The Winter Street Series

Merry Christmas week, everyone!!  There are a few short days left before Christmas Day.  This means there’s still plenty of time to squeeze in a good Christmas read!

I highly recommend the Winter Street trilogy by Erin Hilderbrand.  Not pictured here is Winter Storms, the final book in the series that came out this year.  (I’m still number 5 on my library holds list….come on people, return your books!)

The story is about a family living on Nantucket and own a bed and breakfast there.  It’s a little dysfunctional, and the family has their fair share of drama during Christmas, but whose doesn’t?!

They are fast paced little books, and even though they are almost 300 pages each, they are quick little reads.  I found them to be the perfect size and pace for this crazy busy season.

As far as Christmas stories go, I give these 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟!
                                                                    🎄Merry Christmas!!🎄

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Commonwealth: a Review

Commonwealth by Anne Patchett

322 pages

September, 2016

Harper

Literary Fiction
One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one anotherGoodreads synopsis
You know those times you just want to read a good book that’s basically just about people and life?  This book completely meets that need.  I read this book on accident.  I got Anne Patchett mixed up with another author in my mind.  That was such a happy mix up as this was one of those books that was just what I needed to read at the time.

A book like this, a book whose plot simply revolves about people and the everyday life they lead needs very strong character development.  You need to know these people as if they were your neighbors or close friends.  Anne Patchett nailed it.  For the 322 pages that I spent with these characters, I felt like I personally knew them.  

By far, this was one of my favorite books read this year!  

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June: a Review 


June by Miranda Beverly Whittemore
386 pages

May 2016

Crown publishing 

Fiction. Historical fiction. Mystery

From the New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet comes a novel of suspense and passion about a terrible mistake made sixty years ago that threatens to change a modern family forever. 

Twenty-five-year-old Cassie Danvers is holed up in her family’s crumbling mansion in rural St. Jude, Ohio, mourning the loss of the woman who raised her—her grandmother, June. But a knock on the door forces her out of isolation. Cassie has been named the sole heir to legendary matinee idol Jack Montgomery’s vast fortune. How did Jack Montgomery know her name? Could he have crossed paths with her grandmother all those years ago? What other shocking secrets could June’s once-stately mansion hold?

Soon Jack’s famous daughters come knocking, determined to wrestle Cassie away from the inheritance they feel is their due. Together, they all come to discover the true reasons for June’s silence about that long-ago summer, when Hollywood came to town, and June and Jack’s lives were forever altered by murder, blackmail, and betrayal. 

As this page-turner shifts deftly between the past and present, Cassie and her guests will be forced to reexamine their legacies, their definition of family, and what it truly means to love someone, steadfastly, across the ages.  -Goodreads Synopsis 


I’m always honest on my reviews, even when the book is given to me. I must say I have really mixed feelings about this book.   I really wanted to love it.  The storyline is wonderful. The characters are fabulous….especially the house who is a character itself!  

The story goes between June of 1950s and June of present day.  I love books that are solving a mystery of present day through glimpses of the perspective of the past.  

Somewhere between the wonderful plot and fabulous characters something fell short for me.  After I finished the book and was thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that it was simply too wordy.  I think 100 pages could have been easily cut out and it would have been perfect.  At least there was such a great story behind all the words what I was still able to enjoy it, just not as much as I could have.

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Thank you to blogging for books for sending me this copy of June in exchange for an honest review.

The Chemist: a Review

The Chemist

By Stephenie Meyer

512 pages

November, 2016

Little Brown and company 

“She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. 

Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. 

When her former handler offers her a way out, she realises it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.

Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.” Goodreads Synopsis 
I went into this book with medium expectations.  I really enjoyed the Twilight series, but those are ya and in a whole different level than the Chemist.  I didn’t enjoy the Host, Stephanie’s other stand alone adult novel; more so because of the subject matter.

For me, the Chemist started off so strongly.  I flew through the first half, loving every page and not wanting to put it down!!  For some reason it started to drag in the middle.  It wasn’t for a lack in action, so I don’t know why.  Of course, the ending picked right back up.

One of my big issues with the book was it was almost like reading two totally different books.  The military side of the chemist, and all that espionage and torture work and then the romance side.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved the romance story line.  This type of book  needs it for its audience.  However, I felt the whole tone and writing style completely changed 1/3 through and then changed back for the final 1/3 of the book.

This was a good book.  Nothing terribly special.  

I think I only give it 🌟🌟🌟💫