Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

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Title: Beach Read
Author: Emily Henry
Genres: Fiction, Women’s Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit
Published: May 19, 2020
Pages: ~361
My Rating: 4/5
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A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.

MY REVIEW:
Ok so I’ve gone back and forth with 3.5 stars and 4 stars. The reason I’m giving it 4 stars is because it kind of made me want to think about potentially POSSIBLY writing my own book 😱😂 and if you know me, writing is deff not my strong suit compared to reading. Something about the book made me excited to see how someone can go from a slump to getting out of their comfort zone and writing about something so opposite that would make me feel like my stories wouldn’t be bad. Then the 3.5 stars because it just seemed *long* like the book dragged. I was hoping for more rom-com romance but though it was there it just seemed awkwardly drawn out. I ended up skimming abit throughout the book. The characters were great—wish there was more of Naomi, the back story was depressing. Wish I knew more about her mom. Overall it was such a long story but I can’t pinpoint about what?! So weird I can’t explain it. The title was misleading too—bravo for that because I know a lot of people will want to read thinking it’s like chick lit rom-com book. It’s deff a good book! I just felt it was very very detailed.

Review: Happily Whatever After by Stewart Lewis

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Title: Happily Whatever After
Author: Stewart Lewis
Genres: Women’s Fiction. Chick Lit, Rom-Com
Published: July 28, 2020
Pages: ~288
My Rating: 4/5
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A dark comedy about putting yourself in unexpected places, reaching for your dreams, and believing in second chances.

Thirtysomething Page was content with her life in New York City—until it went to the dogs. Unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend of four years and fired from her art gallery job in the same week, she flees to Washington, DC, and moves in with her big brother. She hopes the new setting and familial comfort will help her finally find her bearings. What Page finds instead is an unlikely refuge: a park for the neighborhood’s poshest pooches, and a quirky pack of companionable dog-run regulars who become fast friends.

Both four-legged and two-, these new allies offer Page a world of possibilities. The woman who hit rock bottom now has dreams: of having her own business, getting her own place, and even wilder ones about the ruggedly handsome owner of a vineyard and two equally fetching Bernese mountain dogs.

Unleashed from all that once held her back, Page finds everything might be falling into place. But just when she thinks her life is headed in the right direction, the road takes a sharp turn to show her just how unpredictable second chances can be. Will Page get her happily ever after? Is there even such a thing?

Witty, smartly funny, and modernly romantic, Happily Whatever After shows us all that sometimes imperfect can still be good enough.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
Such a great book! It wasn’t exactly what I expected but turned out to be delightful. Great comedy, some romance sprinkled in and then removed and sprinkled back in. New friendships forming and a lot of self discovery. Tragedy hits and then makes everyone put their lives into perspective. It’s a really feel good book that you finish with a smile. Great writing, doesn’t start to slow in the middle and it ends perfectly. Great read!

Review: Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman

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Title: Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies
Author: Vicky Zimmerman
Genres: Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Food & Drink
Published: May 30, 2019
Pages: ~326
My Rating: 4/5
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TRIGGERS: MURDER, VIOLENCE, KIDNAPPING.

No woman dreams of being unceremoniously dumped and moving back in with her mother on the eve of her 40th birthday. Food technician Kate Parker’s first response? Denial, long days under her duvet and bucket loads of cheesy pasta. A reluctant Kate finds herself volunteering at the Lauderdale House For Exceptional Ladies. There she meets 96-year-old Cecily Finn – spiky and sharp as a pin, but the spark has gone out of her. She has resigned herself to the imminent End.

Having no patience with Kate’s self-pity, Cecily prescribes her a self-help book with a difference – it’s a 1957 cookery manual, featuring menus for anything life can throw at ‘the easily dismayed’. It promises the answers to essential life questions. So begins an unlikely friendship between two lonely and stubborn souls – one at the end of her life, and one stuck in the middle – who come to show each other that food is for feasting, life is for living and the way to a man’s heart is . . . irrelevant!

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
This book was so cute. Took me awhile to finish it (six days) however it was none the less delightful. It’s a great book of unlikely friendships and the trials and tribulations of life, going out of your comfort zones and making yourself your priority. A lot easier said than done but the friendship between Cicely and Kate was so cute and progressed naturally. The end was predictable but had a pleasant surprise. A great read in between heavier reads, though the book is quite lengthy.

Review: How to Save a Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

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Title: How to Save a Life
Author: Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Genres: Romance, Fantasy, Time Travel, Women’s Fiction
Published: July 14, 2020
Pages: ~303
My Rating: 5/5
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TRIGGERS: DEATH

Dom is having a very bad day—one he literally can’t escape.

When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancée whom he hasn’t seen in almost a decade, he believes they’ve been given a second chance and asks her out. When Mia dies tragically on their date, Dom makes a desperate wish: to be given the chance to save her life. And when he wakes the next morning to the shock that she’s alive, he thinks his wish may have been granted. But day after day, no matter what he changes about their time together, she still meets a terrible fate.

Dom frantically searches for answers to save his beloved Mia and rekindle their former love. But the further he digs, the more obsessed he becomes, making him realize that slowing down time may be the only way to see things clearly. As he’s forced to confront the truth about himself and those he’s closest to, Dom vows that he’ll watch Mia die a thousand times if it means he can save her once.

-Goodreads

MY REVIEW:
** spoiler alert ** Wow. Wow. Wow. Ok so I was part of a ARC and let me tell you, there was deff mixed reviews and I didn’t know what to think going into it and sometimes I don’t even like,bowing other people’s opinions. I’m a registered nurse and placing IVs in one thing we always do—so it’s like when another nurse says “good luck placing that IV they are a hard stick” and you instantly get nervous and confidence is gone. That’s how I kind of felt because there was some totally for the book but then some who weren’t and have you that dread feeling like you didn’t want to waste your time. LEMME👏🏼TELL👏🏼YOU👏🏼 I loved this book, my first from these two ladies and I can’t wait to read their other collabs. It’s very redundant but each Thursday has different aspects and Dom seeks to crack the Groundhog Day effect. The friendships are awesome, you start to wonder about Amanda and then the end—gaaaah. No ugly crying (never have once with reading a book) but I had the total watery eye business going on. This was such a good read that wasn’t a big cookie cutter ending but one that also didn’t leave you depressed for days wondering WHY. It was an ending I did not see coming but was totally fitting. Read it!