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    Small town secrets...

    Amanda has always known she was adopted but nothing more, when she is left a house by her grandmother she travels with her children to Avalon Springs to clear the house and put it up for sale. People seem to clam up when she tells them who she is and Amanda's determined to find out why and learn about her birth mother Angie....... I enjoyed the story, which could have been a real dark thriller but sometimes felt a bit comedic. I didn't feel particularly fond of the characters that Amanda encountered along the way. The neighbour did remind me of someone I know though. Amanda seemed to fall in love and be thinking of a future within days , form close friendships within hours then lead said friends into a madcap whodunit and it all just seemed a bit unrealistic. However I did not predict the ending until very near the end of the book which always makes it worthwhile. The book wasn't a bad book I was just a bad match as a reader. Thank you Netgalley, Bookouture and Lauren Westwood for the opportunity to read this arc.
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    Blood Sings to Blood

    Amanda always knew she was adopted, but was told her adopted parents had no information on her biological family. She thought she had a good life with her husband, two beautiful children, and a business they ran together. Than the divorce . He told her he met someone else and moved out. She started over and was doing well. Than her parents came to visit and she heard the wards from her mother "We have to talk" She knew that wasn't good. Than she was told "We need to talk about your biological mother." That is when she found out that her biological grandmother had left her a house in Avalon Falls , California, where evidently her mother grew up. She learned that her mother was 16 when she was born and died shortly after and she was given for adoption by the grandmother because she thought it was the right thing to do. There was no information on who her father was. Now the story begins. Amanda and the children, Madison her teenage daughter, and Theo her younger son and herself go to Avalon Falls to look at the house and prepare it to be sold. After renting a cabin from the real estate agent while the house is being cleaned out and renovated she decides to try and solve the mystery of her birth and find her birth father. The problem is the town appears to have many secrets to hold. After dealing with the real estate lady Frances, she meets the next door neighbor Flo who is a bit of a hoarder. By finally going through her birth mother and her grandmother's items and in snippets of conversations she overhears she is able to make a list of prospective birth fathers. Wayne the boy next door, Mack with whom she attended a school dance, Mr. Karnes a teacher she was infatuated with, and the town Mayer Ralph who was with her in photos taken at a fair. Now she had to solve the mystery. With the help of France's with whom she became good friends and later Linda and even the Mayer's wife Tessa they tried to solve the mystery. When the truth is revealed at the end of the book it is a shocking twist that you will never guess is coming. I stayed up until wee hours of the morning because I just had to know how it ended. This was some good reading, you will be glad you picked it up and read it. Small town secrets at their best. Keeps you in suspense and keeps you wondering. I would recommend it. Thanks to Lauren Westwood, Bookouture, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of the book for an honest review.
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    A Stellar Read

    Single mum Amanda Fielding is shocked when she inherits the house where her grandma and birth mother, Angie once lived in Avalon Springs. Amanda was aware that she was adopted, and had always understood that nobody could fill in the missing pieces of her blood family, particularly regarding Angie. When Amanda arrives at her new house, she is struck by a strong sense of unease, so she turns to the townsfolk to discover what she can... Having previously read another novel, My Mother's Silence by Lauren Westwood I jumped at the chance to read this one, The Daughter She Lost. I'm glad I did as there were no disappointments here! This talented author delivers an unrestrained story with a compelling blend of grief, trauma, suspense, harboured secrets, concealment, and revelations. The Daughter She Lost is beautifully plotted, a cracking story and a book I revelled in all the way through. The author did a brilliant job of slowly drawing me into the plot, capturing and commanding my attention with her superbly drawn characters along with their secrets and furtiveness, while adding in clever twists. It brought no let-downs and everything was well-wrapped up in the satisfying and unexpected finale. A riveting, stellar novel that I'm delighted to recommend. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request, from Bookouture via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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    Blood Sings to Blood

    THREE STARS "Blood sings to blood." - The Daughter She Lost. SYNOPSIS: How much would you sacrifice for the mother you never met? Amanda always knew that she was adopted and that her birth mother Angie passed away, but she is shocked when she inherits the house where Angie lived in Avalon Springs. Amanda was always told there was no one she could ask about Angie, but finally, she has a chance to find out about the family she lost... When Amanda arrives at the stark white house with her children, she begins to feel uneasy. There are religious quotes etched into the walls of the hallway and a jewelry box full of letters hidden in her mother’s room. She tries talking to Linda and Frances, the women she meets in town, but they are guarded not just about Angie, but about the identity of Amanda’s father. Because Linda and Frances know secrets about Amanda’s family that could have devastating consequences. And as Amanda digs further into the past, it’s not just her own happiness at stake but that of her teenage daughter. Soon Amanda will have to decide: will she risk losing everything to find out the truth? - The Daughter She Lost. REVIEW: Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture, and Lauren Westwood for a chance to read and review this book early. This is the first book that I have read by Lauren Westwood and my first review on NetGalley! Overall, I did enjoy this book. I am a fan of domestic suspense books that feature complicated familial relationships and secrets, and this book had just that. In addition, this book dealt with themes such as past trauma, familial hurt, guilt, the importance of relationships, and healing. I thought the plot of the book was unique, and it kept me interested in seeing how this all played out for the main characters. In addition, I thought the book was well-written, and it was easy to read. I appreciated that the story was told from the perspective of three strong women, each with their own unique circumstances in life, and hurts from their past. The style of this book did give me similar vibes to "Big Little Lies" in the way it was written. Some of the side characters I felt we could have gotten to know a little bit better, especially the side characters that had more of an impact on the overall story and the main character's pasts. I also thought we could have read a little bit more about Angie's past and her relationships with those in her life since this was a huge part of the book. Overall, I rated this book three stars. I felt the plot of the book was good, unique, and I would recommend it to others. However, I did wish that there would have been more of a "thriller" feel in some areas of the book that felt a little slow to me. In addition, I was a little on the fence about the ending. I thought it ended well, however, the final twists seemed to happen a bit quick for my taste, and I wish that they had been led up to a little bit more throughout the middle of the book. I also thought that this book was going to be darker than it was. Don't get me wrong, this book needs trigger warnings for some content, but I could have handled a bit more darkness to add to the thriller and suspense feel. In conclusion, I think this is a good, easy book to read and it has made me interested in picking up another of Lauren Westwood's titles to read in the future. RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2020
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