Review: I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi

I Liked My Life by Abbi Fabiaschi
Published: January 31, 2017
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Format: via publisher
Rating: 5/5

Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch...until she commits suicide, leaving her husband Brady and teenage daughter Eve heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives? How they can possibly continue without her? As they sift through details of her last days, trying to understand the woman they thought they knew, Brady and Eve are forced to come to terms with unsettling truths.

Maddy, however, isn’t ready to leave her family forever. Watching from beyond, she tries to find the perfect replacement for herself. Along comes Rory: pretty, caring, and spontaneous, with just the right bit of edge...but who also harbors a tragedy of her own. Will the mystery of Maddy ever come to rest? And can her family make peace with their history and begin to heal?

My Thoughts
In I Liked by Life we meet Maddy who is a mother and wife who loves her life or at least it seemed like it until it is believed she committed suicide and her family and friends are left to wonder why and question how could they have not seen the signs. Told through Maddy’s voice overlooking her family we see how her husband and daughter are forced to move on and try to figure out a life without Maddie and more importantly try and figure out how to connect with each other.
Brady and Eve are more apart than close and as they try to come to terms with Maddie’s death neither one can believe she was that unhappy and would just leave them like that. Yes, they knew there was a history of depression in Maddie’s family especially her mother but no way can they accept she killed herself. Maddie is seeing all this and is willing her husband and daughter towards clues. She wants them to grow closer and she wants them happy despite her not being there. She even tries to find the perfect replacement for herself to help her loved ones but if that works out or not is something even Maddie cant completely make happen.

All through the story, you are left to wonder if she killed herself or not. I was debating back and forth and not until the very end do we really know what happened. This story tore me apart! It is beautifully written and it’s a tearjerker without a doubt. You feel for everyone involved and this will break your heart. I can't say enough amazing things about this read if you want a great with heart look no further than I Liked My Life.


Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
Published: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Format: via Overdrive
Rating: 5/5

Louise is a single mom, a secretary, stuck in a modern-day rut. On a rare night out, she meets a man in a bar and sparks fly. Though he leaves after they kiss, she’s thrilled she finally connected with someone.

When Louise arrives at work on Monday, she meets her new boss, David. The man from the bar. The very married man from the bar…who says the kiss was a terrible mistake but who still can’t keep his eyes off Louise.

And then Louise bumps into Adele, who’s new to town and in need of a friend, but she also just happens to be married to David. David and Adele look like the picture-perfect husband and wife, but then why is David so controlling, and why is Adele so scared of him?

As Louise is drawn into David and Adele’s orbit, she uncovers more puzzling questions than answers. The only thing that is crystal clear is that something in this marriage is very, very wrong, but Louise can’t guess how wrong―and how far a person might go to protect their marriage’s secrets.

My Thoughts
This one hard review to write not because I didn’t like it but because I LOVED it so much! It's hard to discuss mainly because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it yet.  Let me just say this read was nothing like anything I have EVER read before. For those who want to read it, I’ll just say you have to go into this with an open mind that’s the only way you can enjoy and accept this for what it is. Trust me the pay off it well worth it and the ending….OMG!!! I never saw it coming and its nothing like I’ve ever read before in a book. I’m so glad I didn’t know that much about the book going in, because I went into this blind I let the story unfold and simply went with the flow of the novel and the ride was so mind blowing I’m still thinking about it weeks later.  If you want a unique, twisted and out of this world reading experience all you have to do is pick up this read, sit back and enjoy!


Mini Review: Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger

Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger
Published: June 19, 2018
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Format: via publisher
Rating: 4/5

What happened on that long-ago summer? In this riveting novel from the author of The Dressmaker’s Dowry, an aspiring Hollywood actress makes a shocking choice in 1940, and seventy years later, a young mother sets out to discover what happened …

Summer, 1940: When Violet Harcourt is crowned Miss Bathing Beauty in her hometown of Santa Cruz, she’s determined to see herself on the silver screen. But Violet’s pageant victory comes with a price—cracks appear in her seemingly perfect marriage…and she quickly discovers Hollywood is not the glittering escape she dreamed of. So she makes a shocking choice, leaving her name in headlines and creating a mystery surrounding her fate.

Summer, 2007: Single mother Marisol Cruz lives in a charming seaside cottage that belonged to her grandfather, Ricardo, once a famed performer on the Beach Boardwalk. Drawn to the local history of her town, Mari discovers her grandfather’s connection to a beauty queen who died too young. She embarks on a journey that uncovers his lifelong secret—Ricardo’s connection to Violet…a story of tragedy and courage that will forever transform her.

My Thoughts
First off let me just say I loved and adored everything about this book! In Boardwalk Summer the narrative is told in dual timelines one in the Summer of 1940 and the Summer of 2007. We meet two women who are just trying to make their dreams come true while trying to be true to themselves. I really enjoyed the flashbacks to the 40’s I loved the way they spoke and everything just felt true to the time period. I was really intrigued by Violet’s story and the lengths she felt she had to go to get out of a bad situation. You really felt for her and as her story is revealed I felt her pain.

At first, you wonder how these two could be connected and as the story goes on the way these two stories are connected was seamless, you see how both these women are more alike than we realize. I loved this story so much and the writing was so beautifully done you could perfectly see and hear the sights of the boardwalk during the Summer, plus I liked how there was a little element of mystery thrown in. This is one book that takes you a ride and it's perfect for the Summer.


Blog Tour [Review]: Somebody's Daughter by David Bell

Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell
Published: July 10, 2018
Publisher: Berkley Books
Format: via NetGalley
Rating: 4/5

When Michael Frazier's ex-wife, Erica, shows up on his doorstep pleading for help, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Erica's nine-year-old daughter is missing--and Michael is the father. Unable to quickly determine if Erica is telling the truth, and unwilling to leave the little girl's fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted and never knew he had.

But finding Felicity comes at a price--the closer Michael gets to the truth, the further into jeopardy his marriage falls and the faster his family begins to unravel. As lies that span a decade bubble to the surface and the window for Felicity's safe return closes, Michael will have just a few short days to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth.

My Thoughts
Somebody’s Daughter starts off with a ring at the door that will change Michael and his wife Angela’s life forever. Michael’s ex-wife Erica is there after ten years of their divorce and tells him that he has a daughter that he never knew about and that she is missing and needs his help. He is stunned and doesn’t know what to think of all this but being a good guy decides to go and help Erica find her daughter.

What happens next is a series of twists and turns and so many characters that are there to tell the story of finding Felicity, as to who took her and why.  I don't want to spoil anything but this story is about finding a missing girl but it's also about so much more. The questions are mounting as to who Felicity's father is and her mother is under questioning about her past. Also if she is in real danger or is there something else going on with her disappearance. Everyone is a suspect and there are good reasons for each one, that’s why I loved this story. With each person, we met there is a valid reason why they could be behind Felicity being gone but slowly the web is untangled and when it's revealed what really happened I was generally surprised. I love a book that keeps me engaged and I love when I’m caught by surprise and can't figure it out right away. This is a great novel with mystery and suspense but it also has an element of family which is really relatable. This is one book that is a summer must have!


Review: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin
Published: June 26, 2018
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Format: via NetGalley
Rating: 4/5

Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was.

Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school.

Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenage girl, happy and thriving.

Then, one photograph snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame.

At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning.
My Thoughts
All We Ever Wanted is a very book of the moment. With the MeToo movement and social media’s effect on how we live our lives, All We Ever Wanted gives us the story of Layla who is at a party when photos of her were taken in compromising positions without her consent. What comes next is how she and the guy who is accused of taking the photos Finch react to what happened and how their parents see things differently than the teens do. Layla goes to rich private school with kids who have everything they could ever want. She doesn’t live that lifestyle, her single dad is doing his best and wanted her to have the best advantage in life so he was thrilled when she got a scholarship but he soon questions if putting her there has done more harm than good.

Nina and her husband live a great life and their son Finch never wants for anything but once they sell their company they have more money than they could imagine and soon Nina starts to wonder if it has changed them. She sees how her husband has changed and is scared if they have given Finch too much. He is spoiled and thinks he is untouchable so when she finds out he is accused of taking pictures of a girl without her consent she is scared she failed as a mom and more worried that her husband and Finch think it isn’t a big deal. Nina knows all too well that this is a big deal and realizes that while she has tried to suppress her past it's about to come to the surface.

I found this novel very on point. I found Nina very compassionate and while she loves her son she wants him to be punished for what he has done. She knows all too well that what he did is a huge deal even when he thinks it’s not. I found the reaction from Finch and Layla were real, teens today have no idea how their actions on social media are very important and that once something is out there it cant be taken back. This made me so mad at times, especially how Layla kept defending Finch because her crush on him made her believe he wouldn’t do that to her. I just wanted to shake this girl silly and scream about what he was doing!
I like how the parents  Nina and Tom had a bond from the start. They understood one another and while nothing happened between them there was always something there, and that was so enduring to me. The respect between them was so magical that you wanted them together. All in all, this was one of my favorite Emily Giffin books, after The One & Only. I enjoyed the message and it speaks to what is happening in the world today. It shows us to take our social media habits more seriously and to realize what we do have consequences. This is one novel that is a must in today's society.


2018 Mid Year Wrap Up

Hi Everyone!! I thought I would do a little mid-year wrap up and share what I’ve read so far [53 books] by my rating and I also want to showcase my favorites. It was good first half of the year reading wise and I hope the second half is just as good!

My Faves

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