The Stillwater Girls by Minka Kent

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The two main girls in this book grew up in a cabin with their mother completely excluded from society, not knowing what existed outside of their homestead. I loved the concept of these girls completely removed from electronics, cars, and modern conveniences. It made their characters so interesting!

How I Felt: I was drawn into this story from the beginning. The book is written from two perspectives: Wren, the oldest girl and Nicolette, a woman living in the woods outside of town. Initially, I was not interested in Nicolette’s story. I couldn’t figure out what she had to do with Wren and her sister, but as the plot unfolds, all is revealed and I found myself excited for Nicolette’s story line. I was so interested in this story and what would happen next. There were many things that I figured out early on, but a few things happened that just blew me away. I had to put the book aside for a few minutes and take in everything that was happening! It was thrilling and I loved it!

To Read or Not To Read: If you enjoy domestic mysteries and thrillers, this is perfect for you. I found it to be a quick and enjoyable read!

What’s This Book About Anyway?

Wren and her sister Sage are left at their homestead in the woods when their mama must take their ill sister Evie to a doctor. Months go by, food becomes scarce, and mama has not returned. Then, a stranger comes to the door, forcing his way in and asking questions about their mama. Terrified, they plan an escape from him, and make a run for it in the woods. Without any idea of where they are going or what to expect, they trek through the woods with no survival supplies.

They come upon Nicolette’s home, tired, cold, and hungry. From there, the mystery of their lives, who their mama is, and where their sister Evie is, unravel at a heart-racing pace.

Where to Find:

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Footnotes:

#shejustlovesbooks #thestillwatergirls #minkakent #mystery #thriller #bookreview #bookblog

A Man Called Smith by Tanya E. Williams

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: This story jumps back and forth in time. I liked how I could appreciate the feelings of the characters in current time because I was able to read about their past experiences.

How I Felt: There is a lot of sadness in this book. Calla has had a rough life. She lost her mom and her step-mother is, what I’m just going to say, is a horrible person. ⠀

To Read Or Not To Read: This is the third book in a series, but does stand on its own. If you like book series’ I would go back and read the previous books and then grab this one, but this one can be read on its own if you want.⠀

What’s This Book About Anyway?

John Smith’s wife has passed away after the birth of their son. She left behind John, their new son, and their daughter, Calla. John remarries Bernice, a very cold, unloving replacement for his wife. Calla has struggled her entire childhood with Bernice and she finally decides to leave and be on her own. She worries about her family if she leaves. What will happen to her brothers? 

Footnotes:

#tanyaewilliams #amancalledsmith #shejustlovesbooks #bookreview #bookblog

What You Did by Claire McGowan

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The story had two mysteries being revealed and solved; one was in the current time, and one had happened years ago during college.

How I Felt: This book was good, it just wasn’t as great as some of Claire McGowan’s other work. I enjoyed the story, I just didn’t get attached to any of them they way I wanted. I felt like some of the character’s reactions to situations were completely different than I would have expected. There were some situations that I felt came out of no where, and I was still trying to figure out what happened, and then we had moved on. Overall, I felt there were some scenes that could have been left out, and the story would have been just as good.

To Read or Not To Read: If you enjoy Claire McGowan, you’ll enjoy this book. If you like mystery, it’s got two mysteries to solve. I did not feel that it was suspenseful the way it was meant to be. I didn’t feel that I was on the edge of my seat at any time, I was just interested in the outcome during the entire book.


What’s This Book About Anyway?

A group of friends gather at the home of Ali and Mike to enjoy some food and fun, and a bit too much of the adult beverages. Late into the first night though, a rape has happened to Karen, one of the friends and she is accusing Mike, Ali’s husband. Everything in Ali’s life shifts. She has a job as a rape-victim advocate, and yet how does she not stand behind her husband? She is torn and terrified and does not know what to do next.

As the pieces begin to fit together about that night, questions begin to rise regarding a murder during their last dance at university. Where were each of the friends and is anyone’s memory not what it should be?

Footnotes:

#clairemcgowan #whatyoudid #shejustlovesbooks #bookreview #bookblog #mysterynovel #bookreviews

The Art of the Kiss by Holly Schindler

This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.

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My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The narration in this book was wonderful. I felt like I was being spoken to by someone rather than just reading a book. The narrator made little jokes and, overall, it is the reason I took this book from a 3 star to a 4 star. The way Holly Schindler wrote the narration, was just so perfect and I loved it.

How I Felt: I was a little less interested in the photography aspect, but enjoyed the overall story. The spin of making this a fairytale, at first, I thought would make me less interested; was it a fairytale, or a modern-day romance. BUT, it turns out, it’s a bit of both, and I liked the book more because of it.

To Read or Not To Read: This is not a fast-paced thriller, or action story. This is a love story, but is more than just that. There are three main characters, and you are pulled into all of their stories. This book is suited for people that enjoy a love-story or domestic fiction.


What’s This Book About Anyway?

The Art of the Kiss is a city-of-Fairyland-famous photograph that has been forgotten on a wall. It features Sharon and her husband, Michael at the beginning of their lives together.

Then our “Cinderella” of the story enters, utterly struggling to get her photography career up and running. Unbeknownst to her, her friend is not making it go any easier for her…the magic of an old camera starts a chain of events to revive the meaning of the photograph.


Footnotes:

#hollyschindler #theartofthekiss #shejustlovesbooks #bookblog #bookblogger #bookreview #romancenovel #lovestorynovel

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

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My Thoughts:

What I loved: I happen to be a pretty Undomestic Goddess myself, so this book really resonated with me. A character that works hard and finds herself in a situation where she needs to keep house for someone. I would be pretty screwed. I loved reading about this character going through that situation.


How I Felt: This was such a light-hearted, easy read full of comedic situations and a little love. It made me smile so much, and felt so good to read.


To Read or Not To Read: I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys easy, fun books. Fans of Sophie Kinsella (or Madeleine Wickham) won’t be disappointed either!


Quoted:

“There’s no such thing as ruining your life. Life’s a pretty resilient thing, it turns out.”
― Sophie Kinsella, The Undomestic Goddess


What’s This Book About Anyway?

Samantha Sweeting is an attorney at a law firm hoping to make partner. She spends all of her time focused on work, trying to attain that *partner* status. She makes a mistake at works, and loses it a bit. She leaves work and jumps on a train to anywhere. One arriving to the middle of nowhere, she walks up to a house to ask for directions, and they think she is there for the housekeeper interview. She nails the interview and ends up hired. For a job as a housekeeper. She can’t cook, clean, sew, or do anything that resembles taking care of a household. The adjustment and learning period for her are full of hilarious situations and a little romance, but we do find that she begins to adapt. This story is a great adventure into trying something completely different and finding who you really are.


Footnotes:

#theundomesticgoddess #sophiekinsella #shejustlovesbooks #contemporaryfiction

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

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What I Thought:

What I Loved: The character’s personalities were so well developed. As a reader, I connected with each of them in different ways, and wanted to know what happened to them.


How I Felt: Curious to see what happened, worried for some characters, and angry at the extremely dis-likable side-characters.
To Read or Not To Read: Definitely a To Read! This was such a well-written book with so many twists and turns, you can’t help, but be pulled in!


What’s This Book About Anyway?

Jane, a single mom, is new to a town filled with rich, snobby parents that quietly judge her. Madeline, a fun and loving, but takes no B.S. woman befriends Jane, bringing her into Madeline’s protective fold. Jane has a past that slowly takes shape as the book progresses. It haunts her, and we watch as she works through her fear and scars from it. Celeste, Madeline’s long-time best friend, has secrets of her own. On the outside, she is the beauty that everyone envies, but at home, her life is nothing like it seems. These three women, all so different, become bonded as they uncover their secrets together.


Footnotes:

#biglittlelies #lianemoriarty #shejustlovesbooks #fictionbooks