The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows #ThrowbackThursday

Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. 

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Release: 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Historical Fiction

Ever since I saw the trailer, I decided I wanted to read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society before watching the actual movie. The title was funny and weird, and I’ve always loved stories about book clubs and people gathering together, so I thought this could be a nice change from all the murders and psychopaths. And it was! I loved this cute little story and I can’t wait to watch Lily James as Juliet, Matthew Goode as Sidney and, of course, Michiel Huisman as Dawsey.

When I started the book, I totally thought Dawsey was a woman (I’m sorry, I’m not used to this kind of weird names!) Then I went back and read the first two letters again, just in case I had missed any flirting! I’m talking about letters because this is an epistolary novel, so everything is told in letters. It was fun and refreshing, I don’t think I had read a book like this since Where Rainbows End.

Ultimately, this was the definition of a feel-good story. I loved Juliet’s voice, she was strong-willed and fun, she’s the kind of character I love to read about. My favorites, however, were Sidney and Isola, who were amazing supporting characters. The story dragged a bit in the middle, but overall, I found it to be really cute and charming.

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The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa #ThrowbackThursday

Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. 

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Release: 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Historical Fiction

The German Girl was a beautiful historical book set in 1939 and telling the story of Hannah (and Leo), who suddenly see their lives change when the Nazi rise to power. Hannah, her family, and her friends decide that they will move to Cuba, a place that is supposed to welcome them with open arms… or maybe not? At the same time, we learn about Anna, a twelve-year-old girl living in Manhattan who suddenly receives a letter from a distant relative from Cuba…

This book was indeed similar to The Light We Cannot See and The Nightingale, but, perhaps because I read those first, or because it wasn’t the right moment for me, I didn’t fall in love with this one as much as I did with the others. Something was lacking. At the same time, I need to say that I felt deeply moved by this novel and the fact that it was based on real events, but I found the present storyline to be pretty dull in comparison to Hannah’s perspective. Her relationship with Leo was so beautiful… And what about that ending? The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa is the perfect book for those who’re looking for a story that is both hopeful and heartbreaking.

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Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner #ThrowbackThursday

Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. 

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Release: 2013
Publisher: Dutton
Genre: Mystery/Thriller

I read and loved the first Tessa Leoni book many years ago, but I hadn’t continued with the series. I bought Touch & Go a long time ago and last week I finally decided it was time to read it. It didn’t take me long, as this was a fast-paced thriller, more action than mystery, I guess, and everything was thrilling and intense. I liked it and had a great time with it, but I didn’t love it as much as Lisa Gardner’s Love You More, which I still remember fondly.

Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner is the perfect book for those days when you want something to grab you. You know it’s never going to get boring. It’s a unique kidnapping case where the whole family is held hostage and no one seems to know the reason why. As you can imagine, the family has a lot of secrets… It’s an addictive book. And Tessa Leoni’s interactions with the rest of the characters were fun to read, especially now that she’s a private investigator. Have you read more books in the Tessa Leoni series?

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Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane #ThrowbackThursday

Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re finally getting around to reading that were published over a year ago.

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The year is 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new -partner, Chuck Aule, have come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate the disappearance of a patient. Multiple-murderess Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept in a locked cell under constant surveillance. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on them, a strange case takes on even darker, more sinister shades–with hints of radical experimentation, horrifying surgeries, and lethal countermoves made in the cause of a covert shadow war. No one is going to escape Shutter Island unscathed, because nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems …

I became obssessed with Shutter Island after watching the Martin Scorsese’s movie back in 2010, so I decided to read the book as well. I’ve always loved Dennis Lehane’s novels and this was no exception. It’s still a favorite of mine.

Although some details were different (I still prefer the movie ending), this was a creepy and enjoyable psychological thriller featuring a fantastic setting. I remember being engrossed by the descriptions of the hospital and Teddy’s adventures, even though I already knew what would happen to him.

If you love thrillers and you’re interested in psychology, this is a book you shouldn’t miss.

P.S If you like the topic, I watched a movie called ‘Eliza Graves’ this past week and thought it was really good too!

#ThrowbackThursday The Rosary Girls by @RRMontanari

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!

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Kevin Byrne is a veteran cop who already knows that edge: He’s been living on it far too long. His marriage failing, his former partner wasting away in a hospital, and his heart lost to mad fury, Byrne loves to take risks and is breaking every rule in the book. And now he has been given a rookie partner. Jessica Balzano, the daughter of a famous Philly cop, doesn’t want Byrne’s help. But they will need each other desperately, since they’ve just caught the case of a lifetime: Someone is killing devout young women, bolting their hands together in prayer, and committing an abomination upon their otherwise perfect bodies. Byrne and Balzano spearhead the hunt for the serial killer, who leads them on a methodically planned journey. Suspects appear before them like bad dreams–and vanish just as quickly. And while Byrne’s sins begin to catch up with him, and Balzano tries to solve the blood-splattered puzzle, the body count rises. Meanwhile, the calendar is approaching Easter and the day of the resurrection. When the last rosary is counted, a madman’s methods will be revealed, and the final crime will be the one that hurts the most. 

I read this a few years ago and I really loved it. The Rosary Girls was the first in a procedural series (Kevin Byrne and Jessica Balzano). Unfortunately,  I didn’t read any of the following books (ouch!); I really need to keep up with my series!

This was a thrilling and old-fashioned thriller featuring a sadistic serial killer in the city of Philadelphia. I loved the partnership between Byrne and Balzano and the way the author made me care about both the characters and the case. I was captivated from the very first page, as the prologue was creepy and mysterious.

I don’t recall everything about the plot, but I remember I couldn’t stop reading and I felt like I had discovered a new favorite series.