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The Hunting Party

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It’s STILL freezing here in Michigan, so reading The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley put me right into the story. The atmosphere is dark and chilly, as are the days I’ve been experiencing. It was easy to get pulled into the lives of these friends, who head to a hunting lodge to relax and enjoy some time together.

The trip begins like anyone else’s, the group enjoys champagne, little walks along the loch, and sharing old stories about days gone by. The good feelings don’t last long, though, because two days after they arrive, one of them is found dead.

As the blizzard creeps in on them, and they are stuck together, you can feel the tension growing tighter and tighter. Each person in the group has their own little quirks and secrets, so there’s no telling who really did the deed, the haunting tale will keep you guessing til the very end.

This story is a slow burn, from the beginning, you are sort of on edge, paying attention to every detail that gets unfolded, wondering who could be the killer, and who is the victim. Through out the chapters, you learn more and more about the ins and outs of the friend group, which can give you a few hints as to who may hold a grudge, or who has it in them to murder.

I enjoyed this book quite a bit, they story had a really great flow, where the chapters alternated between characters, including one a couple of the employees at the lodge, which gave you a great perspective of what was really going on. All in all, I’d give this book 5 out of 5 stars, a lot of fun to read, especially curled up with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

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International Book Fairs 2019

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Okay, so I am so obsessed with this idea, that I had to share it with you all!!! The awesome people over at Kotobee blog have created this interactive book fair calendar. The most incredible part about it, is that it is WORLD WIDE!

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When you click on the site, you’ll see this little infographic, which is honestly adorable, but better yet, you can click on any of the countries and the list of upcoming book fairs pops up right before your eyes.

You can either search world wide, or for the country you live in, or maybe the country you are visiting this summer…whatever you choose to do, you’ll get to see an incredibly well-put-together chronological list of all the book fairs happening in that country.

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Most of us know about BEA, right? Well, if you were wondering, it’s in New York City, and it’s happening from May 29-31, how did I know that? Well, the International Boo Fairs list on Kotobee of course!

This is such a cool idea, I thought I would share it with you guys! So, do you see any that you plan on attending this year? Let me know!

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My Lovely Wife

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If you only pick up one book this year, please please make it My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing. As a debut thriller, this was just so good, too good for you to pass up! I had to keep reading this, it was impulsive and a huge mind f***!

The book starts out with a man you come to know as Tobias, who’s at a bar trying to pick up a lady friend for the night. He tells her he’s deaf, and the two strike up a little text conversation. She takes him back to her place, they do their thing, and he realizes she’s not the one.

She’s not the one that he and his wife plan on murdering. That’s right, Tobias is a fake name, and the man isn’t even deaf. He’s been sent by his wife to lure women, so that they can recreate the killings of a serial killer in their home town.

Millicent and her husband (to be honest I don’t remember the guys name, and I am pretty sure that it was never said in the book), live a seemingly perfect life. They’ve got two teenaged children, good jobs, she’s a real estate agent and he is a tennis instructor, and they live in the wealthy, gated part of town.

What’s not obvious is what the couple does in their spare time, finding women for Millicent to murder. I have to stop there, because if I tell you any more, it’ll spoil the whole thing. I absolutely LOVED this book. It’s a little mix of Dexter, which is one of my all time favorite shows, and a little bit of psychological thriller mixed in with the sheer crazy story.

This book comes out soon, so please get off your booty and go buy it. It is so good, I can’t wait to share the awesomeness with everyone. I hope this gets turned into a movie, because I’ll be the first in line. I give this 5 out of 5 stars, plus a million more.

 

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After Anna

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You may think you know what’s going to happen in this book, but you are wrong, oh so wrong. After Anna by Lisa Scottoline, who is becoming one of my favorite authors, is the story of a mother and daughter reunited after years of separation, and the devastation that comes from the death of that beloved daughter, just weeks after the two reunite. The only thing worse than a mother finding out her daughter has passed away, the fact that her new husband may be the murderer.

The first scene is set with Noah, the husband, in the courtroom. He’s on trial for the murder of Anna, his step-daughter, who he just met a month before. Anna was in the custody of her father, a French man who shipped her off to boarding school her entire life. Anna’s mother, Maggie wasn’t in her life because of her diagnosis of Postpartum Psychosis, and the fact that Anna’s father lied to the courts about the abuse Anna may have received. Maggie hasn’t seen her daughter in 16 years, and now that Anna’s father is dead, the girl reached out to her mother for a reunion.

So how does Noah get wrapped up in this mess. Oh boy, where do I begin? So, Anna comes home from boarding school, and the family has decided to have her come live with them, in order to reconnect. Soon after her arrival, Anna starts doing some strange things, like accusing Noah of hating her, touching her, and even trying to kiss her. She eventually gets a protective order placed on him, which puts a major strain on Maggie and Noah’s marriage.

At the trial for Anna’s protection order, Noah is considered a threat and the order is granted. Noah can no longer stay in the home with his wife and children, but one night Anna shows up at Noah’s rental home-and this is when she ends up dead. Noah comes home to find Anna dead on his porch, he tries to bring her back, and calls 911, but theres no use, she’s gone. It takes mere hours before the authorities suspect Noah of this heinous crime, they assume that he’s done it after all of the issues he’s already had with the girl.

Told through the present court case, and flashbacks of Maggie and Noah’s life, the story unfolds into a crescendo of an ending that dropped my jaw. Did Noah actually kill Anna? Will the pieces of their lives ever be put back together? I know…but now you have to go and read this stunning book to find out the truth. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, so good, I read it super quick and couldn’t put it down.

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A Home for Sally-Kid’s Book

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Teaching your children that differences are to be celebrated and not judged is one of the most valuable lessons, and with A Home for Sally, by Stenetta Anthony, you can explore the idea that everyone, and everything, is important and deserves love.

Sally is a little poodle who is sent to a kennel because of her deformity. Even though she’s an adorable, precocious, pup, she feels like she’ll never be loved because she’s different than all the other dogs she sees getting adopted on a daily basis.

While this book teaches the importance of differences, it also teaches children and adults that patience and love are out there, no matter who you are.

This book is adorable, the puppy steals the show, and the meaning behind the book is perfect for all ages. My children loved this story, my daughter is obsessed with dogs right now, so this was right up her alley. My son and I were able to have many conversations about what it’s like to be different, and how we are all different and unique in our own ways. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, it’s a gem! Thank you to Stenetta for sending me this beautiful story.