#BlogTour #BookReview The Lover by Helene Flood @Mobius_Books #TheLover #HeleneFlood #MobiusBooksUS

#BlogTour #BookReview The Lover by Helene Flood @Mobius_Books #TheLover #HeleneFlood #MobiusBooksUS Title: The Lover

Author: Helene Flood

Published by: Mobius on Jul. 12, 2022

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 320

Format: Hardcover

Source: Mobius Books US

Book Rating: 8/10

Is it worse to lie to your husband or the police?

Rikke is deceiving them both. When their upstairs neighbor Jørgen is found dead, she’s questioned alongside her husband Åsmund.

How can Rikke admit in front of Åsmund that Jørgen and she were having an affair? Or explain to the police the complexity of her feelings for Jørgen? The hint of relief that he’s dead. And, as the investigation closes in on the neighborhood, how long can she conceal the affair from her neighbors, her husband, and her teenage daughter?

Rikke knows she can’t hide the phone calls, emails and messages from the police. So she cuts herself a deal. In return for a few days’ grace to tell Åsmund before anyone else does, she’ll share everything about the affair.

But before she can summon the courage to confess, Rikke is struck by a chilling revelation. Jørgen can only have been killed by someone living in their small apartment building.


Review:

Slow burning, sinister, and sophisticated!

The Lover is a thought-provoking, character-driven thriller that takes you to the Tåsen neighbourhood of Oslo and immerses you into the lives of four families living in a house of flats whose worlds suddenly intersect, unravel, and collide when an affair between neighbours turns deadly.

The writing is taut and intense. The characters are multilayered, secretive, and suspicious. And the plot, including all the subplots, unravel and intertwine into a suspenseful tale about life, loss, family, drama, deception, mayhem, infidelity, disillusionment, morality, murder, and the weight of a guilty conscience.

Overall, The Lover is a tight, intricate, cunning tale by Flood that does a wonderful job of reminding us that secrets and lies often eat away at the soul and leave more than a little wave of destruction behind them.

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About Helene Flood

Pseudonym used by Helene Flood Aakvaag

Helene Flood is a psychologist who obtained her doctoral degree on violence, revictimization and trauma-related shame and guilt in 2016. She now works as a psychologist and researcher at the National Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress. She lives in Oslo with her husband and two children. The Therapist is her first adult novel. It has been sold in 27 counties and film rights have been bought by Anonymous Content. Her second novel, The Lover, will be published in English in 2022.

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#BookReview Bad City: Peril and Power in the City of Angels by Paul Pringle @CeladonBooks #BadCity #PaulPringle #CeladonBooks #CeladonReads

#BookReview Bad City: Peril and Power in the City of Angels by Paul Pringle @CeladonBooks #BadCity #PaulPringle #CeladonBooks #CeladonReads Title: Bad City: Peril and Power in the City of Angels

Author: Paul Pringle

Published by: Celadon Books on Jul. 19, 2022

Genres: Nonfiction

Pages: 304

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Celadon Books

Book Rating: 9/10

For fans of Spotlight and Catch and Kill comes a nonfiction thriller about corruption and betrayal radiating across Los Angeles from one of the region’s most powerful institutions, a riveting tale from a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who investigated the shocking events and helped bring justice in the face of formidable odds.

On a cool, overcast afternoon in April 2016, a salacious tip arrived at the L.A. Times that reporter Paul Pringle thought should have taken, at most, a few weeks to check out: a drug overdose at a fancy hotel involving one of the University of Southern California’s shiniest stars—Dr. Carmen Puliafito, the head of the prestigious medical school. Pringle, who’d long done battle with USC and its almost impenetrable culture of silence, knew reporting the story wouldn’t be a walk in the park. USC is one of the biggest employers in L.A., and it casts a long shadow.

But what he couldn’t have foreseen was that this tip would lead to the unveiling of not one major scandal at USC but two, wrapped in a web of crimes and cover-ups. The rot rooted out by Pringle and his colleagues at The Times would creep closer to home than they could have imagined—spilling into their own newsroom.

Packed with details never before disclosed, Pringle goes behind the scenes to reveal how he and his fellow reporters triumphed over the city’s debased institutions, in a narrative that reads like L.A. noir. This is L.A. at its darkest and investigative journalism at its brightest.


Review:

Fast-paced, insightful, and comprehensive!

Bad City is the explosive, eye-opening investigation of one of the biggest scandals to rock the University of Southern California that started as a tip involving an unconscious woman, a hotel room littered with drug paraphernalia, and the Dean of its distinguished Keck School of Medicine, Carmen A. Puliafito and ended with the unearthing of an unimaginable amount of corruption, abuse of power, and exploitation that eventually led to the removal of several key figures in both the top echelons of the university’s administration as well as The L.A. Times.

The writing is detailed and precise. And the novel is an absorbing, compelling tale of one man’s dogged determination to uncover and expose the dark, dangerous, depraved secret life of one of the esteemed members of the USC faculty.

Overall, Bad City is a fascinating, disturbing, exceptionally descriptive novel by Pringle that is a scary reminder that often a rotten core can easily be masked by a shiny facade, and is without a doubt a prime example of investigative journalism at its best.

 

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About Paul Pringle

Paul Pringle is a Los Angeles Times reporter who specializes in investigating corruption. In 2019, he and two colleagues won the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for their work uncovering the widespread sexual abuse by Dr. George Tyndall at the University of Southern California, an inquiry that grew out of their reporting the year before on Dr. Carmen Puliafito, dean of USC’s medical school. Pringle was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2009 and a member of reporting teams that won Pulitzer Prizes in 2004 and 2011. Pringle won the George Polk Award in 2008, the same year the Society of Professional Journalists of Greater Los Angeles honored him as a distinguished journalist. Along with several colleagues, he shared in Harvard University’s 2011 Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting. Pringle and a Times colleague won the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Freedom of Information Award in 2014 and the University of Florida’s Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Award in 2015. Pringle lives in Glendale, California.

Photo by Joanna Pringle.

#BookReview The Godparent Trap by Rachel Van Dyken @HBGCanada @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #ReadForeverPub #ReadForever2022 #TheGodparentTrap #RachelVanDyken #HBGCanada

#BookReview The Godparent Trap by Rachel Van Dyken @HBGCanada @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #ReadForeverPub #ReadForever2022 #TheGodparentTrap #RachelVanDyken #HBGCanada Title: The Godparent Trap

Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Published by: Forever on Jul. 19, 2022

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 352

Format: Paperback

Source: HBG Canada

Book Rating: 9/10

Life’s Too Short meets The Unhoneymooners in this sparkling, steamy, and swoon-worthy novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken, in which two sworn enemies must share house, home—and maybe their hearts—when they become co-parents after a sudden loss.

Colby’s living her best life: as a popular food blogger, she gets to fulfill her dreams of exploring the globe. But her world comes crashing down when a tragic accident leaves her co-guardian of her best friend’s two adorable children. Not only does she need to put down roots—fast—but she’ll be sharing custody with the one man she can’t stand sharing a continent with, let alone a house.  

Accountant-extraordinaire Rip values rules and plans. But when he loses his sister and his best friend and becomes an insta-guardian all in one night, Rip sees his organized life imploding. What he really doesn’t need is his sister’s irresponsible, flighty—albeit kind and gorgeous—best friend making it worse.

Rip doesn’t trust Colby to take their new responsibilities seriously, while Colby can’t believe Rip thinks children will thrive under his rigid control. Yet soon Rip and Colby discover they need each other more than they hate each other. Could it be possible that following their hearts is just what their new little family needs?


Review:

Heartwarming, engaging, and fun!

The Godparent Trap is a sweet, heartfelt story that takes you into the lives of Colby and Rip, two people with completely different personalities who must learn to cope with the tragic loss of a best friend and a sibling, their new status as guardians of two small children, and a budding relationship that will require a lot of patience, compromise, understanding, and trust.

The writing is light and tender. The characters are flawed, honest, and committed. And the plot told from alternating perspectives unravels effortlessly into an enchanting, push-pull tale about life, loss, grief, friendship, family, responsibility, parenthood, communication, happiness, and love.

Overall, The Godparent Trap is an effortless, uplifting, delightful tale by Van Dyken that reminds us that life is truly precious and should always be lived to the fullest and is absolutely perfect for anyone who loves their contemporary romance with a lot of heart, hope, and humour.

 

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About Rachel Van Dyken

Rachel Van Dyken is the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Todaybestselling author of over 90 books ranging from contemporary romance to paranormal. With over four million copies sold, she's been featured in Forbes, US Weekly, and USA Today. Her books have been translated in more than 15 countries. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, adorable sons, naked cat, and two dogs.

#BookReview The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer @Kelrimmerwrites @HarperCollinsCa @HarlequinBooks @Bookclubbish #BooksofHCC #TheGermanWife #KellyRimmer #GraydonHouse #HTPBooks

#BookReview The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer @Kelrimmerwrites @HarperCollinsCa @HarlequinBooks @Bookclubbish #BooksofHCC #TheGermanWife #KellyRimmer #GraydonHouse #HTPBooks Title: The German Wife

Author: Kelly Rimmer

Published by: Graydon House on Jun. 28, 2022

Genres: Historical Fiction

Pages: 464

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: HarperCollins Canada

Book Rating: 9/10

Berlin, Germany, 1930—When the Nazis rise to power, Sofie von Meyer Rhodes and her academic husband benefit from the military ambitions of Germany’s newly elected chancellor when Jürgen is offered a high-level position in their burgeoning rocket program. Although they fiercely oppose Hitler’s radical views, and joining his ranks is unthinkable, it soon becomes clear that if Jürgen does not accept the job, their income will be taken away. Then their children. And then their lives.

Huntsville, Alabama, 1950—Twenty years later, Jürgen is one of many German scientists pardoned and granted a position in America’s space program. For Sofie, this is a chance to leave the horrors of her past behind. But when rumors about the Rhodes family’s affiliation with the Nazi party spread among her new American neighbors, idle gossip turns to bitter rage, and the act of violence that results tears apart a family and leaves the community wondering—is it an act of vengeance or justice?


Review:

Moving, thought-provoking, and tragic!

The German Wife is a vivid, tender tale set in Berlin, Germany, as well as Huntsville, Alabama, between 1930 and 1950 that takes you into the lives of the Rhodes family. A family whose individual actions, decisions, choices and secrets made during the war will have long-lasting effects and irrevocably change lives forever.

The writing is emotional and tense. The characters are intelligent, torn, and distrustful. And the plot is an evocative tale of life, loss, heartbreak, prejudices, hope, tragedy, survival, friendship, love, community, and wartime politics.

Overall, The German Wife is an absorbing, heart-wrenching, beautifully written tale by Rimmer inspired by real-life events, Operation Paperclip, that does an exceptional job of highlighting her impressive research into this intelligence program that brought Nazis chemists, physicists and rocket specialists to America after WWII, without being tried for their previous crimes, in order for them to use their acquired knowledge to benefit NASA and other US government agencies.

 

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About Kelly Rimmer

Kelly Rimmer is the worldwide and USA TODAY bestselling author of five novels, including Me Without You and The Secret Daughter. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, two children and fantastically naughty dogs Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.

#BookReview They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe @AuthorKatM @PPPress #TheyDrownOurDaughters #KatrinaMonroe #inkedinpoison

#BookReview They Drown Our Daughters by Katrina Monroe @AuthorKatM @PPPress #TheyDrownOurDaughters #KatrinaMonroe #inkedinpoison Title: They Drown Our Daughters

Author: Katrina Monroe

Published by: Poisoned Pen Press on Jul. 12, 2022

Genres: Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 304

Format: Paperback

Source: Poisoned Pen Press

Book Rating: 8/10

If you can hear the call of the water,
It’s already far too late.

They say Cape Disappointment is haunted. That’s why tourists used to flock there in droves. They’d visit the rocky shoreline under the old lighthouse’s watchful eye and fish shells from the water as they pretended to spot dark shapes in the surf. Now the tourists are long gone, and when Meredith Strand and her young daughter return to Meredith’s childhood home after an acrimonious split from her wife, the Cape seems more haunted by regret than any malevolent force.

But her mother, suffering from early stages of Alzheimer’s, is convinced the ghost stories are real. Not only is there something in the water, but it’s watching them. Waiting for them. Reaching out to Meredith’s daughter the way it has to every woman in their line for generations-and if Meredith isn’t careful, all three women, bound by blood and heartbreak, will be lost one by one to the ocean’s mournful call.

Part modern gothic, part ghost story, They Drown Our Daughters explores the depths of motherhood, identity, and the lengths a woman will go to hold on to both.


Review:

Atmospheric, menacing, and dark!

They Drown Our Daughters is an eerie, gripping, multi-generational story that transports you to Cape Disappointment and into the lives of the Strand family and all the powerful emotions, spooky traditions, long-buried secrets, strange behaviours, and unimaginable tragedy that has tied them together for more than a century.

The prose is tight and intense. The characters are multilayered, vulnerable, and troubled. And the plot told in a back-and-forth style is an unsettling tale of life, loss, tragedy, desperation, familial drama, legends, secrets, tortured souls, supernatural phenomena, and the complex relationships that exist between mothers and daughters.

Overall, They Drown Our Daughters is a haunting, ominous, chilling tale that kept me engaged and intrigued from the very first page and is undoubtedly a unique, creative, promising debut by Monroe.

 

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About Katrina Monroe

Katrina Monroe is the author of They Drown Our Daughters, coming July 2022 from Sourcebooks. She lives in Minnesota with her wife, two children, and Eddie, the ghost who haunts their bedroom closets.

#BookReview The Kingdoms of Savannah by George Dawes Green @CeladonBooks #KingdomsOfSavannah #CeladonBooks #CeladonReads #partner

#BookReview The Kingdoms of Savannah by George Dawes Green @CeladonBooks #KingdomsOfSavannah #CeladonBooks #CeladonReads #partner Title: The Kingdoms of Savannah

Author: George Dawes Green

Published by: Celadon Books on Jul. 19, 2022

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 304

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Celadon Books

Book Rating: 8.5/10

Savannah may appear to be “some town out of a fable,” with its vine flowers, turreted mansions, and ghost tours that romanticize the city’s history. But look deeper and you’ll uncover secrets, past and present, that tell a more sinister tale. It’s the story at the heart of George Dawes Green’s chilling new novel, The Kingdoms of Savannah.

It begins quietly on a balmy Southern night as some locals gather at Bo Peep’s, one of the town’s favorite watering holes. Within an hour, however, a man will be murdered and his companion will be “disappeared.” An unlikely detective, Morgana Musgrove, doyenne of Savannah society, is called upon to unravel the mystery of these crimes. Morgana is an imperious, demanding, and conniving woman, whose four grown children are weary of her schemes. But one by one she inveigles them into helping with her investigation, and soon the family uncovers some terrifying truths—truths that will rock Savannah’s power structure to its core.

Moving from the homeless encampments that ring the city to the stately homes of Savannah’s elite, Green’s novel brilliantly depicts the underbelly of a city with a dark history and the strangely mesmerizing dysfunction of a complex family.


Review:

Haunting, complex, and intense!

The Kingdoms of Savannah is a charged, gripping mystery that sweeps you away to Savannah, Georgia, and into the lives of the prominent, dysfunctional Musgrove family as they reluctantly, at the persistence of their matriarch Morgana, band together to solve the callous murder of a young homeless man and the disappearance of a middle-aged woman who seems to have discovered some long-buried secrets that at least one person is willing to kill to keep hidden in the past.

The prose is powerful and polished. The characters are flawed, ruthless, and self-absorbed. And the plot is a captivating, menacing mix of life, loss, secrets, deception, privilege, resentments, greed, corruption, homelessness, familial drama, and harrowing truths.

Overall, I found The Kingdoms of Savannah to be a gritty, provocative, tight novel by Green that’s a must read for anyone who loves a well-written mystery interlaced with a dramatic, family saga all mired in the dark, racially toxic history of the south.

 

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About George Dawes Green

George Dawes Green, founder of The Moth, is an internationally celebrated author. His first novel, The Caveman’s Valentine, won the Edgar Award and became a motion picture starring Samuel L. Jackson. The Juror was an international bestseller in more than twenty languages and was the basis for the movie starring Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin. Ravens was chosen as one of the best books of 2009 by the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Mail of London, and many other publications. George Green grew up in Georgia and now lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Photo by Syrie Moskowitz.

#BookReview When It Falls Apart by Catherine Bybee @catherinebybee @ThomasAllenLTD @AmazonPub #WhenItFallsApart #TheDAngelos #CatherineBybee #Montlake

#BookReview When It Falls Apart by Catherine Bybee @catherinebybee @ThomasAllenLTD @AmazonPub #WhenItFallsApart #TheDAngelos #CatherineBybee #Montlake Title: When It Falls Apart

Author: Catherine Bybee

Series: The D'Angelos #1

Published by: Montlake Romance on Jun. 21, 2022

Genres: Contemporary Romance

Pages: 364

Format: Paperback

Source: Thomas Allen & Son

Book Rating: 9/10

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee comes a bittersweet romance about the power of love in the face of heartbreak and loss.

Brooke Turner has always had a complicated relationship with her father. But when his health takes a turn for the worse, she drops everything to care for him. He’s her dad, after all, and he needs her. What Brooke doesn’t anticipate is the unraveling of her long-term relationship and a cross-country move to San Diego’s Little Italy.

Luca D’Angelo is the oldest of three children and a single father to a young daughter. When his mother rents the top floor of their house to Brooke, he’s angry. Who is this beautiful stranger with no ties to the neighborhood? Can she be trusted in such close proximity to his family?

As Luca learns of Brooke’s difficult journey with her ailing father, his heart softens. And Brooke, who witnesses Luca’s struggle as a single parent, develops feelings for him, too. But when it all falls apart, will love heal their wounded hearts?


Review:

Heartwarming, hopeful, and amusing!

When It Falls Apart is an uplifting, charming tale set in the colourful Little Italy neighbourhood of San Diego that takes you into the lives of two main characters. Brooke Turner, a young online marketer who needs to relocate after a recent breakup and another setback in her father’s health that requires him to live in an assisted living program she will be struggling to afford, and Luca D’Angelo, a single father who spends all his time raising his daughter and running his family’s restaurant.

The prose is sweet and light. The characters are kind, considerate, and hardworking. And the plot is a delightfully absorbing blend of family, friendship, self-discovery, awkward situations, tender moments, parenthood, support, love, community, and new beginnings.

Overall, When It Falls Apart is a heartfelt, romantic, engaging tale by Bybee that is a wonderful start to The D’Angelos series and an enticing introduction to this loud, big-hearted Italian family I can’t wait to read more about.

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About Catherine Bybee

Catherine Bybee is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-five books that have collectively sold more than three million copies and have been translated into twelve languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Not Quite series, the Weekday Brides series, and the Most Likely To series.

#BookReview I Told You This Would Happen by Elaine Murphy @ElaineMbooks @HBGCanada @GrandCentralPub #ElaineMurphy #IToldYouThisWouldHappen #HBGCanada #GCPInsider

#BookReview I Told You This Would Happen by Elaine Murphy @ElaineMbooks @HBGCanada @GrandCentralPub #ElaineMurphy #IToldYouThisWouldHappen #HBGCanada #GCPInsider Title: I Told You This Would Happen

Author: Elaine Murphy

Published by: Grand Central Publishing on Jul. 12, 2022

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 384

Format: Paperback

Source: HBG Canada

Book Rating: 8.5/10

Carrie’s sister is dead.

Four months after losing her sister, Becca—a serial killer unknown to everyone else in town—Carrie Lawrence is finally free of her manipulative clutches. From now on, she’s keeping her hands clean, no more hiding dead bodies in the middle of the night, no more lies.

She’s never been happier.

Then she attends a meeting of the Brampton Kill Seekers, a group of amateur local sleuths, and learns that a recent victim left behind a note that incriminates her in their disappearance. All of a sudden the quiet, law-abiding life she’s been planning starts to unravel.

She’s never had so much to lose.

In her frantic quest to keep her secret dead and buried, she discovers someone nefarious lurking in the shadows…someone who’ll go to any lengths to bring her dark truths to light. Now if Carrie wants her secrets to stay hidden, she’ll have to get her hands very, very dirty.


Review:

Gripping, mysterious, and sinister!

I Told You This Would Happen is a crafty, complex thriller that takes us back to Brampton, Maine and into the life of Carrie Lawrence, a young woman who is now struggling to juggle her mixed feelings of elation and unease over the death of her manipulative serial killer sister as well as her ever-increasing guilt and dread over just how many secrets and skeletons the local amateur sleuthing group, the Brampton Kill Seekers, will finally unearth and uncover.

The writing is brisk and witty. The characters are consumed, devious, and deceitful. And the plot builds quickly into a mischievous tale of deception, manipulation, secrets, malicious intentions, revelations, deviance, cunning behaviours, familial obligation, and murder.

Overall, I Told You This Would Happen is an edgy, intricate, twisty follow-up by Murphy that kept me amused from the very first page and was an exceptionally entertaining and satisfying conclusion to last years debut Look What You Made Me Do.

 

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About Elaine Murphy

Elaine Murphy is a Canadian author who has lived on both coasts and several places in between. Among other things, she has volunteered in Zambia, taught English in China, jumped off a bridge, and out of an airplane. She has a diploma in Writing for Film & Television but has never worked in either field. She took an interest in the dark side and began plotting suspense and thrillers. She enjoys putting ordinary people in extraordinarily difficult situations and seeing what they do about it. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.

Photo by Laura Shortt Photography.

#BookReview The Floating Girls by Lo Patrick @Sourcebooks @sbkslandmark #TheFloatingGirls #LoPatrick #bookmarkedbylandmark

#BookReview The Floating Girls by Lo Patrick @Sourcebooks @sbkslandmark #TheFloatingGirls #LoPatrick #bookmarkedbylandmark Title: The Floating Girls

Author: Lo Patrick

Published by: Sourcebooks Landmark on Jul. 12, 2022

Genres: General Fiction

Pages: 368

Format: Paperback

Source: Sourcebooks Landmark

Book Rating: 9/10

The backwaters of Georgia hold many buried secrets. But they won’t stay buried forever.

One hot, sticky summer in Bledsoe, Georgia, twelve-year-old Kay Whitaker stumbles across a stilt house in a neighboring marsh and upon Andy Webber, a boy about her age. He and his father have recently moved back to Georgia from California, and rumors of the suspicious drowning death of Andy’s mother years earlier have chased them there and back.

Kay is fascinated and enamored with Andy, and she doesn’t listen when her father tells her to stay away from the Webbers. But when Kay’s sister goes missing, the mystery of Mrs. Webber’s death—and Kay’s parents’ potential role in it—comes to light. Kay and her brothers must navigate the layers of secrets that emerge in the course of the investigation as their family, and the world as they knew it, unravels around them.

At once wickedly funny and heartbreaking, it is an immersive coming-of-age story narrated by a feisty, smart, yet undeniably vulnerable girl reminiscent of a modern-day Scout Finch—a character who will live in readers’ hearts for a long time to come.


Review:

Poignant, atmospheric, and immersive!

The Floating Girls is a humorous, touching tale that takes you to small-town Georgia and into the life of twelve-year-old Kay Whitaker, a young girl yearning for adventure who, after stumbling across a handsome boy in the marshes behind her house and being strongly warned by her father to stay away, inadvertently triggers a series of events, including the disappearance of her strange, older sister, that will unearth long-buried secrets and ultimately change their lives forever.

The prose is vivid and rich. The characters are naive, assertive, and strong. And the plot is a heart-tugging, raw, coming-of-age tale of life, love, loss, family, friendship, poverty, desperation, tragedy, secrets, and survival.

Overall, The Floating Girls is an insightful, gritty, compelling tale by Patrick that reminds you that life is sometimes a hard, complicated struggle, secrets always seem to have a way of coming to light, and often the choices people make have far-reaching consequences.

 

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About Lo Patrick

LO PATRICK is a former lawyer and current novelist. She grew up outside Atlanta before going to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She remained in L.A. for seven years where she was a concert promoter, model booker, and musician. She eventually left L.A. and attended law school at University of Miami. She graduated magna cum laude and began writing. She moved back to Georgia, where she lives with her husband and two children. THE FLOATING GIRLS is her debut novel.

#BookReview Always Be My Duchess by Amalie Howard @HBGCanada @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #ReadForeverPub #ReadForever2022 #AlwaysBeMyDuchess #AmalieHoward #TamingoftheDukes #HBGCanada

#BookReview Always Be My Duchess by Amalie Howard @HBGCanada @readforeverpub @grandcentralpub #ReadForever #ReadForeverPub #ReadForever2022 #AlwaysBeMyDuchess #AmalieHoward #TamingoftheDukes #HBGCanada Title: Always Be My Duchess

Author: Amalie Howard

Series: Taming of the Dukes #1

Published by: Forever on Jul. 12, 2022

Genres: Historical Romance

Pages: 368

Format: Paperback

Source: Forever

Book Rating: 9/10

Lord Lysander Blackstone, the stern Duke of Montcroix, has only one interest: increasing his considerable fortune. After a series of betrayals, he keeps his emotions buried deep. Money, after all, can’t break a man’s heart—or make promises it can’t keep. But when his reputation for being heartless jeopardizes a new business deal, he finds himself seeking a most unusual—and alluring—solution…

Once an up-and-coming ballerina, Miss Geneviève Valery is now hopelessly out of work. After refusing to become a wealthy patron’s mistress, Nève was promptly shown the door to the streets. When she accidentally saves the life of a handsome duke, she doubts the encounter will go any better than her last brush with nobility. But instead of propositioning her, Montcroix makes Nève an offer she would be a fool to refuse: act as his fake fiancée in exchange for fortune enough to start over.

Only neither is prepared when very real feelings begin to grow between them. They both stand to win… but only if they’re willing to risk their hearts.


Review:

Light, seductive, and fun!

Always Be My Duchess is set in London during 1865 and features the spirited ballerina Geneviève Valery who may have unexpectedly found the short-term answer to her money woes, as well as the hardworking, handsome Duke of Montcroix, Lord Lysander Blackstone, who may have conveniently found the perfect woman to help him secure an important business deal without having to give up his heart.

The prose is witty and sharp. The characters are passionate, resourceful, and loyal. And the plot is a tantalizing mix of family, friendship, heartbreak, societal expectations, secrets, tricky situations, awkward moments, attraction, and unconditional love.

Overall, Always Be My Duchess is an adventurous, enticing, delightfully steamy read by Howard that is an absolutely wonderful start to a new series, Taming of the Dukes, which now has a permanent place on my must-read list.

 

This novel is available now.

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

                 

 

 

Thank you to HBG Canada for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Amalie Howard

AMALIE HOWARD is a USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling novelist of “smart, sexy, deliciously feminist romance.” The Beast of Beswick was one of Oprah Daily’s Top 24 Best Historicals to Read. She is also the author of several critically acclaimed, award-winning young adult novels. An AAPI/Caribbean-born writer, her books, interviews, and articles have been featured in Entertainment Weekly, Oprah Daily, Seventeen, and Ravishly Magazine. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found reading, being the president of her one-woman Harley Davidson motorcycle club #WriteOrDie, or power-napping. She currently lives in Colorado with her family.

Photo by Kristoff Lutchman.

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