Recent Reads

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

I haven't posted a recent read list lately, so I thought I'd share one today. Most have been hits for me, so I always enjoy sharing those in case anyone else is searching for a great read. 

Okay, I'll be honest, I didn't love this one. I had a hard time really liking or identifying with any of the characters for various readers and the whole scenario upon which the book is based kind of irked me, but it was very well written. I do think a lot of people would like this one, I'm just not one of them.  This story follows two families throughout decades of friendship, however, the husband from one couple and the wife from the other couple have this undercurrent of mutual attraction that stems back to their hot and heavy high school romance, a fact that their spouses are aware of, but they still decide to meet up for vacation every year. Um, nope. 
 I can't say I wouldn't recommend it, but I think another thing I didn't like about it is that throughout the book, there are constant reminders of just how quickly your life passes you by and it left me feeling sort of blue. I'd rather feel happy or hopeful when I finish a book I've invested  time in, but I've always loved every other Dorthea Benton Frank book I've read and like I said, tons of people would love this one.

This book, I really liked. I wasn't sure what I was in for with it though, because usually, I'll read books, then pass them along to my mom if I think it's one she'll like as well, but with this one, I'd given it to her first since she'd finished whichever one I'd passed along before.  Well, it wasn't a day or two after I'd given it to her that she handed it back to me and told me it was "a little too racy" for her taste and she didn't' ready but a few pages. hahaha. I wasn't sure what to expect based on that appraisal, but I ended up loving it and there's really only one "racy" excerpt that wasn't that bad if you're offended by that sort of thing. The story follows three young wives, obviously, in the challenges they face in their marriages and friendships with one another. I'd definitely recommend this one as a quick read that you won't want to put down until you finish it.

I loved this book. It's the sort of book that really makes you step back and take a hard look at yourself after you finish it. I will warn you that you make bawl your eyes out like I did during a lot of parts, then just as quickly, you're laughing your tale off. This book is a roller coaster of emotions in the best possible way and I'd 100% recommend reading it. It's one of those that I just couldn't wait until I could get a few minutes free to jump back into the story. There are some really heavy parts, but overall it's such a beautiful story of friendship and love. 

I did a whole post on this book as soon as I finished reading it, but I thought it was worth mentioning again how much I loved it because it releases soon (I won an early copy in a giveaway), but you can go ahead and pre-order via the link above. It's book two in the Peachtree Bluff series (book 1, Slightly South of Simple is fabulous as well), and it is just as good as the first book, which made me very impatient for the third book ;)

It's been since before I had children, but for the first time in forever, I finished a book the same day I started it and it was The Couple Next Door. It's a mystery with lots of twists and turns and I would absolutely recommend it. A couple decides to go to a party at their next door neighbors house even though their babysitter cancels on them, assuming that taking the baby monitor and checking in on their sleeping six month old every thirty minutes will be sufficient instead. I started this one at nine o'clock at night and stayed up until three o'clock because I just kept telling myself "one more chapter" until I ran out of chapters. One thing I will say is that I wish the author offered up a bit more in terms of the resolution. There are so many details that could have been pertinent to developing the story that weren't included, that would be my only complaint, otherwise, it was great.

I'm behind the rest of the world on this one, but I really enjoyed this book. Knowing that it's been developed into a mini series for HBO, I pictured the actresses who portray the characters in my head as I read and they're a perfect fit. It did take me a few chapters to get into this book, but I once I got far enough in, I was hooked and couldn't read it quick enough. It's another mystery and you know from the beginning that someone has been murdered, you just don't know who or how. It's almost like a game of Clue as a novel. There are a lot of point of view switches, which can get hard to follow, but it's a great read overall and I would recommend it. 

I've linked to each of these books in this post, so if you want to check any of them out and your local library doesn't have them, you can get them pretty cheap buying used off of Amazon. I'm always looking for great books, so leave me a comment with your recent loved reads if you have them!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so, so much for your kind words about The Secret to Southern Charm! I appreciate it so much. I also loved First Wives Club (I actually think I wrote a blurb for it :)) and The Secret to Hummingbird Cake! And Big Little Lies, of course. I read the book before watching the series and the series gave me a much creepier, more foreboding feeling--in a good way, of course! It was just interesting to see it play out after reading. I loved them both so much, though! Thanks again! xo Kristy