The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

This was a fun poolside read. I didn’t love it, but it held my interest enough to want to know what happened.

The story follows a group of women who are a part of a Mom’s group who go out one night to let loose. On the night out, one of the women’s babies go missing. The multiple storylines and perspectives kept the book interesting but overall I just didn’t find the plot drawing me in to want more. There were too many characters to have deeper character development and the details we did learn about the characters weren’t expanded on enough to make me want to dive deeper into the story.

The ending seemed rushed and also like an obvious oversight that wouldn’t have actually ever happened in real life. But hey, who knows? Stranger things have happened!

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The Wife between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Wow! This book gets a 10/10 from me!

If the book Luckiest Girl Alive and the movie, Enough, had a baby- this would be it.

There are so many layers to this novel and I absolutely love how none of the twists were revealed early on or even hinted. They were actual surprises!

I don’t want to give much away but the novel follows two women through their tangled past and current relationships. Lots of different layers flow throughout the past and current day story to create suspense and surprises. Very well written and the story was extremely well thought out.

I highly recommend picking this book up!

Spoiler alert- spoiler alert:

The one question I have about the book is about the sister. I really wanted that storyline to develop more and more details about her plotting against the main character (canceling photos, etc). For those who have read the book, did you also want to see more closure from this character?

Then she was gone by Lisa Jewell

I was totally underwhelmed by this book, which I finished in a day. A fairly smooth, quick read and very well written – I just didn’t like the story and figured out the big surprise about 1/3 of a way into the novel.

I really only finished the book to see how the incident/twist in the story occurred, but really was convinced I had the twist figured out early on. I was hoping I had it wrong, but I was right and felt like it was almost too obvious. I’m not sure if the novel revealed itself so early on to leave the reader guessing the HOW of the story, but I found the giveaway extremely obvious.

Basically, the novel follows a Mother as she picks up the pieces in her life after her daughter goes missing. The storyline follows her trying to get closure and move on, until a clue reawakens her urge to examine the disappearance. Uncovering the secret is not only disturbing but just a bizarre story, but also a complete giveaway early on in the storyline.

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Give me your Hand- Meg Abbott

I’m a big Meg Abbott fan, but I have to say- this wasn’t my favorite book. I loved the formatting and writing style, the back and forth between past and present helps build suspense… BUT I found the story easy to guess and almost anti-climactic.

The story follows two women who are childhood friends that share a dark secret. The story weaves between past and present to build the hype around the secret, although I felt like it was an easy giveaway. The present day story makes for an interesting story line that involves a team of scientists, but again- found it almost too predictable that both women would again, end up together. Although the story touches on jealousy and competition between two females, it didn’t do enough to hit home or make a point around the topic- which I felt like was a missed writing piece.

Overall, I enjoyed the book and considered it a quick read- but it definitely wasn’t my favorite!

The Favorite Sister- Jessica Knoll

I had been waiting for this book to come out and I’m so glad I finally got to read it! First of all, I’m a big fan of Jessica Knoll and absolutely love her first book- Luckiest Girl Alive. The Favorite Sister was REALLY different and read almost like a movie script. The character development throughout the book truly builds the characters unlike any other book I can remember. I can literally picture these characters in my head.

The story takes us inside a group of women who are all cast on a reality TV show together and builds the backstory of how one of the main characters dies. Overall, the writing and building throughout this book makes it a SERIOUSLY great read, but I did find a few parts hard to follow between characters at first. The characters and references to current events and trends were on point and I really enjoyed the novel from start to finish!

When Life gives you Lululemons

I loved this book! Yesssssss!!

I am a huge fan of The Devil Wears Prada and when I heard there was a book sequel (gasp!) I was more than excited to read it, but also had very low expectations – since it’s a sequel.

I must say, I am pleasantly surprised and seriously enjoyed the story and all the current references to what’s going on in the world right now.

The story follows Emily into her life now in LA and away from the Fashion/magazine business. There are plenty of references to Miranda and the first movie storyline, but not so many references that you can’t enjoy the book as it’s own entity.

If you were a fan of Devil wears Prada you’ll love this book!!

Henrietta Red- Nashville

If you’re looking for an awesome brunch spot in Nashville, check out Henrietta Red! Super cute, posh interior matches it’s delicious menu!

I ordered the Kimchi Farro bowl and we got a monkey bread for the table. Everything was delicious and I definitely recommend checking it out!

Still Me- Jojo Moyes

YES LOUISA CLARK! Wow, I loved this final book in the Me before You Trilogy… at least I think it’s the final book…

I read the sequel to Me Before You, and I liked it- but didn’t love it the way I loved this third book. The story finds Louisa Clark in New York City as an assistant to the wife of a millionaire. The book is fun, relate-able, and as I was reading I could picture this book translating into a beautiful big screen movie. My favorite parts about it were the flashbacks to Will and how well they tied into the story now and matched with the first book. The story follows Louisa trying to make it in New York and understand the life of a socialite, but also keeps us close to who she is with her attachment to her boyfriend in England.

I love rooting for this character and I love the end of story take away to the book. Figuring out who you are is such an important lesson for girls as they grow up- especially in a world where we are all surrounded with a million different things telling us who we should be.

Read this book- and if you haven’t read Me Before You, start there first.