Friday, June 3, 2022

Book Club: May 2022

June is here!  Hello lazy days of summer.  If we are being honest it's been one week of summer and not one second of it has felt lazy yet, but we are hopeful that it is on the horizon.  Hoping for some pool days, beach vacations, and lots of fun in the sun with a book in one hand and a yummy cocktail in the other. 



First up for me was Things We Never Got Over by Lucy Score. This was typical romance novel with some rated R love scenes, but also a lot of sweet moments, too.  Bad boy Knox who claims he will never fall for a good girl ends up doing just that.  Naomi, a runaway bride, gets sucked into small town life and is thrust into the guardianship of her niece overnight.  In a new place with nowhere to turn, Knox ends up showing them the ropes, introducing her, and always looking out for her well being.  The two end up falling for each other and his relationship with her is just was sweet as his relationship with her niece.  Add in the crazy twin sister, the fun gay friend, the supportive parents and a town full of good-hearted people and this was a story to make you feel good.  

I heard about Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus earlier this spring, but when I saw it pop up as a recommendation last month I decided to give it a try and I'm so happy I did!  It was probably one of my favorite books I've read all year. It follows Elizabeth Zott, a quirky and forward thinking chemist who is out to prove to herself, her daughter, and to all the women around her that women can do anything.  Set in the 1950s and 1960s, she was only one of a few females in an overly male profession.  She pushed limits, tested boundaries, and didn't take no for an answer all while exhibiting style, grace, and class. By chance she finds herself hosting a cooking show, but does it her own way. She includes teaching the science behind cooking and also shares her mission that women can and should be valued to housewives all over the country. This book made me laugh out loud and also touched on very important issues in our society.  I highly recommend it to anyone!  


First up for the month was The Golden Couple. Oh my goodness - if domestic suspense novels are your thing - grab this one. I tend to dip in and out of this genre, but this is probably one of the best ones I have ever read. 

The story follows two different characters. Marissa Bishop is a wealthy mom and business owner looking to repair her marriage. Avery is a therapist with a special style of counseling that is guaranteed to help anyone in just a few sessions. Both characters have secrets that emerge throughout the story and are that are a constant threat to their lives as well as their loved ones. 

Every time I thought I would figure out one mystery a new twist would emerge and I'd be thrown off all over again. The end is a total doozy and while I screamed, "I knew it!", I was also stunned. I loved how the authors tied the two characters together and how it all wrapped up. Totally recommend this page turner. 

Second for the month was a FUN one! One of Us is Dead was gifted to me, but I am oh so glad it was. This is a mystery but with a lot of southern sass mixed into it. Think Real Housewives but with domestic thriller twist. The story is centered around an elite and wealthy group of women in Buckhead and their go-to salon, Glow.

The local shoutout had me laughing. 

Secrets, drama, affairs - this book had all the juicy twist and turns. I could not put it down.

If you are looking for a quick and fun read - snag this one! It would be a perfect one to pack in your beach bags. 

Clearly I was in a mystery/suspense mood last month because last up on my reading pile was The Younger Wife.  This is categorized a thriller/suspense novel, but to me it read more like a family drama. The story is centered around a family that has been dealing with a mother who has early age dementia. The dad has met someone new and there will be a wedding. The story is told from several points of view: one mystery POV, both daughters, and the dad's new love interest. You learn of a murder, but don't know who dies, who does it, and what happens until the very end. 

The storyline kept me hooked, but it also moved a little slow to me. There are a ton of extra secrets and details that get released about each member of the family, and the end finished at warp speed compared to the rest of the novel. 

I enjoyed it, but of the three suspense books in my pile this month, The Younger Wife would be third on the list. 



Next up for me is Rivals by Katherine McGee.  It is the third book in the American Royals series. I named the first book in this series my favorites of the year a few years ago so I'm excited to get started on this one!


I've heard amazing things about the book Lessons in Chemistry, and after hearing Carrie Beth's review I am definitely going to move that one up in my reading pile. But first up...

Book Lovers by Emily Henry. I need something a little different to kick off Summer with than murder and have already made it a few chapters into this one! I loved Henry's first two books, so I can't wait to see how I feel about this one. 



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