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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A House Full of Windsor by Kristin Contino

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Readers that enjoy humor, royalty, and family are going to enjoy this one! Told with a light-hearted feeling, this book takes you on a journey starting in the 1980’s and ending in present day.

While this story was filled with moments that made me giggle, it does tackle a serious topic. Our MC, Sarah’s mom, Debbie Windsor is a hoarder. Her obsession is focused on the British Royal family and includes a wide variety of trinkets that commemorate them. I liked the way the story showed the struggles the family goes through when someone is suffering as a hoarder. It was something I haven’t read before, and I liked learning about it.

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The Seven Day Switch by Kelly Harms

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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I love a good story about moms, their lives, and their troubles. In The Seven Day Switch I got two moms, and I loved it! What makes it even better is that it turns into a body-switch story, so it’s got a bit of a fantasy aspect to it.

I enjoyed both of the main characters in this story. Wendy is a working mom trying to bust her butt to get everything done. I felt for her, I connected to her, and I thought, oh she’s going to be the one I know and understand. And yet, when I met Celeste, I kind of got her too. She’s busting her butt to get everything done too. So really, there’s a lot in common between these two women. Will they come to understand that though?

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The Magic of Found Objects by Maddie Dawson

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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This was such a great story! I loved the relationships, both romantic and friendly, and I enjoyed the storyline. This is a story that just made my heart feel full and happy! It funny, but tackles life topics that can be easily related to.

The characters in this book are amazing, and you truly become friends with them as you read. They all have their own special traits that make them so endearing. There are things that can be unlikable at times, but since no one is perfect, I like to see that in a character.

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With or Without You by Caroline Leavitt

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Oh wow, this book is a beautiful, emotional story that feels like a real view into someone’s life. With or Without You is a look into a middle-aged life that hasn’t gone quite as expected. As events unfold, the reflection on where one’s life is now and where one thought it would be take the reader on a beautiful journey!

The characters are the stand out win from this story. You get to know them and you connect with them, and you ultimately cry and celebrate with them. I loved that this story made you friends with the characters. While this was an emotional journey, this is still a light at the end of the tunnel, and the character growth throughout the story provides the reader with satisfied and comforted feeling.

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People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book spoke to me. Like I am infatuated with this story. I need to own a physical copy now so that I can hug it every once in a while. It’s amazing.

This book is a friends to lovers trope, and I’m gonna be super honest here. I hate that trope. I have always been a firm believer that once you hit the friend zone, you can’t hit that romance space. I know that’s not true, but I’ve just never found a story where I’ve been convinced of the romance…UNTIL NOW.

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How Lucky by Will Leitch

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

First of all, this book was AMAZING! Just absolutely wonderful. Leitch’s writing makes this story such a joy!

Second of all, don’t go into this thinking it’s a thriller. That will be really disappointing for you. This is a story about life and finding joy and experiences even when you have incredibility tough circumstances. There is a mystery and there are some action scenes, but I really wouldn’t put this in the thriller category.

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When in Vanuatu by Nicki Chen

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is one of those stories that gave me such an expanded view of a location I didn’t know a lot about. I loved the setting in the Philippines.

When in Vanuatu is a story that follows Diana and her husband to Manila. We follow her focus on having a baby, and the struggles she has. At her doctor’s encouragement to destress, she moves to Vanuatu.

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The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Well this was a lovely book! The historical aspect was obviously well researched, and woven into the fiction beautifully!

Following three women, this is a great story of women empowerment! We have Evangelina stuck in a Havana jail, Grace who is a reporter, and Marina playing the part of a secret courier! This is a story of people coming together to free Evangelina and of a woman who becomes an icon for Cuba.

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Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a wonderful story filled with fun, family, hilarious situations, and friends! We start this story with a plan for Bridget and her boyfriend Sterling to spend the summer in Connecticut. After a really crappy electronic breakup by Sterling 😠, Bridget is left alone in her summer home to nurse her broken heart. But then her twin children (now adults) come bringing their own problems, and Bridget gets roped into hosting a wedding for her father…and this story goes from one of heartbreak to one of utter chaos. It’s amazing!

The absolute craziness of the story made this so much fun. It just felt light and full of life. Like a busy family reunion where you can’t get a moment’s peace because everywhere you turn there’s someone. I really felt that busy-life-is-upended feeling. Poeppel has done a wonderful job of conveying the environment through her words!

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The Path to Sunshine Cove by RaeAnne Thayne

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a beautiful story with a setting that I thoroughly enjoyed! Oh my, I want to visit Sunshine Cove now! The ocean views, and the people that live there sound amazing! This is book 2 in the series “Cape Sanctuary”, but if you haven’t read book one, do not worry! I think you’ll be completely fine, this can be read as a stand-alone.

The characters are wonderful and easy to connect with. They feel so real, they could be your actual friends. Jess and Rachel are sisters separated from each other in their teenage years. Sunshine Cove provides an opportunity for the two of them to reconnect, and it’s an absolutely lovely story!

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