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The Art of Going Home

(The Art of Living #1)

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“If you want a book with depth, soul and a fantastic plot, as well as a host of intriguing characters and a scorching hot love interest, this one’s for you.” –Eat Sleep Read Review

Maddie dreads going home to face the memories of her dead sister. But she must return to the tiny town after a decade to attend a funeral. As it turns out, the haunting reminders of her twin are
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Kindle Edition, 210 pages
Published January 6th 2016 by booktrope (first published November 24th 2014)
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Maya
ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review.

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Wow! I'm so happy I got the chance to read this wonderful story. I admit, at first I wasn't completely sure I was going to enjoy it, but in the end I really did.

I love how the plot was written. The main elements are mystery and romance. They fit perfectly together, since none overshadows the other. So, if you want to read a romantic story or simply just a crime story, don't worry. You can get it all! But I warn you now, the story rev
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
This is book one in the "The Art of Living " series by Nicole Sorrell. This is the first book by this author too.
I will be honesty I didn't know if I would like the book as I was judging it by the cover at first. But once you get into the book you can't put it down. It is a somewhat different story than usually I would read. There is a murder of Maddie's twin sister at the age of 10.. also this set in motion
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Danielle Urban
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Art of Going Home by Nicole Sorrell is one that will forever lure readers deep within the heart of its plot. An engaging and heart melting story that will leave readers coming back to re-read the beautifully well written novel. Nicole definitely knows how to develop an intriguing plot and believable characters. Reading the first page, I could not stop reading until I finished the entire book. It’s definitely one novel readers won’t want to miss. The story tells of love, lies, and self-destru ...more
Paula
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's hard to describe my feelings about this book. Lots of drama in the plot. I haven't read such graphic romance in a long time. (Whew, I remember when. ) Overall, I didn't want to put the book down! ...more
Mollien Fote Osterman
Title: The Art of Going Home
Author: Nicole Sorrell
Publisher: Booktrope
Reviewer: Mollien
Release Date: January 6, 2016
Genre(s): Suspense, Murder Mystery, Romance, Paranormal
Page Count: 242 pages
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:

“If you want a book with depth, soul and a fantastic plot, as well as a host of intriguing characters and a scorching hot love interest, this one’s for you.” –Eat Sleep Read Review

Maddie dreads going home to face the memories of her dead sister.
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EatSleepReadReview
When Maddie Chandler is forced to return home she’s ready to deal with the naysayers and the family she left behind. However, she’s not quite ready to hear her sister’s voice in her head again—one of the many reasons she left in the first place. Not long after arriving her sister does indeed begin to speak to her, but this time it’s different. This time, her sister wants her to uncover the person responsible for her murder.

As Maddie follows the little clues Angeline gives her, she uncovers secre
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Stephanie Lasley
Addictive

Maddie and Angeline Chandler were twins; two peas in a pod, best friends. At the age of ten, Angeline is murdered. The case was never solved which prompted gossip and innuendos to run rampant within their community.
Angeline had always been the favorite with their parents. Upon her death, the mother suffers a mental breakdown and is permanently institutionalized. Eventually Maddie moves in with a family friend, Cecilia Redondo. This beloved woman became Maddie’s Aunt Ceci, who raised and
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R. Harrison
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Intense, involving, and interesting, not to mention hot.
Aunt Ceci’s funeral forces Madisen to confront the small town she fled, her guilt over her twin sister’s death years ago, and her family. Along the way she reconnects with an old flame, Zac and together they resolve to uncover the truth behind Angeline’s demise. It’s a cold trail, long overgrown with the weeds of shame and guilt; not just Madisen’s assumed responsibility for her sister. Along the way, Angeline herself appears to ‘Maddie’ as
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Cori Nichols
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a GoodReads.com give away.

This book was an interesting read. We open up with Maddie coming back to her childhood home after the death of a family friend. On the ride to funeral, Maddie hears her dead twin sister's voice calling her name.
If you want to read the rest of my review you can go to my blog.
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Tammy Andresen
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! While the romance in this book is stunning, what really kept me turning the pages was the mystery. I will definitely look for more from this author.
Stephanie Herman
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Art of Going Home, The Art of Living Duet Book One by Nicole Sorrell

This first installment is incredible. The author gives you love, grief, mystery, suspense and a glimpse into the paranormal. The promise of a storyline that catches your attention and refuses to let go. A must read!

Madisen comes back to her hometown, after an absence of ten years, to attend the funeral of her beloved Aunt Cecilia. What she finds when she arrives is the voice of her deceased twin, asking Madisen to help solve
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Wytzia Raspe
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When she is 9 years old Madison's twinnsister was murdered. Almost 20 years later Madison returns to her hometown for a burial. She does not dare tell people she hears her sister talking to her in her head urging her to find the killer (Trauma???)

Ok story. The nephew of her former housekeeper who was a kind of mother for her is now a lawyer and is very attracted to her. Lots of romance here but the detective part is nicely done and the persons are more realistic. The large Hispanic family really
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Esha Sharan
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well crafted story of love, betrayal,relationships. Madison and Anjeline, the twin sisters touch our heart along with Zac who loves Madison
Many are judged with the truth kept in darkness.This story penned by Nicole is highly fascinating and cutting deep into Madison's journey to find the truth in the darkness somehow dug deep into her subconscious. The expand of truth can sometimes leave us broken, a falter in the sanity....the revelation of such shreds put Madeline at a crossroad.

A wonderful
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Rubia La Faye
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Youth trauma

When she is 9 years old Madison's twinsister was murdered. Almost 20 years later Madison returns to her hometown for a burial. She does not dare tell people she hears her sister talking to her in her head urging her to find the killer.
Ok story. Lots of romance but the detective part is OK as well.
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Marilyn
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good

this book is one that shows good people were able to help a young woman who had been abused sexually as a child.
Chandru CS
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A TV game h h 6b YB is the time to fall for the world to the only fact that I’m not
Lauren Jones
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The first time Angeline and I talked after she died was about a month after her murder. Some days before, I’d discovered that my gold butterfly necklace was missing. We were given matching necklaces on our eighth birthday, and Angeline had been buried with hers. I was heartbroken. In a dream, Angeline told me to check my tennis shoes. Although I’d worn them twice since the necklace was lost, I found it tangled in the laces. After that, I always listened to her, and she never failed me. She told ...more
Tere J
Mar 13, 2016 rated it liked it
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Shayney Hardcastle
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review of the book and as part of Goodreads Bookclub.

When Maddie Chandler was ten years old, her twin sister, Angeline, was murdered. Her mother then goes insane, being placed in an institution and with her father being who he is, Maddie is placed into the care of Aunt Ceci, who raises and treats Maddie as though she is her own daughter. Maddie goes through high school being blamed for her sisters death, also for being the wrong sist
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L.T. Kelly
I went into this book a little unsure, this is going to sound fickle, but I judge books by their covers and having read the blurb for this one I wasn’t sure that I ‘got’ it. Having read the book, I still don’t. I’m not a huge fan of the cover and it really doesn’t speak to me.
This is an intricate tale of a small town misfit, Maddie. She fled to a big city having spent most of her life being accused of her twin sisters murder.
Maddie returns to town following the death of someone she held dear, an
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Rebecca Lovell
Feb 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book last month and devoured it, but I was waiting for the book’s release so it would be fresh in your mind when you could buy it.

The Art of Going Home was originally written a couple of years ago and she is re-releasing it this week with new edits and a brand new, absolutely gorgeous cover. It’s part of the Art of Living series, the second of which is, I hope, coming out soon.

This book grabbed me from the first page and kept me reading almost non-sto
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Ann Fly
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book

I am not a big reader, but this book caught and held my interest from the very beginning. I loved that it was set in a small Midwestern town. I could relate to the characters, especially the main character, Maddie.

I was drawn in by her struggles in coming back to her home town that held unpleasant memories. These include the murder of her sister Angeline, and the gossips that target her because of her parents' reputations.

The majority of the plot centers on her hunt for her sister'
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Sharon
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Booktrope and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Art of Going Home, in exchange for an honest review.

As a big fan of mystery fiction, I had high hopes for this novel. The concept grabbed my attention, but the execution is where this book falls short. Maddie tragically faced her twin's death at age ten, compounded by the fact that her parents both blamed her. Ten years after leaving town, Maddie is back for Aunt Ceci's funeral, a woman who basically raised Maddie in the aftermat
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
When Maddie (Madisen) finds out that Aunt Ceci has died, she must return to the small town she fled 10 years earlier to attend her funeral. When she arrives she is picked up by Zac Redondo, an old friend who has carried a torch for her for years. We find out that when she was 10 years old, her twin sister, Angeline, drowned and her parents blamed her for the accident. She is unable to return to San Antonio until she tries to find out what happened. With help from Zac and his family, she begins t ...more
Ang
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Received an Arc from the Author for an honest review.
While the book was pretty good and very intense at times it dealt with some very hard topics the worst being molestation and murder of a little girl. It was definitely not the type of story I thought it was going to be before I started to read it. That being said, I had some problems with parts of the story that didn't flow for me with the story, like when we see Maddie's father, both times Lauren is with him and no one questions that, even th
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Teresa
Mar 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Things happen may happen to you when you are young – things you suppress. Maddie had a twin that died at the hands of a murderer when she was ten. When Maddie returns to her home town to attend the funeral of a woman who basically raised her, she is forced to find the murderer. Clues lead from one thing to another and, as the suppressed memories begin to unravel, people she thought she could trust knew things they never told her. Maddie reconnects with her high school crush, Zac, who helps her, ...more
Barb Jaszai
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All I can say is WOW!! This story takes you through a range of emotions. It is full of suspense and shocking revelations. Maddie, comes home to a town which she left years ago. A death of a loved one brings her home with feelings of trepidation and unanswered questions of what happened to her twin sister, and the haunting words of her mother still ringing in her head.
As the truth begins to unfold
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Lolita
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Lesli
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
This suffers from trying to be all things at all times for all readers. It also suffers a lack of editing. There is a lot of telling, not showing; and Sorrell seems compelled to explain everything that might confuse a reader.

**This was an advanced reader copy won through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.**
Soccergypsy
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it
I found this to be thought-provoking and a good read. It had mystery and romance and all the associations and problems that come with both of those elements. This is more of a 3.5 rating than the 3 I've listed it as. ...more
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