A Letter to Three Witches by Elizabeth Bass

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a super fun story of magic, but while it’s categorized as a rom-com, I really think this one almost falls into a cozy mystery! While there are quite a few relationships that are followed, I didn’t feel like those were truly the main story. We are really trying to figure out what the main character’s adopted sister is up to.

Gwen comes from a long line of witches, but they aren’t allowed to practice magic. Gwen’s great-great-grandfather accidently started the Dustbowl after casting a spell, and the Grand Council of Witches doled out a punishment for him and his descendants for years and years. Gwen and her parents follow the rules set by the council, but Tannith, Gwen’s adopted sister, maybe not so much. When Tannith sends a letter to Gwen and her two cousins stating that she’s put a magical spell on one of their significant others, the three cousins work together to try to figure out which special someone Tannith is trying to take.

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Reminders of Him by Colleen Hoover

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I cannot begin to express how incredibly amazing this story was. Colleen Hoover creates characters that are absolutely true to life. They are messy and complicated and full of emotion. She takes those people and places them in impossible situations and creates this beautiful story that you literally cannot put down.

Kenna has just been released from prison and then a transitional housing place, and is now moving back to the town she used to live in. With no family or friends, she feels alone in the world, and her focus is on getting the chance to meet the daughter she gave birth to and then immediately lost custody of due to her long incarceration. There are roadblocks for Kenna at every turn. She’s in a town that hasn’t forgotten the terrible thing she did, and the parents of her boyfriend that died have custody of her child. Can she find forgiveness for herself and from others?

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Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was such a beautiful story! There’s some romance in this, but it’s really about a young woman trying to figure out what she wants her life’s path to be like. I really enjoyed watching her navigate the frustrations of a downsizing company and how she tries to solve for her pay cut.

The romance felt real to me. I liked the chemistry between the two characters, and I enjoyed the entire arc of their relationship.

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The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story is full of regency romance, mystery, and situations that will make you laugh!

Constance Haltwhistle is the heroine of this story, and she’s a delightful breath of fresh air. She is full of spunk and energy that just makes you want to know more about her! Constance is supporting her family estate by selling weapons through her “Brass Queen” moniker. When she meets Trusdale, a spy, she finds herself in a hunt for a dangerous scientist trying to create an invisible army.

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She Wouldn’t Change a Thing by Sarah Adlakha

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Okay, wow. I’m a little all over the place with this one! This was truly a wonderful story, but it broke my brain a bit! Wrapping my head around the twists and connections through the time travel was amazing, and it had me dropping my jaw at multiple moments!

This story broke my heart a bit. I didn’t expect that, and I definitely wasn’t prepared for it. The choices given to the characters in this story are heavy and while I can’t say impossible, they are truly awful to consider. I can’t say impossible because a character in the story lets us know that no choice is truly impossible 🙂

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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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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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Daughter of the King by Kerry Chaput

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a wonderful story! This book takes the reader on a journey from France as an exiled young girl across the ocean to Canada to become a Daughter of the King. I loved learning so much about this part of Canadian history! I didn’t know anything about the Filles de Roi until I read this.

The story is filled with emotion as our main character goes through one tragic event after another, and yet she doesn’t give up. Her spirit and determination drive this story from start to finish. I found myself wholly enveloped in the atmosphere. I was with them when the boat was rocking in a storm and when there were attacks from multiple fronts. I just loved it!

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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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The Hookup Dilemma by Constance Gillam

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Okay…this one is full of steamy fabulous heat! These two characters had great chemistry that had me nodding my head and saying, “yes you should be together”! The business talk had me much less interested though…

The one night stand happened pretty fast, and led into what I thought would be the enemies part of the story. It didn’t feel like an enemies to lovers though. For me, it was really a lovers with an obstacle to overcome to be together, and that was fine. I was there for it!

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The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Oh my goodness, I just loved this one!! Right from the start, I enjoyed the characters. I loved Ivy, our MC. She’s a fast-moving city girl that spontaneously buys a run-down farm house, sight unseen! What?? I loved this! I kept being like, I can’t believe you didn’t go see the house, and so many characters have the same response. Now, of course, that’s an important part of the story, as we get so many surprises…delightful and not so delightful…because of her choice.

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The Jennifer Files by Isla Moore

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a spicy romance with some moments of laughter, seriousness, and of course, heat! The southern setting made this feel intimate in a small-town setting. The characters are easy to fall in love with. They have great personalities and really stand out within the story.

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All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wow, I really got sucked into this book! It’s full of magic, friendships, mystery, and first romance all wrapped up in a coming of age story. When Maeve discovers some old tarot cards, she finds that she has a knack for them, and begins giving readings to all the girls in school. When one goes wrong and someone important to her disappears, she finds that a chain reaction of events has begun and she needs to tap into her unknown magical powers to fix everything.

I loved Maeve’s journey in this, and it is what kept pushing me to read. She is learning so much about herself and her friends. There’s some great LGBTQ representation in this one, and I enjoyed that Maeve is learning how to best support the people in her life.

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