A Good Mother by Lara Bazelon

This is a hard book for me to describe. I really did not like any of the characters. It was hard to know if Abby or Luz were really good mothers or if they were both just manipulating those around them. Will needs to reevaluate what he did also. This trial seems to bring out bad things in each of the characters. I did have a hard time putting the book down. I needed to know if Luz would be found guilty or not guilty. I feel this book will bring out different kinds of emotions in every person who reads it. I received a copy of this book from Harlequin for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

A Good Mother : A Novel 

Lara Bazelon

On Sale Date: May 11, 2021

9781335916099

Trade Paperback

$16.99 USD, $21.99 CAD

368 pages

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

A gripping page turner about two young mothers, one grisly murder, and the lengths both women will go in the name of their children.

When young decorated combat veteran Travis Hollis is found stabbed through the heart at a U.S. Army base in Germany, there is no doubt that his wife, Luz, is to blame. But was it an act of self defense? A frenzied attempt to save her infant daughter from domestic abuse? Or the cold blood murder of an innocent man?

As the case heads to trial in Los Angeles, hard-charging attorney Abby Rosenberg is eager to return from maternity leave—and her quickly fracturing home life—to take the case and defend Luz. Abby, a new mother herself, is committed to ensuring Luz avoids prison and retains custody of her daughter. But as the evidence stacks up against Luz, Abby realizes the task proves far more difficult than she suspected – especially when she has to battle for control over the case with her co-counsel, whose dark absorption with Luz only complicates matters further.

As the trial careens toward an outcome no one expects, readers will find themselves in the seat of the jurors, forced to answer the question – what does it mean to be a good mother? A good lawyer? And who is the real monster?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lara Bazelon is an attorney, journalist, MacDowell Fellow, former public defender, and professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she holds the Phillip and Muriel C. Barnett Chair in Trial Advocacy. She is also the author of Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction, as well as the upcoming nonfiction book, Ambitious Like a Mother: Women, Ambition, and Motherhood, and her writing has been published widely in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, The Washington Post, and many others.

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The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White

I loved Libby and Oliver. I loved the descriptions of the Isles of Scilly. This has romance and some intrigue. I always love when books bring in some ancient treasures especially with pirates. I love the twists and turns. I hope there are more books in this series. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a five out of five stars.


PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

1906
Lady Elizabeth “Libby” Sinclair, with her love of microscopes and nature, isn’t favored in society. She flees to the beautiful Isles of Scilly for the summer and stumbles into the dangerous secrets left behind by her holiday cottage’s former occupant, also named Elizabeth, who mysteriously vanished.

Oliver Tremayne–gentleman and clergyman–is determined to discover what happened to his sister, and he’s happy to accept the help of the girl now living in what should have been Beth’s summer cottage . . . especially when he realizes it’s the curious young lady he met briefly two years ago, who shares his love of botany and biology. But the hunt for his sister involves far more than nature walks, and he can’t quite believe all the secrets Beth had been keeping from him.

As Libby and Oliver work together, they find ancient legends, pirate wrecks, betrayal, and the most mysterious phenomenon of all: love.

The Shell Collector by Nancy Naigle

If you are anything like me you will need a lot of Kleenex before are done with this story especially towards the end. This book is very emotional from start to finish. This shows how different people handle grief. I love Amanda, Paul, Maeve, Hailey and Jesse. I could not put this book down. I recommend this book to anyone who has lost someone. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook and Multnomah for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a five out of five stars.

PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

“A beautiful story full of love, loss, and second chances.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

A touching novel of a friendship that crosses generations, and learning how even the smallest gifts can change a life for good, from USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle.


Two years after her husband’s death, Amanda Whittier has two children to raise alone, an abandoned dream of starting a business, and a fixer-upper cottage by the sea. She has no room in her life for anything else and little interest in moving on after losing the man she loved.

Paul Grant is a relative newcomer to the area, and his work with former military dogs needing rehabilitation has been good for the town. Though he loved once before, he’s convinced he’s not suited for romance and is determined to find meaning—alone—through his work and role in the community.

Widowed Maeve Lindsay was born and raised on Whelk’s Island. Spirited, kind, and a little mischievous, she pours her life into the town. But she carries a secret that shapes her every move.

Together, these three souls find encouragement in the most mysterious places and discover a love that’s bigger than their pain, healing their wounded hearts in ways none of them could have hoped for or expected.

Three Paws and the Secret Cave by Karen Struck

This is a sweet tale about how death comes to us all. This shows a grandparent that has been ill and who wants to die in peace. The grandchild and his many friends want to show how much they love the grandparent. I love the illustrations and the story is very emotional. I recommend reading at least one of the other books in this series so you know better who each of the animals are. I feel that young children will enjoy this story. I received a copy of this book from Smith Publicity for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this children’s book a five out of five stars.

PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

Boots and friends have enjoyed many fun adventures during the past two years. Now they are faced with an inevitable part of life. Cappy, the elderly mountaingoat, is nearing the end of his physical journey. Granddaughter, Scarlet, is veryclose to her grandfather. When Cappy leaves the goat herd, without anexplanation, Scarlet is frantic to uncover the mystery behind his disappearance.Young Scarlet leads her wilderness friends in a “celebration of life” as she and her friends honor her beloved grandfather. Join Scarlet, Boots, Chinook, Sockeye,Pepe, Cyrus and Blizzard as they trek along the rugged mountaintop in search of Cappy and the secret cave

The Jam and Jelly Nook by Amy Clipston

This story was the perfect ending for this fantastic series. I love Leanna and Emory. These two were the perfect couple to end this wonderful Amish series based around a farmers market. I really enjoyed that Leanna and Emory were a little older and they were both widowed with children. Both of the main characters needed to find that they could fall in love again and their children would be able to understand what was happening. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a five out of five stars.


PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

In the final installment of Amy Clipston’s bestselling Amish Marketplace series, a young widow struggling to raise her son dreams of one more chance at love.

Since her husband died seven years ago, Leanna Wengerd has done her best—tending to her son, Chester, and running her Jam and Jelly Nook at the Amish market. Though she enjoys seeing her cousins and customers at the marketplace, she wishes she could find more time for her rebellious teenage boy.

When Chester gets into trouble for trespassing, he winds up at the police station with his friend Maggie, who was riding with him to a youth group gathering. Leanna comes to the police station to fetch Chester and happens to meet Emory, Maggie’s father. Emory is also a widower, raising Maggie alone—and both he and Leanna have similar burdens and problems.

Over time Emory and Leanna become closer friends, discovering how much they have in common. As single parents, they struggle with the limits of what they can provide for their children and feel somewhat responsible for what happened to their respective spouses. The two eventually realize they have feelings for each other—but when they try to date, their children resist. Will God pave a way for them to build a family together, or will hurdles block the path to a second chance at happiness?

Don’t Lose Your Head by Harriet Marsden

If you like reading about Henry Vlll and his six wives you will enjoy this quick read. This is written in the first person or ghost as you will learn. Each wife explains a little about how they felt being the wife of Henry Vlll. Each person seemed to have a much different Henry. I love how each of the previous wives gets in a few jabs at the other. I got in quite a few laughs while learning some history. I received a copy of this book from Pacific and Court for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a five out of five stars.

PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

Survive alongside Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, and the rest of King Henry VIII’s ill-fated wives with this witty book of essential life advice, history, and trivia–the perfect handbook for fans of the hit musical Six.

Get the inside scoop from some of the toughest women in English history, as ex-wives, mothers, and daughters of King Henry VIII dish out all their survival secrets in this humorous guide to life. With a bit of sarcasm and friendly charm, each of these legendary ladies explains how their 16th-century hard-earned lessons (from living with unstable men to stifling Tudor traditions) apply to 21st-century dating, marriage, and feminism.

Written from the perspectives of each of the different women around Henry VIII, you’ll get the facts from the Queen Mother and the less-remembered but no less important Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and more.

With must-know historical trivia alongside wise life advice, Don’t Lose Your Head is the perfect survival guide for fans obsessed with Broadway’s latest historical pop musical Six, as well as anyone fascinated by British royalty and culture.

Red Hot Wolfie by Nyx Halliwell

This is an absolutely wonderful cozy paranormal mystery. You get great characters and a wonderful story of witches and werewolves. This story also has very good romance. This made me laugh and wonder who did it. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a four out of five stars.

PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

big teeth you have… this Little Red Riding Hood retelling has a little magick, a lot of wolf, and a howling good mystery!
I’m the witchy version of the Caped Crusader, and I have the red cloak to prove it. This garment has healing powers, but neither it nor my personal magick can treat the injured wolf I find on my doorstep.

While tending his wounds, I discover he’s the stuff of legends—a shifter who also happens to be the new town veterinarian I’ve been anxious to meet. His past, however, is as clouded as his memory.

As I teach him about his inner wolf and uncover his deepest secrets, a murder rocks our sleepy town. All evidence points to a forest creature with sharp claws and big teeth…

The full moon is rising, and it looks like it’s up to me to prevent further harm. Can I uncover the culprit behind the killings? Or will I end up a snack for a hungry wolf?

From Rome With Love by Kate Lloyd

This is a very sweet romance with a hint of trouble. Lucy goes to Rome as a nanny and stumbles into romance and some trouble. Lucy is Tabatha’s nanny. I really enjoyed the descriptions of Rome and I loved the romance. Lucy seems to be a very strong woman who learns more about herself during this trip. I really like her mom also. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

I give this book a five out of five stars.

PUBLISHER DESCRIPTION

“Christmas in Rome is always a good idea.” – Rayanne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author

Lucy Goff’s new job caring for the quirky daughter of a wealthy Seattle couple comes with an unexpected perk: being whisked off to Rome the week before Christmas. Putting up with fifteen-year-old Tabatha’s mood swings, not to mention Lucy’s own fear of flying, is worth the opportunity to explore The Eternal City.

But Lucy’s dreams of a relaxing European vacation are upended almost as soon as they arrive. Tabatha’s parents disappear, and Tabatha herself turns out to be more than a handful. The only person Lucy can turn to is Mario, the smooth and handsome Italian who volunteers to be their personal tour guide. Can she trust him? And what about Brad, the old boyfriend who wants to pick up where they left off?

When a mysterious painting opens up painful family secrets, it seems as though Lucy’s romantic holiday is over for good. Instead, she must confront not only her employers, but also her own feelings about love and loyalty.

Is she ready to see that Christmas is just the beginning?