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Cant believe it is the second Tuesday of the month already! Though, I am not sure why I am surprised since last week was a year long. Just me? Anyways, we are here to talk about books now, so let’s jump right in! I cried, I laughed, I was shocked, I had all the feels. Here we go! Linking up with Steph and Jana.

Still Me by Jojo Moyes

Still Me (Me Before You, #3)

Funny, romantic, and poignant, Still Me follows Lou as she navigates how to stay true to herself, while pushing to live boldly in her brave new world.

I just really love Louisa Clark and was excited to dive back in to her life. I was surprised by how much this book really touched me and pulled at my heart strings. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it! I loved the new characters that we got to meet in this one, and who doesn’t want more of ambulance Sam in their lives?

Bottom Line: I do love this series! I found this one to be just as enjoyable as the first two!

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window

Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. The Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

This book! Is the main character reliable or is she not??? Is what happened real or made up? I went back and forth as to what I think really  happened. I just love a book that throws me for a loop! I had a suspicion about everything from the very beginning, and I ended up being right. But I had changed my mind a few times along the way.

Bottom Line: If psychological suspense is your thing, read it!

Homemade Sin and Happy Never After by Kathy Hogan Trocheck AKA Mary Kay Andrews

Homemade Sin

Happy Never After

I read books three and four in the Callahan Garrity series and am still loving it! You get all the regular elements of a cozy mystery with these books, but they are a little bit deeper because Callahan isn’t your amateur sleuth. She is a former Atlanta police officer that has real experience. I am constantly guessing “who done it” and usually change my mind a few times before the end of each book.

Bottom Line: This is such a fun cozy mystery series!

Here’s To Us by Elin Hilderbrand

Here's to Us

Celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe passes at his beach house in Nantucket. Now Deacon’s three wives, his children, and his best friend gather on the island he loved to say farewell. Secrets are revealed, confidences are shared, and improbable bonds are formed as this unlikely family says goodbye to the man who brought them all together.

I have been meaning to get around to reading Elin Hilderbrand, and I thought this beachy book would be the perfect start! I enjoyed this book way more than I anticipated. This book was a little bit deeper than I thought it was going to be. You really get to know the characters, as different chapters of the book alternate between them. You also get some back story for each of the characters and their relationship with Deacon as well. I was sad when the book was done, and I have been missing some of these characters. That is the signs of a good read to me. I rated this five stars, I don’t always throw those out for a beach read. Just sayin’.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for the perfect beach read and enjoy a little family drama, this is for you! Also, there are recipes throughout the book that sound divine!

Believe Me by J.P. Delaney

Believe Me

A struggling actor, a Brit in America without a green card, Claire needs work and money to survive. Claire agrees to become a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers. Hired to entrap straying husbands, she must catch them on tape with their seductive propositions. When the wife of one of Claire’s targets is violently murdered, the cops are sure the husband is to blame. Desperate to catch him before he kills again, they enlist Claire to lure him into a confession.

What is up with me and books this month where you are trying to decide if your narrator was reliable or not? Sometimes you have a hard time deciding where the acting ends and the real life begins. I am going to be honest, I had a really  hard time connecting with this book. I really enjoyed The Girl Before, but this one didn’t blow me away. I didn’t care about any of the characters or what happened to them, so it took me awhile to read through this one. The writing wasn’t bad at all, so I am not sure why I couldn’t connect. The premise was really interesting though. I did enjoy the physiological aspects of the book, both in the acting classes and with the therapist who was invested in the case.

Bottom Line: This one had an interesting premise, but fell a little flat for me. I just didn’t care about any of the characters. However, it still held my interest and was well written. If you enjoyed the writing of The Girl Before, I think it is worth the read.

**I received a copy of Believe Me from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand

Winter Street (Winter, #1)

Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket’s Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. When he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus, utter chaos descends. It might be up to Kelley’s ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn.

I really enjoyed this book! I loved the family dynamics. There was just enough drama to be realistic, and sometimes funny. The book move along quickly. I didn’t feel like it dragged at all, which is sometimes appreciated. I am all for backstory and getting to know the characters, but I still feel like you get to in this one even though it moves quickly. There is a cliffhanger at the end, so I cant wait to dive in to the next one when it becomes available from the library.

Bottom Line: Great Christmas-y read if you enjoy chick lit and family drama. I did laugh a few times or say oh snap! Which I always like in a book.

Currently Reading

I might be on a Hilderbrand kick. You know me, I love a good binge read of an author!

The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand

The Rumor

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  • Reply Heather June 12, 2018 at 7:46 am

    I loved Still Me too and I really enjyoed Elin Hildebrand’s Winter series. Funny that you are reading them in the summer although they are great any time of the year 😉 I need to read some of her other books!! Where should I start?!
    That Mary Kay Andrews series is on my list after your review too! I will probably eventually pick up Delaney’s second book, but no rush.

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag June 12, 2018 at 7:59 am

    Looks like you’ve been reading some good books. I loved Me Before You and I know my sister has the second book, so I need to get on that. I’m glad you really enjoyed Still Me though! I’ve heard good things about it. 🙂


  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky June 12, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Woman in the window was a DNF for me…maybe i was distracted when I had it in my clutches? the 2 books I was looking forward to reading were also DNFs 🙁

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer June 12, 2018 at 8:42 am

    I’m going to finish the book I’m reading tonight, and needed some new fun reads! I’m really interested in these Elin Hilderbrand books you mentioned!

  • Reply kristen June 12, 2018 at 10:15 am

    I WANT AMBULANCE SAM IN MY LIFE. why haven’t i read Still Me yet?! i even bought it when it was released because i didn’t want to wait for the library. face palm. Nadine, make me read it this month!
    i *still* haven’t read a Elin Hilderbrand book yet. one day 😉

  • Reply laura June 12, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Yes!! I love sketchy characters I can’t trust!!! I’m on the wait list for Woman in the Window, so I hope I get it soon!!

  • Reply Tanya June 12, 2018 at 10:37 am

    You had a great reading month! I have Still Me and Here’s to Us on my stack from the library right now…can’t wait to read them!

  • Reply SMD June 12, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Hilderbrand is a great author for summer.

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen June 12, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    I loved the Woman in the Window, glad you did too! I love Jojo Moyes and need to get that series. And that Elin Hildebrand is coming with me to the beach!

  • Reply Monica June 12, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Before the Weekenders I didnt even know about Mary Kay Andrews, Im definitely a fan now cant wait to check out those books!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders June 12, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    From what I can tell, Elin Hilderbrand is the perfect summer author because it looks like her books are all set at the beach! I need to finally pick up one of her books this summer! And I’ve only read Me Before You and I loved it so much! I want to try and read the rest of the books in the series! That’s a bummer that Believe Me fell flat for you! I have it from Netgalley and I was excited to read it (eventually because I’m so far behind on Netgalley!).

  • Reply Rebecca Jo June 12, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    I enjoyed The Rumor – cant wait to hear what you think.
    I just adored Still Me – so glad it made up for the 2nd book

  • Reply Dani June 12, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    I have not one but TWO copies of Me Before You on my bookshelf and still haven’t started it yet! I’ve only read one Elin Hilderbrand book and it was just “meh” for me, maybe I should give her another shot. I never understand why authors have a psuedonym, but she’s another one sitting on my bookshelf that I really need to get to! Never enough time!

  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration June 12, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    I really liked The Girl Before so I’m hoping that I enjoy his latest as much. The Callahan Garrity series really appeals to me because while I enjoy the occasional cozy, the amateur sleuth aspect sometimes bothers me. Like how is this person better than the entire police force? 😀 Hilderbrand is another author that I have not yet read and she always seems like writes the perfect beach books. Going to try to squeeze on of her books in this summer!

  • Reply Kasey Holloway June 12, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    I love love love the Winter Street Series! Makes me want to move to Nantucket for Christmas! Also, I didn’t really enjoy the Rumor, that’s probably been my least favorite Hilderbrand book so far, but hopefully you enjoy it more. My favorite from here (besides the Winter Street series) is Beautiful Day, so I would recommend reading that one soon (especially for wedding season)! I didn’t realize Mary Kay Andrews had a mystery series, so I will have to check that out! I also want to read The Woman in the Window! I’m on a thriller kick so I will have to check it out when I get the chance!

  • Reply Carly June 12, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Yess Still Me was so good! I would not be mad if there was a fourth book– she writes such great characters. I’m reading The Woman in the Window right now and it took me a while to get into it, but now I’m so anxious to find out what’s going on.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says June 12, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    I really liked Believe Me. It messed with my head a lot and I enjoy that.

    Still Me was good but I’m done with Louisa now. I don’t need any additional books about her.

  • Reply Emelia Lawrence June 13, 2018 at 6:59 am

    The Woman In The Window is on my list- sounds great! I’m adding Winter Street to my list right now- this sounds like one I would really enjoy. I always get great book recommendations from you- thanks girl! Happy Wednesday!

  • Reply Heather June 13, 2018 at 7:42 am

    I hope I remember to read Winter Street at Christmas time, sounds good! Love when I et on an author binge, too.

  • Reply Audrey June 13, 2018 at 11:33 am

    I bought a Hilderbrand book a while back but I haven’t read it yet! Your reviews are making me want to read it next! (I don’t remember what one I bought…)

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston June 13, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    here’s to us was definitely a book that was way deeper than I expected to read!! i have the woman in the window on my list – waiting for it! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply cara June 13, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Wow the Woman in the Window definitely intrigues me. I love a good suspenseful book that leaves me wondering.

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine June 13, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    My suspicions about the boy in The Woman in the Window were right too but I kept second guessing myself, lol. Still Me was sooo good. I wonder if they’re making more movies?

  • Reply Kate June 13, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I enjoyed The Girl on the Train, so I think I’ll like The Girl in the Window too. I realllly need to get back into reading at night <3

  • Reply Joey June 14, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Ah! I definitely want to give The Girl In the Window a read!!! I’m so into the psycho/thrillers, I just haven’t picked them up in a while!

  • Reply Lauren June 14, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    The Rumor is my favorite of Hildebrand’s books!

  • Reply Danielle June 14, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    I am sooo excited to finish The Girl in the Window. It has been good so far!!!

  • Reply Rebecca | Unexpectedly Domestic June 15, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Great suggestions, Nadine! I read The Woman in the Window last month too. And I’ve started the Callahan Garrity series, thanks to your suggestion from last month. It sounds like I need to get into Elin Hilderbrand as well!

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