This was the first novel I read from Katie O’Rourke, and I’ll be sure Blood & Water is not the last. At first I started to worry about how well I could connect with the story, since we do get to follow five different characters and get their POVs. Sometimes too many characters and their insight causes me to have a disconnect with the story, but I was happy to say that I could jump from one character to another without any issue, and still highly enjoyed this story. We have Delilah, who is running away from her problems to her big brother’s house in Tucson, Arizona. Her brother David is a single father, trying his best to raise his high school daughter by himself. David’s friend Tim and his girlfriend Sarah also lend us their point of views, and a look at their unique relationship. And then finally we have Ally, best friends to Sarah who is trying to raise her family amidst many complications. Each story intertwines in a way that makes sense to the next one, and I kept fully engaged throughout the book.
A story focused very much on family, as the synopsis states “the one you’re born into, the one you choose and the one you create.” Katie O’Rourke builds up a story that is fast-moving, heart-warming, emotional, and pleasing to this reader. The ending was so interesting when we got little tidbits of what the future was holding for some of the characters and I appreciated that touch. Blood & Water is an emotionally engaging story and one I would recommend for women’s fiction readers.
Reviewed for Reader’s Favorite
In Better in the Morning by Fern Ronay, we follow Veronica Buccino, a lawyer with a plan. One – stop being a lawyer. Her work leaves much to be desired for, and her boss and co-worker seem to be set on making her life miserable. Two – marry boyfriend John DelMonico. While Veronica is highly educated and enjoys being a working woman, she also loves the idea of being a wife and a mother. So when John unexpectedly tells her he is moving to London for his job, and she can come along if she wants to, Veronica is devastated. John’s proposal wasn’t the one she was expecting, and with him seemingly uninterested if Veronica will fly to another country with him, their break up is inevitable. Enter the twist of the story – Veronica can see and talk to her dead grandparents in her dreams, and they help her move on from the break up, start something new in a news reporting class, and provide a comfort to her, so when she wakes up, things just seem – better in the morning.
I had a lot of fun reading this book from Fern Ronay. The beginning threw me a little with Veronica’s grandparents and how she was able to speak with them, but once I figured it out (which was quite quickly!) I grew to love that plot point. Veronica was easily likeable and a fun heroine to follow. The supporting cast I thought was pretty interesting – there is a lot of very memorable characters in a supporting role, from the grandparents, her work crew, her best friend Jada, and her new love interest Syd. This was very hard to put down, and I appreciated the very real moments that made their way into the story. The ending was the only part I didn’t love, because I actually would have loved to see these characters in another story so the ending seemed very abrupt for them. But otherwise, a very heart-warming and entertaining read.
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