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Linking up with Jana and Steph for another month of  books! I had a month of enjoyable reads, so let’s just jump right in!

The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand

The Rumor

Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something’s changed, and if there’s anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it’s a good rumor.

So this is my third Hilderbrand book, and I have to say that I liked Here’s to Us and Winter Street better. But that is not to say that this is a bad book. I enjoyed it, I just felt like the characters weren’t as likable. What I love about Hilderbrand is that she must have a map/family tree of fictional characters for Nantucket, because “Fast Eddie” was mentioned in Winter Street, and here he is one of the main male characters in this book. There was another character mentioned in another book, as well as a few of the places around town. So you really feel like you are part of that world while reading. I do love a good story about town drama, but since this book is called “The Rumor” you get an extra amount of gossip. I felt like most of the characters in this book are not all that identifiable. However, I still enjoyed it and finished it in less than a week. So that says something!

Bottom Line: This would make a great beach read.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks

The Wife Between Us

A novel of suspense that explores the complexities of marriage and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Man, this book!!! It was a really slow build up, but I never saw the twists coming! They were so clever! The tag line says that you will make assumptions about the book and to assume nothing…and it sure delivers! I didn’t super love all of the characters, but that didn’t take away from the book at all. I don’t always love a book with a unreliable narrator, but it works well in this one.

Bottom Line: If you like suspense type books, read it!

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down

Will’s brother Shawn was just murdered. Will is on an elevator with a gun in his waistband, revenge on his mind. As the elevator stops on each floor, someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

This is such a powerful read. It took less than two hours to get through, so I highly suggest reading it! I listened to it on audiobook because the author reads it himself and it was written in verse. I love knowing that it was delivered exactly as intended. The ending is really left up for interpretation though. I listened to it about four or five times trying to decide how I thought he meant it to go. If you have read it, I would love to know how you took it.

Bottom Line: Just read it!

The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson

The Almost Sisters

 One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She’s having a baby boy. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional, Southern family, her step-sister Rachel’s marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved ninety-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she’s been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood. Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother’s affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she’s pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she’s got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie’s been hiding.  

I feel like I waited forever for this book at the library. I have really come to love Joshilyn Jackson. She is such an engaging writer and I feel like her books are deeper than just a beach read. She knows how to develop a character. Small town Alabama can feel like you walked right in to the 80’s, and that is how Jackson writes about Birchville in this book. I loved all the drama that was written in to the Birch family history. So many secrets. I also like that there is a story within a story with the graphic novel series that Leia wrote.

Bottom Line: This is a very enjoyable read! You get the good, bad and ugly of the deep south, some family drama, secrets, a super hero and a woman who just wants to solve all the problems and doing the best that she can. Read it!

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

All We Ever Wanted

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenage girl, happy and thriving. One photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame. At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.

I finished this book in just a couple of sittings at the beach. It was actually a heavier topic than most of Giffin’s books. I felt like it was very realistic and now in terms of the issue and what happened. I do feel though that Giffin just touched the surface, and it could have gone a little deeper. I liked the way the book switched between Nina, Tom and Lyla. You got to see the story from each of their points of views and know what they were feeling. I didn’t really get attached to any of the characters the way I like to, but they were likeable enough. The ending sort of wrapped up a little too quickly for me, leaving me wanting something more from the book.

Bottom Line: I think Giffin fans will appreciate this book for its heavier subject matter. This was a quick and enjoyable read.

**I received a copy of All We Ever Wanted from Netgalley in exchange for me honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

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30 Comments

  • Reply SMD July 10, 2018 at 8:02 am

    I feel like I read All the Summer Girls.

    Also didn’t see the twists in The Wife, maybe because I was Not looking for them? I don’t know. I enjoyed it.

    Summer is Elin season.

  • Reply Carly July 10, 2018 at 8:33 am

    I love when authors bring back characters or places from other books into new ones. I have All We Ever Wanted and I’m really intrigued because I usually read her books for something on the light side.

  • Reply Heather July 10, 2018 at 8:54 am

    I need to get more Elin Hildebrand. Love her books. The Wife Between us is on my very long TBR list lol.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo July 10, 2018 at 9:01 am

    I’m reading Surprise Me right now 🙂
    I’ve got to get The Wife Between us – I just keep hearing about how good it is with the twists

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag July 10, 2018 at 9:37 am

    I still need to read Long Way Down but I just love the premise. I’m glad to hear you really liked it and would recommend. Thanks for all the book ideas – looks like you’ve read some great summer reads. 🙂

    -Lauren

  • Reply Kay July 10, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Ok so I have the wife between us but was going to save it for a long pane ride next month and have some easy reads this month. Man youre tempting me to open that bad boy up!

  • Reply Tanya July 10, 2018 at 10:37 am

    I always love Elin Hilderbrand for a beach or summer read. To me, all her books kind of run together though and I have a hard time remembering which ones I’ve read. But that’s ok for a light summer book! Thanks for the reviews!

  • Reply kristen July 10, 2018 at 10:42 am

    i totally agree about the emily giffin book. like she was trying to go heavy, but not too heavy, which meant the book suffered. i guess she had to ease her fans into it lol. i own The Wife Between Us and i think i’ll take it with me to vegas. curious about your thoughts on surprise me when you finish!

  • Reply Danielle July 10, 2018 at 10:54 am

    I sooo want to read Long Way Down now. Sounds awesome!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer July 10, 2018 at 11:08 am

    This post comes at a perfect time! I’m trying to order some books for the beach next week!

  • Reply Kasey Holloway July 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

    I felt the same way about The Rumor, in another one of her books she actually pretty much tells you the ending of the Rumor, and not knowing that, I was a bit annoyed when I picked up the Rumor to read and I realized I already knew about the affair and what not. Also, it just wasn’t my fav in general of hers. But I do like how she works her characters together! One of my favorites from her is Beautiful Day. You should try that one next! 🙂

  • Reply Laura July 10, 2018 at 11:22 am

    I agree that Hilderbrand’s books are hit and miss meaning that I really enjoy some of her books more than others. Loved her Winter series. That Emily Griffin book is on my Summer reading list!

  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration July 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I LOVED The Long Way Down. It absolutely blew me away. Some of the verses … I just had to sit with and let his words absorb into my body. The ending … I’m with you. I went back and forth on what he intended … even if it meant that this whole story (poem) took place after he made the choice, if you’re picking up what I’m putting down. I truly hope he put the gun down but I do like that Reynolds left it so open to interpretation. I also really loved The Wife Between Us too. And lordy. Vanessa did a bad, bad but brilliant thing. I am not often surprised because I read too many thrillers but this one got me.

  • Reply laura July 10, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I’m already halfway through Long Way Down since you recommended it this morning! I LOVE IT. I’m glad you love Joshilyn, because I love her so much too! I love all the AL references!

  • Reply Olya @ The Siberian American July 10, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I have All We Ever Wanted on NetGalley too- I need to read it once Erin’s challenge is over. Long Way Down sounds really good!

  • Reply Audrey July 10, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    The Almost Sisters has been on my tbr list for a while. You’re making me want to pick it up soon… Long Way Down sounds really, really interesting! I’m going to add that one to my list now!

  • Reply Ana July 10, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I really loved the Long Way Down, too! I listened to it, and enjoyed it a lot and also liked the interview with the author at the end.

  • Reply Brittany July 10, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    The Almost Sisters & All We Ever Wanted sound really good! Definitely checking those out.

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders July 10, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    I hope that you enjoy Surprise Me! I thought it was cute, and in my opinion Sophie Kinsella really can do no wrong. The Almost Sisters sounds like a good read, and it’s going on my list! I’m glad that you enjoyed the newest Emily Giffin book! I have it from Netgalley too, and hope to read it soon!

  • Reply Lauren July 10, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    The Rumor was great! Just a great light read!

  • Reply Alexandra Consolver July 10, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Just added Long Way Down to my TbR! Glad you had so many great reads lately!! 🙂 XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  • Reply Rebecca | Unexpectedly Domestic July 10, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Ooh I love Sophie Kinsella, so I’m so excited that she has a new book out! I’m not sure how I missed that. I’m adding The Almost Sisters to my TBR list. I’ve never read Joshilyn Jackson, but your review has intrigued me. Thanks for sharing your great reading list, Nadine!

  • Reply Laura July 10, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I literally just clicked over to my library’s website to request Almost Sisters!

    I’m in the middle of The Wife Between Us right now. I feel like it was a little slow to start, but I just started part 2 and it’s getting good!!

  • Reply Kim July 10, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    The Hilderbrand books are certainly addicting, even the notsogood ones. But I admit I get them confused. Yet, I still check them out.

    Adding Almost Sisters to the impossibly long TBR.

  • Reply Pam July 10, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I used to read alot of Emily Giffin before I had kids. I’ve been hearing good things about this one so maybe I’ll pick her up again. Pam 🙂

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says July 10, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    I need to read Jason Reynolds. I feel like I read one of his books in the last year but I should read more.

    I can’t do Emily Giffin’s books anymore. But I’m glad to hear this one seems to be an improvement over her last few.

  • Reply Dani July 11, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I’m #3 on the wait-list for All We Ever Wanted and am so anxious to get it! Curious to hear your thoughts on Surprise Me- I own it but have been putting it off. Adding Long Way Down, and All the Summer Girls, it sounds interesting and has a character with my name haha!

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston July 11, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I loved the wife between us – I couldn’t believe the twists!! I want to read Emily’s new book – it’s on my list! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Kate July 11, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    Ok it’s officially time to add the Wife Between Us, now that I’ve seen so many people talk about the twists!

  • Reply Michael July 12, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Elin Hilderbrand is one of my all-time fave authors so I will read everything she puts out. The Wife Between Us has been sitting on my bookshelf since it came in the mail but clearly I need to get on it!

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