Heather's Book Blog

I'm an avid reader. I love to read memoirs, biographies, chick lit, mystery and young adult. I'll read and review advanced reader copies of books from Netgalley.  I love a plethora of authors but here are some of my favorites including Steena Holmes, Camille DeMaio, Camille Pagán, James Patterson and Sophie Kinsella

Review: Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris

We meet Finn, a young entrepreneur who's dating Layla, a young beautiful woman. One night, Layla disappears without a trace. 12 years later, Layla is still missing.  Finn has moved on with Ellen, Layla’s sister   This book was my second of Ms. Paris’s. I loved all the characters especially Finn, Harry and Ruby.   This book had so many twists and turns that it kept me guessing til the end.  That ending was OMG 

Review: Something in the Water

This book was interesting but certainly not one of my favorites The characters were very interesting.  I was hooked all the way up until I finished it.

Review: How to walk away by Katherine Center

We meet Chip and Margaret, a young couple who get engaged while Chip, a soon to be pilot is flying his plane. Margaret, of course says yes.  I loved all the characters especially Margaret and Kitty. This book has by far been my favorite this year.  It resonated with me on so many levels.  This has been my first book of Ms. Center’s but certainly not my last.

I absolutely loved this book.  I loved all the characters.

Review: The Disappearance of Sloane Sullivan

We meet Sloane Sullivan, a senior in high school involved in Witness Protection.  She gets knocked by two jocks playing football in the halls.  Lizie, Jason and Sawyer are all friends. They ask her to be on their senior scavenger hunt team.  Jason seems to think he knows Sloane.  The characters in this book are loving, thoughtful, funny, sarcastic and overall amazing.  This book has had me on the edge of my seat with all the twists, turns and amazing plot.

                 This debut novel of Ms. Cribbs is stunningly beautiful, mysterious and absolutely enthralling.  This is a book I'll recommend highly and I'll be in line when Ms. Cribbs writes her second book

 

This is a 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Read for me 

Review: The Other Side of Paradise

We meet Sheilah Graham, a gossip columnist in the Roaring Twenties. She meets F. Scott Fitzgerald and his daughter, Scottie.  Sheilah and F Scott carry on an affair while he's married to Zelda, who is an asylum. This book was unputdownable.  I loved it beyond words. It was my first book by Ms. Koslow but not my last for sure

Review : The Summer I met Jack

We meet Alicia,a Polish immigrant who works at a movie theate in Boston, Massachusetts In working the refreshment stand, she meets a young man, John Kennedy.  i was hooked from the first page.  This was my first book of Ms. Gables but not my last.

Wicked River review by Jenny Milchman

We meet Nat and Doug who are about to get married in the mountains.  Mia, her mother and grandfather are enjoying themselves.   Doug's groomsmen, Matt and Brad get into some sort of fight before the ceremony.  Natalie and Doug start their honeymoon by canoeing down Gossamer Lake   It was an intriguing book.  This was my first of Ms. Milchman’s 

SPOILER ALERT!

The Way of Beauty by Camille de Maio review

We meet Vera who lives with her father who has some medical issues .  She’s about to meet her  friend, Angelo.  She thinks that Angelo will ask her to marry him but instead she’s meeting his fiancée, Pearl.  Angelo thinks of Vera as a little sister due to the death of his little sister, Stephania who at age 5 drowned in a current at Brighton Beach. Pearl asks Vera to lunch to nanny for her son, William as she continues to stump for women's right to vote

 

  This was my first book of Ms. Demaio’s but by far, it's her BEST BOOK.   The characters will stay with me for quite a bit.   i loved all the characters especially Angelo, Pearl, Vera and William. 

 

 

A Backcourt: Review

This was my first by this author. It was an intriguing book.   It kept my interest but I felt it was drawn out and like I’d read this exact plot somewhere else. 

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell : Review

— feeling happy

Sam Hell was born with ocular albinism.  He was a preemie and was in a doctors office contemplating a vasectomy because his girlfriend, Eva, an Alaskan Airlines pilot didn't want kids.  Sam was called Devil Boy by his bully, David Freemon.  Ernie and Mickie become his best friends.  Sam is picked as a lector for his all school mass because his  

 classmates want to see him fail. 

 

 This was my first book by Mr. Dugoni.  i loved all the characters especially, Mickie, Sam, Ernie and many others.   i loved this book from the first page. It will certainly not be my last.

A Prom to Remember Review

— feeling happy

We meet Cora Martin getting ready to have a prom committee meeting where Cora and her friends talk about prom king and queen and the changing of it to include a court.  This book was cute. i loved all the characters especially, Jacinta, Cora, and Paisley.  This was my first book of Ms. Hall’s but certainly not my last 

Review of : Beauty in Broken Places by Allison Pataki

We meet Dave, thirty years old who has had a stroke.  Allison, his wife starts to write letters so he can remember the old and new memories. i loved this book.  i have hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy so i knew exactly what Alli and Dave were going through.  I've never had a stroke but completely understand the medical complexity of hospitals.   This was my first book of Ms. Patakis but certainly not my last 

SPOILER ALERT!

Review: The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner

— feeling excited

We meet Lauren, a grieving widow.  Her husband, Rory Kincaid, a hockey star and an American hero was killed in action in Iraq.  Lauren then isolates herself at her grandparent's house in Atlantic City.  Her parents and her sister come to stay at the house Memorial Day weekend.  Matt Brio, a former journalist is making a documentary about Rory Kincaid.  He asks his friend, Craig Mason to look at it in hopes he’ll finance the documentary in time for the 5 year anniversary of Rory’s death. 

  Lauren is now working as a waitress at Nora’s Cafe.

 

Stephanie, Lauren’s sister drops by while she’s working at Nora’s Cafe.  Stephanie tells Lauren that’s she needs to stay a month at the beach house called The Green Gable, and that she’s getting divorced after being married only a year. Lauren’s parents are staying at the beach house for the summer.  Her parents are going to sell the house after Lauren’s father lose their home in Philadelphia due to her father taking out a second mortgage on their home to save her father’s business, Adelman’s Apparel which leads her parents to lose their home. Lauren and her family eat dinner at home feasting on flank steak while Ethan, her nephew eats pizza bagels. Her parents suggest she work at a new seafood restaurant at the Borgata in Atlantic City instead of Nora’s Cafe.  She would have job security in winter instead of where she's at. 

 

This was my first book by Ms. Brenner but certainly not my last.  I loved all the characters especially Lauren, Stephanie and Ethan.  My mind was blown at that secret though.  OMG

Review: This I know

We meet Grace in utero with her brother, Issac.  Grace early on could hear her brother’s voice.  She turned 11 and took a piece of cake and candle to her bedroom closet to celebrate her brothers birthday ascwell.  Her sisters ratted her out and Grace got in trouble and was told to no longer talk to her brother.  Her dad said she could have burnt the whole house down. I absolutely loved all the characters especially Grace.  I highly recommend anything by Ms. Edwards

SPOILER ALERT!

Review: No Direction Home

We meet Emma, a 13-year-old girl whose home is busted in on by ICE agents. Her mother and father are arrested.  Her brother, Raul, never returned home after renewing his DACA papers.  A church family that Sienna knows takes Emma in till everything is sorted out.  Emma’s mother is in a detention center and her father was deported back to Honduras while her brother was sent to Tacoma, Washington.   

    While staying with Sandi and her family, Emma is accused of being a liar after explaining to Sandi that one of her sons, Logan walked in on Emma while she was in the bathroom and Logan forcibly kissed her with his tongue while she was on the toilet.  Emma also witnessed Mr. Moreno physically abuse his son, Tyler with a belt after tracking mud into the house.

Sienna, Emma’s mom is released from the detention center.  Emma and her mom go back to their house where her mom sells Emma’s cell phone for money.  Raul is in a juvenile detention center in Tacoma, Washington.  Emma’s mom goes back to Honduras after her husband had an accident in which his hands were badly hurt, ribs broken and a few cuts and bruises.  Emma is back with the Moreno’s til her parents or her brother come home.

 

 Emma’s friends, Shanika and Alex are there for her to vent to.  Raul is able to post bond but it's $2500. 

 

I fell in love with all the characters especially Emma, Jay,

her mom and her friends.  This book will certainly not be my last of Ms. Wingers

 

     

SPOILER ALERT!

Review : The Forgotten Ones

— feeling love

We meet David, an 80 year old man in a hospital dying from cancer. His wife, Gertie passed away from cancer.  David is awaiting death because he’s hiding some secrets that a psychic supposedly knew who he and his wife were.  David and Gertie’s daughter, Marie hasn’t answered any of her father’s letters. David is now going to have the nurse write a letter to his granddaughter.  The pain from the cancer has crippled David so much so that the nurse has to write his letters for him.

 We meet Elle, a pediatric nurse who lose a patient ( newborn baby) and stayed with the family.  Brennley is Elle’s roommate who is helping David write one last letter to his daughter to try and get her to see him one last time. Elle is told by Brennley that the man, David she’s caring for is her grandfather.  Elle is mindblown.

  Elle meets her grandfather, David without her mother knowing. David starts to tell Elle stories of his past.   We meet David as a young father running a truck company carrying livestock.  He picks up a young woman named Judy and her daughter, Bella who were on the side of the road brings them home to spend the night at his house, with his wife, Gertie where they can get a hot meal, a shower and a good night’s sleep.

 

 

  This was by far my favorite Steena book.  I loved all the

characters especially Elle, Grace, Marie and David.

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