I have finished three books recently.
One I LOVED.
One I really liked.
One I sorta liked, I think?
In reverse order.
Liked: The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson.
George Foss never thought he’d see her again, but on a late-August night in Boston, there she is, in his local bar, Jack’s Tavern.
When George first met her, she was an eighteen-year-old college freshman from Sweetgum, Florida. She and George became inseparable in their first fall semester, so George was devastated when he got the news that she had committed suicide over Christmas break. But, as he stood in the living room of the girl’s grieving parents, he realized the girl in the photo on their mantelpiece – the one who had committed suicide – was not his girlfriend. Later, he discovered the true identity of the girl he had loved – and of the things she may have done to escape her past.
Now, twenty years later, she’s back, and she’s telling George that he’s the only one who can help her…
Well, I thought it had potential to be a really good book.
I would say though, that when I finished it, I couldn’t believe the main character did all the things he did simply for a girl…not even a likable girl.
Anyway, I don’t feel a need to read any other books by this author.
Really Liked: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
I know I read Practical Magic and saw the movie, but that was long ago.
I liked this book way more than Practical Magic.
For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.
Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.
From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.
The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.
I really enjoyed the stories of Franny, Jet and Vincent.
This book I am recommending!
Loved: Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
I don’t visit the romance section at the book store and probably wouldn’t have picked this book if I had known it was classified a romance (Harlequin Publishing).
I have nothing against romance novels, its jut not usually to my liking.
However, I found this book via the library Overdrive so I had no idea about the romance classification.
This book will have me rethinking my thoughts on romance/Harlequin books.
One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.
Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There’s only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn’t necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments.
With a tough islander mother who’s always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter—a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was—Nora has her work cut out for her if she’s going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family.
But as some relationships crumble around her, others unexpectedly strengthen. Balancing loss and opportunity, a dark event from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise…and the chance to begin again.
Seriously, I loved every page of this book!
The story, the characters, the location, heck-the animals!
I laughed out loud, I got a little teary and I was sad when I finished.
I think this is now at the top of my favorite books of the year list.
I have already downloaded another Kristan Higgins novel.
I finished listening to 1776 and I enjoyed it.
I would love to listen to John Adams, but I know I can’t stick with an audio book longer than 10 hours, so I’ll just rewatch the mini series instead.
I am now listening to Man Hands by Sarina Bowen.
At thirty-four, I’m reeling from a divorce. I don’t want to party or try to move on. I just want to stay home and post a new recipe on my blog: Brynn’s Dips and Balls.
But my friends aren’t having it. Get out there again, they say. It will be fun, they say. I’m still taking a hard pass.
Free designer cocktails, they say. And that’s a game-changer.
Too bad my ex shows up with his new arm candy. That’s when I lose my mind. But when my besties dare me to leap on the first single man I see, they don’t expect me to actually go through with it.
All I need right now is some peace and quiet while my home renovation TV show is on hiatus. But when a curvy woman in a red wrap dress charges me like she’s a gymnast about to mount my high bar, all I can do is brace myself and catch her. What follows is the hottest experience of my adult life.
I want a repeat, but my flying Cinderella disappears immediately afterward. She doesn’t leave a glass slipper, either—just a pair of panties with chocolate bunnies printed on them.
But I will find her.
This was an Audible Daily Deal and pretty much all the reviews were positive so I clicked “buy”.
Lord, I have laughed out loud.
Brynn is a riot!
This does have some risqué parts though, so if that is not your thing, don’t download it.
That is my book date update!
I look forward to seeing everyone’s posts at BookDate and The Caffeinated Reader
Have a great week!