Book Review: Lighthouse Beach @ShelleyNoble3 @WmMorrowBooks @Goodreads #SummerReading #SummerReads #Book #BookWorm

Thank you to Goodreads for a copy of this book!  Yes, I won this copy in a giveaway!  Woo hoo!  Keep entering, I’ve won a few now, you never know when it will be your turn!

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Lighthouse Beach: Life Will Never Be The Same.  This is on the sign when you come in to this little coastal beach town and it rings a sentiment so true for a newly formed group of friends.  Lillo Gray winds up at the wedding of an old camp friend that she has not seen in years.  The fact that she even went blows her mind…and she ends up leaving the wedding with the bride and her 2 college friends, never seeing the bride to her wedding vows.

Each girl carries baggage with her.  Not in the literal sense.  Lillo takes them away to her house and regrets it with every fiber in her body.  She isn’t set up for house guests and does not want to entertain them in the least.  This ends up being so good for her, and for each of the girls.

They form a tight bond you would think they have been friends for years.  It was amazing that this book takes place only over the course of a weeks’ time.  Each girl grows exponentially throughout this time.  They all needed a little Lighthouse Beach and it makes you feel so good at the end.

We all get by with a little help from our friends.  This is what I enjoyed most in this book.  Self-realization is important and sometimes you need a little nudge or two from your friends.  If you’re looking for a book where the characters grow and learn, this is the one for you.  It makes it more enjoyable with a beautiful Maine beach setting!  I just wish this was a real place so I could go visit!!!  I don’t think *I* would ever leave!

4 star read.  It is a bit of a stretch with the growth considering it all takes place within a week; however, remember this is a work of fiction and darn it, they can all grow this much because that’s how fiction works.  It was a little bit of a slow start for me, but once little hints started to be dropped about what everyone’s baggage was, I had to find out what background everyone had and what everyone was afraid of/hiding from/etc etc.  This is a perfect summer read!

Details

Title: Lighthouse Beach

Author: Shelley Noble

Genre(s): Literary Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance

Publisher: William Morrow Books

Release Date: May 28, 2018

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon

Sunday Funday: Goodreads Challenge Update @Goodreads #Goodreads #Reading #BookWorm

July 2nd is the official middle date of the calendar year…so pardon me that I’m 5 days late with my middle of the year update for my Goodreads Challenge ;).

 

I set a goal for myself of 52 books, or 1 book a week.  Sometimes life gets busy and it takes me a few weeks to read a book and other times I’m 3 books down a week if I have time off work.  I wanted to give myself a challenge and a book a week is a solid one I think I’ll be able to hit…so how have I done so far?

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Now, I won’t change my goal even if I hit it.  I will be ecstatic and will think about upping my goal for next year; however, if I can accomplish what I set out to do early, then woo hoo!  I won’t pressure myself into trying to hit a secondary goal.

 

Did you set any reading goals for the year?  How are you doing with them??

Book Review: The Perfect Girlfriend @Netgalley @Goodreads @KJHAuthor @HarlequinBooks #ThePerfectGirlfriend #4stars

I have a few people to thank for my copies of The Perfect Girlfriend…Netgally, Goodreads, and Harlequin Books!  I didn’t realize I had this on Netgalley so I tried to win it on Goodreads…and won.  Whoops!  However, it did provide for a fun buddy read with my co-worker!  I shared the love!  Here’s my honest review in exchange for the free copies!

If you were to look up the definition of a crazy psycho ex-girlfriend a picture of Juliette would be what you would find!  WOAH.  Just when you think she couldn’t be more of a stalker, there she goes, doing something else batshat crazy!

She adores her ex-boyfriend.  She will do ANYTHING to make him hers again.  The ironic thing is that Juliette thinks she is completely normal and is doing nothing wrong.  Put it this way…Nate, the ex-boyfriend, is a pilot so when they break up she decides to become a flight attendant for the same company he flies for.

She keeps track of him through his work schedule.  She somehow has an extra key to his house and freely roams about when he’s flying.  She also manages to get a spying app on his phone so she can see what he is always doing!!!

I won’t say too much more about the book because I don’t want to give anything away, but I think I read this book with my jaw open the entire time.  It was absolutely crazy!  Since I was doing this as a buddy read every day the two of us would be, “CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?!?!”

I have to give a lot of credit to Karen Hamilton for what her imagination conjured up…although I have to wonder if she was once a crazy ex-girlfriend herself, haha, just kidding!!  I would like to note she is happily married with children (yes, I looked it up) so we can all rest easy!

Juliette is everything a devastated ex-girlfriend is; jealous, envious, and revengeful.  The things she does will leave you speechless.

Here’s where it gets tricky…rating.  I love a solid ending.  The Perfect Girlfriend doesn’t have it.  I was left a little miffed with how it ended.  On the other side, I know people (one of my good friends included) who would LOVE how it ends.  I don’t want to say how it ends, but just know if you read it you’ll understand.  Would I say not to read it because of the ending?  No, what Juliette does is well worth a read because it’s unimaginable.  I think I’m just miffed because what I think should have happened to Juliette didn’t.  Looking at it from my friend’s perspective, I get it.  It was still a very well written suspenseful, thrilling novel.  Well, I guess that settles it then.  4 stars.  You will just have to read this one and then come back so we can discuss that ending!

 

Details

Title: The Perfect Girlfriend

Author:  Karen Hamilton

Publisher: Harlequin Books

Release Date: March 26, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon

Busy, busy, busy!

WOW!  The classes I was taking ended up sucking me in and taking me away from the fun things I like to…like read and then write about it!  With this school year wrapping up and winding down I am looking forward to endless days of reading….haha, I have kids, that won’t happen either!  In all seriousness, my classes are OVER and I’m ready to take back some me time!! WOO HOO!!

Since we last spoke I have read 6 more books…yikes…that’s 6 books I need to review!

My Goodreads Challenge is currently at 17 out of 52 books.  According to them I am only 1 book behind schedule!

Here’s a preview at the books to come reviewed shortly…

Between Hello and Goodbye by Jody ClarkThe Empty Beach by Jody ClarkThe Guest Book by Sarah BlakeThe Mother-in-Law by Sally HepworthSaving Meghan by D.J.  PalmerLittle Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly

There are some pretty good books in that mix!!!  Make sure you come back on Monday, May 20th to catch The Scent Keeper blog tour HERE!

What have you all been up to lately?

Goodreads Monday: March 11th

Goodreads Monday comes courtesy once again of Lauren’s Page Turners.  Every Monday I will randomly pick a book on my Goodreads to read shelf and pair it with the cover image and Goodreads description.  This week I picked a random page and the cover that stood out the most to me!

Quick Goodreads Stats

382: To Read Shelf

67: Read Shelf

11: Read 2019 Shelf (hangs head, I didn’t finish a book this week UGGGH)

My Pick This Week

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Shopping For A Billionaire’s Baby by Julia Kent

Released: April 14, 2018

Current Goodreads Rating (as of 03/10/2019): 4.56 stars (653 ratings, 184 reviews)

Goodreads Summary

You know what’s even better than marrying a billionaire? Having his baby.

We’re ready. We’ve studied and planned, read all the birth and labor books, researched parenting classes, consulted our schedules, and it’s time.

And by we I mean me.

Declan’s just ready for the “have lots of sex” part. More than ready.

But there’s just one problem: my husband and his brother have this little obsession with competition.

And by little, I mean stupid.

That’s right.

We’re not just about to try to bring a new human being into the world.

We have to do it better, Faster, Stronger.

Harder.

McCormick men don’t just have babies.

They engage in competitive billionaire Babythons.

I thought the hardest part about getting pregnant would be dealing with my grandchild-crazed mother, who will go nuts shopping for a billionaire’s baby.

Wrong.

Between conception issues, my mother’s desire to talk to the baby through a vaginacam, a childbirth class led by a drill sergeant and a father-in-law determined to sign the kid up for prep school before Declan even pulls out, my pregnancy has turned out to be one ordeal after the other.

But it’s nothing — nothing — compared to the actual birth.

My Thoughts

This just went on sale for 99 cents on the Kindle…so…how could I resist?!?!

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I have mentioned this book before on my cleaning my TBR list, and it’s the first book I put on my want to read shelf on Goodreads.  Since I just bought it I thought it would be appropriate to feature it today.  I mean hey, a buck is a buck!!  Have you scored any good deals on a book on your want to read shelf lately?!?

Goodreads Monday: March 4th

Goodreads Monday comes courtesy once again of Lauren’s Page Turners.  Every Monday I will randomly pick a book on my Goodreads to read shelf and pair it with the cover image and Goodreads description.  This week I picked a random page and the cover that stood out the most to me!

Quick Goodreads Stats

370: To Read Shelf

67: Read Shelf

11: Read 2019 Shelf

My Pick This Week

TheNightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Released: February 2, 2015

Current Goodreads Rating (as of 03/01/2019): 4.56 stars (484,287 ratings, 49,900 reviews)

Goodreads Summary

France, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.

My Thoughts

I snagged this book for $4.88 during an Amazon flash sale in December.  It’s been sitting on my shelf ever since, staring at me, whispering, “read me.”

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This book has been getting so much attention lately because it’s being turned into a movie.  I plan on starting this book very shortly, it’s next to line after my physical copy of Saving Meghan and right before The Guest Book…maybe it will help me keep my butt reading instead of being too distracted to read!  Have you read this book, what did you think of it?

Book Review: A Woman Is No Man

Thank you to Goodreads for this giveaway win of the advance reader copy of A Woman Is No Man!  See, I am proof that real people win those giveaways, keep entering them!

When I won this book I wasn’t excited.  I thought, well, it’s a free book, what’s the harm in it?  This was one of those, why did I enter this giveaway books.  First, let me give you some background on the story.

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This book starts off with women not having a voice.  We are told the story of Palestinian women living in America through the mother-in-law/grandmother, our main character the daughter-in-law/mother, and daughter/granddaughter.  Caught all that?  Basically the mother-in-law came to America to try and make a better life for her family.  Her son married a woman from Palestine and she moved to America.  The daughter was born and raised in America.  Isra, the mother, is the one who really carries the story.  All three characters get developed nicely through this story with the daughter, Deya, growing the most.

When I say the son married a woman from Palestine what I mean is the family picked this one woman, they spoke for a few times, and then decided sure, we can get married.  It’s like an upgraded version of an arranged marriage because you can say no.  So she lives the life a woman; takes care of the men, cooks, cleans, tends to the children, and rarely leaves the house.  Oh, and also takes beatings from her husband.

This book really opened my eyes to what oppression by one’s culture looks like.   I was mortified at the marriage arrangements.  I was mortified at the life they live inside their homes.  I was angry at the abuse they think is ok to take from their husbands.  Then I realized, how can I be mortified at something that is part of their culture?  Just because I don’t follow it, does not mean it’s not ok.  When the woman talked about being “Americanized” that is when I realized, wow, they are mortified at the fact that I have a job and live outside of the house.  It puts things into perspective.

I still do not agree with the domestic violence and never will.  Trigger warning, this book talks a lot about it.  No one should be subject to physical or mental abuse.  No one.

Isra once had high hopes for herself and ended up being stuck in a no way out situation.  I feel her spirit was passed to her first born daughter, Deya, and she would be so happy with how her daughter grows and stands up for herself.  When she discovers that her parents may not have really died in a car accident, we go on a whirlwind adventure.  Isra and the mother-in-law give us pieces from the past that put everything together.  As depressing at this book can be at times, you will enjoy the ending with what happens to Deya.

I am going to give this book 5 stars.  This was a powerful, heart breaking, and heart warming story.  It is fantastically written and helps to open our eyes to different cultures.  This isn’t a light read, but, I didn’t find it to be a real heavy read either.  I will also say that my dense brain thought the book just ended rudely.  I googled the ending to the book and IT ALL MADE SENSE.  What happens at the end of the book is what happens right before the daughter’s last memory of the mother.  Keep that in mind WHEN you pick this one up, because there’s no excuse not to.  You will be happy to see that a woman finally gained her own voice.

 

Details

Title: A Woman Is No Man

Author:  Etaf Rum

Publisher: Harper

Expected Release Date: March 5, 2019

Find it here on Goodreads and Amazon