Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Pretend She's Here By Luanne Rice

Emily Lonergan's best friend died last year.

And Emily hasn't stopped grieving. Lizzie Porter was lively, loud, and fun -- Emily's better half. Emily can't accept that she's gone.

When Lizzie's parents and her sister come back to town to visit, Emily's heartened to see them. The Porters understand her pain. They miss Lizzie desperately, too.

Desperately enough to do something crazy.

Something unthinkable.

Suddenly, Emily's life is hurtling toward a very dark place -- and she's not sure she'll ever be able to return to what she once knew was real.

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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 34 novels, which have been translated into 24 languages. The author of Dream Country, Beach Girls, The Secret Language of Sisters and others, Rice often writes about love, family, nature, and the sea. She received the 2014 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award for excellence and lifetime achievement in the Literary Arts category.

Several of Rice's novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Beach Girls for Lifetime. Rice's four cats are her muses, and she speaks their language. She lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

My Thoughts...

This book took off from the beginning. It's not one of those books that picks up half way. I did not however find the kidnapping appropriate for young adults. But the storyline was done very well and held my attention. I would say this book is more for almost adults.
This is a 3 star book for young adults, not sure they will under stand the kidnapping and the mental illness. But as an adult reader it was a 4 star read for me!
 The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


  1. Great review! I might have to try this one. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Some young adult books are the best. I think this is one I will love.

  3. Sounds like this is a good one for me to look into.

  4. Thanks Mary for this review, I saw all those books you got this week on Instagram and I can't wait to see which ones you recommend.

  5. Hello my new book, I just can't wait to get a copy of this, I have been reading Luanne Rice for years and years.

  6. Sounds like a fantastic book to read.

  7. I had no clue ice had another book out.

  8. I would love to read this. Thanks for telling me about it.

  9. I haven't read many YA books, may have to and this one :-)