Hey guys! it’s book review day and it’s another great round up. There’s lots to go through, so let’s get started.
Rodham: I so loved this book, it was so weird to read about real people, knowing that the events in the book are fictional. In this book Hillary made some different life choices and things didn’t go as they did in real life. It was my idea of a fairy tale ending. I don’t know if it’s because I went in with no expectations, but I loved it.
Friends and Strangers: Elizabeth just moved to a small college town from New York, with her husband and toddler and she is having a hard adjusting. She is not bonding with the women in her neighborhood but strike an unlikely friendship with Sam, her college senior babysitter. Sam is in a relationship with a 32 yo guy she met in England. The two become really close and Elizabeth confides in Sam, blurring the lines between employer/employee. This book deals with so many subjects, relationships, privilege and so much more. I loved it, it’s one of those books that’s comforting, not a page turner but very good.
Snapped: This the fourth book in Alexa Martin’s football series and it may be my favorite one yet. Elliot has her dream job in the PR team of a major football team and seems to be living a perfect life but she’s actually still struggling from her father’s death. When she gets assigned to work with Quinton, the football player that started kneeling before the game, she’s in a sticky situation. Elliot is mixed but her Black mother died when she was really young. She was raised by her White father but she mostly took after her mom, so she always had a hard time saying how she feels, not wanting to hurt her dad’s feeling. Working with Quinton, they grew closer and he starts confiding in her. Things get complicated when she has to work with one of the people Quinton dislike the most, she is stuck between her own ethics, her problematic boss and her love interest. I loved this book and specially love how diverse the characters are in this series are. I really recommend all of them.
Home Before Dark: This was my first time reading Riley Sager and I was not disappointed, I was afraid this book would be spooky, it had some scary moments and was very engaging. Maggie’s dad passed away and left her the house of his infamous book. Ewan and Jess, Maggie’s parents flee the house 25 years ago and Ewan wrote a book about how the house is haunted. The book was a major success and Maggie had to deal with the repercussion of that book her whole life. She’s even more frustrated with her parents because they won’t tell her what actually happened and Maggie doesn’t believe in ghost. Her mom makes her promise never to go back to the house, but as soon as her mom leaves, Maggie move into the house and strange things immediately start happening.
Finding Freedom: If you are into Meghan and Harry’s story, this book is for you. Not really juicy but it shares their entire story from beginning to now and I do think it’s biased. The people who wrote it seems to be closer to M & H. There’s a lot I didn’t know, because I didn’t follow the royal’s drama closely, I’m usually only into the fashion and surface stuff. My favorite part was the depiction of the relationship between Kate and Meghan, it is exactly what I expected but it’s seems like Meghan was hurt by that. It was an interesting enough read for me.
The Switch: Leena had a panic attack at work and is forced into a two month paid leave. She goes to visit her grandmother’s Eileen and they decide to switch life for two months. Her grandma moves to London and tries online dating, while Leena is taking care of all the responsibilities Eileen had in her community. Leena will also be closer to her mom Marianne that has not been coping well since the death of Leena’s sister. I don’t want to give away the plot but this book was so sweet. I love it as much or maybe even more as The Flatshare. Beth O’Leary is definitely a favorite author of mine so far.
A Traveler at the Gates of Wisdom: This story goes over two thousand years, it starts with a family with two sons. One of them has an artistic flair and goes through a series a loss. It’s like this family is reliving the same story every single lifetime, from year 1 to 2080. It was a very creative way to tell a story and most of all, I love all the cameos by historical figures, like Michelangelo, Shakespeare and more. I don’t think everyone will love this book, so I say read the summary and see if it sounds like something you would like. I also think it’s much better on Audio.
The Midewife’s Confession: Noelle’s two best friends Emerson and Tara are lost after her suicide. They feel guilty, having not noticed their friend was struggling that much. Now they are digging through her stuff, hoping to find some sort of explanation for her actions. Only to discover some major secrets Noelle was holding that could destroy their lives as they know it. This was a page turner, I could not put it down.
Allegedly: A 9 yo Black girl is accused of killing a White three month old baby. In her trial she is portrayed as a monster and is sent to ‘baby jail’. This case caused a huge uproar and people wanted her dead. Six years later, she’s living in a home for troubled youth and is trying really hard to turn her life around. She wants to take the SAT and eventually go to college. But she has a lot of obstacles on her way, her house mates are not rooting for her. *Trigger warning* this book has some hard to read sections with lots of violence. It was however a great thriller.
The Lies We Told: Clara’s boyfriend Luke doesn’t come home. She has a bad feeling and eventually realizes that he’s gone missing. He had a stalker but never took it too seriously, she’s convinced this is all related. To make it worse, she also finds out that Luke wasn’t a loyal boyfriend. Luke’s best friend Max is helping her through it all. Luke’s sister who disappeared 20 years ago contacts her out of the blue, but she doesn’t want anyone else to find out that she’s back. This book was CRAZY, I could not stop reading.
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