Mini Book Reviews—Trying to Catch Up

July 6, 2016 book review, books, fiction 4

My blogging game has been way off this year, and in an effort to catch up I’m going to share some very short book reviews with you.  I don’t want anyone to miss these books, and while I would love to embellish more, it’s best to get some succinct thoughts written out while I can still remember a few things.

Coal River

Published by Kensington Press, November 24, 2015

This book is an amazing look into the lives of the coal miners and their families.  A young woman is orphaned and sent to live with family and while her uncle is a supervisor in the mines she works with her cousin in the company store.  She quickly sees how poorly the miners are treated, and the severe loss of life to the young boys who are illegally working in the mines.  The families live in poverty, and she sets out to change things, risking her own life.  Ellen Marie Wiseman is remarkable at combining her research and the human spirit.  I loved this book and highly recommend.  I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


What was Mine

Published by Gallery Books, January 5, 2016.

Lucy Wakefield wants a child, and in a desperate moment when she sees a child left alone she takes her.  She raises Mia and never tells anyone her secret.  Now grown Mia learns her true story and is rightfully devastated.  This book has twists and turns and is a mother’s worst nightmare.  I enjoyed it very much. It’s hard to imagine that I felt sympathetic towards Lucy, but I often did.  I also hated her too.  It was a super fast read and one I think lovers of mystery will like.


Missing Pieces

Published by Mira, February 22, 2016

Jack was traumatized by his mother’s death when he was a teenager.  He fled his tiny Iowa hometown and never intended to return.  When his aunt becomes ill he returns with his wife Sarah.  She soon has a feeling that nothing is as it appears.  She begins to dig into his mother’s death, the family relationships and what she finds is frightening.  Love a good thriller by Heather Gudenkauf, she really knows how to put a mystery together.  This book was also a quick read because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.  There were some really heart pounding moments in this one, and just for the record I never want to live on a farm…too many wide open spaces!  Pick this one up for a day or two of lost reading!

The above books were all sent to me by the publishers for honest reviews.

4 Responses to “Mini Book Reviews—Trying to Catch Up”

  1. BermudaOnion

    I listened to What Was Mine on audio and loved it! I don’t know how she did it but Ross made me empathize with a character who did something I hated.

  2. ondbookshelf

    I have had Coal River since it first published because I loved Weisman’s What She Left Behind. I still haven’t gotten to it yet, but I’ve seen it on audio thru my library, so I hope to listen soon.

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