Review #170

Title- How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House Author- Cherie Jones Series- standalone Rating– 4.1/5 Genre- women’s fiction, literary fiction POV- see below Cover– a bit inconspicuous for the genre Plot/Blurb- In Baxter’s Beach, Barbados, Lala’s grandmother Wilma tells the story of the one-armed sister. It’s a cautionary tale, about what happens to girls whoContinue reading “Review #170”

Review #125

Title- It Ends With Us Author- Colleen Hoover Rating- 3.9/5 Series- standalone contemporary POV- first person, present tense Trope- trauma, abuse Steam level- 2/5 sex scenes. See trigger warnings Cover– a bit mysterious, inconspicuous for genre Plot/Blurb- Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life sheContinue reading “Review #125”

Review #88

Title- The Mothers Rating– 3/5 Genre- Women’s Fiction, Contemporary POV- Third person, past tense Trope- motherhood, small town communities, obligations, expectations, secrets Similar Books/Comps– Clap when You Land My emotions-  I related to certain motherhood themes but not all. Characters– Nadia Turner- a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Luke Sheppard is the pastor’s son, age twenty-one,Continue reading “Review #88”

Review #83

Title- The Water Dancer Rating– 3.5/5 Genre- Literary Fiction POV- First person, past tense Similar Books/Comps– A Shadow Bright and Burning, The Gilded Ones My emotions-  defeated, wanting to be more hopeful Plot/Blurb- Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but wasContinue reading “Review #83”

Review #82

Title- An American Marriage Rating– 3/5 Genre- Contemporary POV- First person, present tense Trope- Relationships, Love triangle Similar Books/Comps– Rules for Visiting, The People We Keep My emotions-  depressing but thought provoking Characters– Celestial- she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career Roy- young executive Andre- Celestial’s childhood friend, and best manContinue reading “Review #82”

Review #81

Title- This Close to Okay Book of the Month Selection Rating– 3/5 Genre- Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction, Contemporary POV- Alternating between Tallie and Emmett’s perspectives Trope- This was a heavy read with themes of suicide, betrayal, therapy, mental health and healing from grief. Similar Books/Comps– The Kindest Lie (see my review later) My emotions-  WaitingContinue reading “Review #81”

Review #45

Title- The Handmaid’s Tale Rating– 3/5 Genre- Women’s Fiction POV- First person, present tense Similar/Comps– Gilead, The Marrow Thieves My emotions- desperate, helpless, gut wrenching Characters– Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She Plot/Blurb- Offred must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, becauseContinue reading “Review #45”

Review #13

Title- Eat, Pray, Love Rating– 5/5 Genre- Women’s Fiction, Contemporary POV- First person, present tense. Trope- Traveling, Mid-life internal assessment Similar Books/Comps– It All Comes Back to You, The Power of Letting Go My emotions-  Peaceful, Liberated, Inspired Plot/Blurb- Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings ofContinue reading “Review #13”