Happiness for Beginners – Review

BLURB: A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying, ten years younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It’s supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother’s even-more-annoying best friend is also coming on the trip,…

More than Words – Review

BLURB: The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Her prince. They became each other’s refuge, a safe and magical place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen kissed her—Jessica’s first real, dreamy kiss—and then disappeared from her life without a word. Years later, everyone knows who Callen…

Kyland – Review

BLURB: Dirt poor. Hillbilly. Backwoods hick. Mountain folk. Tenleigh Falyn struggles each day to survive in a small, poverty-stricken, coal mining town where she lives with her sister and mentally ill mother. Her dream of winning the college scholarship given to one student by the local coal company and escaping the harshness of her life,…

The Wish Collector – Review

Ahhh. That’s a sigh of happiness and contentment because Mia Sheridan filled my heart to the brim, yet again! Once I could find the time to settle my brain (and my kids!) and focus on reading, this book completely sucked me in. I didn’t want to put it down for a second, thanks to the…

The Outsider – Review

BLURB: An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories. An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He…

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue – Review

Many thanks to Netgalley and Tor Books for the chance to read this book early. Prior to The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, I’d never read a V.E. Schwab book, but as soon as I came across this blurb I couldn’t resist! And my goodness, V.E. Schwab can WRITE! I absolutely wanted to absorb every…

What You Wish For – Review

Like many of us, I fell in love with Katherine Center’s writing last year. She has a fantastic way of making an evocative novel lots of fun to read. I admire her writing and her delightful characters. Naturally, What You Wish For was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020. BLURB: Samantha Casey loves…

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael – Review

Many thanks to Netgalley and G.P. Putnam’s Sons for the chance to read this novel. These types of character-driven novels are my absolute favorites. This was like a mix of A Man Called Ove and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which was right up my alley. I adore curmudgeonly characters who struggle to find their…

Oona Out of Order – Review

Margarita Montimore blew my mind with this inventive look at time-traveling! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book for the concept alone. To my delight, BookSparks and MacMillan allowed the Book Sharks a chance at free audiobooks through Libro.fm during this unprecedented time in our world, and I absolutely couldn’t resist Oona!…

Truth or Beard – Review

BLURB: Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my! Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston…

Where the Lost Wander – Review

Amy Harmon does it again and I can’t even say I’m surprised. She’s a dynamic writer, with each book being better than the last. Where the Lost Wander may be my new favorite of hers. I’m certain this book will be at the top of my list of favorites for 2020. The word that comes…

The One – Review

BLURB: How far would you go to find The One? A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for. That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found…

Recent Reads: Mini-Reviews

BLURB: You’ve lost your daughter. She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found. Then, quite by chance, you see her busking in New York’s Central Park. But she’s not the girl you remember. This woman is wasted, frightened and clearly in trouble….

Where the Blame Lies – Review

Wow!!! I LOVED THIS BOOK….not that I had even the smallest doubt otherwise. BLURB: Abducted. Terrorized. Imprisoned. At nineteen-years-old, college student Josie Stratton was kidnapped by a madman and held shackled for ten months in an abandoned warehouse before she finally escaped her hellish prison. Eight years later, when the body of a young woman…

A Fatal Grace – Review

2020 is slowly becoming the year of me finding my love of reading books in a series again. After reading (or listening) to Still Life not long ago, and feeling a bit lukewarm about the story as a whole, everyone who has read and loved this series told me to keep going. They said, “It…

Foul is Fair – Review

Many thanks to Wednesday Books & Netgalley for the chance to read this book. Macbeth meets Mean Girls…only significantly more bloody? Sign me up. I’m not a big fan of Shakespeare, but I love diving into modern retellings. In fact, I really didn’t know anything about Macbeth except for the quote “What’s done is done.”…

The Witness – Review

There are certain books that come along at the perfect time, exactly when you’re needing a pick-me-up, and The Witness was one of those books for me. I told my friend, Megan: @themoodymama.reads, I was in dire need of a five-star read. I was starting to feel one of the worst book slumps I’ve ever…

The Bromance Book Club – Review

Whew! Where to start with this problematic, train wreck of a book? The Bromance Book Club is a fun, endearing, and exciting concept. Unfortunately, it should have remained a concept, because the execution of this story was the worst I’ve ever experienced. BLURB: The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club….

Between Sisters – Review

BLURB: “We all make mistakes, but for Meghann Dontess the terrible choice she made some years ago cost her everything, including the love of her sister, Claire. Meghann is now a highly successful attorney, and has put all thoughts of love completely behind her – until she meets the one man who believes he can…

Wild at Heart – Blog Tour & Review

My thoughts: Oh my gosh, it was so great to catch up with Calla and Jonah following The Simple Wild. I absolutely adored the first story (it’s one of my all-time faves) and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one as soon as I heard a sequel was coming. Of course, it’s always…