It’s Monday (December 9, 2019)! What Are You Reading! #IMWAYR #Books #Reading #TBRList

 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn at Bookdate is a weekly post to share what you’ve recently finished reading, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan on reading this upcoming week.

 

So here is what I just read, am reading, and what I plan to read next:

 

What I Read Last Week:

 

Title: Virgin River (Virgin River #1)

Authors: Robyn Carr

Immediate Thoughts: Dramatic, romantic, and emotional!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: October 22, 2019

 

 

Title: Consumed (Firefighters #1)

Authors: J. R. Ward

Immediate Thoughts: Consuming, passionate, and suspenseful!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: October 2, 2018

 

 

Title: Husband Material

Authors: Emily Belden

Immediate Thoughts: Sweet, Witty, and Charming!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: December 30, 2019

 

 

Title: No Mercy

Authors: Martina Cole

Immediate Thoughts: Dark, pacey, and gritty!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: December 24, 2019

 

 

Title: Arctic Heat (Frozen Hearts #3)

Authors: Annabeth Albert

Immediate Thoughts: Compelling, slow-burning, and sweet!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: September 23, 2019

 

 

Title: Forever Friends (Cranberry Cove #1)

Authors: Sarah Mackenzie

Immediate Thoughts: Heartwarming, charming, and uplifting!

Rating: 8/10

Publication Date: December 10, 2019

 

 

What I’m Currently Reading:

 

Goode girls don’t lie…

Perched atop a hill in the tiny town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. But a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous.

In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. But when a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide.

But look closely…because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.

J.T. Ellison’s pulse-pounding new novel examines the tenuous bonds of friendship, the power of lies and the desperate lengths people will go to to protect their secrets.

 

What I’m Reading Next:

 

Acclaimed author Colleen Oakley delivers a heart-wrenching and unforgettable love story about a woman who must choose between the man she loves and the man fate has chosen for her in a novel that reminds us that the best life is one led by the heart.

Mia Graydon’s life looks picket-fence perfect; she has the house, her loving husband, and dreams of starting a family. But she has other dreams too — unexplained, recurring ones starring the same man. Still, she doesn’t think much of them, until a relocation to small-town Pennsylvania brings her face to face with the stranger she has been dreaming about for years. And this man harbors a jaw-dropping secret of his own—he’s been dreaming of her too.

Determined to understand, Mia and this not-so-stranger search for answers. But when diving into their pasts begins to unravel her life in the present, Mia emerges with a single question—what if?

 

Have you read any of my upcoming reads? What do you have coming up?

#BookReview Forever Friends by Sarah Mackenzie @readforeverpub @GrandCentralPub #foreverfriends

#BookReview Forever Friends by Sarah Mackenzie @readforeverpub @GrandCentralPub #foreverfriends Title: Forever Friends

Author: Sarah Mackenzie

Series: Cranberry Cove #1

Published by: Forever on Dec. 10, 2019

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 320

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Forever, NetGalley

Book Rating: 8/10

Perfect for fans of Susan Mallery and Jill Shalvis, two mothers — one pregnant, one sending her child to college — form an unlikely friendship, finding love, hope, and a new start at life in this charming, laugh-out-loud read.

Single mom Renee Rhodes seems like a woman who has it all together — perfect house, perfect kid, perfect yard. But now that her daughter is away at college, she doesn’t know what to do next. Without weekly PTA meetings and after-school chauffeur duty, Renee isn’t sure who she is anymore. What she is sure of is that she probably shouldn’t be crushing on her new boss, who couldn’t possibly be interested in a middle-aged mom….
Sadie Landry is drowning in the stay-at-home mom life. With a toddler running wild, a husband who is growing more distant by the day, and a mother-in-law who has a comment on every-little-thing, Sadie is one mommy-and-me class away from losing it. When she learns that she is pregnant again, Sadie knows that something has to change for the sake of her family — and her sanity.
After a birthday party bake-a-thon nearly turns into a three-alarm fire, Renee comes to her neighbor Sadie’s rescue with comfort, competence, and a killer pie recipe. With their unlikely friendship and a newly hatched plan to open a bakery, can Sadie and Renee finally have the lives they’ve always dreamed of?


Review:

Heartwarming, charming, and uplifting!

Forever Friends is a lighthearted, engaging tale that takes you on a journey to the idyllic Cranberry Cove and into the lives of the middle-aged, single Renee and the frazzled, young mother Sadie as they discover together the importance of taking chances, finding contentment, discovering one’s true self, and embracing the future.

The prose is fluid and smooth. The characters are kind, supportive, authentic, and endearing. And the plot is a sweet, compelling tale about life, love, family, friendship, communication, self-discovery, happiness, and romance.

Overall, I would have to say that Forever Friends is an emotive, thoughtful, cosy read by Mackenzie that does a beautiful job of reminding us just how important, powerful, and meaningful female friendships can truly be.

 

This novel is available December 10th.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

                                        

 

 

 

Thank you to Forever and NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Sarah Mackenzie

Sarah Mackenzie lives and writes in New England.

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway Eve’s Christmas by Julie Butterfield @juliebeewriter @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway Eve's Christmas by Julie Butterfield @juliebeewriter @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway Eve’s Christmas by Julie Butterfield @juliebeewriter @rararesources Title: Eve's Christmas

Author: Julie Butterfield

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 257

Format: eBook

Source: Rachel's Random Resources

Book Rating: 7.5/10

Working for a department store where Christmas arrives in August, Eve prefers her own festivities to be low key with nothing more complicated than an oven-ready turkey and frozen peas while she spends the day in her pyjamas. Unfortunately, this year her husband has invited his best friend to visit, the glamorous and sophisticated Abby, and Eve reluctantly decides that she needs to inject a little sparkle into their laid back and slightly shabby Christmas. So the celebrations are upgraded to include champagne and canapes along with homemade gravy and organic turkey and plans are made for a Christmas that looks as though it has emerged from the pages of a glossy magazine.

But even the best-laid plans can go wrong and as Eve struggles with her mini Yorkshire puddings and an interfering cat, she is suddenly faced with an unexpected guest and an explosive secret that threatens to put her vision of a perfect Christmas in jeopardy.


Review:

Sweet, dramatic, and festive!

Eve’s Christmas is a charming, angsty tale that takes you into the life of the hardworking, creative Eve who after striving to impress her husband’s best friend and create the perfect Christmas quickly discovers there’s no such thing as perfect when all her well thought out plans are upended when jealousy rears its ugly head, long-hidden secrets are unearthed, and an uninvited guest turns up.

The writing is warm and light. The characters are kind, determined, and genuine. And the plot is an entertaining mix of family, friendship, life, love, manipulation, miscommunication, excessiveness, and the unfortunate environmental consequences of the holidays.

Overall, Eve’s Christmas is a cosy, heartfelt, witty story by Butterfield that reminds us that we often lose perspective of the true meaning of Christmas and that being surrounded by family, friends, and those we love is more important than any beautifully wrapped gift we may find under the tree.

 

This book is available now.  

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from the following link.

 

 

About Julie Butterfield

Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of 'always wanted to write' authors who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper - or rather fingers to keyboard.
She wrote her first book purely for pleasure and was very surprised to discover that so many people enjoyed the story and wanted more, so she decided to carry on writing.
It has to be pointed out that her first novel, 'Did I Mention I Won The Lottery' is a complete work of fiction and she did not, in fact, receive millions in her bank account and forget to mention it to her husband - even though he still asks her every day if she has anything to tell him!

 

Thank you to Julie Butterfield and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

 

Giveaway:

Win a paperback copy of Eve’s Christmas. (UK only)

 

 

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Book Outlet 12 Book Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2019 @BookOutletcom #Books

 

Today I wanted to write a special post to talk about the Book Outlet and to thank them for naming me as

1 of “12 Book Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2019”!

 

Book Outlet, along with its parent company Book Depot have been in business for over 30 years and are the largest supplier of a wide selection of bargain books and new books at a great price worldwide.

The retail division, Book Outlet, is a 35,000 sq.ft. store located in St. Catherines, Ontario that stocks about 250,000 items (books, puzzles, calendars, games, etc.) for sale every day and is open to to the public six days a week.

 

                      Coutesy of Bookoutlet.ca

 

Book Depot and the Book Outlet online sales division is a 500,000 sq.ft. distribution warehouse located in Thorold, Ontario where automated order fulfilment equipment and 200 employees will package, ship, and sell close to 30 million books this year.

 

                    

 

I have had the pleasure of visiting the store in the past and I can honestly say it is a book lover’s dream.

If you have a chance to visit the Book Outlet store I highly recommend it, but if that’s a little too far to travel (like it typically is for me) be sure to check out their websites either BookOutlet or BookDepot the next time you’re in need of a book. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. 

 

 

And of course, if you’re looking for a great blog to follow (other than this one) be sure to visit their “12 Book Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2019” post (which did I mention I’m also listed on 😜) which has some great sites from Canada, the UK, the United States, and Australia and which can be accessed through the following link:

 

 

And last but not least, I send out a huge thank you to the BookOutlet blog. It is a true privilege and honour to have been recognized by you!

 

 

*Please note the photographs of the facilities and logo are owned by Book Outlet and have been borrowed courtesy of their website.

#BookReview #BlogTour Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources Title: Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage

Author: Rosie Green

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Pages: 240

Format: eBook, ARC

Source: Rachel's Random Resources

Book Rating: 8.5/10

When Jess Thornton’s dad was lost at sea, the family coped in different ways, alone in their grief. Now, her mum seems to be going off the rails and her sister, Isla, who moved to France, is now back and determined to get their old family home on the market. But the last thing Jess wants this Christmas is for renovations to start on the house. It’s sure to stir up all sorts of memories she’s desperate to avoid. And to make things worse, Isla appears to have hired the most obnoxious builder in the world to do the work. Jess could ignore the fact that women seem to be putty in his hands. But what she finds harder to ignore is the frisson she gets every time she squeezes past him in the mess that is now their beloved old home! Can the family finally start talking and find a way to move on from the past this Christmas?


Review:

Encouraging, warm, and emotive!

Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage is an amusing, tender tale that takes us to the town of Lower Luckworth and into the life of the kindhearted, lonely Jess Thornton as she juggles a demanding sister, a mother who seems lost, a handsome contractor, and a life without the father she loves dearly.

The writing is heartfelt and light. The characters are grieving, flawed, genuine, and sentimental. And the plot is a delightful blend of humour, heart, family, friendship, attraction, chemistry, support, misunderstandings, secrets, tender moments, and magical surprises.

Overall, Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage is an amusing, uplifting, festive tale by Green that is an adorable mix of sweet romance, family drama, and holiday cheer.

 

This book is available now. 

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from the following link.

 

 

Thank you to Rosie Green and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

 

About Rosie Green

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by 'the baddies'.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all - unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie's brand new series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, 'Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe', is out now.

Watch out for 'A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe', which will be published Christmas 2019.

Rosie is also writing a full-length, standalone book for Christmas 2019, entitled 'Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage'.

 

#BookReview A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyPub @PenguinRandomCA

#BookReview A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh @BerkleyPub @PenguinRandomCA Title: A Madness of Sunshine

Author: Nalini Singh

Published by: Berkley on Dec. 3, 2019

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 352

Format: Paperback, ARC

Source: Penguin Random House Canada

Book Rating: 9/10

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh pivots in a new direction with her first mainstream thriller that will be sure to keep readers on their toes.

Anahera Rawiri left New Zealand at twenty-one, fleeing small-town poverty and the ghosts of her childhood with no plans to look back. But eight years later, she returns, seeking familiarity as respite from the shattered remains of her new life. And despite the changes brought on by a bump in tourism–the shiny new welcome sign at the town line and a decidedly less shiny new police presence–Golden Cove appears much as it ever was: a small settlement on the savage West Coast of the South Island, populated by all the remembered faces and set against a backdrop of lush greenery, jagged cliffs, and crashing waves.

Detective Will Gallagher knows all about ghosts; his own chased him out of a promising career in Christchurch, landing him as the sole cop in a quaint town where his most pressing concerns are petty theft and the occasional drunk. When Golden Cove resident Miri Hinewai goes out for a run and fails to return, Will finds himself heading up a missing person’s search that rapidly escalates into an official investigation after this case is connected with similar ones from the past. As an outsider, Will begins to rely on Anahera’s knowledge of the area and its residents to help him delve into Golden Cove’s secrets, and to determine whether it shelters something far more dangerous than just an unforgiving landscape.


Review:

Atmospheric, gritty, and suspenseful!

A Madness of Sunshine is a sharp, compelling read that transports you to Golden Cove, New Zealand, a small coastal town where the sudden disappearance of a local young woman with a bright future unearths a lot of strong emotions, tragic memories, and more long-buried secrets and skeletons than anyone could have ever imagined.

The prose is vivid and precise. The characters are tormented, mistrusting, and diligent. And the plot, including all the subplots, intertwine and unravel subtly into an engrossing, investigative tale filled with life, loss, family, friendship, heartbreak, manipulation, abuse, violence, murder, and a sliver of romance.

Overall, A Madness of Sunshine is an absorbing, dark, ominous tale that does an exceptional job of reminding us that evil can live easily amongst us and is often hidden behind masks of normality. It’s surprisingly the first novel I’ve read by Singh, but it certainly won’t be the last.

This book is available now.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from the following links.

                                          

 

 

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Nalini Singh

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China, the Highlands of Scotland, and the frozen landscapes of Antarctica, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer. Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. You can contact her directly through her website. While visiting the site, Nalini invites you to join her newsletter for up-to-date news about both the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series, as well as fun exclusive extras, including free short stories set in her worlds.

Photo by Deborah Hillman.

#CoverReveal The Bedroom Experiment by Kendall Ryan @KendallRyan1 #hotjocks

 

 

Today I am excited to bring you the Cover for the new novelette

 from New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

 

The Bedroom Experiment

Releasing on February 11th for only 99¢!

 

 

When your stepbrother is a hot hockey stud with more notches in his bedpost than, well anyone, he’s the perfect candidate to help you gain a little bedroom experience. At least that’s my plan this V-day…

Note: This is a hot and steamy, standalone novelette. Contents include: One sweet but rough-around-the-edges hockey player who’s going a little crazy. One blunt, knows-what-she-wants heroine who picks through his self-defense. No cheating. Low angst. And a sweet, melty HEA.

Also Note: A short story version of this book was previously free for newsletter subscribers, but it has since been heavily rewritten and has more than doubled in length.

 

 

PRE-ORDER NOW

               

 

 

 

About Kendall Ryan

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She’s a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she’s appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

#BlogTour #PromoPost Vile by Keith Crawford @keithcrawford77 @LoveBooksGroup #LoveBooksGroupTours

#BlogTour #PromoPost Vile by Keith Crawford @keithcrawford77 @LoveBooksGroup #LoveBooksGroupTours Title: Vile

Author: Keith Crawford

Genres: Fantasy

Pages: 349

Elianor Paine is a Magistrate of the Peace in the Kingdom of Trist and a republican secret agent. She has 6 days to subvert her investigation, supplant war-hero Lord Vile, then coerce his adult children to start a revolution, before her masters discover the truth and have her killed. Just how far is she willing to go? And can she change the world without changing herself?

 

This novel is available now.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from the following link!

 

About Keith Crawford

Keith Crawford is a retired Navy Officer, a disabled veteran, a Doctor of Law & Economics, a barrister, a stay-at-home Dad, and a writer. He has written for collections of scholarly works, academic journals, and newspapers including The Economist. He has had more than thirty plays recorded or produced for stage, been listed in a variety of short story competitions (in spite of his hatred of short stories), and runs a radio production company, www.littlewonder.website, which regularly runs competitions promoted by the BBC to help find, develop and encourage new writers.
In 2014 he was lecturing at Sciences Po in Paris and negotiating a contract to write a book on banking regulation, when he and his wife discovered to their delight that they were due to have their first child. Rather than writing more work that would only be read by his poor students, and then misquoted by politicians, he decided he would do his bit to stick his fingers up at the patriarchy and stay home to look after his own kids rather than the grown-up kids of rich people. Two more children swiftly followed. Keith has discovered that if you recite Stick Man backwards you get the lyrics to AD/DC’s Highway to Hell.
This (looking after the kids, not satanic rites with Stick Man) allowed him to support his wife’s career, which appears to be heading for the stratosphere, and also gave him the space to write about swordfights and explosions. And spaceships. All of which are more fun than banking regulation. As an extension to his work in radio production, he set up his own small press, and his first novel, Vile, is due to be published in December 2019. More novels will swiftly follow, like buses in countries that don’t privatise the bus companies.

 

Thank you to Keith Crawford for being featured on my blog today!

 

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway The Perfect Fit by Mary Jayne Baker @MaryJayneBaker @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway The Perfect Fit by Mary Jayne Baker @MaryJayneBaker @rararesources

#BookReview #BlogTour #Giveaway The Perfect Fit by Mary Jayne Baker @MaryJayneBaker @rararesources Title: The Perfect Fit

Author: Mary Jayne Baker

Series: Love in the Dales #2

Published by: Mirror Books on Sep. 21, 2018

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Women's Fiction

Format: eBook

Source: Rachel's Random Resources

Book Rating: 8/10

‘A wonderful book with a great story and a sparky, unusual voice. I loved it!’ KATIE FFORDE

Escape to the frost-sparkling Yorkshire Dales for some festive fun under the mistletoe! A saucy comedy-romance with more than a sprinkle of Christmas spice – this will lift your spirits and your excitement level!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for costume shop owner Becky Finn. Leaving London to move back home to the twinkly rural village of Egglethwaite, she plans to build a new life for herself with fiancé, Cole.

Keen to raise funds for the struggling village hall she loved as a child, Becky finds herself at the head of a colourful group aiming to revive the Egglethwaite Christmas pantomime. But when that festive feeling sets in, she discovers there’s more to panto than innuendo and slapped thighs.

Falling in love was not in the script! But as opening night grows closer, she starts to wonder if the panto will ever make it to the stage and, with handsome co-star Marcus on the scene, if she has chosen her right leading man…

The perfect stocking-filler gift!


Review:

Funny, warm, and entertaining!

The Perfect Fit is an amusing, lighthearted tale that takes us to the Yorkshire Dales and into the life of the optimistic, lovable Becky Finn as she meanders through all sorts of highs and lows, from moving home, a long-distance relationship, reviving the village Christmas Pantomime, and the unexpected feelings for her fellow leading man.

The writing is comical and fluid. The characters are sweet, quirky, and endearing. And the plot is a jolly, big-hearted tale full of tricky situations, tender moments, humorous mishaps, self-discovery, friendship, family, community, romance, and holiday cheer.

Overall, The Perfect Fit is another humourous, uplifting, charming tale by Baker that’s a true wintery treat with its engaging characters, festive storyline, and barrel of laughs.

 

This book is available now.  

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from the following link.

 

 

About Mary Jayne Baker

Mary Jayne Baker grew up in rural West Yorkshire, right in the heart of Brontë country... and she's still there. After graduating from Durham University with a degree in English Literature, she dallied with living in cities including London, Nottingham and Cambridge, but eventually came back with her own romantic hero in tow to her beloved Dales, where she first started telling stories about heroines with flaws and the men who love them.

 

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources and Mary Jayne Baker for providing me with a copy in an exchange for an honest review.

 

Giveaway:

Win signed copies of both books in the Love in the Dale series (UK only)!

 

 

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#BookReview Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey @sbaileybooks @SimonSchusterCA

#BookReview Woman on the Edge by Samantha M. Bailey @sbaileybooks @SimonSchusterCA Title: Woman on the Edge

Author: Samantha M. Bailey

Published by: Simon & Schuster on Nov. 26, 2019

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 272

Format: Paperback, ARC

Source: Simon & Schuster Canada

Book Rating: 9/10

A moment on the subway platform changes two women’s lives forever—a debut thriller that will take your breath away.

A total stranger on the subway platform whispers, “Take my baby.”

She places her child in your arms. She says your name.

Then she jumps…

In a split second, Morgan Kincaid’s life changes forever. She’s on her way home from work when a mother begs her to take her baby, then places the infant in her arms. Before Morgan can stop her, the distraught mother jumps in front of an oncoming train.

Morgan has never seen this woman before, and she can’t understand what would cause a person to give away her child and take her own life. She also can’t understand how this woman knew her name.

The police take Morgan in for questioning. She soon learns that the woman who jumped was Nicole Markham, prominent CEO of the athletic brand Breathe. She also learns that no witness can corroborate her version of events, which means she’s just become a murder suspect.

To prove her innocence, Morgan frantically retraces the last days of Nicole’s life. Was Nicole a new mother struggling with paranoia or was she in danger? When strange things start happening to Morgan, she suddenly realizes she might be in danger, too.

Woman on the Edge is a pulse-pounding, propulsive thriller about the lengths to which a woman will go to protect her baby—even if that means sacrificing her own life.


Review:

Feverish, intense, and engrossing!

Woman on the Edge is a well-crafted, gripping novel that takes you into the lives of Nicole Markham, a successful businesswoman who finds herself completely paralysed by fear and anxiety after the birth of her baby girl, Quinn, and Morgan Kincaid, a woman with her own traumatic past whose life is suddenly turned upside down when she finds herself a suspect in a crime she inadvertently becomes entangled in. 

The writing is edgy and crisp. The characters are vulnerable, anxious, and troubled. And the plot told from alternating timelines and perspectives keeps you on the edge of your seat as it immerses you in an ominous tale full of twists, turns, deception, red herrings, secrets, obsession, violence, mayhem, and murder.

Overall, Woman on the Edge is a fast-paced, thrilling, sophisticated tale by Bailey that keeps you enthralled from the very first page and is undoubtedly an exceptionally promising debut.

This novel is available now.

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

                                            

 

 

Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Samantha M. Bailey

Samantha M. Bailey is a Toronto-based novelist, freelance editor, and journalist who has written extensively for Now Magazine, Oxford University Press, and many other publications. She is the co-founder of “BookBuzz,” a promotional and interactive author event held in New York City and Toronto. She holds a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics and credits that degree with her writing career because she wrote her first (unpublished) novel after taking a course on imagination. Now her imagination leads her to create dark and twisty stories, and her debut psychological thriller, WOMAN ON THE EDGE, will be published by Simon and Schuster Canada and Headline UK, and translated into seven languages. She loves reading as much as writing, so when not tapping away on her computer, she’s probably curled up with a really good book.

Photograph by Dahlia Katz Photography.

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