Review: Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner

This book is one of the buzziest books of the summer. It’s been everywhere and I have tried to stay away from reviews so as not to taint my own but it’s been so hard because it’s literally everywhere on social media right now.

I had such great luck with Beach Read (another buzzy book) and I was eager to start this one thinking it would be really similar—-but it wasn’t. The cover makes me think this book would be more of a beach read but then the summary suggested women’s fiction and yet there was a mystery element to the story.

Basically this book had a lot going on and I wasn’t exactly sure how it was all going to fit together but I was looking forward to reading one of the hottest books of the summer. Continue reading “Review: Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner”

Review: Recipe for Persuasion (The Rajes #2) by Sonali Dev

Sonali Dev was a new to my author when I read her Pride and Prejudice retelling, Pride Prejudice and Other Flavors, last year.

I was thrilled to see that she would continue the story of the Rajes family and do a retelling of my favorite Austen novel, Persuasion. Dev has a great sense of humor and a way of capturing difficult family issues and difficult sibling relationships but yet keeps her focus on the romance at hand. So basically, I couldn’t wait to reacquaint myself with the Rajes and start this one.

One of the things that makes Persuasion so great for me is that it’s a second chance romance and I was so excited to see how that unfolded in this book, not to mention all the food in this book. Sign me up! Continue reading “Review: Recipe for Persuasion (The Rajes #2) by Sonali Dev”

Special Feature: Rules for Moving by Nancy Star

If you (like me) love women’s fiction and are looking for something written by a well regarded author, then look no further! Rules for Moving sounds like a heartfelt summer read that you definitely want on your radar!

While Nancy Star might be a new to me author, she has written a children’s mystery series and some adult women’s fiction novels which I think speaks highly of her writing abilities!

This book sounds like it’s packed full of emotion and yet promises an uplifting tale even if the summary sounds heavy, so if your beach bag isn’t full of great reads already, then you might want to pop this book in your bag (along with some tissues) and check it out! Continue reading “Special Feature: Rules for Moving by Nancy Star”

Review: The Bright Side of Going Dark by Kelly Harms

Last year I read The Overdue Life of Amy Byler and absolutely loved it! I recommended it to every one I know—especially moms because it really hit the nail on the head when it comes to how all consuming parenting is.

I was over joyed to see what Kelly Harms was coming out with another novel and was eager to start reading it even if it did sound a bit different than her previous book.

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler brought a lot of heart and realism to the story and I was impressed by how emotional it was. I think a lot of readers write women’s fiction off as a fluff category but with Harms’s books there is never a lack of emotion and it most certainly isn’t fluff.  Continue reading “Review: The Bright Side of Going Dark by Kelly Harms”

Review: The Ingredients of You and Me (Hopeless Romantics #3) by Nina Bocci

Full confession, I am a sucker for cake and this cover was too good to pass up. I could almost smell the amazing-ness from the picture alone. I also love romantic books and right now I will take all the feel good comfort food—I mean books—that I can get!

I didn’t know that this book was part of a series, which of course I haven’t read the series, but it sounded like it would be a book I could read as a standalone with only a few characters from previous books making a few appearances. Which from what I gather from reading it, is entirely the case because I didn’t have any trouble jumping into this one.

Lately I have also really been digging the rom-coms and this book sounded like just the ticket to keep with my reading theme of late—so I baked a cake and sat down to enjoy this one. Continue reading “Review: The Ingredients of You and Me (Hopeless Romantics #3) by Nina Bocci”