Book Review February 2020

Everything I Wore in January 2020
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Happy Monday, it’s that time again and there’s lots to cover.


Don’t you forget about me: This book started light and Georgina seems like kind of a mess, she didn’t finish college, wants to be a writer but never writes and works as a waitress in a crappy restaurant. One night, she loses her crappy job and finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her. She ends up finding a new job and one of her bosses is a boy she adored in High School who doesn’t seem to remember her. This book was compared to Bridget Jones and Fleabag and it’s really a perfect cross of the two. I loved it, I was annoyed with Georgina at first, but the more I got to know, the more I loved her. Verdict: 4 Stars

Lies: Joe is a happily married man and a great father, on a Thursday while driving with her son, they spot his wife entering a hotel garage. He follows her and see she’s having a heated discussion with a family friend. Then everything goes South. I really don’t want to give anything away but this book starts with a bang and kept my interested the entire time. Loved it! Verdict: 4 Stars

The Last Romantics: This book is told by Fiona the youngest of the family. Her older siblings were left to mend on their own for 2 years after their dad suddenly passed away and their mother went into a deep depression. The grew up to be close but very different people. I didn’t give this book 5 stars because there’s a few elements I didn’t care for but other than that it was an amazing read. I loved reading about family dynamics and we get to know them from they were kids well into their 80s. Verdict: 4 Stars

The Honey-Don’t List: Christina Lauren is a favorite for cute rom coms and this one did not disappoint. Carey has been working for now design and home remodeling gurus Melissa and Rusty Tripp since she was 16 back when they only had one store. While working at the store, she starts working on their display and is eventually designing furnitures and sets but with only the title of an assistant. James, an MIT graduate has been recently hired as an Engineer but is also doing assistant work. Carey and him don’t really get along at first and they have to deal with Melissa and Rusty who are a PR nightmare. They have a book about marriage coming out and are going on tour with Carey and James in tow to keep them in line. Carey is overworked, frustrated and tired but soon enough James is a nice distraction. This was such a fun read and I was rooting for Carey the entire time. Verdict: 4 Stars – a copy was provided by Netgalley

Good Riddance: Daphne is fresh out of a sham of a marriage. While Marie Kondoing, she gets rid of the high school yearbook her mom left her when she passed. They yearbook has all sorts of notes, that she can’t really decrypt. She is later contacted by a neighbor who got the yearbook from the trash and wants to do a documentary about it. Daphnee is not pleased to say the list but this chain of events led her to discover things about her late mother, her family history over and eventually to find love. I enjoyed this book mainly because it was so different. It’s not your typical rom com. Verdict: 3 Stars

Behind her eyes: Louise is a single mom, one night she meets a man at a bar and they hit it off right away. On her next day to work, the man ‘David’ is her new boss and is very married to a beauty named Adele. They agree to keep their distance but the attraction is still there. To make things even worse, Louise ‘accidentally’ run into Adele. Adele insists that they get together and they are slowly becoming friends. Worst of all, Adele seems to be scared of David, and now Louise is set on helping her. This book is literally a slap in the face, at the end my mouth was on the floor. Please read it so we can discuss how insane it it. Trust me this little summary didn’t give ANYTHING away. Verdict: 5 Stars

Recipe for a perfect wife *: Alice moves to the suburbs with her husband leaving behind the city the loves so much and her job. Her days are now spent alone and she’s struggling with her new normal. Their new house came as is, filled with old furniture, in the basement she discovered an old cookbook and become fascinated by the previous owner Nellie, a housewife in the 50s. This book tells Alice’s story in the present and Nellie’s in the 50’s. Both women are struggling with their marriage and Alice is learning a thing or two from Nellie’s story. This was so much more enjoyable than I expected. Verdict: 3.5 Stars

Watching you: Someone is brutally murdered dead in their house, in beautiful Melville heights. Tom is loved by his community and is the new headmaster to a local school. Joey just moved in her brother’s new house with her new husband and has a mild obsession with Tom. Tom’s son Freddie is a wannabe spy and is constantly spying on the neighborhood. Everyone’s story is a lot more complicated and clearly someone was upset enough to commit murder, but who did it? Verdict: 4 Stars

The Blinds: Imagine a place where old criminals and witnesses live with no recollection whatsoever of why they are there. This programs wipes people’s memory of their traumatic events, so now they don’t know who’s a victim needing protection and who’s a criminal. Things however gets complicated when there’s a “suicide” then a murder in a short amount of time. Can the habitant of The Blinds be trusted? Verdict: 4 Stars

A friend of the family: This is an old Lisa Jewell’s that’s been re-released. This one is not a thriller or suspense. Three brothers are perplexed by their parent’s new lodger Gervais. Is he crook or can he be trusted? They are all going through hard times and Gervais seems to always be around with some great insight on what they should be doing. Don’t want to give more away but I loved this one. Verdict: 4 Stars

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes: Alice is a single mom and incredibly attached to her son Matthew and doesn’t want him out of her sight. He is however a teenager now and she is sick. In a parallel story Marsha is grieving the passing of her son Gabriel a few years ago and can’t seem to move on. Marsha loves visiting her local cemetery and observing the eccentric lady that is always feeding the birds, that she secretly name Sally. They grow closer and Sally teaches her that the best way to celebrate her son is to move on. Alice is getting sicker and Marsha is making small steps to finally change her life. I now musth read Ruth Hogan’s other books, this one was so touching and I loved her humor. Verdict: 4 Stars

Non Fiction

The Sound of Gravel: If you enjoyed Educated, this is a great follow up. Ruth Wariner grew up in a polygamist family, they moved countless times and endured so much. I don’t want to give anything away but there’s some disturbing parts, like child abuse. So beware. Verdict: 5 Stars

Open Book: Growing up in the Mickey Mouse club Britney, Christina and Justing era, I was so excited to read this and loved how candid Jessica was about her life. I enjoyed this memoir a lot. Verdict: 4 Stars

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Everything I Wore in January 2020
Vince Stripe T-Shirt & Everlane Pull On Trousers