You know how sometimes technology just doesn't cooperate? Couple problems with my blog app - I wrote this review when I finished the book, saved it...and realized that it didn't save my review! Re-wrote it...republished....and then this morning, figured out that it still didn't save! So....rewriting this review now...and hoping that it actually saves/publishes! Gah!!
Things You Save in a Fire is a wonderful, uplifting story of the importance of family, love, and the power of forgiveness. Cassie Hanwell is a courageous firefighter, whose bravery is recognized by the fire department and her colleagues. She believes that her success on the force demonstrates that she has overcome the trauma of her teenage years, and made a good life for herself. However, a phone call from her mothers soon shows her that she hasn't completely moved past the trauma she experienced, and needs to continue to work to resolve this in her life and move on. Things You Save in a Fire is the story of Cassie Hanwell's journey through her attempts at moving on, forgiveness, and love.
I thoroughly enjoyed Katherine Center's newest book. From the beginning, I liked Cassie Hanwell's personality. She sees herself as no-nonsense, and her can do attitude is admirable. Overall, this novel was uplifting. The ending was slightly over the top for me. However, I think that regular readers of this genre and those that enjoy stories with a focus on family will find this book uplifting and enjoyable.
Thank you to St. Martin's Press for the ARC!! See below for a link to pre-order on Amazon. #ThingsYouSave comes out on August 13th!
#TheEscapeRoom - Review
The Escape Room is an exciting, fast paced thriller that keeps the reader anxiously turning pages as they work to put together the puzzle pieces.
The book starts with two seemingly unrelated story lines. We meet Sara Hall, who recently graduated with a masters in business and finance but has yet to find a job, and we meet the several characters that are participating in a team building escape room activity. After a couple of chapters, a dramatic reveal links these two stories.
The author continues to ratchet up the tension by alternating points of view for each chapter, between Sara and the escape room participants. She doles out intriguing tidbits of information in each chapter, which propel the reader towards the end of this dark tale. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, although the ending wasn’t completely believable. Definitely recommend if you like a fast paced page turner - it was a fun book to read!
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the early copy! The Escape Room, by Megan Goldin, comes out on July 30. You can use the link below to order in advance from Amazon!
My favorite!! Bookmail!! Can’t wait to check out #TheWhisperMan...this one sounds creepy, but murder mysteries are right up my alley....I’ll keep you updated as I read it! Thanks for the advance copy!! @CeladonBooks
Traveling today. Got to start my ARC of The Escape Room while on a train. Glad I was on a train instead of an elevator - might avoid those for a while!
So far, The Escape Room is intriguing. It alternates points of view, between the participants in the escape room team building activity, and Sara Hall. Sara recently graduated with a masters in business and finance, and is desperately seeking a job. At first, it isn’t clear how these two different story lines connect, but after a couple of chapter, a dramatic reveal links the two...
Just finished this lovely book last night. It’s nice to have a book light so I can read while everybody else is sleeping. Really enjoyed this one!!
Ellie Mack seemingly had it all - smarts, looks, the perfect family and boyfriend. Until one day, she was gone. When Ellie disappeared, her family fell apart. Her parents divorced, her mom and sister were alienated from each other. Then She Was Gone is the story of not only what happened to Ellie, bit also of what became of her family on their long path back to life.
Lisa Jewell alternates time periods, as well as narrators as you progress through the story. However, it is very easy to keep track of both the time period as well as the narrator, as she clearly labels each section. Little details give you clues as to what is coming, but they don’t spoil the final reveal. Even though I had an inkling of the big picture ending, many of the details were still surprising.
I recommend this book to anybody that enjoys mysteries and thrillers; this one will certainly keep you turning the pages!
I’ve been wishing for an advanced copy of The Escape Room, and today was my lucky day!! Thanks #StMartinsPress and #NetGalley!! Can’t wait to start reading!! Link to Amazon is below.
This thriller is about a group of coworkers that participate in a team building activity - an escape room. However, things quickly go awry and the coworkers are trapped in a dark room and fighting for their lives. I’ll let you know how it goes!!
Starting a new book today - Then She Was Gone, by Lisa Jewel. Swim lessons seemed like a good time to sneak in a little reading!
So excited, #TheFirstMistake came out today!! This was a good one, and my review is below. Definitely putting Sadie Jones’s other book, The Other Woman, on my summer reading list!! Thanks to #MinotaurBooks for the ARC :)
The First Mistake piqued my interest with the title. I had my conceptions about what the main character’s first mistake would be, but figured it couldn’t be that obvious. And it wasn’t! Personally, I saw connections between several characters and the title, and this was one aspect of the book that was intriguing to me.
We start by hearing the story of Alice, her past and present husband, and how she continues to struggle with the loss of her first husband. Next, we read about Beth, a young girl that falls head over heels with her boyfriend and who would do anything for him. The twists and turns as you read are surprising and keep you eagerly reading to find out what happens next!
I was interested in the story and title initially, but because really hooked when we started reading more about Beth, as I was puzzled as to how that part of the story would fit in. Sandie Jones did a great job of keeping track of details while switching the point of view of the narrator and continuing to build suspense. I definitely enjoyed this book, and recommend it!
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