Tuesday, February 7, 2017

#REVIEW "The Good Daughter" by Alexandra Burt - #NEW #RELEASE today, Feb 7th, 2017


Description:
From the author of Remember Mia comes the tale of a young woman in search of her past, and the mother who will do anything to keep it hidden...

What if you were the worst crime your mother ever committed?

Dahlia Waller's childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.

In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she’ll learn that in her mother s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered...
From the author of Remember Mia comes the tale of a young woman in search of her past, and the mother who will do anything to keep it hidden...

My Take:
2 Stars
This could have been an excellent book, but all the things that were written into this book to sidetrack the reader completely ruined this story. For the first 12 years of Dahlia’s life, her mother had the two of them living their lives on the run, practically out of their vehicle, and also at other times when a hotel needed help and her mother could get paid for working there they would get a motel room to stay at. Dahlia did not even go to school until she was much older. Nothing is ever referred to as to ‘why’ all of this this is in the book, but we get the general idea that something is up and there is a reason for it, which is why when Dahlia had to return home, to fill in the holes of her life because she can’t even get a job since she does not have a social security number, and this even interferes with her ability to attend college! No social security number, NO job OR college! The only problem with this is is that she waited 15 years to return home and confront her mother. We don’t know why she waited so long? At least Dahlia thinks smart and runs into a friend of hers when she gets home, a guy she went to High School with, Bobby. He happens to be a policeman, and their thinking is he can help fill in the gaps if any are needed, at least legally, but at 75% of the book, Bobby has not needed to do a thing. The two of them have even missed clues that stand out like a sore thumb to the reader!  
So much of this book just does not make sense in the way the story is told. The timeline of the story, the characters in the story, the secrets that are kept and the FEW that get told about. We, the reader, are left with our heads just spinning with these. Why the author wrote it the way she did just does not make sense, and this truly makes for a not so enjoyable read.
There are some other crazy characters as well. There is another character who seems to be into new age spirituality is called Aella. She is a trip! Then we have a fourth female character named Quinn who was brutally gangraped as a teenager which we get to read the details about that rape over and over again. This is something that is not great reading material. Why is this in this book? HOW does it relate to the story? I don’t know???
For example, there is even a little story about a woman who is comatose that Dahlia stumbles over as she is out jogging, and this little event ends up becoming huge, but it turns out not having anything to do with the story in this book. Why?
Dahlia had had enough of things the way they were, and she because she wanted to improve her life, ended up going through heck trying to do so. Her only way to fix things and make them clear so she could move ahead with her future was to do what she is did with her mother, which resulted in this odd story, and it just confused the heck out of readers.
I cannot give this book a recommendation to read it, I’m sorry, and I am really sad about this, too, because Remember Mia was SO good! Although as a saving grace for this author and for this book, The Good Daughter was not set at such a fast pace as Remember Mia was set at, so that should be taken into consideration if you are going into this book with expectations to read it. This book is set at a very much slower pace, and also has a lot of plot to it which does get confusing for the reader. Perhaps knowing that might make for a more enjoyable read? I hope so! Enjoy!
I would like to thank Berkley and NetGalley for the wonderful opportunity to get to read and review this book for free. No payment of any type was provided in order for me to read this book and write this review, but it was provided to me for free of charge for the sole purpose of reading it to write a review of my own opinion. Thank you for coming by to read this review!



ebook:  $11.99
print:    $10.77

Saturday, February 4, 2017

#StackingtheShelves #63 plus blog updates, new books and week's end for FEB 4TH, 2017


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Hello everyone! It's that time of week again, that time to do an awesome "SHOW AND TELL" of the books I have been given, from authors, from publishers, I bought, borrowed, or received somehow, the library, a yard sale, or some way this past week! I LOVE showing books off like this! This is one of MY favorite posts to write!!
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Welcome everyone! 
It is LATE in the year ALREADY to be talking about goal setting, but I AM going to talk about it! Ahhhhh, the fresh start of a new year! HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!! 2017!!! So have you set your goals yet? I have set a few, very few, but a few!!! You all know I have been swimming 3-4 times per week for exercise, to lose weight and for my physical therapy, and my doctor is ELATED it is working!!! YEAH!!! I've made her happy, and that makes ME happy!! You know how MUCH I LOVEEEEE swimming!!! How convenient that swimming is the ONLY type of workout I am able to do! I LOVEEEEE it!!! I have ALWAYS loved swimming, and I am able to take advantage of this GREAT SPORT to help my neurological muscle disease, Stiff Person Syndrome! Speaking of that:


Rare Disease Day IS COMING UP ON FEBRUARY 28th!!! I WILL HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT POSTED THAT DAY TO HELP YOU OUT AS MUCH AS I CAN! Scientists AND DOCTORS are learning that these so-called "rare diseases" are being under diagnosed because the doctors flat-out don't know about them. Oh, they DID see them in their textbooks while in Medical School, but NO TIME IS SPENT ON LEARNING ABOUT "ANY" OF THESE! I FEEL THAT IS SO WRONG! By having days like this one that is coming, Rare Disease Day, it helps bring awareness to these what are known as orphan diseases. You'll learn about that name, too! Perhaps by bringing MORE awareness, doctors will learn more and be WILLING to learn more! That is a whole other problem! Not ALL doctors are willing and open to learning about NEW diseases. That is a calamity! I wish that NEVER happens to ANY one of you! 
Oh!!! One more thing I need to tell you!!! I have joined the 50 Mile Club!! It's a competition against yourself! You pay $10 to join, then you MUST swim 50 miles! I currently have 19 miles swam! Yes! I have a year to do it, (just in case the spasms set in) and I WILL do this! When you complete the 50 miles, you WIN A T-SHIRT!!!! I will be a part of a select FEW who have participated this year - so far! Speaking of that, it IS a GOAL!
How are your goals you have set for yourself for the NEW YEAR SO FAR??? How about for the month of January so far? Still keeping to those goals you set at the beginning of the year? I HOPE so!! I'm just checking in with you because usually by now, the end of January, many of you are off track! Recheck your goals and make sure you are on track!
Back to the books! I still have to post 5 more reviews to reach my goal of books read for 2016! It's been HARD since I've been working SO HARD swimming! The fatigue has been TREMENDOUS! It's getting better and better ALL the time! I try. That is the BEST I can say! I will never be like everyone else, but WHO wants to be like everyone else? NOT ME!!! I want to be my OWN individual, and I am! It takes me double the time that it takes everyone else to do things, but that's okay! I'm DOING IT! YOU CAN, TOO! GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR GOALS!

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RELEASING THIS TUESDAY AND I WILL HAVE A REVIEW!!!!


The Good Daughter by Alexandra Burt - RELEASES TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7th, 2017! Also the author of Remember Mia! You do NOT want to miss this! See you Tuesday for the Review!


NEWEST AND GREAT BOOKS RECEIVED FOR REVIEW:
(Some books may be repeats, but require to be seen again!)



The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle - Released:  12-27-16



Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh - Releases: 1-31-17



The Echo of Twilight by Judith Kinghorn Released - Jan 3rd, 2017



The Twilight Wife by A J Banner - Released 12-27-17



Everything You Want Me To Be by Mindy Mejia Released Jan 3, 2017



I See You by Clare Mackintosh - Releases April 4th, 2017




The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick - Releases May 16th, 2017



The Young Wives Club by Julie Pennell - Releases Feb 14th, 2017

Have an EXCELLENT WEEKEND!!! I AM! I'M OFF TO A PARTY!!! Enjoy your reading this week! See you next week!
Laurie



Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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Friday, January 20, 2017

#FREE #BOOK NOW TO JAN 23rd! Love This Life series Book 2 by @TheresaTroutman


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Tess Hamilton has a ten year plan—every milestone mapped out to reach her educational, career and life goals. Happy to be moving in with her fiancĂ©, Sebastian, she didn’t anticipate a dangerous attraction to another man, a life-changing event, and a terrifying journey of self-discovery. They were definitely not a part of her master plan, and now Tess wonders if any part of her scheme will come to fruition.
Sebastian Irons is getting everything he’s ever wanted out of life. Leaving his playboy image in the past, he’s finally become the better man he longed to be when he left England and came to America. Madly in love with his fiancĂ©e and ready to start their life together, everything is seemingly perfect—until a series of unexpected events threatens to tear them apart.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Boys, Toy, - Oh My! by A M Willard, Cover Reveal/NEW Release Jan 18th, 2017!!


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Boys, Toys - Oh My
By A.M. Willard
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Genre: Romance
Is this what my life has become… Selling novelty items to couples…

I walked away from it all - the job, and the guy because he thought I was a stripper… The problem, I still want the guy, and I still blush at the word penis. Not as much, but the heat still rises when I stop to think about what I’m saying.

Yes, this is my new life and I have to find the confidence to live it like I own it.

I knew allowing her to walk away that night was a mistake… Now I have to find a way to show that I truly care about her, and maybe then she’ll understand that I can’t live my life without her.

The problem is she only wants to be friends, if that’s the only way I get her then it’ll have to be enough.
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Catch up on book one before book two is release on January 18, 2017
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About the Author
International Bestselling Author, A.M. Willard resides in Savannah, Georgia. She joined the Peach State many years ago after leaving the crystal blue waters and sugary white sand behind from the Panhandle of Florida. She's also known for being a wife, mother, and caretaker for her farm animals. A.M. loves anything sassy, glittery, and is a sucker for the Hallmark Channel. That last one might be the reason she believes in soulmates or it could be because she married her high school sweetheart almost twenty years ago.



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Sunday, December 25, 2016

#Merry #Christmas 2016 to EVERYONE!!! You ALL are wonderful! You deserve to enjoy this day!!!


AND TO MY FRIENDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD,
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU, AS WELL!!!



I want to wish each and every one of you the BEST day of the year!!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016!!!
Laurie