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Recent Reads #8

Monday, June 22, 2020

Book Recommendations

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: When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend's marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened.
What I Liked: Oh gosh, this book was so emotional! I was expecting a romance, and it was more of a story of friendship. How the dream plays out in reality is so well done and I enjoyed this book a lot!
What I Didn't Like: While the emotional roller coaster is well done, it's pretty intense. 
Rating: 5 Stars

Plot: From Goodreads: When seventy-year-old Charlotte Perkins submits a sexy essay to the "Become a Jetsetter" contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged children.
What I Liked: Not much to be honest. There were parts of this book that were so well written. I got hooked really quickly because the first bit is so engaging. 
What I Didn't Like: I was under the impression this was a lighthearted book, but it is not. These people have ISSUES. They need therapy, not a cruise. But besides that, there is so much going on it's hard to keep up, and I swear the end had me so confused, I'm not even sure what happened! 
Rating: 2 Stars 

Plot: From Goodreads:licia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word 
What I Liked: Great concept! And the twist ending is great.  
What I Didn't Like: This book is SLOW! It presents the mystery, you are in to it, you want to know what happens, and then it takes hundreds of pages to find out what happened. But, then the end is a whirlwind! You want to go back a reread it!
Rating: 4 Stars

Plot: From Goodreads: North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher's life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women's Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold—until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets.

North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn't expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder.
What I Liked: Another great concept for a story. I often love dual time period stories. I loved the mystery of what happened to Anna, and Morgan was a great character too. The ending was really good, and it tied up everything in a nice bow.
What I Didn't Like: This was just too slow for me. It was also irritating that Morgan gets assigned to do this mural, and there just happens to be a restoration mural expert working there all along. Just a lot of eye rolling. 
Rating: 3 Stars

Leave a comment below with your book recommendations! I've been in a rut recently, and I want to get back into it! I read so many books at the beginning of quarantine, and now I have very little desire to read! 

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