Now what did I read since the end of March?
Before I Go - Colleen Oakley 5*
I purchased this book, because the author was coming to talk about her newest book at my local indie bookstore. I really found myself connecting with the characters and enjoying their story and read the book in two days. I cannot believe this was Oakley's debut novel! Don't think that by the synopsis this book is a sad tale of a young woman's lost battle with breast cancer. It is so much more and how the author handled it without anything feeling maudlin shows she really has great writing chops! It was a funny, upbeat, emotional, and real story. Well done. It was wonderful to meet Colleen in person and I purchased her latest, Close Enough to Touch. Review to come in the future.
The Book of Summer - Michelle Gable 4*
The Forever Summer - Jamie Brenner 5*
Wow! What a gem of a story! The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner, my first by her. I am ready to pick up and leave for vacation in P-town. I want to soak up the eclectic, free spirit vibe there. This is a wonderful story of family, friends, community and they are often pieces that fit together in ways that will surprise you. Grab your beach chair and settle in for a perfect beach read. There are secrets, hidden letters and a journal, old love and new love and family drama. At the heart of it all is the charming Beach Rose Inn. Get ready to check in, your room is ready. Thank you to the author, publisher and Great Thoughts Great Readers Group for the ARC in exchange for my review.
The Good Widow - Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke 4*