The People We Hate at the Wedding

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Synopsis: This book follows the dysfunctional family as they’re getting ready for a wedding in London. Two of the siblings, Alice and Paul, live in America and they both resented their oldest half-sister, Eloise, who’s getting married to a rich guy. Paul is estranged from their mother, Donna, who’s trying to keep the family all back together. They all have their own imperfections, and as they are getting prepared to attend the wedding, some secrets were discovered which caused them to hate each other more.

My review: Before I read this book, I’ve been hearing great reviews about it and I was very excited to receive this copy, but sadly I was disappointed. The characters were uninteresting and lacked emotions. I was hoping for more dysfunctional scenes, but the story kinda fell flat. I admit there are some scenes that made me laugh, but the rest of the dialogue was meh. I applauded the author for the effort in writing this book, and I’m hoping that the sequel will be better.ย 

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The Good Widow

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Synopsis:ย Elementary school teacher Jacqueline โ€œJacksโ€ Moralesโ€™s marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it wasโ€ฆuntil two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasnโ€™t alone.

For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another womanโ€”one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fiancรฉ. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed loversโ€™ last days in paradise.

Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his deathโ€ฆ

My review:ย I’ve been wanting to read this ever since I heard that Liz and Lisa revealed they were writing their first thriller book that took place in Hawaii which I’ve never been to. I’m so grateful to have received this book from a bookstagram friend. I enjoyed reading this book, and it was an easy read. The only thing I didn’t like is that the main character, Jacks, said she would forgive her husband for cheating on her, and that she wanted to visit the crash site where he and the woman he was seeing died. I wished that Jacks would be stronger than the authors described her, but then she would never traveled to Hawaii with the woman’s fiancee and we would never find out why they were having an affair and the details leading up to their deaths. I thought I had the ending all figured out until that surprise twist I didn’t see coming, which made me turn the pages quicker to find out how it ended. I loved that Liz and Lisa posted a video of the road to Hana they recorded while on research trip onto Facebook and Instagram! It brought the scene from the book to life which I can live vicariously through.

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The Breakdown by B.A. Paris

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Synopsis: Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods. It was on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, and a woman was sitting insideโ€”the woman who was killed. Sheโ€™s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? Itโ€™s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm, and she probably would have been hurt herself if sheโ€™d stopped. Not only that, her husband would be furious if he knew sheโ€™d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home.

But since then, sheโ€™s been forgetting every little thing. Where she left the car; if she took her pills; even the alarm code.

The only thing she canโ€™t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

And the silent calls sheโ€™s receiving, or the feeling that someoneโ€™s watching herโ€ฆ

My review: Last year I enjoyed the Behind Closed Doors, and I was hoping that this book would be as good or better, but sadly it didn’t surprise me. I found the main character very annoying with her getting so paranoid over little thing, but then later on I started to feel bad for her. The phone call scene kept repeating over and over again, which can get pretty boring. I figured out the culprit about 1/4th through the book. I am one of those readers who can guess what happen early on in the story, and it takes a really good suspense to keep me on edge of my seat. The book was an entertaining and quick read, but it’s just a bit too predictable for me. I’d still recommend it to those who enjoy reading psychological thrillers.

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Secrets of Southern Girls

Synopsis: Ten years ago, Julie Port wood left her hometown of Lawrence Mill, Mississippi, after killing her best friend, Reba, and got away with it. For years, Julie was consumed with guilt while being a single mom raising her daughter in New York City, until Reba’s former love showed up at her doorstep. He asked her to come with him to their hometown to help him find Reba’s diary, which will uncover terrible secrets she had kept from everyone, including Julie. The diary will expose shameful memories Julie has been running from, and the hidden truths that will change their lives forever.

My review: The author’s writing was beautiful,  but the book took me a while to read because the story was slow and it doesn’t pulled me in. I was hoping for more suspense that’ll keep me turning the pages, but there were hardly any and I had already figured out what happened about halfway through the book. Also, I didn’t feel any chemistry between the characters.

I received this copy from NetGalley in an exchange for a honest review.

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The Garden of Small Beginnings

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Synopsis: Lilian Girvan is a widowed mother raising her two young daughters with the help of her witty sister, Rachel, while working as an illustrator for textbooks. Lilian was given a project in which she was sent to attend a 12-week gardening class to illustrate about garden food. There she met a group of supportive students and a handsome gardening instructor, who will help her learn about life, love and gardening.

My Review: This book is an absolute treat! It’s filled with humor, sadness and joy. At the beginning of each chapter you will find gardening tips which I really enjoyed. I love the characters, especially the main character’s sister, Rachel, and her sense of humor. Abbi Waxman did a wonderful job with the writing, dialogue and character’s personalities. This book will teach readers that sometimes it is ok to not hold it all together and just let it go.

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