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CURRENTLY READING:

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Boston Darlin’ by Brittany McMahan-Fry

UP NEXT:

When in Rome by Sarah Adams

The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

The Sign for Home by Blair Fell

A Darker Reality by Anne Perry

Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

A Song of Flight by Julie Marillier

Mother of All by Jenna Glass

The Highlander’s Irish Bride by Vanessa Kelly

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The Hiking Trip by Jenny Blackhurst

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was a fun and twisty mystery/thriller set on the West Coast Trail in Canada. Maise lives an unhappy life in the UK. She plans a trip to hike in Canada, but her friend flakes on her. Maise goes anyway, and while waiting to board the bus to the trail, she meets brother and sister Ric and Sera. They instantly click and decide to hike the trail together. The first couple of days go well with lots of fun antics, but then things go bad. Really bad. Twenty-five years later a woman named Laura is shook when she hears a body was found near the trail and police suspect it’s Sera. Laura is afraid the secret she’s been keeping will come out, and odd things start happening making Laura suspect someone is determined to make her spill her secrets.

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Accidentally Famous (Hideaway Harbor #2) by Marissa Clarke

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is such a cute, fluffy romcom I fell in love with it instantly. It’s book two in a series, but can be read as a stand-alone.

Cassidy owns a construction company and loves to rehab and restore vintage homes. She has social media accounts where she shares videos of her projects with a handful of fellow restorers who help each other out. Jack is a big time Hollywood star. His assistant sends out a goofy message that’s an inside joke with his sister, but tags Cassidy instead of Jack’s sister. Instantly Cassidy’s social media accounts blow up and before long, the tabloids are on the story and paparazzi are stalking Cassidy in her tiny town in Maine. Determined to make things right, Jack travels to Maine to apologize, but only causes more of a media firestorm. Sensing a win-win scenario, his manager concocts a fake dating scheme that will keep Jack’s career on track and boost Cassidy’s business. What could possibly go wrong?

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Surfacing by Tiffany Manchester

Rating: 4 out of 5.

3.5 stars rounded up

This book is hard to describe, but I enjoyed it. It reads like part fiction, part spiritual guide, and part self-help book. The story is told in first person, which isn’t my favorite, but as I got into the story, my irritation went away. Zoe is a professional surfer on the World Surf League. Two years ago she was a champion, but for the last two years she’s been flailing. Now at the end of the tour, she realizes she needs to make a change, which includes breaking up with her long-term boyfriend. In a funk, she returns to Australia to stay with her best friend’s family. Zoe has lost her confidence and wonders if her career is over. She decides she needs to do some deep soul searching to figure out what is wrong and make some important decisions about her career and life.

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Musical Games (Kinloch, #4) by Evie Alexander

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a fun, flirty contemporary romantic comedy set in Scotland. This is book four of the Kinloch series, but can be read as a stand-alone. Sam lives in London and is an actress on a popular soap opera. She is on the brink of becoming a big star — all she needs is one lucky break. But when she drops everything for the chance to meet Hollywood’s biggest star, she blows it by blurting out a lie.
Now she’s got to write an entire album in ten days.

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The Club by Ellery Lloyd

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a fun and twisty mystery/thriller set in the glamorous world of an exclusive club for celebrities run by brothers Ned and Adam. The clubs are set up so that the celebrities can behave however they want inside them, with the assurance that nothing will ever get leaked to the press. The book is set over one weekend during the grand opening of the brother’s latest club located on an island off the coast of England.

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Tough Titties: On Living Your Best Life When You’re the F-king Worst by Laura Belgray

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am excited to take part in partner Bibliolifestyle and Hachette Books book tour for Tough Titties: On Living Your Best Life When You’re the F-ing Worst by Laura Belgray. Laura is the founder of Talking Shrimp, has been featured in multiple publications including Forbes and Vox, and has written for Fandango, Bravo, NBC, HBO, USA and many more. Laura is a life-long New York resident.

Laura admits that at age 50, she’s still “a flaming hot mess of a human” and prefaces the book by saying she wrote it for you if…

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The Other Merlin (Emry Merlin, #1) by Robyn Schneider

Rating: 4 out of 5.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4

This is a fun YA Fantasy re-telling of Camelot. Arthur is an intelligent bookworm that isn’t much of a fighter. Lancelot is a gay castle guard that was demoted from a page (on track to becoming a knight) after a misunderstanding. Both we content bumbling along until Arthur accidentally pulls the sword from the stone, and now everyone thinks he’s some kind of hero. Emry Merlin poses as her twin brother at court to learn magic and serve Arthur. It’s supposed to be temporary, but nothing goes to plan and she’s there permanently. Princess Guinevere is betrothed to Arthur, but neither wants to marry the other.

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The Villa by Rachel Hawkins

Rating: 4 out of 5.

3.5 stars rounded up to 4

This was a pretty good mystery/thriller that involves two best friends and their summer at a high-end holiday home in a small town in Italy. Emily is a successful author of a cozy mystery series going through a painful and expensive divorce. She has recently recovered from a mysterious illness and is going through a bad case of writer’s block. Her best friend Chess is a successful self-help author and influencer.

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The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a very good contemporary fiction/mystery/thriller set in India. Geeta’s dead-beat husband left her five years ago. She didn’t kill him, but everyone thinks she did. Since then, she’s taken out her nose ring (become a widow) and made a life for herself selling hand-made jewelry. The inhabitants of her small village scorn Geeta, gossip about her, and the children are afraid of her. While this would make some women sad, Geeta relishes in her freedom.

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