Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 9 – Feb 15)

Weekly Wrap-Up


ON THE BLOG

THIS WEEK

Mon, Feb 11 – Book Review: Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
Tue, Feb 12 – Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples in Books
Wed, Feb 13 – Book Review: Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle and The 80s Movie Book Tag
Thu, Feb 14 – Book Review: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Fri, Feb 15 – Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 9 – Feb 15)

NEXT WEEK

Mon, Feb 18 – Book Review: The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
Tue, Feb 19 – Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved with Fewer Than 2000 Ratings on Goodreads
Wed, Feb 20 – Book Review: Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke and Book Review: Between the Lies by Michelle Adams
Thu, Feb 21 – Book Review: The Hunger by Alma Katsu and Book Review: Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker
Fri, Feb 22 – Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 16 – Feb 22)


BOOKS READ

PRINT & EBOOKS

Three books read this week – Between the Lies by Michelle Adams, Chocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke, and The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray, .

Between the Lies by Michelle AdamsChocolate Cream Pie Murder by Joanne FlukeThe Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

AUDIOBOOKS

Three audiobooks listened to this week – Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby and Outfoxed and The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt.

Juliet, Naked by Nick HornbyOutfoxed by David RosenfeltTwelve Dogs of Christmas by David Rosenfelt


CURRENTLY READING

Currently reading three books – one print book (Let Me In by John Ajvide Lindqvist), one ebook (Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward), and one audiobook (Nemesis by Jo Nesbo).

Let Me In by John Ajvide LindqvistBeautiful Bad by Annie WardNemesis by Jo Nesbo


BOOKS ACQUIRED

Five ARCs received via Netgalley – Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine, Murder at the Marina by Janet Finsilver, Because You’re Mine by Rea Frey, The Loch Ness Papers by Paige Shelton, and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
Two ARCs received via Edelweiss – Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson and The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
One book borrowed from the library – Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak

Wolfhunter River by Rachel CaineMurder at the Marina by Janet FinsilverBecause You're Mine by Rea FreyThe Loch Ness Papers by Paige SheltonThe Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi WaxmanNever Have I Ever by Joshilyn JacksonThe Last House Guest by Megan MirandaBefore We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak

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Book Review: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren

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BOOK INFO
Title: Love and Other Words
Author: Christina Lauren
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publish Date: April 10, 2018
Genre: Romance – Contemporary
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.24

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
The story of the heart can never be unwritten.

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.


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MY REVIEW
After years apart, Macy runs into Elliot, her first love. Macy has kept herself closed off from love for most of her life. She and Elliott were friends as teenagers, and their friendship eventually led to more. Sadly, Elliott broke her heart. Running into Elliot brings back emotions that she needs to deal with, emotions that she has tried to bury for years.

Told with alternating timelines – past and present. The present day timeline starts with Macy and Elliott running into one another after eleven years apart. The past timeline is their relationship as teenagers. It was wonderful to see how Macy and Elliott’s friendship evolved. They met as young teens, bonded over their shared love of reading, and eventually realized their feelings for one another were more than friends. Unfortunately, their relationship ended.

The story unfolds in a way that doesn’t reveal the cause of their break-up until late in the story. This left me guessing as to why they ended their relationship, not only as lovers, but friends as well. At times the story was sweet and cute. At times it was heartbreaking. An emotional story of first love and second chances.

I enjoyed the characters and found them to be very relatable. I’ve noticed in other books by this writing duo, not only are the main characters great, but so are the supporting ones. Every character is well-developed and I love how the different relationships with family and friends are told.

A charming friends to lovers romance. Humorous, heartwarming, and romantic.

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.

The 80s Movie Book Tag

The 80s Movie Book Tag

I was a kid in the 80s, and some of my favorite movies come from this time. I’ve seen this tag a few places, and thought it looked like a fun one. Thanks Siobhan at Siobhan’s Novelties for tagging me! And thanks for Ashley a The Infinite Library for creating it! I’ve seen every movie on this list, and all of them more than once.


Nightmare on Elm Street

a book that kept you up all night

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman


The Princess Bride

a wonderfully quotable book

Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

a character who loves breaking the rules

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Katniss in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


When Harry Met Sally

a book couple that took an eternity to get together

Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Macy and Elliot in Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren


Back to the Future

a book involving time travel

11/22/63 by Stephen King
11/22/63 by Stephen King


Pretty in Pink

a character with unique style

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote


The Karate Kid

favorite book involving the training/mentoring trope

The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver by Lois Lowry


Die Hard

a book with a trip that doesn’t go according to plan

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman


Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

a book with the central character’s name in the title

Sadie by Courtney Summers
Sadie by Courtney Summers


Dirty Dancing

a female character who comes out of her shell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Top Gun

a death that took you by surprise

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Tris in Allegiant by Veronica Roth


ET

an ending that left you both happy and sad

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Book Review: Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle

Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle

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BOOK INFO
Title: Kingdom Cold
Author: Brittni Chenelle
Publisher: Self-published
Publish Date: February 14, 2019
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.80

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
Attempted murder, that’s how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte’s engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.

When her kingdom’s attacked, Charlotte’s parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom’s future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart? One must fall.


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MY REVIEW
It has been arranged for Princess Charlotte of Besmium to marry Prince Young of Vires. Charlotte is not excited about marrying Young, and their relationship gets off to a rocky start. However, before the nuptials take place, Besmium is attacked. It is up to Charlotte to decide what is right for her kingdom.

Told with alternating points of view from Princess Charlotte, Prince Young, and a a few other characters. Most of the story is from Charlotte and Young’s POVs, but a few chapters are from other characters – Minseo, Emmett, and Milly. Minseo is Young’s brother. Emmett is a prince competing for Charlotte’s hand in marriage. Milly is Charlotte’s lady-in-waiting. I enjoyed the alternating POVs from Charlotte and Young, and felt it added to the story.

Charlotte is a spoiled and selfish princess. Unfortunately for her, her kingdom is on the verge of war, and she needs to marry to help save Besmium. Prince Young is a kind and honorable prince. With their union, his family’s kingdom of Vires will have a strong alliance with Besmium. When Besmium is attacked on their wedding day, the future of their relationship and the kingdom of Besmium is at risk.

This is a standalone young adult fantasy novel. With so many YA fantasies being part of a series, it was refreshing to read a standalone novel in this genre. The characters are diverse, and I enjoyed that the multi-cultural aspect of the story was written simply and without fanfare.

I found this book to be light and entertaining. It’s not very long, and made for a quick read. My only complaint is that the characters were not very well-developed. I would have liked to go a little deeper into some of their stories. Due to that aspect, I would say this is more geared toward younger teens. Overall, a fun, charming, and fast-paced book.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples in Books

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Favorite Couples in Books.

I had a hard time limiting this list to ten couples. At first, I was going to limit it to ten couples in a specific genre, but then I couldn’t decide which genre. Anyway, that would have left off some of my favorites. So, here is a list of ten favorite couples in various genres – classics, contemporary romance, historical fiction, YA sci-fi, and YA contemporary.

Couples in Classics

1. Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

2. Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Gone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellPride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

Couples in Contemporary Romance

3. Millie Morris and Reid Campbell
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

4. Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina LaurenThe Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Couples in Historical Fiction

5. Jacob Jankowski and Marlena L’Arche
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

6. Kya Clark and Tate Walker
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Water for Elephants by Sara GruenWhere the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Couples in Young Adult Science Fiction – Dystopia

7. Tris and Four
Divergent by Veronica Roth

8. Lena Haloway and Alex Sheathes
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Divergent by Veronica RothDelirium by Lauren Oliver

Couples in Young Adult Contemporary Romance

9. Eleanor Douglas and Park Sheridan
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

10. Lennie Walker and Joe Fontaine
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow RowellThe Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

Book Review: Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

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BOOK INFO
Title: Before She Knew Him
Author: Peter Swanson
Publisher: William Morrow
Publish Date: March 5, 2019
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Goodreads Ratings: Me 5.0 / Community 4.14

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
Catching a killer is dangerous — especially if he lives next door.

From the hugely talented author of The Kind Worth Killing comes an exquisitely chilling tale of a young suburban wife with a history of psychological instability whose fears about her new neighbor could lead them both to murder…

Hen and her husband Lloyd have settled into a quiet life in a new house outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Hen (short for Henrietta) is an illustrator and works out of a studio nearby, and has found the right meds to control her bipolar disorder. Finally, she’s found some stability and peace.

But when they meet the neighbors next door, that calm begins to erode as she spots a familiar object displayed on the husband’s office shelf. The sports trophy looks exactly like one that went missing from the home of a young man who was killed two years ago. Hen knows because she’s long had a fascination with this unsolved murder — an obsession she doesn’t talk about anymore, but can’t fully shake either.

Could her neighbor, Matthew, be a killer? Or is this the beginning of another psychotic episode like the one she suffered back in college, when she became so consumed with proving a fellow student guilty that she ended up hurting a classmate?

The more Hen observes Matthew, the more she suspects he’s planning something truly terrifying. Yet no one will believe her. Then one night, when she comes face to face with Matthew in a dark parking lot, she realizes that he knows she’s been watching him, that she’s really on to him. And that this is the beginning of a horrifying nightmare she may not live to escape…


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MY REVIEW
Henrietta, Hen for short, and her husband Lloyd have moved into a new home and are adjusting to their quiet suburban life. While visiting with new neighbors, Matthew and Mira, Hen sees something in Matthews’s home office that leads her to believe he is a killer. Hen’s past makes it difficult for her to be a reliable source, so she struggles with knowing the truth and finding someone to believe her.

Told with alternating points of view, both Hen and Matthew’s stories are told. Hen is bipolar and has had difficult times in her past. She seems to have things under control, but her past does lead her to be an unreliable source. However, Matthew is hiding dark secrets from his own past.

Hen has played armchair detective in the past, but that has never worked out to her favor. When she spots something in Matthew’s office that she believes connects him with a cold case she was once obsessed with, she gets a bit obsessed again. Matthew isn’t the innocent man he pretends to be, which leads to an interesting relationship between him and Hen.

An intriguing psychological thriller with flawed characters, dark pasts, obsession, and murder. Clever, suspenseful, and twisted.

I received a free eARC of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 2 – Feb 8)

Weekly Wrap-Up


ON THE BLOG

THIS WEEK

Mon, Feb 4 – Book Review: The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor
Tue, Feb 5 – Top Ten Tuesday: Upcoming Releases I’m on the Fence About
Wed, Feb 6 – Book Review: The Swan Keeper by Milana Marsenich
Thu, Feb 7 – Book Review: A Cold Brew Killing by Lena Gregory & Book Review: Murder at the Mill by M.B. Shaw
Fri, Feb 8 – Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 2 – Feb 8)

NEXT WEEK

Mon, Feb 11 – Book Review: Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
Tue, Feb 12 – Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples in Books
Wed, Feb 13 – Book Review: Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle
Thu, Feb 14 – Book Review: Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren
Fri, Feb 15 – Weekly Wrap-Up (Feb 9 – Feb 15)


BOOKS READ

PRINT & EBOOKS

Four books read this week – Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes, Academic Curveball and Broken Heart Attack by James J. Cudney, and Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson.

Broken Monsters by Lauren BeukesAcademic Curveball by James J. CudneyBroken Heart Attack by James J. CudneyBefore She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

AUDIOBOOKS

Four audiobooks listened to this week – One Dog Night, Leader of the Pack, Unleashed, and Hounded by David Rosenfelt. Clearly, I’m trying to get caught up on this series.

Leader of the Pack by David RosenfeltUnleashed by David RosenfeltHounded by David Rosenfelt


CURRENTLY READING

Currently reading three books – one print book (The Temp by Michelle Frances), one ebook (Kingdom Cold by Brittni Chenelle), and one audiobook (Who Let the Dog Out?).

The Temp by Michelle FrancesKingdom Cold by Brittni ChenelleWho Let the Dog Out? by David Rosenfelt


BOOKS ACQUIRED

· Four eARCs received from Netgalley – Between the Lies by Michelle Adams, A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell, Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark, and I Know You by Annabel Kantaria
· One book received from Amazon’s First Reads – The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry
· Two ebooks won in a Goodreads Giveaways – Mother’s Day Mayhem by Lynn Cahoon and The Body in the Wetlands by Judi Lynn
· One book borrowed from the library – My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
· Three books purchased – The Third Wife by Lisa Jewell, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, and Under the Influence by Joyce Maynard

Between the Lies by Michelle AdamsA Stranger on the Beach by Michele CampbellFoul Play on Words by Becky ClarkI Know You by Annabel Kantaria The Perfect Child by Lucinda BerryMother's Day Mayhem by Lynn CahoonThe Body in the Wetlands by Judi LynnMy Sister, the Serial Killer Oyinkan Braithwaite

Books purchased this week

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Book Review: A Cold Brew Killing by Lena Gregory

A Cold Brew Killing by Lena Gregory

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BOOK INFO
Title: A Cold Brew Killing
Author: Lena Gregory
Publisher: Lyrical Underground
Publish Date: November 6, 2018
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.31

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
When an ice cream vendor discovers a frozen stiff, Florida diner owner Gia Morelli has to serve up some just desserts…

Gia has become good friends with Trevor, a fun, flirtatious bachelor who owns the ice cream parlor down the street from her popular All-Day Breakfast Café. Trevor has the scoop on all sorts of local attractions and activities. But when he bursts into her diner, trembling and paler than a pint of French Vanilla, she can tell something’s very wrong. Trevor points her toward his shop then passes out cold. When Gia runs down to his shop, she discovers a chilling sight—a dead body in the open freezer. But the ice cream man’s troubles are just beginning. The police suspect him of this murder a la mode, especially when details of his questionable past surface. Gia believes in her friend and is determined to clear his name and find the real cold-blooded killer before someone else gets put on ice…


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MY REVIEW
Trevor shows up at Gia’s diner in a state of shock after discovering a dead body in his ice cream parlor’s freezer. Trevor soon becomes suspect number one in the case, and Gia sets out to prove her friend is innocent.

The third book in the All-Day Breakfast Café Mystery series by Lena Gregory. This is the first book in the series that I have read, but it was easily read as a standalone. Gia runs the local diner in a small Florida town. A light and fun cozy mystery series.

This book opens with the discovery of a dead body, and the mystery gets started. Gia, amateur sleuth, wants to clear her friend’s name and find the real bad guy. Things aren’t as clear as they may seem, making this a fun read. The setting is quaint. The characters are likable. The mystery is entertaining.

A typical cozy mystery with a small town setting, quirky characters, and a murder mystery for the local amateur sleuth. I enjoy these types of books, so this one was right up my alley. A good read for fans of cozies.

I won a free Kindle copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

Book Review: Murder at the Mill by M.B. Shaw

Murder at the Mill by M.B. Shaw

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BOOK INFO
Title: Murder at the Mill
Author: M.B. Shaw
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publish Date: December 4, 2018
Genre: Mystery
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.86

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
A picture hides a thousand lies… And only Iris Grey can uncover the truth.

Iris Grey rents a quaint cottage in a picture-perfect Hampshire village, looking to escape from her crumbling marriage. She is drawn to the neighboring Wetherby family, and is commissioned to paint a portrait of Dominic Wetherby, a celebrated crime writer.

At the Wetherby’s Christmas Eve party, the mulled wine is in full flow – but so are tensions and rivalries among the guests. On Christmas Day, the youngest member of the Wetherby family, Lorcan, finds a body in the water. A tragic accident? Or a deadly crime?

With the snow falling, Iris enters a world of village gossip, romantic intrigue, buried secrets, and murder.


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MY REVIEW
Iris Grey rents a cottage in Hampshire village. Her marriage is struggling, and she wants to go somewhere to regroup and work on her painting. The cottage is owned by the Wetherby family, and Iris is soon captivated with the family. On Christmas Day, the youngest Wetherby discovers a body in the water. A mysterious death, that leads to Iris playing amateur sleuth.

This book is classic crime mystery. The story has a great start with describing the setting and characters. Then a crime occurs. A murder. There is no shortage of suspects, and village newcomer Iris gets involved with discovering the killer’s identity.

This is the first book in a new mystery series by M.B. Shaw. I look forward to seeing what mysteries are in Iris’s future.

Lovely setting in an idyllic village. Interesting characters. Solid mystery with twists to keep the reader guessing. A great start to a new series.

I borrowed this book from my local library.

Book Review: The Swan Keeper by Milana Marsenich

The Swan Keeper by Milana Marsenich

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BOOK INFO
Title: The Swan Keeper
Author: Milana Marsenich
Publisher: Open Books
Publish Date: May 18, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 4.59

BOOK BLURB
from Amazon:
From USA Today featured novelist and Western Writers of America Spur award finalist Milana Marsenich, The Swan Keeper is an historical, coming-of-age novel set in 1920s Montana.

On her eleventh birthday, Lilly’s family visits the Cattail Marsh to see the newly hatched cygnets. The family outing turns tragic when Dean Drake shows up with his shotgun. Lilly sees him kill her father, injure her mother, and slaughter the bevy of trumpeter swans. The sheriff, her mother, sister, and best friend all think Lilly is trying to make sense of a senseless accident by blaming Drake. But Lilly knows the truth. Left alone she must bring him to justice.

“Author Milana Marsenich has penned a dramatic page-turner brimming with authentic detail. She knows this Montana countryside inside and out, her vivid descriptions capturing the spirit of the craggy Mission Mountains.”—Maggie Plummer, author of Spirited Away – A Novel of the Stolen Irish and Daring Passage: Book Two of the Spirited Away Saga


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MY REVIEW
Lilly has learned about the trumpeter swans from her father. Together they visit the local wetlands to watch and learn about the swans. Lilly is wanting big things for her eleventh birthday, and is especially excited about visiting the swans with her father, mother, and sister. Unfortunately, the day ends in tragedy when a man shows up to shoot the swans.

Set in 1920s Montana, this novel is about a young girl coming of age while dealing with loss, love, and revenge. When Lilly’s mother and father are shot, Lilly see the shooter. Sadly, nobody believes her. They say she is trying to make sense of a tragic accident, but she know the truth. Lilly takes it upon herself to prove who the guilty man is and bring him to justice.

A wonderfully written story about family, relationships, and the beauty of nature. This novel does an excellent job of balancing reality with fantasy. Historical fiction with a touch of magical realism. Tragic, heartfelt, and magical.

I received a free digital version of this book from Book Glow in exchange for an honest review.