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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Review: When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

When We Were Worthy is an adult drama focused on four characters in the aftermath of a small town tragedy. After a high school football victory, when the whole town should be celebrating, four families are mourning. Three cheerleaders are killed when a teenage boy crashing into them while presumably racing his new car. The reader learns the truth about the accident and other scandals in town from these characters: Leah, the friend that should have been in the car that night, Ava, the substitute teacher who’s relieved that one of the girls didn’t live to tell what she saw at the game that night, […]

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Review: The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor

The Shark Club reminded me of Love Walked In. Maeve is a marine biologist who became obsessed with sharks when she was bit by one at age 12. Her life didn’t turn out as she planned because her lifelong love cheated on her a few months before their wedding. While in between research jobs, she goes back home to stay with her grandmother and twin brother, but neither of them decided to tell her that Daniel is back as well. Maeve is captivated by his 6 year-old daughter, and she decides to give it another go. This book is rich with plot, so naturally I loved […]

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Review: Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards

Strings: A Love Story by Megan Edwards

Strings: A Love Story surprised me. It starts with a snippet of present day and a long missing famous violin. Honestly, I could have done without that whole aspect. The real story starts with a high school romance between Ted and Olivia at boarding school is California. Ted is from a wealthy family, and his parents have serious expectations for his future path. Olivia is the daughter of the campus maid. They’re cast as Lancelot and Guinevere in the production of Camelot. I feel in love with them both immediately. The book follows them (mostly Ted) over the next few decades. It reminded me a little […]

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