Book Reviews

Fall 2019 Book Reviews

Just in time for holiday shopping, I’m sharing book reviews for my favorite books from the last few months. If you are looking for a great book for someone on your shopping list, I hope one of these will be perfect! I’ve actually read a LOT of great books since my Summer Book Review post, but here are my favorites.

Non-Fiction Book Review

I actually didn’t read a lot of non-fiction this month, but I did receive a free copy of Shaken Dreams from one of my blogging friends and really found it fascinating. Holly shares her journey of moving from a loving wife to a full-time caretaker for her husband. It’s an eye-opening look into what life is like for someone living with a family member with a challenging and debilitating disease. If you or someone you love is in this position, I think this would be a wonderful read – it’s always helpful to get advice and know you aren’t the only one experiencing these challenges and feelings.

Fiction Book Reviews

Oh my goodness. The Night Olivia Fell was disturbing but captivating. I wanted so badly for Olivia to be okay throughout the book (as did her mother), but that wasn’t to be. What does happen is an engaging reconstruction of how and why she fell. Was it an accident? Or was it a crime?

Two Can Keep a Secret was another terrific page-turner. I had thoroughly enjoyed One of Us is Lying so I was quite excited to read another one Karen McManus book. Enter a small town, a years-old murder, and a missing girl and you get a recipe for suspense. It seems that everyone in Echo Ridge is keeping a secret – but which secrets are deadly?

Chronicles of a Radical Hag was a fun change of pace from all the suspense novels I’ve been reading lately. When long-time columnist Haze falls into a coma, the current publisher sets out to rerun some of her many articles. What unfolds is a host of interesting characters, a wonderful story of a life well-lived and a lot of thought-provoking (and still timely) issues.

Finding Dorothy is exactly the kind of book I love. Well written, interesting characters. A story based upon true events and people but written as fiction. To me, that makes the story both believable and personal. I feel as if I KNOW these characters because I know they really existed. This story reminded me a bit of the movie Saving Mr. Banks in that the main character is trying to preserve the integrity of her husband’s written novel, the beloved story, The Wizard of Oz as it’s being made into a motion picture.

So many great books, right? I can tell you that I’m already deep into my winter reading and I’ve found some great stories! In addition to some new writers, I’ve rediscovered my love for some authors I read years ago.

What are you reading now?

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