Review: The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

Review: The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer is the Hanukkah rom-com I have been waiting for. Following a secret Christmas romance novelist who ends up volunteering at an extravagant Hanukkah party with her childhood enemy, this one contains drama and a good helping of holiday magic. I loved the descriptions of the event planning, and the main character is realistic. It is a shame to say that I have never read anything like this, but I would definitely recommend it to those looking for a touching yet uplifting holiday read. Continue reading

Review: I Invited Her In by Adele Parks

Review: I Invited Her In by Adele ParksTitle: I Invited Her In
Author: Adele Perks
Publisher: MIRA
Genres: Thriller
Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Rating: three-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Imagine the worst thing a friend could ever do.

This is worse.

When Mel receives an unexpected email from her oldest friend Abi, it brings back memories she thought she had buried forever. Their friendship belonged in the past. To those carefree days at university.

But Abi is in trouble and needs Mel’s help, and she wants a place to stay. Just for a few days, while she sorts things out. It’s the least Mel can do.

After all, friends look out for each other, don’t they?

I Invited Her In is a blistering tale of wanting what you can’t have, jealousy, and revenge from Sunday Times best-seller Adele Parks.

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Review: I INvited Her In by Adele Perks

I Invited Her In by Adele Perks is a thriller that is quite a head trip. The book is an interesting look at families and friendship. It is a fairly enjoyable read, although the main character is not one that I find relatable. Continue reading

Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany ReiszTitle: The Lucky Ones
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Publisher: MIRA
Genres: Thriller
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

They called themselves “the lucky ones.”

They were seven children either orphaned or abandoned by their parents and chosen by legendary philanthropist and brain surgeon Dr. Vincent Capello to live in The Dragon, his almost magical beach house on the Oregon Coast. Allison was the youngest of the lucky ones living an idyllic life with her newfound family…until the night she almost died, and was then whisked away from the house and her adopted family forever.

Now, thirteen years later, Allison receives a letter from Roland, Dr. Capello’s oldest son, warning her that their father is ill and in his final days. Allison determines she must go home again and confront the ghosts of her past. She's determined to find out what really happened that fateful night--was it an accident or, as she's always suspected, did one of her beloved family members try to kill her?

But digging into the past can reveal horrific truths, and when Allison pieces together the story of her life, she'll learns the terrible secret at the heart of the family she once loved but never really knew.

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Review: The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz is one of those thrillers that will give you goose bumps, and make you question your own beliefs. Set in picturesque Oregon, this beautifully written book complete with its cast of flawed characters will have you guessing until you get to the shocking conclusion.

A Disturbing Story

There is so much to this book that is hard to discuss without revealing too much much of the plot. However, I will tell you that its contents will disturb you and give you many opportunities to ask yourself about your own moral compass. It is definitely eye-opening to read and gives the reader many sides of the story that bring these “Lucky Ones” together.

Imperfect Characters

Having never read a Tiffany Reisz novel, I had no idea what to expect from these characters that are deemed “The Lucky Ones.” Every single one of them is as imperfect as they come, and have so many layers to them. The main character, Allison, is one that is highly intelligent, has a huge heart, and a love for books and poetry. However, her life choices are so poor that it is what propels the story forward. I found Allison to be dislikable, but I did empathize with her, which is something to be said for the writing.

The Setting is also a Character

The one thing that I love most about books is their ability to transport the reader to its setting. Reisz’s ability to describe the Oregon coast has left me with a strong desire to travel to the region myself. The setting is actually a character of sorts, as the climate and the surroundings have a profound effect on its characters.

The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz is one to add to your reading list if you are looking for a thrilling book that makes you think. It is packed with interesting characters, and the writing is quite descriptive. Reisz will have you packing your bags for Oregon, for sure.

Book Quotes: The Lucky ONes by Tiffany Reisz

Book Beginning:

Louisville, Kentucky, 2015

All Allison wanted was for this conversation to be over. That and she hoped the heavy grey clouds would part and the sun would appear. It could go either way today- sun or rain.

Friday 56:

“This is it?” Deacon asked. “This is your big talent? You showing off you can do a push-up with a man sitting on your back? I could do that, please don’t make me prove it.”

About Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz is the USA Today-bestselling author of the Romance Writers of America RITA®-winning Original Sinners series from Harlequin's Mira Books.

Born in Owensboro, Kentucky, Tiffany graduated from Centre College with a B.A. in English. She began her writing career while a student at Wilmore, Kentucky's Asbury Theological Seminary. After leaving seminary to focus on her fiction, she wrote The Siren, which has sold more than half a million copies worldwide.

Tiffany also writes mainstream women's suspense fiction, including The Bourbon Thief(winner of the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence Award) and the RITA®-nominated The Night Mark.

Her erotic fantasy The Red—self-published under the banner 8th Circle Press—was named an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Goodreads Best Romance of the Month. It also received a coveted starred review from Library Journal.

Tiffany lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, author Andrew Shaffer, and two cats. The cats are not writers.

Review: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

Review: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam JenoffTitle: The Orphan's Tale
Author: Pam Jenoff
Also by this author: The Lost Girls of Paris
Publisher: MIRA
Genres: Historical Fiction
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.

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Review: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff is a beautiful story of perseverance, family and coming of age during World War II. Pam Jenoff whisks her readers into the lives of circus performers during a time period that is so unpredictable and dangerous. There are many wonderfully developed characters in this book, but Noa is one that stands out for her sheer bravery and resilience. Continue reading