Friday, August 27, 2021

Review: Kiss of Salt

Kiss of Salt Kiss of Salt by Smita Bhattacharya
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a twisty-twervy thriller. Although this book started off slow, it certainly ended with a bang.

After Darya Nandkarni's uncle passes she heads to Heliconia Lane in South Goa to take care of things for her family. Darya has just gotten out of a bad relationship and has quit her job to do this and is keeping those facts a secret from her family. Heliconia Lane consists of three houses and being at her uncle's house is stirring up memories of her childhood. The book is primarily about her Aunt Farideh who had gone missing more than 20 years ago and how her Uncle Paritosh, whose house she is cleaning out, had continued searching for her through all of his years, but is also about the residents of the houses on Heliconia Lane. The longer Darya stays, the more information comes to light, and strange things begin to happen.

There were just a handful of characters and I loved being able to connect with them. Although it started off rather slow (2nd book this year to help me with the meaning of "slow burn"), the more you read, the quicker the pace, leading you to a page turning end! The way the author explained the area, it almost felt like I was there. The only downfall was that I'm not so familiar with the country and/or culture, therefor I struggled with some of the terminology and words used. But overall, fantastic mystery thriller that I was glad to have read.

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Friday, August 13, 2021

Review: All the Way to Wrightsville

All the Way to Wrightsville All the Way to Wrightsville by Richard LeMay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow! Such a heartfelt book about finding one's self and all the bumps and struggles along the way.

Pete has grown up feeling like he was a shadow of his twin brother and always felt, well, different. His family was also very vocal on their views of certain things and situations. So when the time came to accept a job in another state, Pete jumped at the chance to be away from them all and start a new life. However, things aren't always that easy, are they? Pete not only finds that some of those problems that he has had over the years and was running from were not his brother but ones that he holds onto himself, but he also gets involved with his boss as his first "out" experience. But since it is his boss who is very much married with kids, it is still a very big secret. That is until his brother visits and Pete's whole world changes!

This is a very powerful and frustrating book. The whole time I was screaming at Pete to make better choices, accept and love himself, and be honest with those around him. And you know what, that is exactly the point the author is trying to make - you need to find yourself, love yourself, love who you are and are evolving into, and those that love you will stand by you and support you no matter what! At times I thought the story was rather slow, repetitive, and just kind of glossed over some subjects, yet at times it seemed like it was trying to touch on all of today's issues. But overall it represented really well how some people struggle within themselves, acceptance, and doing things in your own time not when others want you to. Oh, and it totally made me cry!

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Review: All the Way to Wrightsville

All the Way to Wrightsville All the Way to Wrightsville by Richard LeMay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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Review: The Sound of Violet

The Sound of Violet by Allen Wolf My rating: 4 of 5 stars View all my reviews