Grist Mill Road: A Review

 

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Grist Mill Road

By Christopher J. Yates

352 pages

Published 1/18 by Picador

Digital ARC provided by Netgally

 

Grist Mill Road is a dark and twisty Rashomon-style narrative which is expertly plotted. The year is 1982, the setting an Edenic hamlet some 90 miles north of New York City. There, among the craggy rock cliffs and glacial ponds of timeworn mountains, three friends—Patrick, Matthew and Hannah— are bound together by a single, terrible, and seemingly senseless crime. Twenty six years later, in New York City, living lives their younger selves could never have predicted, the three meet again–with even more devastating results.

Here is a triple helix of a story structure, a sharp-edged love triangle complete with an Atonement style revelation. Character-driven, gorgeously written and wrenching, it exposes the poisonous resentments, sexual longings, and reservoirs of violence that roil just below the orderly surface of small town life. Goodreads Synopsis

 

This. Book.  Wow!  What a great read to kick off the new year.  Classified as a psychological thriller, but Grist Mill Road is so much more than that!  This is a slow, literary burn of a novel that never feels slow up until the last 100 pages or so and all the questions are answered!  Highly recommend this book to just about anyone who reads!  Great for fans of thrillers, and literary stories alike.  Do yourself a favor and pick up this one, out now!

Thank you to NetGally and Picador for providing me with this copy to review.

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The Wife Between Us Blog Tour and *GIVEAWAY*

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The Wife Between Us is one of those rare domestic thrillers that keeps you guessing.  The back cover warns the reader to assume nothing.   But I read a lot of thrillers, it takes a lot to keep me truly guessing, and by page 70 I had this story figured out.  Then I get to part two, little plot twist.  Ok, I’ll adjust and play along.  I still have this figured out.  Wait, no, what???  Maybe I’m wrong….

I don’t want to give away any more backstory, synopsis, review.  I want you to read for yourself and see if you outsmarted The Wife Between Us.

From now until December 12 I am partnering up with St. Martin’s Press as part of the Wife Between Us blog tour and they are so generously giving away THREE copies of the Wife Between Us to three followers of KD Reads!  Hop on over to my Instagram account (@kd_reads) to enter!

Happy reading!

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Unpopular Opinion Time

IMG_6249Murder on the Orient Express. Written by the Queen of mystery.  Classic whodunit fiction.  Cult favorite and one of the most read mystery novel writers of all time.

And I did not like it.  It was dry. It was drawn out.  I was bored and I didn’t feel that the solution was all that Earth shattering.  I’m sorry Queen Christie, I’m willing to give you another try, but not any time soon.

Do you read Agatha Christie?  Is there another one of her books I should try before I write her off completely?  What do you think?

Lies Jane Austen Told Me: a Review

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Julie Wright

312 pages

Shadow Mountain Publishing.  November 2017

Book given to me from Shadow Mountain in exchange for an honest review.

 

I read.  I love a lot of different books and I don’t live under a rock.  However, I am not very fluent in Jane Austen.  Have I read anything by her?  Yes. Have I read enough, recent enough to catch little Austen-isms in the book?  No.  Did I still love Lies Jane Austen Told Me?  ABSOLUTELY!

This is one of those romance stories that is slightly predictable, slightly in the “this wouldn’t happen” form, but it was so fun to read!

In true proper romance form, it was an entertaining love story without all of the smut.  The plot just focuses on creating likable characters and building a great love story.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a little love.

Thank you Shadow Mountain Publishing for sending this book my way!

 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ever since Emma read Pride and Prejudice, she’s been in love with Mr. Darcy and has regarded Jane Austen as the expert on all things romantic. So naturally when Emma falls for Blake Hampton and he invites her home to meet his parents, she is positive an engagement is in her future. After all, Blake is a single man in possession of a good fortune, and thus must be in want of a wife.

But when it turns out that what Blake actually wants is more of a hook-up than a honeymoon, Emma is hurt, betrayed, and furious. She throws herself deeper into her work as CMO of Kinetics, the fastest growing gym franchise in the nation. She loves her work, and she’s good at it, which is why she bristles when her boss brings in a consultant to help her spearhead the new facilities on the East Coast. Her frustration turns to shock when that consultant turns out to be Blake’s younger brother, Lucas.

Emma is determined not to fall for Lucas, but as she gets to know him, she realizes that Lucas is nothing like his brother. He is kind and attentive and spends his time and money caring for the less fortunate.

What she can’t understand is why Lucas continues to try to push her back into Blake’s arms when he so clearly has fallen as hard for her as she has fallen for him. It isn’t until Lucas reveals to Emma that he was adopted into the Hampton family that she begins to understand his loyalty to Blake as well as his devotion to the child April-she is Lucas’s biological niece.

Emma opens up to Lucas about the feelings of abandonment she has harbored ever since she was a child and her mother left the family. As she helps Lucas deal with his past demons, she is able to exorcise some of her own.

Realizing that her love life is as complicated as anything Jane Austen could have dreamed up, Emma must find a way to let Blake know that it’s time for him to let her go and to let Lucas know it’s time for him to love her back.

Sugar Pine Trail: a Review

COZY UP WITH ANOTHER HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY ROMANCE IN HAVEN POINT:

SUGAR PINE TRAIL

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FROM NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER RAEANNE THAYNE

Fans of the wildly popular Haven Point series won’t want to miss SUGAR PINE TRAIL (HQN Books; on-sale October 2017), the latest novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne. In this heartwarming holiday romance, unexpected attraction between two polar opposites might just make for the best match yet.
Haven Point librarian Julia Winston has spent most of her life taking care of other people. Now she’s 32 years old and feeling restless for the first time, banging around a big empty house with no one to share it with. In an effort to break free from her life of quiet complacency, Julia finds herself making a list of all the things she wants to do while she still has the chance—including getting a puppy, learning to ski, and kissing someone under the mistletoe. That someone, however, is most certainly not Jamie Caine, a military pilot who is temporarily renting a room in Julia’s home. Wary of Jamie’s blinding good looks and his reputation as the town’s resident heartbreaker, Julia puts up all her charm defenses, while the handsome pilot tries his best to steer clear of his mousy landlady (who, he has to admit, has some pretty stunning eyes).
But when Julia suddenly finds herself taking care of two young brothers in need, she and Jamie will come together to make an unforgettable holiday for the boys. Along the way, Jamie will learn that Julia has more spunk than she lets on, and Julia will realize that Jamie has more depth than she gave him credit for. Together, this unlikely pair will discover they have more in common than they ever imagined—all while fighting a powerful attraction that becomes more andmore difficult to deny.
Set against a backdrop of mistletoe, lakeside lights, and Haven Point’s stunning snowy mountains, SUGAR PINE TRAIL makes for perfect winter reading this holiday season.

 

This is my second book in the Haven Point Series.  I read Serenity Harbor earlier in the year.  One of the things I have loved about these books is how Haven Point isn’t just the setting, it becomes a character in the book as well, and one that we get to revisit time and time again.

I love how Raeanne intertwines the characters in the town in the books, yet they are all completely stand alone novels. I jumped into the series in book 6, and I don’t feel as though I missed a beat.  Granted, I want to go back and read all of the other Haven Point books to get to know the town even better than I do.

Sugar Pine Trail focuses on the town librarian who falls for one of the towns infamous brothers, who apparently appear in many of the Haven Point books.  So I guess now I really need to settle myself deeper into the town of Haven Point.  See you later, I’m going to take that house on the water right there………

 

Thank you to Little Bird Publishing for sending me a copy of Sugar Pine Trail in exchange for my review.

Mikey and Me: A #popupblogtour Book

IMG_6036Mikey and Me:life with my exceptional Sister

Teresa Sullivan

233 pages

August 2017

A riveting memoir about growing up as a typical sibling in a family of four, Mikey & Me is Teresa Sullivan’s tribute to her beloved older sister Mikey, who was blind and developmentally disabled.
When Mikey is young, the Sullivans are a closely-knit unit, devoted to caring for her. But as Mikey grows older, and increasingly violent, it becomes impossible to keep her at home. At twelve, institutionalization is the only option. Without the shared purpose of caring for Mikey, the family begins to unravel. Seeking comfort and connection, Teresa navigates the border between the mainstream and the 1960s and 70s countercultures. Still, the Sullivans are united by their love and concern for Mikey, visiting often and sometimes bringing her home. Sometimes sweet and touching interludes, these visits also reveal evidence of the abuse that Mikey experiences.
Writing with clarity, eloquence, and poignancy, Sullivan shines a light on the complicated issues involved in caring for a special needs child. Even young siblings must become honorary adults and caregivers, grappling with the same conflicting emotions their parents experience.
As she interweaves her exceptional sister’s journey with her own, Sullivan affirms the grace and brutality of Mikey’s life, and its indelible effect on her family.  Goodreads Synopsis

 

This is one of those books you hate to say that you love.  The things this family, especially Teresa, was heart wrenching.  To read of the horrible conditions in the institution that they have to watch Mikey go through and not be able to stand up for herself or explain what is happening to the downwards spiral of Teresa’s teenage life.

Teresa has such talent for writing and telling her family story.  The writer’s voice can make or break a memoir.  While everyone has a best selling story from their lives inside of them, very few can pull it off into a wonderfully written book.  Teresa is one of those authors that can beautifully tell her story.

If memoirs and growing up in the 50s and 60s, and mental health are things you enjoy, then wait no longer and get this book on your TBR list! I’m certain you will hate to say you love it too!

 

Thanks Booksparks for having me be part of another #popupblogtour.  Be sure to follow along with that hashtag to see the many books featured on tour.  There are some fantastic finds there my friends!

 

Some Outlander Progress

IMG_5983Well guys, I did it.  I FINALLY finished The Fiery Cross.  Phew.

 

A #bookstagram friend and I have been working our way through the world of Outlander for the past two books.  Drums of Autumn was absolutely fantastic!  I was still so into the Outlander world that I wasted hardly anytime jumping into Fiery Cross.

When one of my friends saw me reading it, she warned me about it’s difficulty to get through.  I told her she was a crazy person and this book is just as fabulous as the others.  That was within the first hundred pages……I had to later text her and tell her she was 100% right and this book was tough.  My buddy read pal was having the same struggles as well, and apparently it is just an across the page all around difficult book to finish reading.  At about page 1,200 I felt like the pages multiplied as I turned them, giving the feeling of running on a hamsters wheel.

Alas, in true Outlander form, the ending just SUCKED me right back in and I can’t wait to jump into A Breath of Snow and Ashes.  But that’s going to have to wait until November.  Not only would a break be a good thing, but October is for all the spooky reads!!!!  (yay!!)