Monday, October 21, 2019

Two Truths and a Lie by H.A. Price ~ My Thoughts #TwoTruthsAndALie

Two Truths and a Lie: A novel

Two Truths and a Lie

Two Truths and a Lie by H.A. Price
Kindle Edition, 155 pages
Published September 6th 2019

Why do we cheat?

What are the countless ways in which we cheat others, even those we love?

Beth is a woman who (unbeknownst to her family and friends) has given up a free ride to Yale, rejecting her peers and instead marrying Mark, an unpretentious computer technician. Beth wanted salt-of-the-earth. She feared ending up erudite and alone, like Emily Dickinson. Yet she finds herself more isolated than ever as Mark’s wife.

Brad is a man who has married Kara, a promiscuous woman who is upfront about her past. They have a daughter, Katlin. Brad thinks he has outsmarted the competition who wrote Kara off as a common floozy. Eventually he realizes that he has been grading her on a curve--giving her bonus points just to make himself feel superior and wise.

Beth and Brad meet at a party, and their affinity is immediate. A few days later, Brad calls her, and their affair soon begins. As it progresses, they begin to take more risks to see each other.

It soon becomes clear that the events Beth and Brad have set in motion have much more serious ramifications than they could have ever realized.

     

My thoughts about Two Truths and a Lie ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"If Beth had known that such small things, a bathing suit or a pair of glasses, could change a life, she might have done things differently."

Two Truths and a Lie is an interesting look at the lives of two people who find themselves attracted to each other, and who eventually act on their attraction. As the affair progresses, it no longer becomes just a lark between two people, it affects all of those around them. 

There's a nice variety of characters in this story, some who will touch your heart and then others you just want to throttle. As the story comes to an end, the reader can't help but understand the true cost of an innocent flirtation that turns into so much more. 

Two Truths and a Lie is a great story about relationships, with believable characters, about a topic that is very real in our society. I look forward to reading more of this author's stories. 

Thank you to H.A. Price for a copy of Two Truths and a Lie. This is my honest review. 

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About the author

H.A. Price is the author of several novels, including Two Truths and a Lie and A Night at the Movies. Price loves enjoys writing dialogue that rings true. ~ Amazon

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Release Day! Mistletoe Mishap by Tracy Krimmer #MistletoeMishap

Happy Release Day!

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Congrats Tracy
on the release today of
Mistletoe Mishap!

Mistletoe Mishap by Tracy Krimmer
Print and e-book, 200 pages
Published October 21st 2019 by Amazon Digital Services

What was meant to be a fling turns into a love they both thought they'd never have or deserved….

Alexis Paige did not make a habit of drunkenly booking travel for herself on the internet. But after the worst breakup ever, she's going wherever the wind, and her widowed dad, urges her to go. Now Alexis is on a plane to Colorado and Mistletoe Manor. The guy seated next to her is easy on the eyes, and oddly charming, but he's also obnoxious. She's relieved she never has to see Grayson Wells again. She's had enough of indecipherable men.

Until she walks into Mistletoe Manor. Grayson's aunt runs the rustic bed and breakfast, and it's his annual holiday spot. He knows the town well and wants to show Alexis all it has to offer. She's leery, especially of a guy like Grayson who's a little too smooth, but she can't find a reason to say no. One kiss under the famed mistletoe and it's almost too easy to say yes. She tells herself that Grayson is a fling, but it hurts to say goodbye only a few short weeks later. Darn that mistletoe…

Back at home, Alexis finds everything shifting—career, her childhood home on the market, and oh yeah, her dad's marital status. She's thrilled her father has found love, but it's too much at once, especially when she's still missing her mom and feeling like her romantic life is doomed. When her dad announces the nuptials will take place at Mistletoe Manor, she fears the trip will just make her sad over what might have been. But when Grayson turns up and puts it all on the line, will Alexis give in to love or will she regret that mistletoe kiss?


About the author

Tracy Krimmer

Tracy Krimmer loves penning chick lit and Women's Fiction as well as reading the same genre. Her passion for the written word began at a young age and her favorite place as a child was the library.

When she's not writing, she enjoys fitness, crushing candy, and napping. She lives in the Midwest with her family. ~ Goodreads

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? October 21, 2019


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week. It's an opportunity to visit other blogs and to comment on their reads. And ... you can add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all have a good week. Happy reading!

What I'm currently reading

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Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children's Home Society
by Judy Christie, Lisa Wingate
Pub date 10/22

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Calculated In Death
(In Death #36)
by J.D. Robb
Narrated by Susan Ericksen

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Jackrabbit Junction Jitters
(Jackrabbit Junction #2)
by Ann Charles
Narrated by Lisa Larsen

What I recently finished

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RĂ©sistance
(Stories of Singularity #7)
by Susan Kaye Quinn
Pub date 10/28

A Night at the Movies
A Night at the Movies
by H.A. Price

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Fatal Traditions: A Short Story from the Deadwood Humorous Mystery Series
(Deadwood Shorts Book 5)
by Ann Charles

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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
by Lisa See

What I am going to read next

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Love to Prove You Wrong (Old Pine Cove, #2)
by Sophie-Leigh Robbins 
Pub date 11/4

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

The First Mistake by Sandie Jones ~ My Thoughts #TheFirstMistake #NetGalley

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The First Mistake

The First Mistake by Sandie Jones
Print and ebook, 304 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Minotaur Books

From Sandie Jones, the author of the Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick and USA Today Bestseller The Other Woman, comes an addictively readable new domestic suspense about a wife, her husband, and the woman who is supposedly her best friend.

THE WIFE: For Alice, life has never been better. With her second husband, she has a successful business, two children, and a beautiful house.

HER HUSBAND: Alice knows that life could have been different if her first husband had lived, but Nathan’s arrival into her life gave her back the happiness she craved.

HER BEST FRIEND: When Alice met Beth, her best friend, it was the icing on the cake. A friend without judgement, to celebrate with, commiserate with, Beth is the most trustworthy and loyal person that Alice knows. So when Nathan starts disappearing for stretches of time, Alice turns to Beth. But soon, she begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced…

     

My thoughts about The First Mistake ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"She looked at me with real warmth in her eyes, as if she trusted me with her life, and for a moment I thought I couldn't go through with it."

What an amazing story, full of twists and turns. I thought I knew what was going on and then there I was, confused again. I didn't know what was the truth and what was a lie. All of the characters in this dramatic tale were ones that I both loved and hated simultaneously. I wasn't sure who my sympathies should be with. 

This is probably one of the best psychological thrillers that I have read this year, and honestly I have read quite a few. This one will keep you guessing to the very end and have you shaking your head that that ending.

I received an ARC of The First Mistake from BookishFirst and NetGalley and this is my honest review.  

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About the author

Sandie Jones

Sandie Jones has been a freelance journalist for over 20 years, interviewing celebrities such as Justin Timberlake, Isla Fisher, Simon Cowell and Naomie Harris.

Her debut novel, The Other Woman, is a psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between a woman and her partner's mother.

If Sandie wasn't an author she'd be an interior designer as she has an unhealthy obsession with wallpaper and cushions!

She lives in London, England, with her husband and three children. ~ Amazon

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Book Spotlight Giveaway! The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey


I have sooooo many books! The Book Spotlight Giveaway feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the many books I have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy these treasures.

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My book group recently read this book. I wasn't able to be there for the discussion but I really enjoyed the book. It's based on a Russian children's folktale.

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

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The Snow Child

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey 
Published February 1st 2012 by Reagan Arthur Books
Hardcover, 386 pages

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart - he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone - but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place, things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.


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The Snow Child: A Russian Folktale
by Freya Littledale

About the Author

Eowyn Ivey

Eowyn Ivey's first novel, The Snow Child, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction and an international bestseller. Her newest novel To the Bright Edge of the World will be released August 2, 2016. Eowyn was raised in Alaska and continues to live there with her husband and two daughters.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr ~ My Thoughts #WhatRoseForgot #NetGalley

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What Rose Forgot

What Rose Forgot by Nevada Barr
Print and ebook, 304 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Minotaur Books

In New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr's gripping standalone, a grandmother in her sixties emerges from a mental fog to find she's trapped in her worst nightmare

Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she's been committed to an Alzheimer's Unit in a nursing home. With no memory of how she ended up in this position, Rose is sure that something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she's "not making it through the week," Rose is convinced that if she's to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape.

The only problem is—how does she convince anyone that she's not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn't sure she sounds completely sane. But any lingering doubt Rose herself might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now Rose knows that someone is determined to get rid of her.

With the help of her computer hacker/recluse sister Marion, thirteen-year old granddaughter Mel, and Mel's friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back—to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. But someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they're holding all the cards.

     

My thoughts about What Rose Forgot ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"Rose's head drops, jerks, and she's awake. I've fallen asleep meditating, she thinks." 

I love Rose, and Mel, and Marion. I loved all of the endearing, zany characters in What Rose Forgot. This is a story of Rose, who finds herself locked up in a home, diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She realizes something is wrong and that she has to get out. And then the fun begins. 

I can't believe the predicaments that Rose finds herself in. I totally admire her resourcefulness and spunk as she gets the better of her would-be murderer and learns the truth behind all of her troubles. She counts on her quirky sister and her independent granddaughter to help her figure out who's behind all of this. I laughed at Rose's antics while also feeling her stress and pain as she worked through the mess of her life.

I absolutely loved What Rose Forgot and love this other side of Nevada Barr's writing. I've been a huge fan of her Anna Pigeon series and this one is a complete departure from those books. I would love it if this became a series because I'm not ready to let Rose and her family go just yet. 

I received What Rose Forgot from NetGalley and this is my honest review. 

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About the author

Nevada Barr is a mystery fiction author, known for her "Anna Pigeon" series of mysteries, set in National Parks in the United States. Barr has won an Agatha Award for best first novel for Track of the Cat.

Barr was named after the state of her birth. She grew up in Johnstonville, California. She finished college at the University of California, Irvine. Originally, Barr started to pursue a career in theatre, but decided to be a park ranger. In 1984 she published her first novel, Bittersweet, a bleak lesbian historical novel set in the days of the Western frontier.

While working in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Barr created the Anna Pigeon series. Pigeon is a law enforcement officer with the United States National Park Service. Each book in the series takes place in a different National Park, where Pigeon solves a murder mystery, often related to natural resource issues. She is a satirical, witty woman whose icy exterior is broken down in each book by a hunky male to whom she is attracted (such as Rogelio).

Currently, Ms. Barr lives in New Orleans, LA. ~ Goodreads

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