Review: In a Book Club Far Away by Tif Marcelo

I have read a couple of Tif Marcelo’s books and I have to say that my favorite has been The Key to Happily Ever After. Her books are always so great and written with so much heart and perspective not to mention rich with family relationship complexities. I have really enjoyed reading them and when I saw that her latest novel In a Book Club Far Away, was a Book of the Month pick, I was even more excited to get my hands on it!

Even though I had a digital copy of the book to read, I did make this one my BOTM pick not just because the book sounded good, but I also thought the cover was elegant and rich with fun bookish details! I knew that I would read the book one way or the other, but there was something about the cover and title of this one that just seemed to say ‘read me as a hard copy!’ that I simply couldn’t ignore!

Besides the author reputation and elegant cover art, this one sounded like such a great read for book clubs or maybe even a buddy read with your BFF. It’s a story about friendships and for me, it was just the book that I needed right now. It was like curling up with a good friend and a glass of wine to gossip about life and laugh about all the things that life throws at you.

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Special Feature: The Bookstore on the Beach by Brenda Novak

There is something about summer beach reads season that never takes me by surprise! Usually around the beginning of March I start getting all the info on spring reads and beach reads. Unlike October when I start getting all the Christmas reads (which I am never ready for in October!), beach reads season is one that never sneaks up on me and is always welcome!

In Oregon, March is still relatively rainy, cold and often there is still a chance for snow. Last week it was a high of 40 and rainy, by the weekend it was sunny and 60. Right about now is the time I start longing for warm days and easy reads! Which is why I am looking forward to this upcoming novel from Brenda Novak! Novak is a prolific writer with loads of both holiday and beach reads under her belt!

I cannot wait for this one and am looking forward to escaping into a small beach town with all the romance and charm Novak is known for! Today I have an excerpt of this lovely read and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Special Feature and Excerpt: The Path to Sunshine Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

RaeAnne Thayne has been a favorite author of mine for a while! I love her Christmas books so much and her other romances aren’t bad either. She is a prolific writer who turns out consistently well written love stories and I cannot WAIT to read this one. Especially after the excerpt that I have included in this post for you guys to enjoy!

This one is set in the Pacific Northwest in a fictional coastal town and seeing as how I live in the Pacific Northwest and love visiting the coast, this one sounds like it’s going to be an extra special read for me. Setting and romance aside, you simply canot go wrong with RaeAnne Thayne.

She’s a marvelous writer who writes believable female characters with real life issues to address, and swoon worthy heroes who win me over every time. Not to mention she does small town settings so so so well. If you love womens fiction with romance, you will no doubt have heard from RaeAnne Thayne but if you have yet to give her books a go, I strongly encourage you to check her out! This beach read promises to be another hit for her!

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Special Feature: Are We There Yet? By Kathleen West

When I first saw the cover of this book, all I could think was that it must be a thriller. When I read the first line in the summary: Among fake Instagram pages, long-buried family secrets, and the horrors of middle school, one suburban mom searches to find herself. And all I could think was ok when does the murdering start? I kept reading the summary and I was like ok, come on where is the murder? So many novels that are set in the suburbs have a murder or thriller component to them that I just naturally expected this one to be the same but as I kept reading I was like oh wow ok this is something different!

I think this book is going to be a hit with suburban housewives and moms like me. I am so excited to check this one out and I think it’s going to be a wonderful and relevant read. It sounds clever and funny and I am so here for it! Getting a call from my sons school about his behavior is up there when it comes to parental fears and I would read this book just because I can sympathize with that part of the book!

This one has been getting rave reviews and I am so excited to share a bit about it with you guys today. This one is for all the moms out there who are trying to raise their kids in a social media driven world! Be sure to check it out, this one is out now and promises to be full of relatable content!

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Review: Ladies of the House by Lauren Edmondson

Sense and Sensibility is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels! Whenever I see Austen re-tellings with a modern flair…..I try to be wary. Some are great but others miss the mark and but yet no matter how great or awful the re-tellings are, I still can’t resist them in any form! When I saw that Lauren Edmondson was writing a modern re-telling of Sense and Sensibility, for good or for bad, I was so excited to read it!

But I went into it knowing that nothing will ever live up to the original Sense and Sensibility—nor should it! Austen had her own unique voice and I expected Edmondson to have her own voice as well, but what I did hope was that Edmondson did justice to the Dashwood sisters and the spirit of the original novel.

It’s hard to do a good retelling which is why I have been wary but try and I might, I just can’t resist reading another and another and another to see how well or how poorly it was executed. This one however I think did a nice job at recreating the Dashwood sisters as modern women. While not with out some flaws, the story overall was fun, modern, and a cheeky nod to Sense and Sensibility!

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