Crazy To Leave You by Marilyn Simon Rothstein

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Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I thought this was such a cute, heartwarming novel! There’s lovable Lauren, our MC who’s just about to get married when the groom, well, he ghosts her. The story follows Lauren as she navigates life after being left at the altar.

I really enjoyed the characters in this one. Lauren is adorable, and I kind of want to be friends with her. She’s got some family members that drive her up the wall, and I thought they created an interesting side-story dynamic!

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Mustique Island by Sarah McCoy

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

There are so many books lately about the world of the wealthy and elite. They can be hit or miss for me, but this one was a hit!

I enjoyed that while the rich, opulent feel was everywhere, it wasn’t always celebrated. The story offered a view of the problems that can arise, and I enjoyed that. The women in this story are the highlight. There are strong personalities that really stand out and watching the changes that the women take on was wonderful.

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The Mad Girls of New York by Maya Rodale

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"Historical Fiction" genre card with glasses and book photo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Nellie Bly is by far one of my favorite historical people. I love reading about her, and when I heard about this book, I knew I needed to read it.

The Mad Girls of New York blew away my expectations in the best way! Maya Rodale did a fantastic job of bringing Nellie to life. She was bright and bubbly, strong-willed, and a genius! I loved her spontaneity and her compassion for others. Nellie’s career was filled with amazing stories to help get the stories of women heard, but her 10 days in the madhouse is probably the most famous. I loved getting a play-by-play view of this experience. It was so well-written and basically impossible to put down.

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Everything Must Go by Camille Pagán

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Camille Pagan writes such real stories. The characters are real, the situations are real. I just really recommend reading her works!

This was an emotional and moving story told through the voices of a mother and daughter. I really enjoyed these two perspectives as we learn the secrets that are separating the two.

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Summer at the Cape by RaeAnne Thayne

Book Genre Tag "Romance": A couple kissing
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Rating: 4 out of 5.

What a beautiful story! I was in love with this one from start to finish. It’s an emotional story that pulled at my heart strings and made me smile!

Cami, our main character, has just lost her sister. She moves back home to Cape Sanctuary to help her mother and sister handle the death of her sister. While she navigates the loss of her sister and the difficult decisions that come with handling an estate, she finds herself dealing with the complicated emotions of an old flame as well.

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The No-Show by Beth O’Leary

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was a pretty good story surrounding the lives of three women who were all stood up on Valentine’s Day. Each woman is dating a guy that they like and enjoy spending time with, but when they are stood up, will they forgive him? What they don’t know is that they have each been stood up by the same guy!

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Ten Thousand I Love Yous by Lisa Slabach

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ten Thousand I Love Yous is an intriguing story of loving others and loving yourself. I enjoyed the journey of the main character as she worked to understand what she truly wants in life.

When Kimberly’s husband, Jay, tells her he doesn’t love her, and wants a divorce, Kimberly’s world crumbles. Devastated, she begs for him to stay, but alas, he’s done with her. Kimberly must now enter the world of separated women.

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Sister Stardust by Jane Green

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Wow, this was such a fun book! I really loved the ’60s setting, and I enjoyed learning about Talitha Getty!

We start this story with Claire, a young woman who, after fighting with her stepmother, moves to London and then to Morrocco. She quickly lands herself in a wild, partying lifestyle, and we get to be by her side for all of it!

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At Least You Have Your Health by Madi Sinha

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow. I really loved this book. It has so much going for it. There’s the working mom aspect that I related so well with. There’s cultural differences and diverse characters that brought really interesting topics to light. There’s medical drama. And there is important commentary on women’s health.

I loved it.

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One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well, I just absolutely loved this story! I am a sucker for some magical moments in a contemporary story, and this one definitely had that! It’s a journey of embracing grief and loss while finding who you are, and it was fantastic!

Katy and Carol with the best of friends, and also a mother and daughter. When Carol passes away, Katy is devastated. Rethinking everything about life, she tells her husband they need a break, and she takes off alone on an Italian vacation that was meant for her and her mother.

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If You Ask Me by Libby Hubscher

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I thought If You Ask Me was a really moving story, and I really connected with the characters. It really tackled some tough issues that were quite emotional. The cover is a bit deceiving, and I feel it looks light a light-hearted rom-com. This story is a romance, but it also has some heavy content, so I absolutely suggest reading the synopsis and content warnings before deciding to read this.

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To Love and Be Loved by Amanda Prowse

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

Amanda Prowse has a beautiful way of bringing life to her books with emotion, real characters, and stories that I get invested in!

After a wedding day that didn’t go as planned, Merry leaves her small hometown and family to restart in a bigger city. But like many stories go, her hometown draws her back. She is forced to face her fears of how people will react to her and her situation. The story explores the emotional journey after a traumatic experience, and it brings the reader into the intimate moments of Merry’s life. This is a slow-burn that will wrap you up in its words and refuse to let go until the end!

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