Release Day Review: The Mother-In-Law


Author: Sally Hepworth
Published: TODAY, April 23, 2019
352 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 11-20, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Someone once told me that you have two families in your life – the one you are born into and the one you choose. Yes, you may get to choose your partner, but you don’t choose your mother-in-law. The cackling mercenaries of fate determine it all.

From the moment Lucy met Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana is exquisitely polite, but Lucy knows, even after marrying Oliver, that they’ll never have the closeness she’d been hoping for.

But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice, the matriarch of a loving family. Lucy had wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was ten years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, leaving a suicide note. But the autopsy reveals evidence of suffocation. And everyone in the family is hiding something…

Jessica’s Review:

We are pulled into this novel of mystery from the first line as we know something has happened: I am folding laundry at my dining room table when the police car pulls up.

The Mother-In-Law does have the mystery of what happened to Diana, but it is more of a women’s contemporary fiction book.  If you are looking for a psychological thriller, this is not it.

Both Diana and Lucy are our narrators and they go between the present and the past over a 10 year time period.  Diana and Lucy never really had a chance to get to know and like each other.  Their personalities just did not mesh. Diana is very guarded with ‘high walls’ that take effort to break down, and with good reasons. I actually liked Diana more than Lucy, as I understood Diana.

This book was a page turner with short chapters.  As the novel progresses, it really began moving and the chapters became even shorter.  The last quarter of the book really moves fast and I stayed up late to finish it.  I had made my decision as to who the guilty party was but I was wrong! Everyone has their secrets in this novel and finding out all these secrets is part of the pull of the novel. 

I am fortunate to get along with my mother-in-law, but not everyone has that. Do you get along with your mother-in-law?   If you don’t would you want to kill yours?  Did Lucy kill Diana? Did Diana kill herself or was it something else entirely?

The Mother-In-Law is recommended. I received a copy of The Mother-In-Law from St. Martin’s Press via a Goodreads giveaway. 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Batman: Nightwalker

Author: Marie Lu
Published: January 2, 2018
272 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

Kim’s Review:

I was so disappointed in this book and it made me sad. We are 1 for 2 on the DC Icon series so far. I loved Wonder Woman: Warbringer, not so much Batman: Nightwalker. My biggest issue was that this was not a Batman story, so it shouldn’t be called one. Batman has a very set timeline, Wonder Woman and Superman can be played with a little more since they have inborn super powers. You can’t do that with Batman. So this was not a Batman story. My other big problem is that, although this story was interesting, it could have been about anyone.

Marie Lu is an excellent story teller, we all know how much Jessica and I loved Warcross. But throwing Bruce Wayne into any old story doesn’t work for me. Batman is a detective, some of his greatest stories are based on his ability to solve mysteries and crimes in concise, genius, Sherlock Holmes type ways. It felt like everything just happened to Bruce. He never seems to know anything until someone told him. The story itself was good, I liked the plot and the twist, so thankfully it wasn’t a total loss. But this is not a DC story, it’s not a Batman story, therefore, I have to give it such a low rating. And believe me, it hurts! I’m not gonna go so far as to say that I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, I think teen boys would enjoy this book. I just can’t say that I liked it.

Kim’s review of Wonder Woman: Warbringer is here.
Kim’s review of Warcross is here.
Jessica’s review of Warcross is here.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US: Batman: Nightwalker is currently $1.99 for Kindle.
Amazon UK

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A Review of Olay’s New Foaming Whip Body Wash

Today’s review will be different.  This is where the ‘& More’ part of Jessica’s Reading Room comes in: from time to time I will review something other than a book! 

I received a sample of Olay’s new product Foaming Whip Body Wash.  The scent sample I received was shea butter and the sample size was 2 oz.. I consider myself a huge ‘bath snob’ and was looking forward to trying it out. 

Olay sells four scents of their Foaming Whip Body Wash in 10.3 oz cans
-Shea Butter
-Purifying Birch Water & Lavendar
-White Stawberry & Mint
-Soothing Orchid & Black Currant

This is the Product Description from Olay’s website https://www.olay.com

Turn shower time into a rich, luxurious experience with Olay Foaming Whip Body Wash and awaken your senses with the scent of shea butter. This unique, whipped foam gently cleanses your body with a thick, creamy lather that envelopes your skin then effortlessly rinses away to leave it feeling refreshed and weightlessly soft. Just a little of this luxurious foam goes a long way, making enough rich lather for 30+ showers per bottle.

Ingredients:

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Isobutane, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fragrance, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propane, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone


Jessica’s Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The sample can resembles a shave cream can, and even the way the product dispenses is like shaving cream. To me the body wash was also similar texture of shaving cream.  I even used it as shaving cream.  The big plus for me was that the Shea Butter smells really good! I love the Shea Butter scent!   I would be interested in trying out the White Strawberry & Mint Scent.

It takes a lot of product to use as a body wash.  It felt like I was putting shaving cream all over my body.  It did leave my skin feeling soft and smelling great afterwards.

Olay sells it on their site for $4.99 and I saw it in my local Target for $5.49.  I personally can’t see spending that much on glorified shaving cream.  The foaming whip body wash wasn’t for me.  Even with the $1.00 off coupon that came with the sample, the cost is too much for me.

**Thank you to Olay for sending me a sample of foaming whip body wash to try out!  I wish it had been a product for me.**

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