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Baker, explorer, reader, wife, mother to 2 almost grown daughters

Summer Wedding Book reviews

Summer seems to be a time for love and weddings. I had the pleasure of reading 2 books with wedding in the title: A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe and The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Grinder. Both examine relationships and are an enjoyable read for a vacation day.

In A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe  old friends get together to celebrate a 40th birthday in France lives are reexamined. Choices made long ago are questioned and the spouses, partners, and siblings found in their mix struggle to find a place in the group. A story of life, love, and deep friendship that is perfect read for a summer day.



Sometimes family is not what you expect and The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Grinder looks at the strained relationships of half-siblings. All their life Paul and Alice have resented their older, glamorous half-sister Eloise for her rich father. When Eloise gets married Alice is in the wedding party and Paul is forced to attend. this forces all of them to look at the truth in their lives and reevaluate relationships. A story of family, loyalty, and recognizing the truth and love. 



Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

The Breakdown Book Review

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris is published today and I was so excited to read it!! I really enjoyed her 1st book, Behind Closed Doors, and had high hopes for this book. Maybe that was the problem, my high hopes, because I didn’t connect as much with this book. Don’t get me wrong, it was still good, and disturbing, and enjoyable but I wanted just a bit more. Do you ever do that? Pin impossible expectations to a book? Give this one a try and let me know if it was just my impossible expectations.


Cass is forgetting things – appointments, her purse, and even where she parked her car. Add to that the fear after an acquaintance is found murdered on a shortcut to Cass’s the morning after Cass passed a car parked on it and Cass is in a panic. She is convinced she is having a breakdown and tries to hide it from her husband. When she finally goes to the doctor and put on medication things go from bad to worse. Is Cass having a breakdown or are things really what they seem?

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

Book Shop at Water’s End Book review

The Book Shop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry was published this week. It is a story of summer making it a good read for this month. Plus there is a bookshop and you can never go wrong with a book shop!


Bonny’s carefully planned life is falling apart- a moment of chaos in the ER led to her making a mistake and now she might lose the life she has worked hard for. Add to that the demise of her marriage and her daughter failing out of college and she needs to get away and figure things out. She begs her best friend and together they return to the town they haven’t been back to since tragedy struck. Will they put the past behind them or is the town cursed? Friendship, love, and finding truth and security in life make this book a 4 star read.



Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

Fitness Junkie Book Review

Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza is published today!!! It is one of my favorite books published so far this year!! It is light and fun and made me laugh!! A perfect book for the beach or a long weekend!

Janey runs a successful Bridal Company with her best friend Beau. She thinks they are the very best of friends, as close as siblings, until one day he decides she is to fat and forces her out of the company until she loses weight. With the help of her best friend she embarks on a journey through the high intensity New York City fitness scene of the very rich. She stumbles into the latest, most exclusive fitness class but all is not as it seems.

A celebration of true friendship and finding in a world looking for perfection.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

Trophy Son Book Review

It is summer and a good time to read about sports even when it is too hot to actually participate in any. Trophy Son by Douglas Brunt looks at the world of professional tennis. Pair this with The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger for a different perspective on professional tennis and a fun weekend of reading.


Anton is the hope of his former Olympic athlete parents. They decided a child of theirs was going to be a professional tennis player and when his older brother was found to be lacking all attention turned to Anton. His life is consumed with tennis and his father tried his best to isolate Anton from everything else. This story focuses on Anton trying to discover what he actually wants in life and finding a way to get it. A story of focus, sacrifice, separating your life from your parents, finding yourself and the life you truly want.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.


Charlie wants to win but she also wants a life that she can be proud of. Can she do both as a professional tennis player? After a devastating injury at Wimbledon Charlie decides that in order to be competitive she needs to change her team & her approach. New cut throat coach, new hitting partner, new stylist, new nickname, and new attitude but will the changes work? And will it make Charlie happy? A fun ride with glimpses into the world of professional tennis.



One Good Thing Book Review

Do you like reading series? Do you wait for the series to be complete and read them all at once or do you read them as they are published? I like to read an occasional series and usually read them as they are released , feels like catching up with old friends. One Good Thing by Wendy Wax is book 5 in Ten Beach Road Series and provides a wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends.

Wendy Wax has again written a novel that feels like you are relaxing with good friends. The gang from the Do Over tv show are back and things are not going well, they are in a battle with the network for their tv show. As they fight the network they are living in Bella Flora and trying to piece the rest of their lives together. Avery is trying to make a go of it with Chase but his stubbornness and teenage sons are making it a battle. Kyra is still torn between wanting Daniel in Dustin’s life and wanting to avoid Hollywood and the paparazzi that seem to follow. Maddie is happy with Will but can’t seem to stop mothering to live her own life. Nikki is about to have twins and Joe and his family are trying to help but she’s too scared to let them in. Add in newly broke heiress Bitsy and her dog and the scene is set. Friends and love help make sure there is One Good Thing to be thankful for each day even when everything else seems to be collapsing.

This is a great series for reading on vacation or on a long weekend!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

Audio Books and A Man Called Ove Book Review

Do you ‘read’ audio books? I never thought I would like an audio book, I enjoy the tactile (feel of a book) and the whole process of reading but there are so many books out there I want to explore and enjoy!! Plus most work days I find myself driving at least an hour and a half (and that is lost reading time), so I decided to give audio books a try…. I have surprised myself and have found I am really enjoying audio books. I try to select books that I have heard good things about & want to read but know that for whatever reason they are way, way down my TBR list.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is one of these, everyone is talking about it (1 of my library’s book groups was going to discuss it) but it was far, far down my TBR stack so I listened to it and I’m glad I did!! The narration really helped me enjoy this book! The narrator had a Swedish accent and pronounced all the Swedish word that I would have skipped over if I was reading the book. Plus it immersed me in Ove’s world.

Ove just wants to die but things and people keep getting in the way. He just wants things a certain way, his way, and gets cranky if they are not that way. The descriptions he uses about his neighbors and their behaviors are spot on & you can see exactly what he is talking about. But in the end this curmudgeon has a heart of gold.

This is a reminder that 1st impressions and prickly exteriors may not be what they seem & to look beyond & actually see the person. I didn’t want to like this book and actually abandoned it for a while but when I finally got through it I liked it and in the end it is a 4 star read.


My Not So Perfect Life Review

Hello World!!! I’m going to try this blogging thing again. I’m going to change it up and focus on what makes my mornings sweet – BOOKS with a touch of travel, food, and wine occasionally thrown in.

Starting back with a favorite book that was released this winter, My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella. I love Sophie Kinsella, especially her stand alones, and this book did not disappoint.

Cat has always dreamed of living in London and now she is and she’s working at what should be her dream job. But thing aren’t exactly working out as she planned and somehow she’s helping her dad with a new moneymaking scheme on the farm she grew up on. When Demeter, her London boss, shows up things take an unexpected turn. Full of life and humor and learning that life isn’t always what it looks like on Instagram. Reading this is like talking to a friend. Perfect for a long weekend or your beach bag!!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

Highly recommended.