Nicole Says…Read These Books

By Nicole McManus

The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly

Caroline Cashion is a brilliant professor of French literature. She is 37 years old and loves her quiet lifestyle. When her wrist starts aching, she goes to the doctor for some routine testing and that is when her life turns upside down. The tests reveal she has a bullet in her neck! Caroline doesn’t know anything about this startling news, so she confronts her parents. After learning she is adopted and that her biological parents were murdered, she decides to head to her birthplace. Caroline thinks she only wants to learn more about her parents, but she finds herself in the midst of trying to solve their case. Will Caroline be able to learn about her biological family, or will she provide the perfect opportunity for the killer to finish what he/she started?

The author provides a fast story that will keep readers guessing. Broken into sections, and organized by date, readers will feel like they are on the same journey as Caroline. The main character seems to talk to the reader, as she processes the news and plans out her next steps. Some parts towards the end are a bit slower, but readers will still be anxious to see how things will end up for Caroline.

The Bullet is a book that grabbed me by the cover. It intrigued me, and then I read the summary on the back and knew this was a book that I had to read. The thought of an adult finding out she had a bullet in her neck and never knew that it existed, fascinated me. I enjoyed the fact that this was a quick read that kept me turning the pages to find out what happens next. Yes, there are a few hiccups, but overall this is a great vacation read… a story to read and enjoy at a quick pace. I look forward to seeing what this author will write next.


Dreams of Falling by Karen White – Hardback Release Date: June 5, 2018

Larkin never thought she would return to her hometown of Georgetown, South Carolina, but when her mother goes missing, she knows she has to go home. They discover her mom, Ivy, badly injured at the family’s plantation home. Larkin is determined to find out why her mom was there and with the support of her two best friends, she uncovers secrets of the past and an unbreakable friendship that faced horrible tragedies.

This book shows the true meaning of friendship. Each set of friends mirrors the other, and the events that could devastate families only seem to strength their bonds. Karen White does an excellent job keeping readers on their toes, as she weaves the story through time and points-of-view. Readers will be thoroughly enchanted as they unveil secrets from the past and present.

I always enjoy Karen White’s books. Her writing perfectly blends past and present, mystery and love, friendship and family, all while set against a beautiful backdrop. It is exciting to read a book set in your hometown, and Dreams of Falling is no exception. Georgetown provided a supportive setting for the two groups of friends. Fans of Karen White will love this latest novel. For those who haven’t yet discovered this author, now is the perfect time to dive in to her work. Dreams of Falling is a book that you won’t want to put down.

Karen White is one of our favorite authors and if you enjoy her books as much as we do, you will want to take note of these upcoming dates. Karen White will be at the June 8th Moveable Feast and we will be discussing Dreams of Falling with the author, during our June 25th Facebook Book Club. To learn more about the author, take a look at Leslie Moore’s interview.

About this writer

  • Nicole McManus

    Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at

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