It’s time again for Show Us Your Books! I read two Netgalley books this month!! Who am I??? I am lucky if I can get through one a month, and the rest are usually audiobooks. I am slowly dwindling down on my Netgalley bookshelf. Don’t worry, there are still like 15 others. I have banned myself from requesting more until I can get that under control. Until the next email comes along alerting me to something awesome….

Linking up with Steph and Jana.

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Things You Save in a Fire

I love fire based shows (Chicago Fire, Station 19) and my dad has been a volunteer fire fighter for over 30 years, so you can say I am a fan of firefighters and their lives. I was really excited to read this book. I really liked how strong of a character Cassie was, and I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book. I work in an industry that is male dominated, having been the only female in the office more than once, and know how boys club works. Though, not quite to the extent that I am sure other industries are. After reading this and How to Walk Away, this author has quickly risen to my must read list.

Bottom Line: Read it!

** I received a copy of Things You Save in a Fire from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.**

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand

The Matchmaker

This is pretty much everything you want from an Elin Hilderbrand book! You have a messy family, a sad event, delicious food, and of course…Nantucket. You really get to know the characters in this book, and there are some deeper issues with quite a few of the characters, not your average care free beach read with only fluff.

Bottom Line: If you enjoy Hildebrand, you will like this one.

The Last Post by Renee Carlino

The Last Post

Renee Carlino quickly became a must read for me after Swear On the Life and Before We Were Strangers. I also read Wish You Were Here and loved it too. I was denied for her last book on Netgalley, I cant even remember what it was called, so like a child, I refused to read it. According to one of my book besties, it was total shit, so I am glad I didn’t read it! And here we are with her latest.

I don’t even know what to say about this book. The story line was good, and there was a lot of character growth and development. But it was a little odd too? It is about a woman who loses her husband after a year of marriage and she is grieving. She can’t let him go and still posts on his Facebook page and calls and leaves messages on his cell phone. And a guy who works at the woman’s fathers architectural firm, who basically stalks Laya and reads the Facebook posts and shows up at random places, etc. It was hard to like Micah at first, because of his stalker tendencies, and Laya is such a mess. And a lot of the middle of the book was a little meh for me. It was really heavy and dark, but then also, I felt like there was something missing too?

But then, the end of the book came back around for me and I am glad I read it. So I cant really tell you 100% how I feel about the book. It is no Swear on This Life, I can tell you that. But I guess in the end, I end it up liking it?

Bottom Line: Normally I say something like, if you are a fan of Carlino, read it! But in this case, it isn’t really anything like her other books. I am glad I did read it, because I thought about the book a lot. If you don’t mind a book that goes a little rogue in the middle, and some heavier things…it was a decent plot line and the characters did come together for me.

**I received a copy of The Last Post from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.**

Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews

Sunset Beach

This book threw me off just a little, because I didn’t realize it was going to be a cozy mystery type book. Once I got in the right mindset, I enjoyed it more. Drue’s character was a little over the top sometimes with the “down on her luck” issues, but it added to the charm of the book. There are basically two mysteries that you follow throughout the book, and that was kind of interesting. Neither was really cut and dry either, like your typical cozy mystery. There was some depth to it. It was a fun beach read type book.

Bottom Line: If you enjoy a good mystery or beach read, check it out!

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Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Nine Perfect Strangers
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  • Reply Andrea Nine July 9, 2019 at 7:15 am

    Of course I need to read “Nine” Perfect Strangers. I have not read a Mary Kay Andrews in awhile. I’ll have to try to. Have a terrific Tuesday!

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky July 9, 2019 at 7:22 am

    haha i was also denied a book from netgalley and then got all offended and huffy and boycotted said book. it was recursion (blake crouch) but in the end, i was #1 in line at the library so i did end up reading it the day it was released so suck on that blake crouch! lol

  • Reply Rachel @ Never Enough Novels July 9, 2019 at 7:34 am

    I think I just got The Matchmaker from a used book sale not too long ago (sometimes its hard to keep track haha). Sounds like a good one to read this summer.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo July 9, 2019 at 7:52 am

    You’ll have to tell me how Nine Perfect Strangers end (see my post today – I didnt get to finish it – library book due back – BOO!!!
    I really loved Katherine Center’s first book & love hearing this one is just as good!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer July 9, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I just got Things You Save in a Fire yesterday! My grandfather was a fire chief and the state’s fire marshal so I’ve always been into fire things, too (sounds weird but you get it!). I read 9 Perfect Strangers at the beginning of the year. I liked it!

  • Reply Heather July 9, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Yay I loved Things You Save in A Fire too 🙂 Renee Carlino’s last book (not this one you mentioned but the other one – I can’t even remember what it was called?!?!) was a humongous letdown for me so I can’t recommend it!!!

  • Reply SMD July 9, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Love the cover of Sunset Beach but am not a huge MKA fan.

    My dad was a firefighter for my entire childhood!

    I have the Renee Carlino from Netgalley.

  • Reply Monica July 9, 2019 at 11:11 am

    I really liked Nine Perfect Strangers which I wasn’t expecting. I love a good Elin Hilderbrand book!

  • Reply laura July 9, 2019 at 11:54 am

    I started Nine Perfect Strangers, but didn’t get to finish before I had to get it back to the library – but I liked what I did get to read! That fire book – I need to get on it, I have seen it everywhere this SUYB.

  • Reply Megan @ The Hungry Bookworm July 9, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Fire is on my list next, and I’m so excited to dive in! Glad you liked it 🙂

    Do all Hilderbrand novels have delicious food? If so, I may need to check some of them out… Any in particular you’d recommend most?

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag July 9, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    The Last Post definitely sounds like an intriguing one. Not sure it would be a good fit for me. I did really like Swear On This Life though!


  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration July 9, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    I’ve heard great things about Center’s How To books and need to pick one up. I have Sunset Beach on my nightstand right now. Mallery is a new-to-me author, but I’ve been trying to read more of a variety of genres to keep things fresh and picked her latest because of the cozy mystery aspect. LOL – I am the same way when it comes to NetGalley. When I get denied, especially for a book that I really want to read, I pout and refuse to read it too. Glad I’m not the only one who does this!

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen July 9, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    I loved the Matchmaker and cried my eyes out. Sunset beach was a good beach read for sure.

  • Reply Dara July 9, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    I’m reading Things You Save In A Fire now!

  • Reply Audrey July 9, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    The Last Post sounds interesting… I always have trouble w/ stalker type romances or dishonesty in romance or things like that… I just can’t find anything charming in plots like that.
    I like the idea of a female working in a man’s world. My job is very much like that, too. I’m always curious to see how others handle it or how authors perceive other women would handle it. Lol

  • Reply Fonda @Savvy Southern Chic July 9, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    I have yet to read any of these author’s books but they are all on my #tbr list.

  • Reply Micael July 9, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    I agree on Sunset Beach. I went in thinking I was going to read some cheesy romance novel and was pleasantly surprised my the mysteries aspect. I listened to it in less than a day.

  • Reply kristen July 9, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    yay, so glad you liked Things You Save in a Fire. I kinda gave up on Renee Carlino, not intentionally, I just didn’t love the last of hers I read so I didn’t request any of her new ones. I’ll read another one of hers if everyone starts talking about one again, like it’s a must-read, but until then.. not for me unfortunately. Hope you like Nine Perfect Strangers!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says July 9, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I didn’t quite love Things You Save as much as you did, but it was a decent read. I did enjoy Cassie’s growth as a person.

  • Reply Kristin July 9, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    They had some Elin Hildebrand audiobooks at the library for like $1 each. I’ve never read one of hers so I might go back and check it out. Since I didn’t like the other Katherine Center book (is it awful that I can’t even remember the title? Yes, it is), I probably will be the only person to not read this one.

  • Reply Julie July 9, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Such good recommendations!

  • Reply Alexandra Consolver July 11, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Ok I haven’t read any Carlino, Andrews, or Hildebrand… jeez. Sometimes I think I’ll get there but there are so many good authors and books in the world! Glad you enjoyed these reads! I have the Katherine Center on my ipad and need to GETTTT ON IT! LOL I liked How to Walk Away but really preferred Happiness for Beginners by her! XO – Alexandra

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  • Reply Kay R.D. July 11, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    I enjoyed sunset beach for what it was. I love a cozy mystery but you’re right, the cover and book dont really go together do they.

    I love when I get to two netgalleys in one month, Thats a major accomplishment these days

  • Reply Tanya July 11, 2019 at 11:06 pm

    I can’t wait to read Things You Save in a Fire! Thanks for the recommendations. Tanya – The Other Side of the Road

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