Lucy on the Wild Side by Kerry Rea

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
White library with lots of stairs and "Contemporary" text

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is an adorable romance that also has some really nice focuses on self-development and overcoming personal struggles! I loved the addition of the animals as part of the story, and I thought the romance was done really well!

Lucy lives to work with her gorillas at the Columbus Zoo. Everything about her job is absolutely wonderful, except for her Critter Chats when she has to public speak, which is NOT her thing. When a popular show, On the Wild Side, comes to the zoo to shoot their next season, her job goes from almost perfect to incredibly stressful. She’s up for a promotion, but she has to overcome her fears to make the show and zoo a success. Luckily, Dr. Kimber from the show is there to help her … Enter romance, stage left😉

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The Winter Orphans by Kristin Beck

"Historical Fiction" genre card with glasses and book photo

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this well-written, emotional WWII historical fiction! This story follows a group of children who bravely escape the Nazi’s through a harrowing journey of occupied France.

I really appreciated the research that went into the work of Anne-Marie Piguet to save all those children. The details were excellent, and while there were definitely fictional elements and characters, the overall story and amazing work that was done by Anne-Marie Piguet was well-portrayed.

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Luck and Last Resorts by Sarah Grunder Ruiz

Book Genre Block - "Rom Com" couple on bench
Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Luck and Last Resorts is the second book in the series Love, Lists & Fancy Ships, which, of course, I didn’t know when I read it 🤦‍♀️ On the plus side, this can absolutely be read as a standalone, but I loved it so much, I’m definitely going back to read the first book!

This is a second chance romance told through present day and flashbacks where we learn about the various statuses of Nina and Ollie’s relationships. We get to flashback to when they first met, and to see how their love blossomed (and wilted).

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