#FuturisticFriday review: The Shimmering Road by Hester Young

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Shimmering Road

Summary: A pulse-pounding mystery from the author of “The Gates of Evangeline” featuring Charlotte Charlie Cates, an unforgettable heroine whose dark visions bring to light secrets that will heal or destroy those around her…

When soon-to-be mother Charlotte Charlie Cates begins to have recurring dreams about harm coming to her unborn daughter, she knows these are not the nightmares of an anxious mom-to-be. They are the result of her mysterious gift. But before she can decipher what these dreams might mean, Charlie learns that the mother who abandoned her when she was a toddler is the victim of a double murder in Arizona. The other victim Jasmine, a half-sister Charlie never knew she had has left behind a child, a little girl who speaks to Charlie in her dreams and was present on the night of the murders. Convinced that she must help her orphaned niece, Charlie travels to Tucson, Arizona, where she must confront her painful ties to her mother and delve into her sister s shadowy past.

To untangle the web of secrets that will reveal the truth of her nightmares, Charlie can no longer avoid her family’s checkered history. Who is in the racy photos that turned up in Jasmine’s apartment? Where is her niece’s father, whom Jasmine was rumored to have been seeing again on the sly? Was her mother’s charity work in Mexico really as selfless as it seemed? And most important of all, what did her niece really witness on the night of the murders?

The search for answers leads Charlie across the Mexican border, from the resort town of Rocky Point to the border town of Nogales, and elucidates the meaning of her dreams in most unexpected ways. Ultimately, to protect her niece and her unborn child, Charlie must battle not just evil but the forces of nature, in one final terrifying encounter in the Tucson desert.

A thrilling mystery that combines literary suspense and romance with a mystical twist that is unputdownable. If you love Kate Atkinson and Alice Sebold, you should not miss Hester Young. Continue reading

#FuturisticFriday review: Duplicity by Ingrid Thoft

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Duplicity

Summary: Gutsy Boston P.I. Fina Ludlow returns with a case that puts her faith to the test in the latest addition to the critically acclaimed series by Ingrid Thoft.
When Ceci Jhavad hires Ludlow and Associates to sue the hip new church that she believes has brainwashed her daughter, Fina Ludlow is assigned to the case. Covenant Rising Church has all the trappings of a less-than-holy organization: a slick young pastor and his comely wife; fancy houses and luxury cars; and devoted congregants who seem eager to part with their money. Fina wonders if Ceci disapproves of Covenant Rising s theology or the pastor s ability to solicit generous donations until prominent church member Nadine Quaynor dies unexpectedly. Fina s investigation requires her to delve into Nadine s life both in and out of Covenant Rising and ask a host of difficult questions. Is the pastor leading his flock astray? Did the church have a hand in Nadine s death or were there less savory elements in her life outside the parish?
The case proves to be a complicated morass of misplaced loyalties and questionable motivations, rivaled only by the current state of the Ludlow family. The return of eldest brother Rand sets in motion an explosive showdown that threatens the very fabric that holds the family together, forcing Fina to confront the true meaning of faith.
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The Girl Before by Rena Olsen

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Girl Before

Summary: In this powerful psychological suspense debut, when a woman’s life is shattered, she is faced with a devastating question: What if everything she thought was normal and good and true . . . wasn’t?

Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing.

In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara’s fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents. We see her now, sequestered in an institution, questioned by men and women who call her a different name—Diana—and who accuse her husband of unspeakable crimes. As recollections of her past collide with new revelations, Clara must question everything she thought she knew, to come to terms with the truth of her history and to summon the strength to navigate her future. Continue reading

{Giveaway} Along The Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams

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So, it’s no surprise that I have mad love for Beatriz Williams. Ever since the book A HUNDRED SUMMERS came into my life- I have devoured all of Beatriz’s books, convinced people in Barnes and Noble to buy copies,selected Beatriz for #FuturisticFriday,  made the ladies working at the post office huge fans of Beatriz’s and shared my love for her books on social media- most recently my Instagram post shows how excited I am for ALONG THE INFINITE SEA.

When I heard that Traveling With T was going to be able to give away 2 copies- well can we say *jazz hands* to infinity and beyond?! Yep, I was a tad bit excited.

If you have been DYING to read ALONG THE INFINITE SEA- let’s skip on down to the giveaway portion 🙂 Continue reading

X by Sue Grafton

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

X

Summary from Goodreads:

X:  The number ten. An unknown quantity. A mistake. A cross. A kiss.

X: 
 The shortest entry in Webster’s Unabridged. Derived from Greek and Latin and commonly found in science, medicine, and religion. The most graphically dramatic letter. Notoriously tricky to pronounce: thinkxylophone.

X:  
The twenty-fourth letter in the English alphabet.

Sue Grafton’s X: Perhaps her darkest and most chilling novel, it features a remorseless serial killer who leaves no trace of his crimes. Once again breaking the rules and establishing new paths, Grafton wastes little time identifying this sociopath. The test is whether Kinsey can prove her case against him before she becomes his next victim.

 

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Listen, it’s no secret that I LOVE me some Sue Grafton. I may not have been reading her my entire life (actually, I think A IS FOR ALIBI was first printed before I was even born!) but for the past 10 or so years, I have been loving Sue and Kinsey. As we get closer to the end of the alphabet, I grow increasingly nervous about my beloved Kinsey. Will Kinsey just end when we get to Z? Does Sue Grafton have more in store? Can we make a plan to re-write the alphabet and add a few more letters? (Desperate times call for desperate measures!) Continue reading

Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Tiny Little Thing

Tiny (real name Christina) is on the brink for  good things. Married to a man with high political aspirations, Tiny- with her perfect ways and desire to show a perfect life, could be the best politician’s wife.

Tiny, on the outside, is the type of woman to strive to be. Poised, accomplished, beautiful- she is the type of woman that the words “lady of the house” are designed to describe.

However, on the inside….

Tiny is a mess. She questions her future, she thinks about events that happened 2 years earlier- and she wonders about her marriage.  Continue reading