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Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge @renireni #bookreview

Hello Book Friends,

I hope you are all well?

I’ve been away for a while as I’ve been decorating my house, and trying to educate myself a little better.

Shout out to Berit who is a reading and reviewing master, I need to step up my game lol.

 

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My Review

I read this as I am trying to listen and learn more in the hope of being a better ally.

This book was so interesting, and also heartbreaking, it also showed me how ignorant I was/am about UK Black History.

I am white, 46 and female, I learned NOTHING about this at school, I learned about the usual 1066, Kings and Queens and WWII.

Also while learning about WWII we were not given all of the information, I only learned later on in life (and this is as recently as 5 or so years ago) that Hitler was voted in by Germany!

As far as I was concerned, he just rocked up and tried to take over the world, how was I not taught something like that?

So in my eyes we didn’t have that much of a race problem in the UK, it’s only in America right?

Boy was I wrong!

Had I heard about things like the Brixton riots in 1981? Absolutely, did I know what caused them? Nope

I was 8 at the time, I think I remember seeing it on the news, but I didn’t know what it was for or about.

Did I also know about the Brixton riots of 1985?

Again yes, this may be the one I am remembering as I was a little older, but did I know why? Nope Did I ask my parents why? Maybe, but I don’t remember if I did, or the answer if they gave one.

Both of these riots were caused by police brutality, one of them was because of the police letting themselves into a house with keys they had STOLEN, and shooting a woman in the chest WHILE SHE WAS IN BED, because they were “searching for her son” who incidentally didn’t even live there!

Did I know about slavery in the UK? Absolutely not! Slavery is just something that you see in America right? Yeah that’s wrong too, because we had it here too.

Did I know about Windrush? Again no, I only learned about it in the last few years because of the coverage about in on our news.

Anything that I have learned has not been through my school education, it has been through reading, and I still have so much more to learn because one book doesn’t do it!

I am and have been ignorant about things that have happened in the country that I have grown up in, and I really only have myself to blame for that.

I absolutely think that this should be taught in schools, some of the stuff that was talked about in this book I had NO idea about, I can probably try and make an excuse and say that the Internet wasn’t around then so I didn’t know any different, but I’m not going to.

It’s MY ignorance that has made me not see what has been happening, and it is MY job to educate myself and know the reasons why.

Are Black people angry? Too Fu*king right they are, and with bloody good reason!

I will still continue to read and learn because I want to be a better person, and I think that I am ok with that, is it enough? Absolutely not, but taking baby steps to better myself, is better than not taking any steps at all.

Vicci 📚💛✨

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Synopsis

In 2014, award-winning journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote about her frustration with the way that discussions of race and racism in Britain were being led by those who weren’t affected by it. She posted a piece on her blog, entitled: ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ that led to this book.

Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, whitewashed feminism to the inextricable link between class and race, Reni Eddo-Lodge offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. It is a searing, illuminating, absolutely necessary exploration of what it is to be a person of colour in Britain today.

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What Lies Between Us by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 #bookreview

Hello Book friends,

I hope you are all well?

Oooohhhhh are you in for a treat  🤯

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My Review

Let me tell you a little story
Are you sitting comfortably?

Then let me begin!

Once upon a time there lived a woman called Maggie, she lives with her daughter Nina.

Maggie loves her daughter very very much, she loves her maybe a little too much, and this makes her very interfering in Nina’s life.

Nina doesn’t appreciate this and holds a lot of resentment toward Maggie, yet she still lives with her mother, even at nearly 40 years old.

Nina has become a bit of a bitter woman, holding grudges, and even though she projects these onto Nina, she has secrets that she is hiding, but Maggie has hers too!

They are civil with each other, and eat dinner with each other every other night, and because Maggie is older now and now quite frail, Nina helps her up the stairs to her room, well, I suppose she needs the help really because of the chains she is attached to.

Oh yes, I forgot to mention the fact that Nina has her mother chained up in the attic, sorry about that….My bad!!

You have to read this one to believe it.

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Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden who is a fantastic narrator and made my goosebumps get goosebumps

Coming to a TV screen soon (The rights have been picked up by Rene Zellweger) I can’t wait to see what they do with this.

Enjoy
Vicci 📚💛✨

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Synopsis

Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave.

They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past.

Every other night, Maggie and Nina have dinner together. When they are finished, Nina helps Maggie back to her room in the attic, and into the heavy chain that keeps her there. Because Maggie has done things to Nina that can’t ever be forgiven, and now she is paying the price.

But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way—even if it kills her.

Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.

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Berts Books

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Waterstones

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Agony Auntics by Julie Butterfeild **Book Review** @rararesources

Happy Friday all!

This was such a fun book! I can’t even count how many times I was laughing out loud! It was just what I needed!

Agony Auntics

As an agony aunt, Fliss Carmichael should have all the answers but when her own marriage begins unravelling at the seams, she hasn’t a clue where to start. After a simple mistake causes an unintended role swap, she becomes the one seeking advice from an unlikely source!

My Thoughts

Laugh out loud fun! Julie Butterfield has written a humorous uplifting tale. Fliss Rights an advice column as an Agony Aunt (similar to Dear Abby here in the US). Ellie reaches out asking for advice on how to talk to a guy at work she is crushing/falling in love with. Fliss is reminded of the beginning of her relationship with her husband Jasper and in her response mentions to Ellie that her marriage has become a little stagnant. The women start a correspondence offering one another advice and keeping one another up on the events in their lives.

I loved how these two stories were told side-by-side. The blossoming of new love and a marriage needing tending to. Both Ellie and Fliss were so likable and relatable women you’d love to be friends with. Now I have to admit I wasn’t quite certain how Ellie thought she was in love with Logan a guy she’s never even talked to? Especially because she just got out of a relationship with a pretty good guy. Fliss I really felt for. She was trying so hard and Jasper wow he could be a real jerk. There were so many humorous moments in this book that had me laughing so hard tears were coming out my eyes. So the next time you’re in the mood for a good belly laugh pick this one up!

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*** Big thank you to the author for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Agony-Auntics-romantic-finding-unexpected-ebook/dp/B087KKKFD2/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Agony-Auntics-romantic-finding-unexpected-ebook/dp/B087KKKFD2/

Author Bio –
Julie Butterfield belongs to the rather large group of ‘always wanted to write’ authors who finally found the time to sit down and put pen to paper – or rather fingers to keyboard.
She wrote her first book purely for pleasure and was very surprised to discover that so many people enjoyed the story and wanted more, so she decided to carry on writing.
It has to be pointed out that her first novel, ‘Did I Mention I Won The Lottery’ is a complete work of fiction and she did not, in fact, receive millions in her bank account and forget to mention it to her husband – even though he still asks her every day if she has anything to tell him

Social Media Links –

@juliebeewriter

http://www.Juliebutterfield.co.uk

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Sweet Pea Summer by Ally’s Murray **Book Review** @bookouture

Happy hump day book friends!

Damn I am such a sucker for a second chance romance! This book just gave me all the feels! I just loved it so so much!💕

My Thoughts

A charming small town second chance summertime romance. Alys Murray tugged on my heartstrings with her delightful storytelling. Nothing like a second chance romance to hit me in the feels. May and Tom were high school sweethearts with dreams of traveling the world and being together forever. The night after graduation Tom packed up his truck with all his worldly goods and May tells him she cannot join him. It is years later and Tom is back in town, but the small town is unforgiving. You see May pretty much let everyone think that Tom had left her rather than her calling things off. So when Tom and May are thrown together to plan the town’s festival everyone is quick to defend May’s honor. But the spark between Tom and May is still there, strong and undeniable. So will May be able to forgive herself and finally go after the boy she’s always loved? *sigh*

Loved every minute I spent reading this adorable story. May and Tom were just too perfect together my heart was aching for them to get back together. I loved the small town and the family dynamics in the story. I wasn’t always quite sure why everyone was so upset with Tom supposedly ending things with May when he was 18? And I really didn’t understand why May just didn’t fess up? But I’ve never lived in a small town. Such a sweet heartwarming story that made me all gooey inside. Cannot wait for the next book in this fun flowery series.

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*** Big thank you to Bookouture for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

Can you ever really forget your first love?

It’s been eight long years since May Anderson’s high school sweetheart Tom Riley drove down Main Street in his truck, leaving Hillsboro—and May—in his rearview mirror. Now he’s back and, try as they might, the pair can’t avoid each other.

As Hillsboro prepares to host the prestigious North West Food and Wine Festival, Tom and May are reluctantly called in to plan the big event. Tom needs May’s help to repair his bad-boy reputation and, with the whole town counting on them, May and Tom need to learn to trust each other again.

May is determined to protect her heart, but a lot has changed since high school. She can’t help but notice how the skinny boy she used to know is now a man who perfectly fills out his button-down, and Tom can’t seem to tear his gaze away from May’s sweet smile. It’s clear old feelings are surfacing again, but there is a secret keeping them apart and, until they find the courage to face it, their second chance summer will be only that…

A heartwarming story about first love, family and the importance of second chances. Fans of Jenny Hale, Debbie Macomber and Robyn Carr will adore Sweet Pea Summer.  

About the Author

Alys Murray is an author who writes for the romantic in all of us. Though she graduated with a degree in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and a Master’s in Film Studies from King’s College London, her irrepressible love of romance led her to a career as an author, and she couldn’t be happier to write these stories! Currently splitting time between her home state of Louisiana and London, she enjoys kissing books, Star Wars, and creating original pie recipes for all of her books. Tobey Maguire is her Spider-Man. 
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Sun, Sea and Samgria by Victoria Cook **Book Review** @rararesources

Happy happy Friday all!

This was such a fun story. The absolute perfect beach read. 🏖

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Kat swore off dating many years ago, after her marriage ended in a catastrophic mess. Having moved to the Canary Islands for a fresh start, she has never had much time for romance, channelling all her energy into managing all-male dance troupe – the Heavenly Hunks.

With golden beaches, sparkling blue water and relaxing after work with a glass of sangria – or three – for Kat, it’s summer all year round. But despite life being postcard perfect, Kat can’t help but wonder if she is missing out on the most important thing of all… love.

The dancers are all well-known for their flirtatious antics and aren’t looking for anything serious… except Jay. Sitting by the pool, watching the sun reflecting in the water, Kat feels like she can tell him anything.

Handsome, caring and a good listener, he ignites a fire in Kat’s heart that scares her witless. But her relationship with Jay should stay strictly professional… right? There is absolutely no way that she can be his boss and his date.

As the temperature rises, will Kat be able to take the plunge, let go of her past and find romance in paradise?

My Thoughts

Sun, C, and heavenly hunks. Victoria Cook never disappoints and this might be my absolute favorite from her. A delightful relatable female protagonist, a gorgeous tropical setting, friendship, romance, and hot hot men. Kat had a toxic marriage and now is living her best life in the Canary Islands. Kat is the manager of a creative exotic male dance troupe. She is not only manager but kind of a mother figure to this group of adorable good looking men. She has always abided by her rule not to get romantically involved with any of the dancers, that is until Jay joins the troupe and there is a definite spark. BUT Kat and Jay both have a lot of baggage.

Loved Kat and this colorful group of men. The setting sounded so divine I am not certain I’ve ever read a book that took place in the Canary Islands? I loved how talented all these characters were and had a lot of fun when they participated in a talent show of sorts. By the pool, on the sand, or even on your couch this is the perfect afternoon treat.

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*** Big thank you to HQ Digital for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

Purchase Link – http://getbook.at/SunSeaAndSangria

Author Bio –

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016 which was selected for onscreen adaptation in April 2020.

Her third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.

Social Media Links – Twitter @Victoriacooke10

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/victoriacookeauthor

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/victoriacookewriter

TikTok: @victoriacookewriter

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas **Book Review**

Happy Tuesday!

Today I wanted to share my review of this extremely relevant, very powerful, thought provoking, and important book. If you have not read this yet please do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. Change starts with knowledge.☮️

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Berit’s Thoughts

This book was extremely powerful and the audio was even better!

What I know: what it is like to be the only one hundred percent white sibling in a biracial family, what it is like to have national guard on your street as I was living in Long Beach during the 92 riots, what it is like to have a brother pulled over by the police for absolutely no reason other than the color of his skin. Vut what I don’t know is what it is like to be anything but a white girl in America. This book did a very good job in really bringing to light the problem of police brutality when it comes to minorities. A life matters no matter what! We will never know what choices we would make if our life offered us different circumstances and different choices. We will never truly understand our privilege, unless we go without. I unequivocally believe we should not judge people based on not only the color of their skin, but not of their life choices. We have never lived their lives, we do not know their reasons, and what we really don’t know is what we would have done in the same situation. I hope people read this book with an open mind and wanting some understanding to what is really going on, someday perhaps we could all live in a world where people pass less judgment and have more understanding, I can only hope. And I really hope the next time a man takes a knee in protest of how black men and women are treated in America, we stand up and take notice!

narration: if you do not listen to audiobooks start now! This is probably the most fantastic narration of 2017,Bahni Turpine brought so much to this already amazing story, I can’t even….💚

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Have a peaceful day! XOXO Berit☮️

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A Wedding at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry **Book Review** @annecater @orionbooks @veronica_henry

Happy Friday all!

And just like that distance-learning is over! Thank goodness. Hopefully we will have that school thing figured out by August when school goes back! This was such a delightful book that I enjoyed every minute of, I was so sad to have to say goodbye to these characters at the end. 🏖

My Thoughts

Salt, sea, and baby makes three. This was such a delightful story that I was bummed to see end, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these fabulous characters. Veronica Henry infuse so much emotion and charm into this engaging story. Robyn and Jake are having a baby. They are so excited and in love, but they know this will bring changes to their carefree lifestyle. Robyn was adopted by amazing parents, but now about to have a baby of her own she is contemplating reaching out to her birth mother. Jake has never believed in marriage especially because his parents marriage didn’t work out that well. But now that he is about to be a father and their dream home is almost complete, he begins to see that marrying Robyn might be the way to go. Jake and Robyn have such amazing family and friends Who are all determined to give this couple the wedding of their dreams. The lead up to the wedding is full of emotion, heart, hope, second chances, and new beginnings.

Loved this book! I loved these characters and I loved every single minute I spent with them. Robyn was such a phenomenal character who I would love to be friends with. Her relationship with Jake was so sweet, the love between them really poured from the pages. The backstory of her birth mother Emily was heartbreaking I really felt for the girl. All the secondary characters in this book were spectacular and I have to give a special shout out to Gwen and Clover who I particularly loved. A lovely beach read with a whole lot of heart!

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***Big thank you to Orion for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

You are invited to the wedding of the year . . . 

Robyn Moss just wants a simple wedding. A quiet ceremony; a picnic on the beach; dancing barefoot on the sand until the sun goes down. But first, Robyn has one very important thing to do – before embracing her future, she needs to uncover her past. As she sets out to find her birth mother, a tangled thread of love, loss and betrayal that ties together three generations of women begins to emerge.

As her wedding day approaches, Robyn discovers that where there is heartbreak, there is hope – and that in the end, love will always win. 

Escape to the beach with Veronica Henry’s captivating new story of three women, three summers, and a wedding that changes everything. The must-read novel of summer 2020!

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Your favourite authors love Veronica Henry:

‘As uplifting as summer sunshine’ Sarah Morgan

‘A delicious treat of a book’ Milly Johnson

‘An utter delight’ Jill Mansell

‘Truly blissful escapism’ Lucy Diamond

‘A heartwarming story combined with Veronica’s sublime writing’ Cathy Bramley

Have a beachin’ day! XOXO Berit🏖

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A Cornish Summer Holiday (Little Duck Pond Café) by Rosie Green **Book Review** @rararesources

Happy hump day peeps!

Cannot believe this is the 10th installment in this charming series! And if it weren’t for Rachel it might have never been on my radar and I would’ve really missed out! 🍦

My Thoughts

Ice cream and surfboards and hauntings, oh my! Rosie Green has created a delightful series where the books just keep getting better and better. This is the 10th book in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series, but don’t let that scare you off. The books are all quick and fun reads you can get caught up in no time. This book can also absolutely be read as a standalone, and it is a good kicking off point, all the major characters are in the story, and we are introduced to the main character in the next book. Renovations are happening at the Little Duck Pond Cafe so the girls decide to take a girls holiday to Cornwall. They are super excited for sun, sand, and surf, however when they reach their beach cottage things aren’t exactly what they were expecting. The cottage is in need of major reparations, the roof leaks, the kitchen is unusable, and the cottage might even be haunted? Gracie has returned to run the family ice cream shop in this small Cornwall Village after the death of her mother. The Business is struggling, but Gracie is determined to honor her mother’s memory. When the girls meet Gracie just like with everybody else they welcome her into their fold and are more than happy to help her out. They also take it upon themselves to oversee renovations on Sea Captain cottage and try to uncover the mystery behind the house. The story is told from two perspectives Gracie and The girls. The girls perspective is told in first person from Ellie, But we are privy to what Jaz, Fen, Katya, and Maddison are up to as well. We also get snippets of what is going on back at home in Sunnybrook. An engaging story that lifted my spirits and made me smile!

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*** Big thank you to the author for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

A Cornish Summer Holiday at the Little Duck Pond Café

The Little Duck Pond Cafe girls are looking forward to a well-earned break in the Cornish seaside town of Pengully Sands, where Sylvia’s sister, Aggie, owns a holiday home. With the glorious golden sands, sparkling azure sea and an ice-cream parlour only yards away, it seems like the perfect location to relax and watch the surfers riding the waves (and maybe even have a go themselves). But when they arrive, the girls find it’s not quite the seaside idyll they were expecting. The house is less ‘holiday home’ and more ‘creepy, dilapidated haunted house.’ Gracie, who runs the ice-cream parlour, has problems of her own and the last thing she needs is a bunch of high-spirited girls arriving to disturb the peace and isolation she craves. And when a handsome stranger looks set to destroy her livelihood, it seems like the last straw. Will Gracie get her happy ending – and maybe even make friends with the girls next-door? This wasn’t the relaxing break the Little Duck Pond Cafe girls were expecting, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be the holiday of a lifetime!

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2slp10U

About the Author

Author Bio –

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.

Rosie is currently writing a full-length book, ‘Lucy’s Great Cornish Escape’, which – in a fun twist – will feature favourite characters from the Little Duck Pond Café series.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

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Summer Longing by Jamie Brenner **Book Review** @suzyapbooktours @littlebrown

Happy Thursday friends!

This was such a heartwarming uplifting beach read!🏖🦪

My Thoughts

A heartwarming beach read. Jamie Brenner’s vivid storytelling swept me away to Cape Cod and into the lives of these delightful characters. Ruth is in her late 50s and has decided to move and live a quieter life in the small town of Provincetown on Cape Cod.But Ruth’s wished for quiet life is quickly diverted when she finds a newborn baby has been abandoned on her rental homes front porch. Soon the owners of the rental property Elise and Fern Who have been wanting a baby move back in to help Ruth take care of baby girl Mira. Having a baby in the house inspires Ruth to reach out to her daughter Olivia who she has a less than stellar relationship with. Then Olivia joins her mother in Cape Cod and is quickly followed by her father/ Ruth’s ex-husband. Ruth’s new life is no longer quiet, but this just might be the perfect start to new beginnings. A beautiful story of family, friendship, second chances, new beginnings, love, loyalty, and hope.

Loved all the female relationships in the story mothers and daughters, friends, and romantic ties. It was lovely how this little baby girl brought all these unlikely women together. Each of these women were smart, strong, and savvy in their own ways. The setting of this book was so magical, I just adored this small town. Although the bulk of the story was about women and their ties to one another, there also was a bit of sweet romance. An enchanting beach read that warmed my heart.

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*** Big thank you to Little Brown for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

When a baby is left on the doorstep of a Cape Cod beach house, an unlikely group of women risks all they hold dear to harbor and protect her in this pause-resisting story from a USA Today best-selling author.

Ruth Cooperman arrives in beautiful beachside Provincetown for her retirement, renting the perfect waterfront cottage while she searches for her forever home. After years of hard work and making peace with life’s compromises, Ruth is looking forward to a carefree summer of solitude. But when she finds a baby girl abandoned on her doorstep, Ruth turns to her new neighbors for help and is drawn into the drama of the close-knit community.

The appearance of the mystery baby has an emotional ripple effect through the women in town, including Amelia Cabral, the matriarch who lost her own child decades earlier; Elise Douglas, owner of the tea shop who gave up her dream of becoming a mother; and teenage local Jaci Barros, who feels trapped by her parents’ expectations. Ruth, caring for a baby for the first time in 30 years, even reaches out to her own estranged daughter, Olivia, summoning her to Provincetown in hopes of a reconciliation.

As summer unfolds and friends and family care for the infant, alliances are made, relationships are tested, and secrets are uncovered. But the unconditional love for a child in need just might bring Ruth and the women of Provincetown exactly what they have been longing for themselves.

With heartfelt storytelling, Summer Longing is Jamie Brenner’s eagerly anticipated return to Provincetown; another unforgettable tale about motherhood, friendship, and finding your way home.

“Welcome to the gold standard of summertime escapism.” (Elin Hilderbrand, number one New York Times best-selling author of Summer of ’69)

Have a beautiful day! Berit XOX 🥥O


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Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters **Book Review**

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today is Mother’s Day in the US and unfortunately I won’t be able to see my mom or two of my kids, but I’m going to make the best of it!

My Thoughts

LOVED IT! Rachel Winters’ debut was a true laugh out loud romcom. I cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard while reading a book, there is the most hilarious hen do/bachelor party ever in this fun story. This book is instantly being put on my FAVs shelf, I just loved everything about it, it was the perfect mood lifter during these crazy times. Evie is assistant to a famous agent and has been tasked with the job to make sure screenwriter Ezra finishes his romcom script on time. Ezra is difficult and arrogant, Evie and her friends have nicknamed him the N.O.B. The number one boyChild. Ezra tells Evie he will finish his script on time if she can prove to him that she can actually meet someone through one of these ridiculous romcom meet cutes. Let the fun ensue. Evie manufactures one hilarious yet humiliating meet cute after another and reports back to Ezra. Will Ezra finish the script on time? Will Evie finally get her long due promotion? Will one of these crazy meet cutes actually work? A definite feel good story guaranteed to make you laugh and want to rewatch all your favorite romcoms.

This book in emojis 🎬 ☕️ 🎈 🧏🏻‍♀️ ✍🏻 👰🏼 😂 💕

*** Big thank you to Orion for my gifted copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ***

About the Book

Can you fall in love like they do in the movies?

It’s Evie Summers’ job to find out. Because if she can’t convince her film agency’s biggest client, Ezra Chester, to write the romantic-comedy screenplay he owes producers, her career will be over. The catch? He thinks rom-coms are unrealistic – and he’ll only put pen to paper if Evie shows him that it’s possible to meet a man in real life the way it happens on the big screen.

Cynical Evie might not believe in happily ever after, but she’ll do what it takes to save the job that’s been her lifeline…even if it means reenacting iconic rom-com scenes in public. Spilling orange juice on a cute stranger? No problem. Leaving her number in books all over London to see who calls? Done. With a little help from her well-meaning friends – and Ben and Anette, the adorable father-daughter duo who keep witnessing her humiliations – Evie is determined to prove she can meet a man the way Sally met Harry. But can a workaholic who’s given up on love find a meet-cute of her very own?

Have a lovely day! Berit 💐