Weekly Wrap-Up: February 10th through February 16th, 2019

Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Books with reviews pending (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

The Reckoning—review here

The Reckoning: A Thriller (Children's House Book 2) by [Sigurdardottir, Yrsa]

The Winter of the Witch—review here

The Winter of the Witch: A Novel (Winternight Trilogy Book 3) by [Arden, Katherine]

The Military Wife—review here

NetGalley Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Journey to Territory U

Journey To Territory U (Extinction Of All Children, Book 3) by [Epps, L.J.]

Journey to Territory M

Journey To Territory M (Extinction Of All Children, Book 2) by [Epps, L.J.]

Extinction of All Children

Extinction Of All Children (Book 1) by [Epps, L.J.]

The Perfect Wife

The Perfect Wife: A Novel by [Delaney, JP]

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

An Unfortunate Dimension

An Unfortunate Dimension by [Schunker, Dominic]

Love-Lines

Love-Lines by [Langer, Sheri]

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap-Up

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Music Monday

Top Ten Tuesday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

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Blog Tour: The Military Wife (A Heart of a Hero: Book 1) by Laura Trentham

The Military Wife (A Heart of a Hero, #1)


4 Stars

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, St. Martin’s Griffin

Date of publication: February 5th, 2019

Genre: Romance

Series: A Heart of a Hero

The Military Wife—Book 1

Where to find The Military Wife: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Goodreads synopsis:

An emotionally layered novel about family, loss and what it means to be a military wife. 

Harper Lee Wilcox has been marking time in her hometown of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina since her husband, Noah Wilcox’s death, nearly five years earlier. With her son Ben turning five and living at home with her mother, Harper fights a growing restlessness, worried that moving on means leaving the memory of her husband behind.

Her best friend, Allison Teague, is dealing with struggles of her own. Her husband, a former SEAL that served with Noah, was injured while deployed and has come home physically healed but fighting PTSD. With three children underfoot and unable to help her husband, Allison is at her wit’s end.

In an effort to reenergize her own life, Harper sees an opportunity to help not only Allison but a network of other military wives eager to support her idea of starting a string of coffee houses close to military bases around the country.

In the pursuit of her dream, Harper crosses paths with Bennett Caldwell, Noah’s best friend, and SEAL brother. A man who has a promise to keep, entangling their lives in ways neither of them can foresee. As her business grows so does an unexpected relationship with Bennett. Can Harper let go of her grief and build a future with Bennett even as the man they both loved haunts their pasts?


My review:

I have read a few of Laura Trentham books. When the publisher contacted me to review The Military Wife (and take part in the blog tour), I didn’t hesitate to accept. Since I had enjoyed the books I read, I figured I would like this one.

I loved The Military Wife. This book pulled at my heartstrings. I was able to connect with the main male and female characters. The plotlines were well written. I couldn’t get enough of this book!!

I loved Harper’s character, both in the past and present. She overcame all obstacles with grace and determination. When she heard and saw the problem about military wives getting jobs, she decided to do something. Having been a military wife, she knew how hard it was. She was a great friend. When she found out that Allison was having issues with Derek, she was there for her. She offered the kids a safe haven after Sophie’s accident. She also was there when Bennett talked Derek down and forced him to get help.

Of course, she did have her faults. She was stubborn (hmmm, sounds like me). While she loved and respected her mother, she had an almost teenagerish like attitude with her at times. I wanted to reach through my Kindle, shake her and say “Good Lord, woman. She’s watching your kid. Don’t be a jerk!!

I liked Bennett, a lot. He was your typical tall, dark and handsome guy who said little. He kept his distance from Harper. Like her, I thought that he didn’t like her. It wasn’t until the chapters during Noah’s training that it was revealed that he actually fell in love with her through her letters. I was amazed that he felt that way about her. I thought that he felt guilt over how Noah died and that’s why he avoided her.

I loved that the author chose to discuss PTSD in combat veterans. She showed the gauntlet of how PTSD affects those who have it. From Bennett, who had nightmares to Derek, who was tortured by the memories of those who died. He couldn’t function and his relationship with Allison and his kids suffered. She also detailed the lack of help that is available to those affected and in the military. I loved that emotional support dogs, support groups, and Wounded Warriors were showcased. Derek’s spiral at the end of the book was realistic too. I was thankful that the author chose to end it the way she did.

I loved Bennett and Harper’s romance. But I felt that it was overshadowed by the ghost of Noah for most of the book. Once Noah’s ghost was out of the way, though, it became sweet.

I didn’t feel the first few sex scenes. I felt that both Harper and Bennett felt like they were dishonoring Noah’s memory. Which was the furthest thing from the truth. The sex scenes towards the end of the book were more my jam.

The most emotional part of the book, for me, was when Bennett finally told Harper how Noah died. I thought that Noah died in a case of friendly fire (or something like that). The truth wasn’t even close to that.

The storyline involving the business that Harper wanted to start for the military wives were good. I do wish more was said about it. I was curious about it. I am hoping that future books showcase it because it did pique my interest.

The end of The Military Wife was beyond sweet. It was your typical romance novel ending. I did see it coming so what happened wasn’t a surprise. But I wasn’t expecting what happened at the end. Talk about making me a blubbery mess!!


I would give The Military Wife an Adult rating. There is sex (not graphic). There is violence. There is language. There are triggers. They would be the death of a spouse, PTSD and severe injury of a child. I would recommend that no one under the age of 21 read this book.

I would reread The Military Wife. I would also recommend this book to family and friends.


I would like to thank the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review The Military Wife.

All opinion stated in this review of The Military Wife are mine

**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**

Excerpt: The Military Wife by Laura Trentham

The Military Wife (A Heart of a Hero, #1)

THE MILITARY WIFE by Laura Trentham

A young widow embraces a second chance at life when she reconnects with those who understand the sacrifices made by American soldiers and their families in award-winning author Laura Trentham’s The Military Wife.

Harper Lee Wilcox has been marking time in her hometown of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina since her husband, Noah Wilcox’s death, nearly five years earlier. With her son Ben turning five and living at home with her mother, Harper fights a growing restlessness, worried that moving on means leaving the memory of her husband behind.


Her best friend, Allison Teague, is dealing with struggles of her own. Her husband, a former SEAL that served with Noah, was injured while deployed and has come home physically healed but fighting PTSD. With three children underfoot and unable to help her husband, Allison is at her wit’s end.


In an effort to reenergize her own life, Harper sees an opportunity to help not only Allison but a network of other military wives eager to support her idea of starting a string of coffee houses close to military bases around the country.


In the pursuit of her dream, Harper crosses paths with Bennett Caldwell, Noah’s best friend, and SEAL brother. A man who has a promise to keep, entangling their lives in ways neither of them can foresee. As her business grows so does an unexpected relationship with Bennett. Can Harper let go of her grief and build a future with Bennett even as the man they both loved haunts their pasts?

LAURA TRENTHAM is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She is a member of RWA and has been a finalist multiple times in the Golden Heart competition. A chemical
engineer by training and a lover of books by nature, she lives in South Carolina.

Buy-Book Links: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250145536

Excerpt:

Chapter 1

Present Day

Winters in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, were temperamental. The sunshine and a temperate southerly breeze that started a day could turn into biting,
salt-tinged snow flurries by afternoon. But one thing Harper Lee Wilcox could count on was that winter along the Outer Banks was quiet.


The bustle and hum and weekly rotation of tourists that marked the summer months settled into a winter melancholy that Harper enjoyed. Well, perhaps not enjoyed in the traditional sense . . . more like she enjoyed surrendering to the melancholy. In fact, her mother may have accused her of wallowing in it once or twice or a hundred times.


In the winter, she didn’t have to smile and pretend her life was great. Not that it was bad. Lots of people had it worse. Much worse. In fact, parts of her life were fabulous. Almost five, her son was happy and healthy and smart. Her mother’s strength and support were unwavering and had bolstered her through the worst time of her life. Her friends were amazing.

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That was the real issue. In the craziness of the summer season, she forgot
to be sad. Her husband, Noah, had been gone five years; the same amount of time they’d been married. Soon the years separating them would outnumber the years they’d been together. The thought was sobering and only intensified the need to keep a sacred place in her heart waiting and empty. Her secret memorial.


She parked the sensible sedan Noah had bought her soon after they married under her childhood home. Even though they were inland, the stilts were a common architectural feature up and down the Outer Banks.
Juggling her laptop and purse, Harper pushed open the front door and stacked her things to the side. “I’m home!”


A little body careened down the steps and crashed into her legs. She returned the ferocious hug. Her pregnancy was the only thing that had kept her going those first weeks after she’d opened her front door to the Navy chaplain.


“How was preschool? Did you like the pasta salad I packed for your
lunch?”


“It made me toot and everyone laughed, even the girls. Can you pack it for
me again tomorrow?”


“Ben! You shouldn’t want to toot.” Laughter ruined the admonishing tone
she was going for.


As Harper’s mom said time and again, the kid was a hoot and a half. He might have Harper’s brown wavy hair, but he had Noah’s spirit and mannerisms and humor. Ben approached everything with an optimism Harper had lost or perhaps had never been gifted with from the start. He was a blessing Harper sometimes wondered if she deserved.


“Where’s Yaya?” She ruffled his unruly hair.


Of course, her mom had picked an unconventional name. “Grandmother”
was too old-fashioned and pedestrian. Since she’d retired from the library, she had

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cast off any semblance of normalcy and embraced an inner spirit that was a
a throwback to 1960s bra burners and Woodstock.

“Upstairs painting.” Ben slipped his hand into Harper’s and tugged her toward the kitchen. Bright red and orange and blue paint smeared the back of his hand and arm like a rainbow. At least, her mom had put him in old clothes. “Yaya gave me my own canvas and let me paint whatever I wanted.”


“And what did you paint?” Harper prayed it wasn’t a nude study, which
was the homework assignment from her mom’s community college class.


“I drew Daddy in heaven. I used all the colors.” The matter-of-factness of
his tone clawed at her heart.


No child should have to grow up only knowing their father through pictures and stories. Her own father had been absent because of divorce and disinterest. He’d sent his court-ordered child support payments regularly until she turned eighteen but rarely visited or shown any curiosity about her. It had hurt until teenaged resentment scarred over the wound.


Noah would have made a great dad. The best. That he never got the chance piled more regrets and what-ifs onto her winter inspired melancholy.


“I’m sure he would have loved your painting.” Luckily, Ben didn’t notice
her choked-up reply.


He went to the cabinet, pulled out white bread and crunchy peanut butter,
and proceeded to make two sandwiches. It was their afternoon routine. Someday he would outgrow it. Outgrow her and become a man like his daddy.


She poured him a glass of milk, and they ate their sandwiches, talking about how the rest of his day went—outside of his epic toots. His world was small and safe and she wanted to keep it that way for as long as possible.


Her mom breezed into the kitchen, her still-thick but graying brown hair twisted into a messy bun, a thin paintbrush holding it in place. Slim and attractive,

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she wore paint-splattered jeans and a long-sleeve T-shirt that read: I make AARP look good. Harper pinched her lips together to stifle a grin.


“How’s your assignment coming along?” Harper asked.


“I’m having a hard time with proportions. It’s been a while, but I’m pretty
sure my man’s you-know-what shouldn’t hang down to his kneecaps.”


Harper shot a glance toward Ben, who had moved to the floor of the den to play with LEGOs. As crazy as her mom drove her, she was and would always be Harper’s rock. The irony wasn’t lost on her. As hard as she’d worked to get out of Kitty Hawk and out of her mother’s reach when she was young, she’d never regretted coming home.


“It’s been a while for me, too, but that’s not how I remember them,
either.”


“A pity for us both.” Her mother pulled a jar of olives out of the fridge and proceeded to make martinis—shaken, not stirred. She raised her eyebrows, and Harper answered the unspoken question with a nod. Her mom poured and plopped an extra olive in Harper’s. “How was work?”


Harper handled bookkeeping and taxes for a number of local businesses,
but a good number closed up shop in the winter. “Routine. Quiet.”


“Exactly like your life.”


Harper sputtered on her first sip. “What’s that supposed to mean?”


“I hate seeing you mope around all winter.” Her mom poked at the olive in her drink with a toothpick and looked toward Ben, dropping her voice. “He’s been gone five years, sweetheart, and you haven’t gone on so much as a date.”


“That’s not true. I went to lunch with Whit a few weeks ago.”


“He was trying to sell you life insurance. Doesn’t count.”


Harper huffed and covered her discomfort by taking another sip. “What
about you? You never date.”

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“True, but your father ruined me on relationships. I have trust issues. You
and Noah, on the other hand, seemed to get along fine. Or am I wrong?”


“You’re not.” Another sip of the martini grew the tingly warmth in her stomach. Their marriage hadn’t been completely without conflict, but what relationship was? As she looked back on their fights, they seemed juvenile and unimportant. It was easier to remember the good times. And there were so many to choose from.


She touched the empty finger on her left hand. The ring occupied her jewelry box and had for three years. But, occasionally, her finger would ache with phantom pains as if it were missing a vital organ.


“You’re young. Find another good man. Or forget the man, just find
something you’re passionate about.”


“I’m happy right where I am.” Harper hammered up her defenses as if
preparing for a hurricane.

“Don’t mistake comfort for happiness. You’re comfortable here. Too comfortable. But you’re not happy.”


“God, Mom, why are you Dr. Phil–ing me all of sudden? Are you
wanting me and Ben to move out or something?” Her voice sailed high and Ben looked over at them, his eyes wide, clutching his LEGO robot so tightly its head fell off.


“You and Ben are welcome to stay and take care of me in my old age.”
Her mom shifted toward the den. “You hear that, honey? I want you to stay
forever.”


Ben gave them an eye-crinkling smile that reminded her so much of Noah her insides squirmed, and she killed the rest of her drink. She was so careful not to show how lonely she sometimes felt in front of Ben.


“Harper.” Her mom’s chiding tone reminded her so much of her own childhood, she glanced up instinctively. Her mom took her hand, and her hazel

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eyes matched the ones that stared back at Harper in the mirror. “You’re marking time in Kitty Hawk. Find something that excites you again. Don’t let Ben—or Noah— be your excuse.”


Harper looked to her son. His chubby fingers fit the small LEGO pieces together turning the robot into a house. She had built her life brick by brick adding pieces and colors, expanding, taking pride, until one horrible day she ’d stopped. Maybe her mom was right. Was it time to build something new?

Weekly Wrap-Up: January 6th through January 12th 2019

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

The Last Letter
Katie's Highlander (Highlander Protector, #3)
Ice Hot (New York Nighthawks, #1)
Game On (Aces Hockey, #8)
For Baby and Me (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 4)
Life Rewritten (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 3)
Can't Stand the Heat? (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 2)
One Tough Cowboy (Moving Violations #1)

Books with reviews pending (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Katie’s Highlander—review coming January 22nd, 2019

Katie's Highlander (Highlander Protector, #3)

Ice Hot—review coming March 5th, 2019

Ice Hot (New York Nighthawks, #1)

Game On—review coming January 15th, 2019

Game On (Aces Hockey, #8)

For Baby and Me—review coming January 11th, 2019

For Baby and Me (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 4)

Life Rewritten—review coming January 10th, 2019

Life Rewritten (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 3)

Can’t Stand the Heat—review coming January 9th, 2019

Can't Stand the Heat? (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 2)

One Tough Cowboy—review coming February 1st, 2019

One Tough Cowboy (Moving Violations #1)

The Escape Room—review coming August 6th, 2019

The Escape Room

The Liar’s Child—review coming March 12th, 2019

The Liar's Child

The Military Wife—review coming February 10th, 2019

The Military Wife (A Heart of a Hero, #1)

The Night Before—review coming May 14th, 2019

The Night Before

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Life Rewritten—review here

Life Rewritten (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 3)

Can’t Stand the Heat—review here

Can't Stand the Heat? (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 2)

White Stag—review here

White Stag (Permafrost, #1)

An Anonymous Girl—review here

An Anonymous Girl

Forgiving Keven—review here

Forgiving Keven (The Kennedy Boys, #7)

Deadly Cage—review here

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

The Woman in the Lake

Breaking His Rules

Breaking His Rules

The Night Window

The Night Window (Jane Hawk #5)

The Soul of Power

The Soul of Power

Smitten by the Brit

Smitten by the Brit (Sometimes in Love, #2)

Inspection

Inspection: A Novel

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

The Queen's Opal (Stone Bearers, #1)

Weekly Posts:

Weekly-Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday

WWW Wednesday: December 19th, 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Wars. So here what I have read/are reading/will be reading.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What’s going on with me this past week:

Personal:

The kids finally went back to school on Thursday (except Miss R). It was a 3-hour delay but hey, they still went. I noticed that Miss R’s eyes were junky. They were worse on Friday (so she didn’t go to school) and I took her into the Dr. She had pink eye, which didn’t surprise me. What did surprise me was the double ear infections. Not a peep out of her that her ears were hurting. So, eye drops and antibiotics. Which hasn’t been easy. She has been fighting them both from day one.

Miss B had her Winter Concert Monday night. They nailed it!!! Here’s one of the songs that they performed: 

Miss R had her preschool Christmas play today. It was cute. Miss R was an angel. An angel who’s halo kept slipping down over her face…lol. They had cookies and water afterward and then a regular school day. She is now home on break until January 1st.

Mr. Z’s Winter sing-a-long is tomorrow. Normally, I don’t go to those but the 5th grade are putting on a bell concert mid-sing-a-long. Mr. Z is playing C sharp. Is he nervous, I have no clue. He won’t answer me when I ask him.

I am still having issues with Miss B turning in her homework and classwork. Right now, she is barely passing ELA. I was going to talk to the teacher (because Miss B told us that she was grading work that wasn’t done). I found out last night that Miss B was lying about that. So, she needs to get all of her missing work and she is completing it tonight. If she doesn’t get it, she is grounded from her phone/laptop/XBox. And she won’t be going on a field trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway (which includes a lap around the track with a driver). She knows that I am serious. I am just hoping she brings the work home.

Reading/Reviews

I am behind on reviews. But, I blame Christmas for that. I have been wrapping presents during the time I would normally write my reviews. I am done with the wrapping, though, so hopefully, I will be catching up with reviews.

As for reading, I am pretty good. I am about where I want to be right now. I am still a couple of books behind. I am putting the blame on that because I decided I was going to play WoW instead of reading. LOL.


What I am currently reading:

Little Darlings

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“Mother knows best” takes on a sinister new meaning in this unsettling thriller perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman and Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

Everyone says Lauren Tranter is exhausted, that she needs rest. And they’re right; with newborn twins, Morgan and Riley, she’s never been more tired in her life. But she knows what she saw: that night, in her hospital room, a woman tried to take her babies and replace them with her own…creatures. Yet when the police arrived, they saw no one. Everyone, from her doctor to her husband, thinks she’s imagining things.

A month passes. And one bright summer morning, the babies disappear from Lauren’s side in a park. But when they’re found, something is different about them. The infants look like Morgan and Riley―to everyone else. But to Lauren, something is off. As everyone around her celebrates their return, Lauren begins to scream, These are not my babies.

Determined to bring her true infant sons home, Lauren will risk the unthinkable. But if she’s wrong about what she saw…she’ll be making the biggest mistake of her life.

Compulsive, creepy, and inspired by some of our darkest fairy tales, Little Darlings will have you checking―and rechecking―your own little ones. Just to be sure. Just to be safe.

I am almost done with this book. My Kindle pooped out last night because I forgot to charge it. The book itself is creepy. I love how the author is playing up what is happening to Lauren. But, at the same time, I can’t help but wonder if something did happen to the twins. Little Darlings is currently on pre-order. Its expected publication date is May 10th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.


What I recently finished reading:

The Mother-in-Law

A twisty, compelling novel about one woman’s complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in murder…

From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and properly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice who helped female refugees assimilate to their new country. Diana was happily married to Tom and lived in wedded bliss for decades. Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law. 

That was five years ago.

Now, Diana has been found dead, a suicide note near her body. Diana claims that she no longer wanted to live because of a battle with cancer.

But the autopsy finds no cancer.
The autopsy does find traces of poison and suffocation. 
Who could possibly want Diana dead? 
Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her adult children and their spouses?

With Lucy’s secrets getting deeper and her relationship with her mother-in-law growing more complex as the pages turn, this new novel from Sally Hepworth is sure to add to her growing legion of fans.

I was surprised at how much I liked this book. When I first started reading it, I thought I had who killed Diana pegged. The twist at the end of the book was surprising. The Mother-In-Law is currently on pre-order. Its expected publication date is April 23rd, 2019. Look for my review around that date.


What books I think I’ll read next? (click on the pictures for Amazon links)

The Night Before

The night before…and the nightmare after.

Rosie and Laura are as different as two sisters can be. One is stable and has the perfect family. The other struggles to break free from her troubled past. When Laura disappears after going on a blind date, Rosie takes matters into her own hands. 

But as Rosie begins to search for her sister, her greatest fears come to the surface. Could Laura be more of a danger than the stranger she meets or is the night before her last night alive? 

Told in dual timelines—the night before and the day after—The Night Before is a riveting thriller about family loyalty, obsession, and what happens when the desire for love spins out of control.

I am a huge Wendy Walker fan. Having read her previous book, Emma in the Night, I needed to read this book. I am hoping that it is as good as I think it is going to be. The Night Before is currently on pre-order. Its date of publication is May 14th, 2019. Be on the lookout for my review after that date.

The Military Wife (A Heart of a Hero, #1)

An emotionally layered novel about family, loss and what it means to be a military wife. 

Harper Lee Wilcox has been marking time in her hometown of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina since her husband, Noah Wilcox’s death, nearly five years earlier. With her son Ben turning five and living at home with her mother, Harper fights a growing restlessness, worried that moving on means leaving the memory of her husband behind.

Her best friend, Allison Teague, is dealing with struggles of her own. Her husband, a former SEAL that served with Noah, was injured while deployed and has come home physically healed but fighting PTSD. With three children underfoot and unable to help her husband, Allison is at her wit’s end.

In an effort to reenergize her own life, Harper sees an opportunity to help not only Allison but a network of other military wives eager to support her idea of starting a string of coffee houses close to military bases around the country.

In the pursuit of her dream, Harper crosses paths with Bennett Caldwell, Noah’s best friend, and SEAL brother. A man who has a promise to keep, entangling their lives in ways neither of them can foresee. As her business grows so does an unexpected relationship with Bennett. Can Harper let go of her grief and build a future with Bennett even as the man they both loved haunts their pasts?

I was taken in by the blurb when I was approached by the publisher with a review request. It caught my attention and made me want to read it. I am hoping that it is as good as I think it is. The Military Wife is currently on pre-order. Its expected date of publication is February 5th, 2019. I am part of the blog tour. So look for the excerpt the week of January 28th and my review on February 10th, 2019.

The Liar's Child

In this intense and intimate family portrait that moves at a thriller’s pace, a troubled woman faces a gripping moral dilemma after rescuing two abandoned children from a hurricane.

On the outskirts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks sits The Paradise, an apartment complex where renters never stay long enough to call the place “home”–and neighbors are seldom neighborly. It’s ideal for Sara Lennox, who moved there to escape a complicated past–and even her name–and rebuild a new life for herself under the radar. But Sara cannot help but notice the family next door, especially twelve-year-old Cassie and five-year-old Boon. She hears rumors and whispers of a recent tragedy slowly tearing them apart.

When a raging storm threatens then slams the coastal community, Sara makes a quick, bold decision: Rescue Cassie and Boon from the storm and their broken home–without telling a soul. But this seemingly noble act is not without consequences. Some lethal.

Carla Buckley crafts a richly rewarding psychological portrait, combining a heart-wrenching family drama with high-stakes suspense, as the lives of three characters intertwine in an unforgettable story of fury, fate–and redemption.

This was a book that I had wished for on NetGalley and it was granted. Seeing that I never get my wishes granted on there it is a miracle. I was intrigued by the plot. The Liar’s Child is currently on pre-order. Its expected publication date is March 12th, 2019. Look for my review after that date.


So that’s it. Be on the lookout for the reviews of all these books in the near future.

Have you read any of these books?

Let me know what you thought of them!!

Weekly Wrap-Up: November 4th through November 10th 2018

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Books I’ve Read (clicking on the picture will bring you to Goodreads page):

Exposed Fury

You Are The Everything

Dragon's Shadow

An Unlikely Setup (Welcome to Otter Tail Book 1)

Dragonfire (Dark Kings, #14)

Spirit of Prophecy: Paranormal and Sci-Fi Crime

Lakes of Mars

Books with reviews pending (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Books with published reviews (clicking on pictures will bring you to the Amazon page):

Dragon’s Shadow—review here

Dragon's Shadow by Allison Morse

An Unlikely Setup—review here

An Unlikely Setup by Margaret Watson

Dragonfire—review here

Dragonfire (Dark Kings, #14)

Spirit of Prophecy—review here

Spirit of Prophecy: Paranormal and Sci-Fi Crime

Pandemonium—review here

Pandemonium

NetGalley Haul(clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

One Tough Cowboy (Moving Violations #1)

The Escape Room

The Liar's Child

The Military Wife (A Heart of a Hero, #1)

Email Haul (clicking on the picture will bring you to the Goodreads page):

Weekly Posts:

Weekly Wrap Up

Freebie Sunday

Music Monday

WWW Wednesday

Throwback Thursday

Foodie Friday