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Book of the Month Club · Hannah Beckerman · instagram · review · Women's Fiction

If Only I Could Tell You


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🌱 Book Review 🌱 . ⭐️ ⭐️ 💫 2.5 stars rounded up . Two sisters and their mother, caught in a continuous web of misunderstandings, grief, hidden truths and many regrets. A story line that I feel had so much potential had it been written in a completely different way, one that led the reader to the answer through character development and growth as a family… instead what I read was a non-stop “catch me if you can” game of dangling the truth in front of me in order to get me to keep reading this book. If it hadn’t been for just wanting to find out what on earth happened… I don’t know that I would’ve finished this book. It was also a bit too dramatic (for me). The ending was good. A little twist. I just am not a fan of this story unfortunately. Jess was a 10 year old child in a 30 (or 40?) year old body throwing a grief-riddled temper tantrum her entire life, ruining her life, her daughters, her sisters, her mothers, and anyone else that walked along her path. The book talks briefly about her job and then randomly that part of the story just goes away and it never comes back. Lily is a feeble push over that never stops trying to please and lets every single person she knows walk all over her. She allows her sister to carry on this ridiculous tantrum for 20-30 years without ever really trying to get her to tell her. SURE sure we find out in the end “why” which was an eye roll in my opinion and was simply to tie up a loose end. And the mom. I liked her most but she had issues in the book too. There’s just bits and pieces of this story that don’t make sense and are just thrown together or randomly disappear with no explanation. I like to read a book to enjoy simply the story, the people, the writing… not simply bc I want to know the answer and could care less about half the people in the book. Oh and I’m still mad there was NO reconciliation of the young daughters with their mothers (Lily and Jess), no more info on or character/story development on Daniel, no telling Phoebe, etc. I hate writing reviews that lean more on the negative but clearly I just really wasn’t a huge fan of this book.. 😦 ———————— 🌱

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ARC · Fiction · IG · Thriller / Suspense

The Runaway

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . Becca Ortiz has struggled to fill an emptiness inside for so long. She has lost so much and is finally on her way to getting what she’s always wanted. What her heart has yearned for. A daughter. A child she can call her own. And then Ash runs away. . Ashley – known as Ash – has a mother that she wishes she never had. After endless abuse, and more foster homes she can imagine, she’s out on her own till she meets Nate. Together they survive till they are separated and forced out of each other’s lives. Ash meets Becca, who desperately tries to pull them both out of a pit of despair and loneliness neither ever thought they’d survive. . As if their problems weren’t big enough, a group called The Tribe brings with them murder, suicide, arson, a sociopath and a lot of lost souls. Ash vanishes and Becca is on the hunt of her life. For Ash. For the person who hurt her. . This story was packed with more than I could ever give away in a summary and you won’t be sad you read it. It’s a book that keeps you interested the entire way through, never a dull moment. You don’t have to worry about twists or rugs being pulled out from under you. @hollieoverton feeds you a great story of love, determination, faithfulness, acceptance with a little bit of thriller thrown in there for fun 😉 . Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. 📸: @hollieoverton ————————————• #books #coverart #booksharks #bibliophile #bookworm #booknerd #bookaholics #bookaddicts #ilovebooks #booksofinstagram #bookish #bookstagrammer #bookshelf #bookshelvesofinstagram #bookshelves #bookslover #whatshereads #TNWreads #nashville #blogger #bookreviewer #bookworm #bookishlove #bookaholic #bookphotography #therunaway

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ARC · Memoir · review

Prognosis


author: Sarah Vallance
publisher: Little A


This was such a good book. I first rated it 4-stars for a few reasons but one being this was my first memoir. I had absolutely nothing to judge it on. Then the more it sat, the more my mind absorbed all I read, I realized this was truly a good book, especially considering it was the first she wrote. It deserves all it’s 5 stars. 

Do yourself a favor and pick up this book. Keep an open mind and understand that everything she writes about, she is writing about her life as a person with a brain injury. 

There have been comments made about her focus being on the fact that she was a lesbian and how she shouldn’t have (which is so not true. She didn’t focus on it, that is her life. It’s no different than if she were married to a man and talked about him and other boyfriends all throughout the book. I think perhaps the reader may have been too focused on it themselves.) 

Anyways, the point is, this was a really great book. Well written with a LOT of really inspiring and thought-provoking writing all throughout. Thank you Sarah Vallance for writing such a great book and for sharing so much of yourself to us readers. 

“With work, I never had enough time to write. Now I had too much time. 

Freedom creates a prison all its own.”

“Like most introverts, I have few social needs, and if I cannot enjoy the company of the small handful of people I love, I would rather be alone. One of my many contradictions is that I don’t like people much, but I find comfort in having them around.”

“We brain-injured folk get a really raw deal. Doctors blame us for our accidents—as if we wanted a brain injury. Neuropsychologists think we invent our symptoms because we are emotionally unstable or trying to cheat the legal system. Society thinks we are violent and unpredictable. Families and partners tire of our mood swings. And I’m one of the lucky ones. There are scores of brain-damaged people who can’t speak for themselves.”

ARC · Fiction · review · Suspense · Thriller

The Second Wife


author: Sheryl Browne
publisher: Bookouture


Nicole deserves a life better than the one she had. An abusive husband and a mother who treated her like garbage. When she finds the handsome and kind Richard, what more could she ever want? Tragically, life wasn’t kind to Nicole any more than it had been as she took her own life not all too long after she and Richard were married. Becky, Nicole’s best friend, tries to understand what happened surrounding her friend’s death as so many details just don’t add up. What follows next is a tail of lies, mystery, lust and forgiveness.

I gave this book 3 stars because for one, it was so hard for me to keep everyone straight at first. When you have so many characters like this, I don’t feel its a good idea to have a narrator. I feel like the chapters labeled by their names should be in first person, in THEIR voice. It’s way too confusing when you have so many “she” characters. The pronouns just get confusing.

Another reason is the story had a lot of potential but just felt like a debut read when this author has several others. Its a good read, a quick read, and one I really did enjoy. But it wasn’t amazing. I could read this book alongside another one rather easily (so long as I kept track of who was who lol)

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.



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The Couple

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ARC · Children's · review

The Awfulizer


author: Kristin Maher
publisher: National Center for Youth Issues


Wow. This is a phenomenal and incredibly important book.

“Shame is a powerful emotion for children, and when they get sucked into the Shame Game and start believing lies about themselves – that they don’t just MAKE mistakes, but they ARE a mistake – their world can become a dark place.”

( The Awfulizer )

-1- The art is adorable!! Every kid will love it, no matter the age.

-2- Putting a name and a picture to “shame” is such a new concept and its brilliant. So so so many kids (and lets face it, adults too) struggle with shame (me included) and it’s just not something talked about enough. This is so incredibly exciting to see not only this concept being brought out into the light (finally!) but also through such an intriguing and captivating story. I was reading a child’s book and I was captivated!

-3- The last page where there are 7 points. This page was probably just as important as the whole book if not MORE important. What is written here is something every SINGLE parent, foster parent, counselor, teacher, you name it, should be talking about.

This book should be in everyone’s hands that has a child, no matter the age. Whether it’s your own child or if you’re someone that works with or volunteers with children/young kids/young adults….This is important. And for $10?!? That is a STEAL for the art and the work involved in making this book.

If I could give 10 stars I would. BRAVO…


This book is not published until August 22, 2019.
Thank you NetGalley for this ARC.


Please consider clicking HERE to order this book if you know anyone with young kids or even a school or library you could donate to. It’s $10. There’s so much good that $10 purchase could buy 🙂 PS: I just bought mine! yay!

Thanks, Lovelies ❤

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Little Gems

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Fiction · review · Suspense

The Last Resort


author: Marissa Stapley
publisher: Graydon House


Miles and Grace. A celebrity couple that has it all. Perfect life. Perfect marriage. Booming company. But how much of what you see is real? A group of couples are at their ends in their marriages, seeking a “last resort”. They come to The Harmony Resort in search of a last ditch effort to help fix their marriage, but what they find instead are a lot of dark secrets and pure evil. Walking through the gates of hell can either ruin them or it can save them and they are all about to find out which.


I gave this book 3.5 stars rounded down. It had points where it was gripping and it certainly was a thrilling read at times. However there were holes in the story where details about someone would just suddenly emerge, when this is something that should’ve been building all throughout. There was not enough depth to each character and it felt like a very simple story that had the potential to be a 4-star book with a little more effort.

I would recommend as a good library book or a cheap kindle to read as a light read on the beach or if you’re wanting to read a couple books at once. This is a great book for that. Hope you all enjoy!



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Andrea Dunlop · Fiction · review

We Came Here to Forget


author: Andrea Dunlop
publisher: Atria


Andrea Dunlop takes you off on an adventure many can only dream about; a new life in the beautiful world of Buenos Aires. The circumstances leading up to this new life are all but haunting and the harder Liz tries to run from this, the quicker it seems to catch back up. Can she escape the monster in her past? Can those that knew her in the “before” ever accept her and love her again?


It took me a bit to decide on what to rate this novel. I loved that it wasn’t a slow burn before you ever even saw a glimpse of what was to come, yet it didn’t divulge the exciting details all at once. Dunlop gives us a side-by-side narrative of both the lives of one girl, Katie Cleary and Liz Sullivan, fine-tuning her ability to give you just enough excitement to keep you moving along but also a slow enough pace to let you enjoy the new lifestyle Liz created and to immerse yourself into her new world. It was a beautiful cat-and-mouse game that most authors do not play with.

I gave this book 3.5 stars due to the fact that I feel like this book could have had a lot more depth in the characters. I feel like towards the end the plot got thinner and the characters got more glossed over in order to finish the story.

I would still recommend this book as it was an enjoyable read, and I feel like it is a good book to read another book along side of if you are that kind of reader.



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