Monday, July 15, 2019

The Dream Daughter - Now in Paperback

New York Times bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a thrilling, mind-bending novel about one mother's journey to save her child.

When Carly Sears, a young woman widowed by the Vietnam war, receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. It is 1970, and she is told that nothing can be done to help her child. But her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, tells her that perhaps there is a way to save her baby. What he suggests is something that will shatter every preconceived notion that Carly has. Something that will require a kind of strength and courage she never knew existed. Something that will mean an unimaginable leap of faith on Carly's part.

And all for the love of her unborn child.

The Dream Daughter is a rich, genre-spanning, breathtaking novel about one mother's quest to save her child, unite her family, and believe in the unbelievable. Diane Chamberlain pushes the boundaries of faith and science to deliver a novel that you will never forget.


  • Paperback: 395 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin; Reprint edition (June 4, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250087317

Friday, July 5, 2019

Dear Wife - Review and Excerpt

Idgie Says:

Wow!  I could not pump the brakes on reading this newest novel by Kimberly.  Once I picked it up I was engrossed completely. This book is chock full of revealed secrets and unexpected findings. It's fast paced, twisty, never a dull moment and then there's that out of left field ending....

Do not pick this book up to read if you have a life to run.  Make pre-made meals for the family, run all your errands, put snacks and drink at your fingertips and then you may pick up the book.  Once you do, you won't want to put it down until the last page.

Click here for an excerpt.

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Beth Murphy is on the run…

For nearly a year, Beth has been planning for this day. A day some people might call any other Wednesday, but Beth prefers to see it as her new beginning—one with a new look, new name and new city. Beth has given her plan significant thought, because one small slip and her violent husband will find her.
Sabine Hardison is missing…
A couple hundred miles away, Jeffrey returns home from a work trip to find his wife, Sabine, is missing. Wherever she is, she’s taken almost nothing with her. Her abandoned car is the only evidence the police have, and all signs point to foul play.

As the police search for leads, the case becomes more and more convoluted. Sabine’s carefully laid plans for her future indicate trouble at home, and a husband who would be better off with her gone. The detective on the case will stop at nothing to find out what happened and bring this missing woman home. Where is Sabine? And who is Beth? The only thing that’s certain is that someone is lying and the truth won’t stay buried for long.

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Park Row; Original edition (June 25, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778309142

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Hard Stuff - A Joe the Bouncer Thriller - Review

Idgie Says:

From page 1 this novel is packed with action.  Joe simultaneously seems to be able to work, fight, drink, mess around and get sent on errands to kill people.  Also, he lives with his grandma, which is a pretty unexpected development. The press release describes the novel as having hilarious moments, but I would rate them more as moments that make you dryly smile, perhaps more of a smirk.

This is the second book in the series and if a down on his luck "hero" who never stops getting involved in the action is your thing, then this is your book.

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 Ex-black-ops-specialist-turned-strip-club-bouncer Joe Brody has a new qualifica-tion to add to his resume: an alliance of New York City's mob bosses has deemed him its "sheriff." In the straight world, when you “see something” you “say something” to the law. In the bent world, they call Joe.


Still reeling from a particularly difficult operation, and having plummeted back into the drug and alcohol addiction that got him kicked out of the military as a result, Joe has just managed to detox at the clinic of a Chinese herbalist when the mob bosses phone: they need Joe to help them swindle a group of opioid dealers (of all things). But these are no typical drug-ferrying gangsters. Little Maria, the head of the Dominican mob, has discovered that her new heroin suppliers belong to an al Qaeda splinter group, and that they're planning to use their drug funds to back their terrorist agenda. With Joe in command, the mob coalition must pull off an intricate heist that will begin in Manhattan's diamond district. At stake is not only their business, but the state of the world.


For readers who like a liberal dose of humor mixed with gritty crime, The Hard Stuff is a brilliant, action-packed thriller from a fresh virtuoso of the crime caper genre.

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (July 2, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802129560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802129567

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Never Have I Ever - Review

Idgie Says:
Twisty, twisty, twisty.  Just when you think you've got something figured out - bam! - another twist happens.  Two women desperately trying to find and hold secrets over each other, while hiding their own from everyone at the same time.  Sounds exhausting yes?

One woman is after money to support her lifestyle, or perhaps does she need the money to hide from someone, while the other woman wants to keep her nice suburban family life that she's created for herself, while keeping her dark secrets tamped way down deep.

Joshilyn does another outstanding job of keeping you invested in the characters and continuing to surprise you throughout the novel.  This is not a read where you figure out the plot and the ending by the end of the fifth chapter.  Not even close! 

I did find the events discovered at the end, as a parent, to be disturbing.


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In this game, even winning can be deadly...

Amy Whey is proud of her ordinary life and the simple pleasures that come with it—teaching diving lessons, baking cookies for new neighbors, helping her best friend, Charlotte, run their local book club. Her greatest joy is her family: her devoted professor husband, her spirited fifteen-year-old stepdaughter, her adorable infant son. And, of course, the steadfast and supportive Charlotte. But Amy’s sweet, uncomplicated life begins to unravel when the mysterious and alluring Angelica Roux arrives on her doorstep one book club night.

Sultry and magnetic, Roux beguiles the group with her feral charm. She keeps the wine flowing and lures them into a game of spilling secrets. Everyone thinks it’s naughty, harmless fun. Only Amy knows better. Something wicked has come her way—a she-devil in a pricey red sports car who seems to know the terrible truth about who she is and what she once did.

When they’re alone, Roux tells her that if she doesn’t give her what she asks for, what she deserves, she’s going to make Amy pay for her sins. One way or another.

To protect herself and her family and save the life she’s built, Amy must beat the devil at her own clever game, matching wits with Roux in an escalating war of hidden pasts and unearthed secrets. Amy knows the consequences if she can’t beat Roux. What terrifies her is everything she could lose if she wins.

A diabolically entertaining tale of betrayal, deception, temptation, and love filled with dark twists leavened by Joshilyn Jackson’s trademark humor, Never Have I Ever explores what happens when the transgressions of our past come back with a vengeance.

William Morrow
June 30, 2019