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Review: How to Save a Life

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How to Save a Life
By Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
303 pages
Publication Date: July 14, 2020
Lake Union Publishing

Note; I received this book directly from the publisher via Net Galley to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and I received no other compensation.

About the Book:

Dom is having a very bad day—one he literally can’t escape.

When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancĂ©e whom he hasn’t seen in almost a decade, he believes they’ve been given a second chance and asks her out. When Mia dies tragically on their date, Dom makes a desperate wish: to be given the chance to save her life. And when he wakes the next morning to the shock that she’s alive, he thinks his wish may have been granted. But day after day, no matter what he changes about their time together, she still meets a terrible fate.

Dom frantically searches for answers to save his beloved Mia and rekindle their former love. But the further he digs, the more obsessed he becomes, making him realize that slowing d…

WWW Wednesday: July 8

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WW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam over at Taking On A World of Words.  The three W's are:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next? Recently Finished I LOVED I'm Still Here. It was fantastic. Absolutely worth reading! I liked both of these, but didn't love them. They were just OK.  
Currently Reading


Loving my ARC of How to Save a Life!! Liz and Lisa are go-to authors for me. I just started Mexican Gothic--like, a chapter in--hoping I like this one! I'm reading it as a buddy read with a lovely group of bookstagrammers!
Up Next
...I have no idea! I kep posting books in my "Up Next" category but they rarely end up being next. Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan is on my radar, as is Mexi

Review: Side Trip

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Side Trip
By Kerry Lonsdale
334 pages
Publish Date: July 7, 2020
Lake Union Publishing

Note; I received this book directly from the author to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and I received no other compensation.

About the Book:

With her deceased sister’s Route 66 bucket list in hand, California girl Joy Evers sets out on a cross-country road trip to meet up with her fiancĂ©, checking off the bullets along the way.

Singer-songwriter Dylan Westfield has a serious case of wanderlust and a broken-down car. Stuck at a diner between LA and Flagstaff, he meets Joy, his complete opposite. She’s energetic. He’s moody. She’s by the book. He’s spontaneous. She believes in love at first sight. He thinks love is a complicated mess. But Joy has a brand-new convertible.

They strike a deal. She’ll drive him to New York. He’ll pay for gas. Only three rules apply: no exchanging of last names; what happens on the road, stays on the road; and if one of them wants to take a side trip, they …

WWW Wednesday: July 1

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WW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Sam over at Taking On A World of Words.  The three W's are:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you'll read next? Recently Finished
I loved The Vanishing Half (see my review here) and I gave The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes three stars. I liked it, but didn't love it. It was nowhere near as good as The Hunger Games series.

Currently Reading

Now that our library is open, my holds came in! I'm enjoying the latest from Barbara Delinsky--love her books. I'm listening to my ALC of Migrations (thanks to libro.fm) and I'm LOVING it.
Up Next

I won an ARC of this in a giveway just recetnly and am curious to see how it is! I loved the Crazy Rich Asians series so hoping this one is good as well.
What are you reading this week? Happy Reading!

Review: The Vanishing Half

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The Vanishing Half
By Brit Bennett
352 pages
Published June 2, 2020
Riverhead Books
Source: My BOTM pick

About the Book:

The Vignes twin sisters will always be identical. But after growing up together in a small, southern black community and running away at age sixteen, it's not just the shape of their daily lives that is different as adults, it's everything: their families, their communities, their racial identities. Ten years later, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remain intertwined. What will happen to the next generation, when their own daughters' storylines intersect?

Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family, from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit Bennett produces a story that is at…

Review: 28 Summers

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28 Summers
By Elin Hilderbrand
432 pages
Published June 16, 2020
Little, Brown and Company
Source: Purchased for myself
ALC copy from Libro.fm

About the Book:

When Mallory Blessing's son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he's not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. It's the late spring of 2020 and Jake's wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election.

There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other?

Flash back to the sweet summer of 1993: Mallory has just inherited a beachfront cottage on Nantucket from her aunt, and she agrees to host her brother's bachelor party. Cooper's friend from college, Jake McCloud, attends, and Jake and Mallory form a bond that will persevere -- through marriage, children, and Ursula's stratospheric political rise -- until Mallory learns she's dy…

Review: Where the Lost Wander

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Where the Lost Wander 
By Amy Harmon
348 pages
Published April 28, 2020
Lake Union Publishing

Note; I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and I received no other compensation.

About the Book:

The Overland Trail, 1853: Naomi May never expected to be widowed at twenty. Eager to leave her grief behind, she sets off with her family for a life out West. On the trail, she forms an instant connection with John Lowry, a half-Pawnee man straddling two worlds and a stranger in both.

But life in a wagon train is fraught with hardship, fear, and death. Even as John and Naomi are drawn to each other, the trials of the journey and their disparate pasts work to keep them apart. John’s heritage gains them safe passage through hostile territory only to come between them as they seek to build a life together.
When a horrific tragedy strikes, decimating Naomi’s family and separating her from John, the promises they made are all they have…