About What the Other Three Don’t Know

what the other three don't know

Will I still be loved if I show people who I really am?  

Four high school seniors. Four secrets about to be told.
 
If Indie had it her way, she would never choose to river raft with three other high school seniors, mostly strangers to each other, from her journalism class.
 
A loner, a jock, an outsider, an Instagram influencer. At first they can’t see anything that they have in common. As the trip unfolds, the unpredictable river forces them to rely on each other. Social masks start to fall as, one-by-one, each teen reveals a deep secret the other three don’t know.
 
One is harboring immense grief and unwilling to forgive after the death of a loved one. One is dealing with a new disability and an uncertain future. One is fearful of the repercussions of coming out. One is hiding behind a carefully curated “perfect” image on Instagram.
 
Before they get to the end of Hells Canyon, they’ll know the truth about each other and, more importantly, learn something new about themselves.
 
What the Other Three Don’t Know is a poignant and gripping YA novel about the unlikely friends who accept you for who you really are and the power of self-acceptance.

My review

This is one of those young adult books that really hit me. I loved the way the author wrote it. There were secrets that all of the characters had, that they kept from each other. Even when they were getting close as friends. It really hit me, as I was reading this, that this is what we all do. We keep a part of ourselves back. Maybe it’s something that’s embarrassing, or that makes us seem not quite perfect. The thing with this group of teenagers is they were able to see past the facade that the others put on and get to know the real person. And they liked each other anyway!

The main character of this one is Indie. For one of her classes as a senior, she has to go on a trip. And it’s not just any trip. This is a trip that will take everything Indie has to offer and more. And she has to go on it with three random seniors that will be in her same class.

I liked Indie. The reader got to see glimpses of the real her, the same way the other kids did. I liked that Indie had to push past what she thought she could do. She was forced to go further than anyone would have. And she was better for it. She learned her strength. She learned about forgiveness. And she learned about love.

This is a book that all teenagers should read. I loved it!

I was sent a copy of What the Other Three Don’t Know as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About author Spencer Hyde

SPENCER HYDE spent three years during high school at Johns Hopkins for severe OCD. He is the author of the YA novel Waiting for Fitz. Spencer worked at a therapeutic boarding school before earning his MFA and his PhD, specializing in fiction, short humor pieces, and essays. Spencer and his wife are the parents of four children.

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About Love’s Shining Light: Something to Prove

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Treasure hunting is loaded with danger and charged with love.

The hunt for Lincoln’s Lost Gold has led the team to Northern Idaho. For Heath Macgregor, explosives specialist, it’s the chance of a lifetime. He can’t wait to use his stash of illegal dynamite to blow up a mountain and uncover a gold mine. His cut of the haul will allow him to live carefree, and single, surfing in his beloved Southern Cali.

Jessie Adams is the sheltered daughter of the team’s investor. On a mission to prove she’s not just a spoiled rich kid, Jessie inserts herself into the treasure hunt without a clue as to what she’s doing. She’s not looking for love, but she can’t deny her attraction to Heath and his laid-back attitude.

Heath and Jessie spark an instant attraction, but a dangerous treasure hunt is no place for a novice or a new romance. The Mob is ready to steal their spoils and the Lincoln Historical Society aims to keep the gold mine a secret by any means necessary. Can Heath protect Jessie and still save Lincoln’s Gold from the enemies who want to snatch it away?

My review

It’s always sad to see a beloved series come to an end. At least if it has to end, this one ended with a bang!

I loved the characters of Heath and Jessie in this one. He’s your normal California surfer guy. I loved how laid back and chill he was about everything. But that would probably be frustrating in real life. He watched out for Jessie, and she really needed that.

Jessie is trying to prove her worth to her dad. It was kind of funny how she showed up in the middle of nowhere, Idaho and tried to use all of her fancy gadgets. She had no idea that most of that wouldn’t work there. But she was adaptable. These two were funny together. They liked each other, that was obvious. But there was always a misunderstanding in the way. I loved that they were able to overcome their misunderstandings when they most need to.

This is a great conclusion to the series! I’m still wishing for more, though.

I borrowed a copy of Love’s Shining Light: Something to Prove using my Kindle Unlimited subscription. All opinions are my own.

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About Flights of Fancy

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Miss Isadora Delafield may be an heiress, but her life is far from carefree. When her mother begins pressuring her to marry an elderly and uncouth duke, she escapes from the high society world she’s always known and finds herself to be an unlikely candidate for a housekeeper position in rural Pennsylvania.

Mr. Ian MacKenzie is known for his savvy business sense and has built his reputation and fortune completely on his own merits. But when his adopted parents are in need of a new housekeeper and Isadora is thrown into his path, he’s unexpectedly charmed by her unconventional manner.

Neither Isadora nor Ian expected to find the other so intriguing, but when mysterious incidents on the farm and the truth of Isadora’s secret threaten those they love, they’ll have to set aside everything they thought they wanted for a chance at happy-ever-after.

My review

It always makes me happy to find new authors! So when a follower on my Instagram page suggested I read Jen Turano’s books, I happily complied. I grabbed one of them on my Kindle and got started.

This author writes in a way that is really readable. The reader gets wrapped up in the story, that is not at all stuffy. I loved the way the author included bits of humor. Funny things happening to the heroine made the book that much more likable for me.

Miss Isadora Delafield is the main character. She’s a young heiress who has had the misfortune of attracting a duke from England. This duke is not a likable fellow. In fact, he’s downright scary. So Izzy and her butler come up with a plan to get her away. That plan being for Izzy to get a job as a housekeeper. That is just crazy! Here’s a young society miss trying to work at all. There was much humor in those parts!

Then there’s Ian. I loved the way he didn’t really think Izzy would work as a housekeeper. But he really had no other choice. So he left her in charge. I loved the way what was important to Ian changed throughout the book. He became the man his adoptive mother knew he could become.

This is such a great book! It’s full of humor, love and great writing.

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About Where the Stars Meet the Sea

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Juliet Graham fervently counts the days until her twenty-first birthday, when she can claim the inheritance that will grant her the freedom she has always craved and the guardianship of her younger brother. Until then, she is trapped under her aunt Agnes’s domineering will. When forced to accompany the family to a house party at Shaldorn Castle, Juliet’s only objective is to keep to herself. That is, until a chance encounter with a boorish stranger stirs up an unexpected whirlwind of emotions in her. Thrown off-balance, Juliet does the unthinkable: loses her temper and insults the man—who turns out to be her unwilling host, the Duke of Halstead. Fully expecting to be sent away, Juliet is surprised when the brusque and callous duke instead takes an interest in her.

Drawn to the duke in unguarded moments, Juliet finds herself more and more intrigued by the man who shuns Society’s rules as completely as she does, and over the next few weeks, their unlikely friendship deepens into a connection neither expected.

But even as Juliet comes to recognize her true feelings, her scheming aunt issues an ultimatum that threatens the future she was just beginning to hope for. Juliet must choose: either break the promise she made to herself years ago, or lose the man who has captured her heart and soul.

My review

How’s everyone doing right now? I’m going a bit stir crazy in my house. But luckily, I have a huge supply of books to take me somewhere else during this crazy time!

This book is the newest Regency romance by Heidi Kimball. I loved everything about it! The author did a great job with the characters, the plot, and the setting.

I really loved Juliet. One thing that really sets her apart from most young ladies that are written about in this time period is that she is really a nobody. Juliet’s mom had been a lady, but her father was a sailor. That left her and her brother, Harry, in a social class by themselves. Juliet felt awkward, and rightly so, living with her aunt after she was orphaned.

Juliet is also fun because she speaks her mind. I loved the many scenes where she told the Duke of Halstead off for something or other. He deserved them! I really loved their interractions.

It would have been nice to have seen what the Duke was thinking throughout the book. But, maybe this one was better that way. With the reader not knowing any more than Juliet what he was thinking. There is a certain charm to that.

I really loved the castle that this book is set in. Juliet explores it multiple times and gets herself into so much trouble. It made me smile.

If you’re needing an escape from your current conditions, this book can be a big help!

I was sent a copy of Where the Stars Meet the Sea as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About Willa and the Whale

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Can a whale talk to a human? Willa thinks so . . .

After losing her mom, Willa is grieving and having a hard time living with her dad and his new family on an island off the coast of Washington State. Her dad tries to cheer her up by taking her whale watching, something Willa’s mom used to do.

While all the passengers are on one side of the boat, Willa encounters a humpback whale on the opposite side. Willa feels so lonely that she starts to talk to the whale—and the whale talks back!

The whale, named Meg, quickly becomes a trusted friend and confidante Willa can speak to whenever she’s by the ocean.

Meg offers sound advice Willa needs about dealing with a nemesis at school and trying to figure out why her friend Marc is keeping secrets about his family life.

Before the story ends, it will take all of Willa’s courage and connections to tackle a problem that’s as big as a blue whale!

My review

I love finding middle grade books that teach kids how to cope with life. This one by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown does just that in a clever and fun way.

Willa is just a normal 12 year old girl. But she’s lost her mom recently. Her dad takes her on a boat ride and Willa spots a whale. Not just any whale. This whale shows off for Willa and then starts talking to her. I loved the way this book felt magical. Who gets to talk to a whale from miles away? And Willa’s whale, Meg, gives the best advice using stories from her life.

Willa has other friends besides Meg. But she’s just moved back from Japan and things are…different. Her friend Marc is a bit secretive, and Willa doesn’t know why. And then there’s Lizzie. Willa thinks there is no way they will ever be friends.

But Willa learns a lot and grows throughout the plot of this book. A lot of that learning and growth comes from Meg. But some is from her friends and family. I loved the way they all were able to grow and learn together. There are so many valuable lessons in this book.

This book is a must read for all tweens and teenagers out there! And maybe their parents as well.

I was sent a copy of Willa and the Whale as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About authors Shelly Brown and Chad Morris

SHELLY BROWN was born in the Northwest and grew up near the ocean. It’s a part of her. She can surf and point out all sorts of sea creatures and plants (though not necessarily at the same time.) Now that she lives in the mountains, she has saved money, planned, and taken Chad and their five kids to both coasts to swim, surf, search tide pools, snorkel, and watch sea lions, seals, turtles, whales, and more. Her soul speaks ocean.

Growing up, CHAD MORRIS was fascinated by blue whales. He read books about the world’s largest creature and did grade school reports on them. He drew pictures of them and taped them to his wall (the pictures, not whales—that would be impossible). He would love to see a blue whale in real life, but he’d rather not meet a Bobbitt or zombie worm. Seriously, he’d prefer his bones not become jelly.

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About Crosscheck

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He’s a hard hitter, she’s a straight shooter. Can they stop the sparks from flying? Do they want to?

Zane Winchester is a beast on the ice, known for racking up penalties and delivering hard blows. No one would suspect the complicated nature of his personal life, or just what it entailed. And no one, not even him, would have suspected what one unexpected encounter with a remarkable woman would do to his life.

Mara Matthews is a regular woman with a regular job and a regular life. Then she meets the father of one of her little students, and regular becomes the last word to describe her life. Zane is intense, funny, charming, and drop dead gorgeous; he shouldn’t pay any attention to someone like her. But Zane isn’t giving up, and Mara doesn’t want him to.

Welcome to Northbrook Hockey Elite!

Six professional hockey players used to play on an elite club team together, but have all separated and now play in the pro-hockey leagues. Not all of them were friends, yet circumstances bring them together, and for the greater good, maybe they can put aside their differences.

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My review

I’m loving these sports romances! It’s so fun that they all fit together. I love the characters and how they really have each other’s backs, even though they’re not on the same team any more.

This one features Zane and Mara. Zane is probably my favorite Northbrook Elite player so far! I love the way he takes care of his sweet daughter, Hope. He’s a big guy, but he’s really putty in her hands. And it was really funny that all the other guys were too.

Mara is a nurse/Zumba instructor. In fact, she’s Hope’s Zumba instructor. That was one thing I really loved about Mara. She is around kids an awful lot and she’s amazing with them.

I really loved the way these two characters just fit together. As I was reading the places in the book where they were separate, it just seemed like something was missing. When they were together, it just worked.

I loved everything about this one! And now I need to watch some hockey!

I was sent an e-copy of Crosscheck as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About The Milkman’s Son

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Raised in a family he bore little resemblance to, Randy was jokingly referred to as “the milkman’s son.” This warm and candid memoir chronicles the unraveling of a family secret, which begins with Randy’s dad having dreams about deceased relatives urging him to complete their family tree. Randy agrees to help with the genealogy, but after his searching leads to a dead end, he takes a commercially available DNA test. The results reveal a possible genetic match to a sister, which begins a familial quest that forever changes the author’s life.

Featuring a cast of vivid characters, richly drawn from two distinct families, The Milkman’s Son reveals one man’s family tree, pulling back layers of new information as he gets closer to the truth—a biological father, siblings, and family members he never knew about.

This is a story of accepting, forgiving, reuniting, and, most importantly, it’s about the bonds that connect us and the unconditional love that makes us feel like we belong.

My review

It’s not very often that you find a non-fiction book that reads like a novel. But this one by Randy Lindsay did. I found myself hooked to this book from the very beginning. And I loved every bit of it.

Randy Lindsay was often referred to by his family as “The Milkman’s Son.” But it wasn’t until he was 57 years old that he found out, through DNA testing that his father was not his biological father. I loved the way he tells his story. He tells the facts, what happened. But he also tells how he felt. I can’t even imagine how crazy this would be.

Another thing that struck me about this book was how he kept researching and helping others. Even after he’d had this life altering information about his own family. What a helpful thing to do for others.

The author does a really great job of his ending in this one. I loved the way, the reader knows that his story really hasn’t ended. But he uses a lesson in the last chapter that he learned to bring the story to a resolution.

This book is amazing! You won’t want to miss it!

I was sent a copy of The Milkman’s Son as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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About author Randy Lindsay

RANDY LINDSAY is a native of Arizona. He lives in Mesa with his wife, five of his nine children, a dog, a cat, and a hyperactive imagination. His wife calls him the “Story Man” because he sees everything as material for a story. Randy has researched his family history for fourteen years, incorporating more than 5,000 family members in his family tree and has helped many others in their ancestral quests. 

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About Royal Heir

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Within a fairy-tale palace overlooking the azure waters of the Mediterranean, Princess Cassandra of Sereno leads a charmed life—until that life is nearly cut short in an assassination attempt. Desperate to protect his daughter, the king sends the princess to safety in the one place he trusts: the neighboring country of Meridia. There, Cassie’s life is placed in the hands of a man who possesses the skills to protect her. CIA agent Levi Marin has years of experience pretending to be someone he’s not, but posing as the boyfriend of a real-life princess is new, even to him.

With the CIA and Interpol hot on the trail of the assassin, Levi and Cassie do their best to blend in in Meridia and to remain professional amid their charade. Yet despite their best efforts, the charade begins to feel all too real. Their chemistry is undeniable, but forgetting the dangerous reality of their situation could prove a deadly mistake. Cassie’s would-be killer is still at large, and her search for answers is leading her ever closer to a shocking revelation that will rock the monarchy of Sereno to its core.

My review

Traci Hunter Abramson’s suspense books are always my favorites! She has such a way of writing, it just keeps the reader wanting more. There were parts in this one that I wanted to yell at the hero or heroine to stop. But, of course, they couldn’t hear me.

This book will stand alone just great. However, it will make more sense if you’ve read Royal Target, Royal Secrets and Royal Brides first.

This one features Princess Cassandra of Sereno. It’s always fun to imagine the life of a princess. And Cassandra has had a great life. But things change rather quickly when it appears that she is the target of an assassin, in her own home! She’s whisked off to a place where her dad thinks she’ll be safe and protected by Levi.

Levi is a great bodyguard and a nice guy. I really enjoyed how quickly Cassie goes from a job to someone he really cares for.

I loved the carefree parts of this book. Where Cassie knows she’s safe and Levi pretends she’s his girlfriend. But the more suspenseful parts are what kept me wanting to read more and more. I’ll just be honest, this author’s books never take me long to read, because I can’t put them down.

If you love suspense books, you’ll love this one!

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Originally from Arizona, Traci Hunter Abramson spent much of her childhood exploring the little town of Pinewood. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University and a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency. Since leaving the CIA, Traci has written multiple novels, including the Undercurrents trilogy, Royal Target, and the Saint Squad series. When she’s not writing, Traci enjoys spending time with her husband and their four children. She also enjoys cooking, although she prefers an electric stove to the wood-burning variety.

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About Brotherhood Tested

Brotherhood tested

Deacon Wilhelm and Sophia Pickens are part of a treasure hunting crew intent on finding Lincoln’s lost gold mine. The team decides to split up sending half of them to Illinois and the other half to Virginia to look for clues. As awesome as it would be to find the treasure, Deacon isn’t in the hunt for the money; he’s in it for Sophia’s heart. The only problem is Sophia’s older brother, Leo, is Deacon’s best friend. They’ve been through a lot and a betrayal like this could mean the end of the brother-bond between them.

With a father who abused her and a mother who drank so she could ignore the abuse, Sophia doesn’t trust easy. The one person, besides Leo, that she’d allow into her heart is Deacon. But Deacon has always kept his distance and she’s always been the little sister. When Leo gets called up on a special forces mission and has to leave the treasure hunting expedition, she’s hopeful that spending time alone with Deacon will allow him to see the woman she’s become.

As they hone in on the information that could unlock the location of the gold mine, dangerous forces attack from all sides. Sophia is kidnapped and held for ransom for the clue they haven’t found yet and Leo comes home his mission complete. If Deacon confesses his love for Sophia to Leo, he’ll lose the only brother he’s ever known—and that’s if they can find her before time runs out.

My review

It isn’t very often that you find books like this one. Or this whole series. I love the way they all go together. This is one series that actually does need to be read in order.

This one is Sophia and Deacon’s story. These two have known each other for a really long time. Now they’re working together to find Lincoln’s lost treasure. I loved the way they can work together, but they kind of have a hard time too. Because they’ve never declared their love. And that’s because of Leo.

At the beginning of the book Sophia and Deacon kind of dance around each other. Neither daring to get too close. Deacon knows if Leo finds out that he loves Sophia, he’s going to be in huge trouble. Sophia knows that she loves Deacon and wants him to love her back. The love story is so sweet. And it just works.

I love the action and adventure of this one. Who doesn’t want to fall in love while being kidnapped and searching for treasure????

This is such a fun series, be sure to read them all!

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About Best Friends with a Royal Billionaire

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Being the Prince’s best friend had its perks. Being his Gardener did not.

Prince Arlo just wants to date and marry Amara, but she pushes him away every time he tries. She knows what the press would say. She’s already seen what his parents think about the match.

They agree to spend a month of the summer together at the annual prince’s yacht party, anchored on a sand bar in the Mediterranean but everything becomes that much more complicated when a family of royals show up, with the daughter Arlo is expected to date. But everything comes to a stand still when the hurricane of the decade slams into Arlo and Amara’s home country.

Will Arlo’s parents finally see that Amara is the perfect queen for their country? Will Amara herself accept that fact?

Read this third book of friendship, loyalty and service as two best friends find their way into love.

Get to know more of the men in the royal prince society, the perks of the wealthy, their games as royals, and their adventures on the Mediterranean.

My review

I’m always up for reading a clean contemporary romance! This book was a great escape from reality when I needed one most.

I loved Amara. She is the kind of selfless woman that people instinctively love. She has been in love with Prince Arlo for a long time, but she pushes him away. Amara knows that his parents wouldn’t be pleased with him marrying the gardener’s daughter. And she thinks their country would feel the same.

The reader also gets to see things through Arlo’s point of view. He knows what he wants, and that is Amara. I loved the way he was able to show her that they worked well together.

This book has the fluff of parties in the Mediterranean. But it also has the solidity of both Amara and Arlo helping his country when it needs it most in the middle of a disaster.

I really enjoyed reading this one. I can’t wait to take another escape with one of this author’s books!

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