Review: The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay

I was so excited to read The Austen Escape because I loved Katherine Reay’s earlier Austen-related novels, but unfortunately this book did not live up to my expectations. It’s been a couple of months since I read this book (since I’ve been slacking on blogging), so rather than a traditional review, I am going to share the things I liked and disliked about this novel. What I liked about this book The Austen stuff, obviously. I enjoy Reay as an author because she writes Austen-spinoffs. That’s what attracted me to this book, and I really enjoyed Mary and Isabel’s foray into an Austen-like world.  However, I […]

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Review: The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

The Book of Polly is an adult novel that centers around Willow Havens, a ten year-old girl, who is obsessed with the idea of her mother’s death. Polly was quite old when Willow was born, so it’s logical that Willow would be concerned. This book is very much about character development. Polly is quite a character – she kills squirrels in her backyard and has confrontations with her neighbors and people at Willow’s school. Willow is trying to discover who she is and find assurance that someone will care for her once her mother is gone. I enjoyed this sweet, quirky story, but it wasn’t […]

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Review: The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

The Boy on the Bridge (The Hungry Plague #2) by M.R. Carey

The Boy on the Bridge is technically a sequel to The Girl with All the Gifts, but I think it should really have been advertised as a companion novel or a prequel. Before Melanie and the other kids were being studied, another team of scientists was trying to learn more about the zombie-inducing fungus that’s plagued the human world. This book centers around a young man, Steven Grieves, who’s an unwanted member of the team aboard Rosie, a vehicle of scientific-discover. Steven is on the autism spectrum, and he’s crazy smart. He makes many discoveries that help the human race tremendously. There are a lot of […]

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Review: Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters is a triple romance filled with family drama. Sisters, Kelly and Olivia, haven’t talked much since high school, so when Olivia decides to move back home after a career set back, they don’t really know how to relate to one another. There are secrets and mistrust, which result in some interesting drama. Meanwhile their father is falling in love, but their mother’s return to town as well upsets that situation resulting in more drama. I love drama! This book was fun and rather steamy. It had a Love, Actually kind of feel with multiple love stories going at once with a […]

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Review: Bringing Hope, A Disaster Relief Journey by Debbie McKinney

Bringing Hope A Disaster Relief Journey by Debbie McKinney

I met Debbie McKinney, author of Bringing Hope, earlier this year at a local author event at my library. Her book wasn’t ready for review at that point, but when she asked me if I would read it when I was available, I said yes right away. I was so intrigued by her stories of working with the Red Cross doing disaster relief for 9/11 and natural disasters. I wasn’t sure what to expect from her book. Bringing Hope isn’t exactly a memoir because much of the book is Debbie’s journals from her time in the field helping with disaster relief. I think that made […]

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Review: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda

Best Day Ever is a suspense novel, but what I really liked about it is that it was written from the perspective of the attacker. Paul thinks he is the model husband, but it’s pretty clear to the reader that he is not as nice to Mia as he should be. Paul and Mia are going away for the weekend, and I really enjoyed being inside his head as he and Mia drove to their vacation home and tried to have “the best day ever.” Kaira Rouda did a great job writing this character. As the title implies, the book spans only one day, and […]

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Review: This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

This Is How It Always Is is a character-driven story about a family who’s youngest son starts identifying as a girl around age 5. I found the topic and emotions to be fascinating, but the details about every member of the family were too much for me. I like to get to know characters when reading a book, but I am always more interested in plot than character development. It felt necessary to examine both parents in this story, but it was sometimes too much, especially in regards to the mother’s career. I loved learning about Claude and his transformation into Poppy. I adored the […]

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Review: Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips

Fierce Kingdom is a great suspense novel. I read it in just two days. Most suspense stories these days seem to be about single women being pursued by a scary man – boyfriend, husband, stranger – regardless, they all seem the same. This book is quite different. It’s about a woman, Joan, and her 4 year-old son who get trapped inside the zoo when there is a mass shooting. Joan has to try to get herself and her child alive without revealing to him just how dangerous their current situation actually is. I really enjoyed this book. I was sucked into the story right away. […]

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Review: Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Sourdough is a rather strange story about a woman, Lois, who works at a robotics company writing code to control mechanical arms. She is so busy with work that she doesn’t have time to cook for herself. She lives on “slurry” (a nutritional substitute) and take out from the Clement Street Soup and Sourdough Company. The spicy soup and bread somehow restore her energy and help her sleep better, and she develops a rather unusual friendship with the brothers who run the shop. When they leave San Fransisco, they entrust their sourdough started to Lois, and she begins developing a whole new life. I don’t […]

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Reading People by Anne Bogel

Reading People by Anne Bogel

It’s my first blog tour, and I couldn’t be happier that it is for Anne Bogel’s first book, Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything. When I first heard that Anne was writing a book, I didn’t really care what it was going to be about. I have been reading her blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, for years, and I absolutely adore her podcast, What Should I Read Next? I guess what I’m saying is I would read or listen to anything she put out. That being said…I was pretty psyched to learn that the book was about personality types. I am […]

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