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A Stranger On The Beach by Michele Campbell


Stranger Danger has never been a more appropriate term than for the situation Caroline found herself in.

Caroline found out about stranger danger when she talked to Aidan, the stranger on the beach always staring at her house.

Caroline’s life was falling apart in more ways than one, but getting cozy with Aidan definitely added to what was happening in her life.

She made more of a mess of her life or did she?

STRANGER ON THE BEACH will have you rapidly turning the pages and also have you wondering who is telling the truth.  One character relays the events one way and the other relays it another way.

The twisty, turny events along with the twisted stories each character tells keeps you guessing and will keep the interest high.

You don’t know who is lying and who is telling the truth.  You won’t even know what events are true and what are not.

If you like to be in suspense and like to be surprised about what the characters will do and how they will react, STRANGER ON THE BEACH will be a good read for you.

An excellent, wild ride indeed and one you do NOT want to miss reading.  5/5

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


Layover by David Bell

An airport, a chance meeting, an unforgettable, secretive woman, a woman who is actually missing, tells lies, and doesn’t care who she involves or hurts.

Joshua saw a woman in the bar and knew she needed some help just by the way she was acting so he canceled his plans with his father to follow Morgan.

Is she really worth helping? After their meeting, Joshua thinks so.

Meanwhile, Morgan’s boss is also missing and not too long after Morgan had been visiting him to try to straighten out the reason she didn’t get a raise after making an app that made the company a lot of money.

LAYOVER moves along quickly, and I wanted to tell Joshua to stop being a good guy and stay away from Morgan who he never knew before this chance meeting.

Every time they would find each other and Morgan would leave it had me wondering why in the world Joshua was being so irresponsible….just get back to your life, but he wasn’t listening to me.  🙂

More characters, and I mean people who don’t think, come on the scene and each one has some connection to Morgan, but the only connection they all have in common is that no one knows where Morgan is or where her boss, Giles, is.

LAYOVER kept me in suspense, kept my blood pressure up, and had me shaking my head at the stupidity of Joshua.  Why go to these lengths and ruin your life?  Maybe he didn’t think he was ruining his life?

Mr. Bell has written another tense thriller with a very manipulative, not nice main character.

Are you intrigued?

ENJOY if you read LAYOVER!!  5/5

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




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JULY 11 – 18



Pretty Revenge by Emily Liebert

Revenge can be all consuming, and once Kerrie saw Jordana on the news, she decided to move to New York and take back what Jordana took from her all those years ago.

Out of work and with some money from her grandmother, Kerrie, using her new name – Olivia, makes the move and lands an interview with Jordana who owns a wedding planner business that caters to the wealthy and important.

Kerrie – the new Olivia – gets the job in a quick and easy interview.

Was it too easy?  Did Jordana really not know who Kerrie was?  

After Kerrie was successful at obtaining the job, the excitement wore off almost immediately, and she was worried she didn’t make the right decision.

We follow both women as they play their roles and we wonder what had happened between them that made Olivia want to ruin Jordana.

Learning about their pasts and their childhoods gave insight into what happened eighteen years ago and what made them who they were today.

I actually liked both Jordana and Olivia even though they both were pretending to be someone they were not.

I also liked the light story line and learning the ins and outs and stresses of a wedding-planning business for the rich and famous.

It took a chapter or two to get me hooked, but PRETTY REVENGE was an enjoyable read despite what I had thought was a sinister-sounding title and cover.  I didn’t think it was going to be as tame as it was.

This book actually was on the delightful side.

If you are a fashionista, love New York, wonder how friendships go wrong, believe that you can be happy, and find characters you can love and hate at the same time, you won’t want to miss PRETTY REVENGE.  5/5

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

The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman

Her family’s cottage about to be sold?

Adie Lou couldn’t do it…The Summer Cottage had too many memories.

Instead of selling the cottage, Adie Lou decided to turn it into a bed and breakfast and a retreat for women.

We follow Adie Lou as she moves through getting a divorce, struggling with her decision to keep the cottage, having the cottage updated and made into what she wanted, and hoping she can make ends meet.

THE SUMMER COTTAGE had me in tears at times because of the sad but mostly the happy things.

Each section of the book was titled as one of the positive rules of the cottage.
They were rules that we all should incorporate into our daily lives especially #1 Leave Your Troubles at The Door.

Viola Shipman has created another beautiful story about family, friendships, and what is important in life.

I fell in love with Adie Lou, the cottage, Michigan, and the story line, and I think anyone who reads this book will too.

Viola Shipman writes so beautifully, with such warmth, and in such detail that you’ll clearly see the cottage, the cottage’s history, the characters, and even feel the frigid Michigan temperatures.

The writing and story line made me want to jump into the pages and to be at the cottage so I could be part of the love and warmth the characters had for each other, the cozy feel of the small town, and the love Adie Lou had for THE SUMMER COTTAGE.

If you need a positive, uplifting read, THE SUMMER COTTAGE should be your next read.

It is a huge, emotional hug….LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. 5/5

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

The Orphan’s Song by Lauren Kate


Abandoned by her mother at two days old and seeing another mother abandon her child at the orphanage turned Violetta off from ever wanting to be a wife or a mother.

When Violetta meets Mino from the boys’ side of the orphanage, it is instant attraction, but he wants what she won’t give him – a promise to be his wife and mother of his children which would be a way out of the orphanage, but she can’t do it.

The Incurables is an orphanage that stresses music.  Violetta works hard at her singing, but it isn’t what she really wants.

What she really wants is to know who her mother is, to find Mino’s mother, to be able to love Mino, and to be part of the coro that sings behind panels at The Incurables.

We follow Mino and Violetta in their separate lives and both wishing they were together. You will feel their pain and sorrow and wonder how it will turn out for them.

Ms. Kate’s writing style is smooth and inviting.

I was immediately pulled into the book because of the story line and the characters. You could feel yourself with characters as they went to many a masked party in Venice and then spent their isolated days.

THE ORPHAN’S SONG is a mesmerizing read that takes us onto the streets of Venice and into its churches during the 1700’s as we experience the mystery and the beauty of the music and its captivating hold on those who hear the violins playing and the singing of the girls in the coro.

If you enjoy books set in Venice, books set in the 1700’s, lovers longing for each other, music, a family saga, secrets, and a beautiful, well-researched story line, you will want to add THE ORPHAN’S SONG to your reading list.

THE ORPHAN’S SONG is a heartfelt read that will leave you longing for more and wanting to visit Venice for its beauty, its history, and its people.  5/5

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

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

Two women – one running from an abusive relationship and with escape plans that were in the making for a while and the other we are unclear about.

Sabine never made it to her house showing and Beth is the one we aren’t sure about.

We have no background information on Beth, but Sabine has a twin sister, a husband, and a lover.

Do both women have similar situations and travel plans or just plans to leave and get away no matter where they go?  Or do both women have no connection?

We then are introduced to a detective, Marcus, who is relentless in his investigation.  You will wonder what his deal is.

Each chapter is titled with either Beth, Jeffrey, or Marcus and describes their thoughts, their actions, and what is going on with them during the investigation and disappearance.

It is puzzling why Sabine doesn’t have her own chapter heading.

Ms. Belle expertly gives the reader tidbits of information and makes us “think” we are solving the mystery, but you will need to be an outstanding detective to figure it out.

DEAR WIFE is a bit confusing at first and does include domestic abuse, but the story line will keep you curiously turning the pages until the chilling ending.

ENJOY if you read DEAR WIFE, and let everyone know if you were an amazing detective. 4/5

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

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda


Avery is left with her grandmother’s house after she passes, a wealthy family buys it, and they hire Avery to manage this house and their entire neighborhood of exclusive, rented summer cottages.

Avery is an excellent manager, becomes friends with the Lowman’s daughter, Sadie, and is treated like family, and then is faced with Sadie’s death that is being ruled as a suicide.

Avery knows Sadie wouldn’t kill herself and especially on the night of the annual Plus-One end-of-the-summer party.

Avery stuck to her theory that Sadie didn’t commit suicide, and she found a few things to prove the police investigation hadn’t been thorough and that no one could be trusted.

Her investigation made me nervous, though, because of the way she went about gathering evidence.

We move from chapter to chapter telling the before and after of Avery and Sadie’s friendship and of the goings on at the rental community. Was Sadie really Avery’s friend or did she think of Avery as the help and pretend to be her friend? Was anyone really Avery’s friend?

I was a bit confused at first about what was going, but once Avery found evidence and clues about what really happened and things were revealed, the interest kicked up.

THE LAST HOUSE GUEST will be for you if you enjoy a beach setting, characters that have secrets, characters that are broken, and a mystery that keeps you guessing.
The ending is definitely a surprise. 4/5

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