If you are like me, I become a giddy little school girl when the weather turns cooler. In Houston, that rarely happens for more than a day at a time, so I capitalize when the cold blows through! The last few weeks of November brought cooler weather so I cozied up with a blanket and several good books. Reading has always been a passion of mine and a way for me to de-stress from the craziness of the day. I could read a book every couple of days if I read every night. This my friends gets expensive and Amazon Prime does nothing but encourage me to buy more books! I have my wish list of books to read on Amazon and every time I needed one I would order it and bam $13 and 2 days later, I had a new book to read. While this was great for my mental health, my financial health was having trouble with all the book purchases. Then it hit me. The library!! This crazy brick and mortar building that lets a person check out books for FREE. I know, novel(pun intended) idea. So, I headed to the library, checked out my books and my November book review was born! Enjoy!
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Winter Solstice (Winter Street) – Elin Hilderbrand
Elin Hilderbrand is one of my go to authors for a great chic read. She develops characters that are lovable and story lines that are capturing. Winter Soltice is the fourth in the “Winter” series. To be honest, this one was not my favorite of the four. I did not fall in love with the characters, who are the same in the other books, as I had before. I was not cheering them on and becoming enthralled in their story like I had in the past. If you enjoyed the others in the series, I would recommend that you read this one if for nothing but closure. I will say if every chapter was like the last chapter, I would have rated it a lot better. The last chapter had me blubbering like a baby. It was emotional, full of love and great prose. Elin swears this is the last one, but there were plenty of open endings to create another one.
A Nantucket Christmas: A Novel – Nancy Thayer
So stinking cute. A Nantucket Christmas was consumed, not read but consumed in one setting. The story opens from a puppy’s point of view. If you know me at all, I was instantly hooked. I had to make sure that puppy would be ok. A very short and quick story, it is a perfect read for the season. It encompasses family, the holiday season and all the winter spirit I envision Nantucket to have in real life. To my darling husband, hint, hint, I would love to see Nantucket at Christmas time! Read this one if you are a lover of Christmas like me. It has all the Christmas feels.
Cancel the Wedding -Carolyn Dingman
About two months ago, Nugget got RSV. As a resilient kid, she kicked it fairly easily and then passed it on to me even faster than she kicked it!.I tried my hardest to continue working while fighting this, but it took me down. As in bed rest for a week down. I am not one to be on bed rest. That is a waste of my time, but it was doctor’s orders so I read. Cancel the Wedding was one of my death bed reads. It was so cute. So cute. This book was the perfect read for resting and with a cup of tea. The story revolves around Olivia who vows to respect her mother’s dying wish and scatter her ashes where she grew up. The only problem is that Olivia’s mom never spoke about her past. Olivia sets off to learn all she can about her mother’s past and in the mean time discovers a lot about herself, her dreams and her future. Of course, there is a boy, and of course there is a plot twist. Even knowing all of this was coming, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the characters. This is a great, easy read!
Blood on the Tracks (Sydney Rose Parnell Series) – Barbara Nickless
Blood on the Tracks was an Amazon Kindle free book of the month and came from a recommendation. The story’s main character Sydney is a train policewoman who is also a veteran. Dealing with PTSD and haunted memories from the war, Sydney sets out to help solve a murder of a dear friend. The accused? Another war veteran dealing with many of the same trials and tribulations as Sydney. She is convinced her fellow vet is innocent and sets off on a chase to prove him innocent and herself not crazy. The story started off pretty slow, but just like the trains in the book, picked up speed. I did not see the ending going the way it did and I am usually pretty good at accurately predicting endings. If you like murder mysteries and a free read, I would recommend.
Thank you for reading my November book review. If you missed October’s check it out here. What about yall? Reading anything good, that I need to read? I am always looking for good books I can get at the library!!