Sunday, 23 February 2020

✪ Truths I Never Told You ✪ Kelly Rimmer ✪

From the bestselling author of The Things We Cannot Say comes a poignant novel about the fault in memories and the lies that can bond a family together—or tear it apart.

With her father recently moved to a care facility for his worsening dementia, Beth Walsh volunteers to clear out the family home and is surprised to discover the door to her childhood playroom padlocked. She’s even more shocked at what’s behind it—a hoarder’s mess of her father’s paintings, mounds of discarded papers and miscellaneous junk in the otherwise fastidiously tidy house.

As she picks through the clutter, she finds a loose journal entry in what appears to be her late mother’s handwriting. Beth and her siblings grew up believing their mother died in a car accident when they were little more than toddlers, but this note suggests something much darker. Beth soon pieces together a disturbing portrait of a woman suffering from postpartum depression and a husband who bears little resemblance to the loving father Beth and her siblings know. With a newborn of her own and struggling with motherhood, Beth finds there may be more tying her and her mother together than she ever suspected.

Exploring the expectations society places on women of every generation, Kelly Rimmer explores the profound struggles two women unwittingly share across the decades set within an engrossing family mystery that may unravel everything they believed to be true.

Copy received from Hachette Australia for an honest review

I have devoured each Kelly Rimmer book that I have read so far, and the same can be said for Truths I Never Told You.

As with all her books, Ms Rimmer delves into some deeper and darker corners of families, histories and 

I felt a connection to Beth/Grace and this book from the beginning.  That connection was through the depression that they both suffered throughout their lives.

Ms Rimmer, I felt, deals with depression very well.  As a person who has dealt with depression for the last 15 years, it can be hard to bring those feelings across in a book, however I did feel them.  

I will admit though, that I did skim through the bits written in the past at the beginning of the book, but just for the first say 80 pages or so.  Not sure why I couldn't concentrate on those parts - just my mindset at the time I guess.

I also didn't particularly always like our leading lady Beth.  That doesn't mean I couldn't understand her and what she was going through, she just grated on me at times. I more liked her sister Ruth most of the time lol.

Beautifully written, this is a story that will have readers flicking the pages to know what is going to happen next.

Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling women's fiction author of six novels, including Before I Let You Go and Me Without You. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, two children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Friday, 21 February 2020

✪ WiLD AT HEART ✪ K.A. Tucker ✪ #Wild2 ✪ #BlogPost #Excerpt ✪

© Bianca Janeane ✰ 

• 18 February 2020
• The Sequel to #TheSimpleWild
(Which you should read before reading this one!)

5 Stars

From the internationally best-selling author of The Simple Wild comes the continuation of a woman’s journey to Alaska and a life she never imagined for herself.

Calla Fletcher returns to Toronto a different person, struggling to find direction and still very much in love with the rugged bush pilot she left behind. When Jonah arrives on her doorstep with a proposition she can’t dismiss, she takes the leap and rushes back to Alaska to begin their exciting future together.

But Calla soon learns that even the best intentions can lead to broken promises, and that compromise comes with a hefty pricea log cabin in interior rural Alaska that feels as isolating as the western tundra.

With Jonah gone more than he’s home, one neighbor who insists on transforming her into a true Alaskan, and another who seems more likely to shoot her than come to her aid, Calla grapples with forging her own path. In a world with roaming wildlife that has her constantly watching over her shoulder and harsh conditions that stretch far beyond the cold, dark, winter months, just stepping outside her front door can be daunting.

This is not the future Calla had in mind, leaving her to fear that perhaps she is doomed to follow in her mother’s fleeing footsteps after all.

I hope you've all read THE SIMPLE WILD! This 2nd book is a sequel - you really should've read the first one before starting this one! It's not 100% necessary, but it would just be insane to miss out on the amazing first book!!☺

WiLD AT HEART starts four days after the first book ended.
We all remember how Jonah came to Toronto to ask Calla to come back to Alaska with him.
And she asked him for some time to think.
But of course we don't need much time - we're doing this!!
We're moving to Alaska to be with our hot angry yeti!
But of course going from being a spoiled city girl to living in the Alaskan wilderness is not the easiest thing for our Calla.
Will she give up and go back home to be spoiled in Toronto by her mom and step-dad Simon?


Ugh! I loved it!
I was sooo looking forward to reading this book. Even though I didn't really need it. I was pretty happy with the first book. I could've lived with that ending. But of course we always want more - I always want endless epilogues. And that is kind of what we get here. The MORE after THE END. The answers to questions we ask ourselves after almost every book we read! We never get that! I just love that Kathleen wrote this!
Only it's not this one little happily ever after epilogue. Not yet at least. We have a long way to go and lots of problems and arguments and animals and whatnots to overcome until there might be a HEA on the horizon!
But the reader loves every single word of Calla and Jonah's journey to that happy end!
I just adored this book! I felt like being right there with Calla. Decorating their house, harvesting strawberries, chasing or running from goats and dogs and bugs and bears!
But of course we also know that Jonah can't be with her 24/7 - he has a new company to run and he's gone a lot. Will Calla survive alone in a place full of bears and crumpy neighbors and their wolf-dogs?
LOL! We sure hope so, because Calla & Jonah just belong together. But we don't want either of them to give up too much of their hopes and dreams to get that happily ever after.

It was like a Calla-diary or one of her blog posts. We get lots of Jonah & romance too, but of course we focus mainly on Calla and how she survives her new life with new challenges and new friends and frenemies.  It wasn't the Bianca-cries-all-through-the-book thingy like the first one - but I did shed some tears! ☺ Some readers might've hoped for something a little different, but I really loved reading this. It was just so very beautiful. I never wanted it to end!

OK - that's it - what more should I say?! If you read and loved the first book - you will definitely read and love this one and if you haven't read the first one...what are you doing reading this review anyway?! ☺

WiLD AT HEART was such a beautiful Alaska romance!
A  what-happens-after-The-End  kind of encore for all fans of Calla & Jonah! And I loved every single moment of it!
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Jonah - this one is mine!

P.S. ... the end of this second book ... while amazing and beautiful ... wasn't really all that endish!
I hope our darling author will one day write a third book!
The Simple Wild
Wild At Heart
Calla, Yeti & Baby = Wild³?
I want more. It was perfect, but I still want more!

♥ Excerpt ♥

“So … I guess I’ll see you when I see you.”
I can’t manage words around the flaring lump in my throat, and so I simply nod. The past four days with Jonah in Toronto have been a blur. A bliss-filled blur that I’m not ready to let go of yet. The Uber driver shuttling me home after this parting will have the privilege of a sobbing mess in their backseat.
An unreadable look flashes across Jonah’s icy blue eyes. I still haven’t grown accustomed to seeing him without a beard, though I’ll admit I’ve enjoyed admiring that chiseled jawline and those dimples. He takes a deep breath and turns away, his carry-on slung over one broad shoulder, his boarding pass and passport dangling from between two pinched fingers.
I watch him hand his documents to the agent at the US-bound entry gate, who spends all of one second reviewing them before waving him toward the glass security doors. On the other side is his fourteen-hour flight home. In seconds, Jonah is going to be out of sight, gone.
Who knows when I’ll see him again? He flew here to tell me in person that he’s been miserable these past two months since I left Alaska, that he doesn’t want to be a carbon copy of my father—spending his life pining over my mother—that he wants to find an “us” that will work. That he wants me beside him.
I haven’t given him an answer yet, too afraid to leap.
Until now.
I feel the word rising inside me—an emotion about to erupt. “Yes!” My pulse pounds in my ears.
Jonah turns to regard me with a raised eyebrow.
Am I crazy? Maybe.
But I’m fully committing to it.
I take a step forward and swallow my nerves. “I’ll come back to Alaska.” Because being with Jonah again—laughing and reminiscing, having him in my space, waking in his arms—has only confirmed what I’ve suspected for months: I’m deeply in love with him, and living in Toronto when he’s not here doesn’t make sense to me anymore.
I’m done saying goodbye to this man.
Jonah leaves the line and retraces his steps to close the distance, dropping his bag by his feet. It’s five a.m. and we’re creating an obstacle, forcing travelers to weave around us on either side to get to their flights. Their grumbles touch my ears, but in this moment, I don’t care.
The severe frown cutting across Jonah’s handsome forehead as he stares down at me says he doesn’t, either. “Are you serious?”
I nod. “Yeah. I mean, if you’re serious about moving to Anchorage—”
“When?” he demands to know, his voice suddenly gruff.
“I don’t know. As soon as I can?” How long does it take to pack up your life and move to a different country? Granted, a country I was born in and still have citizenship with but haven’t lived in for more than two decades.
His eyes spark with determination. “Come for Christmas.”
I laugh. “That’s like a month away!”
“So? What else you got goin’ on?” It’s a challenge, delivered in Jonah’s typical blunt style. “I’m not going to see my mom in Oslo anymore. And Aggie and Mabel would love having you there. Especially since it’s the first one without Wren. You should come.” His Adam’s apple bobs with his hard swallow. “Come.”
Somewhere in between his words and his tone and the way he’s looking at me, I hear the silent plea. In truth, the idea of being near the people closest to my late father for the holidays sounds more appealing—and more feasible—by the second.
“Okay?” I say on an exhale, my voice shaky.

 Links to the Book & Author 

Book #1

K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. KEEP HER SAFE made Suspense Magazine's Best of 2018 list for Romantic Suspense.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

♥ THE LIFE YOU STOLE ♥ Jewel E. Ann ♥ #LifeDuet2 ♥

© Bianca Janeane

• 20 February 2020
• Book #2 in the #LIFE duet
• You have to read book #1 first!
5 Stars

Sex. Lies. Revenge.

On the heels of a devastating loss, Evelyn fights to put her life back together.

part of her husband belongs to another woman, and the devil owns her soul.

“If you tell her the lie, I will tell her the truth.”

When her best friend goes to great lengths to protect Evelyn from destruction and devastation, mistakes are made, lines are crossed, and all trust is shattered.

“We weren’t unbreakable.
I just needed to believe we weren’t unrepairable.”

Don’t miss the explosive conclusion to this unforgettable thriller by Jewel E. Ann, bestselling author of The Transcend Series.


We're back in Aspen with ...
Evelyn & Ronin.
Lila & Graham.

Book 2 starts right where we left Ronin dying in book 1.
Does it spoil when I say he doesn't die? No, right? Because he's the hero in this story! He can't die - yet.☺
Well. He didn't die ... but there was ... something. So that obviously makes us wonder ... what is happening with Lila? Something must've happened to her - we're kinda suspecting, but .. ?? Huh.
All so very weird.
Plus Ronin is not really talking to his wife and Evie is scared and insecure about things...
LOTS of stuff to overcome until there might be a happy end on the horizon ...  

What will happen with Evelyn & Ronin & Lila & Graham?
Will there be a HEA???

Book 2!!!!

We're back!
And Ronin didn't die! I was so afraid he would die and then we would get some weird reincarnation/ghost/threesome whatever story! But nope. He didn't die - because Lila didn't die - at least not yet. Hehehe. (I kinda feel like posting this crazy Halloween laughter sound after every line I write in this review! LOL!)

What is happening???
I'm not really sure what's going on - but I will find out - and I won't tell you!
:P :P :P

This was a great 2nd book in this crazy but amazing duet!
I loved reading it. You don't know what's happening, and you don't really care at all. You just have to keep on reading to find out if we'll get our happily ever after!
Amazing duet - I need this on tv asap - it's right up your alley Mr. Netflix - GET IT!!!!

THE LIFE YOU STOLE was the perfect finale in this duet. Mysterious. Heartbreaking. Weird. Sad. Sexy. Crazy. Beautiful.
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Ronin - this one is MINE!


Book #1

Other Books by Jewel



Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.