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review 2017-11-18 09:30
Little Broken Things
Little Broken Things: A Novel - Nicole Baart

By:  Nichole Baart

ISBN: 1501133608

Publisher:  Atria 

Publication Date:  11/21/2017 

Format: Paperback  

My Rating:  5 Stars (ARC)

 

A compelling multi-layered story of family, LITTLE BROKEN THINGS by talented Nichole Baart —a beautifully written story of secrets of the past, motherhood, and sacrifices. Those desperately trying to protect those secrets. 

Triumph over tragedy. Loss, hope, and forgiveness. 

Set in Minnesota the Sanford family. Two estranged sisters, Quinn and Nora. They have never been close and Quinn is shocked when she receives a cryptic text message from her older sister Nora.

Nora shows up with a six-year-old girl. Her name is Lucy. (Everlee) She instructs her sister to keep her safe and not mention the child to anyone. Particularly their overbearing mother, Liz.

Quinn is married to an artist. Nora always thought her sister was the perfect one. Quinn was the beauty of the family and JJ was the brains – where did Nora fit in? 

Turns out Nora was the whole package: whip-smart and lovely, bighearted and wise. She is hiding a secret. Who is she protecting?

Quinn does not understand where this child came from and why is Nora leaving her in her care? Everyone wants answers. 

They must protect the child. Slowly the family mystery is unraveled and the parentage of Lucy. 

Told from three POV with highly charged topics. When nothing is as it appears. A family hiding behind a façade.

Haunting and heartbreaking, the painful past is revealed. A tragedy turns into something beautiful, bonding a family from the sins of the past. 

Powerful, emotional, and suspenseful. Love and friendship. An inside look at a family. A relationship between a mother and two sisters. The lengths one sister will go to protect the ones she loves. 

 



“Broken things are the loveliest.” —Sara Teasdale

For fans of domestic suspense and authors Amy Hatvany, Karma Brown, Joshilyn Jackson, and Heather Gudenkauf.

“We are all broken—that’s how the light gets in.”― Ernest
Hemingway


My first book by the author and looking forward to reading more. Would encourage you to read more about the author on her website! 

Impressive. Truly, her stories celebrate the triumph of the human spirit and beauty in the midst of brokenness. 

A special thank you to Atria and NetGalley for an advanced reading copy. 

JDCMustReadBooks

 

Source: www.judithdcollinsconsulting.com/single-post/2017/08/06/Little-Broken-Things
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review 2017-11-09 16:00
Ending Lifted This to Four Star Read
Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch

I don't even know what to say! I am so gobsmacked right now.


Look, everyone that I talked to said the same thing. This is slow as anything. I was bored while reading and maybe fell asleep around the 60 percent mark. Things didn't make a lot of sense to me and I was tired of Peter feeling torn between Lesley (til he wasn't) and Beverly (eh I don't blame him for not getting involved with the river goddesses). But the ending that comes I did not see coming. And it's heartbreaking. And now I wonder what is going to happen next.

 

"Broken Homes" has Peter and company on the tail of the Faceless Man and also looking into a housing estate that maybe has ties to some magic.

 

This really wasn't that interesting to me. I don't know, fourth book syndrome. Things just meandered along. We get some peeks at Beverly and the rest of the river goddesses, but once again they are not in this one as much as they were in book #1. 


Peter and Lesley are still practicing with Nightingale and yes we get some more details about Nightingale's family and school days. Still not enough for me, but enough to wet your appetite. 

 

I don't know, I found Peter not as centered in this book. He was all over the place. A romantic pairing that I called in the last book rears it's head here and that seemed to give Peter some peace. 

 

The writing was typical Aaronovitch, humor mixed in all over. However, I will complain a bit. We would have Peter as narrator tell you something and a line later, but little did I know what was going to happen next, and something would get explained in a line or two. Either show us it, or don't keep talking to us about things that you don't set up in the book.

 

As I said, the ending is definitely a game-changer. I wonder what happens next to Peter. 

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text 2017-11-09 15:53
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch

I am floored. 

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text 2017-11-09 14:47
Reading progress update: I've read 96%.
Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch

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review 2017-11-08 14:27
Broken Bones: A gripping serial killer t... Broken Bones: A gripping serial killer thriller (Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series) - Angela Marsons

With thanks to Netgalley and my favourite publisher Bookoutre for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

 

I can't believe Angela Marsons has written her seventh book in the DI Kim Stone series.  This series has gone from strength and I am glad that her colleagues Stacey Wood and Kevin Dawson have become strong characters in their own right.

 

Broken Bones stars on a funny note when Kim finds an abandoned baby outside the police station on a cold January night.  I have to admit I did enjoy her discomfort when she had to call Bryant from home to care for the baby.  On the same night prostitute Kelly Rowe was last seen getting into a punters car, she was later found murdered in a alleyway.

 

Stacy and Dawson tried to find the baby's mother and discovered she may be Romanian.  They go to a handbag factory when they employ Romanians and uncover a modern day slave operation.  Meanwhile another prositute is found murdered in a toilet who worked on the same strip as Kelly.  Kim then becomes aware of a young girl who went to see a friend and never returned home.  Kim soon discovers aspects of the missing person enquiry runs parallel to her murders.

 

I think Broken Bones was the darkest story yet from Angela Marsons.  It covered all the worst parts of modern England, child prostitution, illegal immigration, criminal gangs and debt.  If I had to be fussy I missed Kim's dog Barney which would of lent some lighter moments to the story.  As always this was a fast paced novel with never any dull moments.  if you are new to this series I advise you to start with book one to see how Kim's character develops.

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