Crazy To Leave You by Marilyn Simon Rothstein

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I thought this was such a cute, heartwarming novel! There’s lovable Lauren, our MC who’s just about to get married when the groom, well, he ghosts her. The story follows Lauren as she navigates life after being left at the altar.

I really enjoyed the characters in this one. Lauren is adorable, and I kind of want to be friends with her. She’s got some family members that drive her up the wall, and I thought they created an interesting side-story dynamic!

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Mustique Island by Sarah McCoy

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

There are so many books lately about the world of the wealthy and elite. They can be hit or miss for me, but this one was a hit!

I enjoyed that while the rich, opulent feel was everywhere, it wasn’t always celebrated. The story offered a view of the problems that can arise, and I enjoyed that. The women in this story are the highlight. There are strong personalities that really stand out and watching the changes that the women take on was wonderful.

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The Change by Kirsten Miller

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Murder. Mystery. Magic. Feminism. Kick Ass Women. Must Read.

And that’s my review! Alright, just kidding, I have more to say, but seriously this book is amazing.

The Change follows three women as they move into mid-life. Each has something special in them that is pulled out as their body begins to change.
Nessa hears voices of the dead begging to be found.
Harriett has a special connection with plants and nature that can be vicious and even deadly.
Jo has an inner anger that manifests as immense heat and power.
These three women work together to discover who is murdering young women in their town.

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Hide by Kiersten White

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’m a sucker for a storyline where many enter and few will survive 🤣. Seriously, if there is a story where people are forced to fight against each other or against “something” to survive in a “locked-room” environment, I just can’t help but love it!

Which brings me to Hide, a story of 14 contestants entered in a game of Hide and Seek at an abandoned amusement park. The 14 contestants don’t have a ton of details about this new mysterious game, but they know that there’s money for the winner at the end, and for these people, that’s enough. What starts out as a fun game of Hide and Seek soon turns deadly.

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100 Days of Adventure by Greta Eskridge

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

100 Days of Adventure is a book filled with ideas, projects, and activities to do with children that do not require an electronic. I really enjoy this book, and I truly think it’s full of fantastic things to do!

There are indoor and outdoor activities, and most of them are no-cost or very low-cost to do. There are illustrations and step-by-step guides to help you as you facilitate these activities. I loved that there was a wide range of options to choose from, and there are definitely some that we’ll do again!

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Grandma and Grandpa Tales by Cheryl R. Carpinello

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"Childrens" Genre Block - 4 kids laying on stomachs looking at book

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I am such a sucker for a good kid’s book, and I found a whole series that was just fantastic! I laughed, my kiddos laughed, and we all enjoyed sitting together to read these!

Each book features two stories that have a fun plot and some situational learning involved! There are two versions of each of these books. There’s a Grandma’s Tales and a Grandpa’s Tales. There isn’t a difference between the two, it’s just which one you want to choose!

Grandma’s Tales 1
Wild Creatures in My Neighborhood and What If I Went to the Circus:

Two delightful stories you will enjoy reading out loud with your toddler, your preschooler, your beginning reader. Wild Creatures in My Neighborhood and What If I Went to the Circus are crafted with repeating phrases that will allow children to feel as if they are actually reading the story! Wild Creatures in My Neighborhood explores the wildlife all around us, even in our own backyards. What If I Went to the Circus shares the decision-making process with the youngest listener as a small boy decides who or what will be a good playmate.

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Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

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"Historical Fiction" genre card with glasses and book photo

Rating: 4 out of 5.

When I read The Jane Austen Society last year, I felt like I met these wonderful people, and I wasn’t really ready to let go of them. When I found out that Natalie Jenner had another book coming out, I was so excited to get my hands on it!

I loved being back in this world and getting to see more of Evie’s story! Bloomsbury Girls follows the narrative of three women, Evie Stone, Vivien Lowry, and Grace Perkins. These three women’s lives intertwine through their shared work at Bloomsbury Books.

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All Fired Up by Dylan Newton

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I picked up How Sweet It Is without knowing anything about the author, and I absolutely devoured the book! Then, I saw she had a new book out, and I snagged it without even reading the synopsis. So, I was so surprised and delighted to find that this story follows the romance of two side characters from How Sweet It Is!

All Fired Up starts up with Imani, a book publicist coming to stay with her grandmother who is having a surgery and could use some help recovering. When her best friend is supposed to pick her up at the airport, she finds Zander instead…her one night, okay two night, stand and also her best friend’s brother in law.

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From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

From Bad to Cursed is the second book in the witchy romance series The Witches of Thistle Grove. I read and enjoyed the first book in this series, and I was excited to see the second one come out!

This story was just as good (if not a bit better) than book 1! I thought the situations were crazy and fun and made me unable to put the story down. I really love this secretly magical town and the families that live there.

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My Wife Is Missing by D.J. Palmer

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well, this book was fan-freaking-tastic! I loved the high-level action and energy right from the beginning! It’s got some twists, some secrets and some great storytelling!

Told through the alternating perspectives of a husband and a wife, we start the story with the husband’s discovery that his wife and two children are missing from their hotel room. He’s convinced they have been kidnapped because his son’s teddy bear was left behind. We follow him as he works with the hotel and police to discover that it looks like his wife left voluntarily. He partners with one officer to help find her. From his wife’s perspective, we jump between present-day and the past to unravel a web of stories that create an un-put-downable read!

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Something Wilder by Christina Lauren

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Christina Lauren is an author duo that I just continue to enjoy reading books by! Their most recent book to be released, Something Wilder is a fun, action-packed romance, and I really enjoyed it! This is the first book I have read by them that I would classify as a Romantic Suspense, and I thought they did a great job with it!

The story alternates between two perspectives. We have Lily Wilder, daughter of a famous treasure hunter, and now running “treasure hunting” tours in the Utah canyons. Then, there is Leo, heading to the canyons for a guy’s trips, and soon to find out he’s being led on this treasure hunt by someone from his past (Lily).

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Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Holy moly this story was an emotional roller coaster! Grap some tissues and settle in for quite the ride!

This story takes us through the past and the present day lives of Persephone and Sam. We follow their friendship as it turns to something more over many summers spent together. But then, it all ends. When they both visit the Bay again, under sad circumstances, they have a chance to repair what has been broken.

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