Category Archives: Contemporary

Park Bench by: Christophe Chabouté

park bench

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

My Review:
At first, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like this.  It is strictly images and roughly drawn ones without any words.  However, as you turn each page the stories that are told are magnificent.  You see the lives lived and only constant is this one park bench.   I absolutely love this graphic novel and the more I think about it, the sweeter the story is.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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Rose Harbor in Bloom by: Debbie Macomber

Rose Harbor In Bloom

I realize that this is the second book in a series but I thought I had read the first one.  In all honesty, I’m not sure if I did and if I did, it was years and years ago.  I listened to this on audio but wasn’t lost with the story line.  The book did just enough retelling of the first book for me to piece together what I missed.

I don’t want to say much about the story line because I don’t know what would be a spoiler for the first book.

The characters in the story were very lovable and I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I will definitely look for the rest of this series.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Sugar and Iced by: Jenn McKinlay

Sugar and Iced

This is my favorite cozy mystery series.  I was so excited to buy the series for my collection and I was in the mood to continue where I left off.  In this book, Mel and Angie are working with a beauty pageant to help promote their business and to support one of their close friends.  Of course, it isn’t as easy as that.  When one of the pageant’s own turns up murdered, all eyes turn to the outsiders as suspects.

I think these books are fun and I would recommend them to anyone.  This is a great series and even though this is the 6th book, the story lines do not get old.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Goddesses by: Swan Huntley

The Goddesses

Description from the publishers through Netgalley:

My Review:
Wow!  I finished this book this morning and I am stunned.  I was emotionally invested in this story and these characters, it was as if they were people I knew.  Nancy was going through a difficult period in her life and she found a friendship with Ana that she desperately needed.  Ana was a free spirit who showed Nancy a different way to live.
Nancy struggled to decide if she wanted to be the woman that she was in the States or if she was going to reinvent herself.  Ana made that choice easy for Nancy.  As their relationship became stronger, Nancy’s home life started to fall apart.
This was a psychological thriller that read like contemporary fiction.  I was hooked.  I highly recommend this book.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received an E-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Woman No. 17 by: Edan Lepucki

woman no. 17

This was an interesting read.  I didn’t know much about it going into the story and what I did know was incorrect.  The main female characters Lady and S had a very intriguing dynamic.  There relationship didn’t seem to fall into one specific category and that led to some issues.
I enjoyed this book and would pick up the author’s other works.  This is not a typical fiction book and that made it more engrossing.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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I recieed this book from http://www.bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review.

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Girls in Pants by: Ann Brashares

Girls in Pants

The third installment of the Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) was so much fun to read.  I listened to this on audio and I can’t wait to finish of the series.  I love the characters so much and have no trouble envisioning the movie while I listen to this.

The girls in this novel are about to go to college and are experiencing their last summer before that happens.  The is excitement and hesitation and an overwhelming sense of love and gratitude for the friendship that these girls have.

This is a sweet summery read.

I gave it 4 crowns.

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The Bookshop at Water’s End by: Patti Callahan Henry

The Bookshop at Water's End

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My Review:
This was a sweet story of two women who are trying to come to terms with things that have happened in their lives over the years from the time that they were children through the present.
They return to the place were they met and spent some of the best summers of their lives as well as one of the worst.  With their children in tow, they confront their pasts and try to prepare for their futures.
I really enjoyed this story and loved that one of the main focal points of this story is this well loved bookshop that was had its’ own ups and downs and has survived.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
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I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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