Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"All These Perfect Strangers"

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley exchange for an honest review


“This is about three deaths. Actually more, if you go back far enough. I say deaths but perhaps all of them were murders. It's a grey area. Murder, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.”

Within six months of her arrival at a university campus, three of Penelope Sheppard's new friends are dead. And only Pen knows why. This isn't Pen's first encounter with violence, and she's an expert at keeping secrets—especially ones as dark and dangerous as her own.

Reputations have a way of haunting you—they're easy to make, hard to shake. After Pen leaves her isolated hometown to escape the judgmental stares of her neighbors and carve out a new identity for herself, she's free from the stigma of her past mistakes. At school, Pen is anonymous, surrounded by an eclectic collection of perfect strangers. But when someone begins to uncover the deadly secrets she thought she'd left behind, how far will Pen go to protect her new life?

Six months later, Pen is back home, the victim of a violent trauma and a pariah once again. Now, reluctantly, she must recount her story from start to finish: to her shrink, to the police, even to herself. Because until she tells the whole truth, there will be no escaping the past.


Not only did I receive this book from Net Galley, but I got an email from the publishing company to request this book.  I felt honored to receive that email, and I wasn’t disappointed in taking a chance on this debut thriller.

This book is one of those books, which jump back in forth from the past to present time. The over all development of this book is complex and keeps you on your toes. It grabs your attention from the very first line and keeps you reading until you finish the book. You also are very shocked at how it ends.

For a book which hasn’t had it’s final editing I didn’t find any grammatical error, which take away from reading and fully enjoying a book. This is an author I can’t wait to see what the next book will be like. The over all flow of the book was delightful, the style is refreshing.


Would I read other books written by this Author? YES

Would I recommend this book others? YES

Is this book a Novel or Novella? Novel

Is this book priced correctly? YES

A Simple Vow

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley exchange for an honest review


Housed in a rustic red barn, the Simple Gifts crafts shop celebrates the talents of the Amish of Willow Ridge--and the faith that inspires them. For the acceptance of simplicity opens the path to love.

As far as Edith Riehl is concerned, the baby twins thrust suddenly into her arms are a heaven-sent gift. Unable to conceive, she longs to be a mother with a home of her own. She's going to abide by her promise to handsome Asa Detweiler to take care of them while he looks for their real father. And even if her domineering dat Cornelius refuses to countenance Asa's suit, she can only pray the bachelor's honesty and persistence will uncover the truth--even as he's kindled an impossible hope for a love of her own . . .

Asa can't understand why anyone would think he would be so dishonorable as to father babies and then abandon them. He's determined to clear his name--but Edith's caring ways also inspire him to help heal her wounded spirit and earn her trust. In the face of heartbreaking deception, he and Edith must find the strength to understand, forgive . . . and claim their own hearts' joy.


This was a great read and once you start you can’t put this book down until you’ve finished it. It’s full of twist, you never expect out of an Amish love story. The characters are well developed and feel real. The dialogue perfectly fits in with the story.

The story is well written, as well as well edited, which finding grammatical errors drive me crazy and it’s refreshing when proper editing has taken place.

When I read a book, which hasn’t been published yet I find writing the perfect review is hard cause I don’t want to give away any of the story, but to me this is a must read if you enjoy reading Amish love stories.  I know I will buy this book so I can reread it when I need that uplifting story to make me smile.


Would I read other books written by this Author?  YES!!!!!

Would I recommend this book to others?   YES!!!

Is this book a Novel or Novella? Novel

Is this book priced correctly? It’s at the top of my range since I’m a budget book buyer, but it’s worth the price you pay.