The Mother-in-Law (by Sally Hepworth) … how do you feel about your mother-in-law?

This is the first book I’ve read by Sally Hepworth and it definitely will not be the last. I really enjoyed the depth of the characters, the intrigue, the relationships. Even though the book went back and forth from one person to another and from past to present, it was easy enough to follow. Each chapter has a header to let you know who is “speaking” and what time period is involved.

The author does a wonderful job of bringing you into the story from page one and then developing the background so you understand how things have evolved to the present point. There is enough conflict among the characters to enhance the intrigue.

I really appreciate receiving an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author!

The Bookshop on the Shore (by Jenny Colgan) … books, love, and adventure

This was a wonderful second book in the “Scottish bookshop” series by Jenny Colgan. While some say you don’t necessarily need to read the first book, The Bookshop on the Corner, before you read this one, I definitely think it was a better read having enjoyed the first book. In fact, I read these back-to-back and couldn’t put the second book down. I stayed up late one night just to finish up this one.

Zoe is a wonderful addition to the van bookshop adventures. It is perfect timing for Zoe to take over the bookshop and the excitement begins! Once again, a book about books just fills me with joy! And the delightful characters and quirky people have you wanting to move to Scotland and become part of the community.

I hope the author will bring these characters back and continue the crazy antics and relationships among the residents.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review! I’m hooked on Jenny Colgan now!

The Bookshop on the Corner (by Jenny Colgan) … a book about books — does it get any better?

I loved this delightful story. Of course, any book about books is going to be a favorite. But this one goes beyond just a story of books. Nina is a lover of books. And her love carries her to an adventure and the opportunity to meet and interact with people in a new country. Her life in Scotland takes off and you are treated to a delightful cast of characters!

One thing I loved a lot was the author’s acknowledgement before the first chapter in the book. If I didn’t know better, I would think we were twins! Reading at stop lights, at church, getting to events early so you can read before it starts, etc. It was if she was writing about my life!

I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this book and fall in love with Nina and the many individuals who become part of her life.

Every Crooked Nanny (by Mary Kay Andrews) … quirky characters and interesting mystery

You will find yourself chuckling at Callahan Garrity’s misadventures. But while there are some fun and crazy moments, there is some mystery and intrigue as well as some moments of fear. I enjoy Mary Kay Andrews and her fun characters. She never fails to have me laughing out loud…even sitting in a restaurant surrounded by other diners.

The characters are well developed and you will you either love or hate them. There are some that are a true pain in the butt and others you find you want to get to know better.

I’m looking forward to continuing this adventure with Callahan and the quirky people who are part of her life.

The Guilty (by David Baldacci) … you’ll be gasping in shock at the final reveal!

Once again David Baldacci has had me held captive until the end of the book with intrigue. Will Robie and Jessica Reel are back again and you never know where things will end with his father’s charge of murder. There are tense interactions between some of the characters, twists and turns, intrigue, mystery, moments of intense drama.

I love how the author keeps you hanging on until the end and then has you gasping once he reveals the truth behind the murder(s).

I have really been enjoying listening to the audiobooks of the Robie/Reel series.

Sweet Tea and Secrets (by Joy Avon) … who is really the murderer?

While the second book in the Heart’s Harbor series, you can start with this book and not feel like you’ve missed out anything significant in the first book. This is a cozy mystery and is a good story with an interesting mystery that leaves you wondering who “done it” until the end. You may have suspicions, but I think most readers would be left questioning the murdered until the end.

The characters are well developed and will have you invested in their lives. Some you will love and others you will be either irritated by their behavior or questioning their integrity. There are some twists and things that will leave you hanging.

I enjoyed the book and would be happy to go back and read the first in the series as well as any new books that the author writes.

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

Best Friends, Occasional Enemies: The Lighter Side of Life as a Mother and Daughter (by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella) … the fun and quirky stories of a mother and daughter guaranteed to have you chuckling

This was a fun light read! I love the amazing adventures of an ordinary woman series with Lisa Scottoline and her daughter, Francesca. The stories they share in each chapter are things you will relate to…whether you are Lisa’s age or Francesca’s. Their relationship is fun and filled with the typical mother-daughter angst and warmth.

I needed a “light” audiobook to listen to after several highly intense ones and this was a perfect choice. I love the quirky stories, the way they make fun of themselves, and the down-to-earth imperfections they share with their readers.

This is definitely one to enjoy is you need a fun read!