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Book Review- Lies, Lies Lies by Adele Parks

I am thrilled to bring you my stop on the book blog tour for Lies, Lies, Lies by Adele Parks partnering with  MIRA books !

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About the Book:

MIRA Books Publication Date 8/4/2020

Daisy and Simon’s marriage isn’t what it seems…

After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. They’re a happy little family of three.

So what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes—Daisy’s used to it. She knows he’s just letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And their happy little family of three will never be the same again.

In Lies, Lies, Lies, #1 Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks explores the darkest corners of a relationship in free fall in a mesmerizing tale of marriage and secrets.

Miss W’s Review:

5 pulse pounding stars from Miss W!

A gripping story of the intricate , intimate details of a marriage. A domestic thriller. Daisy and Simon seem to have the perfect marriage, or do they? The story is riddled with deceit, deception, and of course LIES! A perfectly paced story with complex fleshed out characters. The author handles some very heavy topics such as alcoholism and the effects it can have on a marriage. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.

Read an exclusive Excerpt here :

Prologue

May 1976

Simon was six years old when he first tasted beer.

He was bathed and ready for bed wearing soft pyjamas, even though it was light outside; still early. Other kids were in the street, playing on their bikes, kicking a football. He could hear them through the open window, although he couldn’t see them because the blinds were closed. His daddy didn’t like the evening light glaring on the TV screen, his mummy didn’t like the neighbours looking in; keeping the room dark was something they agreed on.

His mummy didn’t like a lot of things: wasted food, messy bedrooms, Daddy driving too fast, his sister throwing a tantrum in public. Mummy liked ‘having standards’. He didn’t know what that meant, exactly. There was a standard-bearer at Cubs; he was a big boy and got to wave the flag at the front of the parade, but his mummy didn’t have a flag, so it was unclear. What was clear was that she didn’t like him to be in the street after six o’clock. She thought it was common. He wasn’t sure what common was either, something to do with having fun. She bathed him straight after tea and made him put on pyjamas, so that he couldn’t sneak outside.

He didn’t know what his daddy didn’t like, just what he did like. His daddy was always thirsty and liked a drink. When he was thirsty he was grumpy and when he had a drink, he laughed a lot. His daddy was an accountant and like to count in lots of different ways: “a swift one’, “a cold one’, and ‘one more for the road’. Sometimes Simon though his daddy was lying when he said he was an accountant; most likely, he was a pirate or a wizard. He said to people, “Pick your poison’, which sounded like something pirates might say, and he liked to drink, “the hair of a dog’ in the morning at the weekends, which was definitely a spell. Simon asked his mummy about it once and she told him to stop being silly and never to say those silly things outside the house.

He had been playing with his Etch A Sketch, which was only two months old and was a birthday present. Having seen it advertised on TV, Simon had begged for it, but it was disappointing. Just two silly knobs making lines that went up and down, side to side. Limited. Boring. He was bored. The furniture in the room was organised so all of it was pointing at the TV which was blaring but not interesting. The news. His parents liked watching the news, but he didn’t. His father was nursing a can of the grown ups’ pop that Simon was never allowed. The pop that smelt like nothing else, fruity and dark and tempting.

“Can I have a sip?” he asked.

“Don’t be silly, Simon,” his mother interjected. “You’re far too young. Beer is for daddies.” He thought she said ‘daddies’, but she might have said ‘baddies’.

His father put the can to his lips, glared at his mother, cold. A look that said, “Shut up woman, this is man’s business.” His mother had blushed, looked away as though she couldn’t stand to watch, but she held her tongue. Perhaps she thought the bitterness wouldn’t be to his taste, that one sip would put him off. He didn’t like the taste. But he enjoyed the collusion. He didn’t know that word then, but he instinctively understood the thrill. He and his daddy drinking grown ups’ pop! His father had looked satisfied when he swallowed back the first mouthful, then pushed for a second. He looked almost proud. Simon tasted the aluminium can, the snappy biting bitter bubbles and it lit a fuse.

After that, in the mornings, Simon would sometimes get up early, before Mummy or Daddy or his little sister, and he’d dash around the house before school, tidying up. He’d open the curtains, empty the ashtrays, clear away the discarded cans. Invariably his mother went to bed before his father. Perhaps she didn’t want to have to watch him drink himself into a stupor every night, perhaps she hoped denying him an audience might take away some of the fun for him, some of the need. She never saw just how bad the place looked by the time his father staggered upstairs to bed. Simon knew it was important that she didn’t see that particular brand of chaos.

Occasionally there would be a small amount of beer left in one of the cans. Simon would slurp it back. He found he liked the flat, forbidden, taste just as much as the fizzy hit of fresh beer. He’d throw open a window, so the cigarette smoke and the secrets could drift away. When his mother came downstairs, she would smile at him and thank him for tidying up.

“You’re a good boy, Simon,” she’d say with some relief. And no idea.

When there weren’t dregs to be slugged, he sometimes opened a new can. Threw half of it down his throat before eating his breakfast. His father never kept count.

Some people say their favourite smell is freshly baked bread, others say coffee or a campfire. From a very young age, few scents could pop Simon’s nerve endings like the scent of beer.

The promise of it.

Excerpted from Lies Lies Lies by Adele Parks, Copyright © 2020 by Adele Parks. 

Published by MIRA Books

About the Author:

Adele Parks was born in Teesside, North-East England. Her first novel, Playing Away, was
published in 2000 and since then she’s had seventeen international bestsellers, translated into twenty-six languages, including I Invited Her In. She’s been an Ambassador for The Reading Agency and a judge for the Costa. She’s lived in Italy, Botswana and London, and is now settled in Guildford, Surrey, with her husband, teenage son and cat.

Pick up your copy HERE  and let me know what you think.

Until the next chapter,

 

Wilfrieda

 

Book Review- This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf

I am thrilled to partner with Park Row Books to bring you my stop on the Book Blog Tour for This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf.

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About the Book:

THIS IS HOW I LIED

Author: Heather Gudenkauf

Publication Date: May 12, 2020

Publisher: Park Row Books

Everyone has a secret they’ll do anything to hide…

Twenty-five years ago, the body of sixteen-year-old Eve Knox was found in the caves near her home in small-town Grotto, Iowa—discovered by her best friend, Maggie, and her sister, Nola. There were a handful of suspects, including her boyfriend, Nick, but without sufficient evidence the case ultimately went cold.

For decades Maggie was haunted by Eve’s death and that horrible night. Now a detective in Grotto, and seven months pregnant, she is thrust back into the past when a new piece of evidence surfaces and the case is reopened. As Maggie investigates and reexamines the clues, secrets about what really happened begin to emerge. But someone in town knows more than they’re letting on, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried deep.

Miss W’s Review:

5 stars!!!!

This is How I Lied is a thrilling ride!


This is the second book I have read by Heather Gudenkauf and this is another WINNER!!!!!

The story revolves around Eve, who was murdered 25 years ago and is yet to be solved. The story is told in alternating time lines, 1995 and 2020, past during the murder and the current time.

The story is told in three different points of view, Eve, her sister Nola, and her best friend Maggie.

This is a well developed, complex, multi-layered well written story.

The characters are well developed and fleshed out.

This story kept me on the edge of my seat!!!! What a rollercoaster ride.

Highly recommend!!!

About the Author:

Heather Gudenkauf is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many books, including The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden. Heather graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent her career working with students of all ages. She lives in Iowa with her husband, three children, and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Lolo. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and running. 

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I hope you LOVE This is How I Lied as much as I did!!!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review- Don’t Put the Boats Away by Ames Sheldon

Welcome to my stop on the Book Blog Tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours for Don’t Put the Boats Away by Ames Sheldon.

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About The Book: 

Release Date: August 27, 2019
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In Don’t Put the Boats Away, World War II has just ended. The Suttons are struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of a beloved family member. Daughter Harriet goes to Madison for graduate work in chemistry at a time when women weren’t supposed to have careers. Son Nat flunks out of Yale in the hope that his father will finally agree to send him to music school because he’s passionate about becoming a jazz musician. Instead, Nat winds up working as a sweeper in the Malt-O-Meal Mill in Northfield during the frigid winter of 1947. Eventually he makes his way to Minneapolis and works as a jazz musician until he discovers he can’t support his family playing jazz. This novel is a deep dive into postwar history from 1945 through the 1960s. Issues like sexism and alcoholism are embedded in the novel but ultimately it’s a family saga about resilience.

Praise for Don’t Put the Boats Away

2019 Best Book Awards Finalist in Historical Fiction

“Don’t Put the Boats Away is chock-full of well-researched historical details about political events, medical advancements, and even food trends of the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, and it also offers important commentary on professional opportunities for women during these decades. The author creates believable characters with complex interior lives. Overall, it’s a touching tale that examines the ways in which grief, regret, and unmet expectations can reverberate through generations.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Reading Don’t Put the Boats Away is like being enveloped in a family, a real family bound by love and loss, music and science. It’s a testament to the danger of secrets and the hope we place in future generations. I enjoyed it thoroughly.” Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg, Eden and The Nine

“Don’t Put the Boats Away is a richly detailed family saga of the Suttons’ post-WWII lives—and a wonderful sequel to Ames Sheldon’s first novel Eleanor’s Wars. Ames’s knack for period authenticity is paired with a keen portrayal of the inner lives of major characters that transcend common narratives of ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s America. Complex relationships, dedication to music, science, and family loyalty, and the haunting legacy of war even on privileged families make this a compelling read.” Barbara Stark-Nemon, Even in Darkness, Hard Cider

“Don’t Put the Boats Away is a timeless portrait of life’s loves and losses… the novel has raw and dark undertones… Sheldon explores the furtive topics of mental illness and social conflicts with modern clarity… Her characters are empathetically real.” Minnesota Monthly

Miss W’s Review:

5 Stars ! 

Don’t Put the Boats Away is a thought provoking and well written story. The story takes place after World War 2 and the timeline encompasses 25 years. I enjoyed the alternating timelines of the past and present. There are certain components of the writing that were quite impressive to me. The themes of loss and forgiveness were evident to this reader. I appreciated the way that the author dealt with grief , PTSD, and alcoholism especially in post war time. The research the author did was quite apparent. The discussion of societal and class changes following the war were vivid and well described. I cannot commend the author enough for the vivid imagery that she was able to create. The description of the summer home on Cape May were fantastic. The characters were well developed, complex, authentic, and well fleshed out. This is a historical fiction novel that I would highly recommend. 

About the Author:

Ames Sheldon worked as a reporter for two small-town newspapers before in southern Minnesota before becoming lead author and associate editor of Women’s History Sources: A Guide to Archives and Manuscript Collections in the United States, a monumental reference book which ignited her passion for studying and writing about the history of women in America. After that, she worked as a development officer, raising funds for the Sierra Club in San Francisco, the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, the Minneapolis Public Library, and other nonprofits. Her first novel Eleanor’s Wars won the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for Best New Voice: Fiction in 2016. www.amessheldon.com

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amessheldonauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/amessheldonautr

Pick up your copy HERE!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review-A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Such an incredible honor to be on the book blog tour with Suzy Approved Book Tours for the 40th Anniversary of A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford.

This year marks 40 years since the publication of the enduring novel A Woman of Substance which tells the rags to riches story of Emma Harte and the machinations and intrigue of a family retail empire.

• First published in 1979, the novel spent 43 weeks on the New York Times bestseller lists, and was a #1 bestseller in the UK and the US.

• It is one of the biggest selling novels of the 20th century, selling over 30 million copies.

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About the Book : 

“Queen of the genre” Sunday Times

A WOMAN’S AMBITION… In the brooding moors above a humble Yorkshire village stood Fairley Hall. There, Emma Harte, its oppressed but resourceful servant girl, acquired a shrewd determination. There, she honed her skills, discovered the meaning of treachery, learned to survive, to become a woman, and vowed to make her mark on the world.

A JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME… In the wake of tragedy she rose from poverty to magnificent wealth as the iron-willed force behind a thriving international enterprise. As one of the richest women in the world Emma Harte has almost everything she fought so hard to achieve-save for the dream of love, and for the passion of the one man she could never have.

A DREAM FULFILLED-AND AVENGED…Through two marriages, two devastating wars, and generations of secrets, Emma’s unparalleled success has come with a price. As greed, envy, and revenge consume those closest to her, the brilliant matriarch now finds herself poised to outwit her enemies, and to face the betrayals of the past with the same ingenious resolve that forged her empire.

Miss W’s Review : 

5 Stars! A book that stands the test of time !

I very much enjoyed reading this book for the 40th anniversary of the book. This was my first time reading the book and the word incredible does not seem to suffice. The plot was well thought out and very detailed. This is a LONG book and I really enjoyed that no detail was left out. The writing style is somewhat circular, starting with the main character at the age of 78 years old then alternating back to her teenage self. The details and atrocities of war were described which such vivid imagery. The historical details in this book are beyond compare. The characters are complex, well fleshed out, realistic and complicated. This book was just incredible!

About the Author: 

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born and raised in England. She left school at 15 for the typing pool at the Yorkshire Evening Post. At 18, she became the paper’s first woman’s editor and, at 20, moved to London and became a columnist and editor on Fleet Street. Barbara has had 33 books published, all worldwide bestsellers, including her first novel, A Woman of Substance which is ranked in the top ten bestselling works of fiction of all time and this year marks its 40th anniversary. Her books have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide in more than 90 countries and 40 languages, and ten miniseries and television movies have been made of her books. In The Lion’s Den will be her 34th book.

Barbara is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and in 2007 was awarded an OBE for her services to literature. She currently lives in New York and was married to her beloved husband, television producer Robert Bradford, for 55 years until he died in July 2019. https://barbarataylorbradford.com/

Social Media:

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraTaylorBradford

Instagram:https://instagram.com/btbnovelist

Twitter: @BTBNovelist

Pick up your copy now on Amazon! You will not be disappointed.

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- The Third to Die by Allison Brennan

I am happy to share by stop on the Book Blog Tour for #partner Harlequin with my review for The Third to Die by Allison Brennan.

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About the Book:

New York Times bestselling author and gifted storyteller Allison Brennan’s new standalone thriller features a troubled female police detective and an ambitious FBI special agent who wind up at the center of a ticking-clock investigation into a diabolical serial killer.

Brennan’s novel will launch a book-a-year series featuring a fabulous cast of recurring characters. It’s the story of a troubled female police detective and an ambitious FBI special agent who wind up at the center of a ticking-clock investigation into a diabolical serial killer; and the bond they forge in this crucible sets the stage for the future books in the series.

Detective Kara Quinn is visiting her hometown of Liberty Lake, Washington, after being placed on administrative leave by the LAPD, when she comes upon the mutilated body of a young nurse during an early morning jog. The manner of death is clearly ritualistic; she calls it in. Meanwhile back in DC, special agent in charge Mattias Costa is meticulously staffing his newly-minted Mobile Response Team. One of his first recruits is the brilliant FBI forensic psychologist Catherine Jones. When word reaches Matt that the Washington state murder appears to be the work of the Triple Killer–it will be the first case for the MRT. Jones has done the only profile on this serial killer, but she is reluctant to join the unit, still shaken by the death of her sister a year ago under circumstances for which she holds herself responsible. But only she holds the key to understanding the killer’s obsessive pattern–three murder victims, three deep slashes a piece, each three days apart, each series beginning on a March 3rd–3/3, then a three-year hiatus before he strikes again.

This time they have a chance to stop him before he claims another victim strikes, but only if they can figure out who he is and where is is hiding.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Pulse Pounding Starts from Miss W!!!!

The Third to Die is the First Book in the Mobile Response Team Series and also my first book by Allison Brennan.

FBI Agent Mattias Costa is the head of the mobile response team and this book had me hooked from Page 1! I could not put it down!!!

This book was unbelievably well written. A police procedural but ticked all the boxes for me as a thriller. Every word in this book is well crafted. I needed to know what was going to happen next, I felt it in my core.

The plot was so well written and perfectly paced with engaged, well developed characters.

I seriously can’t wait for the next book in this series while I go looking for this author’s back list.

About the Author:

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Allison Brennan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of three dozen thrillers and numerous short stories. She was nominated for Best Paperback Original Thriller by International Thriller Writers, has had multiple nominations and two Daphne du Maurier Awards, and is a five-time RITA finalist for Best Romantic Suspense. Allison believes life is too short to be bored, so she had five kids. Allison and her family live in Arizona. Visit her at allisonbrennan.com

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0778309444/httpwwwalli0f-20

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-third-to-die-allison-brennan/1131669020;jsessionid=C1F1BD4B1DE6C665460E505FA5022816.prodny_store02-atgap03?ean=9780778309444 

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AppleBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-third-to-die/id1464894471

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Allison_Brennan_The_Third_to_Die?id=0sWZDwAAQBAJ

Grab your copy now!!!!

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Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review- All the Silent Voices by Elena Mikalsen

My review of All the Silent Voices by Elena Mikalsen on book blog tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours !

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About The Book : 

Release Date: 1/6/2020

Twenty-one years ago, Emma Shephard was sexually assaulted and forced to leave college. She has tried to forget the trauma, building a new life as a loving wife and parent with a successful marketing career. Then her world is rocked when her rapist buys the pharmaceutical company where she works.

Now it’s an impossible choice between keeping the safe life she’s created and pursuing justice. With her marriage at risk and her child in danger, Emma finds herself at the center of ugly secrets and scandals.

Miss W’s Review: 

5 Stars from Miss W ! 

The Silent Voices by Elena Mikalsen is an incredible read. This is a fast paced domestic suspense that will keep you up at night turning the pages until the dramatic ending.

Trigger alert for rape and sexual assault.

Emma Shepard was sexually assaulted back in college and she did everything right including reporting the assault and yet SHE was the one thrown out of school . She moved on and went on to live a seemingly “normal” life. Though there really is not a normal life for someone that has been sexually assaulted. She is married and a mom. Suddenly, the company that Emma and her husband work at is bought by the predator that attacked her in college.

This was an incredible read, and is expertly written about the trauma that Emma had to endure and how the #metoo movement is giving these women a voice when they previously did not have one.

There is some incredible twists with an ending that was incredible!!!

I highly recommend this thought provoking, well written novel.

About the Author:

Elena Mikalsen is a Women’s Fiction author. Her novels are about brave women and about love.

WRAPPED IN THE STARS is about love that lasts forever. Two lovers, Mark and Rebecca, got separated in the early 20th century, but their love remained behind, it didn’t die. Part of their love stayed in the ring that Mark gave to Rebecca. So, when this ring is found years later, another couple picks up the energy from Mark and Rebecca’s love and fall in love.

In THE HOUSE BY THE CYPRESS TREES I explore romantic love. That wild feeling of new love when you first fall for someone and you want to spend every moment with them and you will do anything for them.

ALL THE SILENT VOICES is about the depth of love between a husband and wife and what challenges a good marriage can withstand. How far will a wife go for her husband and how far will a husband go for his wife?

She is somewhat obsessive about travel, but, when I am at home, in San Antonio, I can be found browsing through bookstores or antique shops with my husband and two children.

When not writing stories, Elena is a Pediatric Psychologist helping children with chronic medical illness. I blog on issues of mental health for teens and adults. I enjoy working with the media due to my expertise in managing anxiety, stress, and parenting issues. I provide consultation to authors on writing about mental health.

Stay in Touch with the Author on Social Media:

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17629655.Elena_Mikalsen

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ElenaMikalsenAuthor/

Website: www.elenamikalsen.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WF_writerEM

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/writer.mikalsen/

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elenamikalsen/

Grab your copy of All the Silent Voices right now on Amazon !

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review-The Moonshiner’s Daughter by Donna Everhart

I am thrilled to bring you my review for The Moonshiner’s Daughter by Donna Everhart on Book Tour for Suzy Approved Book Tours.

Release Date: 12/31/2019 — Kensington Books

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About The Book:

Generations of Sassers have made moonshine in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Their history is recorded in a leather-bound journal that belongs to Jessie Sasser’s daddy, but Jessie wants no part of it. As far as she’s concerned, moonshine caused her mother’s death a dozen years ago.

Her father refuses to speak about her mama, or about the day she died. But Jessie has a gnawing hunger for the truth—one that compels her to seek comfort in food. Yet all her self-destructive behavior seems to do is feed what her school’s gruff but compassionate nurse describes as the “monster” inside Jessie.

Resenting her father’s insistence that moonshining runs in her veins, Jessie makes a plan to destroy the stills, using their neighbors as scapegoats. Instead, her scheme escalates an old rivalry and reveals long-held grudges. As she endeavors to right wrongs, old and new, Jessie’s loyalties will bring her to unexpected revelations about her family, her strengths—and a legacy that may provide her with the answers she has been longing for.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Amazing Stars from Miss W!!!!

The Moonshiner’s Daughter is an incredible, poignant heartfelt novel that hooked me from page one.

The time period is the 1950’s and 1960’s which takes place up in the Mountains of South Carolina.

The research that the author put into this novel is extraordinary and I learned about the history of moonshine in this area.

The characters are complicated, complex and well fleshed out. The story will break your heart and give you faith in the human spirit all at the same time. I appreciate the themes of grief, eating disorders, love and forgiveness .

I cried like a baby and laughed equally as much.

The plot is wonderfully crafted with incredible descriptive writings in which I felt immersed right in the story.

This book was so emotional for me, and I absolutely LOVED it.

I highly recommend this book .

About the Author: 

Donna Everhart is the USA Today bestselling author of The Road to Bittersweet, winner of the Southeastern Library Association Outstanding Authors Award, The Education of Dixie Dupree, which was a 2016 Indie Next List selection, The Road to Bitter- sweet, The Forgiving Kind and The Moonshiner’s Daughter. She grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and has lived close to her hometown for most of her life. She now lives in Dunn, North Carolina with her husband, and a tiny, heart stealing Yorkshire terrier, named Mister.

Follow Donna Everhart Online:

www.DonnaEverhart.com

https://sites.kensingtonbooks.com/moonshinersdaughter/

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/donnadaviseverhart/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/donnaeve2

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/wordstogobuy

Pick up your copy of The Moonshiner’s Daughter Today on Amazon  or wherever books are sold.

Let me know, have you read Donna Everhart?

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Book Review-The Other Gloria L.A. Villafane

Miss W Reviews The Other Gloria by L.A. Villafane for Suzy Approved Book Tours

Release Date 10/1/2019

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About the Book:

The truth lies in what she can’t remember. There is another who harbors her unspeakable secrets. Meeting her is where the danger lies.
On a dark January night in 2019, Gloria finds herself behind the wheel of a car, beaten and covered in blood. She has no idea where she’s coming from, or where she might be headed. After pulling to the side of the road, she begins to fade out of consciousness.
The next thing she experiences is waking in bed next to a man who should be her beloved fiancé, Rick. However, she soon discovers it is her dangerous ex-husband, Charles, whom she thought she had escaped two years earlier, in 2017. She eventually finds that the year she was woken to is 2003, and she is living her life with this abusive man all over again.
Due to the abuse she endured, Gloria suffers from dissociative disorder, which has stolen the memories of her two young daughters growing up. There is another who holds these memories; the Other Gloria. She thinks maybe God has given her a do-over, and she might be able to do better, stay present, and recover the lost memories of their childhood. She knows, to do this, she must escape Charles once again.
Gloria’s plan for escaping this time around includes finding Rick, who doesn’t know she exists in 2003, but she soon comes to the realization that meeting Rick will not be enough. She knows she must do the one thing she never wanted to do – meet the Other Gloria and finally discover the unspeakable secrets she holds.

Miss W’s Review:

5 Incredible Stars!!!

The Other Gloria is a FANTASTIC , well written psychological thriller.

The story is written with enough twists to make your head spin! I was hooked from page one!

I really enjoyed the author’s writing style and story telling. There are two distinct story lines , one in the present and one in the past and the back and forth is so exciting.

The characters are complex and well fleshed out.

This is an intense, complex psychological thriller. I enjoyed it so much!

About the Author: 

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Lori Villafane lives in Granbury, Texas, with her husband Larry, her standard poodle, Doodle, and a sassy tabby rescue named Diva. When She’s not writing, she enjoys helping Larry build and refurbish houses. She loves anything DIY, which includes writing. Although her debut novel, The Other Gloria, is a work of fiction, she has drawn from her own experience living with dissociative disorder to create Gloria.

Follow the author on social media:

Instagram: https://instagram.com/lavillafanewriter

Twitter: @othergloria

Grab your copy of the Other Gloria  on Amazon!

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda

Blog Tour-The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey

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I am thrilled to be partnering with St. Martin’s Press to bring you my stop on the Blog Tour for The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey. I am excited to offer you a giveaway of a finished Hardcover of the Glittering Hour generously provided by St. Martin’s Press.

About the Book:

An unforgettable historical about true love found and lost and the secrets we keep from one another from an award-winning author

Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying on just the right side of scandal, all while running from the life her parents would choose for her.

Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina’s orbit one night and can never let her go even while knowing someone of her stature could never end up with someone of his. Except Selina falls hard for Lawrence, envisioning a life of true happiness. But when tragedy strikes, Selina finds herself choosing what’s safe over what’s right.

Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches, Iona Grey’s The Glittering Hour is an epic novel of passion, heartache and loss.

Miss W’s Review: 

The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey is an incredible historical fiction novel set in England.
The time frame spans well over two decades and is set in the Era of World War 2.
The author expertly crafts a time frame that consists of two different time frames , the past and the present which left me happily putting pieces of the story together.

The characters are complex, complicated and well fleshed out. Trust me, they will break your heart at times, as they did mine.

I really enjoyed the relationships in this novel and how they played out. Choices were made by some that ended up in situations that were truly heart breaking.

The author does a fantastic job of keeping the reader guessing. There are definite twists and quite a few surprises that I never saw coming.

Such a well written gem, I highly recommend this novel.

 

5 Incredible Stars from Miss W!!!!

About the Author:
IONA GREY is the author of the award winning Letters to the Lost. She has a degree in English Literature and Language from Manchester University, an obsession with history and an enduring fascination with the lives of women in the twentieth century. She lives in rural Cheshire with her husband and three daughters.
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The Glittering Hour publishes on 12/10/19 and you can pre-order your copy now:
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Can’t wait to hear what you think about the Glittering Hour!
Until the next chapter,
Wilfrieda

Blog Tour- The Last Affair by Margot Hunt

I am thrilled to be partnering with MIRA Books to bring you my stop on the blog tour for The Last Affair by Margot Hunt ! Publication Date: 11/26/19 .

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About the Book:

Gwen Landon—poster woman for perfect wife, mother, and suburban bliss—is found brutally bludgeoned to death behind her Floridian McMansion. Beautiful and beloved by her community, Gwen makes an unlikely victim. But just a scratch below the surface of her perfectly curated world reveals one far more sinister. When looking back over the six months leading up to her death, the question of, “who would do this?” quickly shifts to, “who wouldn’t?”Commercially successful food blogger and mother of three, Nora Holliday never imagined she would have the nerve, let alone time, to get involved an affair. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she does whatever it takes to keep it all together. But when Nora runs into Gwen Landon’s husband at a hotel in Orlando, his easy kindness and warmth proves too tempting to resist. As their affair spirals dangerously out of control, it seems things can’t get more complicated—until Gwen turns up dead.

Miss W’s Review: 

5 Stars from Miss W !!!!!

I really loved “For Better or Worse” by Margot Hunt so I was super excited to read The Last Affair and it did not disappoint.

The first line “Other than the woman’s blood-covered body splayed facedown in the grass, it could have been any typical upscale Floridian backyard.” grabbed me and didn’t let me go until I was done flipping pages through this fantastic psychological thriller.

The story alternates from different character perspectives, which is one of my favorite literary styles.

The characters, though some were unlikeable were very well developed and fleshed out.
The twists kept coming and did not stop. The ending BLEW me away.

If your looking for a fantastic page turner, you found it! Highly recommend !

About the Author:

Margot Hunt is a critically acclaimed author of psychological suspense. Her work has been praised by Publisher’s  Weekly, Booklist and Kirkus Reviews.

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Connect with Margot Hunt on Social Media:
TWITTER: @HuntAuthor
FB: @AuthorMargotHunt
Insta:@margot_hunt

Pick up your copy of The Last Affair , click HERE  !

 

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Let me know what you think in the comments.

Until the next chapter,

Wilfrieda