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Book Catch Up

Playing catch up again on book reviews! I really liked all 3 of these books so check them out and let me know what you think! I’m going to be a couple books short of my goal of 50 for the year, which is a little disappointing since there’s literally been no social life for 9+ months, but that it completely my own fault. I’m bad a turning on the tv instead of reading. But maybe that can be a goal for 2021 since we’re not out of the pandemic woods yet. And my goal is to finish one more before the end of the week!

The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey is probably up there as one of my favorite books ever. Selina Lennox is a young adult looking to find her own way in a post-WWII life where she is expected to marry a respectable (and rich) man and become a house wife. She resists this at first, even becoming involved with a poor artist, but tragic events lead her to give up and give in to her mother’s wishes. We learn about her life, though, through her daughter’s eyes as she stays with Selina’s parents while her parents are away. Selina gives her a treasure hunt to find various things in the house and on the grounds, all the while telling her daughter about her life. It is beautifully written and, although predictable at times, definitely makes you want to keep reading.

Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan is a follow up to his Crazy Rich Asians series (which I loved). There are some mentions of characters from the original series but for the most part it’s completely new. Lucie meets George at a lavish wedding on the isle of Capri and the two resist their feelings for each other until they can’t stand it and end up in a precarious situation. Years later, their paths cross again, only this time Lucie is engaged and they have trouble dealing with the rush of memories from the long-ago idyllic week in Capri. It’s definitely a book for pure entertainment, no thinking or

Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn was another quick and pure entertainment read set in New York City. Meg runs a hand-lettering business and is working to really get off the ground with a new business opportunity when a ghost from the past comes back to haunt her. Unfortunately for her, this ghost is an attractive former client who she decides to take a chance on getting to know better. There are some twists and turns, as well as some steamy scenes (in case that makes you uncomfortable, you’ve been warned).

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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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China Rich Girlfriend

Kevin Kwan really fought his niche with this series. They are really fascinating and entertaining! China Rich Girlfriend picks up where Crazy Rich Asians left off but I felt like it’s not as focused on Nick and Rachel. It’s mainly the same characters with a few new ones thrown in. I was glad to have a character recap at the beginning of the book as a reminder of the main characters back-stories and relationships to one another.

Nick and Rachel are planning their wedding but Nick has only invited a couple of family members who were not concerned that Rachel was not from a prominent Asian family. But word gets out about the wedding and, of course, drama ensues. I’ll go ahead and tell you as well that they find Rachel’s real father (hence the new characters) so she and Nick end up honeymooning to Asia. There, they get to spend time with old and new friends and new family. But, again, there is drama. So much drama, in fact, that someone almost dies. Don’t worry, I won’t tell you who. All in all, it is a mostly happy ending but I am excited to see what the third book brings. Because I cannot imagine what the level of drama could be bumped up to. It almost reminds me of Gossip Girl on steroids and with adults instead of teens (side note – new Gossip Girl coming to HBO?! Anyone?!).

Great summer/beach read and I can’t wait to read the next one!