 3. Sometimes I lie.” This book threw me through a loop. The plot was crazy and had more turns then  a cross country RV trip. The ending will leave you bewildered and slightly terrified of everyone close to you (before you remember the reason fiction is so fantastic is because it is not real). Imagine waking up without the ability to move or speak, for no one to know that you can hear every word they say. How did this happen? Don’t read any further than this in any book review. Allow Amber to tell you the story exactly as it should be told. Then you will walk away with both a sense of satisfaction and a desire to know the rest because there is always more to the story then you get at first glance.

Saving April by Sarah A Denzil.  (3 stars) I had heard good things about this author. I wanted to enjoy this book much more than I did and I know a lot of people did. This book follows Hannah who locks herself in a small bubble of a world rarely even venturing outside. Traumatized by the past she can’t let go of she holds back from becoming a part of her community. Then the house across the street is sold and April moves in with her parents. Hannah thinks April needs saving and will go to any lengths to help this innocent child.

Vanished by T.K Leigh- (3 stars) This is one of those romances I don’t tend to tell people I read(shhh). It is actually a series this being the 4th. It was a well written with a good plot outside just the love story. I will say though the back and forth break ups and reconciliations the couple go through in the series make me a little nutty. I love reading love stories but the ones that contain to many ‘mistakes’ make my analytical side scream bloody murder.

If You Knew My Sister by Michelle Adams. (3 stars) I really was not sure if I would finish this book but I ended up enjoying the second half much more. Two sisters separated at a young age. One kept with her wealthy parents and given all the best things in life. The other, Irini, abandoned to her aunt and uncle’s care. Both grow up and Irini became a doctor. The phone rings in the dead of night and her sister Elle’s voice tells her their mother is dead. Elle is capable of so much does Irini dare be draw into her sister’s fold.

Crosstalk- Connie Willis (1 star) I had high hopes for this book. It looked interesting and I liked the general premise of the story. The actual execution was over simplistic and slightly creepy. I could not finish this book though I got over halfway through.

Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin. (4 stars) Imagine being the only survivor of a serial killer. Left in a field for dead Tessa is one of the “Black-Eyed Susans” and the lucky one according to her since she lived. The killer is caught and Tess grows up haunted only by memories of what she doesn’t know and the black-eyed susans that she occasionally finds in her yards as the years go by. This is what Tess believes for years. This novel explores teen friendship, relationships, and serial killers what could go wrong. Only aspect of the book I didn’t enjoy was the jumping back and forth in time.

The Time Between by Karen White (4 stars)Eleanor Murray is consumed with guilt for causing the accident that paralyzed her sister but she can’t help loving her sister’s husband. When her boss offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt she says yes hoping this good deed will help her move forward in her life. Some of the verbiage is overused but the story contains a lot of emotion and the is absorbing.  Mystery, romance and lost families unable to content abound.

The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee (3 stars) Portia is at home in Texas and has no plans to join her sisters in New York. That all changes and Portia lands in Manhattan determined to make a live in the big city work. Step one a job so she can eat. Making it in the big city proves harder then Portia thinks. Meeting Gabriel and his daughters adds more to her plate as Portia tries to confront her past and reopen the family business in New York. Life seems simple but secrets start emerging that complicate more than just the kitchen. The story was cute. It was a nice easy read that contained some fun characters.

Plague Land by Alex Scarrow (3 or 4 stars) I have a apocalypse addiction that can not be explained or forgotten.  I love and am terrified by this book. Alex and his sister move to London with their mother after the divorce. They miss New York but are making the best of it when suddenly news of a disease starts spreading. List in Africa and then seemingly overnight in Europe. Alex and his family have to escape London. The world is under attack by a super plague that seems to be adapting and changing each day. This is going to be a series I will defiantly have to try the next book.

Sweetest Hallelujah by Elaine Hussey (4 stars) Betty Jewel Hughes becomes pregnant and alone, she gives up her dream of being a Jazz star to raise her daughter, Billie, in Mississippi. Now, Billie is nine years old and doesn’t know her mother is dying of cancer. Betty Jewel does the unthinkable: she takes out a want ad seeking a loving mother for her daughter. Cassie answers the ad wanting to interview Betty but Cassie is worlds away from what everyone, including Cassie, expects. Cassie is as white as Betty is black. A recent widow whose outspoken opinions are protected by her wealth. I enjoyed this story greatly. My only issue comes with the fact the ending of this story contained non of the race issues typical to the 60’s and featured throughout the rest of the novel.

The Wife by Alafair Burke (5 stars) Angela and Jason have the perfect marriage with a wonderful son until it all implodes. Jason is accused of sexual assault and all the secrets of their life threaten to unravel. Angela stands beside her husband until you are questioning why she continues, is it denial or is the story larger. Slowly we learn why she is so scarred and then Jason is arrested for rape and murder.  Jason tells Angela to take their son and go away so that her past doesn’t become fodder to the gossip, with her mother and son in tow. I was sure that he was guilty of sexual harassment, rape, and murder from the beginning. Lots of police drama, lawyer issues and plot twists.

To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin (3 stars) Set in 1887 this novel follows along the construction of the Eiffel Tower in an interesting piece of historical fiction.  It has a slow moving plot that follows a brother and sister and their traveling companion, Caitriona Wallace. They meet Emile Nouguier who is involved in the building of the Eiffel Tower and a lover of women though he is starting to wish for more when he meets Caitriona. The historical aspects of this novel are very interesting.

Then there are all of the rest of the books I have read this month. Some which were completely fantastic. Please don’t assume my lack of a view here means the book was beneath par. All The Ever Afters is now a new favorite of mine.

All The Ever Afters by Danielle Teller (5 Stars)

Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison (5 stars)

Her Best Friend by Sarah Wray (2 stars)

The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky (4 stars)

The Island by Victoria Hislop (3 stars)

Honor Code by Kiersi Burkhart (4 stars)

Every Note Played by Lisa Genova (4 stars)

Hellcorp by Johnathan Whitelaw (3 stars)

Follow Me Home by Cathy Woodman (3 stars)

The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland (4 stars)

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