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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 · 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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