Book Review: That Night

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That NightThat Night by Chevy Stevens

Goodreads.com Synopsis:
As a teenager, Toni Murphy had a life full of typical adolescent
complications: a boyfriend she adored, a younger sister she couldn’t relate to, a strained relationship with her parents, and classmates who seemed hell-bent on making her life miserable. Things weren’t easy, but Toni could never have predicted how horrific they would become until her younger sister was brutally murdered one summer night.

Toni and her boyfriend, Ryan, were convicted of the murder and sent to prison.

Now thirty-four, Toni is out on parole and back in her hometown, struggling to adjust to a new life on the outside. Prison changed her, hardened her, and she’s doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back. This means having absolutely no contact with Ryan, avoiding fellow parolees looking to pick fights, and steering clear of trouble in all its forms. But nothing is making that easy—not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who doubts Toni’s innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni’s life hell in high school and may have darker secrets than anyone realizes. No matter how hard she tries, ignoring her old life to start a new one is impossible. Before Toni can truly move on, she must risk everything to find out what really happened that night.

But the truth might be the most terrifying thing of all.

That NightThat Night by Chevy Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a book. A great suspenseful read that will keep you wondering and guessing down to the last chapter where everything is laid out before you. Stevens does an amazing job taking you between the past and present to give you the back story and current story as the book flows through its chapters. By the end, I was moved and I was angry (you’ll understand why once you read it!) and I was emotionally exhausted for the main character, Toni. Talk about a rough 16-17 years!! I definitely would add this read to your To-Be-Read pile. A perfect combination of conversation and description/non-conversation. View all my reviews

**This book is the July Book Club Selection for SheReads.org.

Favorite Book Club Reads + #LittleMercies

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Favorite Book Club Reads

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I’ve been co-hosting the #LiteraryJunkies online book club for almost 2 years now. I can remember first dreaming up the idea and wondering how in the world we were going to choose books to read each month. Now having several (almost 24 months!) books under our belt, I can say that there have been some really amazing books picked for our book club. Before I get to the specifics on some of my favorites from the past months, I want to chat about what makes the perfect book club pick.

It’s always challenging to select a book for an entire group of women. Having varied interests in books can make the selection process a bit overwhelming. The #LiteraryJunkies process used to be that we would ask the members to recommend a book and then we would select at random from their choices. That system never really worked out. We would end up reading a selection from someone who was no longer participating or it would be a book that was a total flop for the entire group (books to be kept nameless).

We’ve switched up the process so that now my co-host, Christine and I choose 3 books that look like winners and then have our book club vote on what to read next from those 3 reads. So far so good. ;)

Here’s what we look for:

1. Initial or existing reviews.
2. Cover (yes, we do look at covers as part of our selection)
3. Female author (we’ve had more luck with female authors than male authors…although 2 of my favorites so far were male authors).
4. How recent the book is (some of our members prefer the library system over purchasing the book, so we try and accommodate as best as we can).
5. What kind of discussion can potentially come from the book. Topics that are thought-provoking or that hit close to home bring more discussion during our Twitter parties than than books that don’t. If the story is compelling, then the discussion is lively.

Some of my favorites that fit into these pre-quals (except for the 2 fab books written by men):
1. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
2. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
3. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
4. The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
5. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
6. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Our upcoming reads look to be winners (fingers crossed!)…Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult and The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon.

Let’s talk about Little Mercies as a potential Book Club Read. We are currently scoping out reads for the fall. So this is perfect timing!!

Little Mercies

First, I absolutely love the cover. It’s colorful. It’s mysterious. It makes me want to know what’s beyond the cover. It would definitely be in the running just from the cover. It’s written by Heather Gudenkauf (female…check!). On Goodreads, it’s got fab ratings so far (134 reviews with an average of 4.21 stars out of 5 stars) and the book was first published in June 2014. From reading the description of the book on Goodreads, it definitely falls into the category of having the potential for great conversation (motherhood and justice). Based on all of the above, I definitely think Little Mercies could be up for vote for one of our reads coming up in the fall.

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Are you ready for Literary Junkies Tuesday! It’s time to link up with Christine, Brenda and I and make sure to join us at 7pm CST on Twitter for our chat about The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.

Here is what we will be reading for August!
Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

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THE QUESTIONS:
1. What are you reading? Tell us about it!
2. Do you find yourself reading more of a particular genre during the heat of summer?
3. Who are your favorite book villains (either to love or to hate?)
4. If you could choose one author’s writing powers to harness, who would you choose and why?
5. Do you read one book at a time, or read multiple books at once?
6. What are some of your favorite non-fiction books?

MY ANSWERS:
1. What are you reading? Tell us about it!
The Secret KeeperThe Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Goodreads.com Synopsis:
During a summer party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is happily dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and watches as her mother speaks to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime. A crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy—her vivacious, loving, nearly perfect mother.

Now, fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress living in London. The family is gathering at Greenacres farm for Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this may be her last chance, Laurel searches for answers to the questions that still haunt her from that long-ago day, answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past.

Dorothy’s story takes the reader from pre–WWII England through the blitz, to the ’60s and beyond. It is the secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—who meet by chance in wartime London and whose lives are forever entwined. The Secret Keeper explores longings and dreams and the unexpected consequences they sometimes bring. It is an unforgettable story of lovers and friends, deception and passion that is told—in Morton’s signature style—against a backdrop of events that changed the world.

My Thoughts: Well, I’m nearly finished…well definitely be finished by the time we chat on Twitter later today! ;) Nothing like procrastinating to the last minute! ;) It’s definitely and excellent book so far and I’m looking forward to figuring out the secrets!!

2. Do you find yourself reading more of a particular genre during the heat of summer?
Not really. I keep to my favorite genres: chick lit, murder mystery and historical fiction

3. Who are your favorite book villains (either to love or to hate?)
Ohhh I don’t think I have any favorite book villains to love or hate!

4. If you could choose one author’s writing powers to harness, who would you choose and why?
Mary Kay Andrews for sure. I recently had the opportunity to meet her at a book signing a few weeks ago. I’m going to have to paraphrase what she said (cause it’s really late and my brain isn’t functioning)…when you get to the end of her books, she wants you to have felt like you just finished a really awesome martini (or margarita or mojito or your favorite beverage). I love that thought process!

5. Do you read one book at a time, or read multiple books at once?
I used to read one book at a time. Lately, I’ve usually got a couple of books going at once. ;)

6. What are some of your favorite non-fiction books?
I’m going to be honest….NONE. I have not met a non-fiction book that I like. Unless you want to count cook books. ;)

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