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Words In Deep Blue

The cover called my name. Blue is one of my favorite colors. The cover is downright book gorgeous. I just had to buy it.

Words In Deep Blue is about used to be best friends Rachel and Henry. Rachel comes back to her home town to distract herself though she doesn’t want to deal with Henry after he didn’t respond to her goodbye letter she left him after she moved away with her family three years prior. Henry is a nerd who lives at his family’s used bookstore that has living quarters above the store. Henry has always loved Amy. Rachel used to love Henry, but Amy always kept coming back in the picture distracting Henry. She learned to get over him after she moved, but having moved back to stay with her aunt, Rachel realizes Henry still has his charm minus the problem of shallow Amy. Rachel gets a job at Henry’s family bookstore for the summer. Will Henry and Rachel get along working together? Can they mend their friendship?

Henry’s dad asks Rachel to catelouge the letter library. This section of the store is where people can leave their favorite books. These books other patrons can highlight favorite passages or leave letters for others inside their favorite books. This is a tedious process. Reading the letters left behind Rachel realizes different romances have blossomed and some people don’t realize who their admirers are.

This novel is sweet. It makes me miss working at a used bookstore. Bookworms are a unique bunch to work with and have as customers. We are quirky and march to the beat of our own drum. Used bookstores aren’t necessarily cash cows as a means to get rich, but the quality of connection between patrons and workers is priceless. Being around the mildewy smell of old books is a perfume all on its own. There’s a peacefulness like walking into a church when a bookworm walks into a bookstore.  If you love books, bookstores, reading and friendship with a potential for romance then I highly recommend this savory read.

Letters To The Lost

The cover of this book caught my attention. Reading the inside blurb intrigued me even further. Letters Of The Lost is a story about family and what happens when life happens, when you aren’t quiet sure if there is any normalcy left. This novel is also, about friendship. It’s about new friends, old friends and friends you didn’t realize you had. This book had the perfect blend of humor, suspense, twists and turns. Juliet and Declan are two characters that won’t be forgotten any time soon. I hope this will be made into a movie. I got this from the library, but I definitely want to add it to my keeper collection. Thank you for writing such a lovely book Brigid. 

The Truth About Goodbye

When searching for a title to read, The Truth About Goodbye, stood out to me. This novel follows the story of Sebastian whose learning how to live life without his husband Frank, who had passed away almost a year prior when the story begins. Thankfully he has Frank’s cat Arthur who keeps him company along with his best friend Chole. 

Sebastian struggles with anxiety, self-esteem and trusting people. He lost his parents years ago, so Sebastian feels even more adrift after loosing Frank. He misses Frank and at times is positive Frank’s ghost has been visiting him. One night Chloe introduces Sebastian to her new apartment friend Reid. Sebastian hasn’t thought of dating because he’s still mourning his husband’s loss. Reid is patient putting up with Sebastian’s mixed signals because of course Chloe makes friends with an attractive man.

This novel covers the important topic of grieving and what that can look like for different people. It also, discusses how difficult it can be to move into a new relationship when the previous one might not have had the closer it needed or was cut off prematurely.  I think the biggest topic this novel handles is learning to allow others to love and care for you when it’s hard to be motivated to love yourself when you are emmersed in grief.

If you are looking for a sweet, thoughtful read I recommend this book. I appreciate NetGalley for allowing me to read this book for free in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Mr. Ricard for writing such a sweet novel about relationships, family and how to get through surviving the death of a loved one.

Death Awakening To Life

The title Death Awakening To Life describes the author’s experience that dying doesn’t mean you don’t exist any longer, but that you aren’t housed any longer in your body. Her life changed the day she had a forbidding sense something big was going to happen. Her husband at the time had been researching the warning signs of a heart attack. She expressed her sense of unease. Even in his research her husband didn’t realize Christine was starting to have one. This book is the author’s experience of what it was like having her heart attack and what happened afterwards. Christine’s journey after dying and then coming back to life is unique. This experience helped shape what her life’s mission has become today.
I received an ARC of Death Awakening To Life by Christine Contini free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This book covered a lot of topics that were over my head. Some of them have to do with how the author helps people who are either passed on or in the processing of crossing over. Quantum physics was mentioned, as well as the author being able to hear people’s thoughts of those who have passed on. 

This book is definitely out of my spiritual comfort zone, though last year I read a book by a famous medium. If you are interested in reading more about paranormal topics this book might interest you. Christine writes in a very down to earth manner, so even if the topics might be a bit heavy she writes in a way you don’t feel talked down to. Thank you for sharing your journey Christine.

The Lara Jean Series

I’d heard of the Lara Jean series since they are very popular. I was not, however, expecting to fall in love with the characters and storyline, not to the mention the book covers. The covers of this series are chic, classy and most of all girlie with how they depict Lara Jean’s room as she ages. The best thing about the covers are the titles are written in Sharpie. So realistic looking with parts that look faded. The covers are like the storyline’s cheerleaders asking new readers to dive into Lara Jean’s world.

Lara Jean Song Covey is raised in a single parent home due to her mom sadly passing away when she’s younger. It’s just her older sister, Margot, Lara Jean and their youngest sister Katherine aka Kitty. Lara Jean is a lot like me in that she’s nerdy, creative and somewhat of a homebody. The Covey girl’s dad is a doctor whose gone often. This series is about Lara Jean’s life: her family relationships, her childhood friendships, a first love and life’s changes. 

I can relate to Lara Jean in many ways, yet she reminds me think of my younger sister. Growing up I was the eldest, but my sister is the classic bossy older sister personality. I’m more of a passive, keep the peace personality type. Kitty’s character also, made me think of my younger sister in that she has an eagle eye of what’s going on, speaks her mind, but secretly is a softy. She’s like an M&M. Hard outter shell, but soft on the inside. I’m not into cooking, but Lara Jean is a talent and she decompressed by cooking just like my sister.

First loves and boyfriends are powerful. Lara Jean pretends to date her big crush Peter K in order to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. The plan backfires when Lara Jean and Peter fall for each other. Lara Jean used to be best friends with Peter’s ex. The relationship and friendship dynamic in the series is in depth.

If you like old fashioned romance set in a modern setting I highly recommend this series. The characters are well fleshed out, believable, versatile and most of all memerable. My favorite characters are Lara Jean and Kitty. I like Kitty because she is sassy, affectionate and funny. She’s a classy broad in a little kid’s body. I will definitely be reading this series again down the road.  Thank you Jenny for writing such a heartfelt series that stays with you after the very last page. When’s the movie coming out?

Over Our Dead Bodies

Since I am a big fan of “Six Feet Under,” I grabbed this book up when I saw it at Half Price books. I’ve watched that show at least 3x all the way through and each time I watch it a different character stands out to me. “Six Feet Under,” got me interested in the mortuary profession, so any reading material related peaks my interest.

This book is filled with stories about humerous funerals, different myths explained on what being a mortician is actually like, the history behind epitaphs and more. If you enjoyed “Six Feet Under,” you might find this book funny, insightful, charming and intriguing.