Saturday, March 31, 2018

Book Spotlight Giveaway! After All by Deborah Raney


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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Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

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After All

After All by Deborah Raney
Paperback, 368 pages
Series: Hanover Falls #3
Published May 1st 2012 by Howard Books

Featuring her trademark warm, friendly style, the final novel in bestselling and award-winning Deborah Raney’s Hanover Falls series offers plenty of romance and mystery as three people find hope, forgiveness, and love in unexpected places.

Eighteen months after the tragic Grove Street Fire took the life of her husband, David, and four other heroic firefighters, Susan Marlowe thinks she’s finally beginning to heal.

But then she discovers that David carried a secret to his grave.

A secret that changes everything she thought their marriage had been.

For the sake of their sons, can Susan forgive the unforgivable?

Andrea Morley lost her closest friend in the fire. But she has no right to mourn him. Instead, she must forever grieve in silence—because her dearest friend was someone else’s husband. Peter Brennan carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. As Hanover Falls’ fire chief, he was responsible for the brave firefighters

who lost their lives that awful November night.

Can he ever shake the feeling that he should have somehow prevented the tragedy?

As he tries to rebuild the team at Clemens County’s Station 2, it seems he might find comfort in the arms of the woman he least expected.

    

About the author

Deborah Raney

Deborah Raney's first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Her books have since won the RITA Award, ACFW Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers' Choice Award, Silver Angel, and have three times been Christy Award finalists.

At work on her 32nd novel, Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, recently moved to the city after years of enjoying small-town life in Kansas, the setting of many of Deb's novels. They are new empty nesters with four children and a growing quiver of grandchildren, all of whom live much too far away. ~ Goodreads

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Beach Bliss by Joanne DeMaio ~ My Thoughts

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Beach Bliss by Joanne DeMaio
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published: March 6th 2018 by Joanne DeMaio

Have a seaside seat with the beach friends in this irresistible novel from New York Times bestselling author Joanne DeMaio.

Blue skies and smooth seas return to the coastal community of Stony Point. Until a new arrival in this little New England beach town sets forth a competition like no other. As the temperature rises beneath the summer sun, so do the antics and good-natured fun.

Join Jason Barlow, Maris, Kyle, Elsa and the rest of the gang for another unforgettable season at the shore. The sound of gulls and lapping waves are calling you to the page ... for a summer read that's purely Beach Bliss.

     


My thoughts about Beach Bliss ~~

(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—"Beyond the dune grass, Long Island Sound sparkles beneath the summer sunshine. It's a sight that never escapes Elsa's attention. Standing on the sloping lawn, she takes in that sweeping view of blue."

I love Joanne's beach books series! Whenever I start one, I know I'm going back to the warm and welcoming community of Stony Point full of fun, caring people who I have come to think of as friends. I've celebrated with them as they go through their good times, as well as watching them support each other through the bad ones. 

Beach Bliss was a fun visit to Stony Point as we see the men pit each other in a tough competition they call 'The List' to see who will win the coveted prize. I loved watching their antics as they work through the challenges. You can tell they are all close friends who love to rib each other. I love the friendships and the banter between the men—what great friends they are to each other. 

I have watched relationships bloom and grow throughout this whole series and I love that I feel right at home when I go back. I always look forward to my next journey to the beach.  

I received a copy of Beach Bliss from the author and am voluntarily reviewing it.

The rest of Joanne's beach books. 

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About the author

Joanne DeMaio

Joanne DeMaio is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She enjoys writing about friendship, family, love and choices, while setting her stories in New England towns or by the sea. Currently at work on her next novel, Joanne lives with her family in Connecticut.

For a complete list of books and to learn more about the author, visit Joannedemaio.com. She also enjoys hearing from readers on her Facebook Page.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Book Blast! Comes the Winter by Samantha St. Claire ~ an Excerpt and a Giveaway!


Comes the Winter
by Samantha St. Claire

Avalanches, isolation and snow blindness were stark realities for those daring to remain in Idaho’s Sawtooth Range through the harsh winter months. For city dweller, Lena Sommer, the warnings seemed exaggerated.

In the fall of 1886, Lena leaves behind a life fraught with disappointments and loss only to arrive in Sawtooth City and find the man she’d pledged to marry has been killed. To return east is unthinkable; to stay is ill-advised, but she resolves to remain and manage the man’s lodging house despite the warnings. More than her stubborn nature influences her decision. From her first glimpse of this mountain valley, she falls captive to its wild beauty. Feeling she has at last found a hearth to call her own, she eagerly puts down roots. Sharing her love of literature with her lodgers before a warming fire, she builds a family of lonesome souls, where dreams awaken.

However, one man stands apart, disturbing her peace with ominous warnings to leave before winter comes. Evan Hartmann knows from personal loss that winter snows bring to these mountains both unimaginable beauty and death. He is also a man conflicted, because as much as he’d like for Lena to leave the mountains, his heart longs for her to stay.


Praise for Comes the Winter

"This story has a surprise ending which will delight fans of romance/adventure novels who have read too many scripted endings. This is a terrific read, a great novel!" ~ Readers' Favorite five-star review

"St. Claire has a wonderful ability to make the characters, the history and the scenery come alive. She is an enchanting writer! Romances normally would not be my genre of choice, and yet I find myself totally engrossed in her stories. I have actually found it difficult to put the book down. Wonderful job! I look forward to more of her writing." ~ Amazon customer

"A most emphatic 5 stars. I've already bought the first two now that I finished this one, and will bookmark this author as one to follow. I will recommend this book to anyone - wonderful!" ~ Amazon customer


Excerpt

Lena nodded, encouraging, preferring to hear the other woman’s story. Stories were very personal things, delivered with gift wrap and ribbons while others lay tucked away inside drawers of yellowed newspaper clippings or closed attic rooms. Lena believed this one must be wrapped in flowered paper and tied with pink satin ribbon. She smiled to herself. How fanciful her thoughts and how unlike her!

How might her story appear to others, neatly wrapped, secured by a lavender ribbon? A reader would find no great number of pages, little worthy of print. Perhaps, that was about to change here, where new and even exciting chapters of her life remained to be written. A sudden shiver of anticipation, and when she was honest with herself, a modicum of uncertainty, prompted her to draw the wool wrap tighter about her shoulders.




Author Samantha St. Claire

Samantha St. Claire was born in 2016, the alter-ego and pen name of an author of historical fiction born a few decades earlier. She may have found her niche in western historical fiction, served up sweet. Never faint of heart, her signature female protagonists face the hazards of the frontier with courage, wit, and a healthy pinch of humor.

The road from college graduation led due west where teaching in a small Arizona town fulfilled childhood fantasies on multiple levels. Hiking and backpacking the canyons and desert fed her imagination with the landscapes she would use later in life as an author. A few years passed before a change in jobs took her to California where her love of western history was further fed and her first novel of Russia's Fort Ross Colony came to life. But Idaho sparked her interest in the history of the magnificent central mountain ranges and Samantha St.Claire began her first series, The Sawtooth Range.

Follow www.samanthastclaire.net to read more about the research that has helped develop the characters, towns and stories of the Sawtooth Range Series and now Whitcomb Creek, Montana.




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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Rituals of the Dead by Jennifer S. Alderson ~ Voices and a Giveaway!

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Rituals of the Dead

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery by Jennifer S. Alderson
Series: Adventures of Zelda Richardson #3
Paperback, 280 pages
Expected publication: April 6th 2018 by Traveling Life Press

Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Alderson’s latest art mystery thriller, Rituals of the Dead, Book three of the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series. 

Art history student Zelda Richardson is working at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua – the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1962. When his journals are found inside one of the bis poles, Zelda is tasked with finding out more about the man’s last days and his connection to these ritual objects. 

Zelda is pulled into a world of shady anthropologists, headhunters, missionaries, art collectors, and smugglers – where the only certainty is that sins of the past are never fully erased. 

Join Zelda as she grapples with the anthropologist’s mysterious disappearance fifty years earlier, and a present-day murderer who will do anything to prevent her from discovering the truth. 

All three mysteries in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are stand-alone novels, yet are even more enjoyable when read in order: Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery (Book One) The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery (Book Two). 

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Down and Out in Kathmandu: A Backpacker Mystery (Adventures of Zelda Richardson, #1)The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery (Adventures of Zelda Richardson, #2)Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery (Adventures of Zelda Richardson, #3)

Voices

Welcome to The Book Bag today, Jennifer. Thank you for answering my 'Voices' question. I always love how authors answer this one. And thanks also for offering a copy of your book for the giveaway.  

I have heard other authors say that they 'hear voices in their head' and that is how they write their books: the characters are telling their stories. Not being a writer myself, that concept has always intrigued me. When some people hear voices, we get them medical attention, others end up becoming writers. Does this happen to you? How do you come up with your stories?


How funny! I have been asked this question before, yet didn’t dare give an honest answer for fear of being committed.

When I am brainstorming ideas for stories, I start with a single question. That question also determines the location and types of characters involved.

My latest novel, Rituals of the Dead, came about because I wanted to write a mystery about an Asmat bis pole. Considering the Asmat live on the island of Papua New Guinea, and I had just worked on an exhibition of bis poles for a museum in Amsterdam, my locations were easily chosen. 

The Lover’s Portrait came to be because I was curious about Nazi-looted artwork and wondered what would happen if two people claimed the same painting. In 2004, I moved to the Netherlands from Seattle, Washington to study art history. During university lectures, much time was spent on restitution cases and the complexities involved when looted-art was being claimed.

The plot of Down and Out in Kathmandu originated from the question, what would happen if a hapless volunteer got unwittingly entangled in a smuggling operation? Having heard many horror stories about smugglers while volunteering as an English teacher in Kathmandu, Nepal seemed a logical choice.

The settings of my novel are also extremely important to me, probably because I am an avid traveler. It is a joy to write about countries I have visited and re-live my own experiences. It also helps keep my insatiable wanderlust in check! While reading my books, I want readers to gain insight into a place or culture they don’t know much about, or revisit a country they’ve traveled to and recognize it.

Admittedly, Papua New Guinea – the setting for my latest release, Rituals of the Dead – is a country I long to visit but haven’t yet. Using this island as one of the two main settings meant I spent months reading travelogues, journals, and watching films recorded in the 1960s to get a better feel for the land and its people. I am confident those who read my novel will recognize the place, people and way of life.

The real-life characters I have met during my travels have also inspired several fictitious ones. I’ve got one of those faces which make people (foolishly) open up quickly and share their darkest secrets. Drug dealers, gold smugglers, psychotic backpackers and other nefarious types have regaled me with their adventurous (and often criminal) tales while I’ve been on the road. Little did either of us know I would one day use their stories or personalities in my fiction! 

It does happen that a character I’ve created will complain about a word choice or protest an action as ‘out of character’. Which frankly, always feels strange because it really does seem as if someone is talking to you – from inside your head. 

Honestly, I am thankful they come alive and chat with me and each other! It helps make for a more believable story and dialogue. I swear there are moments when I only have to pull out a pen and write down the conversation going on in my head. And no, you don’t have to get the straitjacket ready. It’s all in a day’s work. πŸ˜‰

Love it! Thanks again. And everyone, be sure to scroll down and enter the giveaway! Jennifer is giving a paperback copy of Rituals of the Dead to one lucky person. And it's international folks! 


About the author


Jennifer S. Alderson was born in San Francisco, raised in Seattle, and currently lives in Amsterdam. Her love of travel, art, and culture inspires her ongoing mystery series, the Adventures of Zelda Richardson. Her background in journalism, multimedia development, and art history enriches her novels.

In Down and Out in Kathmandu, Zelda gets entangled with a gang of smugglers whose Thai leader believes she’s stolen his diamonds. The Lover’s Portrait is a suspenseful “whodunit?” about Nazi-looted artwork that transports readers to wartime and present-day Amsterdam. Art, religion, and anthropology collide in Rituals of the Dead, a thrilling artifact mystery set in Papua New Guinea and the Netherlands.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Release Day! The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby

Happy Release Day!!

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The Summer of New Beginnings

The Summer of New Beginnings by Bette Lee Crosby
Series: A Magnolia Grove Novel
Paperback, and ebook, 284 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing

One family learns that love is the greatest miracle of all—from USA Today bestselling author Bette Lee Crosby.

Aspiring journalist Meghan Briggs has always been the responsible one in the family. So when her father passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind his at-risk business, she steps up to save his legacy—even if that means putting her own dreams on hold.

Tracy couldn’t be more different from her sister. She’s always been the rebellious type, without much direction in life. But in the wake of her latest romantic disaster, she finds herself moving back home as a single mother.

As Tracy experiences the difficulties of new motherhood, Meghan faces her own struggle: trying not to fall for the stray puppy she rescued. This is no time for attachments—not to the adorable “Sox,” whose owner is bound to turn up any day, and certainly not to the handsome new vet in town. But as the summer unfolds, she discovers that, like Sox, she may need rescuing, too.

As both sisters navigate unexpected challenges and exciting new relationships, they’ll find that putting the past to rest can make way for beautiful new beginnings.

    

Congratulations Bette
 on the release today of
The Summer of New Beginnings!

I've already read The Summer of New Beginnings and I loved it, just like I've loved all of Bette's books. I'm so excited that this is the beginning of a brand new series. 

You can read my thoughts HERE.

About the author


USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review

The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures."

Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down."

"Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write."

It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: The Royal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

Connect with Bette

Website | Facebook |Twitter | Goodreads

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Release Day! My Sister's Intended by Rachael Anderson ~ an Excerpt and a Giveaway!

Happy Release Day to My Sister's Intended 
by Rachael Anderson.

We're celebrating with a $50 Giveaway!


My Sister's Intended
by Rachael Anderson

For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved.

Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn't factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn't want her sister to either.

Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was the possibility that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.


Excerpt

When Prudence lifted her eyes to his again, they sparkled with a challenge. “I was going to save this question until later so as not to shock you from the get-go, but I really do need to know . . . What does it feel like to kiss a woman?”

A large lump formed in Brand’s throat, and his mouth went dry. What the deuce? She had promised not to ask questions that would make him uncomfortable, but already he wanted to flee like a frightened kitten. How could he possibly explain how it felt to kiss a woman?

Brand searched his mind for a way to avoid answering until he heard a snicker escape her lips. She was laughing at him. Him! Hildebrand Ethan Cannon, Viscount Knave—a man at least eight years her senior and a great deal higher in social standing.

Unbelievable.

“You are teasing me,” he said, hoping it was true. If she’d posed the question to make him squirm—and perhaps make him more inclined to answer her other questions—then she wouldn’t be expecting an answer.

She shook her head, still smiling. “I’m afraid not, my lord, although I did find the look of terror on your face vastly amusing.”

“I’m glad I could entertain you.”

“I hope you will be equally glad to instruct me on a few things as well. The first scene in my book will include a kiss, and I have no idea how to describe the experience. Do a woman’s lips feel warm or soft or even moist? Would your pulse quicken? Aside from touch, what other senses are engaged? How would it make you feel and what would you notice when you held a woman in your arms?”

If she thought he’d appeared terror-stricken before, there would be no word for how he looked now. Did she earnestly expect him to answer such questions? Surely even she knew how inappropriate it would be to discuss such things, her being an innocent.

“I cannot say,” he finally muttered.

Her brow puckered in confusion. “Have you never kissed a woman, my lord?”

Brand was sorely tempted to lie and say he had not, but he couldn’t bring himself to do so. Any man of six-and-twenty who had never experienced a kiss would be laughed out of his manhood. Women were expected to remain innocent until married. Men were not.

“Yes, I have kissed a woman,” he finally admitted, “but I have no intention of discussing any of the details with you.”

“Why not?” she asked, her large brown eyes blinking at him curiously. “Would you rather I invent the information?”

“Yes.”

She obviously didn’t appreciate his retort because she scowled. “Can you not tell me at least a little?”

“No.”

“Why?”

“Because a kiss could never be described with any sort of accuracy, at least not by me. It involves too many feelings and sensations and complexities of thought. If you wish to know what a kiss feels like, you’ll have to experience it for yourself.”

Too late, Brand realized his mistake. Her expression became contemplative, as though she was actually considering doing just that. Good gads, had he really just encouraged an innocent young woman to go hunting for a kiss? Who would she ask? A groom? Stablehand? The next peddler that came to town?

“I think you are right,” she said at last. “I really must experience a kiss for myself if I am to describe it with any sort of accuracy.” She blinked up at him with that innocent expression again. “Will you kiss me Lord Knave? No, how silly of me. You are to marry my sister, so that would never do.” She pursed her lips for a moment before musing, “Perhaps one of the footmen would be kind enough to show me how it’s done.”

Kind enough? Brand could think of a great many reasons a footman would comply with such a request, and kindness did not factor into any of them. Brand would kiss her himself before he allowed a footman near her.

He rubbed the bridge of his nose, feeling a headache coming on. “Perhaps I can try to explain what it feels like after all.” Better that than having her chase after a footman.

“But you only just said you couldn’t do it justice,” she pointed out. “I realize I sound dreadfully forward, but I really must know, and experience is the best teacher, is it not?”

“No, it isn’t,” he lied. “And you are not going to kiss a footman.”

“Then who? Felix or Lionel, perhaps? I’m fairly certain I can convince one of them to do it, if given the opportunity. The question is how to go about it?”

It was plain to see by the firm set of her jaw that she would not rest until she had experienced a kiss of her own. She didn’t seem to care who did the deed, only that the man did a thorough job of it. A quick peck on the lips wouldn’t satisfy her curiosities.

“Perhaps I could send a note to Felix and ask him to call on me,” she continued to muse. “We could take a stroll through the maze in the gardens. There is a hidden alcove on the south side, which could be quite perfect. We would have to evade Ruth, obviously, but—”

“Devil take it,” Brand growled as he pulled her to him. Her quick intake of breath was the only sound she made before his mouth covered hers.




Author Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.




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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? March 26, 2018


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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We had a pretty nice week and then  we got hit with a huge snowstorm. We ended up with 9-10 inches of that heavy, wet snow. And we also ended up with our 3 yo grandson for the weekend while his parents were out of town since we couldn't travel to take him to his aunt, which was the original plan. So, we were pretty much snowbound but I got very little, to no, reading done while he was here.  

It should start warming up, it is Spring, right? But it looks like we do have some more snow in the forecast early in the week. Ugh. I am so ready for some patio reading time. How about you? 

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

What I'm currently reading

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Before I Let You Go
by Kelly Rimmer

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Sparkle On: Women Aging in Gratitude
by Kim Kane
This is my next book club read.

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New York to Dallas (In Death #33)
by J.D. Robb
(audio-book)

What I recently finished

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Beach Bliss
by Joanne DeMaio
Another great beach book from Joanne.

The Secret to Southern Charm (The Peachtree Bluff Series Book 2)
The Secret to Southern Charm (The Peachtree Bluff Series Book 2)
by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Loved it!

What I am going to read next

Manipulated Lives
Manipulated Lives
by H.A. Leuschel 

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney ~ My Thoughts #SometimesILie #NetGalley

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The Broken Girls

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney 
Print and e-book, 272 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Flatiron Books

My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:
1. I’m in a coma.
2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
3. Sometimes I lie.

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it.

Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?

    

My thoughts about Sometimes I 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—"I'm always delighted in the free fall between sleep and wakefulness. Those precious semiconscious seconds before you open your eyes, when you  catch yourself believing that your dreams might just be your reality."

Sometimes I Lie had me questioning everything I read between the covers of this book. Right from the beginning we know that the main character sometimes lies. So I found myself constantly trying to figure what was a lie and what was the truth. 

And I was pretty much left in the dark until the very end. I love when a book can do that for me, keep me hanging as long as possible and then making me doubt everything I believed about what I just read. I typically don't reread books but I'm thinking this is one that I will, just to see if I can pick up those clues to the truth now that I know the lies.

I received an ARC of this book from Flatiron Books via NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.

About the author

Alice Feeney

Alice Feeney is a writer and journalist. She spent 16 years at the BBC, where she worked as a Reporter, News Editor, Arts and Entertainment Producer and One O’clock News Producer.

Alice has lived in London and Sydney and has now settled in the Surrey countryside, where she lives with her dog - a giant black Labrador who is scared of feathers.

Sometimes I Lie is her debut thriller and is being published around the world. ~ Goodreads

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