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This Could Change Everything: A Review

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read many Jill Mansell books over the years, and this newest novel does not disappoint. I enjoyed everything about it. For fans of Jill Mansell in the US, you might want to know that this is not a reboot of an earlier book, but an entirely new novel that was also published this year in the UK.

This Could Change Everything is a very good Jill Mansell novel. The characters, the location, the situations that range from ridiculous to very real...it has it all. I would recommend this book to new readers of Jill Mansell, because it's a good example of her work. It also makes a terrific summer read that is fun and enjoyable.

From an aesthetic standpoint, this cover is much different from her other covers in the US, which were a certain style of very cute, but also distinctive. I don't know if it's rebranding, or has to do with the fact that often her books in the US are reissues of her earlier novels. Wha…
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The Book of Essie: A Review

The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

I got this book as part of my first Book of the Month box. It was a riveting read, and I had a difficult time putting it down. I was both amazed at Essie's knowledge and manipulation of the system she grew up in, and saddened that people have had to learn to live this way in the public eye. I know from reading a few other reviews that some people felt the end was predictable--and perhaps in a way it was--but it was nice to have things tied together in a way that seemed right for these characters that had gone through so much pain in this story.

I really struggled with whether to give this book 4 or 5 stars, because I felt that some of Roarke's chapters sounded less like a teenage boy than I think is realistic. Even considering that he is very smart and obviously exceptional in many ways, I think his narration sounded more like the other characters' points of view than like his own. Also, there were …

Paris Ever After: a review

Paris Ever After by K.S.R. Burns
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3.5 stars.

Synopsis: Amy didn’t realize how stale her life was until she jetted off to Paris without telling a soul—not even her husband—and had the adventure of a lifetime.

Then on Amy’s thirtieth birthday, two unexpected visitors leave her wondering if she will soon be saying au revoir to Paris and the new life she’s struggled to build. Her estranged husband, Will, shows up—but is he interested in reconciliation or separation? And a young woman who arrives on Amy’s doorstep unleashes chaos that could push Amy out into the street.

As Amy’s Parisian dream starts to fall apart, she must decide: return to the stability of Will and Phoenix (if that’s even still an option) or forge her way forward in Paris? Amid secrets and surprises, set in enchanting gardens, cozy caf├ęs, and glittering Parisian streets, Amy must choose between two very different worlds. And each has a claim on her heart.


I will be honest and say I did not love thi…

Falling for You

Falling for You by Becky Wade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Falling for You is the second in a series by Becky Wade.

Synopsis: Willow Bradford is content taking a break from modeling to run her family's inn until she comes face-to-face with NFL quarterback Corbin Stewart, the man who broke her heart--and wants to win her back. When a decades-old missing-persons case brings them together, they're forced to decide whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.

Unlike the first book in the series, this book dealt with characters with professions of which I have no background knowledge: fashion modeling and professional sports. However, the struggles of the characters were believable--many things within the human experience are universal, after all. I actually found myself more engaged in the subplot with Charlotte searching for her great-aunt, who went missing long before she was born. The mystery of that and the investigative process, although possibly meant to get Willo…

Busy Mom's Guide: a Review

Busy Mom's Guide To Parenting Teens by Paul C. Reisser
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book for review a few years ago, and realized recently that I had not posted a review. This book is a great reference to have on hand for parents navigating the teen years. The only criticism I have of it is that it is not current with the social media addiction I see going on in my classroom today, which seems to have really taken off since this book was published. But with all things including sexuality and internet, rule-setting in the home and family relationships, I believe this is a good book for parents whose children are just entering the preteen and early teenage years.


Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review in 2012. All opinions are my own.

Maggie Hope #7

The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this latest installment in the Maggie Hope Mystery series by Susan Elia MacNeal. There were a couple of things I did not like, which kept the book from getting 5 stars; however, I don't want to ruin anyone else's experience in reading so I don't want to tell what they are. Spoilers, you know :)

I am really anxious for the next book in the series! Just a few more months...


First Impressions by Debra White Smith

First Impressions: A Contemporary Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Debra White Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a re-release of a book that was previously published. I was very excited to read it, because I enjoy both Austenesque stories and modern Austen retellings.

Some things about this book were fun: the mirroring storylines, the similar-but-not-quite-the-same names, the theater links, and the characters. I enjoyed Eddi, although at times she annoyed me and I can't quite put my finger on why.

Some things, however, felt a bit repetitive (the mirroring storylines, in some places, for example). I also felt that the character of the aunt needed a bit more consistency, because the confrontation scene felt inconsistent to me.

All in all, it's a sweet story and I enjoyed it. I recommend it for fans of Christian fiction and Austen retellings.

I was granted a NetGalley review copy of this book for my Kindle for review. All opinions are my own.