The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

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Synopsis: Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods. It was on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, and a woman was sitting inside—the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm, and she probably would have been hurt herself if she’d stopped. Not only that, her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing. Where she left the car; if she took her pills; even the alarm code.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

And the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her…

My review: Last year I enjoyed the Behind Closed Doors, and I was hoping that this book would be as good or better, but sadly it didn’t surprise me. I found the main character very annoying with her getting so paranoid over little thing, but then later on I started to feel bad for her. The phone call scene kept repeating over and over again, which can get pretty boring. I figured out the culprit about 1/4th through the book. I am one of those readers who can guess what happen early on in the story, and it takes a really good suspense to keep me on edge of my seat. The book was an entertaining and quick read, but it’s just a bit too predictable for me. I’d still recommend it to those who enjoy reading psychological thrillers.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟/🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Secrets of Southern Girls

Synopsis: Ten years ago, Julie Port wood left her hometown of Lawrence Mill, Mississippi, after killing her best friend, Reba, and got away with it. For years, Julie was consumed with guilt while being a single mom raising her daughter in New York City, until Reba’s former love showed up at her doorstep. He asked her to come with him to their hometown to help him find Reba’s diary, which will uncover terrible secrets she had kept from everyone, including Julie. The diary will expose shameful memories Julie has been running from, and the hidden truths that will change their lives forever.

My review: The author’s writing was beautiful,  but the book took me a while to read because the story was slow and it doesn’t pulled me in. I was hoping for more suspense that’ll keep me turning the pages, but there were hardly any and I had already figured out what happened about halfway through the book. Also, I didn’t feel any chemistry between the characters.

I received this copy from NetGalley in an exchange for a honest review.

Rating: 🌟🌟/🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Garden of Small Beginnings

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Synopsis: Lilian Girvan is a widowed mother raising her two young daughters with the help of her witty sister, Rachel, while working as an illustrator for textbooks. Lilian was given a project in which she was sent to attend a 12-week gardening class to illustrate about garden food. There she met a group of supportive students and a handsome gardening instructor, who will help her learn about life, love and gardening.

My Review: This book is an absolute treat! It’s filled with humor, sadness and joy. At the beginning of each chapter you will find gardening tips which I really enjoyed. I love the characters, especially the main character’s sister, Rachel, and her sense of humor. Abbi Waxman did a wonderful job with the writing, dialogue and character’s personalities. This book will teach readers that sometimes it is ok to not hold it all together and just let it go.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟