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Happy Monday!! Today is one of my favorite posts of the month, it’s my monthly recap of all the books I read in the previous month!! Not as exciting if you don’t like to read but if you do then get ready, because there are some good books here!
If you are wondering why I do a monthly book recap then you should check out this post. Each year one of my resolutions is to read a certain number of books. In 2018 it was 100 and I actually read 120 so my goal for 2019 is to read 120 books. With January and February combined I am at 27 books so far for 2019!
Enough talking about books and let’s get to it!
ONE. Romanov by Nadine Brandes. This book will be released May 7 and I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
First of all just let me say that I am obsessed with any and all Anastasia/Romanov history. I loved the animated movie as a kid and have read everything about them I could get my hands on ever since. This book may be a work of fiction but it gave a different point of view for what may have happened during that tumultuous time. There are certain facts about the Romanov’s last days that we will never know the answers to and I like this spin the book puts on that time frame. If you are a Romanov history buff or are just interested in royal families then you should check out this book!
TWO. The Liars Child by Carla Buckley. This book will be released March 12 and I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
This is a book about a woman who is in the federal witness protection program and winds up in a coastal town called Paradise except in reality it is everything but paradise. As she is trying to start her life over and stay under the radar she kind of befriends the kids who live next door after their mother leaves them in the care of their father. When a hurricane threatens the coast she escapes town just in time to miss the storm with the kids in tow and everything only gets more twisted from there. Overall it’s a really good book and one I read really fast!!
“You should read The Liar’s Child by Carla Buckley because it’s a lovely and evocative story, and because it raises all kinds of questions about parents and children, secrets and safety. But be careful: This is a writer who knows how to break your heart.” – Carolyn Parkhurst, New York Times bestselling author
THREE. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. This book will be released May 14 and I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Confession- this is my first Christina Lauren book to ever read and I don’t know how?! I absolutely loved this book and it’s story of identical twins who couldn’t be more opposite. One was super lucky and got everything she wanted out of life and the other had the worst luck ever! However things change when the lucky twin gets violently ill at her wedding reception and her sister goes on her honeymoon with the best man (and her sworn enemy). All bets are off when the two are in literal paradise together pretending to be in love…
“Witty and downright hilarious, with just the right amount of heart, The Unhoneymooners is a perfect feel-good romantic comedy. Prepare to laugh and smile from cover to cover.” – Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test
FOUR. Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. Since I loved The Unhoneymooners so much I decided to read more Christina Lauren books and I loved this one just as much!! Josh and Hazel are complete opposites and are definitely not dating yet they keep getting thrown into situations that seem like dating. I have never laughed so hard in my life over a book and the ending completely floored me!! I will definitely be reading more Christina Lauren books in the future!
“Lauren has penned a hilariously zany and heartfelt novel…the story is sure to please readers looking for a fun-filled novel to escape everyday life with.” – Booklist
FIVE. Beach House by Jane Green. Remember last month when I got a little Jane Green obsessed?? That continued to this month and I read one of my favorite Jane Green books to date, Beach House. In the land of McMansions that are popping up on every available inch of beach front land Nan Powell’s beach house is a relic of days past when homes had character and names and were truly homes and not houses. Nan finds out early in the summer that she may have to give up her home and is doing everything she can to save it, including renting out rooms to strangers to make a little money. The summer is full of surprises, mostly good, and it will definitely be a summer none of the residents of Nan’s home will ever forget!
“Green gives you a clear sense of Nantucket’s weathered splendor and offers up a refreshing summertime getaway…best read on a deck chair somewhere.” -Chicago Sun-Times
SIX. Sisters by Danielle Steel. This book is about four sisters who couldn’t be more different and in different places in their lives. When a family tragedy brings them together and forces them to band together they discover so much about them selves and each other. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!
“Few modern writers convey the pathos of family and material life with such heartfelt empathy.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
SEVEN. Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber. I think this is the last Blossom Street book and that makes me so sad!! I feel like I am invested in these characters lives and I really hope there are a couple more…LOL!! This Blossom Street book is about the brides of Blossom Street, old and new. This book brings in a new character who is struggling in her current relationship and after breaking things off with him finds herself in a new relationship with a man no one ever thought would settle down.
“Fans will happily return to the warm, welcoming sanctuary of Macomber’s Blossom Street, catching up with old friends from past Blossom Street books and meeting new ones being welcomed into the fold.”- Kirkus Reviews
EIGHT. The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney. This book will be released August 6 and I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Abbie has the perfect life…she’s married to the perfect husband, they have a beautiful son, they have plenty of money and homes and friends and everything she could ever want out of life but the only problem is that Abbie can’t remember a thing about her life. She was in a horrible accident five years previous and her body was never found afterwards. Through the use of robotic technology her husband has brought her back to life and total chaos ensues in the aftermath.
NINE. House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A Craig. This book will be released August 6 and I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
On an island surrounded by water twelve sisters were born and the subsequently cursed. One by one the sisters are dying and no one can figure out why…is is really a curse or just unfortunate accidents? Annaleigh, one of the older sisters, begins to question the deaths of her sisters and tries to figure out the curse before it can claim her life as well.
TEN. The Third Mrs. Durst by Ann Aguire. This book will be released August 8 and I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Marlena Durst lives a life of privilege, or so it seems from the outside looking in. She is married to a powerful and wealthy man, she is a former super model, she is well educated, and has traveled extensively. However things are not always as they seem. If she places one toe out of line there are consequences. She’s not allowed to have friends or a life outside of the home, except the life that her husband dictates. After a few mishaps she finally sees a way out of her life but there is just one problem…only one of them is getting out alive.
“Twisty, fascinating, and gently edgy, this mixture of vintage Hollywood and contemporary New York will delight fans of the traditional mystery as well as those craving a modern read. Loved it!” – Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally bestselling author
ELEVEN. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks. I absolutely love that this book was semi-based on a real life story!! In this book Hope Anderson is ready to get married. Her boyfriend is a little flighty and leaves for Vegas the weekend she is in a wedding and leaves her with time to think. Enter into the picture Tru Walls. Tru is in town to meet his father for the first time ever and meets Hope in the process. As things tend to work out in Nicholas Sparks books, they fall madly in love in the few days they are together and have a big blowup which leads to them going their separate ways at the end of their time together. The question that remains to be answered is can love survive and for how long??
“Sparks is known for crafting sweeping romances that make readers feel deeply and believe in the power of love…Sparks confirms his gifts…in this thoughtfully researched and spellbinding story of love that defies time, a tale both heartbreaking and heartwarming.” – Booklist
TWELVE. Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews. This book will be released May 7 and I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
If you know how much I LOVE me some MKA books then you know how loud I squealed when I got the chance to read an advanced copy of one of her books. HA! This book follows a young woman who is down on her luck and has just found out she inherited her grandparents beach house which is in desperate need of repair. She reluctantly accepts a job at her Dad’s law firm in order to repair the beach house and gets in to all sorts of adventures along the way. This book will make a GREAT beach read!!
And there you have it, all of the books I read in the month of February. You can check out my January reads here and if we have the same taste in books you can check out my favorite chick lit authors here!
What have you been reading lately??