Monday, July 31, 2017

Review: The Address by Fiona Davis

Title: The Address
Author: Fiona Davis
Published: August 2017, Dutton Books
Format: ARC Paperback, 368 pages
Source: Publisher

Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse, returns with a compelling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota, New York City's most famous residence.

After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she'd make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility--no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise above one's station. The opportunity to be the female manager of The Dakota, which promises to be the greatest apartment house in the world. And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else . . . and is living in The Dakota with his wife and three young children.

In 1985, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities. Fresh out of rehab, the former party girl and interior designer is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Two generations ago, Bailey's grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden. But the absence of a genetic connection means Bailey won't see a dime of the Camden family's substantial estate. Instead, her -cousin- Melinda--Camden's biological great-granddaughter--will inherit almost everything. So when Melinda offers to let Bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda's vision. The renovation will take away all the character and history of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived in . . . and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a madwoman named Sara Smythe, a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an insane asylum on Blackwell's Island.

One hundred years apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by and struggle against the golden excess of their respective ages--for Sara, the opulence of a world ruled by the Astors and Vanderbilts; for Bailey, the free-flowing drinks and cocaine in the nightclubs of New York City--and take refuge and solace in the Upper West Side's gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich--and often tragic--as The Dakota's can't hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers in its basement could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden--and the woman who killed him--on its head.

With rich historical detail, nuanced characters, and gorgeous prose, Fiona Davis once again delivers a compulsively readable novel that peels back the layers of not only a famed institution, but the lives --and lies--of the beating hearts within.

My thoughts: I first became a fan of Fiona Davis's work after reading and loving her debut novel, The Dollhouse. I absolutely loved the way she intertwined the history of a famous building in NYC, The Barbizon Hotel, with a fictional tale and she does it once again in her latest book. This time she centers her story on The Dakota, and once again, I found myself completely captivated.

Fiona Davis definitely writes the dual-narrative very well. I love the way she is able take the two storylines and develop a story the eventually ties them together. Sara and Bailey were equally intriguing and compelling characters. They each had the flaws, for sure, but it's so much more than that. They are each constrained by issues of their times. For Sara, it's a matter of being a woman during the time she lives - she's living a male-dominated society and isn't quite sure where she fits. For Bailey, she is dealing with her addictions and learning to overcome all that that entails. For each, it is like being trapped in a prison to some extent.

I wasn't quite sure how these two women would, in the end, connect, and how the murder of Theodore Camden would factor in. It's Bailey that starts to unravel the details of the murder, while Sara's story leads us up to the moments of the actual events. I loved how this all played out. Little by little we get the whole story and I was on the edge of my seat as it seemed that each time a little more of the story was revealed, the book switched narrators...but it was all good - all the pieces were slowly fitting together. This was such a good reveal and while I was trying to put it all together myself before I got to the end, I didn't guess it all and I was pleasantly surprised with how it all played out!

I admit that I was not familiar with The Dakota, New York City's first luxury apartment house, and I have probably walked by it many times while in the city without even realizing it. I have never been to Randal's Island which is what Blackwell's Island is now called. I definitely plan on making a point of visiting both on one of my next trips to the city - as well as walking by where The Barbizon Hotel (from Davis's previous book) is located - again, I have probably walked by this building without even realizing it's significance. 

I love reading books that make me want to dig more into the history of something and Fiona Davis has done just that. Not only am I intrigued by the Gilded Age of New York and how life was during that time, but I also want to know more about the Asylum at Blackwell's Island. Who were the women that were sent there and for what reasons? And I definitely want to read more about that reporter, Nellie that Fiona references - I had no idea when I was reading about that part in the book that that was based in reality. I think I just added a whole bunch of books to my reading list - and nonfiction books to boot!

This book was so engaging and immersive. I found myself completely lost in both worlds that Fiona created and wanted more of each. I cannot wait to see what comes next from Fiona Davis - she is definitely a must-read author for me. I cannot recommend her books enough!!!


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Review: Come Sundown by Nora Roberts (audio)

Title: Come Sundown
Author: Nora Roberts
Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers
Published: May 2017, Brilliance Audio
Length: 17 hours 17 minutes
Source: Publisher

A saga of love, family ties, and twisted passions from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Obsession

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it’s kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine’s aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don’t talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she’s dead. But she isn’t. She is not far away, part of a new family, one she never chose—and her mind has been shattered…

When a bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow, it’s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them. The police suspect Cal, but Bo finds herself trusting him—and turning to him as another woman is murdered and the Longbows are stunned by Alice’s sudden reappearance. The twisted story she has to tell about the past—and the threat that follows in her wake—will test the bonds of this strong family, and thrust Bodine into a darkness she could never have imagined.

My thoughts: I adore Nora Roberts' romantic suspense novels and look forward to when the new one comes out each year - they seem to get better and better with each one! This one was long - and I listen to them, so at just over 17 hours, you need to be invested, engaged and entertained to commit to this one - and I was just that. This one had great characters, a compelling mystery and a sweet romance that kept me hooked from start to finish!

What I loved most about this book is the way Nora Roberts was able to balance the moments of darkness - the disappearance of the aunt and story of the man that has kept her hostage for so long - with life on the ranch and  a few romances, including the one between Bo and Cal. The romances are definitely not the focus of the book, but rather they are tiny threads that are woven in and get high-lighted here and there, giving the story some breaths of light. It is this balance, though, that keeps this book from being too heavy, from falling solely into the thriller genre and I'm ok with that. 

I felt that this was much more of an emotional read than some of Nora's previous books. There are some truly horrific, dark scenes in this book - mainly those of Alice when she is kept captive. These were heartbreaking to read and I felt Alice's anguish at being held captive all those years - it was raw and honest and at times, hard to take in. Those scenes are mostly told in the past. Then we are taken back to the present, were we get snapshots of life on the ranch and resort and are taken into the everyday life of the Longbow family. I loved getting to know these characters, from Bo and Cal, to Bo's family, especially the grannies. All these characters are so well-drawn and developed that you feel as if you know them personally by the end of the book. 

This family saga really kept me engaged and invested in what was going on. The family dynamics that Nora Roberts drew from were strong - this family relies on a strong family bond. There were quite a few twists and turns that I didn't see coming and while I had a few guesses, they didn't pan out. This book will play on your emotions and keep you entertained at the same time. This is Nora Roberts at her best!


Audio thoughts:
I adore Elisabeth Rodgers - she narrates just about all of Iris Johansen's books, which I love listening to, and a few other books that I've listened to as well. I find that she is able to adapt to just about any book she is narrating, giving the characters their own unique voices, with distinct character traits as needed, and her pacing and tone are spot on. She really does a great job bringing the characters to life. This is a long audio - but Elizabeth Rodgers keeps your attention, keeps you engaged with the characters and her voice never feels stale - her inflection and emotion is consistent throughout. This was a good book to listen to from start to finish!

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

#FitReaders: Weekly Check-in Jul 28

 
 
So I challenged myself to walk a minimum of 100 miles this month - and while the month isn't quite over, I'm psyched that I already hit the goal as of Friday!!! And to think, I wasn't even training for a race ;)  I think this is something that I will definitely do again, though not next month as I will be away one week and won't be doing much that week. I like having a goal to work towards!


This time next week, I'll be on vacation - a week at the beach is just what I need  - sun, the sand and some R&R!!! Because of this, my next check-in will be in 2 weeks :)
 
 
July Goals: 


  • 10K steps M-F, at least 7,500 steps on the weekend  - 5/5, 1/2
  • 30 minutes of active walking every day, M-F - 5/5 (thank goodness for having to walk the dogs everyday!)
  • Strength training (3/5 days) - Met
  • Eat mindfully/eat enough - Yes
        
Here's how last week went:    
Jul 22:  7,319 steps
Jul 23:  8,701 steps

Jul 24:  18,978 steps (5K+ -  5 Charity Miles for Girls on the Run)   
Jul 25:  10,087 steps
 

Jul 26:  16,183 steps (5K+ -  5 Charity Miles for Girls on the Run)

Jul 27:  15
,040 steps
(5K+ -  5 Charity Miles for Girls on the Run)
Jul 28:  17
,604 steps (5K+ -  5 Charity Miles for Girls on the Run)

Total Steps: 93,912 steps


 
Audiobooks listened to last week (since I'm not much of a music fan, I listen to books while I walk):
  • Started & Finished The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg, narrated by Simon Vance
  • Started  The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable, narrated by Cassandra Campbell
 

How did your week go? You can find this week's link-up here.
 

 
Virtual 5K /10K Tally:
     January:                               May:                             September:   
           5K  -  4                                  5K  -  5                                5K  - 
         10K  -  7                                10K  -  6                               10K  - 
     February:                             June:                            October:

           5K  -  4                                  5K  -  10                               5K  - 
         10K  -  9                                10K  -  2                              10K  -   
     March:                                  July:                             November:
           5K  -  3                                  5K  -  14                                5K  - 
         10K  -  7                                10K  -  3                               10K  - 
     April:                                    August:                        December:
           5K  -  9                                  5K  -                                    5K  - 
         10K  -  1                                 10K  -                                  10K  -


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Friday, July 28, 2017

Review: Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt

Title: Shadow Girl
Author: Gerry Schmitt
Series: Afton Tangler Thriller, #2
Published: August 2017, Berkley Books
Format: ARC Paperback, 336 pages
Source: Author

The brutal murder of a business tycoon leaves Afton Tangler and the Twin Cities reeling, but that s just the beginning of a gruesome crime spree...
 
Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can t save his life. On the list for a transplant, the ailing businessman sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot out of the sky. 


Now with two pilots dead and dozens injured, Afton Tangler, family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, is drawn into the case. As she and her partner investigate family members and business associates, whoever wants Leland dead strikes again and succeeds in a brazen hospital room attack. 


The supposedly squeaky clean millionaire has crossed the wrong person and she s not finished exacting her revenge. The case explodes into an international conspiracy of unbridled greed and violence. And as Afton gets closer to unearthing the mastermind behind it, she gets closer to becoming collateral damage...

My thoughts: This is the second book in Gerry Schmitt's Afton Tangler Thriller series and I was so excited to get my hands on it. I loved the first book in this series, Little Girl Gone, and I couldn't wait to see where this series would go next. I already read a few series from Laura Childs, the pseudonym that Gerry writes under - but those fall under the cozy mystery genre. This series is more police procedural/thriller and I love it!!!

Once again, as in the first book, we find out pretty quickly who did the crime in the book, so the big mystery is more about why they did it. Of course, the cops take a bit longer in finding out the who...but once they do, they also spend most of their time trying to figure out the why. I find this to be quite an interesting take on this series - it's quite the puzzler!!! And it was so much fun trying to guess as to what was going on and why!

As this was the second book in this series, we are still getting to know our main character, Afton Tangler. I really like her! She's the family liaison officer for the police department, but desperately wants to be a detective. She works alongside Detective Max Montgomery and often acts as his partner. She is many times fearless, takes chances that she really shouldn't, often acting before thinking but many times gets results. While not officially partners, they do make a good pair!

This book was filled with non-stop action almost from the start and will keep you flipping the pages to see how it all plays out. I am really enjoying this series and cannot wait to see what happened in the next book!



Books in this series:
  1. Little Girl Gone
  2. Shadow Girl
 
 
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#SRC2017 Book Review: The Captain's Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore (audio)



Title: The Captain's Daughter
Author: Meg Mitchell Moore
Narrator: Coleen Marlo
Published: July 2017, Random House Audio / Doubleday Books
Length: 11 hours 11 minutes / 304 pages
Source: Audio - Personal copy via Audible / Print - ARC Paperback via Publisher

For fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Emma Straub comes an emotionally gripping novel about a woman who returns to her hometown in coastal Maine and finds herself pondering the age-old question of what could have been.

Growing up in Little Harbor, Maine, the daughter of a widowed lobsterman, Eliza Barnes could haul a trap and row a skiff with the best of them. But she always knew she'd leave that life behind. Now that she's married, with two kids and a cushy front-row seat to suburban country club gossip in an affluent Massachusetts town, she feels adrift.

When her father injures himself in a boating accident, Eliza pushes the pause button on her own life to come to his aid. But when she arrives in Maine, she discovers her father's situation is more dire than he let on. Eliza's homecoming is further complicated by the reemergence of her first love--and memories of their shared secret. Then Eliza meets Mary Brown, a seventeen-year-old local who is at her own crossroad, and Eliza can't help but wonder what her life would have been like if she'd stayed.

Filled with humor, insight, summer cocktails, and gorgeous sunsets, The Captain's Daughter is a compassionate novel about the life-changing choices we make and the consequences we face in their aftermath.

My thoughts: This is the second book I've read by Meg Mitchell Moore and it's the second book I've enjoyed by her. She has such a way with words and storytelling - being able to draw you in and keep you engaged and invested in the world she creates.

I loved that the characters are so real and relatable! You may not always like them or agree with their choices or actions, but they are true to their characters and that makes them good, flawed, realistic characters. Eliza has been living in an affluent Massachusetts town with her family, which is quite the opposite of the small coastal town in Maine that she grew up in. When she needs to head back to Maine after her dad has been injured, she finds that going home isn't always as easy as one thinks.

This book is filled with subtle themes that sort of sneak up on you. It's not a heavy book by any means, but rather one that is balanced with humor and messages meant to think about. It delves into relationships between parent and child, motherhood, marriage, grief, and the idea of being true to yourself. And the settings - that of both the Massachusetts town and the Maine coastal town are ideal for this story! I loved both and found that both were just right for the messages that Meg Mitchell Moore was trying to send. 

This was such a good story, with memorable characters, and insightful messages. It's definitely a great summer read!


Audio thoughts:
I have listened to Coleen Marlo before, so I knew I would enjoy this book and I was right. She did a great job with this audio production, giving each character their own unique voice and using just the right amount of emotion when needed. Her pacing and tone were spot on and this really was a great book to listen to.


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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter (audio)

Title: The Weight of Lies
Author: Emily Carpenter
Narrator: Kate Orsini
Published: June 2017, Brilliance Audio
Length: 11 hours 58 minutes
Source: Publisher

In this gripping, atmospheric family drama, a young woman investigates the forty­-year­-old murder that inspired her mother’s bestselling novel, and uncovers devastating truths—and dangerous lies.

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

Digging into the past—and her mother’s cult classic—draws Meg to Bonny Island, Georgia, and an unusual woman said to be the inspiration for the book. At first island life seems idyllic, but as Meg starts to ask tough questions, disturbing revelations come to light…including some about her mother.

Soon Meg’s search leads her to question the facts of a decades-old murder. She’s warned to leave it alone, but as the lies pile up, Meg knows she’s getting close to finding a murderer. When her own life is threatened, Meg realizes the darkness found in her mother’s book is nothing compared to the chilling truth that lurks off the page.

My thoughts: I first became a fan of Emily Carpenter after listening to her debut novel, Burying the Honeysuckle Girls. She really knows how to create a gripping Southern Gothic mystery that captivates you from the start and this latest book is no exception!

I think my favorite part of this book is the whole book-within-a-book concept! I loved that!!! It adds an extra dimension to an already layered book, it gives another layer of tension to an already tense situation, it builds more suspense as the book reaches a gripping finale. The whole cult following phenomenon of Kitten just drew me in even more and the little snippets made me desperate to know the whole story!

I loved the characters in this book - they were all so vividly drawn. As we got to know more and more of them, it was hard to know who was being truthful and who wasn't. And as Meg digs deeper and deeper into her mother's past, it becomes harder and harder to determine who is to be trusted and who isn't. There are quite a few twists and turns, and this one kept me guessing til the very end.

This multi-layered, psychological mystery definitely has hints of a classic horror book running threw it and while that's not my typical type of read, I loved the way it's woven in so that it doesn't take over. The Southern Gothic vibes really do shine through and I know that Emily Carpenter is now going on my must-read list. I cannot wait to see what she writes next!!!


Audio thoughts:
I love Kate Orsini and thought she did such a fantastic job with this audio production. She was able to give each character their own unique voice and her tone and pacing were spot on. I loved the snarkiness that she would use for Meg's character - it just felt so real and came out in just the right places. Well done, Kate, well done!!!

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Review: It Happens All the Time by Amy Hatvany (audio)

Title: It Happens All the Time
Author: Amy Hatvany
Narrator: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
Published: March 2017, Simon & Schuster Audio / Atria Books
Length: 10 hours 2 minutes / 320 pages
Source: Audio - Personal copy via Audible / ARC E-copy - Netgalley via Publisher

I want to rewind the clock, take back the night when the world shattered. I want to erase everything that went wrong.

Amber Bryant and Tyler Hicks have been best friends since they were teenagers—trusting and depending on each other through some of the darkest periods of their young lives. And while Amber has always felt that their relationship is strictly platonic, Tyler has long harbored the secret desire that they might one day become more than friends.

Returning home for the summer after her college graduation, Amber begins spending more time with Tyler than she has in years. Despite the fact that Amber is engaged to her college sweetheart, a flirtation begins to grow between them. One night, fueled by alcohol and concerns about whether she’s getting married too young, Amber kisses Tyler.

What happens next will change them forever.

In alternating points of view, It Happens All the Time examines the complexity of sexual dynamics between men and women and offers an incisive exploration of gender roles, expectations, and the ever-timely issue of consent.

My thoughts: I have to admit...I actually finished this book a while ago, but needed time to digest the book and process my thoughts on it. Not that I didn't like the book - because I did, but this story is so powerful and heavy. Amy Hatvany is known for taking on subjects that need to be discussed and boy does she do that here.

This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. It's a tough book to read - it has a lot of trigger points - it deals with sexual consent and the aftermath. But, it's also about how we treat victims. This is a heavy book, make no mistake about it. It's told in alternating view points from Amber and Tyler's point of view and so we are able to get inside both of their heads, see how they each view what happened leading up to and after the "incident."

I liked how we were able to see the whole scope of Amber and Tyler's friendship. I think this was important to the overall message of this book.  We see how they came to be friends and even the ups and downs of their friendship, and then the events leading up to that night. But it is seeing how they each felt about that night that really shows just how different they each viewed things. This is where having the story told from both sides really shines, really makes an impact.

This is a brutal, raw, honest look at what unfortunately happens only too many times in today's world. The writing is compelling and will have you wondering just what you would do if this were happening to you, your daughter, your sister, or friend. It's a book that will take you down an emotional journey and leave you with much to think about. And it's a book that you need to share with all you care about - especially those young people in your lives! This book is definitely a must read!!!



Audio thoughts: This was a tough audio book to listen to, but a powerful one. I admit, there were times I had tears streaming down my face, though had I been reading the book, I think that would have been the same. Julia Whelan is one of my favorite authors and I thought she did a great job with her narration. Kirby Heyborne is new to me and he did ok...his voice wasn't as strong as I was envisioning, but it worked. I do give both narrators a lot of credit for being able to narrate this book - it was a heavy book to get through and they were able to give it all the emotion and support it needed when necessary.


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Blog Tour & Review: The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (audio)

Title: The Almost Sisters
Author: Joshilyn Jackson
Narrator: Joshilyn Jackson
Published: July 2017, Harper Audio / William Morrow
Length: 12 hours 39 minutes /352 pages
Source: Audio - personal copy via Audible / ARC Paperback - Publisher via TLC Book Tours

With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality---the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are.

Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman.

It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She's having a baby boy--an unexpected but not unhappy development in the thirty-eight year-old's life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel's marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she's been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood.

Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother's affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she's pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she's got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie's been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family's freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.

My thoughts: I know when it comes to picking up a book by Joshilyn Jackson, I am going to get a good story - one with charming characters, a readable story and still deal with relevant, timely issues without being heavy-handed. This book is all that and so much more.

Joshilyn Jackson knows how to create characters that pull you into their lives and make you want to know all there is to know about them. You become completely invested in them. They are flawed to be sure, but they relatable and believable. The relationship issues that Joshilyn wrote about between Leia and her step-sister Rachel were issues I could relate to, having two sisters myself. 

There is a lot going on this in this book - but not so much as to make it too much to handle. Rather, Joshilyn Jackson is able to weave all these threads into one believable story, one that touches on both heavy and light topics to keep it balanced. There's a mystery surrounding a long-ago secret that comes to light, there's the issue of the unexpected pregnancy to deal with, there's the issue of aging and all that comes with that, and there's the issue of racism. Thrown in there is a romance, some teen angst, and just enough humor to keep this book from being too heavy. And, while comic books are not really my thing, I did like this angle as it added a different dimension to the story. 

This book will tug at your heartstrings and it will also make you chuckle. But more importantly, it will make you think. You will definitely not be forgetting these memorable characters anytime soon - I know I won't!


Audio thoughts: I decided to listen to this book, even though I had the print copy, because Joshilyn Jackson was narrating it - plain and simple!!!  I've listened to her narrate her own books before and I know she does a great job with them. This isn't always the case...some times having an author narrate their own work doesn't always work out well, but Joshilyn Jackson is able to execute it well...she knows her characters and is able to deliver the performance perfectly. She gives each of her characters their own voice and her accent and inflection and tone are just right. This was pure joy to listen to!!!




About the author: Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.


Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook 

Purchase Links: HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble





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The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson is one of the She Reads "Books of Summer" reading selection picks. 
 
 
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