Sarah’s “Sprinter” (Spring/Winter) Picks

Did you like that play on words? Where is Spring? I won’t hold my breath, with news of the storm coming this weekend but at least we can dream, right? I’m back at it with lots of recommendations for you. Check out the latest! Just Ask... (19)The Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks –I am going to keep this really short and sweet because I really don’t want to give anything away. I really thought this was your typical love triangle/jaded wife/beautiful younger new girlfriend book. But I was wrong. So wrong. And I’m so glad I was. This book was kind of ingenious and I am a huge fan. This is an excellent suspense with twists and turns. Definitely recommend! Get it here

The Safest Lies – Megan Miranda –THIS BOOK. Holy crap. From page 6 I was hooked. The main character’s (Kelsey) mother was a victim of a horrible kidnapping in her teens and now won’t leave the house.  Kelsey, as a teenager, has been trained to sense danger everywhere and to always have an escape plan. She lives an extremely recluse life as she tries to keep a low profile–until the day her mother disappears. Everything Kelsey has been trained to do, and everything she ever thought she knew, is put to the test when someone comes for her. Where is her mother? And what is the truth behind what happened to her as a child? This book made me afraid to get up to go the bathroom in the middle of the night. Yeah, that good! Get it here

The Lying Game – Ruth Ware – This is the same author who wrote ““In a Dark Dark Wood,” which actually majorly disappointed me. So, I went into this with very low expectations. I am happy to say I was pleasantly surprised. We know from the get-go something terrible happened between 4 friends when they were younger, but we don’t know exactly what until later in the book. What we do know is that the friendship between these girls was something special; something so strong that with one text, they all know to drop everything and run to the aid of whomever needs them. This story is told in the past and in the present and chronicles how they’ve all lived with one terrible lie for over 20 years. This book is well written and each character is well developed. It is at once heartwarming and suspenseful, which is not an easy feat! Get it here

Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate – I could not wait to read this book. The fact that children were stolen from their parents and sold to wealthy families (in the 1930’s to 40’s), and the lengths to which it was kept quiet, both horrified and intrigued me. But then I also loved the premise of the book and the juxtaposition between time periods. Rill Foss is kidnapped along with her 4 brothers and sisters, and taken to the Tennessee Children’s Home while their mother is in the hospital delivering twins. At the hands of horrible people, the children are abused and separated. Rill doesn’t ever stop hoping and trying to reunite her family. Fast forward to current day: Avery Stafford, a well-off young woman hoping to run for political office meets an elderly woman that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her family. The two worlds collide and secrets are blown wide open. Now, truly, the book is very heartwarming. However, I wanted so much more. There was so much potential for this book and I was left wanting. This could have been a novel where each character and their journey was far better expanded upon. A lot of it felt very ‘convenient.’ Nothing happened slowly or naturally; it felt kind of rushed and forced. I’d still recommend the book, as the premise is fantastic, and it was a nice read. I just really wanted a lot more meat to the story. If you’re looking for a book about family drama and the beautiful ties between siblings, this is your book. Get it here

There you have it! What are you reading this month?

xo, Sarah

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