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The Other Wife

I have been working my way through a pretty heavy nonfiction book for book club, so I needed a quick, easy read to jump into for breaks from the nonfiction. Especially since I’m now behind schedule to meet my reading goal for the year. It’s so nice to be able to jump onto Prime Reading and quickly find books to sync to my Kindle (or the Kindle app on any device you have)!

To be honest, I did not like the first book I read by Claire McGowan, What You Did. But this one seemed to have better reviews so I gave it a shot. The Other Wife was definitely better thought out, had more mystery and suspense. One wife is cheating on her husband and is now pregnant. Another wife is now a widow. Their paths become crossed but not for the reason you may think and their relationship becomes complicated fast. Both have secrets to hide and different reasons to protect themselves against the other. There were not really any characters – except maybe one – who was truly likeable. I don’t usually like that in a book or any media, but for some reason it didn’t really bother me in this book.

Definitely check it out – it’s free for the Kindle app or device if you have Prime! And it’s a very quick read. Enjoy!


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Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand

The first Helen Simonson book I read was a little hard to get through – it was a little dry and slow for a lot of the book. But her other book had good reviews so I thought I’d give it a shot and I’m so glad I did!

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand was maybe one the most endearing books I’ve read. The retired, widowed major lives a simple life but it all becomes a bit dramatic when his brother dies and he finds himself spending time with a local shop owner. He’s also dragged into the planning of the golf club’s annual dance, the cultural family drama of his new female friend, as well as his son’s romantic downfalls. For a simple story, it does cover a lot of issues – older adults, being a child of older adults, racism and discrimination, and making difficult decisions. I did think the drama was a little too much out of nowhere at the end, but it definitely threw in a curveball.

I loved this book and definitely recommend! 32 books for the year done and I’m going to need to pick it up a little to meet my goal by the end. Enjoy!


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The Vanishing Half

This was an excellent book. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett was intriguing and entertaining. It spans many decades and shows a family split apart by societal norms and expectations. The Vignes twins grow up in a rural southern, black community with all light-skinned residents. When they run away as teenagers to try to make it on their own, one of the twins realizes she can pass as white and decides to leave her family and the life she knows to pass for good. The story follows the twins separate lives and the lives of the daughters they each have, who end up crossing paths. Does the truth come out? And how does each twin handle it? I don’t want to give too much of this one away because I really think you should read it. Enjoy!