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text 2018-02-25 14:18
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Sisters Like Us (Mischief Bay) - Susan Mallery

I only got the last book because it was $2.99 and bought the follow up because I'm stupid sometimes when it comes to books. This title should really be called Two Sisters and a Daughter since we get one of the main character's daughter's POV too. This was just okay. I found myself bored. You get a look back at the previous books character's which I didn't care about at all. One of the heroes acts like a jerk and I wish Mallery had the heroine kick him to the curb. 

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text 2018-02-25 14:15
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
A Million Little Things - Susan Mallery

This was interesting and then one of the story lines ruined the book. It was unbelievable and not necessary. It deals with birth control and it really ticked me off that no one even brings up why is the woman character responsible for birth control and the men she is with not? You're telling me you had sex with two men and none wore a condom? Birth control shots don't stop skin to skin contact.

 

This is your daily reminder from Obsidian Blue that condoms and birth control shots/pills/etc are smart to do together. 

 

We also got some love scenes that didn't fit the tone of the book. I really wish Mallery would go back and wrote stories from the Blackberry Island series.

 

I don't know. The next book in the series was weak so think I'm just done with the Mischief Bay books.

 

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review 2018-02-21 23:07
Sisters Like Us (Mischief Bay) - Susan Mallery
Wow, I thought I had been to Mischief Bay before. Turns out, not only had I not been there, this is also my first book by Susan Mallery. I know, what rock have I been under? Hey, I had heard of her. Ha!!

I have SO enjoyed my time in Mischief Bay. The characters really grew on me, and quickly. And, this is book number 4!! Their major problems might have been cheesy and corny, but I forgot mine while reading the book.

I am, however, sad that it's over. But I take comfort, now, knowing there are 3 more already that were previous to this one. 

So, yes I loved this book and would definitely recommend it. 

I received an ARC from the author via her "Review Crew" in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. Thank you, I totally enjoyed my time in Mischief Bay!!!
 
 

 

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review 2018-02-21 03:30
COME HELEN HIGH WATER
Come Helen High Water: A River Road Myst... Come Helen High Water: A River Road Mystery (River Road Mysteries) - Susan McBride

COME HELEN HIGH WATER was my first book by author Susan McBride, but the fourth in the River Road Mysteries series, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Happily, I didn’t feel lost at all. I quickly got to know to all of the small town characters, flaws, quirks, and all.  

 

I was pulled in for a ride on an emotional rollercoaster. There were so many things happening in this story. A missing person, murder (?), rising flood waters, the subject of Alzheimers. So much packed into one tale, that I’m not sure which storyline intrigued me the most.

 

With so much going on, I wasn’t sure how it would end. I had so many questions. However, author McBride did a great job pulling everything together for a satisfying conclusion.

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review 2018-02-20 21:05
As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
As Bright as Heaven - Susan Meissner

As Bright as Heaven is a novel that feels like a friend by the time one finishes it. The storytellers, a mother and her three daughters, each add their own perspective and emotion to the events of 1918: World War I and the Spanish flu on a global level, love and loss on a personal level. I was captivated from the beginning and sad when it ended.

The method of telling each chapter from the perspective of one of the women/girls of the Bright family reminded me of The Poisonwood Bible. Both books include families moved from all that is familiar with faith and expectations packed in their luggage. This book is not as academically written and does not make such an obvious political statement, but it also feels more real. The faith of the Bright family is ever-present but not overbearing. They struggle, make mistakes, love, forgive, and lose precious loved ones in the flu epidemic that stole more from the world than the war did.

If some of the plot twist in this novel was predictable, I think the author can be forgiven. The development of the Bright girls' characters as they grew up and the emotions elicited throughout the novel more than make up for the lack of mystery. The spotlight on the impact of the flu in Philadelphia and the setting of an undertaker business are brilliant choices that make this an original and inspirational story.

I received this book through NetGalley. Opinions are my own.

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