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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Arroyo by Chip Jacobs

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is centered around Pasadena, California, and the “Suicide Bridge” formally titled “Colorado Street Bridge”. The story digs into the history of the bridge and the area around it.

This is told through a dual timeline in the early 1900s, then later in the 1990s. I enjoyed the two different time periods in this story. I always enjoy when we see into the history, and then we get to experience someone later in time trying to understand what happened!

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The Stranger in the Mirror by Liv Constantine

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I’m going to go ahead and give this book a 5 star review. Holy moly this book was filled with twists and turns I just didn’t see coming! So, strap yourself in for a crazy ride with this book!

You know how there are those moments in a book where everything comes to a screeching halt, your jaw drops, and you’re just like WTF? The moment in this book when that happened. I felt like I just threw my hands up and said, well, I’m not doing anything else today. I need to know what happens now! I LOVE when a book does that!

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Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wow, what a phenomenal thriller Kill All Your Darlings was!

I loved that this story was told through different POVs, and that we jumped around in the timeline a bit. It really made this story come to life for me as the details were revealed! The plot for this one completely took me by surprise! I loved the twists and turns that the story took, and I loved the ending! This was my first book by David Bell, and now I’m on the hunt for my next read by him!

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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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When She Comes Back by Ronit Plank

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

When She Comes Back is an absolutely amazing, yet heartbreaking memoir. The strength of Ronit throughout this story is amazing, and it speaks volumes to the determination to overcome that she had.

Her story takes us through her parental abandonment of her and her absolutely devastating childhood. Ronit provides a view of her life through the lens of hope rather than devastation though, which makes this emotional read one that provides an uplifting feeling for the reader.

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Shit Adults Never Taught Us by Natasha Sattler

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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𝙎𝙝𝙞𝙩 𝘼𝙙𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙨 𝙉𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙏𝙖𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙐𝙨 it is filled with hilarious life lessons that you truly don’t get taught until you are smack-dab in the middle of life trying to figure it out yourself.

The book is broken up into different “Shit” sections:
Career and Money Shit
Relationship Shit
Mind Shit
Life Shit

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Don’t Make Me Turn this Life Around by Camille Pagán

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was just such an easy, wonderful book to read. Libby feels like a character that you know in real life. She’s easy to connect with, and her story is one that feels so real.

When Libby gets an all-clear that her cancer has not returned, she knows she should feel so excited, elated, ecstatic! And yet, she doesn’t feel that way. She realizes that her life isn’t quite where she thinks it should be, and decides her family needs a vacation back to where her husband and her first met. That vacation doesn’t go quite as planned though, but that may end up being a good thing!

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