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Book Review: Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse

Before We Met
By Lucie Whitehouse
Available 1/21/14
Provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Finish time: 4 nights.  I’m going along frantically turning pages and if there isn’t enough suspense already – BAM!  Wow, didn’t see that one coming, this book takes a sharp turn and when you think its about to end – THWACK!  (Seriously – emphasis added – it’s crazy!)  None of this is bad, but definitely not like anything I’ve read recently.

I’m not quite sure how to review this book without being extremely vague, I don’t want to spoil anything about this book and you really just have to read it.  The beauty of the book is the little nuggets of truth and information that are tactfully placed throughout the whole book.  At the beginning, I was wondering if there would be much dialogue, and there is, just wait for it.  But I’d say for the first half of the book you are inside Hannah’s head and experiencing the shock, craziness, unknowing, speculating, horror, sadness, and so many other emotions, right along with her.

Hannah is a newlywed middle age woman to Mark Reilly.   The book begins as Hannah excitedly makes her way to Heathrow Airport in London to surprise her husband, who should be returning from a business trip.  When he doesn’t show up and she can’t get a hold of him, her thought process begins to spin.  We’ve all been there; am I crazy?  do I trust him?  it’s probably just X or Y or Z?  there has to be an explanation!  As she thinks through possible scenarios, she begins to act and question this man she chose to be her husband and people in his life.  How much does she really know?

As mentioned, it’s intense and if I didn’t value sleep as much as I do with 2 little ones, I’d have stayed up all night the first night to finish this.  I like to be at a good point in a book to put it down for the night, but those were hard to find in this book.  But that kept me on my toes and really ready for what was pieced together next.  And I don’t think I could have seen this one coming if I tried, again and again until the very end.

I loved it.  Not happy by any means, but I love when I can’t stop thinking about it in between reads and can’t wait to pick it up the next night (or maybe even sneak in a few chapters during nap time!)


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TRUST by Jay and Abby Akins

(Click on Album to be directed to Amazon to hear samples and BUY!)
Jay & Abby Akins
Release Date: October 1st 2013

I am SO excited to be finally sharing this with you all.  This is Jay & Abby’s 1st album, it came out today on Amazon and iTunes, and it is AMAZING!  Filled with 8 catchy songs that will move you to dance, sing along, and praise GOD above all.  Call me a groupie or just a dedicated friend and fan, but Jay & Abby inspired this post HERE. They are some of my inspiration as I search to find what I am called to do, as they clearly have found and are living out their calling.  And this one here where we hosted them in our backyard to introduce some of these very songs!

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Their passion for music and Jesus come through in each and every song.   I’m so happy for them and am proclaiming my bragging rights here and now that we knew them BEFORE they were big time!!  But check it out – share it – tell friends, you won’t be disappointed!  My favorites are #2 – I Stand in Awe and #4 – Trust (but they all are really great!)

Congrats Jay & Abby!  You guys are amazing, encouraging, and 2 of the best people I am blessed to know and call friends!

Read more about Jay & Abby, stories behind the songs, and much more on their website:


Aren’t they stinkin’ adorable (borrowed this from their website too!)


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Book Review: City of Light (City of Mystery: Book II)

By Kim Wright

Downloaded Free on 4/24/13

Finish time: 11 nights.  Not as good as the first book in this series.  This book started off really slow.  I had a hard time getting into the book and keeping track of characters.  Rayley Abrams is not a typical main character, but he was carried over from the previous book, and it brought the story from London to Paris. A few of the other characters came as well including Geraldine Bainbridge, a quirkly older socialite from London who always proves to be good company!

What started off as two separate investigations, came together as Detective Welles and Detective Abrams corresponded between London and Paris.  I enjoy a good crime show (Law & Order or CSI), so it was actually pretty interesting to see the advent of forensics (think CSI minus all technology) through early fingerprint analysis and blood testing (albeit on animals which I am NOT a fan of – but luckily we were spared details).  I also enjoyed the historical side of the book – the building of Eiffel’s Tower in preparation for the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889.  Reminded me a bit of Devil in the White City in pointing out what celebrities, inventions, etc were debuted at this event.  As pointed out in the notes at the end, the event was real as well as the “crime” being investigated.  All the characters were fictionalized.  Very typical historical fiction!  It did leave me wondering if there is really a secret room on top of the Eiffel tower?  According to Wikipedia – apparently there is (in case you were curious too!)

The investigation/crime was a bit of a disturbing one (think Law & Order SVU worthy).  Luckily gory details were spared, and as I got further into the book, it did get much better as you take the journey with the detectives, and the motley crew they have put together, to investigate and eventually solve this crime.  Takes a bit of an unexpected turn with an unlikely final hero(ine), but ends very well.

The author does another great job at setting the scene and characters so you can really feel like you are a part of the journey.  So if you can hang on through the first 20% or so (I have no idea how many pages are in books anymore!), the ending is worth it and it was an enjoyable read.

Now – whether to continue with this author’s 3rd book – City of Silence (City of Mystery Book III) or pick up something a little lighter, as we leave on vacation in just 4 days!?  Stay tuned and find out!

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