Book Review: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 320 pages

Published: March 19, 2019

Publisher: Orion Pulishing

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Book Review: The Binding by Bridget Collins

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 436 pages

Published: April 16, 2019

Publisher: William Morrow

Genre:  Fiction & Literature, Romance, Historical, Literary

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Book Review: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 400 pages

Published: June 26, 2018

Publisher: Ballantine Books

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Book Review: Still Me by Jojo Moyes

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Format: Hardcover

Pages: 400 pages

Published:  January 30, 2018

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance

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Book Review: The Trouble With Words by Suzie Tullett

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Pages: 192 pages

Published: October 1, 2015

Publisher: Safkhet Publishing

Genre: Fiction & Literature, Women’s Fiction

Synopsis: 

Promises are easy to make but hard to keep.

Having long made a promise to her husband, young widow Annabel has no intentions of breaking it. What she does plan to do, though, is have a baby. Not the easiest of tasks for a woman with a deceased other half, and having explored all her options, her only choice is to take the unconventional route. Setting out to find her own donor, Annabel meets Dan. Single, fun-loving and definitely not looking for commitment, this unruly blonde, blue-eyed man seems perfect for the job.

Dan wants nothing more than to find his dream woman. But with a mother intent on sabotaging his every relationship, he can’t help but think he’s destined to remain single. Of course, he knows his mother doesn’t really want him all for herself, why else would she keep insisting he meet Maeve? Why else would she insist Dan promise to find himself a wife before she meets her maker?

Forced to negotiate matters of love, life and death, Annabel and Dan seem the answer to each other’s prayers. But will they really be able to keep the promises they made? And is having a baby really the answer?”

This was a very quick and enjoyable read. This book is all about promises, promises about the past, promises about the future. And it was just beautifully well done.

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Wrap-Up: August 2015

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I’m proud of myself this month. I actually read 7 books in August. I mean, I was on vacation and had some down time but still a huge accomplishment for me. This month’s reading gave me a lot more winners than I had in the previous months so maybe my reading slump is improving a little bit. Statistically, I had the most visitors and views on my website (over 1,000 views!) so I want to thank you all for your interest in my site!

Read This Month:

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(My favorites are in bold) (Links lead to book review)

The Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell

Cutting the Soul: A Memoir by Theresa Larsen

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace #1) by M.J. Arlidge

The Secrets of Lake Road by Karen Katchur

Disclaimer by Renee Knight

Don’t Get Me Wrong by Marianne Kavanagh

Sidney Chambers and The Forgiveness of Sins (The Grantchester Mysteries #4) by James Runice

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Top Ten Tuesday: Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s post is:

Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession (bought, library, review copies)”

In no particular order:

From the Library:

We Were Liars

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – Received both the print and the e-book version from the library.

The Unexpected Consequences of Love

The Unexpected Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell – On hold for me at the public library, just have to pick it up.

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The Royal We by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan – Finished this about a week ago. If you would like to read my review of it, you can find it here.

Purchased:

The Poldark Saga Series by Winston Graham – i don’t have this in my possession yet. I just bought them at BookDepository.com so I should be getting them soon. I’ve been enjoying the series that’s been airing on Masterpiece on PBS, so I thought I give the books a chance.

Sarah's Key

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay – 50 cents at a library sale :).

Rainshadow Road (Friday Harbor, #2)

Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas – Again, 50 cents at a library sale.

Dancing with Mr. Darcy: Stories Inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House

Dancing with Mr. Darcy: Stories Inspired by Jane Austen and Chawton House

13 Ways of Looking at the Novel

13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley

ARCs:

Heirs and Assigns by Marjorie Eccles

The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay

What books have recently come into your possession?

Book Review: The Bones of You by Debbie Howells

Format: E-Book

Pages: 320 pages

Publisher: Kensington Books

Published: June 30, 2015

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Synopsis (from publisher):

“I have a gardener’s inherent belief in the natural order of things. Soft‑petalled flowers that go to seed. The resolute passage of the seasons. Swallows that fly thousands of miles to follow the eternal summer.Children who don’t die before their parents.When Kate receives a phone call with news that Rosie Anderson is missing, she’s stunned and disturbed. Rosie is eighteen, the same age as Kate’s daughter, and a beautiful, quiet, and kind young woman. Though the locals are optimistic—girls like Rosie don’t get into real trouble—Kate’s sense of foreboding is confirmed when Rosie is found fatally beaten and stabbed.Who would kill the perfect daughter, from the perfect family? Yet the more Kate entwined herself with the Andersons—graceful mother Jo, renowned journalist father Neal, watchful younger sister Delphine—the more she is convinced that not everything is as it seems. Anonymous notes arrive, urging Kate to unravel the tangled threads of Rosie’s life and death, though she has no idea where they will lead.Weaving flashbacks from Rosie’s perspective into a faulty plotted narrative, The Bones of You is a gripping, haunting novel of sacrifices and lies, desperation and love.”

Looks can be deceiving.
That is an underlining theme in most mystery novels but is very prevalent in Howells’ latest thriller novel. One murder rocks an idyllic English town and this traumatic event causes the unmasking of what you thought were your neighbors.This is not your basic “whodunnit” mystery novel. This novel mostly deals with the dark recesses of the human mind. It is a book that focuses more on the characters and the complexity of their relationships with one another. The lacking of police procedure or any other elements of a crime novel may have been the missing element this novel needed but central focus on the human psyche gives you that human emotion that is lacking in most mystery novels.You are unlikely to see and twists and turns in this narrative. Facts sneak up on you and finally shocks when all is revealed. So it has the makings of a mystery novel, but it is clouded, in my opinion, by being a in-depth fiction thriller.

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