Rip Tide (by Amanda James) … are people really who they appear to be

This was a really good book. I enjoyed the various relationships between the characters. This one starts with lots of anxiety and confusion. But things begin to pick up and there is drama, excitement, tension, And just when you think you know who the bad guys are, you discover things aren’t as they appear.

The shocking revelation at the end of the book is one that will have you gasping in shock! Lots of excitement, intrigue, developing relationships, conflicts in relationships. You name it, it’s pretty much going to be happening from page one until the end of the book.

The one thing I didn’t care for was the over the top sexual relationship information at one point in time. It kind of faded away after the one instance, but it didn’t really add to the story line, so it could have been left out completely.

I would definitely recommend this if you like books with mystery and intrigue. Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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A Deep Purple Hue (by Mark Hudson) … is the government out of control and what are they planning?

This was an edge-of-your seat read. I enjoyed the tensions and the way Gordan Hudde worked things out and manipulated the situation to solve the problems. This was a quick read and kept my attention.

While there were some painful moments to endure, overall, the book was worth plodding through the physically painful instances.

Boots and Bedlam (by Ashley Farley) … bedlam runs rampant with the Sweeney Sisters and a shocking revelation!

I really enjoyed the third book in the Sweeney Sisters saga. Here I am chugging along, tears flowing down my face as I read about the wedding, when I’m suddenly thrown into a state of shock! I love it when you’re reading a book and suddenly gasp in amazement.

Love this series and the author’s ability to pull you into the lives of the characters and have you invested in what they are experiencing.

Shadows of Hope (by Georgiana Daniels) … infertility, broken marriage vows, unexpected pregnancy … how lives become tangled and interwoven

This book was almost like a farce. You knew who all the characters were and how their relationships intertwined with each other, but you just kept waiting for the bottom to fall out. The infertility issues that Marissa deals with were heart breaking. You are drawn into her life and her struggles, and her efforts to continue working in an environment that causes such heartache every day, makes you admire her strength.

And then you have Colin. If I’ve ever despised a character more than him, I’m not sure I can remember who that was. Colin was shallow, self-absorbed, egotistical, unwilling to accept blame for his part in any negative behaviors, etc.

The emotions experienced by the various characters were realistic and would play on your emotions as if you were the one dealing with the situations. The author did a great job of making you care about Marissa and Kaitlyn and the extreme emotional chaos with which they were each dealing. And to see what wonderful people they were had you cheering them on and silently encouraging them to make decisions that was the best for them individually.

Thank you to NetGalley and Shiloh Run Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Echoes of Family (by Barbara Claypole White) … the realities of mental illness and the lives that are affected

What an excellent look at the authenticity of mental illness and the effect it has on the lives of those who are related/connected to those diagnosed with the illness. This particular book dealt with Bipolar Disorder.

The author does a wonderful job of bringing you into the lives of Marianne, Gabriel, Darius, and Jade. You are pulled into the drama, trauma, mystery surrounding Marianne and Gabriel’s past (just exactly what isn’t being shared), and their relationship with each other and others in a small town in England. Lots of dynamics to their lives. And while some things are just the normal day-to-day part of living, eating breakfast, Gabriel going about his work as a vicar, participating in community events, there are so many other aspects to their lives. For there to be so many mundane activities, it amazing to see how quickly the facets of Bipolar Disorder can suddenly change things.

I am impressed with Barbara Claypole White’s ability to weave a story of such a difficult topic but manage to be nestled within a tale of people who could be your family member, a neighbor, a coworker…someone you could know and care about deeply.

With lots of secrets being kept, can they survive the unveiling? Or could one shared secret be the undoing of them all? This book is a witty, wry, heartwrenching, uplifting, anxious, tragic voice of the reality of Bipolar Disorder.

I would like to thank the author, Barbara Claypole White, for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. I am looking forward to reading more books by Ms. White! They are already purchased…just standing on my bookshelf (or on my kindle) waiting for me to delve deep into her amazing gift of word.

The Rumor (by Elin Hilderbrand) … a comedy of errors with lots of sex

This was just an okay book. I was a little put off by all of the sexual affairs…extramarital or not. The theme of rumors and gossips was understandable. And how some people thrive on being in the middle of the knowledge of something inappropriate going on in another person’s life was pretty much factual.

There were some interesting characters and lots of conflict. The dynamics of the various relationships was constantly churning up more angst. At times it felt that if you were watching a movie about the book, it would be a farce…where one character slips out a door just as one, who shouldn’t see the person who just left, would walk in the door. It was almost a comedy of errors.

The Memory Box (by Eva Lesko Natiello) … I wish I had no memory of trying to read this book

I just did not like this book. It had such promise, but I felt like I was suffering from a mental illness trying to make heads or tails out of the story. And, unfortunately, I read two books back-to-back about loss of memory. The first book held me on the edge of my seat, so that may have negatively impacted my opinion of The Memory Box.

I think the author has potential, but maybe with some guidance and a better editor, she can produce a book that will have the reader wanting to keep turning the page to get to the jaw dropping moment.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in order for my honest review. I’m really sorry it is not more positive.