Book Review: When Girlfriends Take Chances by Savannah Page

When Girlfriends Take Chances by Savannah PageReviewer: Sara Palacios

Disclaimer: I received a copy of When Girlfriends Take Chances by Savannah Page in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

A novel about exploring love and life’s path, and taking chances along the way.

Emily Saunders has never thought twice about grabbing her passport, rucksack, and camera and trekking across the globe. If there’s an NGO, a study abroad program, or simply the travel itch, Emily’s on the first plane out. Free-spirited, open-minded, and eager to explore, it’s no wonder Emily’s hardly in one spot (or relationship) for long.

For the past year-and-a-half, though, Emily’s found herself planted in her college hometown of Seattle. She’s surrounded by her best friends, has steady work as a photographer and at her friend Sophie’s café, and is certainly kept busy by the wild antics of her BFF Jackie. Life’s enjoyable, but Emily’s looking for something more. She’s ready for a change, for adventure!

But when Emily tells her girlfriends she’s ready for something new she does not expect Operation Blind Date!

Sure, Emily’s single. Sure, she hopes to some day find true love. But being thrown into an insane challenge like this is not exactly the adventure she had in mind! Couldn’t she just travel and focus on her photography? Or volunteer in Africa? Will a string of eligible bachelors lined up by her friends–a shot at finding a real and lasting love–really be that change she’s searching for?

This is a spirited story about seeking adventure while being true to yourself, wherever you are in life. It’s a story about love, risk, and self-discovery. About what happens when girlfriends take chances.

Review:

I have been reading the Girlfriends series from Savannah Page for a while now and always really, really enjoy each book. Although each book is similar, they are also very different and focus on a different theme each and every time. This novel focuses on Emily Saunders. Emily has all the money she could ask for and doesn’t need to work but works part time at a cafe and also freelances as a photographer. One of the main perks? Travel! Emily loves to travel but fears that she will never be able to settle down because she has a hard time staying put anywhere. When her friends pick up on it, they intervene and set her up on a blind date and that is where things really start to pick up. I am such a fan of Savannah and her writing because her characters are so fun! I hear that she is currently working on her sixth novel, to be released next year, and I cannot wait!

4.5 stars

Book Review: Grounded by Angela Correll

groundedReviewer: Sara

 I received a copy of Grounded by Angela Correll in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

New York City flight attendant Annie Taylor is grounded. Turbulence in the airline industry leads to her job loss—putting a halt to her weekends in Rome and independent city life. Just when she needs him the most, she loses her boyfriend and her apartment. Annie flees the city for the family farm in Kentucky. Her arrival is met by a shotgun-wielding grandmother, a suspicious stranger moving into the old stone house, and her attractive childhood friend Jake about to make the biggest mistake of his life. Struggling against her grandmother’s stubborn ways, Annie disagrees with her on the fate of the family farm but stays on to help her grandmother through a knee surgery by tending the garden and learning how to can the vegetables. Through the summer’s trials, Annie is forced to face her own past mistakes and the consequences. When the phone call comes from New York earlier than expected, Annie must choose between coming to terms with her deep roots or leaving it all behind for a return to the city.

Review:

When I was first contacted to review this book, I wasn’t sure what to think. I am a big fan of “going back home” types of books, but this one sounded a little different and I was unsure what to think. But, I am pleased to say that I absolutely loved it. Grounded is warm and cozy, like a cup of warm tea. I found Annie’s tale heartwarming and charming and couldn’t really get enough of it. I found parts humorous but mostly, this book just warms the soul. The characters are great and the writing is even better. Overall, Grounded is sure to charm the pants off you as well as teach you a thing or two about good ole’ country living.

5 stars

 

Book Review: Rescue Me, Maybe by Jackie Bouchard

Rescue Me, Maybe

Reviewer: Sara

I received a copy of Rescue Me, Maybe by Jackie Bouchard in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

If you lost both your spouse and your dog to cancer within weeks of each other, but you were sadder about the dog, would you tell anyone? Maybe your closest friends. Unfortunately, Jane Bailey’s closest friends are on the other side of the country. That’s where Jane plans to go now that she’s free to leave Philadelphia, the too cold, beachless, street taco-deficient city her husband dragged her to six years ago. But with no job prospects in her hometown of San Diego, Jane is roped into helping out temporarily at her uncle’s southwestern small-town B&B. En route to her new role as innkeeper and breakfast chef, she finds a stray at a rest stop. With her heart in pieces from the loss of her dog, she’s determined not to let this mutt worm its way into her affections. She’s also determined to have next-to-no interaction with the B&B’s irritating guests, and the even more annoying handyman who lives next door. Can Jane keep her sanity–and her secret that she’s not really a grieving widow–while trying to achieve her dream of getting back to the place she thinks is home?

Review:

When Jackie contacted me to read/review her latest book, Rescue Me, Maybe, I was so excited. Ever since I read her debut novel, I have been a huge fan of Jackie and her fido-friendly writing. As a fellow dog lover myself, I always appreciate it when another person is so loving and kind toward them, and Jackie definitely meets that criteria. Despite this book being fairly sad, I found it to be very sweet and heartwarming, really displaying what it means to love another, whether human or not. The book begins on rather rocky territory and things stay that way for a while, but Jackie handles the transitions and the emotions with ease. There are so many things to love about this book but I think mostly, you can feel the heart and the love on each page, and that is what I loved the most. If you are looking for a touching book with a lot of heart, I highly recommend this one.

5 stars