Book Review- The Anxiety Diaries by Dana Muwwakkil

On the blog today I am reviewing The Anxiety Diaries by Dana Muwwakkil for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

About the Book:

What will everybody think?

When I started this experiment at the beginning of 2019, to write every day, I simply thought I would be recording the mundane life of a mother, wife and struggling writer.

And yes, I considered the fact my family and friends and anybody else that reads this diary -my diary- would have access to my most intimate fears, hopes, thoughts, maybe even an embarrassing moment or two.

But who could have predicted that I would be providing a detailed account into my struggle with my mental health?

I had no idea that the anxiety that only ever played a minor role in my life would make its debut as the starring antagonist. Or that the obsessive thoughts and irrational fears that were always real to me would be given new life on the pages of my diary.

2019  turned out to be the worst year of my life and I can’t believe that I’m sharing this devastating journey with the world.

I came close to giving up, I made a near-fatal mistake and I spent too many moments terrified of my own thoughts.

But as nightmarish as that ordeal was, allowing readers to have a piece of my soul is even more frightening.

Publishing this book may be the bravest thing I’ve ever done.

This is my story.

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Anxiety Diaries by Dana Muwwakkil is a compelling memoir. The book consists of diary entries for every single day of the year of 2019. The epistolary style of writing works really well in this memoir that focuses on the mental health and anxiety in particular of the author. The daily entries work very well because anyone that has anxiety knows that every day can be different.

On a personal note, I have struggled with anxiety my entire life and I really appreciate the author speaking her truth and as she states “with no regrets”. Her choice to take medication and go to therapy is a personal one . No one can make this decision for you.

I enjoyed reading this memoir. The writing is brave and authentic.

Highly recommend!

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Book Review- Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

I am thrilled to bring you my review for Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger!

Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Park Row Books

From master of suspense Lisa Unger comes a riveting thriller about a chance encounter that unravels a stunning web of lies and deceit.

Be careful to whom you tell your darkest secrets…

Selena Murphy is commuting home from her job in the city when the train stalls out on the tracks. She strikes up a conversation with a beautiful stranger in the next seat, and their connection is fast and easy. The woman introduces herself as Martha and confesses that she’s been stuck in an affair with her boss. Selena, in turn, confesses that she suspects her husband is sleeping with the nanny. When the train arrives at Selena’s station, the two women part ways, presumably never to meet again.

But days later, Selena’s nanny disappears.

Soon Selena finds her once-perfect life upended. As she is pulled into the mystery of the missing nanny, and as the fractures in her marriage grow deeper, Selena begins to wonder, who was Martha really? But she is hardly prepared for what she’ll discover.

Expertly plotted and reminiscent of the timeless classic Strangers on a TrainConfessions on the 7:45 is a gripping thriller about the delicate facades we create around our lives.

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger is honestly one of the best books I have ever read.
This is a TWISTY read that I could not put down. The plot is precise and intricate with multiple characters. The story is told alternating between the past and the present.

Two women meet on a train and share secrets. The story alternates between the perspective of Selena and Martha.

This thriller has a story within a story! Not everything is as it seems and twist after twist is thrown at you. The characters are complex, complicated and so well fleshed out that they will leave you speechless.

The story is EVERYTHING you want in a thriller. You will be thrown off your reading chair in disbelief after reading this one!

Go out and get this book now!!!!

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Book Review-Once Again by Catherine Wallace Hope

I am pleased to bring you my review for “Once Again” by Catherine Wallace Hope on tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

Release Date: October 6, 2020

Alcove Press

About The Book: 

An imaginative, emotional debut novel for fans of Ann Patchett about one woman’s fight to save her daughter from repeating a deadly fate.

What if you had one chance to save someone you lost? 

Isolated in the aftermath of tragedy, Erin Fullarton has felt barely alive since the loss of her young daughter, Korrie. She tries to mark the milestones her therapist suggests–like today, the 500th day without Korrie–but moving through grief is like swimming against a dark current. 

Her estranged husband, Zac, a brilliant astrophysicist, seems to be coping better. Lost in his work, he’s perfecting his model of a stunning cosmological phenomenon, one he predicts will occur today–an event so rare, it keeps him from being able to acknowledge Erin’s coinciding milestone. 

But when Erin receives a phone call from her daughter’s school, the same call she received five hundred days earlier when Korrie was still alive, Erin realizes something is happening. Or happening again. Struggling to understand the sudden shifts in time, she pieces together that the phenomenon Zac is tracking may have presented her with the gift of a lifetime: the chance to save her daughter. 

Unable to reach Zac or convince the authorities of what is happening, Erin is forced to find the answer on her own, Erin must battle to keep the past from repeating–or risk losing her daughter for good.

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Once Again is a captivating debut novel from Catherine Wallace Hope that I really enjoyed. What if you could go back in time to correct a devastating life altering event? Erin lost her 6 year old daughter Korrie 500 days ago. It’s been 18 months and she is understandably still grieving. That’s the thing about grief, it is fluid, not static. The story alternates between two timelines starting June 20, 2021 and ending with June 20, 2020. A reverse storytelling if you will and that alternating timeline was brilliant. Erin’s husband Zac is a astrophysicist that has been working on a special project which sets the course of events that gave Erin another chance to go back in time. This story has components of time travel, magical realism, sci-fi and so much more. I couldn’t put this book down, it was that good! I really was guessing until the very end. It was like a movie that played out in my head as the time was ticking down on the timeline.

About The Author:

Award-winner Catherine Wallace Hope grew up in Colorado, the setting for her thriller Once Again. She earned her degree in creative writing at the University of Colorado. She also delved into dance in New York and art and psychology in California. When she returned to Colorado, she became an instructor at the renowned Lighthouse Writers Workshop, offering creativity workshops for writers. Currently, she and her family are living on an island in the Pacific Northwest where they serve at the pleasure of two astonishingly spoiled dogs.

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Book Review- The Silent Conspiracy by L.C. Shaw

Today on the blog I am bringing you my review of The Silent Conspiracy by L.C. Shaw for Suzy Approved Book Tours.

About The Book: 

Release Date: September 15, 2020

It’s been almost two years since investigative reporter Jack Logan and television producer Taylor Parks brought down the Institute—the secret facility responsible for indoctrinating a generation of America’s political and media power players. Their lives are just getting back to normal, and Jack and Taylor have settled into married life with their young son, Evan.

But soon a series of bizarre, seemingly random murder/suicides captures Jack’s attention as a disturbing pattern emerges. Could someone be intentionally causing people to become homicidal? At the same time, Taylor is producing a story about a class action suit against a national insurance company that has reached the Supreme Court.

As Jack and Taylor start to suspect that their stories are connected, they realize there is something far more insidious at play that could not only directly threaten them—but the very future of the country…

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

WOW! What a ride! The Silent Conspiracy by L.C. Shaw is the second book in the Jack Logan Series.

I very much enjoyed The Network and this book picks up where that left off. Jack and Taylor are a family unit with Evan. That peace does not last a hot second though.

There are a series of murder suicides that Jack is investigating as there is something quite off with them. At the same time Taylor is checking out an insurance company and some nefarious activities going on .

This is an EXCELLENT Thriller that pulled me right in. The characters are dynamic and well written. The mystery has multiple plot points that kept me flipping pages furiously.

Another winner from L.C. Shaw!

About The Author:

L. C. Shaw is the pen name of internationally bestselling author Lynne Constantine who also writes psychological thrillers with her sister as Liv Constantine. Her husband wonders if she is actually a spy, and never knows which name to call her. She loves to procrastinate by spending time on social media and, when stuck on a plot twist, has been known to run ideas by her silver Labrador and golden retriever who wish she would stop typing and play ball with them. Lynne has a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and her work has been translated into twenty-seven foreign languages.

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Book Review-A Borrowed Life by Kerry Anne King

Today I am thrilled to bring you my review of A Borrowed Life by Kerry Anne King on tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

About the Book:

Release Date : September 22, 2020

From the Amazon Charts bestselling author of Whisper Me This comes an emotional and sharply witty novel about how life’s unexpected detours can ultimately bring you home.

For twenty-six years Liz has perfectly played the part of Mrs. Thomas Lightsey, exemplary pastor’s wife and mother. But maintaining appearances for the congregation and catering to her demanding husband takes a toll, and she’s lost herself in meeting the expectations of others. When Thomas suddenly dies, Liz feels shock, grief, and, to her surprise, the siren song of freedom. Dare she dream of a life to call her own?

Despite the resistance of her daughter, Abigail, to even the smallest changes, Liz lands a role at the community theater. Inspired by new friends and the character she plays, she explores life’s possibilities, including an unexpected—and steamy—relationship with her leading man.

Just when Liz thinks she might be winning, life hits her with an unthinkable shock. She’s pregnant at forty-nine. Torn between conflicting loyalties to her daughter, her lover, her unborn baby, and herself, can Liz find a way to rebuild her dream life one more time?

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A Borrowed Life by Kerry Anne King is an incredible story of women’s fiction.

Liz has been the wife of a pastor for over 26 years. When her husband suddenly passes away, Liz is grieving but there is also a sense of relief. No more duties in the church, all the committees and functions. She has a daughter Abigail who is a large part of this story and I love the mother daughter relationship and how the author portrays that.

On a whim , LIz starts with community theatre and while there she meets a man that she gets into a relationship with and ends up pregnant at 49 years old. This is such a poignant well written story that I devoured every word.

The author has an incredible way of writing family stories. I highly recommend this book.

About the Author:

Kerry Anne King is the Washington Post and Amazon Charts bestselling author of Closer Home, I Wish You Happy, Whisper Me This, and Everything You Are. Licensed as both an RN and a mental-health counselor, she draws on her experience working in the medical and mental-health fields to explore themes of loss, grief, and transformation—but always with a dose of hope and humor. Kerry lives in a little house in the big woods of the Inland Northwest with her Viking, three cats, a dog, and a yard full of wild turkeys and deer. She also writes fantasy and mystery novels as Kerry Schafer. Visit Kerry at

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Book Review-Rules for Moving by Nancy Star

On the blog today, I am bringing you my review for Rules for Moving by Nancy Star on tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

Release Date: May 19, 2020

About The Book: 

From bestselling author Nancy Star comes a deeply moving novel about the truths we hide from others and the lies we tell ourselves.

To the outside world, beloved advice columnist Lane Meckler has all the answers. What no one knows is that she also has a secret: her life is a disaster, and it’s just gotten worse. Her husband, whom she was planning to leave, has died in a freak accident. Her six-year-old son, Henry, has stopped speaking to everyone but her. Lane’s solution? Move. Growing up, that was what her family did best.

But when she and Henry pack up and leave, Lane realizes that their next home is no better, and she finally begins to ask herself some hard questions. What made her family move so often? Why has she always felt like an outsider? How can she get Henry to speak?

On a journey to help her son find his voice, Lane discovers that somewhere along the way she lost her own. If she wants to help him, she’ll need to find the courage to face the past and to speak the truth she’s been hiding from for years.

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rules for Moving is a beautifully written Women’s Fiction Novel that I really enjoyed.

The author has created characters that are complex, complicated, flawed and well fleshed out.

Lane Meckler is a widow that disperses advice to other people, though everything is not as it appears.

This is a story of love, faith, family and so much more. The story is poignant and well written.

If you enjoy stories about family dynamics and starting over, you will LOVE this book!

About The Author: 

Nancy Star is the author of the bestselling novel Sisters One, Two, Three, a Publishers Weekly top ten print book and Amazon Kindle bestseller of 2016. Her previous novels, which have been translated into several languages, include Carpool Diem, Up Next, Now This, and Buried Lives. Her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Money, and Family Circle. Before turning to writing fiction full-time, Nancy worked for over a decade as a movie executive at the Samuel Goldwyn Company and the Ladd Company, dividing her time between New York and London. She now lives in New Jersey and Martha’s Vineyard with her husband. For more information, visit

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Book Review- Lily Rose by Deborah Robinson

On the blog today I am reviewing Lily Rose by Deborah Robinson for Suzy Approved Book Tours!

About the Book:

Release Date: 8/25/20

Is blood truly thicker than water? After a desperate search for her birth mother, fashionista Lily Rose is forced to confront her turbulent past.

Love has set the tone for most of Lily Rose’s young life in Cumberland Falls, high in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. But her perfect world falls apart when her beloved adopted parents are tragically killed and she is sent to live at Red Rose Farm, in the Bluegrass. Lily starts high school and meets her first love, who introduces the idea of a much bigger world to Lily. This relationship spurs her to pursue the grit and glamour of the New York fashion world and a marriage that will nearly cause her demise.

Lily Rose follows Lily as she grows into a New York fashion icon and battles abuse, power struggles, and infertility. In the shadows, we learn about the young woman who gave Lily up and how they will collide. Lily Rose is about love and marriage, infidelity, infertility, and identity. It also calls into questions the old adages blood is thicker than water and nothing is more important than family. Will Lily Rose ever find what she has been searching for? And most importantly, will she be able to stay true to herself in the process?

Miss W’s Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Lily Rose is by Deborah Robinson is based on true events. I very much enjoyed this book it was heartbreaking as much as it was inspiring.

The timeline that alternates between the past and present, 30 years apart help to tell the story of Lily Rose and the different events in her life.

Lily was adopted at six months old and lived a happy life until at age 13 her parents are killed in a fatal accident and she is sent to live with her aunts and uncles. She has a dream to go to the big city to have a career in fashion.

This is a well written story with complex, fleshed out characters that I very much enjoyed.

About the Author:

Deborah Robinson is a fashion and lifestyle expert regularly appearing on the fifteen top media markets nationally and on cable talk shows. Previously, she was the national spokesperson for Petite Sophisticates, a retail chain of 350 specialty stores. She appeared regularly on national and regional television, as well as QVC, offering wardrobe and lifestyle trends. She was a contributing editor to Homes & Lifestyles Magazine and Palm Beach Style Magazine, and a regular fashion reporter for the WXIA NBC affiliate in Atlanta, GA. She was also the national fashion coordinator for Sarah Coventry, the largest costume jewelry company in the world. She lives in Palm Beach, Florida.

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Book Review- The Trebors by Caroline C. Barney

I am SO beyond thrilled to bring you my review of The Trebors by Caroline C. Barney on book blogger tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours.

About the Book:

Release Date: June 1, 2020

50% of the proceeds from EVERY book sold will be donated to Save The Children

About The Book: 

Series: Trebor Tales (Book 1)

“A girl from a race of tree-dwellers must brave the dangers that lie outside her home to save the people she loves most from certain doom.”

Bori is ravaged, the earth scorched, homes destroyed. Stella longs for the days of peace, where Trebors danced and sang, where her tree home held all she needed. Now devastation surrounds her and worse yet, her father is missing. He didn’t make it home before the storm ripped through the land. The devastated forest calls Stella to journey into it, to look for her father, and face down whatever hides in its deep crevices. But a shifting shape of evil lurks nearby and threatens to destroy everything she knows and loves.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Magical Stars!

The Trebors is an INCREDIBLE magical book ! This book is perfect for middle age children but will be loved by ages of all readers!

The Trebors are magical creatures who reside in a tree in the forest.
Stella, Snu and Ebert have to leave their home when a huge storm hits the forest and Stella’s father has gone missing. Stella’s father went out to get supplies.

That is when the real adventure begins and also the danger begins.

The writing is magical and uplifting. The characters are unique and well written.

⁣This is a magical fantasy book that I loved so much.

About the Author:

CAROLINE C. BARNEY was born in England, moved to Connecticut as a child, and now lives there with her husband, two daughters, and crazy dog. Before wrangling this busy crew and becoming a writer, she lived in NYC and worked in advertising. Today, she loves creating adventure in fiction and in life, as long as it includes being with the people she loves. THE TREBORS is her debut novel, and she is excited to share the next books in the series soon!

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Book Review- The Fourteenth of September by Rita Dragonette

I am pleased to bring you my review of The Fourteenth of September by Rita Dragonette for Suzy Approved Book Tours.

About The Book:

On September 14, 1969, Private First Class Judy Talton celebrated her nineteenth birthday by secretly joining the campus anti-Vietnam War movement. In doing so, she jeopardizes both the army scholarship that will secure her future and her relationship with her military family. But Judy’s doubts have escalated with the travesties of the war. Who is she if she stays in the army? What is she if she leaves?

When the first date pulled in the Draft Lottery turns up as her birthday, she realizes that if she were a man, she’d have been Number One―off to Vietnam with an under-fire life expectancy of six seconds. The stakes become clear, propelling her toward a life-altering choice as fateful as that of any draftee.

The Fourteenth of September portrays a pivotal time at the peak of the Vietnam War through the rare perspective of a young woman, tracing her path of self-discovery and a “Coming of Conscience.” Judy’s story speaks to the poignant clash of young adulthood, early feminism, and war, offering an ageless inquiry into the domestic politics of protest when the world stops making sense.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars!

The Fourteenth of September by Rita Dragonette is an incredible work of historical fiction set in the time of the Vietnam War. The author does an incredible job of portraying the chaos that was America at this time.

Judy Talton is attending college on a Army scholarship, yet she secretly participates in the anti-war movement on campus. At this time as a 19 year old, she is literally living two different lives. This unique perspective becomes even more complicated as the draft lottery is installed at her school. The first date called was her birthday and if she had been a man she would of been called to war.

The character of Judy is a unique perspective as most written works of this time period are from a man’s perspective. The story is well written, emotional and captivating.

A MUST read!

About The Author:

RITA DRAGONETTE is a former award-winning public relations executive turned author. Her debut novel, “The Fourteenth of September,” is a woman’s story of Vietnam which was published by She Writes Press on Sept. 18, 2018. She is currently working on two other novels and a memoir in essays, all of which are based upon her interest in the impact of war on and through women, as well as on her transformative generation. She also regularly hosts literary salons to introduce new works to avid readers. Fore more, visit

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Book Review- Truth of the Matter by Jamie Beck

On the blog today I have a review of Truth of the Matter by Jamie Beck!

About the Book:

Publication Date : 9/22/2020 Montlake Publishers

Seventeen years ago, two pink stripes on a pregnancy test changed Anne Sullivan’s life. She abandoned her artistic ambitions, married her college sweetheart before graduation, and—like the mother she lost in childhood—devoted herself to her family. To say she didn’t see the divorce coming is an understatement. Now, eager to distance herself from her ex and his lover, she moves with her troubled daughter, Katy, to the quaint bayside town of Potomac Point, where she spent her childhood summers.

But her fresh start stalls when the contractor renovating her grandparents’ old house discovers a vintage recipe box containing hints about her beloved grandmother’s hidden past. Despite the need to move forward, Anne is drawn into exploring the mysterious clues about the woman she’s always trusted. Gram’s dementia is making that harder, and the stakes intensify when Katy’s anxieties take an alarming turn. Amid the turmoil, uncovered secrets shatter past beliefs, forcing each woman to confront her deepest fears in order to save herself

Miss W’s Review:

5 stars from Miss W!

Truth of the Matter by Jamie Beck is Book 2 in the Potomac Point Series.
This story is a stand alone novel, but I very much enjoyed the first book,

“If You Must Know”.

The author does a fantastic job of writing in the women’s fiction genre.

There are several difficult issues addressed in this book: divorce, depression, infidelity and dementia.

The family dynamics are written so well especially the mother daughter relationship.

The story is told in three points of view from three different generations: Marie, Anne and Katy.

The characters are well written, complex, complicated and flawed.

The story is one that I could not put down and really enjoyed.

I look forward to more books from this fantastic author.

About the Author:

Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Jamie Beck’s realistic and heartwarming stories have sold more than three million copies. She is a two-time Booksellers’ Best Award finalist, a National Readers’ Choice Award winner, and critics at Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist have respectively called her work “smart,” “poignant,” and “entertaining.” In addition to writing novels, she enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family.

Thank you to the author for an advanced copy of her novel. All opinions are my own.

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