Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review and Giveaway of The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

Idelwild Hall being renovated but not being made public? Did the mysterious woman and her son that were doing the renovation know something no one else knew?

One good thing about the renovation was that it meant Fiona would be able to get inside the school grounds where her sister was found dead on the football field twenty years ago.

Fiona still had questions about her sister's death, and this would be the perfect time to investigate.

THE BROKEN GIRLS moves from 1950 when we meet the four main characters and then back again to present day with Fiona using her journalist's skills to write a story and find more clues to what happened at the school.  It looked like more than what the public knew.

During her investigation, Fiona finds something else that happened that was kept from the public.  

Fiona’s investigation heats up when she finds a teacher who was at Idelwild Hall during its hey day.  The teacher let Fiona know that no one liked being there - students and teachers alike. 

There was something at the school that was sinister and something that everyone wanted to keep quiet or perhaps something they didn’t know about but kept the students and teachers on edge.

You won’t want to put THE BROKEN GIRLS down. 

THE BROKEN GIRLS has lots of secrets, along with ghosts, mean girls, and a school that was for unwanted girls for a reason.

This was my first book by Ms. St. James.  Her writing is mesmerizing, detailed, and draws you in so well that you feel as if you are right there with the characters and the drama.

Murders, an old boarding school, corruption, and an awesome story line await the reader. about that cover?  A great indication of what is inside.  

ENJOY when you read THE BROKEN GIRLS during daylight hours.  LOVED the book.  5/5

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

I am partnering with Penguin Random House for this giveaway.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman

A recipe box for her thirteenth birthday?  Is that what Sam really wanted?

Probably not, but it made her mother and grandmother happy so Sam accepted it and made her first pie.

THE RECIPE BOX was a gift no thirteen-year-old wanted, but it was a gift that kept on giving throughout Sam's life.

We follow Sam as she leaves her loving Michigan home and goes to New York to attend culinary school.  She was a hit in New York, but her boss was a fake.  To her family’s delight Sam decided to come back home.

Sam comes back to the love and warmth of her family and their bakery and orchards.  Was she really ready for this?  Did she make the right decision by coming back home?

All of the characters were lovable, but Grandma Willo was my favorite as was the story from her youth and her life.  

Grandma was simply someone you would love to have as your grandmother because of her positive attitude and attention to making sure her family was happy in everything they chose.

THE RECIPE BOX is a “sweet,” loving read that makes you want to go into the kitchen and be with grandma making the pies and other delicious desserts.

Each chapter was titled with a recipe and inside each chapter we get to join in the family fun and view the ingredients and directions for the yummy food the family makes.

THE RECIPE BOX is for anyone who loves to bake with family, who loves recipes, who loves family history, and who enjoys being in a beautiful setting.

You most likely will shed a few tears not because of sadness, but because of the warmth and love that oozes from the characters and from things they say. 

THE RECIPE BOX is a book that is an uplifting, make-sure-you-make-the-right decisions in your life by following your instincts and embracing change.  

THE RECIPE BOX was definitely written WITH love and for those the author loves. 5/5

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

Monday, March 19, 2018


This might come in handy this summer or whenever your children say they are bored. 
I found it at Sherry's Blog over the weekend.  
She lists 100 things to combat boredom.  :)

Here is the direct link to the BORED post:

It's Monday! What Are YOU Reading? - 3/19/2018
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

A MATTER OF CHANCE by Julie Maloney - review will be on April 4, 2018.

THE HIGH TIDE CLUB by Mary Kay Andrews - review will be on May 8, 2018 - finished March 10.

This book was SOOOO good.  My first book by this author, and I loved it.

THE WAY OF BEAUTY by Camille Di Maio - review will be on May 2, 2018 - finished on March 1, 2018.

Absolutely loved it...historical fiction, New York, and love.

WHEN NEVER COMES by Barbara Davis - review will be on May 1, 2018 - finished on February 24.
THE ELIZAS by Sara Shepard - review will be on April 27 - finished on February 19.

THE HUSBAND HOUR by Jamie Brenner - review will be on April 24, 2018 - finished on February 16.

An Ok read for me.

THEN SHE WAS GONE by Lisa Jewell - review will be on April 19, 2018 - finished on February 13.

AFTER ANNA by Lisa Scottoline - review will be on April 18, 2018 - finished on February 10.

Do NOT miss reading this book. 

NEW NEIGHBORS by Simon Lelic - review will be on April 10, 2018 - finished February 6.

Confusing and dark.

THE OTHER MOTHER by Carol Goodman - review will be on March 29, 2018 - finished February 1.

NOT THAT I COULD TELL by Jessica Strawser - review will be on March 27, 2018.
THE BROKEN GIRLS by Simone St. James - review will be on March 22, 2018 - THURSDAY - finished on January 21, 2018.

Ooooo was this book good.  :)  LOVED IT.

THE RECIPE BOX by Viola Shipman - review will be on March 20, 2018 TOMORROW - finished on January 14.
An absolutely lovely read.
LET ME LIE by Clare Mackintosh - review is in the book's title - finished on January 9.

Going to say this is her best yet!!
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by Sally Hepworth - review is in the book's title - finished on January 4, 2018.
Book Currently Reading

PAPER GHOSTS by Julia Heaberlin - review will be on May 15, 2018.

Books Up Next:

DREAMS OF FALLING by Karen White - review will be on June 5, 2018.
BOARDWALK SUMMER by Meredith Jaeger - review will be on June 19, 2018. 

THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP by - review will be on June 20, 2018.

THREE DAYS MISSING by Kimberley Belle - review will be on June 26, 2018. 
BEFORE AND AFTER by Barbara Delinsky - review will be on June 28, 2018. 

THE BANKER'S WIFE by Cristina Alger - review will be on July 3, 2018.

THE SUBWAY GIRLS by - review will be on July 10, 2018.

SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER by David Bell - review will be on July 11.

SUMMER WIVES by Beatriz Williams - review will be on July 18, 2018.

PARIS EVER AFTER by K. S. R Burns - review will be on July 12, 2018.

OUR HOUSE by Louise Candlish - review will be on August 7, 2018.

SOLD ON A MONDAY by Kristina McMorris - review will be on August 28.