Yep, it’s that time of the year again – where I’m sharing the BEST books to read. The ones I recently finished and loved. And this time around I have some fantastic books to share with you. Read on for mini book reviews and get ready to add them to your TBR list:
Fiction Book Reviews
The Fifth Avenue Story Society is such a fun book to read. An invitation to join this “society” is mysteriously sent to five different New Yorkers. Each has their own issues and past regrets, and together they discover how to work through them and move forward while making life-long friendships in the process. I enjoyed digging into each person’s story and uncovering why they were invited to the society and how it ultimately serves them. My rating 4.5 out of 5.
I enjoyed 28 Summers while at the beach and it was the perfect location for soaking up this unexpected love story. This story adds a modern twist to the classic film Same Time Next Year, with Mallory and Jake forming a once-a-year bond that endures for 28 summers. I wasn’t sure I’d like the premise, but I couldn’t help but fall in love with both Mallory and Jake regardless of the choices they make throughout the book. Somehow it’s full of hope and beauty with a bit of sadness. Perfect vacation read! My rating 4.5 out of 5.
The Holdout was a surprise favorite for my spring reading. In 2009, a young and hopeful Maya was on the jury that let Bobby (a 25-year-old teacher charged with killing a 15-year-old student) go free of all charges. She was the one holdout on the jury and managed to convince the rest of them that they didn’t have enough evidence to convict. This outcome affected all of their lives in major ways, and they end up coming back together to assist with a true-crime podcast. There is apparently some new evidence that might prove Bobby killed the girl. However, on the night they meet for the first time in years, one of them ends up dead. In Maya’s room. Don’t read ahead on this one and you’ll enjoy quite a few fun twists. My rating 4.5 out of 5.
The Hideaway isn’t my typical reading genre, but I really liked it. What a sweet story full of interesting and quirky characters. Sara has created a thriving business in New Orleans selling antiques and decorating homes for others, but when her grandmother dies and leaves her the family home, Sara heads back to Sweet Bay to tie up loose ends. While there fulfilling her Grandmother’s last wish (to fix up the home to its old glory), she discovers the story behind her eccentric Grandmother and just how meaningful this house really is to her. Throughout the book, Sara’s story is intertwined with chapters from Mags (her Grandmother) describing her life. My rating 4 out of 5.
The Speed of Light was my free Amazon Prime read for the month of April and I really enjoyed it. It was a quick read, (I finished it in one afternoon), but definitely kept my attention. Right now, if you sign up for Kindle Unlimited, you can get it for free too. Waiting on a definite diagnosis of MS, Simone breaks down and ends up meeting Conner, a handsome stranger who comes to her rescue. Moving forward through the next year we follow her story of falling in love, dealing with her devastating diagnosis, and trying to figure out how to move forward. Until, almost a year later while at work she hears gunshots. An active shooter. As we follow her movements during the shooting and look back upon the past year, things become much clearer. My rating 4 out of 5.
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