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The Daisy Children by Sofia Grant

Heading back to Texas after her grandmother died since she was named in the will was the last thing Katie expected to be doing, but it might have been something good since she and Liam were having some problems.

On her way to the airport, she and Liam were mugged and the only thing Katie had was a maxed-out credit card, sixteen dollars, and her driver’s license that she managed to keep from the mugger.  He took her phone, her computer, and all of her clothes.

Other obstacles were waiting for Katie when she arrived in Texas. Her mother as usual wasn’t there to help, but her cousin Scarlett picked her up in a monster truck, took her to grandmother Margaret’s home, and left her to the memories in the house until Scarlett could come back the next day.

THE DAISY CHILDREN takes us back and forth from the time of the explosion in 1937 of a school in New London that killed at least three hundred children and subsequently caused the birth nine months later of siblings of the children killed in the explosion to present day family members and situations.

Sofia Grant has written a captivating tale that takes us to Texas as we follow Margaret’s granddaughters, Katie and Scarlett, as they find family secrets while cleaning out her home.  As Katie and Scarlett search through things in their grandmother’s house, secrets come out about many things that were unknown.

THE DAISY CHILDREN has an interesting story line based on this true event accompanied by Ms. Grant’s beautiful writing and marvelous descriptions that take you inside the story with the characters and allow the reader to perfectly visualize everything.

Ms. Grant’s beautiful writing style quickly pulls you into the book’s story line and historical telling of the 1937 event.

The characters are genuine and true to their era and add a wonderful dimension to the book.  Most of the characters are likable.

THE DAISY CHILDREN is a lovely, heartwarming saga revealing family secrets through letters and photographs with the story being wrapped around this little known historical event.

Women’s fiction fans will adore this book and will want to recommend it to everyone who loves family drama, family history, and family secrets.

The ending was terrific, and I didn’t want the book to end.  5/5

This book was given to me as an ARC.  All opinions are my own.


The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis


What would an art school teacher and an information booth attendee have in common besides Grand Central since the women lived 50 years apart? You would be surprised.

Clara taught illustration at the art school when it was in its hey day, and Virginia needed to work since she had been recently divorced.  Since Virginia had no skills, the information booth was the best the temp agency could do for her.

The connection Virginia had to Clara was a drawing she found in the abandoned art school on the seventh floor of Grand Central.  We, the reader, move back and forth from both time periods and learn about both women’s lives, their secrets, and Grand Central.

Virginia found drawings all over the school’s rooms and found one drawing in particular that was of interest and signed by Clyde. This particular drawing had some odd characteristics, and someone didn’t want Virginia to have it.

THE MASTERPIECE was focused on the artists of New York and the history of Grand Central.  Ms. Davis did impeccable research about Grand Central’s history as well as characters based on real people and others fictitiously portrayed.

Both the history of Grand Central and the characters wove a pull-you-in story line.  Did you know that Grand Central had been in jeopardy of being torn down at one point in history?

New York is a fascinating place historically, and I always enjoy going back in time to learn of bits and pieces of its hidden history.  

I also enjoyed the descriptions of the life styles, the parties, and the clothing.  I am a nostalgic at heart.

Ms. Davis has created another beautiful “masterpiece” that historical fiction fans, New York City fans, mystery fans, and artists will love.  

Make it part of your “required” summer reading. 5/5

This book was given to me as an ARC.  All opinions are my own.

Our House Louise Candlish

My house? Your house? Whose house is it?

Seeing someone moving in is no big deal in this neighborhood, but someone moving into YOUR house IS a big deal.

Fi had no idea that the morning she came back from a business trip there would be a moving van in the driveway and all of her belongings would be gone.

Where did everything go and what was going on?  Another puzzling fact is that she was not able to get in touch with her husband.

We go back and forth in time and find out the circumstances leading up to the unknown sale.  Bram had a shady past and secrets, but how could this have happened?

The situation was very tense, and hopefully can’t happen.  Having your house sold right under your nose without signing anything or knowing anything about is frightening.

Both the house situation and what the characters were doing was truly unbelievable and hopefully not something that could be done.

Each chapter leads us to more and more about what was going on with the situation and the characters.  I didn’t find one character that was likable in this book, but that didn’t take away from the excellent story line.

OUR HOUSE is one of the most creative suspense books I have read.

If you like to wonder what makes people do what they do,  and you like to keep guessing at it, OUR HOUSE is a must read this summer.

OUR HOUSE  is bizarre, nerve wracking, and unbelievable, but oh so good.  That last line is WOW!!

Enjoy if you read this book.  5/5

This book was given to me as an ARC by NETGALLEY and the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Tiffany Blues by M. J. Rose

What had happened in Jenny’s past that kept haunting her and kept her shrinking into the background instead of taking all that New York could offer her?

Was it bad enough to have to sidestep questions about it and fear that others were looking into her past?

Jenny moved to New York after her mother died and enrolled in art school, but she couldn’t accept the talent she had as her friend Minx pushed her forward and as Jenny protested.

We follow Jenny as we are made aware of the past that affected her life since the tragedy in Canada as well as the effect it had on her current life in New York and her decision about using her talent as an artist in a court room.

The court room needed an artist, but a courtroom was the last place Jenny wanted to be.   

Jenny finally did accept the court room position, and we get a glimpse into what happened in a courtroom long ago for her.

We also see how she continues to improve her skills as she is accepted into the art school at Laurelton Hall owned by Louis Comfort Tiffany – a school that changed her life.

TIFFANY BLUES is set during the Jazz Age.  I loved learning about the lifestyle during that time and seeing famous names being woven into the story line.

I especially enjoyed learning about Laurelton Hall in Long Island.  The description of the landscape, the mansion, and the grounds was breathtaking.

TIFFANY BLUES is a beautifully written, lyrical history lesson with an engaging, memorable story line and wonderful, authentic characters.

Jenny was a well written, mysterious, but very appealing character.  I felt bad for her and her life’s circumstances as well as what was happening to her at Laurelton Hall.
TIFFANY BLUES is a book whose pages you will want to turn back to and re-read the wise words and advice.

Ms. Rose has done impeccable research into all aspects of this era and in marvelously portraying her characters’ emotions.

Artists, mystery lovers, and historical fiction fans will adore this book.  5/5

This book was given to me as an ARC by the publisher and NetGalley.  All opinions are my own.



When We Found Home by Susan Mallery


Finding out you have two other siblings and have a wealthy grandfather definitely was overwhelming news for Callie and had been very overwhelming for Keira two months ago.  Their step brother, Malcolm, had been with his grandfather since he was twelve and was used to the lifestyle and family.

Malcolm was already working in the family business and didn’t want to be bothered with a twelve-year-old and now he had another sister. At least this sister wasn’t a child.

The siblings were all children conceived when their father had affairs while on business trips.

Wealthy businessman Alberto Carlesso found out about his grandchildren after his son passed away in papers his son had kept hidden and was determined to find his newest granddaughters.

WHEN WE FOUND HOME was an enjoyable read for me.  The characters were believable and most were lovable even though the wonderful situation seemed a little hard to believe.

The characters were what carried the story line, kept my interest, and had me wanting to be friends with the characters and the entire family.

Keira was twelve, sweet, loveable, and a bit on the outspoken side. Callie was twenty-six, struggling financially and emotionally, and hiding a secret about her life.

Keira was my favorite because she just KNEW the right things to say and do even though she had her own issues to deal with.

The book had heartwarming as well as funny moments.

Women’s fiction fans and Susan Mallery fans will not be disappointed in WHEN WE FOUND HOME.

This book has something for everyone…family, food, secrets, surprises, and love.

ENJOY if you read it.  5/5

This book was given to me as an advanced reader copy by the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay


Typewriter sounds are almost non-existent today, but they kept recurring in Paul’s home and seemed to be coming from the typewriter that his wife had bought him.

After Paul followed his friend because he was driving erratically, he found something horrific and unbelievable.

Paul saw dead bodies in his colleague’s trunk and when Kenneth struck him to silence him, he thought it was all over.  Thankfully Paul didn’t die, and Kenneth was imprisoned.  

Another thing happened as Paul was following Kenneth.  He saw Kenneth dispose of a typewriter in a dumpster.  Could that be the same typewriter that Kenneth forced his victims to use to type an apology before he killed them and the typewriter that Paul’s wife bought for him at a yard sale?

When we do “meet” this, typewriter, bizarre things begin to happen.

THE NOISE DOWNSTAIRS has us following Paul as he is recovering from his physical injury caused by the strike with the shovel as well as the emotional trauma.

Mr. Barclay keeps the tension high and the story line intriguing. The ending twists were well hidden from the reader.

The introduction of the typewriter was very clever, and the typewriter seemed to be included as another character. 

This was my first book by Mr. Barclay, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you have enjoyed Mr. Barclay’s books, you won’t want to miss his newest.   5/5

This book was given to me as ARC by the publisher and NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Day of the Dead by Nicci French

Frieda Kline is missing because she wants to be missing, and now Lola who is writing her dissertation has gone out of touch.

Lola is writing a dissertation for her criminology class and wanted to write about Frieda and her involvement in police cases and her connection to Dean Reeve.

Lola’s mentor suggested walking in Frieda’s shoes to get an idea about her.  Lola did just that, but it didn’t turn out too well.  Lola mistakenly and unknowingly came across Dean Reeve, a serial killer who kills anyone who has contact with Frieda, and who still has it out for Frieda. Dean kills others to get to her.

No one has been able to track Dean down.  Dean has been a character along with Frieda in previous books.

Was Dean Reeve back?  Frieda definitely thought so, and Dean made sure she knew.  And…Frieda knew he wouldn’t stop until he killed her.

The book begins as we find that a killer is on the loose.  The murders started with a dead man in a stolen car barreling down a steep hill, and another one was a dead man being burned in a bonfire.  But that wasn’t the end of the bodies. The count kept getting higher, and the bodies followed a pattern.

This is only the second book I have read in this series, and I actually didn’t know it was a series when I read the first one.  I was not lost while reading so it seems as if you can start in the middle…things went smoothly.

I can see why the series is so well liked.  Frieda Kline is a very popular character, but this will be the last book in this series.  Frieda is a bit rough outwardly, but she is actually a good Samaritan that the police always call in for assistance on their cases.  Frieda is also a psycho analyst.

DAY OF THE DEAD is suspenseful, and you will want to tell Frieda to stop being so stubborn about not allowing the police to take total control of this new Dean Reeve’s madness instead of trying to solve it on her own.

Readers who enjoy suspense, twists and turns, stubborn characters, and a killer who knows how to allude everyone will enjoy this book.

My only complaint is that it was a bit long.  4/5

This book was given to me as an ARC.  All opinions are my own.