NEW! Indie Author Book Club!

In addition to the 12 Days of Indie Giveaway on Instagram, I am so excited to announce a new Book Club initiative!

Indie Authors are the hidden gems of Bookstagram. There are so many amazing books by incredibly talented writers and storytellers. Unfortunately, they often get lost in the sea of Trade publishing releases.

The Indie Author Book Club kicks off in January and YOU, yes YOU, get to help select our first book!

We’ve got three amazing new releases from Laura Pavlov, Eve Kasey, and Kali Brixton to choose from.

Click here to vote!

After you vote, be sure to head over to Instagram to enter the 12 Days of Indie!

Winter Street Series, Elin Hilderbrand

I did it! I finished the whole series, and I LOVED it. I’m going to attempt to review these without spoilers.

I adored the Quinn family. I first met Margaret in the final book of the Paradise series and was immediately drawn to her. I’d already had the Winter Street books on my shelf (I spent all year hunting for the full set).

Margaret and Jennifer were my favorites, but the others grew on me as I read through the series. Mitzi & Ava were the two biggest surprises for me. I loved the way they grew and changed over the series.

The last book gutted me. I can’t dive into why without giving a lot away, but there was a crucial storyline that hit very close to home for me.

As always, Elin Hilderbrand did not disappoint. She’s the queen of complicated plots, relationships, and families.

Editing to Add: I’m aware of the recent issue with this author and reviewers. While I do not agree with what she did, I am leaving my review here (which was conveniently posted the day before Bookstagram blew up with the controversy).

A Million Reasons Why, Jessica Strawser

(out 3/23/21) Thank you to @stmartinspress and @netgalley for the free copy)

This book as a deep, emotional journey. Both Sela and Caroline felt so vulnerable, real, and raw. I’m still processing that twist and everything that happened, but this was a fantastic book.

I literally just sent of my AncestryDNA kit, and the whole time I read this, I put myself in Caroline’s shoes. What would I do? It added an interesting perspective.

From the Publisher:
Jessica Strawser’s A Million Reasons Why is “a fascinating foray into the questions we are most afraid to ask” (Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author)–the story of two women who discover a bond between them that will change both their lives forever.

Reviews … Playing Catch Up

Written in the Stars, Alexandria Bellefleur

(thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy)

Ugh. Y’all. This book. Perfection.

Steamy. Sweet. Full of hope and quirkiness.

Please get it and read it and devour it like I did.

The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks, Julie Valerie

(Thank you to the author for the gifted copy)

Julie Valerie did it again! I don’t know what it is that I adore about Holly Banks, but she’s such a mess and so relatable and a kindred spirit. Now that my son is in kindergarten, I feel like I can relate to Holly even more than I did in the first book.

Julie’s wit and humor shine in this book, as do the various characters of Primm. And, did I mention Struggle, the Banks family dog, has a co-starring role? Yup.

Take a Hint, Dani Brown, Tallia Hibbert

Talia Hibbert writes the most engaging, relatable, and real characters I’ve ever read. I loved Chloe and Dani, and I cannot wait to meet Eve.

I also apparently love fake relationship books, or maybe it’s just Zaf and Dani that I loved so much. Literally everything about this book was perfect. Perfectly steamy. Perfectly full of wit and humor. Perfectly full of hope and valuable lessons like we’re all worthy of love.

Review: Troubles in Paradise, Elin Hilderbrand

Sometimes, when you read a series the books start to falter midway through and then disappoint.

Winter in Paradise is NOT that kind of series. I loved how seamlessly these books flowed. As soon as I picked up Troubles in Paradise, I was sucked right back into the story.

I love how well everything was wrapped up, and how all the characters came together in the end.

I’m sad it’s over, but I’m looking forward to picking up The Winter Street series next month.

Review: Florence Adler Swims Forever, Rachel Beanland

(thank you to Netgalley & the publisher for the free eARC)

I am a sucker for both historical fiction and deeply-layered family drama. Boy, did this book deliver!

I loved the different POVs, especially Anna and Stuart. Despite each only receiving limited page space, these two were the stand out characters for me. They were the most authentic.

Esther and Joseph were admirable as the family matriarch and patriarch, but I didn’t agree with the decisions they may. And Isaac was just a giant POS.

The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany, Lori Nelson Spielman

This was the perfect book to pull me out of my reading hiccup (I don’t call them slumps).

Sometimes I get a little crazy and pick up a book without reading the synopsis. I had a general idea of what this one was about, but I came in a little blind.

I’m glad I did because I was intrigued immediately. My heard broke for Emilia and, later, Poppy. Maybe Lucy, a little, but mostly Lucy just made me smile.

I do wish we’d had more time with Aunt Poppy & Rico, their story was beautiful but heartbreaking.

If you’re looking for a heartfelt, multigenerational family saga, this is the book for you.

(thank you to Berkley for the free eARC). Out 11/17/20!

Review: Grown, Tiffany D. Jackson

Wow.

This book exceeded every single one of my expectations. Jackson’s writing pulled me right into Enchanted’s world and held me hostage. I could not put this book down.

The topics weren’t light and were absolutely gut wrenching at times.

I highly recommend this book, but go into it knowing your heart will break and you’ll want to jump into the pages to save Enchanted.
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