February 2018 Book Review

, February 2018 Book Review
It’s Book Review Day!!!
Right now, this is me…
, February 2018 Book Review
I just LOVE Book Review Days!
This month, I read two chick lit books, a book that reminded me of Gone Girl, a memoir on French life and a book by one of my very favorite authors of all time.  Grab your coffee (or tea!), open up your Amazon cart and let’s kick this off…you’re going to want several of these 🙂 .
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Erika passed on Small Admissions to me, and I thought it was so cute!!  After last month’s line up of intense books (both fiction and non-fiction), I needed this light little read to start the month of love.  This novel is about a girl, who after recently being dumped, finds herself quite the mess at home in New York City.  After several months of sitting on the couch, her sister and friends convince her to get a job, so she does…as an admissions counselor at a prestigious NYC private school.  This book is just cute!  It’s funny, it’s witty, it’s a little unpredictable, I found the main character charming, likable and quite a mess at the same time (very Bridget Jones…and you know how much I LOVE that character!).  I flew right through this book as it checked off all of the chick lit qualities I love so much.  I think you’ll enjoy this one too!
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My friend Ashley tagged me on a Instagram story after last month’s book review and told me to read The Wedding Date, so I downloaded it on my Kindle and read it next.  (I just love my Kindle!)  This fictional tale is about two people who meet in an elevator after it gets stuck in a fancy hotel.  He’s a pediatrician, she’s the chief of staff for the mayor…and after being stuck together, she ends up attending a wedding that weekend as his date.  So…that all happens at the beginning of the book, the rest of the book unfolds as they try to make a long distance relationship work.  I thought this book was really easy to read, sweet, funny, and I wasn’t exactly sure how it was all going to pan out in the end.  One thing to note though is that it is definitely rated R and I always like to throw that disclaimer out when I can.  I’m so glad Ashley told me to read this one, it made me want to read other books by Guillory.
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Oh my goodness.  Lie to Me was SO GOOD!
My friend Kaitlynn and I are always reading books next to each other during our girls’ dance lessons and the other day, we swapped some and she told me to read this one first.  This is a fictional thriller very reminiscent of Gone Girl.  It was exciting, complex, unexpected, intense, and everything else I need in a good suspense novel.  This book was just FUN in that scary/don’t want to look/can’t put it down/cringing/don’t want to read it at night/can’t get enough way.  I highly recommend this to you girls who love books like The Girl on the Train and The Last Mrs. Parrish.  You’ll love this one too!
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After reading such an intense thriller, I immediately opened my nightstand (where I keep my books) and picked a light and easy to read one…Parisian Charm School.
I love reading these little books on French life because I find them very encouraging, uplifting, and just fun.  Jamie Cat Callan has written some of my very favorite ones over the years…but unfortunately, I wouldn’t say that this one was one of my faves.  This book read more like a memoir and it just didn’t do it for me.  Boo.  I hate to even say that, but if you’ve never read one of these books (and I’ve read a gazillion), I wouldn’t want you to start with this one.  You should start with her other book, Bonjour, Happiness instead (or Forever Chic by Tish Jett).  This one was just kind of miss for me.  It was cute and all…but based on the number of these books that I’ve read, it wasn’t my fave.
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I don’t even know how I read my first Sally Hepworth book…but as soon as I did, she became one of my VERY favorite authors.  Her newest book, The Family Next Door, is going to be released on March 6 and you should pre-order it NOW.  I was able to read an advanced copy of this, her newest novel, and friends, she just has a remarkable way of story telling.  I wouldn’t call her books chick lit so to speak…I would call them just beautifully written books about the complexities of life.  Every. Single. Time I read one, I’m blown away and this one was no different.  The Family Next Door is about the lives of a group of women who all live on the same cul-de-sac.  The chapters go back and forth between each woman and what’s going on in their life, but then how it mixes and mingles with that of their neighbors’ too.  Each woman’s story was surprising (there were so many I didn’t see that coming moments), sincere, honest and raw.  I don’t know how she does it, but Sally Hepworth pulls at my heartstrings with every novel.  If you only read one of these books this month, read this one.  It was my favorite. (And you should go ahead and read her other three books she’s read as well.  You can read my reviews below:
Oh my goodness!  That is such a good lineup of books!  Read them all 🙂 .
That’s my February Book Review!  Now tell me, what did you read this month?  And what should I read in March????  Comment and share, please!
And don’t forget…
To see a running list of the books I’m reading this year, click HERE.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2015 (all 63 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2016 (all 62 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2017 (all 62 of them), click here.
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Before I take off for the day, two pieces of blog housekeeping.  First, if you’re memorizing a verse every week with me, here is the verse for this week…
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And the second this is that if you’re blogging What’s Up Wednesday tomorrow…
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…our bonus question is WHAT’S YOUR FAMILY’S FAVORITE SPRING BREAK DESTINATION?
That’s it for today!  I just LOVE reading with you girls!!!  xo
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  • Erika Slaughter February 27, 2018 at 5:34 am

    I couldn’t agree more!!! Love love love Sally Hepworth!!! Her new book is SO good!!

    • Jessica February 27, 2018 at 5:58 am

      Me too! She has become one of my favorite authors. I cannot wait for her new book to come out stateside. Thanks for introducing her books to me a couple of years ago!

  • Cassie February 27, 2018 at 6:01 am

    I love your book reviews! I recently read If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivy and loved it. I also liked The Good House (the audiobook was great!).

    • Melissa February 27, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Yes, everyone should read Jamie’s book 🙂

  • Sheaffer Sims February 27, 2018 at 6:01 am

    I’ve got nothin. If you need any t.v. recs, I’m your girl. 😉

    • Jackie February 27, 2018 at 6:19 am

      Ahh, please tell? Always looking for a new series to watch!

      • Janelle February 27, 2018 at 6:44 am

        Netflix. The Five and The Killing. Both very good!

        • Melissa February 27, 2018 at 9:06 am

          The Fall on Netflix 🙂

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog February 27, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Your book reviews are my favourite! 🙂 The Family Next Door sounds so interesting! Do you think you could recommend some good TV shows as well? 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    • Mix and Match Mama February 27, 2018 at 6:34 am

      I’m binge watching Madam Secretary right now too! I love it!!!

      • Robin February 28, 2018 at 7:31 am

        Oooh me too – so good!!

  • Paige February 27, 2018 at 6:08 am

    You should read Before We Were Yours! I’m about halfway through and can’t put it down. I think you’d love it!

    • Andee Hart February 27, 2018 at 7:13 am

      I second this rec for Before We Were Yours. J read it this month and it was very eye opening. I grew up in Memphis and had never heard of this very real part of history.

      • Kylee March 4, 2018 at 7:56 am

        Love this book! Heart-wrenching!!

    • Brooke February 27, 2018 at 7:51 am

      Yessssss!!! So good.

    • Valerie February 27, 2018 at 11:08 am

      YES!!! Just finished this book and I couldn’t put it down, either!

    • Beth February 27, 2018 at 1:51 pm

      This book was so good. Finished it months ago and have thought about it several times since then.

    • Carrie Burke February 28, 2018 at 3:47 am

      Yes!! I’m about half way through and loving it. Hoping to finish it on a plane this week!!

    • Michele March 3, 2018 at 7:14 am

      I read that one too ! Was really good 😊

  • Laura E Fredlund February 27, 2018 at 6:16 am

    In February I read mostly books from your January review and I LOVED them! Elizabeth Smart My Story, The Girl With Seven Names, What She Knew, and Now That You Mention It. Fabulous month of reading thanks to you:)

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams February 27, 2018 at 6:20 am

    You have some intriguing ones on there! I’m reading Nantucket Nights by Elin Hilderbrand. I actually like how this one has some mystery to it. Can’t wait to read all the comments too!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Coreline Mayfield February 27, 2018 at 6:20 am

    I always love reading your book reviews, I’ll be adding “Lie to Me” and “The Family Next Door” to my reading list – thank you!! I still say you would enjoy “Pancakes in Paris,” especially with your food connection, so good!

  • Amy Heinl February 27, 2018 at 6:26 am

    I read Before we were yours and agree it is a great read and hard to put down and I also read The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah…this is her newest one…another great read, definite page Turner and very different then the Nightengale…

    • Kristen Thompson February 27, 2018 at 8:06 am

      The Great Alone was so intense and a really good read, totally agree!! Also loved Always, by Sarah Jio…I’ve gotten addicted to her books over the past several months!!

    • Jenn February 27, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      I agree! I just finished The Great Alone last night (well early this morning because I had to stay up and finish it!) It was excellent! I would definitely recommend it. I also recently read The Addresses which is based on The Dakota in NYC. Very good as well.

  • Narci Dreffs February 27, 2018 at 6:28 am

    You always have the best book reviews, and what a great book line-up this month! I can’t wait to add these to my amazon cart. 🙂

  • Marcie February 27, 2018 at 6:29 am

    I read The Great Alone and it was really good! Started The Last Mrs. Parrish yesterday. I also read the middle grade novel The Vanderbeekers on 141st st. It’s good too! Kensington would probably like it!

  • sydnee February 27, 2018 at 6:35 am

    Love Sally Hepworth too. I have to add her latest to my to-read list!

    x S | Design by Sydnee 💗

  • Alexis deZayas February 27, 2018 at 6:41 am

    I read my first Sally Hepworth book this month (The Things We Keep) and I’m hooked!! I didn’t realize she had a new one coming out!

    • Jenn February 27, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      Great book!

  • Alexis February 27, 2018 at 6:41 am

    You’ve got to read Forever Is the Worst Long Time. It was one of Ashley Spivey’s top books of last year and now I know why! Probably my fave since It Ends With Us. Pulls at your heartstrings and makes you think about how relationships grow and change over time…it was just so good!!! It was free through Prime for me to download…and although I hate reading on a screen, this was SO worth it!

  • Elspeth Mizner February 27, 2018 at 6:48 am

    I just started to read more and these are all great suggestions. Can’t Wait to read!

  • Maria Zandri February 27, 2018 at 6:55 am

    Do you like historical fiction? The Alice Network and Lilac Girls are both fantastic! WWII historical fiction with amazing female characters.

  • Haley Bishop February 27, 2018 at 7:08 am

    I read Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand , Whistling Past the Graveyard (definitely pulled at my heart strings) and The Things We do for Love by Kristin Hannah. These could be ones you suggested but I can’t remember, ha!

  • Lauren D February 27, 2018 at 7:11 am

    Read the book Every Day – it is one of those “young adult books that adults like” and the movie came out last week.
    I couldn’t put the book down and read it in a day.

  • Debbie K February 27, 2018 at 7:14 am

    I recently finished the Elizabeth Smart book you suggested and before that one, I read Christmas in London. I’ve already requested 4 of this month’s selections and can’t wait to get started. Thank you for the suggestions!

  • Sally Hepworth February 27, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Oh you are the sweetest! I’m so glad you liked it! Why am I not coming to Texas for my tour? I want to meet you so much x

    • Mix and Match Mama February 27, 2018 at 7:24 am

      It was another home run, friend! Come visit me soon!!! xo

  • Tracy Boyle February 27, 2018 at 7:19 am

    Shay, if you haven’t already, read The Rent Collector. This is a fictional story about true events. It has faith, hope, determination, courage, redemption and love. I think you will love it. I rarely give 5 stars on a book, but gave this one 5 and it will go down as one of my all-time favorites.

    • Lindsay Dyer February 27, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Yes! I looooooved the Rent Collector. Totally agree. Also one of my all time favorites.

    • Sherron March 3, 2018 at 10:06 am

      By what author? I found 2 books by same name.

  • Abbie February 27, 2018 at 7:24 am

    You should read Without Merit, by Colleen Hoover. It’s her newest book. I really enjoyed it!! Different from her other ones but in a great way! Also I think you would enjoy Harlan Coben books, suspenseful and always has twists and very unexpected. My two favorites of his are The Stranger and Missing you!

    • Le February 28, 2018 at 4:19 am

      I second Without Merit!! Just finished it and I was hooked.

  • Maggie February 27, 2018 at 7:35 am

    I highly suggest On Fire by John O’Leary. What N amazing book! He is coming to speak here on Thursday and I can’t wait to hear him!

    • Andrea koehler February 27, 2018 at 10:44 am

      He is a friend of mine from college, and yes this is an amazing book! Great perspective and inspiration for we may not choose our circumstances, but we get tochoose how we respond to life events. Highly recommend!!!!!

      • Andrea koehler February 27, 2018 at 6:10 pm

        Shay, I’ve thought about this recommendation for you all day since i saw someone else mentioned it… i think this book would really speak to you in regard to your sweet warrior Ashby …. the things John went through in the medical world as a child may really resonate with you. I think you will LOVE this book!

  • Keryn February 27, 2018 at 7:36 am

    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

  • Amanda P February 27, 2018 at 7:39 am

    I must read all of these! 🙂 Thanks for the great reccs!

  • Brooke February 27, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Yay!!!! Love book review days!!! I just added 3 to my cart 🤗 I recommended Castle of Water before and I don’t think it made the cut…it’s a MUST read!! We like the same types of books, so I know you’ll love it! Thanks again for the great recs, YOU inspired me to read years ago and it’s a hobby/addiction that has made up so much of what makes me me. I am so grateful. So, thank you. I’m off to read finish my February’s line up. Have a great day (and read Castle of Water!)

    • Anna February 27, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      Ahhh…..love these reviews. And, I read Castle of Water. So good. I can’t even describe my attachment to it. It took me awhile before I could even lend my copy out as I felt like I had to hold on to it for awhile….Weird of me, but I really loved the book!!!

  • Erin Port February 27, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Some good choices here 🙂 xoxo. ERIN

  • Lucinda Balk February 27, 2018 at 7:53 am

    I love your book reviews Shay! I am an avid reader so I am always looking for suggestions. I recently read the following books and loved both of them so I’m sending them your way; The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn. Happy reading!!

  • Sarah February 27, 2018 at 8:06 am

    The Great Alone, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Small Great Things, and The Hate You Give. All such good books!

  • Kristen Walters February 27, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Excited to read Sally Hepworth’s new book!!! (Although it will probably be a while before it gets to me on the library wait list😐). I just finished Class Mom and LOVED IT!!! Hysterical- you were spot on with this one!! I’m currently reading Confessions of a Domestic Failure- really enjoying that one too! It takes a while for me to get books from the library. I keep a running booklist, thank you for the fabulous suggestions!!!!

  • Taylor February 27, 2018 at 8:14 am

    I read Still Me this month, the 3rd book in the Me Before You series by JoJo Moyes. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think their was any reason for her to write a third book in this series but after I read it, I’m so glad she did! It was all about self discovery and I could relate to some of the stuff Louisa was going through. I definitely recommend!

    • Heidi Pruitt February 27, 2018 at 9:34 am

      I second this! I liked the first two, but Still Me was the BEST! I actually got up in the middle of the night to read it because I couldn’t stop thinking about it! I don’t give many books five stars on Goodreads, but this was one of them!

  • Betsy February 27, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Oh good, I was worried the Olympics were going to disrupt your reading this month. Can’t wait to check out your latest selections!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 27, 2018 at 9:14 am

      I was too! Hahahahahaha!

  • Laura @ Fantastically Four February 27, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Love, love, love your book reviews! The Family Next Door is on my list now. 😊 I just posted my own book review for Feb- if you’re an Austen fan, you should check it out!

  • Sami Moss February 27, 2018 at 8:21 am

    You have to read Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs. Part small town New England beach romance and part world war 2 drama. All good.

  • Chaeli February 27, 2018 at 8:25 am

    I looooooove your book reviews! As an avid reader, I am always looking for recommendations. Thank you!!!

  • Jennifer Maynard February 27, 2018 at 8:30 am

    I just finished Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. Such a good book and about the Memphis-based adoption organization in the early 1900’s that I knew nothing about. Such a horrible thing that happened to so many families! This is a fiction book, but based on history.

  • Laci February 27, 2018 at 8:44 am

    I need to read more! I have totally slacked this year so far. Thanks for the reviews!

  • Susan February 27, 2018 at 8:57 am

    Is The Family Next Door part of a series or a stand-alone?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 27, 2018 at 9:13 am

      Stand alone!

  • Linzi C February 27, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Oooh, my FAVORITE day of the month!! I immediately went to my library website and requested them all! For those of you that don’t know, most libraries have online e-book check outs now and almost all of those you mentioned I can download as an e-book straight into my Kindle and borrow like that! Easy peasy and I’m still giving my favorite place (the library) love!! My library also lets you hold any book and it transfers them from whatever library they’re available at and I literally walk into the library pick up my ‘held’ books and walk out…great for when I’m busy and don’t have the time to peruse the shelves! Thanks, as always, for great recs!

  • Meg February 27, 2018 at 9:04 am

    I love, love, love your book reviews….as soon as I see one pop up at the end of the month, I get excited to read your thoughts on the books! It’s thanks to you that I read the Crazy Rich Asian series, and I loved it! Thanks for being honest, too….not just spouting out good things when the book didn’t quite hit it on the nail for you! Please don’t ever stop doing these book review posts!

  • Sue Jones February 27, 2018 at 9:12 am

    I read Elizabeth Smarts book and I am now reading The Girl with Seven Names. Your book reviews are my very favorite posts.

  • Brenda February 27, 2018 at 9:17 am

    I tried ordering The Family Next Door, but Amazon shows it as a pre-order only, to be released March 6th. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 27, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      That’s right! I got an advanced copy, but it comes out on Tuesday.

  • Kari Maddox February 27, 2018 at 9:25 am

    This is always my favorite post of the month! I always put the book on hold at my library, or buy on Amazon! Last month with The Last Mrs. Parrish…it was my fave. Looks like Lie To Me & The Family Next Door will be this months faves! Thank you! Not sure if YOU told me about this book, but I suggest The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (Heard it will be a movie soon enough)

  • Angela Ellingson February 27, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Love your book reviews! I just finished Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand (which I know you’ve already read). I’m going to miss the Quinn family! 🙂

  • Amanda Jackson February 27, 2018 at 9:41 am

    I love your reviews and I love your R rating warnings! Please always do that!!

  • Elizabeth February 27, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Have you read Little Fires Everywhere yet? My book club just finished it. We had lots of interesting talks about it!

    • Jordan March 1, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      I tried so hard to get into this book but just couldn’t! A friend of mine said it took her till about half-way through to really get into it. Might have to give it another try!

  • Jenny Null February 27, 2018 at 10:20 am

    I love your book reviews not only for the books you suggest, but for all the books I find in the comments.

    I just put The Wedding Date, The Family Next Door and Before We Were Yours on my list.

  • Neila Stone February 27, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Do you read exclusively on your kindle? Which one do you have and do you recommend it? I used to read on my iPad until my children claimed it as their own. I love the feel of a book, but the ease of an e-reader is very nice. Im always telling my kids to get off their iPads and it get disgusted with people starting at their phones everywhere I go, so I want to read an actual book to set an example, but seriously the kindle would make it much easier!

    • Mix and Match Mama February 27, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      This month, I read four real books and one on my Kindle. I LOVE my Kindle, but sometimes (like this month), friends give me actual books, so I read those too. The kindle makes reading just so much easier, but I agree, I love holding an actual book too.

  • Lauren February 27, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Shay, you have to read “Still Me”, the third book in the “Me Before You” series. Love following the life of Louisa Clark. You’ll enjoy it!

  • Christy Renda February 27, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Thanks for all the recommendations. I just downloaded a bunch for my next trip!

  • Andrea koehler February 27, 2018 at 10:40 am

    “All is not forgotten”. Great twisty suspense novel ( Reese witherspoon’s Book club rec). And i just read “ the orphan train”. I know it’s an oldie but I Loved it!!!! Currently reading “ the secret life of violet grant.”

  • Magee February 27, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Still Me by JoJo Moyes! It’s the 3rd in the Me Before You series. Also..The Language of Flowers!

  • Hallie February 27, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    I love your book reviews! I’ve been busy reading a bunch of books from your January and end of the year book reviews and they have all been phenomenal! I have a bunch of slightly used books and I don’t know what to do with them! I don’t have a lot of people to trade with and I’m wondering what to do with all of these books? Does anyone know about a buy back program through Barnes and noble or another bookstore? Thanks so much!

  • Anita G. February 27, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Love your book reviews. I expand my reading list every month.

    Also, the Kindle version of Small Admissions is only $1.99.

  • Brittany S February 27, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Love your book reviews! I’m reading Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella! Really liking it so far!

  • Chelsey February 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    I love your book reviews! I read The Wedding Date this month too and thought it was so cute! I’m going to have to pick up Lie To Me! My friend just recommended Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten. I just started reading the Crazy Rich Asians series, it looked good and after your reviews I had to read. Loving it so far but definitely Rated R, some of it very unexpected too lol

  • Courtney February 27, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I read The Woman in the Window by A.J Finn. SO GOOD!! You have to read it!

  • Susan February 27, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    I think you might like Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors. Her previous book was Kisses from Katie. She lives in Uganda and serves and loves God through living with and loving the Ugandan people. She has adopted many daughters and within the past couple of years has gotten married and had a son. It is such a great book!!

  • Melissa Parsons February 27, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    I look forward to this post every month. Next on my list is “Educated” by Tara Westover, Force of Nature (same author as The Dry), and Act Normal:Memoir of a Stumbling Block.

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick February 27, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    The Family Next Door sounds so good!! Can’t wait to read it/listen to it. 😉 That Inspired Chick

  • Amber Vance February 27, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    This is my favorite post each month! I love all of the recommendations. I picked up Small Admissions from my library this afternoon. 🙂 Thanks!

  • Julia February 27, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Read Before We Were Yours… literally couldn’t put it down!

  • Kat Jones February 27, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Before We Were Yours! Do you listen to audiobooks?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2018 at 5:02 am

      I don’t! I probably should though!

  • Julie February 27, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I always find my next read from your monthly reviews. Love it!

  • Elle February 27, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Madely’s face is the cutest!
    Do you read many non-fiction books? Am looking for a good self-improvement type book.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2018 at 5:02 am

      I do! I read mostly fiction, but I do throw those in too from time to time.

  • Debbie Hibbert February 27, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    For anyone interested (maybe someone else already mentioned this), “Small Admissions” for Kindle is just $1.99 on Amazon right now. I’m going to start on it right away!

  • Stephanie February 27, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    You need to read The Woman in the Window! It was a very smart psychological thriller/suspense similar to Girl on the Train and The Last Mrs. Parrish. I loved it!

  • Lisa February 27, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    I just finished The Great Alone and can’t stop thinking about it! If you enjoyed your Alaska cruise you will love the descriptions of rural Alaska. Kristin Hannah is brilliant!

  • Mendy February 27, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    I’ve never read Sally Hepworth. What should I read first?

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2018 at 5:01 am

      Secrets of Midwives 🙂 . They’re all good, but since that was her first one, read it first.

  • Erin February 27, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    This is always my favorite post! Thank you for sharing what you’re reading. I would also recommend Before We Were Yours as well as Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Happy reading!!

  • Cori Patrick February 27, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    I have a new author for you to read, and I apologize if someone has already recommended it. Ronald H. Balson. He has written, Once We Were Brothers, Saving Sophie and Karolina’s Twins. I have read two of the three, but just picked up Saving Sophie from the library. I highly recommend these books…they are a little mystery, history, and wartime love story. I have a hard time rating books with many stars, but these have received a 5 star from me!

  • Tina February 27, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Always love your book reviews!

    Here’s my February reviews if you’re interested
    https://simplehomegatherings.com/book-reviews-february/

  • Jenny L February 27, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    I look forward to your book reviews every month! Yay for today’s post! 🙂

  • Jessie February 27, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    I just finished reading Katie Davis Majors 2 books……Kisses for Katie …and Daring to Hope. SUCH amazing reads!!!! It’s about her life as a missionary in Uganda. It has totally challenged me and changed my outlook on life!

  • Cindy February 27, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Ohhh I’ve read all of Sally’s books thanks to you glowing review. Can’t wait to read the newest one!! And I’m a big thriller fan, so “Lie to Me” just got added to my library list too!!

  • Lindsey February 27, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    I read a few books this month, including The Light We Lost — definitely have mixed feelings on its ending.

    I keep hearing about An American Marriage by Tayari Jones — maybe it’s worth checking out?

  • June Pope February 27, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    My little book club is reading Kristin Hannah’s THE GREAT ALONE. And since you’ve just been to Alaska you won’t have any trouble envisioning all the beautiful scenery this book describes. I was reeled in and it has been a long time since I’ve read a book this enthralling. I highly recommend!

  • Jamie February 27, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is a book that I just finished. It is a book that sticks with you after you have finished reading! So good!!

    • Bayley Johnson February 28, 2018 at 11:21 am

      Agreed! This was an amazing book!

  • Stephanie Edwards February 27, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    You should read the Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers. The first book of the series is called A Voice in the Wind. So good.

    • Mix and Match Mama February 28, 2018 at 5:00 am

      I have! Years ago, I was on a big Francine Rivers kick!!

  • Mchelle Bradley February 28, 2018 at 5:29 am

    You must read beneath a scarlet sky. It’s a must read so so good and based on a true story AND becoming a movie. ❤️❤️

  • Eileen McCullough February 28, 2018 at 6:09 am

    I love book review day!!!! Just finished Still Me – it was my favorite of the three!

  • Dustie Day February 28, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Does anyone know how to actually buy books in the kindle app from an ipad? We have prime and I know I’m missing the boat on free reading but I can’t seem to figure it out? help!

    • Mandy Huckins February 28, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Dustie – if you are talking about the Amazon first books (you get to choose one free, new-release ebook a month with Amazon prime to download to your Kindle) or the lending library (you get to borrow one free ebook a month through the library) I think those things you have to do from the Amazon website and then they download to your Kindle or Kindle app to read.

  • kim k February 28, 2018 at 9:26 am

    I’m reading Fools Rush in by Kristan Higgins right now. I love her chicklit-style books. Have you read it?

  • Jenn February 28, 2018 at 11:44 am

    I am reading Annie G. Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish and I am LOVING it! The concept is very unique and I just can’t wait to finish it to see how it all ends up. And bonus, it’s only $5.99 for your Kindle.

  • Karah Stracener February 28, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    I always look forward to your book reviews. You recommend the best books. I agree with several people above and you need to read Before We Were Yours! Its inspired by the true story of a Memphis adoption agency who stole poor kids and sold them to rich families. I had never heard of that scandal before and it was so intriguing to me. It was such a great read. I’m currently reading I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh and so far so good. I love a good suspense thriller type book.

  • Shalimar March 1, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Nothing gets me outta bed faster than your Book Reviews! Yay I’ve got new ones now on hold at my library. My favorite of the month that I recommend, by far, is Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone that was just released. I think it should be made into a movie!

    The rest of my February book reviews (and I read NINE this month) are at ishalc611.blogspot.com

  • Shelley Metcalf March 1, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    I just finished Beartown by Fredrik Backman, and loved it. So many little pieces of wisdom thrown throughout the book. Behind Her Eyes is a good thriller.

  • Jordan March 1, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Have you ever thought about doing a link-up for monthly book reviews? I always do one every month too and would love to read everyone else’s suggestions!

  • Michele March 3, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Thanks for your book reviews ! IVe read many you have suggested and loved them all !!!
    Currently reading Lie to Me and can’t put it down !!!
    I just finished No Exit and couldn’t put it down either ! Two good books back to back score for me !!!!
    I have become a book addict for sure !!!
    And I keep adding more books to my read list thanks to you !!! 🤗🤗🤗

  • Kylee March 4, 2018 at 7:51 am

    I am reading As Bright as Heaven. It is so so good. It is about the Spanish Influenza of 1918. Definitely need your Kleenex!

  • Shannon March 15, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Have you read Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “After I Do”? So good!

    • Mix and Match Mama March 16, 2018 at 5:21 am

      I haven’t!!

  • Heather Cooper March 16, 2018 at 12:10 am

    Shay!!! You have got to read The Great Alone By Kristin Hannah….I could not put it down! Incredible story about a family who moves to Alaska and how they survive so many things! It’s just SO good!! Now I want to read all of her books. She also wrote The Nightengale which everyone raves about!!