Category Archives: Contemporary

The Sunshine Sisters by: Jane Green

The Sunshine Sisters

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Alice I Have Been by: Melanie Benjamin

Alice I Have Been

This is a historical fiction novel about the life of Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the inspiration behind Alice in Wonderland.  I listened to this on audio book and found it intriguing.  I was a bit disturbed by the relationship between Alice and Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll).  This book is a mix of fact and fiction and I don’t know which parts are which but I was not too happy about the closeness of their relationship.

This will not change my love of Alice in Wonderland but it did make me want to know the truth.  I thought the characters were well developed and I really did get absorbed into the story.  My heart broke for Alice as she struggled through life.  I recommend picking this up to read as an aside for anyone that is a fan of the Alice stories.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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The Simplicity of Cider by: Amy E. Reichert & GIVEAWAY

The Simplicity of Cider Publication Date: May 16, 2017

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The Garden of Small Beginnings by: Abbi Waxman

The Garden of Small Beginnings Publication Date:  May 2, 2017

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May 2017 Indie Next selection
My Review:
I absolutely loved this book.  I am not a gardener by any means, in fact, last year I killed a CACTUS!  A CACTUS!  How is that even possible?!  Anyway, each chapter has a brief one page tidbit about gardening that is quite cute and sometimes funny.
The setting of the story, a gardening class, helps to bring all of the characters of the story together and leads to the underlying theme of nurturing yourself and tending to your own needs.
Lili’s story is one of heartache but then she starts to see glimmers of hope and happiness when surrounded by the new growth of the garden and the support of new friends.  I can’t say enough about this book and really do recommend it.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC in exchange for an honest review from the publishers through Netgalley.

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The Best Man by: Kristan Higgins

The Best Man

I received this book at Book Con in 2015.  I don’t really read Romance novels but I saw that it was available on my Overdrive app as an audio book and decided to give it a try.  I am really glad that I did.

Yes, there was a lot of mentioning of breasts and it did get annoying but the story was fun.  I liked the characters of Chief Levi Cooper and Faith Holland.  I found myself laughing along and really getting into the story.  Faith is a young woman who moved away from her family and home after her wedding day literally fell apart at the altar.

This is book 1 in the Blue Heron series and I wouldn’t mind picking up the next one to see what it is about.  If you enjoy a fun,contemporary, romance novels, then give this series a shot.

I gave it 4 crowns.

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One Good Thing by: Wendy Wax

One Good Thing

About ONE GOOD THING (from the publishers):

In her fifth and most exciting book yet, Wax returns to her Ten Beach Road series with ONE GOOD THING (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; April 25, 2017; $16). Picking up where Sunshine Beach left off, fans of the series will delight in catching up with familiar beloved characters and new readers will have no problem sinking into this witty and heartwarming story about loyalty, friendship and the secrets that test those bonds.

Sure to resonate with readers of Elin Hilderbrand and Jane Green, ONE GOOD THING is a warm and insightful look at love and the bonds of true friendship.

Embroiled in a battle to regain control of their renovation-turned-reality TV show, Do Over, Maddie, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships. 

Maddie must face the realities of dating a rock star once again topping the charts and dealing with her hapless ex-husband, while Avery is caught up in family drama even as she attempts to transform a tiny cottage into a home for the newly impoverished heiress who helped bankroll their last renovation. Put on bedrest, a hugely pregnant Nikki can’t quite believe love can last, nor can she trust in her own maternal instinct. And Kyra, who has secretly put Bella Flora at risk in an attempt to salvage Do Over, must decide whether to accept a desperately needed bail out from her son’s famous father that comes with far too many strings attached.

But friendship is made for times like these, to keep each other—and their dreams—from crumbling.

My Review:

If you have been here a while, you will remember my mentioning the Ten Beach Road series and its’ individual titles pretty often.  Well, the day has arrived in which the 5th book has been released! YAY!

I have missed these women and their significant others.  I feel like I am part of their crew whenever I read these books.  Each woman has such endearing qualities that I can’t and won’t pick a favorite.

I loved the way in which this book picked up after the 4th book without making it feel as if time had passed in weird way.  I highly recommend that you pick up this series if you enjoy summery, contemporary fiction and I also suggest, strongly, that you share them with other readers in your life that you think would enjoy them.  I do…my mother and I love this series!

I give this book 5 crowns!

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I’d also love for you to share your #OneGoodThing. It can be a special person, an event, or something good that happened that day. I promise not to judge.

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Home Safe by: Elizabeth Berg

Home Safe

I have a collection of books by Elizabeth Berg that I have read many years ago and loved.  On a recent trip to buy some books, I came across an Elizabeth Berg book called Never Change and purchased it.  At work one day this week, I needed to borrow another audiobook from Overdrive because I had just finished the previous one.  I couldn’t remember the name of the book I had just purchased but knew it was a two word title.  I was convinced this was it, so I downloaded it.  What a pleasant mistake!

This audio book is read by the author (my favorite situation) and the story touched my heart so deeply from the very beginning.  I feel confident in saying that this book is one of my favorites that I have read this year if not the BEST of the year!

I loved every character in this story and will definitely re-read this book, and I don’t do that!  Helen is very down to earth and Tess, her daughter, is a typical daughter who tries to minimize her mother’s involvement in her life.  I absolutely loved this book and encourage you all to read it.

I should probably tell you that I already own a copy of Never Change and know just purchased Home Safe to add to my shelves.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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