Review of When the Stars Sang by Caren Werlinger

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I have been wanting to read a book by Caren Werlinger since I first saw an interview with her on the Lesbian Book Readers Club on Facebook. I thought she was very charismatic and her books sounded amazing. When I saw her latest book When the Stars Sang listed on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to read it. Let me just say that I wasn’t disappointed.

Here is a short blurb about the book:

Nearly twenty-five years ago, Kathleen Halloran’s brother drowned during the last summer they ever spent with their grandmother on a remote island off Maine’s coast. Like a siren’s call she can’t resist, Kathleen is pulled back to Little Sister Island. She leaves her job and her girlfriend, packs up her few belongings, and moves into her grandmother’s cottage.

Molly Cooper loves life on Little Sister, where the islanders take care of their own. Kathleen Halloran doesn’t belong here, and her arrival stirs up unwelcome memories for the islanders—including Molly’s brother. Molly is certain Kathleen will pack up at the first big blow. When she doesn’t, Molly begins to see maybe there’s more to Kathleen than she thought.

Sometimes, before you can move forward, you have to look back.

This book hooked me in from the beginning. I couldn’t put it down. I really enjoyed how the characters had so much personality even the side characters. I liked how the island town kept to the old ways of their ancestors. It really drew me into the story. The book is so well written.  This book made me feel so many emotions and I enjoyed every minute of my reading.

The romance between Molly and Kathleen was so believable. Both women had so much to overcome in order to be together. They both needed to get over the past in order to commit to their relationship. I really liked how when Kathleen first came to the island Molly was hesitant about her. It made their relationship seem more real.

As everyone knows I am a sucker for a pet in books. This book delivered. Blossom, they stray dog Kathleen takes in, was amazingly written. He is so cute and derpy. I liked that he followed Kathleen everywhere she went. He also alerted Molly when Kathleen was in danger and helped to locate her. I also really enjoyed Miss Louisa and Miss. Oliva. I think they were my favorite characters in the whole story. The way they mothered and cared for Kathleen was amazing.

The only con for this book is that it has cut to black sex scenes. I didn’t find this to be a problem, but some readers might not like that.

I would recommend this book to everyone. It is one of the best books I have read this year. I cannot speak enough praise for it.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.

You can purchase a copy of  When the Stars Sang by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Nightmares and Dreams by Jamie Lynn Bothe

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When I first read the description of Nightmares and Dreams by JamieLynn Boothe on Goodreads it sounded interesting even though it’s quite different from my normal historical fiction. I was shocked by how much I enjoyed the drama thriller that Boothe brings to the table.

Here is a blurb from Goodreads:

Nightmares have haunted Christy for years. Over the years pain has taken its toll, until she finally has had enough and moves back to her hometown of Moneta, Virginia to be with the woman she loves. After being away for six years, facing her fears and being in Heather’s arms again gives her hope for a normal life.

Christy deals with the mental fears as well, and seeks professional help. Everything begins to fall into place. Christy has reasons to smile again…until a horrendous hate crime is committed which specifically targets homosexuals.

Men, who are nothing short of monsters continue their rage by kidnapping Christy and taking her off into the hills. Christy is faced with a life or death situation. With her fears becoming reality, can Christy overcome the odds stacked against her, or will the monsters kill her before she can return to Heather’s loving embrace?

The book started out in quite a shocking manner with a brutal rape scene that I was not expecting. Once I got over the shock of the initial chapter I fell in love with the main character Christy and her partner Heather. The novel focus on the life of Christy before and during her abduction by the evil Billy. The way the Boothe wrote the story reminded me of an episode of Criminal Minds and I was hooked.

The book was an emotional rollercoaster and the characters were extremely likable. I felt that the relationship between Christy and Heather was very realistic. You could feel how much they truly loved each other. The book is not afraid to show the raw gritty emotions that are felt by all the characters even the motives for the reasons why Billy acts the way he does. There were times I had to put the book down because there was so much happening and I needed to process what was about to go down.

The beginning of the novel had a few awkward sentences but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book. This novel also contains some very graphic rape scenes that would not be suitable for every reader.

This gripping drama/thriller is one of my new favorites. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes drama or thriller.

I was gifted this book in exchange for an host review.