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Friday, January 13, 2023

 

Maame

by Jessica George

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 


Fantastic debut novel. Maame is a coming-of-age story about Maddie who has spent her life taking care of her father and who struggles with finding out who she is when she is finally able to move out on her own. Maddie has a unique voice and I enjoyed delving into the Ghanaian culture.

Thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of this novel. My review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

Monday, July 25, 2022



Carrie Soto is Back

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Couldn't put this one down! I'm not a tennis fan and was a bit hesitant when I saw that was the focus of this novel, but I was hooked from page one. Much like Fredrik Backman's Beartown, you don't need to be a fan of the sport to find this one addicting. I enjoyed Malibu Rising and adored Daisy Jones and the Six, but Carrie Soto is Back is my new favorite Taylor Jenkins Reid novel. Carrie is tough as nails on herself and everyone around her, but you can't help but love her and route for her.

Thank you to Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of this novel. My review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

Monday, June 20, 2022

 


One of the Girls 
by Lucy Clarke

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✰

Loved everything about this one! Gorgeous Greek Island setting, great cast of characters, quick pace, and kept me guessing right to the end.

Thank you to Penguin Group/Putnam and NetGalley for allowing me to read a pre-release of this novel. My review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

The Maid by Nita Prose



The Maid by Nita Prose

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Molly is an eccentric and endearing maid whose whole world revolves around her job at The Grand Regency hotel. Her life is thrown into an upheaval when she discovers the body of a well-known guest in one of the rooms. Molly's social awkwardness and difficulties interpreting the actions of her peers keep the reader guessing and make this the perfect "cozy mystery"! I wasn't familiar with this genre prior to reading this book, but I'm definitely a fan. I immediately adored Molly and still find myself thinking about her and the other characters weeks later.

Thank you to Random House Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of this novel. My review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was my first book by Lauren Wolk but it won't be my last. I read this to my 9 and 12 year olds and we all loved it, even my 9 year old who is usually more of an adventure story kind of guy. Complex characters, compassion and grit along with completely immersive descriptions of rustic life on a mountain in Maine during the Great Depression. If you liked My Side of the Mountain and Little House on the Prairie I highly recommend this one. Perfect for ages 9 and up.


The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐✩✩

Calling all Jane Austen fans! The Jane Austen Society is bursting with facts, references to, and discussions of Jane Austen's novels as well as her life. Even if you are not an avid Austen reader, you will still love the charming story of how some mismatched characters from the town of Chawton, England (Jane Austen's home town) came together to form a society dedicated to preserving her legacy.

Thank you to Aesop's Fable Book Store, St. Martin's Press and #NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.




The Bright Side of Going Dark

The Bright Side of Going Dark by Kelly Harms

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✰


Kelly Harms has done it again! I loved The Overdue Life of Amy Byler but had been avoiding this one a bit because I thought I would end up feeling guilty about my current screen time. Thankfully it was not at all guilt-inducing but was a story filled with heart and richly nuanced characters.

Thank you to Kelly Harms, #TallPoppyWriters, Lake Union Publishing and #NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.