Monthly Archives: March 2015

Teaser Tuesday: March 31st

Happy Tuesday!  Just finished The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg releasing April 14th.  Took me too long to read, so happy to be on to something new.  Another NetGalley read, The Turner House by Angela Flournoy, releasing April 14th.  Again another stray from all the mysteries I’ve been reading as of late, sounds like a tear-jerker, we’ll see – I’m starting tonight and going completely random for my teaser today!

“It was frustrating, the way his siblings worshiped their parents.  What part of their worlds would crumble if they took a good look at their parents’ flaws?  If there was no trauma, why not talk about that everyday, human elements of their upbringing?  Call a spade a spade.”
(25% into book)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

A powerful, timely debut, The Turner House marks a major new contribution to the story of the American family.

The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone—and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit’s East Side, and the loss of a father. The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs. But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage. The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunts—and shapes—their family’s future.

Already praised by Ayana Mathis as “utterly moving” and “un-putdownable,” The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It’s a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home.

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Book Review: The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg


The Dream Lover
By Elizabeth Berg
Releases 4/14/15
Downloaded free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 2 bones

I thought I would change things up and go back to a good old historical fiction, a break from mysteries, my genre of choice this year.  I knew I was in for a slower pace, but this was really slow at times.  We were switching back and forth from Aurore’s childhood to her present day life (in her 30’s and on) as writer George Sand.  While interesting, I felt myself longing for a plot line. This read more like a biography from the subject’s point of view with some emotions thrown in (which may have been the intent as I’m not claiming to be mislead.)  I could easily put the book down at night (a big indicator that I wasn’t invested in what was going to happen next) and it took me way too long to finish!

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I’m a fighter, so I slowly fought my way through this book, but it really wasn’t my cup of tea.  Again, Aurore/George led a very interesting life, but I never really liked her.  And call me ignorant if you will, but I read historical fiction to make myself smarter, so I was surprised to learn that Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin, more commonly known as George Sand, was a real person!  And in my quick Wikipedia research confirmed the other characters in the book and many events in her life were indeed true.  And at the end, the author did have an “Afterward” (which I always very much appreciate!)

But back to George.  I started off very annoyed with her choices as a mother of 2 young kids.  Through flashbacks to her childhood, her behavior mimics that of her mother, but just because that was how you are raised, does not mean that is what you should do!  And then I felt like she just worked her way through lovers, fitting her kids in as she could, writing books, dressing as a man, creating all sorts of rumors and buzz, and overall led a very selfish life.  There was just nothing to latch onto, nothing to hold my interest, nothing to look forward to.

If I were better versed in George Sand or even in 1800’s European arts around which this took place, I could see liking this book much better, but it just didn’t hold my interest.  I did recognize some of the famous names, like composer Chopin, but many were lost on me.  I’ve heard wonderful things about Elizabeth Berg, so I definitely wouldn’t let this one keep me from picking up one or two of her MANY others, as the writing was beautiful.  For me, my rating is based on my personal enjoyment of the novel.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, but this one just fell flat for me.  I greatly appreciate the opportunity to read and review from NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group.

Book Description:

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg has written a lush historical novel based on the sensuous Parisian life of the nineteenth-century writer George Sand—which is perfect for readers of Nancy Horan and Elizabeth Gilbert.
 
At the beginning of this powerful novel, we meet Aurore Dupin as she is leaving her estranged husband, a loveless marriage, and her family’s estate in the French countryside to start a new life in Paris. There, she gives herself a new name—George Sand—and pursues her dream of becoming a writer, embracing an unconventional and even scandalous lifestyle.
 
Paris in the nineteenth century comes vividly alive, illuminated by the story of the loves, passions, and fierce struggles of a woman who defied the confines of society. Sand’s many lovers and friends include Frédéric Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugène Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Marie Dorval, and Alfred de Musset. As Sand welcomes fame and friendship, she fights to overcome heartbreak and prejudice, failure and loss. Though considered the most gifted genius of her time, she works to reconcile the pain of her childhood, of disturbing relationships with her mother and daughter, and of her intimacies with women and men. Will the life she longs for always be just out of reach—a dream?
 
Brilliantly written in luminous prose, and with remarkable insights into the heart and mind of a literary force, The Dream Lover tells the unforgettable story of a courageous, irresistible woman.

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Teaser Tuesday: March 24th

Happy Tuesday!  Just finished and reviewed Canary by Duane Swierczynsk – really good book!

On to another NetGalley read – The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg releasing April 14th.  Switching it up a little from my mystery tour – back to my old favorite – a historical fiction.  So far it’s one of those reads where I’m having a hard time keeping track of what happened before – am I weird like that?  I have a hard time remembering what I read the night before if it doesn’t make a big impact (or if I just can’t keep my eyes open long enough!)  Anyways – stay tuned and see – but enjoy the teaser for now!


“If I could not fill my days with the kind of affection I still longed for, I would fill them with another, more reliable kind of love, one that engaged my heart, my mind, and my spirit completely, and one that did not betray me.”
(31% into book)

I thought that was quite deep.  What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

At the beginning of this powerful novel, we meet Aurore Dupin as she is leaving her estranged husband, a loveless marriage, and her family’s estate in the French countryside to start a new life in Paris. There, she gives herself a new name—George Sand—and pursues her dream of becoming a writer, embracing an unconventional and even scandalous lifestyle.

Paris in the nineteenth-century comes vividly alive, illuminated by the story of the loves, passions, and fierce struggles of a woman who defied the confines of society. Sand’s many lovers and friends include Frédéric Chopin, Gustave Flaubert, Franz Liszt, Eugène Delacroix, Victor Hugo, Marie Dorval, and Alfred de Musset. As Sand welcomes fame and friendship, she fights to overcome heartbreak and prejudice, failure and loss. Though considered the most gifted genius of her time, she works to reconcile the pain of her childhood, of disturbing relationships with her mother and daughter, and of her intimacies with women and men. Will the life she longs for always be just out of reach—a dream?

Brilliantly written in luminous prose, and with remarkable insights into the heart and mind of a literary force, The Dream Lover tells the unforgettable story of a courageous, irresistible woman.

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Book Review: Canary by Duane Swierczynski


Canary
By Duane Swierczynski
Released 2/24/15
Downloaded free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4 bones

Great book.  I really enjoyed diving in the wild life of Sarie each night for the past week.  This book was the perfect example that one little decision could change your life forever.

That’s exactly what happened to honors student Sarie Holland.  We don’t get much background jumping right into the story, but one evening at a seemingly generic college party a boy asks her for a ride.  Knowing she probably shouldn’t based on an early morning commitment, she does anyway.  She then proceeds to get busted for drugs (which she doesn’t do) and becomes a CI (confidential informant) for the local police.

At first, I felt bad for Sarie.  I wanted to plead her case to the cops, no prior offences – just at the wrong spot with the wrong person at the wrong time.  But then we moved into Sarie’s actions.  She decides to protect her new friend that caused this trouble.  Why?  Still not sure, she could have easily thrown him under the bus and been on her way.  But what fun would that be for a story!?  She moves into trying to find an alternative to ratting out her new friend and dove right into the deep underground drug world of Philadelphia.

Her cop buddy, Ben Wildey, is her “handler”.  Wildey’s been working the drug scene for a while and wants to find a big fish (or I think he refers to it as a mustard bottle in this book) to make a name for himself.  He originally has his eyes/mind set on one, but Sarie seems to be the key to so much more in her attempt to protect her friend.

This book has so much else going on as well.  Sarie’s home life came up a lot, including an extra nosy little brother.  Her school life and newfound relationship with the drug dude was another sidebar.  Then Wildey’s work colleagues and all their police drama.  And on top of all of that (which I’m sure I’m missing some still) a lot of CI’s are being murdered, so is there a rat too?

I’ll say it again – great book.  Kept me guessing what Sarie would do next.  She’s smart, unpredictable, and a great main character.  All of this led up to an action packed ending that had me hanging on til the very end.  Love the title too – perfect for this book.  Check it out!

Thanks to NetGalley and Mulholland Books for the ARC to review!

Book Description:

It’s dangerous enough when an ordinary college girl turns confidential informant. Even more dangerous when she’s smarter than the killer, kingpins, and cops who control her.
Honors student Sarie Holland is busted by the local police while doing a favor for her boyfriend. Unwilling to betray him but desperate to avoid destroying her future, Sarie has no choice but to become a “CI”–a confidential informant.
Philly narcotics cop Ben Wildey is hungry for a career-making bust. The detective thinks he’s found the key in Sarie: her boyfriend scores from a mid-level dealer with alleged ties to the major drug gangs.
Sarie turns out to be the perfect CI: a quick study with a shockingly keen understanding of the criminal mind. But Wildey, desperate for results, pushes too hard and inadvertently sends the nineteen-year-old into a death trap, leaving Sarie hunted by crooked cops and killers alike with nothing to save her–except what she’s learned during her harrowing weeks as an informant.
Which is bad news for the police and the underworld. Because when it comes to payback, CI #1373 turns out to be a very quick study…

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Teaser Tuesday: March 17th

Draw-a-Shamrock-Step-12Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! Draw-a-Shamrock-Step-12

And Happy Tuesday! Over the weekend I finished up One Last Thing by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue.  Check out my review – great book, tough topic.  And now I’ve started another NetGalley read – Canary by Duane Swierczynsk.  Has me hooked so far about 20% in – can’t wait to see where it goes.  Click on book or see description below.

“Kevin’s stomach sinks.  Sure, he probably meant the words when he spoke them.  Doesn’t mean he actually wants to hear the words that will follow.  Instantly his mind sprints to dark places.”
(13% into book)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

It’s dangerous enough when an ordinary college girl turns confidential informant. Even more dangerous when she’s smarter than the kingpins, killers, and cops who control her.

Honors student Sarie Holland is busted by the local police while doing a favor for her boyfriend. Unwilling to betray him but desperate to avoid destroying her future, Sarie has no choice but to become a “CI”—a confidential informant.

Philly narcotics cop Ben Wildey is hungry for a career-making bust. The detective thinks he’s found the key in Sarie: her boyfriend scores from a mid-level dealer with alleged ties to the major drug gangs.

Sarie turns out to be the perfect CI: a quick study with a shockingly keen understanding of the criminal mind. But Wildey, desperate for results, pushes too hard and inadvertently sends the 19-year-old into a death trap, leaving Sarie hunted by crooked cops and killers alike with nothing to save her—except what she’s learned during her harrowing weeks as an informant.

Which is bad news for the police and the underworld. Because when it comes to payback, CI #1373 turns out to be a very quick study…

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Book Review: One Last Thing by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue


One Last Thing
By Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue
Released 3/10/15
Provided free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 bones

This one caught me a little off guard.  I’m on my mystery kick and I was roped in by the description of this book and the promise of a dark secret.  It was definitely dark and a bit of a deeper issue than I was prepared for.  I’ll blame my own ignorance.  I knew the author’s name sounded familiar, and that is (after further investigation) because Rebecca St. James is also a Christian recording artist. I love many of her songs.  So of course this is a Christian book!  Not a bad thing, but just as I said, caught me off guard.  The issues Tara and Seth face and tackle are all too real and heart-wrenching as the reader experiences with them in this book.

That all being said, it was a wonderfully written book with great characters and had me hooked.  And oddly enough, this morning’s sermon at our church hit on many points that were very relevant to this story.  (Refer 2 Samuel 11-12 for the story of David & Bathsheba)  Maybe deep down Seth wanted his secret to be discovered so he could work towards being free of it?  The secrets and the guilt we carry will only continue to eat away at us.  In order to be free of our secrets we must face them.  And that is hard.  That is what Seth and Tara must do in this book.  And that is what David did in the Bible.   And God is working behind the scenes through it all (or maybe right out in the open too.)

The big “secret” is uncovered very early in the book.  The rest of the book is how one person’s (Seth’s) choices affect everyone else in their life.  It’s very powerful and a real issue facing not only many people, but many Christian people.  I was worried about the book turning into a big PSA (public service announcement) as I find a lot of books in the Christian genre can be.  But while the message is definitely there, the story was good.  Really good.

Your heart will ache with Tara.  You can just picture the “Watch”, Tara’s eccentric group of friends formed throughout the book and their nightly meetings at the coffee shop.  All from different backgrounds, they are an amazing group of women brought together.  I loved Tara’s relationships with her parents, her friends, her brother, Ned, Wendy, Ike and even Seth and his family.  Each character really taught Tara something about herself and were all placed there for a specific reason.  There were so many things going on, but woven seamlessly together with a good ending.  And the backdrop of Savannah, GA was fun too having been there to visit and could easily visualize the setting.

This book really made me think and then paired with the sermon this morning, challenged me in a way I haven’t been in a while.  Reinforcement that God is in everything.  The bad, the good, the people we come across each day; in every tough situation there is a lesson to be learned that will only make us stronger.  And sometimes bad things happen so we can see the good in them or things in ourselves we may not have known before.  That is what happened for Tara and Seth in One Last Thing.

Again an unexpected ride from my initial download, but a really great one.  Be prepared for anything and everything and check out this book!

Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to preview this book!!

Book Description:

Tara had always imagined her happily ever after. But her fiancé’s secrets are changing this story into one she doesn’t even recognize.

Tara Faulkner and Seth Grissom grew up next door to each other in Savannah’s historic district. Their parents are best friends. They finish each other’s sentences all the time. Their fairy tale wedding is a foregone conclusion . . . until Tara discovers another side to Seth three weeks before the wedding.

Reality has crashed in on Tara’s fairy tale—but hope will lead her to a future she couldn’t have planned for herself.

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Death In His Grave (a song for the Easter Season)

Happy Sunday!  Happy Lenten season!  I haven’t posted a song in quite a while, been focusing more on books here on the blog.  But still such an influence in my life and faith and this AM at church I heard an amazing one that I just had to share.  It appears it released in 2010 – but I just heard it for this first time this AM at Bay Pres by our amazing worship team.  It has a little bit of twang, a raw feeling to it, and just hit me a little harder this Sunday that I had to share.

Timely song for this Easter season about Jesus’ death and resurrection .  The emotions it provoked for me were so raw and the lyrics – well just read below – are so powerful.  Friday a thief on the cross, Sunday the King of Kings given the keys to heaven.  All for us.  For our sins, our wages, our rent, our debts, our ransom, He went through hell so all so we can be FREE and have ETERNAL LIFE!  Wow.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

That’s it for today – keeping it short and to the point.  Just something I know I need to meditate on this season leading up to Easter when we get to rejoice in the news that HE IS RISEN!!  Love and prayers – thanks for reading today!

Stay tuned for my next book review (One Last Thing) which coincidentally tied in perfect to our sermon this AM on the power of confession and being free from guilt.

Death In His Grave
By John Mark McMillan

Though the earth cried
Out for blood
Satisfied her hunger was
Billows calmed on raging seas
For the souls of men she craved
Sun and moon from balcony
Turned their head in disbelief
Their precious love would taste
The sting
Disfigured and disdained

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a king
Laid down in grief
But woke with the keys
Of hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The man Jesus Christ laid
Death in his grave

So three days in darkness slept
The morning sun
Of righteousness
But rose to shame
The throws of death
And overturn his rule
Now daughters
And the sons of men
Would pay not their dues again
The debt of blood
They owed was rent
When the day rolled anew

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a king
Laid down in grief
But woke holding keys
To hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The man Jesus Christ laid
Death in his grave

On Friday a thief
On Sunday a king
Laid down in grief
But woke with the keys
Of hell on that day
The first born of the slain
The man Jesus Christ laid
Death in his grave

He has cheated hell
And seated us above the fall
In desperate places he paid our
Wages one time once and for all

Lyrics copied from here

Download here on Amazon: (free to Prime members)

 

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Teaser Tuesday: March 10th

Happy Tuesday!  Hope everyone is finding a way to cope losing that hour this past weekend!  Luckily here in OH it seemed to bring the sun and warmer temps, so I’ll take it – hopefully spring is on its way!

Finished up See Her Run (which I teased last week) and just started another NetGalley read.  One Last Thing by Rebecca St. James and Nancy Rue, which releases TODAY!  I’m only a few chapters in, but can already tell this is going to tackle a pretty tough topic.  And here I was thinking I’d take a break from my heavy mystery run!

“I twirled the ring around my finger now but I couldn’t look at it.  All of that was real.  The life we’d already had together had been true.  I knew Seth.  I knew him like I knew every stony paver and iron bench and azalea bush in this park.
Didn’t I?”
(10% into book)

What do you think?  Thanks for coming by – please leave your teaser in the comments!

Book Description:

Tara had always imagined her happily ever after. But her fiancé’s secrets are changing this story into one she doesn’t even recognize.

Tara Faulkner and Seth Grissom grew up next door to each other in Savannah’s historic district. Their parents are best friends. They finish each other’s sentences all the time. Their fairy tale wedding is a foregone conclusion . . . until Tara discovers another side to Seth three weeks before the wedding.

Reality has crashed in on Tara’s fairy-tale—but hope will lead her to a future she couldn’t have planned for herself.

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB/Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Book Review: See Her Run by A.K. Leigh


See Her Run
By A.K. Leigh
Released 2/26/15
Provided free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 3 bones

I’ve read some really good mystery/thrillers lately, I didn’t feel like this one held up.  It was an interesting story, not like any I had read, though I felt it left me wanting more and I wasn’t excited to pick it up each night.  But that could have something to do with the fact that it was a disturbing subject matter that hurt my heart to read.

The book focuses on Diana King, who we know right off the bat is part of the witness protection program after being badly hurt by her husband, Russ.  Her handler, Chris, is also a recurring character and tasked with keeping her safe.  The book wastes no time jumping into the meat of the book, when Diana meets Jon Smith.  Local heart-throb and benefactor to the little North Carolina town of Smithfield, which we come to find out was named after his family.

Both Diana and Jon have secrets of their own that they struggle with keeping as they move closer to each other.  In typical mystery form, little hints are revealed throughout, and the reader has to hold on to the very end to put it all together.  That is all well and fine, but I get a bit frustrated with books that refer to something throughout the book as if the reader should know what is going on.  It makes me think I’ve missed something!   But luckily, in the end, it’s all put together.

While I didn’t know specifics, I did feel the book was predictable.  No spoilers, but if you’re running/hiding from someone, it’s not too hard to see where it is going.  Thus building tension throughout the whole book.  But the author did a really good job of balancing the mystery part with a bit of romance, which is a bit of a different spin from some other books in this genre.

It was a quick read with never a dull moment, I think I just have too much to compare lately and this one just didn’t hold up, but still a good read.  This is the first book for Ms. Leigh and I wouldn’t let it sway me from reading future books.

Thanks to NetGalley and Momentum Books for allowing me to preview!

Book Description:

Diana King has moved to Smithfield, North Carolina to start fresh. With a new look, a new address, and a new name, she’s hoping to begin a safe, quiet life far from the horrors she’s endured. 

On the painful road to recovery, Diana begins to think she can move forward … until she meets local farmer, Jonathan Smith, and realizes his connection to her previous life. While Jon doesn’t recognize her, they both have an undeniable attraction.

Just when Diana begins to see a hope of happiness, she discovers that her ex-husband Russ is on the hunt and will stop at nothing to get her back. For Diana holds evidence that could lock him away for life .

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Book Review: The Winter Foundlings by Kate Rhodes


The Winter Foundlings (click on book or see below for description)
By Kate Rhodes
Released 2/24/15
Downloaded free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 bones

This was a hang-on-to-the-very-end true mystery if I’ve ever read one.  I guess it is the third book in the Alice Quentin series, but I didn’t feel like I’d missed anything not having read the first two.  I’m not a series fan, but I can definitely see the draw after (unknowingly) reading a few this year!  And I’ll be on the look out for more from Ms. Rhodes.

Alice Quentin is a psychologist and in this book she has signed on for a six-month stint at a high-security hospital (Northwood) housing some of the most dangerous criminals in London.  Hoping for some downtime to focus on some research, Alice is soon drawn into a new case.  This one involving the abduction and later killing of young girls.  Conveniently her new position also helps in the current case, as it seems this latest killer may be continuing (or copying) the killing spree of a high-profile inmate at Northwood, Louis Kinsella.   Alice is back and forth between Northwood and London throughout the book working both angles of the case.

The build-up of the book is really well done, but I felt like the ending was really rushed.  Like getting to 96% of the book and still not having answers!  It was all wrapped up and definitely a surprise, I just found myself wanting more information in the end.  But in true mystery sense, I was racking my brain trying to figure out who the killer was throughout the whole story.

And fun fact, The Foundling Museum, referenced throughout the book, and the motivation for the killer (not a spoiler – it’s in the title!) is a real place in London, initially a hospital or home for abandoned children.  And now the museum, which Alice visits in the book, pays tribute and holds some items from those children.  Fortunately, it does not appear that this rest of the story holds any truth!

The Foundling Hospital Collection spans four centuries and contains paintings, sculpture, prints, manuscripts, furniture, clocks, photographs and ephemera. Some of the most poignant items in the Collection are the foundling tokens.  These were pinned by mothers to their baby’s clothes and upon entry, the Hospital would attach them to the child’s record of admission. As foundling babies were given new names, these tokens helped ensure correct identification, should a parent ever return to claim their child. The children were not allowed to keep their tokens, which were frequently everyday objects, such as a coin or button. The Hospital gradually evolved a more sophisticated administrative system, whereby mothers were issued with receipts. So the practice of leaving tokens died out at the beginning of the nineteenth century. (from Foundling Museum website)

I really liked Alice as a character and really experienced the case right along side her.  Scared for her at times, but with the utmost respect.  There was just the right amount of personal life thrown in with the case that rounded this book out really well.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to preview.  Great book, check it out!

Book Description:

Psychologist Alice Quentin has been looking forward to a break from her hectic London life. She has vowed to stay clear of police work. The previous cases she helped the police with have left her scarred. So, when Alice is given the rare opportunity to study treatment methods at Northwood high-security hospital outside of London, she is eager to get to work.

But then a young girl is discovered, dressed all in white, on the steps of the Foundling Museum. Four girls have recently gone missing in North London—this is the third to be found, dead. The fourth may still be alive, and Alice Quentin may be able to help. Britain’s most prolific child killer, Louis Kinsella, has been locked up in Northwood for over a decade. Yet, these recent kidnappings and murders are clearly connected to Kinsella’s earlier crimes. It seems that someone is continuing where he left off. So, when Detective Don Burns comes asking for Alice’s help, how can she refuse? Alice will do anything to help save a child—even if that means forming a relationship with a charismatic, ruthless murderer. But Kinsella is slow to give away his secrets, and time is running out for the latest kidnap victim, who is simply trying to survive. In her quest to save a life, Alice finds she has put her own life on the line.

The Winter Foundling is Kate Rhode’s exciting thriller featuring Alice Quentin following Crossbones Yard and A Killing of Angels.

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