I can’t wait for : Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle (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:

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

Dear Wife

Expected publication: June 25, 2019 by Park Row

 

Goodreads Description:

From the bestselling author of The Marriage Lie and Three Days Missing comes a riveting new novel of suspense about a woman who, in a fight for survival, must decide just how far she’ll go to escape the person she once loved

Beth Murphy is on the run…

For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth prefers to see it as her new beginning–one with a new look, new name and new city. Beth has given her plan significant thought, because one small slip and her violent husband will find her.

Sabine Hardison is missing…

A couple hundred miles away, Jeffrey returns home from a work trip to find his wife, Sabine, is missing. Wherever she is, she’s taken almost nothing with her. Her abandoned car is the only evidence the police have, and all signs point to foul play.

As the police search for leads, the case becomes more and more convoluted. Sabine’s carefully laid plans for her future indicate trouble at home, and a husband who would be better off with her gone. The detective on the case will stop at nothing to find out what happened and bring this missing woman home. Where is Sabine? And who is Beth? The only thing that’s certain is that someone is lying and the truth won’t stay buried for long.

 

My Thoughts:

I read “Three Days Missing” by Kimberly Belle last year and really enjoyed it. The description for this novel has me gripped already.

I can’t wait to read it!

 

I’d love to hear what books you are excited to read. Is this one on your list too?

 

Happy Reading Everyone!!

 

 

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REVIEW – The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda

The Favorite Daughter

Expected publication: May 21, 2019 by Graydon House

 

I have been looking forward to reading more from Kaira Rouda since reading and enjoying her previous novel, “Best Day Ever”.

The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie“.

Meet Jane Harris.

Jane spent the last year grieving the death of her daughter, Mary. She stayed in bed lost in her “haze of grief”.

But Jane is now ready to step back into her life and family. Jane’s therapist suggested that the family should eat together to reconnect.  So Jane is putting together a special dinner.

“I’m the perfect vision of a happy homemaker”

She waits for her husband, David to come home. He’ll be surprised. Jane says David has some surprises of his own.  Jane accidentally found out about a big one.  David’s surprise snapped her out of her haze.

Nothing had been right after Mary left them. David was never home, always busy with work. It felt like he was avoiding her.

“Your husband should love you and worship the ground you walk on. He doesn’t just now, I know, but he will again. I’m back. He’ll see.”

Jane’s other daughter, Betsy is about to graduate. Jane tries to ignore the voice in her head (it sounds a lot like her mother) that tells her Betsy is going to leave her.  But Betsy needs Jane. She would never leave her.

Jane is happy that everyone seems to be getting in line. Now that she’s back and better than ever.  She’s even been secretly working out.  On her few recent outings she’s noticed admiring glances from men. Not that that’s anything new. She’s always turned heads.

There is an upcoming memorial for her daughter, Mary. Jane’s psychologist, Dr. Rosenthal tries to prepare her for it. Jane often says what she thinks the psychologist wants to hear. She talks about the things her mother taught her. Jane’s mother loved bringing people down, Jane included. But Jane is winning…just look at her lavish life.

Jane used to have a group of friends but they’ve drifted away. She knows it’s because they were jealous. Jane used to win at everything; tennis, Bunko, etc.  And it wasn’t her fault their husbands found Jane attractive.

After the memorial, Jane suddenly starts receiving anonymous notes. The notes say that there’s more to Mary’s death than they know. Could this be true?

As graduation nears, we learn more about the Harris family. It seems like everyone is keeping secrets and/or has something to hide.

With a riveting storyline, some jaw-dropping moments, and a wicked ending, this was another hit for me.

The story is told from Jane’s point of view. Jane Harris is a character that many will love to hate (some will just hate). She is definitely one of a kind. The author’s sense of humor really comes across. This psychological suspense novel had me laughing out loud a few times.

Clever, entertaining, and delightfully insane, “The Favorite Daughter” was the perfect escape.

 

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

Music Monday – 90’s Country

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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.

 

Hello friends!

I was really into country for a time in the 90’s.  It’s still my favorite decade for country music. I loved the videos too. Loads of emotional songs that still make me tear up.

 

These are some of my favorites:

Trisha Yearwood – Walkaway Joe ft. Don Henley (the video stars a young Matthew McConaughey).

Kathy Mattea – Where’ve You Been?

Patty Loveless – How Can I Help You Say Goodbye

Dixie Chicks – Goodbye Earl

Tim McGraw – Don’t Take The Girl

 

I hope you enjoy!!

 

Walk Away Joe
.
Mama told her baby girl take it real slow
Girl told her momma hey I really gotta go
He’s waiting in the car
Mama said girl you won’t get far
Thus are the dreams of an average Jane
Ninety miles an hour down a lovers lane
On a tank of dreams
Oh if she could’ve only seen
That fate’s got cards that it don’t want to show, and
That boy’s just a walkaway Joe
Born to be a leaver tell you from the word go
Destined to deceive her
He’s the wrong kind of paradise
She’s gonna know it in a matter of time
That boy’s just a walkaway Joe
Now just a little while into Abilene
He pulls into a station and he robs it clean
She’s waiting in the car, oh, underneath the Texaco star
She only wanted love didn’t bargain for this
She can’t help but love him for the way he his
She’s only seventeen and there ain’t no reasoning
So she’ll ride this ride as far as it can go, ’cause
That boy’s just a walkaway Joe
Born to be a leaver tell you from the word go
Destined to deceive her
He’s the wrong kind of paradise
She’s gonna know it in a matter of time
That boy’s just a walkaway Joe
Somewhere in a roadside motel room
Alone in the silence she wakes up too soon
And reaches for his arms
But she’ll just keep reaching on
For the cold hard truth revealed what it had known
That boy’s just a walk away Joe
Born to be a leaver tell you from the word go
Destined to deceive her
He’s the wrong kind of paradise
But it was just another lesson in life
That boy was a walkaway Joe
Mmm yeah,
All he was was a walkaway Joe
Oh,
(Walkaway Joe)
He was a walkaway Joe
Mmm
Songwriters: Greg W. Barnhill / Vincent Edward Melamed
Walk Away Joe lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc
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Where’ve You Been
.
Claire had all but given up,
When she and Edwin fell in love.
She touched his face and shook her head,
In disbelief, she sighed and said:
“In many dreams I’ve held you near,
“Now, at last, you’re really here.
“Where’ve you been?”
“I’ve looked for you forever and a day.”
“Where’ve you been?”
“I’m just not myself when you’re away.”
He asked her for her hand for life,
And she became a salesman’s wife.
He was home each night by eight,
But one stormy evening, he was late.
Her frightened tears fell to the floor,
Until his key turned in the door.
“Where’ve you been? ”
“I’ve looked for you forever and a day.”
“Where’ve you been?”
“I’m just not myself when you’re away.”
They’d never spent a night apart,
For sixty years, she heard him snore.
Now they’re in a hospital,
In separate beds on different floors.
Claire soon lost her memory,
Forgot the names of family.
She never spoke a word again,
Then one day, they wheeled him in.
He held her hand and stroked her hair,
In a fragile voice she said:
“Where’ve you been? ”
“I’ve looked for you forever and a day.”
“Where’ve you been?”
“I’m just not myself when you’re away.”
“No, I’m just not myself when you’re away.”
Songwriters: Don Henry / Jon Vezner
Where’ve You Been lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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How Can I Help You Say Goodbye
.
Through the back window of our ’59 wagon
I watched my best friend Jamie slipping further away
I kept on waving till I couldn’t see her
And through my tears I asked again why we couldn’t stay
Mama whispered softly time will ease your pain
Life’s about changing nothing ever stays the same
And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it’s okay to hurt and it’s okay to cry
Come let me hold you and I will try how can I help you to say goodbye
I sat on our bed he packed his suitcase I held a picture of our wedding day
His hands were trembling we both were crying
He kissed me gently and then he quickly walked away
I called up mama and she said time will ease your pain
Life’s about changing nothing ever stays the same
She said how can I help you…
Sitting with mama alone in her bedroom
She opened her eyes and then squeezed my hand
She said I have to go now my time here is over
And with her final words she tried to help me understandMama whispered softly time will ease your pain
Life’s about changing nothing ever stays the same
And she said how can I help you to say goodbye it’s okay to hurt and it’s okay to cry
Come let me hold you and I will try how can I help you to say goodbye
Songwriters: Burton Collins / Karen Taylor-Good
How Can I Help You Say Goodbye lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management, Carol Vincent & Assoc LLC
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Goodbye Earl
.
Mary Anne and Wanda were the best of friends
All through their high school days
Both members of the 4H club, both active in the FFA
After graduation
Mary Anne went out lookin’ for a bright new world
Wanda looked all around this town and all she found was Earl
Well, it wasn’t two weeks after she got married that
Wanda started gettin’ abused
She’d put on dark glasses or long sleeved blouses
Or make-up to cover a bruise
Well she finally got the nerve to file for divorce
And she let the law take it from there
But Earl walked right through that restraining order
And put her in intensive care
Right away Mary Anne flew in from Atlanta
On a red eye midnight flight
She held Wanda’s hand as they worked out a plan
And it didn’t take ’em long to decide
That Earl had to die, goodbye Earl
Those black-eyed peas, they tasted alright to me, Earl
You’re feelin’ weak? Why don’t you lay down and sleep, Earl
Ain’t it dark wrapped up in that tarp, Earl
The cops came by to bring Earl in
They searched the house high and low
Then they tipped their hats and said, thank you ladies
If you hear from him let us know
Well, the weeks went by and spring turned to summer
And summer faded into fall
And it turns out he was a missing person who nobody missed at all
So the girls bought some land and a roadside stand
Out on highway 109
They sell Tennessee ham and strawberry jam
And they don’t lose any sleep at night, ’cause
Earl had to die, goodbye Earl
We need a break, let’s go out to the lake, Earl
We’ll pack a lunch, and stuff you in the trunk, Earl
Is that alright? Good! Let’s go for a ride, Earl, hey!
Ooh hey hey hey, ummm hey hey hey, hey hey hey
Songwriters: Dennis Linde
Goodbye Earl lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Don’t Take the Girl
.
Johnny’s daddy was taking him fishin’
When he was eight years old
Little girl came through the front gate
Holdin’ a fishin’ pole
His dad looked down and smiled
He said, “We can’t leave her behind”
“Son, I know you don’t want her to go
But someday you’ll change your mind”
And Johnny said
“Take Jimmy Johnson
Take Tommy Thompson
Take my best friend, Bo
Take anybody that you want as
Long as she don’t go
Take any boy in the world
Daddy please, don’t take the girl”
Same old boy, same sweet girl
Ten years down the road
He held her tight and kissed her lips in
Front of the picture show
Stranger came and pulled a gun
Grabbed her by the arm said
“If you do what I tell you to
There won’t be any harm”
And Johnny said “Take my money
Take my wallet
Take my credit cards
Here’s the watch that my Grandpa gave me
Here’s the key to my car
Mister give it a whirl
But please don’t take the girl”
Same old boy
Same sweet girl
Five years down the road
There’s gonna be a little one and she
Says it’s time to go
Doctor says the baby’s fine
But you’ll have to leave
‘Cause his momma’s fading fast and
Johnny hit his knees and there he prayed
“Take the very breath you gave me
Take the heart from my chest
I’ll gladly take her place if you’ll let me
Make this my last request
Take me out of this world
God, please don’t take the girl”
Johnny’s daddy
Was taking him fishin’
When he was eight years old
Songwriters: Larry Johnson / Craig Martin
Don’t Take the Girl lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Throwback Thursday – A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer

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Throwback Thursday is a meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk to share old favorite books rather than just the new shiny ones. This is a great idea to bring back to life some much-loved books. Please feel free to join in.

My choice for this week is: 

 

A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer

 

A Mother's Confession

Published October 28, 2016 by Bookouture

 

Goodreads Description:

‘He’s dead and I’m safe, but I’m still scared. Sometimes I actually miss him, but then in the very next breath I find that I hate him so much that I hope there is a hell, just so that he can be suffering like he left me here to suffer.’

Olivia and David were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby daughter Zoe came along, their world seemed complete.

But now David is dead and Olivia’s world is in pieces. While she is consumed with grief, her mother-in-law Ivy is also mourning the loss of her son. Both women are hiding secrets about the man they loved. Secrets that have put the family in danger.

Something was very wrong in Olivia and David’s marriage. Can Olivia and Ivy break their silence and speak the truth? A mother should protect her child, whatever the cost…shouldn’t she?

From the bestselling author of The Secret Daughter and Me Without You comes another emotionally gripping and gut-wrenching read about love, loss and the strength of a mother’s love.

 

My Thoughts:

This was my first read from Kelly Rimmer and is one of my favorite novels.

The story is told from the point of view of Olivia and Ivy. Olivia is a young mother to Zoe and she’s recently suffered what everyone refers to as “The Tragedy”, her husband David’s recent death. Ivy is David’s mother. The chapters alternate between Olivia and Ivy.

There were many secrets in David and Olivia’s relationship….

The way the story unfolds is compelling and heartbreaking. Definitely an intense read.

I was totally immersed in both perspectives. I thought that the character development was phenomenal. There were so many wonderful characters.

The narrator of the audio-book was phenomenal. Her voice able to take on each character and what they were saying and feeling at that moment. I HEARD the pain in Olivia’s voice and it went straight to my heart. I HEARD the rage in David’s voice and it terrified me. I HEARD the kindness in Seb’s voice and it brought me to tears…

I know this may sound like a devastating read, and it is very emotional.  However, there were also many genuine moments of happiness, laughter, and hope.

A thought provoking novel that pulls you in, grips you, wrings you out, leaving you a quivering mess of emotions.

I thought this was an outstanding novel and I highly recommend it!!