The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

I FINALLY got around to reading this amazing novel and I just loved it! First of all, it was so interesting and the setting was beautifully depicted. I loved the main character and how she was a strong and independent woman. I love books that are centered on sisters and their complicated relationships. This book is part of a trilogy and I am excited that the second book is already available.

Do yourself a favor and read this novel if you haven’t already! I waited because everyone was reading it and I never read what everyone is reading (strange, but true).

Thank you to Net Galley and the publishers, Harlequin/MIRA, for my copy!

Here’s the scoop:

Description

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER

A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK

“Captivated me from the first chapter to the final page.”—Reese Witherspoon

Vivid and compelling in its portrait of one woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern, The Henna Artist opens a door into a world that is at once lush and fascinating, stark and cruel.

Escaping from an abusive marriage, seventeen-year-old Lakshmi makes her way alone to the vibrant 1950s pink city of Jaipur. There she becomes the most highly requested henna artist—and confidante—to the wealthy women of the upper class. But trusted with the secrets of the wealthy, she can never reveal her own…

Known for her original designs and sage advice, Lakshmi must tread carefully to avoid the jealous gossips who could ruin her reputation and her livelihood. As she pursues her dream of an independent life, she is startled one day when she is confronted by her husband, who has tracked her down these many years later with a high-spirited young girl in tow—a sister Lakshmi never knew she had. Suddenly the caution that she has carefully cultivated as protection is threatened. Still she perseveres, applying her talents and lifting up those that surround her as she does.

“Eloquent and moving…Joshi masterfully balances a yearning for self-discovery with the need for familial love.”—Publishers Weekly

Look for The Secret Keeper of Jaipur from New York Times bestselling author Alka Joshi!

Harper Collins Blog Tour for NANNY DEAREST by Flora Collins

This was a suspenseful and somewhat twisted read (and actually the second “nanny” book I read this month!). If you enjoy slightly unnerving suspense, don’t miss this one! Thank you for making me part of the tour and for my copy!

Nanny Dearest : A Novel
Flora Collins
On Sale Date: November 30, 2021
9780778311614
Trade Paperback
$16.99 USD
336 pages


ABOUT THE BOOK:
Compulsively readable domestic suspense, perfect for fans of THE TURN OF THE KEY and
THE PERFECT NANNY, about a woman who takes comfort in reconnecting with her childhood
nanny after her father’s death, until she starts to uncover dark secrets the nanny has been
holding for twenty years.
Set in New York city and upstate New York, NANNY DEAREST is the story of twenty-five
year-old Sue Keller, a young woman reeling from the recent death of her father, a particularly
painful loss given that Sue’s mother died of cancer when she was only three. At just this
moment of vulnerability comes Anneliese Whitaker, Sue’s former nanny from her childhood days
in upstate New York.
Sue, craving connection and mothering, is only too eager to welcome Annie back into her life;
but as they become inseparable once again, Sue begins to uncover the truth about Annie’s
unsettling time in the Keller house all those years ago, particularly the manner of her departure
– or dismissal. At the same time, she begins to grow increasingly alarmed for the safety of the
two new charges currently in Annie’s care.
Told in alternating points of views, switching between Annie in the mid-90s and Sue in the
present day, this is a taut novel of suspense with a shocking ending.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Flora Collins was born and raised in New York City and has never left, except for a four-year
stint at Vassar College. When she’s not writing, she can be found watching reality shows that
were canceled after one season or attempting to eat soft-serve ice cream in bed (sometimes
simultaneously). Nanny Dearest is her first novel, and draws upon personal experiences from
her own family history.

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The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain

Loved this one that I read at the end of summer! I loved how the characters changed over time and how there was a bit of a mystery wrapped up into the story. Most of all, I loved the story of fighting in the Civil Rights movement and what that was like. Such a memorable story!

This was my first book by Diane Chamberlain, but it won’t be my last! Thank you for my Net Galley copy!

Description

A community’s past sins rise to the surface in New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain’s The Last House on the Street when two women, a generation apart, find themselves bound by tragedy and an unsolved, decades-old mystery.

1965

Growing up in the well-to-do town of Round Hill, North Carolina, Ellie Hockley was raised to be a certain type of proper Southern lady. Enrolled in college and all but engaged to a bank manager, Ellie isn’t as committed to her expected future as her family believes. She’s chosen to spend her summer break as a volunteer helping to register black voters. But as Ellie follows her ideals fighting for the civil rights of the marginalized, her scandalized parents scorn her efforts, and her neighbors reveal their prejudices. And when she loses her heart to a fellow volunteer, Ellie discovers the frightening true nature of the people living in Round Hill.

2010

Architect Kayla Carter and her husband designed a beautiful house for themselves in Round Hill’s new development, Shadow Ridge Estates. It was supposed to be a home where they could raise their three-year-old daughter and grow old together. Instead, it’s the place where Kayla’s husband died in an accident—a fact known to a mysterious woman who warns Kayla against moving in. The woods and lake behind the property are reputed to be haunted, and the new home has been targeted by vandals leaving threatening notes. And Kayla’s neighbor Ellie Hockley is harboring long buried secrets about the dark history of the land where her house was built.

Two women. Two stories. Both on a collision course with the truth–no matter what that truth may bring to light–in Diane Chamberlain’s riveting, powerful novel about the search for justice.

God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen by Rhys Bowen

It’s another Royal Spyness mystery!

I love Rhys Bowen’s Royal Spyness series! This one was a good one: Georgie is trying to celebrate Christmas with her family and the Royal Family, but people keep having “accidents”. Will Georgie and Darcy (now married!) figure it out in time? This is the perfect cozy mystery to curl up and read during the holidays! Thank you for my e-copy via Net Galley.

Overview:

Georgie is back and hanging the stockings with care when a murder interrupts her Christmas cheer in this all-new installment in the New York Times bestselling Royal Spyness series from Rhys Bowen.

Georgie is excited for her first Christmas as a married woman in her lovely new home. She suggests to her dashing husband, Darcy, that they have a little house party, but when Darcy receives a letter from his aunt Ermintrude, there is an abrupt change in plans. She has moved to a house on the edge of the Sandringham estate, near the royal family, and wants to invite Darcy and his new bride for Christmas. Aunt Ermintrude hints that the queen would like Georgie nearby. Georgie had not known that Aunt Ermintrude was a former lady-in-waiting and close confidante of her royal highness. The letter is therefore almost a royal request, so Georgie, Darcy, and their Christmas guests: Mummy, Grandad, Fig, and Binky all head to Sandringham.

Georgie soon learns that the notorious Mrs. Simpson, mistress to the Prince of Wales, will also be in attendance. It is now crystal clear to Georgie that the Queen expects her to do a bit of spying. There is tension in the air from the get-go, and when Georgie pays a visit to the queen, she learns that there is more to her request than just some simple eavesdropping. There have been a couple of strange accidents at the estate recently. Two gentlemen of the royal household have died in mysterious circumstances and another has been shot by mistake during a hunt. Georgie begins to suspect that a member of the royal family is the real target but her investigation will put her new husband and love of her life, Darcy, in the crosshairs of a killer.

Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

I love Elizabeth Strout’s writing and I so enjoyed her recent novel Oh William!. Lucy Barton narrates the story, telling of William’s family and his experience as she views it. I honestly did not pick this one up for a while as it sounded fairly dull, but Elizabeth Strout’s writing is so beautiful, so vivid. She has the ability to capture character in such a way that you find yourself shaking your head saying, “Yes, that is exactly how that is”. She is one of those rare writers who makes the ordinary extraordinary. When you read her books you feel better about life.

Thank you for my Net Galley copy.

Here’s the overview:

Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout explores the mysteries of marriage and the secrets we keep, as a former couple reckons with where they’ve come from—and what they’ve left behind. 

“Elizabeth Strout is one of my very favorite writers, so the fact that Oh William! may well be my favorite of her books is a mathematical equation for joy. The depth, complexity, and love contained in these pages is a miraculous achievement.”—Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House

I would like to say a few things about my first husband, William. 

Lucy Barton is a writer, but her ex-husband, William, remains a hard man to read. William, she confesses, has always been a mystery to me. Another mystery is why the two have remained connected after all these years. They just are. 

So Lucy is both surprised and not surprised when William asks her to join him on a trip to investigate a recently uncovered family secret—one of those secrets that rearrange everything we think we know about the people closest to us. What happens next is nothing less than another example of what Hilary Mantel has called Elizabeth Strout’s “perfect attunement to the human condition.” There are fears and insecurities, simple joys and acts of tenderness, and revelations about affairs and other spouses, parents and their children. On every page of this exquisite novel we learn more about the quiet forces that hold us together—even after we’ve grown apart. 

At the heart of this story is the indomitable voice of Lucy Barton, who offers a profound, lasting reflection on the very nature of existence. “This is the way of life,” Lucy says: “the many things we do not know until it is too late.”

Bookouture Blog Tour for A LETTER FROM PEARL HARBOR by Anna Stuart

I’m shouting it out today for a book that I’m enjoying right now: A Letter from Pearl Harbor by Anna Stuart. This is a story within a story, moving from present day to WWII and back again. I love these engaging reads where I have to keep going to see how it all turns out!

Here’s the overview:

Book Description:
Ninety-eight-year-old Ginny McAllister’s last wish is for her granddaughter to complete a treasure hunt containing clues to her past. Clues that reveal her life as one of the first female pilots at Pearl Harbor, and a devastating World War Two secret.

1941, Pearl Harbor: On the morning of December 7th, Ginny is flying her little yellow plane above the sparkling seas when she spots an unknown aircraft closing in on her. She recognises the red symbol of the Japanese fighter planes almost too late. Somehow, she manages to land unscathed but the choices she is forced to make in the terrible hours that follow have tragic consequences…

2019, Pearl Harbor: Heartbroken RobynHarris is reeling from the death of the strong, determined grandmother who raised her. Her only comfort is a letter written in Ginny’s distinctive hand which details a treasure hunt, just like the ones she used to set for her as a little girl. Except this time, the clues are scattered across the beautiful island of Hawaii. Despite her grief, Robyn finds herself intrigued as she follows the trail of letters, revealing the truth about Ginny’s service during the Second World War.

But Robyn’s whole world is turned upside down when she’s faced with a shocking secret which has the power to change the course of her own life…

Inspired by true events, this is a heartbreaking and unforgettable WW2 novel about love, loss and bravery. Perfect for fans of The Alice Network, The Nightingale and Kathryn Hughes.

Author Bio:
Anna Stuart lives in Derbyshire with her campervan-mad husband, two hungry teenagers and a slightly loopy dog. She was hooked on books from the moment she first opened one in her cot so is thrilled to now have several of her own to her name. Having studied English literature at Cambridge university, she took an enjoyable temporary trip into the ‘real world’ as a factory planner, before returning to her first love and becoming an author. History has also always fascinated her. Living in an old house with a stone fireplace, she often wonders who sat around it before her and is intrigued by how actively the past is woven into the present, something she likes to explore in her novels. Anna loves the way that writing lets her ‘try on’ so many different lives, but her favourite part of the job is undoubtedly hearing from readers. You can reach her on Facebook @annastuartauthor or Twitter @annastuartbooks.

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Thank you so much for making me part of the tour and sharing this novel with me!

Our Trespasses by Michael Cordell

I’m shining the spotlight today on a book which I’m currently reading: Our Trespasses by Michael Cordell.

Here’s the overview:

As a child, Matt accepted the powerful psychic connection he had with his twin brother, Jake. But as they grew up, and Jake’s adult choices led him down dark paths, Matt moved across the country to escape their connection. His plan works for ten years—until Jake’s violent murder. 

Matt quickly realizes their connection is still alive and well, even if Jake isn’t, and this time, it presents a hell of a lot more challenges. 

Determined to free himself from the terror of Jake’s afterlife and sever their fraternal link forever, Matt returns to his troubled rural hometown in Nebraska to confront the damage—and enemies—his brother left behind. 

But when he realizes that the powers of darkness are aware of the link between their world and ours, finding a way to break the connection becomes a race against time. 

Here’s the scoop from Amazon:

Deliver us from evil…

Drowning in a meaningless existence flipping burgers, Matthew Davis suddenly collapses from a powerful psychic connection he shares with his twin brother, Jake. The pain is violent and immediate, and Matt knows exactly what it means… hundreds of miles away, Jake has been viciously killed. But instead of severing their connection, the murder intensifies it and Matt begins to suffer the agony of Jake’s afterlife.

Hell bent on solving Jake’s murder in order to break the connection, Matt travels to his troubled hometown of Hatchett, Nebraska, where an old lover and savage new enemies expose the festering wounds that Jake left behind.

Matt tries atoning for Jake’s sins, but when a demon infests the connection between the two brothers, Matt must find a way to sever their bond before his world, and ours, become engulfed in the flames of hell.

Fans of Stephen King’s The Outsider, Stephen Graham Jones’ The Only Good Indians, and William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist will find this new paranormal thriller impossible to put down.

This is a suspenseful, paranormal thriller – perfect for Halloween!

Thank you to TCK Publishing for my review e-copy!

Here is a link to the book:

Our Trespasses: A Paranormal Thriller

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And here is the author’s website:

Bookouture Blog Tour: Find Me in the Dark by Dea Poirier

Here I am today, chatting about this new suspenseful novel Find Me in the Dark by Dea Poirier. This was a mystery with a different twist – the serial killer is not just from the protagonist’s past, or an encounter long ago, he is her father!

Book Description:


She’d been running for so long, it felt like her legs were on fire. Her heart was pounding so hard, she was sure it would give out. Around her, the snow was falling, casting an eerie silence over the town. A crack behind her, a foot snapping a branch, it warned her that he was still coming. She whipped around and saw the knife gleaming in his hand…

As the snow begins to melt across Plattsburgh, New York, the body of a young woman is found buried in a snowbank. When Detective Harlow Durant arrives at the scene she discovers that the victim has lain there for months: her arresting beauty, brightly-coloured nails and a distinctive gold bracelet perfectly preserved in the ice.

Searching missing person reports, Harlow soon identifies the victim as college student Alyssa Trent. Her grieving family describe her as someone who had no enemies and was a dedicated student. But Alyssa’s tutor has a different view: they claim Alyssa had another life that she kept hidden. But who would want her dead?

Harlow knows all about secret lives. She has spent years running from her past and from her father, a convicted serial killer. As the only female detective at the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Harlow has vowed to bring killers to justice. Now she needs to find justice for Alyssa.

When another female student is found in the thawing snow, Harlow knows that she is hunting a twisted killer. The victims knew each other but what dark secret connects them? With the small-town reeling in shock and more snow coming, Harlow knows she needs to stop a killer dead in their tracks before another innocent life is lost.

From the bestselling author of Next Girl To Die comes an addictive crime thriller perfect for fans of Melinda Leigh, Kendra Elliot and Robert Dugoni’s Tracy Crosswhite series.

Author Bio:


Author Dea (D.H) Poirier is the author of NEXT GIRL TO DIE, which hit #1 in the Amazon charts. She was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she got her start writing in creative writing courses. She attended The University of Central Oklahoma for Computer Science and Political Science. Later, she spent time living on both coasts, and traveling the United States, before finally putting down roots in Central Florida. She now resides somewhere between Disney and the swamp. She spends her days at her day job as a President of Digital Marketing, and her nights writing manuscripts.

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https://www.instagram.com/deapoirier/
https://twitter.com/deapoirierbooks

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Thanks for letting me be part of the tour and for this great book! I enjoyed it and am glad to see that it is the start of a series.

Bookouture Blog Tour for Twelve Days to Save Christmas by Elizabeth Neep

I’m dishing today about this fun novel and really spoke to me. I just loved this story of Poppy as she tries to recreate herself in order to win back her boyfriend. She doesn’t think she’s anything without him, yet she learns how much she has to offer the world. Looking back on my younger self, I could relate!

Here’s the overview:

Book Description:
On the first day of Christmas, my true love… dumped me.

Poppy loves Christmas and always goes all out to make this magical time of the year extra special for her boyfriend George. But George is strangely not in the Yuletide spirit this year. As Poppy wrestles him into her Christmas jumper built for two for a holiday snapshot, she finds out why.

He’s leaving her. With only twelve days to spend together until Christmas.

Poppy is heartbroken. George is the love of her life, and what would Christmas be without kisses under the mistletoe, his mum’s delicious homemade gingerbread or their super-competitive games of Pictionary?

She’s determined to win George back. So, anxious to prove to him she can be spontaneous, she signs up as a Christmas volunteer at the local community centre. What she doesn’t know is that there’s a festive surprise coming her way…

As Poppy throws herself into her new role – mulling vats of hot cider and hanging fairy lights off everything within reach – she discovers an inner strength she never knew she had. And there’s also Theo. Her new boss. Grumpy and opinionated, he’s everything she doesn’t want.

But as the snow starts to fall, she begins to notice other things about him – like his twinkling green eyes, how he makes her laugh, and how much he cares about the people he’s trying to help.

As the twelfth day approaches, Poppy might be about to discover that the most perfect Christmas might be the one that she didn’t plan at all…

Fans of One Day in December, Beth O’Leary and Mhairi McFarlane will be completely enchanted by this witty and warm festive story about friendship, love and finding yourself.

Author Bio:

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Elizabeth Neep was born in 1990 in Derbyshire and now lives in London Bridge. After studying Law at the University of Nottingham and the University of New South Wales, she worked in magazine journalism, most noticeably writing for Dazed and Confused and PETRIe. Elizabeth now works as a non-fiction Senior Commissioning Editor and writes and paints in her spare time.


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Thank you so much for having me as part of the tour and for my copy! I look forward to more by this author!

Blog Tour for SISTERS OF THE GREAT WAR by Suzanne Feldman

I’m happy to be a stop today on the blog for Suzanne Feldman’s novel of WWI: Sisters of the Great War. This is an eventful and action-packed read of two sisters who choose to leave Baltimore for the front lines in England during WWI: one as an ambulance driver and one as a nurse who aspires to be a doctor. There are lots of plot lines in this story, from women’s rights to freedom of sexual expression. I enjoyed it!

Here’s the overview:

Two sisters. The Great War looming. A chance to shape their future.

Sisters Ruth and Elise Duncan could never have anticipated volunteering for the war effort. But in 1914, the two women decide to make the harrowing journey from Baltimore to Ypres, Belgium in order to escape the suffocating restrictions placed on them by their father and carve a path for their own future.

Smart and practical Ruth is training as a nurse but dreams of becoming a doctor. In a time when women are restricted to assisting men in the field, she knows it will take great determination to prove herself, and sets out to find the one person who always believed in her: a handsome army doctor from England. For quiet Elise, joining the all female Ambulance Corps means a chance to explore her identity, and come to terms with the growing attraction she feels towards women. Especially the charming young ambulance driver who has captured her heart.

In the twilight of the Old World and the dawn of the new, both young women come of age in the face bombs, bullets and the deadly futility of trench warfare. Together they must challenge the rules society has placed on them in order to save lives: both the soldiers and the people they love.

SISTERS OF THE GREAT WAR

Author: Suzanne Feldman

ISBN: 9780778311225

Publication Date: October 26, 2021

Publisher: MIRA Books

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Author Bio:

Suzanne Feldman, a recipient of the Missouri Review Editors’ Prize and a finalist for the Bakeless Prize in fiction, holds an MA in fiction from Johns Hopkins University and a BFA in art from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her short fiction has appeared in Narrative, The Missouri Review, Gargoyle, and other literary journals. She lives in Frederick, Maryland.

Thanks for my copy and for making me part of the tour!