Book Review: Friends Like These by Sarah Anderson

Summary: Lizzie is a young lady that has recently re-invented herself. She has lost weight, gotten a makeover, and is looking for some love. Lizzie has always been envious of Becca who seemed to have it all......until Becca had a serious accident at a party. Years later, Becca has come back into Lizzie’s life unintentionally. …

Book Review: The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon

Summary: Abby and Nate are excited about their new neighbors......until Abby realizes it is her old boyfriend who she pushed away after a terrible accident that took her brother’s life. This twisted plot features a relationship between Abby and Nate that stemmed from him as the first approaching the accident in which her brother died …

Book Review: Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

Summary: Hen and Lloyd have moved into a new home in a suburb of Boston. Hen has had a prior history of bipolar and finally has her medication stabilized and is working as an illustrator. After a dinner party at their neighbors’ house, Hen spots an item that was a key piece in a murder …

Book Review: The Au Pair by Emma Rous

Summary: Seraphina’s mother committed suicide hours after the birth of her and her twin brother. Even stranger, the au pair also left the town and was never heard from again. The novel switches between the current time period, which is shortly after the death of Seraphine’s father and back to when the au pair was …

Book review: A Stranger on the Beach by Michele Campbell

Summary: Caroline was a wealthy woman who was happily married and putting the finishing touches on their new and expensive beach house. Caroline notices a stranger outside her house one night and on the very first page, we learn that she wishes she never saw this man because it made her whole life change. Aiden, …

Book Review: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

"BEST BOOK OF 2019" Summary: The town of Barkley Hill, NC have always wondered about the "marsh girl." Kya Clark had grown up alone on the marsh after both of her parents and siblings left when she was a young girl. The book opens with the death of a popular and handsome young man named …

Book Review: The Mother in Law by Sally Hepworth

  Summary: Lucy is a young mother with a complicated relationship with her mother-in-law, Diana, who is extremely introverted and possibly perceived as snobby. Diana is very wealthy and heads an organization that helps young refugees in Australia that are pregnant. Diana's children often are angered by how much help she gives to these poor …

Book Review: Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

Summary: Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and The Four Tendencies, provides readers with information to help with the organization of our lives to help with our inner calm. Gretchen gives us many ideas, tips, and strategies to getting control of the clutter in our lives. She gives the reader many ways to create …

Book review: Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Summary: In 2016, Dani Shapiro found through a DNA sample and genealogy website that her biological father was not her real biological father. Inheritance is Dani Shapiro’s journey to find her birth father. My Thoughts: I chose Inheritance due to it being chosen as The Happier Podcast’s book of the month. I love anything associated …

Book Review: Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Summary: Dare to Lead explores how we can lean into the vulnerability as leaders to become better human beings. She reminds the readers how to use empathy, connection, and courage as leaders. By using her extensive research and her personal experiences, Brene reminds us that we need to be vulnerable and have the tough conversations and …