Bookending Spring 2019 | Spring Releases #BEspring19

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It’s April and it’s time for Bookending Spring 2019!


This is my first time participating in a Bookending event and I have to say that I’m pretty excited about it!  If you’re unfamiliar with Bookending Events (like I was) you can find all of the details over at Sam @FictionallySam and Clo@BookDragons. You can also check out the announcement post over here.

This will be a month-long event.  So for every day in April, there is a host and a topic that is already chosen.  You can see a full list here. If you are interested in participating, you can still sign up.  Come and join the fun!

Today’s topic is:

2019 Spring Releases

Hosted by:

 Jayati @ It’s Just A Coffee Addicted Bibliophile 

Here are the books that I’m looking forward to this spring…

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim *Available 4/16/19

Cover Image of Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

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My husband asked me to lie. Not a big lie. He probably didn’t even consider it a lie, and neither did I, at first . . .

In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine—a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic “dives” with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos’ small community.

Who or what caused the explosion? Was it the mother of one of the patients, who claimed to be sick that day but was smoking down by the creek? Or was it Young and Pak themselves, hoping to cash in on a big insurance payment and send their daughter to college? The ensuing trial uncovers unimaginable secrets from that night—trysts in the woods, mysterious notes, child-abuse charges—as well as tense rivalries and alliances among a group of people driven to extraordinary degrees of desperation and sacrifice.

Angie Kim’s Miracle Creek is a thoroughly contemporary take on the courtroom drama, drawing on the author’s own life as a Korean immigrant, former trial lawyer, and mother of a real-life “submarine” patient. Both a compelling page-turner and an excavation of identity and the desire for connection, Miracle Creek is a brilliant, empathetic debut from an exciting new voice.

The Invited by Jennifer McMahon *Available 4/30/19

Cover image of The Invited by Jennifer McMahonAmazon | Barnes & Noble

In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate have abandoned the comforts of suburbia to take up residence on forty-four acres of rural land where they will begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams. When they discover that this beautiful property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the local legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. With her passion for artifacts, Helen finds special materials to incorporate into the house–a beam from an old schoolroom, bricks from a mill, a mantel from a farmhouse–objects that draw her deeper into the story of Hattie and her descendants, three generations of Breckenridge women, each of whom died suspiciously. As the building project progresses, the house will become a place of menace and unfinished business: a new home, now haunted, that beckons its owners and their neighbors toward unimaginable danger.

A Good Enough Mother Bev Thomas *Available 4/30/19

Cover Image A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Ruth Hartland is a psychotherapist with years of experience. But professional skill is no guard against private grief. The mother of grown twins, she is haunted by the fact that her beautiful, difficult, fragile son Tom, a boy who never “fit in,” disappeared a year and a half earlier. She cannot give up hope of finding him, but feels she is living a kind of half-life, waiting for him to return.

Enter a new patient, Dan–unstable and traumatized–who looks exactly like her missing son. She is determined to help him, but soon, her own complicated feelings, about how she has failed her own boy, cloud her professional judgement. And before long, the unthinkable becomes a shattering reality….

An utterly compelling drama with a timebomb at its core, A Good Enough Mother is a brilliant, beautiful story of mothering, and how to let go of the ones we love when we must.

The Last Time I Saw You by Liv Constantine *Available 5/7/19

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Dr. Kate English has it all. Not only is she the heiress to a large fortune; she has a gorgeous husband and daughter, a high-flying career, and a beautiful home anyone would envy.

But all that changes the night Kate’s mother, Lily, is found dead, brutally murdered in her own home. Heartbroken and distraught, Kate reaches out to her estranged best friend, Blaire Barrington, who rushes to her side for the funeral, where the years of distance between them are forgotten in a moment.

That evening, Kate’s grief turns to horror when she receives an anonymous text: You think you’re sad now, just wait. By the time I’m finished with you, you’ll wish you had been buried today. More than ever, Kate needs her old friend’s help.

Once Blaire decides to take the investigation into her own hands, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems in Baltimore high society. As infidelity, lies, and betrayals come to light, and tensions rise to a boiling point, she begins to alienate Kate’s friends and relatives with her relentless, accusatory questions, as she tries to find Lily’s killer. The murderer could be anyone—friend, neighbor, loved one. But whoever it is, it’s clear that Kate is next on their list. . .

In The Last Time I Saw You, Liv Constantine takes the lightning pace of The Last Mrs. Parrish and raises the stakes, creating an exquisitely tension-filled and absorbing tale of psychological suspense in which innocent lives—and one woman’s sanity—hang in the balance.

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake *Available 5/7/19 

Cover image of The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

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No. It is a simple word, uttered on a summer porch in 1936. And it will haunt Kitty Milton for the rest of her life. Kitty and her husband, Ogden, are both from families considered the backbone of the country. But this refusal will come to be Kitty’s defining moment, and its consequences will ripple through the Milton family for generations. For while they summer on their island in Maine, anchored as they are to the way things have always been, the winds of change are beginning to stir.

In 1959 New York City, two strangers enter the Miltons’ circle. One captures the attention of Kitty’s daughter, while the other makes each of them question what the family stands for. This new generation insists the times are changing. And in one night, everything does.

So much so that in the present day, the third generation of Miltons doesn’t have enough money to keep the island in Maine. Evie Milton’s mother has just died, and as Evie digs into her mother’s and grandparents’ history, what she finds is a story as unsettling as it is inescapable, the story that threatens the foundation of the Milton family myth.

Moving through three generations and back and forth in time, The Guest Book asks how we remember and what we choose to forget. It shows the untold secrets we inherit and pass on, unknowingly echoing our parents and grandparents. Sarah Blake’s triumphant novel tells the story of a family and a country that buries its past in quiet, until the present calls forth a reckoning.

Which 2019 Spring Releases Are You Excited For?

Let me know in the comments below or feel free to reach out on social media.


#20BooksOfSummer | 2018 Challenge


20 Books of Summer 2018Cathy over at 746Books has a yearly challenge to read 20 books over the summer months. This year’s challenge is started on June 1st, 2018 and ran until September 3, 2018. This year I was excited about joining her on this journey. The 20 books that I chose initially changed a bit over time, but there was leeway in the rules to allow for that, which I was grateful for!

What was planned:
  • Documenting my journey through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and also writing reviews for each of the books along the way.
What was completed:
  • Eleven reviews were completed on the 14 books read.
  • I didn’t tag this challenge on social media as much as I should have, and in the next challenge, I’ll strive to do better at that.

The books that were completed between June 1st, 2018 and September 3, 2018:

  1. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  2. Oola – Find balance in an unbalanced world by Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl
  3. The Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel
  4. Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
  5. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  6. Call Me Princess by Sara Blaedel
  7. The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel
  8. You Can Buy Happiness by Tammy Strobel
  9. The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel
  10. When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
  11. ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
  12. Under The Dome by Stephen King
  13. Happier Thinking by Lana Grace Riva
  14. The Last Straw by Ed Duncan
Final Thoughts

I saw this challenge as a success as this is the most I have read, in any one summer, ever.  This challenge kept me motivated to keep reading and to utilize my spare time better, to fit my reading in.

Thank you to Cathy over at 746Books for hosting this challenge. I look forward to participating in this challenge, in the next go around.




Blog Tour: The Cold Cold Sea by Linda Huber |Excerpt

I’m very excited to be on the blog tour for The Cold Cold Sea by Linda Huber. I have a great excerpt to share with you today. But, before I share the excerpt with you, here is a bit more about the book.





Author: Linda Huber 

Paperback: 275 pages

Buy it here: Amazon 


They stared at each other, and Maggie felt the tightness in her middle expand as it shifted, burning its way up… Painful sobs rose in her throat as Colin, his face expressionless now, reached for his mobile and tapped 999.

When three-year-old Olivia disappears from the beach, a happy family holiday comes to an abrupt end. Maggie is plunged into the darkest nightmare imaginable – what happened to her little girl?

Further along the coast, another mother is having problems too. Jennifer’s daughter Hailey is starting school, and it should be such a happy time, but the child is increasingly moody and silent. Family life has never seemed so awkward, and Jennifer struggles to maintain control.

The tide ebbs and flows, and summer dies, but there is no comfort for Maggie, alone now at the cottage, or for Jennifer, still swamped by doubts.

‘A psychologically astute, edge-of-the-seat story.’ Hilary Johnson

‘Unsettling and disturbing… I couldn’t put it down.’ Rebecca Muddiman

‘Breathtaking and utterly compelling.’ Debi Alper


(Several weeks after Olivia’s disappearance.)Book Blog

Maggie sighed. There had been something on Colin’s mind for days now, she could tell. He’d been hovering around her, obviously wanting to say something but never quite managing it. She reached out and put a hand on his arm.

‘Col, for Pete’s sake just spit it out.’

Colin laid the photo on the table and sat down. ‘I loved Olivia,’ he said, his face pale and serious. ‘I was awake for hours last night, thinking about her. I loved being her dad, watching her grow. She was part of our lives and it was wonderful, a miracle. But she’s gone now, Mags, and I – I don’t want to give up on that miracle.’

‘You want us to have another baby,’ said Maggie, hearing the flatness in her voice.

‘I know it’s still too soon for another baby. But we always said we wanted more than two kids one day. I know that we could ever replace Livvy, but I think our family would be more complete if we had another child. One day. I just want to plan something good for our future.’

Maggie took a deep breath.

‘I do not – want – another – baby,’ she said, hearing panic rise shrilly in her voice. Slinky leapt up to his window and disappeared into the garden. ‘We’ve lost a child, Colin, I gave birth to her and now she’s gone, and it hasn’t even been three months yet for Christ’s sake, how can you even think of another baby? But you’re right, you’re damned well right we can never replace Olivia, and I am not going to try.’

She could feel the scream in her voice again. Love and loss, the most unbearable feelings, and they had lost their daughter in the worst possible way. She could never risk loving another child.

Colin’s face was white. ‘I’m sorry. I’m not talking about now. But I do want us to be a real family, with a couple of kids at least. We’re young, Mags. You might feel different in a year or two.’

Tears rushed into Maggie’s eyes and she pulled a tissue from the box. ‘So we’ll talk about it then,’ she said tightly. ‘In a year or two when I feel different. And not before. Okay? Right now, all I want is Livvy, and she’s not coming back, is she?’

Colin shook his head and slumped over the table. Trembling, Maggie went upstairs to put on her make-up. She stared at her face in the bathroom mirror. It was thinner, and more lined than three short months ago. And nowadays there was a blank, hopeless expression in her eyes that had never been there before the fifteenth of August. But Colin was right about one thing. They were young enough to have six more babies if they wanted them.

She blinked back the tears to apply her mascara.

You can purchase the book here through Amazon.

About the Author

The Cold Cold Sea Author Laura HuberLinda Huber grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Currently she teaches one day a week, and writes psychological suspense novels and feel-good novellas with (most of) the rest of her time.

Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she turned to psychological suspense fiction, and her seventh novel, Death Wish, was published by Bloodhound Books in August 2017.

Linda’s latest project is a series of feel-good novellas, set on the banks of Lake Constance and just minutes from her home in north-east Switzerland. She really appreciates having the views enjoyed by her characters right on her own doorstep!

You can reach out to the author via the following links:

Website | Twitter Facebook

I want to thank Kelly from Love Books Group for setting this tour up and giving me the opportunity to be a part of it. The complete poster is below, so check out the other participants if you would like to read more about this great book and its author.

The Cold Cold Sea Blog Tour Poster


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