Book Review: The Hotel Nantucket

Author: Elin Hilderbrand

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: June 14, 2022

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy.

When her life-long boyfriend screws up their relationship, Lizbet takes on the challenge of running an old abandoned hotel that has been recently renovated by a billionaire. This is no ordinary hotel though; as legend has it, it’s haunted!

The hotel owner, Xavier, tasks Lizbet with fully staffing the hotel, training, and everything else that comes with hotel management.

As we get to know the many different staff, we learn about their drama as they struggle not only personally but also with trying to get along with their teammates.

Overall, I liked it. This is a book with many storylines and many characters, but not much plot focus. It’s very much a character-driven story, but with so many of them, I’d almost venture to call it character soup. Some of the staff I really liked, others not so much. I found myself questioning why some stories were there as they added unnecessary bulk. As a result of so much bouncing back and forth, it took me a good chunk of the book to care about anyone, other than Grace, the 100-year-old relentless ghost who is determined to have the world discover how she died. She, I connected with the most and immediately. I kept wanting to learn more about the others from her eyes. She made the overall plot interesting. I had hoped the story contained a bit more ghostly encounters than it did. But that’s okay. My bad for expecting that. As I read, I wondered who the main character really was. I thought it was Lizbet, the GM, then Grace, the ghost, but I figured out, in the end, I was wrong. The real star and main character here is the hotel! While a location, the hotel is a character in itself, brought to life before the pages with its homelike decor, secrets, and extravagance!

I have loved the author’s other books. I was excited to read this one.  While this one was good, my favourites are still: 28 Summers, Summer of 69, and, Blue Bistro. Those were amazing!

But this is still an interesting read if you don’t mind a book that jumps from story to story and character to character. Just give it time, and by the end, you’ll be rooting for most of them!  The ending was a nice surprise. Although left me with some unanswered questions; for the sake of keeping this review spoiler-free, I won’t list them. The added bonus of the ‘Blue Book’ at the novel’s end was a nice addition. I’ve never been to Nantucket (I’m well familiar with Martha’s Vineyard though) but if I ever plan a trip to Nantucket, I’ll definitely reference the ‘Blue Book’.

Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake – Book Review

Author: Mazey Eddings

Publication Date: September 2022
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher St. Martins Press for the #AdvanceReviewCopy

Book Summary:
Lizzy Blake’s most desired thing is to be accepted and loved, but living with ADHD has made it difficult to be in long-term romantic relationships. After being stood up, and having a chance encounter with a hot Australian guy she meets on the same night, she ends up… pregnant!

Can Lizzy and Rake co-parent without the hot, steamy roll in the sack they had when they met? Isn’t that a loaded question!

My Thoughts:

I really liked this one. It’s a fun, easy, and super-steamy read that had me rooting for the couple from the beginning. I liked Lizzy and all her quirks. ADHD is well represented and provides insight into what it’s like living with it for those unfamiliar with the diagnosis. Rake is the perfect guy all around, sometimes a little too perfect even. But his little mishap at the end helped to ’round him out’.

There are a lot of detailed sexual scenes, so if reading about that makes you uncomfortable, stay clear, otherwise, enjoy!

Four Stars!

Book Review: We’ll Meet Again

Author: Rhonda Forrest

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

This is book 3 of a trilogy.

SUMMARY: A few years have passed since the tragic war in Rabaul, New Guinea, where the Americans accidentally sink an unmarked Australian ship with Prisoners of War, thinking it was a Japanese ship. In this 3rd installment, we meet back up with Grace, whose father leaves her when she was little to fight in the war. When her father leaves he entrusts Grace to her mother who has other plans for her life which don’t include being a mom. So, Grace is adopted and for many years after, she talks to the evening star hoping to find her real father. After the war, Grace’s biological father goes on a relentless search for Grace but because her mother changed her surname the two remain separated. Grace is raised by a lovely couple, but when she meets the love of her life, Ewan, her father forces them to part not believing Ewan is good enough for his daughter. But every decision changes the course that’s planned. Every action causes a new chain reaction in our lives and will the young couple’s forced separation bring about the closure that Grace has dreamt of as a little girl?

My Thoughts: I loved this book with all my heart. I’m a big critic when it comes to series and trilogies, often finding that the first book is the best. But, Elizabeth’s Star trilogy proved me wrong. So Wrong. While I absolutely loved books one and two, book three, We’ll Meet Again, blew me away with its heartfelt words, and rich, loving characters. We’re first introduced to Grace in book one and it was there that I fell deeply in love with her. I was so happy to be reunited with Grace’s path and learn about her life as a young woman and follow her’s and Ewan’s fascinating journey. The descriptions were so vivid, and at times, I felt I was right there with them as their relationship blossomed.

The ending was just beautiful. I couldn’t have hoped for a more satisfying ending to such an amazing story about family, love and finding oneself.

Five Stars

The Homewreckers

🌟Book Review🌟
Thank you to @netgalley and the publisher @stmartinspress for the advance review copy.

Release Date: May 2022
GENRE: Women’s Fiction

SUMMARY: Hattie, a widowed and still grieving young woman works for her father-in-law’s business restoring houses. After a poor decision leaves her financially unstable, she reluctantly agrees to do a home renovation reality show. Hattie goes on a hunt searching for the perfect home to renovate on the show and what she ends up with is way more than an old, dilapidated house when the wallet of a woman who went missing 18 years prior turns up hidden inside.

MY THOUGHTS: I really liked it.
The story is told from multiple perspectives, allowing readers to learn more about some of the side characters. I found there to be two major storylines: The home renovation reality show and the missing person mystery from years ago. But, I never felt like the two storylines were disconnected in any way. The progression and revelations of each were nicely intertwined throughout.
The story had some romance but isn’t romance-centred. I found myself wondering early on who Hattie would fall for and after her feelings developed, I wished she’d move on as I guessed quite early what the outcome of the relationship would be. I also had an early sneaking suspicion about who the guilty party would be, and I was right.
The characters were all well developed, especially Cass; I loved Cass’ character, Hattie’s best friend. She was a great addition to bring Hattie comfort and support during high-tension times. Together, Hattie and Cass made a great team.
I found the pacing sometimes a little slow with too much detail around the house renovation, but other than that, this was a really good, easy, and memorable read.

Four Stars.

Book Review: The Stars Forgot Us

Title: The Stars Forgot Us

Author: R.J Garcia

Publication Date: March 30th, 2022 by Midnight Tide Publishing

Genre: ParanormalSuspenseYoung Adult

Rating: Five Stars!

Book Summary: Fifteen-year-old Jacob returns to his hometown with his mother and brother to start over. When strange things begin to happen, Jacob questions what is real and what he’s simply imagining. After discovering a teenage girl named Ary, secretly living in his house, Jacob takes it upon himself to help her, even if it means going against his mom and the authorities.

After spending some time together, Ary and Jacob form a connection, and Ary comes clean about why she’s in hiding and about her past. Jacob enlists the help of his cousin and friend to help him unravel the truth behind Ary’s strange predicament and the bond he and her form makes him do the unthinkable! Against his better judgment, he goes to the house where Ary ran from, the house that he knows he should stay away from.

Is Ary suffering from a mental illness, like his brother, or is she really running away from evil? Jacob stops at nothing to find out.

My Thoughts: I loved this book! It captured me from the get-go, and never let go.

This is a young adult/coming-of-age mystery full of eery suspense and creepy vibes, in a good way. It reminded me of Stranger Things, and I LOVED that show! The book is written in first-person perspective and it is mainly in Jacob’s POV, but Ary does have a few chapters where we get to dive deep into her memories to learn more about her chilling past. Jacob is sweet, good-natured, and his desire to want to help and protect Ary was endearing, especially for a boy his age. I loved the twist at the end!

I recommend this to anyone who likes paranormal, suspense, with young love intertwined. R.J Garcia has done it again with another spellbinding, twisty treat that you won’t want to put down until it’s finished, and even then, you’ll be wanting more.

Five Stars.

Happy Publication Day! This book is now available for sale.

Cover Reveal: Twenty-Eight Years

Title: Twenty-Eight Years

Author: Telma Rocha

Publication Date: Summer 2022

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Women’s Fiction

A past love and a new romance have more in common than Jenna bargained for!

Book Summary: Jenna Taylor has it all, or so she thinks: a secure job as a journalist at a prestigious magazine in downtown Toronto, a steady relationship, and a bestie everyone wants. When her fiancé, Josh Harrison, gives her the ultimatum to start a family now or they’re over forever, she’s shocked and hurt. His sudden announcement forces Jenna to accept a much-anticipated promotion in Quebec City—one she would have turned down for him. The promotion comes at the most convenient time and the distance is just the perfect amount of space to start over and nurse her broken heart.

But, when Jenna meets Liam Garnier in Quebec City, the shocking resemblances between the two men unnerves her. Could it be possible that they just look alike—not likely! Jenna takes it upon herself to discover the truth. The reality of the situation comes with a lot of consequences: hurt the people she loves the most or remain quiet and keep the truth from Twenty-Eight years ago buried. Can Jenna live with what she knows and not tell the ones she loves, and can she do so without it tearing her apart?

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Book Review of: Built to Last

Title: Built to Last

Author: Erin Hahn

Genre: Adult Romance

Publication Date: October 2022

🌟Book Review🌟
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, St martins press, for the advance review copy.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

Summary: Cameron and Shelby first fell in love on set in front of millions of viewers. They were costars on a TV show from an early age until their late teens. Circumstances force them apart and years later, they are once again brought together by another TV opportunity, this time, a reality home renovation show. Can they get over all the public mistakes they made as kids all those years ago and finally admit their love for each other?

My Thoughts: I really liked this one.

The characters were likeable, the story was engaging, and the supporting characters were phenomenal—even the antagonist. Shelby and Cameron’s love shined through, and I rooted for them all the way. The only thing keeping me from giving it 5 stars was the slightly missing wow factor with the final climax. I had expected a bit more punch with a lot more anxiety-filled moments, but it was simply a sweet, well-written wrapup. It was actually fitting of the characters the more I consider it.

There are a lot of sexually mature scenes. So this is definitely not appropriate for younger audiences despite the cutesy cover.

Four Stars

Book Review of: The Suite Spot

Title: The Suit Spot

Author: Trish Doller

Publication Date: March 2022


Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the advance review copy of this book.

Summary: Rachel loses her prestigious well-loved job in Florida and relocates to an isolated island further north. Her heart is broken as she’s never been able to win the love of the father of her 3-year-old daughter, so when she meets, Mason, her new boss, she doesn’t expect to fall head over heels for him. But she does! Mason, however, has to deal with his heartache before he can let Rachel in. Will the Heartbreaks of the past prevent these two from having a future? Read on!

My Thoughts: I loved it.
This is a super sweet, feel-good romance that will curl you up into one big hug. I loved every word, every page, every chapter. Likeable and imperfect characters will keep you wanting more!  I was happy for Mason and Rachel but wasn’t ready to let them go! I need to know more. I want a sequel about their happy ever after! Somewhat predictable, and mushy, but was just what I needed.

This book is now available for purchase!

Book Review: Haven

Author: Emma Donoghue

Thank you to @netgalley and the publisher for the advanced review copy.

Release Date: August 2022
GENRE: Historical Fiction

2.5 Stars

3 religious men set out on a small boat in search of an island after their leader has a dream.

This book caught my attention because of the premise and author but I’m so sad to say it wasn’t for me. The writing is undeniably beautiful, but I just couldn’t fall in love with the characters, and with the lack of adventure, it fell short.  The characters lacked conviction and the plot lacked excitement. I just found it boring and couldn’t get excited about the story. Because the writing is superb, and I’ve loved the author’s other books, I rounded it up to three stars. You might like it more or even love it if you don’t mind a slow plot.

Book Review: As Seen on TV

Title: As Seen On TV

Author: Meredith Schorr

Three Stars

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced review copy of this book.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 2022

Adi Gellar, a journalist from New York has had it with trying to find love in the city, so she heads out to a small town hoping to research and write a master of a piece about the residents and their objection to a new development project, and maybe fall in love. But what she finds is that the small town is unlike the other Hallmark small towns she’s used to from her romanticized movie obsession. But what the town has is the dreamy and delicious Finn who works for the developer.

There’s instant chemistry between the two, but when family obligations get in the way, Adi must decide what she really wants and what she’s willing to forgive, all while struggling to find a new angle to her story.

Overall, I didn’t love it as I hoped I would, but I liked it. The ending for me saved this book. I finally found that deep connection that I was looking for throughout.  What I struggled with the most was that the book just didn’t capture my attention for the first half. I found the characters a tad boring to follow in the beginning and it really wasn’t until the second half that it picked up, and I became more invested. Once that happened, I fell into an enjoyable rhythm, rooting and cheering them on.

An easy read with characters you’ll grow to enjoy.