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8 Books I've Read Recently


I've been on somewhat of a reading kick since mid-August. I can't pinpoint exactly how or why it happened. I've always loved ready, but something clicked while we were on vacation in Rehoboth Beach in mid-August, and I haven't been able to find a book that haven't liked. Here are the books I've read since August and my overall feeling about each one.

1. Saving Grace by Jane Green
I love Jane Green's style of writing and her subject matter, so it was so surprise that I loved this book. Her characters are rich in depth and so vividly described that it's easy to feel as if you know them personally. Such is the case with the protagonist Grace Chapman, a middle-aged woman struggling to find her identity after spending most of her adult life tending to her husband (a successful writer) and daughter. Grace's world is turned upside down when her husband hires an assistant who turns out to be sinister than sincere.


2. A Killer's Mind by Mike Omer
This serial killer thriller is the first in a series of books (the rest aren't yet published). I downloaded this book for free from Amazon and wasn't sure I'd enjoy it. I was pleasantly surprised. I finished the book within 4 days and went frantically searching for the second book in the series only to discover that Omer hasn't published it yet. 🙁 It's a fast-moving book with lots of action that will keep you turning page after page.

3. The Good Widow by by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
This is also a free download on Amazon, so grab it now before the price goes up. This is one of those "don't judge a book by its cover" books. Based on the cover, this book looks like it could tell a scary story. While the book was good, it wasn't necessarily a psychological thriller. There were twists and turns that I didn't see coming which always makes for good reading.

4. The One & Only by Emily Giffin
I LOVE Emily Giffin's books. If you haven't read Something Borrowed and Something Blue, you absolutely must. The One & Only is a heartwarming story of finding love after suffering a loss and finding love in the most unexpected of places. This organic love story which revolves around college football will have you rooting for Shea and Coach Carr until the very end.

5. The Beach House by Georgia Bockhoven
This was a book that I found downloaded on my Nook. I couldn't quite remember when I downloaded it, but like many books on my e-readers, I had started it but never finished it. The book is divided into parts and each part focuses on a particular person or couple, in one case. Each part is intertwined and the characters from one part flow into the next part. After finishing the first part, I almost abandoned this book. I am so glad that I didn't. It turned out to be an emotional read and a great story of love and friendship in unlikely places.

6. The Woman Next Door by Cass Green
If this book were ever made into a movie, it would be creeeepy! This book is a true psychological thriller that, at times, I couldn't bear to read before bedtime. One woman, Hester, is desperate to repair a friendship, and the other, Melissa, is desperate to keep those ties severed for good. But when Melissa finds herself in a bind that only Hester can help her out of, the situation quickly changes for both women.

7. Nantucket Nights by Elin Hilderbrand
I'll admit that it's Elin Hilderbrand's book covers that suck me in. I'v bought/downloaded several of her books based on the beachy covers, but Nantucket Nights was the first one that I've read, and it's lives up to its cover. This is the story of three longtime friends and their secrets and struggles which come to light after one of them mysteriously disappears after a night spend drinking Champagne on the beach and swimming in the nude.

8. Neighborly by Ellie Monago
This was another free download on Amazon, and so, I wasn't sure I'd like it. It was definitely slow to get started. Since it takes place in a small neighborhood and focused on the relationships of the neighbors, there are lots of characters to remember, which sometimes made for confusing reading. But the ending was completely unexpected, which I loved.

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