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Colleen Oakley The Invisible Husband of Frick Island

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“Lets Talk Books Promo did a fabulous job of driving engagement for my 5th novel, psychological thriller YOU WILL REMEMBER ME. It was such a pleasure to see the off-the-charts creativity of the participants, and to engage and interact with #bookstagrammers. Five huge shiny stars!”

Hannah Mary McKinnon You Will Remember Me

“I have had the pleasure of working with Berit for several years. What started out as a request to read and review a single Berkley title quickly turned into a continuing partnership with her and other top book reviewers. With her dedication to her fellow reviewers and her enthusiasm for new books, Berit has successfully developed a number of innovative book reviewer programs. Berit has continued to grow her lists of buddy readers and followers, always looking to spread buzz for books to a wide range of readers across multiple social platforms. While her audience grows, Berit continues to be a loyal partner who is committed to helping books succeed. Readers can trust Berit to bring them a diverse selection of book recommendations and provide honest reviews. It has been enjoyable and exciting to work with her in getting great upcoming reads into the hands of people who will enjoy them most.”

Elisha Katz Marketing Director Berkley Pub

“With Let’s Talk Books, Berit has activated a highly engaged community of bookstagrammers. My tour boosted my exposure across social media, introduced my work to new readers, and created lasting positive buzz.”

Tessa Wegert The Dead Season

I had a fantastic experience with Berit and Let’s Talk Books Promo. My book was read by so many new-to-me readers, it was incredible. I’ve never tried instagram as a site to promote my books, but now that I found Berit, this may change! Personable, professional and so much fun, I highly recommend this service for authors!

Noelle Holten Dead Secret

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Little Pieces of Me

Author: Allison Hammer

Publisher: William Morrow Books

Genre: Women’s fiction, Women’s Divorce Fiction

Pages: 400 pages

Average Rating: 4.20

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Synopsis:

“A powerful story of family and connection that is just as fun as it is heartbreaking. I didn’t want the story to end.” —  Jill Santopolo, New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost and Everything After 

Following her acclaimed debut novel, You and Me and Us, Alison Hammer offers a deeply moving story of family and identity. When a DNA test reveals a long-buried secret, a woman must look to the past to understand her mother and herself.

When Paige Meyer gets an email from a DNA testing website announcing that her father is a man she never met, she is convinced there must be a mistake. But as she digs deeper into her mother’s past and her own feelings of being the odd child out growing up, Paige begins to question everything she thought she knew. Could this be why Paige never felt like she fit in her family, and why her mother always seemed to keep her at an arm’s length? And what does it mean for Paige’s memories of her father, a man she idolized and whose death she is still grieving?

Back in 1975, Betsy Kaplan, Paige’s mom, is a straightlaced sophomore at the University of Kansas. When her sweet but boring boyfriend disappoints her, Betsy decides she wants more out of life, and is tired of playing it safe. Enter Andy Abrams, the golden boy on campus with a potentially devastating secret. After their night together has unexpected consequences, Betsy is determined to bury the truth and rebuild a stable life for her unborn child, whatever the cost.

When Paige can’t get answers from her mother, she goes looking for the only other person who was there that night. The more she learns about what happened, the more she sees her unflappable, distant mother as a real person faced with an impossible choice. But will it be enough to mend their broken relationship?

Told in dual timelines, Little Pieces of Me examines identity and how the way we define ourselves changes (or not) through our life experiences. 

This book dealt with a lot of issues of identity, family, friendship and love, and it is one I absolutely recommend. I will be looking to read more from Alison Hammer in the future!


@dg_reads

Buddy Read

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Buddy Read Discussion Points

1. Have you sent your own DNA to one of those labs such as ancestry?

2. What would your reaction be if you found out you had a mystery relative?

3. What are your thoughts on the relationship between Paige and her mother?

4. What were your overall thoughts of the second half of the book?


5. What were your feelings on how Betsy handled her situation?


6. How would you have reacted if a friend pushed you like Max pushed Paige?


7. Did any of the reveals surprise you?


8. What rating would you give this book? What genre would you classify it as?

More Reader Highlights and Reviews

Alison Hammer’s Little Pieces of Me is such a tear-jerker, with raw emotions spilling left and right from start to finish! Her characters are well-developed and possessed distinct personalities…


@princessitasbooks

I love this book. It felt real and relatable and will stick with me. It really made me question how I would handle this scenario, and, to tell you the truth, I can’t imagine making a DNA test public for matches because I’d be nervous about what might happen!

@bookmom22

I absolutely loved this novel, the gradual unveiling of characters’ layers, the empathetic portrait of their mistakes and flaws, the small generosities that make such a difference.


@jen.loves.books

Dual timelines, dual points of view, character driven, Jewish culture, family drama, and close friendships are all pieces of this great book. Together, all these pieces make for a book I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend!

@kimreadsandreads

I loved the dual timeline for the story, it is woven together perfectly and as the story thickens, I found myself wanting to turn the pages faster and faster to find out Paige’s choices.

@stumblingintobooks

Holy cow is it good!

@whatlizziereads

This book was so compelling that it sparked such a lively discussion in our buddy read as to our feelings about the characters and how we would act in a similar situation. 

@texicalibooks

ALL THE STARS! This was such an engaging story that captivated me from first page to the very last. 

@berittalksbooks

About the Author

Alison Hammer has been spinning words to tell stories since she learned how to talk. A graduate of the University of Florida and the Creative Circus in Atlanta, she lived in 9 cities before settling down in Chicago. During the day, Alison is a VP Creative Director at FCB Chicago, but on nights and weekends you can find her writing upmarket women’s fiction. Alison is represented by Joanna MacKenzie of Nelson Literary Agency. Her debut novel, “You and Me and Us” is out now from William Morrow (HarperCollins). Little Pieces of Me is also available now from William Morrow (HarperCollins).

Photo and author blurb taken from Allison’s website.

Birth and Other Surprises

Author: Kimberly David Basso

Publisher: IngramSpark

Genre: Parenting and Family Humor

Pages: 240

Average Rating: 4.48

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Synopsis:

Birth and Other Surprises is a memoir of childhood in the seventies (no seat belts, no bike helmets, lots of eating paste) and early parenting adventures (no privacy, no clue, lots of eating what’s left on the plate) by Foreword Reviews INDIE Finalist for Humor Kimberly Davis Basso. Both a follow up and a prequel for fans of I’m a Little Brain Dead, it’s written in the same brutally honest style and will ignite book club discussions all over again. Early parenting lessons from a child of the seventies – because you have to remember what it’s like to be a child, in order to raise a child. 

Why, yes, there is a chapter on Epidurals, Episiotomies and Enemas called E.e.e.k! and Kimberly did do all the research herself. You’ll also get the Top Ten Questions she should have asked while pregnant and learn The Stupidest Thing We Ever Did, 1978 edition in addition to interactive portions of the book, like the Parenting Spirit Animals Quiz. 100% not scientific and yet still remarkably accurate- turns out Kimberly’s spirit animal is a sea horse, like so many. Lovely Hubby does make an appearance or two, what with being the other half of her procreative process and once again all names have been changed to protect the innocent. Even if you aren’t a parent, the alien analogies alone are worth a look. After all, Kimberly wasn’t born, she arrived. 

From the Author:

Hello! The best way to reach me is via my website, www.KimberlyDavisBasso.com. I also lurk around on twitter and instagram @KDBWrites on occasion. Thanks for stopping by, here’s a few bits about me:

A native of the Boston area, Kimberly has always been a writer- of stories, of plays, and of lists. She worked as a stage director and producer for nearly twenty-five years, and still occasionally hits the boards. She tends to move a lot, and always cross country- Boston =>San Francisco =>Miami =>Los Angeles =>New York =>Los Angeles. Are we done? Hopefully. She currently resides in good health in the Los Angeles area. Kimberly enjoys her family (one husband, two children, several pets) and her family enjoys road trips and roller coasters. 

Please get in touch in whatever digital form makes you happy:
Email KDBassoWrites@gmail.com
Twitter @KDBWrites
Instagram @ KDBWrites and @the_bard_and_i

Kimberly Davis Basso has been honored as Book of the Year Finalist for Humor from Foreword Reviews, a Writer’s Digest Honorable Mention Author for Life Stories, an International Book Awards Finalist and others, none of which impress her children.

When asked about her influences, Kimberly says, “I can’t in good conscience make someone responsible for “all this”. Seems unfair to them to say!”

This book had me laughing out loud so many times. It brought back so many memories of all the ridiculous thoughts and moments I went through while I was thinking about getting pregnant, during pregnancy , childbirth and afterwards.

@marilynjgon

Buddy Read

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Readers are hand picked for each title and will be notified by e-mail if they have been selected. We provide further details on how to access the title. We also inform them that we are creating a group for the chat on Instagram. The Let’s Talk Books Team will be leading our readers in an engaging discussion at the half way point and at the end of the book. 

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Discussion

Instead of providing a guided list of questions we felt this book was better discussed based on our experiences as mothers and just how relatable this book is.

We are still chuckling over this fabulous book, our amazing discussion, and the fun IG live! This book is 100% #ltbapproved 🍭

@berittalksbooks

More Highlights and Reviews

A memoir of the author’s childhood in the 70s and her experience of raising her children, the read is witty, hilarious, tongue in cheek and no – holds – barred.

@andsoIread

This book was such a refreshing and real look at parenting. I felt like the author was in my head a lot of the time.


@reyesreadingreview

I think every mom should read this. It’s the perfect reminder that as a mom, I am doing my best and I am doing great and that is all that matters. ❤️

@escapewithreads

Friends…this book 😍. I could not stop laughing! This is NOT a “how to” birth or parenting book. It’s a hysterical account of parenting in the 70’s vs now.

@delightlybooked

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The Dead Season

Author: Tessa Wegert

Publisher: Berkley Publishing

Genre: Police Procedural, Traditional Detective Mysteries, Women Sleuths

Pages: 352 pages

Average rating: 3.92

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Synopsis:

Senior Investigator Shana Merchant has spent years running from her past. But she never imagined a murder case would drive her to the most dangerous place of all—home. 

After leaving the NYPD following her abduction by serial killer Blake Bram, Shana Merchant hoped for a fresh start in the Thousand Islands of Upstate New York. Her former tormentor has other plans. Shana and Bram share more than just a hometown, and he won’t let her forget it. When the decades-old skeleton of Shana’s estranged uncle is uncovered, Bram issues a challenge: Return home to Vermont and solve the cold case, or the blood he spills next will be on her hands.

As Shana interviews members of her family and the community, mining for secrets that could help her solve her uncle’s murder, she begins to realize how little she remembers of her childhood. And when Bram grows impatient and kidnaps again, leaving a trail of clues Shana alone can understand, she knows his new victim will only survive if she wins the psychopath’s twisted game. In order to solve one mystery, Shana must wade into her murky past to unravel another.

 I loved this subtle, uncomplicated yet gripping police procedural psychological thriller.

@marilynjgon

Buddy Read

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Readers are hand picked for each title and will be notified by e-mail if they have been selected. We provide further details on how to access the title. We also inform them that we are creating a group for the chat on Instagram. The Let’s Talk Books Team will be leading our readers in an engaging discussion at the half way point and at the end of the book. 

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Discussion Questions for the first half of the book:

  1. What was your first impression of Shana? Did you read the first book or is this your first time meeting her?
  2. Were you surprised at the direction the story took?
  3. Were you expecting that her kidnapper was one of her relatives? Does this help you understand Shana better?
  4. Do you think Abe took Tray? And if so why? Was it to flush out Shanna?
  5. Do you have a theory as to where this book is going?

Discussion Questions for the second half of the book:

  1. What are your overall thoughts of the second half of the book?
  2. Do you have a better understanding of Shana and why she is keeping her cousins secret?
  3. Were you glad she told Tim?
  4. Were you surprised by who the killer was?
  5. What were your thoughts on the books ending? Will you read the next book?
  6. What is your final rating of the book?

More Highlights and Reviews

Don’t want to give any spoilers but i definitely had some emotions at the end! And then…….A freakin cliff hanger!!! Omg. I usually don’t love cliff hangers because I’m impatient haha! But i am just dying to read the next book! I need to know where it goes!! I think Tessa Wegert may be another auto buy author for me!

@libraryofbookish

With a complex protagonist, a multitude of suspects, two equally compelling settings, and phenomenal writing, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘚𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯 is a great read. I enjoyed the meditations on memory—and how secrets and lies influenced people’s narratives. Shana also has to negotiate her discomfort with confiding in others.

@aimeedarsreads

There were a lot of shocking moments in this book which I always love! This is a total binge book and the ending makes it clear this series is to be continued!!

@thegrowinglibrary

This series is psychologically compelling but not overly gory, which is the mystery sweet spot for me. I’d recommend it to any mystery and suspense lovers, and this series is also a great choice if you’re new to the genre!

@maryreadstoomuch

About the Author

Hildi Todrin/Crane Song Photography

Tessa Wegert is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Adweek, and The Economist. She grew up in Quebec near the border of Vermont and now lives with her husband and children in Coastal Connecticut. 

Tessa is the author of DEATH IN THE FAMILY and THE DEAD SEASON (Berkley, 2020), both part of the Shana Merchant series of mysteries. She is a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW)Mystery Writers of AmericaSisters in Crime New England, and Sisters in Crime New York

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The Truth and Other Hidden Things

Author: Leah Geller

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Publish Date: April 6, 2021

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Pages: 312 pages

Average Rating: 4.14

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Synopsis:

A freshly funny and heartfelt novel about one woman’s secret life, the stories she tells, and the thrill and notoriety of being noticed.

On the same day Bells Walker learns that her IUD has failed, her husband, Harry, is denied tenure at his Manhattan university. So Bells, Harry, their two adolescent children, and her baby bump move to New York’s Hudson Valley, where Harry has landed a job at Dutchess College in the town of Pigkill.

When the farm-to-table utopia Bells envisioned is anything but, she turns to the blogosphere. Under the pen name the County Dutchess, she anonymously dishes about life in Pigkill, detailing the activities of hypercompetitive parents and kombucha-drinking hipsters. Suddenly, Bells has a place to say all the things she’s been secretly thinking about being a wife and mother. As Bells turns the focus of her blog on her new neighbors, her readership continues to grow, but her scandalous posts hit closer to home: she puts Harry’s new job in jeopardy, derails her children’s lives, and risks the one real friendship she’s built.

When Bells uncovers scandals right under her nose, the Dutchess goes viral, and soon everyone is asking, Who is the County Dutchess? Now Bells has to ask herself if it’s worth losing the people closest to her to finally feel noticed by everyone else.

Geller’s writing is effortless and easy, pulling the reader inside this relatable world, totally allowing us to watch from the sideline as Bells attempts to gain the acceptance into this little upstate community any way she can. It is hilariously funny, boldly smart, and just completely gratifying. Highly recommend this read, an easy 5 star rating.

@readinggirlreviews

Buddy Read

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Readers are hand picked for each title and will be notified by e-mail if they have been selected. We provide further details on how to access the title. We also inform them that we are creating a group for the chat on Instagram. The Let’s Talk Books Team will be leading our readers in an engaging discussion at the half way point and at the end of the book. 

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Discussion Questions from the first half of the buddy read:

1. How would you feel if you found yourself in Bell’s situation?
2. Have you been part of a competitive group like this group of moms?
3. What do you think about what Bell is doing as the Duchess?
4. What are your thoughts on the detached kitchen?

Discussion for second half of the buddy read:

  1. Bells saw all the warning signs and Suki and Virginia told her to stop the blog but she kept going, why? And do you understand her reasons?

2. Did you feel sorry for Bells when she had a breakdown at the grocery store or did she get what she deserved? Were you surprised that Cynthia came to her rescue?

3. What were your thoughts on the two moms coming together to advise Bell?

4. How do you think the future for Bell looks in Dutchess County

5. What are you rating this book and why?

Highlights & Reviews:

A favorite quote from the book from @vlanigan.f.off.im.reading

At the end of the day people like reading about the mean girls who grew up and became mom’s behaving badly.

Leah Geller from The Truth and Other Hidden Things

I love a dark, funny suburban story and this was a treat!

@vlanigan.f.off.im.reading

Her blog had a great Lady Whistledown (from Bridgerton) feel to it and I thought that was a lot of fun.

@KimReadsandReads

Bridgerton meets gossip girl….


@thesharpereader

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The Path To Sunshine Cove

Author: RaeAnne Thayne

Publisher: Harper Collins (HQN imprint)

Pub Date: March 30, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Domestic Fiction

Pages: 384 pages

Average Rating: 4.46

Purchase Links:

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Book Blurb:

“Thayne is a master at creating richly dimensional and kind characters from different generations who find themselves facing difficult challenges.”– Booklist

With the emotional pull of Debbie Macomber, Barbara Delinsky and Susan Wiggs, RaeAnne Thayne brings readers an uplifting, brand new story told with her trademark charm and heart.

She knows what’s best for everyone but herself…

With a past like hers, Jessica Clayton feels safer in a life spent on the road. She’s made a career out of helping others downsize–because she’s learned the hard way that the less “stuff,” the better, a policy she applies equally to her relationships. But a new client is taking Jess back to Cape Sanctuary, a town she once called home…and that her little sister, Rachel, still does. The years apart haven’t made a dent in the guilt Jess still carries after a handgun took the lives of both their parents and changed everything between them.

While Jess couldn’t wait to put the miles between her and Cape Sanctuary, Rachel put down roots, content for the world–and her sister–to think she has a picture-perfect life. But with the demands of her youngest child’s disability, Rachel’s marriage has begun to fray at the seams. She needs her sister now more than ever, yet she’s learned from painful experience that Jessica doesn’t do family, and she shouldn’t count on her now.

Against her judgment, Jess finds herself becoming attached–to her sister and her family, even to her client’s interfering son, Nate–and it’s time to put everything on the line. Does she continue running from her painful past, or stay put and make room for the love and joy that come along with it?

This book has emotion, heart, forgiveness, love and such vulnerability that it tore at my heart…all in a stunning setting.

@vlanigan.f.off.im.reading
@always_reading1
@bibliolau19

Buddy Read

For this buddy read each reader was provided a digital copy of the book. Our readers are encouraged to post along the process from receiving the book to posting a creative photo of the book along with their review across social media platforms, Goodreads, and retail sites. 

Readers are hand picked for each title and will be notified by e-mail if they have been selected. We provide further details on how to access the title. We also inform them that we are creating a group for the chat on Instagram. The Let’s Talk Books Team will be leading our readers in an engaging discussion at the half way point and at the end of the book. 

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Discussion Questions Part 1

1.What do you think of Jess’s job? Would you enjoy her lifestyle? Could you use her services?

2. What do you think has created the riff between the sisters? How do you think their parents died? Why will Jess only say that it was violent?

3. What do you think of Rachel and Cody‘s relationship? Do you think Rachel‘s expectations are too high?

4. Do you see yourself as more of a Jess or more of a Rachel?

5. Do you have any thoughts on Eleanor‘s health? Or do you think we’re going to need tissue by the end of the book?

Discussion Questions Part 2

1.What were your overall thoughts of the second half of the book? Did you like the direction it took?

2. Which of the storylines drew you in the most? The romance? The sister relationship? Eleanor?Sophie? Rachel and Cody‘s relationship?

3 Were you happy with how all of these storylines resolved themselves? Do you think any of them weren’t result?

4. What is your final rating of the book? Would you read another book in the series? Do you want to go visit Sunshine Cove with me?

Highlights and Reviews

This is one of those books that takes you through some emotional valleys, but eventually leaves you feeling good. It has elements that I love in a story: sisters, a dark past, romance, and a beautiful setting.

@subakka.bookstuff
@kimreadsandreads
@subakka.bookstuff

The Path to Sunshine Cove is the kind of small town romance I love. It has great characters, a storyline centered around family, and a really great location along the Northern California coast.

@talielovesbooks

Author Chat

We were lucky enough to chat with the author following our discussion of The Path to Sunshine Cove. We learned so many things from RayAnne, and she was so wonderful to chat with!

She lives in the mountains of Utah but she has always been drawn to the sea. She also enjoys creating fictional locations because she has more freedom to explore and create, although most of her locations are based on real places with a few tweaks. So Cape Sanctuary is fictional but she drew inspiration from Cannon Beach and Carmel.

FUN FACT: RaeAnne learned to type on an actual typewriter but had very early computers in the beginning of her writing career. The computer she wrote her first book on cost $100 at a bid sale and didn’t have a hard drive. It booted from a floppy disk and you had to save to a seperate floppy.

Another fun fact: When RaeAnne started writing she didn’t even have email. Everything was phone calls and actual letters <GASP> Her first fan letters were actually mailed to her from her publisher.

A Little Info about RaeAnne Thayne

#1 Publishers WeeklyNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne has written more than 60 books for HQN, Special Edition, Intimate Moments/Romantic Suspense and Bantam Loveswept. A seven-time RITA nominee, RaeAnne has received a career achievement award from Romantic Times for series romantic adventure, as well as a Pioneer of Romance award.

This information comes from her press kit

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Beth and Amy by Virginia Kantra Buddy Reads: 5/13 & 5/16 Tour Dates:5/18 – 5/28

Title: Beth and Amy

Author: Virginia Kantra

Pub Day: May 25

Publisher: Berkeley

Pages: 352

Buddy Read Dates: 5/13 & 5/16

Tour Dates: May 18 – 28

Formats: Net Galley Widget

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Four sisters face new beginnings in this heartfelt modern take on Little Women by New York Timesbestselling author Virginia Kantra. 

Amy March is more like her older sister Jo than she’d like to admit. An up-and-coming designer in New York’s competitive fashion industry, ambitious Amy is determined to get out of her sisters’ shadows and keep her distance from their North Carolina hometown. But when Jo’s wedding forces Amy home, she must face what she really wants…and confront the One Big Mistake that could upend her life and forever change her relationship with Jo. 

Gentle, unassuming Beth grew up as the good girl of the family. A talented singer-songwriter, she’s overcome her painful anxiety to tour with country superstar Colt Henderson. But life on the road has taken its toll on her health and their relationship. Maybe a break to attend her sister’s wedding will get her out of her funk. But Beth realizes that what she’s looking for and what she needs are two very different things.… 

With the March women reunited, this time with growing careers and families, they must once again learn to lean on one another as they juggle the changes coming their way.

Review

“Kantra ( Meg and Jo) continues her delightful 21st-century retelling of  Little Women...Kantra’s compulsively readable update will attract a whole new group of readers, as well as satisfy Alcott devotees.”—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra is the author of almost thirty novels. She is married to her college sweetheart, a coffee shop owner who keeps her well supplied with caffeine and material. They make their home in North Carolina, where they raised three (mostly adult) children. She is a firm believer in the strength of family, the importance of storytelling, and the power of love.

Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne Park Buddy Read Dates: May 25 & 27 Tour: May 28 – June 7

LET’S TALK: SUNNY SONG WILL NEVER BE FAMOUS

Title: Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous

Author: Suzanne Park

Pub Day: June 1

Pages: 320

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Buddy Read Dates: May 25 & 27

Tour Dates: May 28 – June 7

Available Formats: NG Widget -followed up with finished copies.

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A social media influencer is shipped off to a digital detox summer camp in this funny coming-of-age story, perfect for fans of Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty and Love and Gelato.

Sunny Song’s Big Summer Goals:
1) Make Rafael Kim my boyfriend (finally!)
2) Hit 100K followers (almost there…)
3) Have the best last summer of high school ever

Not on Sunny’s list: accidentally filming a PG-13 cooking video that goes viral (#browniegate). Extremely not on her list: being shipped off to a digital detox farm camp in Iowa (IOWA??) for a whole month. She’s traded in her WiFi connection for a butter churn, and if she wants any shot at growing her social media platform this summer, she’ll need to find a way back online.

But between some unexpected friendships and an alarmingly cute farm boy, Sunny might be surprised by the connections she makes when she’s forced to disconnect.

Review

[A] heartwarming story of a young adult trying to separate herself from her online persona…Sunny will easily endear herself to many readers. – Booklist 

A true delight! – Helen Hoang, USA Today bestselling author of The Kiss Quotient 

Park smartly and honestly weaves Sunny’s nuanced experience as a Korean American into a story that is ultimately about human identity in our advanced age of social networking. – Kirkus Reviews 

Sunny Song is one of the most hilarious, heart-warming, relatable teen characters I’ve had the pleasure of encountering. Readers will fall head over heels in love with her as she goes all the way from shining LA influencer to unwitting farmhand! A must-have for any YA shelf. – Sandhya Menon, New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi

Calendar Of Events for Buddy Reads and Posting Dates

Book Title Pub Date Publisher 1st Buddy Read Discussion2nd Buddy Read DiscussionBookstagram Post, Retail reviews, & Goodreads Post done
The Path to Sunshine Cove
by RaeAnne Thayne
3/30/21HQN3/233/263/26-
If She Dies by Erik Therme2/21
Out Now
Thecker Books3/314/24/5-4/9
Truth and Other Hidden Things by
Lea Geller
4/6/21Lake Union Publishing3/304/14/2-4/6
Little Pieces of Me by Allison Hammer4/13/21William Morrow4/64/94/10-4/14
They Fly Silent by Barb Lanell5/12/214/134/164/17-4/21
Birth and Other Surprises by 2/25/20IngramSpark4/204/224/23-4/27
Fade into the Bright
by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Scwartz
4/27/21Delacorte Press4/214/234/24-4/28
The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes by XIO Axelrod5/4/21Sourcebooks Casablanca4/274/294/30-5/3
Dead Secret
Noelle Holten
4/16/21One More Chapter4/284/305/1-5/4
Moonlight Over Muddelford Cove by Kim Nash3/30/21TBATBATBA
A Song For the Road by Kathleen Basi5/11/21Alcove Press5/45/65/6-5/10

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Saving Grace

Author: Debbie Babitt

Publisher: Scarlet Suspense 

Pub Date: March 16, 2021

Genre: Thriller

Pages: 328

Average Rating 3.86

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For twenty-four years, Mary Grace Dobbs has been searching for salvation. Orphaned at eleven, she was forced to go live with her Bible salesman uncle, wheelchair-bound aunt, and a cousin who tortured and killed small animals. At school, a bully made her life a nightmare. Everything changed when a newcomer to town became her only best friend, and changed a second time when that friend and another classmate vanished two months later, never to be seen again.

Today, Mary Grace is the first female sheriff of her rural town, a position that doesn’t sit well with some of the locals. Keeping order and her demons at bay becomes an impossible task when the Black drifter suspected in the earlier disappearances returns to Repentance . . . and another sixth grader vanishes. 

With old prejudices and new secrets spilling out into the open, the modern world soon illuminates the village’s darkest corners. The case becomes even more fraught as a cult of white supremacists brings its gospel of hate to Repentance and violence explodes, claiming more lives. Racing to find the missing girl while fearing for the safety of her own sixth-grade daughter, Mary Grace must confront an unspeakable truth—and face a decision no parent should ever have to make. 

Set in a remote mountain town, where the secrets run as deep as the hollows, Saving Grace is at once a spell-binding tale of innocence lost and a twisty, edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller. This startling debut novel introduces a captivating protagonist whose concept of good and evil can shape a young girl—then and now. 

“I felt the atmospheric tension palpable throughout the book and many important themes of racism, bigotry and zealotry propagated in a small town, from one generation to the next, were well laid out throughout the storyline.”

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Discussion Questions From Our Half Way Point Chat

  1. How do you feel about the dual timelines, are they helping you understand the story or adding to it?
  2. Mary Grace carries a great deal of guilt about her parents’ deaths. We know she ran away that night so what is the other “bad” thing she did?
  3. Knowing the story is set in the Bible Belt of Arkansas, are you surprised by how religious the children are?
  4. How do you feel about the name of the town and does it’s title impact the people that live there?
  5. Mary Grace has a temper but do you really think she is evil?
  6. What about Noah? The animal abuse he committed in front of Mary Grace is part of the defined traits of a sociopath.
  7. What do you think happened Nadiah? Why did she want to leave Repentance so badly?
  8. The Coach made Mary Grace uncomfortable but do you think he was actually abusing students?
  9. What is your opinion of Parnell and the role he has played so far in the story?
  10. How do you feel about Mary Grace as an adult, a single mother and the sheriff of Repentance? How has each role changed her?

Discussion Questions For The Second Chat

  1. How do you feel about the direction the author took the second half of the book?
  2. Which twist took you most by surprise?
  3. How did you feel about Parnell not giving Darrell an alibi after all the years? Do you think the town impacted Parnell’s decision?
  4. How important was the sense of place to this story? Would this same story play in a different part of the country? In a town that is a different size?
  5. Do you think evil is inherent?
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