Traveling Sisters Book Mail: A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza @HogarthBooks @melisabookblog @tarheelfit @MackTweetsBooks

Absolutely gorgeous post from the Traveling Sisters, Norma and Brenda, on our next group read!

TWO SISTERS LOST IN A COULEE READING

Up next in the Coulee for The Traveling Sisters reading is:  A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza.  Thank you to GoodReads, Sarah Jessica Parker, SJP for Hogarth, Fatima Farheen Mirza and Penguin Random House for providing us with copies of this beautiful, huggable book.

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Thank you to all Traveling Sisters for sharing your photo’s with us!

Dana’s Photo

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Mackenzie’s Photo

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Kristin’s Photo

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Jan’s Photo

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Brenda’s Photo

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Susanne’s Photo

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Kaceey’s Photo

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Jennifer’s Photo

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Nikki’s Photo

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Thank you to our Traveling Sisters who are in a Coulee reading with us (Brenda & Norma): Susanne, Kaceey, Lindsay, Jan, Jennifer, Kristin, Mackenzie, Nikki, Melisa, Melissa, Dana, Carol, Kendall, Mary Beth, Victoria and Berit.

Our blogging Traveling Sisters’ Blogs

Jennifer: https://jennifertarheelreader.com

Melisa: https://thebookcollective.net

Berit: https://audiokilledthebookmark.com

Mackenzie: https://novelbutnice.blogspot.com

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Review: When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger

synopsis:

Welcome to Greenwich, CT, where the lawns and the women are perfectly manicured, the Tito’s and sodas are extra strong, and everyone has something to say about the infamous new neighbor.

Let’s be clear: Emily Charlton, Miranda Priestly’s ex-assistant, does not do the suburbs. She’s working in Hollywood as an image consultant to the stars, but recently, Emily’s lost a few clients. She’s hopeless with social media. The new guard is nipping at her heels. She needs a big opportunity, and she needs it now.

Karolina Hartwell is as A-list as they come. She’s the former face of L’Oreal. A mega-supermodel recognized the world over. And now, the gorgeous wife of the newly elected senator from New York, Graham, who also has his eye on the presidency. It’s all very Kennedy-esque, right down to the public philandering and Karolina’s arrest for a DUI—with a Suburban full of other people’s children.

Miriam is the link between them. Until recently she was a partner at one of Manhattan’s most prestigious law firms. But when Miriam moves to Greenwich and takes time off to spend with her children, she never could have predicted that being stay-at-home mom in an uber-wealthy town could have more pitfalls than a stressful legal career.

Emily, Karolina, and Miriam make an unlikely trio, but they desperately need each other. Together, they’ll navigate the social landmines of life in America’s favorite suburb on steroids, revealing the truths—and the lies—that simmer just below the glittering surface. With her signature biting style, Lauren Weisberger offers a dazzling look into another sexy, over-the-top world, where nothing is as it appears

review:

4.5 hilarious laugh out loud stars🎉

This was a seriously funny, irreverent look motherhood, the suburbs, and how life changes with age. Throw in a juicy scandal and it’s all good fun! Full of slapstick moments with a dash of serious topics, it has the perfect balance for a great beach read.

Emily is back and funnier than ever – I love her and her seriously snarky, blunt personality. And who can’t love a cameo from The Devil, Miranda Priestly, herself?

This is a story of female friendship and how women supporting one another can get you through anything. And now I’m off to go watch The a Devil Wears Prada because it’s been too long and I don’t want to say goodbye just yet!

That’s all.

Thank you so much to Elizabeth at Simon & Schuster for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Don’t Believe It by Charlie Donlea

synopsis:

The Girl of Sugar Beach is the most watched documentary in television history—a riveting, true-life mystery that unfolds over twelve weeks and centers on a fascinating question: Did Grace Sebold murder her boyfriend, Julian, while on a Spring Break vacation, or is she a victim of circumstance and poor police work? Grace has spent the last ten years in a St. Lucian prison, and reaches out to filmmaker Sidney Ryan in a last, desperate attempt to prove her innocence.

As Sidney begins researching, she uncovers startling evidence, additional suspects, and timeline issues that were all overlooked during the original investigation. Before the series even finishes filming, public outcry leads officials to reopen the case. But as the show surges towards its final episodes, Sidney receives a letter saying that she got it badly, terribly wrong.

Sidney has just convinced the world that Grace is innocent. Now she wonders if she has helped to free a ruthless killer. Delving into Grace’s past, she peels away layer after layer of deception. But as Sidney edges closer to the real heart of the story, she must decide if finding the truth is worth risking her newfound fame, her career . . . even her life.

review:

Happy publication day to Charlie Donlea! This was a Traveling Sisters group read and we definitely all enjoyed this fabulous book.

Just when you think that all new avenues of thrillers have been exhausted, an author comes out with a new format and blows it out of the water.

This was a super entertaining whodunnit centered around a cold case which is being reopened for a documentary in the likes of Serial.

This book gave me major Amanda Knox/Dangerous Girls vibes – these are all fascinating crime stories and the curiosity will definitely peak your interest in this case as well – what really happened? Is she really guilty? Are the forensics accurate?

The author took some bold moves in his plotting (which I will not mention because, spoilers!) and I have to applaud him. Other readers in our group also loved how he tied in characters from some of his other works, it’s always fun when favorite characters make a reappearance. This is my first book by Donlea, but I will certainly be back for more after reading this fabulous, twisty tale!

Thanks for a fun group read, Traveling Sisters! 4.5 stars

Thank you to Charlie Donlea and Kensington for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Cover Reveal: The Letter – Kitty’s Story by Eliza J. Scott

I’m very excited to reveal the lovely cover for The Letter – Kitty’s Story by Eliza J. Scott today. I am so looking forward to this one, it sounds right up my alley and this cover makes me want to read it even more!

synopsis:

Life is anything but peaceful in the chocolate-box pretty village of Lytell Stangdale, where life unravels, and hearts are broken. Full of heart-warming moments, this book with have you crying tears of joy, laughter and sadness.

Thirty-four-year-old Kitty Bennett is trapped in a loveless marriage to criminal barrister, Dan, who’s gradually isolated her from her family and friends. Until the day she (literally) bumps into her first love, the handsome and easy-going Ollie Cartwright – someone she’s done her best to avoid for as long as she can remember. Looking into Ollie’s eyes awakens feelings for him she thought she’d buried deep years ago, and he clearly feels the spark, too. As she walks away, Kitty can’t help but wonder what might have been…

Dan senses that his marriage is on shaky ground and knows he needs to win his wife round. He turns on the charm, skilfully using their two children, Lucas and Lily, as bargaining tools. But Kitty’s older brother, Jimby, and her childhood best-friends, Molly and Violet, have decided enough is enough. For years they’ve had to watch from afar as Kitty’s been browbeaten into an unrecognisable version of herself. They vow to make her see Dan for what he really is, but their attempts are no match for his finely-honed courtroom skills and, against her better judgement, Kitty agrees to give her husband one last chance. But, all-too-soon, a series of heart-breaking events and a shocking secret throw her life into turmoil…

Will Kitty stand by Dan, or will she be brave enough to take the leap and follow her heart to Ollie?

Publication Date – June 29th 2018

Author Bio

I live in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with my husband, two daughters and two black Labradors. When I’m not writing, I can usually be found with my nose in a book/glued to my Kindle, or in my garden. I also enjoy bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off with a visit to a teashop where I can indulge in another two of my favourite things: tea and cake.

Social Media Links

Blog: Eliza J Scott – elizajscott.com

Twitter: Eliza J Scott – @ElizaJScott1

Instagram: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscott

Facebook: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscottauthor

#review Tell Me A Secret by Samantha Hayes @bookouture

synopsis:

Tell her all your secrets and she’ll tell you all her lies…

Everything in Lorna’s life runs like clockwork, from her 6 a.m. morning run to the strict 60-minute counselling sessions she gives. It’s the only way she can deal with the terrible secret she carries.

When a new client arrives for his first appointment, Lorna feels her perfect life unravel in a matter of seconds. It’s Andrew, the man she’s spent the last year desperately trying to forget. It seems he can’t forget her either…

Against her better judgement she anonymously contacts him on a dating site. Messaging him could mean the end of her marriage and her career, but she needs to know if his motives are genuine.

When Andrew is found dead in his home, grief quickly turns to fear when messages from him continue to arrive on Lorna’s phone. Somebody knows her secret and wants to use it to destroy everything she has.

Will she risk her family and her sanity to keep her secret? Will she risk her life…?

review:

Well well well. Bravo, Ms. Samatha Hayes. Bravo.

What an unexpected little gem of a psychological thriller. (I downloaded this book on a whim and this has now become a must read author for me!) I am actually blown away by this one – such a fun, twisty read and I have whiplash from all the twists and turns, all of which I did not see coming from a mile away, I’d like to happily add!

There were red flags all over the place from the word go but I am very pleased to report that this one stumped me big time. I love it when I book takes my hunches and flips them around on me and is like HA! You are so wrong!

This was well written, engaging, entertaining ride. Definitely recommend to fans of the psychological thriller and happy to say it’s on sale tomorrow!

Thanks so much to Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 stars

Review: Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter

synopsis:

Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an

undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees—even though the past is the last place she wants to go.

The retreat’s isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor’s rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they’ll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they’re never to socialize with the other guests.

One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room…and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems—and that whatever’s crying out from Heath’s past isn’t meant to be heard. It’s meant to be silenced.

review:

Phew!

This one was a Traveling Sisters read and pretty much all of us had the same response of “I need a moment to process what I just read” whether we liked it or not. That was INTENSE to say the least!

This one read more like horror to me than a thriller – not an overly ton of gore, just enough to make me feel like this stepped a bit outside the thriller genre.

I absolutely loved that the twist was in the middle of the book (and it was one that I absolutely did NOT see coming) that left for a second half of wild and crazy suspense.

This is a tricky one for me to review because on one hand, I ate this one up in one day, on the other hand I’m not sure I enjoyed it – it was like a movie where you’re hiding behind the pillows because you don’t want to look but you keep peeking because you need to know what happens.

This was a GREAT discussion with my fellow Traveling Sisters who gave me so many different perspectives and theories that I never would have had on my own. So fortunate to be apart of this great group of readers!

Thank you to Lake Union for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars