Season Of Wonder by Raeanne Thayne

“It’s a long way from New York to Idaho….but could they have found a home at last?”

Dani didn’t have the easiest childhood, she didn’t always make the best decisions in her adult life either.

Determined now to make a better life for not only herself but her two incredible daughter’s 13-year-old Silver and 6-year-old Mia. Dani takes the leap making what seems to be the best choice for the family and moves them to Haven Point, Idaho.

With some welcomed changes and not so welcomed. Silver is unhappy and starts to get into some trouble of her own. She may even get herself in trouble with her neighbour who happens to be Deputy Sheriff Ruben Morales.

Ruben makes a point in doing anything he can to help Silver, as he sees what type of person she truly is inside. But Dani and Ruben’s joint concern for her daughter only brings them closer and closer.

Showing a glimpse of the completed family they could be.

 


5 out of 5 stars.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Full of twists and turns and many obstacles when it comes to Dani’s oldest, Silver.

Some relationships are on the mend while others are just starting.

Dani truly adores her children and would do anything for them, even if it means she passes up what she truly wants. But her daughters don’t want that, they want their Mom to be every bit as happy as them. Which is just what Ruben is to Dani… the exact meaning of happy.

Such an adorable read, anytime of the year, even if it is set around the Holiday season


Thank you to HQN books for sending this heart warming read my way.

And of course thank you all for reading!

Your Fellow Book Worm

– Nichole

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The Frame Up by Meghan Scott Molin

“Panel by panel, Crime by crime.”

MG Martin is the complete dream image of all female nerds… right down to the rocking purple hair.

MG lives that perfect geeky life, with the perfect geeky friends. She even works as a writer for the comic book company she lived for growing up.

One day in the highly active city of Los Angeles someone recreates a crime scene from MG’s most adored comic book, leaving the well-known calling card of a golden arrow from her favourite comic hero.

MG soon becomes the LAPD’s secret weapon to helping them solve the case.

Suave detective Kildaire and MG make the perfect team.

Although MG doesn’t always follow the rules and may take matters into her own hands. Getting herself into a heap of trouble.

“By day she writes comic books. By night, she lives them.”


“You may proceed. To the station, Alfred.”

5 out of 5 stars

Heck YES!

The Frame Up was the most exciting, colorful, vibrant read.

Starting my 2019 with a wham!

MG is the coolest nerdy rebel EVER!  She is extremely relatable in every way possible. Such a strong personality, knows exactly who she is, but also doesn’t know exactly where she wants to go in life. She truly is a character everyone needs in their lives… geek or not.

And detective Kildaire, is such a dream.  He knows what he wants and he is going to make sure he gets exactly that. All while saving the world!….. But also…who doesn’t love a man in costume, or shall I say uniform.

These two make the most terrific team.

The Frame Up  needs to be on everyone shelves. Let’s be honest, there is a little nerd in all of us, and Meghan’s fantastic writing will prove just that!

“To the police car!”


Thank you so incredibly much to Thomas Allen Ltd. for sending this unbelievable read my way.

Publisher: 47 North

Release Date: December 1, 2018


And of course thank you all for reading!

Your Fellow Atomic Book Worm

– Nichole

 

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Daughters Of The Lake by Wendy Webb

“The clues to a century-old murder lie in one woman’s dreams.”


Kate Granger’s marriage has fallen apart.

In desperate need to get away and piece herself back together, she fleas to her parents home on Lake Superior.

Only things don’t get easier for Kate while she’s back home.

Shortly after she gets settled in, a body of a murdered women washes up into the shallows and she’s not alone. Wrapped up in her vintage gown is a baby, just as calm and at peace as her mother.

No one can identify this women and her child. Expect for Kate, to scared to tell anyone. But she has seen her before!… In her dreams…


“The ghosts of the past come calling in a spellbinding heart-stopper from the “Queen of Northern Gothic.”


5 out of 5 stars

Wow! What a way to end my 2018!

Honestly that’s all I feel I need to say! I think saying that speaks for itself. But the passion I now have for this book…. I won’t be able to stop talking about it for years to come.

Daughters Of The Lake was incredible and impossible to put down. Truly one of a kind.

I feel embarrassed to admit I have never read anything by Wendy Webb before, but she has now gained a new dedicated fan. Her writing is absolutely brilliant and needs to be on everyone’s shelves.

Throughout reading Daughters Of The Lake I felt as if it was based on a true story. It is just way to descriptive not to feel real. This all made sense while reading the acknowledgements. Wendy mentions how often people ask if her books are based on real life people. She goes on to say that the answer is no, not entirely. She uses snippets of conversations or a description here and there. But that at times she can identify one of her characters as being exactly like someone she knows.

I can sense Wendy’s warmth and passion for writing, truly stunning.

Highly recommend. If you are a book lover this is definitely one to add to your list to pick up this year.


Thank you so incredibly much to Thomas Allen Ltd. for sending this fascinating read my way.

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Release Date: November 1, 2018


And of course thank you all for reading!

Your Fellow Book Worm

– Nichole

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A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas by Maisey Yates

“It’s Christmas in Gold Valley, and this wounded widower is about to get another shot at love…”

Grant Dodge has not yet found any women who lives up to his late wife. Always feeling as i

f any women he meets pities him and his past. He had excused the idea of love in his life anytime soon.

McKenna is lonely, growing up, not having a family of her own. But McKenna has found her birth father after all this time and has come to Gold Valley to confront him face to face.

Any chance these two were destined to meet? Will Grant see the sparks fly again? And will McKenna find a new, more perfect family to be apart of?

 


 

4 out of 5 stars

Such an adorable holiday story.

Grant seems so lost, so cold and completely shut off. But McKenna’s spicy, stubborn, direct personality really grabs hold of Grant and shows his true colors. It certainly helps that McKenna has no idea of Grant’s past. Helping them build a truly memorable connection.

One to add to the list! Grab hold of it!… read it now or hold on to it for next years holiday season!

Thank you to HQN books for sending this heart warming read my way.

And of course thank you all for reading!

Your Fellow Book Worm

– Nichole

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The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan

The Perfect McBride Christmas

Can they make this the Christmas their Mother has always dreamed of?

— “In the snowy Highlands of Scotland, Suzanne McBride is dreaming of the perfect cozy Christmas. Her three adopted daughters are coming home for the Holidays and she can’t wait to see them. But tensions are running high…”–

 

Suzanne has been dreaming of having all three of her daughters home together for Christmas.

Hannah is a workaholic that always seems to have an excuse but knows she can’t hide this year. Besides she has a big secret she needs to get off her chest.

Beth is a busy stay at home Mom that is struggling with the thought of entering into the working world again, but can she leave her daily duties at home with her children she adores?

And Posy has a dream she wants to sink her toes into more than anything in the world, but knows she is counted on at home.

Will the magic of the Christmas season bring these sisters together and make their special bond even stronger?

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5 out of 5 stars!

Sarah Morgan truly is a gifted writer.

The Christmas Sisters was such a charming Christmas Story. I didn’t want to put it down.

Each character is written so beautifully and the whole story flows flawlessly.

Absolutely heart warming and full of so much warmth and love.

The already strong relationships there and those that are strengthened throughout the story are stunning.

I definitely recommend this read! ANY-time of the year. But if you get the chance to pick it up during the Holiday season be prepared to feel all of the Christmas joy and cheer.

Absolutely  SPECTACULAR.

Thank you to HQN Books for sending this amazing read my way.

And of course thanks for reading.

Your Fellow Bookworm

– Nichole

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And Then You Were Gone by R.J. Jacobs

Advanced Readers Copy 

“How can you save someone else if you can’t save yourself…”

Emily Firestone finally has a handle on her future. Struggling for years with her bipolar disorder, she is now in control and dominating every aspect of her life. A great job, a place to call her own, and an incredible boyfriend, Paolo.

When Paolo wants to whisk Emily away on a weekend sailing trip. The perfect get away in his eyes. Just the two of them… on the water. Emily accepts, who could resist this marvellous mini vacation.

The weekend starts off perfect. Until the next morning when Emily wakes all alone. Paolo is nowhere to be found. Emily doesn’t understand, he is an amazing swimmer. There is no way he could have drown.

Once Emily’s feet are back on dry land her desperate search for Paolo is well underway.

Days pass and he is still missing. Emily finds herself starting to slip back into her old ways. Depression slowly taking its tight grip all over again.

Until some evidence comes to light that Paolo may not have drown but murdered.

Now Emily is not only fighting her own mania but trying to clear her name, as she is the number one suspect in the disappearance of her boyfriend.

What will happen next? Will Emily lose all she has worked so hard for?

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4 out of 5 stars

And Then You Were Gone is a heart pounding, teeth clenching, psychological thriller.

With so many thrilling twists and turns you can’t possibly have an idea what is going to happen next. It will have you gripping to the edge of your seat.

R.J. Jacobs is a psychologist in clinical practise. He also performs PTSD evaluations for veterans. Have you ever heard the term “Write what you know?” That is exactly what he has done, and it couldn’t be more brilliant.

If you are a thriller lover this novel is for you.

Absolutely sensational.

“Being bipolar just means I get a lot done.”

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Thank you so incredibly much to HarperCollins Canada for sending this fascinating read my way.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Release Date: March 12, 2019

 

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When Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer

T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a 12-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol, and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she’s not developing schizophrenia.

Genetics are not on Lily’s side. When she was seven, her mother, who had paranoid schizophrenia, tried to kill her. And a secret has revealed that Lily’s odds are even worse than she thought. Still, there’s a chance to avoid triggering the mental health condition, if Lily can live a careful life from ages 18 to 30, when schizophrenia most commonly manifests.

But when a newspaper internship results in Lily witnessing a mother elephant try to kill her three-week-old calf, Swifty, Lily can’t abandon the story or the calf. With Swifty in danger of dying from grief, Lily must choose whether to risk everything, including her sanity and a first love, on a desperate road trip to save the calf’s life, perhaps finding her own version of freedom along the way. 

***Synopsis copied from Amazon.ca*** – TRIGGER WARNING: Schizophrenia, suicide, and animal abuse.

I generally enjoy starting off my reviews with a break down of the story, in my own words.

Lets just say with this one I couldn’t….Honestly! I sat at the computer, staring at the screen… and nothing. My words would not do this novel justice. I am still trying to wrap my head around it all. I had to use the synopsis right off amazon.

When Elephants Fly is absolutely breath-taking. I may even go as far to say, life changing.

This novel will truly tug at each and every one of your heart-strings. You will experience all emotions, ones you knew you had and ones you didn’t even know existed.

Nancy is an incredible author, and her knowledge and love for Elephants is impeccable, absolutely inspiring. There is so much detail in this sensitive, yet moving story.

Stunning. When Elephants Fly has got to be one of my absolute favourite reads of 2018. I will always cherish this story.

Please! go out and pick it up now. You will not regret it. It is one of a kind.

Oh and the cover! just beautiful. 5 out of 5 Stars.

Thank you for reading.

Your Fellow Book Worm

-Nichole

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