Word by Word

Creating myself one word at a time.

My mom has been talking about these movies she’s been watching while she works at her desk or putters around the house. Over the last couple of months, she’s told me a little about some plots and the characters. Come to find out, she’s been watching some Hallmark’s Movies and Mysteries channel and their films based on popular cozy mystery book series.

Now, when my TV is on, I tend to be pretty predictable about what I watch. If it isn’t the latest series I’m watching on Netflix or Amazon, it is probably reruns of Friends. I can listen to those while I fold laundry or clean up the living room.

The other night I decided to venture out of my norm and watch the first movie in the “Murder, She Baked” series that is based on Joanne Fluke’s Hanna Swensen novels. And boy howdy was that a mistake. My productivity ha

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s taken a nose dive! I’ve DVR’d all the movies I can get and I’m now reading the series. So, I thought this would be a great installment for my “Books to Screen” posts.

 

Overall Ratings (1 to 5 starts):

  • Books: 4 to 5 stars based on the one I’m reading.
  • Movies: 4 stars
  • Adaptation: 4 stars

 

The Similarities (and the differences):

I was really curious about the books after I watched my second movie in this series. How were they similar? Did they have the same charm as the movies? What liberties did they take with the plot to make it work for a 90 minute movie?

I’m not too proud to admit that I ran right out to my Kindle and bought the first book in the series and began reading then and there. Never mind, that I had a book sitting on my bedside table.

The basic premise for the books and movies are the same. Hannah Swensen owns her own bakery in a small town in Minnesota. She is single with a mother pushing her into the arms of any man, but especially Norman Rhodes, the new dentist in town. Like the books, the movies have a very fun and engaging cast of characters. The number and depth that you get to know them is curtailed in the movies, understandably for time’s sake.

As with the book series, there is Hannah’s mother and sister, Andrea, who keep her life a little crazy. However, the book series makes Hannah one of three sisters, so we don’t get to meet the youngest sister Michelle in the movies. There are also two suitors for Hannah’s romantic attentions, Norman and Mike, the new detective from Minneapolis.

While the movies bring Mike in early in the first film, the books ease you into this love triangle, if you want to call it that. This gives the movies that Hallmark touch of romance, but I really love the slow burn Fluke creates in her books. While I’m only on book four, there are more than 20, so I’m okay with Hannah taking her time.

The movies made by Hallmark have also come out in a different order than the books and they carry different names, at least after the third one. If I had to guess, that’s because they are a little out-of-order. But, after reading a few of the books I can tell the basic plot framework is there. The details are just reworked to fit the movie medium.

If you’re a sucker for detail, the adaptations might irritate you. I’ll admit the Hannah in my head doesn’t look the same as Alison Sweeney in the movies. I have a sneaking suspicion that as I continue to read the series, the Hannah of the books will become my mental image. The movies will be just a fun way to lose myself in Lake Eden a little more!

If you can, escape a little with both the movies and series. They’ll leave you hungry for more Hannah and the amazing cookie recipes in the books!

 

 

 

Books

What a week! Between work, kids, extracurricular and books, I was exhausted by Saturday morning. It didn’t help that I had a couple of books keeping me up past my bedtime! You know how that goes.

 

What I was reading this week:

 

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On the blog this week:

Book Review of Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh

Memoirs and the Art of Memory

 

I got a couple of new books on NetGalley this week. I’m very excited about them both!

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Happy Reading!

downloadIt seems like there are more and more memoirs being published every day. Everyone from politicians to movie stars to scientists to moguls are writing them. I don’t remember there ever being so many, but it could also be that age-old problem of I just wasn’t paying attention. There is something ironic about my not being able to remember so many memoirs being published and the topic I’m about to explore.

Two years ago I wasn’t much of an audio book person. I liked my books in my hands, not my ears. However, I developed friendships with those who are avid listeners. My adventure into audio began with a simple desire to get through my TBR faster. Driving for a work trip? No problem. I can still get that book read. Weeding the garden and need something to keep me motivated? Plug in those ear buds and get to weeding. Really, I was amazed at the number of tasks that allowed me to keep working on that TBR.

What I found, though, was a vibrant audio book community and reasons I never expected to listen to audio books. One of the discoveries I made was that some books are actually better in the audio format. Twenty-five year-old me would be appalled, but it is true. And one of those genres, for me, is memoir.

Memory is a funny thing. Mine is a murky thing, as well. I don’t remember in the crisp detail that others seem to remember their past. I have hazy memories of my childhood. Obviously, the ones from my late teens and twenties are clearer than those from elementary and junior high days. My memory is built on pictures from those days and the stories the adults from those times tell.

I say all of this because I find those who have crisp memory fascinating. The Sheldon Coopers of the world amaze me with their recall of what a person was wearing, who ate what and who was in the room when an event took place. I can’t remember what I wore two days ago. What did I eat for breakfast? Was I in the room when that happened? What’s my name? Just kidding!

The memoir genre has become a new fascination for me because of this very thing. I’m sure those who write them would prefer I be interested in what they did and how they did it. And I am, but I’m more interested in hearing them sketch out the scene. Recall the detail. Outline the personalities of those around them.

I’ve recently listened to Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick and Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. They were good. Noah’s dealt with heavier topics and felt more substantial, but Kendrick’s was fun and entertaining. They are both younger than I. Some reviews have shared that they prefer to read memoirs from those who have lived longer and have more experience to share.

I’m of the opinion that it’s good they put their memories down on paper now. They’ve sketched them all out where they will remember. They’ve shared them in an act of community. As one who has a hazy memory, the act of community is an important part of having memory live-on. So, I’ve learned to join the memoir community. I’m still very picky about which I choose to read. I have a list going, though, of the ones recommended by people I trust.

Listening or reading as they sketch the outline of a memory and begin to shade it in with nuance. It’s encouraged me to be more diligent about my own daily records and being sure to add a little more detail. You never know when you might need to write your own memoir!

Do you have a favorite memoir you’d recommend I read? Or maybe one that’s a great listen? I’m all ears!

SayYoureSorryI’ll just get the obvious out-of-the-way. I LOVE Melinda Leigh’s books. Honestly, I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon her Midnight series, but I quickly devoured the first three, which were the only ones available at the time. I now pre-order her books as soon as they are available. I highly recommend all that I’ve read. Now, thus ends the general fan girl moment.

I’ve read books from two series, so far. The three books from the Midnight series: Midnight Exposure, Midnight Sacrifice and Midnight Betrayal. And the three books from the Scarlet Falls series: Hour of Need, Minutes to Kill and Seconds to Live. Each of these series if structured around a family of people. Each book follows one person and their story. It’s fun to read about them and see them pop back up in the other books.

With the fourth book in the Midnight series (Midnight Obsession) and this book, Say You’re Sorry, which is the first book in the Morgan Dane series, Leigh is making a departure from what I’ve read so far. She revisits the same two central characters from a previous book. And I’m really excited about it!

Say You’re Sorry is the first in a planned series that will follow lawyer Morgan Dane and her adventures in Scarlet Falls. Leigh takes us back to this upstate New York town where we first met the Barrett family. This time she takes us into the Dane family. We briefly met them in Seconds to Live. I love already knowing the peripheral characters! Here’s the premise of Say You’re Sorry.

 

Morgan Dane has spent the last two years raising her three daughters and mourning the loss of her husband, John, to an explosion in Iraq. In another time, she was a district attorney who put criminals behind bars. Now, she lives with her grandfather in her home town. Morgan has decided it’s time to head back to work and is interviewing for the assistant DA position in Scarlet Falls. Then, one night, her girl-next-door babysitter is found murdered by the lake. The prime suspect? Morgan’s neighbor boy, Nick. He’s spent time playing with her girls, mowing her lawn and playing chess with her grandfather. Morgan watches as the police chief, her new DA boss and the mayor throw Nick in jail. His only hope may be Morgan if he wants to prove his innocence. Morgan and the local PI, Lance Kruger, who is healing from an injury when he was on the police force. Did Nick kill Tessa? If he didn’t, who did? 

 

The layered characters Leigh introduces with this series were great. Morgan’s grief still feels real, but Leigh shows a woman waking up and realizing it’s time to show her girls what it’s like to really live life and not just float through it. As she works Nick’s case and draws the attention of the police and criminals, you see a woman breaking free from the waves of grief. Morgan also finds a new path she wasn’t expecting, but I’ll let you read to discover her new calling in life.

 

She would never forget him or the love they had, but it was time to let him go. It was time to live.–Melinda Leigh, Say You’re Sorry

 

Leigh also draws in a former minor character from the Scarlet Falls series, Lance Kruger. He was shot in the leg in the prior books and is still recovering from the fallout of that injury. Now, he works for a retired policeman turned PI doing all kinds of work that comes their way. In addition, we get to learn more about his own troubled past without a father and with a mother who struggles with mental illness. At the start of the book, all Lance wants is to make it back to the force. With a little more recovery, it’s a real possibility. Yet, he’s really good at the PI work and the case Morgan brings him show that maybe his plan isn’t what he really wants.

With such layered characters, the main story of Say You’re Sorry felt nuanced and in-depth without being slow or heavy-handed. Leigh hops from perspective to perspective, so you get bits and pieces from the various parties. We start with the terror of Tessa’s last minutes on earth, so if some trigger warnings for those who don’t like violence.

Leigh also takes us into the mind of the killer. This is something she’s done in her other books and I find it really interesting. Seeing the crime and the world from their distorted worldview adds an interesting layer to the story. It also heightens tension in Say You’re Sorry, as Morgan discovers new clues in her investigation.

While Leigh wraps up the main conflict from Say You’re Sorry at the end, she leaves plenty open for the second in her series. I’m eager to dig in to Her Last Goodbye when it comes out in September. As you know, I’ve already pre-ordered, so I’ll be eagerly awaiting book mail!

51P3outSH8LOn a vacation whim, I picked up what I think is Mary Kubica’s very first book from 2014. I was intrigued by the cover, but I’ve also seen her latest book, Every Last Lie, everywhere! I was on vacation, so I thought I should be spontaneous. I was rewarded with a fun read while hanging out on family vacation.

When I marked the book as “read” on Goodreads there were a lot of reviews that mentioned being disappointed with the book because they were expecting a Gone Girl experience. I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t read Gone Girl, but I’ve found it often isn’t fair to compare books to other bestsellers. Someone will always be disappointed.

 

I know how betrayal and disillusionment feel, when someone who could give you the world refuses even a tiny piece of it.–Mary Kubica, The Good Girl

 

So, the story is told in two timelines. The events leading up to and the events right after the kidnapping of Mia Dennett. The story is told from multiple points-of-view. Detective Gabe Hoffman is investigating the kidnapping. Eve Dennett, the stay-at-home wife and mother to the Dennett family. Colin Thatcher, the rough-around-the-edges kidnapper. And, of course, Mia. She meets Colin in a bar one night and goes home with him. That decision leads to a months long captivity in the icy tundra of northern Minnesota. Through the various POVs and time hops, Kubica peels back the layers of the various players. There are various twists and turns that guide you toward a shocking ending that I won’t share here. No spoilers!

 

What I loved: I wasn’t sure about the moving timelines and points-of-view when I first began, but I ended up loving the way information was slowly revealed. I also ended up really loving the perspectives of the various characters. Just as you began to really see things from one perspective there was a shift and you realized there were multiple sides to the story. I was also really impressed with Kubica’s portrayal of post-kidnapping Mia and the deep shock she experienced. You could feel the total frustration for Eve as she attempted to help her daughter. You could also feel the intense horror of Mia. It was also fun to read a book set in freezing temperatures when it is so hot outside.

 

Would I recommend?: I would totally recommend this book. In fact, I’ve already handed off my book to a friend. I would caution readers to go in with just the expectation that this is a thriller with a dash of family dysfunction. I’m not going to tell you that it’s the next Gone Girl or Girl on the Train. It’s just a well-crafted thriller with intriguing characters and some fun twists.

 

Backlist bonus: Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson would be a great read for someone who like this book or psychological thrillers.

51s0hSA1EVL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_These days, it seems like books are constantly making the leap from the page to the screen. With celebrities acquiring books for their production companies (cough, Reese, cough) and many new avenues for both movies and television shows (Hulu, Amazon, Netflix), there is real opportunity to see your favorite book come to life. Some are even coming back to life for a third or fourth time, like Anne of Green Gables. Historically, I’ve been a firm believer that the book is better than the movie/show always. Lately, though, I think there is room for argument here.

One of my most recent discoveries is both the Amazon Prime-produced television show and the novel written by Philip K. Dick in 1962, The Man in the High Castle. I willingly admit I watched seasons one and two of the television first. I was intrigued, so I picked up the book while waiting for season three.

 

Overall Ratings (scale of 1 to 5 stars):

  • Book: 2 stars
  • Television Show: 5 stars
  • Adaptation: 3 stars

 

The Similarities:

Both the novel and the show share the same basic premise, World War II was won by Germany, Japan and Italy. The United States has fallen to the Axis powers and it has been chopped up into pieces. It is 1962. This setting is home to some of the same characters; Frank Frink, Juliana, Trade Minister Tagomi and Ed McCarthy. The Man in the High Castle is also present and his name is Abendsen. Trade Ministey Tagomi does have an experience with an alternative dimension. That’s it…those are the similarities.

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The Differences:

One of the things I love about the television show is the seemingly separate stories that come together and connect the various characters. While they are all determining their place in a world ruled by fear and suspicion, the writers of the television show weave them together. So, one of the biggest differences for me is simply a plot that feels like it’s building toward something. An event or a set of decisions. The book follows a lot of the same people, but their connections are tenuous and each is on their own path, with a couple feeling as if they meander without any true destination.

While both the show and the book feature The Man in the High Castle, the book is about an author who has written a bestselling story challenging the history that the Axis won the war. In the television show, he is a mysterious figure collecting and hoarding reels of film that show an alternative history. One is allowed to live in the neutral zone and is only vaguely on the Nazi hit list. The Man in the show, though, is a hunted man who Hitler despises.

Due to the vast differences between the show and the book, there are many details I could highlight. Character histories. Additional characters. Deeper dives into topics only skimmed in the book. I’ll highlight just a couple.

The book features a pretty in-depth look at the Pacific States ruled by the Japanese and the neutral zone, while the television show depicts these and the Nazi-ruled east coast and Berlin. This leads to a lot more knowledge about the Nazi party and the world they’ve created. The Germans and their leaders play a much bigger role in the television show. And one of my favorite characters, Obergruppenführer John Smith (played by Rufus Sewell), isn’t even in the book!

One of the intriguing parts of both mediums is the political state of the German government, however in the television show, Adolf Hitler plays an important role in driving the plot forward. In the book, he’s already dead. Both deal with the chess game that is gaining power, but the book features less known historical figures from the Nazi regime.

The television show also delves deeper into the idea that there is an alternative dimension where Germany lost and the Allies were the victors. I find this aspect of Trade Minister Tagomi and his story fascinating. I can’t wait to see where season three takes him.

I’m glad I both read and watched The Man in the High Castle, but the storytelling, for me, is more dynamic in the television show. There may be a lot I don’t know about Philip K. Dick and his motivations for writing this novel. I should probably learn more about him, but the show motivated me to read something I’m not sure I would have ever picked up at the library or bookstore. I’m glad I read the book, even if the show is more my cup of tea.

41qoICTy5pLSometimes when you’ve read a really heavy book, topic and not page number, you need something fun and light. You need something sweet or funny to help lift your spirits. Over Easy by Pamela Ford was all of those things. It was an enjoyable romantic comedy with a funny cast of characters. The perfect summer afternoon on the porch, by the pool or on the beach read. Here’s what it’s about.

 

Something really needed to change. Unfortunately, as it was turning out, that something was my life. — Pamela Ford, Over Easy

 

Allie and her friends are trying to meet men. They’ve tried other things, but just can’t seem to find men, especially those who might be interested in them. Over post-workout juices one day, they plot out the “continental breakfast club.” The three friends end up on the dining room of a local hotel pretending to be business travelers there for breakfast. Here is a group of men who are wearing their wedding rings, are successful and may just be interested. Over Easy follows Allie, the dog groomer whose family of successful professionals just don’t understand her life choices. She needs to find a date for her parent’s anniversary party. She quickly spots a guy, but she doesn’t realize he’s spotted her too and thinks she his contact for the stolen jewels he’s trying to unload. Soon, Allie with her friends Bree and Megan are on the run. They’re joined by Jax, a recent customer of Allie’s, who just wants his dog back. 

 

What I loved: It was exactly what I wanted when I picked it up. Fun, easy and lighthearted. It’s important, if you decided to read it, that you let it be the fun read that it is. One of the things I loved about Allie was her constant dialogue running in her head. I find I have that bad habit as well. Sometimes, you’re so in your own head you miss what the people around you have said. Allie spends a lot of time in her head making up what she’d say. Her words are perfect in her head, but what comes out of her mouth isn’t any where close to it. She’s funny and a bit of a mess. In the end, she does grow-up a little and realized she’s happy with her life. She’s so busy trying to deflect her family’s critiques that she seems to have lost sight of that.

 

Would I recommend?: You bet, but only if you read it remembering it’s an easy read with a light story. If you are looking for heft, serious topics or characters who are on a journey of self-discovery, this isn’t the one you want to pick-up right now.

 

Back list bonus: As I read this book, I had flashes of Kristin Higgins and her romance books. She’s hilarious! I’d recommend any of her Blue Heron series…and her entire back list!

51wnupYTkOL._SY346_There are times when I open a book and it takes me to another place. There are times when it takes me to another time. Sometimes it’s an escape for a couple of hours. With David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon, it was an uncomfortable trip to another time and just a bit north of where I live. But, as uncomfortable as it was to read, it was a tale I’m glad I know about now.

I’d seen this book on many lists and mentioned in more than a few articles, but my friend put it in my hand and told me I needed to read it. She was right. The book is an in-depth look at a period of history to which I’d never been exposed.

During the 1920’s, a series of murders and mysterious deaths plagued the Osage tribe. The tribe, who had been moved from location to location at the whims of the US government and finally planted in the northern point of the state of Oklahoma, were receiving large amounts of money for the huge oil reserve found on tribal lands. Grann structures the book into three parts. The first tells the story of Mollie Burkhart, a member of the Osage tribe, who sees her family die person-by-person, until she is the only one left and fears for her life. The second part picks up the story of Tom White, Bureau of Investigation agent, and the man Hoover chose to build the reputation of his life’s work. He, along with his team of agents, are tasked with finding out who is killing off the tribe and bring them to justice. The third, and final, part tells Grann’s story of research and learning first hand of the long-term impact of this dark period in history.

I read this book with a growing sense of disgust and horror. While the story is historical and we should be careful applying our own knowledge and current beliefs on another time period, I learned with this book there is a point this isn’t true anymore. We’ve all heard the platitude concerning history and not repeating it. Well, I learned a few things with this book. Here are my thoughts.

In our current political and cultural environment, political corruption seems rampant and everywhere. Or at least it feels like it. Yet, Grann’s research and account revealed layer upon layer of corruption where the Osage tribe were concerned. And, quite frankly, the state government of Oklahoma. Officials, from sheriffs to governors, were brought down for bribery, corruption and any other number of charges and convictions. At moments, this was pretty depressing. However, as I read the section about Tom White and his team of agents, I had my spirit buoyed. They were people from various backgrounds, places and skill sets, yet they teamed together and fought hard to bring some justice to Mollie Burkhart and her family. Did they always get it right? Nope. Did they bring all the corruption to an end? Nope. But, normal people can chip away at the darkness if they keep at it.

The bureau’s probe had long been plagued by leaks and sabotage. One agent complained that “information contained in reports immediately gets into the possession of unauthorized and unscrupulous persons.” –David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Truth, it seems, has always been a slippery thing. As I read the story of the Osage, the ability of people to use disinformation and “fake” stories to misdirect and distract people from what is really happening emerged as a major element of this story. Lawmen and private investigators had been looking into the deaths of the Osage for years when White and his agents showed up. They’d chased ghosts and whispers with no real conclusions or answers. Tom White worked hard to bring as much to light as possible, but Grann’s third part of the book showed that truth will out. Sometimes it’s within months, sometimes years and sometimes decades. Yet, it takes people searching for the truth to make it surface. Without pushing and prodding, withough that curious person who just can’t leave well enough alone, we might never know.

What I appreciated most, though, was Grann’s work to humanize and give dimension to people who have long since died. Mollie Burkhart and her family have been gone for a long time. Yet, I ended this book with a sense of the grief, sadness and fear she must have gone through as she fought to find out who killed her sisters and mother. He helped me to feel the helplessness the Osage must have felt under the “guardian” program where white men were given control of their funds because they were considered incompetent. And, I was able to understand how the echoes of an unsolved death can impact families decades later.

An Osage, speaking to a reporter about the guardians, stated, “Your money draws ‘em and you’re absolutely helpless. They have all the law and all the machinery on their side. Tell everybody, when you write your story, that they’re scalping our souls out here.—David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

In the end, I closed the cover of this book and took a deep breath. I turned the story around in my head and examined it from various perspectives. I hope, someday, to have the courage of Mollie Burkhart to face adversity with tenacity. I hope to fight injustice and honor the truth like Tom White. I hope to value every human not because of their ethnicity or because of what I can get from them, but for just being a fellow human. Thank you, David Grann, for bringing this tragic chapter of American history to our attention and just when we all might need a reminder about what we should all be fighting for.

 

SayYoureSorryIt’s been a crazy, busy week–both in the book world and in my other worlds. I read a couple of great books this week. You’ll be able to read my review of Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, which I both found hard to read and loved. So many emotions!

I also got the first book in a new series by Melinda Leigh and I can’t wait to dig into that one! She always offers up an exciting story that makes for a quick, page-turning read.

My posts this week included reviews of The Story Thieves by James Riley and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. You can read my thoughts here.

 

Here’s what I was reading this week:

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download (1)True confession. Before reading this book, I hadn’t read anything by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve heard the buzz, but I just hadn’t gotten to Fangirl and Landline. When Attachments popped up in my Kindle Daily Deals, the premise sounded intriguing and I couldn’t pass it up. I’m really glad I hit the “buy” button!

Not only is this a sweet story about taking a risk and trying to make a connection, it’s practically historical fiction with the Y2K drama and the early email/Internet workplace rules. I snickered more than once at the reminders about how paranoid 1999 leaders and IT people were about people not working and spending all their time on the Internet.

Here’s the gist of the story. Lincoln is almost 30 years-old and he’s back to living with his mom after finishing several college degrees and a heartbreak that still has him in shock. He’s landed a job he hates, reading the employee emails at a local newspaper. That’s right. He’s the creep who works nights and reads the emails for policy violations. He then sends out warnings to violators. He also happens to be working just as the calendar is switching from 1999 to 2000. One night, the emails of two female friends hit his violations folder. Jennifer and Beth send funny, charming and totally against policy emails to each other. And Lincoln can’t bring himself to get them in trouble. Instead, he begins reading them and he slowly develops feelings for Beth.

Every woman wants a man who’ll fall in love with her soul as well as her body. –Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

What I loved: While we get to know Jennifer and Beth through their emails, we’re really in Lincoln’s story. I loved getting the guy’s perspective in this sweet love story. As Lincoln’s back story is slowly revealed, it becomes clear that this hulking man is hurting. He’s been scarred by his last relationship and doesn’t know how to come back from it. And as we discover all the wonderful things about Lincoln, who struggles to see he’s worth something, we begin to inspect all of the relationships he has. His group of D&D friends, Doris his dinner companion at work, Eve his sister and his mother. I loved learning about all of these, but I believe the mother/son relationship was the most interesting to me. Now, a few years ago I would have been all in for the Beth/Lincoln story…and it was great. But, Lincoln’s relationship with his mother fascinated me. As a mom of a 9 year-old boy, I struggle with learning about his inner emotional world and how to have him share that with me. I may have over-identified with his mother when she said the quote below. In the end, there isn’t much I didn’t love about this book.

Why do you think I can remember that,” she asked, “when you can’t? Why does nature do that to us? How does that serve evolution? Those were the most important years of my life, and you can’t even remember them. You can’t understand why it’s so hard for me to hand you off to someone else. You want me to act casual.” –Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

Would I recommend?: Absolutely! Do you love a tender love story? This is for you. Do you like to read about someone overcoming hurt and loss? This is for you. Do you like funny characters and witty dialogue? This is for you. Do you want just a quick, heart-warming tale? This is for you. If you don’t want to be up late reading. This book isn’t for you!

Back list bonus: Honestly, this made me think of my guilty pleasure rom coms. While You Were Sleeping. You’ve Got Mail. It also made me think of Kristin Higgins, who writes some of my favorite funny romance. The characters were funny and witty, but vulnerable. Want a specific Higgins to read? Read them all! Trust me. You’ll thank me later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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