Thursday, September 22, 2016

THE VANISHING YEAR by Kate Moretti

ABOUT THE VANISHING YEAR:

Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her.

As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.

PRAISE FOR THE VANISHING YEAR:

"Moretti creates a shocking mystery that will keep readers turning the pages... Great pacing and true surprises make this an exciting read. Fans of twisted thrillers featuring complex female characters will devour Moretti's latest."
Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of S. J. Watson, Lisa Unger, and Sophie Hannah will enjoy this fast-paced psychological suspense novel."
Booklist

“THE VANISHING YEAR is a stunner. A perfectly compulsive read that's impossible to put down.”
—Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Don’t You Cry

“A chilling, powerful tale of nerve-shattering suspense.”
—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of Missing Pieces

“The tantalizing plot twists layered atop the juxtaposition of the protagonist's troubled past and the opulence of her current life are not only intriguing, they'll keep you reading THE VANISHING YEAR far into the night.”
—Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of Whistling in the Darkand The Resurrection of Tess Blessing

“Expertly told with secrets, twists and whip-smart prose, Kate Moretti shows in her third book that she deserves her New York Times best seller status. THE VANISHING YEAR will live in your mind long after you put the book down.”
—Ann Garvin, author of The Dog Year

“In this gut-grabbing novel Moretti creates a glittery world of dreams and nightmares. Moves and counter-moves. Clear your schedule and brew a pot of coffee. You're going to be up all night with this one.”
—T.E. Woods, author of The Justice Series

“Kate Moretti's THE VANISHING YEAR is a Rebecca for the modern age—a novel filled with doubts and deception, secrets and history. Society wife Zoe Whitaker must confront the age-old question of whether forgetting our past dooms us to endless repetition– and more heartache and danger than one woman can bear.”
—Jenny Milchman, author of As Night Falls

"Engaging, intriguing, heart-pounding… the twists had me gasping, the details had me transfixed. I cared about Zoe right away, which along with everything else, made it impossible for me to stop reading this book."
—Amy Sue Nathan, author of The Glass Wives

THE VANISHING YEAR is the perfect mix of pulse-pounding action and exquisite prose. The complex, unpredictable plot and Kate's layered, multidimensional characters kept me hooked until the very last satisfying page. This book is sure to be one of this year's most talked about thrillers!”
—Nicole Baart, author of The Beautiful Daughters

MY REVIEW: 

I couldn't put THE VANISHING YEAR down, and loved it so much that I finished the book and then immediately added all of Kate Moretti's past releases to my wish list!

THE VANISHING YEAR tells the story of Zoe Whittaker. At first glance, she has it all. She is happily married to Henry, who is handsome and rich and wants to make sure that Zoe never wants for anything. 

This is a far cry from the life that Zoe used to lead. She grew up with no father, and barely any money. When she made a decision that endangered her life, she ran away to New York and managed to somehow land on her feet. The formerly independent Zoe finds herself suffocated at times by Henry's desire to make all of her decisions for her, but it seems a small price to pay for all that he provides to her.

When Zoe's past catches up to her and threatens everything that she now holds dear, Zoe must decide who exactly she can trust before her whole life crashes down around her.

Although I can admit that I am relatively new to reading the suspense genre, I thought that this entire book was well written. I liked the character of Zoe and I felt sympathetic towards her and what she had been through in the past. I appreciated how the story slowly unfolded and revealed more and more about Zoe and her past and about Henry's suffocating ways and I especially appreciated the conclusion. It kept me at the edge of my seat and I couldn't wait to find out what would happen! THE VANISHING YEAR genuinely kept me guessing and I was both surprised and pleased by how things turned out.

Kate Moretti has made a fan out of me. Her writing was compelling, the plot intriguing, and the conclusion satisfying. I definitely recommend THE VANISHING YEAR to anyone looking for an edge-of-your seat, un-put-downable read!


Kate Moretti is the New York Times bestselling author of Thought I Knew YouBinds That
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Tie
, and While You Were Gone. She lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and two kids. Find out more at 
katemoretti.com, or follow her on Twitter (@KateMoretti1) or Facebook (KateMorettiWriter).

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Review and Giveaway: THE YARD by Aliyyah Eniath

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About The Yard

• Publisher: Speaking Tiger Books; 1 edition (April 5, 2016)
• Publication Date: April 5, 2016

A story of love and redemption, set in Trinidad, that exposes the fault lines in Indo-Muslim culture. Behrooz is brought to a familial complex, The Yard, to live with a devout and extended family, where he struggles to belong. He forms a childish alliance with Maya, a wilful and rebellious girl, and his guardian’s daughter. After they share a night of adolescent tenderness, Maya, fearing retribution, flees to London. Behrooz painstakingly rebuilds his life and marries another. When tragedy strikes, Maya returns to her childhood home. There, she and Behrooz must face up to old demons. Can their love endure? Even after Maya is dealt the most righteous” blow of all?



Praise

A haunting tale of family, commitment, love...and being true to yourself.  --Roslyn Carrington, author of A Thirst for Rain

The author’s voice speaks in warm and sometimes cold filmic pictures of the universal language of love, honour, commitment, belief and family. When a remote outsider, a young boy, is drawn into and under the beguiling machinations of a devout extended family, there’s disruption in their cultural fabric and hierarchy, that challenges the decisions of a determined young girl’s head and heart. --Peter Jarrette - Author of Brighton Babylon

On a gem of an island, in a private family enclave, boy — orphaned, rough, longing for acceptance — meets girl — sophisticated, manipulative, afraid of tenderness. The Yard is a sensitive tale of romance, hurt and forgiveness skillfully spun by emergent author Aliyyah Eniath. --Barbara Bamberger Scott — Editor, A Woman’s Write

My Review

There were things that I loved about the book, and there were things that I really didn't love. THE YARD is the story of one family's compound in Trinidad, where are entire family lives and plays and raises their children. Mostly, this is the story of Behrooz, an orphaned boy who does not remember his family, and Maya, one of the children who lives in the yard. Maya's father brings Behrooz home and raises him as one of their own. Maya and Behrooz form a special bond, but when this bond develops into something that frightens Maya she takes off and leaves him to move on without her.

I enjoyed the story of Maya and Behrooz very much. While I had a difficult time liking Maya as a character, as she is quite vicious and unpleasant, I enjoyed watching the bond that forms between the two grow as they grew older. I enjoyed the descriptions of life in Trinidad, as I always enjoy learning about foreign cultures.

I did think that there were too many people talked about in the book and I often had a hard time keeping them all separate. Some were mentioned a few times, some only once or twice. As a result, when someone was mentioned I often wasn't sure exactly who it was or where they belonged in the compund. That format could have worked better if perhaps one chapter was dedicated to one person. As it was, the focus was on Behrooz and Maya and I would have preferred just hearing about those two. I also felt that the ending was sped up too much for me. There was a lot of focus on Behrooz and Maya's childhood and young adulthood and then very large periods of time were skipped over to get to the conclusion.

Ultimately this was an enjoyable book, and with a few tweaks I would have enjoyed it more. The ending was good, the writing was compelling, and the descriptions of Trinidad were insightful.

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Aliyyah Eniath was born in Trinidad and Tobago; her ancestors hailed from Uttar Pradesh, India. She's a director at Safari Publications, a magazine publishing house, and founder/editor-in- chief of Belle Weddings (Caribbean) magazine.
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Her debut novel The Yard (literary, romance) is published by Speaking Tiger Books in both paperback and ebook formats.

She explores the ideas of breaking free from imposed boundaries (familial or otherwise), understanding and feeling supported in who you are, overcoming self-doubt, and finally being true to yourself. Her writing looks at strict religious ideologies and their potential consequences and begs for a softer approach and innate understanding and compassion towards every human being.

She writes from the perspective of East Indians whose forefathers were brought to Trinidad from India through the British colonial indentureship scheme in 1845.

Find out more about Aliyyah at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

WHO'S THAT GIRL by Mhairi McFarlane

Who's That Girl coverAbout Who's That Girl

• Paperback: 544 pages
• Publisher: Harper (September 6, 2016)

A laugh-out-loud romance from the author of the bestselling You Had Me at Hello. When Edie is caught in a compromising position at her colleagues’ wedding, all the blame falls on her – turns out that personal popularity in the office is not that different from your schooldays. Shamed online and ostracised by everyone she knows, Edie’s forced to take an extended sabbatical – ghostwriting an autobiography for hot new acting talent, Elliot Owen. Easy, right?

Wrong. Banished back to her home town of Nottingham, Edie is not only dealing with a man who probably hasn’t heard the word ‘no’ in a decade, but also suffering an excruciating regression to her teenage years as she moves back in with her widowed father and judgy, layabout sister.

When the world is asking who you are, it’s hard not to question yourself. Who’s that girl? Edie is ready to find out.

Review:

This was the first book I've read by Mhairi McFarlane (although there are several of her other titles in my TBR pile) but it won't be my last! McFarlane has a gift for creating lovable characters who are flawed and relatable. Even when Edie made cringe-worthy mistakes, I was still on the sidelines rooting for her. I mean, who among us is perfect? She reminded me of Bridget Jones at times. Bumbling yet well-meaning. The romance was fun, there were a few laugh-out-loud moments, and when I finished reading the book I sighed in satisfaction. If you're looking for a fun, sweet read, look no further as McFarlane definitely delivers.

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About Mhairi McFarlane

Mhairi was born in Scotland in 1976 and has been explaining how to pronounce her name ever since. (With a ‘V’, not an ‘M’. Yes, that’s us crazy Celts for you). She is based in Nottingham where she used to be a local journalist and now she’s a freelance writer and sometime-blogger, which we all know is code for messing about on Twitter. She likes drinking wine, eating food and obtaining clothes; all the impressive hobbies. Her best anecdotes involve dislocating her elbow tripping over a briefcase and a very bad flight to New York. She lives with a man and a cat. You can follow her on Twitter: @MhairiMcF.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

INKSPIRATIONS: Fruit of the Spirit: Original Art by Lorrie Bennett


When TLC Book Tours invited me along on their tour for the adult colouring book INKSPIRATIONS: FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT my answer was an enthusiastic "yes!". I love adult colouring books, and I wish that I had more time to use them! I have a collection of them that frequently call my name and encourage me to sit down and remember how to play for a minute or two. INKSPIRATIONS: FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT is a collection of gorgeous illustrations that are accompanied by a companion Bible verse. There is a lot of variety here and no lack of choices! INKSPIRATIONS: FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT is a playful way to connect with your inner child and there is something for everyone in the pages, from the beginner to those who are more experienced. My thanks to TLC Book Tours for inviting me along! One lucky person from the US or Canada is going to win a copy, so make sure you enter below!


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne


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About The Hating Game

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 9, 2016)

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
                     2) A person’s undoing
                     3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

My Review:

THE HATING GAME is a great book for the beach! Although the story is pretty predictable from the beginning, and the childish behaviour between Josh and Lucy in the beginning did deter me a little, the story takes a cute turn part way through and ended up being enjoyable. If you're looking for something a little sassy and a lot sexy, add this one to your TBR pile ASAP!

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About Sally Thorne

Photo credit Katie SaarikkoSally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book—and it isn’t always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel. Follow Sally on Facebook and Twitter.








Saturday, July 23, 2016

Emily Giffin on Tour in Toronto!

First of all, I know that it has been a while since I last posted, and I'm sorry. I have no excuse except that time for myself (ie. reading and blogging, LOL), seems to come last after kids, work, the dog, cleaning the house, and time with the hubby. Since it's the summer I spend as little time indoors as possible anyways. We are lucky enough to live within 20 minutes of a beautiful beach (I LOVE Southern Ontario!) so I head there with the boys as much as I can. Long story short, I've been doing far more reading than reviewing!

This week I had the pleasure of heading to a Chapters just outside of Toronto to attend a book signing with the immensely gracious Emily Giffin. Authors are my rock stars, and this is the second signing of hers that I have attended. The event was very well organized and even though there were about 200 people in attendance, it went so smoothly. Even though there was a wait (almost 2 hours) to meet her and have my picture taken with her and have her sign my books, she was so sweet and patient with everyone. She laughed about trying to pronounce my name before signing my copies of First Comes Love and Something Blue. She also confirmed that a Something Blue movie is definitely happening! I'm so excited!

Emily's lovely daughter Harriet was there as well. She was so well behaved despite their jam-packed tour schedule while they were here in Toronto, and she even decorated some lovely bookmarks for those of us lucky enough to get one! Topping off the whole experience was the fact that Emily replied to one of the Instagram pictures that I posted from the tour. EEK! I can't wait to see her when she comes back again in two years!







Friday, June 3, 2016

Blog Tour: THE TURNING POINT by Freya North

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About The Turning Point

• Paperback: 480 pages
• Publisher: Harper (May 3, 2016)

"Rich, romantic, beautifully drawn and utterly compelling" Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author

Life is short. Sometimes you have to take a chance…

Two single parents, Scott and Frankie, meet by chance.

Their homes are thousands of miles apart: Frankie lives somewhat chaotically with her children on the shoreline of North Norfolk, while Scott's life is in the mountains of British Columbia. Distance divides them – but it seems that a million little things connect them. A spark ignites, one so strong that it dares them to take a risk.

But fate has one more trick in store… There are some truths about life and family we only learn when we grow up. There are some we never thought we'd have to.

My Review:

Watch this space! I will be reviewing THE TURNING POINT soon!

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About Freya North

Freya North is the author of many bestselling novels which have been translated into numerous languages. She was born in London but lives in rural Hertfordshire, where she writes from a stable in her back garden. A passionate reader since childhood, Freya was originally inspired by Mary Wesley, Rose Tremain and Barbara Trapido: fiction with strong and original characters. To hear about events, competitions and what she’s writing, join her on Facebook, Twitter and her website.