4.5 rounded to 5 (the only reason I knocked 1/2 star is because I wasn't totally for Jake & Mal's relationship when there's a spouse and kids on the side).
I LOVED the yearly recap blurb at the beginning of each year, beginning from 1993 and going to 2020... totally nostalgic in going back in time and remembering the big highlights of each year - how much the world has changed in 28 years!
Elin provides an escape to Nantucket in each of her novels, I feel like I'm on vacation (which we all need right now)!
Solid 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 for storyline creativity!
I loved the uniqueness of this mystery - it was well crafted and extremely outside of your typical mystery novel. You really have to use your imagination to follow the storyline.
One of the downfalls I had with this book was that there were A LOT of characters to keep track of and you will need to constantly check the cast of characters referenced in the beginning of the book - it was almost too much for me to keep up with. The revealed mystery conclusion wasn't a jaw dropper - I was expecting a more shock value as to the "who dunnit" was.
If you are needing a book cleanse of your typical genre, I highly recommend giving this quirky book a try!
A 20 year awaited sequel to The Boy in Striped Pajamas, readers are finally given the view of Gretel's life after the war leading up to present day (told from 2 POV - past and present). While Gretel wasn't always a likeable character, I felt for Gretel as she navigated post war feelings of grief, remorse, fear and culpability living the life of a Nazi Commandant's daughter on the run. It was also an interesting viewpoint into the surviving family members of Nazi's. Are they also guilty of the crimes perpetrated by their fathers?
4.5 stars rounded to 5. I wasn't the hugest fan of the ending.
I'm not sure how I lasted 14 hours (A LOT of walking) of this painfully-drawn out-audiobook-with no plot-story. I moved it from 1 to 2 stars because the last 2 chapters finally explained what this book was about with a twist I didn't see coming. Full of teen angst, unbelievable adult character behaviors and cheesy young romance.
I had high expectations after TWBU, but "An Anonymous Girl" fell flat for me. I kept waiting for the story build-up to go some where, but there was no twist or climax that blew me away. I also didn't feel there was any conclusions to many of the story plots (Jess' family, Noah, April's mom).
Not a BAD book, but not one that gave me the "wow" factor Greer Hendricks first book did.
Bonus 1/2 star for a character named April - it's fun to read your name in a book! :)
Interesting fiction novel on the family of John Wilkes Booth. I had no idea his family's celebrity status as famous actors and his dad Junius Booth was a modern day Brad Pitt (complete with cheating scandals!) or that his brother Edwin saved Abe Lincoln's son at a train station. So many interesting facts depicting how JWB life was shaped and the effects his actions had on his family as their reputation and legacy was ruined. At times, the book seemed to drag and at 400+ pages was a lengthy read.
I'd love to see this turned into a movie!
I liked the narrator for this audiobook, but 13 hours is a long listen - this book could've been shortened with less descriptions of food / meals and trips (and there were a lot). There was also too many characters (4 couples / 8 people) which made it hard to keep them straight. As usual with Elin books, there are affairs and unnecessary drama, but I was interested to learn the fate of Greg and Tess.
A great debut novel about grief and life's last moments of regrets, advice and confessions. I thought the book was insightful, if not a bit slow with characters I had trouble connecting to. The last 40 pages made the whole book for me.
Historical romance is my guilty pleasure and this series did not disappoint! Featuring a storyline with Sultans, Harems and Pirates; it was an exciting change of historical romance pace full of romance and adventure!
I read an arc of Darling Rose Gold and was disappointed. The book was depressing with unlikable characters. There were several side stories with no relevance to the storyline, I felt like I was all over the place. The ending was unsatisfactory.
4.5 stars, wonderfully written yet a tad too long - by the end I just wanted to finish the story. A glimpse into poverty, foster care, and addiction, Demon Copperhead is a character I will not forget. I have never read David Copperfield by Charles Dickens or a Barbara Kingsolver novel, so I went into this just knowing it had great reviews and it did not disappoint.
The most outlandish book I've ever read; this book was NOT what I was expecting when I heard all the buzz about it. From a nonchalant murder to an over the top cover up of a corpse at a big wedding venue with all around unbelievable characters - if you don't mind unrealistic stories, then you might like this wacky book.
Adult version of the Little House on the Prairie series. Written in diary format, it was very heartbreaking what Mattie endured during her homesteading time in Colorado after marrying quickly and traveling west. A very quick read.
After a slow build, the ending had me wiping tears from my eyes. Such a powerful story about those who we treasure in life and what their impact means to our past, present and future. Sabrina is out on her birthday dinner, the guest list includes 5 people of her choosing that invite - dead or alive (a question we should all ask ourselves). While we don't know the details of Sabrina's 5 people up front, it's a developing knowledge we obtain with the turn of each page. I really enjoyed the short chapters and the character development as it pertains to Sabrina's relationship with her 5 dinner guests.
This book provides such a deep insight, it will have you wondering who your "top 5" would be and most importantly, why?
A quick audiobook listen (5 hours) in Dolly's thick southern accent and infectiously happy personality on how she got inspiration to write her 3k+ songs (I did not know she wrote that many) and it seems that all of them are her "favorite" :)
This audiobook was more in an interview format, Dolly talks a bit too fast at times for my midwestern ears to understand and her music is a bit too twangy for me, but I just love her bubbly personality and good heart!
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars. A slow burn, but I enjoyed the writing, character dialogue and storyline. When I heard the main character's name was Eveleth, I thought immediately of the city in Minnesota - later revelation is that's what she was named after! I especially loved the Minnesota references in this book. I listened to this on audiobook and Julia Whelan always does a fantastic narration.