When a single mom ends up playing an unwilling fake girlfriend to a charming playboy baseball player, love suddenly turns everything upside down in this fun, heartwarming multicultural romance.
Angel Gomez lives in the Bronx. An unwed mother by age 16. Her son Jose means the world to her and she has worked and studied tirelessly to get to where she is now. Passing her finals at nursing school. She has no time for men or playing around.
Duke Lewis, a star pitcher who parties hard and is basically a drunk with issues. In order to keep his place on the team, he needs to clean up his act. What could be better than a nurse? A pretend girlfriend until the headlines die down.
Angel has a rather uppity attitude towards other women. I could not understand why she would agree to do something that seems so out of character for her. All of the men were disgusting stereotypes of male athletes and their money hungry wives.
For me, this was much like the Real Housewives. Bad and embarrassing.
NetGalley/ St. Martin’s Griffin June 11, 2019
Andrew is a forty years old, single, living in a small one-room bed-sit, working for the council attending to those who have died with no apparent family or means to provide for a funeral. It’s a grim and depressing job.
Due to a misunderstanding when he first got the job, his boss and co-workers think he has a wife and two children and he has never bothered to set them straight.
Okay right here is where I started getting bored with wimpy Andrew and what may or may not have happened in his past. So much angst over a tiny lie that no one cares about. Maybe if he’d move his train collection to a warehouse he could have a life.
As it is I was bored to death by this book. There was no depth or logic to it.
NetGalley/ May 28th 2019 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
“Back before there was time, I lived with my father on an island, tucked away in an endless archipelago that reached up out of the cold salt water, hungry for air.”
The Island is all Emmeline has ever known. Her father teaches her about magic and the world of scents and how they are tied so closely to our memories.
Since she was a small child she has believed in the magic of the island. How mysteriously things appear when they need them. The walls of small drawers in their little cabin full of tiny pieces of paper from the mysterious machine that can capture a memory with scent. She believes it all.
As she gets older and begins to question her father and his actions, she finds her own answers and feels betrayed and angry. When tragedy occurs, she is suddenly removed from her island and enters the real world. A world that is ugly and mean and one she wants no part of.
She sets out on her own to find who she is and why she is so different from other people and in doing so will find out about family, loyalty, and betrayal by the ones you love the most.
This may be the most beautiful piece of writing I have seen in a long time. I was left with a beautiful ending and had tears streaming down my face.
This is a must read!
NetGalley/ St.Martin’s Press May 21, 2019
About the Author:
Erica Bauermeister is the author of the bestselling novel The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, and The Lost Art of Mixing. She is also the co-author of the non-fiction works, 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear It For the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Washington, and has taught there and at Antioch University. She is a founding member of the Seattle7Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
I am doing a Giveaway for this book! Comment below on the subject of scents! Will draw on Monday!
“It’s not the lies you tell everybody else that matter so much, but the lies you tell yourself can kill you.”
This tale is told from two points of view. Caroline and Harris. Caroline is trying to find the father that left when she was young and she shut out for good. But now her father’s sister is dying and she needs to tell him something. Caroline is determined to find him all the while her own life is in shambles.
Her story was rambling and all over the place and I had little patience for all of the jumping all over the place.
Harris was a little easier to feel for, but even then, it was just too all over the place I thought and the ending was okay.
I would have loved to have known more about the characters before we went on the rambling ride with Caroline.
NetGalley/ May 14th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing
A rainy-day ritual—a tea party between three little girls—becomes the framework of not only their friendship, but their lives.
A heart felt story about 3 friends and the bonds they forged over their first tea party as children. They have vowed to always remain friends and be there for each other.
Zoe, Shannon and Emily are different people. With different paths and different challenges. But what remains the same as we watch them grow up and face difficult times, but together.
One of my favorite authors, Thomas is so good at weaving a story with layers and characters you would love to know. This is one of those stories that leave you with tears and laughter, joy and heartache.
What a joy it was to read this!
NetGalley/May 7th 2019 by HQN
I had issues with this book from the beginning. We had little to no background on Berie when her mother drops her at the bus station to go to college. She doesn’t want to go to college but she’s unclear about what she does want.
At the bus station she meets a man. And the next thing we know she is living in a cult with a lot of ugly, dirty people who are just a murderous bunch of brainwashed and damaged people, led by a liar. This girl is smart enough to get into a good college and she fell for a guy at the bus stop who took all of her stuff and yep she just jumped in the truck.
I am sorry to say that I did not care for a single character in this book. None of them were held responsible for anything and she thought she could just go back to her old life.
I know this is a debut novel, but it was very unbelievable to me. Does anyone even take the bus to college any more? Or get in a car with strangers? No.
I wouldn’t recommend it.
NetGalley/Simon and Schuster April 9th
This one had me at the first page. When we first meet Claire Rawlings, her husband Dan and their two precious little girls, Lucy, just a baby and Andrea, who is four, they are in the middle of another hectic day of getting everyone ready and out the door on time. Dan to his teaching position and Claire, a medical resident, to the hospital with the girls in tow.
But what Claire doesn’t realize until it’s too late is that she is having a severe allergic reaction to a required vaccination and by pulling into the back of a gas station, she has put in motion events that will shatter them as a family.
Told through several voices we hear what their motivations are and how eventually they will all intersect with each other in a stunning mix of hope, magic and the consequences of our every action, no matter how small.
I absolutely loved this story. I felt deeply for every character and I will probably read it again!
Netgalley/ April 2nd 2019 by Sourcebooks Landmark