Thursday, April 5, 2018

Exibit Alexandra by Natasha Bell

 The mystery between the pages of Exhibit Alexandra is pretty interesting--at first. After a few chapters, one of the characters doles out too much information. That fact disappointed me as a reader. I like to kept guessing. And I wasn't.

I figured out the plot too soon.  Due to that fact, I pretty much lost interest midway through the book.

I didn't dislike this book, but I simply didn't love it. I really enjoyed the intriguing stuff about his wife, which honestly was the best part of this whole story. 

Summary: The premise of the story is good, but I think things were given away too quickly. 

This book was a complimentary copy from Blogging for Books. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Shadows of Hope by Georgiana Daniels

Shadows of Hope captured me from the beginning. The story is told from three points of view; the main character, Marissa, her husband, Colin, and a college student, Katilyn.

Marissa runs a crisis pregnancy center. This is a dream of hers and she pours her heart into it. After a miscarriage and subsequent problems getting pregnant, she fears she will never have a child of her own. Problems in her marriage arise, and she does everything to fight for it. Her best friend for years, who is also her co-worker, helps her through everything. (I think he’s secretly in love with her and I hope the author pairs them together in another book.)

Katilyn, Marissa’s favorite barista, becomes pregnant—by Marissa’s husband. To Katilyn’s defense, she doesn’t know he’s married. In addition, Marissa doesn’t know who the baby’s father is. What a mess! It sure kept me turning the pages wanting to know what happened next.

When Katilyn comes to the clinic, Marissa offers a lot of support, care and friendship. The self-growth Katilyn goes through in this story is simultaneously heartbreaking and blissful. I ended up very proud of her.

Now for Colin. the college professor, father of the baby, and cheating husband.  I will try to set aside my disdain for this character. To his credit, he stepped up and took responsibility--after being irresponsible in the first place. He was there for Katilyn during her pregnancy—sporadically and when it suited him. He did his best to be a good father—in the process, stabbing Marissa in her weakest place. Okay, I give up. I can’t stand this despicable, self-centered character. The author tried to redeem him, I give her that.

All the characters are amazingly well-developed. I could picture their quirks, grins and tears.

I’m glad I discovered this author. She writes a great story.

You’re going to love this book!


I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Miss Mary's Daughter by Diney Costeloe

I really enjoy reading historical fiction. This is the first book I’ve read by Diney Costloe, and she weaves an engaging historical saga. The characters are nicely developed, and easy to sympathize with, even though flawed. The author brought the 19th century to life brilliantly, and the tension was palpable.

If you enjoy historical settings and being pulled through varying emotions as you read, you’ll enjoy this book. Discovering secrets, following dreams, and finding happiness are some of the themes throughout this book. And isn’t that why we read? To feel…to travel…to learn?

I acquired this book through