Book Review: All We Ever Wanted

Book Review: All We Ever WantedAll We Ever Wanted
by Emily Giffin
on June 26, 2018
Pages: 400
Published by Ballantine Books
Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction
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In the riveting new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of First Comes Love and Something Borrowed, three very different people must choose between their family and their values.

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving.

Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.

My Takeaway Emily Giffin is one of my all-time favorite authors. I just adore this woman!! I have read all her books and get thrilled when a new one comes out. I was lucky enough to win an advanced reading copy from Bookish First – so yay for me…

Book Review: How to Walk Away

Book Review: How to Walk AwayHow to Walk Away
by Katherine Center
on May 15, 2018
Pages: 320
Published by St. Martin's Press
Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction
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From the author of Happiness for Beginners comes an unforgettable love story about finding joy even in the darkest of circumstances.

Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.

In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.

How to Walk Away is Katherine Center at her very best: an utterly charming, hopeful, and romantic novel that will capture reader’s hearts with every page.

My Takeaway “If you think of human emotions as music, then mine were like an orchestra with no conductor.” Katherine Center, How to Walk Away How to Walk Away was a heartfelt novel and exactly what I needed after a tough read. Though this story also had its unhappy parts…

Book Review: The Woman in the Window

Book Review: The Woman in the WindowThe Woman in the Window
by A.J. Finn
on January 2, 2018
Pages: 427
Published by William Morrow
Genres: Fiction, Suspense/Thriller
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Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

My Takeaway “Watching is like nature photography. You don’t interfere with the wildlife.” A.J. Finn, The Woman in the Window I thoroughly enjoyed The Woman in the Window. Kudos to Finn for a fantastic and winning debut! This thriller has suspense, drama, lies, and an unreliable narrator. Anna…

Book Review: Where the Red Fern Grows

Book Review: Where the Red Fern GrowsWhere the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls
on September 17, 1996
Pages: 212
Published by Yearling Books
Genres: Fiction, Young Readers
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Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It’s true that times are tough, but together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks.

Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair.

My Takeaway “It’s not easy for a young boy to want a dog and not be able to have one.” Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows As a girl, I never had the opportunity to read Where the Red Fern Grows, but thanks to The…

Book Review: The Dry

Book Review: The DryThe Dry (Aaron Falk, #1)
by Jane Harper
on January 10, 2017
Pages: 326
Published by Flatiron Books
Genres: Fiction, Mystery/Crime, Suspense/Thriller
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A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by an award-winning new author.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

My Takeaway “The rumors were fed well . . . and grew fat and solid. They sprouted legs and heads, and they never died.” Jane Harper, The Dry I had high hopes for The Dry and in the end, I did not love it, but I did not hate it either. Harper is…