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.
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?
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,
It’s funny as things seemed to be going great for my blog weird things starts to happen. I finally got some time to check out my favorite blogs, engage and check out the latest happenings.
I’m shocked to learn that I’m no longer able to view my followers. I am not sure if anyone is still here. If you’re still around I’d appreciate it if you not only liked this post but also comment.
I’m just going to take this as an opportunity to start over. Life happens I guess. I have so many things planned out for this blog/website. I’m currently working on my logo and the whole look and feel of it. I’m excited and I can’t wait for you all to see it.
Until Next Post….
If you’re like me you are an avid Pinterest user who likes to search for the cutest nails to head to their nail salon.
I’ve been looking and putting ideas together and I might just get one of these styles done. Which do you like the best?
I’m a long nails kinda girl more so coffin shape. You can just choose a style you like and rock your favorite shape.
I’ve shown you 10 of my favorite Christmas nailinspiration and I hope whichever nail design you’ll choose you will have fun with it.
Missed Blogmas Day 4 Check Here
Until Next time…
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 . . .
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…
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…
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 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:
Lucy *no relation yet
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.
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
The Girl in the Mirror – Rose Carlyle
Love Books? Join the Book of The Month BOTM
Until Next Post…