Books Read in the Month of September 2022!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? We are now three quarters the way through the year! I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of September of 2022. Here are the 8 books I read and reviewed for September. I might have read even more if I didn’t have a few WIP. But I always seemed to have a WIP! That fact never stops me! I hope you enjoy reading these reviews.

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I love sharing my eclectic reads in this Jemsbooks Segment, Books Read in the Month. I hope you will get a chance to look these books over soon. Thank you for your kind support of my work and that of my fellow authors.

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The Lullaby Sky is a story about an abusive relationship but also about finding love afterward. The main protagonist, Hannah O’Malley, has escaped through divorce, an abusive marriage and is ready to begin her life again with her young daughter, Sophie.

Hannah moves back to her childhood home close to her great aunt and friends from school. She opens up her home to other women who have also been battered by their abusive husbands or boyfriends. This is one way for her to help others and regain her own life in a healthy way.

The story is sweet and endearing with the interaction of the adorable Sophie and family and friends. This child pulls the story together with her innocence. Sophie grows through the relationships she makes with the women and their children who come to her house known as Lullaby Sky. As young as she was, she remembers her father being angry and unkind. She must learn to heal along with her mother.

This is a lovely story and touched my heart for all those who have been abused. It was a story for all those who need to heal and learn to live again without fear.

I highly recommend this beautiful story!

Family Money is an intriguing story. It held my interest until the surprise ending. Things are all that they seem to be in this mystery.

I have read several of this author’s books and have not been disappointed. This one was an enjoyable read also. The author has a way of keeping the reader in suspense, creating fast-moving, action-packed scenes that had me holding my breath, and twists and turns throughout.

The main protagonists Alex and Tracy have set up a business with the help of Tracy’s father who has gifted them five million dollars to start up. They had no idea where or how he obtained this much money. They never asked that question but when Tracy’s father, Joe, gets kidnapped on a trip to Mexico things are not adding up. Why was he targeted and by whom?

Alex does not accept what the police tell him and does his own search for the truth. What he finds is not what he expected. There are people out there that will go to the extremes to stop him from discovering the truth.

This was a gripping mystery that kept me on the edge of my seat.

A Year in the Life of Leah Brand is a psychologically disturbing story of a poor woman’s life in a continuous nightmare. Leah tries to get her life back together again after losing her husband, two children and her leg in a car accident.

She is emotionally distraught but meets a charming and charismatic man who sweeps her off her feet with promises of a better life for her. She marries him and moves into his house where his teenage daughter refuses to accept her and treats her rudely and with disdain.

What Leah thought was a new beginning becomes a nightmare where she finds that she is losing her mind. Her best friend, Andrea, is the only one who listens to her tales of woe but soon she tires of it. Leah escapes to the library for the peace, quiet and safety she finds there. While she sits there each day for hours reading she becomes acquainted with the librarian, Bill, who becomes here only friend. She confides in him after a while about the strange things that are happening in here home and how difficult it is to live there each day. He listens and convinces her that she is not insane as her husband and step daughter say she is.

This story was nerve-wracking and deeply disturbing to this reader. The author created a story that was so intense that I felt I was feeling and experiencing what Leah was. If an author can do that then she is truly talented.

I enjoyed the story and couldn’t put it down but was almost relieved when it was over. But this is only book 1. I will have to pick up book 2 to find out more and get answers to the many questions that are swirling around in my head.

If you dare, read this book. You will be hooked and deeply disturbed for Leah Brand. Unforgettable read!

A thriller that delves into family issues too hard to comprehend. The main protagonist, Eva, must deal with the death of her adoptive mother who saved her from a abusive life in a home.

Eva has to decide if finding her birth mother will help put her life back together after her loss. What she finds is not what she expected. Can she deal with more heartache? Will she ever find her mother?

The authors created a story that showcases love of family, even if they are not from birth, can heal a broken heart.

An enjoyable read that kept me interested until the surprise ending.

One Last Scream is an intriguing mystery that keeps the tension going until it’s conclusion. This is book 2 in this thrilling series.

The main protagonist is a strong, fearless Special Agent who will stop at nothing to solve the murders her son stumbles across. Even though one of the murders is 50 years old, she perseveres through multiple attempts on her life. Her only concern is the safety of her teen son.

I enjoyed the myriad characters and how the story unfolded solving the 50-year murder. Ricki James is a resilient and fascinating character who keeps the story interesting. There are men in her life, an ex-husband and a boss who both care about her. Her intentions with both keep you guessing whether she cares for them as much. Since there are more books in this series any thing can happen along with more mysteries to solve and danger at every turn for Ricki James.

An enjoyable read!

This book, as well as all the others by Mike Martin, is like going home to a familiar and comfortable place with kind, caring people in a beautiful setting. Newfoundland feels like home each time I pick up a book by this talented author.

The characters in this lovely book about Christmas-time traditions, family life and happy times is full of feel-good celebrations with family and friends. It makes the reader become nostalgic about one’s own gatherings at Christmas, the love that is shared, the good food and good times that we cherish and hold close to our hearts.

This was an enjoyable, heartfelt read that took me back to my childhood and refreshed precious memories of days long past. It made me long for those days again.

Thin Air is a thrilling mystery that will keep you turning pages. The author created a story that is gripping and surprising with a strong female protagonist, Jessica Shaw, who will not give up until she solves the mystery.

The premise is unique in that the person who is delving into the mystery is the person the mystery is all about. That is mind-boggling to image but doesn’t deter Jessica from going the distance to find out who were her parents are and why she was taken from her mother as a young child.

I highly recommend this intriguing mystery!

This is an unforgettable read! This is book 3 of this series. Rachel Caine is an amazing writer! She has created a series that is chock-full of action, adventure, mishaps, danger at every turn and surprises that kept me reading late into the night.

Gwen, the main protagonist and ex-wife of a deceased serial killer, is on the run from all the lunatics that are unforgiving of what her husband did and blame her too for his crimes. She has to be on the lookout for herself and her children for anyone who may try to harm them. Her boyfriend, Sam, is her support system but has secrets of his own that may tear them apart. No matter what she does or where she goes someone is after her.

This book had me gasping for breath at every dangerous situation that Gwen and her children had to endure. I can’t wait to read the next book but may have to take a breather. I don’t think my heart can take another scary adventure with Gwen, kids and Sam just yet.

A thoroughly enjoyable read! Check it out!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you enjoyed my reviews. I am an avid reader and reviewer. I know how important reviews are to authors. I also like to share my thoughts with my readers here to show them what I am reading. I hope you will check out all these wonderful books soon. Please don’t forget to check out my books to the right of this post too! Ha, ha! Hugs xx

Please be kind and review books wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you for your efforts! Reviews are one may to help struggling authors to get noticed by other reads and Amazon too. Thank you for your kind support!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!







About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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15 Responses to Books Read in the Month of September 2022!

  1. Jan Sikes says:

    These all sound great! Thanks for sharing, Janice.

  2. A busy month and some authors new to me.. thanks for the terrific reviews Janice.. ♥

  3. dgkaye says:

    Wow, Janice, what a great list of books and reviews. Thanks for fattening up my Kindle, lol. I’ve just added a few of these. I also enjoyed Lucinda’s book and must get back to the rest in this series. Hugs ❤

    • jjspina says:

      You are welcome, Debby! I love to read and can’t get enough books on my Kindle to keep up with myself. Variety is what I like too. So happy that you liked my reviews. I hope other readers out there see how important it is to review books. Hope you are doing well! Think of you often. 💕

  4. noelleg44 says:

    All these books sound like great reads – I wish my TBR list wasn’t so long and clogged with must-reads, some of which are lengthy. How do you find time to do all this reading?

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