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review 2018-02-06 07:58
All She Ever Wanted
All She Ever Wanted - Lynn Austin

I didn´t get a change to review this when I finished it.  I think the site was down for maintenance or something.  


This book was so good that I have been feeling out of sorts since finishing it.  I miss it.  It is a Christian Fiction that wasn´t a flimsy romance story.  It wasn´t even just ONE story.  It started with one story and then gradually unfolded into several stories that intertwined and slowly revealed a total picture of one family.  No one knew all of the story but when they got together the pieces all fit.  


The story starts out with a mother who is having a very bad day.  She argued with her boss and walked out and now thinks she may be fired for it.  She was sitting in her car when she got the call that her teen daughter had been caught shoplifting at the mall.  Her husband decided to send her daughter to a counselor to see if they can help.  The counselor discovers that the daughter is acting out because she wants a closer relationship with her mother.   She said her mother never talks to her and she knows nothing of her mother´s family.  She wishes she knew her grandparents and aunts and uncles but her mom won´t speak of them.  One day in therapy the counselor wants her mother to join in on the session and the daughter pulls out a birthday invitation that had been crumpled up and tossed in the trash.  It was a party her aunt Annie was throwing for her grandfather.  She asked her mother why she doesn´t know her aunt or her grandfather and why she won´t go.  Finally, in an effort to repair her relationship with her daughter she decides to go.  She and her daughter go on a road trip and as they drive she tells her story, the story of her childhood.  


That is just the beginning though and as they arrive and meet more people they hear more stories and slowly begin to understand why people behaved the way they did.

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review 2017-11-21 18:02
Leaving Everything Most Loved (Maisie Dobbs) - Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie investigates the death of an Indian woman working in London. Meanwhile Billy is looking for a missing boy (and not doing well) and things are getting complicated between Maisie and James. 


I don't know, I felt a little dissatisfied with this and the murdered women seemed to be almost incidental to the plot.

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review 2017-10-05 21:04
Worst Nightmare Come to Life
The Leaving - Tara Altebrando

When my kids were little (and even now), I worried that someone would take them. In this, 6 children are taken from their school and held for 11 years. But before their 16th birthdays, they are returned to their families, all but one. The story follows Avery, the younger sister of the child who doesn't return, Lucas and Scarlett. 


It had many errors and there were times where I felt that the conversations should have been from someone else, not the one talking. On the whole, it was a good story. I don't recommend this book to anyone with littles because it would be too close to home. 


This book deals with shooting at schools, memories being modified and kidnapping of children. The emotions of the families affected, the children who were taken and trying to get back to some form of normal. 



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text 2017-10-05 15:58
New Release!!
Leaving Kate - JD Corbett

HI All!  Check out my new debut contemporary romance, Leaving Kate!  I would love to give some free copies away in exchange for reviews and blog chatter!  Please let me know if you are interested!



Jen Drapp (JD Corbett)







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text 2017-10-04 18:06
Reading progress update:Less than 24 hours left to read.
The Leaving - Tara Altebrando

I have less than 24 hours to finish this book. I borrowed it from a library to read what my girls were reading. It sounded like a good book. Basically, 6 kids end up missing on the first day of kindergarten and they are returned 11 years later, during spring break. It is set in FL and it deals with all the issues of a child that has been missing and has no memory of their life and coming back to what is waiting for them. My only problem with the book is the switching of people and how this is accomplished, because at points I feel like the author got confused, too. 

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