The Pickwick Murders is a retelling of the Charles Dickens story, The Pickwick Papers. I haven’t read the original, so this was a new story for me. Set in the early 1800’s, this was a fun historical cozy mystery. I enjoyed the fiancée, Kate in this story. She is a strong female character, and has to use a variety of tools in her belt to figure out what is happening!Continue reading “The Pickwick Murders by Heather Redmond”
This is an adorable story of a boy and his dog. The boy shares the things that he does throughout his day and how his dog is there for him.
I liked how hilarious moments are brought into the story but are also mixed with moments that children can relate to. My daughter thought it was a fun book, and we’ve read it a few times now. The illustrations are a lot of fun and really bring the story to life!Continue reading “Only My Dog Knows I Pick My Nose by Lauren Tarshis”
When Kyra begins to struggle with migraines, aging parents, teenage children, and working too much, her and her husband find an opportunity to move to Europe, and they jump at it!
Kyra’s story of her adventure in Rome is one that will sweep you away. Kyra’s memoir is honest and raw at times, making you connect with her and her life. I found her struggles and triumphs through her year abroad to be entertaining, emotional, and wonderful. She tells her story in a way that makes the reader feel like they are right there with her!Continue reading “Urge to Rome by Kyra Robinov”
This was a stunning historical fiction! Told through the lives of two women, we get introduced to Soline the owner of a Paris bridal salon during WWII as well as Rory, the new owner of the bridal salon building years later. As their stories intertwine, it’s impossible to put this one down. Their lives stay on your mind!Continue reading “The Keeper of Happy Endings by Barbara Davis”
Bobos Babes Adventures: A Magical Halloween was an adorable story that will get any child excited to celebrate Halloween! The characters are fun and have such distinct personalities, each of their parts of the story are great to read!
This story is kind of like an early chapter book, but with beautiful, colorful illustrations that bring the story to life on each page! My daughter is 8 and she enjoyed listening to the story and looking at the images.Continue reading “Bobos Babes Adventures: A Magical Halloween by Karen M. Bobos”
I thought this was such a great story. A wife finds her husband cheating, and it’s clearly not the first time. She’s ready for a divorce, and she wants their sailboat. Her husband, Roger, is not interested in letting her have it though. So Nancy proposes a 125 mile race where the winner gets the boat.Continue reading “Beware the Mermaids by Carrie Talick”
This story has me obsessed with Scottish historical fiction! I need more now! This was a beautifully written book with characters that were complex and interesting and a plot that was filled with secrets and mysteries!Continue reading “The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley”
Oh this was so good! I loved the characters. Templeton is an interesting woman. She knows what she wants, and she focuses on how to succeed! I loved that drive and determination in her. She passed up on so many opportunities of marriage because she was focused on her career, which made her chance encounter and romance with John so much more exciting!Continue reading “The Fault Between Us by Bette Lee Crosby”
The Extraordinary was a book that really brought a story to life for me. It felt like a real person’s story, as if it was a memoir, and yet it’s fiction. The characters are incredibly realistic, making the reader connect with them with such emotion, you want to reach through the pages and save them at times.
The story revolves around a family going through some troubling times. Our narrator is a teenage boy who is autistic, and has always connected with his father in a special way. When his dad returns home after serving in the military, he’s not the same, and we see through the son’s eyes how this affects the entire family.Continue reading “The Extraordinary by Brad Schaeffer”
It’s Time to Say Goodnight is an adorable board book for young children with a soft, calming bedtime story. As each parent and child animal within the pages settles down for bedtime, I found my child getting comfortable on her pillow as well!Continue reading “It’s Time to Say Good Night by Dr. S. Amna Husain MD”
This was a beautiful story of friendship, love, and the ups and downs of living. We meet three women, Goldie, Jocelyn, and Krystal who are at different points in their lives, and yet each have their own struggles and issues.
The characters in this story were stand-outs for me. They are real and heartbreaking at times, but they are redeemable, and they created a beautiful story for readers! As their stories begin to intertwine, I found myself incredibly invested.Continue reading “The Sound Of Wings by Suzanne Simonetti”
Witches. Romance. Magical Secrets. Competition.
This book had all the things that I love in a magical book! When Emmy returns to her childhood town for a magical tournament, her plan is to get in, lay low, and get out. After a bad break up years ago, she chose to leave town and allow her magical powers to fade. Coming back home, she reconnects with two women who also had a bad experience with this guy. The three of them decide to join forces and get revenge. Mixed into this story of revenge is a magical tournament that Emmy must host, and three people from the other main families of the town must participate in.Continue reading “Payback’s a Witch by Lana Harper”