Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Trust by Ronald H. Balson

Being away from Ireland for 16 years had not eased the feelings a few of Liam Taggert's cousins had for him.

Liam had moved to Chicago from Ireland 16 years ago on bad terms, and now that his uncle had been murdered, he returned for the funeral. 

What Liam returned to was his being chosen as the Trustee of his uncle's will and a task that was both dangerous for Liam as well as his family.  There were a lot of stipulations set in the last will and testament for distribution of the estate as well as hard feelings because Liam had been out of touch and was now in charge.

Liam now wished he hadn't answered that phone call not more than a week ago.  If he had ignored it, he may not be in the legal predicament he was put in by his uncle nor the danger it was causing the entire family both in Ireland and the United States.

Being Trustee carried a lot of responsibility as well as legalities family members didn't want to understand. The family also couldn't understand why Liam wouldn't break the rules and tell them the details of the last will and testament of Uncle Fergus.

To further complicate things, the Taggert family was getting threats and notes indicating payback time. No one was sure who was murdering members of the Taggert family, but forty years of hatred, vengeance, and fighting still ran deep among the Northern Ireland residents.

The Taggert family was an interesting lot, and the murders and family mystery were intriguing.

THE TRUST is beautifully written and so well written that you smoothly move along and become captured in the story line and the characters.

If you enjoy books set in Ireland, mysteries, murders, and family drama, you definitely do not want to miss reading THE TRUST. 

I truly enjoyed the book and found it difficult to put down. ​ 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.


The information below including the photo is courtesy of Staci Burt and St. Martin's.
RONALD H. BALSON is a Chicago trial attorney, an educator and writer. His practice has taken him to several international venues. 

He is also the author of Karolina’s Twins, Saving Sophie and the international bestseller Once We Were Brothers.

"A heart-wrenching...triumphant story." —The Chicago Tribune on Karolina’s Twins

“Secrets, friendships, survival, and the Holocaust are woven together in Ronald H. Balson’s haunting Karolina's Twins.”—Family Circle on Karolina’s Twins

“A new look at an old story…will stay with you long after you have finished it.” —The Huffington Post on Once We Were Brothers

“Uplifting and moving, intelligently written…an unusual insight into human character.” —Library Journal, starred review on Once We Were Brothers

“A page-turning read filled with despair and anger but with hope, love, and humanity at its core.” —Jewish Book Council on Saving Sophie

Karolina's Twins and Once We Were Brothers were both riveting, engaging reads.  Both are reviewed on my blog


Monday, September 18, 2017

Mini Bloggiesta - 9/21 to 9/24

Fun awaits anyone who joins in.  You will learn things, get your blog and e-mail cleaned up, and meet new friends.

I hope you join in the fun too.

I will be out of town visiting my son so not sure how much I can join in, but I am submitting my list no matter what.
Ready to clean things up?  I am.
Taken directly from the Bloggiesta page:

Bloggiesta is almost here! Mark your calendars for September 21-24!!!!

If you’d like to participate with us this coming week for the Fall 2017 Bloggiesta, it’s time to write up a To Do List, post it on your blog, then come back here and link it up!
Go to the Bloggiesta sign-up page if you want to participate and for MORE DETAILS.  The link is here.

I hope to see you there.
My To Do List:

1.  Back Up My Blog - thank again to Steph from Cover2Cover for the directions.

2.  Clean up my taskbar - I have a ton of drafts of reviews and other items that have already been posted. 

3.  Try to find different Social Media Icons even though the ones I have are ok.

4.  Delete some old posts from when I started blogging - I am afraid my blog will crash - will it?  :)
   •     I am currently deleting from 2010 and 2011...did some from 2013 and 2014 also.  Yippee!!
   •    Does anyone know the answer about the blog eventually crashing if there are too many posts????
   •    Getting tired of deleting, but I will continue later  -  I have taken the pages of posts down from 38 to 33 and the number of posts down from 1888 to 1618.

5.  Add and/or delete blogs from my Blog Roll.

It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading? - 9/18/2017

I hope you had a great reading week. 
This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
Books Completed

THE WELCOME HOME DINER by Peggy Lampman - review will be on October 10.

ODD CHILD OUT by Gilly MacMillan - review will be on October 5 - finished on September 7.

THE TRUST by Ronald H. Balson - review will be on September 19 - finished September 3.

Enjoyable read - difficult to put down.

LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES by Jamie Ford - review is in the book's title - finished on August 31.

Another beautiful read by Jamie Ford.
Book Currently Reading 

THE BLACKBIRD SEASON by Kate Moretti - review will be on October 12.


Books Up Next:

TAHOE PAYBACK by Todd Borg - review will be on October 17.
THE IT GIRLS by Karen Harper   - review will be on October 24.  
SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornack - review will be on November 7. 

THE MISSING by C. L. Taylor - review will be on November 9.
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn - review will be on January 2, 2018.

THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - review will be on January 9, 2018.
THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig - review will be on January 10, 2018.
WHERE THE WILD CHERRIES GROW by Laura Madeleine - review will be on February 13, 2018.
SUNBURN by Laura Lipmann - review will be on February 20, 2018.
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth - review will be on March 13, 2018.
NOT THAT I COULD TELL by Jessica Strawser - review will be on March 27, 2018.


Mailbox Monday - 9/18/2017

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday.
Here’s a shout out to the administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit
Martha of Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
I hope you had a good mailbox.
I have been getting so many e-books.
On Sunday, September 10, I received:
1.  THE ENGLISH WIFE by Lauren Willig, courtesy of Great Thought's Ninja Review Team, Net Galley, and St. Martin's.

2.  THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth, courtesy of Great Thought's Ninja Review Team, Net Galley, and St. Martin's.

On Monday, September 11, I received: 

1.  NOT THAT I COULD TELL by Jessica Strawser, courtesy of Great Thought's Ninja Review Team, Net Galley, and St. Martin's. 
On Tuesday, September 12, I received:
1.  THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn, courtesy of Lauren Lauzon of Harper Collins and Edelweiss.

2.  SUNBURN by Laura Lippman, courtesy of Lauren Lauzon of Harper Collins and Edelweiss.