How Hard Can It Be? by: Allison Pearson

How Hard Can It Be Publication Date: June 5, 2018

Description:

Allison Pearson’s brilliant debut novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, was a New York Times bestseller with four million copies sold around the world.  Seven years later, Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her children have turned into impossible teenagers; her mother and in-laws are in precarious health; and her husband is having a midlife crisis that leaves her desperate to restart her career after years away from the workplace. Once again, Kate is scrambling to keep all the balls in the air in a juggling act that an early review from the U.K. Express hailed as “sparkling, funny, and poignant…a triumphant return for Pearson.”

Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the very hedge fund she founded, or will she strangle in her new “shaping” underwear? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn to the ground when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter’s surprise (to her parents) Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?

My Review:

I did not read Allison Pearson’s first book about Kate Reddy so I was unfamiliar with this character.  That being said, you can read this book without having read the first one as it does hold up as a stand alone.  In this sequel, Kate is approaching her 50th birthday and needs to return to work to support her family.  She has two children, one in her teens the other, almost there, and a husband who is taking time off from working to better himself.

Kate is going through peri-menopause and is finding that it isn’t easy to return to work after having raised a family for the past 7 years.  There were so laugh-out-loud moments in this book.  Even though I am not near the age of Kate, I could put myself in her shoes.  I am wondering however, if I were around that age, would I have found this book to work a bit better for me.  I am not saying that this wasn’t a good book, I am simply feeling that I was not the correct target audience for it.  It was a bit drawn out and I was getting a bit bored but I powered through.  If I were to pick up Allison’s first book on Kate Reddy, I may relate to that a bit more.

I recommend this book for anyone in their mid to late 40’s+.  I think that if you like a contemporary read with humor and realistic situations, you would enjoy this.  For me, a late 30 year old already in the workforce with children,  I couldn’t relate as much.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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I received an unsolicited ARC of this book from St. Martin’s press in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you, St. Martin’s Press.

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Beach House Reunion By: Mary Alice Monroe

PubBeach House Reunionlication Date: May 22, 2018

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

My Review:
This is book #5 in the Beach House series by Mary Alice Monroe and I have a confession; I have only read book #1 and that was probably a decade ago and book #4.  However, I love this series and the characters in them.
I was instantly transported to the Isle of Palms with the nicest neighbors and a great group of people.  I loved the dynamic between Cara and her niece.  Their relationship was something really special to read about.  I highly recommend this series from start to finish even though I didn’t read all of the books.
I gave this book 5 crowns.

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pro_reader_120 I received this e-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

The Optimist’s Guide to Letting Go By: Amy E. Reichert

The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

My Review:
Gina’s world has been crashing down around her since her husband’s unfortunate death.  Her relationship with her teenage daughter is one of stress and turmoil.  She doesn’t know how to communicate with her and barely does until she is forced into it.  Adding to her lists of stress, her mother suffers a sudden stroke and long held secret is forced into the light.
I liked this story but I am finding that it was a bot forgettable.  I finished this book at the beginning of the week and have found myself having to read the description in order to recall the plot and my feelings about it.  Amy writes well and is descriptive but maybe this wasn’t the story for me.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
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The High Tide Club by: Mary Kay Anderson

the High Tide Club

Description from the publishers through Netgalley

 

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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How to Walk Away by: Katherine Center

How to Walk Away  Publication date: May 15, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised to come to this #Bookmail recently.   I hadn’t heard of this book before receiving it but then all of a sudden, it was everywhere I looked.  I really didn’t know too much going into this but what an amazing read!

Synopsis:

Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.

My Review:

This novel blew me away.  I had no idea that a fictional book could touch my heart the way this one did.  It was a pleasure to read and I found myself thinking about Margaret when I wasn’t reading the book and long after I was done.

I highly recommend this book.  The cover art is stunning and the words in pages create such a impactful experience for the reader.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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A big THANK YOU to St. Martin’s press for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.  #WalkAwayGirlfriend #HowToWalkAwayBook