Woman 99 by Greer Macallister ★★★★☆ #bookreview

99Synopsis from Goodreads
A vivid historical thriller about a young woman whose quest to free her sister from an infamous insane asylum risks her sanity, her safety and her life. Charlotte Smith’s future is planned to the last detail, and so was her sister’s – until Phoebe became a disruption. When their parents commit Phoebe to a notorious asylum, Charlotte knows there’s more to the story than madness. Shedding her identity to become an anonymous inmate, “Woman Ninety-Nine,” Charlotte uncovers dangerous secrets. Insanity isn’t the only reason her fellow inmates were put away – and those in power will do anything to keep the truth, or Charlotte, from getting out.

My Thoughts
A Little Background
The real Nelly Bly is mentioned throughout this book, particularly as an inspiration to Charlotte. Bly was famous for her “stunt journalism” which included going undercover Continue reading “Woman 99 by Greer Macallister ★★★★☆ #bookreview”

Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen ★★★★★ #bookreview

harrySynopsis from Goodreads
Thirty-four-year-old Harry Crane, lifelong lover of trees, works as an analyst in a treeless US Forest Service office. When his wife dies in a freak accident, devastated, he makes his way to the remote woods of northeastern Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains, intent on losing himself. But fate intervenes in the form of a fiercely determined young girl named Oriana. She, too, has lost someone—her father. And in the magical, willful world of her reckoning, Oriana believes that Harry is the key to finding her way back to him. As Harry agrees to help the young girl, the unlikeliest of elements—a tree house, a Wolf, a small-town librarian and a book called The Grum’s Ledger—come together to create the biggest sensation ever to descend upon the Endless Mountains…a golden adventure that will fulfill Oriana’s wildest dreams and open the door to a new life for Harry.

My Thoughts
This is a magical tale of love, loss, grief, healing, letting go, and moving on. The story was incredibly well written and the character development was top-notch! Even the minor characters were fully developed and had interesting and important roles in the story. Continue reading “Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen ★★★★★ #bookreview”

Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant ★★★★☆ #bookreview

fallen mountainsSynopsis from Goodreads
When Transom Shultz goes missing shortly after returning to his sleepy hometown of Fallen Mountains, Pennsylvania, his secrets are not the only ones that threaten to emerge. Red, the sheriff, is haunted by the possibility that a crime Transom was involved in seventeen years earlier—a crime Red secretly helped cover up—may somehow be linked to his disappearance. Possum, the victim of that crime, wants revenge. Laney will do anything to keep Transom quiet about the careless mistake they made that could jeopardize her budding relationship. And Chase, once a close friend, reels from Transom’s betrayal of buying his family’s farm under false pretenses and ruthlessly logging it and leasing the mineral rights to Marcellus shale frackers. As the search for Transom Shultz heats up and the inhabitants’ dark and tangled histories unfold, each one must decide whether to live under the brutal weight of the past or try to move beyond it.

My Thoughts
First off, I have to say that I think my temperature actually rose while I read this book (and I was stuck in my house during a snowstorm when I read it)! The descriptions of the summer heat were very realistic to the point it was almost tangible! Continue reading “Fallen Mountains by Kimi Cunningham Grant ★★★★☆ #bookreview”

The Couple by Sarah Mitchell ★★★★★ #bookreview

the coupleSynopsis from Goodreads
Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire and hotel entrepreneur Angus are engaged to be married. Happy and successful, and ready to start their new life together, Claire and Angus find what they believe to be the perfect home. But when Claire meets Mark, the man selling them the house, he looks eerily familiar. He looks exactly like the man she loved five years ago, the man she couldn’t bear to lose. As Claire finds herself irresistibly drawn to Mark and crosses lines she never thought she’d cross, Angus’ behaviour becomes increasingly suspicious. Soon Claire doesn’t know whether she can trust Mark, Angus… or even herself.

My Thoughts
This is one of those books I almost can’t review for fear of giving anything away! Continue reading “The Couple by Sarah Mitchell ★★★★★ #bookreview”

The Line Between by Tosca Lee ★★★★☆ #bookreview

line betweenSynopsis from Goodreads
When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation. As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life—until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease. Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.

My Thoughts
I am not a huge fan of dystopian apocalyptic fiction – mostly because I personally feel like it has been overdone in recent years, particularly in YA books. However, I liked this book. I think it resonated more with me because Continue reading “The Line Between by Tosca Lee ★★★★☆ #bookreview”

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton ★★★★★ #bookreview

hardcastleSynopsis from Goodreads
Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…

My Thoughts
Absolutely brilliant synopsis – concise, intriguing, and totally captivating. How can anyone read this synopsis and not want to read this book immediately??

I am not going to talk about plot details because Continue reading “The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton ★★★★★ #bookreview”

The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd ★★★★☆ #bookreview

ingidoSynopsis from Goodreads
The year is 1739. Eliza Lucas is sixteen years old when her father leaves her in charge of their family’s three plantations in rural South Carolina and then proceeds to bleed the estates dry in pursuit of his military ambitions. Tensions with the British, and with the Spanish in Florida, just a short way down the coast, are rising, and slaves are starting to become restless. Her mother wants nothing more than for their South Carolina endeavor to fail so they can go back to England. Soon her family is in danger of losing everything. Upon hearing how much the French pay for indigo dye, Eliza believes it’s the key to their salvation. But everyone tells her it’s impossible, and no one will share the secret to making it. Thwarted at nearly every turn, even by her own family, Eliza finds that her only allies are an aging horticulturalist, an older and married gentleman lawyer, and a slave with whom she strikes a dangerous deal: teach her the intricate thousand-year-old secret process of making indigo dye and in return — against the laws of the day — she will teach the slaves to read. So begins an incredible story of love, dangerous and hidden friendships, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.

My Thoughts
When I realized Eliza Lucas was a real person I knew I had to read this book. Continue reading “The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd ★★★★☆ #bookreview”