#BookReview: Beneath Pale Water by Thalia Henry

Reviewer: Annie McDonnell

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Set amidst the physical and psychological landscapes of New Zealand’s southern hills and grasslands, Beneath Pale Water is a social realist and expressionistic novel that follows a triangle of three damaged individuals – a sculptor, a vagrant and a model – who have grown calcified shells against the world. Their search for identity and belonging leads them into dangerous territory that threatens both their sanity and lives. As their protective shells crack they are left vulnerable – both physically and emotionally – to the high country winds and their own conflicts that, ultimately, might free or destroy them.

Review:

I found this to be one of the most lyrical novels I have read in a long time. It was quite refreshing to read a book that I actually had to decipher the underlying meaning to.

The imagery was just stunning. I felt totally transported. It stirred my soul.

It was truly a beautiful dance between these characters that had me guessing right up until the end. I absolutely hated to put it down when necessary.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants to take a break from the everyday story.

This Novel will win awards, and the author is going to write wondrous stories!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

5 Stars.

#AuthorInterview: Bette Lee Crosby author of “Memory House”

C7E05B8B-03C7-451E-8341-301FDB3A7EBDI always enjoy speaking with Bette Lee Crosby. It is a very comfortable conversation, as if I have been friends with her all of my life.  Bette is one of the kindest, most easy going people I know.

Tonight we spoke about her novel, “Memory House”, which is my favorite of her stories. It will always hold a special place in my heart because I read it first, and I love Ophelia so very much.

But, of course, you cannot speak a whisper of this book without talking about most of her other novels. This conversation is Chick full of information, great laughter and lots of Bette’s book covers! Haha! I had to show them all.

Be sure to grab your tea and watch our chat! It’s not to be missed!

Ps. Tonight was the 6-month Anniversary Of our Book Club Live Chats..Bette did the first one, too.

Bette’s Website:

https://betteleecrosby.com

Facebook:

https://m.facebook.com/authorbetteleecrosby/

Twitter:

https://mobile.twitter.com/BetteLeeCrosby

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/betteleecrosby/

Pinterest:

https://www.pinterest.com/bettelcrosby/

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3222582.Bette_Lee_Crosby?from_search=true

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Bette-Lee-Crosby/e/B005TLT1PK?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1570096751&sr=1-

BookBub:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/bette-lee-crosby

Barnes & Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Bette%20Lee%20Crosby%22?Ntk=P_key_Contributor_List&Ns=P_Sales_Rank&Ntx=mode+matchall

#AuthorInterview: Sherrie Orvik, author of “Killer Secrets”

Thank you for joining us last night for Sherrie Orviks Interview. I had so much fun discussing her novel “Killer Secrets”. If you missed it, be sure to watch it!

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/sherrieorvik

Twitter:

https://mobile.twitter.com/sherrieorvik

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/mustangsherrie/

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19003304.Sherrie_Orvik

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Sherrie-Orvik/e/B07Q1LBFLT?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1569670222&sr=8-1

You can follow her on Spotify to hear the soundtrack for Killer Secrets, as well as Killer Revenge and some other projects she’s working on:

https://open.spotify.com/user/1298587345?si=QSYbx862T-qHbIjaCKAQKA&nd=1

Pinterest:

https://www.pinterest.com/

#AuthorInterview: Diana Y. Paul, author of “Things Unsaid”

Thank you for joining us for Diana’s interview on September 12th! I’m apologize for the delay in posting. Diana is very smart woman, and so very interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with her during this interview, and so did the members of our group. So many member are now reading her book! She writes with such a multi-dimensional hand….you do not want to miss it! Talking about family, responsibilities, love, especially eldercare at its best….enjoy!

Visit Diana online:

Debut Novel Things Unsaid


Twitter:
https://mobile.twitter.com/DianaPaul10
Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/dianapaul4675/
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Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/diana.y.paul
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/481882.Diana_Y_Paul
BookBub:
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/diana-y-paul
Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Diana-Y-Paul/e/B001IZR6HQ?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2&qid=1568539768&sr=8-2 — with Diana Y. Paul.

 

#BookReview: The Art Of Remembering by Alison Ragsdale

Reviewer: Annie McDonnell

AD7B3629-6F43-4429-B0BD-211AEB03ADC6Summary:

Professional ballerina, Ailsa MacIntyre, is at the peak of her career when her world is shattered by a shocking diagnosis. Life-saving surgery leaves her with a fractured memory, little recollection of her husband, Evan, and none of her career as a principal dancer.

While recuperating at home, Ailsa hears beautiful music coming from the apartment upstairs, and the sound of the grand piano at the hands of a talented new neighbor sparks her muscle memory. As her recovery progresses, the broken pieces of her past gradually re-emerge, a picture not quite as idyllic as Evan would have her remember. Ailsa must navigate the conflicting visions of her past, and potential future, as they collide.

Review:

Music and dance come together like never before in Alison Ragsdale’s Novel “The Art Of Remembering”. My heart was fully captivated as I turned the pages.

When I first started reading this story, I fell immediately in love with Ailsa. She proved to be an awe-inspiring character and one that will stick with me for a long time to come. I realized along the way..this was her story, just as much as it was Alison’s. The fact that she brought her this much to life was just stunning to me!

Ailsa is a professional ballet dancer that falls ifll and has to recover from brain surgery and memory loss. Her neighbor upstairs plays music that just may be able to help her remember things she has forgotten; which include her husband, her friends and her dancing. Honestly…Herself.

I was blown away by the beauty with which her story is written. It’s as if love is actually weaved within the pages leaving Ailsa’s soul laying bare for us to see. The pain. The raw, dirty suffering. The need and want for her to remember!

The enlightenment that came along the way as she looked recovery in the face was truly a heartfelt, gripping, and breathtaking story.

You will feel better and even stronger for knowing this story!

Ailsa will touch your heart and she will definitely sit there a while. Maybe even dance, too.

You will Remember Ailsa! 🎶

5 Stars.

#AuthorInterview: Hank Phillippi Ryan author of The Murder List

E3F8B580-B07E-42BE-82C1-BFDD3F268B8EHank Phillippi Ryan is a force of nature! I was truly honored to interview her, because she is a woman doing it all so superbly and it is just breathtaking! You have to watch our interview to get to know Hank better! I just read both “The Murder List” & “Trust Me” and I was blown away! My reviews are coming. You know I let my reviews brew before I write them. They are both Huge 5 Star Reviews! #AnniesFavorites!

Hank is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV. She’s won 36 EMMYs, 14 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her groundbreaking journalism.
She is a nationally bestselling author of 11 mystery novels, and has also won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: five Agathas, three Anthonys, the Daphne, two Macavitys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award.
National reviews have called Hank a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.”
Her novels have been named Best Thrillers of the Year by Library Journal, New York Post, BOOK BUB, PopSugar, Real Simple Magazine and others.
Her newest book is the acclaimed standalone psychological thriller “The Murder List”
CNN named it an Ultimate Beach Read and the Library Journal rave starred review calls it “a riveting must read!

Visit Hank online at HankPhillippiRyan.com,
Twitter https://mobile.twitter.com/HankPRyan
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/hankpryan/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HankPhillippiRyanAuthor/
Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?rs=ac&q=hank%20p%20ryan
Goodreads, https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/526376.Hank_Phillippi_Ryan
& Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Hank-Phillippi-Ryan/e/B001T2BNEA/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1 — with Hank Phillippi Ryan.

Here is our interview. To avoid our technical difficulties..you can forward to minute 7 (even though they are quite humorous..ha!)

#BookReview: So Long As We’re Together by Glenda Burgess

Reviewer: Annie McDonnell

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Both Serena Soape & I Reviewed this Book. You can find her find her review by simply Searching the book title in the Search Field. We hope you enjoy both points of view.

Summary:

Two little girls, holding hands and singing in the back seat of a car. There for each other, unafraid. Life for the Stone girls is a life lived on the edge. Singing for a living, Marley and Andi find their way through a childhood of upheaval marked by their mother Donna’s dark, unpredictable flights. Today, Marley writes the songs her twin, country diva Andi Stone, makes famous, and the girls’ connection struggles to survive the cuts and devastations of fame. “You girls,” laments their manager. “One of you marries indiscriminately, the other not at all.” When without warning Donna Stone takes her own life, alone at the family cabin, danger stalks Marley back to Lost Prince Lake, back into the loves and betrayals of the past. Hidden truths threaten to take the Stone sisters down, singly and together. A powerful, intimate portrait of love, ambition, and survival, So Long As We’re Together takes the reader into the lives of three women who give song to broken hearts, and for whom music is the language of family.

Review:

Finally! A novel that is a lyrical dance and a gift to all of our senses! An absolute joy and pleasure to read. This is what you call literary fiction at its best!

Glenda Burgess is a truly gifted writer! She delivers the magnificent tale of the Stone Sisters in “As Long As we’re Together”. I found both Andi and Marley to be two richly developed female lead characters, and, I was championing them both the whole way through. Even when I wasn’t sure I liked them.

Their Mother Donna’s story is told through eyes of compassion, even if it takes them them entire book to get there.

I was completely riveted. There were times where I had to read the book out loud because the writing was just so beautiful.

I loved the use of letters, and music, and just everything….Language. Like I said; a lyrical dance! Burgess’ writing is often poetic, often bringing you to tears, making you laugh, or just having you so glued to the pages you cannot stop reading!

This is a book to be savored, read slowly on a Lazy afternoon. Don’t rush this one. Trust me! You’ll be happy you took the time to enjoy every single word!

I must read more Glenda Burgess Now! I am in love!

I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

5 Stars.

Also, I’d like to add that I LOVED this Cover!

#BookReview: Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

Reviewer: Annie McDonnell

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From the bestselling author of The Marriage Lie and Three Days Missing comes a riveting new novel of suspense about a woman who, in a fight for survival, must decide just how far she’ll go to escape the person she once loved

Beth Murphy is on the run…

For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth prefers to see it as her new beginning–one with a new look, new name and new city. Beth has given her plan significant thought, because one small slip and her violent husband will find her.

Sabine Hardison is missing…

A couple hundred miles away, Jeffrey returns home from a work trip to find his wife, Sabine, is missing. Wherever she is, she’s taken almost nothing with her. Her abandoned car is the only evidence the police have, and all signs point to foul play.

As the police search for leads, the case becomes more and more convoluted. Sabine’s carefully laid plans for her future indicate trouble at home, and a husband who would be better off with her gone. The detective on the case will stop at nothing to find out what happened and bring this missing woman home. Where is Sabine? And who is Beth? The only thing that’s certain is that someone is lying and the truth won’t stay buried for long.

Review:

“Dear Wife” is a gripping, captivating, take-your-breath-away novel!

Kimberly Belle has become the household name for Domestic Suspense, so by the time, “Dear Wife” was released, I was thrilled with excitement when UPS delivered it!

Then due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to purchase the audiobook as well, and it was just stunning! They did an amazing job narrating. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story….It made everything come to life!

The secrets, the not-knowing, the twists and turns…I repeat, the actual “not-knowing” who one of the main characters truly was, became such an intense hunt that I could not stop listening.

The urge to get to the end was such a powerful force that when I did finally get there…WOW!!!

So…Proceed with caution, because Belle gives us a powerful shock at the end that I was not expecting.

Well done Kimberly Belle!! Well done!!

5 Stars.

#BookReview: The Mourning Parade by Dawn Reno Langley

Reviewer: Annie

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Natalie DeAngelo lost everything the day her two young sons were killed in a school shooting. Desperate to find relief from her unspeakable loss, she volunteers as a veterinarian on an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, but soon realizes she may be in over her head. Battling the memories that torment her day and night, Natalie must find a way to heal an angry, injured elephant named Sophie. Through love, acceptance, and gentle care, Natalie and Sophie heal together, finding new ways to enjoy life again.

Review:

I feel utterly blessed for having read “The Mourning Parade”. It is an extremely beautifully written story. Not often do I read a story and feel better for having read it, and when it does happen I want to tell everyone I know to read it.

Dawn Reno Langley introduces us to a grieving single mother named Natalie, who had just lost both of her sons to a school shooting. To try and find some peace and healing Natalie goes to Thailand to volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary. She meets an elephant named Sophie in need of some peace and healing, as well.

I promise you will be happier for knowing Natalie and Sophie! I know I was deeply in love with them. I was rooting for them as if I was alongside them! I truly felt transported. It was amazing! They now live within me! Every character was written into the story with such finesse; they will truly touch you.

While I know this book is about grief and mourning; it is mostly about the resilience and the light that can shine as we go through these times. It’s about that human condition. It’s also about the natural instincts that elephants have; and all they can teach us. It’s about who is teaching who along the way!

Above all this is a story about love and it’s power!

What a powerful ending! I literally got chills! The hair on my arms stood up! I sat up while reading…and, gave it every ounce of my heart as I finished. It commanded my full attention!

You will finish the book and your heart will be made bigger for having read Langley’s powerful lyrical story. I know it was one of the most heartfelt stories I’ve read in quite some time.

Place it on your bookshelf. You’ll read this one again! And, Go tell your friends about it! Tell all of them!

5 Stars.

#AuthorInterview: Amulya Malladi author of “The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You”

Amulya Malladi and I had an excellent discussion about her book, “The Nearest Exit May be Behind You”, the Coaching Book that goes along with it and the seven other novels that she has written since 2003.

Learn more about the “Lean In” culture and tricks that Amulya has learned to be a stronger You! I said her book is a celebration of women, but it’s more than that, it’s Amulya’s personal celebration of women and it is not to be missed! Each of her books are written to lift women up and remind us that we are stronger than we think! She is one of our biggest champions!

I could talk with her forever! I am sure Amulya will be back. She has definitely become one of my favorite authors to speak with. So, get to know her!

To Keep in Touch with Amulya Malladi be sure to Like and Follow her on the following platforms….and Add her books to your TBR List!

🔥She is one of my Top Favorite Authors!🔥

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/58564.Amulya_Malladi

BookBub:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/amulya-malladi

Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Amulya-Malladi/e/B001HD2YH6?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1566549329&sr=8-1

Website:

https://www.amulyamalladi.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/authoramulya/

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/amulyamalladi/

Twitter:

https://mobile.twitter.com/amulyamalladi

You don’t want to miss this interview, so check it out here: