Edge of Darkness, Maria Ann Green

I’ve now read all three of The Darkness Series book. The first book was my favorite. Or, so I thought. This one, from Tuesday’s (Aidan and Bee’s daughter), is my new favorite.

The unique format of weaving in the podcast and emails really drew me in. That and I just loved Tuesday. She’s relatable in that “my parents are serial killers” way. Seriously. 

Tuesday was the perfect ending to this amazing and suspenseful trilogy.

If you’re a fan of thrillers/suspense novels, this series is a MUST read. Like, stop what you’re doing and go get them all. I’m serious.

Love Lettering, Kate Clayborn

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy.

Love Lettering was perfect. I adored Meg and Reid and every other character that graced the pages. They were all flawed and real. I could relate to each of them.

The way Meg saw letters in everything and Reid saw numbers really made this book unique. Plus, I have this newfound love for books that make me root for a couple no matter what. From the instant they met again, I couldn’t wait for them to have their happily ever after.

Holly Banks Full of Angst, Julie Valerie

Oof. Holly Banks Full of Angst hit me right in all the feels. From her relationship with her mother to her fears as a mother to her daughter starting kindergarten. I connected to all of it.

While I’ve never been in the PTA, I felt the anxiety that Mary-Margret St. James created.

I really loved the unique way this was written. It truly reflected the main character and made her more real and unique.

Big Lies in a Small Town, Diane Chamberlain

**Review** Thank you to the publisher, St. Martin’s Press for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.Big Lies in a Small Town (1.14.20)

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Despite a slow start, Big Lies in a Small Town picked up the speed BIG time around the halfway mark. I was able to successfully guess each of the twists. But the story was written in an interesting way that kept me engaged.The dual timeline and perspective added depth. Anna and Morgan were interesting and flawed characters. It’s one of those books that makes you think about how far we’ve come and how important certain social movements are to not just society, but also to individuals.

The Glittering Hour, Iona Grey

**Review**

This year I’ve discovered a love for multigenerational family sagas. I’ve always loved historical fiction, but I had no idea how much I loved stories about mothers and daughters that span generations.

The vivid prose and moving story in The Glittering Hour did not disappoint. I cannot recommend this book enough. Seriously, go buy it or request it at your local library.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for the Gift Copy! Be sure to check out my Instagram for a giveaway!

About the Author: IONA GREY is the author of the award-winning Letters to the Lost. She has a degree in English Literature and Language from Manchester University, an obsession with history and an enduring fascination with the lives of women in the twentieth century. She lives in rural Cheshire with her husband and three daughters.

About the Book: An unforgettable historical about true love found and lost and the secrets we keep from one another from an award-winning author

Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying on just the right side of scandal, all while running from the life her parents would choose for her.

Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina’s orbit one night and can never let her go even while knowing someone of her stature could never end up with someone of his. Except Selina falls hard for Lawrence, envisioning a life of true happiness. But when tragedy strikes, Selina finds herself choosing what’s safe over what’s right.

Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches, Iona Grey’s The Glittering Hour is an epic novel of passion, heartache and loss.

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The Forgotten Girl, India Hill Brown

Y’all, I haven’t read a ghost story in years. Fear Street or another R.L. Stein book might have been the last one I read. So, I was very excited for The Forgotten Girl (plus @booksandbighair is one of my favorite bookish, planner-loving humans). And it did NOT disappoint.

I could not put this book down and devoured it in a day. Not only was it beautifully written with compelling and real characters that I fell in love with, The Forgotten Girl also taught me about segregation and forgotten cemeteries.

The Forgotten Girl is the exact book I wished I’d had growing up, and I can’t wait to tuck it away for my kids to read in a few years.

That’s What Frenemies Are For, Sophie Littlefield & Lauren Gershell

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book. The first bit of the book felt too familiar, but it also left me curious to know more.

Julia, though wealthy and privileged, was relatable in her desire to be seen and appreciated. I felt for her as her “friends” and Tatum started turning on her. Her husband James was definitely my favorite character.

That’s What Frenemies Are For was a solid, engaging and interesting book. 

Christmas Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella

Christmas Shopaholic, Sophia Kinsella
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A decade ago, I adored Becky Bloomwood. I loved every single book.

So, needless to say, I was ecstatic to read Christmas Shopaholic. Perhaps I built it up too much in my mind because it wasn’t at all what I’d hoped.

I found Becky to be obnoxious. She trivialized so many important societal and cultural issues. She seems to have not matured at all since Confessions of a Shopaholic. Now, she’s just got more money to blow on 30 pounds of smoke salmon.

Christmas Shopaholic does have some redeeming qualities. Becky is a devoted mother and friend. She puts the needs of others ahead of her own, but often to her own detriment.

I wanted to love this book and I have it the old college try, but it wasn’t for me. Or, maybe, unlike Becky, I’ve matured and outgrown her antics.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown, Talia Hibbert

Get a Life, Chloe Brown, Talia Hibbert
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There are few things I love more than books that feature real, flawed characters. Chloe is unapologetic in who she is. She’s fierce and fighting for control over her life and body. Redford is equally flawed and raw, making this a perfect enemy to lovers story.

What made this book for me was the writing. The wit and sarcasm spoke to my heart. It was perfect.

The Lucky Ones, Liz Lawson

The Lucky Ones, Liz Lawson
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This book completely blew me away. I’m not sure I have the words to adequately review it, but I’ll try. The Lucky Ones is raw and real and if I could give it a hundred stars, I would. Literally every single star.

As I read, I felt like I was there with May and Zach—that’s how amazing this book was. I couldn’t put it down and I’m fairly certain I need a where are they now. I’d also like to thank Liz Lawson for the little My So-Called Life Easter Egg.

The last few pages were a blur as I cried my eyes out, but the author’s note gutted me.

My son will start kindergarten in 2020. I dread that day. I dread the day he learns about Columbine and Sandy Hook and Parkland and Santa Fe and every other school, church, night club, concert, etc.

I dread the day I have to explain to him that after we’ve lost so many lives to gun violence, we’ve done nothing to protect him or his little sister. Or the hundreds of thousands of children impacted by gun violence each year. #enoughisenough