Recent Reads #7

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1 Star = Hated It -  2 Stars = Didn't Like It - 3 Stars =Liked It -
 4 Stars = Really Liked It - 5 Stars = Loved it



Plot: From Goodreads: Wanted: Midwife/nurse practitioner in Virgin River, population six hundred. Make a difference against a backdrop of towering California redwoods and crystal clear rivers. Rent-free cabin included. When the recently widowed Melinda Monroe sees this ad, she quickly decides that the remote mountain town of Virgin River might be the perfect place to escape her heartache, and to reenergize the nursing career she loves. But her high hopes are dashed within an hour of arriving—the cabin is a dump, the roads are treacherous and the local doctor wants nothing to do with her. Realizing she’s made a huge mistake, Mel decides to leave town the following morning. But a tiny baby abandoned on a front porch changes her plans…
What I Liked: I read this because my mom had watched the Netflix series and recommended it. It's very Hallmark movie and super easy to get into. FYI the show and the book are very different.
What I Didn't Like: I can't really remember anything specifically I didn't like about this, but I will say it's pretty cheesy.
Rating: 5 Stars




Plot: From Goodreads: Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mother to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.
What I Liked: Loved the plot of this! It's so well written that you will change your mind about the characters every chapter. Very thought provoking! 
What I Didn't Like: Another book I can't remember anything I didn't like about it. 
Rating: 5 Stars




The Giver of Stars
Plot: From Goodreads: Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.
What I Liked: This book falls into the historical fiction genre that I love. I have learned a lot from books like this, like the Orphan Train, or Between Shades of Gray. I had never heard of Eleanor Roosevelt's library initiative before. Definitely a book for book lovers.
What I Didn't Like: Overall I liked this book, but the characters were just okay for me.
Rating: 4 Stars



Plot: Jessica Simpson's Memoir 
What I Liked: Holy cow this book is juicy! I am not even a huge Jessica Simpson fan, but you will absolutely come away with compassion for her. She spills SO much in this book. This was the perfect book to read while we were on vacation.
What I Didn't Like: I listened to the audiobook, which was a plus because I love hearing an author read their own book. But, it seemed like she was about to cry the whole time. I guess that could be interpreted as a good thing. She does come across genuine. 
Rating: 5 Stars



Plot: From Goodreads: For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. This is a 5 book series.
What I Liked: These books got me out of a slump!! I was having a hard time reading during our quarantine style life, even though I had plenty of time for it. This series was recommended on a podcast and I gave it a go since they were available at our library. It's YA, which I like for being cleaner more innocent books. This series is like a cross between the Hunger Games and The Bachelor. It's like watching reality tv. Easy and highly entertaining. 
What I Didn't Like: Any gripe I have is just related to being YA. Well, I will say the world building in book one is not great. It took me a long time to figure out what was going on in the dystopian future. But, it wasn't complicated, they just didn't explain it up front. 
Rating: 5 Stars



Plot: From Goodreads: Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
What I Liked: I really enjoyed the twists in this book, I absolutely did not think the bad guy was the bad guy. I also think it will make a great movie.
What I Didn't Like: Honestly, this book was a mixture of several popular books in the past few years. It was like Woman on the Train meets Woman in Cabin 10...similar name too. I have a really hard time with unreliable narrators, they are annoying and I get aggravated with them. 
Rating: 3 Stars

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