In order to give credit to the books I’ve read that have been kindly sent to me for review I am writing some short reviews. This does not lessen the impact these books had. I really don’t finish books I don’t like, life is too short. These books fall into the books I read in 2016 but due to my blogging slump I never reviewed. Most I did give a short review on GoodReads.
Published June 2016 by Putnam Books, book sent to me by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A story about Char losing her husband, and the resulting nightmare of her step daughter being take from her. She has no rights even though she’s helped raise Allie. Throw in a twist of the young girl Allie tutors and this book is emotional and thrilling at the same time. Julie Lawson Timmer is an amazing author. Her next book, Mrs Saint and The Defectives is due out in August 2017.
Published October 2016 by Algonquin Books. Digital galley provided from publisher for an honest review.
There are no words….I was completely entranced by this book. Lucy, Charlotte and Iris are on journeys of their own and yet so entwined with each other. Their lives tragic and yet honest. William and Patrick are men who leave deep and lasting memories with the ladies. This book will leave you in tears. So very good!! This book is set in the 1970’s and brought back so much of my teen years. It is haunting. If you haven’t read a book from Caroline Leavitt, get yourself to a library or bookstore and remedy this. Each books is unique and gut wrenching.
Published March 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press. Advance Reader copy received from publisher in exchange for honest review.
Not my typical fare, but I have to say this book entranced me. A story of three women, Lolly has grown apart from her daughter and granddaughter, but in her aging years her daughter comes because she receives a message about her mom. Lolly begins reaching the two of them in the stories of her charm bracelet. Her mother gave her a charm every year for her birthday The three women are at many different places in life and yet these tales bring them together and in such a beautiful way. Viola Shipman is the pen name of Wade Rouse, a well known author of non-fiction. Viola’s second book, The Hope Chest,
was published this year. Another heart warming book from this author. The debilitating disease ALS is what has brought Rose and Jeri into Mattie and Don’s life. Together they tell stories and bond and become family. I love the stories, such detail and love Rouse has put into this. This was perfect. Both books are set along Lake Michigan and the setting really does become a character in each of these stories.
I’m an unabashed fan of Amy Hatvany…there. Published in March 2016 by Gallery Books. Digital copy received from publisher via Edelweiss.
When two sisters separated early in life are raised separately and in different circumstances, what happens when they both search for their past, for their mother? Such an emotional roller coaster, keep the tissues handy. Amy never fails in asking the difficult questions, and making her readers embrace their own choices in life and wonder what we might have done.
Published in February 2016 by William Morrow. Received advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Joshilyn Jackson is one of my favorite southern writers. This is the tale of Paula who has happily left behind her free spirited mother, who drifted from man to man and was never one for reality. Paula receives a cryptic letter from her mother, returning a check and soon she is met with a younger sister she didn’t know she had. She begins a search for her mother, and the story telling within this main story makes it all unique. While not my favorite book from Joshilyn, it is still very good. Her new book, The Almost Sisters publishes in July 2017.
There are all very good books, and if you missed any of them, I hope you’ll take the time to read them now!!