Genre: Family

Average Rating: 4.41


The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery – #TLCBookTours Review

  The more one-off novels by Susan Mallery that I read, the more I fall in love with her writing. I’m definitely enjoying each one without having to become invested in a lengthy series.  Her latest stand alone novel, The Summer of Sunshine and Margot, features 31-year-old fraternal twins Margot and Sunshine, whose bad luck […]

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By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank – #TLCBookTours Review

    Taking a refreshing turn from mysteries and thrillers, I read the charming Southern fiction book, By Invitation Only by new-to-me author Dorothea Benton Frank. After a few chapters, I was enchanted by the South Carolina setting where mother Diane struggles to pull together an engagement party for her only son Fred, who just […]

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The Widows by Jess Montgomery – #TLCBookTours Review and Giveaway

  I took a little break from reading and blogging to end 2018, to refresh my batteries from the stresses of a busy work schedule along with a very full home life with nightly martial arts commitments for both my son and I. The stresses haven’t exactly gone away with a government shutdown (where I’m […]

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You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart – #TLCBookTours Review

Having really enjoyed Nicole Baart’s previous book, Little Broken Things, I was eager to read her next novel. I devoured You Were Always Mine in one day, and I was immersed in this family drama/murder mystery. School teacher Jessica and family practitioner Evan have been separated for several months, sharing custody of their older biological […]

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When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica – #TLCBookTours Review

Thrillers and suspense are my favorite, and psychological suspense hold a special place in my heart. When the Lights Go Out is haunting, tense at times, beautiful, and heartbreaking throughout, and it certainly held my attention throughout the entire book. Told from two points of view in different times: twenty-ish year-old Jesse in present day, who has […]

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The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen Giles – #TLCBookTours Review and Giveaway

  With cooler nights finally coming around here in Northern Illinois, a little Gothic suspense sounded good with the impending change in season–and Stephen Giles’ The Boy at the Keyhole certainly fit the bill. Set in the early 1960s in small town England, nine-year-old Samuel wants nothing more than for his mother to return home […]

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When We Found Home by Susan Mallery – #TLCBookTours Review and Giveaway

  I’m always blown away by how quickly I get immersed in the worlds that Susan Mallery creates. Within just a few pages, I felt right at home with the characters and Pacific Northwest setting, and it was no different with her latest stand alone novel, When We Found Home. Focusing on three half-siblings who […]

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A Handbook for Beautiful People by Jennifer Spruit – #TLCBookTours Review

  I don’t think that I’ve read anything as raw, gritty, or gut-wrenchingly helpless and emotional as A Handbook for Beautiful People. Featuring Marla, a twenty-two year-old woman who has partial fetal alcohol syndrome thanks to an alcoholic/drug abusing mother who practically abandoned her and her deaf brother to foster care when they were young, […]

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Matchmaking For Beginners by Maddie Dawson – #TLCBookTours Review

  I really loved Maddie Dawson’s previous book, The Survivor’s Guide To Family Happiness, so I just knew that I had to dig into her next novel. Matchmaking For Beginners is full of warmth amongst the dark times, finding joy in the bad, and finding strength in times of helplessness. Twenty-nine year old Marnie thinks her […]

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I Am Justice by Diana Munoz Stewart – #TLCBookTours Review

  I really love thrillers that I can fall right into–the atmosphere, the characters, and the storyline. I Am Justice by Diana Munoz Stewart fit all that and more. This romantic thriller follows Justice Parish, a trained assassin who fights human trafficking of all kinds along with her adopted sisters and one brother. When they finally […]

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Good Neighbors by Joanne Serling – #TLCBookTours Review

  In Joanne Serling’s debut novel, Good Neighbors, four suburban families strive to put up a perfect front for each other, all while hiding secrets that could shatter this perfect image. Told from the point of view of Nicole, a stay-at-home mother to two grade-school-aged boys and wife to a perfectionist husband, the seemingly tight […]

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Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton – #TLCBookTours Review

  I really loved Lauren K. Denton’s first novel, The Hideaway, when I read it last year(my review here).  Her debut was full of family ties and complexities, and a heaping of self-discovery, all a charming Southern setting. I went into her second novel, Hurricane Season, with high expectations and I was not let down. Following sisters […]

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