THROWBACK THURSDAY

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Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂 These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board.

Today I’m showcasing a book that I read a few years ago and loved!

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FROM GOODREADS:

The Instant #1 New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

Three bodies in a beautiful and luxurious bedroom.

Billy Harney was born to be a cop. The son of Chicago’s chief of detectives, whose twin sister is also on the force, Billy plays it by the book. Alongside Detective Kate Fenton, Billy’s tempestuous, adrenaline-junkie partner, there’s nothing he wouldn’t sacrifice for his job. Enter Amy Lentini, a hard-charging assistant state’s attorney hell-bent on making a name for herself-who suspects Billy isn’t the cop he claims to be. They’re about to be linked by more than their careers.

One missing black book.

A horrifying murder leads investigators to an unexpected address-an exclusive brothel that caters to Chicago’s most powerful citizens. There’s plenty of incriminating evidence on the scene-but what matters most is what’s missing: the madam’s black book. Now with shock waves rippling through the city’s elite, everyone’s desperate to find it.

Chicago has never been more dangerous.

As everyone who’s anyone in Chicago scrambles to get their hands on the elusive black book, no one’s motives can be trusted. An ingenious, inventive thriller about power, corruption, and the power of secrets to scandalize a city-and possibly destroy a family-The Black Book is James Patterson at his page-turning best.

MY REVIEW:

OMG!! You have seen the TV commercial where James Patterson says THE BLACK BOOK is his best book in twenty years right? Well ladies and gentlemen, he isn’t lying! Holy cow people!! THE BLACK BOOK blew my mind, totally screwed with my head, and then blew my mind once again! It was that good! All while I was reading, I totally had it figured out only to be wrong over and over again! I love when an author keeps me guessing.

THE BLACK BOOK goes back and forth between the past and the present. It’s the story of Billy Harvey who is a detective in Chicago. His twin sister, Patti, is also a detective and his dad is the chief of detectives. Billy is a good detective, just as his sister and Dad are but Billy’s world is about to change in ways he never imagined. It all happens the night he busts the mayor and a half a dozen other big names in a prostitution sting in a brothel downtown. The woman who runs the brothel, kept a black book with all the details in it. THE BLACK BOOK is now missing.

Not long after this all goes down, his long time partner Kate, his new girlfriend Amy, and Billy himself are all found shot in a bloody condo that is Amy’s. Kate and Amy are dead and soon everyone thinks Billy did it. He got shot in the head and has no memory of what happened. He truly believes someone is setting him up but he isn’t sure. He can’t remember and he isn’t sure of who he can trust. Does a story get any better than this?

The twists and turns in the BLACK BOOK are going to keep you up late into the night trying to figure it out. One minute you believe Billy killed his partner and girlfriend and the next you are sitting there shaking your head, wondering what the heck just happened. I had my suspicions, I had it all figured out, or so I thought, and BAM…….wrong again! Once you start reading, trust me, you aren’t going to be able to stop! When the black book finally shows up, I was shocked at who had it!

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REVIEW: IT HAD TO BE YOU BY GEORGIA CLARK

MY REVIEW:

Wow, all I can say is, this story kept me giggling! You will find yourself laughing out loud as you are reading IT HAD TO BE YOU by Georgia Clark. She will have your emotions all over the place. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Liv! What an awesome story. All of Georgia’s characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you are reading, you will find yourself cheering for all of them, praying they can work out their problems and be happy once again.

IT HAD TO BE YOU is a funny story that will hold you hostage until the very last page. Once you start reading, it will be very hard to put down! This story centers around a company called In Love in New York which is owned by Liv and Eliot Goldenhorn. It is a wedding planning company and this is why you meet so many various characters.  You also won’t be able to stop yourself from laughing at Liv and the situations she gets herself into! IT HAD TO BE YOU identifies itself as a modern “Love Actually” which fits the bill pretty well.

IT HAD TO BE YOU is without a doubt one of my top funniest books I’ve read in 2021 so far. I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters. My heart broke for Liv when she found out about Savannah. She learns a hard lesson as she begins to realize that people aren’t always what they seem to be. Georgia Clark sure knows how to hook the reader with an awesome story. I can’t wait to read more by Georgia.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Atria Books through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

FROM GOODREADS:

The author of the novel The Bucket List returns with a witty and heartfelt romantic comedy featuring a wedding planner, her unexpected business partner, and their coworkers in a series of linked love stories—perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Casey McQuiston.

For the past twenty years, Liv and Eliot Goldenhorn have run In Love in New York, Brooklyn’s beloved wedding-planning business. When Eliot dies unexpectedly, he even more unexpectedly leaves half of the business to his younger, blonder girlfriend, Savannah. Liv and Savannah are not a match made in heaven, to say the least. But what starts as a personal and professional nightmare transforms into something even savvy, cynical Liv Goldenhorn couldn’t begin to imagine.

It Had to Be You cleverly unites Liv, Savannah, and couples as diverse and unique as New York City itself, in a joyous Love-Actually-style braided narrative. The result is a smart, modern love story that truly speaks to our times. Second chances, secret romance, and steamy soul mates are front and center in this sexy, tender, and utterly charming rom-com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

GEORGIA CLARK is the author of The RegularsThe Bucket List, and the YA novels She’s With The Band and Parched. She’s the founder/host of the popular storytelling night Generation Women. A native Aussie, she lives in Brooklyn with her hot wife and a fridge full of cheese.

IT HAD TO BE YOU by Georgia Clark

Atria/Emily Bestler Books • May 4, 2021 • Trade Paperback Original • $17.00 • ISBN: 978-1-9821-3319-1

Find Georgia online:

Instagram: @georgialouclark

Twitter: @georgialouclark

www.georgiaclark.com

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CAN’T – WAIT WEDNESDAY

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you’re continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

This week, I’m waiting for…

RELEASE DATE:  MAY 25, 2021

FROM GOODREADS:

In this moving Amish romance, two broken hearts find hope in each other after a terrible loss.

Unspeakable tragedy strikes the Amish hamlet of Johns Mill when an unstable Englischer opens fire in the Hochstedler’s General Store. In the aftermath, and under the media’s spotlight, Joseph Hochstedler struggles to hold his shattered family together, drawing unexpected comfort from a faithful childhood friend.

Born with a serious heart defect, optimist Naomi Schrock has always longed to live a life of service. She rolls up her sleeves, determined to help Joseph cope with this terrible crisis. But dare she hope that his friendship will finally deepen into love?

As the media’s obsession with the Hochstedler shooting escalates, Joseph and Naomi find themselves caught between tradition and compromise, lingering sorrows and uncertain hopes. And in the end, two people who’ve already lost far too much must find the courage to trust their hearts one last time.

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REVIEW: THE AMISH COWBOY’S HOMECOMING BY OPHELIA LONDON

MY REVIEW:

My heart was breaking so much for Grace and all she was going through. I wanted to give her a great big hug and at the same time, shake her a little and make her see what was waiting for her if she would just open up her eyes and heart. I get that Grace is resentful of Isaac and wants to train the horses on her own, but will she really go against her father’s wishes? THE AMISH COWBOY’S HOMECOMING is the second book in the Honey Brook series. That being said, it can easily be read as a stand alone.

I appreciate the clean and wholesome family life that Amish books have. Grace ‘s family is very supportive, which is not always the case in Amish stories. I mean, who has ever heard of an Amish woman training horses? The ties to the past that help shape the future is just the right touch. THE AMISH COWBOY’S HOMECOMING is a quick and entertaining read, and you really won’t know until the end what happens.

All Isaac wants to do is put down roots somewhere and raise his daughter the way she deserves. Grace is not very receptive to Isaac at first but over time, their feelings for each other grow. The ending was well worth the wait and as a result I cannot wait for the rest of the Honey Brook novels because I don’t want to give these characters up.

The twists and turns in Grace and Isaac’s lives pop up when you least expect them. Ophelia pulls you right in and makes you feel as if you are right there experiencing all the heart wrenching feelings her characters are. When I hear Ophelia London has a new book coming out, I will be running to it. She has quickly become one of my favorite Amish authors, and I will devour her stories very quickly. I love how her THE AMISH COWBOY’S HOMECOMING allowed me to escape my reality and puts me right in the middle of Amish country.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from TLC and Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

FROM GOODREADS:

What happens when a traditional horse whisperer clashes with an unconventional trainer within the charming Amish community of Honey Brook?

Grace Zook has always held a talent with horses, ever since she was a child growing up in her quaint Amish village of Honey Brook. Now, as an adult, she’s become a master trainer—but still struggles to prove to her father that she is worthy of taking over the family’s horse farm. With a fiery new stallion coming soon, Grace knows this challenge is her chance to prove she can finally take the reins.

When widower and horse whisperer Isaac King is offered the lead training job on a new farm out of town, he’s thrilled to finally make a name for himself and provide some permanent roots for his young daughter. But not only is the stallion seemingly unbreakable, so, too, is the owner’s headstrong daughter Grace, who has drastically different ideas about how to handle the impossible horse. Yet somehow, he can’t seem to get the confident, beautiful woman out of his mind…even though as his boss’s daughter, she is completely off-limits.

There’s too much at stake for Isaac to gamble his future on Grace…even though suddenly, he can’t imagine one without her.

Each book in the Honey Brook series is STANDALONE:
* Never an Amish Bride
* The Amish Cowboy’s Homecoming

Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

Connect with Ophelia

Website | Facebook | Instagram

Review tour:

Tuesday, April 27th: @jenniaahava

Wednesday, April 28th: Blooming with Books

Thursday, April 29th: She Just Loves Books and @shejustlovesbooks

Friday, April 30th: The Adventures of a Travelers Wife and @travelerswife4life

Saturday, May 1st: A Baker’s Perspective

Saturday, May 1st: @littlebutfiercebookdiary

Sunday, May 2nd: Girl Who Reads

Monday, May 3rd: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Tuesday, May 4th: SusanLovesBooks

Wednesday, May 5th: Living My Best Book Life and @livingmybestbooklife

Wednesday, May 5th: @bookshelfmomma

Thursday, May 6th: @rozierreadsandwine

Friday, May 7th: Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama

Saturday, May 8th: @bookscoffeephotography

Monday, May 10th: From the TBR Pile

Tuesday, May 11th: Woven by Words and @books.n.blossoms

Wednesday, May 12th: @olivias.bookish. world

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REVIEW: DOGWINKS BY SQUIRE RUSHNELL AND LOUISE DUART

MY REVIEW:

I started DOGWINKS one morning, thinking I would read a few chapters and then do what needed to be done at home. Well, that didn’t happen and I was finished with DOGWINKS in a few hours. It is crazy good and I could not put it down. I have never read the Godwinks stories but I’m excited to find them and devour them as I devoured this one.

DOGWINKS is filled with stories that will pull at your heartstrings. Keep the tissues close by as you are reading because the tears start with the very first story! The dogs in the stories are saved and then they do the saving! DOGWINKS is for anyone who has ever loved a dog or been loved by one! Be prepared, as you are reading to be laughing and crying on the very same page. There are only twenty stories in this book, but each one of them will touch your heart and make you hug your dog a little bit tighter if you have one.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.

FROM GOODREADS:

The bestselling and beloved Godwink series returns with a charming, dog-focused collection of stories, all of which provide plenty of hope, encouragement, and laughter.

With delightfully uplifting stories and enthralling prose, DogWinks is the perfect gift for dog lovers of all backgrounds. Featuring several never-before-published and true stories about coincidences and divine intervention, DogWinks is an inspirational and entertaining book that illustrates the overwhelming power of faith and how miracles can change our lives and those of our canine companions. 

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