Review: Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale

This was a book that I completely forgot about. I honesty couldn’t remember how it ended up on my review calendar but some how it did.

But as I went combing back through my emails to find out how this book ended up on my calendar, it started coming back to me. My March self said yes to this one and now here I was, my July self, and I wasn’t even sure I was in the mood to read this book.

Not to mention that I’ve been reading a TON of women’s fiction lately, I almost felt like I needed a break from women’s fiction but as I said, I agreed to review this book and I started seeing a few other bloggers reading this one and I started to remember why my March self said yes to this one! Continue reading “Review: Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale”

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Review: Rouge: A Novel of Beauty and Rivalry by Richard Kirshenbaum

As a young girl growing up in the late 80’s, early 90’s at the height of the ‘glamour’ industry (well at least for me!), there was no way I could pass on this book.

I was exceptionally interested in cosmetics and the ‘glamor’ industry starting in my early teens, a passion the carried on into my early 20’s. In my youth, there was nothing like seeing who the new ‘Cover Girl’ was going to be, or what new makeup promised to revolutionize my beauty routine.

I was the girl who wore every single cosmetic from age 13. I had horrible acne as a elementary child and because I went to a Catholic school, I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup which was horrible for a girl with terrible skin. But once I transitioned into a public junior high school, all bets were off and thus came my obsession with cosmetics and beauty.

So what I am trying to say is this book appealed to me on a deeply personal level and I was thrilled to read about the cosmetics industry, especially since a man was writing the book. Continue reading “Review: Rouge: A Novel of Beauty and Rivalry by Richard Kirshenbaum”

Special Feature: You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac

Are you dying to escape to the French countryside this summer but are confined to your couch? I know that when I have to stay where I am, there is nothing like a novel with an excellent setting to boost my spirits and transport me when I need it most!

Well if you are anything like me, then you need look no further than You Me Everything and get transported to the French countryside and get lost in a book about family secrets and love.

I am thrilled to be able to share this book with you all so that you have it on your review radar. This one sounds absolutely fantastic and is out now!

It is also been fast tracked to be turned into a movie with the rights being bought by Lionsgate with Twilight producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen attached. This is Catherine Isaac’s debut American novel and what a debut it is! Continue reading “Special Feature: You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac”

Review: Bethlehem by Karen Kelly

This book came across my desk for review months ago. I adore the simple cover and didn’t need to think twice about adding this one to my review schedule because it was historical fiction and looked elegant! Let’s be honest that cover is a solid 10. It’s gorgeous and I absolutely love love love it!

While this book is a debut for writer Karen Kelly, I was looking forward to it because of all the early advance praise it received. Though it did have some large shoes to fill when it came to some of the early praise and promise of the summary.

Her writing style is described as ‘the writing chops of Ian McEwan and the story-craft of Lisa Wingate’. McEwan is a big name in literature so obviously I was a little skeptical, especially since I don’t really care for his novels, but that said, I was eager to see if this book lived up to the hype it’s been getting. Continue reading “Review: Bethlehem by Karen Kelly”

Special Feature: THE SUMMER GUESTS by Mary Alice Monroe

Summer reading is in full swing and I can’t tell you how many good books have popped up on my radar these last couple of months! I love seeing all the bright, springy covers and this one is one of my favorites!

That cover looks like it fell right out of a Martha Stewart magazine and I absolutely love it and it screams ‘summer time’ to me.

Mary Alice Monroe is a new to me author, but she has written a number of women’s fiction novels with the majority being summer time focused. This book has had a ton of advanced praise and is out now, so I wanted to make sure it was on your radar before everyone heads off on vacation, because this is a book you don’t want to leave behind in your beach bag! Continue reading “Special Feature: THE SUMMER GUESTS by Mary Alice Monroe”