This past week has been pretty fantastic. 2 breakfast dates, group bowling night and a dinner date with my amazing girl friends. There is seriously nothing better than spending time with other females, it feeds my soul. The only thing better than food dates are walking dates. If you haven’t done one of those before – make that your goal for the month. Grab a girl friend or two and just set out on a walk, anywhere that is pretty. My favorite is starting at our local zoo and walking to downtown, then you grab coffee or pop into shops once you’re downtown. You’re outside, not distracted by food or other people or your phones (you can’t really walk and text…maybe you can, but I can’t) and it’s the best way to have deeper friendships. My husband and I go on a walk with our dog every day and its my highlight because we connect so much. In case you don’t believe me, here’s a picture of me and my super precious dog, Belle…in our matching friendship bracelets/collars!
Ok, enough about exercising and socializing – you came here for the book reviews, and I aim to please.
The Widow (click title to purchase ebook, paperback or hardcover)
I picked up this book after seeing it laying on a display table at a local bookstore (during one of my friend walk dates!) and I’m really glad I did. I love books that have each chapter from a different characters perspective. The book wasn’t suspenseful in the way Gone Girl and Girl on a Train were, but it held it’s own. I thought the book would focus more on the actual widow, but it mainly centered around her husband’s issues. It makes sense for the book, but I went in expecting a little bit different direction. I would actually love a follow up book focusing on “the reporter”, Kate, and her other stories. Overall, I was really happy with this book, you should definitely check it out!
Y’all I COULD NOT get into this book. It had so much potential but the whole book was just so obvious, predictable and anti-climactic. It’s about a married couple that seems to have the perfect life but there’s obviously something dark going on “behind closed doors”. Honestly, they could have removed 100 pages from the book and it would have been much better. I really wanted to like this book, and I know a lot of people do, but I just don’t get the hype. If you loved it, I’m sorry!
This book was darling. Polly has a pretty brutal break up and decides to move far away from the big city, to a tiny island that’s only accessible at certain times of day due to the tide. She ends up rediscovering her love for baking bread and impacting the lives of all the people in the tiny town. Beware, you will be craving fresh made bread products and tiny island vacations while reading this book. Also, you will start asking your husband for a pet Puffin, and he will say “no” because he is mean. There’s also a bread recipe in the book. I of course “kneaded” to try it and was super confident. However, it ended up being hard and burnt and nothing like the bread my friends make (Hi Kati! Hi Brittany!), so I think I’ll stick to just reading about bread.
The Rumor (Kindle edition is only $7.99)
Another great read! I’ve been reading so many psychological thrillers that this was definitely a breath of fresh air. I couldn’t put this book down, Elin Hilderbrand is so very talented, and if you haven’t read any of her books you are missing out! It centers around two best friends Grace and Madeline, a local Nantucket writer. Madeline has a severe case of writers block and while attempting to write her follow up novel she begins to pull from the people around her. The only problem is, with a small town come lots of rumors and there’s no way to set the rumors right without someone getting hurt. This is a great book to pick up before a Spring Break trip.
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