The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Summary: Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways. – via good reads
My thoughts: This was another great read by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It was an incredibly interesting story, and it gave you a great group of strong characters. It has everything that makes a book a great read, from good characters, some romance, and even some twists that give it a little mystery.
Favorite quote: “Never let anyone make you feel ordinary.”
Should you read it? Definitely yes!
Winter Storms – Elin Hilderbrand
Summary: Some of the stormy weather of the past few seasons seems to have finally lifted for the Quinns. After a year apart, and an ill-fated affair with the Winter Street Inn’s old Santa Claus, Mitzi has returned to rule the roost; Patrick is about to be released from prison; Kevin has a successful new business and is finally ready to tie the knot with Isabelle; and best of all, there’s hopeful news about Bart, who has been captured by enemy forces in Afghanistan.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few dark clouds on the horizon. Kelley has recently survived a health scare; Jennifer can’t quite shake her addiction to the drugs she used as a crutch while Patrick was in jail; and Ava still can’t decide between the two lovers that she’s been juggling with limited success. However, if there’s one holiday that brings the Quinn family together to give thanks for the good times, it’s Christmas. And this year promises to be a celebration unlike any other as the Quinns prepare to host Kevin and Isabelle’s wedding at the inn. But as the special day approaches, a historic once-in-a-century blizzard bears down on Nantucket, threatening to keep the Quinns away from the place–and the people–they love most. Before the snow clears, the Quinns will have to survive enough upheavals to send anyone running for the spiked eggnog, in this touching novel that proves that when the holidays roll around, you can always go home again. – via good reads
My thoughts: This is the third installment of the series and boy did this one throw me two curve balls that I didn’t see coming. This series has made me want to take a trip to Nantucket this winter to see if its a beautiful as described! I am a Marthas Vineyard girl myself as I spent my summers growing up there – but the way Elin Hildebrand describes the island it sounds so beautiful. I just ordered the 4th book so I’m hoping its here soon! This is a perfect series to read around the holidays!
Favorite quote: “When you’re in love, every day is like a present you get to open.”
Should you read it? Yep. But only if you’ve read the previous two books!
Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris
Summary: Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love.
Picture this: a dinner party at their perfect home, the conversation and wine flowing. They appear to be in their element while entertaining. And Grace’s friends are eager to reciprocate with lunch the following week. Grace wants to go, but knows she never will. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim?
And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows?
The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? – via good reads
My thoughts: This book was a pretty quick read because although the description kind of gives away the story, it is full of thrill which made me want to know what happens for Jack & Grace. Although I don’t think any other book I have read has made me hate a character as much as this one.
Favorite quote: None.
Should you read it? I am torn. It was a book that I thought was good because it was suspenseful but isn’t on the top of my list of “yes you should read”. Part of this is because I hated Jack SO MUCH.
The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Summary: An astonishing novel about redemption and forgiveness from the “amazingly talented writer” (Huffington Post) and #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult.
Some stories live forever . . .
Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can’t.
Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths to which we will go in order to keep the past from dictating the future. – via good reads
My thoughts: Besides being a pretty long book, it was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I love books that are fiction but bring in my favorite part of history which is the Holocaust. Jodi Picoult is such a great author and this book definitely is in the top of ones by hers that I’ve read.
Favorite quote: There are all sorts of losses people suffer – from the small to the large. You can lose you keys, your glasses, your virginity. You can lose your head, you can lose your heart, you can lose your mind. You can relinquish your home to move into assisted living, or have a child move overseas, or see a spouse vanish into dementia. Loss is more than just death, and grief is the gray shape-shifter of emotion.
Should you read it? YES! YES! YES! Did I mention yes?!