The Summer I Met Jack, Michelle Gable


The Summer I Met Jack, Michelle Gable


I can’t decide if I want this to be more truth than fiction.

The life Gable imagines for Alicia Darr was so robust and real. I felt as though I knew her. The portrait her words painted was both beautiful and a little tragic.

Alicia was a worldly woman with a justifiably cynical view of reality, yet she allowed herself to be vulnerable to a man that didn’t have her best interests it needs in mind. With every page, I wanted to leap in an shake her. Surely she saw who he really was?!

I received a copy of The Summer I Met Jack from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Excuse me while I go research everything there is to know about Alicia and her relationship with JFK.

My Lovely Wife, Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife, Samantha Downing
Phew. That was intense. Not too many twists but enough to keep me hanging on to every page.

I’m still processing that epilogue. It left me feeling a bit like Verity did… not sure who I trust.

I will say that My Lovely Wife made me feel a lot better about my marriage. At least we aren’t … no spoilers.

Twice in a Blue Moon, Christina Lauren

“Have you ever seen the stars from this exact place?”

Up until that line, I was in. Tate’s character had my attention. Then Sam uttered that line from the grass under the London stars and I was gone. Swoon city. I loved literally everything about Twice in a Blue Moon … except, maybe Ian. He served a purpose, but I wanted to punch him.

This was my first time reading a book by Christina Lauren, and I gotta say I am kicking my past self for not picking one up sooner. The writing is flawless, the storytelling is impeccable and the characters just felt real. Despite being set in London and a movie set—two places I’ve never been, I felt like I was there with Tate, Charlie, Sam, Nana and everyone.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Lock Every Door, Riley Sager


Locke Every Door, Riley Sager (7/2/19)


That was a hell of a ride. I could not put this book down. Lock Every Door was perfectly creepy. Every page had me questioning what was happening. The ending was very satisfying.

I know this is on several Bookstagrammer’s TBRs. I need you all to read it so we can discuss.

Thank you NetGalley & Dutton for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

An American Marriage, Tayari Jones


An American Marriage, Tayari Jones


An American Marriage had me from the very first page. I was drawn to Roy and Celestial immediately. The tragedy of his life and her marriage was heartbreaking.

Jones’s writing was impeccable. Her words constructed a world that sucked me in and held me captive.

Emotional. Challenging. Eye-opening.

The Flight Portfolio, Julie Orringer


The Flight Portfolio, Julie Orringer


Immersive. If I had to describe The Flight Portfolio in one word, it would be “immersive.”

The Flight Portfolio is my first exposure to the work that Varian Fry did to save artists and writers during World War II, but I found myself completely captivated by this fictionalized account of his time in France.

The writing was absolutely stunning. I felt like I was in  1940s France every time I picked up the book. Orringer painted such vivid pictures with her prose, yet the writing was clean and easy to follow—not overly verbose as is often the case with rich prose.

My hand did cramp a few times while reading. New rule: books over 400 pages are going on my Kindle.

Crashing the A-List, Summer Heacock


Crashing the A-List, Summer Heacock (7/9/19)


One of my most favorite things to do is to get completely lost in fabulous Hallmark movies and Bravo or E!reality TV. Crashing the A-List was like all of those rolled into one.

The dialogue was sharp and witty. The characters were engaging and deliciously over-the-top.

I’m usually bored by when I read standard romance or rom-com, but this book hooked me from page one. I couldn’t stop turning the pages. The story was just that fun.

Bonus Points: The book already won me over, but then it included an entire paragraph on the truth that Chris Evans is the superior Chris and I was sold.

To The Lions, Holly Watt


To the Lyons, Holly Watt


To The Lions was intense, disturbing and morally challenging. It reminded me of The Most Dangerous game, except the victims don’t know their being hunted. They don’t suspects thing.

This novel explores the trenches of humanity and the disparity of wealth and privilege. From refugees to billionaire CEOs and Members of Parliament, To The Lions delves into the culture that reinforces who is the hunter and who is the huntee.

The writing was choppy at times, which added to the suspense but also sent me back to reread for clarification more than once.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The Scent Keeper, Erica Bauermeister

Where do I begin? When I first started reading The Scent Keeper I wasn’t sure how I felt. The comparisons to The Great Alone and Where the Crawdads Sing gave me some ideas of what to expect, but what I found was a completely unique and enthralling story.

The Scent Keeper tells the story is Emmeline, a girl raised on a remote island by her father. She is taught how to hunt and gather, and to use her gift of scent to not only find food but to also find and savor memories.

Emmeline is a strong, relatable and damaged character. The scents themselves where a whole other character, full of their own power and stories. I don’t think I’ll ever smell perfume or fragrance the same again.

Thank you  to St. Martin’s Press for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About the Book: Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.

Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them.  As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world–a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to her identity, a quest that challenges the limits of her heart and imagination.

Lyrical and immersive, The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home.

About the Author: Erica Bauermeister is the author of the bestselling novel The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, and The Lost Art of Mixing. She is also the co-author of the non-fiction works, 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Washington, and has taught there and at Antioch University. She is a founding member of the Seattle7Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington.

Where to Buy:
Barnes & Noble 
Indie Bound 

The Dreamers, Karen Thompson Walker


The Dreamers, Karen Walker Thompson


Warning: this book will be superglued to your hand. You won’t be able to put it down. You think you’ll be able to stop at a chapter, but you won’t. You’ll be compelled to keep reading.

I’m not sure I’ve completely processed The Dreamers. I’m also pissed that I let it sit unread on my shelf for so long. What I do know is that this is a story that will stick with me and make me continually question dreams and life.

There were a lot of characters, but I felt invested with every single one. I needed to know how each of their stories ended. That’s what kept me turning the pages… I had to know who had the sickness, who woke up, who dreamed and what they dreamt of, who didn’t make it. I found myself holding my breath for several pages at a time.

The Dreamers is a freaking masterpiece of a mind f*#+. If you haven’t read it, you need to. Like yesterday. Don’t be a fool like me and let it sit on your bookshelf neglected for months.