Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
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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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The Unplanned Life of Josie Hale by Stephanie Eding

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well, I just loved this adorable book! The characters are so fantastic, and they just steal the show!

Josie is a wonderful person, and she’s been crapped on a bit with life, but when she bumps into two friends from high school, her life takes on a new trajectory. Pregnant, getting divorced, and being nudged out of her parents’ house, an offer to move in with Ben and Kevin. These two goofballs make life so fun. I loved having them in the story. They are well-meaning, big hearted, and loving friends, and watching their relationship with Josie grow was wonderful.

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One of Us Is Dead by Jeneva Rose

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is fantastic. Filled with rich spoiled women on the surface, underneath you’ll find deep secrets, dangerous intentions, and murderous rage. You won’t be able to put this one down.

Buckhead is a town filled with money and people who know how to flaunt it. Four women spend their money and time getting make overs at Glow, the only place worth getting your makeovers. The story starts at the end…there’s been a murder…but the reader won’t know who until the final pages. Jenny, the owner of Glow is at the police station and is answering questions about what happened.

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The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson

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"Historical Fiction" genre card with glasses and book photo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Oh this book…I loved this one so much! I loved being back in Troublesome Creek with these Troublesome women! The story is beautiful, the writing is descriptive and vivid, and you’ll want to sit for the day and just absorb yourself in this book.

This is the follow-up book to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, and I would highly recommend reading it before reading this one. It’s also a five-star read, and I think it will help to set the stage for The Book Woman’s Daughter.

Honey is 16, and her parents are heading to jail for being married and of two different colors. One blue and one white. Honey’s blue skin is only in her hands and feet, and her mama sends her off to live with Retta in Troublesome Creek while her parents serve their sentence.

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The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews

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White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a fun mixture of romance, healing, moving forward, and…. murder! I loved how Andrews was able to weave all these things together to seamlessly create a beautiful story!

Hattie is a young widow and works with her father-in-law restoring old Savannah homes to their former glory. I really loved Hattie. She is grieving but is such a fun woman. Watching her heal and grow throughout this story felt like watching a good friend go through a transformation. The grief isn’t heavy, it’s been quite a few years since she lost her husband, so I still completely feel this is a beach read!

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Avery G. and the Scary End of School by Sivan Hong

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really love a book that helps children understand emotions they may feel or ones that others may feel, and this book does that beautifully!

This is the fourth book in the children’s series The Super Fun Day Books, and I have to recommend not only this book, but all of them. They each feature a child and a fear or emotion to understand and work through!

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The School for German Brides by Aimie K. Runyan

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This World War II story brings the lives of three women together in unexpected ways. It was beautifully written with surprising moments and wonderful characters, and I loved it!

Taking place in the early days of WWII, we are introduced to three women, but hear the story through the perspectives of two of them. These three women’s struggles are lived separately but come crashing together as the war intensifies.

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Darling Girl by Liz Michalski

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well, this was a fun retelling with some dark twists! I enjoyed that this had some aspects that made the story less fluffy, showing a more sinister side to Peter and the Darlings!

This is told through the eyes of the granddaughter of Wendy. Holly has her son Jack and her daughter Eden. Eden has been in a coma, and Holly gets a call that Eden is missing. There are so many secrets and magical aspects to this story, and Eden’s magical blood is one of them. She can age faster than normal, and there are people that want that power.

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Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a beautifully written story that sweeps the reader away to a world of magic, love, family and honor. I loved the characters, the world, the magic, and the overall story! This story is inspired by the legend of Chang’e, the Chinese moon goddess. While I didn’t know anything about this legend, I loved that it was inspired by it!

Xingyin lives with her mother hidden away from the Celestial Emperor who doesn’t know she exists. When Xingyin’s magic releases accidentally, she must escape the only home she’s ever known. She lands herself in the palace of the Celestial Emperor and must keep her true identity hidden.

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At the Table with Jesus by Louie Giglio

"Non Fiction" words carved into wood
"Non Fiction" words carved into wood

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a wonderful new devotional for people that are looking for new ways to grow their relationship with Jesus! The devotionals are easy to apply to life and focus on a 66-day journey.

Each devotional is built with a few paragraphs providing information and details on the verse for the day. There are some questions to consider and apply to the reader’s life, and then a verse to memorize.

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The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a lovely story of self-love and growth, forgiveness, and moving on. I really enjoyed the characters and the story!

Freya has just been left, not quite at the altar, but in the broom closet. Regardless of the location, she’s got an entire wedding to unravel now. After taking some time to recover from the heartbreak, it’s closing in on the wedding season, and Freya’s friends have her back. They give her a challenge to complete at each wedding. The challenges are to help her get through the wedding and get over Matthew.

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More Than a Mom by Kari Kampakis

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book…every mom needs to consider this one. So many times we prioritize our family first, and there’s a lot of needs there. When do we move ourselves to the top of the list? I think it’s not often enough sometimes, but this book gives so many reasons and ways to start doing that!

In this book, Kari Kampakis writes about ten things that mom’s should help themselves with. Things like stopping the negative talk, realizing your own self worth, coming to a peaceful understanding with your body, and so many others…well 10 to be exact. But those were three that were really important for me.

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