ARC Review: "The Unknown Beloved" by Amy Harmon

The Unknown Beloved by Amy Harmon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From the bestselling author of Where the Lost Wander and What the Wind Knows comes the evocative story of two people whose paths collide against the backdrop of mystery, murder, and the Great Depression.

Chicago, 1923: Ten-year-old Dani Flanagan returns home to find police swarming the house, her parents dead. Michael Malone, the young patrolman assigned to the case, discovers there’s more to the situation—and to Dani Flanagan herself—than the authorities care to explore. Malone is told to shut his mouth, and Dani is sent away to live with her spinster aunts in Cleveland.

Fifteen years later, Michael Malone is summoned to Cleveland to investigate a series of murders that have everyone stumped, including his friend and famed Prohibition agent Eliot Ness, now Cleveland’s director of safety. There, in a city caught in the grip of a serial killer, Malone’s and Dani’s paths cross once again.

Malone is drawn to Dani and her affinity for the dead and compassion for the destitute. It doesn’t take long for him to realize that she could help him solve his case. As terror descends on the city and Malone and Dani confront the dark secrets that draw them together, it’s a race to find the killer or risk becoming his next victims.



I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I never expected Amy Harmon to write a police mystery, but alas I was once again swept by her amazing writing and wonderful characters. It had all these vibes from gangster movies paired with an age gap slow burn romance and two amazing characters I could not bring myself not to root for! Mickael and Dani!

Such an amazing story that kept you guessing and wondering who the real culprit was and adding in Dani's...power you would not be able to guess what would happen next. I also enjoyed the atmosphere Amy Harmon created in this book. The Years of Depression leading up to the Second World war in Cleveland and Chicago felt as if taken from a period film.

There is no book Amy writes that would not pull me into her story. She is a master storyteller who pulls your heartstrings and makes you fall in love with her characters.

About the author:
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in two dozen languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl.

Amy Harmon has written eighteen novels including the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, Infinity + One and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her fantasy novel, The Bird and the Sword, was a Goodreads Book of the Year finalist. Her newest release, What the Wind Knows, is an Amazon charts and Wall Street Journal bestseller. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at

ARC Review: "Running Wild" (The Simple Wild #3) by K.A. Tucker

Running Wild by K.A. Tucker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

From the internationally bestselling author of The Simple Wild comes the story of a woman at a crossroads in her life, struggling between the safe route and the one that will only lead to more heartbreak.

Veterinarian Marie Lehr knows unrequited love all too well after pining for her best friend, only to watch him marry another woman. It’s a mistake she will never make again, especially not when she can practically hear the clock ticking on her childbearing years.

The trouble is, she can’t seem to find anyone who appeals to her even a fraction as much as that burly bush pilot did. Competitive musher Tyler Brady certainly doesn’t, especially not after the heated altercation with the handsome but arrogant, spiteful man.

Or so she thinks.

While volunteering at the Iditarod Sled Dog Race, Marie discovers that first impressions may have been false, and her attraction to Tyler is very real. But his heart belongs to someone else, leaving him with nothing to offer but friendship. Marie’s been down this road before and knows how that ends. Yet, no matter how hard she works to keep from falling for Tyler, it seems she’s doomed to follow her own trail once again.



I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

I really loved going back to Alaska! Well...through the pages of a book at least and especially to revisit the amazing characters of K.A. Tucker!

We finally get Marie's story and through her voice, we found a deeper meaning to her feelings and how she actually felt through the different books. She is a vet and loves dogs but mostly she has a kind heart. When new musher Tyler comes to town to participate in the annual musher marathon they will start to get closer to each other and also deal with Marie's troubling family dynamics and Tyler's past.

I am a sucker for second chance stories and especially for characters who feel like they do not belong anywhere and fear they will be alone. In Marie's case, she spent yeat pinning over someone who never loved her more than a friend and now with Tyler she hopes that she'll have this chance.

This was a beautifully written book. K.A. Tucker knows how to make you travel through her books and I loved every second of reading this small gem.


About the author:
K.A. Tucker writes captivating stories with an edge.

She is the internationally bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series, He Will Be My Ruin, Until It Fades, Keep Her Safe, The Simple Wild, Be the Girl, and Say You Still Love Me. Her books have been featured in national publications including USA Today, Globe & Mail, Suspense Magazine, Publisher's Weekly, Oprah Mag, and First for Women. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance 2013 for TEN TINY BREATHS and Best Romance 2018 for THE SIMPLE WILD. KEEP HER SAFE made Suspense Magazine's Best of 2018 list for Romantic Suspense.

K.A. Tucker currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto.

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