Book Round Up: Compelling Reads

Compelling Reads

Last summer I wrote a column in Country Woman magazine on books you won’t be able to put down. Today I am sharing those three books along with other compelling reads.

The Things We Wish Were True, Always, The Book That Matters Most, The Things We Keep, The Life List, One True Loves


The Things We Wish Were True by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

With neighborhood drama, multiple characters/perspectives, and many secrets, this book is the perfect recipe for a domestic suspense novel. I couldn’t put it down.

4 Stars


Always by Sarah Jio

The main character sees her old boyfriend homeless outside of a restaurant one night while out with her fiancĂ©. It’s only natural that she becomes a little obsessed and determined to help him out. Seriously compelling, right?

4 Stars


The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood

A newly divorced woman joins a book club where the readers discuss the books that have mattered greatly to them. Her pick is rather unusual, and it’s linked to a childhood trauma. The writing made this book one that I just couldn’t stop reading.

4 Stars


The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

Two young patients in assisted care for early onset dementia form a connection that defies convention. They fight to stay together when others are determined to keep them apart. Majorly tugs at your heart strings, but totally captivating.

4 Stars


The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman

When her mother dies, a young woman is forced to fulfill her childhood wish list before getting her inheritance. I love this type of book, and this book was the ultimate bucket list read for me.

5 Stars


One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Talk about long triangle! Finally moving on after her husband’s apparent death in a plane crash, Emma is engaged to Sam when Jesse re-enters her life. I honestly didn’t know who Emma would choose, and I was completely sucked into this saga.

5 Stars


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