Sunday, September 24, 2017

#MMBBR #FRC2017 #Review #FirstLine @BookSparks #EmmaInTheNight @wendy_walker


by Wendy Walker

Course Title: Forensic Science
Department: Thriller
Description: One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family, Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.


Wendy Walker is the author of All is Not Forgotten, the blockbuster thriller for fans of The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive — with film rights already snapped up by Reese Witherspoon.
Wendy Walker is a former commercial litigator and investment banker who now works at home in Connecticut writing and raising her children. She is the author of the novels Four Wives and Social Lives, and is the editor of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Dad.

#FirstLine ~ We believe what we want to believe.  

This book was an intense, brilliant and thrilling read.  I was completely engaged and stayed up way past my bedtime and then bought it on Audible the next morning, so I could continue to listen throughout the day.  It was one of those reads that is both character driven and story drive.  You are left off kilter in the best possible way.  I never really knew what was going to happen next, which was awesome.  I feel like Walker is a force to be reckoned with because she writes realistic characters and stories that grab onto the reader, hang onto them throughout the read and then the story and characters stay with the reader long after they finish the book.  She is one of the best and this book is one of my favorites in a long time.

#MMBBR #Highlight #FirstLine #OddChildOut by @GillyMacmillan @WmMorrowBooks

From New York Times Bestselling Author of WHAT SHE KNEW
"A hugely satisfying and thrilling read. Highly recommended!" -Shari LaPena, New York Times bestselling author of The Couple Next Door
"Literary suspense at its finest.”—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Baby
How well do you know the people you love…?
Best friends Noah Sadler and Abdi Mahad have always been inseparable.  But when Noah is found floating unconscious in Bristol's Feeder Canal, Abdi can't--or won't--tell anyone what happened.
Just back from a mandatory leave following his last case, Detective Jim Clemo is now assigned to look into this unfortunate accident.  But tragedy strikes and what looked like the simple case of a prank gone wrong soon ignites into a public battle.  Noah is British.  Abdi is a Somali refugee.   And social tensions have been rising rapidly in Bristol.  Against this background of fear and fury two families fight for their sons and for the truth.  Neither of them know how far they will have to go, what demons they will have to face, what pain they will have to suffer.
Because the truth hurts.

Gilly Macmillan#FirstLine ~ A black ribbon of water cuts through the city of Bristol, under a cold midnight sky.

Gilly Macmillan grew up in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, and also lived in Northern California in her late teens. She worked at The Burlington Magazine and the Hayward Gallery before starting a family. Since then she’s worked as a part-time photography teacher and is a full-time mom.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #ImTheOneWhoGotAway by @AndreaJarrell ‏@BookSparks @shewritespress ‏@GoSparkPoint

As featured in the New York Times “Modern Love” column * a Redbook Magazine must-read * Rumpus, Hello Giggles, Bustle, and Southern Living magazine Fall book pick

Fugitives from a man as alluring as he is violent, Andrea Jarrell and her mother develop a powerful, unusual bond. Once grown, Jarrell thinks she’s put that chapter of her life behind her―until a woman she knows is murdered, and she suddenly sees that it’s her mother’s choices she’s been trying to escape all along. Without preaching or prescribing, I’m the One Who Got Away is a life-affirming story of having the courage to become both safe enough and vulnerable enough to love and be loved.

#FirstLine ~ Susannah was murdered just before Christmas but I didn't find out until after New Year's. 

This memoir is one not to be missed.  It was painful and powerful, honest ans raw.  It was hard to out down because Jarrell pulls the reader into the book, making them witness to the story.  This entrancement is done with beautiful prose and a pace that allows the reader to get lost in the pages.  A must read.

Andrea JarrellAndrea Jarrell’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many other popular and literary publications. She earned her BA in literature at Scripps College and her MFA in creative writing and literature at Bennington College. A Los Angeles native, she currently lives in suburban Washington, D.C.


#MMBBR #Highlight #ToBeWhereYouAre by #JanKaron #GPPutnamsSons #AMitfordNovel

Quick Take: Featuring three generations of the Kavanagh family, TO BE WHERE YOU ARE is a heartfelt new novel with all of the favorite Mitford characters on hand. Fans will be delighted to spend time with the funny and utterly human Father Tim Kavanagh and his beloved wife Cynthia, newlyweds Dooley and Lace, and many more cherished characters. Millions of Karon fans will be thrilled that it’s life as usual in Mitford: A beloved town character lands a front-page obituary, but who was it, exactly, who died? And what about the former mayor, born the year Lindbergh landed in Paris, who’s still running for office? All this, of course, is just a feather in the wind compared to Museeditor J.C. Hogan’s desperate attempts to find a cure for his marital woes. Will it be high-def TV or his pork chop marinate? Twenty minutes from Mitford at Meadowgate Farm, newlyweds Dooley and Lace Kavanagh face a crisis that devastates their bank account and impacts their family vet practice. But there is still a lot to celebrate, as their adopted son, Jack, looks forward to the most important day of his life—with great cooking, country music, and lots of people who love him. Happily, it will also be a day when the terrible rift in Dooley’s biological family begins to heal because of a game—let’s just call it a miracle—that breaks all the rules. By turns comical and compassionate, TO BE WHERE YOU ARE blends the down-home charm of rural life with the stark realities of a changing world. In Mitford, as in real life, it’s all about the journey and thoughtful choices made along the way. And, as always, Jan Karon gently illuminates those struggles along with the untold blessings that come from forging ahead while keeping the faith.  Karon’s Mitford remains as familiar and comforting as an old hymn or a cherished friendship and TO BE WHERE YOU ARE is a testament to its enduring appeal. 

#FirstLine ~ It was the first day of October, and all things considered, Mitford was pretty quiet.  

 Jan Karon
About the author:
Jan Karon is the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of twenty-five books, including fourteen Mitford novels, a popular cookbook, and several books for children.  She lives near Mr. Jefferson’s Monticello, a World Heritage site in central Virginia.


Friday, September 22, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #NationalGeographic #RoundUp @NGKidsBooks

Ultimate Space Atlas (ages 8-12) — Attention Space Lovers! Blast into space to explore our solar system and beyond. This out-of-this-world atlas takes readers through maps of the solar system, the Milky Way, and deep space, giving them a close look at and locations of planets, supernovas, and other universes. Sky maps will help kids spot these objects in the night sky and maps of planets and our solar system give the kind of incredible detail that National Geographic is known for. It's the perfect book for space fans and budding astronauts and a great pick for World Space Week (October 4-10, 2017).


I am so excited to work through this atlas with my kiddos. What makes this atlas so cool is that it is a bit different than other atlases. You will find the maps, but there is more...lots more.  There is information on constellations, solar system and and information on atmosphere.  This book is filled with pictures, charts and stats. I am always looking for ways to keep the learning going over the fall months and into the school year to supplement what they learn at school. This book is going to be a HUGE hit! It is a super big book and has bright and colorful photos. I cannot get over how jam packed with facts, maps and other tidbits this book is. You will get to explore so much. This book also includes a detailed glossary and index. I love that the facts are written in a way that is easy to understand. Adults and kids alike will get lost looking at the pictures and learning so much cool and interesting information. So awesome!!! 5 HUGE stars

Chomp! (ages 7-10) -- National Geographic Explorer and snake wrangler Dr. Brady Barr has been bitten by a lot of creatures over the years. So this book is born from first hand – er, tooth – experience of getting close to some of the biggest biters in the animal kingdom.  It turns out that there's a lot more to biting than meets the eye. Physical features and the how (and when and why) an animal bites reveals much about the animal itself. Chomp! highlights an array of awesome creatures with a diversity of chomp styles – from shredders and slicers to grippers and gulpers. Then it shows how tooth type, bite force, jaw shape, and food source all come to together to make each an incredible member of the animal bite force!


This book is one of the BEST I have seen! It is awesome how it is laid out!!! It is like a vision sensation! There is so much to look at and read! I am sure that you could read this over and over and over and learn something new. Here is a fun tidbit: This soft-bodied squid has an unreal 1,100-pound bite. Learn about this and so many more awesome and interesting facts in this book! It is jam packed with things that I find fun, intriguing and oh so fascinating! My kids are going to love this book so much too.

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What Would Happen?: Serious Answers to Silly Questions (ages 8-12) -- Technology, physics, biology, engineering and even history all play a role when What Would Happen? poses some silly questions and answers them with thoroughly researched scenarios from experts in their fields.  What if you saw the world through the eyes of a dog? What if Earth suddenly stopped rotating? What if you never aged? What if you could teleport anywhere you wanted? What if you were raised by wolves? What if Neanderthals never went extinct? This out-of-the-box book cultivates a better understanding of the world as it is — and what it could be (zombie apocalypse, anyone?).  


This book is FANTASTIC. I could not stop reading it and both my boys thought is was super cool too! Did you know that if mosquitoes went instinct it would greatly affect the food chain?!?!!! So interesting right! In this book you will read clear and distinct answers to so many silly questions you have always wanted to know. This book has all the things that I love about National Geographic...the amazing photos, great tidbits and facts, as well as the well written table of content and index. This book will make you want to hit the books this fall and seek out cool answers to all your burning questions. 5 stars 

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#MMBBR #Review #BearHockey by #JessicaBoyd

Bear Hockey by [Boyd, Jessica]

Every year, right before hibernation, all the bears in the forest gather for a rousing game of Bear Hockey! Whether you're a big bear, a small bear, a short bear or a tall bear, everyone can play - and you never know who will score the winning pinecone!

This book is a delight, so both the story and the pictures.  It is one of those feel good books that children will want to read over and over again.  My son plays hockey so I adore all books about hockey.  Both my son's loved this book too.  The loved all the characters and the sheer joy of the game with 4 simple rules.  A huge hit and one I cannot wait to share with my classes at the Y.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TheSummerThatMadeUs by @RCarrWriter @HarlequinBooks @MIRAEditors ‏

The brand-new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr that Kirkus calls "a blissful beach read." The Summer That Made Us is an unforgettable story about a family learning to accept the past, to forgive and to love each other again.

That was then… 

For the Hempsteads, summers were idyllic. The lake was a magical place, a haven where they were happy and carefree. All of their problems drifted away as the days passed in sun-dappled contentment. Until the summer that changed everything.

This is now…

After an accident turned the lake house into a site of tragedy and grief, it was closed up. None of the Hempstead women speak of what happened, and relationships between them are uneasy at best to hurtful at worst. But in the face of new challenges, one woman is determined to draw her family together again, and the only way that can happen is to return to the lake and face the truth.

Robyn Carr
Robyn Carr has crafted another beautifully woven story about the complexities of family dynamics and the value of strong female relationships.

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Her highly anticipated new series, Thunder Point, will be released March 2013. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at

#FirstLine ~ Charlene Berkey was devastated. 

This  book is sheer brilliance.  I adored the setting and the characters, both main and secondary, were well fleshed out, real and believable.  There was a richness to the story that is true to Carr and what we know and love about her writing.  I thought the story was touching and hard to out down. I could see being made into a movie because it would translate so well to the big screen.  I adored this book and highly recommend it!

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Her highly anticipated new series, Thunder Point, will be released March 2013. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at

Monday, September 18, 2017

#MMBBR #Giveaway #BeatriceZinker #UpsideDownThinker by @shelleyjohannes thanks to @disneyhyperion @DisneyBooks #FirstLine


Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
By Shelley Johannes
Release September 19, 2017
Recommended for ages 9-12

About the Book
Beatrice does her best thinking upside down.

Hanging from trees by her knees, doing handstands . . . for Beatrice Zinker, upside down works every time. She was definitely upside down when she and her best friend, Lenny, agreed to wear matching ninja suits on the first day of third grade. 

But when Beatrice shows up at school dressed in black, Lenny arrives with a cool new outfit and a cool new friend. Even worse, she seems to have forgotten all about the top-secret operation they planned!

Can Beatrice use her topsy-turvy way of thinking to save the mission, mend their friendship, and flip things sunny-side up?


#FirstLine ~ Beatrice Zinker always did her best thinking upside down.  

We are upside down thinkers in this house.  We also think sideways and sunny side up and all ways in between. We tackle problems head on with honesty, humor and heart. We stick together like glue and know that there is nothing we cannot face. 

This story is sheer delight and I adored it cover to cover. How can you not love Beatrice. She is everything I would hope to be and more. Her zany personality and approach to life is so refreshing. She has a way about her that is inspiring to others and I love that she is a girl that never gives up. We can all learn a thing or two from Beatrice. I want every kid to read this book and discuss it. There are gems of wisdom in this book that will certainly be helpful to young readers. I highly recommend this book.



About the Author
Shelley Johannes previously spent ten years in architecture—where she fell in love with felt-tip pens, tracing paper, and the greatness of black turtlenecks. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two sons. Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker is the first book she's written. Find her online at


Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway.

Be An Upside Down Thinker!
One (1) winner receives:
Copy of Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker
“Upside Down Thinker” beanie
And branded pencil case and notepad!

Open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.


TO ENTER:  Answer this question in the comments:  
How do you encourage topsy-turvy thinking in your own family?

NOTE:  Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy of the book to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway.

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine If the Creek Don't Rise by #LeahWeiss @sbkslandmark

"[A] striking debut..." ― BUSTLE  
"...masterful use of language....Weiss' novel is a great suggestion for fans of the Big Stone Gap books, by Adriana Trigiani, and Mitford series, by Jan Karon."―Booklist, STARRED Review
He's gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta Lynn
Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That's long enough to know she should have never hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby.
Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, a ticket out of town is hard to come by, and hope often gets stomped out.  When a stranger sweeps into Baines Creek and knocks things off kilter, Sadie finds herself with an unexpected lifeline...if she can just figure out how to use it.
This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contribute a new perspective, IF THE CREEK DON'T RISE is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty, and homegrown grit.

#FirstLine ~ I struggle to my feet, straighten my back, life my chin, then he hits me again.  

This is a dynamic debut whose setting was as powerful as the characters.  There was heart break and hope blending with a story that illustrates struggle and love and all the things in between.  A must read for fall or winter and a perfect book club pick.

Leah Weiss

Leah Weiss is a Southern writer born in the flat lands of North Carolina and raised in the foothills of Virginia where she loves hiking short stretches of the Appalachian Trail. Her debut novel, IF THE CREEK DON’T RISE, is set in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. The book has been chosen as an Indie Next, Okra Pick and LibraryReads. Leah retired in 2015 from a 24-year career as Executive Assistant to the Headmaster at Virginia Episcopal School. She enjoys speaking with book clubs. You may contact her through her website about availability, and check for events coming to your area.


Friday, September 15, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #WhenWeWereWorthy by @marybethwhalen @SheReadsBookCLB #LakeUnionPublishing #FirstLine @SheReads @AmazonPub

She Reads

I am part of the amazing SheReads Blog Network!  Which means that I am fortunate enough to partner with some of the most savvy, talented, and intelligent book bloggers in the business.  Every month we wonderful women read our selections and review them on our personal sites.  We are kind and witty and love books more than air.  We would love for you to visit each of us online and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  You don’t want to miss all the book goodness we have to offer! 


A win brought them together, but loss may tear them apart.
When the sound of sirens cuts through a cool fall night, the small town of Worthy, Georgia, hurtles from triumph to tragedy. Just hours before, they’d watched the Wildcats score a winning touchdown. Now, they’re faced with the deaths of three cheerleaders—their promising lives cut short in a fatal crash. And the boy in the other car—the only one to survive—is believed to be at fault. As rumors begin to fly and accusations spin, allegiances form and long-kept secrets emerge.
At the center of the whirlwind are four women, each grappling with loss, regret, shame, and lies: Marglyn, a grieving mother; Darcy, whose son had been behind the wheel; Ava, a substitute teacher with a scandalous secret; and Leah, a cheerleader who should have been in the car with her friends, but wasn’t. If the truth comes out, will it bring redemption—or will it be their downfall?

#FirstLine ~ One thing everyone agreed on---it was the perfect night for football.  

What a fantastic read.  It was one of those reads that grabs onto you and does not let go.  The pace and characters are perfection.  I can see why this is a SheReads Book Club pick.  I wanted to find somebody who read this book and talk about it the minute I finished.  This story broke my heart and then slowly put it back together all the while keep me gripped to the page.  It was an examination of tragedy and how people react to immense pressure.  It was fascinating and thought provoking and so well written.  A true gift to readers who love deep, moving stories with massive heart.  


Friday, September 8, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #BestDayEver #PsychologicalThriller #FirstLine by @KairaRouda #GraydonHouse

In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life. 

“I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…” 

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever. 

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really? 

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Evercrackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. 

Kaira Rouda

Kaira Rouda is a USA TODAY bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary fiction exploring what goes on behind closed doors of seemingly perfect lives. Her novels include BEST DAY EVER, ALL THE DIFFERENCE, HERE, HOME, HOPE, IN THE MIROR and THE GOODBYE YEAR. Her modern romance novels are set on beaches, including the Indigo Island series and the Laguna Beach series, also its own Kindle World. 

She lives in Southern California with her family and is at work on her next novel. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest: @KairaRouda; and on Facebook at Kaira Rouda Books. For more please visit

Praise for Best Day Ever 

“An unreliable and chillingly unrepentant narrator.” —Kimberly McCreight, New York Timesbestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia and The Outliers 

“Highly entertaining and truly surprising!” —Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year

#FirstLine ~ I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, sunlight bouncing off her shiny blond hair like sparklers lit for the Fourth of July, and I am bursting with confidence.  

New, fresh, creepy and twisty Best Day Ever is such a gripping story.  How Rouda has manged to write from the POV that she did is quite impressive.  She has managed to find yet another way to shine as a writer.  Stretching her creative mind and causing the reader to go on a journey into a mind of a character that is quite unlikable, but a story that is hard to put down.   This book is paced brilliantly with a story that is perfectly plotted!  Such a great read!!!


Thursday, September 7, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #TheFutureSheLeftBehind by @MarinThomas ‏@BerkleyPub @TallPoppyWriter

One woman's journey home gets derailed by her soon-to-be ex-mother-in-law in a novel filled with humor, small-town charm, rekindled love, and the resilient ties of family.

Cast aside by her cheating husband, Katelyn Chandler is ready to pack it all in and drive home to Little Springs, Texas. She wants a chance to regroup, reconnect with her mother, and get back to her art. 

But Shirley Pratt—master manipulator, elitist snob, and Katelyn's terror of a live-in monster-in-law—has other ideas. Shirley insists on joining Katelyn's trip after her son tries to pack her off to a retirement community. Katelyn has no choice but to play peacekeeper between the ornery old woman and the proud matrons of Little Springs. Yet the small town seems to be changing Shirley. And as Katelyn weighs the wisdom of picking up where she left off with Jackson Mendoza, the town bad boy and her high school sweetheart, she must find a way to believe in the strength of her dreams.

#FirstLine ~ Ammonium thioglycolate, also called perm salt, is murder on your hair.  

These are the types of book that help us to refocus.  They are those reads that helps us realize the good in the world, that there is room for second chances and fresh starts.  I was delighted by this multi-layered story that shines a light on the things that keep us moving forward; love, family and friends.  A wonderfully heartwarming and sweet story sprinkled with humor and love.

Marin Thomas

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Marin Thomas writes Women's Fiction for Berkley and western romances for Harlequin and Tule Publishing. To date she has contracted over 35 projects for Harlequin. Her first women's fiction novel, The Promise of Forgiveness, released March 2016 and her second novel, The Future She Left Behind releases September 2017. Marin is also a member of the Tall Poppy Writers

Marin grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin and attended college at the University of Arizona where she played basketball for the Lady Wildcats and earned a B.A. in Radio-TV. Following graduation she married her college sweetheart in a five-minute ceremony at the historical Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marin and her husband currently live in Phoenix, Arizona, where she spends her free time junk hunting and researching her next ghost tour. 

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