REVIEW – Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

Keeping Lucy

Expected publication: August 6, 2019 by St. Martin’s Press

 

Once again T. Greenwood has written a story that kept me riveted as I flew through the pages.

Ginny Richardson had always wanted a simple life. Her husband, Ab had said he wanted the same thing. They were going to live in a little cabin in the woods with their children, enjoying nature and each other. Unfortunately, those dreams were shattered early on.

“They didn’t know that there would be a whole series of roadblocks on that road less traveled, all of them put up by his father.”

Now they live in a fancy house not far from her in-law’s fancy house. Ginny is pregnant with her second child when her water breaks during her baby shower.

After giving birth, Ginny can tell something is wrong. She doesn’t hear the baby crying and everyone is ignoring her. She hears them whispering, Heart defects, hearing and vision problems. Thyroid malfunctions.”  They finally let her hold her daughter and Ginny looks at her, “overwhelmed with nothing but love.”  She thinks Lucy is perfect.

“She may never talk. She will never, ever live on her own. She will never be a normal girl, Mrs. Richardson”. 

The doctor won’t answer her questions and just tells her to rest. Ginny wonders where Ab is as they plunge yet another syringe into her arm. The next time she wakes, Ab is finally there. His eyes are sad. Ginny asks where Lucy is as Abbott Senior walks in. Ab tells her that his father has found a place for Lucy at Willowridge. He says it is a place where Lucy will be loved and cared for.  Ginny is furious…”WE will care for her.  I will care for her”.  She begs her husband to come to the nursery with her, but Ab tells her that Lucy’s not there.

Ginny, honey, she’s already gone.”

Two years later there is a hole in Ginny’s life and in her heart. Her husband has grown distant and is usually home late. Ginny and six-year-old, Peyton often eat alone.

But a phone call one evening changes EVERYTHING.

Her best friend, Marsha tells her about an exposé a local reporter has written. It’s Willowridge”. The next day, Marsha brings Ginny the newspaper articles. Ginny can’t believe what she’s reading. What the reporter saw sounds horrific. Ginny tells her husband that he needs to fix this. “Your father was wrong about this place.”  She is shocked by Ab’s reaction.

Ginny decides she must go to Willowridge to see if what she read is true. What she sees there is appalling. She doesn’t know what to do next. But one thing she does know is that she will not abandon her daughter again.

Ginny will be in for the fight of her life.

Keeping Lucy” is a well written, gut-wrenching story that I couldn’t put down. I read it with my heart in my throat. The story takes place over many years. We learn about the early years of Ginny and Ab’s relationship and marriage, as well as the two years after Lucy was taken away. The story continues after the awful truth about Willowridge is revealed.

This novel was filled with many well-developed characters.  Some devious and some that stole my heart. The children’s characters were especially wonderful and I LOVED Ginny’s best friend, Marsha.

In my opinion “Keeping Lucy” is a fascinating and moving book about family, guilt, loss, betrayal, and a mother’s unconditional love.  I’m excited to read more from this talented author.

I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

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Music Monday – Adam Sandler

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Music Monday is a meme that was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and/or video and share it on Monday.

 

Today I am sharing a few songs/video clips from one of my favorite comedian/actors, Adam Sandler.

 

One of my favorite movies is “The Wedding Singer” and I love the songs Adam Sandler sings, especially “Somebody Kill Me” and “I Wanna Grow Old With You“.

I’m also including a clip of Adam singing his tribute to Chris Farley.  So good but so emotional.

 

 

 

 

“Somebody Kill Me”
(from “The Wedding Singer” soundtrack)

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You don’t know how much I need you.
While you’re near me I don’t feel blue.
And when we kiss I know you need me too.
I can’t believe I found a love that’s so pure and true.

But it all was bullshit.
It was a goddamn joke.
And when I think of you Linda,
I hope you fucking choke.

I hope you’re glad with what you’ve done to me.
I lay in bed all day long feeling melancholy.
You left me here all alone, tears running constantly.

Oh somebody kill me please,
somebody kill me plee-ase,
I’m on my knees,
pretty pretty please kill me.

I want to die.
Put a bullet in my head

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“Grow Old With You”
(from “The Wedding Singer” soundtrack)

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I wanna make you smile whenever you’re sad
Carry you around when your arthritis is bad
All I wanna do is grow old with you

I’ll get your medicine when your tummy aches
Build you a fire if the furnace breaks
Oh, it could be so nice, growing old with you

I’ll miss you
Kiss you
Give you my coat when you are cold

Need you
Feed you
Even let you hold the remote control

So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink
Put you to bed when you’ve had too much to drink
Oh, I could be the man who grows old with you
I wanna grow old with you

 

 

Have a great week!!

REVIEW – Wherever She Goes by Kelley Armstrong

Wherever She Goes

Expected publication: June 25th, 2019 by Minotaur Books

 
What a great read!

Aubrey Finch has made mistakes. The pain in her shoulder is a reminder of a big one.

Aubrey is separated from her husband, Paul who has primary custody of their daughter, Charlotte. Aubrey didn’t want to uproot her daughter until she found an acceptable place for them to live. It was supposed to be temporary. That was six months ago. Aubrey and Paul are civil with each other. They both seem to want the best for Charlotte. But Aubrey knows if Paul ever found out about her past, he wouldn’t be so civil.

Aubrey loves her daughter, but motherhood has never come naturally to her. She watches the other parents; tries to “observe and assimilate”.  She reads all the articles and blogs but she just can’t relate to the other parents.

One day while doing cartwheels with Charlotte at the park, Aubrey meets another young mom who doesn’t seem to fit in either. They strike up a conversation as they watch their children play.

“I see this young woman, with her old needle scars and her worn jeans and her shabby sneakers and the way her face glows every time her gaze lights on her son, and she’s the mother I connect to.”

A few days later Aubrey is jogging through the same park. She notices a boy on the swings. It looks like the boy from the other day. Aubrey doesn’t see his mother anywhere. Suddenly she hears someone shout and the boy heads in the direction of a big SUV.  But when she hears him cry out. “No! Let me go!” Aubrey starts to run in his direction. The car pulls into traffic and roars off.

It’s gone.

Aubrey tries to explain what she saw to the police but they tell her that no one else saw anything. The police also say that the other parents see Aubrey watching them and their kids. “You make some of the other parents uncomfortable”.

Aubrey contacts the police again and they tell her no one has reported a child missing. She feels like no one believes what she saw, but her gut tells her she’s right.

Aubrey tries to put it out of her head. Her daughter needs to be her primary focus.

“Even if I am right, is it worth the risk to help a stranger?”

Then she sees a story in the local news that changes everything. Suddenly, Aubrey is more involved than ever. She still worries about being exposed. Her past coming out could ruin everything, but she can’t just stand by. She NEEDS to help. Aubrey knows what it is like to be left behind, to wait for someone…anyone to come. She’s going to find a way to prove what she saw.

But if she continues to investigate will she be putting her own child in danger?

How far would you go to save a child that wasn’t your own? 

I really enjoyed this engrossing and thought-provoking read.  I thought it was a unique take on a missing child story.

I really felt for the main character. Aubrey is a single mother who isn’t confident in her parenting skills. She hasn’t always made the best decisions but she was a relatable character. I was fully invested in the story and wanted Aubrey to succeed.

Overall, this was a touching and well-paced domestic suspense novel that held my interest from start to finish.

I’d like to thank St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an advanced copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.

I can’t wait for : The Need by Helen Phillips (Can’t-Wait Wednesday)

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we are excited about that we have yet to read.

I came across this meme recently and thought it sounded like a lot of fun. There are so many books that I can’t wait to read…
My choice for this week is:
The Need by Helen Phillips
The Need

Expected Publication July 9, 2019 by Simon Schuster

 

Goodreads Description:

When Molly, home alone with her two young children, hears footsteps in the living room, she tries to convince herself it’s the sleep deprivation. She’s been hearing things these days. Startling at loud noises. Imagining the worst-case scenario. It’s what mothers do, she knows.

But then the footsteps come again, and she catches a glimpse of movement.

Suddenly Molly finds herself face-to-face with an intruder who knows far too much about her and her family. As she attempts to protect those she loves most, Molly must also acknowledge her own frailty. Molly slips down an existential rabbit hole where she must confront the dualities of motherhood: the ecstasy and the dread; the languor and the ferocity; the banality and the transcendence as the book hurtles toward a mind-bending conclusion.

 

My Thoughts:

I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! I’ve read a few reviews that have me REALLY intrigued! It sounds like it’s going to be an addictive page-turner.

 

I really can’t wait!!