Contemporary, Family Drama

Home for the Holidays by Sara Richardson

5 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Home for the Holidays is a beautiful and heartwarming story about three sisters going back to the place they loved most as a child, their aunt Sassy’s inn in Colorado. The three sisters live in different states and are going through a bunch of different issues. One is dealing with an incompetent ex-husband. One is getting married with an overbearing soon to be mother in law, and one is dealing with infertility. All three sisters are overwhelmed so when their aunt Sassy asks them to come visit for her last Christmas at the end, they all go. And it was exactly what they all needed. 

This story was so enchanting. I loved every character. I love the setting. I love the relationship bonding. I honestly love everything about this story. It is the type of story that makes you feel good.. even when dealing with some harder issues. The writing was perfect. 

I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Historical

The Lost Queen by Signe Pike

4 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved the setting of the story. I absolutely loved the world and the characters were all fantastic. I just don’t know if I liked the actual story.

This book starts with Languoreth and her twin brother Lailoken growing up learning the old way. However there is a new religion and with that comes zealots and war. Languoreth knows her duty. She knows she must marry to protect her people… But there is this dragon warrior that she falls in love with first. I won’t give anything away but I will say that she knows her duty to her people.

This story is full of a brutal world and a brother and sister trying to stay alive and keep their family alive. It’s full of love and heartbreak. I am glad that the next book comes out soon! I don’t want to wait to see what happens.

Fantasy, Young Adult

Fable by Adrienne Young

5 out of 5 stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book so much. I literally read this book in a day! I have two young kids.. so that’s not easy! But I could not put it down!

This book is all about Fable. It starts with her being 14 and abandoned by her father on a criminal island with nothing more than slash on her arm. She spends the next couple of years learning to survive on her own. Working her way to buy passage off the island so she can go find her father. She does eventually bribe her way onto the Marigold. Where she is not welcomed by the crew. I loved watching Fable slowly earn the respect of the crew. I loved that she was confident but knew that respect isn’t just given.

When Fable finally sees her father again it isn’t at all what she expected. Her inheritance is a ship! Just not the one she thought she was going to get. She now has something to help the Marigold and their crew. She joins back up with them and that’s where things get really interesting. The crew is now starting to like her and West ( the headmaster) is starting to show his real feelings.

The books ends on a cliffhanger and it makes you want the next book for sure! I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Fable comes out September 1st and it’s not one you’re going to want to miss!

Thank you Netgalley for the early copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Contemporary Romance

Paradise Cove by Jenny Holiday

4 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am so glad we got Jake’s book! I needed his story. I knew this one wasn’t going to be as light of a read as Mermaid inn because of Jake’s past. But there was still humor and lots of heat in this book.

Jake is a grumpy handyman. I mean not an actual handyman but he fixes everything! He has a close group of friends but doesn’t talk much. I loved him. He may not have been talkative but he was an incredibly sweet man. Nora is a city girl who wanted to switch up her life. She met Jake while he was getting his hair braided.. Honestly one of the cutest “meet cutes” I’ve ever read.

This book handles a pretty tough subject extremely well. The feelings were sincere. I personally haven’t gone through what Jake did but I could feel his emotions. Jenny Holiday did a phenomenal job making the characters real. She was able to mix raw emotions with enough humor to make this book the perfect balance.

I 100% recommend this book and this series. And honestly anything this author writes.

Thank you so much Forever Publishing for the early copy!

Contemporary Romance

Beach Read by Emily Henry

5 out of 5 Stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is one of those books that 100% lived up to the hype. I loved this book so much. 

We have Gus Everett who is a popular literary fiction author. And we have January Andrews who is a best selling romance author. They were college rivals and now they are neighbors for the summer! They decide to write a book in the other’s genre and try to fight the attraction they are both feeling. 

This book was the perfect mix of funny, sweet and to not take everything at face value. I loved watching both characters realize that the other’s genre isn’t a piece of cake! I also loved watching these two characters fall in love. 

If you haven’t picked this book up, I highly recommend it! It was a quick read. I stayed up way too late reading but it was all worth it!