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When I Was You


When I Was You
 by Minka Kent

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After barely surviving a brutal attack, Brienne Dougray rarely leaves her house. Suffering from debilitating headaches and memory loss, she can rely only on her compassionate new tenant, Dr. Niall Emberlin, a welcome distraction from the discomfiting bubble that has become her existence.

But as we get into this book we find it really isnt the story that it seems.  This is the first time I have read this author and will definitely put her other books on my TBR list.  This book comes in 3 parts and it is not until the second part that we see that Niall is not at all what you thought.  His name, his occupation and his relationship to Brienne is on a whole other level.  When Brienne ends up in a psychiatric hospital we start to see the devious side of Niall and wonder if things will ever be right again for Brienne.

The fact that I started this book one day and finished it the next means that it was hard for me to put it down and I just had to see how things turned out.  Glad I did because I was not disappointed.  #Netgalley  #KindleUnlimited  #fivestars

Love, Jane


Have you read any books by Katie Blanchard ? The one I read was called Dear Anna and I gave it 5 stars…..here’s another that rates high on my list.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jane longed for security, something her childhood never afforded her. She found it and love being Stewart’s wife. When she hired Shana to help him with his stress, though, Jane found out that sometimes inviting a stranger into your home means they never leave.

This is the second book I have read by Katie Blanchard and love her stories, her writing and look forward to another book by her. The book covers domestic abuse although not graphic you come to hate Jane’s husband, Stewart. Besides getting away from her husband, forming a relationship with the person helping her, she also comes to feel sorry for her husband’s mistress.

It was also not the ending I was expecting either, which makes it all the more a great book. #Netgalley #KindleUnlimited I am now looking forward to reading another book by Blanchard called Pressing Flowers.

The Poison Garden

by A.J. Banner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I dont know what to say about this book……except it is mind-blowing. Love A. J. Banner but must admit she outdid herself with this story. It was a roller coaster ride through the book which I could not put down. I spent the weekend reading it.

Elise Watters seems to have it all—a blissful marriage, a gorgeous Victorian home surrounded by lush gardens, and a dream job running her late mother’s herbal boutique.

But on the eve of her first wedding anniversary, Elise makes a shocking discovery that turns her life upside down and casts doubt on everything she thought she knew—about her marriage, her friends, and even herself.

The book covers what Elise does with this shocking discovery and how she handles it. At times I didnt know what she was going to do. Her husband and ex-husband get involved and she feels she is losing her mind. Elise also has a best friend…but is she really a best friend? I kept switching back and forth as to who the person was that was making this story so amazing and only at the end does it all come together. You must read this book….keep a weekend open…because you wont do anything else but READ! #KindleUnlimited #fivestars

Audio, Paper, or Electronic

I grew up reading paperback and hard cover books. OK, let’s face it, that was my only option. So I collected quite a few books. I eventually exchanged or gave away my read books. Except the ones I lost in Storm Sandy. I stored them in a bookcase downstairs and 4 feet of water obliterated them.

And so as the years went by along came audio books and e-books. I must confess that I love e-books. The thought that I can carry around thousands of books with me, especially when travelling – is mind blowing and great. I come to the end of a book and pop, onto the next one. I did this recently while serving jury duty. A lot of waiting around and while I did manage to work my business also, I really enjoyed reading, especially without interruptions.

That leaves audio books. I tried it once but couldn’t seem to enjoy it. So I didnt buy into Audible.com. Now Amazon has where you can read and listen to a book. And that pushed me to try it again. But alas it is not something I can get into. I find my mind wandering and not staying on course with the story.

To me it is like listening to a baseball game on the radio. I really enjoy following the moves on tv and I don’t get distracted.

So I guess my question is: how do you read a book? Old fashion way – got to have that paper in hand? Or is an e-reader your way to go? Or do you just have to listen to the book?

The Arrangement

The Arrangement by Robyn Harding

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow, I did not see that coming. I thought I knew what was going to happen in this book but the ending surprised me.

The story centers around Natalie who is a young art student in NYC, barely getting by on her scholarship, low paying job and living in an apartment with two other girls. Until a friend tells her how she can make money…by being a Sugar Baby. Through an online service she can hook up with men older who will take her to posh restaurants, pay her for her time, and maybe more.

We follow Natalie and her relationship with Gabe until he breaks it off with her. Things get weird and suspenseful until a murder occurs….then all I wanted to do was finish this book. It is being released on July 30, make sure you get this book. You won’t regret it!

The Art of Remembering


The Art of Remembering
 by Alison Ragsdale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever read a book you dont want to end? Well, this is one of those. I could not put it down and while I am not one to follow ballet, I not only learned a lot about the dance but actually enjoyed learning about it.

The story centers on Ailsa, a ballerina who finds out she has a brain tumor. Her husband, Evan, is always pushing her to be better at her dance and when Ailsa undergoes surgery with the possibility of many side effects – one of which is memory loss – he finds he is at a loss to help his wife. Of course he does all the manual help, like caring for her after surgery, but Ailsa finds there is one thing he can’t help her with and that is the feelings she has about her dancing, her mental state and where she really wants to be this time in her life.

A very deep story that makes you think about what is in your heart and what you really want…not what the other person wants for you. A beautiful story.

What do you do…..

….when the Kindle version of a book is more money than the paperback?

I always bought books…hardcovers and paperbacks. I had my own little library downstairs and loved it because there was also a small couch and my own space. Along came Storm Sandy and wiped out my book collection, I did save a few that were higher than the 4 feet of water that came in.

After that I decided I would just buy books for my Kindle which is always with me no matter where I go and can hold thousands of books. I am blessed as people tend to give me Amazon cards for my birthday, Mother’s Day etc. and I always use it for the many books I read. Have read 32 so far this year alone.

I also seek out free books and request books from NetGalley often so I do have those books. But recently I have come across some books I would like to read and when logging onto Amazon have seen that the Kindle edition is sometimes $3-$4 more than the paperback.

So my thought is…..do I still buy the Kindle version? or go for the paperback?