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3 Books You Must Add To Your Reading List

Once in a while I get into a book slump, where I can't seem to find one that grabs my attention from the  very start, or it's just not itching the bookworm scratch that I need. I've just got to feel it, you know? Well these past couple of weeks, I've felt it, and then some because I am about to tell you about 3 books that not only brought me out of a book slump, they were so good, I'm on an all time high. 

First: The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner. I've already posted a full review but I just have to tell you one more time: Read this book, mmmkay? 

It involves a young widow, family secrets, betrayal and a gorgeous family beach house. It's just plain good reading, folks. Jamie Brenner also has another favorite of mine called The Forever Summer, so check that out too.

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin. Emily Giffin, need I say more? Her rap sheet is extensive and her books are classic rom coms that we all love but this one takes her writing to a new level. She really goes there with this book and tackles topics that are hard to talk about and even harder to imagine when they happen to the people you love. It's family drama, it's a who-dun-it, it's secrets and betrayal, and most powerful of all, it's about a mother and what she is willing to do to believe the ones she loves most, and what she must face when she loses her faith in her own family. It's powerful stuff and you won't want to miss out. 

Ohhhhh this book. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell TWISTED with a capital "What the ----" because it is just that crazy. Every  time I think I had the mystery figured out, BAM, there was another twist. You literally cannot trust anyone. It starts with the devastating loss in a family when Laurel's daughter Ellie disappears after leaving school one day. She's never seen by her family again and as the years go by, they fall apart. Laurel manages to live a somewhat normal life years later, but when she spontaneously meets a man named Floyd, everything she's rebuilt starts to shift. Secrets come to light, old tears are shed all over again and Laurel must ask questions that are terribly hard to hear the answers to. Where is Ellie, who is this new man and why does his daughter Poppy give Laurel a child down her spine. And trust me, when you think you've read the worst, you haven't even started yet. 

Book Review: The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner

This book asks the questions that we all ask ourselves but have a hard time answering when it comes to our past. 

Did I make the right choice? What what if I could turn back time? What if I gave a second chance? What do I regret the most? What if I had walked away? What if...

Within the first chapter, I knew this book was going to tell an interesting story. Lauren is a young widow, devastated by her loss at only 24 years old. Her late-husband, US Hockey star and military hero, Rory Kincaid, has died in combat. They had their whole lives ahead of them.

In an attempt to hide from the world, Lauren escapes to her family's summer home in a secluded area on the Jersey Shore, away from the media buzz surrounding her husband. 

Four years later, Lauren is still at the shore, though initially her parents thought she'd eventually start over and move on. But Lauren feels safe. She's wrapped herself in quiet isolation in order to hide from the pain of the past. 

When her parents and estranged sister move back to the shore for the summer, Lauren is uncomfortable, even more so when they tell her they may be staying at the shore indefinitely. Beth and Stephanie both have secrets that are going to shatter the already shaky foundation that Lauren has built since her husband's death. 

As if her family troubles weren't enough, there's a film maker who has discovered details about Rory that he thinks will make a great documentary, so he rents a place on the shore and starts asking a lot of questions. Questions that start to make Lauren and others very uncomfortable. 

Lauren is determined to keep the memory of Rory high on a pedestal and in her heart. But the secrets that Matt's documentary are uncovering aren't what she wants to face. I was rooting for Lauren. I wanted her to heal, I wanted her to face the past but I was rooting for her to find a new path, one with a brighter future. I was so invested in her character, I felt like she was a friend in real life that I felt protective over.

There are so many interesting family dynamics in play and there are twists that will make you stop in your tracks, so be prepared. 

It's called The Husband Hour, but this book is going to stay around in my mind for much longer, probably years. 

My Goodreads To-Read List

What's at the top of my Goodreads To-Read List? 

Here's a quick round up with the books description included, thanks to Goodreads! 

Advice for graduates and reflections on staying true to yourself from the beloved Gilmore Girls actress and New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Talking as Fast as I Can and the novel Someday, Someday, Maybe.

“If you’re kicking yourself for not having accomplished all you should have by now, don’t worry about it. Even without any ‘big’ accomplishments yet to your name, you are enough.”

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. 

She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop 

When Laila Lawrence becomes an orphan at twenty-three, the sudden loss unexpectedly introduces her to three glamorous cousins from New York who show up unannounced at her mother’s funeral. The three siblings are scions of the wealthy family from which Laila’s father had been estranged long before his own untimely demise ten years before.

In the tradition of The Emperor’s Children and The House of Mirth,the forgotten granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men is reunited with her family just as she comes of age—and once she’s had a glimpse of their glittering world, she refuses to let it go without a fight.

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney 

Amber wakes up in a hospital. She can’t move. She can’t speak. She can’t open her eyes. She can hear everyone around her, but they have no idea. Amber doesn’t remember what happened, but she has a suspicion her husband had something to do with it. Alternating between her paralyzed present, the week before her accident, and a series of childhood diaries from twenty years ago, this brilliant psychological thriller asks: Is something really a lie if you believe it's the truth?

The Last Thing I Told You by Emily Arsenault

From the acclaimed author of The Evening Spider and The Broken Teaglass comes this psychological thriller about the murder of a psychologist in a quiet New England town and his former patient whose unreliable thread will keep readers guessing until the shocking end. 

What are the top books on your Goodreads list?