Here is my February Reading Roundup!!
I read only 7 books this month. But in my defense I started a job that that I LOVE but is keeping me extremely busy so my reading time has been dramatically decreased. Of the 7 books this month 4 were 4 star reads and 3 were 3 star reads. I enjoyed every book I read, but the 3 star books didn’t grab me and hook me as much as I would have liked.
4 Star Reads
For 10 years professor and single mother Ally devoted her life to her daughter almost never having sex. Until one weekend when her daughter is away and a former student, Jake, comes over to help around the house. After an amazing weekend, making up for lost time, Ally sends Jake away and returns to the constraints of being the mother and daughter she feels she needs to be. 10 years later her daughter Lizzie is testing a career in acting and her mothers patience when actor Noah comes for dinner. Noah is Jake and after 10 years Ally needs to decide what she wants for herself and not as a mother or daughter. Oh, and there is a little FBI event.
Let me start by saying that I was NOT going to read this book! No way, no how, not my thing!! and then I did….read it…eventually and I am SOOOOOOOO glad I did!!!! Beautifully written and touching and heart breaking and joyful it is a story of heart and life and love and finding your way and your life.
Lou Clark has lost her job and Wes has lost pretty much everything as he is now a quadriplegic. Lou is hired to be his companion and even though he is a bit of an ‘arse’ (his words) they eventually stumble into a routine. They challenge each other to look at the world and life in new ways. But when Lou overhears that Wes is planning assisted suicide at the end of the 6 months she is hired for she is stunned and then determined to convince him to live. Wes is equally stunned when he realized Louhas never ventured far beyond their town and her family and he is determined that she challenges herself to step out of her comfort zone.
Read it!!! It is a 4 star read and worth all the emotions it makes you feel!!
In the sequel to Me Before You Lou is lost. She doesn’t know what to do with her life after everything she went through with Will. When she falls off of a roof she realizes that she will have to change things to survive. But when an unexpected, very needy visitor enters her life Lou again puts her life on hold. Can she do with what she thinks she should and still have a life of her own?
It is easy to identify with Lou and how she is dealing with life and loss.
The 6th book in Jeffrey Archer’s Clifton Chronicles doesn’t disappoint. As the Clifton family navigates the years of 1970-1978 they are beset with tragedy, turmoil, and even pieces of happiness. With strength and determination and most of all with the love and support of family they work their way through. Even though it’s been a while since the last installment picking up this book is like visiting with old friends and you quickly are engaged. I can’t wait for the next installment!!
3 Star Reads
Family loyalty and duty are at odds with love and living life as The Princess is being forced to marry a Prince she has never set eyes on. Lia wants love and flees rather than marry to unite kingdoms. As she begins to find herself and create a life of happiness forces are at work to take everything, including her life, away from her. Even the friends she has made are not who she thought they were. Kidnapping, war, magic, loyalty, friendship, and love collide but will Lia survive.
A life of beauty, Gerald and Sara Murphy wanted to live a life filled with beauty and a life lived on their terms and they succeeded for a while. Set primarily in France between the World Wars this story is a who’s who of the artists and writers of the time. Picasso, Fitzgerald, Hemingway and more passed through the doors of Villa America. But sometimes life has a way of splintering and shattering as truth and life intervene. Haunting and fascinating.
This is one of those books that as I was reading I’m like, huh? I was not drawn to any of the characters and kept reading because I was hoping to care about the characters. Set in the Midwest food scene the story revolves around Eva and yet she never really seems like the main character. The story is more about the people she encounters and the inadvertent changes that occur in their life from contact with her.