Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Beautiful Daughters by Nicole Baart

The Beautiful Daughters by Nicole Baart will entice readers into a world of secrets and running from those secrets, and what happens when what was once hidden comes to the surface. Often the unavoidable truths will rise whether you intend them to or not. The hand of fate can be cruel and unforgiving, but also just what you need to admit that secrets (even those that are small) don't stay secret for long. 

"Adrienne Vogt and Harper Penny were closer than sisters, until the day a tragedy blew their seemingly idyllic world apart. Afraid that they got away with murder and unable to accept who they had lost—and what they had done—Harper and Adri exiled themselves from small-town Blackhawk, Iowa, and from each other. Adri ran thousands of miles away to Africa while Harper ventured down a more destructive path closer to home.
Now, five years later, both are convinced that nothing could ever coax them out of the worlds in which they’ve been living. But unexpected news from home soon pulls Adri and Harper back together, and the two cannot avoid facing their memories and guilt head-on. As they are pulled back into the tangle of their fractured relationships and the mystery of Piperhall, the sprawling estate where their lives first began to unravel, secrets and lies behind the tragic accident are laid bare. The former best friends are forced to come to terms with their shared past and search for the beauty in each other while mending the brokenness in themselves."
Doesn't this pique your interest? I know it made me want to dive in and read. As an educator, I am always cautioning the children not to lie, because it is difficult to remember what you said, and it'll be easier to be caught lying than it would to face the music and be honest from the outset. Don't you wish adult would subscribe to this advice? I know for years I felt it was necessary to occasionally lie because I wanted to "protect" people. I realized that lies don't protect anyone but the person attempting to disguise the truth. Oh how I wish we would all realize this! But authors, take note, sometimes we need those lies to read awesome books! 
Author Spotlight:
Nicole Baart via

I first became exposed to Nicole's work through a Facebook "book group" that I am a part of, and I am so delighted we became acquainted! Nicole has written many other books, and you can find her biography on her beautiful website here. She is a beautiful soul, and you will thoroughly enjoy the book. A special "thank you" to Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, as well as the author for a copy of the book. 

Fun Giveaway!
If you would like to be entered to win a copy of the book, please enter the giveaway in the comments section for a chance to win Nicole Baart's Beautiful Daughters! Entrants, please be certain there is a way to contact you via e-mail to receive a copy of the book. To be entered to win, tell me what is one thing you think people should not be honest about? I'll start-I think people should never be honest about how old they think someone is! I've had students tell me they thought I was in my 40's when I was actually in my 20's. So tell me, what is something we should not be transparent about? 


  1. What a great review. And I'd have to agree -- age and maybe weight :) Don't think I'm honest about my weight on my drivers' license.

  2. Definitely weight! : ) I think we all fib about it.