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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Her Perfect Life by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

In this psychological thriller, Lily, our MC, is a well-known TV reporter. While she seems so perfect to the outside world, she has a secret…and now someone else may know it.

I just love it when a book keeps me on my toes! This one grabs you from the beginning, and it doesn’t let you go until the final word. Lily’s story was captivating, and her personality was easily likable. I cared for her, and wanted to know how her story was going to end. The twists were fabulous, and kept me guessing. I couldn’t figure out where this one was going, so if you love to try to solve thrillers, I think you’ll enjoy this one!

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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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Premonition by Wendy Whitman

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This psychological thriller was filled with crazy heart racing moments and edge-of-your-seat suspense! When our main character, Cary, witnesses a car intentionally run over two deer, she grabs the attention of the man driving the car. He begins to stalk her, and when two young girls are killed, her instincts tell her she’s in some major danger.

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Girl Shock! by Maria Konner

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This memoir is amazing! Maria Konner has provided the reader with such a genuine view of her life, and it’s an amazing journey. I’m so appreciative I had the chance to read this!

“We all create a huge impact that we can’t measure. Of course, when you’re changing your sex and entertaining folks, your presence tends to hit a little harder!”

Girl Shock! by Maria Konner

There were so many wonderful comments from Maria throughout the book. I really loved this one above. She’s talking about how a trans person impacted her as a child, and how in turn she may be impacting others. I loved that whole section.

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When I Last Saw You by Bette Lee Crosby

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was such a beautiful story! I loved the writing and the way the characters wove together. When I Last Saw You will pull you back in time and take you on a journey of family secrets and reunions. It was a wonderful trip!

The story is told through two timelines. We have the 1968 story where Margaret’s husband has passed away, and she is cleaning out his office. She finds some old information about an investigator that her husband hired. She finds out that her husband had hired the investigator to track down all of her siblings that she hasn’t seen since she was a child. The second timeline is in the early 1900s telling the story of her family. We learn about her mother and father’s relationship, and her family dynamic between the siblings and parents.

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The Show Girl by Nicola Harrison

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is perfect for readers that enjoy historical fiction set in the 1920s! The world building was vividly descriptive! I loved reading about the costumes and New York City during this time.

Olive is chasing her dream of being a big singing star on the stage. She finds that making it big is a bit harder than she expected, but she doesn’t give up. She finally gets a showgirl job, and she enjoys the feeling of being on the stage. After meeting Archie, she finds herself in a tangle of secrets. Can they make it in their relationship with their secrets revealed?

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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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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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Dead Before Dinner by Kerry Schafer

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dead Before Dinner is the third book in the Shadow Valley Manor series. I have read the other two books in the series, but I also believe this could be read as a stand-alone.

This was such a fun, interesting story! I loved Maureen, the main character. She’s got a special set of skills as she was an FBI agent, and now she’s a paranormal investigator. Her investigative skills are needed this time in her own retirement home that she owns. There’s been a murder!

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The Happiness Thief by Nicole Bokat

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What an awesome mystery! I really didn’t want to put this one down.

The Happiness Thief has a main character with PTSD from a car crash where she lost her mother. Years later, she seems to take hit after hit when her husband leaves her, and then survives another crash. These losses are pretty emotional, and I liked how the author was able to bring so much emotion into the story and also bring the mystery to the plot!

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