A Girl’s Guide to Moving On

Debbie Macomber’s A Girl’s Guide to Moving On was the lighthearted broken-heart-find-love-again love story that I needed after the last serious book I read. In this Nichole and her mother-in-law divorce their husbands, move from Lake Oswego to downtown Portland across the hall from each other, and rely on each other as they rebuild their lives again. Both marriages ended due to infidelity, both exes think they didn’t do anything wrong and expect the women to return to them due to need or maybe love.

I always love a Portland story, and this one was a fun version without a ton of insider secrets. The writing is well done and the women stood strong. The new romances are quirky and fun, their exes slight scummy, but overall a light story.

Read April 2020

I Owe You One

Sophie Kinsella always puts out an enjoyable book because her characters feel real, even when they’re slightly extreme. In I Owe You One, I would definitely say her characters are well written, but since Fixie Farr takes so much blame from her family and feels the need to fix everything and everyone around her, its a little painful to read at times. How mean can family be and still think that they are in the right. All responsibility for their family business falls on Fixie, but no one will listen to her. Even her love interest is such a user its hard to read that he just walks in and she automatically makes him dinner while he grabs a beer and heads to the TV. Doormat much? I stuck it through because no matter how hard it was to see Fixie be treated so poorly, I hoped that it would get better and she’d finally find her own value and voice.

Great characters.

Read September 2019

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty, tells the story of almost 16 year old Belly and her family and friends that spend each summer at the beach. Just moms, dads only come out occasionally and not at all this year, and the kids. Belly is the youngest and only girl so has often been excluded from the fun parties that have been happening every year. This year is different. She’s turned pretty. She’s more confident. She’s not just a girl, but almost a woman now. This is the summer she’s been waiting for. There’s crushes she’s had forever and new loves. Grudges and jealousy all set on a beautiful beach with bonfires.

Easy, fun read about a 16 year old becoming a woman. It was written from a place of truth that it reminded me of being young and suddenly being able to get the boys to pay attention.

Read July 2019

A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out

Sally Franson’s A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out was a fun read about a young professional making it in the publishing industry. She’s financially successful, doing well at work, but at what cost. Social media can be a blessing or a curse and can make or break people. This was an enjoyable, funny read, but I read it a month or so ago and can’t remember much about it, other than that.

Read May 2019

Saints for All Occasions

Saints for All Occasions tells the story of two sisters who left Ireland for more opportunity in the New World. J. Courtney Sullivan isn’t afraid to show the ugly side of being seen as proper and what people will do to protect themselves from public scorn, Nora and Theresa felt obligations to one another that built resentment and separation. The Catholic church and their belief about illegitimate children changed both sisters’ lives.

Nora remained in Boston, married, and raised a family. Theresa cut ties, moved to NYC and eventually became a nun. All affected by a youthful “mistake”.

Sullivan gets into families and rips them apart so we can see it for what they are. Everyone trying to right by others, but the secrecy can do nothing but bring pain.

Read August 2018