Tuesday, September 27, 2016

GIVEAWAY & REVIEW of The Things We Wish Were True: A Novel by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)
about book:

In an idyllic small-town neighborhood, a near tragedy triggers a series of dark revelations.

From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house.

Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts—until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors’ intertwined lives begins to unravel.

During the course of a sweltering summer, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the neighbors learn that it’s impossible to really know those closest to us. But is it impossible to love and forgive them?

my thoughts:

A soap opera in book form.  The Things We Wish We Were True is family drama at its best!

Its summer time and that means the local pool is open for business.  It also means that if you want to find out what's happening around town, you have got to be poolside.  Yep, the pool is where its at! Family drama becomes neighborhood drama as people's lives intersect in various ways, making for quite the addictive read. I could not put this book down! The multiple perspectives provide insight into everyone's personal affairs and also allow us to see what is really happening behind the scenes in Sycamore Glen.  Its gossip at its best!  Plus, the twists and turns kept me wondering who's truth is really fact.  Oh, and the slow reveal of secrets was just tantalizing - I absolutely loved it! 

I would happily recommend The Things We Wish Were True to fans of women's fiction - you are going to LOVE this book! 

Here's the link to the TLC Book Tour schedule for: The Things We Wish Were True

GIVEAWAY:  Thanks to the publisher I am able to give away one (1) copy of this book! All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave me a comment. Don't forget to include your email address - that way I can contact you, if you win the book.  Last date to enter is September 30th.  US/Canada residents only.  Good luck!!
Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!


Ti said...

This book is totally my thing. I spent many hours at pool lessons listening to women chatting it up. I can totally relate. Pick me!!

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Ti, I thought this one might be up your alley :)

bermudaonion said...

Now I'm wondering what I've been missing by not going to our neighborhood pool! lol Marybeth is so sweet and I'm glad to see her having such success with this book.

A Bookish Way of Life said...

Kathy, I know - me, too :) Do you know her? I'm glad she's having such success with her book, too. It really is such an addictive read - I loved it!

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

"soap opera in book form" tells me that there is a LOT going on in this book - it sounds like a book that will keep me flipping pages frantically to find out how it all turns out!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.