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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!


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Silver Bay

I have a read a lot of JoJo Moyes books over the years and I don’t think I’ve disliked any of them. They are all fairly typical modern day romance – or what I like to call ‘beach reads’ – but I love ’em!

Silver Bay didn’t disappoint either. Silver Bay is a quiet town in Australia, whose residents love the wildlife of their bay – mainly dolphins and migrating whales. Kathleen has lived there all her life, now running the hotel that her parents started. Her niece, Liza, also moved there from England with daughter Hannah. But when Mike comes on business, looking at land and approvals for a large resort development, their quiet space and past secrets are threatened to be ruined and exposed. What Mike doesn’t expect, though, is for his feelings about his job and his entire life to change. It was definitely emotional at times, but mainly because animals were involved. Definitely a good, easy beach/summer read! Enjoy!