Tuesday, May 14, 2024

New Review : The Perfect Affair : Angela Henry


4 out of 5 books

THE PERFECT AFFAIR is a gripping psychological thriller that keeps you guessing until the very end. When Paige Nichols meets her husband’s glamorous new colleague, Cara Morton, at a faculty mixer, she senses trouble. The way Aaron looks at Cara—like she’s the only woman in the world—stirs old memories. Aaron used to look at Paige that way too, before their marriage hit rocky shores.

But when Cara accuses Aaron of something shocking, Paige’s loyalty wavers. Is Cara telling the truth, or is this all part of her dangerous game? As Cara mysteriously disappears, Paige grapples with her own dark secrets. Is her husband capable of murder? The police seem to think so, but they don’t know Cara’s past or what she’s truly capable of.

Angela Henry masterfully weaves suspense, secrets, and unexpected twists throughout the novel. The characters are flawed, relatable, and utterly human. You’ll find yourself questioning everyone’s motives, wondering who to trust. And just when you think you’ve figured it out, Henry throws another curveball your way.

THE PERFECT AFFAIR is a page-turner that will keep you up all night, eagerly flipping the pages. If you enjoy thrillers with complex characters and mind-bending plot twists, this one is a must-read. So grab your favorite blanket, settle into a cozy spot, and prepare for a rollercoaster ride of suspense and intrigue! 

Reviewed by Paula Allen 

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New Review : The Secret Keeper of Main Street : Trisha R Thomas


5 out of 5 books

In THE SECRET KEEPER OF MAIN STREET, Bailey Dowery is a black dressmaker in the town's best dress shop. She was born with the gift of sight which is a blessing and a curse. With a touch, Bailey can reveal the true loves and intentions of her socialite clients. She glimpses others’ hopes, dreams, nightmares, and even their past and future. Her gift makes her more popular than her skills as a seamstress when rumors start to spread throughout town. Although she is reluctant to use her gift of sight, the monetary gains she receives is needed to help around the house that she shares with her aunt who shies away from allowing Bailey to touch her. Bailey understands that it's because she has secrets that she don't want to share.

When Elsa Grimes, daughter of a wealthy oil magnate, seeks Bailey’s help, the truth unravels. Elsa’s impending society wedding hides dark secrets. As Bailey becomes entangled in a murder investigation, she risks everything to protect those she loves. She also discovers secrets within her own family that will affect the lies of so many. THE SECRET KEEPER OF MAIN STREET offers scandal, intrigue, and unforgettable characters against the backdrop of 1950s Oklahoma. A must-read for fans of mystery and intrigue! 
Reviewed by Paula Allen  

New Review : Double Lives : Mary Monroe


4 out of 5 books

I took another trip back to Lexington, Alabama where identical twin sisters, Leona and Fiona Dunbar live. The twins are so identical that they can seamlessly switch lives, fooling everyone around them even their own mother. Leona, the more outgoing, sociable twin seems to have trouble and scandal follow her every move to the disappointment of their mother Mavis. To Mavis’ pleasure, Fiona appears quiet and reserve and stay away from the drama that Leona draws.

Their unbreakable bond allows them to navigate life’s challenges together, even when it means Leona taking the fall for Fiona. But when Fiona feels stifled in her passionless marriage and Leona faces heartbreak, they decide to switch places once again. The results are both scandalous and liberating.

Leona discovers unexpected security as a wife and homebody, while Fiona revels in newfound freedom. As they indulge their secret desires, their deepest secrets come to light. The masquerade ignites appetites they never expected, and their small town is rocked by the fallout.

Mary Monroe weaves a thought-provoking tale of moral uncertainty, vividly rendered characters, and unexpected twists. I love visiting the residents of this town in several of Monroe’s novels. Double Lives revealed the selfish intent of one sister and the committed devotion of the other. I wanted the sisters to realize the lopsided bond of love that they had for each other. Their seemingly harmless shenanigans held heavy consequences. A very unique tale that I being a twin myself, thoroughly enjoyed.
Reviewed by Paula Allen



Wednesday, May 08, 2024

New Review : Homecoming Chaos : D.W. Brooks


4 out of 5 books

Jamison Jones Scott is back home after being out of the country for four years. She left to join a physician’s relief organization after canceling her wedding. Jamie now has to face her family that she separated herself from all of those years ago. But when there’s a murder mystery at her family’s business, Jamie’s homecoming may not be what she expected.

Murder, mayhem, and secrets are what you’ll find in Homecoming Chaos by D.W. Brooks. This story pulls you in from the first page. Brooks brought readers a story that has a good mix of mystery and contemporary fiction with a little romance thrown in. Jamie and her family are very complex and interesting characters. Brooks did a good job of revealing who was behind a very twisted murder mystery. You will be surprised when all of the dots are connected. Homecoming Chaos is a thrilling debut novel by D.W. Brooks. Hopefully this a start to a series and we will see more of Jamie and her family in the future.

Reviewed by Radiah Hubbert

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