REVIEW – Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

Darling Rose Gold

Expected publication: March 17th 2020 by Berkley

 

A plucked from the headlines gripping read!                                       

The story opens as Patty Watts aka “Poisonous Patty” is being released from prison after serving five years for aggravated child abuse. Patty has always maintained that she is innocent.  She doesn’t blame Rose Gold even though her daughter testified against her. Instead, she blames the prosecutor, the jury, and the reporters who just wanted their story.

If she did all of those terrible things to her daughter why would Rose Gold offer to pick her up today?

Patty waits outside the prison for Rose Gold who is late picking her up. Eventually, Patty sees her old maroon van headed towards her.  She is excited to see her now twenty-three-year-old daughter. She is also excited about seeing the other passenger in the van.

Patty needs to find someplace to live and also needs to find a job. She hopes that Rose Gold will offer to let her stay with her. Rose Gold tells Patty that she’s recently bought a house and that her mother is welcome to stay. Patty is surprised and has trouble hiding her shock when she sees where they’ll be living.

Patty wants things to return to the way they used to be, but Rose Gold has other ideas.

Have they really forgiven each other? Who is telling the truth now?

 

I was so excited to read this novel! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

Although the story has some similarities to a true-life story, it is still very different. Even though I knew the story it was partially based on, I still really enjoyed this novel.

The story is told from both Patty and Rose Gold’s point of view alternating back and forth between past and present.  We learn what happened in the years they lived together prior to Patty going to jail, what happened during the years they were apart, Patty’s past and childhood, and their time together once Patty is released.

I thought this was an entertaining and easy read although it does deal with some very disturbing topics. Some parts of the novel may be unbelievable but many things about the true story were hard to believe as well.

I flew through this novel taking very few breaks. I really didn’t like having to put it down. It may not be for everyone, but I thought it was a great read!!

I look forward to reading more from Stephanie Wrobel.

 

 

I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

 

 

REVIEW – The Accusation by Wendy James

The Accusation

Published May 20th 2019 by HarperCollins 

 

A complex and tension-filled story that kept me guessing!

This was my second audiobook by Wendy James.  I started it right after I finished listening to one of her other books, “The Golden Child”. I enjoyed that novel and thought this one sounded interesting too.

An eighteen-year-old girl accuses a local teacher and her mother of keeping her confined in their basement. Apparently, she was kept restrained and medicated. Eventually, she was able to escape.

Suzannah Wells is adamant that she and her mother, Mary have done nothing wrong. She claims they have even never met, Ellie Canning. However, there’s a tremendous amount of evidence that seems to support the young girl’s story. With her confident and qualified agent by her side, Ellie Canning quickly becomes a media star.

Did Suzannah and her mother really keep Ellie captive?  And if so why?

Someone is lying. But who?

I really enjoyed this audiobook.

The storyline was intriguing and though it deals with some very emotional issues, there were quite a few light-hearted moments as well. Suzannah’s mother, Mary was definitely one of my favorite characters. The interactions between Mary and others often had me in stitches.

I thought the story flowed well and was easy to follow. There were some great twists and the main one caught me completely by surprise.

I don’t think it will be long before I pick up another book by Wendy James.

Goodreads Monday – March 9, 2020

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners . To take part, simply choose a random book from your TBR and show it off.  Be sure to check out Lauren’s blog too!!

Today the book I’m going to show off is :

 

Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

Three Hours

Published January 6th 2020 by Penguin

 

 

Goodreads Description:

The extraordinary new novel everyone is talking about from the Sunday Times best-selling author of Sister

Three hours is 180 minutes or 10,800 seconds.

It is a morning’s lessons, a dress rehearsal of Macbeth, a snowy trek through the woods.

It is an eternity waiting for news. Or a countdown to something terrible.

It is 180 minutes to discover who you will die for and what men will kill for.

In rural Somerset in the middle of a blizzard, the unthinkable happens: a school is under siege. Told from the point of view of the people at the heart of it, from the wounded headmaster in the library, unable to help his trapped pupils and staff, to teenage Hannah in love for the first time, to the parents gathering desperate for news, to the 16 year old Syrian refugee trying to rescue his little brother, to the police psychologist who must identify the gunmen, to the students taking refuge in the school theater, all experience the most intense hours of their lives, where evil and terror are met by courage, love and redemption.

 

My Thoughts:

I’ve enjoyed this author’s previous novels and have been looking forward to reading this for quite some time. I’ve only read a few pages of this book so far and I’m already gripped.  I can tell it’s going to be an emotional read. I can’t wait to read more!

 

Have you read this novel yet? Do you plan on reading it?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Have a great week!!

Happy reading!!

REVIEW – You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

You Are Not Alone

Expected publication: March 3rd 2020 by St. Martin’s Press

 

I am a huge fan of  Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I loved their previous novels An Anonymous Girl and The Wife Between UsSo of course, this novel was immediately added to my “to be read ASAP” list.

Thirty-one-year-old, Shay Miller is a market researcher. From a very young age, Shay realized that numbers affected the way people saw each other. She then started keeping track of stats in data books (her version of a diary). Shay is very aware of her personal stats. She is thirty-one, single, and was recently let go from her job. Her first priority is finding a new job. She has an interview the next day.

Later that day, Shay is waiting for her train when she witnesses something horrific. She’s unable to get what happened out of her head, The next day her interview doesn’t go so well. She arrives late and flashbacks leave her unable to concentrate properly.

Things can’t possibly get any worse….

All Shay has ever wanted is to be loved and accepted. Then Shay meets the Moore sisters.  Cassandra and Jane Moore see that Shay is struggling and they seem to want to help.

Suddenly Shay doesn’t feel so alone.

Cassandra and Jane Moore founded their own PR Firm in their mid-twenties. They are successful, confident, and glamorous, everything Shay wants to be. They are so kind and they make Shay feel like she belongs. Now Shay has a social life and a new job on the horizon.

Things are FINALLY looking up.

However, Shay is completely unaware that someone out there is following her, delving into her background, and trying to find out everything they can about her.

Why are they doing this? Is she in danger?

Soon nothing feels safe and Shay doesn’t know where to turn.

This was an intriguing and twisted tale that reminds us to be careful what we wish for.

 

Quite a bit of the story is told from Shay’s point of view. There are also chapters from the Moore sisters as well as a few other characters. Although some chapters take place in the past, I didn’t have trouble keeping everything and everyone straight. However, I did find that the story got a little slow at times. I also got a bit frustrated with some of the character’s actions but overall, I thought it was a pretty entertaining and engrossing read.

I really liked how Shay’s data book information was shared at the beginning of her chapters.  I found a lot of the data and facts very interesting. While it may not be my favorite by the duo, I still really enjoyed this novel and can’t wait to see what they write next!

 

I’d like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.