Jan 132020
 

Mailbox Monday

According to Marcia, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Click on title for synopsis via GoodReads.

Monday:
When I Was You by Minka Kent ~ Amazon Prime
Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman ~ Amazon Prime
Friday:
Perfect Little Children by Sophie Hannah ~ HC from Harper Collins
The Dilemma by B.A. Paris ~ eBook from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley
You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen ~ eBook from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley

Jan 072020
 

BREAKFAST WITH THE FBI by Erina Bridget Ring
Genre: White Collar Crime/True Account
Published by CreateSpace
Publication Date: May 1, 2015
ISBN-10: 1511558385
ISBN-13: 978-1511558389
Pages: 114
Review Copy From: Personal purchase
Edition: TPB
My Rating: 4

Synopsis (via GR)

When bank teller Rose Ryan accidentally uncovers a shocking discrepancy in bank finances, she goes to the police, who immediately call in the FBI. From that day forward, she meets at a coffee shop each morning with two FBI agents to report her observed embezzling activity and receive further instructions. Rose continues to collect evidence of the illegal activity at the bank, right under the noses of the criminals, but for her own safety and that of her family, she is warned to “tell no one, not even your husband.” Until now . . .

My Thoughts

I recently read Ms. Ring’s latest book, THE NEIGHBORHOOD, and thoroughly enjoyed it. After connecting on Facebook, she told me about her previous books and a little bit about them. With that, she sent me a signed copy of KNIT 2, PURL 2, KILL 2, which I have yet to read and I purchased BREAKFAST WITH THE FBI because I was intrigued due to what she told me about how this book came to be via a real-life experience.

Rose Ryan embodies what an all-around good person should be. Her family came first, believed in honesty, knew the difference between right and wrong and was active in her community. After being a stay at home Mom until her 2 children were in High School, she went back to work as a bank teller. She loved her job and was held in high esteem by those that went to the bank. Her work ethics was extraordinary and didn’t go unnoticed when she received a promotion and was transferred to another branch.

The first day there, while closing up, she noticed an exorbitant amount of money was missing. She went straight to the President of the bank to inform him of the error. She had done right, at least she thought she did until she overheard the president on the phone telling someone that “Rose was on to them”.

Driving home she knew she could not let this matter go. After much thought, she pulled into the Police Parking Lot and gave a statement. Thinking that an investigation would ensue, she felt that she had done her job. However, due to the amount of money, the police told her that the FBI would need to be brought into it. And from there, her life turned upside down.

She was now an informant for the FBI. She wasn’t allowed to tell her husband, children, no one!!! She was followed, as were her family. Things got worse when she realized that the new Branch Manager carried a gun and was part of the embezzlement circle of employees.

I could feel Rose’s tension, worry and anxiety, not only while she was at work but having to lie to her family to keep them safe. And throughout the read, I kept asking myself what would I have done. The storyline was fluid. There are some surprises as to the outcome of this story and the when and how Rose finally told her story.

This story did resonate with and trigger my own memories of a somewhat similar experience that occurred with my family when I was young and my parents were approached to help the state troopers to be part of a sting. It lasted for 8+ months where we were followed and not allowed to say anything to anyone!

Another great read Ms. Ring!!!!!!

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  • Jan 032020
     


    Hosted by McGruffy’s Reader and 15 and Meowing

    This week’s Fill-Ins:

    1. My plans for the weekend include ___________________________.
    2. You will never find ______________________ in my home.
    3. I hope I always _________.
    4. I hope I never _________.

    My answers:

    1. My plans for the weekend include relaxing and reading.

    2. You will never find an empty refrigerator in my home.

    3. I hope I always treat others with kindness.

    4. I hope I never disappoint my family in any way.

    Dec 302019
     

    Mailbox Monday

    According to Marcia, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

    Click on title for synopsis via GoodReads.

    Monday:
    Knit 2, Purl 2, Kill 2 by Erina Bridget RIng ~ Signed TPB from Author
    What You Don’t Know by Merry Jones ~ Personal purchase and goodies from author (mug and tote bag)
    The Other Widow by Susan Crawford ~ HC from Miss W Book Reviews via Novels N Latte Book Club Christmas Exchange