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Book Review: “A Week at the Shore” and GIVEAWAY(s) reminder!

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Thank you @stmartinspress for my beautiful, gifted copy of “A Week at the Shore“! (pub date 5/19)

In her new book, New York Times bestselling author, Barbara Delinsky explores how lives & relationships are forever changed when three sisters reunite at their family Rhode Island beach house.

One phone call is all it takes to lure real estate photographer Mallory Aldiss back to her family Rhode Island beach home. It’s been 20 yrs since she’s been gone—running from the scandal that destroyed her parents’ marriage, drove her & her two sisters apart, & crushed her relationship with her first love. But going home is fraught with emotional baggage—memories, mysteries & secrets abound.

Mal’s 13-yr-old daughter, Joy, has never been to the place where Mal’s life was shaped & is desperate to go. Fatherless, she craves family & especially wants to spend time with the grandfather she barely knows.

In just seven watershed days on the Rhode Island coast three women will test the bonds of sisterhood, friendship & family, & discover the role that love & memory plays in defining their lives.

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I am always drawn to books that take place in beachy, shoreline towns since I live in one myself. Gives me more of a sense of being there, even if my shoreline is Lake Erie & this books is the ocean. This book is not a light, fluffy beach read, as it is heavier on family dysfunction, fractured sibling relationships, drama, secrets, & confronting the past. It’s around 400 pgs & a bit of a slow-burn, but it’s also engaging, well-written & captivating.

Amazing writing, atmospherically breath-taking & emotionally gripping, this is a fantastic book that is full of heart & soul! Look for this book next week everywhere books are sold, & since many indie bookstores are starting to open back up, start there first. Use BookStoreLink to find “A Week at the Shore” & any other books at a local independent bookstore. They need our sales now more than ever to stay afloat & get back on their feet.

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Speaking of “beach reads”, be sure to enter my HUGE 3-winner giveaway on Instagram (Click HERE) AND the 3-book thriller giveaway (Click HERE)! And keep an eye out for ANOTHER one coming soon! I’m feeling very generous this week as I clean my office out & pull more & more books from my overwhelmed home library shelves. I am in full Marie Kondo mode!

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Here in Ohio many businesses are starting to reopen (even though Covid #’s continue to rise.) Personally I will continue to limit my socializing & where my family & I go for the rest of the summer (probably year). No summer day camp for my autistic sons either & they LOVED going. We do have an in-ground pool, so luckily we have that to keep them occupies & happy once Mother Nature gets her act together & realizes what month it is. High 70’s one day, low 40’s to high 30’s the next…that is life in Ohio for ya!

I am having such a hard time with wearing a mask everywhere I go. I will continue to & I definitely NEED to due a compromised immune system, but man…they get so freaking hot & I am claustrophobic so I tend to start getting into anxious, panic mode after about 15 minutes in one. I really feel bad for the healthcare workers & others out there that have to wear masks (& more!) for hours at a time. I truly can’t even imagine how awful that must be for them.

Me visiting my mom recently after not seeing her for 5 mos!

As always, stay safe out there. Stay home if you can. Reach out to others online or on the phone if you are getting out of sorts, stressed, exhausted, depressed, or just need a virtual hug. Think of others with all of your actions & reactions. Just stay safe… Now go wash your hands.

Giveaway

Another birthday week giveaway! 3 winners! 3 books each!

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Happy Wednesday folks! After being sick for about 3 days now (including on Mothers Day & on my birthday….booo), I am finally starting to feel on the upswing a bit. And here in N Ohio we have seen some sunshine the last couple of days. Still not warm enough to open our pool, but I will take the sunshine!

This is your heads-up that I am getting ready to post a HUGE beach reads giveaway on my Instagram page soon. Below is the info that will be included in the giveaway post:

HUGE GIVEAWAY time! Yesterday was my birthday & because I am such a nice, generous person, I am giving away 3 sets of Elin Hilderbrand books! (And don’t forget to enter the giveaway a couple posts back for 3-suspense/thrillers!)

When I think of summertime reading or ‘beach reads’, the author that comes to mind first & foremost is the lovely & talented Elin Hilderbrand! I have a whole shelf in my library of her books & have accumulated several extras over the years. So I want to share these extras with 3 of you! There are 2 hardbacks & 1 paperback in each set. Even if you don’t want to enter, please feel free to share this giveaway in your stories or feed for those that would LOVE these!

Set #1:

“Summer of ’69” “The Matchmaker” “Here’s to Us”

Set #2:
“Summer of ’69” “The Identicals” “The Matchmaker”

Set #3:

“The Perfect Couple” “The Matchmaker” “The Rumor”

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To enter:

*Must be following @mom_loves_reading

*LIKE & SAVE this post.

*Tag a couple bookish pals (unlimited entries, 2 per comment) & comment which Set# you would choose if you won.

Bonus Entries: (5 each)

*Share this post in your stories for at least 24 hrs & tag me (do daily for extra entries)

*Follow me on Twitter (momlovesreading) & Like/Retweet this post

*Follow me on Facebook (Mom_Loves_Reading) & Like/Share this post.

*Follow my blog (link in bio) & Like/Comment on this blog post.

And just to be nice, go LIKE some of my previous posts, because like I said, yesterday was my birthday & I’m a super generous person! Giveaway starts 5/13 & ends 5/18/20 11:59pm EST. US residents only. Giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. Unfollowing after giveaway is so not nice, & you will be excluded from all future MomLovesReading giveaways & there are alot!

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So be sure to watch for that post on Instagram soon! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Giveaway

Happy Murderino Monday and (almost) my Birthday…time for a GIVEAWAY!

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It’s Murderino Monday where I generally post about a true-crime book or two, but this week, I have not one…not two…but THREE fiction murderino-esque novels up for grabs from author Jamie Mason. This giveaway will start on my Instagram page sometime today so keep an eye out for that. In this giveaway will be the following books:

The Hidden Things (pub date 3/3/20)

A brilliantly original thriller and “a startling, smart, vivid book” (Tana French, New York Times bestselling author) from the acclaimed author of Three Graves Full—inspired by the real-life unsolved theft of a seventeenth-century painting.

Twenty-eight seconds.

In less than half a minute, a home-security camera captures the hidden resolve in fourteen-year-old Carly Liddell as she fends off a vicious attack just inside her own front door. The video of her heroic escape appears online and goes viral. As the view count climbs, the lives of four desperate people will be forever changed by what’s just barely visible in the corner of the shot.

Carly’s stepfather is spurred to protect his darkest secret: how a stolen painting—four hundred years old, by a master of the Dutch Golden Age—has come to hang in his suburban foyer. The art dealer, left for dead when the painting vanished, sees a chance to buy back her life. And the double-crossed enforcer renews the hunt to deliver the treasure to his billionaire patrons—even if he has to kill to succeed.

But it’s Carly herself, hailed as a social-media hero, whose new perspective gives her the courage to uncover the truth as the secrets and lies tear her family apart.

Monday’s Lie” (pub date 10/13/15)

From the acclaimed author of the “ripping good” (The New York Times) debut novel Three Graves Full comes a new thriller hailed as “superb…will entrance readers from page one. Sly, poignant, and beautifully written” (Library Journal, starred review).

Dee Aldrich rebelled against her off-center upbringing when she married the most conventional man she could imagine: Patrick, her college sweetheart. But now, years later, her marriage is falling apart and she’s starting to believe that her husband has his eye on a new life…a life without her, one way or another.

Haunted by memories of her late mother Annette, a former covert operations asset, Dee reaches back into her childhood to resurrect her mother’s lessons and the “spy games” they played together, in which Dee learned memory tricks and, most importantly, how and when to lie. But just as she begins determining the course of the future, she makes a discovery that will change her life: her mother left her a lot of money and her own husband seems to know more about it than Dee does. Now, before it’s too late, she must investigate her suspicions and untangle conspiracy from coincidence, using her mother’s advice to steer her through the blind spots. The trick, in the end, will be in deciding if a “normal life” is really what she wants at all.

With pulse-pounding prose and atmospheric settings, Monday’s Lie is a thriller that delivers more of the “Hitchcockian menace” (Peter Straub) that made Three Graves Full a critical hit. For fans of the Coen brothers or Gillian Flynn, this is a book you won’t want to miss.

Three Graves Full” (pub date 2/12/13):

“There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard.”

But it could always be worse. . . .

More than a year ago, mild-mannered Jason Getty killed a man he wished he’d never met. Then he planted the problem a little too close to home. But just as he’s learning to live with the undeniable reality of what he’s done, police unearth two bodies on his property—neither of which is the one Jason buried.

Jason races to stay ahead of the consequences of his crime and while chaos reigns on his lawn, his sanity unravels, snagged on the agendas of a colorful cast of strangers. A jilted woman searches for her lost fiancé, a fringe-dweller runs from a past that’s quickly gaining on him, and a couple of earnest local detectives piece it together with the help of a volunteer police dog — all of them in the wake and shadow of a dead man who had it coming. As the action unfolds, each discovers that knowing more than one side of the story doesn’t necessarily rule out a deadly margin of error.

Jamie Mason’s irrepressible debut is a macabre, darkly humorous tale with the thoughtful beauty of a literary novel, the tense pacing of a thriller, and a clever twist of suspense.

Three great thriller/mystery/suspense books that one lucky reader will receive directly from Jamie Mason herself! So be sure to watch for that Instagram post sometime today. And in the meantime, comment on this post what you are currently reading. And as always, stay home, stay safe & stay sane. Now go wash your hands!

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Time for a Summery, Beach-Reads GIVEAWAY on Instagram!

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This is your head’s up, folks! There’s a 3-hardback book giveaway starting on Instagram SOON! Here is the info that will be in it:

It’s MAY (which is my birthday month!), it’s Friday, it’s getting closer to SUMMERTIME, & it’s time for a GIVEAWAY!!

This giveaway says sunshine, sunsets, beach reading, all things SUMMER!

*Mary Kay Andrews 2019 release “Sunset Beach” and

*(The late) Dorothea Benton Frank’s 2019 release “Queen Bee” and

*Elin Hilderbrand’s 2019 release “Summer of ’69”.

Three of the BEST writers out there of what we readers would call ‘beach reads’! And all three of these wildly popular, talented, best seller authors have many, many books under their belts (& I have quite a collection of them, too!)

I have (3) hardback copies of these books up for grabs for one lucky winner.

To enter: (US only)

*Must be following @mom_loves_reading

*LIKE & SAVE this post.

*Tag a couple bookish pals (unlimited entries, 2 per comment).

Bonus Entries: (5 each)

*Share this post in your stories for at least 24 hrs & tag me (do daily for extra entries)

*Follow me on Twitter (momlovesreading) & Retweet this post

*Follow me on Facebook (Mom_Loves_Reading) & Like/Share.

*Follow my blog (link in bio) & Like/Comment on this blog post.

And just to be nice, go LIKE some of my previous posts, because like I said, it’s almost my birthday! Giveaway starts 5/1 & ends 5/7/20 11:59pm EST. US residents only. Giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. Unfollowing after giveaway is so not nice, & you will be excluded from all future MomLovesReading giveaways & there are alot!

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Oh, that’s it! Click HERE to go to my Instagram & make sure you are already following me & to keep an eye out for that giveaway post. Hope you all have a great weekend! Enjoy!

Book Reviews · Giveaway

Heads-Up…”Murderino Monday” 2 ARC-Book Giveaway going LIVE soon…

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This is your official notice that a new giveaway will be starting on my Instagram @Mom_Loves_Reading shortly!

Two advance copies of the above true crime novels, “Losing Jon” & “A Tangled Web”,which release next week are up for grabs today to one winner. All the details will be in the Instagram post, so please head there when the post is live.

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PopSugar Best True Crime Book of 2020

“The twists and turns read like a page-turning thriller, but Losing Jon is all fact. This is true crime at the highest of levels. Scary, heartbreaking and completely insightful.”
–Brad Meltzer, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist

David Parrish was in disbelief when he learned that nineteen-year-old Jon Bowie’s body had been found hanged from a backstop at the local high school’s baseball field and the death declared a suicide. David had known Jon and his twin brother since they were boys. He had coached them on the baseball field and welcomed them into his home for sleepovers with his own sons. However, when David learned how Jon’s body was found, he felt compelled to find the facts behind this incomprehensible tragedy.

Soon, David would learn of a brutal incident at a local motel where Jon and his brother had been severely beaten by police officers, the charges filed against those officers, and the months of harassment and intimidation Jon and his brother endured. Few in the utopian community of Columbia, Maryland, believed Jon could commit such a final act. Like many others, David wondered how a fateful night of teens blowing off steam could lead to such a tragic end. As law enforcement failed to find answers and seemed intent on preventing the truth from surfacing, David uncovered a system of cover-ups that could only lead to one conclusion–Jon’s death was an act of murder.

“A true page turner, filled with almost-too-unbelievable-to-be-true details of one community’s fight to find justice for one of its own . . . the issues raised, particularly when it comes to questions of police brutality and cover-ups, are very much relevant today.”
New York Times bestselling author Lisa Pulitzer

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In the tradition of her acclaimed mother, Ann Rule, author of The Stranger Beside Me, bestselling author Leslie Rule delivers a riveting true story for our time–as she exposes the years-long trail of a sadistic sociopath, identity thief, and killer at the dark heart of a real-life fatal attraction . . .

It was a bleak November in 2012 when Cari Lea Farver vanished from Omaha, Nebraska. Cari, thirty-seven, was a devoted mother, reliable employee, and loyal friend–not the type to shirk responsibilities, abandon her son, and run off on an adventure while her dying father took his last breaths. Yet, the many texts from her phone indicated she had done just that.

It appeared that Cari had dumped her new boyfriend, quit her job, and relinquished custody of her son to her mother–all by text. While Cari’s boyfriend, Dave Kroupa, and her supervisor were bewildered by her abrupt disappearance, they accepted the texts at face value. Her mother, Nancy Raney, however, was alarmed and reported Cari missing. Police were skeptical of her claims that a cyber impostor had commandeered her daughter’s phone and online identity.

While Nancy was afraid for Cari, Dave Kroupa was growing afraid of her, for he believed Cari was stalking him. Never seen or heard, the stalker was aware of his every move and seemed obsessed by his casual girlfriend, Shanna “Liz” Golyar, often calling her “a fat whore” in the twelve thousand emails and texts he received in a disturbing three-year deluge.

How did the stalker know Dave’s phone numbers immediately after he changed them, the names of his lady friends, even what he wore as he watched TV? He and Liz reported death threats, vandalism, and burglaries, but the stalker remained at large. The threats were vicious, vile and often obscene, sent mostly via text and always in Cari’s name. There was some truth in the messages, but all of them contained one big lie. The culprit was not Cari — but had killed and planned to kill again.

With mesmerizing detail and compelling narrative skill, Leslie Rule tracks every step of the heart-pounding path to long-awaited justice–from a sociopath’s twisted past to the deadly deception and the high-tech forensics that condemned the killer to prison, where the tangled web of manipulations still draws trusting souls into danger.

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Head over to Instagram soon to enter! In the meantime stay home, stay safe, stay sane. Now go wash your hands!

Book Reviews · Giveaway

Giveaway head’s up and Book Review: “Don’t Overthink It” by Anne Bogel

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GIVEAWAY time! Thank you @readbakerbooks for my gifted copies of “Don’t Overthink It” by Modern Mrs Darcy herself, Anne Bogel!

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We’ve all been there: stuck in a cycle of what-ifs, plagued by indecision, paralyzed by the fear of getting it wrong. Nobody wants to live a life of constant overthinking, but it doesn’t feel like something we can choose to stop doing. It feels like something we’re wired to do, something we just can’t escape. But is it?

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Anne Bogel’s answer is no. Not only can you overcome negative thought patterns that are repetitive, unhealthy, & unhelpful, you can replace them with positive thought patterns that will bring more peace, joy, & love into your life. In “Don’t Overthink It, you’ll find actionable strategies that can make an immediate & lasting difference in how you deal with questions both small–Should I buy these flowers?–& large–What am I doing with my life?

More than a book about making good decisions, “Don’t Overthink It offers you a framework for making choices you’ll be comfortable with, using an appropriate amount of energy, freeing you to focus on all the other stuff that matters in life.

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Anne Bogel’s sweet, calming voice on her podcast, “What Should I Read Next” has cheered me up on more than one occasion, not to mention the loads of books I have added to my TBR list because of her & her guests. “Don’t Overthink It” is Anne’s 3rd book & it was released on 3/3. It is a quick-read that is full of wisdom & strategies for overcoming decision fatigue, ways to get over feeling so overwhelmed & always second-guessing ourselves, & just live our best lives with more mental peace & joy!

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I have (1) copy to giveaway!

To enter:

*Must be following @mom_loves_reading

*LIKE & SAVE this post.

*Tag a bookish friend or two. (Unlimited entries, only 2 tags per comment).

Bonus (5) entries each:

*SHARE to your IG page or stories & tag me.

*Follow me on Facebook (Mom_Loves_Reading) & comment on the giveaway post there.

*Follow my blog (link in bio) & comment on the giveaway post there.

*Follow me on Twitter (momlovesreading) & retweet the giveaway post.

Giveaway is International & begins 4/8/20 & ends 4/12. Giveaway is not affiliated w/ Instagram. Unfollowing after giveaway will get you banned from all future MomLovesReading giveaways (& there are a LOT! So don’t chance it!)

Ok, be sure to enter on the Instagram giveaway post. And as always…stay home, stay safe, stay sane. Now go wash your hands!

Book Reviews · Giveaway

GIVEAWAY time! Two winners! And that’s no April Fooling!

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GIVEAWAY TIME! Thank you @torbooks for my gifted copies of “You Let Me In” by Camilla Bruce! (Pub date 4/21!)

“You Let Me In” delivers a stunning tale from debut author Camilla Bruce, combining the sinister domestic atmosphere of Gillian Flynn’s “Sharp Objects” with the otherwordly thrills of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”.

Cassandra Tipp is dead…or is she?

After all, the notorious recluse & eccentric bestselling novelist has always been prone to flights of fancy–everyone in town remembers the shocking events leading up to Cassie’s infamous trial (she may have been acquitted, but the insanity defense only stretches so far).

Cassandra Tipp has left behind no body–just her massive fortune, & one final manuscript.Then again, there are enough bodies in her past–her husband Tommy Tipp, whose mysterious disembowelment has never been solved, & a few years later, the shocking murder-suicide of her father & brother..Cassandra Tipp will tell you a story–but it will come with a terrible price. What really happened, out there in the woods–& who has Cassie been protecting all along? Read on, if you dare….

This book is atmospheric, imaginative, bewitching & brilliantly seductive…exactly the kind of book TOR publishing is known for! This debut novel is creepy, weird & unusual with an ending you won’t see coming!

***The following information is just to let you know the requirements of the giveaway on Instagram. You cannot enter via the blog. Click HERE to go to the Instagram post where you CAN enter!

To enter to win an advance copy:

1. Must be following @mom_loves_reading(no unfollowing after giveaway, it’s just so rude)

2. LIKE & SAVE this post

3. Tag 2 bookish buds (Unlimited entries, but only 2 tags per comment).

Bonus Entries:(5 ea)

4. Share to your stories for 24 hrs (tag me) *Can be done daily.

5. Follow me on Facebook (Mom_Loves_Reading) & LIKE this post there.

6. Share the post on FB, too, for another bonus.

Giveaway has (2) winners & is International, begins 4/1 & ends 4/5 at 11:59pm est. No giveaway accts. Giveaway not affiliated with Instagram. Unfollowing after giveaway gets you banned from future MomLovesReading giveaways, & there are a LOT!