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December Book Reviews

Books I read this month:

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton:


I picked up this book at the library months ago. I read chapters and then left it for stretches, reading something else. Sometimes the story pulled me in, and the many characters and different periods of time were all so well written. I was a little impatient for them all to connect. They finally did, but the story didn’t tie up in a neat bow at the end so I was left a little unsatisfied. I wished I had written down several quotes throughout the book. It was very well written, with lots of powerful life insight from decades of perspective to draw from. ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨



Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling:


The final book in the series. I listened to this while I worked but also sneaked in a little listening while I was doing dishes or making dinner. It’s addictive. I have read this book before but I still love to hear again how it all unfolds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️




Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross:


This one isn’t in the YA category, but feels like it could be, it's very sweet. It begins with corresponding via letters- think You’ve Got Mail vibes, but with a touch of magic. They are in a war torn era of the gods so there is a mythical storyline mixed in with a budding romance. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️





London Seance Society by Sarah Penner


I loved The Lost Apothecary by this author and was excited to listen to her newest book. This one is a murder mystery set in Victorian era London. The London Seance Society is a gentleman’s club and a famous medium and her new but talented apprentice are asked to discover the details of the murder of the club’s president in a seance. The apprentice has joined forces with this well-respected medium because she desires to find out who murdered her sister, but along the way she begins to suspect the two deaths are connected. It took me a little bit to get into the story, but I was eventually gripped. There is magic, science, lust, trust, mistrust and a mystery to uncover. More than two deaths are explained by the end and it gets that very nice “wrapped up with a bow” ending that I like. ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨


 

Books I started but haven't finished:




A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig:


I love the Matt Haig books I have read, both 5 stars from me (How to Stop Time, The Midnight Library) and was excited to start this children’s book with my eight year old. We’re loving it so far! We’re just reading it at bedtime and every night I am left wanting more. It’s also a movie on Netflix – I recommend it! I am waiting to show it to my kids until we finish the book. There is also The Girl Who Saved Christmas, maybe we will dig into that next year.



The Christmas Fix by Lucy Score:


Just some light reading before bed! It's a classic sexy romance with a small town, Hallmark movie-type Christmas tale. A New York renovation TV reality star with a big heart meets a Connecticut small town city manager and convinces him to let a TV crew film the rebuilding of his town after a late season hurricane threatens to ruin their Christmas Festival. She is a strong, independent woman with big dreams and a busy life, and he is a nice, young, single dad who loves his town as much as his family. Will the spark between them be enough to make a real relationship? Will the Festival happen? I can’t wait to finish the book!


 

Still looking for a gift for a little one in your life or a book to read with the family this holiday season? Here are my favorite seasonal books for kids:





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