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Weekly Book Club {8.15.18}

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Three more books from the library this week….are you sensing a theme here? Ha! I may never buy a book again. Ok that’s bit extreme, but I have saved a ton of money this year so it’s a win for me…and my credit card!

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Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer– The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar—and in trouble, again. Lexie has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to every kind of rehab. But this time, she’s not just strung out—she’s pregnant and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she’ll lose custody of her baby—maybe even go to prison. But the alternative is unthinkable. As weeks unfold, Lexie finds herself caring for her fragile newborn niece while her carefully ordered life is collapsing around her. She’s in danger of losing her job, and her fiancé only has so much patience for Annie’s drama. In court-ordered rehab, Annie attempts to halt her downward spiral by confronting long-buried secrets from the sisters’ childhood, ghosts that Lexie doesn’t want to face. But will the journey heal Annie, or lead her down a darker path? Both candid and compassionate, Before I Let You Go explores a hotly divisive topic and asks how far the ties of family love can be stretched before they finally break.

My Rating: 5 Stars

Oh my heart. My breaking heart. This book gave me all the feels. I could relate to the story so much because of our time as foster parents. This book was a very realistic look at the consequences of addiction and how it can destroy a family. I found the book to be very well written and exceptionally real. I found myself really torn between rooting for Annie to get clean and rooting for Lexie to keep the baby. It was an emotional wringer and I loved every page. 

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After Anna by Lisa Scottoline– Noah Alderman, a doctor and a widower, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie, and for the first time in a long time he and his son are happy. But their lives are turned upside down when Maggie’s daughter Anna moves in with them. Anna is a gorgeous seventeen-year-old who balks at living under their rules though Maggie, ecstatic to have her daughter back, ignores the red flags that hint at the trouble that is brewing. Events take a deadly turn when Anna is murdered and Noah is accused of the crime. Maggie must face not only the devastation of losing her only daughter, but the realization that her daughter’s murder was at the hands of a husband she loves. New information sends Maggie searching for the truth, leading her to discover something darker than she could have ever imagined.

My Rating: 4 Stars

I initially picked this book because it dealt with PPP (postpartum psychosis) which if you’ve been around here awhile you’ll know I also dealt with after the birth of my last child. I’m always interested in books that deal with PPP but rarely do they portray it in any kind of realistic way. This one definitely did and it showed the real life consequences that PPP can have on a mother’s life. So I automatically found myself rooting for and identifying with Maggie. The story was well paced and told in a unique way with Noah’s portion being told in reverse and Maggie’s portion told chronologically. This made the story so much more interesting for me. I can say that I did not see the ending coming. It was a huge twist for me, and a bit unbelievable, but definitely interesting. 

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Jagged by Lauren DaneVicktor Orlov took one look at the wary gaze and slow-to-trust personality of the deliciously sexy and fascinating Rachel Dolan and knew he wanted more than just a casual friendship. But as a natural protector, he also knew bossiness and overprotective maneuvering would push her away rather than draw her close. He’ll use every tool in his easygoing arsenal to convince her to take a chance on them. Rachel’s flourishing new career as a tattoo artist has brought color back into a life previously damaged by a series of bad choices and violence. She knows she can trust Vic—it’s herself she’s not sure of. She doesn’t want to be caged or controlled. Doesn’t want to be protected so much she has no ability to make her own choices. And damn if the man doesn’t know it. When Vic finally drops all pretenses of “just friends” and focuses all his careful affection and irresistible seduction on her, Rachel knows she’s falling hard for the laid-back pretty-boy Russian she discovers has a relentlessly steel spine when it comes to her. And she can’t resist.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

This is the first book in the Whiskey Sharp series that I have read so this may have been a 5 star read for me if I’d read book one first. As it stands, this was a solid 4.5 star read and I enjoyed it a lot. There was a lot of family drama and strange dynamics between Rachel and her parents that probably would have made more sense had I read the first book prior to this one. I loved the relationship between Rachel and Vicktor. They were both great characters with distinctly strong personalities but they meshed so well together. I do highly recommend this one and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series!

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