For Better and Worse- Margot Hunt #BookReview

Synopsis (Amazon): On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage?

I took like two days to complete this book only because I was really tired last night I couldn’t finish it. Here’s how it all went down. If you haven’t read it and would like to without spoilers I suggest you stop here.

Since you want to really know what went down grab your popcorn or your wine.

Suburban lawyer couple *yawns or so I thought. Natalie has always been outspoken and knew what she was about ever since law school. Will always tried to play it safe even after joking about committing the perfect crime in school and getting away with it.Things were going good, Natalie was a defense attorney he worked as a real estate lawyer. Natalie loved their routine she believed it worked for them however this seemingly perfect way of doing things,dinner planned out,play dates for their son Charlie was too much for Will who was more distant. Will was more attached to his phone than anything,he’d lost weight and just something was off about him Natalie suspected an affair but didn’t push it.

Things went south when Natalie was doing a routine drop off by Charlie’s school and she learnt that the principal of the school was accused of something. She later learned that a report was made for sexual misconduct , a boy Charlie’s age alleged that he was molested by the principal.

Natalie eventually had a talk with Charlie where she learned that he too was molested by this principal.

This something no mother wants to hear. She went into Mommy mode , she was so distraught after telling Will about it he wanted to go to the police she wanted to kill him or so she said ,she was livid. The principal was a close friend or someone who they’ve know for years.

She was angry agreeable so. Unbeknownst to Will she really wanted to execute her plan to outst the principal. She had everything planned out but when the time came to execute : things went left she called Will who was the one who eventually went through with the plan.

They were sloppy for a bunch of lawyers who you would think have certain knowledge about how things worked, especially for Natalie a Criminal Defense lawyer. They made a lot of rookie mistakes. Natalie wanted to keep things hush hush. No talking to anybody about it. They had their alibis tight another lose end for Will who was out having an affair.

This was pretty fucked up. Marriage is hard work and it didn’t seem that he even tried to fix the marriage before going out of it. He lies to the police about who he was with that night. Natalie was present during the questioning.

Natalie refused interview with Charlie and they found it strange that every other parent was cool with it or so they made it seem. I believe that’s what got the cops more suspicious of them. All the loose ends came back to haunt them. Everything was closing in on both Natalie and Will.

The Sheriff that sneaky bastard. Well played. I mean one less perverted soul in the world.

The ending though Natalie that bitch is just evil 😩👌. This time around no mistakes.

I loved everything. I was triggered for more reasons than one. No child who is left in your care should be violated like that. Marriage is hard work but that’s no excuse for you to cheat. Its never advisable to take matters of the law in your hand. Truth be told I would not have made all those sloppy mistakes that Will and Nat made.

My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I hope you get a chance to read this awesome novel. Fun, witty and mysterious.

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Until Next Post

Dee

The Wife Upstairs #BookReview

I’ve given my self a target of reading 25 books in 2021. If I read at least 2 books per month I should be able to meet my target. Here’s my review of The Wife Upstairs – Rachel Hawkins.

Synopsis:(GoodReads)

A delicious twist on a Gothic classic, Rachel Hawkins’s The Wife Upstairs pairs Southern charm with atmospheric domestic suspense, perfect for fans of B.A. Paris and Megan Miranda.

Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.

But her luck changes when she meets Eddie Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but see an opportunity in Eddie––not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for.

Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty with a rags-to-riches origin story, who launched a wildly successful southern lifestyle brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie’s heart before her past––or his––catches up to her?

With delicious suspense, incisive wit, and a fresh, feminist sensibility, The Wife Upstairs flips the script on a timeless tale of forbidden romance, ill-advised attraction, and a wife who just won’t stay buried. In this vivid reimagining of one of literature’s most twisted love triangles, which Mrs. Rochester will get her happy ending?

My Thoughts:

The story was engaging after flipping through a few pages I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know more about what would happen to Jane. I loved how the author played with words and also how the story of Jane was told. At one point I was wondering when was Jane going to get a break. She finally did when her and Eddie got together. Things got super interesting the moment they got engaged. That was pretty fast. Love at first sight??

I felt I was there with the ladies getting juciy gossip about the neighborhood happenings and even happy when Jane was finally included in the inner circle. Urgggh I hated John such a sleezeball. The creepy guy you love to hate.

Eddie, I always felt that he was just too good to be true. I’m happy that Jane was cautious with him and there relationship.

Bea, you devil you, wow who would have thought that you weren’t the little saint everyone made you out to be.

That ending had me like oh my gosh please don’t let anything happen to Jane . Then the big bang ! We learn which Mrs. Rochester gets the happy ending.

I’m happy with the choice. Well played. I still feel that there is more to this story. So many unanswered questions …..hmmmm

My Overall rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you’d like to get a copy on Amazon- The Wife Upstairs

Until next post,

Dee

End of Year Book Tag

It’s two (2) days until the new year, I’m two months into this blogging journey and I’m enjoying it thus far. While I didn’t get to share as many book reviews here are a few things I’ve enjoyed this year.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

Yes, sadly I didn’t get a chance to finish these books and I’m giving my self until the first quarter of 2021 to finish them:

Anxious People-Fedrik BackMan

Home Before Dark -Riley Sager

Memorial -Bryan Washington

The Wife Upstairs – Rachel Hawkins

This Time Next Year – Sophie Cousens

For Better and Worse -Margot Hunt

Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

I kind of shocked myself with the number of books I read in 2020. According to my tracker, I’ve read 12 books when the plan was to cover at least 5. That’s pretty awesome for someone who is just starting out. I plan to read at least 20 Books in 2021. Wish me luck🙂.

What’s your favorite genre?

I love Self Help Books, A good Thriller, Detective Mystery are books I’ve found myself gravitated towards.

What were your favorite books if any?

I love everything Melinda Leigh- Those Morgan Dane Books were addictive. I also enjoyed reading Rose Carlyle The Girl in The Mirror and lastly Lisa Jewel -The Family Upstairs.

Do you have any books that you didn’t enjoy?

Yes, Wild Game – Andriene Brodeur was oddly disturbing.

If you could recommend any two book what would they be and why?

The Miracle Morning– Hal Elrod

30 Days Change Your Habit Change Your Life -Marc Reklau

I’d recommend these two books because they changed my life. They allowed me to look past what was blocking me in seeing my fullest potential. These books challenged my thoughts and ideals gave me a different and broader perspective on life. I was able to broaden my horizon gain a better understanding of who I truly am and what I can do. If you’re feeling stuck and want that added push I would recommend the two especially going into the new year. You can get both on your Kindle or purchase on Amazon.

Join the tag answer these questions in the comments and or your blog:

1.Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?

2. Have you already started making reading plans for 2021?

3. What’s your favorite genre?

4. What were your favorite books if any?

5. Do you have any books that you didn’t enjoy?

6. If you could recommend any two books, what would they be and why?

Until next post….

Dee

The Girl in the Mirror-Rose Carlyle #BookReview

Synopsis(Amazon)

Twin sisters Iris and Summer are startlingly alike, but beyond what the eye can see lies a darkness that sets them apart. Cynical and insecure, Iris has long been envious of Summer’s seemingly never-ending good fortune, including her perfect husband Adam.

Called to Thailand to help her sister sail the family yacht to the Seychelles, Iris nurtures her own secret hopes for what might happen on the journey. But when she unexpectedly finds herself alone in the middle of the Indian Ocean, everything changes. When she makes it to land, Iris allows herself to be swept up by Adam, who assumes that she is Summer.

Iris recklessly goes along with his mistake. Not only does she finally have the golden life she’s always envied, with her sister gone, she’s one step closer to the hundred-million-dollar inheritance left by her manipulative father. All Iris has to do is be the first of his seven children to produce an heir.

Iris’s “new” life lurches between glamorous dream and paranoid nightmare. On the edge of being exposed, how far will she go to ensure no one discovers the truth?

And just what did happen to Summer on that yacht?

Only Iris knows . . .

The Girl in the Mirror -Rose Carlyle

My Thoughts:

Well written page turner I did not want to put it down after all wanted to find out what exactly happened to Summer.

I don’t know how it works with twins but if it’s anything as described in this book I want no part of it. Ok, let’s get serious. Iris and her sister are mirror sisters it’s not easy to tell them apart which annoyed me while reading. How could the mom especially not be able to tell them apart. Thankfully their brother Ben who seemed like the only smart one in the family could.

The story was written in a way to make you want to side with the “good sister” “miss perfect” the one everybody loves and is so “pure”. When it got to the plot I was like wait a goddamn minute wasn’t this heffa supposed to be dead?! This can’t be real guys it gets good. Both Sisters will do whatever it takes and I mean whatever it took just to secure the family money. Riveting story, intense, suspense, the ending a definite shocker; I could on and on I want to read it again.

Congrats on this first book. I will definitely look out for more from this author.

P.s I swear a lot but that’s just my natural reaction to the books I read and the characters.

Grab a Copy : The Girl in the Mirror-Rose Carlyle

Until next post…

Dee

The Family Upstairs -Lisa Jewel #BookReview

I’ve finally completed reading this book 📚. I’m all types of feels because of how the book was written. Here’s the synopsis of the book as stated on GoodReads…

Synopsis:

Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life. She rips it open with one driving thought: I am finally going to know who I am.

She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well—and she is on a collision course to meet them.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.

The can’t-look-away story of three entangled families living in a house with the darkest of secrets.

Warning ⚠️ :If you’ve not read the book I suggest you stop here as I’m going to be dissecting the book and eventually spoilers will be mentioned.

The Family Upstairs -Lisa Jewel

My Thoughts:

The story is told of the main character Libby, 25 yr old who inherits her family home. She’s excited and looks forward to the scary and exciting journey. Libby learns that she has older “siblings” and her parents were apart of a “murder” “suicide”. All is still not clear so she works with the lead journalist Miller Roe who covered the story to find out what truly happened.

The story is told from three persons point of view:

Libby

Henry *brother

Lucy *no relation yet

Henry:

Henry a 12 yr old boy talks of his wealthy family and how he looks forward to going to a top private school. He lives with his mom dad and sister Lucy. Henry talks of his mom a budding socialite and dad a man who has inherited his family’s money. He later learns that his family is no longer rich soon after his mom takes in a family Birdie and Justin. Henry doesn’t like Birdie and he is puzzled because his mom allowed her and boyfriend to stay. Soon after another family comes David, Sally, Clemency, and Phin. His home has become crowded. Henry is obsessed with Phin. He’s in love. Henry grew closer to Justin a herbalist. He made different types of potions for ailments. It was not until Justin left Henry started doing his concoctions. Henry is very pissed with everything that is happening in his house, he’s now homeschooled with the other children, and living as a poor family thanks to David who was now in charge of the family’s finances.

Lucy:

To be honest I wasn’t sure where the story was going with Lucy. I was somewhat lost. Here’s what I gathered. A single mom of two kids Marco and Stella. She was once married to a wealthy man Micheal, he was very abusive and also happens to be Marcos Dad. Lucy did odd jobs playing her 🎻. She wasn’t stable she moved around a lot. It was not until she got a message notification that the baby was 25. Lucy must do everything she can to see the baby even if it meant committing murder?

The story started out slow but gradually developed and was a page-turner. It got spooky at one point but nothing you shouldn’t be able to handle. I was kind of disturbed about the alleged “Child Abuse” that was briefly mentioned. The circumstances around the alleged murder/suicide was cleared up, Libby gained new love and siblings. Henry is a whole character,they’re some points in the story where I felt bad for him but that little boy is the devil 😩😩. Y’all I was cursing him out. Henry’s mother I wanted to knock some sense into her, can she be any more stupid and gullible urgggggh. Henry’s dad was just there anything to make his wife happy.

This book also made me think how as parents we ought to consider how our actions affect children. Children have feelings too.

My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

You can get a copy of the book : The Family Upstairs-Lisa Jewel

Currently Reading:

The Girl in the Mirror – Rose Carlyle

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Dee