The Good Mother by Sinead Moriarty will make you cry. You might not cry easily, you might not get emotional over books, but I don’t doubt this books ability to make the tears flow. The story follows Kate and her family – three children and divorced husband – who are still adjusting to life in a broken home after the marriage dissolves via infidelity. But the harder news is just on the horizon – quickly on Jess, the middle child and only daughter in the family, is diagnosed with leukemia. The rest of the novel takes readers through her story, diagnosis, bone marrow transplant, and so much more. It was very challenging to read long sections at a time, because it was so emotional and honestly, nearly painful to read. The writing was very raw and realistic to a mother losing her child, a friend losing her first best friend, and a young girl losing her life. I have read from Sinead Moriarty in the past and do not doubt her writing capabilities and the way she can bring characters to life, but I will say if you can’t handle intensely emotional scenes, I would not read this one. There really is no let up throughout the book, it’s scene after scene of tears and emotions and pain. I was also a little confused as to the title of the book, as I have seen it advertised as The Good Mother and also as Never Let You Go. But overall, a really wonderful, thought-provoking read, just at times a little too overwhelming for me.
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The Bulletproof Proposal by Rebekah Louise is a short and sweet romantic novella. At just thirty-nine pages I wondered if I would be able to connect with the story, as sometimes I can struggle to get invested into novellas because they seem to be over with before they really begin. I’m happy to say I did not have that issue with this one, and I happily read all the way through, cheering Lisa on with her wedding planning. At first I worried that her idea of proposing to her boyfriend of five years might backfire, and then I really started to worry when not only was she going to propose but also plan the wedding all without him knowing– sure, I was worried for her. Her idea to have the wedding fully ready, all the guests invited, the cake done, and more – all without knowing if Matt would say yes – sure, I was sweating a bit for her. It was fairly comical at points watching her try to get a wedding planned in just weeks, and fun seeing her friends and family step up and try to help her. I of course won’t spoil the ending, as I couldn’t even guess how that might come together, but I hope you’ll read for yourself! Like mentioned prior, this is a novella but nothing appeared too rushed for me. It was the perfect romantic/chick lit storyline for a novella, and I highly enjoyed from beginning to end. If you are looking for a short and sweet read, I would recommend The Bulletproof Proposal by Rebekah Louise.
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See You Later Broadway by Melissa Baldwin is book two in the Broadway Series, and while I did not read book one, I had no problems jumping right into this story and making friends with Maris. Maris has recently moved to New York City with big dreams of Broadway. While her plans of performing aren’t quite there yet, she is pretty content – until shake up after shake up starts occurring. Between her career, love life, and a sad passing of her grandmother’s friend, Maris finds herself with a lot of decisions that she needs to make and little time to make them.
I have read from Melissa Baldwin in the past and have enjoyed her previous offerings. To start off, I love her covers and See You Later Broadway was no exception. It was so easy to get along with Maris, even if she did have her selfish moments – because, who doesn’t? All the plot twists inside made the story very fast-paced and really fun to read. I was just waiting for Maris to shout out PLOT TWIST at any given moment after all the shake ups started happening! The love life of Maris was particularly interesting to read about, and I am really going to wait anxiously for book three in this series, because I have a feeling there will be more drama with how her relationship plays out! I do want to go back to read the first book in the series, See You Soon Broadway, because I have a feeling I will enjoy getting some back story on Maris and the supporting cast. If you are a fan of chick lit, you will love this story and I highly recommend!
About the Author
Melissa Baldwin is an avid runner, planner obsessed, and has always had a love for writing. She is a wife, mother, and avid journal keeper who took her creativity to the next level by fulfilling her dream with her debut novel, An Event to Remember…or Forget. Melissa writes about charming, ambitious, and real women and is now a published author of seven Romantic Comedy novels and novellas.
When she isn’t deep in the writing zone, this multi-tasking master organizer is busy spending time with her family, chauffeuring her daughter, traveling, running, indulging in fitness, and taking a Disney Cruise every now and then.