#BookReview: Bridges by Maria Murnane

bridgesSummary:

It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.

And laughter. And love.

The fun-loving trio readers fell for in Wait for the Rain is together once more. Here’s to the power of friendship!

Review:

I adored this book. I have read from Maria Murnane in the past and was quite excited when she contacted me about BRIDGES, and I’m sure glad I was able to read this one. Smart, funny, touching; it had all the qualities of a fantastic friendship fiction novel, and I had great difficulty putting my Kindle down with this one. I had a blast getting to know each friend, hearing their college stories, and seeing them reconnect in the city that doesn’t sleep. It read at a fast pace and there were exciting little plot points sprinkled throughout that kept me invested and happily reading away. Fantastic writing that kept me hooked and had me reading this in just shy of two days. Highly recommend.

5 stars

#BookReview: Plan Cee by Hilary Grossman

plan ceeSummary:

Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?

While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.

Review:

I have been eagerly awaiting to read Plan Cee after highly enjoying Plan Bea, and whoa – was I not disappointed! Like stated in the synopsis, this book can be read as a standalone though we do meet the characters in Plan Bea, but I would recommend you read that regardless but it’s a great story and gave me joy to catch up with the main characters from that novel. I enjoyed this book because it’s real and honest and shows how people make mistakes and how they cope with the aftermath. There were times it was hard to read because I was sad, I didn’t agree with Cecelia but . . . she’s human. She’s flawed. And she made for such a fantastic heroine. Another solid read from Hilary Grossman. If you don’t her yet on your to-read list, put her on there.

5 stars


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By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island. 

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#BookReview: New Attitude by Kathryn R Biel

new attitudeSummary:

As if it’s not bad enough that I didn’t win the reality design TV show I was on, try coming home to a one word note indicating that my ten-year marriage is over. So here I am, a suddenly single mother in my mid-thirties, doing what everyone advises me to do—have a fling. Except it doesn’t go as planned, so I do the next best thing, which is sit on the couch and mope. But having to provide for a five-year-old doesn’t let me stay home for too long. Before I know it, I’m back to dying my hair wild colors and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.
Except Tony, the fling that wasn’t, keeps popping up in the most unlikely places and won’t leave me alone. I’d like to be strong—I’m way too old for him—but he’s cute and funny and sexy and oh, my ex is getting married to a girl named Bambi. All I know is the way I’m doing things isn’t working. If I want to be happy again, I’m going to need to get a new attitude.

Review:

YAY!!! A follow up to Made For Me, a novel from Kathryn R Biel that I thought was fantastic! Now we are back with the characters, and this time following Kira. Kira’s life isn’t so great after returning from a reality show – she learns her husband has been unfaithful and is leaving her, and she’s suddenly a single mom living with her own mother. I thought it was so great to get to know Kira even better, and she was so easy to relate to. She takes quite a journey in this fast-paced read, and the ending took me totally by surprise!  I always love what this author brings us, and New Attitude is no exception!

5 stars