The Hidden Child (Patrik Hedstrom #5) by Camilla Lackberg

Book Description:

Published: June 20, 2011

Format: Audio/Audible

Crime writer Erica Falck is shocked to discover a Nazi medal among her late mother’s possessions. Haunted by a childhood of neglect, she resolves to dig deep into her family’s past and finally uncover the reasons why. Her enquiries lead her to the home of a retired history teacher. He was among her mother’s circle of friends during the Second World War but her questions are met with bizarre and evasive answers. Two days later he meets a violent death.

Detective Patrik Hedström, Erica’s husband, is on paternity leave but soon becomes embroiled in the murder investigation. Who would kill so ruthlessly to bury secrets so old? Reluctantly Erica must read her mother’s wartime diaries. But within the pages is a painful revelation about Erica’s past. Could what little knowledge she has be enough to endanger her husband and newborn baby? The dark past is coming to light, and no one will escape the truth of how they came to be . . .

Review –

“Three months ago, Erica Falck asked a collector of Nazi memorabilia about a medal she found among her mother’s effects. Now he’s discovered dead from a blow to the head, and the question of who killed him is only the first of many mysteries.

Best-selling Swedish author Läckberg (The Stranger, 2013, etc.) returns with her fourth novel about the crime-solving team of Erica Falck and her husband, detective Patrik Hedström. Their adorable daughter, Maja, has just turned one, Erica’s ready to return to her work writing novels (though she won’t be going far—just to the upstairs study), and Patrik’s embarking on four months of paternity leave. But Erica can’t concentrate, because Patrik keeps interrupting her with parenting questions and her mother’s diaries tempt her like a siren’s call. Maybe the diaries will explain why her mother was so emotionally distant. They’re filled with stories about her friends back in the 1940s, including Erik, the historian recently found dead; Axel, who joined the resistance during World War II, running dangerous missions; Frans, who grew up to be a politically active neo-Nazi; and Britta, a foolish girl who adored Frans. When Patrik takes Maja out for a walk one afternoon, he stumbles upon his colleagues and joins them in examining the crime scene at Erik’s home. Patrik and Erica are pulled deeply into the developing investigation. Soon the line between good and evil blurs as they delve into the complicated history of Swedish involvement in the war. Meanwhile, Erica’s sister Anna tries to broker peace between her new husband and stepdaughter, and Patrik’s gruff boss, Mellberg, adopts a dog and takes up salsa dancing. Läckberg deftly layers the dark details of the crime upon the disturbing seeds of its origin.

Fans of Nordic noir will appreciate this taut, twisty mystery enriched with historical detail.” Kirkus Review

Love this series and looking forward to reading or listening to more installments next year.

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First & Then by Emma Mills

Book Description:

Published: October 13, 2015

Format: Audio

Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them: first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

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“Senior Devon Tennyson assumes college is next but isn’t so clear on why. Her longtime friend and crush, Cas Kincaid, isn’t interested in her romantically, alas. While she is part of his football crew, Devon has other friends who are as individual, though not as average, as she is.

The wide-ranging cast provides background to Devon’s struggles with her future, exemplified by her boring college essay. Add in the long-delayed and dreaded phys-ed requirement to make her unhappiness complete. It’s mostly freshmen except for Devon and an All-American football player and transfer student, Ezra. Also in the class is Foster, a freshman and a cousin who recently joined her household after his mother asked her parents to take him on full-time. Devon’s clearly not impressed with his irrepressible presence and knowing observations. However, her protective instincts go on high alert when socially inept and scrawny Foster’s great ability to kick a football is discovered by Ezra. When Ezra takes Foster under his wing, Devon isn’t sure if it’s a setup or real, given Ezra’s low popularity quotient. With sporadic references to Jane Austen’s famous characters and wickedly inventive language, Mills closely observes the social milieu of an American high school obsessed with our favorite sport and makes readers care what happens.

A fresh, smart, inventive, and altogether impressive debut. (Romance. 11-16)” Kirkus Review

A totally sweet young adult romance mixed with football.  Love it!

 

 

Crashed (Driven #3) by K. Bromberg

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Published: March 4, 2014

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When life crashes down around us, how hard are we willing to fight for the one thing we can’t live without, each other?

Life is full of moments.
Big moments.
Little moments.
And none of them are inconsequential.
Every single moment prepares you for that one instance that defines your life. You must overcome all your fears, confront the demons that chase you, and cleanse the poison that clings to your soul or you risk the chance of losing everything.

Mine started the minute Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet. She made me feel. Made me whole when all I thought I could ever be was incomplete. Became the lifeline I never knew I needed. Hell yes, she’s worth the fight…but how do you fight for someone you know you don’t deserve?

Love is full of ups and downs.
Heart stopping highs.
Soul shattering lows.
And none of them are insignificant.
Love is a racecourse of unexpected twists and turns that must be negotiated. You have to break down walls, learn to trust, and heal from your past in order to win. But sometimes it’s the expected that’s the hardest to hold on to.

Colton has healed and completed me, stolen my heart, and made me realize our love’s not predictable nor perfect—it’s bent. And bent’s okay. But when outside factors put our relationship to the test, what lengths will I have to go to prove to him that he’s worth the fight?

Whoever said love is patient and love is kind, never met the two of us. We know our love is worth it—have acknowledged that we were meant to be—but when our pasts crash into our future, will the repercussions make us stronger or break us apart?

Review –

This installment of the Driven series didn’t have as many steamy sex scenes as the first two, but the ones it did have burned up my iPad.

Colton was in a crash at the end of Fueled and the first part of this book evolves around his touch and go recovery and the aftermath of his fears and self-doubts.

Rylee was by his side the whole time but still Colton wasn’t sure of her affection (he can’t bring himself to believe she could ever love him since he can’t even say the word)

On top of this, Tawny, his one time sweetheart and employee, claims that he is the father of her child and he flatly denies this but Rylee doesn’t believe him and they split. During this time they are both miserable and stubbornly cease all contact. Colton has a paternity test done, gets the results and calls Rylee only to hear her scream while on the phone and to discover that Zander’s father(his killed his wife and Zander’s mother and Zander saw it all)is at the safe house making threats. He doesn’t get there in time and Rylee is beaten but in the end Zander’s father is killed.

Rylee refuses to go to the hospital later that night miscarries a baby she never thought she would be able to have. Colton doesn’t know how this makes him feel. He never wanted children because of his past and now Rylee almost dies because of him. 

Well, to make a long story short:

  • Rylee heals but is told she will probably never be able to conceive again.
  • Colton realizes how much he needs her in his life.
  • He finds out his birth mother is dead and this throws him for a loop.
  • He confesses his secret to Rylee and they have a turning point in their rocky relationship.
  • Colton can final tell Rylee in the right words that he LOVES her.
  • He proposes.
  • Ten years later, we discover that they had adopted Zander(who now races) and had a little boy of their own.
  • They finally have their HEA.

Fantastic read/listen !!!!!

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The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly

Book Description:

Published: March 17, 2015

Caroline Cashion, a professor of French literature at Georgetown University, is stunned when an MRI reveals that she has a bullet lodged near the base of her skull. It makes no sense: she has never been shot. She has no entry wound. No scar. When she confronts her parents, they initially profess bewilderment. Then, over the course of one awful evening, she learns the truth: she was adopted when she was three years old, after her real parents were murdered in cold blood. Caroline had been there the night of the attack, and she was hit by a single gunshot to the neck. Buried too deep among vital nerves and blood vessels, the surgeons had left it, and stitched up the traumatized little girl with the bullet still inside.

That was thirty-four years ago.

Now, Caroline returns to her hometown to learn whatever she can about who her parents were and why they died. Along the way she meets a cop who worked the case, who reveals that even after all these years, the police do not have enough evidence to nail their suspect. The killer is still at large. Caroline is in danger: the bullet in her neck could identify the murderer, and he’ll do anything to keep it out of the police hands. Now Caroline will have to decide: run for her life, or stay and fight?

Review –

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WOW !!!!

I never imagined that this book would end the way it did when I started listening to it a few days ago. I love it when an author can pull the wool over my eyes and surprise me!

This book had me hooked right away and I couldn’t listen to it fast enough.

Not only did 37-year-old Caroline discover she had a bullet lodged in her neck next to her spine but also  that she had been adopted at the age of three because her birth parents had been murdered and that the bullet that killed her mother was the one that was taking up space in her body.

I can’t begin  to imagine how she felt, but the author does an excellent job exquisitely describing all her thoughts, good and bad as the story progresses. Does she get the bullet removed, will it help with her wrist pain, should she go to Atlanta to learn about the birth parents, should she turn the bullet over to the Atlanta PD so it can be used as evidence to find the killer? All of these questions, along with more, go through Caroline’s mind as she tries to live her normal life, but with so much changing, does she still want her normal life?

There is a twist that I never saw coming and it changes everything and gets the adrenaline flying even higher. It just goes to show that we never know what we are capable of doing or do we?

Read or listen to this book and find out – you will not be disappointed.

Five stars *****

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Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

Book Description:

Published: October 6, 2015

The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at thirteen, who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending a harrowing time in a juvenile facility, Joesph, who is now fourteen, is placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets twelve-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

In this riveting novel, two boys discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires.

Review –

I won this book through a give-away on GoodReads and it arrived this past Monday. As soon as I opened to the first page I knew I HAD to finished it in one sitting.

Joseph’s mother is dead and his father is abusive and he gets into trouble through no real fault of his own. Just a moment of poor judgement and his life is changed forever. He has gotten a girl pregnant and she died in childbirth and the baby daughter,Jupiter, is given up for adoption.

He is sexually abused in a juvenile prison  and when he gets out he goes to stay with a foster family on a farm in Maine where he learns, among other things to milk cows and finds he really enjoys it.  No matter what any day brings finding Jupiter is always on his mind.

Jack, who is twelve, likes Joseph and feels protective of him and when kids at school bully him or give him trouble on the bus, Jack is there to “have his back”.

I won’t tell you if Joseph finds his daughter or how the book ends but it is a heart wrenching tear jerker and I dare anyone to read this book and NOT shed a tear. (It is a very short book and I HIGHLY recommend it)

It is a story that will stay with me forever.  

Five stars *****

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Hopeless (Hopeless #1) by Colleen Hoover

Book Description:

Published: December 19, 2012

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Review –

Five stars *****

Silly me I read the last two books in the Hopeless Series before I realized it was a series so I had to go back and read the first one and OMG what a difference  the meaning takes on.

Hope’s father physically abused her as a child after her mother died and the only brightness in her life were her friends that lived next door.The boy was a bit older and the girl younger. Hope was a sad child and one day a car pulled up outside her house when she was crying and a woman called her name and she went and got into the car. Being very young she believed everything the woman told her, that she would live with her now and never had to see her father again.

Years later Holder (first name Dean-but he doesn’t go by that now) saw a girl in line at a grocery store and thought she was Hope. It had been thirteen years since Hope disappeared and he’d looked for her ever since. This girl said her name was Sky but still Holder shake the feeling that she was Hope. They become friends(loosely at least) and one day when he sees her wearing a certain bracelet he KNEW she was Hope. The rest of the story deals with their blossoming relationship and his helping her cope with the truth.

I won’t give anything away (because if you’re a fan of YA you really need to read this) but suffice it to say that there are many twists and turns and many tears are shed before the HEA.  I loved it and cried, of course, at all the right parts.

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Look Again by Lisa Scottoline

Book Description:

Published: April 14, 2009

When reporter Ellen Gleeson gets a “Have You Seen This Child?” flyer in the mail, she almost throws it away. But something about it makes her look again, and her heart stops–the child in the photo is identical to her adopted son, Will. Her every instinct tells her to deny the similarity between the boys, because she knows her adoption was lawful. But she’s a journalist and won’t be able to stop thinking about the photo until she figures out the truth. And she can’t shake the question: if Will rightfully belongs to someone else, should she keep him or give him up? She investigates, uncovering clues no one was meant to discover, and when she digs too deep, she risks losing her own life–and that of the son she loves.


Lisa Scottoline breaks new ground in Look Again, a thriller that’s both heart-stopping and heart-breaking, and sure to have new fans and book clubs buzzing.

Review –

This is another audio book by Lisa Scottoline that I found at my local library. 

It’s a captivating story of a mother with an adopted son who doesn’t really want to know if it is his picture on a flyer, but feels compelled to do. What you be that brave? I don’t know if I could.  She’s had the boy for two years and seen him through sickness and heart surgery and ignores her job, which she needs desperately. to travel around and find the facts about this birth and adoption.

I’m not going to go into detail about some plot points or the ending because it would ruin the story for anyone wanting to read or listen to this book.

Let’s just say that the story is full of drama, suspense, danger,a hint of romance and healing and finding out that certain people aren’t at all what you thought they were. I have truly become a fan of Lisa Scottoline, which I never thought would happen after listening to one of her other books. I vowed at that time that I wouldn’t read or listen to another, but, as you can see I have several in my recent reading history.  She has become one of my favorite authors.

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Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

Book Description:

Published: November 14, 2013

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

Review –

I rated this book five stars *****    because once I started listening I couldn’t stop and the chemistry between the nameless boy and girl in the school maintenance closet was so intense especially on their last day together.  A year passes.

THEN Daniel meets Six (love the name) and he falls instantly and she does too. Their talks back and forth are so cute and  it made me remember the  shyness involved in early relationships in school and college. There is nothing sweeter than the innocence of a first relationship and it really comes across in this book.

Of course, when Daniel discovers that Six is his Cinderella from the broom closet he thinks she will be as thrilled as he is, but she is horribly wounded by the information and can’t even look him in the face.  I will not tell you the secret she has kept since Italy but suffice it to say to it takes time for both Six and Daniel to come to the realization that they are better together than apart.

This is a story about best friends, young love,secrets, and relationships between boys and girls, children and parents and I loved it and cried (of course) at just  the right times.  Loved this book.

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