Friday, February 23, 2018

#MMBBR (™) #Review #TheBadDaughter by @joyfielding #BallantineBooks


The Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding

A gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller of family intrigue and dark secrets, from the author of Someone Is Watching and See Jane Run.There was no shortage of words she could use to describe her father, almost none of them complimentary. Serves you damn right, she thought.

A voice mail from her estranged sister, Melanie, sends Robin’s heart racing and her mind spiraling in a full-blown panic attack. Melanie’s message is dire: Their father, his second wife, and his twelve-year-old stepdaughter have been shot—likely in a home invasion—and lie in the hospital in critical condition.
It’s been more than five years since Robin turned her back on her father when he married her best friend. Five years since she said goodbye to her hometown of Red Bluff, California, and became a therapist. More than two years since Robin and Melanie have spoken. Yet even with all that distance and time and acrimony, the past is always with Robin.

Now she must return to the family she left behind. As she attempts to mend fences while her father clings to life, Robin begins to wonder if there is more to the tragedy than a botched burglary attempt. It seems that everyone—Robin’s mercurial sister, her less-than-communicative nephew, her absent brother, and even Tara, her father’s wife—has something to hide. And someone may have put them all in grave danger.

New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding has written a gripping edge-of-your-seat thriller of family intrigue and dark secrets. The Bad Daughter explores the deadly differences between the lies we want to believe and the truths we wish not to know.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Bad Daughter is a book that will leave you reeling. Fielding really got into my head with this one. I was completely enthralled and left guessing around many corners. It was well drawn out and had some unsettling moments that left me breathless. If you love domestic suspense and characters that are flawed, real and compelling then this is the book for you. You may also want to clear your schedule because you may have a hard time pulling it down.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #TheMothersPromise @sallyhepworth @StMartinsPress @MacmillanUSA

The Mother's Promise: A Novel by [Hepworth, Sally]

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ When the doctor gave Alice Stanhope the news, she was thinking for Zoe.

This book rocked my heart to the core. This book really grabbed my emotions from that first sentence and did not let go. There was a lump in my throat nearly the entire time. But this book was so beautifully done that the stress slowly dissipated as I continued to read. I was so engrossed in this book that I lost track of time. The characters were spot on, dialogue was dynamic and the story is unforgettable. What an emotional read that captures what it means to love as a mother and how the heart can heal and cope. It is one of those books that is both sad and happy. The Mother's Promise is one that I am certain readers will cherish every single word within it.

Sally Hepworth

Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives. The Secrets of Midwives has been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s debut novel as “women’s fiction at its finest” and “totally absorbing”. The Secrets of Midwives was also the highest selling debut Australian fiction of the year in 2015. 

Sally is also the author of The Things We Keep, published in January 2016. The Things We Keep was a Library Journal Pick in the U.S. for January 2016, and an Indie Next Pick in the U.S. for February 2016. NYT bestselling author of The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion praised The Things We Keep calling it ‘A compelling read that touches on important themes, not least the different forms that love may take.”

Both of Sally's novels have been published worldwide in English and have been translated into several foreign languages.

Sally is currently working on her next novel, to be published in early 2017.

Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and two children. 

With empathy and keen insight, Sally Hepworth delivers a page-turning novel about the complex, lovely, and even heartbreaking relationships between mothers and daughters. THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES is that rare tale that weaves together the past and the present in a totally absorbing narrative. Sally Hepworth illuminates one of the most important moments in a woman's life--when she becomes a mother--and spins a story that will hold you captivated till the very end.

- # 1 New York Times Bestselling author of The One and Only, EMILY GIFFIN

THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES is women's fiction at its finest. Sally Hepworth has written a wonderfully satisfying story about three generations of midwives. It's touching, tender and obviously meticulously researched, giving the reader a fascinating window into the amazing world of midwifery. A delightful read.

-#1 New York Times Bestselling author of THE HUSBAND'S SECRET, LIANE MORIARTY

"THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES is a compelling exploration of life, loss, and love. Family secrets test the bonds between three women - Neva, her mother Grace, and her grandmother Floss - as they bring babies into the world and navigate their own complex paths. The story deepens and enlarges as it moves through their varied perspectives to its powerful conclusion."

- #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Orphan Train, CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE

"From the first page, I could not put THE SECRET OF MIDWIVES down. Sally Hepworth delves into family secrets and family love in two different eras, adding mystery and plot twists at a breathless, exhilarating pace. I simply love this book!" 

- Bestselling Author of The Knitting Circle, ANN HOOD

Hepworth's debut enchants from the first page, as three midwives--mother, daughter, and grandmother--defend their profession and unravel their secrets in the path of a classic New England storm. THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES is that rare novel that combines vibrant and nuanced characters with a breathtaking plot, and an almost mystical reverence for the magic of childbirth. I couldn't stop until I'd turned the last page.

- New York Times Bestselling author of A Hundred Summers, BEATRIZ WILLIAMS

Monday, February 19, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #TheBooBoosThatChangedTheWorld @bwittbooks @charlesbridge

The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention by Barry Wittenstein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is FANTASTIC. I love that it highlight show an accident can be an amazing and positive thing. I have always just took band-aids for granted and now I will never be able to look at them the same. They have rich history and it is worth knowing. The illustrations are just adorable and add so much to the story because as a new or young reader can follow the story through the images in the book. I, as a teacher and mother, love that there is a timeline in the back. It is such a cool way to show children how things progress and lead us to present day. A great book for the classroom!

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Barry Wittenstein has always been involved with writing, from contributing to his high school and college newspapers, to writing and performing poetry on stage in San Francisco, songwriting, sports writing, and now picture books.

He has worked at CBS Records, CBS News, and was a web editor and writer for Major League Baseball. He is now an elementary-school substitute teacher and children's author.

Barry particularly likes nonfiction, and profiling mostly unknown people and events whose stories have never been told in children’s literature. He is the author of Waiting for Pumpsie and The Boo-Boos That Changed the World. He lives in New York City. To learn more, visit his website: or on Twitter: @bwittbooks


★”Appealingly designed and illustrated, an engaging, fun story about the inspiration and inventor of that essential staple of home first aid.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

#MMBBR #Review #ElisMagicMoment #KevinPoplawski #CreateSpaceIndependentPublishing

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Eli's Magic Moment is an adorable story that rhymes and is almost sing songy with it prose will be a hit with the younger reader. This book will also make a great read aloud. This book is jam packed with colorful illustrations, a great story and characters that children will be able to relate to. It is great book to create dialogue with kids both at home and in the classroom.

#MMBBR #Reviews #WhereDidMyFriendsGo #FamilyChanges #AzmairaHMakerPhD

The world can be a violent place. Although you try to shelter your children, terrible things can happen at any moment. As a parent, you want to protect them, but this isn't always possible. The best thing you can do for your children is make sure you are prepared to help them after a sudden death or other traumatic experience.


“Divorce” is a big word…especially for little kids. It’s hard for young children to understand what the word means, let alone how it will impact their lives—and it’s hard for us, as grown-ups, to explain it to them in terms they can fully comprehend.

Nonetheless, when a child is involved in a family divorce or separation, it is crucial that he or she understands and embraces the changes… and this book will help you explain the transitions to your child.

Family Changes is a delightfully informative children’s book that tackles a complicated topic in compassionate, child-friendly terms. Ideal for young minds aged four through eight, it features a colorful cast of fuzzy characters led by a young bunny na­­med Zoey, who is struggling with her parents’ divorce and is riddled by important questions and feelings your child is likely to encounter.

In addition to the heartfelt story at its core, Family Changes also offers parents, therapists, teachers, and caregivers valuable information on how to ease children through this significant life change. A comprehensive note to parents and a list of essential child-focused questions are provided to guide the adult and child, and are certain to be an asset to both children and adults involved in the divorce/separation process.

These are very beneficial stories for any young child dealing with a divorce or death of a friend. These books allow children to better understand the range of emotions that they are feeling after such a disruption happens. It allows the child to be able to relate with a character that is feeling the similar things, has similar questions and similar concerns. Not every child is the same and children may process things differently. This books allows the child to ask question and creates dialogue with parents, family and others. Great books for helping children deal with difficult, traumatic and tough situations.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #LookForHer @emilycwinslow #KeeneandFrohmann @Morrow_PB

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
WOW! If you like twisty. If you like turvy. Then this book is for you. I was on the edge of my seat, never knowing what was around each and every corner. It was one of those reads that leaves you uneasy in a very good way. It was one of those reads that you thought you had it figured out and then "boom"...surprised by a plot twist. It was heart pounding and thought provoking. A must for lovers of a satisfying thriller.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #NotPerfect @ElizabethLaBan #LakeUnionPublishing @AmazonPub


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was so great. I loved the toe and pace. It was one of those books that grabbed me bit by bit until I could not put it down. I adored the flawed characters, the plot and the satisfying conclusion. I loved how honest and raw this book was. It exposes weaknesses and strengths in equal measure. It is this balance that makes this book one not to be missed.

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