Ellen Murphy has spent her entire life surrounded by secrets. Her childhood was full of secrets and things not discussed. As an adult, she has continued the practice into her marriage. Now, her mother has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and Ellen has gone home to care for her, albeit grudgingly. As she spends time with her mother and family, she begins to unravel the family history, and in the process, learns what she wants and needs in her adult life.
Ms. Walsh has written an excellent novel on the intricacies of family life. Her exploration of the mother/daughter relationship speaks to mothers and daughters everywhere. She shows the often painful relationship between family members, especially when secrets are buried. Not only is it just a really good read, but anyone who has ever needed closure in a relationship or found themselves approaching middle age and realizing they need to change will see themselves in this novel.
*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of Reading Addiction Blog Tours and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by Reading Addiction Blog Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review. There was no obligation to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, publisher, publicist, or readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision’s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning Use of Endorcements and Testimonials in Advertising*
BARNES & NOBLE
Gerard Mayes is a terrible person in a terrible mess. He's on the verge of being fired and really doesn't care; he's really just counting the days until Aunt Mary dies and leaves his wife a sizeable inheritance; and he's playing a balancing act with his wife, mistress, and possible future mistress. And now, he's being blackmailed by a gang of drug dealers. And the fun is just beginning...
In Ruby Barnes' novel "Peril", he has created a character who most readers will love to hate. Gerard is every woman's nightmare. An unfaithful husband and an all-around goof-off, he has a talent for landing himself in a mess. When he is attacked by a beggar wielding a crutch, he defends himself. Not a crime in itself, but Gerard panics, dumps the body, and runs. Unfortunately, he has been seen. From this point on, whenever there is a decision to make, Gerard always makes the wrong decision. While not a lovable character, he is certainly unforgettable.
This is the first of Barnes' novels for me, and I wasn't sure what to expect. What a happy surprise! For all of Gerard's faults, I found myself rooting for him. The good news is that "Peril" has now been released in paperback. It's way too good to be an e-reader secret.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author, Ruby Barnes < http://rubybarnes.blogspot.com/ > . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”