Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells

Resistor or traitor?  Yvette was summoned back to Paris to testify at the trial of Louise Dulac.

When Yvette arrived in Paris, she couldn’t face her mother or sister, Gabby, but went instead to a show Christian Dior was putting on and the place where she had worked during the war.

She was hired as a fill-in as well as a permanent model/mannequin, but her past kept coming back along with people from her past.

Her past along with her sister’s is told in alternating chapters during and after the war.

Gabby and Yvette worked for the resistance headed by Catherine Dior.

SISTERS OF THE RESISTANCE is a fascinating account that keeps you on edge as you are left hanging at the end of chapters to see what is going to happen next.

Ms. Wells’ writing keeps the reader interested with the tension of the war and the opportunity to hear about the fashions of Christian Dior.  And we can’t forget romance – it is always a part of a war story.

Enjoy when you read SISTERS OF THE RESISTANCE.

Historical fiction fans will be captivated with the story line and the characters.  4/5

This book was given to me by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In Times of Rain And War by Camron Wright

Secrets, letters, love, and war.

Audrey Stocking had secrets…she wasn’t British but German and Jewish.

She left her family for London just when the Blitz began.  While in London a bomb landed in her apartment and left her frantic for a box that had names of children she was helping move out of London to the countryside.

Audrey was helped by Wesley Bowers, an American helping the British defuse bombs and a soldier who found the box for her.

They became close and we follow both throughout the war and after.

IN TIMES OF RAIN AND WAR is beautifully written and has heartfelt moments that will require tissues.

I enjoyed this book that is based on a real person.  4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Warsaw Orphan by Kelly Rimmer

A part of history I knew of, but I learned so much more.

Ms. Rimmel detailed the horrors of living in the Warsaw Ghetto with no food, no water, or the necessities of life.

Elzbieta and her family are well off if you can say that, and she begins working with Sara a nurse and social worker who lives upstairs. They also have been smuggling children out of the Ghetto.

Roman lives in the Warsaw Ghetto and is tired of what is going on but most tired of his family having to starve and dig through the trash for morsels of food so he begins to help with the cause. 

We follow these characters throughout the war and after.

You will feel the terror, the anger, the desperation, and at times some hope that the characters are dealing with.

THE WARSAW ORPHAN is very heart wrenching but very well written, researched, and educational.

The political information became a bit much, but the story line still held my interest because I wanted to see how the lives of the characters turned out.

If you are a fan of historical fiction during this time period, you will be drawn in as well. 4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Photographer by Mary Dixie Carter

A photographer or a manipulator?

Delta made her living photographing mainly children’s birthday parties.

Delta also worked with wealthy families.  One particular family completely caught her attention, and she wanted to be part of their family in every way possible.

Delta also worked at being made an irreplaceable part of this family.  She wanted what they had, and she was even working on trying to be a surrogate mother for them.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER was detailed and slow moving, but Delta certainly wasn’t.

She moved quickly to ingratiate herself with the Straubs.  She actually was obsessed with them.

This book was well written and had a unique story line, but it was not a favorite. I did not like Delta, and the other characters were unlikable as well.

Photographers and those interested in photography will enjoy this book along with those who enjoy studying people’s motives and personalities.  3/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

You Will Remember Me by Hannah Mary McKinnon

Jack wakes up on a deserted beach in Maryland and has no idea of who he is, where he is, or how he got there.

Meanwhile, Lily, his girlfriend, wonders why Jack never stopped by or hasn’t called.

Jack runs along the beach trying to find something familiar, and the only thing he sees that is familiar is a Maine license plate on a trailer.  He climbs in and is taken to Maine without the owner’s knowledge.

When he arrives in Maine, memories surface, and he remembers a phone number.  He dials the number, and his stepsister, Maya, recognizes his voice and finds him at a convenience store.

Jack has no idea who Maya is but trusts that she is his stepsister and goes home with her.

Maya had a crush on Jack when they were growing up and was devastated when he left home.  She didn’t want to lose Jack again and was so happy to find him.

Maya figures out Jack has amnesia, but doesn’t really want him to regain his memory.  She hides the fact from Jack that he is a missing person.

The tension in this book is subtle, but you definitely feel it and know it is there.

What is Maya’s story and what are her secrets?

Why did Jack leave in the first place?

Will Jack’s memory come full circle?

What will he really remember?

If you are a fan of thrillers, biting your fingernails, solving mysteries, and page-turning suspense, YOU WILL REMEMBER ME should not be missed.

And “you will remember this book.”

What a terrific read and ending.  5/5

This book was given to me as an advanced digital review copy by the publisher via NetGalley.

Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica

Missing women and a missing child.  How could this happen in a small, quiet town?

How was it that the child returns years later after being held captive in a completely dark basement with little food and filthy conditions?

The opening chapters of the abuse suffered by Delilah in the basement is disturbing.  You will see what being held captive for all that time has done to Delilah’s personality and to her family even after she returns.

LOCAL WOMAN MISSING is a pretty intense read and somewhat graphic at times.

The chapters are titled with the stories of three characters. 

Meredith who is Delilah’s mother disappears the same day Delilah does, and we follow her in the present and past.

Kate is Meredith’s neighbor and always thought Meredith’s life was perfect, but finds out it wasn’t.

Leo is Delilah’s sister. Leo was four when his sister disappeared, and he has a hard time with her return as well as in life in general.  He has been labeled the weird kid and is bullied.

There are a lot of characters to keep track of and disturbing scenes, but this book will keep you on your toes with all the tension, the secrets some characters seem to be keeping, and lots of guessing about “who done it.”

Thriller fans and fans of Mary Kubica will not be disappointed.

Your jaw will drop at the ending and have you saying WOW!!

Make sure you put LOCAL WOMAN MISSING in your list of must reads. 5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Newcomer

Secrets, secrets, and more secrets.  How many did Tanya have, and who killed her?

Tanya told her sister Letty if something happened to her to take her child and run and to not forget the stash of cash. Tanya didn’t want Evan to take their daughter.

When Letty found Tanya dead, she did exactly what her sister told her to do, but now she is on the run and is a suspect in her sister’s murder.

Letty drove to The Murmuring Surf Motel and made it her home, but would she be able to hide in this welcoming place forever?

Evan had hired a detective and was determined to find Letty and have her put in jail and take his daughter with him. 

Unknown to Evan, Tanya had hired an attorney to make her will. The attorney was looking for Letty so she could give her the inheritance her sister left her. 

Letty doesn’t want to be found by either the detective or the attorney because she knows neither will turn out well.  Her sister couldn’t have any inheritance or could she?

Letty learns to love being at The Murmuring Surf Motel even with all the grumpy snow birds because her landlady Ava was the best.  Her son Joe wasn’t bad to look at either.

THE NEWCOMER was a delightful and at times comical read even though there was a murder and some unsavory characters. 

If you enjoy being at the beach, finding new friends and a new home, seeing a character blossom, and seeing how things turn out for characters, this book will be for you.

Totally enjoyable….terrific, heartwarming story line and great characters.

You won’t want to stop reading and will be cheering for Letty. 5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  

The Woman With The Blue Star by Pam Jenoff

Leaving your beautiful home, having to move to the ghetto, and then forced out of the ghetto into hiding in the city sewer system.

Could this get any worse for Sadie and her family?

Could it really be a hiding place unknown to the Germans and a safe place for two Jewish families?

Sadie and her mother knew it was the best place to be for now, but living there was horrible. No windows, awful smells, floods, and always cold.

One day Sadie notices a girl looking down through a grate. Sadie drew back, but the girl actually became the light in Sadie’s dreary days and brought food.

It was very dangerous for both girls and the others hiding below.  You will feel the terror and desperation the characters felt but also the hope that things will work out.

Ms. Jenoff has brought another heartbreaking situation to light but also showed us the power of friendship, caring, and endurance.

If you are a fan of Ms. Jenoff’s books, this one is an outstanding addition to her marvelous, well-researched gems that you do NOT want to miss.

You will be glued to the pages as you live the lives of the characters.  5/5

This book was given to me as an advanced digital review copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I Last Saw You by Bette Lee Crosby

Margaret lost her husband and needed to find at least one of her many siblings to be added as a beneficiary for her estate.​

Finding her siblings was quite difficult because they all were sent to different homes since their father abandoned them and their mother couldn’t take care of them.​​

While cleaning out her husband’s desk drawers, Margaret finds the name of an investigator, Tom Bateman, who did some work for Albert twenty-four years ago.  Little did Margaret know that he had hired Mr. Bateman to look for Margaret’s family.

Tom agrees to continue looking for Margaret’s family after all these years even though it is something Margaret is worried about.​​

Margaret is reluctant to go back to Coal Creek because of her horrible childhood and possible secrets that were never revealed.​​

Tom turned out to be a wonderful companion and investigator.  Margaret had some hope that he would help her find her siblings especially since he found Caldonia who was like a second mother to Margaret and her siblings.​​

I couldn’t stop reading because I wanted to find out what Tom and Margaret would uncover and if they would find any of her siblings.​​

WHEN I LAST SAW YOU is another gem from Bette Lee Crosby.

It is a beautiful read filled with the love of family and hope, but some heartbreaking situations as well.​​

You will not be disappointed in Ms. Crosby’s WHEN I LAST SAW YOU.

If you need something cozy and comforting, make this book your next read.  

The characters and the story stayed with me long after I was done reading.  5/5

​​This book was given to me by the author via Book Funnel in exchange for an honest review.

Social Graces by Renee Rosen

How can you get yourself into the upper crust of society?

We find out, and we find out it isn’t always the best place to be.

Those in the upper social circles must follow all the social rules and proper etiquette.

You can’t marry who you love if they aren’t in the social status deemed appropriate.

You can’t visit unless you have left a calling card.

We meet Caroline Astor and Alva Vanderbilt – one woman who has control of society, and  the other trying to get invited into society.

Both women went to great lengths to be on top and in the right circles. They also suffer personal tragedies along the way.

All the properness wasn’t for me and the societal competition was intense as they tried to outdo each other with lavish homes and parties.

I couldn’t imagine following all those social protocols or those arranged marriages.

I actually chuckled at some of the “rules” they had to follow.

I did love the talk of fashions and gowns.  I looked up Worth gowns…gorgeous. 

I also looked up the Petite Chateau that was built by Alva Vanderbilt on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan to outdo Caroline Astor…wow!!

Ms. Rosen once again brought the characters and how things were during this time to life.

Ms. Rosen’s as-always wonderful writing style and marvelous research will keep your interest as you read of the antics of these women and these times.  

If you enjoy the Guilded age and seeing how the mega wealthy lived, you will enjoy SOCIAL GRACES.  4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.