Category Archives: Contemporary

Home Safe by: Elizabeth Berg

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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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The Whole Thing Together by: Ann Brashares

The Whole Thing Together Publication Date: April 25, 2017

Description from the publishers through Netgalley

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Royally Roma by: Teri Wilson

Royally Roma Publication date March 27, 2017

Synopsis from the Publisher:

Julia Costa is too busy trying to complete her PhD while also holding down a full-time job as a private tour guide in Rome to keep up with celebrity gossip. So when she crosses paths with a real, actual prince, she mistakes him for a client and takes him on a daylong tour of the city.

Intrigued by the idea of spending time with someone who obviously has no idea who he is, and delighted at the prospect of a day free of royal obligations, Niccolo La Torre, Crown Prince of Lazaretto, acts on impulse and assumes the role of Julia’s client. He swears to himself that he’ll return to his royal duties after only half a day…but he’s having the time of his life.

Until Julia presents him with the bill. Since he snuck out of the hotel without so much as a dime, he tries to escape, only to discover that she won’t let him out of her sight until he can pay her back. She’s determined to get her money…and perhaps more from the handsome stranger she’s fallen for.

My Review:

I did not know that this was a modern retelling of Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn, probably because I have never seen that movie.  This was a fast paced, romance story in which the two characters are thickheaded and stubborn.  It is a case of adult insta-love and some of the details annoyed me.  As soon as I read the words “wet wonderland” I wanted to put the book down.

It did get a little bit better and I did finish it but this is not something I would gravitate towards normally.

I give this book 3 crowns.

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A State of Jane by: Meredith Schorr

a-state-of-jane Publication date: February 14, 2017

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

 

My Review:

This was the second book that I read this month from Meredith Schorr.  She has an easy to read style that is filled with humor and real life situations.  This is a story about a girl who is feeling the pressure to find ” The One” and to start her educational path towards becoming a lawyer.  Let’s just say that in 5 or 6 months she has had sex with just as many guys and her attitude towards men and relationships has changed drastically.  Not only has that changed but so has her attitude.

This was a fun read but I was annoyed in the beginning of the book with Jane.  She had such a pessimistic and nasty attitude that I didn’t really care what happened to her.  That does change and so did my opinion but it was a rough start for me.  This book is about love but not in the way that you think.

I received an E-ARC of this book from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I give this book 3 crowns.

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Seeking Mr. Wrong by:Natalie Charles

seeking-mr-wrong Publication date: February 13, 2017

About the book (from the Publishers):

Lettie Osbourne has lived her whole life by the book. Sweet, predictable, and certainly not living life on the edge, she’s always been content to make a living as a kindergarten teacher who writes adorable children’s books on the side. After her fiancé leaves her, Lettie decides she is perfectly content to accept her fate as mother to her beloved dog Odin and favorite auntie to her niece and nephew. But then everything changes.

When Lettie’s publisher decides to sell only erotica, her editor convinces her to turn up the heat and throw some spice into her vanilla life. Lettie sets out to find the perfect man to inspire her writing…and finds him in her school’s vice principal, Eric Clayman. As Lettie and Eric grow closer and her writing gets steamier, she’s left wondering: is Eric Mr. Wrong? Or Mr. Right?

My Review:

This is definitely not my typical genre but once in a while I can enjoy a good romance.  At first, I had a hard time getting into the story of a Kindergarten teacher and author of children’s books being “forced” to write erotica to fulfill her publishing contract.  Sounds a bit far fetched to me.  However, the story was fleshed out (pun intended) in the right way and that crossover became a bit more believable.

I did enjoy Lettie’s character as well as her friend Mindy and of course, Eric.  This was a cute read especially during the Valentine’s holiday week.  The sex scenes were dirty so be forewarned.

All in all, I give this book 3.5 crowns.

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Blogger Girl by: Meredith Schorr

blogger-girl Publication date: February 14, 2017

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

“Sassy, sexy, endlessly entertaining, and full of laughs (as well as some heart-wrenching moments), Blogger Girl is one of those books that keeps you up at night because you can’t wait to see what happens next.” – Tracie Banister, Author of Mixing It Up

What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out.

A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read Bridget Jones’s Diary, Kim, with her blog, Pastel is the New Black, has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm. While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads—and pages—across the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox—for review.

With their ten-year reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her offline life.

My Review:

I was so excited to see a book about a Blogger.  This was so much fun to read.  Do you want to know what it is like to be a book blogger?  Pick up this book.  Kim is a chick lit blogger and she has a day job that allows her to do both things at once.  Kim meets a man; of course, chick lit!, and she has to balance her life so that she can do all of the things she loves.

Is she really working on her true passion? Maybe, maybe not.  What will happen at her class reunion?  Will she ever be ok around other people whose job titles are “so much more” than secretary and blogger?  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to pick up the rest in the series.  Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for letting me read this E-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Always Something There to Remind Me by: Beth Harbison

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This was a story about a first love that remained in the life of our main character for decades after it was over.  Erin is living her life and taking care of her daughter just as any mother should.  She has a great job and a loving boyfriend.  When he proposes, the first thing that popped into her mind was Nate, the name of her first love.

That can’t be right.  She has not seen or heard from him for almost 15 years.  This story takes us back to their relationship as teenagers and forward again to the present moment.  I did enjoy listening to this.  It was perfect for the start of February, the month of love.

I gave this 4 crowns.

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