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Merged Tour Post [Excerpt Spotlight]

I had this very nice post scheduled, and my blog decided to not work so I had to start all over. I’m very lucky to have been allowed to be a part of this tour. Below are the excerpt and the information about the tour.

Please enjoy.


1. From Orfyn’s Point of View

 

Depending on your point of view, I’m either famous or infamous. I’m called by many names: Ward of the State, Orphaned, Foofool (only by Sister Mo), and Kevin. That last onemakes me feel like I’m wearing someone else’s clothes. Tight and loose in all the wrong places.So, I came up with my own name, though no one has ever connected it to me. The identity of street artists should never be revealed.

I flick turpentine at a rat that’s getting a little too curious about my brushes. The alley smells like something died, making me wonder if there’s a body in the dumpster. Michelangelo cut up dead people to better understand how we’re built. If he was willing to do that for his art, I can endure this stink for one night. I breathe through my mouth and get back to work.

After four straight hours, the painting is coming along great, and I know I can finish it before people start heading out for their nine-to-five jobs. I paint madly, getting lost in the scene, moving from figure to figure, jersey to jersey. It’s my best work yet, and I want this one to last. 

At least, for a few days.


Tour Date:

 

Sept 16-27

(Please note that tour posts must be up by 08:00 hours EST)

 

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42358993-merged

 

YouTube Links:

https://youtu.be/A59XsCXiypQ

 

Purchase Links:

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

 

 

Link to Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-merged-by-jim-and-stephanie-kroepfl/

 

Giveaway Details:

 

 One (1) winner will receive a Starbucks gift card

 

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Merged by Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl

Release Date: September 17, 2019

Publisher:  Month9Books 

Seven of our country’s most gifted teens will become Nobels, hosts for the implantation of brilliant Mentor minds, in an effort to accelerate human progress. 

 

But as the line between what’s possible and what’s right draws ever blurrier, the teens discover everything has a cost. 

Scientists have created an evolved form of living known as Merged Consciousness, and sixteen-year-old Lake finds herself unable to merge with her Mentor. 

 

Lake, the Nobel for Chemistry and Orfyn, the Nobel for Art, are two from among the inaugural class of Nobels, and with the best intent and motivation. But when Stryker, the Nobel for Peace, makes them question the motivation of the scientists behind the program, their world begins to unravel. 

 

As the Nobels work to uncover the dark secrets of the program’s origins, everyone’s a suspect and no one can be trusted, not even the other Nobels.  

 

As the Mentors begin to take over the bodies and minds of the Nobels, Lake and Orfyn must find a way to regain control before they lose all semblance or memory of their former selves.

 

About the Author

 

 


Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl are a husband-and-wife team who write stories of mystery and adventure from their cabin in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. When they aren’t dodging moose, their story ideas appear during their walks with their dog, who far prefers chasing balls to plotting novels. Jim and Stephanie are world travelers who seek out crop circles, obscure historical sites and mysterious ruins.

 

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This is going to be an awesome book, and I cannot wait to get my own copy.

Until I rant about books again,


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Weekly Wrap-Up #2 [September 8-14]

I didn’t read a lot this past week. I still need to catch up on some eARCs on NetGalley. I did get all of the ones I needed done on time though. It’s nice way to watch my percentage go up instead of fall though. I did kind of make a poor choice, and I requested 26 romance books on NetGalley. I was approved for three. Guess we’ll see what happens with the others.

Here are all the books I read this week, complete with what Ethan thinks each of them are about.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: Groupie chick falls in love with rockstar. He dumps her and she gets mad.

My rating and thoughts: 3 stars.

It’s been done before. The trope of bad boy and good girl. I don’t mind the brothers best friend trope, that’s one of my favorite ones. I’m just tired of smart girl suddenly becomes enamored with the hot dude who is right down the hall from her. That’s exactly what this story is.

Haley moves in with her brother and his best friend. The best friend is named Cade and he is a man whore. He sleeps with a lot of women. Of course, he’s mean at first to Haley but eventually gets attached to her. However, Haley has a boyfriend named Adam. He is the nice guy, but he wears a lot of cologne.

But of course Adam is a bad dude and Cade saves the day so Haley is like, I’m going to fall in love with Cade. Of course, there’s more to the story but I don’t want to discuss spoilers.

The parts of the story I highlighted were about how perfect Cade was and how sexy. There was a lot about smells. I’m not sure if Haley is just like a blood hound but she was so obsessed with Adams cologne and then how Cade smelled. One specific line was, I can smell that fresh scent. I would be happy if this is the only scent I ever smell again. I’m not sure why it bothered me so much, but there was way too much about olfactory references.

The smut aspect of the book wasn’t bad, but it didn’t appeal to me too much in this story.

This author just wasn’t for me. This would work well for someone just starting out reading new adult or doesn’t mind the same old tropes overly done. I did enjoy how Cade was written. The ending just seemed rushed. Also, do not read the synopsis of the second book unless you want spoilers.

What Ethan thinks this book is about: Two really depressed drug addicts in recovery meet in halfway house and they relapse at the end and die. My rating and thoughts: 4 stars.

Jess and Alex have a fair amount of parallels in their lives. Both are dealing with the loss of loved ones, career changes, and living in London. It’s a new start for each. Both are determined to lead their own lives and avoid relationships since they both had prior ones end poorly. So they resolve to be friends. They are also living in a shared house with a no couples rule… of course they aren’t going to fall in love, right?

This book contains a lot of cute elements. Jess loves romantic movies and has this sweet relationship with her grandmother. Jess was raised by her grandmother and even posts on Instagram so she can see her granddaughters life in London. It’s a cute story, but it’s more of a friendship between Jess and Alex most of the time. It’s a really slow burn Christmas romance, I suppose.

Overall, a super cute story. I really like how it describes London so well. I would recommend this for anyone who wants a quick, sweet romance with a little bit of holiday. I would read more from this author.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Story about the Dalmatian and how he likes winter and snow.

My rating: 3 stars. You can find my full review here.


Well. This was my week in reading. Feels good to have some of my NetGalley books caught up. I’m feeling good with my September Swoons Reads. I’m so excited to share those with you at the end of the month. How’s your wrap up for the week looking? Or how about just your Reads so far since September is halfway over ? (!!!)

Until I rant about books again,

Let It Snow by Sue Moorcroft [Review]

Let It Snow by Sue Moorcroft

Published September 26, 2019 by AvonBooks UK.

I gave this book 4/5 Stars

Synopsis: This Christmas, the villagers of Middledip are off on a very Swiss adventure… 

Family means everything to Lily Cortez and her sister Zinnia, and growing up in their non-conventional family unit, they and their two mums couldn’t have been closer.

So it’s a bolt out of the blue when Lily finds her father wasn’t the anonymous one-night stand she’d always believed – and is in fact the result of her mum’s reckless affair with a married man.

Confused, but determined to discover her true roots, Lily sets out to find the family she’s never known; an adventure that takes her from the frosted, thatched cottages of Middledip to the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland, via a memorable romantic encounter along the way…

Thank you NetGalley and Avon Books UK for the review copy. This is my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Just hearing the title of the book evokes melodies of the popular Christmas song this book is titled after. This is actually a book in a larger series, which I didn’t know when I requested the book. So this book is about Lily and Issac in the village of Middledip.

I’m not sure how many books are in the series. It seems like there’s a whole world built, and I’m missing pieces because I haven’t read the other parts of the series. Despite this, the book is still a lot of fun to read. Sue Moorcroft knows how to write romance with layers. Let It Snow is just not a simple fluff romance by any means. Lily and Issac are both are fulfilled people outside of their romance story. Lily comes from a family of two mothers and her family has been struggling since her mom revealed Lily was the result of an affair with a man and her father has died. Issac is dealing with his feelings of failure because of the club he owned going under and closing down. Lily has moved to the village to try and get to know her half brother who doesn’t know she exists. This is also hurting her sister who feels like Lily is trying to get a new family and forgets about her old one. A huge part of the story is Lily trying to muster up the courage to tell her half brother who she really is, how to deal with her family possibly falling apart, and dealing with all of the changes in such a short time.

Lily works at her brothers pub and Issac is the manager since her brother is away due to his health. So this is where they are spending a lot of time with each other and getting to know each other. Lily thinks at first Issac is still with his ex Hayley, but this is a deeper story which comes into play later. Slowly, lily and Issac grow closer but they have no expectations because of their circumstances.

Lily thinks she could leave the village, and Issac wants to leave the hospitality industry. They both agree to just let things happen, with no promises of forever. It’s clear they are falling for each other, but lily is trying to deal with her own issues and Issac can’t see himself staying at this point.

I love how this story is complex. It’s not just about the romance. The side characters are fully developed. Lily and Issac each have a family they interact with and play a role in the story. It’s also a story about the village as well.

A lot of this romance is about becoming a part of a family, and I think Sue Moorcroft excels at showing how the village is a family along with the characters respective ones. It gave layers to the story and just enhanced the romance.

Lily is so sweet, and I love how Issac adores his dog, Doggo. Lily loves her family and just wants to know all of her family. Issac adores his dog and I just love animals a lot, ok? Issac and Lily grow together and as individuals so it’s awesome to see how they compliment each other. And I love how much of a build up there is to when they kiss. Just makes it better.

I love the happy ending, and this book gave me the one I wanted. But you a,so get to see how the village continues to grow and flourish. I’m so happy to have been able to read this Christmas romance, it makes me excited to pick up other books in the series. I could just lose myself in Christmas at Middledip so easily.

I would highly recommend this series. It’s not just escapist story. It’s complex and interesting. Of course I haven’t read the others so you may want to start at the beginning. But it still makes sense on its own.

Until I rant about books again,

NetGalley TBR

I’ve had a lot of books from NetGalley just chilling on my Kindle, and I know I should read them. I requested them, and I’m not reading them. I probably should be though so my percentage can go up and I can get more books. I suddenly just want to read romance on Kindle Unlimited but I need to get through these eight (!) books first.

Christmas book. From Avon Books UK. Looks like it’s going to be adorable.Christmas one again from Avon Books UK. I’m feeling hopeful just from the blurb. I think it will be quaint and lovely,

I think I’ve heard good things about this book, but I’m probably thinking of a book with a similar title.

I think this is a YA contemporary or New Adult. The cover caught my attention. I’m excited this one, so I am going to stay positive.

This sounds like the Paula Hawkins book just because of the title. So I am looking forward to this even though it’s book five in a series.

My nickname is Magpie because my name is Maggie so that’s why I chose this book. I think it’s a thriller, also yet another from Avon Books UK.

YA book from Durden Press. Not sure what it’s about.

Fun beach romance. Looks like fun. I’m addicted to romance lately, I’m betting it’s going to be a good time.

…and those are the eight NetGalley books I need to get through. Wish me luck. I’m delighted for all the Christmas romances, even though I’m ready only for Halloween at this point.

Which books do you have from NetGalley? Anyone read any of these?

Weekly Wrap-Up #1 [September 1-7]

I meant to start doing wrap ups like a week ago. Of course I didn’t. I’m just that person, I guess. So here’s how my wrap ups are going to work. I’ve been reading a lot of romance in September. I blame Bree over at https://fallingforromance.com/. Check her out. She’s fantastic, and she’s even writing articles for Frolic. Do not sleep on her and her blog. She’ll give you all the romance books you need and more!

What I’m trying to do with my wrap ups though is make them a little more fun to read and just delightful for me. So each week, I’m going to show my partner the covers of the books I’m reading and ask him what he thinks they are about. I will be putting below each book what he thinks it’s about followed by own thoughts. I’m very excited about this. I garnered my inspiration from Steph’s Romance Book Talk and her video about her partner judging a book by its cover, found here. She was inspired by BooksandLala. I don’t watch the second channel so if you’re interested in that channel, you can find them on YouTube.

Here are all the books I’ve read the first week of September.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Doing cocaine

Rating and my thoughts: 3 Stars. This was a disappointment. I’ve never been so sad about a book before. Riley Sager is one of my favorite authors. I can’t even remember the name of the main character anymore. I ended up seeing the plot twists coming. Not really worth talking about in my opinion. Definitely check out the other books Sager has written.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Dude makes another dude for sexy time

Rating and my thoughts: 4 stars. This is a classic for a reason. It’s bad ass how a woman wrote one of the first science fiction books. But this was kind of boring to me. I did enjoy it, but I only survived it because I read the retelling by Kirsten White so I knew the basic story line. So, not a bad book but I’m not going to read it again.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Girl has sex with brothers billionaire best friend

Rating and my thoughts: 4 stars. Book one done for September Swoons. I loved it mostly,but I was also kind of bored. I enjoyed it,but I think Maybe was too tropey being pretty and awkward. I kind of just want a normal protagonist for once 🤷🏻‍♀️

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Cave man walking around New York and falls in love with human

Rating and my thoughts: 3 Stars. 2nd book finished for September Swoons.

I started reading The Winston Brothers series awhile ago, but I’m waiting until I have all of the books to binge read them. So I decided to try some new Penny Reid (new to me). But this was disappointing. Janie is so dense and oblivious. For someone so intelligent, she’s so freaking stupid. She also gets more annoying. The plot line of this book is not really good. I found it a little outlandish and hard to believe given how it’s set up. Quinn was not an interesting love interest. The only thing this book did for me was make me want a hot dog. And I don’t eat animals so just a veggie dog for me, thanks. I planned to read the whole series, but this went downhill so fast. I hope the Winston Brothers series doesn’t turn to shit, but I have heard and read good things so fingers crossed 🤞

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Fourth dimensional being

Rating and my thoughts: 3 stars. 3rd book read for September Swoons.

I’ve seen countless people buzzing about this book. It’s a build up for me… a build up read I craved for awhile. I found it on Kindle Unlimited so I decided to take the chance.

I have a love hate relationship with Colleen Hoover books. I don’t know how to explain it well. I will hate her books, but yet I read them. So I think I secretly love them. Yikes.

I read a lot of thrillers. This was dark, but I didn’t love it the way I do the other dark ones. I love Karin Slaughter or Clare Mackintosh for thrillers which make you go holy cow. This book wasn’t it for me. It may appeal to other readers though.

I was able to put this book down so I was not addicted. I just kept complaining to my partner about some of the passages. Maybe it’s because I could resonate with some aspects because it reminded me of when I was struggling with my post partum depression, but this book was next level screwed up.

Try this book out if you want, I just didn’t enjoy it. I also cheated and counted it as romance… but there was a small romance so I think I’m okay.

I should probably just not read this author, but I probably will keep doing so.

What Ethan thinks the book is about: Medieval farming

Rating and my thoughts: 4 stars. Sad it’s over, glad it ended the way it did. The last book in the Conqueror Saga… Lada is so bad ass. This book is brutal. I love what White writes. I can’t wait to read more from her. I hope she will do more than retellings in the future though.

All reviews come from my Goodreads. Check it out here.

It’s fun asking Ethan what he thinks my books are about. I’m looking to more of this each week. I’ll be doing the boyfriend BookTube tag soon but adapted to my blog. I had a good reading week and September Swoons is going well.

Classics I Need to Read

Catch me doing my Saturday post on Sunday because I’m total garbage. I didn’t even know what to do so I had people vote on a twitter poll, and it’s classics I need to read. I’m sure the list would be extensive if I just went on and on. But I’m going off my Goodreads want to read with the classics I’ve had on my TBR for a loong time. Without further ado, here are the classics I need to read.

Pride and Prejudice has been on my TBR for so long… I just need to read it finally. Plain and simple.
This was one of my favorite childhood movies. I’ve had this cute edition of the book for so long. I want to read it even though I know the story so damn well.
Pretty sure I just got this because one of my favorite BookTube people read it or was going to. I’ll pretty much read anything she suggests because I love her.
Also another book I probably added due to April. I think it’s a creepy book? I’m not sure. Guess I’ll find out when I read it… someday.
This is one I wanted to read after I learned about Harriet Jacobs reading something else. So I bought the book and it’s been rotting on my Kindle app. Oops

These are the classics I’ve been meaning to read for ages. I recently read Frankenstein, and I did enjoy it. I’m just not a huge fan of classics so it’s a bit of a struggle for me. I sometimes feel like an inadequate reader since I tend to read YA, romance, thrillers, etc. I need to break from this mindset.

What classics have you read recently? Are there any you want to read? Let me know.!

August Wrap Up.

I didn’t read a lot in August because we got Hulu so I’ve been watching way too much of that recently. I can’t really blame the baby because he’s pretty chill. I’m still getting used to having a blog, and I do enjoy when people like my posts. It can be a little discouraging as well, when I don’t get any views so I worry I’m doing something wrong. But this is so much fun, and I can’t wait to keep growing and writing more.

So here are the few books I’ve read last month and an update of what I’m reading for September Swoons along with the books from August I’m still reading.

We moved so I pulled out my trashy books. 4 stars. I will eventually complete the series. I don’t know why I like these books when they are the same again and again,with the same overused plots and incest.This was a Review book, I gave it 4 stars. It’s about witches and a town where witchcraft is illegal. I’m curious to see how the relationships will develop. This series definitely has potential. Goodreads review here. This book was from the Facebook group, Young Adult Book Stop.

I adored this book a lot. I’m looking forward to the other two. Academy books are a genre I didn’t even really know I loved til now. This was a solid 4 stars. Got this book from the author in the Facebook group, Young Adult Book Stop.4 stars. A NetGalley book that comes out next year. I’ll be taking about it more closer to the release date.

5 stars. I still don’t have words.


The rest of these are reviewed on Goodreads and my blog so I’ll just be leaving the rating and the links for the reviews to avoid repeating myself.4 stars. Review Here. Definitely a unique read. Procured from Young Adult Book Stop.4 Stars. Review Here. Read for Hello Sunshine Book Club Reading Challenge.4 Stars. Review Here. NetGalley from Avon Books UK.

3 stars. Review Here. NetGalley from Avon Books UK.

4 stars. Review Here. Read for Hello Sunshine Book Club Reading Challenge.

4 stars. Review Here. Yet another book I got from Young Adult Book Stop. The author gave me the first two to read as well so the series makes sense.

I’m still reading

Frankenstein is slow going so I picked up the audio book from the library so I can finish it.

I loved the other two a lot, but I’m having issues finishing it. I think it’s a little boring.

I’m hoping to read more in September with my September Swoons so wish me luck. What have you read recently? Let me know.

Stuck With You Spotlight Post

I’m so excited to be featuring a spotlight post for a book tour on my blog. It sounds like an amazing book everyone should check out. I can’t wait to order my own copy and read this great book!

 

 

Tour Date:

 

Sept 2-6

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47566283-stuck-with-you

 

Purchase Links:

 

Amazon | Amazon Australia | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | B&N | iBooks | Kobo

 

 

Link to Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-stuck-with-you-by-christina-mandelski/

 

Giveaway Details:

 

 One (1) winner will win a signed copy of all 3 books in the First Kiss Hypothesis series by Christina Mandelski

 

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Stuck with You by Christina Mandelski

Publication Date: September 2, 2019

Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush

 

 

When Caleb Gray heads to the Texas coast to mentally prepare for a future he isn’t sure he wants, the last person he expects to see is Catie Dixon. Yeah, their mothers have been planning their wedding since they were born, but he and Catie are most definitely not friends. He can’t see her as anything but the annoying kid who followed him everywhere. Except, it’s really bothering him that everyone is staring at her in that bikini…

 

Catie got over her crush on Caleb ages ago. So why can’t she see past his ripped body or how unsettled he seems? She’s got her own problems, though. Her future has been set for years and now she’s dreaming of pulling the plug. A week at their families’ beach house is just what she needs to pull herself together, and she has no intention of letting Caleb back into her heart…which would be a whole lot easier if he’d put on a shirt.

 

But a forced week of togetherness full of beach parties, waterslide mishaps, bonfires, and roller coasters sparks more than an understanding. What do you do when the person standing in the way of your future is the one person you grew up hating…but now don’t?

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

Christina Mandelski was born in South Florida, where her love of reading was cultivated in a house full of books. Stories like The Little House series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden, filled her imagination and fueled her dreams to be a writer. That dream came true when her first young adult novel, THE SWEETEST THING, was published in 2011, and she’s beyond thrilled about her upcoming series for Entangled Crush. Chris lives in Houston with one handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, and two freakshow cats. She has a fondness for the beach, her family and friends, and she still loves to read (especially curled up with a good cup of coffee!) She also enjoys shopping, traveling and eating, especially cake. Always cake. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her holed in a cozy spot with her laptop, writing. Visit her at www.christinamandelski.com.

 

 

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September Swoons TBR and Current Reads

So the month of September is going to be a deep dive into the romance genre for me. It’s one I used to read as a teenager. Yeah, I read those Harlequin Romance books when I was a tween and young teen. Mostly the purple mystery ones. I was so addicted to those back in the day. I’m not sure why I got away from romance because it’s a great genre. The best part is I don’t even have to buy any books because I have a lot of romance books on my Kindle. I actually added 16 books to a collection for this month. I don’t know if I will get through that many, but here are 10 books I’ve planned out for September Swoons. I will also be reading some other books as well… but those will be talked about in my weekly wrap ups.

Some of these are eARCs. The rest are books I’ve had on my Kindle.

  • All I Want- Tamara Lush (eArc)
  • To Be Your Girl -Rae Kennedy (eArc)
  • We Met in December- Rosie Curtis (eArc)
  • Meant to Be- Melody Grace
  • A Girl Like Her- Talia Hubbard
  • From Scratch- Katrina Jackson
  • Cracked Kingdom- Erin Watt
  • The Perfect Game- J Sterling
  • Challenge-Amy Daws
  • Step Brother Dearest- Penelope Ward

And these are the books I’m currently reading:

Are there any romance books you think I should read? Have you read any of the books on my list? Join me for September Swoons if you wish. I’ll be using the hashtag #septemberswoonsreads on Twitter. My username on there is hybibliophiliac. Come find me and follow along or join me!

Next Year in Havana Spoiler Free Review

Title: Next Year in Havana

Author: Chanel Cleeton

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Reason Read: Hello Sunshine Book Club Reading Challenge

Official synopsis: Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba’s high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country’s growing political unrest–until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary…

Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa’s last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth. 

Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba’s tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she’ll need the lessons of her grandmother’s past to help her understand the true meaning of courage. (Found on Penguin Randomhouse site)

My take on the plot:

Chanel Cleeton paints a very vivid picture of her characters and her story. She also uses words I had to look up which made me excited to expand my vocabulary while learning about the struggles the country of Cuba and its people face. The book follows Marisol in 2017 after the loss of her beloved grandmother and also looks back at her grandmother, Elisa, before she was forced to leave Cuba with her family in 1958. Marisol has snuck her grandmothers ashes into Cuba so they could be scattered in a special place. Marisol learns she may not have known her grandmother as well as she thought. Elisa had fallen in love with a man she shouldn’t have, and Marisol is on the same path. The book looks at the parallels of a grandmother and granddaughter during the moments they fall in love and how their choices will impact their lives forever. It’s definitely one of those generational stories, but I liked it a lot because I really don’t know anything about Cuba.

My take on the writing:

Cleeton writes so beautifully. I don’t say this often, but she uses language to create a world the reader gets so immersed in. I was able to envision The whole story very well. I know nothing about Cuba and the history so this was a different glimpse into a past many people lived but isn’t well known. Marisol has such fond memories of her grandmother, and this ties so well into the flashbacks of her grandmother to create a full spectrum of the young Elisa. I was so swept up in the past version of Cuba it made me sad when the family had to leave because of the political turmoil. The entire book is full of sadness but it is also beautiful and hopeful. I love how the story evokes so many emotions.

I understand why this book was picked for the book club. It’s just one so easy to get lost in and not be able to stop reading. This may be my favorite one I’ve read so far in The Reese Witherspoon book club choices. I was struggling with the book at times, but now I’ve had time to reflect, this book keeps growing on me.

Final thoughts:

Chanel Cleeton wrote a book definitely worth all of the hype. This was one I was dying to read, and it was worth every minute spent. I haven’t seen a lot of people talking about this online, but I know it’s popular because the long hold at the library and it says it’s a bestseller online. I hope they make this into a movie, and I can’t wait to read the next book related to this about Elisa’s sister, Beatriz. This is my sixth book complete for the Hello Sunshine Reading Challenge I’m doing.

Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Or even if you want to join me in reading all of the Hello Sunshine Book Club books, I would love that too.