September Book Review

September Book Review

It’s my September Book Review!

And all the readers said AMEN!!

I am super, super, super pumped about this month’s post because I enjoyed all five books that I read.  Sit back, grab yourself some coffee, open up your Amazon app and start ordering you something to read.  This batch does not disappoint!  (And psssst: if you’re not a reader, you should immediately stop here and go watch Ozark on Netflix.  Seriously, it’s such good TV!!!)

First up…

Oh Beatriz Williams, YOU HAVE REDEEMED YOURSELF!  I have been waiting and waiting and waiting to fall in love with another Beatriz Williams book and this month, I did!  I loved The Secret Life of Violet Grant!  If you recall, last year, I read A Hundred Summers and LOVED it!  I even named it one of the top 3 books of 2016.  Then, I read several of her books and they just flopped for me (The Wicked City, Along the Infinite Sea, and A Certain Age).  I just kept waiting to love them as much as I loved A Hundred Summers…but then, you ladies suggested this one, and it was FANTASTIC!  This is a fictional tale of two ladies (one set back during WWI and the other around the 1960s).  Each chapter goes back and forth from one girl to the other, but their stories are intertwined.  What I loved most about this book was that it satisfied so many of things I love in a good novel: great love story, check; suspense, check; an unexpected plot twist, check; great characters that leave me wanting more with each page, check, check CHECK!  I could not put this book down.  This story has more meat to it.  It’s not one of those light chick lit books I adore so much…it’s perfect for those of you who like something heaveir, but I also felt like it satisfied the chick lit lover in me too.  Now, I’m ready to conquer another Williams’ book!

I read the third installment of the Crazy Rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan and loved it just as much as I did the other two.  Rich People Problems was…the perfect ending (Is it the end though???  I don’t know????  I can see a fourth one in his future!) of the story.  If you haven’t read these books yet, you should try the first one, Crazy Rich Asians.  They’re really clever and witty little novels about this huge family in Singapore.  Here’s the best part about reading the third one…I knew who all of the characters were!  Ha!  If you’ve read the first two, then you know what I’m talking about.  There are so many characters in these books and they’re so intertwined, that the author has a family tree at the front of all three books so that you don’t get confused.  I must say, quite proudly, that I only had to refer to it twice reading the third book 😉 .  Go and read the first one and if you love it, keep going.  If you loved the first two (Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend) then I guarantee you will love this one too.  It just wraps up everything quite nicely.

Whoa.  The Dry was GOOD.

You girls suggested this book to me over the summer and for whatever reason, I just now got around to it…and it was such a good read!!  This novel takes place in a small town in Australia and there have been some deaths…and I can’t say much more than that. 😉  This book hooked me on the first page.  I thought it read quickly, I loved all of the characters, I had no idea how it was going to end…and I could not put this one down.  If you like books that are suspenseful, you must read this one.  This was such a fun and unexpected surprise.  As much as I love the chick lit, a good old-fashioned “who done it” makes me happy too.

I’ve been on a Kristan Higgins kick lately because her chick lit books just make me smile.  They read a bit like a Hallmark movie (sweet, lovie dovie and slightly predictable), but they’re always entertaining and a nice little escape.  Well…On Second Thought has been my favorite so far!  I liked the other ones, but I loved this one!!  This book is about two sisters and each chapter is from their perspective (it goes back and forth).  One sister is recently widowed at a young age and the other, is recently dumped by her boyfriend of 11 years.  Both sisters are likable, relatable and I just wanted to be both of their friends.  I read this one quickly and loved every page.  If you are in need of a light little chick lit book, here it is.  It’s just a book of good feelings.

Holy cow.  Don’t read this one late at night in the dark by yourself.  Eeeeks!  I loved The Couple Next Door.  When we were in Mexico last week, all of my girlfriends were passing this one around.  We somehow had two copies and I’m pretty sure almost all of us read it before we left.  This novel is full of mystery and suspense.  I mean…you will be hooked right away.  This story is about a couple and well, something tragic happens to them (I don’t want to say and spoil it) at the beginning of the book and then…you have to read the whole thing to see how it unfolds.  Men and women alike would love this book.  I did not know how it was going to end…but I was dying to find out.  This is a good one that I promise you will be passing around too!!

And then one more for today…

Look at this beautiful children’s book my friend April Graney wrote!!  The Marvelous Mud House is a story she wrote after her and her family returned home from Kenya a few years ago.  It’s loosely based on a family they interacted with while they were there.  We have LOVED reading this book this month!!  I love any story that teaches my kiddos contentment, joy, fulfillment and love.  If you’re looking for a sweet book for your little ones, I highly recommend this one.  It’s such a sweet tale.

Okay, that wraps up my September Book Review!  What did you read this month???  I would love some new suggestions!  Please comment and share!!!

To see a complete list of all of the books I’ve read so far this year plus links to their reviews, click HERE.

Don’t forget, you can catch my 2016 Book Review HERE.  It includes the names and reviews of all 62 books I read last year.

You can also see the complete list of books I read in 2015 (all 63 of them),  here.
And lastly, if you want to view my Goodreads Account, click here.
Happy Thursday, friends!  I hope you find yourself with a few minutes to spend in a good book today. xo
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  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog September 28, 2017 at 4:51 am

    I just bought The Couple Next Door. It’s sitting right next to me now and will be the next book I get to once I finish my current one. It sounds reeeeal good and dark, perfect for me!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Reply Eileen September 28, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Love your book reviews! Can’t wait to check some of these out.

  • Reply Alexis September 28, 2017 at 5:09 am

    You have to read Lisa Wingate’s book, “Before We Were Yours.” I’d be surprised if it didn’t end up being one of your top reads for 2016. It’s an incredibly good book and pulls at your heartstrings!!

    • Reply Megan September 28, 2017 at 8:21 am

      I second this book! I couldn’t put it down and it was happy and heartbreaking at the same time. A must read!

    • Reply Joy September 28, 2017 at 9:50 am

      YES!!! I listened to it this month and it gave me CHILLS!!! I just can’t even imagine………

    • Reply Tracy Kistler September 28, 2017 at 9:54 am

      This is our book club read for next month! 😊

    • Reply Deana Lewis September 28, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      I <3 Lisa Wingate!

  • Reply Missy Bergquist September 28, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Currently reading Silent Child by Sarah Denzil… SO GOOD.

  • Reply Elspeth Mizner September 28, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Great review! I may add a few of these to my list. I’m big into biographies/memoirs. What ones have you read in the past and enjoyed?

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama September 28, 2017 at 5:48 am

      The first ones that come to mind are the memoirs by Melanie Shankle. Her newest one comes out this Tuesday too!

      • Reply Elspeth Mizner September 28, 2017 at 6:42 am

        Thank you! I will definitely look into those!

    • Reply Melanie S September 28, 2017 at 8:55 am

      I agree with Shay, Melanie Shankle’s books are awesome. Sophie Hudson’s are my absolute favorite!

  • Reply Sarah September 28, 2017 at 5:33 am

    I also read and LOVED The Couple Next Door!! She wrote a new book that was just released last month – A Stranger in the House! That’s on my list next, and All the Missing Girls!

    Thanks for the review!!


  • Reply Alexis September 28, 2017 at 5:40 am

    *top reads for 2017. Whoops! Typed too fast and hit the wrong number.

  • Reply Shannon September 28, 2017 at 5:46 am

    I was going to suggest The Secret Life of Violet Grant! Never mind! So good though. Also loved the Asians series. So..I’m of no help on the suggestion front. 😀

    • Reply Grace October 1, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      I tried reading the Asian series but am stuck on the first book. I just couldn’t keep the characters straight. I didn’t know there was a family tree in the front – one of the cons I suppose of reading it on a kindle. I will try to find the family tree and print it out. Maybe that will help me finish it and get more into the story.

      • Reply Mix and Match Mama October 2, 2017 at 5:01 am

        The family tree helped so much!!

  • Reply Laura September 28, 2017 at 5:48 am

    If you are looking for another good series by the same author check out the author Lawrence Anthony. He wrote “The elephant whisperer”, “Babylons Ark” and “The Last Rhino”. They are true stories about his life in South Africa and overlap with many world events that he ended up becoming involved in. These books left me always wanting more and a few of my good friends have. Become obsessed with them too. Plus I think your kids would appreciate some of the stories in them.

  • Reply Annie September 28, 2017 at 5:51 am

    The Paris Architect
    Small Great Things
    The Girl with Seven Names

    • Reply Danielle Sliepka September 28, 2017 at 7:28 am

      The Girl with Seven Names was SO good!!!!

  • Reply Erika Slaughter September 28, 2017 at 5:52 am

    The Couple Next Door was so good!! And I’m adding The Dry to my must read list now! These posts make me want to call in sick and do nothing but read. Think Tab would mind missing work so I can read? Hahaha!

  • Reply Lindsay September 28, 2017 at 5:59 am

    I’ve read a few great ones this month–
    -“Before We Were Yours,” by Lisa Wingate
    -“One True Loves,” by Taylor Jenkins Reid
    -“Who Thought This Was A Good Idea,” by Alyssa Mastromonaco.
    -“The Mountain Between Us,” by Charles Martin *soon to be a movie in theaters!*

    I know you’ve already read “One True Loves” but posting it in case any readers checking out the comments are looking for a good one! Mastromonaco’s book wasn’t my ‘usual’ type of read but I LOVED getting to read about what it’s like to work inside the White House, on campaigns and for a president. It was a quick but great read. Wingate’s book ripped my heart out but was wonderful all at the same time with it’s fiction and non-fiction parts.

    YOU have inspired me to read, read, read! Thanks, Shay!

  • Reply Brandi September 28, 2017 at 6:03 am

    Shay you need to read Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams next, its the 2nd book in the series after The Secret Life of Violet Grant. Along the Infinite Sea is the last in the series and I loved that one.

    • Reply Sandra September 28, 2017 at 9:58 am

      I’ll second that – Tiny Little Things by Beatriz Williams is excellent! Might be my favourite of hers.

  • Reply Narci September 28, 2017 at 6:11 am

    I love your book reviews and chatting about/swapping books with you, friend!! I need to read the Dry! It sounds great!!!

  • Reply Sally Hepworth September 28, 2017 at 6:11 am

    My favourite post of the month! I loved The Dry and not just because the author, Jane Harper, is a friend of mine. Her new book Force of Nature is out this week and it is just as good. I also just read Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate recently and it was a great read. Reminded me a lot of Orphan Train. I’m starting on Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng now. Happy reading 📚 📖

    • Reply Kristin Oldham September 29, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Wait!!!! Are you THE Sally Hepworth? Of “The Things We Keep”????? Because I loved that book and HIGHLY RECOMMEND it!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Shannon Foltz September 28, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Excited to read The Couple Next Door. If you liked Behind Closed Doors that author also wrote The Break Down and it was SO good…maybe even a little better for me than the first book. Another one that I could not put down was The Marriage Lie.

  • Reply Holly September 28, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Loved The Dry and The Couple Next Door!!! Soooo good, right? Currently reading “All the Missing Girls” by Megan Miranda. Love your book reviews!

  • Reply Laura Fredlund September 28, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Just finished reading A Look Into Love by Sarah Jio and liked it.. the first thalf if the book isn’t as good the the second half.. but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Next I’m on to “the Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper” by Phaedra Patrick.

  • Reply Lora LaRosa September 28, 2017 at 6:17 am

    Shari Lapena’s second book “A Stranger in the House” is just as good as her first book. It is a little easier to figure out what is going to happen after reading her first book. It was hard to put it down because I wanted to see what was going to happen.

  • Reply Tabitha September 28, 2017 at 6:31 am

    I didn’t realize it was a series, but definitely read Tiny Little Thing. I loved it. I read them all out of order. I read infinite sea, tiny little thing, now I need to read Violet Grant. Always look forward to your book reviews! 😬

  • Reply Meghan September 28, 2017 at 6:32 am

    I just finished “The Girl from the Sea.” Very good and quite the page turner!!

  • Reply sydnee September 28, 2017 at 6:33 am

    I loved The Couple Next Door. Her new book, A Stranger in the House, is another good one!

    Sydnee | Design by Sydnee

  • Reply Amanda September 28, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Great reviews! Time to buy some more books!

  • Reply Hannah September 28, 2017 at 6:43 am

    If you are looking for another good Beatriz Williams book you should try ‘Tiny Little Things’. Her books are hit or miss for me too but i really enjoyed that one!

  • Reply martha caputo September 28, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Have you read “the identicals” by ElIn Hildebrand?? I know you have mentioned you like her books – me too – this one was my FAVORITE so far. Definitely worth reading! Always love reading your book reviews!!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama September 28, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Yes!! I loved it!! I reviewed it in July!

  • Reply Stephanie Shin September 28, 2017 at 6:52 am

    I highly recommend 10% Happier by Dan Harris (ABC news correspondent) and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Both memoirs – the first is clever, funny, thoughtful… Second is poignant and moving. 🙂

  • Reply Kristine September 28, 2017 at 6:58 am

    All of these are available at the library! Eek! So excited! Just need to finish Truly, Madly, Guilty first! Just curious if you ever read nonfiction?

  • Reply Dianna September 28, 2017 at 7:03 am

    If Sheaffer can, then I can! Putting The Couple Next Door in my cart!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama September 28, 2017 at 8:04 am

      I said almost all of them read it 😉 .

      • Reply Dianna September 29, 2017 at 7:36 am

        Ah, wishful thinking I guess! It won’t stop me, I still believe one day she will read a book and LIKE IT 🙂 and I’m still reading the creepy book for Halloween reasons.

  • Reply Taylor September 28, 2017 at 7:09 am

    I picked up The Dry from the library last week so I’m excited to start that one! Last month I read The Breakdown by B.A Paris and really enjoyed it. In my opinion it wasn’t as good as Behind Closed Doors, this book was a little more on the lighter side, but was still a good read!

  • Reply Katy A September 28, 2017 at 7:17 am

    I loved the Kevin Kwan trilogy of books. I read Crazy Rich Asians overnight one night because I just couldn’t stop! I thought Rich People Problrms wrapped it all up nicely but I kind of want more, too. 🙂

  • Reply Sara September 28, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I’m so surprised that you liked Ozark. It just doesn’t seem like your type of thing.

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama September 28, 2017 at 8:04 am

      Breaking Bad is my very favorite show EVER, and this reminded me of that.

      • Reply Sara Wolf September 29, 2017 at 12:49 am

        I just started watching Ozark because I would watch Jason Bateman read the phone book – I just love him. Seems pretty dark so far but I like it. Loved Breaking Bad too.

  • Reply Abbie Duvall September 28, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Small Great Things- by Jodi Picoult . SOOOO good!!
    All The Missing Girls- Megan Miranda . Amazing!!

    I can’t wait to read some of the books you read this month! They sound great especially the couple next door.

    • Reply Alexa September 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      I second Small Great Joys! SO good!

  • Reply Laura @ Laura Likes Design September 28, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I loved The Couple Next Door! Ordering The Dry right away!

  • Reply Anne September 28, 2017 at 7:36 am

    Perfect timing! I needed some new book suggestions:)

  • Reply Elysa DeLoach September 28, 2017 at 7:38 am

    You have to read “Tiny Little Thing” then “Along the Infinite Sea” by Beatriz next, in that order. It follows the sisters and gives each of their stories! You’ll love it.

  • Reply Angelique at Four Points Mom September 28, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I just love when you give me a long list of books to add to my “to-read” list. Yay! I don’t think you’ve read The Doll House yet. I just finished it and I highly recommend it! It is another book that goes back and forth between two women in different eras, but the first timeframe is the 1960s in NYC. Such a cool book!

  • Reply Kara September 28, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Ozark is awesome!! I can’t wait for the second season.

    I like the review at the end of the children’s book…maybe you could start including that each month? I always like getting suggestions for a good children’s book. Thanks!

  • Reply Alexandra C September 28, 2017 at 7:53 am

    I haven’t read it yet, but the 4th Winter book, Winter Solstice, from Elin Hilderbrand will be on my doorstep on Tuesday and I’m super excited for it!

    • Reply Heidi Shaker Luna September 28, 2017 at 8:24 am

      I didn’t even know a 4th is coming out! I’m just about to start the third this week…I love that series!

  • Reply Alexis deZayas September 28, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Love these posts!! Try Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave!

    • Reply Celina September 29, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      I loved Eight Hundred Grapes too!

  • Reply Erica Burns September 28, 2017 at 7:54 am

    I read “Her Every Fear” by Peter Swanson, and “The Kind Worth Killing” also by Peter Swanson, very good! Now I am reading, “What She Knew” by Gilly Macmillan

    • Reply Kelly September 28, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      “The Kind Worth Killing” was my favorite book of the year for 2016 (although I read it into 2017, so maybe it should count for this year instead…). SO good! And I loved “What She Knew”!

  • Reply Meagan Ruse September 28, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Hey- I call The Dry next (please!!!) 🙂

  • Reply Mary September 28, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Favorite post of the month!! Loving Let.It.Go. I feel like this book was written for me!!!!

  • Reply Lindsey Starr September 28, 2017 at 8:11 am

    You should check out The One That Got Away by Bethany Chase. It is similar to a Kristan Higgins novel. It reads like a romantic comedy, but with more depth and even some poignant moments dealing with loss. I absolutely loved it!!!

  • Reply Heidi Shaker Luna September 28, 2017 at 8:19 am

    I’ve been hooked on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books! I read Forever Interrupted and One True Loves in one week and enjoyed them both! Island Girls by Nancy Thayer is also good! Have you read Jen Hatmaker’s newest, Of Mess and Moxie? My Cooking Club is reading that this month, and she is such a hoot!

  • Reply heidi September 28, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Ooh I love book review days!
    I read ‘ what she knew’.. I loved it !!!!
    I’m gonna go order some more. . Thanks shay!

  • Reply Elizabeth September 28, 2017 at 8:25 am

    If you liked “Water for Elephants”, I’d recommend Night Circus by Erica Morgenstern or The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman. Both were phenomenal

  • Reply Taylor September 28, 2017 at 8:34 am

    I haven’t been reading as much as I normally do this last month, but I just started Jane Austen’s England and I’m excited to see how it goes! I’m still recommending I’m a Stranger Here Myself for you… 🙂 Different genre than a lot of these books, but I think being so familiar with England, you will find it hilarious. Have a great Thursday!

  • Reply Lauren September 28, 2017 at 8:35 am

    definitely read Tiny Little Thing by Williams – it’s connected to Violet Grant!! I’ve got The Dry and Couple Next Door on my list, i’ve already read the other three – and loved!

  • Reply Jennifer September 28, 2017 at 8:37 am

    You need to add Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan to your list. I know you will absolutely adore it! It is about a lady who moves to Cornwall to get away from a breakup. It has bread baking, a pet puffin and good clean romance. It’s part of a series too, which I always love!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama September 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      I read that one!! It’s so cute!!

  • Reply Nikki September 28, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Try Charles Martin – his books are amazing! When crickets cry, Water from my heart, A life intercepted, Wrapped in Rain… He has a bunch and I am loving working my way through them!

    • Reply Mary Jane McNeill October 7, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      I LOVE anything by Charles Martin!! “The Mountain Between Us” is one of the 10 BEST Books I’ve ever read! I can’t wait to see the movie!! (They’d better not ruin it)

  • Reply Tanya Carr September 28, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Hello Shay!
    If you want a easy, super fast, light-hearted, murder mystery AND so funny and cute….you have to read the Jana Deleon Swamp series. Start with the 1st one Louisiana Longshot. I promise you will fall in love with the main characters and this series will make your heart smile 😉

  • Reply Jennifer September 28, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Behind Closed Doors and the Breakdown by B.A. Paris and The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

  • Reply Brice September 28, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Love Does by Bob Goff 🙂 light hearted, funny yet incredibly inspirational. You will look at life differently after reading this book!

  • Reply Briana September 28, 2017 at 8:52 am

    I love, love, love all of Kevin Kwan’s books! I just read “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo” by Taylor Jenkins Reed and thought it was so good. May be one you like!

    Briana |

  • Reply Julie September 28, 2017 at 8:58 am

    I also loved ‘The Couple Next Door.’ I dread flying, and boy did this book keep me occupied on my summer flights. (Even on the smaller planes-eeeek!). I just read and enjoyed ‘Before We Were Yours.’ It’s sad but moving and a great read. Based on a true story, it tells about Georgia Tann…a woman in the South who ran an “adoption agency” in the 40s. What she really did, was “kidnap” children from poverty stricken homes, and give them up for adoption to the rich and famous. It tugs at your heart, because it really happened! but it’s a great read. I also loved ‘The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.’ My favorite read of the summer. Just a great story with tons of Hollywood glamour! Lastly, do you read Elizabeth Berg? I had an advance copy of her newest due out in Nov ‘The Story of Arthur Truluv.’ Just a sweet novel about the deep friendship between an elderly widow and a young (kind of lost) teenager who meet at a cemetery while mourning their beloved. Sounds dark, but it’s very cheerful an uplifting. Thanks for your reviews-always enjoy!

  • Reply Lauren M September 28, 2017 at 9:03 am

    YAYYY for a new Beatriz Williams that is good!!! Cant wait to pick it up. A hundred summers was AMAZING!

  • Reply I Shal C September 28, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Yay! 3 new ones for my To Read list! Loved Rich People Problems and the ending too. Here’s my list of Sept reads and recommendations:

  • Reply Summer September 28, 2017 at 9:22 am

    I read “The Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline (it’s amazing!), “Wonder” by RJ Palacio (must read!) and “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi. All 3 were amazing! And, if you’re looking for a show to binge watch, try “This is Us.” It’s only had one season so far and season 2 just started. It’s my fav!

  • Reply Lauren D September 28, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I’m reading The Life She Was Given right now and I can’t put it down…

  • Reply LeAnn September 28, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I love this post each month! One of your readers posted about Silent Child by Sarah Denzil above and it is only $0.99 on Amazon Kindle today 🙂

    • Reply Debbie Hibbert September 28, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      Thanks for letting us know about this Leann! I just downloaded it.

  • Reply Beth Glidden September 28, 2017 at 9:32 am

    My favorite Beatriz Williams book is “Overseas”. I’ve read it a few times and it is so good!

  • Reply kim September 28, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I can’t remember if Shay read the Winter series!!! I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!! I read the first two. Absolutely loved them!!! Going to read the next two – but trying to wait until at least November. hahahahaha Elin had a quiz on her website that everyone could take to see which character they are like. It’s cute!

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama September 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      I’ve read all three!! I love, love, love them!!

  • Reply Tracy Millar September 28, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I read One True Loves based on your recommendations and it was amazing! It is making the rounds now with my friends and so far everyone gives it two thumbs up!

  • Reply Amanda @ That Inspired Chick September 28, 2017 at 9:51 am

    The Break Down. But I’ve already told you that one. Definitely a little lighter than Behind Closed Doors but still full of mystery and suspense. And ohhhhh the plot twists!! I’m almost finished with The Couple Next Door and might have to go with The Dry next. I’m on a thriller/suspense kick right now! Happy reading, friend!!

    That Inspired Chick

  • Reply Chrissy September 28, 2017 at 9:51 am

    My favorite book I’ve read so far this year it ‘The Heart’s Invisible Furies.” I belong to Book of the Month Club, and this was the book I picked for August. It was LONG but I could not put it down! It follows the life of a man born in Ireland in the ’40s–every chapter is another 7 years gone by. It’s meaningful, relevant, and heartbreaking. I think you’d love it!

  • Reply Becky Carl September 28, 2017 at 9:54 am

    You will love Andy Andrews’ books! Start with The Traveler’s Gift and you will be hooked!

  • Reply Amanda September 28, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I wonder if you would ever consider giving little disclaimers about books that are a bit racy? I know that is subjective. I started the Violet Grant book (at the suggestion of another blogger who is a believer) and I had to put it down early on in the story after the main character hopped into bed with a virtual stranger. I might have to give up on all contemporary literature if I want to avoid this stuff but I know there are books out there that are not so soul-polluting. I sound like an absolute fuddy duddy but in reality I am a prolific reader desperate for good books without all the sex!

  • Reply Savannah September 28, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Have you ever read The Time Traveler’s Wife? It’s a MUST! It’s the only fiction novel I’ve ever read twice… and I just finished it for a third time. I also read Nicholas Sparks’ True Believer and its sequel, At First Sight. Both were good, though I think True Believer was better. Anything I’ve ever read by Sparks is good– have you read his stuff?

  • Reply Allison September 28, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I just read Little Fires Everywhere and Before We Were Yours. Absolutely LOVED them both!! Now starting A Hundred Summers thanks to your awesome reviews!!

  • Reply Linda Henderson September 28, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Thank you for your book recommendations. I have finished the first two Kevin Kwan novels and will definitely read the third. You have probably read Wonder by R.J. Palacio but if you have not, it is terrific. A friend told me in no uncertain terms to “Read it” and I am so glad she did. Soon to be a new movie with Julia Roberts.

  • Reply Jessica September 28, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I am currently reading Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight and think you would totally love it! I can’t put it down!

  • Reply Lacey Bean September 28, 2017 at 10:18 am

    I love the Kevin Kwan books! I really hope he keeps it going. They are so entertaining!

  • Reply Kristen September 28, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Hi!! I’m not sure if you have read The Break Down by B.A Paris, but it is incredible! I loved her book Behind Closed Doors, which I think I saw you read in one of your reviews! Read the Break Down if you haven’t, major page turner!!

  • Reply B.Y.S. September 28, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I don’t order a whole lot of books. I go back and forth between free Kindle books and books we already have laying around here at the house.


  • Reply Christine September 28, 2017 at 10:22 am

    Allie & Bea needs to be one of your next reads! It’s engaging, funny, sad, scary & heartwarming all in one and I LOVED it!

  • Reply Eileen September 28, 2017 at 10:37 am

    The Salt House – The Heirs – Before We Were Yours are all great reads.

  • Reply Andrea Breece September 28, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Love your book reviews!!! I should have mine done in a few days. Trying to finish up “believe me” by Yolanda Hadid. As a fellow chronic Lyme suffer I have LOVED it!!! I’ll post my blog in case someone wants to check back later for my book review.

  • Reply Stephanie September 28, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Books with a Fall flavor : The Sparrow Sister
    Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
    Must Reads: Dreamland Burning
    Small Great Things

    Happy Reading!!

  • Reply Lori Reggio September 28, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Read Adriana Trigiani She is amazing. start with Big Stone Gap

  • Reply Stacy G September 28, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you! I am traveling to Nashville next week and next a couple of new books. I write this every month and won’t stop posting it until you read it [wink wink]: I suggest you read ‘Necessary Lies’ by Diane Chamberlain

  • Reply Stacy G September 28, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Ugh and of course, I had a typo … meant I NEED a couple of new books. Much love to you and your family. I read your blog first thing every morning!!

  • Reply Amy September 28, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Shay! We are so on the same page (haha see what I did there?) I read the Couple Next Door last month, just picked up Violet Grant and I finished watching Ozark this week. Adding the others to my Goodreads list. Thanks for another great review! What show are you watching now??

  • Reply Drew September 28, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    At the Corner of Bitter and Sweet!! Incredible, quick read. Ties in a good love story, history, and some pieces you just don’t know where they’ll go! The characters were engaging!

  • Reply Sara McQ September 28, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    If you’re looking for something with a little more depth, check out Sara Hagerty’s “Every Bitter Thing is Sweet.” She’s a faith based author, and the Story sort of reminds me of what you’ve shared over the years with infertility/pregnancy/adoption. She’ll make you feel all the things, for sure! I read it before I was even married and it WRECKED me.

  • Reply Maggie Z September 28, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    You need to read “On Fire” by John O’Leary. It’s a true story about a boy who gets burned badly as a kid & his journey through it all. It’s extremely inspiring!

  • Reply Abigail Carter September 28, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Love your book reviews! A Stranger In The House (by same author as The Couple Next Door) is a good one too! I also liked Lost & Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis. I am reading a fun marriage book/devotional also right now called The Love Dare…Each day for 40 days you have a dare you have to make for your spouse! Today’s dare was to call him at work and ask if I could do anything for him today that would make his day go better. I love it so far!

  • Reply Linda Z September 28, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I am currently enjoying Nina George’s – The Lititle French Bistro. Her descriptive writing style is quite beautiful.

    Have you read “Our Souls at Night?” The author is Kent Haruf. It’s unique. Jane Fonda and Robert Redford are going to star in a Netflix movie version that is to be released on Friday.

  • Reply Lindsay September 28, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Ok, this may sound strange since we don’t actually know each other but I just finished reading a book today and thought, “I wonder when Shay’s next book review will be because I definitely want to recommend this book!” It’s called Unbroken and it’s the true story of WWII survivor, Louis Zamperini. I love lighthearted chick lit, but this was one of those books that helps you remember things you’ve learned about the war all while making it so much more real because it’s a true story! As always, thanks for your book reviews, I look forward to them every month!

  • Reply Carly Schafer September 28, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I always look forward to these posts and always get so many good recommendations!

  • Reply Rachel September 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I just finished “You’re the One that I Want” by Giovanna Fletcher and thought it was good! Cute story and I couldn’t really guess the ending. She has several other books that look really cute too!

  • Reply Jennibell September 28, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    So you think you’ll continue on and read Tiny Little Thing? I think it might make you re-look at Along the Infinate Sea. I know you said you had a hard time following it….I listened to it on audio while I was painting my kitchen….maybe that made a difference?

  • Reply Shauna G September 28, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Knew I should have waited for this before ordering my books, can’t wait to read some of these!
    Have you reviewed One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid? Pretty sure you have- but if you haven’t you’ll love it!
    Also Tony Parsons; Man and boy and later instalment Man and Wife is incredible. Just finished the second this month, didn’t love it as much as the first but they’re both great reads.

    • Reply Mix and Match Mama September 29, 2017 at 4:36 am

      I have! So far, it might be my favorite book of the year :).

  • Reply Sara Wolf September 29, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Have you read Castle of Water by Dane Huckelbridge? I just finished it and loved it. I told my husband about it & he read & enjoyed it as well. One of the characters in the story is French & she made me think of you. So that’s the book I’m recommending!

  • Reply Kimberly Waller September 29, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I love your book reviews! I enjoyed The Dry also. Have you read Light Between Oceans…I am currently reading it and it is really good! I also read Night Road and A Mother’s Promise…both were good!

  • Reply Kimberly Waller September 29, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Also…I have mentioned this book before but have you read Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler?

  • Reply Kelsey Reinhard September 29, 2017 at 8:10 am

    A little different from what you normally read, but have you ever read Switch on Your Brain? It’s about changing our thinking patterns. Or You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado? Both vary from your normal reads, but if you’re looking for something a little different, you might try these!

  • Reply Elizabeth Stiles September 29, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Yay! So glad you read the Secret Life of Violet Grant. And I love the Crazy Rich Asian series too! Have you read any Renee Carlino books? I have read one after another and can’t stop! They are all good!

  • Reply Amber September 30, 2017 at 7:49 am

    They might be a little out of your usual reading style but Dragon Teeth by Micheal Crichton and The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff are great books. They’re both historical fiction, one about finding dinosaur bones in the late 1800s and the other about a circus in WWII. I couldn’t put either one down.

  • Reply KMN September 30, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Have you read Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave? Such a great book! I read it in a day.

  • Reply Liz Thorson September 30, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Loved Before We were Yours, Orphan Train, Unbroken, all mentioned by others. Just finished Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog, and wow, what a compelling memoir whether you are an athlete or not!

  • Reply Luann October 1, 2017 at 2:47 am

    I see someone else already recommended Charles Martin and I highly agree with that recommendation! Anything & everything by him! I just discovered him last year and have devoured everything he has written. A Mountain Between Us would be a good start since the movie version of that book is coming out in October. I would love to hear one of your reviews of one of his books. So so so good!

  • Reply Rebecca Rooney October 1, 2017 at 5:31 am

    I just finished The Olive Tree by Lucinda Riley, it was fantastic. It’s about a woman whose godfather leaves her a house in Greece after he dies and she returns for the summer with family.

  • Reply Catherine October 1, 2017 at 9:27 am

    What are your favorite children’s books? I would love to see a post about about books for kids.

  • Reply Vicki Leuck October 1, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Book Lovers Unite! If you liked Behind Clsed Doors…. you will like The Safest Lies. Check it out!!! Thanks for the awesome book review!

  • Reply Grace October 1, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Reading the Silent Wife now and I would recommend it if you liked Gone Girl.

  • Reply Rebecca Rooney October 2, 2017 at 4:59 am

    I started Behind Closed Doors today, after reading one of your previous reviews. I’m half way through and…. I am terrified!!!!!!! It is sooooo intense!!!!!!!

  • Reply Sheena Carpenter October 3, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    I’m gonna have to read em all. I love reading any kind of book really. And my lil ones and I are always needing bed time material. I highly recommend Lisa Jakson books. I’ve liked the books I’ve read so far. And Gillian Flynn books.

  • Reply Sheena Carpenter October 3, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I will have to read them all. I love reading any kind of book really and my lil ones are always looking for bed time stories. Lisa Jakson and Gillian Flynn are amazing authors.

  • Reply Jessica October 5, 2017 at 12:47 am

    I just finished Rich People Problems, I loved all 3 books, they are so fun! Did you hear that they are making Crazy Rich Asians into a movie? I also enjoyed The Dry and The Couple Next Door. I’m starting Little Fires Everywhere now. 🙂

  • Reply Julie October 9, 2017 at 4:03 am

    I LOVE your blog and have been following through your two adoptions. I adore the stories of these precious children — and all your stories, but the adoption aspect touches my heart in the BIGGEST way.

    Now, the editor/proofreader in me has to do this — just a little edit for something that drives me crazy when I see it.
    You wrote: “The Marvelous Mud House is a story she wrote after her and her family returned home from Kenya a few years ago.” That should read, “….a story she wrote after SHE and her family…..” (Forgive me! I had to.)

    Love and best wishes for you and your family!

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