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A ‘Little Bird’ told me about this cool duo
Mailbox Monday

With both of these books not being due for release until July 2019, the lovely Katie Olsen from ‘Little Bird Publicity‘ is definitely on the ball with her pre-approved copies and the great team at NetGalley came up trumps, as always!

I couldn’t help but also notice how similar the storylines are for these two books. Marriages of secrets, lies, love and deceit, children lost and found – some coincidence you have to admit!

I can’t choose which one I aim to read first, but either way this is an excellent ‘Mailbox Monday’, as far as I’m concerned 🙂

FALSE STEP by VICTORIA HELEN STONE

Cover image of the book 'False Step' by author Victoria Helen StoneStay calm, keep smiling, and watch your step. In this marriage of secrets and lies, nothing is what it seems.

For days, all of Denver, Colorado, has worried over the fate of a missing child, little Tanner Holcomb. Then, a miracle: handsome, athletic Johnny Bradley finds him, frightened but unharmed, on a hiking trail miles from his wealthy family’s mountain home.

In a heartbeat, his rescuer goes from financially strapped fitness trainer to celebrated hero. The heat of the spotlight may prove too much for Johnny’s picture-perfect family, however. His wife, Veronica, despises the pressure of the sudden fame, afraid that secrets and bitter resentments of her marriage may come to light. And she’s willing to do anything to keep them hidden.

But when a shocking revelation exposes an even darker side to Tanner’s disappearance, Veronica realizes that nothing in her life can be trusted. And everything should be feared.

LAST SUMMER by KERRY LONSDALE

Cover image of the book 'Last Summer' by author Kerry LonsdaleFrom the Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Everything series comes a new novel of love, lies, and deceit.

Lifestyle journalist Ella Skye remembers every celebrity she interviewed, every politician she charmed between the sheets, and every socialite who eyed her with envy. The chance meeting with her husband, Damien; their rapid free fall into love; and their low-key, intimate wedding are all locked in her memory. But what she can’t remember is the tragic car accident that ripped her unborn child from her. Ella can’t even recall being pregnant.

Hoping to find the memories of a lost pregnancy that’s left her husband devastated and their home empty, Ella begins delving into her past when she’s assigned an exclusive story about Nathan Donovan, a retired celebrity adventurer who seems to know more about her than she does him. To unravel the mystery of her selective memory loss, Ella follows Nathan from the snowcapped Sierra Nevada to the frozen slopes of southeast Alaska. There she discovers the people she trusts most aren’t the only ones keeping secrets from her—she’s hiding them from herself. Ella quickly learns that some truths are best left forgotten.

Picture of an English red post box - generic image to link to the mailbox Monday memeMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Mary,

      I did notice that you had already marked both of these titles for your Goodreads ‘Want To Read’ folder. However, given how slow my reading is right now, I feel sure that it is I who will be watching for your reviews first!

      Luckily, the ARC copies and requests seem to be coming out earlier and earlier before the actual publication date, they must have got wind about the slowcoaches like me!

      Have a great week and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • They both sound good, so I’m not sure which I’d choose to read first. You might remember Victoria Helen Stone authored one of the books I read last month! That might sway me to begin with her book.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Yes, I did think about your review of ‘Jane Doe’, when the ARC of ‘False Step’ landed on my desk. It is still a little too soon for Goodreads ratings and reviews to start coming in for ‘False Step’, however the ratings and reviews for ‘Jane Doe’ have been amazing, so this is an author I really need to start reading very soon.

      ARC’s of ‘Last Summer’ must have been around for a bit longer, as Kerry is also proving to be a very popular Goodreads author.

      I found it very difficult to separate these two storylines and come up with a favourite, as I couldn’t believe how similar they actually are. However your review of Victoria’s previous book and the fact that I prefer the cover of ‘False Step’, decided it for me.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, it is good to keep in touch with you and I hope that all is well 🙂

  • That first one sounds really excellent, I like these thriller-type books that have family secrets and lots of twists and turns. Look forward to hearing your thoughts when you get to it.

    I had completely unexpected books in the post today too. The British Library sent me their two latest science-fiction books for review. My husband was agog that someone would send me free books even though this is not the first time they’ve done it. 🙂

    • Hi Cath,

      It seems to me as though the plots for so many books are becoming almost far too complicated for my little brain these days. There are so many twists and turns, that some storylines are quite unbelievable and too far-fetched. I guess that authors are having to squeeze every last morsel out of a story, in order to differentiate themselves from the crowd.

      Family secrets are always a good crowd-pleaser though and given the nature of some of the ‘real life’ news stories we see on our screens each day, they may not be quite so far removed from the truth in many cases!

      It is always nice when books arrive on the doorstep unannounced, although it doesn’t happen to me all that often. Hubbie still can’t quite get his head around the fact that publishers will send out ‘freebies’, but he is generally happy when I explain that I shall probably never have the need to buy another new book for the rest of my life!

      Congratulations on your windfall, although I don’t feel too jealous, as I am not a science fiction fan 🙂

      • Just a quickie to say thank you for your offer of A Sinner’s Gift. I would love to have the book and will send you my address in an email tomorrow. Thanks so much Yvonne.

        Going back to free books, I had to pop in and tell you this. I did something over the weekend that I’ve never done before. I saw on Twitter that a couple of people had recieved ARCs of a book on mountaineering, which is a subject I like reading about. So I wrote to the publisher and asked for a copy too. Never done that before and felt a bit cheeky doing it. Got a charming letter back, yes they would be *very* happy to let me have a copy but can I wait until early May when the first proper copies will be available. Delighted and now I wouldn’t be afraid to do that again if there was something I really wanted.

        • Good for you! I have never had the nerve to actually contact a publisher and don’t know if I would ever be as brave as you!

          Most of my ‘real’ freebie books were the old Goodreads giveaways, which seem to have now stopped outside of the US. Nowadays my gifts are mostly NetGalley ebooks, although I do still get the occasional surprise through the post.

          I did feel a bit awkward about offering you my second hand books, but I do hate to see them go to waste without at least a couple of reads and Trading Standards just won’t allow us to sell ARC’s in retail charity, although I could sell it at a car boot sale – go figure that one!

          I have just a few more pages left to read, so I’ll crack on with that this week hopefully. I am loving the book so far and still have no real idea how it is going to all end, so I hope you enjoy it just as much 🙂

  • I read one time that there are only three basic story lines or something like that so I guess they’re all similar in some way. It’ll be hard to wait to read these books – they both sound like page turners.

    • Hi Kathy,

      The number of basic story lines is certainly an emotive subject when you research it. Theories abound that there are any number from three to nine basic plots, with each source seemingly having the unquestionable evidence to back up their analysis.

      Me personally, I’ll just take a good page turning plot at face value and these and both sound excellent!

      Thanks for visiting today and Happy Reading in the coming week 🙂

    • Hi Carol,

      Everyone seems to be ‘plumping’ for ‘False Step’, as their potential book of choice!

      However both Victoria Helen Stone and Kerry Lonsdale, are well established and popular authors in their own right, so both should offer an engrossing read.

      Whilst I couldn’t really decide between the two solely on the basis of a premise, I have to admit that the cover of ‘False Step’ was much more appealing and relevant to the book’s storyline.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by this week. I always value and appreciate reading other people’s thoughts and comments 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      I just checked and ‘Last Summer’ is still available to download if you have a NetGalley account.

      ‘False Step’ was an invitation to read copy, although all of the author’s previous books have been made generally available on NetGalley, so I should keep a lookout for it!

      Enjoy if you do decide to join us in reading one or both of the books and thanks for taking the time to stop by 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I do quite a lot of promotional work for a diverse selection of authors, publishers and publicists, however I seem to have hit the jackpot with the amazing quality of the books and authors ‘Little Bird Publicity’ have on their books and their representative, the lovely Katie Olsen is always a joy to work with on projects.

      ‘False Step’ and ‘Last Summer’ both sound like great psychological thrillers, a genre which I seem to have been focusing on just recently, and I am looking forward to running features and eventual reviews for them both.

      Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. I hope that all is well with you and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Serena

      I was only actually commissioned to publish a series of promotional posts for ‘False Step’, however the premise is so intriguing that I am definitely adding it to my TBR pile and hope to read it in a very short while.

      Thanks for hosting MM and happy Reading for the rest of the week 🙂

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