Its hot where I live and the sun is bright. So summer becomes the time for me stay inside where its cool. What better way to spend that time inside then reading books? I tend to do a lot of reading in the summer, not only because of the sun and heat but also because I have no schedule to follow. Every summer I plan all kinds of things i’m going to accomplish. Every year I don’t get any of those projects done. But I do get a lot of reading done. This summer has been no different. Besides not getting any of the projects I planned done I have also gotten really far behind in writing reviews. I have read a lot of books this summer and it has become overwhelming even thinking about writing reviews for them all. So instead, here are seven quick reviews of books that were provided to me by the publishers via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
The Friend by Teresa Driscoll starts off with two boys hurt but we don’t know which boy is the main characters’ or how it happened. The story unfolds in present time and flashbacks. Told in many perspectives.
The story was a fun read. It had me glued and I read it quickly because I had no idea what was going to happen. If you like psychological thrillers then you will love this one!
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon tells the story of Anastasia Romanov and her family and how they were killed by a firing squad. Or were they? I Was Anastasia also tells the story of Anna Anderson who claims to be Anastasia Romanov. The story of Anastasia is told from a normal timeline perspective. The story of Anna Anderson is told starting when she is an old woman going backwards in time. The two stories alternate until they merge into one and you learn if Anna Anderson was really Anastasia Romanov.
I really loved the way this book was done and it built on the suspense for me. I knew the story of Anastisia before reading this and I still was not sure what the author was going to do. I also felt like I better understood each of these women and I loved the themes of mercy and kindness and hope that were shown in unexpected ways. I loved the ending!
A Brush With Shadows by Anna Lee Huber is the newest of the Lady Darby Mystery Series that I have loved. Kiera and Gage return to his childhood home when his cousin vanishes. As they search for Alfred, Gage must also deal with his past and events that have continued to plague him.
I really enjoyed seeing Gage as the one struggling and Kiera more strong and sure of herself. She has learned a lot about herself and how to get past her past and I liked seeing her able to help Gage. This book was as great as the past five have been.
The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel takes place during World War II in Paris and tells the story of an American woman, a British pilot and a young Jewish girl whose lives come together.
I thought this story was a great idea and parts of it held my interest. I have never heard much about the war in Paris and so it was interesting reading about what Paris was like during that time. But I felt the tone was really simple and I never felt very connected to any of the characters. They would go through hard, sad things but I just didn’t really care. I have found I really like good character development and feeling drawn into the characters and their lives and I just didn’t feel that with any of these characters.
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo is the second book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series. It tells the story of Maribel Cordova and Jean Luc Valmot. When Maribel was a child she was taken by her father and ends up on a pirate ship. That experience never leaves her and she must recall it even more as a young women to help her family.
This was a fast moving, adventure that was fun to read. Though some things felt a little to fast at times. I wish the pace had slowed down a bit and more details were given. Also, some situations and relationships didn’t seem very realistic. The characters were not really developed but I still had fun reading it.
Digging In by Loretta Nyhan tells the story of Paige who after losing her husband when he died in a car accident must dig herself out of her grief and learn to continue to live her life. This was a quick read and I liked the look into grief that a wife feels when she loses her husband and how she must learn to continue living. None of the characters really drew me into the story though. So it was a good read but not great.