Wow! This book just blew me away! I was just expecting something different, I’m not sure what. Maybe more of an always running from the killer kind of story, but this was something totally different, and I loved it!
The main character runs an extremely popular podcast series where she covers crimes and has solved one for her past two seasons. This year, she decides she’s going to cover a live trial of a rape case and update her followers daily so they can feel like they are a part of the jury. Just before arriving in town, she receives a mysterious letter on her windshield that leads her down a path to 25 year old death that she can’t let go. She finds herself balancing the current case with this old case that no one seems to want to talk about.
I LOVE it when the second book in a series is just as great as the first, and The Red Door WAS just as amazing as The Green Door! I was so pleased to see that Heather Kindt’s writing was true to the first story, but still found a whole new world to delve into!
How I Felt:
The story picks up a very short amount of time from where the last book ended. I loved that we didn’t lose much time between the two stories, and it created that sense of urgency the characters felt to get back to the game.
The plot has our characters heading off to attack the challenge of whatever is behind the red door this time. And boy, it was a whole new world! I loved the magic twisted with very real-feeling situations that the characters faced. The Queen of the land they enter has this magical hold over the kingdom. People fall over themselves to throw their hearts and bodies at the Queen. Something strange is happening, and Meg needs to figure out how to resist the Queen before they are all lost to her magical pull.
PINTO! is the only horse to complete a 1912 – 1915 horseback journey to visit all forty-eight state capitols with the “Overland Westerners”. This book takes that real-life event and tells it through the eyes of Pinto. I really enjoyed M.J. Evan’s choice to make the horse the narrator of this story. It did create a fictionalized feel to the story, however, it was obvious that she had worked hard to research and provide real information surrounding this historic event.
The World Looks Different Now is an emotional story of a mother after the loss of her son. Margaret Thomson’s world is completely changed after the news that her 22-year-old son, Kieran, has committed suicide. Margaret and her husband travel to her son’s army base to help their daughter-in-law in the aftermath of this tragedy. Margaret needs to understand the circumstances surrounding her son’s death and works tirelessly to Kieran’s medical records and gain some sense of understanding about the death of her son.
This book was stunning. Absolutely, wonderfully fabulous! I love that Jess Redman has brought such a real, relatable character to our children’s fictional world. Alma, our main character is experiencing panic attacks and anxiety, and I thought that Redman did an excellent job at bringing this very real situation to life through her words.
How I Felt:
Alma is a 12-year-old girl that any middle-age child can relate to. She’s just been uprooted from the home she loves to a new, unfamiliar town with her family. This new place is not her home, and she doesn’t know what to do. She begins to have panic attacks and anxiety due to the stress of the move, and her family isn’t sure what to do. Alma ends up in the Astronomy club with some new friends and soon discovers they are a bit more than just a club.
I loved the dark edge that this story had. It’s a twisted book with a noir theme, and I loved that!
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This story is a crazy ride! Noah Spaeth gives us a view into the previous 4 years of his life in a twisted world of film, actors, drugs, and debauchery. Noah meets Adonis Dominick Bambach, the creator of Slow Down, the movie just as the creation is beginning. He’s also the creator of a drug called Fast. Noah becomes his assistant for the movie and gives us a first-view look into this world. Noah soon realizes that he can do a better job of creating this movie. The book is fast-paced and filled will dark twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
This book was filled with exciting battles and struggles! It was definitely my favorite in the series and an excellent end to the family’s story!
How I Felt:
Our main character Ella is turning 15! Her birthday celebration involves continuing the family’s journey to find a cure for Ella’s cancer. This family is so amazing. The lengths that they go to to save young Ella are so moving. This final book in the series really speaks to the choices we all have to make in life. Will we be compassionate or unloving? Will we choose to embrace or exclude? Ella and her entire family battle these questions as they navigate the final steps of their journey!
The illustrations in this book were so bright and colorful! It’s a stunning collection of images that will keep children engaged through each page! My daughter and son were both delighted to call out the letters and numbers as we moved through the book!
How I Felt:
ABCs and 123s for Boys is a collection of lovely illustrations that correlate to a letter or number. My kids really enjoyed the scenes for each one. The names for the animals are all boy names, but that should not be a reason to restrict this to one gender. I would really like to stress that this book is completely perfect for boys and girls, so don’t be deterred by the title.
I read a lot of historical fiction, and a significant amount of those books revolves around WWII, so I’m always excited when I find a book that provides a new perspective on the war. The Takeaway Men was a beautiful, emotional journey into the lives of holocaust survivors as they immigrate to America. We experience their joys and sorrows as they try to navigate a new world, and it is a beautiful story.
How I Felt:
The Lubinski family has experienced so many horrors at the hands of the Nazis during World War II and has decided to make a fresh start in America. This new country is so different from anything they have experienced before. It is vast, loud, and new. While the twin girls begin to settle in quickly, Aron is plagued by his past. His Holocaust experiences are a secret from his girls, which creates a rift between the father and his daughters. When their Hebrew school covers the war and the treatment of Jewish people, the girls want to learn about their parents’ past.
Everyone has secrets…Yet not everyone has lives depending on them being kept.
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Inessa Jo Ellingson, a trained nurse, uses her home as a secret safe haven for abuse victims. When unusual incidents start to turn into threats, Inessa works diligently to protect her secret and the safety of those who depend on her.
Retired Marine Sergeant, Torian von Arx, hired to find a missing person meets the stubborn Inessa who seems determined to stall his mission. As trouble brews, he feels compelled to protect her against the secret that threatens to destroy them both.
Will they be able to trust each other in time to save the others?
Just the Facts:
Harmful Haven by Emily Yager Genre: Romantic Suspense Pub Date: August 2020
The farmer’ market seemed to have sprung up from out of nowhere. Torian had walked along this very parking lot, one that sat empty and abandoned just yesterday, now was a bustle of life.
“Excuse me, sir,”
“Yes,what can I get for you?” the vendor selling a rainbow array of vegetables asked.
“Actually,I was supposed to meet a friend here today and haven’t seen her.” Torian quoted his rehearsed cover story as he pulled out a picture of the young woman and showed it to the vendor.“I was wondering if you saw her.”
“Sorry man, she doesn’t look familiar.” He said. “I think I would remember a pretty face like that.”
He paused at a few of the vendors that had no customers and struck a conversation with the owners. Casually asking them if they had seen the young woman he was searching for. Hoping to find a hint or clue as to her whereabouts.
Nothing. No one even knew who she was.
Emily Yager writes Inspirational Romance and Romantic Suspense novels set among the lakes, rivers, and north woods of Minnesota.
When Emily is not writing, she is collecting plants, listening to music, searching for a new history book to explore, or dealing with the dramas of a bi-polar prima-donna canine and writing puppy sidekick, Xian. She lives on the family farm in northwestern Minnesota.
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I loved the amazing connection between Hunter and his horse. I felt deeply connected to their bond, and I think it’s something horse-lovers are going to absolutely love as well!
How I Felt:
In the Heart of a Mustang introduces us to a young boy, Hunter, who has just found out that everything he knew about his father was a lie. Instead of his father being a soldier who died for his country, he is a convicted felon. Hunter is devastated by the lies, and at the shattering of a figure he deeply respected and looked up to. Heading to the Promise Ranch to find peace, Hunter encounters a horse that can help him mend what has been so deeply broken.
I loved the creepy characters in this story. Alex North does a great job of describing his characters and really allowing the reader to imagine each person. He makes them feel real, like they are coming right off the pages and being brought to life!
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The Shadows takes the reader into a story that starts 25 years ago when two teens were part of a murder. While one boy was captured, Charlie Crabtree escaped, disappearing without a trace. Now, Paul Adams, who was linked to the original crime, must return to his hometown to help care for his elderly mother. His mother keeps saying things about the murders…she seems to know more than Paul thought. When a copycat killer starts bringing up the past, Paul must face his past and question everything, and everyone.