She’s Not There

by Joy Fielding

Shes Not There by Joy Fielding

 

You can’t go wrong when it’s a Joy Fielding book. There are a few authors that I know no matter what the books will be great and she is one of those authors. She’s Not There reminds me a lot of the Madeleine McCann case in the beginning. That case I remember so well since I had a 2.5 year old, I couldn’t even imagine what that family went through and still goes through on a day to day basis.

She’s Not There I think did a good job at portraying how the family dynamics fall apart when a tragedy falls on them. I thought each character was developed very well and while I can say I didn’t like some of them I did enjoy reading their stories and how they unfolded. The oldest daughter is exactly how I see a child that is left would act. The story was a page turner and I liked how it kept shifting from present day to year past as the whole story developed. I saw a small part of the ending that happened but I didn’t really see the whole curve ball that was thrown. In all I should have but Joy Fielding did a great job at keeping the reader guessing how they missed some of those clues.  I give this one 5 stars and would recommend it for any reader. There is no gore or violence it is a great suspense story that while might not be exactly ripped from the headlines, most of us will see some similarities.

summary:  “I think my real name is Samantha. I think I’m your daughter.”

Carole Shipley’s heart nearly stops when she hears those words from the voice on the other end of the phone. Instantly, she’s thrust fifteen years into the past, to a posh resort in Baja, Mexico—and the fateful night her world collapsed.

The trip is supposed to be a celebration. Carole’s husband, Hunter, convinces her to leave their two young daughters, Michelle and Samantha, alone in their hotel suite while the couple enjoys an anniversary dinner in the restaurant downstairs. But returning afterward, Carole and Hunter make a horrifying discovery: Two-year-old Samantha has vanished without a trace.

What follows are days, weeks, and years of anguish for Carole. She’s tormented by media attention that has branded her a cold, incompetent mother, while she struggles to save her marriage. Carole also has to deal with the demands of her needy elder daughter, Michelle, who is driven to cope in dangerous ways. Through it all, Carole desperately clings to the hope that Samantha will someday be found—only to be stung again and again by cruel reality.

Plunged back into the still-raw heartbreak of her daughter’s disappearance, and the suspicions and inconsistencies surrounding a case long gone cold, Carole doesn’t know whom or what to believe. The only thing she can be sure of is that someone is fiercely determined to hide the truth of what happened to Samantha.

thank you Random House Publishing Group – Ballatine, netgalley and Joy Fielding for allowing me to read and review She’s Not There. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

The Time Garden

A Magical Journey and Coloring Book

by Daria Song

 

Coloring books are all the thing, they are fun, relaxing and they actually reduce stress. The illustrations that are in them for coloring are beautiful and I love them. Time will fly by so you might want to keep an eye on the clock or set a timer if you have to be somewhere. I know that almost happened to me, thank goodness my mom called with a quick question before I had to head to work. 🙂

The Time Garden is such a wonderful, magical coloring book. It is meant for adults and older kids. My 4th grader grabbed it and all her colored pencils the minute arrived and has been coloring in it over the past few weeks. I love this book and have been wanting a “grown up” coloring book for quite some time now. It is full of detailed coloring pages with so much to color. Some pages can take several days to finish. I’ve even had fun grabbing some pencils and relaxing. What is it about setting down with some art supplies that makes you relax. If you have an older child (upper middle school through high school and even adults) who loved to color as a child than think about grabbing The Time Garden: A Magical Journey coloring book along with a big set of colored pencils in all kinds of colors. This would make for a perfect gift idea for birthdays or holidays…

thank blogging for books and Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of The Time Garden. I have had so much fun relaxing and coloring. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free coloring book.

Priceless Weddings : For Under $5,000

Your Dream Wedding For Less Money Than You Ever Thought Possible

by Kathleen Kennedy

Priceless Weddings

 

My husband and I are getting ready to celebrate 19 years of marriage, we paid for our own wedding. Also in lieu of gifts we got a lot of things “given” as gifts like my aunts and mom made all the finger foods for the reception. My sister’s boyfriend took the pictures, which Walmart proceeded to lose all the negatives and pictures (don’t get me started). I borrowed a beautiful wedding dress from a friend who had just got married, and her mom was over the moon happy since they spent $2,000. I don’t regret not having a dress to pass down to my girls since it might not have been their style. Anyway I guess what I’m saying is reasonable priced weddings are do-able, and we came in way below $5,000 and had everything we wanted (ok everything I wanted 🙂 ). Priceless Weddings  is full of information I wish I had at my finger tips when I was planning mine,, especially since that was before pinterest and fast information at the click of the button. This book has many checklist, budget sheets and even theme’s for parties, and receptions. The recipes are ones you could even use in day to day cooking just cut back the servings unless you’re using them for a holiday and will have a big crowd. You could even use many of the tips and checklist – budget sheets when planning other big celebrations like graduation, baby showers, big birthdays or anniversaries.  While some of the information is common knowledge and easy to google it is nice to have everything in one book.

summary: A priceless wedding is one that emphasizes the unique personalities of the couple getting married. Priceless Weddings for Under $5,000 proves that you can celebrate the spirit of love, hope, joy, and community — without spending a fortune.

Caterer and event planner Kathleen Kennedy offers insights on how to personalize a wedding inexpensively. She shares her savvy, insider techniques and tips to help couples save money on the many high-ticket items on their to-do list, showing where to cut corners and where to go all out.

thank you Random House for sending me Priceless Weddings. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.

Black Eyed Susans

by Julia  Heaberlin

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I don’t want to give too much away about this amazing little gem, if you are looking for an edge of your seat thriller than look no further than Black Eyed Susans!  Black Eyed Susans is a creepy good book. It had me staying up late many nights because I just has to read just a few more pages. This book is not your typical predictable thriller suspense novel. This book had me going “What did I just read” many times. Watch out book world because Julia Heaberlin is a master of suspense and thrills. She sends the reader on a roller coaster ride full that might just have you jumping at the slightest noise. I know a few times I was so into the book a got scared when my dogs would bark or I’d hear a creak or noise. As soon as I finished Black Eyed Susans I went online to get her other 2 books from my library. Grab a copy on August 11th you’re going to love this book.

summary: A girl’s memory lost in a field of wildflowers.
A killer still spreading seeds.

At seventeen, Tessa became famous for being the only surviving victim of a vicious serial killer. Her testimony puts him on death row. Decades later, a mother herself, she receives a message from a monster who should be in prison. Now, as the execution date rapidly approaches, Tessa is forced to confront a chilling possibility: Did she help convict the wrong man?

thank you netgalley, Random House and Julia Heaberlin for allowing me to read Black Eyed Susans. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the free book.