#BookReview: The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty

the way we wereI have read Sinead Moriarty in the past, and I knew I was settling in with a good women’s fiction read when opening The Way We Were. I closed the book knowing I had just read a great women’s fiction novel. This truly is a gripping family drama, and one that I could not put down. Everything changes for Alice when she finds out her husband Ben was killed in Africa. Not only is her world shattered, but they have two young daughters Ben also left behind. Alice tries to be a good mother while working through her grief, and struggling to pick up the pieces. But in Africa, Ben and another surgeon have been taken hostage, and spend the next two years in captivity, playing doctor to all their kidnappers. They finally escape, and are reunited with their families.

But once home, all does not simply go back to normal. Ben struggles with PTSD, and Alice tries to understand how – just when she finally started to live again – another twist is thrown her way. Their daughters are caught in the middle, and the family struggles to find the way they were – before. I cried several times while reading, and could feel my heart pounding in certain situations. We knew from the prologue and the synopsis that Ben makes it out of captivity, but there were still situations that made me question if he would really survive. Once he returned home, I felt horrible watching the family try to make sense of everything. How does one come back from the dead, and how would you react in that situation? It was challenging to read at times and I felt hopelessness several times alongside Alice, but the ending was so beautifully written, and I closed my Kindle with tears in my eyes.

5 stars

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#BookReview: Grey Lore by Jean Knight Pace & Jacob Kennedy

grey loreAbout the Book

Despite the perks of living with her rich aunt, Ella’s new life in Napper, Indiana, is pretty much tragically boring.

Until Ella starts hearing strange voices.

As rogue wolves begin to stalk the edges of town and a serial killer with a penchant for silver bullets draws closer, the city of Napper seems to wake up.

Ella, with her new friends, Sam and Sarah, might be able to find out what the strange occurrences mean. Except that they’re all being pulled in different directions by people who love them; and some who don’t.

Before they lose their way to the whispers they hear from the past, or the call to a future they’re not sure they want to create, the friends will need to confront who they really are and figure out what’s hiding in the silence of their sleepy little town.

My Review

Grey Lore was a break from the typical genres I read, but it was an enjoyable break. I have to say that I got completely sucked into the story, especially nearing the end when all the pieces slowly started to come together. Fantasy, folklore, witches and werewolves … and an ending I didn’t see coming. Each character – both human and otherwise – were interesting to read about, and as the twists and turns kept coming, I kept getting more entranced. The only critique I will give is that the story was a bit long and drawn out in certain spots, but it did hold my interest all the way through. This was a very solid read and one I would recommend.

4 stars

#BookReview: Blind Side by Jennie Ensor

blind sideAbout the Book

Can you ever truly know someone? And what if you suspect the unthinkable?

London, 2005. Georgie is attracted to Nikolai, a volatile ex-soldier she meets in a pub. Despite her friend Julian’s warnings, she’s tempted to risk everything. Then she begins to suspect that the Russian is hiding something terrible from her…

BLIND SIDE explores love and friendship, guilt and betrayal, secrets and sexual obsession. A shiver-inducing psychological mystery for fans of quality psychological suspense such as Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard.

My Review

Thrillers have been intriguing me more and more lately, and I was looking forward to reading the debut from Jennie Ensor. The first couple chapters had me pretty curious about the story, but somewhere after chapter six or so my interest started to waver just slightly. Georgie was a little hard to connect to, and the attraction with Nikolai came off a little forced at first. I am glad I decided to stick with it though, because the ending was incredibly suspenseful. I had no idea how the story would end, and the last few chapters were hard to put down. I will look forward to the next novel from Jennie Ensor.

3.5 stars