Linking up with Steph and Jana. It is the six year anniversary of SUYB! I have been linking up with them faithfully each month since the beginning. I think I only missed one month right after I had Zoe. I have found so many amazing books through this linkup, and I love that it is still going strong!!! I read a few really good ones this month, so let’s jump in!

His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie

His Only Wife

I want to start out by saying that I absolutely loved the main character, Afi, in this book. She grew so much, and was such a strong character. Reading about the Ghana/Accra culture, the social pressure, how women are treated and what was expected of them as a girlfriend/wife, just everything was very interesting. I feel like even though Afi went into the relationship knowing there was another woman, I can really appreciate how she felt later on and how it all unfolded. I especially liked Evelyn in this book as well. I feel like she helped bring Afi up. I thought about this book often as I was reading it, and it still sits with me now.

Bottom Line: Read it!

**I received a copy of His Only Wife from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

Rosie’s Traveling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin

Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop

This is my second Rebecca Raisin book. I like her writing alright, she is very descriptive, which I appreciate. I liked the characters in this book, and the idea of traveling from festival to festival, letting the sun guide you along. The Van Lifers sounded like a fun life! Rosie grew as a character, and I definitely appreciated that. The rest of the book fell a little flat for me. It passed the time just fine, but I wasn’t dying to find out what happens next. I pretty much predicted the whole book immediately. I hate when there is a Jason Momoa character in the book. I didn’t watch that show, and that isn’t my type. Why does everyone default to him? Also, I felt like Rosie could be a little too clueless at time, for as strong of a person as she was. The romance was definitely missing from this book for me. Maybe it wasn’t classified as a romance? It was definitely more chic lit-y.

Bottom Line: It was a sweet read that passed the time just fine.

**I received a copy of Rosie’s Traveling Tea Shop from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are of my own.**

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

The Night Swim

This book grabbed me right away, and I couldn’t put it down. I loved how the story wove between a case going on today and one 25 years ago. You really get invested in the town and it’s people. I feel like this book really shows what it is like to be a rape victim, how they always seem to be the one on trial and not the perp. This book did a really good job going back and forth between the two cases, the views of Hannah and Rachel, and the podcast episodes. I had it pretty much figured out, but there were a few surprises for me. I liked Rachel’s character a lot, and I felt like with the way the book ended….there maybe could be more?

Bottom Line: Read it!

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Iris Morland

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (The Flower Shop Sisters #2)

This was a fun little romantic comedy that had me smiling. Full disclosure, I did not read the first book in this series. I don’t feel like I needed to to enjoy this one…but now I want to read the next one about Kate! Liam is your typical tall, dark, handsome, brooding Irishman. Mari is a fiery redhead, who thinks she is boring, but was wrong. The beginning of the book starts with the two of them in bed the morning after they drunkingly got married. While this might be a story told a few times, the author found a way to keep this interesting and fresh. I really loved how each of them helped the other grow. My only complaint was that I felt there was an excessive amount of crude words. I like a hot romance…but the amount of times the author used certain words, was a little much for even me.

Bottom Line: If romantic comedies is your thing, and you don’t mind hot scenes and some crude language…read it!

Winter’s Kiss by Sienna Carr

Winter's Kiss (Starling Bay, #1)

Apparently, it is time to start the Christmas books! For me, anyways. Honestly, I will read them anytime of year. But this year, I want as many Christmas romances as I can get! First of all, our characters names are Merry Nicholls and Dylan Fraser. How cute is that? This was a sweet little love story that took place in a cute little town. It is everything you expect a Christmas love story to be.

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a light Christmas Hallmark type movie book, this was sweet.

Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

Winter in Paradise (Paradise, #1)

Goodness, there are a lot of characters that Elin throws at you in the beginning of this book! Obviously, she has to build up the town and give you all the details so you can figure out what is going on. But still, you definitely have to pay attention. I ripped through this one. I loved the whole story line and all the mystery and secrets behind it. This book ended on a total cliffhanger!!! Thank goodness my library had the second one available.

Bottom Line: Read it!!!!

What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

What Happens in Paradise (Paradise, #2)
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  • Reply Lindsay Latimer October 13, 2020 at 8:31 am

    The Night Swim was a good read! Winters in Paradise is next on my list; I’m ready for Christmas reading.

  • Reply Tina October 13, 2020 at 8:36 am

    I really have to read His Only Wife! It sounds so good. And I usually love Elin Hilderbrand- I might have to pick up the Winter series.

  • Reply laura October 13, 2020 at 9:39 am

    I need to get into some Christmas romances – I’m having such a hard time getting into much. Loved the Night Swim, of course, and His Only Wife sounds so good!

  • Reply Kay R.D. October 13, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Running to add his only wife to my list. Never heard of it but it sounds so good!

  • Reply Confuzzled Bev October 13, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Is Rebecca Raisin her real name? Because if it isn’t a pseudonym I feel like she was actually destined to become an author!

  • Reply SMD October 13, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Happy sixth anniversary to an OG SUYB member!

    I have the third Paradise book on my kindle from Netgalley – see if it’s still there!

    His Only Wife sounds great.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent October 13, 2020 at 11:37 am

    I always have to keep a cheat sheet of characters in Hilderbrand books… but once I’m into the story, I love how they interact so well

  • Reply Audrey October 13, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Go you for being such a faithful linker-upper!! That’s amazing!
    His Only Wife sounds so good! I will add that one to my list! Same with Winter’s Kiss; I could use a light wintery romance 🙂

  • Reply Julie October 13, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Another vote for The Night Swim from the others..! Definitely reading this next! And eyeing He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not..

  • Reply Missy @MySh*ttyKitchen October 13, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    I need to grab His only Wife. sounds good. I love me some Elin! I have not read that one yet. Great job reading all of these this month, I have not read a thing in months!

  • Reply kristen October 13, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    UGH I felt the same way about jason mamoa in that tea book. except i actively dislike him because i saw him in real life and he was the legit biggest douche.
    one day i will read an elin hilderbrand book. one day.

  • Reply Tanya @ A Mindful Migration October 13, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    I think I have his Only Wife on hold at the library. Or either I meant to put it on hold. That’s sort of my hobby these days. To put books on hold, then never read them. 🙂

  • Reply Gwen October 14, 2020 at 10:04 am

    I have The Night Swim and now I think I need to move it up the TBR!

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag October 14, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Looks like you had a really great reading month! I’m glad you enjoyed most of these. I have The Night Swim, and I’m hoping to start that one later this week!


  • Reply Danielle Butler October 14, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    I loved the Night Swim. Such a good book! I love Elin books. I will have to check both of those out.

  • Reply Becki October 16, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Rosie’s Traveling Tea Shop sounds positively delightful 🙂 I enjoy His Only Wife too. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your month!

  • Reply Kristin October 17, 2020 at 9:22 am

    Just got The Night Swim from BOTM! I’ve seen so many positive reviews that I got it as an add-on this month.

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