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The After Wife by Melanie Summers

Friday, January 10, 2020

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The After Wife
Melanie Summers
Publication date: January 10th 2020
Genres: Women’s Fiction
From bestselling author Melanie Summers, comes a heartfelt and uplifting tale of love, loss, and letting go…
After losing her husband, writer Abigail Carson has all but given up on life. Having spent the last year cocooned in her Manhattan apartment, Abigail is suddenly forced to find a new home where she can stretch her dwindling savings. Intent on isolation, she moves to a tiny village in Nova Scotia where she’ll have no one to interrupt her solitude.
Little does Abigail realize that small-town life offers far less privacy than the big city. With neighbors knocking on the door bearing homemade treats and invitations, Abby soon finds herself immersed in the lives of the people of South Haven. She forms an unlikely friendship with Liam Wright, the handyman renovating her dilapidated cottage, and his daughter, seven-year-old Olive.
As the dark cloud engulfing Abigail lifts, she begins to believe she may have found love again. But just as Abigail is ready to leap, she discovers Liam carries with him a shocking secret that will ultimately cause everything to unravel. Abigail must decide if she will turn away from his pain or open her heart in the most hopeless of circumstances.
Insightful, enchanting, and filled with hope, The After Wife reminds us of the importance of human connection and the inseparable nature of love and survival.
EXCERPT:
IN THIS SCENE, THE MAIN CHARACTER, ABBY, IS AT THE PUB FOR DINNER. IT’S HER FIRST NIGHT IN TOWN, AND SHE’S JUST BEEN TOLD THAT THE PUB OWNERS, PETER AND NETTIE, WILL INTRODUCE HER TO A LOCAL CONTRACTOR, LIAM WRIGHT, WHO CAN HELP HER FIX UP HER DELAPITATED COTTAGE. ABBY SUSPECTS THEY’RE ALSO TRYING TO SET THEM UP ON A DATE…

Why do I not drink more often? I’m almost through my second pint and I honestly can’t remember feeling so good. I don’t even care how out of place I am. Instead, I happily devour a slice of homemade lemon meringue pie. Dinner service has ended, and most of the guests have filed out, replaced by several locals bearing instruments. A new feeling takes over the restaurant. It’s an easy, relaxed vibe full of inside jokes and laughter as they rearrange the tables into a large horseshoe. I rush to finish my dessert, hoping to make my exit before I attract the attention of every snoopy musician in the village.
Peter gives me a nod. “Liam’s just come in now.”
I turn and see a man standing at the entrance. He looks to be in his early forties. Medium height, with the sturdy build of a fisherman or maybe a miner in days gone by. He has shaggy sandy-brown hair and thick stubble that’s somewhere between needing a shave and needing another couple of months to grow. His eyes, though. There’s something about them that makes me stare a moment too long. They’re the shade of ice blue usually reserved for wolves.
He looks straight at Nettie and Peter, and my gaze follows his. They are standing side by side with matching hopeful grins. They look at me, then back at him, and when I glance in his direction again, I’m met with a look of dread. It doesn’t take me more than a second to figure out he thinks he’s about to be set up and he’s absolutely horrified at the thought of having any of his parts touch any of my parts.
And here I am gawking at him like a moron.
Blue sweater vest woman walks by and touches my arm. “You’ve got a bit of a mustache, love.”
She hurries off in the direction of the ladies’ room while I dab my upper lip with a napkin, confirming that I did, in fact, have a frothy white beer mustache.
Well, that’s that, then. The Millhouse boys it is.
“Liam! Come over and meet Abby!” Peter calls.
No. Please don’t. I swivel my stool to face the bar, and in my overly enthusiastic effort, I swing it too far and bang my left knee on the wood bracket. The force of it causes my body to jar and jerk back to my right and I plant my left hand in what’s left of my pie. I’m a regular Princess Di this evening, all elegance and grace.
Check, please.
Nettie gives me a concerned look. “You all right, love?”
“I’m fine. I just remembered I have to make a phone call. Can you put this on my room?” I smile too brightly as I slide off the stool and start for the side door as fast as my legs can carry me.
“Well, come back when you’re done so you don’t miss the music!” Nettie calls.
“And you still need to meet Liam!” Peter yells.
“I most certainly will!” Not.



Author Bio:
Melanie Summers also writes steamy romance as MJ Summers.
Melanie made a name for herself with her debut novel, Break in Two, a contemporary romance that cracked the Top 10 Paid on Amazon in both the UK and Canada, and the top 50 Paid in the USA. Her highly acclaimed Full Hearts Series was picked up by both Piatkus Entice (a division of Hachette UK) and HarperCollins Canada. Her first three books have been translated into Czech and Slovak by EuroMedia. Since 2013, she has written and published three novellas, and eight novels (of which seven have been published). She has sold over a quarter of a million books around the globe.
In her previous life (i.e. before having children), Melanie got her Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta, then went on to work in the soul-sucking customer service industry for a large cellular network provider that shall remain nameless (unless you write her personally - then she'll dish). On her days off, she took courses and studied to become a Chartered Mediator. That designation landed her a job at the R.C.M.P. as the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for 'K' Division. Having had enough of mediating arguments between gun-toting police officers, she decided it was much safer to have children so she could continue her study of conflict in a weapon-free environment (and one which doesn't require makeup and/or nylons).
Melanie resides in Edmonton with her husband, three young children, and their adorable but neurotic one-eyed dog. When she's not writing novels, Melanie loves reading (obviously), snuggling up on the couch with her family for movie night (which would not be complete without lots of popcorn and milkshakes), and long walks in the woods near her house. She also spends a lot more time thinking about doing yoga than actually doing yoga, which is why most of her photos are taken 'from above'. She also loves shutting down restaurants with her girlfriends. Well, not literally shutting them down, like calling the health inspector or something--more like just staying until they turn the lights off.
She is represented by Suzanne Brandreth of The Cooke Agency International. 


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5 eBook Deals you can't miss this Holiday Season

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

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The Holidays are coming and it's time to relax and get cozy with a hot drink and a book!  I scouted the web in search of the best deals (because at this point you could probably appreciate the $ savings)!  Check out these ebook deals.  They're usually for only a limited time, so hurry up and grab them while you can !!!




CHRISTMAS IN THE CITY is a holiday gift as a thank you! It is available for FREE for a LIMITED TIME!

Twelve bestselling authors have come together to brighten your holiday with six ALL NEW co-written novels. Travel through six cities and fall in love with these enchanting love stories.
Don't miss this chance to read these super romantic (some steam included)! Best of all, it's FREE!



A WOMAN IS NO MAN by Etaf Rum - Kindle format is currently $2.99 on Amazon

A GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS FINALIST FOR BEST FICTION AND BEST DEBUT

This debut novel by an Arab-American voice,takes us inside the lives of conservative Arab women living in America.
In Brooklyn, eighteen-year-old Deya is starting to meet with suitors. Though she doesn’t want to get married, her grandparents give her no choice. History is repeating itself: Deya’s mother, Isra, also had no choice when she left Palestine as a teenager to marry Adam. Though Deya was raised to believe her parents died in a car accident, a secret note from a mysterious, yet familiar-looking woman makes Deya question everything she was told about her past. As the narrative alternates between the lives of Deya and Isra, she begins to understand the dark, complex secrets behind her community.



25 Days 'Til Christmas by Poppy Alexander - Kindle Edition is $1.99 on Amazon

A contemporary, emotional, but ultimately feel-good, festive up-lit novel for fans of Jenny Colgan, Debbie Johnson, and Holly Martin.
Kate Potter used to love Christmas. A few years ago she would have been wrapping her presents in September and baking mince pies on Halloween, counting down to the countdown to Christmas. But a few years ago, everything was different. That was before Kate's husband went away with the army and didn't come home. Now she can hardly stand December at all.
Kate's lonely. She doesn't think she's ready for romance, but she needs more than this, and her son Jack needs a Christmas to remember. What Kate needs is a Christmas miracle, and if there isn't one on its way, she'll just have to make her own.
So begins Kate's advent countdown to the best Christmas ever.
She has it all planned out, but you can't plan for the unexpected, and when the path of the loneliest woman in town crosses with that of the loneliest man, she just might find a way to save Christmas for all of them..



Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan - Kindle Edition is $1.99 on Amazon

Treat yourself and your sweet-toothed friends to Jenny Colgan's heart-warming new novel. The irresistibly delicious recipes are guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit and will warm up your Christmas celebrations.

Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She's going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia. She can't wait.
But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie's plans for the future seem to be blown apart. Can she build a life in Lipton? And is what's best for the sweetshop also what's best for Rosie?




An Heirloom Christmas by Megan Squires - Kindle Edition is $2.99 on Amazon


There’s not much Chrissy Davenport loves more than the small town of Heirloom Point in the midst of the Christmas season. The annual wreath auction kicks off the holiday, and even though this year’s winning wreath is lackluster, Chrissy still hangs it on her candle shop’s door with pride. But she can’t explain the handwritten notes that begin to show up, tucked neatly into the sprigs of greenery. And she can’t make sense of the memories they bring back—ones she’s tried hard to forget.
After a career ending injury, hockey superstar Nick McHenry has no other choice than to return to his hometown of Heirloom Point. But things aren’t easy with his high school sweetheart working in the candle shop directly across from his parents’ hardware store. And it’s even harder to ignore the town chatter regarding his failed career and failed past relationship. Suddenly, he’s reliving the Christmas traditions he thought he’d left behind, and revisiting old feelings he figured were long gone.
Will Nick and Chrissy discover that some Christmas heirlooms aren’t actual things, but the people who make up those nostalgic memories? Or are memories better left in the past where they were made?
An Heirloom Christmas is a heartwarming romance filled with second chances, hometown traditions, and the magical promise of the holiday season.

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So there you have it! 
Go be MERRY and enjoy these wonderful books during the Holidays!!!


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After the End by Clare MacKintosh

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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BOOK REVIEW: After the End by Clare Mackintosh

Release Date:  June 25th, 2019
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary
Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My Goodreads Rating


BOOK BLURB:
Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. They're best friends, lovers—unshakable. But then their son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time, Max and Pip can't agree. They each want a different future for their son.
What if they could have both?
A gripping and propulsive exploration of love, marriage, parenthood, and the road not taken, After the End brings one unforgettable family from unimaginable loss to a surprising, satisfying, and redemptive ending and the life they are fated to find. With the emotional power of Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, Mackintosh helps us to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning.


MY THOUGHTS:
Every once in a while we have a chance to stumble into a book that releases an emotional tsunami.
This book was it.
It broke me.
It reached deep into my heart and it ripped it in half.
😢
Pip and Max live a happy life. They are best friends and one of those couples that can finish each other’s sentences.
That all starts to fall apart when their son Dylan gets sick and they are given the most impossible choice a parent might face.
Pip chooses one road.
Max chooses another.
Their lives diverge and we follow their trajectory, not to prove that one choice would have been better than the other, but simply to feel the emotional twists each choice has on them.

I have to say that only one other author has made me feel this way over a book, and that was Jodi Picoult. Now I can add Clare Mackintosh to that list.

Grab a box of tissues and read this book. You’ll thank me later.
🙌🏼
I had to literally go out for a walk in order to clear the heaviness in my chest and remind myself to be grateful for everything I have!


"When you stand at the crossroad you cannot see each destination, only the beginnings of the paths that will lead you there. All you can do is hope that someone will walk with you."





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#SOMAbookclub 2019

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

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Wow! 2019 just flew by...

Thanksgiving is upon us and that means more time to read! 
Reading is the one thing that you can do, no matter how you decide to spend your holiday time off:  at the lake, camping, hiking, skiing, (audiobook, why not?), relaxing at home by the fire...

Here's the list of books that #SOMAbookclub read this year! It's a collection of some of the hottest page-turners, so grab a drink of your choice and come with me on this magical reader's ride :-)


CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi
This was our YA pick.  The plot is phenomenal.  Adeyemi delivered a well-crafted, action-packed story.  The character-development is also amazing.  Princess Amari grew from a weak girl, full of doubts, into a fighter, the future queen.   The bond that developed between Zelie and Amari was my favorite part.  In the world of  King Saran, they should hate each other, yet, they learned to trust each other and became friends.  Amari's brother, Inan, was a character that I disliked and did not trust, but he was an important piece of the puzzle and I do believe his secrets will be uncovered in book 2 of the series.
And, book #2 was already voted for our January 2020 pick!!!


AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie
We picked a murder/mystery book, which is also part of PBS Great American Reads...unfortunately, we had no idea of the words in the original song from the book.  That generated some well deserved anger, specially when we realized that this book is considered the world's best-selling mystery, and with over 100 million copies sold is one of the best-selling books of all time. What?  Most of us could not move past the racist words...

BEL CANTO by Ann Pachett
March was the month we picked a book made into a movie and Bel Canto was the chosen one.  This one was not a favorite and some people even watched the movie :-(

ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline
April was the month of picking a book by a local author and Christina Baker Kline lives in NJ.  Orphan Train talks about a part of our American history that I was completely unaware of. Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck...

CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
May was the month for a Fantasy novel.  This was another book with a LOT of hype!  I'm the fantasy lover of the group and I didn't love Caraval...

1984 by George Orwell
June was the classic novel month!  I remember this book being my first buddy read before #buddyreads were even a thing.  My father and I discussed this book back then.  A true classic!


DEAR MRS. BIRD  by AJ Pearce
Dear Mrs. Bird was delightful and such a page-turner!
By combining humor with the voice of the young Emmy, Pearce's novel showed us how people had to carry on with their lives and find hope in the midst of war. A perfect bookclub read!

PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee
August was our Historical Fiction month and what a fantastic family saga we chose to read!
This was, quite simply, one the most memorable books I have ever read (right up there with The Kite Runner)!  It's an extraordinary novel about perception, prejudice and above all, the resiliency of women and the loyalty of their family. Even though this is a Korean-Japanese historical fiction, make no mistake, the emotional impact is universal...

RED CLOCKS by Leni Zumas
September was the dystopian novel month.  I'm going to quote the review from one of our members: "This book was very confusing and the plot synopsis wasn’t accurate. The mixing of names was all over the place and it was hard to follow the characters. The premise made for a good story but it never came to fruition."

NEVER LET ME GO by Kazuo Ishiguro
October was the "suspense" month and somehow, even though you could consider Never Let me Go in that category, I don't think it's the right one...
The beauty of the book is how the author approaches the subject of what makes us humans? How can we define being human? Is it because we have memories? Express emotions? Feel Love? Maybe it is the ability to differentiate right from wrong, but that can get all twisted when the world you live in is unethical, by removing the ability to choose one’s purpose.

NINE PREFECT STRANGERS by Liane Moriarty
November is the month for NY Times Best Seller!
🧘‍♀️ "Welcome to Tranquillum House!⁠⠀
Enjoy your daily smoothies during your 10 day stay and be prepared to transform your life!"⁠⠀
⁠I'm a fan of Moriarty's books and I was SO happy when my book club picked this one for our November selection!  It's an interesting tale of nine people checking into a health resort, each looking for a different result, or different "transformation". Moriarty is great with character development and as we learn more about these characters, they all sound familiar, like, "yeah, I know someone exactly like that" kind of way.  Moriarty's usual humor and writing style made this a fun read (and I do think that this was somehow, her way of making fun at today's lifestyles)... ⁠⠀

FREE FOOD FOR MILLIONAIRES by Min Jin Lee
December was an open month and since one of our members got 10 free copies from an online raffle, we decided to go with it!
Review coming up soon.


Are you in a book club?  What are you reading?




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Dark Paradise by Randi Cooley Wilson

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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Dark Paradise | A Revelation Series Novel

By Randi Cooley Wilson
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Cover Design: Hang Le @ByHangLe

Grab Your Copy of Gage Gallagher

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I lost the one person who gave my life meaning and purpose. My love. My soul. My
only reason for breathing. Unwilling to bury her memory, my heart turned reckless and
my soul darkened. Then she walked into my life.

It was only supposed to be a moment. Just one. A moment where I could get lost in
someone else and forget my pain. In that one moment, she saved me from the
memories that found me in the dark. She tore my world apart. Wrecked me. And with
one kiss, she changed everything.

Her love became my dark paradise.

DARK PARADISE is the story of the Revelation Series’ Gage Gallagher. It is meant to be
read after the bestselling Revelation series and/or Royal Protector Academy novels.
Intended for mature readers.



#TheRevSeries #DamnGargoyles #TeamGage #books #newrelease #paranormal
#paranormalromance #nareads #romance #supernatural



About the Author:


Randi Cooley Wilson is the bestselling author of The Revelation Series, The Royal Protector Academy Novels, The Dark Soul Trilogy, “Covetousness” a Havenwood Falls Novella, and “Inamorata” a Havenwood Falls High Novella. She resides in Massachusetts with her husband and daughter.
For more on Randi, please visit her website, www.randicooleywilson.
Or connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/authorrandicooleywilson and/or Twitter @R_CooleyWilson.
 
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After the Flood Book Review

Friday, October 25, 2019

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BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW: After The Flood by Kassandra Montag 

Release Date:  September 3rd, 2019
Genre: Fiction / Dystopia 
Published by William Morrow
5 ⭐️rated and reviewed by guest blogger, Suzanne (Instagram: @thebookblondie


BOOK BLURB:
A little more than a century from now, our world has been utterly transformed. After years of slowly overtaking the continent, rising floodwaters have obliterated America’s great coastal cities and then its heartland, leaving nothing but an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water.

Stubbornly independent Myra and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Artic Circle. Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.

On their journey, Myra and Pearl join forces with a larger ship and Myra finds herself bonding with her fellow seekers who hope to build a safe haven together in this dangerous new world. But secrets, lust, and betrayals threaten their dream, and after their fortunes take a shocking—and bloody—turn, Myra can no longer ignore the question of whether saving Row is worth endangering Pearl and her fellow travelers.


SUZANNE'S THOUGHTS:
A century in the future, America has been overcome by rising floodwaters. Our country is nothing more than a few colonies atop the mountain peaks that poke out of the surface of the water. Myra and her young daughter, Pearl, are surviving on their small boat and trade fish on the dry land to sustain life. Myra has been torn apart for 7 years after her husband stole their other daughter and left her pregnant and lonesome. When Myra hears that her other daughter, Row, was seen in a colony near the Arctic Circle, she pours all of her faith into a voyage to rescue the child that was taken from her.

This book has potential to be THE best book of 2019. There, I said it. The plot is simply captivating and the language paints such a stunning portrait of this futuristic earth that is hard to conceive. Some stories read like a movie. And while this one is vivid, I can only express that it reads like a song. It’s lyrical and each sentence flows into the next. Montag invented such dynamic and well-rounded characters- each with their own secrets, but the storyline never gets muddled with unnecessary dialogue or detail. You know an author has talent when they're able to develop a protagonist who lives in a world entirely different from your own and still make that character relatable. Myra has so many qualities and desires that we all can relate to. She's a woman who is accustomed to being fiercely independent and she constantly fights her desire for companionship despite her urge to be part of a team. She wades through a dense present while she is tethered to her past, and I think that’s something we can all relate to. Myra holds out this desperate hope that she'll be able to find her estranged daughter, Row, and rebuild her life with both girls by her side proving that hope is such a strong driving force in this story. Of course, Myra and Pearl are not the only characters as the mother-daughter duo encounters other travelers amidst their quest. Every single chapter ends with the reader wanting more, which only encouraged me to binge-read like I’ve never binged before. As the plot shifts between the present and Myra’s memories of the past, your heart breaks and is mended and then breaks again.

“I knew it was sometimes easier to love ghosts more than the people who were around you. Ghosts could be perfect, frozen beyond time, beyond reality, the crystal form they’d never been before, the person you needed them to be. Sometimes I wanted only the good moments to surface in my memory.”

Doesn’t that quote just tug at something deep within your soul? 

I promise you that I was not AT ALL disappointed or bored while reading this masterpiece. Please pick this one up and tell me your thoughts! This book undoubtedly gets 5 stars from me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️




A HUGE thanks to Suzanne for the great review and for being a guest blogger/book reviewer! 
Please pay a visit to her Instagram account @thebookblondie and let her know you read this review❤️

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14 Reasons why the AUDIOBOOK was better

Monday, October 7, 2019

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Was the book better? 

14 Reasons why the AUDIOBOOK was better than the book!


I lost count of how many movies I have watched and discussed with my friends and in the end we all agreed that the book was better.  Except, lately, I have noticed a new trend, one that involves audiobooks, when the Audiobook happens to be BETTER!

How is that even possible?

It's still the same book...you might be thinking.

Well, as it turns out, a narrator can really make all the difference, therefore, I do believe some books are made to be listened to.  To prove my point, I put together a list of 14 audiobooks where the narrators completely made the stories come alive, but don't just take my word for it, try it for yourself and let me know what you think!


🎧 A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult,  Narrated by Bahni Turpin
   A normal day at a women’s reproductive health services clinic turned into a hostage situation.  A police negotiator trying to do his job even when he finds out his 15 year-old daughter is inside the clinic.   The story is told in a reverse chronological order, so the first chapter is the end of the hostage negotiation with a cliffhanger, which then develops into the paths each character took that brought them to that specific situation. Brilliant!


🎧 Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, Narrated by Kim Mai Guest, Johnathan McClain, Candice Moll, Lincoln Hoppe, Steve West, Erin Spencer, Jonathan Todd Ross and Donabella Mortel.
   A squad of misfits. A girl frozen in space over 200 years.  An ordinary mission turned into an intergalactic heist, filled with action, sarcasm, and the possibility of inter-species love…
If you ever wished you could combine Star Trek with a sparkle of Guardians of the Galaxy, look no further.
  Multiple narrators give each character a distinct voice easy for the listener to catch up with the different POVs.


🎧 Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Narrated by Bahni Turpin
     A phenomenal plot. A mission to bring back magic.  Adeyemi delivered a well-crafted, action-packed story, which combined by the talented narrator, keeps you wanting more.


🎧 Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce, Narrated by Anna Popplewell
    By combining humor with the voice of the young Emmy, Pearce's novel showed us how people had to carry on with their lives and find hope in the midst of war. A perfect bookclub read and a delightful audiobook.


🎧 Frankly in Love by David Yoon, Narrated by Raymond J. Lee
    Frankly in Love was such a memorable audiobook! I fell in love with it.  I laughed out loud with it.
It deserves a place on my TOP 10 YA books of all time shelf!!!


🎧 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, Narrated by George Newbern
    Different people had recommended this audiobook to me but I didn't think I would like a book about a grumpy old man that no longer wants to live because his wife passed away.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I was WRONG!
I adored this book ! I laughed out loud while driving to work and I also cried one night in my kitchen while cooking dinner...


🎧 One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, Narrated Kim Mai Guest, MacLeod Andrews, Shannon McManus and Robbie Daymond.
    If you like thrillers, mystery and teen drama, get this one. You won't be disappointed.
You get into the detective mode from the start, and throughout the book I had different opinions about who killed Simon. The author did a great job at throwing clues and lots of secrets that could turn any one of them into a possible murder.  Excellent job with multiple narrators!


🎧 Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Narrated by the author
   I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman's books.  Neverwhere is the old tale of an outsider who becomes an unlikely hero, meets the heroine who has very little chance to succeed, and makes the reader root for both of them!  Narrated by none other than Gaiman himself, it's a treasure!


🎧 Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams, Narrated by Shvorne Marks
   I loved Queenie!  It was funny and quirky, while also touching trauma, family drama and the stigma that comes with mental health.  The narrator did such an incredible job with the different accents 🖤


🎧 Recursion by Blake Crouch , Narrated by Jon Lindstrom and Abby Craden
   I’m a sci-fi fan and even though the whole concept of time-travel has been explored in a lot of books and movies, Crouch was able to explore a new angle, one that merged actual scientific advances into a fictitious reality that might not be too far from the near future.
The narrative is fast-paced, leaving the reader with no time to think twice going thru chapters.  To make it even more interesting, there’s also a love story.


🎧 Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson, Narrated by the author
   "Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society's failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice-- and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore." (from Goodreads). 

🎧 The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty, Narrated by Caroline Lee
    Liane Moriarty's writing is exceptional and the audiobook narrator, Caroline Lee, did an incredible job bringing the characters to life!
This novel is full of "what ifs" situations and it really makes us think about all the possibilities and consequences of the choices we make. How far would you go to protect a loved one? Can you forgive a mistake from over 20 years ago?


🎧 The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce, Narrated by Steven Hartley
   The Music Shop is a nostalgic homage not just to vinyl lovers in general, but to a time when record stores were a place where one could go and talk about their love of music…it deserves to be heard.

🎧 The Outsider by Stephen King, narrated by Will Patton
    A gruesome crime. Witnesses and evidence that pointed out to a specific suspect. But could the suspect be in two places at the same time? Could anyone? It was a crime story and it was SO good.

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