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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The Difference by C. D’Angelo

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

So, I was looking at the author’s Instagram feed, and she has a post warning readers to read this book on a full stomach, and I completely agree! The yummy food descriptions were mouth-watering! So, definitely read with food, or plan to go get some while reading!

Rachel is our main character in this one. She is researching her family’s genealogy to understand her grandfather’s history. I loved Rachel’s journey of self-discovery paralleled with her family discoveries!

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Love for Beginners by Jill Shalvis

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. The main character is flawed in a way that makes you want to give her a hug, and then shake her a little bit💗. She’s that friend of yours that does not quite believe she can have ALL the happiness life can give her. Her struggles and her journey were the highlight of this story for me.

Emma wakes up from a coma with a boyfriend that has moved on to her friend, and a physical therapist that she loves to hate. When that physical therapist ends up getting her a new apartment, one that she doesn’t have to share with her now ex-boyfriend and ex-friend, she ends up seeing the evil PT in a new light.

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Decanted by Linda Sheehan

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story really tells us that we can follow our dreams, and I love that! Samantha leaves her day job behind to become a wine maker. She gets an internship in France🥳!!! (but it’s unpaid😔). That is okay though, she takes her life’s savings and hops on a plane!

Samantha is this inspiring character that makes you truly feel like you can do anything! Learning about wine making with Samantha was an amazing experience. Watching her learn and grow felt easy and I just enjoyed the story from start to finish!

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Eva and Eve: A Search for My Mother’s Lost Childhood and What a War Left Behind by Julie Metz

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Julie Metz has written an absolutely stunning memoir that takes her family’s story and brings you into each heart-racing moment!

This story brings Julie’s personal impact from the War and her family’s harrowing experiences together. I really appreciated the opportunity to see how the war continued to change people’s lives long after it ended. Julie’s story opened my eyes and broke my heart a bit (she puts it back together though)!

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When We’re Thirty by Casey Dembowski

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

When We’re Thirty by Casey Dembowski is a fun rom-com that had me laughing, smiling, and just generally happy while reading! This is a debut work, and I was delighted with the quality of the story! I am excited to see what Dembowski writes next!

After college graduation, Hannah and Will created a marriage pact that when they were 30, if they were both unmarried, they would marry each other. Well, Hannah has turned thirty, and Will shows up to honor that promise after some pretty major work issues.

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All the Wrong Shelves by Felicia Blaedel

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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This was an absolutely lovely story of falling in love. I loved the slow-burn feel to the story, giving the reader time to feel the romance with the characters. It is the second book in the series, but I think it can absolutely be read as a stand-alone!

The two main characters were wonderful together. They had great conversations that felt real, and I loved how the two of them grew throughout the story! Nessa, one of the MCs is autistic, and I thought Blaedel expertly created a character that I could connect with and respond to. It added another real-feel element to this story!

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Influence by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Well, this book certainly took me by surprise! I absolutely loved the themes around being yourself and being true to yourself. There was also such a strong element of friendship and being a good friend. All of these ideas were the foundation of this exciting and enticing mystery!

My Synopsis:

Delilah has been thrown into the world of social media influencers after one of her videos went viral and her follower count exploded. Her family coincidentally has moved to L.A. putting Delilah in the center of it all!

At her first social media event she meets:
🙋‍♀️Jasmine: Social Media Star and famous child actor currently struggling to understand who she is now as she phases out of her child-actor persona.

🙋‍♀️Fiona: Social Media Star and budding actress who struggles with hidden obsessive habits and a terrible secret.

🙋‍♀️Scarlet: Social Media Sensation and a bit vicious to just about everyone.

🙋‍♀️Jack: YouTube Star and boyfriend to Scarlet.

Delilah finds fast friends in Jasmine and Fiona who help her navigate this new world and event. After her new friends leave, Delilah finds a corner to sit and hide for a while, where she meets a lovely boy who makes her smile and laugh. After sharing a few fun moments with her mystery boy, they are caught in a photo and leave. Delilah soon figures out that this boy was Jack, Scarlet Leigh’s boyfriend and she’s horrified. This could ruin her social standing as Scarlet has a temper and a reputation for tearing people apart.

As the weeks go by, she finds that the photo taken of her and Jack didn’t capture her face, so she can breathe easier. As she settles into this new lifestyle, Jasmine and Fiona become close friends. Everything isn’t as wonderful as it seems though. . .

Every character is struggling with their own problems and fears of their secrets coming out. When the suspicious death of a fellow influencer turns their world upside down, the three friends must trust each other and themselves to find out what happened.

How I Felt:

I really enjoyed this book! The story was filled with twists and turns that I just didn’t see coming. The secrets that each person holds were fun to figure out, and the mystery was extremely interesting!

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Undeveloped by K Leigh

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author K Leigh has such a wonderful way with words. Her stories continue to get better and better, and I am always on the lookout for her next book! Undeveloped was an absolutely beautifully written story with characters you fall in love with, wonderful revelations, and heartbreaking moments. It is well worth the read, and I hope everyone picks it up!

This is a dual-timeline story with Lia, our present-day teenager stumbling across her Aunt Natalie’s journals from her own youth. As Lia secretly reads more and more of Natalie’s entries, she becomes entranced by what looks like a love-lost in Natalie’s history.

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The Stories Stars Tell by C.L. Walters

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Every time I read a book by C.L. Walters, I am transported into the story, and I stay there until the end. This book was another amazing story by her, and it’s my favorite by her so far! I love that she is always able to touch on subjects that are hard-hitting, and real-feeling. They bring situations to life that people are struggling with and provide a perspective to consider and relate to.

Emma and Tanner are two teenagers, coming ever closer to their adult selves. They are both searching for who they are. This is a story of sexuality, but it also has religion mixed in, which gives it this interesting perspective that I haven’t read in a story before.

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What You Wish For by Katherine Center

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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You know how everyone talks about an author, and you’re like hmmm…I haven’t read this author, there must be a reason everyone loves them? Well….That was Katherine Center for me. I haven’t read any of her books, but she’s ALL over the book world! So, I was really excited that I managed to snag her audio and physical book, What You Wish For! And what I wished for came true, this author ROCKS!

What You Wish For is categorized as romance, and I would agree, there is definitely a romance element, but it felt like SO much more than that. There is hope, grief, inspiration, and friendship all mixed into this beautiful story!

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