The Woman In Our House by Andrew Hart

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What happens when you open your home to the perfect stranger?

Anna Klein is ready to return to work as a literary agent for the first time since having children. She and her husband, Josh, decide to hire a live-in nanny with some trepidation, but all their misgivings disappear as soon as they meet Oaklynn Durst. She has stellar references, a calm disposition, and a natural way with children. Not to mention their kids simply adore her.

But not long after Oaklynn arrives, the children start to come down with the most puzzling illnesses and inexplicable injuries. When the maternal Oaklynn is there to comfort everyone, Anna can’t help feeling a little eclipsed. And suspicious. Her husband and friends assure her that her anxieties are getting the best of her—Oaklynn is perfect. But Anna’s not so sure…

As she delves into Oaklynn’s past, she discovers too late that the woman who has been living in her house is not at all who she claims to be. But Oaklynn’s not the only one who has been lying. And when everyone’s dark secrets are forced into the light, the consequences may just turn deadly.

My review:

This book was not easy to get into at first, partly because I have to be in the mood for a thriller and I just wasn’t. I did eventually get engrossed in the story and wanted to see what happened next.

I’m still not completely sure how I feel about the book, however. On the surface, I enjoyed it and the climax was not what I expected. But digesting it after, a lot doesn’t hold up. The ending just absolutely does not make sense. The descriptions of all characters, except Oaklynn, are superficial and I struggled with anything more than a superficial connection to the characters. The creepy factor was there for sure, but there were also times reading Oaklynn’s point of view that were just so off they jarred me out of the story.

This is a book with a lot of action, but requires quite a bit of suspension of disbelief. I really enjoyed Mr Hart’s book Lies That Bind Us, but this one just didn’t compare.

Rating: ♥♥♥ 1/2

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About the author:

61KGQGRREWL._SY200_Andrew Hart is one of the pseudonyms of New York Times bestselling and award-winning author A. J. Hartley. His sixteen novels straddle multiple genres for adults and younger readers and have been translated into dozens of languages worldwide. As Andrew James Hartley, he is also the Robinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. His website is www.ajhartley.net.

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The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis

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The New York Times bestselling author of Rainy Day Friends and Lost and Found Sisters returns to Wildstone, California, where two completely opposite sisters—who are still nursing wounds from the past—realize they need each other more than they think.

The Lemon Sisters, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Jill Shalvis is LIVE!

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When Brooke’s older sister, Mindy, shows up at her door with her three kids in tow, she barely recognizes her sibling who looks like she’s on the verge of a total breakdown. While adventurous, wanderlust Brooke was always the problem child, eager to slip free of Wildstone and its small-town constraints, Mindy was the golden child, who never had a hair out of place or a GPA below 4.0. The Mindy that arrives at Brooke’s apartment however, is a far cry from the ever-perfect doctor’s wife.

Brooke’s further stunned when Mindy asks to trade places with her for a few days so she can pick up her pieces and put herself back together. What Mindy doesn’t realize is that Brooke is just as broken. Her sister needs her though, so Brooke takes the kids and returns to Wildstone.

But how does one go home after seven years away and what feels like a lifetime of secrets? It doesn’t take long for Brooke to come face-to-face with her past, in the form of one tall, dark, sexy mistake. But Garrett’s no longer interested, or so he says. Only his words don’t match his actions, leaving Brooke feeling things she long ago shoved deep.

The sisters begin to wonder if the childhood taunts were true, are they lemons in life? In love? True or not, they know one thing—you can’t run far enough to outpace your demons. And when long-dead secrets surface, they’ll have to overcome their differences and learn that sometimes the one person who can help you the most is the one you never thought to ask.

My review:

I love this one so much.

The Lemon Sisters is really three stories told seamlessly in one. Brooke is single, living in LA and working for a travel network. Her sister Mindy is the opposite: married to her high school sweetheart who is now a doctor, stay at home mom to three kids. When she shows up at Brooke’s house in crisis, Brooke takes the kids for a couple days to give Mindy time to sleep and recuperate, but instead of her original plan of Disneyland ends up taking them home, where she hasn’t been for seven years. We get Brooke’s story and her relationship with the one she left in Wildstone, Mindy’s story and her marriage with Linc, and then Brooke and Mindy themselves, both wanting the closeness they shared in the past but neither knowing how to get there.  There is so much unexpected wisdom in these pages, along with tears and a lot of laughter. Throw in three rambunctious kids, “cute little soul-suckers” as their father terms it, return of a father who abandoned his family, a turtle with a balloon, and three cats who rule their home, and you have a touching, poignant story of hope, love, loss, and what it means to be family.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s sexy contemporary and award-winning books wherever romances are sold and click on the blog button above for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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