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One Day in December

Surprise, surprise – more love! Sorry I’m not sorry – I love these books. Although I do like a thriller or nonfiction break occasionally (which is coming up soon). One Day in December by Josie Silver was a quick, easy read about missed chances and what-ifs. It’s not quite a rom com because honestly I didn’t find much humor in it. Some was even a little sad.

Laurie experiences love at first sight through a bus window and is pretty sure the guy felt the same way. But he didn’t make it on the bus before it pulled away (I’m sure in a highly dramatic fashion). She spends the next year searching for ‘bus boy’. (Side note – when you’re dating, you HAVE to have nicknames.) And eventually she does find him….when he is introduced to her as her roommate’s new boyfriend who she is falling head-over-heels for. What would you do?! Would you immediately tell your roommate (who has been searching with you) that she is dating ‘bus boy’??

Laurie has to make this decision and (spoiler alert) she doesn’t say a word. She continues to live with this secret for years and I think it literally eats away at her. The story covers many years and the relationships of the two roommates, both with each other and with their significant others, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. I won’t give everything away because where’s the fun in that.

But this would make another GREAT movie, as with my last book, and if you like the cheesy, gushy stories (but with a little more real life thrown in) this one is for you. Enjoy!

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Match Making for Beginners

No I’m not taking a course in match making. Though that would be a highly intriguing career choice. Match Making for Beginners by Maddie Dawson was another free Kindle book and complete disclosure – I liked the cover. And it was free!

The story was very cute and entertaining. It had elements of your typical rom com but also some twists. Main character Marnie just wants a regular old life. She is on track for that until her fiancé decides, at the altar, that he doesn’t want to marry her. But his eccentric aunt Blix had already picked out Marnie as special. Blix considers herself a match maker and enjoys life to the fullest and she sets out to set Marnie up for the same wonderful life.

Blix passes from a tumor and leaves Marnie the building she owns/rents in Brooklyn. And she adds stipulations requiring Marnie to stay there at least 3 months before making any decisions about the building. Both families of course think the whole situation is nuts. Marnie’s family think she is being scammed. Ex-fiancé’s family think the house should have gone to them. So Marnie moves into Blix’s house, starts developing relationships with the other tenants, and has to decide what her next life move will be.

The ending left a few pieces hanging, but overall the book was cute and I definitely recommend it. It would also make a great movie. Enjoy it for free on your Kindle!

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The Wife Between Us

I only have 8 books left to meet my goal for 2019! My latest read was a real page-turner and thriller. In the same vein as Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen will have you yelling at the book and feeling all the emotions.

It’s hard to review this book or give a synopsis because it’s written so intricately. It takes a little while to figure out whose perspective you are reading from and where in time you are. Time does jump around. Are you reading from the view of the wife? Or the mistress? There are so many twists in the story line that I don’t want to give anything away but don’t assume anything as you read. None of the characters are really what they seem, which makes it hard to really like any of them. Some people may not like that, but I think it adds depth and a uniqueness to the story that most novels don’t have. Enjoy!


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Evidence of the Affair

I you have a Kindle, you can find free books on Amazon. I came across Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid and thought, ‘why not?!’. I didn’t even read the synopsis but it was free! It’s a short story so I got through it in about 4 hours total (not all at once).

It’s the late ’70s and Carrie discovers love letters written to her husband. So she decides to reach out to the husband of the woman. This short story is the letters written between them and also the husband and wife having the affair. But the innocent letters of the cheated on parties turn into more and eventually turn into meeting in person. It’s a fascinating cycle.

I won’t give away the twist at the end but I definitely recommend it, especially if you need a quick beach or pool read. Or if you’re close to meeting a reading goal for the year and need a quick page-turner! I actually audibly gasped at the end, so you know it’s good. Enjoy!


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Rich People Problems

Kevin Kwan really hit it home with this series. The third book came available from the library almost as soon as I put it on my hold list so I went ahead and finished out the series.

Rich People Problems, like China Rich Girlfriend, incorporated some new characters, but mainly focused on Nick’s extended family. Their beloved grandmother’s, matriarch of the family in every sense of the word, health in failing and children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins come out the woodwork to say their goodbyes and makes their last good impressions. After all, there is expected to be a sizable will. There is also a more in-depth storyline about Nick’s cousin Astrid, who I have liked throughout the series.

Supposedly Nick was written out of the will when he married Rachel and he had not spoken to his grandmother for many years. So he, especially, felt the need to mend bridges, regardless of what was in the will. Drama and hilarity ensues, of course, which makes this a quick and entertaining read. A great “beach read”. I don’t know if there are supposed to be more movies, but I would be all for it!


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More Than Words

I know I need to take a break from fiction when two books in a row involve characters who are madly and deeply in love with multiple people. Sometimes I really need a dose of real life mixed in with the not real life, so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

This soap box is not to say I did not enjoy reading More Than Words by Jill Santopolo. It again, has elements that remind me of Gossip Girl – main character Nina grows up in the public eye in NYC as the only daughter of a successful businessman – mixed with a Nicholas Sparks novel. Poor Nina has been under her father’s shadow and when he passes away, she finally feels that she can be herself. She can dress how she wants to dress, brunch where she wants to brunch, work where she wants to work, and even date who wants to date. This especially comes to light as she learns about some big secrets her dad had kept hidden for years.

Even thought the story line was a little ridiculous (and it’s really just me getting a little tired of ending up reading similar story lines) but it was still entertaining and didn’t drag on so I still enjoyed it.


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Every Breath

I used to read Nicholas Sparks books as soon as they were printed, but I haven’t read any of his in a long time. They honestly got to be a little predictable and blah. But my mom brought one of his newer books to me recently so I gave it a shot.

Every Breath is based on a true story and it’s obviously (if you know anything about Sparks’ novels) a love story. Main character, Hope, is “on a break” in her relationship and escapes to her family’s beach house to think about some things. Other main character, Tru, born and raised in Africa, receives a letter and plane ticket from his biological father, who he has never met before. Tru, of course, ends up staying at the beach house next to Hope’s and they have an instant connection.

They spent a little less than a week together, walking the beach, cooking dinner, getting to know each other. They visit a known nearby destination called Kindred Spirit – a mailbox where people leave stories, letters, and thoughts and other people can come and read them. Kindred Spirit will play an incredible role in their story later on.

Again, I’m always torn on how much detail to give. The story is pretty absurd but you can expect nothing less from a Sparks novel. It’s a story of love, loss, and making difficult decisions. Good, quick read. Enjoy!