Review of “The Cactus”

“The Cactus” was on Reese Witherspoon’s book club. I don’t participate religiously or anything, but when I see one that seems interesting I eventually get around to it. This book was a hard read for me because I could never really get into it. Susan is a very hard character to like for most of…

Review of “Ask Again, Yes”

Nothing like a good family drama. In this book by Mary Beth Keane, two families are twisted together by love and a tragedy. “Ask Again, Yes” prompts the questions: who do we love? And how do we know what the good life is? I really enjoyed this read. It was very fulfilling to me to…

Review of “Normal People”

This book was BORING. A seemingly pointless plot that trailed on longer than necessary. “Normal People” follows two characters through years of an on again off again relationship. This book was primarily focused on their sexual relationship for the first half of the book. I kept reading assuming it would fade off or they would…

Review of “Lost Roses”

By the author of “Lilac Girls” comes “Lost Roses.” This novel is considered the prequel, taking place during Russia’s worst years as the country is taken over by gangs of poor thugs. Following three characters, this book has a similar feel, but a new story line that makes it a quick read. Eliza and Sofya…

Review of “The Farm”

The Farm presents the idea of surrogacy in a modern time. A new company has been created that pays women of every ethnicity to carry babies for rich clientele. These clients have others carry their children for a variety of reasons: age, ability, vanity. This book follows a few characters through their surrogacy and outlines…

Review of “My Lovely Wife”

“My Lovely Wife” by Samantha Downing is thrilling and intense. With short chapters and a twist ending, this book just flies. The best thing about this book was the surprises. Little by little, readers see more deeply into the mind of the wife. Each small chapter reveals things about her nature and each additional thing…

Review of “The Winter Sister”

This book was one of my last month BOTM picks. I’ve been on a real thriller kick and figured I would keep the trend alive (although someone please stop me soon because I need some RomCom in my life). Multiple people felt this book was a good read and I would agree. This book really…

Review of “The Last Year of the War”

Meissner writes an incredibly interesting book about the camps in the U.S. for German, Japanese, and others during WW2. In this camp Elise and Mariko meet and their young lives are changed forever. This book was interesting to me because it covers a topic we often forget about when we think of WW2. In the…

Review of “Tony’s Wife”

Full of music and zest, “Tony’s Wife” by Adriana Trigiani was a good read. Trigiani does excellent work in this book portraying a whole culture. Tony and Chi Chi are the main characters and they are both Italian Americans. While their homes are different, the culture is consistent in shaping both characters. Trigiani latches onto…

Review of “The Killer Across the Table”

Douglas brings his F.B.I. knowledge to life for everyday readers in this book about interviewing some of the most treacherous murders in our time. Page after page, Douglas gives readers the facts, with minimal emotional reactions. Honestly, this book felt like a real life Criminal Minds moment. Douglas sits down and explains the behaviors of…