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….
Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center
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
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
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
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!