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Book Review & Recommendations

Lately, I’ve switched my reading genres from Christian fiction to suspenseful sequels. I’m hooked on Lisa Gardner novels right now! Each time I finish a book or end a chapter I always want to keep reading more! Here are the latest 4 that I’ve read! I give them all 5 stars!  Love, love them!

  • Find Her– a girl goes missing! who took her.. where did she disappear.. the history of one girl carries over to her future and this novel keeps you wondering!! I read this one a while back and passed it along to my dad! After I finish one I give him a quick synopsis and sometimes he chooses to read them! This is one I need to ask him about!
  • Live to Tell– I loved this book!!! wow oh wow! It was the most suspenseful out of the four I read in my opinion! Plus it’s so twisted! I don’t want to share too many details because I feel like I might spoil it for y’all! But let me just say.. if you like mysteries, murders, and the unthinkable.. you will like this one! It’s all about three women, their lives, and how they are all intertwined to a murder! so, so good!
  • Love You More– This is probably my second favorite book of hers! It’s apart of the D.D. Warren series. While this book is centered around parent/children relationships, kidnapping, and unconditional love, it leaves you trying to solve a major mystery. If you’re into books with strong female leads and mothers who fight, this is right up your alley!
  • Right Behind You– This book is actually the 7th one in the Quincy and Rainie, FBI Profiler series but I’ve been reading it as a stand alone. I started it before my beach trip and I hope to finish it this week! Every spare moment I get I take the chance to read a couple pages because I’ve been so anxious to see how the story ends. I love how this novel ties suspense into family love and bonds. It dig deeps into the life of an adopted child and pulls at your heartstrings!

If you’re looking to read a Lisa Gardner I suggest one in the Detective D.D. Warren series. They tend to be my favorite! One, because I love D.D. Warren (I secretly want to be her at times) and two, there level of suspense is written into every page, leaving you wanting more!

However, if mysteries and suspense are quite your type of genre, I recommend Karen Kingsbury or Kristin Hannah novels! They are two of my favorite authors that always deliver heartwarming, soulful books!! Karen Kingsbury never disappoints with her Christian fiction! She has lots of series that are great for quick, enjoyable reads! ‘One Tuesday Morning’ is my favorite book by her! I’m actually planning on re-reading it this year!! I need to update my mind on it.. but it’s always stuck out to me because the storyline relates to 9/11.. it portrays the real life drama of that tragic day.. definitely a 10/10!!!! Kristin Hannah wrote, ‘The Nightingale’ & ‘Firefly Lane’ which are two of my other favorites!!

Let me know if you’ve read any good books lately and pass along any recommendations!


  1. Tabitha

    January 30, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Love this! As a big book reader, I’m always searching to find new books to read. I’ve never got into mystery much, but her books definitely sound like something I could get into.


  2. Donna

    February 1, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Love this post so much!! I picked up Find Her on a whim last year and I flew through it in a weekend. I really need to read more of her books this year!

    I am an avid reader and I tend to read widely. I fell into a bit of a reading slump a few years ago and decided to sign up for a reading challenge. That did the trick! I read 58 books that year. This year has been busy, so I’m focusing on quality over quantity.

    I’m doing the reading challenge for the 4th year in a row and I’m sooo excited. It’s really helped me to broaden my reading horizons.

    A few of my all-time favourite books:

    I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh (I read it twice! A great one since you enjoy suspense!)

    The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani, translated from French by Sam Taylor. I just finished this one for the reading challenge. One of the categories is a book in translation.

    Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston. I read this YA novel last summer and I can’t stop recommending it! It’s an engaging and devastating, yet empowering and hopeful story about the captain of a high school cheerleading team who is raped at summer camp. Beautifully written, thought provoking, and necessary.

    You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris, translated from French by Sam Taylor. I read this short memoir in a day, a year ago and I think about it often. It’s a gorgeously written, incredibly moving memoir about love, loss, and our power to choose love over hate.

    Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say Nothing at All by Karen Ehman. This book changed my life! It convicted me like no other and encouraged me to take a look at myself and how I use my words. Ehman talks about thinking before we speak, gossiping, learning how to really listen, knowing when to hold our tongue, and so much more!

    Michelle Obama: A Life by Peter Slevin. Slevin tracks Michelle Obama from her humble beginnings on Chicago’s segregated South Side to the halls of Princeton University and Harvard Law School to the corporate law firm where she met Barack to the White House. A beautifully written, engaging, thoughtful, revealing, and hopeful book.

    The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. Such a beautiful and inspiring tribute to books and the way they connect us!

    Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan. I tried reading it years ago and not gonna lie… It scared me. But I picked it up again two years ago and could not stop reading. So brilliantly executed!

    The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan

    What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan

    The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

    Fractured by Catherine McKenzie

    This comment ended up way longer than I thought it would. Whoops!

    Happy reading!!!

    1. tlstuen

      February 2, 2018 at 12:04 am

      I’m totally going to get Keep It Shut! That sounds like a very interesting life changing Book!!! Thank you for all these recommendations! I really appreciate it!

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