#BookReview: All About Evie by Cathy Lamb

Reviewer: Jennifer Bryan-Vawser

Expected Publication Date: October 29th, 2019

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Set against the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb’s latest novel tells the emotionally compelling story of one woman’s life-changing discovery about her past . . .

As a child, Evie Lindsay was unnerved by her premonitions. As an adult, they have become a simple fact of life—sometimes disruptive but also inescapable, much like her quirky, loveable family.  Evie’s mother, Poppy, and her aunts, Camellia and Iris, are well known on San Orcanita island for their free-spirited ways and elaborately decorated hats. Their floral shop and Evie’s bookstore draw streams of visitors all summer long. This season promises to be extra busy: Evie’s sister, Jules, is getting married on the island.

As Jules plans her unconventional wedding, she arranges to do a DNA test with her mother, sister, and aunts, to see how much accepted lore about their heritage holds true. The results blow apart everything Evie has grown up believing about herself and her family. Spurred on by the revelations, Evie uncovers the real story of her past. But beyond her feelings of shock and betrayal, there are unexpected opportunities—to come to terms with a gift that has sometimes felt like a curse, to understand the secrets that surrounded her childhood, and to embrace the surprising new life that is waiting for her …

Review:

“All About Evie” is one of those books that will make you laugh out loud one minute and ugly cry the next!

Cathy Lamb has a unique writing style. The story was both entertaining and intriguing. You can tell she really took her time in developing each of her characters.

Evie has had premonitions for as long as she can remember. Sometimes they are a blessing and other times they are a curse.

She lives with her mother and 3 aunt’s. They are a fun, colorful bunch! They are strong, independent, witty, hilarious and crazy; you can not help but fall in love with them all.

Evie loves books, she owns her own bookstore and she has a huge love for her pets. All 10 of them! The one thing I really loved was how each of her beloved pets played a roll in the story. I especially loved her cat, Garfield.

There are twists I did not see coming and Evie had some really tough decisions to make. 

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

4 Stars.

#BookReview: Zetty by Debra Whiting Alexander

Reviewer: Jennifer Bryan-Vawser

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The powerful story of a mother lost to a rare form of schizophrenia, and a daughter’s quest to find her.

When Marjorie McGee suddenly disappears from her Southern California beach home, nine-year-old Zetty is left motherless and confused. Years later, Zetty finds herself in a circle of unconventional women—opinionated, endearing, courageous and keen-eyed women—who offer Zetty their heart and backbone. As unexpected friendships form, Zetty begins an emotional, psychological, and spiritual journey in search of her mother—never imagining the joy and tragedy yet to come, the undeniable power of early childhood bonds, and the secret that will change their lives forever.

Review:

This is one of those stories that will stay with you long after it is over.
Zetty is 9 years old and her mother has gone missing. What Zetty doesn’t know is that her mother suffers from schizophrenia.
When she is finally old enough, she sets off to go in search of her mother.
I personally felt myself going on this journey with her. It was a roller coaster of emotions! I felt her challenges and desperation on finding her mother.
I also felt her resilience, compassion, love and her self discovery on this journey.
I really enjoyed that the story was written from both Zetty and her mother’s perspectives.
Debra Whiting Alexander has written a beautiful, heartfelt story all while opening our eyes to mental illness.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
4.5 stars.

#BookReview: Memory House by Bette Lee Crosby

Reviewer: Jennifer Bryan-Vawser

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IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A MEMORY TO OUTLIVE ITS OWNER?

Ophelia Browne knows the answer is yes. She knows because she’s been granted the unique gift of finding and caring for those forgotten memories. But now she’s nearing ninety, and Browne women seldom live beyond ninety.

Before time runs out Ophelia must find a successor. Someone who can take hold of the gifts and keep the memories from fading.

When broken-hearted Annie Cross shows up on the doorstep of The Memory House Bed and Breakfast, Ophelia knows she is the one. The two women forge a bond of friendship as they sip magical dandelion tea and share stories. When Annie starts to sense the memories Ophelia is delighted, but then a thread of violence begins to unravel and Ophelia fears things have gone too far.

Review:

I don’t know how “Memory House” is only my second book by Bette Lee Crosby!

I feel like I have been missing out on an extraordinary author!

This book took me on a powerful journey!

I felt so involved in these characters lives, Ophelia was so well-written and by far one of my favorite character’s written into a storyline.

Ophelia’s memories pull at your heart strings. She made me feel as if I were living through her memories. I felt so many emotions, there was joy, sadness and most of all love.

“A good memory is something you have to live with for awhile, let it settle in and become part of who you are”

This book captured my heart!

I look forward to reading the series and many more books by Bette Lee Crosby!

I highly recommend this book to everyone that loves a good heartwarming story!

5 Stars.