April has been a good month!! Read 9 books and 3 galley’s (prepublication books) and most were 4 star!!
I actually was feeling like this month I didn’t read a lot because I have not been able to get through much this week but when I looked back I realized it was actually a very good month for reading!! I just read a lot in the early part of the month!!
4 Star Reads
Viola has a life she loves in Brooklyn, 2 best friends, documentary making parents, an actress Grandma, and is starting to make films of her own when her parents ship her off to boarding school in Indiana. She thinks her life is over and wants no part of boarding school or Indiana and is determined to be miserable. But life doesn’t always go as planned and when you start to give it a chance you might be surprised what happens. A fun story
Family, it’s what shapes you, what destroys you, and where you come home to nest. The Plumb siblings are waiting for the youngest, Melody, to turn 40 so they will get the “Nest”, money their father put away for them. They all have plans and have come to depend on that money. That changes when Leo, the oldest, gets into trouble and their distant, estranged Mother plunders the Nest to make the trouble go away. Family dynamics and expectation must change if they are going to survive. This book caught me and I couldn’t put it down until I read the last page!!
Senior year and everything changes for Devon. Her cousin comes to live with them, her best friend (who she might have a crush on) seems to be liking someone else, she needs to find an extra curricular for college applications, and she’s 1 of 2 seniors stuck in freshmen gym class. Family, friendship and growing up are touched on in this delightful book.
Family secrets almost destroy the future in this fast paced story of love set in the vineyards of Napa and Italy. I selected this book from the library shelf because it had grapes on the cover and I wasn’t disappointed.
This historical fiction about Georgia O’Keefe’s life leading up to New Mexico. Love, family, passion, art & betrayal help create the art & artist.
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo – Juvenile
Raymie’s world is turned upside down with her father running off with the dental hygienist & she decides only way to fix it is to win Little MissCentral Florida Tire and get her name in the paper. When she meets Louisiana and Beverly her plan changes. Together they take on challenges they couldn’t conquer alone. Delightful read!!
Living along a ‘lake’ between 2 dams this story was especially poignant. Mimi’s family lives on a farm that has been passed down for generations in Miller’s Valley. Periodically the valley floods and they have to evacuate or ride out the flooding in the attic. But now the government has plans to acquire the properties affected and flood the valley. A story of family, and change, and coming of age in a town that is changing. Beautifully written and enjoyable.
Amanda Quick has done it again with a story of a strong woman finding a mostly respectable way to make a living in the confines of Society. Family, loyalty, and love with a mystery & a killer make a fun and satisfying read.
Galleys from NetGalley
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
The death of their beloved older brother, Daniel, almost 15 years ago has shaped the lives and relationships of sisters Meredith and Josie. Meredith has tried to fill his shoes, being the responsible child and even marrying Nolan, her brother’s best friend and moving into her childhood home. But are her choices making her happy or even allowing her to be true to herself? Josie is a single 1st grade teacher that has the daughter of her last real relationship in her class which compels her to take a long, hard look at her life and decide to have a child on her own. She has never discussed Daniel’s death but can she live her life if she doesn’t? A story of family, love, life, loss and finding the strength to deal with tragedy and be true to yourself. An enjoyable read that I couldn’t put down!
Mary Kay Andrews writes books set in the South full of strong women, family ties, and friendships. Her latest book, The Weekenders, does not disappoint. Riley’s family not only has summered on the North Carolina, Belle Isle, for generations but created and developed the island. Memorial Day weekend is the start of the summer and everyone is on the ferry except her husband Wendell. This is the start of a summer of unexpected and devastating changes for Riley and her family. Maggie, her tween daughter recently diagnosed with diabetes, her traditional Southern mother Evelyn, her brother Billy and his husband Scott, her best friend Parrish, an eccentric aunt, and of course an old love, Nate round out the quintessential Southern cast of characters. As much as they challenge Riley they also support her with love and laughter as she finds her strength to survive and thrive. Enjoyable, fun read that is perfect for the beach.
When young marrieds Beth and Matt leave their world in New York City to join the political world of Washington D.C. They have no idea how their world will change. Swept up in the insular world of politics they quickly become friends, best friends, with Jimmy and Ashleigh. The couples do everything together, so much so that when Jimmy moves to Texas to run for political office Matt becomes his campaign manager and they all move in together. That’s when things start to fall apart and questions about how close is to close and can friendships endure. Reading this is like talking to a good friend and when you finish you want to know what comes next in their lives.
3 Star Read
Set during World War II this tells the story of an aspiring dressmaker who makes a series of foolish choices & pays a steep price. Not a favorite book, I found Ada foolish & unbelievably naive even after the war.
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