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The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
I really enjoyed this book. It was a different style love story that will stick with you. Lucy looks back on her first love and the impact that love has on her present day love. Her first love, she thought would be her forever love and then one day it wasn’t. Yet she cannot shake the feeling that there is more to it than their story is telling. As Lucy navigates her feelings from the past and her relationship in the present, I immediately decided who I wanted her to be with. Her story is moving, emotional and you want to hug her as she struggles to work through her feelings. I read this one very quickly. It is a deeper, more emotionally powered book than a beach read. The ending was intentionally left with questions unanswered. I LOVE books that do this. The more a book sticks with me, the more I like it. You should definitely read this!
The Best Man by Kristan Higgins
So stinking cute. I would have read this in one sitting but at 2 am on a Sunday I forced myself to put it away and go to sleep. All I thought of on Monday was getting home and getting Nugget to bed so I could finish this book. Adorable comes to mind. Can you describe a book as adorable? For the Best Man I would. The story starts with Faith being left at the altar because her fiance is gay. Big time bummer. Faith immediately flees her small hometown to the city to get away and heal from such heartbreak. But, she is brought back home and her life gets interesting. She is trying to avoid her ex-fiance all the while running into the best man at their wedding, Levi, that had everything to do with their breakup. Faith wants nothing to do with Levi, yet she cannot stop thinking about him.
Predictable? Yes. Should you read it anyway? Absolutely!
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapina
I so wanted to like this one. The back of the book was so intriguing. A sweet couple is at a dinner party next door with their precious baby girl asleep at home. When they come home from the party, she is gone and their world unravels. This had all the makings for a great suspense book. Everyone I know liked this one and I was not that impressed. Several times throughout the book, I wanted it to end. I could not connect with the characters and I did not think the story lines were intriguing. That being said, the ending totally shocked me. I did not see that one coming. At all. I wish there was more of those zingers in the rest of the book!
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
Not my favorite Williams book. I thoroughly enjoyed A Hundred Summers better. This story is from the eyes of two different strong women connected by family, separated by generations. It was a slow start. I fully expected to enjoy the story of Vivian, the more recent character but instead became intrigued by Violet’s story, Vivian’s long lost aunt. About half way through the book, the story lines picked up and it became harder to put down. This is an easy read but not chick lit. It has some R rated scenes and some graphic language. This did not take away from the story, but certainly does not make it an easy beach read. All in all, I would recommend, only if you have read all the rest of October’s books!
What about you ladies? What are you reading? I need some good books for November!!