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A Motherhood Monday book review featuring ‘The Best of Friends’ by Lucinda Berry (and a pic of two actual bff’s)

Thank you @amazonpublishing #thomasandmercer for my gifted copy of ‘The Best of Friends‘ by Lucinda Berry! (pub 8/18)

The two lovely ladies pictured in today’s post are my daughter & her BFF. I really need to get an updated pic of me & my BFF sometime soon, but if you go to my Instagram post HERE, you will get to see a picture of us running a 5k together a few yrs ago & a couple other pics of my daughter & her BFF’s.

(And remember this silly little song written by actor Zach Galifianakis, from the movie, The Hangover, (if you’ve seen the movie, you’ll understand the simplicity of the lyrics. Click here to view on YouTube)

We’re the Three Best Friends
That Anyone Could Have
We’re the Three Best Friends
That Anyone Could Have.

We’re the Three Best Friends
That Anyone Could Have
And We’ll Never ever ever ever
Leave Each Other.

We’re the Three Best Friends
That Anyone Could Have
We’re the Three Best Friends
That Anyone Could Have…
(Source: Musixmatch Songwriters: Zachary Knight Galifianakis
Three Best Friends lyrics © Warner Olive Music Llc.)

Now for the book: ‘The Best of Friends‘ by Lucinda Berry

An unthinkable tragedy forever changes a group of teens & turns family against family in this edge-of-your-seat thriller that begs to be read in one sitting.
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Best friends Lindsey, Kendra, & Dani endure every parent’s nightmare when a tragic accident befalls their teenage boys, leaving one dead, another in a coma, & a third too traumatized to speak. Reeling from the worst night of their lives, the 3 mothers plunge into a desperate investigation of the bizarre incident. How could something so horrible happen in their wealthy Southern California suburb?
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They soon discover that the accident was just the beginning, & troubling discoveries lead to chilling questions: Do they really know their children? Do they even know each other? As more secrets surface, a fog of doubt & suspicion threatens to poison their families, their friendships, & the whole community. With the illusion of happiness and safety long gone, these women must now confront the hazards of heartbreak, the consequences of jealousy, & the dangers of living double lives.
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The Best of Friends‘ relentlessly grabs you from the first pages & doesn’t let go! As a parent of 5, 2 of which are currently teenage boys, this book resonated w/ me & how as a mother, I would go to the end of the world, through hell & back, to protect my child, & if something bad happened to them, I would never give up on finding the truth behind the incident. This book is a heart-wrenching, compelling, thought-provoking domestic suspense, & I loved it! I can’t wait to check out other books by Berry soon!

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**And don’t forget to enter my 4-book thriller giveaway on Instagram that ends tomorrow night! Click HERE to go to that post now!

Dr. Lucinda Berry is a former clinical psychologist and leading researcher in childhood trauma. Now, she spends her days writing full-time where she uses her clinical experience to blur the line between fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys taking her readers on a journey through the dark recesses of the human psyche.

If Berry isn’t chasing after her son, you can find her running through Los Angeles, prepping for her next marathon. To hear about her upcoming releases, visit her on Facebook or sign up for her newsletter at https://lucindaberryauthor.com/

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Book Review: ‘Only Human’ by Diane Chandler (pub 9/8)

Thank you @blackbird_bks for my gifted copy of ‘Only Human‘ by Diane Chandler! (pub date 9/8)

QOTD: Do you like to try out new authors or do you stick to specific ones? Personally, I love discovering new authors & I am very glad to have been introduced to the writing talent of Diane Chandler.

Every betrayal has a consequence…One family…one summer…one woman…

Anna Bond is floundering. Tiger mom to tricky teen Sophie, now slipping through her fingers, & loyal wife to big sociable Ollie, whom she no longer trusts, what does she do next with her life? Once a confident career woman, after so many years at home & the school gate, Anna now finds her mind is chattering & her soul is searching – for what matters.

Then Jack walks into their lives. Sophie’s first boyfriend is a breath of fresh air for the whole family, & Anna gradually discovers new purpose for herself. But when deceit creeps in, tensions surface, & she finds herself propelled through a tangled web of secrets & lies towards a devastating climax.

This is my first book by Diane Chandler & it will not be my last. ‘Only Human‘ is a very profound, heartbreaking, poignant, beautifully told story about the human condition w/ vividly fleshed out characters that are realistically portrayed throughout the pages. It’s an all-consuming family drama that was truly hard to put down.

Only Human‘ is a very thought-provoking, well-written, relatable story about family dynamics that also has some humor woven in as well. I highly recommend this book, which is available now.

On another note, don’t forget to enter my current giveaway for 4 thriller arc’s on Instagram. Click HERE to go to the giveaway now. Ends on 9/29.

Click HERE to purchase ‘Only Human’ on Amazon.
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Diane was a political lobbyist in Brussels before then working at the European Commission in overseas aid for several years. Back in London, she joined the Ukraine and Africa desks at the Department for International Development (DFID). Her first novel, The Road to Donetsk, draws on her experiences in overseas aid. Her second, Moondance, on the emotional impact of fertility treatment. Her third novel, Only Human, is about a woman struggling to find new meaning in life after her husband cheats on her and her only daughter flies the nest. Diane co-runs Creative Writing Workshops London with Stephanie Zia of Blackbird Digital Books, and also coaches aspiring writers. She hosts www.Chiswickbuzz.net book club Words with Wine in W4.

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Thriller Thursday Giveaway, Throwback (#Throwbook) style!

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Time for a Thriller Thursday GIVEAWAY, throwback style!

Q?: What is your favorite season? For me, this is my favorite time of the year weather wise, the beginning of fall when there are still some warm days w/ chilly nights, windows open & frogs & crickets can be heard in the quietness of darkfall. Hot tea (or glass of Cabernet Sauvignon ), a thriller book, cozy sweater & leggings…that is my ideal fall evening.

There are some highly anticipated book releases from spring & summer that I have purposely saved for fall reading, IE: Riley Sager’s ‘Home Before Dark‘ which seems to be ideal for October.

I have some extra thriller arc’s I would love to send to (1) lucky reader.

The (3) books included in this giveaway are 2020 throwback books:

The Return‘ by Rachel Harrison

The Better Liar‘ by Tanen Jones

Pretty Things’ by Janelle Brownand

and (1) 2019 thriller
Recursion‘ by Blake Crouch

(Please be aware that the following information is for FYI purposes only. Entries are only eligible on Mom_Loves_Reading Instagram page only. Click HERE to go to that post now.)

To enter:

*Must be following @mom_loves_reading (forev’s please)

*LIKE this post.

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

Bonus Entries: (5 each)

*Share this post in your IG 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 www.momlovesreading.com & Like/Comment on this blog post.

And just to be nice, go LIKE some of my previous posts, because I’m a super generous person! Giveaway starts 9/24 & ends 9/29/20 11:59pm EST. US residents only. Must enter on IG post. 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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Book Review: ‘The Last to Know’ by Jo Furniss (pub 8/11)

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Thank you @amazonpublishing #lakeunionpublishing for my gifted copy of ‘The Last to Know’ by Jo Furniss! (pub day 8/11)

QOTD: Do you like to read books about creepy, old homes w/ an ominous past? I DO!

A family’s past pursues them like a shadow in this riveting & emotional novel of psychological suspense by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of ‘All the Little Children’.

American journalist Rose Kynaston has just relocated to the childhood home of her husband, Dylan, in the English village of his youth. There’s a lot for Rose to get used to in Hurtwood. Like the family’s crumbling mansion, inhabited by Dylan’s reclusive mother, & the treacherous hill it sits upon, a place of both sinister folklore & present dangers.

Then there are the unwelcoming villagers, who only whisper the name Kynaston—like some dreadful secret, a curse. Everyone knows what happened at Hurtwood House 20 yrs ago. Everyone except Rose. And now that Dylan is back, so are rumors about his past. When an archaeological dig unearths human remains on the hill, local police sergeant Ellie Trevelyan vows to solve a cold case that has cast a chill over Hurtwood for decades.

As Ellie works to separate rumor from fact, Rose must fight to clear the name of the man she loves. But how can Rose keep her family safe if she is the last to know the truth?

This was my first book by Jo Furniss & it will not be my last! ‘The Last to Know‘ is such a hauntingly atmospheric & well-written psychological suspense/thriller w/ some gothic mystery appeal. I love reading about creepy houses, add in a sinister, family backstory, some eerie elements & people, sprinkles of humor & a big dose of secrets & lies, & you get a gem like this!

The Last to Know‘ is flawlessly plotted, captivates from the get-go, holds your attention throughout, & keeps you guessing until the very end. This book did not disappoint & I look forward to reading more from Furniss in the near future! ‘The Last to Know’ is available now.

Click HERE to add ‘The Last to Know’ to your Goodreads lists.
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After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the United Kingdom, she spent seven years in Singapore and also lived in Switzerland and Cameroon.

As a freelance journalist, Jo worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle and the Economist. She has edited books for a Nobel laureate and the palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University.

Jo’s debut novel, All the Little Children, was an Amazon Charts bestseller.

Connect with her via Facebook (/JoFurnissAuthor), Instagram (@jofurnissauthor) & Twitter (@Jo_Furniss) or through her website, www.jofurniss.com.



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Happy #ShelfieSunday and Book Review of ‘Daddy: Stories’ by Emma Cline

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Happy Shelfie Sunday & Thank you at @randomhouse for my gifted copy of ‘Daddy: Stories‘ by Emma Cline! (pub 9/1).

This pic features the left half of my window bench bookshelves that my husband built for my bday last yr. Scroll through my feed to see the other side of the room where my big bookshelf is, which he also built last year.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls comes an eagerly anticipated story collection exploring the dark corners of human experience.

An absentee father collects his son from boarding school after a shocking act of violence. A nanny to a celebrity family hides out in Laurel Canyon in the aftermath of a tabloid scandal. A young woman sells her underwear to strangers. A notorious guest arrives at a placid, not-quite rehab in the Southwest.

In ten remarkable stories, Emma Cline portrays moments when the ordinary is disturbed, when daily life buckles, revealing the perversity & violence pulsing under the surface. She explores characters navigating the edge, the limits of themselves & those around them: power dynamics in families, in relationships, the distance between their true & false selves. They want connection, but what they provoke is often closer to self-sabotage.

What are the costs of one’s choices? Of the moments when we act, or fail to act? These complexities are at the heart of ‘Daddy‘, Emma Cline’s sharp-eyed illumination of the contrary impulses that animate our inner lives.

I read Emma Cline’s previous novel, ‘The Girls‘, during the summer of 2016 when it released to very mixed reviews. I was pretty middle ground w/ that book, having not loved it, but also didn’t hate it. In my opinion, ‘Daddy’ is much more intriguing & thought-provoking. I love a well-written book of essays or short stories, preferably non-fiction, & this one had 10 pretty fascinating stories. Each story did leave me wanting more & to know more about the broken people depicted in the short stories.

Some stories were more engaging & provocative than others, but overall ‘Daddy’ is riveting, poignant, glazed in darkness & humor while also making the reader squirm w/ discomfort at times. Oh, & the copy in my pic is an early arc, thus the pale pink color. The actual book is more Mountain Dew yellow. ‘Daddy’ is available now wherever books are sold.

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(PS: Don’t forget to head to Mom_Loves_Reading on Instagram & enter to win 1 of 3 copies of the psychological suspense novel by Hank Phillipi Ryan, ‘The First to Lie’. Giveaway ends tomorrow night! Click HERE to go to that giveaway post now.)

Emma Cline is an American writer and novelist, originally from California. She published her first novel, “The Girls”, in 2016, to positive reviews. The book was shortlisted for the John Leonard Award from the National Book Critics Circle and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize.
Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Tin House, Granta and The Paris Review.
In 2017 Cline was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists.