Fall from Grace 4. A classic Jill Barnett love and laughter novella set in the Highlands of Scotland, where a clan war has left the Clan McNish poor and starving. But she and her band of misfits capture the wrong man, Colin Campbell, Earl of Argyll and Lord of the Isles, a man who has come to mus A classic Jill Barnett love and laughter novella set in the Highlands of Scotland, where a clan war has left the Clan McNish poor and starving. But she and her band of misfits capture the wrong man, Colin Campbell, Earl of Argyll and Lord of the Isles, a man who has come to must decide their clan's fate.
Nook , 0 pages. Published July 25th by Jill Barnett first published December 1st Fool Me Once 2. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fall from Grace , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 15, vaneeta naik rated it it was amazing. Colin is a compassionate, strong, patient, adorable character Read such a fun book filled with Romance after a long time Way to go Jill May 13, Jen rated it it was amazing.
He didn't expect to fall in love. A 5 star fun, quick read. Jul 05, Jane rated it it was amazing. The Hilarious Heist by Grace McNish Grace and her young inept friends try to capture 3 wagons of food for her starving clan. A screeching bagpipe player, a crossed crossbow bowman,, a pike too long or a lad too small and a mistaken identity all lead to laugh out loud events.
A throughly enjoyable read!!! Mar 28, Freda rated it it was amazing. I read this book in kindle edition entitled "Saving Grace" and it took a little while to figure out it is the same book. Charming and laugh out loud! Gotta love a girl with spunk! Really enjoyed the slapstick manner in which the woefully overmatched band of youngsters managed to win, and the young lead found her perfect match! Sweet A funny case of mistaken identity! A feisty lass whom is grand daughter of a laird , a deaf bagpipe player , a guard with bad aim , and of course a handsome Lord mistaken for an enemy!
Funny from beginning to end well done! Feb 19, Wan rohani harun rated it it was amazing Shelves: I love Jill Barnett's books ever since I was a teenager. Her first book that I read was Just a Kiss Away. Although her heroins tend to be slightly not so smart and clumsy, I think the heroes willingness to overlook that is kinda sweet.
But it also helps when she is gorgeous, men are shallow that way Well, what can I say, I am a sucker for him. Of course, it helps that he is gorgeous, aye? This novella is sweet and just what I need right now. I may imagi I love Jill Barnett's books ever since I was a teenager. I stil can't move on from Goblin, as hard as I tried What Grace McNish lacks in stature, she more than makes up with her spirit and gumption. At a mere four feet, eleven inches, she is more than a match for any highland warrior. From a tree, she literally falls on an unsuspecting rider, knocking him out with her hard head.
Thinking that she has captured a member of the McNab clan, she hastily devises a plan to ransom him for food from his clan. One moment he was riding along on a borrowed na What Grace McNish lacks in stature, she more than makes up with her spirit and gumption. One moment he was riding along on a borrowed nag and the next he was trussed up like a Christmas pig. Although the right and proper thing to do would be to clear-up this misassumption and reveal his true identity. Sometimes right and proper are grossly overrated. He was enjoying the slapstick comedy unfolding before him far too much to stop it prematurely.
This story has all the necessary elements it makes a great story. I would say that only its brevity keeps it from reaching its full potential. The supporting cast is sure to leave you in stitches and you soon learn to expect and accept the unexpected. Jun 04, Maura rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Colin Campbell finds himself cold-cocked and unconscious while the reivers of the McNish clan are thieving from the greedy McNab clan. Mistaken for a McNab himself, Colin is accused of crimes and dragged along as a prisoner.
But this crazy group of people are incompetent jailers - and their antics are rather amusing. I don't know why, but I didn't find this as amusing as I should have. The secondary characters Colin Campbell finds himself cold-cocked and unconscious while the reivers of the McNish clan are thieving from the greedy McNab clan.
The secondary characters were rather funny, but I did not find the heroine very amusing. She grated on my nerves more than anything. The hero was great, obviously with the patience of a Saint to deal with this woman. While it was a cute and engaging story, I didn't really like the ending all that much the Epilogue was fine Rather than a definitive moment of love or these two even realizing they love each other, instead it ends with the two of them deciding to give this marriage thing that they'd trapped themselves into, a go.
Which was quite underwhelming really. Rather than an emotionally satisfying moment together, we get a messenger to the hero saying that the heroine, who is being irrational and stubborn, doesn't after all regret the marriage. And why wouldn't she honestly, it's not like she thought about it beforehand. And why should he have a right to get upset about it? Hardcover , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fool Me Once , please sign up. Have never read a Harlan Coben novel. Are there any other of his books that I should logically read before Fool Me Once?
Paul Many of Coben's books can be read in random order as they are stand-alone. The exceptions are the Myron Bolitar series a sports agent who finds …more Many of Coben's books can be read in random order as they are stand-alone. The exceptions are the Myron Bolitar series a sports agent who finds himself in perilous situations and the Mickey Bolitar series teen reading. I would start with Myron, in order. Many of the recurring characters in these books do 'cameos' in some of the later stand alone novels.
Is it a new book? Landon Yes, it's a new book. See all 17 questions about Fool Me Once…. Lists with This Book. Feb 04, Mandy rated it it was amazing. This book was such a spine tingling, page turner! It was hard to put this down and go about other things when I had to Seriously I believe this is one of Coben's best novels. He has been and will stay one of my favorite authors! If you haven't read anything by him you need to shut your head in a door not too hard because you need to read his books and then grab a handful of his novels.
You won't be sorry!!!!!!!!!! View all 77 comments. Jul 17, Emily May rated it liked it Shelves: I kinda liked this, I think, but perhaps it wasn't the best choice for my first Harlan Coben? After he made an appearance as a character in King's latest novel, The Outsider , I decided it was finally time. In Fool Me Once he pulls out a perfect "oh, of course! The kind that makes you look back over the novel and see that it makes absolute sense.
Any author can pull something ludicrous out of their ass to surprise their readers, but it takes a great author to weave a plot tight enough to keep its secrets hidden while still being believable. The story follows Maya in the aftermath of her husband's murder. She's a former special ops pilot and suffering from PTSD as she tries to raise her two year-old daughter as a single mother. She gets a nanny cam to keep an eye on her daughter's activities while she's at work, but then one day she sees something very strange: This triggers a series of events that will lead Maya to old secrets, cover-ups, and lies left hidden for years.
The problem is, I found the getting there a little dry and overlong. Maya's third-person perspective was not engaging, often devoid of emotion in circumstances that should have been highly tense and emotional. Maya spent multiple scenes reiterating the possibilities of what could have happened, considering if Joe could be alive or if someone messed with the cam. I think King can get away with this much waffle but, here at least, Coben can't.
Emotion aside, it was a clever mystery with lots of twists and turns, but I am first and foremost an emotional reader. When I think of thriller authors I enjoy - like French or Lehane , or even King - I always feel so much more emotionally-engaged while reading their books. Is there another Coben book I should try?
Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube View all 25 comments. Apr 06, Carla Palmeiro rated it it was ok. I need to rant and to vent, so here it goes! Even though I am semi virgin to his books and style, I do understand the author is known to follow a certain formula and insert a few basic plot themes repeatedly in all his books.
This ending made absolutely, conclusively no freaking sense whatsoever!!! Why the need for that epilogue? Things that in my humble opinion made unquestionably no sense: She really wanted to die or what? She seems to love her but never really thinks of her with her irrational actions. Yeah that makes sense! That seemed so out of character. She was such a good detective, had all the means at her disposal etc.
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Nanny cams with live feed, GPS trackers galore? Please give me a break! And I feel I could go on and on about this! Well he certainly accomplished that!! View all 57 comments. I don't normally update my reviews but it's been brought to my attention that my review has a spoiler in it's very first sentence. I do normally put a warning about possible minor spoilers but as I didn't think I was saying more than the book blurb did I didn't bother on this review. But apparently I've given away the plot in my very first sentence? So I will put the warning in now. Fool I don't normally update my reviews but it's been brought to my attention that my review has a spoiler in it's very first sentence.
Fool Me Once is my first audio-book of his. I've only listened to three audio-books total and I'm finding that it is taking some getting used to.
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As the book opens to main character Maya and her 2 year old daughter Lily attending Maya's husband funeral. Tragically Joe was shot and killed three days earlier. Sadly that isn't the only tragedy that has befallen Maya. It wasn't that long ago that her sister was also murdered in an apparent home invasion, leaving behind her husband and children.
Maya's father used to say things like "all love stories end in tragedy" or "you either fall out of love or if you're one of the lucky ones you live long enough to watch your soul mate die.
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Lately, Maya is wondering if what others have been saying about her is true Joe and Maya met at a charity gala and felt an instant connection. A year later they married, and Lily came not long after. Now only two years later she is burying her husband after he was gunned down in cold blood right in front of her. Maya is a former military special ops pilot. She's no longer active in the military after her last mission ended in disaster. She now works as a flight instructor to support herself and her daughter. Her friend gives her a nanny cam and says it will give Maya some piece of mind while she is away at work and her daughter is home with the nanny.
Maya reviews some of the footage from the cam and can't believe her eyes when she sees her two-year-old daughter playing with what looks like her deceased husband. Is what Maya's seeing real? I thought this was a decent read listen. I just felt that I was easily distracted from the story and not pulled into it as I normally am. I'm usually able to suspend belief rather easily especially since it's fiction, but I found myself having to do it quite often with this one. I also found that while it was interesting it got kind of chaotic and hard to follow.
I wanted to like Maya more but a lot of the time I found it hard to connect with her character. For some reason her relationship with her daughter seemed strange to me. It's hard to explain why I felt this way as I don't want to spoil anything. Maybe it would have been better if I had read the book instead of listening to it but I think there were still things that would have bothered me either way. So while this wasn't my favorite Harlan Coben book, I'm still interested in his work and will more than likely read his next book too.
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View all 78 comments. Mar 19, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: The release of a new Harlan Coben book is something I mark on my calendar. I've been enjoying Coben's novels for several years now, so you can understand how excited I was when I received an advance copy to review. I think I jumped up and down and shrieked. Fool Me Once is another good thriller, one that kept twisting and turning until the final pages. The story follows Maya, a battle-weary veteran whose home life is turned upside down when he The release of a new Harlan Coben book is something I mark on my calendar.
The story follows Maya, a battle-weary veteran whose home life is turned upside down when her husband is murdered. Now a single parent, Maya gets suspicious when she sees something strange on a nanny cam. The image looked like her dead husband — how could that be? One of Coben's story trademarks is that you never know who to trust, and here it's heightened even more because Maya doesn't trust anyone.
Not her husband's wealthy family. Not her sister's husband. She doesn't even fully confide in her fellow combat veterans or in her therapist. One of the plot lines I liked in this book was how Coben featured the stress and trauma that veterans have suffered. Maya is haunted by the decisions she made during her service, and we see her struggle to find peace in her home life.
In the Acknowledgments, Coben paid tribute to the veterans he has spoken with, and he recognized those who suffer from psychological injuries from war. Most of the Coben books I've read have featured male characters who had a background in law enforcement or they were regular folks swept up in a mystery, and I thought it was a nice change to have the main character in Fool Me Once be a female combat veteran.
Coben books are always difficult to review because the thrill is in reading them for yourself and watching the story unfold. I liked following Maya on this mystery and appreciated most of the surprises. I wasn't crazy about the ending, but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the ride. Recommended for fans of suspense. My favorite Coben book is Tell No One. Favorite Quotes "Maya had learned it in the military, but of course, it applied to real life. Your fellow soldiers had to know that you had their back. That was rule one, lesson one, and above all else.
If the enemy goes after you, he goes after me too. It's simple human nature. We twist the truth to suit our self-interest We humans are wonderful at self-justification. View all 5 comments. Dec 04, Frances rated it liked it. Somehow Maya Stern is able to hold it all together, most likely from her training as a special ops pilot. After the funeral, Eileen, a close friend, gives her a gift; a nanny cam. Although Maya trusts her nanny completely, she decides to set it up where her daughter would be playing during the da 3. Although Maya trusts her nanny completely, she decides to set it up where her daughter would be playing during the day.
View all 44 comments. This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life. I loved this book! I am a huge fan of Harlan Coben's work and have been so for years. I have enjoyed some of his books more than others but I have yet to come across one that I didn't like. I have come to expect a few things from a Harlan Coben book over the years. I love the twists and turns found in his stories and I really enjoy seeing Mr.
Coben's sense of humor work its way into the books. This book exceeded all of my expectations and eve This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life. This book exceeded all of my expectations and even through in some things that I hadn't expected. This book is one of Coben's finer novels in my opinion. This book opens with a bang. Maya is at her husband's funeral. He was murdered and his killer has yet to be caught. Maya's young daughter isn't even old enough to understand what is going on. I was immediately drawn to Maya. I couldn't even imagine what it would be like to be in her position.
The police are still questioning her about what she saw when her husband was killed. They are relentless and don't seem to want to give her any chance to grieve her loss. Maya has lost a lot. Her sister has also recently died. It really seems like Maya has experienced more tragedy than anything else recently.
After her husband's funeral, Maya's friend suggests that she get a nanny cam to keep an eye on her daughter's caretaker. She puts the device in her home but when she checks the video she can't believe her eyes. She finds her husband who is supposed to be dead on the video with her daughter.
Maya finds herself with more questions than answers and she starts taking steps to find out what is really going on. This book took me to places that I never expected and that is what made it so wonderful. Everything that Maya learned just brought up more questions. There were times that I thought I knew where the story was going only to be quickly proven wrong and be pulled into another direction.
The way the story was told worked well and the plotting was very detailed. We spend the entire time with Maya and see all of the steps that she is taking in her own quest to learn the truth. I love a story that can keep me guessing and I was completely shocked by the things that I learned by the end of the story. I would highly recommend this book to others. I really think that any reader who enjoyed a cleverly plotted book filled with twists and turns will enjoy this one.
I plan to continue to read Harlan Coben's work and can't wait to see what he comes up with next. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Publishing Group - Dutton via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review. Initial Thoughts I loved this one! I never knew which way things were going to go and I was guessing until the very end. Before Reading Woo Hoo My request was approved!! I can't wait to read this one!! For me, this was just okay. Not as strong as the other Coben novels I have read. There are a few twists and turns, but I was not as shocked as I expected to be.
Also, it felt like a lot of filler - like he stretched a page book out to pages. It was a mediocre experience, but it won't keep me from reading more Coben in the future. Feb 23, Gary rated it really liked it. When I was offered the opportunity to read an advanced copy from one of my favourite authors it was too good to refuse. This suspense novel keeps you guessing right to the very end and is sure to entertain the reader. Maya Stern is a retired helicopter pilot and returns home after a troubled ending to her time in Iraq.
Surrounded by in scandal, she returns home to her husband, Joe, and h When I was offered the opportunity to read an advanced copy from one of my favourite authors it was too good to refuse. Surrounded by in scandal, she returns home to her husband, Joe, and her 2-year-old daughter Lily. Maya's troubles continue when her husband Joe is shot dead in a park close to their home. When Maya discovers a film of her dead husband Joe playing with Lily on her nanny cam she cannot believe her eyes.
Could he still be alive? What follows is Maya's search for answers. This novel is a page turner and is sure to keep the reader guessing as the suspense builds up to a climatic finale. Yes this is another roaring success for Harlan Coben. I would like to thank Net Galley and Random House for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for a honest review.
View all 6 comments. Hennes man dog eller gjorde han? I especially love his Myron Bolitar series. In Fool Me Once has Coben once again written an interesting story where nothing is at it seems. I instantly liked Maya and it was interesting to read about her trying to deal with being a single mother, an ex-soldier and to add to that a mystery, an impossible mystery. Her husband died, or did he?
She must find out the truth and that means confronting her own past; her dismissal from the army, her sister's murder not long before her husband was murdered, and her husband's brothers death a couple of years ago. Could they be connected, or is everything just a coincidence? And, who can she trust, it seems that a lot of people around her have secrets I read the book in a day. I thought I would just read one more chapter and then go back to sleep, and I ended up finishing the book.
The twists in this book were not that astonishing as they have been in some of Coben's previous books, but it's still a page-turner. What I like about Coben's books are that I always like the main character and the mysteries are always intriguing. Fool Me Once is a very good book, and I particularly loved the last part of the book when everything started to come together. True, I was not astonished, but I did find the twists in the book well-done and satisfying. I recommend reading Harlan Coben's books if you like page-turning thrillers with lots of twist and turns.
Harlan Coben has fooled me numerous times during this particular story! Maya Stern, retired helicopter pilot, returns home after a tragic ending to her service in Iraq. Things get even worse when her husband Joe is shot dead, with Maya witnessing his murder. Events then take a really weird turn when she sees Joe on her nanny cam. Is Joe really dead? He must be - Maya saw it happen - attended his funeral.
So just what is going on? Join Maya on this twisty, multi-layered storyline. Once again, Harlan Coben has included so many twists that I'll need to lay down to get over it! And have I mentioned the ending yet? Well, let's just say you won't believe it. I didn't and I've read it! View all 45 comments. Sep 21, Elyse rated it liked it.
I listened to the audiobook: I didn't drift off I don't think I've ever read a Harlan Coben book before nowmaybe I have years ago? Or was it one of the others -Koontz?
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I read a second Coben novel and yet again, was floored Great story, great writing, great characters and endless plot twists and turns. A fourth novel moved him into my top three. I read a fifth novel. It was when I was reading my sixth novel by Harlan Coben when it dawned on me: One It always relates back to something that happened 20 years ago.
Dead mother, dead father, dead brother, dead sister, dead husband, dead wife. Same old tired, worn-out, rehashed storyline. For anyone who has never read any of his novels, go to your local library, pick up any Coben novel and read it. I guarantee you will LOVE it. Then, do yourself a favor. By about page 65, we learn that her husband, Joe, had a brother.
Joe and the brother were out at sea when the brother fell overboard. This was 20 years ago, just prior to Maya and Joe meeting. He is one of only 3 authors whose words have literally moved me to tears. He is one of a few authors who have actually had me burst out laughing. His writing is great! His stories and plot? Mr Coben is way too talented a writer to write the same old hackneyed novels year after year.
I guess, since he is a best-selling author, why change? His fans will buy his books, his fans will read his books, he will make millions, his pubsisher and agent will make millions. Everyone will be happy—except for those of us who believe he is wasting his talent. Or more importantly, why do I finish every Coben novel I start?