Fall and redemption with a twist would be an appropriate subheading for The Fall.
I loved this book. I loved almost everything about it. Mæve is an interesting character, and rooting for her is so easy because she’s fierce and courageous, but also kind, intelligent and humble. She’s given a task early in the novel, and no matter how dire things are, she does everything in her power to reach her goals.
The Juggle is a story of swapped lives, of personal growth, and owning up mistakes. It might look like your clear-cut romcom story, but if you’re willing to dig a little deeper, look a little further, then you’ll see what’s beyond the surface.
In Whisper Cottage we follow Stina and Jack, a married couple who decide to ditch their big city life and move to the countryside, hoping for a fresh, bucolic start. They’re expecting a kid; the small village of Avoncote is as charming as the cottage they bought, and the widow who lives next door looks so nice - right?
Meet Alice: a woman who loves her job, doesn’t like to share her things, and has an annoying ex. Meet Jamie: a man who has some secrets, doesn’t mind sharing, and is not that enthusiastic to return to the office.
Once Upon a Seaside Murder, a novel written by Maggie Blackburn, follows the steps of Summer Merriwether. After her mom’s death—the backstory is featured in the previous book of this series—Summer is in charge of a bookstore called Beach Reads; between a panel discussion gone wrong and her newfound family, Summer has a lot on her plate.
Live, Local, and Dead follows the adventures of Jacqueline ‘Jaye’ Jordan, a radio DJ who moves to Vermont with her daughter after divorcing her husband. Some people like her; some don’t, because another radio show gets cancelled after her arrival. When a dead body shows up, things get even more complicated.
Parritt’s writing is rich, her style engaging. The plot has some surprises in store for the reader too, and Emma’s character growth is a plus in my book. Another praise goes to the cast of characters, as they're realistic and a strong support to the story. Well done!
At Home in the Wine Country is a stylish, well-curated book featuring Californian homes. They’re all high-end, with enough space to showcase and highlight various pieces of furniture.
Love in a Time of Hate turned out to be an interesting book, giving me more than expected. It follows the adventures of Emmett Collins in post-war New Orleans, where he’s trying to make a difference and improve the lives of former slaves.