Wednesday, April 25, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #DiggingIt by @LorettaNyhan @AUAuthors #LakeUnionPublishing @LUAuthors




My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is an emotional read. I found it to be so authentic and brilliant. There is truth and heart in this book. You can tell Nyhan has lived this story, she poured herself into it. She allows the reader to go on the journey with her, even though it was not always pretty. She wrote so authentically that you cannot help but feel emotionally connected to the characters, the story, the realness of all of it all brought together within the pages. Such a great book that left me with all the feels.



#MMBBR #WinterSisters #noshelfcontrol @BookSparks #RobinOliveira #SpringReading





Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira
New York, 1879: After an epic snow storm ravages the city of Albany, Dr. Mary Sutter, a former Civil War surgeon, begins a search for two little girls, the daughters of close friends killed by the storm who have vanished without a trace. Mary’s mother and niece Elizabeth, who has been studying violin in Paris, return to Albany upon learning of the girls’ disappearance—but Elizabeth has another reason for wanting to come home, one she is not willing to reveal. Despite resistance from the community, who believe the girls to be dead, the family persists in their efforts to find the two sisters. When what happened to them is revealed, the uproar that ensues tears apart families, reputations, and even the social fabric of the city, exposing dark secrets about some of the most powerful of its citizens, and putting fragile loves and lives at great risk.

#MMBBR #Review #ThingsWeHaventSaid #SexualViolenceSurvivorsSpeakOut by @erinemoulton @ZestBooks

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I cannot say much about this because it is emotional. It is important, hard to read, heroic, heartbreaking and a must read!



#MMBBR #Review by #TheExtraordinaryLifeofSamHell @robertdugoni @LUAuthors #LakeUnionPublishers


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A story that leaves a big impressions with its readers. The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell is an important book with a powerful message that will resonate with many. It captures topics that reach and connect with all readers. A book worth reading and one that is perfect for book clubs. It is big in size and big in heart.



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #BridalGirl by @meredithschorr via @HeneryPress

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So happy to report that Schorr has done it again! She has written a book that both acts as a great way for returning readers to revisit old friends but also writes it in a way that a new reader can pick it up and enjoy her brilliant story without missing a beat. I love that there are aspects of the book I can find comfort in figuring out while still being very surprised and delighted throughout. It is this perfect balance that makes reading Schorr one of my favorite authors. I think she understands her readers on a deeper level. She gives the readers stories that feed their hearts. She knows how to engage the reader and continues to deliver in each and every book! This is a must read!



Sunday, April 22, 2018

#MMBBR #Reviews #Journals #GuidedJournals @foxchapel ‏#QuietFoxDesigns

Dragonflies can inspire our dreams and reflect our souls. Traditional mythologies considered these iridescent insects to be agents of change, and symbolic of self-realization.
  • Guided journal featuring visionary coloring book artist Ben Kwok, a.k.a. BioWorkZ
  • Beautifully illustrated with Ben's hyper-detailed animal illustrations
  • Made of the highest quality materials
  • Thoughtful prompts and questions stimulate your creativity
  • Guided page layouts with plenty of room for expressive writing
  • Hardcover with beautiful end papers
Inspire your journal writing with magnificent animal art from visionary artist Ben Kwok, a.k.a. BioWorkZ. TangleEasy Guided Journal Dragonfly provides thoughtful prompts on every page to stimulate your ideas, inspirations, and insights. Packed with Ben's hyper-detailed and exquisitely rendered animal illustrations, it offers plenty of lined writing space to document your world.
Attractively designed and made of the highest quality materials, this finely crafted journal is your stress-relieving vehicle for personal exploration.



Pursue your happiness every day with Hello Angel Guided Journal Follow Your Bliss!
  • Guided journal featuring bestselling coloring book artist Hello Angel
  • Beautifully illustrated with Angelea's intricate, hand-drawn illustrations
  • Made of the highest quality materials
  • Thoughtful prompts and questions stimulate your creativity
  • Guided page layouts with plenty of room for expressive writing
  • Hardcover with beautiful end papers
Angelea Van Dam, the bestselling artist behind Hello Angel coloring books, provides thoughtful prompts on every page to stimulate reflective writing about happiness, ecstasy, and joy. This roadmap to creative self-expression includes plenty of Angelea's intricate, hand-drawn illustrations, with heaps of doodles and oodles of imagination. Use it in your personal search for that elusive state of bliss.
Attractively designed and made of the highest quality materials, this finely crafted journal offers plenty of lined space to record your closest thoughts, hopes, and dreams.



I love these journals. I have been using them for a month now and I find that I have been more relaxed and centered. I feel like this is because I have writing everyday. This is something that I used to do and for some reason got away from. I am glad I am back to journaling. These journal contain the same writing prompts, but the covers and inside images are unique to each journal. Some of the prompt questions are: What have you worked the hardest for? Love or Money? What is a class you would like to take? I love all the blank sheets too, so I can write about whatever I feel like. I just love these journals and plan to buy them as gifts for friends.



#MMBBR #ReviewNot #ThatICouldTell @jessicastrawser @StMartinsPress ‏

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A fabulous book that will keep you guessing until the end. There is something for everyone in this book. There are also important themes in this book that are told in a very realistic way. It is also concluded beautifully. A story that you will not soon forget.


#MMBBR #Review #TheFamilyGathering by @RCarrWriter ‏@MIRAEditors ‏@HarlequinBooks


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is very deep story with many complex topics. It is one of those stories that you instantly know, starting on page one, will be a story you could get lost in. You also know that you will love it because Carr is a dependable writer, giving her readers good stories in each and every book. It is one of the stories where the characters feel real, genuine and raw. There is enough going on within the story and it kept my interest and kept me turning the pages. I thought it was a great continuation in the series and I am looking forward to see where else this series takes us.



#MMBBR #noshelfcontrol @BookSparks #TheElizas @sarabooks #springreading



  • mrsmommybooknerdSQEEEL! I love @saracshepard - she writes #books that any #reader will devour!!! I have #noshelfcontrolwhen it comes to her books. #theelizas is her #newrelease and I could not be more excited that @booksparks has this amazing line up for #springreading !!! I am diving into this one today!!! About the book: New York Times bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars Sara Shepard makes her mark on adult fiction with this Hitchcockian double narrative composed of lies, false memories, and a protagonist who must uncover the truth for survival. 
    When debut novelist Eliza Fontaine is found at the bottom of a hotel pool, her family at first assumes that it’s just another failed suicide attempt. But Eliza swears she was pushed, and her rescuer is the only witness. 
    Desperate to find out who attacked her, Eliza takes it upon herself to investigate. But as the publication date for her novel draws closer, Eliza finds more questions than answers. Like why are her editor, agent, and family mixing up events from her novel with events from her life? Her novel is completely fictional, isn’t it? 
    The deeper Eliza goes into her investigation while struggling with memory loss, the closer her life starts to resemble her novel, until the line between reality and fiction starts to blur and she can no longer tell where her protagonist’s life ends and hers begins. 
    Fans of Pretty Little Liars, S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep, and Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10 will be drawn to the drama of feeling like no one is on your side, the high tension of not knowing who you can trust, the hair-raising truths hidden among lies, and a faceless, nameless presence controlling Eliza’s life from the shadows.

#MMBBR #noshelfcontrol @BookSparks #songofisabel #idacurtis

  • Song of Isabel

  • mrsmommybooknerdThere is #noshelfcontrol when there is still snow on the ground in #spring @booksparks has chosen so many great #books for #springreading by #idacurtis is one #historicalfiction lovers will enjoy this #romance About the book: Lady Isabel is just twelve years old when Lord Chetwynd rescues her from being raped by warriors in his company. When they meet eight years later, each has a good reason for entering an arranged marriage. Together, they embark on a perilous journey to the court of King Louis. On the way, danger from enemies on the journey brings them closer together; when they arrive at court, rivalry and intrigue nearly parts them. Ultimately, however, they survive these trials through their own native wit and charm―and gain new respect and love for one another. 
    Rich with historical detail and drama, Song of Isabel is a compelling novel of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue.

#MMBBR #BucketList #BucketListAuthor @RL_Stine

Friday, April 20, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #TooCloseToBreath @LivKiernan @DuttonBooks




My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great start to a promising series. Set in Ireland, a country that I adore, this police procedural story is not to be missed. It takes some common themes and turns them on their toes. This story is complex and well plotted. There is a depth in the characters that is fleshed out slowly and the story is perfectly paced around this backstory. It is a hard to put down read that will keep you glued to the page and wanting more!!!


#MMBBR #Review #SomebodysDaughter by @rochwein @LUAuthors #LakeUnionPublishing

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A gripping story that tackles a very tough topic in a way that makes one think deeper about things that matter most; love, family and the judgments we make. A family in crisis is compelling enough, but the characters in this story are ones you cannot help but become attached to. This is a tale that you cannot stop reading. It is important and timely. A must read for any/all book clubs because there is bound to be a lot of conversations regarding this book.



#MMBBR #Review #MamasBelly @khosford_author @ABRAMSbooks ‏


Kate Hosford is the author of several picture books, including Infinity and Me, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award and was named an ALA Notable Children's Book. Her books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, French, and Romanian. Kate lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more, visit her website: khosford.com.
Twitter: @khosford_author
Instagram: @katelhosford

Abigail Halpin is the illustrator of many books for children, including Finding Wild. She lives in southern Maine. Visit her on the web at theodesign.com or on Instagram: @abigailhalpin

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A great story that really highlights the truths about pregnancy in a way that kids can understand. When a new baby comes into the house there is going to be some anxiety, for both the parents and the sibling.  Mom will also have some struggles that are perfectly explained in this beautiful story. There is no easy way to explain the changes that will occur within the home and to Mama, so books are a great tool in doing just that. This book showcases all the ways a baby enhances the family and ensures the sibling that is certainly enough love to go around. A darling story with a sing song tone and illustration that are just gorgeous. 

#MMBBR #Review #BeingBree by #ChristineSromekLaforet @ClearForkPub #Spork

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Six-year-old Bree Wilson thinks she needs a nametag to make friends on the first day of school. She worries she won't make any since the class is too busy going over rules and reading baby books to share nametags. Belly breaths and counting help Bree calm her worries until her nametag mysteriously disappears at recess and her extra one falls apart. Bree has a meltdown, but, with the help of her Gifted Instruction teacher, she learns friendships are formed with kind words and actions -not just nametags.



A great book that helps children deal with the anxieties and stresses of school, friends and allows the reader to learn ways to copes with those stresses. Bree is likable and one that kids can relate to. This book allows kids to relate to others in difficult situations. A book I highly recommend.




Wednesday, April 18, 2018

#MMBBR @booksparks #noshelfcontrol #deadgirlrunning @ChristinaDodd


  • mrsmommybooknerdThere is more #snow coming over here in #wisconsin so what should I do??? #Read of course! I love #partnering with @booksparks to bring you these #amazing #titles — #BookSparks has #noshelfcontrol and I don’t either! @christinadoddbooks has brought to this world a #fantastic #book that will keep you burning through the #pages with this #original and #compelling story!! ABOUT THE BOOK: I have three confessions to make:
    1. I've got the scar of a gunshot on my forehead.
    2. I don't remember an entire year of my life.
    3. My name is Kellen Adams...and that's half a lie. 
    Girl running...from a year she can't remember, from a husband she prays is dead, from homelessness and fear. Tough, capable Kellen Adams takes a job as assistant manager of a remote vacation resort on the North Pacific Coast. There amid the towering storms and the lashing waves, she hopes to find sanctuary. But when she discovers a woman's dead and mutilated body, she's soon trying to keep her own secrets while investigating first one murder...then another. 
    Now every guest and employee is a suspect. Every friendly face a mask. Every kind word a lie. Kellen's driven to defend her job, her friends and the place she's come to call home. Yet she wonders--with the scar of a gunshot on her forehead and amnesia that leaves her unsure of her own past--could the killer be staring her in the face?

#MMBBR @BookSparks @roznay1 #ourlittlesecret #noshelfcontrol



mrsmommybooknerdI feel like #winter has restarted, but that has only #fueled my #reading #fire — I have #noshelfcontrol and love #partnering with @booksparks and @stmartinspress to #showcase all these #amazing #titles —#ourlittlesecret by @roznay is on my #tbr #pile and I cannot wait to #divein — 

ABOUT THE BOOK: THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE NOVEL YOU CAN'T MISS... “A cracking read...Our Little Secret builds to a deliciously dark conclusion.” ―Ruth Ware, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in Cabin 10


Roz Nay's Our Little Secret is a twisted tale of love, pain, and revenge that will stay with the reader long after they turn the last page.

They say you never forget your first love. What they don’t say though, is that sometimes your first love won’t forget you…

Angela Petitjean sits in a cold, dull room. The police have been interrogating her for hours, asking about Saskia Parker. She’s the wife of Angela’s high school sweetheart, HP, and the mother of his child. She has vanished. Homicide Detective J. Novak believes Angela knows what happened to Saskia. He wants the truth, and he wants it now.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

#MMBBR #noshelfcontrol @booksparks @gosparkpress #treedreams @heykristinkaye #FirstLine



  • mrsmommybooknerdThe weather in #wisconsin is terrible so I #amreading - I admit that I have #noshelfcontrol and love #partnering with @booksparks and @gosparkpress to bring you #books #perfectfor #springreading - I just started diving into #treedreams by @heykristinkaye 
    Tree Dreams is an eco-literary, coming of age novel relevant for teenagers and adults alike, for this rite of passage asks the same of us all―whatever our age or life stage, we each must discover our one true voice, and learn how to offer it to the world.
    Review:
    “Kristin Kaye’s coming of age novel artfully places her young heroine in the midst of the burning questions facing the entire world such as climate change and culture wars. At the same time, she manages to weave her into a discovery of the ancient human connections to both trees and dreams. This is a work of wit and imagination that informs as it inspires; it also marks a trail of encouragement for the mutual lives of people and trees.” ―Michael Meade, author of The Genius Myth and Why the World Doesn’t End
  • #FirstLine - Chapter 1: Damp chills sleeps through my jeans from rotting wood porch stairs of The What Not Shop. 
  • ABOUT THE BOOK: When seventeen-year-old Jade Reynolds witnesses a violent clash between a protesting tree sitter and a local logger, she runs as far as she can from the battles that plague her home and from the mysteries of the redwood forest. But the ancient redwoods are embedded in her psyche―she feels their call even in the dark and forgotten back alleys of Portland, Oregon where she’s hiding out. She soon becomes entangled with a lovable misfit and a band of radical slackers, environmentalists, and anarchists, and finds herself living 100 feet high in the canopy of a redwood grove, trying to decide whose side she’s on: the logging community she’s known her entire life or the environmentalists who are risking their lives for the future of the forest. To find a way beyond the division between Us and Them, Jade turns to the ancient trees themselves―and the thread-thin web that connects us all. 
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