We Came Here to Forget, Andrea Dunlop

**Review**

We Came Here to Forget, Andrea Dunlop

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Phew. What a ride this book was. From page one, I was intrigued with Katie and Penny. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough… and it’s highly possible that I read ahead to get a few answers I was too impatient to wait for. (I love me some spoilers.)

We Came Here to Forget is a powerful, emotional story. I so want to go deeper into details, but I know not everyone loves spoilers as much as I do. Just know your heart strings will be pulled in a million different directions.

The Mothers, Brit Bennett

**Review**
The Mothers, Brit Bennett
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I came into this book knowing nothing. I didn’t read the jacket. I didn’t look at reviews. I just dove in head first.In the beginning I was confused by the POV. It felt disconnected.

My feeling was wrong. Guys. I was wrong. I felt disconnected, but I was so into the story and characters, that I devoured this book.

About halfway in, I was in love with the storytelling and unique POV. I couldn’t put the book down. Nadia and Aubrey were such robust and engaging characters. The mothers, with their iconic church lady gossip and observations, added another complex layer to this beautiful story.

I did not want it to end.

The Secrets of Lost Stones, Melissa Payne

**Review**

The Secrets Of Lost Stone, Melissa Payne

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While I enjoyed the overall story and the way the characters connected, I could have done without the paranormal elements. They added an unnecessary creep factor that I wasn’t expecting based on the genre. In other words, don’t do what I did. Don’t read this while sitting in the dark in a creaky rocking chair while rocking your toddler to sleep.

Jess, Star, and Ben are Lucy’s “loose ends.” Each character has experienced pain and loss. It didn’t take me long to figure out how they were connected and what role each played.

The writing and storytelling kept me engaged despite the creepy factor and the obvious plot twists.

After the Flood, Kassandra Montag

**Review**

After the Flood, Kassandra Montag

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Um. Wow. I don’t know where to start with this one.

I’m not usually a fan of reading dystopian novels. I love movies and TV shows (hello Revolution, greatest show ever), but I’ve yet to find a dystopian over that captivated me in the same way.

Until After the Flood.

Myra captured me from the very first page. Her story and voice were beautifully captured. I felt her desperation to get to her daughter, Row, and her need to keep Pearl, her youngest daughter safe. The cast of characters along the way were equally moving.

This is a must read and definitely among my top books of 2019.

The Forever Gift, Brooke Harris

**Review**

The Forever Gift, Brooke Harris

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Before I get to the review, yes, I did steal my daughter’s owl for this picture. She probably won’t even notice.

A few months ago, I read and absolutely adored Brooke Harris’s When You’re Gone. So, I knew I had to read The Forever Gift.

It did not disappoint. This was a beautifully sad story that reminded me a bit of Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper.

Told from Kayla’s and her mother’s and stepmother’s perspectives, The Forever Gift follows the complicated relationship between these women and explores the depths of a mother’s love.

I definitely shed a few tears in the end, but I also smiled. You will fall in love with Kayla, Heather and Charlotte. You’ll feel their pain and anger, too. It will be with it.

Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.

Montauk, Nicola Harrison

**Review**

Montauk, Nicola Harrison

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Every time I read books like Montauk, I’m grateful for the progress women have made. But, I also miss the glamour of the era.

I adored Beatrice and the journey she took in this book. She found her voice, slowly, and learned to use it to speak up for herself and others.

I’ve been wanting to read Montauk for months, and I’m kicking myself for waiting. Such a beautiful story and setting.

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe, Heather Webber

**Review**

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe, Heather Webber

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From the moment I picked up Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe, I was intrigued. The cafe. The town. Anna Kate. Natalie. The blackbirds. The pie (I kinda want this to be real pie). The setting and characters were so richly developed and described, I felt like I was in Wicklow.

The one thing I would have enjoyed more of was the messages and dreams from the pie. Anna Kate and Natalie has such big questions that the pie could have answered. But, I do love that none of them took the easy way out. They learned to heal and love on their own.

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe was a beautiful story of loss, love and forgiveness.

City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert

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City of Girls is my first Elizabeth Gilbert novel. It will not be my last.

I had the privilege of seeing her when she came to Nashville last month. She read an excerpt of the first chapter and hooked me immediately. There is a freeness in her writing that just sucks you in. The words flow together beautifully.

I was completely engrossed with Vivian’s story. I needed every detail. I did wish for more of Angela and her father, but the story unfolded perfectly.

The Family Upstairs, Lisa Jewell

Thank you @netgalley and @simonandschuster for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review. #partner

**Review**

The Family Upstairs, Lisa Jewell (8/8/19)

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I don’t know what just happened. I was so engrossed in the story and characters, that I have no idea what I just read.

This is my first Lisa Jewell book and I think I loved it, but I’m not really sure? I adored her writing and the complicated story she expertly wove together.

It was and excellent, suspenseful read. It kept me guessing and I didn’t really trust anyone. I still don’t.

The Last Post, Renée Carlino

**Review**

The Last Post, Renée Carlino

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The Last Post engaged me from page one, and I was desperate to love it.

But, I didn’t. I liked it.

Here’s what worked for me: I loved the writing. It was a smooth read. The concept was unique. And I liked the dual perspective. Oh and I loved that Micah had a fraternal twin sister, because I’m a fraternal twin. Though, my brother and I are nothing like Melissa and Micah.

Here is what didn’t work: Creepy dude who’s a mess sees his boss’s daughter and becomes infatuated with her. Stalks her social media and leaves her gifts of things she mentioned OR shows up where she is going to be. I get that he thought his intentions were good, but dude. No.