REVIEW: BURIED SECRETS BY RACHEL J. GOOD

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Buried Secrets

Rachel J Good

Received from Netgalley

BURIED SECRETS is the second book in the Sisters & Friends series. I haven’t read the first book and found the story easy to follow along with. Rachel uses the first few chapters to bring the reader up to speed with what happened in the previous book, and I never felt lost at all. But I am going to go back and read the first book, Change Of Heart just because I love Rachel J Good’s writing. She hooked me from the very first page and never let go. Her characters weren’t perfect and they all had faults which only made them more real and more endearing to me.

Emma stole my heart right away and while reading her story, I couldn’t help but feel all of her emotions and anxiety. I just wanted to reach into the story and give her a big hug and help her try to remember her past. Emma was involved in an accident three years before and it almost killed her. While she healed physically, she couldn’t remember anything that happened a year before the accident or the accident itself. BURIED SECRETS is exactly what her family tries to do with what happened to her and how she was acting right before the accident happened. The characters aren’t your usual Amish folks and that will pull you in even more.

BURIED SECRETS is filled with happiness, love, loss, letting go, forgiveness, healing, and real heart break. I’ve always loved Amish fiction and the way they take their time falling in love. In most contemporary romance books, it’s insta-love and to me, that isn’t very realistic. Slow courtships and taking the time to get to know someone seems to work for the Amish and it will keep you flipping the pages trying to see if Emma ever remembers her accident and what led up to it. All the while she finds her feelings growing for Sam, her neighbor. Will he help her to remember? Will Emma ever figure out why her sister is intent on keeping Emma and Sam apart? I read BURIED SECRETS in two sittings. That’s how emotionally invested I was in Emma’s story. Once I started reading, it was very hard for me to put this wonderful story down.

 

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GOODREADS MONDAY

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Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To participate, you simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off. Don’t forget to check out her blog and link back to Lauren’s Page Turners and add your own links!

 

Today I’m going to showcase a book that is 38th on my TBR mountain and it has been there since 2008……the sad thing is that I love Ann Brashares…….why haven’t I read this one yet?? Okay…….here we go…….

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FROM AMAZON:

 

From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares comes her first adult novel

In the town of Waterby on Fire Island, the rhythms and rituals of summer are sacrosanct: the ceremonial arrivals and departures by ferry; yacht club dinners with terrible food and breathtaking views; the virtual decree against shoes; and the generational parade of sandy, sun-bleached kids, running, swimming, squealing, and coming of age on the beach.

Set against this vivid backdrop, The Last Summer (of You and Me) is the enchanting, heartrending story of a beach-community friendship triangle and summertime romance among three young adults for whom summer and this place have meant everything. Sisters Riley and Alice, now in their twenties, have been returning to their parents’ modest beach house every summer for their entire lives. Petite, tenacious Riley is a tomboy and a lifeguard, always ready for a midnight swim, a gale-force sail, or a barefoot sprint down the beach. Beautiful Alice is lithe, gentle, a reader and a thinker, and worshipful of her older sister. And every summer growing up, in the big house that overshadowed their humble one, there was Paul, a friend as important to both girls as the place itself, who has now finally returned to the island after three years away. But his return marks a season of tremendous change, and when a simmering attraction, a serious illness, and a deep secret all collide, the three friends are launched into an unfamiliar adult world, a world from which their summer haven can no longer protect them.

Ann Brashares has won millions of fans with her blockbuster series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, in which she so powerfully captured the emotional complexities of female friendship and young love. With The Last Summer (of You and Me), she moves on to introduce a new set of characters and adult relationships just as true, endearing, and unforgettable. With warmth, humor, and wisdom, Brashares makes us feel the excruciating joys and pangs of love—both platonic and romantic. She reminds us of the strength and sting of friendship, the great ache of loss, and the complicated weight of family loyalty. Thoughtful, lyrical, and tremendously moving, The Last Summer (of You and Me is a deeply felt celebration of summer and nostalgia for youth.

 

 

 

FROM GOODREADS:

 

Riley and Alice, two sisters now in their twenties, and as fiercely different as they are loyal, have spent every summer at their parents’ modest beach house on New York’s Fire Island. Each year, they return to the house and community they have known since they were children—and to Paul, the boy next door. But this summer marks a season of change: budding love and sexual interest, an illness, and a deep secret force all three to confront the increasing complexities of their lives and friendships.

STANDALONE SUNDAY

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by  Megan @ bookslayerreads.  Standalone Sunday was created to let others know about all the standalone books you have loved, but maybe don’t get the attention they need. Megan created the banner as well and anyone joining in can use it too. Please go check out Megan’s blog and say hello!!

 

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

 

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FROM GOODREADS:

 

There are some things you can’t leave behind…

In If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch, a broken-down camper hidden deep in a national forest is the only home fifteen year-old Carey can remember. The trees keep guard over her threadbare existence, with the one bright spot being Carey’s younger sister, Jenessa, who depends on Carey for her very survival. All they have is each other, as their mentally ill mother comes and goes with greater frequency. Until that one fateful day their mother disappears for good, and two strangers arrive. Suddenly, the girls are taken from the woods and thrust into a bright and perplexing new world of high school, clothes and boys.

Now, Carey must face the truth of why her mother abducted her ten years ago, while haunted by a past that won’t let her go… a dark past that hides many a secret, including the reason Jenessa hasn’t spoken a word in over a year. Carey knows she must keep her sister close, and her secrets even closer, or risk watching her new life come crashing down.

 

 

MY REVIEW:

 

IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch is only 256 pages and you can read it in one sitting, but wow oh wow……..this is a book that will stay with you for a long time after you finish reading it. Carey is fifteen years old and has been living in the woods for ten years. Her sister, Jenessa who is five, has never known any other way of life. Their mother is a meth head and leaves them alone in the camper for weeks at a time. They have no running water, electricity, and barely any food. This time their mother isn’t coming back. She sends a letter to the authorities and tells them where to find the girls. One afternoon, a man and a woman come into the woods, explaining to Carey that her mother sent them a letter. They tell her that her mother kidnapped her because sole custody was awarded to the man, who turns out to be Carey’s dad.

Once Carey and Janessa are in their new home their lives change drastically. At first, Jenessa shovels her food in her mouth so fast, afraid it is going to go away, that she gets sick. Carey has difficulties with her step sister Delaney. Delaney doesn’t like her and wishes her life could go back to the way if was before the girls were found. Carey will do anything to make sure Jenessa is safe and unharmed. She will always put the welfare of her sister above her own. Jenessa and Carey went through so much in those woods and you learn just how much through flashbacks as you are reading. Carey’s father and his wife, Melissa, were the very thing these two need. Even the connection between Shorty their dog, and Jenessa had filled me with joy, two little broken souls drawn to each other.

IF YOU FIND ME is a book that grabbed my heart from the very first page and never let it go. As I was reading, my heart was pulled out, stomped on, over and over again, and then shoved back into my chest. The things that Carey and Jenessa go through is truly heart breaking. How could a mother do this to her children? I cried a few times with happy tears. Overall, a compelling, heartbreaking, and beautifully written first novel. Emily Murdoch is an extremely talented writer, and I will be looking for more of her books in the future. Don’t forget the tissues.

REVIEW: CAROLINA DREAM BY REGINA RUDD MERRICK

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Carolina Dream: A Southern Breeze Series

Regina Rudd Merrick

Received from the author for review

CAROLINA DREAM is a beautifully written story. Sarah finds herself heading to South Carolina to check in to an inheritance that came to her family out of nowhere. She is also running from an invitation to her ex boyfriends wedding. What a perfect time to get away. Her family has selected her to be the one to go down to South Carolina to see about just what was left to them by a mostly unknown relative. Sarah goes with an open mind and while she is there her life changes and it will never be the same.

CAROLINA DREAM will teach you that when you pray to God for guidance and help, you need to remember to stop and listen. When Sarah gets to South Carolina she meets Jared Benton. He was her uncles right hand man and Sarah learns, his protégé as well. Jared is very accommodating and tries to teach Sarah as much as he absolutely can about the business as well as the uncle who left it to her family. The crazy thing is Sarah had a dream about Jared as well as her uncles mansion before she even left on her trip. Was God sending her a message? She just needed to be still and listen……….

I really enjoyed CAROLINA DREAM and Regina’s writing. It’s very hard for me to believe this is her debut novel as I devoured it at a fast pace. Sarah and Jared were so afraid of their feelings, each wondering if the other felt the same way. Jared had, what he thought, was a huge secret and knew he couldn’t move forward with Sarah until he came clean with his past. Would Sarah accept him, as she grew to know the man he is today? Would they both see the redeeming grace of Jesus and know that He is smiling down on them? I just love the characters that Regina introduced us to and now I’m praying there will be more books in the future about them. CAROLINA DREAM held my interest from the very first page and never let me go. If you are a fan of Christian Fiction, you have to give CAROLINA DREAM a try. What a great way to spend the afternoon. Get on your couch with a cup of coffee, grab your favorite blanket and get lost in this heart warming story.

4 Year Blogaversary Giveaway Celebration!

Brittany is celebrating her FOUR years of blogging!!

Check out her giveaways!!

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I’m celebrating 4 years of blogging and reviewing fun

with giveaways of some great books!

There are three different giveaways you can enter.

So, kick back, scroll down, and enter to win…

Happy Reading!!!!

Contest Rules:

All three giveaways are open to US residents only due to shipping costs.

Giveaways begin on 4/15/17 and end on 4/20/17.

Winners will be announced on the blog and will also receive an email.

Click on the graphics to enter each separate giveaway.

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Thank you! 300 followers & another giveaway!

Please check out Zuky’s awesome giveaway!!

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So, with both my WordPress followers, and email followers, I have gained a whopping 300 followers and I couldn’t be more happy! This is such an amazing moment for me, I never even expected to get 100 followers, let alone 3x that!

Thank you to everyone who has followed my blog over the past few months, you have all really inspired me and kept me going with this blog. I love reading all your posts and comments, it’s been so great to discuss bookish things with like-minded people!

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As a celebration and a show of appreciation of my love for you guys, I’m doing anothergiveaway!

This time round, you can receive a £25 Book Depository purchase! This is all coming out of my own pocket, this giveaway is not sponsored or affiliated in anyway.

All you have to do it click on the link below and follow the ways to…

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BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE GIVEAWAY ENDS TOMORROW

Just a reminder…….if you haven’t left a comment yet, the giveaway ends tomorrow night. Good luck!!

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Lonna from Flylef is organizing and hosting this giveaway hop and I have decided that I will join in for my third giveaway.
This giveaway starts on the first of the month and ends on the 15th.
I am giving away one book up to the value of $18 U.S. so long as you are in an area of the world where the Book Depository ships to you.  One winner will receive their book of choice. Open internationally.

    ENTER GIVEAWAY 

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📘         Giveaway ends on April 15th.
📘         Open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to you.
📘         One winner will be selected at random by leaving a comment   below.
📘         The winner will be announced here on the blog and will also be emailed.
📘         If winner does not respond after 72 hours a new winner will be chosen.
📘         Prizes will be fulfilled as soon as the winner emails me their  choice.

 

Hop on over to these other fabulous giveaways! Ends on the 15th. Best of luck!

 

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 favourites 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, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.

 

 

This one has been on my TBR list since 2008…….sad right?

 

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FROM GOODREADS:

 

Burdened by Grief, She Hunts a Killer

They never found her sister’s body, but Detective Rebecca Montgomery knows her murderer is still out there. In the five months since Danielle went missing, there have been two more brutal abductions. A savage menace stalks the women of San Antonio, and the relentless detective will do anything to find him.

And a Seductive Stranger Shadows Her Every Move

But her latest case—the discovery of a young woman’s remains inside the wall of a burned-down theater—plunges Rebecca from her grief into a brand-new nightmare. She soon meets handsome, mysterious Diego Galvan at the crime scene, and his shadowy connections will lead to her first break in both cases. But when Rebecca submits to his considerable powers of seduction, she will leave herself vulnerable to a merciless killer . . . and when he attacks, no one will hear her scream.

 

HAPPY THURSDAY EVERYONE!!