Hey, hey Tuesday!
You guys, it’s my AUGUST BOOK REVIEW!
We have zero time to waste today, friends. This month, I read FIVE books, and I have a lot to say about each and every one of them.
Grab your coffee and settle in…it’s our favorite blog post of the month!
Let’s start with…
The Senator’s Wife by Liv Constantine
If you’re looking for a thriller, here you go!
I am personally rarely ever looking for a thriller, but when SO MANY of you guys recommend the same book over and over again, I know it’s one I need to pick up and read. This fictitious story right here came highly suggested by many of you, so it was an easy one to dig into to kick off my month. Let me just say this, because I certainly do not want to give anything away, I take notes on my phone as I read these books. My notes were going in one direction due to some very specific things I thought were too far-fetched/ridiculous/unrealistic and then all of a sudden, there was a moment that shocked me when I had to go back into my notes and type in all caps: NEVER MIND, LOVE THIS BOOK!
You will be sucked in immediately as this story starts “with a bang”, and then trust me when I say, it keeps you on the rollercoaster the rest of the way through. I liked this book for many reasons including it’s not gory/graphic/scary…just suspenseful.
It’s a novel about a US Senator and his wife…and well, you won’t see it coming. That’s all I’m going to say. I certainly didn’t see coming that I would really like it.
If you love thrillers, read it. If you’re like me and don’t love thrillers, read it 😉 .
The Paris Agent by Kelly Rimmer
I love me some Kelly Rimmer! You guys, her novel The Things We Cannot Say was my #1 FAVORITE BOOK OF 2019 (out of 54 books). In fact, if I were to go back and rank my #1 book out of my #1 books over the past 9 years, The Things We Cannot Say would probably be my #1 number one book.
Needless to say, I get excited every time I pick up one of Rimmer’s historical fiction novels…and I don’t even like historical fiction.
Her latest book is The Paris Agent, and I didn’t like it…I LOVED IT! You guys, this is such a great book loosely based on real women and real events from World War II and their heroic actions that saved countless lives (if not countries). I ate up every single bit of this story.
This book shares the journeys of several different British secret agents in France during the height of WWII and how their stories are woven together. This is gritty, this is a little hard to read, this made me cheer out loud and stay up late, and when it was over, this book took me straight to Google so that I could learn even more about these brave women (and men!). There were twists, turns, adventure, I was filled with compassion and also rage…my emotions were everywhere as I read.
If you love stories about WWII or books about friendship or women that kick butt or history or suspense or relational books or love, then this is the book for you. Basically, everyone should read this book. I’m giving it two HUGE thumbs up!
When I was finished reading, I typed BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR in my notes in my phone. Here’s the problem though. I immediately picked up…
…Only the Beautiful by Susan Meissner and typed BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR next to it too!
Two books in a row!
Erika was reading this book when they visited us on Nantucket, and she kept telling me each morning how the night before, she would stay up late because she could not put this book down. By the end of her trip, I was fully convinced this was going to be an amazing novel just based on Erika’s glowing reviews each day. I was super excited to add this one to my Kindle and dig in.
Y’all…this book, which toggles back and forth between WWII Austria and the 1950s post-war California, made me want to hold my babies and sob. It’s hard. It’s so hard. It’s real though. Even if this is historical fiction, it’s based on real events and real trauma and real lives and you guys, it’s important to read these hard things sometimes. This book covers not just wartime events, but adoption, physical and mental differences, love, grace…it covers it all. I could not put this story down, but I also desperately wanted it to be over because I was in in thick with my emotions. Read this one. The beginning starts off…well, odd, but trust me, it has significant meaning and is all heading in one direction.
Another great one. Another really great one.
After two such amazing reads, how could I top them?
…Bad Summer People by Emma Rosenblum doesn’t at all, so it was easy to be like “agh, this book stinks” and move on.
I mean, it just did.
This book is supposed to be a fun, quirky, chick lit novel with a hint of suspense and all the “feels” of a summer town you know like The Hamptons or The Vineyard or…Nantucket, but honestly, it was just a book about a bunch of terrible marriages where everyone was sleeping with everyone and at the end when you found out “who was killed and who did it”, I was hoping the answer was “everyone was killed because zero of the characters were likeable”.
Skip this book.
I’ve read a handful of great chick lit books this summer, don’t waste your time on this one.
The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey
I love this author and always look forward to her summer stories. Each novel is a bit different but yet, the same. They mostly take place on the water, boast of charming towns and adorable characters, and this one was one in the same…except maybe a bit too predictable. I liked it but didn’t love it. It’s cute, it’s light, it’s easy to read. This is the story of three besties who met at summer camp but are now in their 30s. They must go back and “save” camp bringing of course with them their adult drama and issues. Cute, easy and a great way to end our summer beach books!
And that, my friends, wraps up our AUGUST BOOK REVIEW!
Now, it’s time to dive into fall books! I’m ready to read your recs on what you think I should add to my Kindle next. Please comment and share!
Also, don’t forget…
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.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2018 (all 61 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2019 (all 54 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2020 (all 54 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2021 (all 59 of them), click here.
To see the complete list of books I read in 2022 (all 60 of them), click here.
That wraps up Book Day! I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday! I’ll see you all back here tomorrow! xx