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

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Book Review

Do you ever dread reading books that are favorites of others? I do, there is nothing worse than being excited about a book and after reading ti wondering what you missed because it didn’t leave you with the same feeling as what feels like the rest of the world. Luckily for readers The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is a book that lives up to its hype.

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How to Find Love In a Bookshop

I am a sucker for books about books or loving books or the power of books. Books are near and dear to my heart so it was not a surprise that I couldn’t wait to read How to Find Love In a Bookshop. And the book did not disappoint! How to Find Love in a Bookshop is the perfect book for when you are looking for a heart warming read. This is a book that feels like a warm hug and when you are finished you are satisfied and content with what you read.

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Paris Spy Book Review

Sometimes I like a little light mystery in my reading line up  and the Maggie Hope mystery series is one I turn to for a reliably good read. Set during World War II Maggie is a part-American 20 something living in London when she gets drawn into the war effort. The series takes readers on adventures with Maggie and her friends. The adventures are mixed with just the right amount of historical detail to make it interesting and if you have questions about the historical accuracy the author provides a Historical Notes section.

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Class Mom Book Review

Do you like books that make you laugh at the ridiculousness of life? Are there things that you really wish you could say but you don’t? Class Mom is a book that takes an every day thing, being a Mom of an elementary school student, and makes you laugh at how intense parents can be.

Jen, former groupie and single mother, has embarked on a new life as wife and class mother for her youngest son. To survive she sends snarky emails to the intense kindergarten parents. She gains friends, enemies, a trainer, and a chance to flirt with a high school crush. In the end it is a story of growing up and deciding what is truly important. It  is my favorite kind of book for summer or a relaxing weekend, a book that makes you laugh with characters you recognize from your life or characters that you wish were in your life.

Beach Book Reviews

Beach books…. Books to read on a long, relaxing day at the beach or really anywhere on vacation or when you want to feel like you are on vacation. Beach books are some of my favorite books- they are fun, no pressure, soothing books that help you escape the every day. The characters are often people you recognize from your own life or people you would like in your life (at least in my favorite beach books). The beach book reviews I’m sharing today have the added bonus of being set primarily at the beach.

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Lying Game Book Review

Ruth Ware writes books that hook you at the first page and even when you think you have it figured out there is a twist that throws you off. Her latest novel , The Lying Game, attempts to do the same.

When do lies become the truth? For 17 years school friends Isa, Fatima, and Thea have been covering up a major lie to protect their friend Kate but now things are starting to unravel. A body has been discovered and Kate begs them to come. But is Kate telling them the truth and are their memories true or more lies? A story of family, friendship, loyalty, and finding the truth hidden in years of lies.

While this is an intriguing story with much going for it I was not as enthralled as I was with her first 2 book (In A Dark, Dark Wood and The Woman in Cabin 10). Don’t get me wrong, it is an enjoyable book and I recommend it, I just prefer her earlier books more.



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

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.