The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain | Book Review

Author, Diane Chamberlain
Published, expected October 7th, 2014
Publisher, St. Martin's Press
Kindle edition, 352 pages

Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager.  Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary.  Lisa is alive.  Alive and living under a new identity.  But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?  As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family.  Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality.   

I love Diane Chamberlain.  She never disappoints and I was so happy to receive an ARC of this book.
Most of the novels I have read by this author have had a developing love story at the center.  This one didn't.  At least not in the traditional sense. But it did her have talent for weaving a great mystery.  Every time I thought I had it figured out, she surprised me.
The main characters are Lisa and Riley.  We get to see what Lisa's life has been like all these years and also a good sense of what Riley's life is.  Both are very believable and they were written where you can clearly see why they made the decisions that they did.
We also have a few characters that are interesting in their own stories.  Riley's brother, the real estate lady, and the long time residents of the camp ground.  I love a few odd balls in the mix.
I think that if you are a fan of Chamberlain's The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes you will love The Silent Sister.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are mine.


Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee | Book Review

Author, Catherine Bybee
Kindle edition, 223 pages
Published, October 4th 2011
Publisher, Montlake Romance
Series, The Weekday Brides #1

Blake Harrison:
Rich, titled, and charming…and in need of a wife by Wednesday. Blake turns to Sam Elliot, who isn’t the businessman he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, beautiful and feisty with a voice men call 1-900 numbers to hear.

Samantha Elliot:
Owner of matchmaking firm Alliance and not on the marital menu…that is, until Blake offers her ten million dollars for a one-year contract. And there’s nothing indecent about this proposal. The money will really help with her family’s medical bills. All Samantha will need to do is keep her attraction to her new husband to herself and avoid his bed.

But Blake’s toe-curling kisses and sexy charm prove too difficult for Sam to resist. It was a marriage contract that planned for everything…except falling in love.

I really liked this book.  It was an easy and fast read. I am not a big series reader, but I heard good reviews for these and I was in the mood for something light. It was very predictable but also enjoyable.
So far - the only problem I have with this series is that the books aren't in order by day of the week.  I know that may sound strange, but Wife by Wednesday is the first book in the series and Married by Monday is the second.  You just have to pay attention when shopping for the next in the series.
I will be starting on book #2 soon. 


The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs | A Book Review

Author, Susan Wiggs
Published, April 30th, 2013
Publisher, Harlequin MIRA
ebook, 432 pages
Series:  Bella Vista Chronicles (Book 1)


#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs brings readers to the lush abundance of Sonoma county in a novel of sisters, friendship and how memories are woven like a spell around us.

Tess Delaney makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners. People like Annelise Winther, who refuses to sell her long-gone mother's beloved necklace—despite Tess's advice. To Annelise, the jewel's value is in its memories.
But Tess's own history is filled with gaps: a father she never met, a mother who spent more time traveling than with her daughter. So Tess is shocked when she discovers the grandfather she never knew is in a coma. And that she has been named in his will to inherit half of Bella Vista, a hundred-acre apple orchard in the magical Sonoma town called Archangel.
The rest is willed to Isabel Johansen. A half sister she's never heard of. Against the rich landscape of Bella Vista, Tess begins to discover a world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family, of the warm earth beneath her bare feet. A world where family comes first and the roots of history run deep.
And in a season filled with new experiences, Tess begins to see the truth in something Annelise once told her: if you don't believe memories are worth more than money, then perhaps you've not made the right kind of memories.

From one of America's most beloved writers, The Apple Orchard is a story of family ties—both old and new—and of the moments that connect our hearts.

This happened to be on of those perfect books for me.  I love present day, mixed with historical fiction, romance, and mystery. I wasn't expecting all the history and the fact that I would learn a little about Denmark during WWII and their role of saving Jews from the Nazi's.
In fact - it wasn't at all what I expected but in a good way.  There are so many family secrets and lies and mysteries.  It doesn't help that the one person that could explain most of it is in a coma.
I loved watching Tess form relationships with those around her. The story ties thinks up pretty well but still leaves room for another book. It even has recipes.  I will most certainly read the next book in the series.