In a nutshell, this book centers around a wealthy group of Stay at Home Mothers who hire a musician to come to their playgroups and sing to their babies.
The fun part is the characters! I loved these characters and really was interested in the storyline! I found the book funny with a little bit of a voyeuristic look into how the other half lives! It’s overall pretty lighthearted with a bit of a mystery/twist towards the end! I would definitely recommend it for a poolside read!
Here’s the official blurb:
After her former band shot to superstardom without her, Claire reluctantly agrees to a gig as a playgroup musician for wealthy infants on New York’s Park Avenue. Claire is surprised to discover that she is smitten with her new employers, a welcoming clique of wellness addicts with impossibly shiny hair, who whirl from juice cleanse to overpriced miracle vitamins to spin class with limitless energy.
There is perfect hostess Whitney who is on the brink of social-media stardom and just needs to find a way to keep her flawless life from falling apart. Caustically funny, recent stay-at-home mom Amara who is struggling to embrace her new identity. And old money, veteran mom Gwen who never misses an opportunity to dole out parenting advice. But as Claire grows closer to the stylish women who pay her bills, she uncovers secrets and betrayals that no amount of activated charcoal can fix.
Filled with humor and shocking twists, Happy and You Know It is a brilliant take on motherhood – exposing it as yet another way for society to pass judgment on women – while also exploring the baffling magnetism of curated social-media lives that are designed to make us feel unworthy. But, ultimately, this dazzling novel celebrates the unlikely bonds that form, and the power that can be unlocked, when a group of very different women is thrown together when each is at her most vulnerable.
Another winner from Megan Miranda!! (And seriously, what a gorgeous book cover!)
I ended up really enjoying this book, but I will admit it took me a few chapters to get into it. I can’t put my finger on why the beginning didn’t immediately hook me, but as I kept reading, I got more and more invested. The Last House Guest takes us to Maine and immerses us into the lives of those in a small, cute town called Littleport. The book is told from Avery’s point of view and flashes back and forth between present day and the past Summer, where the death of her best friend occurred. As she struggles to remember the events of the night, she works to piece together what really happened to her friend, Sadie. The local police have declared it a suicide, but Avery knows that’s not the right answer. She sets out on a mission to uncover the truth.
I enjoyed the contrast between the locals and the “Summer families” as well as the overall setting of the novel itself. I also did not figure out the twist/”Who dunnit” ending, and I always enjoy being surprised. I would recommend this for a beach side read for sure!
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Here’s the Blurb from Goodreads:
Littleport, Maine is like two separate towns: a vacation paradise for wealthy holidaymakers and a simple harbour community for the residents who serve them. Friendships between locals and visitors are unheard of – but that’s just what happened with Avery Greer and Sadie Loman.
Each summer for a decade the girls are inseparable – until Sadie is found dead. When the police rule the death a suicide, Avery can’t help but feel there are those in the community, including a local detective and Sadie’s brother Parker, who blame her. Someone knows more than they’re saying, and Avery is intent on clearing her name before the facts get twisted against her.
After reading The Banker’s Wife, I immediately knew I would be a Cristina Alger fan for life! And her book, Girls Like Us, proved it true!
Girls like Us follows our main character, Nell, as she returns home after her father dies in an accident. What follows is a thrilling story that wraps us around her character and leaves the reader wanting more. I thought the entire story was well though out and the characters were developed beautifully! I would definitely recommend picking up a copy to see what happens!
Here is the official Blurb:
FBI Agent Nell Flynn hasn’t been home in ten years. Nell and her father, Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, have never had much of a relationship. And Suffolk County will always be awash in memories of her mother, Marisol, who was brutally murdered when Nell was just seven.
When Martin Flynn dies in a motorcycle accident, Nell returns to the house she grew up in so that she can spread her father’s ashes and close his estate. At the behest of her father’s partner, Detective Lee Davis, Nell becomes involved in an investigation into the murders of two young women in Suffolk County. The further Nell digs, the more likely it seems to her that her father should be the prime suspect–and that his friends on the police force are covering his tracks. Plagued by doubts about her mother’s murder–and her own role in exonerating her father in that case–Nell can’t help but ask questions about who killed Ria Ruiz and Adriana Marques and why. But she may not like the answers she finds–not just about those she loves, but about herself. (less)
If it’s out of your hands, it deserves freedom from your mind too.
Doing a little double post with 2 books from one of my favorite Authors, Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Although these are a bit older, they are still great reads!
Forever, Interrupted follows our main character Elsie as she navigates the world of loss. Her new husband is tragically killed in an accident, which leaves her life upside-down. The novel alternates between the past and present which turns out to be a lovely way to learn how their love story unfolds woven in with the story of the present day. Elsie never met her Mother-In-Law, so the story follows their relationship. I have to admit, I was waiting for a bit of a twist or for the Mother-In-Law to betray her, but this isn’t that kind of novel. Well written and beautifully touching on the different layers of grief, this novel is proof that “there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.”
I love quotes and there were many beautiful quotes woven into this novel: “Things happen in your life that you cant possibly imagine. But time goes on and time changes you and the times change and the next thing you know, you’re smack in the middle of a life you never saw coming.”
After I do take a different direction and follows two characters as they decide to take a one year trial separation after being together for ten years. Similarly written as the above novel, the story alternates between present day and the past story of the couple falling in love. Although the idea of spending one full year apart from your Husband and not speaking to each other at all for that year seems far fetched to me, it comes through genuine and realistic on the pages of this book. There are no villains in this story, it examines what it’s like to grow together in life and also to grow apart. It’s part coming of age, part relationship, and part heartbreak. I loved the side story of Lauren’s family as they also navigated relationship and life changes. Her Grandmother is such a beautiful character.
Again, this book had some amazing heartfelt quotes that I just wanted to rip off the pages and save forever. Here are a few:
“Isn’t it nice…once you’ve outgrown the ideas of what life should be and you just enjoy what it is?”
“The sun rises the next day after mothers lose their babies, after men lose their wives, after countries lose wars. The sun will rise no matter what pain we encounter. No matter how much we believe the world to be over, the sun will rise. So you can’t go around assessing love by whether or not the sun rises.”
I downloaded The Banker’s Wife on my phone to read on a flight (pre-quarantine) ✈️ And I couldn’t put it down! Although I was initially annoyed at reading such small font from my phone screen, the story was so great, it didn’t bother me at all!
📖 Here’s the synopsis:
On an early morning in November, a couple boards a private plane bound for Geneva, flying into a storm. Soon after, it simply drops off the radar, and its wreckage is later uncovered in the Alps. Among the disappeared is Matthew Werner, a banking insider at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel, is left grappling with the secrets he left behind, including an encrypted laptop and a shady client list. As she begins a desperate search for answers, she determines that Matthew’s death was no accident, and that she is now in the crosshairs of his powerful enemies.
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This book is a stark 180 degree turn away from what I’ve normally been reading. I was warned time and time again that although the novel was written excellently, it was extremely dark.
I would describe it more as disturbing than dark. I think you can read this novel with the understanding that it contains extremely disturbing content, but it is not overly dark- it is more of a mysterious story to solve that contains disturbing subject matter. Without spoiling anything, the disturbing subject matter is harm to children, so anyone that is going to feel triggered by that should not read this book.
Overall, I enjoyed the storyline, suspense, and ending – but didn’t love the book because I found the overall plotline a bit unrealistic.
Here is the blurb:
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.
Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.
This book is super cute and overall a really fun read. I love that the author created an alternate political landscape for 2016/2020 as opposed to the reality of what is going on.
The story follows the son of the Female President of the United States, as she runs for re-election in 2020. The First son falls in love with the Prince of Wales and their romance is the subject of the story. The writing is smart and the story is light, yet touches on some heavy subjects. Overall, the book makes me feel hopeful and after reading it I felt lighter. Not because there aren’t a million things we need to overcome to make the world a better and equal place for all, but because I believe we live in a world full of people that can make change happen.
I would recommend Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston as it as a fun break from our actual political climate and for a charming love story.
Here is the full book description from Goodreads:
What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?
When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.
Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.
I really enjoyed this book and thought the writing was excellent! As far as the storyline, I felt it moved a little slow during the first half of the book and then the ending of the book sped to the finish line.
That being said, I felt like certain aspects of the plot were rushed while others were perfectly thought out. There is a twist, and although I found the twist to be pretty predictable- I still enjoyed the novel overall. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author!
Here is the description of Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart from Goodreads:
I have something for you. When Quinn Cruz receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. They haven’t seen each other in nearly a year and thanks to Nora’s fierce aloofness, their relationship consists mostly of infrequent phone calls and an occasional email or text. But when a haunted Nora shows up at the lake near Quinn’s house just hours later, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of their lives forever.
I’m ashamed to say I just read this book and can’t believe I didn’t pick it up sooner. there were multiple times I had to re-read a line just to absorb how beautiful the words resonated with me. THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD QUOTES AND TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS NOVEL!
Daisy Jones and The Six is magical. I loved it and I seriously want to just read it all over again. It’s just such an insightful read on maturation, love, growing up, and growing into who you want to really be.
The novel follows the life of Daisy Jones as she climbs the ladder of fame in LA in the 70s. The story is written interview style between Daisy Jones and the band The Six. Like I said above, it’s magical. This story feels so, so real. It’s part coming of age, part love, part real life 70’s rock n roll. The song lyrics are such an amazing touch. I can’t recommend this book enough, it’s going on my “favorites” list! AND, it’s being made into an Amazon series! Please, please read the book before watching the series!
Here are a few quotes from Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid:
“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse. I am the somebody.”
“It’s like some of us are chasing after our nightmares the way other people chase dreams.”
“Don’t count yourself out this early. You’re all sorts of things you don’t even know yet.