Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra:

29095402-_sy180_Thanks to EDELWEISS for the chance to read and review “Only, Daughter by Anna Snoekstra, and give an honest review.
This was a very interesting novel, I like the authors writing style, this is the story of a girl that disappears and another girl that replaces her-the story alternates between the past and the future, each girl telling her own story.
I liked both girls in this novel, and I was scared for them both. Some of the story was a little far fetched, but definitely an interesting plot. The author introduces the characters in a way that makes you care for them. I knew something was wrong with some family members and was very disturbed by some of their actions, but understanding that this was a part of the story, I do understand why the author told the story the way she did, I do not ever enjoy reading or hearing about this type of thing. It really makes me very angry, and hurts my heart, but it is somewhat essential to the telling of the story. I did think the author gave the story a good ending.
So if like family drama, some edge of your seat drama, good writing, shocking scenes, and a somewhat good ending, you will enjoy this novel.

Faithful by Alice Hoffman…

29430788Thank you NETGALLEY and ALICE HOFFMAN, I loved this novel. Alice Hoffman is one of my all time favorite authors, she starts a story and you become so invested in the characters that they are all you can think about.
This is the story about Shelby Richmond, a normal teenage girl with all the drama that comes with being a teenager. Something terrible happens to Shelby, and the story starts from there…..
I loved the character of Shelby, she is a true animal lover and this novel shows us how important animals are and the way they help us with our sadness, how they make us want to live, they help us learn to love ourselves and those around us.
My heart broke for her, Shelby suffers from extreme guilt , she doesn’t understand how she lived and her best friend, Helene who will be in a coma for the rest of her life, and this is all Shelby’s fault. Shelby suffers a breakdown, and is comminuted, unfortunately in a place that is supposed to help Shelby, she is abused, her mother takes her out and brings her home, from there she survives by living in her parents basement, she is alone, doesn’t see people , she barely eats, she is full of guilt and self loathe.
But Shelby also has great strength, although I don’t think she realizes how strong she is. She is
full of great compassion, but the quilt and remorse is sucking the life out of her. She decides to move away from her parents, she gets a job, but she keeps a distance from people, she basically walks alone, she lives with Ben, even though he has plans for the future, Shelby doesn’t feel the same way. She is more into self destruction, makes more bad choices, not really to hurt other people
but she feels unlovable, and feels she gets what she deserves.
But then she makes a good friend and allows herself to care about other people, she reconnects with her mom, she rescues mistreated dogs, Shelby begins to heal.

I don’t want to say too much, there are several layers to this novel, there are several heart retching moments, there is anger, helplessness, this is an emotional journey, so many ups and downs.
So if you love novels with family, messy relationships, illnesses, rape, self loathe, but also a great love for animals, new beginnings, learning to live with the cards you have been dealt and making the most out of it. This novel is about forgiving yourself and realizing that accidents happen, and life really does go on. Everyone deserves to be loved and to have a happy life.

Thank you NETGALLEY …..



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I have not been blogging much, life always seems to be getting in the way, between working  fulltime, trying to get things done, I sometimes feel overwhelmed. I am going to try and do better, I really love reading and getting my reviews posted, so please stick it out with me and will get it together.

Dear Amy:


Thank you to EDELWEISS and HELEN CALLAGHAN for the opportunity to read and give an
honest review.
This is a psychological thriller that I enjoyed very much. The characters were well
developed, as I read more into the novel I felt scared for them. There is evil in this novel.
Margot is a part time advice columnist, called “Dear Amy”. Katie Browne is missing, everyone is convinced she ran away on her own. But many years ago another girl went missing, “Bethann Avery”. She was never to be seen again, what happened to her? Margot, :Dear Amy” begins receiving letters from someone calling herself Bethann, Margot goes to the police for help.
The story is well developed, I liked how the author drew you into the story, you feel fear for these girls, fear for Margot.
I will say that I figured out the mystery before the end, but I loved reading the novel to the very end.
This is a great read, the story had some great twist and turns, if you enjoy mystery, family drama, psychological thrillers, complex characters, complex stories, and new beginnings, you will love reading this novel.

A Killer Closet…

Tha30811719nks to NETGALLEY and Paula Paul for the chance to read and give an honest review.
This is a cute little cozy mystery with lots of twist and turns. The characters are well
developed. The different twist and turns in the story make the book worth reading. Its a quick read, great for a cold winter night.
There’s a bit of romance, mother  daughter drama, interesting characters.
If you like cozy mysteries, with lots of twist and turns, some light romance, small town living, you will enjoy this novel.