If the Shoe Fits by Julie Murphy, author of Dumplin', now a Netflex original movie starring Jennifer Aniston, is a funny, cute retelling of Cinderella.
Cindy is moving home after finishing school with a shoe design degree and working for her stepmother, who just happens to be the executive producer of the wildly popular reality dating show, Before Midnight.
When the show needs to fill a spot, Cindy volunteers ASAP hoping that the public will see her amazing footwear and that would land her a job in the world of high fashion. Turns out being the only plus-size woman on the dating show has her becoming a body-positivity icon for women everywhere. It also doesn't hurt that Cindy had a met cute with Henry, the bachelor on the show, while flying from New York to LA.
I had the best time reading this rom-com book and would recommend to anyone who wants to cheer on the underdog. I'm already hoping that Netflex picks up this title to make a movie.
Coffee shops. The place of caffeine and work away from the office. On February 4, 2003, Olivia Ross is busy working on some new greeting card saying while enjoying a cup of coffee and contemplating taking a break to work on her passion, a screenplay. After a meet-cute with a handsome stranger, they make a spontaneous pact to meet in ten years on this date after they both have found professional success, and that the hopeful actor would star in her screenplay.
Every year of the next ten years on February 4th Olivia has weird coincidences and ironically is at events that the stranger, who happens to be a now famous Hollywood leaning man, is also attending. As men come and go, and come back into her life Olivia still wonders about the stranger and her slow going screenplay.
This was a fun book that makes you realize that life can throw you curve balls and to recognize what is right in front of you.
As a small child Yona was kidnapped by a woman who lived in and off the forest. Jerusza believed what nature whispered in her ear, to take this child from her German parents and raise her to do remarkable things. So as a child into young adulthood Yona learned what nature could give you and how nature could save you.
After Jerusza’s death Yona lived alone until she befriended and agreed to help Jews that escaped the German internments. She taught them how to fish, what berries to gather, and what other wonders the earth had to help humankind.
As World War II raged on this small group grew and Yona came face to face with someone from her past. This shocking collision of her present and her past could change Yona’s life forever.
This book showed a piece of history that I didn’t know about. I didn’t know that Polish Jews numbered in the hundreds survived by escaping into the forest and living for years off of only what nature had to offer and a few secret missions into villages. Bravo!
What is summer without reading an Elin Hilderbrand novel? I don’t have an idea since I have read each of her summertime releases since 2000, when her first beach read released. In her newest novel, Golden Girl, we again are in Nantucket but with a twist. Part of the novel is located in the afterlife after author Vivian Howe is killed during a hit and run during a morning jog. From the Beyond she is guided by her Person, Martha, and she is told that in the next year as she watches over her family she can perform three “nudges”. This novel tugs at your heartstrings as Viv watches her family grieve her death and as she learns their secrets. When should she use her nudges? And how will those nudges change her children’s lives.
With all of her trademark scenes and wonderfully written characters Golden Girl should be on your bookshelf.
Can I be the character of Elizabeth “Birdy” Finch ? It would be so much fun to step into the life of a sommelier and move to Scotland to work at a resort. But, just like the character of Birdy in The Summer Job by Lizzy Dent, I don’t know a lot of wine of how to pair to with beautifully prepared meals.
The novel is more than a rom-com, it is about discovery of self, food, wine, friendship and yes, maybe a love interest. I loved the feisty and loyal Birdy and all of the characters that inhibit the resort of Loch Dorn and you will to. Grab a glass of Reisling or Cabernet and have fun reading, you truly will not be disappointed.
All the buzz for Taylor Jenkins Reid newest novel after Daisy Jones & The Six is right on the money. Malibu Rising centers on four famous siblings who throw an end of the summer party every year. 1983 is no different, but this party will have Malibu going up in flames and changing the course of each siblings lives in the a 24 hour time span. Woven within the hot August day in 1983 are flashbacks of the Riva family that involves the love of a mother, the desertion of a famous father and the lives of the siblings.
This novel had me thinking. Would I want to be a child of a famous parent? Could you say “No” to the public spotlight? Would you take a spouse back after multiple affairs because of love? Grab a copy and see what questions this book makes you ask yourself.
Want to listen to the talented Sutton Foster read author Jennifer Weiner’s timely and twisted novel That Summer ? You can either purchase the book in CD’s or download using the Libro app.
One summer in the 1980s, Diana is thrilled that her parents have allowed to be a mother’s helper in Cape Cod. While there she meets Poe, a student at the prep school Emlen. When he invites her to an end of summer bone fire, her life changes forever.
Fast forward to the present and Diana now reaches out to another Diana and starts her web of revenge. As her plan starts to effect members of the Emlen alumnus, lives are lost and start to take different directions.
This book would make a great book club book since it has multiple areas for discussion.
WOW! And again Wow! The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck, had me thinking of my dad when he was a child in Germany during WWII and the lives of the Germans after the war ended. This historical novel is set at the end of the war, in a crumbling Bavarian castle, and three widows whose lives become intertwined. We learn from flashback of the women what their lives were like before and during the war. How these women must work together to keep themselves and their young children safe.
My father would tell stories of his life during the war. Some were easy to hear stories, while others had me grateful that he was still alive to tell me. In this book there is also a small storyline of a daughter being born after the war and the differences she had in memories. This really made me think because my aunt was born after the war and didn’t have the same understanding and life events that my father had.
You might say that you don’t want to read another WWII novel, but this one is different, and I guarantee that you will be impacted by the story.
Amish county, beautiful, quite, peaceful, that is how most of us think of where the Amish live, but author Linda Castillo gives us another version. In her newest Kate Burkholder novel of suspense, Fallen, the a young woman from Kate’s past is found murdered in a Painters Mill motel. Rachael Schwartz grew up in an Amish household just like Kate, and she must put aside her past memories to catch Rachael’s killer. The problem is the more that Kate discovers the more her own life is in danger.
I have been a fan of this series since the first novel, Sworn to Silence, and they never disappoint. I also respect the authors ability to write a series, but the reader can pick up any novel in the series and enjoy the storyline.
When I finished reading Local Girl Missing by the talented Mary Kubica, I had to go back to notice the clues that were written, but in such a way that you didn’t realize the context.
The start of the book is Shelby Tebow missing while out for a night time run. Not long after that Meredith Dickey and her six-year old daughter Delilah disappear. Are the case connected? Is it safe to be out? Was it the husbands? After the community comes together to search for those missing, they become cold cases. There just isn’t enough clues.
Eleven years later, everyone’s lives in the community turn upside down when Delilah walks back into town. As the police reopen the cases nobody is going to be prepared to find out the true answers. Hold on at the end of this thriller, the surprises will grip you.