Review for “When I’m Gone.

 

 51QkdZLaUeL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ Thanks to NETGALLEY and LAKE UNION PUBLISHING for the chance to read and give an honest review.
This was a great read, the characters grabbed me from the beginning and held on until the end. The author did a great job of letting you get to know each character. I found them engaging and
the relationships believable. You grow to care very much for this family and their friends. This novel went from being so sad to a novel ending with great hope.
This is the story of Luke and Natalie, parents of
Thanks to NETGALLEY and LAKE UNION PUBLISHING for the chance to read and give an honest review.
This was a great read, the characters grabbed me from the beginning and held on until the end. The author did a great job of letting you get to know each character. I found them engaging and
the relationships believable. You grow to care very much for this family and their friends. This novel went from being so sad to a novel ending with great hope.
This is the story of Luke and Natalie, parents of three children. Natalie has an illness, during her
illness, she writes letters to her husband. When the letters first start arriving, you think these are
enduring letters, when actually these letters are full of instructions, and big secrets. They are delivered in a blue envelope. They start out as a huge comfort for Luke, then they cause extreme anger. I loved how the author drew you into this family. She made you care about this family and what happens to them.
This novel is full of family drama, love, secrets, domestic abuse, forgiveness, but mostly new beginnings.

Review for “Watching Edie”

51ZzBUSnHOL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_       This is my review for “Watching Edie, let me know what you think.

Thanks to NETGALLY and BERKLEY PUBLISHING for the chance to read “Watching Edie” and
give an honest review.
This was a fantastic read, a true psychological thriller, not scary, but nail biting to say the least.
The author did a great job introducing you to the characters, I loved the before and after concept.
This is about two misfit teenage girls, both girls grew up in completely different homes, Edie’s father left when she was young and her mother is very self absorbed, and not there for Edie. Heather’s
parents, although they profess a religious way of life, her mother is very accusing, controlling and
very unforgiving, her father spends most of his time reading and in denial.
The two girls meet when Edie moves to town and starts school where Heather is an overweight
teenager, made fun of, teased, she has no friends, her and Edie seem to click. There are many ups and downs for these two girls, Edie meets a boy and things begin to change for the girls. Something
catastrophe happens to one of the girls. This separate’s the girls forever they think.
The story begins with both Edie and Heather as grown women, Edie is alone and pregnant, Edie just appears out of nowhere. The author does a great job telling these twos girls stories, before and after, you hear Edie’s story and Heather’s story. The thing about this novel is one minute you are on Edie’s side and feel angry at Heather, then you are on Heather’s side and angry at Edie. You will be shocked at the entire story.
This novel shows two teenage girls that are both looking for love, friendship, support, acceptance for any and everything they do. Then you have two grown woman, one about to have a baby, and one who is trying to understand why her life turned out the way it did, trying to understand why her best friend did what she did. There are many twists and turns, you will feel compassion, then you find yourself not liking either girl, then you are so sad, then you loathe them, then in the end you completely understand what happened.
Its a great read, it has it all, friendship, mystery, violence, suspense, revenge, and redemption.


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Where We Fall

51AsQoi8vYL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ My review:Thank to NETGALLEY and LAKE UNION PUBLISHING for the chance to read and give an honest review.
I loved this novel, the authors writing style drew me right into the story. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, I came to care for them all.
Abby, Lauren and Ryan are college friends, Ryan and Lauren are so much in love, Abby is their best friend, it was always the three of them. Abby has always secretly has a crush on Ryan, and when Lauren leaves on a project, Ryan’s father passes away, and Abby is there to console him, well one thing leads to another and before you know it they are married and have a daughter.
This novel is about three friends, one leaves, and the other two begin a life together, it is not a smooth married life, but it is a settled married life. Ryan is a high school coach and enjoys coaching
young boys and helping mold them into young gentlemen. Abby has mental issues, she is living with extreme quilt, she suffers from depression, low self esteem, she even becomes afraid to leave home. This means that a lot of the time Ryan is both mother and father to Julianna. Ryan and Julianna have a very close relationship, whereas Julianna is angry at her mom most of the time.
Ryan is such a nice guy, he can never see himself leaving Abby, although he knows their
marriage is not what it should be. Ryan has always been under the impression that Lauren just deserted him, however he has always truly been in love with her.
Lauren left to learn under a renowned photographer, but her and Abby share a huge secret that would change everything. When Lauren comes back, things come out and everything becomes very clear to everyone.
There are a few different stories here, Abby and Ryan and then Lauren, there is also the story of Julianna and her first love E J, Ryan becomes very involved and you realize what a great father should be.
This novel is all about relationships, young love, settled love, family drama, violence, parenthood,
mental illness, therapy, sacrifice, forgiveness, but most of starting over and living your life to the fullest.


Reading Progress

05/10 marked as: read

Dumplin by Julie Murphy

31KXjxoPGaL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_  My review:This is a perfect read for any teenager/young adult. I met Julie Murphy at the RT Convention in Las Vegas, what a lovely young lady, so gracious and kind. This novel is all about Willowdean” aka: Dumplin, her mom runs the local beauty contest, her favorite aunt, Lucy, huge fan of Dolly Parton, has just passed away, and Dumplin is having a hard time letting go.
This novel is about self confidence, being comfortable in your own skin and accepting yourself for who you are.
Dumplin is like most teenagers, she likes to hang out with her best friend, is always angry at her
mom for some reason or the other, she gets her very first fall in love crush, Dumplin is a special girl
though, she takes up for the underdog, she does not like to see people being made fun of. Dumplin
is a very self confident young lady and decides to become a contestant in the local beauty contest.
This is the lead in to lots of happenings. This novel is a great read, I loved Dumplin’s character, she is funny, humble, sarcastic, and loyal. She just wants people to accept her the way she accepts herself.
If you enjoy humor, humbleness, kindness, family, love and acceptance.

Let me know what you think.