Tag Archive | Mystery

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

see-me“Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he’s determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship. Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed. A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin’s and Maria’s lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possible look like… until menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface…” Continue reading

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner“When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers – boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out – and no one’s ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.”

This novel, The Maze Runner, is the first book in The Maze Runner series. Just like other Dystopian novels this one fits many of the stereotypes. It’s set in a scientific setting, full of unending mysteries, and captures attention pretty quickly once the story gets going. I had heard some good things about this novel from a younger male cousin who constantly raved about this series. But just like with any other Dystopian novels with unique covers, I hesitated in reading this book. It just sounded… different than the other novels. Continue reading

The Lost Heiress by Roseanna M. White

The Lost Heiress“Brook Eden has never known where she truly belongs. When her friend Justin uncovers the fact that she is possibly a missing heiress from Yorkshire, Brook leaves the sun of the Mediterranean to travel to the moors of the North Sea and the estate of her supposed family. The mystery of her mother’s death haunts her, and though her father is quick to accept her, the rest of the family and the servants of Whitby Park are not. Only when Brook’s life is threatened do they draw close – but will their loyalty come too late to save Brook from the same threat that led to tragedy for her mother? As heir to dukedom, Justin is no stranger to balancing responsibilities. When the matters of his estate force him far from Brook, the distance between them reveals that their friendship has grown into something much more. But how can their very different loyalties and responsibilities ever come together? And then for a second time, the heiress of Whitby Park is stolen away because of the very rare treasure in her possession – and those who can save her still aren’t sure whom to trust.” Continue reading

A Lady of Secret Devotion by Tracie Peterson

A Lady of Secret Devotion“Eager to ease the financial burdens of her family, Cassandra Stover is thrilled she is hired to be a companion to Mrs. Jameston, a wealthy woman. Cassie finds herself living a life she’d never imagined – and growing close to the elderly woman who treats her like a daughter. Her new position is tarnished only by Mrs. Jameston’s son. As Sebastian’s resentment and cruelty toward his mother mount, Cassie begins to harbor concerns for her employer’s safety… and ultimately her own. When Sebastian is suspected of fraud, insurance investigator Mark Langford solicits Cassie’s help to uncover the truth. But what begins as a game of pretense is quickly complicated by matters of the heart.”

A Lady of Secret Devotion is the third and final novel in the Ladies of Liberty trilogy. Full of mystery and tension, this novel had me on the edge of the seat. Continue reading

A Lady of High Regard by Tracie Peterson

A Lady of High Regard“Born into affluence, Mia Stanley is a winsome socialite with a knack for matchmaking. She’s also a writer for Godey’s Lady’s Book magazine, much to the dismay of her family – and their society friends. A proper young lady of her social standing isn’t meant to labor in such a way, but Mia has always had a way with words… When her writing draws her into the world of downtrodden seamen’s wives on Philadelphia’s docks, Mia uncovers an alarming scheme that puts her in harm’s way. But her heart ends up on the line as well… Has her determination to always make a match driven away the one man whose esteem she covets?”

A Lady of High Regard is the first novel in the Ladies of Liberty trilogy. Mia Stanley not only has a way with words but a way of talking to people. People trust her and feel comfortable telling her the truth about their life and what is really going on in their neighborhood. Once Mia realized the scandals and schemes that were occurring at the docks she had no other choice then to help those in need. Continue reading

Where it Began by Ann Redisch Stampler

where it began“Gabby lived under the radar until her makeover. Way under. But when she started her senior year as a blonder, better-dressed version of herself, she struck gold: Billy Nash believed she was the flawless girl she was pretending to be. The next eight months with Billy were bliss… Until the night Gabby wakes up on the ground next to the remains of his BMW without a single memory of how she got there. And Billy’s nowhere to be found. All Gabby wants is to make everything perfect again. But getting her life back isn’t just difficult, it’s impossible. Because nothing is the same, and Gabby’s beginning to realize she’s missed more than a few danger signs alone the way. It’s time for Gabby to face the truth, even if it means everything changes. Especially if it means everything changes.”

I found myself with mixed feelings as I was reading this book. At first I found myself greatly disliking it but for some odd reason I couldn’t put it down. It was confusing at first. In the beginning Gabby was in the hospital and in the next chapter she was back in school. After a few chapters I realized that she was having flashbacks. But it was hard to follow along. Continue reading

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

allegiant-cover “The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power  struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s  known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from  complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.”

Allegiant is the third and final book in the Divergent series. Before I read this book I heard that it wasn’t as great  as the other two and that some folks were disappointed by it, considering how AMAZING the first two were. Continue reading