Book Reviews

Book Review: One Day in December by Josie Silver

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One snowy December day in London, Laurie finds herself locking eyes with a man waiting at the bus stop.

She never believed in love at first sight, but this must be what it feels like.

But she’s in a crowded bus, and there’s no way for her to just come up to him and ask for his number.

The weird thing is the man is looking back at her, too. The expression on his face tells her that he feels the same electric connection.

And then Laurie’s bus drives away.

What follows is a whole year of scouring the streets, pubs, coffee shops, and bus stops of London for Laurie’s mysterious man.

Her search comes to an abrupt end when her best friend in the whole wide world, Sarah, introduces him to her one day as her new boyfriend, Jack O’Mara.

I’m actually pretty happy that I did not give up on this book. The first few chapters were ugh, too cutesy and cheesy for my taste. The tone of writing was also that.

But as the story unravels, things also dramatically change in Laurie, Sarah, and Jack’s lives. It takes a more interesting, more serious, and more adult turn.

Fans of a good romance with a serendipitous theme will totally adore this book. It will warm your heart, make you sigh, giggle, blush, and smile, and even blink back a few tears.

I appreciate that the characters are also very likable. There are no real bad guys here, even if you hate their actions. They make the realest choices and decisions, even when they find themselves in the most impossible situations.

As expected, the ending is big and cheesy but still swoon-worthy. I think you will cheer out loud and giggle at the cheesiness of it all, too.

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Book Review: Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I was not too keen at first when I learned that this book was an oral history of a famed fictional ’70s rock and roll band. But because I love Taylor Jenkins Reid and all her books, I just had to give this one a chance.

The entire book is a transcript of interviews with Daisy Jones & The Six during that crazy and glorious time in the band’s history. It delves into the band’s humble beginnings and its historic rise to fame, as well as the real reason why they suddenly broke up at the height of their stardom.

With this transcript format, it truly reads like a rock and roll documentary. Not a lot of people will like it, so I think it’s best to listen to the audio book instead.

I did not hate it. I was just not so crazy about the format. But her writing is still raw and emotional, and there are still so many lines that hit me so hard.

After reading the book, I wanted so much to listen to the songs and watch videos of Billy and Daisy’s electrifying performances. It’s so hard to believe that they’re just a fictional band. I fell in love with them and became a fan so easily. They are that real.

Taylor Jenkins Reid has done it again. She’s really such a talented and evocative writer. She’s taken me to that period in the ’70s and given me an intimate look into the heady, exhilarating, and intoxicating lives of rock stars and those who love them.

Billy Dunne and Daisy Jones are famous, talented, beautiful, and flawed people that are truly the gems of this book. But I also have to say that I loved Billy’s wife Camila the most.

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Book Review: The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

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When rich and successful TV producer Laura Cavendish met her son’s girlfriend Cherry, she thought she was beautiful but a bit shy.

She also thought that her son Daniel was in over his head because things were moving a little too fast with Cherry. He only just met her, but he was already paying for her shopping trips and overseas vacations to France.

Despite her desire to really like her son’s girlfriend, Laura can’t help but feel that Cherry is only with Daniel because of his wealth and his prestigious job as a doctor.

When she discovers that Cherry is not being completely honest about who she is, her mother’s instincts instantly kick in. Daniel means the world to her, and she will do everything to protect him from gold-digging opportunists.

Even if her son thinks Cherry is the best thing that ever happened to him.

And even if it means coming up with a cruel and unthinkable lie.

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I have to admit that I almost did not finish this book. The first few chapters were really slow and uninteresting. But then it suddenly kind of picked up speed and did not slow down its pace until the end.

It’s clever and chilling with lots of juicy and compulsive scenes. But I was underwhelmed with the ending because it felt rushed, too easy, and too convenient.

Still, if you like dark and twisty tales, The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is something you will enjoy. It’s a very entertaining read. Just be ready to control your urge to slap when the mother and the girlfriend start getting emotionally needy and stupid.

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More Than Words by Jill Santopolo

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Nina Gregory knows that time is running out for her father now that his cancer is back. She’s bracing herself for the inevitable: the loss of the only parent that she has left and finally taking over the Gregory Hotel empire.

She also needs to figure out where Timothy, her childhood best friend and boyfriend, truly stands in her life so that she can make sense of what she feels for Rafael, her boss, a New York City mayoral hopeful.

She has so many dreams that include Timothy. Their lives are so linked that it’s hard to recall a memory when he wasn’t there. Also, it’s Timothy that her father wants her to marry.

But how can she ignore the strong and passionate feelings that she has for Rafael who loves the side of her that no one really knows? Who understands what she’s going through and makes her feel like the most beautiful and extraordinary person in the world?

Should she follow her heart and be with someone who makes her feel alive, or should she simply honor her father’s wishes and be with someone who makes her feel steady and safe?

Will security and stability win, or will she finally allow herself to be bold and spontaneous when it comes to life and love?

More Than Words is quite different from Jill Santopolo’s earlier novel, The Light We Lost, but it’s equally heartbreaking, emotional, and romantic.

Nina Gregory may be a high-profile personality and heiress to a New York City hotel empire, but she’s likable and relatable. She has a good heart, and she has her feet planted firmly on the ground.

It’s not light reading because this book deals with a lot of heavy subjects, like the loss of a parent and the indescribable grief that comes with it. But I loved it because I connected emotionally with Nina. There were many times while reading this book that I got teary-eyed because I feel the same feelings and fear the same fears.

There’s plenty of family drama that will keep you intrigued, and you will definitely enjoy the romantic chemistry between Nina and Rafael.

Your heart may also break a little when Nina finally makes her choice and understands the sacrifices she must make because of this choice.

My key takeaways? In life, there will be pain and sadness. But there will also be incredible love, hope, and joy — only if you stay true to yourself and allow love and happiness to fill your life once again.

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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“Money is vitally important to you. It appears to be an underpinning of your ethical code. When money and morality intersect, the results can illuminate intriguing truths about human character. People are motivated to break their moral compasses for a variety of primal reasons — survival, hate, love, envy, passion. And money.”

When freelance makeup artist Jessica Farris learns about a study that a well-respected psychologist is conducting that pays $500 to participants just to answer a few ethics and morality questions, she knows she has to get the gig.

Even if it means telling a small lie.

After all, that money can pay her next month’s rent and her sister’s therapy sessions.

What she thinks is a one-time thing turns into recurring sessions with beautiful, compassionate, elegant, and elusive Dr. Shields. The money just keeps coming, but more and more are expected of her, too.

The more Jessica is immersed in Dr. Shields’s “study,” the more lost and out of control everything feels.

Is it really just ethics and morality that the doctor wants to explore, or is there a deeper and more personal reason behind all of it?

What a page-turner this book is! It’s not as intense and twisty as The Wife Between Us, but it will keep you reading until you’ve gotten all the answers to your burning questions.

It will also make you think how you would answer the same questions and whether you would make the same decisions.

The main character, Jessica, may be flawed and weak at times. But what I love about her is that she thinks and feels and cares and simply does not allow shitty things to happen to her just like that.

In short, her thoughts and actions did not make me roll my eyes, scream into a pillow, and throw the book across the room.

Suspenseful, intriguing, and deliciously wicked. I give this book four glowing stars!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5

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