Reprobation by Catherine Fearns @metalmamawrites @rararesources #bookreview #giveaway

Are you ready for the weekend booklovers??? I sure am!

Thrilled to share with you my review for this dark thriller with a bit of a unique angle! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and two Catherine Fearns for her intriguing story!🖤


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Are you one of the elect?

Dr. Helen Hope is a lecturer in eschatology – the study of death, judgement, and the destiny of humankind. She is also a Calvinist nun, her life devoted to atoning for a secret crime.

When a body is found crucified on a Liverpool beach, she forms an unlikely alliance with suspect Mikko Kristensen, lead guitarist in death metal band Total Depravity. Together, they go on the trail of a rogue geneticist who they believe holds the key – not just to the murder, but to something much darker.

Also on the trail is cynical Scouse detective Darren Swift. In his first murder case, he must confront his own lack of faith as a series of horrific crimes drag the city of two cathedrals to the gates of hell.

Science meets religious belief in this gripping murder mystery.

My Thoughts

This was a dark and gritty thriller with a bit of a different cast of characters…

A nun and a lead guitarist in a Death Metal band walk into a…. not a bad joke, they are two characters in this thriller…. when a body is discovered on the beach crucified and with a Bible quote? The authorities call on Sister Helen… sister Helen is convinced the guilty party is not Mikko lead guitarist in the Death Metal band Total Depravity…

This book was much darker than I was anticipating and very descriptive in places…. it also involves some science and studies that I have never Heard of before… how would you live your life if you knew you were already genetically pre-destined to go to heaven or hell? This is an interesting concept and very thought-provoking, it is also the theory of the rogue geneticist that they are chasing down… an interesting look at the similarities and differences between science and religion…. all leading to murder and “total depravity“… I found these characters very interesting, I thought it was a very unique angle to a thriller…. Music, religion, science, death, judgment, a potpourri of subject matter!

Recommended to those of you who enjoy a darker thriller with some intriguing and unusual characters….

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Author Bio – Catherine Fearns is a writer from Liverpool, UK. Her first novel, a crime thriller called ‘Reprobation’, will be published by Crooked Cat Books in October 2018. As a music journalist Catherine is a regular contributor to Pure Grain Audio, and she has also published numerous pieces of short fiction and non-fiction.Catherine has a degree from Oxford University and a Masters from the London School of Economics. She began her career as a financial analyst, but after having four children she retrained as a breastfeeding counsellor. Having lived in several countries, she recently moved to Switzerland, where she discovered her love of writing and is a member of the Geneva Writers’ Group. She plays the piano very well but prefers to play the guitar very badly. Oh, and she likes metal music. A lot.

Social Media Links – Twitter: @metalmamawrites

Facebook: Catherine Fearns

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The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory @thebestjasmine @BerkleyPub #6bookbestiestheproposal #6bookbestiesapproved #bookreview

TGIF book friends!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this delightful romance that starts off with a proposal at Dodger Stadium! Keeping my fingers crossed that the Dodgers can pull off a win tonight!⚾️💙⚾️💙

This was another fun read with my BOOK BESTIES who I’m sure are all rooting for the Dodgers as well! Although one of them wasn’t sure they were a baseball team, I won’t single anyone out though😉

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

My Thoughts

Take me out to the ball game. Take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and propose to me???

Man bun… doesn’t know how to spell your name… proposes at a Dodgers game… 3 STRIKES YOUR OUT! The opening scene to this book was epic, something I’ve always thought every time I’ve watched one of those scoreboard proposals…. what happens if the girl says, “ KNOW“? Well this book shows you exactly what happens to Nik after the very public proposal…. and can I just say, if this were to happen to any of us I would certainly hope we’d all have a Carlos in the stands to come to our rescue!

A sweet, fun, love story, about two people determined not to fall in love… so, after Carlos and his sister rescue Nik they head to a bar and meet up with Nik’s Besties…. I have to say the relationship between these three girls was really the highlight of the story, it was kind of “ Sex in the City“ on the West Coast… I loved how there for one another they were, how supportive, how non-judgemental, and I loved how bourbon and cupcakes cured everything…. Looove strong female friendships in books!

The book perhaps was predictable, but it is a romance, there is generally only one satisfying outcome… for me what makes or breaks a romance is the characters and the chemistry…. this book was filled with wonderful characters including all the secondary characters…. both Nik and Carlos had wonderful friends, and Carlos had an amazing family…. also loved all the food talk, can’t get enough cupcakes, enchiladas, tacos, etc. etc. etc. where this book fell a little short for me was in the chemistry I didn’t always buy into the chemistry between Nik and Carlos… but what I did believe was, they had a very strong connection and friendship, and truth be told that is what will get this fictional couple through the years! My other little niggle was the Los Angeles stereotyping, I grew up in the LA area and we all ate carbs especially Pizza! Just saying😉

Recommend when you are in the mood for a fun Romance filled with fabulous characters!💕

*** A huge thank you to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

The author of The Wedding Date serves up a novel about what happens when a public proposal doesn’t turn into a happy ending, thanks to a woman who knows exactly how to make one on her own…

When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn’t come as a surprise–or happen in front of 45,000 people.

When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn’t the hard part–they’ve only been dating for five months, and he can’t even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans…

At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik’s rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He’s even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik’s social media blows up–in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can’t be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes…


The Book Besties

be sure to stop by all the Bestie’s blogs today and read their wonderful reviews!💕

Jennifer @ Tarheel Reader

Mackenzie @ PhDiva

Holly @ Dressed to Read


But friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨

Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer #bookreview #randomthingstours @annecater

Happy Friday book friends!

Thrilled to share with you my review and help celebrate the UK paperback release of this fantastic book! A huge thank you too Anne Cater for my invitation to the tour!💛Before I Let You Go CoverYour sister or her baby. Who do you choose?

A moving page-turner with a heart-pounding dilemma. As children, Lexie and Annie were incredibly close. Bonded by the death of their beloved father, they weathered the storms of life together. When Lexie leaves home to follow her dream, Annie is forced to turn to her leatherbound journal as the only place she can confide her deepest secrets and fears…

As adults, sisters Lexie and Annie could not be more different. Lexie is a successful doctor and happily engaged. Annie is an addict – a thief, a liar and unable to remain clean. When Annie’s newborn baby is in danger of being placed in foster care, Annie picks up the phone to beg her sister for help. Will Lexie agree to take in her young niece? And how will Annie survive, losing the only thing in her life worth living for?

‘One of the best books for discussion that I’ve read in years’ Diane Chamberlain

‘A heartbreaking book about an impossible decision. A novel about the deepest love possible’ Luanne Rice

‘A heartrending tale…captures the unbreakable bond of two sisters’ Publishers Weekly

‘Ripped from the headlines and from the heart, Before I Let You Go is an unforgettable novel that will amaze and startle you with its impact and heart’ Patti Callahan Henry

‘Another incredible, gripping read from an exceptionally talented author. This book takes you through a myriad of emotions, whilst opening your eyes to some very important issues for women. I read this in one sitting, because I had to. So will you. A magnificent read I can’t praise or recommend highly enough’ Heather Hill

‘Heartbreaking and life-affirming. Before I Let You Go captures the bittersweet nature of existence and turns it into something truly beautiful’ Tilly Tennant

‘Heartbreaking, soul-searching but ultimately uplifting, this thought-provoking book challenges the judgements society makes and weaves a heartwarming story around the bonds we forge as sister, mother and partner’ Zara Stoneley

‘Being a mother means you are open to criticism from every angle, but if you are a pregnant addict, what then? Children are protected in society, but what about those who gave them life? Kelly Rimmer writes from the heart and soul. Be prepared to lose and gain a little of each as you read her stories’ Rachel Dove

My Thoughts

This was a heartbreaking and powerful story about the impact of addiction not only on the addict, but the addict’s family…

A beautiful story about an ugly subject… I feel as though I have shared a lot of personal garbage this week, but my ex is an addict… not heroine but, that’s irrelevant, addiction is addiction, its impact is great no matter what the addiction is… The reason I mention this is because it is really difficult for me to sympathize with an addict, especially when children are involved… I am angry, frustrated, and sad that my kids feel as though their father chose his addiction over them… so, it is hard for me to find forgiveness or understanding for somebody who appears on the surface to have done the same thing…. The storyline in this book in my opinion helps to foster understanding and alter perceptions of attics… as a mother and as a woman I found compassion for Annie, but I felt a connection with Lexie…. all this is to say I came into this book with strong feelings and biases, I am not a neutral observer…

Lexie got the dreaded 2AM phone call it is Annie, her little sister who she has not spoken to in years…. she can tell Annie is high and is tempted to hang up the phone until Annie tells her, that she is pregnant…. pregnant, sick, and strung out on heroin, what is Lexie to do? Lexie and her fiancé are both doctors, so, they head to Annie’s trailer park to find her with preeclampsia…. with no other choice than to take her to the hospital, Annie can possibly be charged with child endangerment, and Lexie could possibly be left with Annie’s baby…

Told from alternating points of view Lexie in the present and Annie in the pass… The sisters had a hard and unconventional upbringing… with some secrets still to be revealed that could really stir up some long buried feelings…. The story was just so Well told and so well researched…. I struggled right along with Lexie the entire story walking that fine line between love and hate, forgiveness and blame, hope and frustration, hello and goodbye…. this is the type of story that evokes many emotions and opinions and sticks with you long after the last page is red….

Absolutely recommend for anybody who appreciates a well told story about real life issues… nothing is sugarcoated in this book it is real, it is raw, and it is Messi just like life!

Kelly Rimmer Author PictureKelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling women’s fiction author of five novels, including Me Without You and The Secret Daughter. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, two children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Before I let you go

Have a beautiful day! Berit☀️✨