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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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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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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Everything Must Go by Camille Pagán

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Camille Pagan writes such real stories. The characters are real, the situations are real. I just really recommend reading her works!

This was an emotional and moving story told through the voices of a mother and daughter. I really enjoyed these two perspectives as we learn the secrets that are separating the two.

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Am I Allergic to Men? by Kristen Bailey

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a fun, moving, and heartfelt story this was! I wasn’t sure where this story was going to go, and when Lucy is hit by a bus, this went from silly and lighthearted to quite serious very quickly! Lucy is such an interesting, vibrant, hilarious person, and when she loses years of memory from the accident, her family rises up in droves to help her in any way they can. All the sisters move back into their parents’ house together to help break the memories free.

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Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband? by Lizzie Damilola Blackburn

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I feel like there have been so many wonderful books coming out recently that really are a romance about falling in love with yourself, and I am HERE FOR IT! These types of stories are making my heart feel so full!

Yinka is the kind of character we all need to read about. She is a bit lost, feeling the pressure of family, culture and friends, to be like everyone else and get married. Her story is filled with failures, mishaps, and heartbreaks, but through it all, she is actually on a journey to find herself.

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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Man, what is it about Colleen Hoover’s writing that just breaks me?? Ugly Love made me ugly cry. It was another wonderful book from Hoover’s amazing mind.

The story is told through present day and through Miles’ past. The narration alternates between Tate and Miles, and it unfolds in little pieces that make it impossible to put this one down. I literally read this in a day, and it’s been a long time since I have done that.

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Lucky by Marissa Stapley

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Okay, I really enjoyed this book. It had a wonderful story about a girl growing up with a con artist for a dad. Her life’s education was learning to swindle others, but then she finds herself alone, on the run from the police, and in possession of a winning lottery ticket that she can’t cash in without being caught by the police.

The story is told through alternating timelines both present day, and different times in Lucky’s past that helps to tell the story that has led up to present day. Lucky is a compelling character to read about. You want to know how things are going to go for her. You want the best for her, and she keeps you turning the pages. I really enjoyed her.

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30 Things I Love about Myself by Radhika Sanghani

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Book Genre Block - "Emotional" Person standing between bright earth and desolate earth

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Alright, in a world where we are finally opening up about mental health and the importance of self-care, I feel like this book is so needed! Nina goes on quite the journey from sitting a jail cell after a break up to being a self-loving successful 30-year-old. I was right there along with her, and I spent a lot of time thinking about myself and ways that I can love myself more.

The premise of this story is a woman who follows the advice of a self-help book over 12 months and challenges herself to find 30 things she loves about herself. In the process she goes through awful downs and amazing highs, and finds ways to handle all of them.

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Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow, this book took me on a ride. I really don’t want to give any spoilers on this one, so I’m not going to give a synopsis. Read the back of the book if you want or go in blind, but it’s amazing.

I loved the story. I was in love with the location in some of the story. I found myself googling so I could see what the character was experiencing. I fell in the love with the characters and really connected to the MC. I was grieving the losses that she had, as well as celebrating the joys. This was a wonderful story that will stay with me for a long time!

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Reasons for Avoiding Friends by Megan Leavell

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Reasons for Avoiding Friends is about two women who have hit their middle-life. They used to be such good friends, they knew each other so well. And yet, they haven’t spoken in years. Then Iris shows up needing Gwen’s help, and guest room.

I enjoyed this story. I liked how Gwen and Iris kind of stumble around each other trying to find that rhythm they used to have. As they move through their story, we get to watch them realize that they don’t need to pretend, they can be who they truly are.

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What’s Not True by Valerie Taylor

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story was full of drama and exciting moments, and I really enjoyed it! A lot of the book is in Paris, and I absolutely loved the location! The city descriptions were beautiful and truly brought the story to life for me!

What’s Not True is the sequel to What’s Not Said, and while I do feel like the author did a great job at recapping a bit for the reader, I do think it would be best to grab What’s Not Said and read it first. I think that it will make the second book an even more enjoyable read for you!

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