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    What I’m Reading Wednesday: The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

    It’s Wednesday, and time to share what I’ve been reading lately! This week, I’m here to share Sara Desai’s The Dating Plan, which was a fun, easy read, perfect for escaping into on the weekend! I received an advanced copy of the book from Berkeley Publishing Group via NetGalley; all opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. Synopsis of The Dating Plan My Thoughts The Dating Plan was a fun, fast, and easy read. There was so much to like about this story! First of all, I love a fake engagement trope, because you know it’s…

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    Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey – Book Review

    I’m catching up on all the book reviews I meant to do just before a polar vortex gripped Texas and knocked out all power1. The only writing I did last week was on paper, and unfortunately, the writing the week before that was mostly in my head. Sorry you didn’t get to read it. It was really good. Just like Magic for Liars was REALLY good. I loved it! (How smooth was that segue???) This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them.   1At least, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. SYNOPSIS     REVIEW I ADORED Magic for…

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    Missing Travel? 4 Books To Soothe Your Wanderlust

    I love to travel because I think you learn as much about yourself as you do the place you visit. I’m longing to travel but not quite ready to venture too far with the ‘rona lurking. Instead of packing my bags, I’ve been pouring myself a glass of wine and settling into a comfy chair in a shaded part of my patio, living vicariously through characters in books. Today I’m sharing four books where the main characters venture abroad, and in the process, push themselves out of their comfort zones! The Little Bookshop on the Seine, Paris Is Always A Good Idea, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and Eighty Days to…

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    The Secret of You And Me by Melissa Lenhardt – Book Blog Tour and Giveaway

    I’m back with Lone Star Book Blog Tours and another engrossing tale by Melissa Lenhardt. The Secret of You and Me was nothing like I expected and entirely engrossing. Read on to learn more about author Lenhardt’s first venture into the women’s contemporary fiction category and enter the giveaway! I was provided a copy of the book via NetGalley; all opinions are my own. THE SECRET OF YOU AND MEbyMELISSA LENHARDT Genre: Women’s Fiction / Romance Publisher:  Graydon House (Harlequin)Date of Publication: August 4, 2020Number of Pages: 352 Scroll down for the giveaway! True love never fades—and old secrets never die . . .  Nora hasn’t looked back. Not since she fled Texas…

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    Book Review: Grown-Up Pose by Sonya Lalli

    I really enjoyed Sonya Lalli’s first book, The Matchmaker’s List, and so I have been looking forward to reading Grown-Up Pose. I think I enjoyed Grown-Up Pose even more! This is a story of one woman’s journey of self-discovery. Let’s get this out of the way: the blurb for Grown-Up Pose is a little misleading. From the blurb, you might think this is about a woman who owns a yoga studio, but the studio itself doesn’t much come into play until the last bit of the plot. It’s everything that happens with Anu before and after the studio purchase that really makes the story. So Anu is a woman who…

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    On Ocean Boulevard by Mary Alice Monroe

    Mary Alice Monroe returns to the shores of South Carolina, Primrose Cottage, and the Rutledge family in On Ocean Boulevard, the newest edition to her long-running The Beach House Series. I received an advance copy of the book from Gallery Books via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.  All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. The Book My Take I have been a Mary Alice Monroe fan for a long time. Any new book in her Beach House series with the Rutledge family is like catching up with an old friend. (That said, you don’t need to have read the earlier books to jump into…

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    Book Review: The First Emma by Camille Di Maio

    I’m a huge fan of Camille Di Maio’s writing. She writes strong female characters and page-turning plots, and The First Emma offers both. Be sure to check out other stops on the tour for excerpts, other reviews, and more. Read on for MY take on this engaging story and be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book. Many thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy of the book through Lone Star Lit. All opinions are my own. THE FIRST EMMAbyCamille Di Maio Historical Fiction / Historical Romance / Women’s FictionPublisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie PublishingDate of Publication: May 5, 2020Number of…

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    Book Review: The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan

    I adored Lian Dolan’s first two books. They were smart, funny, light, and warm – and the kind you want to reread. When I saw that she had a new book out, I jumped on the chance to read it. The Sweeney Sisters was everything I’d hoped for, with the strong character development I appreciate from Lian Dolan. I received an advance copy of the book from William Morrow Books via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.  All opinions are my own. The Book My Take The Sweeney Sisters did not disappoint. Compared to her other stories, I felt this story dug deeper and was more complex when it…

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    The Engineer’s Wife by Tracey Enerson Wood

    Today’s book recommendation is perfect for fans of historical fiction based on real-life history or characters. Tracey Enerson Wood’s The Engineer’s Wife was a wonderfully engaging, well-researched story of the wife of the engineer who designed and started the build the Brooklyn Bridge until he falls ill and she must take over the construction. NetGalley provided me with a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own! Review of The Engineer’s Wife The Engineer’s Wife follows the trials the both Captain Washington ‘Wash’ Roebling and his wife, Emily Warren Roebling, face. Professionally, Wash suffers decompression sickness from his work on the bridge and as Emily steps…

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    Book Review: Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie

    If you’re looking for a fun, totally over-the-top beach read that is an outlandish take on Hollywood life, Gigi Levangie’s book Been There, Married That is for you. While it had a few bumps at the start, I could easily overlook it for the snark and the fun. Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an advance copy. Some links in this post are affiliate links that earn me a commission if you purchase through them. All opinions are my own. Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie is a rapid-fire snark fest, focusing on the stereotype of the vapid, silicone-laden, entitled, trophy-wife Hollywood culture, where the assistants have assistants,…