Yecheilyah’s Book Reviews – The House on Candlewick Lane by Amy M. Reade

Title: The House on Candlewick Lane

Author: Amy M. Reade

Print Length: 263 pages

Publisher: Lyrical Underground (February 7, 2017)

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services

Language: English

ASIN: B01FBZXR3K

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

When Dr. Greer Dobbins receives a call from her daughter’s school to confirm that her little girl was out of school, she is taken by surprise. Ellie should have been in school.

Ellie is missing and Greer could experience no greater agony. Having been abducted by her ex-husband Neil, Ellie has been taken by her own father. A marriage that fell apart over Neil’s gambling addiction there’s no telling where he’s taken, Ellie. Distraught, Dr. Dobbins is at her wit’s end as she and the police try to piece together the details of the disappearance.

Together they discover Neil has taken Ellie from school and, even more, a man is spotted on an airport security video in Albany New York holding the hand of a little boy. The man’s face is concealed but the little boy turns around and faces the camera. The little boy is Ellie. Greer is taken aback. Neil has cut their daughter’s hair and dressed her in boys clothes.

Unfortunately for this professor things do not get better. Having already sugar coated the details of the divorce to the police (irreconcilable differences), Greer has also neglected to inform the police that neither she or Neil are from the United States. It is in providing information about Neil’s parents and siblings that she reveals that both she and Neil are both from Scotland. At this point, after discovering that both she and her daughter’s passports are missing, it is clear that Neil is headed home.

After a frantic attempt at boarding a plane without a passport and going through several airport personnel to rectify the situation, Greer heads to Edinburgh Scotland in search for her daughter. On the plane, she meets James and a casual conversation sparks the beginning of a relationship and a long search ahead. We learn more about Neil and Greer’s relationship, her strained relationship with her former parents-in-law, and other secrets the city holds.

This is my second read from Amy and I didn’t know how to feel about Greer. She’s alright, I guess. The book opened and I was interested in the story but things started to slow as Greer and the police tried to figure out what happened to Ellie. This time wasn’t suspenseful for me and instead I found it a bit slow.

Then there was Greer who seemed to have some airhead moments, asking questions whose answers to me seemed obvious. Like, how is it she was so surprised that Neil may have taken Ellie to Scotland? Or that he cut her hair. Seriously lady? Why do you think he cut her hair after kidnapping her and being on the run? Like, duh. Maybe she was just distraught because of her daughter being missing and couldn’t think straight but to be a Professor of Art and History she had some clueless moments.

However, my gripe is with Greer not Amy (lol) so despite getting into my feelings the story itself is OK and the writing is good.

Once Greer left the U.S. things got better for me. Things got real interesting once she revealed the abuse she suffered at the hands of Greer’s parents. When she took us back in time to show some of what she went through on the third floor of the house on Candlewick Lane, Amy had my full attention and I was interested to see how everything would unfold. Looking back, I wished she’d left the U.S. sooner so we could get to the juicy details.

I enjoyed how the author didn’t allow the book to end until all the questions were answered. This is something I love in a good novel (that’s not part of a series). That is, everything is resolved before the book ends. Amy won cool points from me on that. Good writing.

Plot Movement / Strength: 3/5

Entertainment Factor: 3/5

Characterization: 4/5

Authenticity / Believable: 4/5

Thought Provoking: 3/5

Overall Rating: 3 / 5 stars

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Yecheilyah’s Book Reviews – House of the Hanging Jade by Amy M. Reade

Title: House of The Hanging Jade

Author: Amy M. Reade

Print Length: 246 pages

Publisher: Lyrical Underground (April 26, 2016)

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services

Language: English

ASIN: B0138NHCMO

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Not willing to cope with Washington’s brutal winters, Kailani makes the decision to break up with restaurant owner Geoffrey and leave her job to return home. Back to the warm weather and beauty that is Hawaii, black sand and the curling waves of the Pacific Ocean. In preparation to return, Kailani searches for employment and secures a position as personal chef to Lars Jorgensen, owner of Kaimana Surf Company and his wife Dr. Barbara Merriweather, on the West Coast of the Big Island in the district of North Kohala.

When she gets there, The Jorgensen’s house is beautiful and this sous-chef is ill prepared for what awaits beyond the lush tropical gardens of palm trees, midnight jasmine, red ginger, and pergola laden with hanging Jade. As Kailani settles in, a series of events begin to unfold that question the stability of the Jorgensen household. First, Lars and Barbie doesn’t seem to like each other much, which could have something to do with Barbie’s roaming eye (and other body parts).

The children are not very fond of Kailani’s healthy cooking although Barbie requires her to prepare more nutritional meals to curve her family’s appetite for junk food. Still, this is not the extent to Kailani’s problems. Things get weird when Geoffrey moves to Hawaii to be with her (even though she’s already told him its over), and a body is found on the Jorgensen’s property.

There are a few things I enjoyed about this book. Because Kailani is a chef, I enjoyed reading about the kinds of meals she would prepare for the family. (Especially when she started to get really creative to get the children to eat healthy.) It really gave me a sense of the Hawaiian culture.

I also like how the plot pretty much focuses on this one family. To me that gives the story a TV show kind of feel. Meaning, every time I put my Kindle down I’d think about what I’d read in tomorrow’s episode of the House of the Hanging Jade. Speaking of episodes, there’s plenty of drama to go around! Let’s just say the Jorgensen’s are off the chain.

There’s a lot going on in this house and I kept wondering why Kailani didn’t just quit her job. It becomes so dangerous for her that Lars has installed a new security system. Of all of this, what I love most about this book is the children! For those of you who know me you know I love the “itty bitty’s” and Marcus and Justine’s presence in the house added the breath of fresh air and light that I needed as a reader in the midst of the family’s raging storms.

It is in fact the children’s well-being and state of mind that makes this book worthwhile and that will keep you reading. What’s really going on in the house with the hanging Jade?

Ratings:
Plot Movement / Strength: 4/5
Entertainment Factor: 4/5
Characterization: 5/5
Authenticity / Believable: 4/5
Thought Provoking: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4 / 5 stars

House of the Hanging Jade is available  now on Amazon!

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Be sure to contact this Best Selling Author at the links below!

Amy can be found online at the following places:

Website: www.amymreade.com

Blog: www.amreade.wordpress.com

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade

Amazon: www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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