We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels is a historical fiction book that I received from Revell Books. I thoroughly enjoyed this story about three different periods of time all woven around one farm near Detroit. Race is a strong issue in this book and how it has shaped America since the Civil War with slavery being abolished, civil rights riots in the 1960’s and during the present. I would highly recommend this book.
My Sister The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite is getting a lot of buzz on Bookstagram. I was not quite sure what to expect. It was a unique story and a short thriller. The title reveals the basis of the story as a woman lives with her sister who kills the men she dates.
Winter In Paradise by Elin Hildebrand takes place starting in January 2019. The story takes place in St. John after a family receives the news that their father passed away in an accident. As they travel to learn more about what really happened, they meet local islanders and discover a wonderful place to visit. I am looking forward to the next two books to be released in this trilogy.
True You: Letting Go of Your False Self to Uncover the Person God Created by Michelle DeRusha is a book I received from Baker Books. I thoroughly enjoyed this book about discovering the person God designed us to be. The author used analogies from pruning trees to show how we can change as people. I personally could relate to the feeling of always being busy, never taking the time to just stop and be still. She uses personal experiences to share how she started this journey of pruning up to enjoy life more thoroughly. I would highly recommend this book especially as we begin a new year and seek ways to better our lives.
My Oxford Year by Julia Whalen was enjoyable on audio being narrated by the author. She is a favorite narrator for audiobooks. This is her first book and it was enjoyable. A young woman is accepted to study at Oxford for a year. She meets new friends and finds romance. There was depth to the story and it was great on audio.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarity was a book I was hesitant to read because I have read so many mixed reviews about it. I have enjoyed her other books, and so I took a chance. I enjoyed the book since it was written from different perspectives. 9 people stay at a health resort and a lot of things transpire over their 10 day stay.
Winter Solstice by Elin Hildebrand is the final book in the series and it brought good closure to the series about this family. I thoroughly enjoyed this whole series and it was perfect to read right before Christmas.
Winter Storms by Elin Hildebrand is the third book in the series. These were all good fast and easy books.
Winter Stroll by Elin Hildebrand is the second book in this series about the Quinn family.
Winter Street by Elin Hildebrand is the first of four books in this series. This series takes place in Nantucket mostly around Christmas time about the Quinn family and the Winter Street Inn they run there.
Fruit Of The Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreas is based on the author’s own experiences growing up in Columbia. The book was well written about a young girl and her family during the time of guerrilla warfare and Pablo Escabar.
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis is a book I won in a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed reading this non-fiction book about women finding their true potentials. She shares from her own experiences in her career and personal life. I enjoyed her other book, Girl, Wash Your Face more. I would also recommend her cookbooks.
I’ll Be There For You: The One About Friends by Kelsey Miller was disappointing. I listened to it on audio and did learn some things about the beginning of the show Friends and more about the cast. I felt like the book went off topic to cover other shows as well about diversity and the social impacts during the 90’s.
One Day In December by Josie Silver is a popular book this month. A young woman sees a man while she drives past him on the bus. She feels an instant attraction and searches for him until her best friend starts dating him. Years go by in this book about friendship and romance.
The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher was an interesting historical fiction book about Kick Kennedy and the Kennedy family. I enjoyed it on audio.
Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center was disappointing. I enjoyed the first half of the book about a female firefighter. I did not care for the writing and the end seemed to be thrown together to get closure. I also did not care for her other book, How To Walk Away. Thanks to Netgalley for the review copy.
Last Christmas In Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb is an episolatory historical fiction book set in WWI.
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