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February 2024 Book Reviews

Books I read this month:

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Amazing Grace Adams, by Fran Littlewood

Wow, this book gave me so many feelings. It was written with lots of sweet, strongly felt moments of falling in love and starting a family, and also relatable humor about aging as a woman that made me smile and laugh out loud. But this book takes you through about 16 years of Grace’s life and it’s complicated and with that, brings about all the emotions. If you met Grace at one point in her story, you would be friends with her, if you met her during another you would pity her, and at one point you’d judge or completely avoid her- but in the end she is Grace and she’s someone’s mom, someone’s wife and someone’s sister. It was an emotional and compelling book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

The Good Part, by Sophie Cousens

A bit like Big (Tom Hanks movie). This character wishes to skip to “the good part” and zoom!! Future!! She’s got all the good things but doesn’t “remember” any of the life it took to get there.  It took me a bit to get connected to the characters and story, but I finished the second half of the book in just a couple of nights reading late. I don’t usually get too caught up in the nitty gritty of something impossible like time travel, but it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. I felt a lot of heart and emotion in the second half and was surprised how it unfolded. ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

A Gift From the Sea, by Anne Morrow Lindbergh 

I plan to buy this book and read bits throughout the year. I listened on audio and loved the essays! I stumbled upon the book looking for stories to share with my son about "Lucky Lindy." This is Charles Lindbergh's wife and was published in 1955. The essays are still quite relevant and applicable. She writes reflections about American lives and particularly about living the life of an American woman. The subject of the essays range from aging and motherhood, marriage and solitude. I really enjoyed reflecting along side these essays. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Bookshop of Second Chances, by Jackie Fraser

One of those books that seems a little too good to be true- I mean not the divorce, or getting fired… but the way the rest falls into her lap is nice, but also she is a nice person so isn’t that how it’s supposed to happen? I actually really loved reading the banter and the building of new friendships in a new place. If you want to feel like a Scottish local for a bit and fall on love in a bookshop, this is the book! ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

Mr. Fixer Upper, by Lucy Score

Predictable, sweet and spicy! Lots of sexual tension and the release of said tension. The first in a two part series. The second being The Christmas Fix, which I reviewed in December 2023. I like to complete a series when I’ve started, and these were both light easy reads. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Beyond That, the Sea, by Laura Spence-Ash

This one begins in war torn London where a couple has decided to send their daughter to America to be safe until the end of WWII. The format of the book is so great and was just too easy to keep reading- I was immediately sucked into this story. Each chapter is from the different characters’ perspective and the story continues forward at a perfect pace. This is a historical fiction and a coming of age story. It’s a telling of how family doesn’t only = blood, but it does always = love. I just love, love, loved this book! So many tears in the final chapters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Love Wager, by Lynn Painter

I absolutely loved 'Better Than the Movies' by the same author so when I read that this book had references to 'Pride and Prejudice' (my favorite Austen novel) I had to read it! While I waited for it to arrive from the library holds I listened to 'Pride and Prejudice' on Audible. The book is not however an “enemies to lovers” troupe like P&P. It’s got amazing banter mostly in the form of texting back and forth. (If I laugh out loud the book automatically gets extra points) You’ll fall in love with Hallie and Jack, and enjoy reading about how these two become the best of friends even after Jack’s fiancée throws wine in Hallie’s face at a wedding Hallie is bartending. While 'Better Than the Movies' was a young adult novel, this one is adult. I loved both of these books but while I’d give 'Better Than the Movies' a 5 star, I take a half star off for the predictably of 'Love Wager.' a light and easy read- totally enjoyable! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

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