Review – Wishing Cross Station by February Grace

Wishing Cross Station by February Grace
Wishing Cross Station

Genre: Fantasy / Romance
My Rating: *** (3 of 5 stars)

***NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

Library page Keigan Wainwright is sent to pick up a donation of books for his school’s collection, and gets a little more than he bargained for. Among the books is a hand-bound leather volume that the donor asks him to hold onto until he can learn more about it. What he discovers about the book is hard to believe, but with it tucked safely in his backpack, Keigan finds himself at Wishing Cross Station in the middle of the night waiting for a train to take him back in time.

What follows is a story of star-crossed lovers, Keigan from 2015, and Marigold from 1880. By reading the book that turns out to be a station master’s journal, Keigan learns that if he tries to return to his time with Marigold in tow, she will die on the train. If he stays, he may just disappear.

At only 153 pages, it is a quick read, but I found myself completely drawn into the past as I read it. The book is described as a bittersweet love story, and that’s exactly what you will get. If that’s something you would enjoy, then definitely give Wishing Cross Station a try.

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What are you reading Wednesday – 7/15/15

What are you reading Wednesday – 7/15/15

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Its A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions. Feel free to leave your answers or a link to your blog post in the comments.

The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

My answers for this week:
1. Booked for Trouble by Eva Gates
Booked for Trouble (Lighthouse Library Mystery #2)
Lighthouse Library Mystery #2 – Available 9/1/15 from NAL (I received an ARC from the author)

2. I’d been warned the day I started working here that Theodore has what Bertie called “wandering hands”, meaning books would sometimes find themselves in his coat pockets, or make their way to the shelves in his home.

3. Definitely – the Bodie Island Lighthouse sounds like a beautiful place to work (and live).

Last Ten Books to Come Into My Possession

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten list prompt. This week’s list is the Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies, etc…).

I admit I may be a book-a-holic. I pick up books at thrift shops, used bookstores, new bookstores, and anywhere else that sells them. I also request galleys frequently enough that I receive a few a week. Then there are the ebooks, free, discounted, you name it. When all it takes is a few clicks to add a book to my collection the temptation is just too great. 🙂 With that said, I will do my best to remember which books were actually the last 10 that I acquired.

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Review – Somebody I Used to Know

Somebody I Used to Know by David Bell
Somebody I Used to Know

Genre: Mystery / Thriller
My Rating **** (4 of 5 stars)

***NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***

Nick Hansen is a recently divorced social worker living alone with his dog Riley. His ex-wife is sure that he never stopped loving his college girlfriend Marissa, who was killed in a college campus house fire 20 years earlier, and that’s one of the reasons that they are no longer together. On his way home from work one evening, he sees a girl in the supermarket who looks so much like Marissa that he is compelled to speak to her. As soon as he asks about her family, she turns and runs from the store. The following day, police arrive on his doorstep to ask him if he knew a girl who has been found murdered at a local hotel. They show him a photo, and it is none other than the girl from he market. Even worse, she had his name and address on a slip of paper in her pocket when they found her.

Wanting both to clear his name and to lay to rest his suspicion that this could somehow be Marissa’s daughter, even though she would have been born after Marissa died in the fire, he enlists the help of an old college friend to investigate the girl’s death.

This was a great thriller! I had suspicions about some things (which I can’t mention because I don’t want to spoil anything!) early on, but only suspicions. The author keeps things moving at a good pace, and I felt as invested in Nick’s investigation as he was.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery or thriller. And you don’t just have to take my word for it – check out these reviews from The Hidden Staircase and Jewel’s Eclectic Books!

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Help me Choose – What to Write?

I’ve been doing NaNoWriMo (username is ekehlet if anyone wants to be writing buddies this year!) for a couple of years, but I have not yet managed to finish. I also have a handful of other partially written drafts and I go back and forth between them. I try to work on all of them a bit here and there, but I have decided that it would be a good idea to actually complete a rough draft of something I already have started before beginning a brand-new writing project this November! I’ve narrowed my choices down to two, and I’m hoping to get some feedback.

Below are short excerpts from a cozy mystery and a ghost story / paranormal thriller. I started working on the cozy several years ago, but still only have 7 chapters written. I know who did it, so a little time spent outlining what I think needs to happen should get me to the end. The other story is my NaNoWriMo attempt from 2014. It started out as a retelling of a bad dream I had one night (I think too much pizza the previous evening may have been involved), but took on a life of its own. The more I wrote, the more it wandered off in unexpected directions. It is a lot closer to being a complete rough draft than the cozy mystery, but I can’t quite figure out how to get it there.

If you have the time to give these a quick read, I would really appreciate your opinion. Assuming either is a genre you would read, do either of the excerpts sound like something that would interest you enough to read more? If so, leave me a comment to let me know which one!

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What are you reading Wednesday – 7/8/15

What are you reading Wednesday – 7/8/15

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Its A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions. If you have a blog, leave a link down in the comments so that others can visit and see your post. If not, just leave a note with your answers.

The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

My answers for this week:
1. Somebody I used to Know by David Bell
Somebody I Used to Know
Released today, but I have an ARC and I’m halfway through! It’s turning out to be a quick read because it is hard to put down. 🙂

2. “It’s not those things.” She kept poking the ice. “I don’t want to be…complacent.”

3. Sure – nothing wrong with the setting in this one. There are some unsettling things going on, but they could occur anywhere…

So, what are you reading this Wednesday? Leave me a comment to let me know!

Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten list prompt. This week’s list is Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. I know some people love these books (hence the hype), but they are either not for me, or I just haven’t gotten around to them yet.

Let me know which hyped books you haven’t read – I’m sure I’ve missed a bunch. I’d also love to hear if you have read any of the books on my list. Tell me why they are worth reading! 🙂

Note – all book descriptions from Goodreads

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