#BookReview: Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown

little gray dressAbout the Book

Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.

From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.

When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!

Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another grand appearance when she least expects it?

My Review

What a pure joy to read, from beginning to end. I would have never guessed this was Aimee Brown’s debut novel, from the strong writing, laugh out loud and cringe worthy moments, and a beyond satisfying ending. I enjoyed the structure of the story, switching seamlessly from present to past, and the secondary cast of characters added comedic value and plenty of touching moments. I particularly enjoyed Jack’s mother! This would be a great addition to any TBR list for chick lit and romantic comedy fans.

5 stars

#BookReview: Links by Lisa Becker

linksAbout the Book

In high school, Charlotte Windham went through a typical ugly duckling phase – glasses and all, while harboring a crush on Garrett Stephens, the school’s athletic heartthrob.

Fifteen years later, Charlotte and Garrett have a chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a bestselling novelist and no longer “Glasses,” the humiliating nickname Garrett gave her.She’s a catch and, thanks to corrective eye surgery, it’s not just her eyes that see better…so does her heart!

Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario and is now a successful professional golfer suffering from a possible career-ending injury.

Can Charlotte forgive Garrett for his past ways, and more recent Don Juan lifestyle? Will she even want to? And, can Garrett change his ways for a second chance with Charlotte, who may just be perfect for him?

My Review

I have been a big fan of Lisa Becker since reading her Click Trilogy, and was thrilled to discover she has yet another fabulous romantic comedy. The opening scene set the tone perfectly, and I had such a fun time getting lost in the worlds of Charlotte and Garrett. There is a lot of depth in this book besides just a romance, and Becker has a clever way with words that kept me turning the pages and becoming more and more invested in the characters. This was the perfect book to read when I needed a few spontaneous laughs, and I highly suggest you check out not only Links, but other books from Lisa Becker as well!

5 stars

#BookReview: The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore

the captain's daughterAbout the Book

For fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Emma Straub comes an emotionally gripping novel about a woman who returns to her hometown in coastal Maine and finds herself pondering the age-old question of what could have been

Growing up in Little Harbor, Maine, the daughter of a widowed lobsterman, Eliza Barnes could haul a trap and row a skiff with the best of them. But she always knew she’d leave that life behind. Now that she’s married, with two kids and a cushy front-row seat to suburban country club gossip in an affluent Massachusetts town, she feels adrift.

When her father injures himself in a boating accident, Eliza pushes the pause button on her own life to come to his aid. But when she arrives in Maine, she discovers her father’s situation is more dire than he let on. Eliza’s homecoming is further complicated by the reemergence of her first love–and memories of their shared secret. Then Eliza meets Mary Brown, a seventeen-year-old local who is at her own crossroad, and Eliza can’t help but wonder what her life would have been like if she’d stayed.

Filled with humor, insight, summer cocktails, and gorgeous sunsets, THE CAPTAIN’S DAUGHTER is a compassionate novel about the life-changing choices we make and the consequences we face in their aftermath.

My Review

Just reading the summary had me drawn into the story, and from the first chapter I knew I was going to really enjoy this offering from Meg Mitchell Moore. I loved the vivid writing, the picture-esque settings, and the emotional pull all the way through the novel. I was intrigued by all the POVs we got, in particular Eliza and also her husband. It was also interesting to read Mary’s story and how closely she becomes involved with Eliza and her family, and there were several scenes in here that actually quite shocked me. This was a very emotional read but also a very powerful story, and one I would highly recommend.

5 stars