• Chick Lit Book Review

    Waking Kate

    My Thoughts Waking Kate is fluffy and bittersweet, like a bite-sized confection that whets the appetite. The story is a stand-alone prequel to the novel Lost Lake and introduces readers to one of the main characters, Kate. From my understanding, it won’t bring anything new to the table for folks that have already read Lost Lake, but I found it an enjoyable read as someone new to Allen’s work. “Did I ever tell you about the day I finally let go of him? That day that led me to you?” While the book description sums up the plot quite well I was pleasantly surprised. The pacing of the story was…

  • Historical Fiction Book Review

    This Telling

    Warnings: Discussions of abortion My Thoughts This story took my breath away! This Telling is a bittersweet short about the difficult choices that young expectant mothers face with pregnancy; do you keep the child, abort it, give it up for adoption? How does this alter her path in life, can she be happy becoming a stay-at-home mother after a gunshot wedding? Geraldine contemplates about each of these questions as she finds herself pregnant for the first time at the age of eighteen, freshly graduated from high school with an unreliable boyfriend who has no interest in becoming a father at the cusp of adulthood. “She looked at her parents, clear-eyed…

  • Historical Fiction Book Review

    Malibu Rising

    Warnings: Sex, Violence My Thoughts We tend to take celebrity infidelities as a given, a form of entertainment, so much so that families are forgotten, human emotion barely feels real to the casual observer. With a flurry of people, it’s easy to get swept up, lost in the sea of celebrity worship. Malibu Rising is an ambitious family saga following the lives of the Riva family, the long-abandoned children of a legendary singer. The story begins with another celebrity scandal, model Nina has been dumped by her tennis pro husband, and as she prepares for the biggest party of the year she looks back on the past. The story shifts…

  • Chick Lit Book Review

    The Art of Arranging Flowers

    My Thoughts The Art of Arranging Flowers is a story about learning to open oneself up to the possibility of love and healing. It is a beautifully written small-town contemporary about Ruby, a florist that seems to know everything about everyone. She carefully arranges flowers for each person, using the language of flowers to make a perfect bouquet for every occasion. The descriptions were interesting, but I’ll admit that it became really tiresome. Ruby details every single flower and every single bouquet throughout the novel, which is a lot. The story follows a rather large cast of characters and there were quite a few times early on that I had…