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The Date
by Louise Jensen

Brenda’s review & rating: 4 of 5 stars

Norma and I were lost in a coulee reading The Date with two of our Traveling Sisters and for the first time ever Norma was left in a coulee all by herself feeling quite differently from the rest of us about this story.

The Date was a fast-paced, entertaining yet frightening – the good kind we love in thrillers that left us on the edge of the coulee ready to jump out in fright and run and hide from some of the chilling scenes our main character Ali was up against. Nothing is the same for Ali after she wakes up the morning after a date that she remembers nothing about and things are not right for her.

Louise Jensen does a great job creating a terrifying situation here for Ali with her not knowing who she is being terrorized by but knows they want to destroy her. Not only does she have no idea who it is or why she is now unable to recognize anyone.

Norma who was on vacation at the time we were reading this one couldn’t fully engage with us in our discussion and she ended up not feeling the same way about the story as we did. She felt the story was written a little too frantic but that could have just been because things can get a little frantic when you are visiting family. Thinking this one might not be the best vacation read. We recommend finding a nice quiet place maybe with a blanket to hide under while reading this story.


Norma’s review

Well, I can hardly believe that little ole me is sitting all by my lonesome in the Coulee!

All of the other Traveling Sisters absolutely loved this one except for me as I ended up thinking it was just okay. What’s up with that you might say? (or that is exactly what I said….LOL)

For me, this was just not a good fit and it might have been because I was reading this book while on vacation and maybe I just wasn’t totally getting it. I very much enjoyed the premise of this novel though and I quite enjoyed the twist. At the end, I was left a little bit puzzled and underwhelmed. I wish I would have felt the desperation and frantic behavior more from our main character here instead of feeling that it was more of the writing. I just didn’t feel it and it did bother me a little bit.

I definitely still would recommend this novel though as I think it might have been just me and timing.

Thank you from both of us to NetGalley, Bookouture and Lousie Jensen for a copy to read and review.

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13 thoughts on “The Date by Louise Jensen #travelingsistersread

  1. Carrie says:

    Great reviews ladies! Sorry it wasn’t better for you Norma. I loved this one myself but I do know there’s times I just don’t see what others do too.

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    1. Thank you so much, Carrie! I was a little bummed about it but your right it does happen! 💕🤠

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      1. Carrie says:

        You’re welcome! I seem to be on a streak of going against the masses lately myself so I certainly understand.

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  2. carhicks says:

    Life would be so boring if e all agreed on everything. Nice reviews ladies.

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    1. Oh Carla I am so sorry that I missed your comment! I agree it would be extremely boring if we all liked the same books. It definitely brings out great discussions when we have differing thoughts on a books that is for sure. Thank you so much, Carla! 🙂

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  3. Cozynookbks says:

    I haven’t read this one yet but it’s on my tbr. Sorry you were all by your lonesome in the coulee Norma.

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      I hope you get a chance to read it and really enjoy it!

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  4. Mackenzie says:

    Great reviews!! I loved this a Traveling Sister read, Brenda and Norma!!! 💕

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    1. B Lostinacoulee says:

      Thank you, Mack! I loved it too!


  5. I did enjoy this, so I’m sorry this didn’t work for you Norma. Sometimes timing can play a big part in how we see a book. I’ve been disappointed a few times, only to revisit the book months later and have a totally different experience.

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    1. Oh I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this Kim! I thought it was still a pretty good read but just wish that I would have loved it more. I’m sure if I was to have read it with less distractions I am suspecting that I probably would have enjoyed it much more.

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