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Everywhere to Hide by Siri Mitchell November 21, 2020

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How can she protect herself from an enemy she can’t see?

Law school graduate Whitney Garrison is a survivor. She admirably deals with an abusive boyfriend, her mother’s death, mounting student debt, dwindling job opportunities, and a rare neurological condition that prevents her from recognizing human faces.

But witnessing a murder might be the crisis she can’t overcome.

The killer has every advantage. Though Whitney saw him, she has no idea what he looks like. He knows where she lives and works. He anticipates her every move. Worst of all, he’s hiding in plain sight and believes she has information he needs. Information worth killing for. Again.

As the hunter drives his prey into a net of terror and international intrigue, Whitney’s only ally, Detective Leo Baroni, is taken off the case. Stripped of all semblance of safety, Whitney must suspect everyone and trust no one—and hope to come out alive.

My thoughts:

Siri has started writing in this new genre and I read her book before this one and loved it so I was very excited to read this one.

I can’t even imagine having face blindness. It made it interesting to read because we are in first person so the whole time the reader is also face blind, we never see anyone’s face. I wonder, though, if that is why I felt a bit disconnected from this book? I struggled with that throughout.

It started off engaging but as it went on I kind of got tired of hearing about all the men that had a crush on Whitney. It was like no man couldn’t walk by her without falling in love. That seemed a bit unrealistic.

There was also no Christian content. It was a clean fiction, but I don’t recall any faith in this book. This could have easily been tied in with her blindness and God helping her to see with the eyes of her heart? I don’t know, just my idea. Or a lesson in trust?

Overall, it was interesting but not what I was hoping for.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

 

State of Lies by Siri Mitchell August 22, 2019

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Book: State of Lies

Author: Siri Mitchell

Genre: Suspense

Release Date: August 13, 2019

State-of-lies-197x300.jpgMonths after her husband, Sean, is killed by a hit-and-run driver, physicist Georgie Brennan discovers he lied to her about where he had been going that day. A cryptic notebook, a missing computer, and strange noises under her house soon have her questioning everything she thought she knew.

With her job hanging by a thread, her son struggling to cope with his father’s death, and her four-star general father up for confirmation as the next Secretary of Defense, Georgie quickly finds herself tangled in a political intrigue that has no clear agenda and dozens of likely villains. Only one thing is clear: someone wants her dead too.

The more she digs for the truth, the fewer people she can trust.

Not her friends.

Not her parents.

Maybe not even herself.

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About the Author

SIRI-MITCHELL_headshot-300x239.jpgSiri Mitchell is the author of 14 novels. She has also written 2 novels under the pseudonym of Iris Anthony. She graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and has worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri is a big fan of the semi-colon but thinks the Oxford comma is irritatingly redundant. Visit her online at sirimitchell.com; Facebook: SiriMitchell; Twitter: @SiriMitchell.

 

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A Sense of Place

I’m so excited about the release of State of Lies! Among the many reasons for my excitement is the fact that I set the story in my own home town: Arlington, VA. Here are some things you might not know about Arlington:

Arlington was originally included within the borders of Washington, DC.

  1. Arlington isn’t actually a city – it’s a county. We’re the smallest self-governing county in the nation.
  2. Arlington regularly takes the top spot as the most educated place in the country.
  3. Arlington LOVES books. I count at least a dozen different little libraries in my neighborhood alone.
  4. Our region often has a hurricane warning or two every hurricane season. Can you guess where I’ve seen the longest lines when people start to make last-minute preparations? It’s not the grocery store; it’s not the hardware store. It’s the library! (Why wouldn’t you stock up on books too?)
  5. We host Arlington National Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial, and the Pentagon.
  6. We are home to the very first Five Guys hamburger joint location.
  7. We are also home to the headquarters of over a dozen national agencies as well as organizations like Rosetta Stone and Nestlé.
  8. People who attended our high schools include Sandra Bullock, Warren Beatty, Shirley MacLaine, Katie Couric, and Patch Adams.
  9. The thing I love most about Arlington? Its people. Countless government contractors members of the federal workforce live here. I number them among my friends and neighbors. I’ve never met a group more dedicated, more informed, or more determined to put their expertise to good use. And guess what? My heroine, Georgie Brennan, is one of them!

 

The Pentagon and Washington, DC

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Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 20

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Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, August 20

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Fiction Aficionado, August 22

All-of-a-kind Mom, August 22

Genesis 5020, August 22

Andrea Christenson, August 23

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 23

Pause for Tales, August 23

Through the Fire Blogs, August 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 24

Inspired by fiction, August 25

Because I said so and other adventures in parenting. , August 25

Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife, August 25

For Him and My Family, August 26

Rebekah Jones, August 26

Betti Mace, August 26

As He Leads is Joy, August 27

Wishful Endings, August 27

Reflections From My Bookshelves, August 27

Moments, August 28

Mary Hake, August 28

Remembrancy, August 28

Just the Write Escape, August 29

Simple Harvest Reads, August 29

Hallie Reads, August 30

Bigreadersite , August 30

Living Life Free in Christ, August 30

Connect in Fiction, August 31

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 31

Texas Book-aholic, August 31

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A Reader’s Brain, September 1

Inklings and notions , September 1

Life of Literature, September 2

Henry Happens, September 2

Real World Bible Study, September 2

My thoughts:

Soooo….I have enjoyed reading Siri’s historical romances so I was curious how she would make this transition to romantic suspense.

She made a bang, is what she did. Holy cow, what a great book. From the first chapter I knew this would be a book that wouldn’t be able to put down. I loved how the chapters were short and they flowed right into each other, it definitely made it so I wanted to keep reading.

Some of the military stuff made my mind kind of lock up (joking), but it didn’t distract me the the overall story, because that part was extremely important to I really tried to focus and grasp it.

This is a great book that I highly recommend!!!

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A copy of this book was given to me through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

Review and Giveaway: Flirtation Walk by Siri Mitchell April 11, 2016

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At West Point, Only True Love Should Lead You to Flirtation Walk

Lucinda Pennyworth, the daughter of a con man, is trying her best to leave her father’s sordid past behind her. When he dies unexpectedly, she takes the opportunity to move to West Point to live with her aunt, ready to take on a new life and determined to marry a respectable man, a West Point cadet, to impress her relatives.

Seth Westcott, a cadet at the academy, is proud to be at the top of his senior class. But when his mother dies and his sister loses their inheritance to a swindler, Seth wants nothing more than to head west to track down the con man. But the army will only send the cadets at the bottom of the class to the frontier . . . which leaves Seth with some tough choices.

When a woman trying her best to be good meets a man determined to be anything but, can there be hope for love, or will two lonely hearts be condemned to casual flirtation?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I really need to read more books by Siri. I have always enjoyed them but I don’t read nearly enough of them.

This is such an interesting book with an intriguing plot. Siri spins a vicious cycle for our characters.

Lucinda is trying to be good, but I worried about being able to trust her. As time went on I began to trust her more. Her journey is very interesting. She struggles with something many of us women struggle with. Can God forgive all the bad things she has done? She truly questions this. She has a very warped idea of who God is and therefore who He says she is.

Seth, oh poor Seth. He is really caught in a tough position as he tries to get away to help his sister but in the process looses Lucinda and then the knowledge we have as the reader that it is Lucinda’s father that has tricked Seth’s sister. How is that all going to work out?

Siri has crafted a wonderful book with a very unique plot. I loved the setting and the story. If you enjoy historical romance I have no doubt you will enjoy this book.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

 

Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell May 8, 2014

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A girl with the best of intentions.
A heart set on Hollywood.
An empty pocketbook.

That’s all it takes for Ellis Eton to find herself working as a telephone operator for a look-alike friend. For Ellis, this job will provide not only acting practice but the funds to get her a start in the movies. She’s tired of always being a disappointment to her traditional Boston family, and though she can’t deny the way he makes her head spin, she knows she’s not good enough for Griffin Phillips, either. It’s simple: avoid Griff’s attentions, work, and get paid. But in typical Ellis fashion, her simple plan spirals out of control when she overhears a menacing phone call…with her very own Griff as the target.

With an endearing heroine as her lead, Siri Mitchell takes readers on a madcap tale of love and discovering one’s true desires!

My thoughts:

What a fun book and heroine. This is the second book I have by Siri and so far I like this one the best.

For whatever reason Ellis grabbed me and didn’t let me go. I loved her character. But the truth is, if I met her in real life she would drive me crazy. She is so disorganized and unreliable. Siri did a great job of writing her scattered thoughts yet kept the reader from loosing interest.

My heart also broke for Ellis because her family is horrible to her and she doesn’t’ feel worthy of the love of the man she desires. Yet I see this is a beautiful picture of how Jesus pursues each of His children. We aren’t worthy but Jesus makes us worthy. We don’t have to clean ourselves up to be loved by Him, he picks us up in our sin, or brokenness and wipes away the tears and whispers that He alone can make us worthy.

A truly wonderful book and I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves a good historical.

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