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The Fifth Letter

The Fifth Letterby Nicola Moriarty

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 24th 2017 by William Morrow
4 Stars

My Review: Joni, Deb, Trina & Eden have all been friends since the first day of high school. Joni brought the group together when the teacher made a comment about them all being born under the same sign. Joni actively sought each girl out and their group began. While growing up they were pretty much inseparable and shared everything as well as helping each other deal with things. In the book which is narrated by Joni, they are 30 and she is worried about them drifting apart. She has planned a girl’s weekend in a beach house. Because they have not shared their lives as much, with marriage and children happening, Joni suggests they each write a letter, not signed, sharing a secret. They will read the letters and offer solutions to the anonymous writer. This, Joni hopes, will rekindle the closeness they once felt. The letter sharing doesn’t go according to plan and when Joni finds a fifth letter that one of them wrote and tried to destroy, she embarks on a journey to determine who wrote the letter and would the person who wrote it follow through on what they put in it.

I enjoyed this book. The story flowed well and I rushed through it once I got about half way. It did start a bit slow, but got better as it went on. The story is told though flash backs and stories from their youth as well as what is going on in the present. The flashbacks help the reader to understand the friendship and personalities of the women. Of course, does anyone really know everyone’s secrets? I really wanted these women to work everything out as their friendship seemed so important to who they were, but as Joni says in the book, “Maybe you’re not suppose to stay friends with people from high school for so long after school. Maybe it just doesn’t work.” There were times that I really liked each character, and times where I didn’t. Joni seemed to be rather bullying and bossy at times, then you could see that this was a role foisted upon her by the others. Parts of this book were humorous, parts serious, and parts sad, which is exactly how life works. Throughout the story, I was constantly trying to figure out, who wrote that fifth letter. I recommend this book to anyone who likes women’s fiction, human drama with a bit of mystery to it.

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One Wish in Manhattan

One Wish in Manhattan by Mandy Baggotby Mandy Baggot

ebook, paperback 358 pages
Published October 2nd 2015 by Bookoutoure

Send in the Clowns (The Country Club Murders #4)

Send in the Clowns (The Country Club Murders #4)by Julie Mulhern

Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Henery Press
4.5 Stars

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Buried in Beignets (Maggie Miller Mysteries #1)

Buried in Beignets (Maggie Miller Mysteries, #1)by J.R. Ripley, Glenn Meganck

Published December 1st 2015 by Severn House Publishers

3.5 stars

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Curious Minds (Knight and Moon #1)

Curious Minds (Knight and Moon, #1)by Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton

Published August 16th 2016 by Bantam Dell

4 Stars

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Facials Can Be Fatal (Bad Hair Day Mystery #13)

Facials Can Be Fatal (Bad Hair Day Mystery, #13)by Nancy J. Cohen

Expected publication: February 22nd 2017 by Five Star Publishing

4 Stars
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Eggnog Murder

Eggnog Murderby Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis, and Barbara Ross

Published October 25th 2016 by Kensington

4.5 Stars

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A Room with a Pew (A Lucille Mystery #4)

A Room with a Pew (A Lucille Mystery Book 4)by Peg Cochran

Published December 9th 2015 by Beyond the Page

4 Stars

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Lawyer for the Cat (Sally Baynard #2)

Lawyer for the Cat (Sally Baynard #2)by Lee Robinson

Published May 10th 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books 

4 Stars
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