The First Mistake (by Sandie Jones) … make sure you have time because once you pick up this book, you won’t put it down!

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book! I loved the author’s first book, The Other Woman, and her second book is just as amazing.

There are twists, and turns, and then more twists. And just when you think you’ve figured it all out, there are more shocking twists. This is literally a sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat story that has you gasping as you frantically turn the pages to see what will happen next.

The author has done a fabulous job of developing the characters, drawing you into their lives, and making you feel invested in their story. She has woven a web of deception that has you guessing, making assumptions, and when you close the book you will sit back, take a deep breath, and wonder what just happened.

I can’t wait for Sandie Jones to write her next gift to readers!

I Still Dream About You (by Fannie Flagg) … how much of a difference do you make every day in ways you could never imagine

Oh my goodness! This was a fun version of A Man Called Ove. Between Hazel, Maggie, and Brenda, they had you chuckling. And you loved to absolutely hate Babs.

While the thought of suicide and the effort anyone would put into the act of ending their life is serious. But I don’t believe that was the purpose of this book. I believe the author wanted us to think about how we have no idea how much of a difference we make in the lives of people with which we interact. We often leave a lasting impression and can change the way a person views themselves, or how they see their life’s importance, etc.

I would definitely recommend you read this book.

The Whole Town’s Talking (by Fannie Flagg) … what happens when you end up in the cemetery?

This book was just okay. I have liked several of the books in the Elmwood Springs series, but this one was just a little wonky. Granted it gave you the opportunity to learn a lot of the history of Elmwood Springs and that was interesting.

A lot of the story revolves around the cemetery and the people who have passed on from their lives in Elmwood Springs. And there are time when I think it would be interested to be able to celebrate the relationships you enjoyed during your time on earth in the cemetery, but I couldn’t imagine having to endure interacting with those who you didn’t enjoy while you were alive.

Oh well! It was an interesting read, just not one of my favorites.

The Southern Side of Paradise (by Kristy Woodson Harvey) … Peachtree Bluff finds closure in many ways

For the last installment of the Peachtree Bluff this helped bring closure to a lot of aspects of the previous books. I have to say that I felt like the first book in the series was the best. The sequels were not as entertaining and the emotions felt a little forced. I don’t want any spoilers so I won’t go into detail, but the biggest aspect of the book that comes to a head in the third of the series really did not settle well with me.

The Murphy women are an amazing group of ladies and they face their trials and hardships with grit and determination. And, like most families, they don’t always like each other. But when it comes down to it, they bond together and triumph over every tribulation with love and amazing strength.

Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

The Summer Cottage (by Viola Shipman) … rules that make the cottage a haven of hope

Viola Shipman books are one of my favorite authors! This is the second book I’ve read and love the way the author focuses on family, traditions, relationships, regrets and life. You will experience a lot of emotions as the story flows through the pages. There are some difficult emotions but then the positive ones definitely outweigh those.

I want to visit The Summer Cottage and focus on each of the “rules” of the cottage. You will be cheering Adie Lou on and realizing that she has done a wonderful job in raising her son. Her husband is a jerk and Adie Lou does a wonderful job of keeping her head above water and learning that she is a worthwhile individual and doesn’t need his harassment and ugly attitude.

While there is some romance, the main focus of the book is relationships…the relationship with her parents, her son, and a special friend.

This is definitely a book you need to be on your TBR list!

The Lost Sister (by Tracy Buchanan) … how far would you go to find closure with your family

What a bunch of twists! I was reading the end of the book at my mother’s house and kept gasping in shock. I love a book that keeps catching me by surprise!

The story itself was okay…not one of the best books I’ve ever read. But I have to say that the ending made it worth sticking with the story. I think one of the issues I had was with the main character, Selma. Her ability to lie with no effort was a little irritating. I know there are people like that, but they are not people I admire.

I would definitely give the author, Tracy Buchanan, another chance and will read other books she has written.

This book follows two story lines…one in the present day and one in the past (Selma’s daughter, Becky’s childhood). It flowed easily and the back-and-forth was easy to follow.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven (by Fannie Flagg) … is Elner heavenbound?

This is one of those books that has you laughing out loud. Elna Shimfissle is a hoot! She is a unique individual and has you appreciating her sense of humor, her wonderful attitude about life, and her curiosity about the world.

Then you factor in Norma and her husband, Mackie, and you have a delightful view of life in Elmwood Springs. Norma is a hypochondriac and a worrywart. She can get on the reader’s nerves but you will find that she does have a heart of gold.

I listened to the audiobook version and loved Fannie Flagg’s narration.