Thursday, January 3, 2019

December Book Reviews

As I mentioned in yesterdays new years goals post I want to start reading more "fun" books each month. I have not read outside of school books in forever like probably a few years. When I was on vacation this past month I read two really good books and it made me want to keep reading more this year. To keep myself accountable I thought I would share a review of the books I read at the end of each month. I also would love your recommendations for books to read! 

Overview: Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was. 
Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school. 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 teenaged girl, happy and thriving.Then, 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.
Review: I have read a few of Emily's other books and this one was another great read. It was an easy read that kept you wanting to turn the page. The book was written from different characters points of view which added a unique spin. You got to understand the story from each characters point of view. I didn't know how the book would end but it wrapped up perfectly and didn't leave you hanging which is how I prefer books to end.    
Favorite Quote: "Because sometime you just can't see the things that are the closest to you." 
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 ⭐️ 


Overview: Margaret Jacobsen is just about to step into the bright future she’s worked for so hard and so long: a new dream job, a fiancĂ© she adores, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in a brief, tumultuous moment. In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Maggie must confront the unthinkable. First there is her fiancĂ©, Chip, who wallows in self-pity while simultaneously expecting to be forgiven. Then, there's her sister Kit, who shows up after pulling a three-year vanishing act. Finally, there's Ian, her physical therapist, the one the nurses said was too tough for her. Ian, who won't let her give in to her pity, and who sees her like no one has seen her before. Sometimes the last thing you want is the one thing you need. Sometimes we all need someone to catch us when we fall. And sometimes love can find us in the least likely place we would ever expect.  
Review: I totally loved this book and found myself relating to Maggie more than I thought I would. I also think the storylines that progressed throughout the book fit into the plot well. This book is about how to rebuild your life after a difficult situation which I think anyone can relate to. I loved how real, raw, and honest the emotions were. I also loved the ending of the book as well. This was the first time reading a book from this author but I am hooked! 
Favorite Quote: "I would never tell you that the life you wanted couldn't have been exactly as great as you planned. But you have to find inspiration in the struggle, and pull joy out the the hardship. That's what we try to do - counterbalance the suffering with laugher, fuzzy blankets, hugs, singalongs, sunny day picnics, chocolate chip cookies, and wildflowers. Because that's all we can do: carry the sorrow when we have to, and absolutely savor the joy when we can. Life is always, always both." 
Rating: 5 out of 5 ⭐️ 

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