It's no wonder I am not getting anything done around here when I look at what I have been doing. And, yes, even though all of these are books I listened to, mostly I listened while sitting on my big butt. That is just the way it is. Winter does that to me. What can I say? I do really hope to take down the Christmas tree today. (don't judge me, it's still up but the decorations are off it. Progress)
This first book Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan was a good listen. The lead character is a high school girl who is living with her aunt and uncle. The uncle is the brother of her dead father. Her mother is unfit to take care of her so she was sent to live with the uncle. The aunt hates her and resents her. And is CRAZY! Emma just really wants to not be noticed and is counting down the days until she can get away from her aunt. But, like all good stories, along comes a boy! And she falls in love. And still tries to hide the fact her aunt is physically and mentally abusing her. The story does not have a neat little bow at the end. But leaves it open for book 2. I don't know yet if I want to go there. I will give the book 3 ***. It drags some but for the most part is a good story.
Next, I listened to The Whiskey Sea by Ann Howard Creel. The leading lady of this story is Freida, along with her little sister Bea. The girls were left orphaned when their mother, the town prostitute, dies. They are taken in by a kind fisherman, Silver. Silver raises them and teaches Frieda a love for the sea. But Frieda wants to be able to provide more for her little sister. She needs more money than she can earn fishing. So she takes up rum-running during the Prohibition years. It is a dangerous job but she loves the thrill of it. She, too, falls in love. And almost loses it all before she comes to her senses at the end of the book. I loved the story. I love the sea. And I love myself a feisty heroine. This books gets 4****.
And lastly, I listened to The Dancing Girls by Kylie Brant. This book is a mystery thriller. It is good! I couldn't stop listening. The story starts with the disappearance of a young girl. It closely matches the disappearance of another girl, Kelsey, seven years earlier. The disappearance of Kelsey has ripped her family apart. Her dad is a work-aholic, mom is a drunk, and little sister is socially inept. Whitney, the latest girl who disappeared, is being kept by a monster and made to perform ballet dances for him. When she doesn't get it just right she is severely punished. She finds some papers written by Kelsey and plans her escape. But it is Mark Foster, a detective, who figures out who is taking these girls and manages to save her just in the nick of time. And the monster is caught. And not who you suspect throughout the book. I love these kinds of books. It is a solid *** book.
Now I really need to get my butt up and put that darn tree away. But, I'll do it while listening to my next book...Allie and Bea by Katherine Ryan Hyde. Until next time.....