First Review of 2022

Hello and welcome to One Girl and a Book.  I hope that you all are doing well.  We are getting a few days of cooler temperature which I am loving.  I have seen on the news that there are states that don’t normally get snow often, had some snow this past weekend. 

So I thought I would do a review of one of the books that I have read.

Synopsis

Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to hold her life together—excelling in an arduous job with the court while also dealing with a troubled family. When the shocking news breaks that Justice Wynn—the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases—has slipped into a coma, Avery’s life turns upside down. She is immediately notified that Justice Wynn has left instructions for her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery finds that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching one of the most controversial cases before the court—a proposed merger between an American biotech company and an Indian genetics firm, which promises to unleash breathtaking results in the medical field. She also discovers that Wynn suspected a dangerously related conspiracy that infiltrates the highest power corridors of Washington.
 
As political wrangling ensues in Washington to potentially replace the ailing judge whose life and survival Avery controls, she begins to unravel a carefully constructed, chess like sequence of clues left behind by Wynn. She comes to see that Wynn had a much more personal stake in the controversial case and realizes his complex puzzle will lead her directly into harm’s way in order to find the truth. While Justice Sleeps is a cunningly crafted, sophisticated novel, layered with myriad twists and a vibrant cast of characters. Drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape, Stacey Abrams shows herself to be not only a force for good in politics and voter fairness but also a major new talent in suspense fiction. You can purchase it HERE

About Author:

Stacey Abrams is a New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO and political leader. After serving for eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Democratic Leader. In 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, winning more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Abrams was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States, and she was the first black woman and first Georgian to deliver a Response to the State of the Union.

My Review:

The Synopsis of this books is great and made me want to read it. But I have to admit it was a slow thriller than I have read, but it did keep my interest and I wanted to learn about all the characters.  I did like how the author used technical information that added a level of realism, and made each character interesting and there were a few characters (like Vance) that I wanted to learn more about and water to know if he was really a legit person. This is the first time of reading anything from this author and her  writing style I found her writing a little slower and different than I was used to reading. 

My rating of this book is 4 stars. 

I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

WWW.Wednesday

Happy WWW Wednesday!

Hello and welcome to HUMP DAY.  I can’t believe that we are in the third week of January.  I hope that everyone’s week has been eventful.  I have been very busy at work, and I have been trying to schedule post for the upcoming weeks, I hope to blog more this year.   

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Anyone can participate by answering the three questions below and then posting a link to your post from your blog on Sam’s website, or just answer the questions on her post, if you do not have a blog.

The three questions (Ws) are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading The Girl Before By: J. P. Delaney I am 30% into the book and I am finding that its starting a little slow for me. I am hoping that it picks up.  It’s the first that I have read by this author. 

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished While Justice Sleeps By:  Stacey Abrams and I really enjoyed it.  I will be doing a review in the next couple of days.

Atomic Habit By:  James Clear this book was recommended to me, so I thought I would give it a shot, although I find it hard to review this one, but overall I enjoyed it and their were interesting topics. 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Wow there is a lot that I want to read and or I am waiting for my Library Holds to be filled on some that I would love to start reading.  But for now I think I will start The Sleeper Lies By:  Andera mara

Thanks for reading this week’s WWW on my blog! Have you read any of these books or have plans to? Have you also done a WWW on your blog, if so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

The Wooden Spoon was a busy as it ever was at three o’clock on a Friday afternoon – one man treating his son to an after-school brownie, and two teenage girls who’d just got off the bus from Dublin, judging by their A-Wear and Penneys Shopping bags. 

Ray was there already and stood to great me. 

Without further a doo….

You can purchase it HERE

IT”S MONDAY

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.

What I read last week:

While Justice Sleeps By:  Stacey Abrams

Avery Keene, a brilliant young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to hold her life together—excelling in an arduous job with the court while also dealing with a troubled family. When the shocking news breaks that Justice Wynn—the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases—has slipped into a coma, Avery’s life turns upside down. She is immediately notified that Justice Wynn has left instructions for her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery finds that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching one of the most controversial cases before the court—a proposed merger between an American biotech company and an Indian genetics firm, which promises to unleash breathtaking results in the medical field. She also discovers that Wynn suspected a dangerously related conspiracy that infiltrates the highest power corridors of Washington.
 
As political wrangling ensues in Washington to potentially replace the ailing judge whose life and survival Avery controls, she begins to unravel a carefully constructed, chesslike sequence of clues left behind by Wynn. She comes to see that Wynn had a much more personal stake in the controversial case and realizes his complex puzzle will lead her directly into harm’s way in order to find the truth. While Justice Sleeps is a cunningly crafted, sophisticated novel, layered with myriad twists and a vibrant cast of characters. Drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape, Stacey Abrams shows herself to be not only a force for good in politics and voter fairness but also a major new talent in suspense fiction.

You can purchase it HERE

Atomic Habits By:  James Clear

Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you’ll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.

Learn how to:
    make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy);
    overcome a lack of motivation and willpower;
    design your environment to make success easier;
    get back on track when you fall off course;
…and much more.

Atomic Habits will reshape the way you think about progress and success, and give you the tools and strategies you need to transform your habits–whether you are a team looking to win a championship, an organization hoping to redefine an industry, or simply an individual who wishes to quit smoking, lose weight, reduce stress, or achieve any other goal.

You can purchase it HERE

What I am reading now:  The Girl Before by J.P Delaney

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY RON HOWARD

Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.

EMMA
Reeling from a traumatic break-in, Emma wants a new place to live. But none of the apartments she sees are affordable or feel safe. Until One Folgate Street. The house is an architectural masterpiece: a minimalist design of pale stone, plate glass, and soaring ceilings. But there are rules. The enigmatic architect who designed the house retains full control: no books, no throw pillows, no photos or clutter or personal effects of any kind. The space is intended to transform its occupant—and it does.

JANE
After a personal tragedy, Jane needs a fresh start. When she finds One Folgate Street she is instantly drawn to the space—and to its aloof but seductive creator. Moving in, Jane soon learns about the untimely death of the home’s previous tenant, a woman similar to Jane in age and appearance. As Jane tries to untangle truth from lies, she unwittingly follows the same patterns, makes the same choices, crosses paths with the same people, and experiences the same terror, as the girl before. 

You can purchase it HERE

Up next:

The Sleeper Lies By:  Andera mara

ONE WINDOW, THREE LIES

I step forward, breathing fast. Movement. I force myself to take another step. I think about all of it, all of the deaths and all of the accidents and all of the pain. And I know what I need to do.

ONE WINDOW

It’s March 2018, and the country is covered in snow. Roads are impassable, shops are running out of food, and official advice is to stay indoors. Marianne lives on her own and works from home, so this isn’t a problem. Until she wakes one morning in her house in the middle of nowhere and finds footprints trailing all across her garden. Half-asleep, she is at first curious. Then she realises the footprints stop at her bedroom window, and curiosity gives way to unease. Who was looking in at her, while she was asleep?

THREE LIES

As the big freeze worsens and the stalker begins to leave disturbing mementoes, Marianne’s thoughts go back two decades to the schoolyard outburst that tore her childhood apart. Old feuds resurface, and the mystery of her mother’s death is pulled back into focus. Marianne begins to see patterns – is there a link between her stalker and the true crime story she’s been obsessively researching, or does the answer lie closer to home?

24 DAYS

In the end, 24 days is all it takes for everything to come crashing down.

You can purchase it HERE

Thanks for reading this week’s It’s Monday What Are You Reading? on my blog! Have you read any of these books or have plans to? Have you also done the It’s Monday What Are You Reading? on your blog, if so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

Hello Weekend

Hello and welcome to the Weekend. I hope that you all had a great week and are enjoying your weekend. 

Who doesn’t love a Fluffy Biscuits, I know I do and these remind me of an English Muffin which I love them when they are extra crispy with butter or cream cheese?  If you haven’t check out Low Carb Love click the link below and it will take you to her Blog.  She has some awesome recipes that are delicious and low in carbs.

https://lowcarblove.com

1G Carb Fluffy Biscuits

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoon almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 egg whites (¾ cup liquid egg whites) 
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Grease a cupcake pan with coconut oil spray.
  3. Whip egg whites until very fluffy. 
  4. In a separate medium bowl, mix the baking powder into the almond flour. 
  5. Then cut in the butter and salt. 
  6. Gently fold the dry mixture into the whites.
  7. Using a ice cream scoop, scoop the dough into a large cupcake tin and bake for 8 to 10 minutes

NUTRITION:

Nutrition per biscuit:

  • 1g Net Carb 
  • 3g Total Carbs
  • 2g Fiber 
  • 10g Fat 
  • 5g Protein
  • 114 Calories

Note: Recipe and scans shared in the context of review; all rights remain with the original copyright holder.

Hello Sunday

The Sunday Post is a blog news meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Join in weekly, bi-weekly or for a monthly wrap up. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

I have decided to try this meme again this will be second post for the Sunday Post Meme hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer. I have been looking for new ways to interact with the book blogging community and I have been loving all of the new blogs that I have discovered due to blog memes and link ups. If you are new to my blog, I would love a follow.

Today is one of these perfect Sundays where the sun is shining, and the humidity is low, and cooler weather which I love and wished it would stay a little longer; but we could use so much needed rain. 

Last Week On The Blog

Monday:  No Blog Post

Tuesday: Top Five Tuesday, 2021 New (to me) Authors

Wednesday: No Blog Post

Thursday:  2022 Reading Challenges I have joined

This Week On The Blog

Monday: No blog posts

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday

Wednesday: WWW.Wednesday

Thursday: TBR Challenge 2022

New Arrivals At One Girl and Book

I have been looking into revamping One Girl and Book Blog.  One of my Christmas gifts from my husband was a blog journal where I could write out my ideas for blog posts, which I have started and hopefully this old blog will be blogged more often. 

I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

90 Second Bread

Hello and Welcome to the weekend; This week seemed so long, maybe it was because the last two weeks I only worked four days because of the Holidays.

I have another great recipe that I have tried, from https://lowcarblove.com, and I am loving it. I have started back on my Low Carb diet and this was great when I wanted a piece of bread. Check out Low Carb Loves blog, she has some great recipes.

Yields: 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 4 large eggs room temp 
  • 3⁄4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoon baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a bowl mix well all ingredients 
  2. Pour into lightly greased mold 
  3. Microwave for 90 seconds 
  4. NUTRITION:

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 37
  • Total Fat 2.1g   
  • Total Carbohydrate 4.8g   
  • Dietary Fiber 2.8g   
  • Net carbs 2g 
  • Protein 0.7g 

Note: Recipe and scans shared in the context of review; all rights remain with the original copyright holder.

TBR Pile Challenge 2022

In a recent post I had mentioned Reading Challenges, I usually do the Goodreads Challenge and then I cam across the challenge hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – Book Reviews, Book Tours, Book Recommendations & Giveaways too!

 

And while searching for books that are new releases and those that I want to read for 2022, I came across another challenge and we all have a TBR pile.  So here is the other challenge I found The TBR Pile Challenge 2022  This challenge was started by Adam (at Roof Beam Reader) and he is hosting his annual TBR Pile challenge again. 

Here is how this challenge works:

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months)

Specifics:
1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2021 or later (any book published in the year 2020 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books ends up in the “did not finish (DNF)” pile.

Please visit Adam’s website here for more details.

My list of TBR books:

Local Girl Missing By:  Claire Douglas

The Sisters By: Claire Douglas

The Mistake By: K.L. Slater

Beartown By: Fredrick Backman

The House Next Door By: James Patterson

My Sister is Missing By: Carrissa Ann Lynch

What Lies Between You By: John Marrs

The Good Samaritan By: John Marrs

The Girl She Wanted By K.L. Slater

The Accident By: C.L. Taylor

One Perfect Lie By: Lisa Scottoline

The Minders By: John Mars

Have you done any of these challenges or have plans to?  If so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always- Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

WWW.Wednesday

Happy WWW Wednesday!

Welcome to first Wednesday of 2022. 

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. Anyone can participate by answering the three questions below and then posting a link to your post from your blog on Sam’s website, or just answer the questions on her post, if you do not have a blog.

The three questions (Ws) are:

1.) What are you currently reading?
2.) What did you recently finish reading?
3.) What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading While Justice Sleeps By: Stacey Abrams and I must say what a great start and I am enjoying this author, it’s the first that I have read by this author. 

What did you recently finish reading?

I heard so much about this book, So when it finally became available at my Library I decided to request it, after months of it being on hold at my library I was so excited to read it.  But after finishing it I was a little disappointed in it.  I did not find this book to be suspenseful at all.

Rock Paper Scissors By:  Alice Feeney

Things have been wrong with Mr and Mrs Wright for a long time. When Adam and Amelia win a weekend away to Scotland, it might be just what their marriage needs. Self-confessed workaholic and screenwriter Adam Wright has lived with face blindness his whole life. He can’t recognize friends or family, or even his own wife.

Every anniversary the couple exchange traditional gifts–paper, cotton, pottery, tin–and each year Adam’s wife writes him a letter that she never lets him read. Until now. They both know this weekend will make or break their marriage, but they didn’t randomly win this trip. One of them is lying, and someone doesn’t want them to live happily ever after.

Ten years of marriage. Ten years of secrets. And an anniversary they will never forget.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I haven’t decided what I am going to read next, I may pick one of my TBR 2022 challenge and get that started. 

Thanks for reading this week’s WWW on my blog! Have you read any of these books or have plans to? Have you also done a WWW on your blog, if so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always-

Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book

Rochelle xoxo

Top Ten Tuesday

Hello and Welcome to the New Year.  I hope that you all had a great Christmas and New Year.  And I have been looking into revamping my blog and searching for new ideas and following new Book Bloggers.  So Today I am linking up with Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl – A Book Blog

Today’s topic is  the Releases I’m most looking forward to for the first half of 2022.  I have made my list and now I am looking into finding them. 

On to what I can’t wait to be released

The Ex-Husband by Karen Hamilton (January 18) From international bestselling author Karen Hamilton comes another pulse-pounding domestic thriller set against a lush, tropical backdrop as a woman fleeing her past as a con artist finds herself trapped aboard a cruise ship with someone who not only knows about that past, but will stop at nothing to get revenge.

It’s an offer she can’t refuse…and might not survive.

Charlotte has an unsavory past, but she’s on the straight and narrow these days. She was so young then—she married the wrong man, falling for Sam’s sweet-talking charm and charisma, and got caught up in his con artist games.

If only she’d left him before things went too far.

Now Sam is missing. But before he disappeared, he left urgent, cryptic messages about someone threatening him—someone who has been threatening Charlotte, too.
So Charlotte takes a job as a personal assistant for an engagement party aboard a private luxury cruise ship, the Cleobella, to get far away from anyone who means her harm. 

But as the Cleobella sails through its glittering destinations, increasingly sinister events haunt the guests, and the turquoise waves and sun-drenched beaches give way to something darker. Someone knows what Charlotte did. Is it the blushing bride? The seemingly placid mother-in-law? Or the mysterious heiress?

Someone knows, and someone wants revenge—before the ship reaches its final port.

You can purchase it HERE

Woman Last Seen by Adele Parks (February 1)

HAPPY. MARRIED. MISSING.

“A gripping story of greed, lies and dark family secrets.”

—Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author, on Just My Luck

Leigh Fletcher: happily married stepmom to two gorgeous boys goes missing on Monday. Her husband, Mark, says he knows nothing of her whereabouts. She went to work and just never came home. Their family is shattered.

Kai Janssen: married to wealthy Dutch businessman Daan and vanishes the same week. Kai left their luxurious penthouse and glamorous world without a backward glance. She seemingly evaporated into thin air. Daan is distraught.

Detective Clements knows that people disappear all the time—far too frequently. Most run away from things, some run toward and others are taken but find their way back. A sad few never return. These two women are from very different worlds. Their disappearances are unlikely to be connected. And yet, at a gut level, the detective believes they might be.

How could these women walk away from their families, husbands and homes willingly? Clements is determined to unearth the truth, no matter how shocking and devastating it may be.

You can purchase it HERE

Woman Last Seen by Adele Parks (February 1)

HAPPY. MARRIED. MISSING.

“A gripping story of greed, lies and dark family secrets.”

—Lisa Jewell, New York Times bestselling author, on Just My Luck

Leigh Fletcher: happily married stepmom to two gorgeous boys goes missing on Monday. Her husband, Mark, says he knows nothing of her whereabouts. She went to work and just never came home. Their family is shattered.

Kai Janssen: married to wealthy Dutch businessman Daan and vanishes the same week. Kai left their luxurious penthouse and glamorous world without a backward glance. She seemingly evaporated into thin air. Daan is distraught.

Detective Clements knows that people disappear all the time—far too frequently. Most run away from things, some run toward and others are taken but find their way back. A sad few never return. These two women are from very different worlds. Their disappearances are unlikely to be connected. And yet, at a gut level, the detective believes they might be.

How could these women walk away from their families, husbands and homes willingly? Clements is determined to unearth the truth, no matter how shocking and devastating it may be.

You can purchase it HERE

Deep Water by Emma Bamford (May 31)

The dark side of paradise is exposed when a terrified couple reveals their daunting experience on a remote island to their rescuers—only to realize they’re still in the grips of the island’s secrets—in this intense and startling debut in the tradition of Into the Jungle and The Ruins.

When a Navy vessel comes across a yacht in distress in the middle of the vast Indian Ocean, Captain Danial Tengku orders his ship to rush to its aid. On board the yacht is a British couple: a horribly injured man, Jake, and his traumatized wife, Virginie, who breathlessly confesses, “It’s all my fault. I killed them.”

Trembling with fear, she reveals their shocking story to Danial. Months earlier, the couple had spent all their savings on a yacht, full of excitement for exploring the high seas and exotic lands together. They start at the busy harbors of Malaysia and, through word of mouth, Jake and Virginie learn about a tiny, isolated island full of unspoiled beaches. When they arrive, they discover they are not the only visitors and quickly become entangled with a motley crew of expat sailors. Soon, Jake and Virginie’s adventurous dream turns into a terrifying nightmare.

Now, it’s up to Danial to determine just how much truth there is in Virginie’s alarming tale. But when his crew make a shocking discovery, he realizes that if he doesn’t act soon, they could all fall under the dark spell of the island.

Wow my TBR pile just got longer, there a lot of new releases that are coming out, and these are the few that I am interested in. 

Which upcoming releases are you the most excited about?  Have you already and of these?  What did you think? If so I will check it out. I welcome your thoughts/comments, and as always- Thanks for Reading One Girl and a Book