Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Release Day! Campfire Confessions by Kristine Ochu ~ My Thoughts #CampfireConfessions

Happy Release Day!

Congrats Kristine
on the release today of
Campfire Confessions!

Campfire Confessions by Kristine Ochu
Literature & Fiction, 324 pages
Published March 8, 2022 by Books Fluent

Can you ever really hide a secret from your best friends?

Annie, Sondra, and Jo were the best of childhood friends—but they haven’t seen each other in far too long. To the outside world, their lives are perfect. But appearances can be deceiving…

Married to a pastor in a small town she’s never left, Annie’s devoted her life to family and the church. Most people consider her a saint—but they don’t know she’s hiding a big secret. Sondra’s living it up married to one of the richest men in L.A. and appears to have it all—beauty, brains, and a successful career. But when a real estate deal becomes more than just a transaction, she quickly realizes she’s in over her head. Jo is four years sober and struggling through a divorce. After a one-night stand takes an unexpectedly comic turn, she’s forced to reckon with a lifetime of bad choices.

When Annie’s secret catches up with her, Jo and Sondra rush to her side, escaping on a hilarious canoeing trip that turns into a soul-searching, death-defying adventure. Lost in the woods as one thing goes wrong after another, they find themselves sharing their deepest secrets around the campfire. But as each new revelation unfolds, one thing becomes clear: it will take more than a night of true confessions for the three of them to find their way back home.

My thoughts about Campfire Confessions ~~

(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 lines—"Anne clasped her hands together, pressed them firmly against her heart. One more deep breath."

I love reading stories about women's friendships that show the bonds that women share, especially women who were childhood friends. Those are the people who know you the best and know how to get it all out of you—they know when you are hiding something. 

Campfire Confessions is about three women who come together when one of them reaches a dangerous point in her life. The two friends rush to her side. But all three have deep issues and secrets that they need to deal with and a camping trip is the getaway that they need to try to get their heads on straight. 

The trip starts out good enough, then one thing after another happens and as they work to get out of each predicament, secrets and confessions start spilling out. Each woman bares their soul as the other two help them see the answers they are seeking. 

This story really has it all—friendship, support, adventure, a bit of steamy sex, drama, soul-searching, religion, family, love, and forgiveness—a little bit of something for everyone. I enjoyed the adventure and am impressed by this debut novel by Kristine Ochu. I'm excited to see what she writes next. 

I received an ARC of Campfire Confessions and this is my honest opinion.

About the author

Kristine is the founder of “The Night of a Woman’s Soul – Creating Your Amazing Life" workshops and is a former Human Resource Executive with a MAIR from the University of Minnesota. She is a member of the Global Women’s Club, Women in Film and Video New England, Harvard Square Script Writers, and community groups. 

A former log-rolling champion, she still log-rolls along with being an avid hiker, kayaker and explorer. Having previously written screenplays and a children's book, Kristine incorporates her love of nature and adventure into all her stories. She lives with her husband and their rescue golden retrievers, and splits her time between Hayward, Wisconsin and Amelia Island, Florida.  ~ Goodreads

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