Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesday (6/28/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Lucky in Love

Author: Kasie West

Expected Publication:  July 25th 2017

Publisher:  Scholastic

Goodreads Summary:

In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

Lucky in Love

I am now a huge fan of Kasie West and her books! I am really excited for a new book by her. Although it seems as if she is publishing a new book every few months! I still have By Your Side on my TBR shelf and that was published in January!

What book are you waiting for this week?

Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesday (6/21/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Hearts are Like Ballons

Author: Candace Robinson

Expected Publication:  June 30th 2017

Publisher:  CreateSpace

Goodreads Summary:

May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…

Hearts Are Like Balloons

I first discovered Candace Robinson on NetGalley earlier this month, and I really enjoyed that book. If the writing style of this book is anything like the last book, I am sure that this will be a great book!

What are you looking forward to this week?

Posted in Young Adult

Goodreads Monday (6/19/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: By Your Side

Author: Kasie West

Published: January 31st 2017 by Harper Teen

Goodreads Summary:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

By Your Side

Kasie West has slowly become one of my new favorite contemporary romance authors, but just behind Sarah Dessen (who shall always remain #1 for me). This is my second West book, and I’ve had it on my shelves since February. I actually forgot I had it until about last week when I opened my Uppercase box again, and it was sitting inside. I have a list of books I need to finish first, but as soon as they are done this is going straight to the top of the pile!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?

Posted in Subscription Box, Young Adult

February Uppercase Box Review

I know it’s a little past February…okay more than a little try about 4 months past, but I realized this morning that I never posted a review of my box. So better late than never right? =)


I received a new box from Uppercase by Lisa Parkin on my front doorstep back in February, I believe in time for Valentine’s Day as well!

IMG_0024.JPGEvery month you receive:

  • a brand new hardcover book, the book is either signed or you receive a signed bookplate,
  • 1-2 high quality bookish items,
  • Uppercase reading experience with exclusive content,
  • and a special note!

You can choose from two different plans:

Expert plan: comes with everything above for only $23/month plus $6 shipping and handling;

Book exclusive plan: comes with everything above except the 1-2 bookish items for only $17/month plus s/h.

You can check out my other Uppercase reviews here, and my other book subscription reviews here!


As always Lisa includes a letter that has what is included in the box and a personalized note from her as well.

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I always love when subscription boxes do this, especially if I really like an item and I want to check out other items that that particular seller has.

Also an item that is always included in the box is a reading experience bookmark.

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By using the code you can find questions, polls and videos that correspond to that moment in the book. As much as I really like this idea, I never use it. Honestly, I rarely even use this as a bookmark because I have so many.

For this month, the book that was included was By Your Side by Kasie West. Which is also an Uppercase hardcover edition.

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Goodreads Summary:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

This book normally retails for $9.99 in print, and on Amazon you can get the Kindle version for $9.99 or in paperback for $5.92. It looks as if the hardcover version was only for Uppercase subscribers, because even on Barnes and Noble they only have the paperback or Nook version for $9.99. I kind of like that as a subscriber, I received an item that isn’t sold anywhere else.

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As typical for an Uppercase book, the author signed it as well. I really love that Uppercase does this with every book they send out! Personally, this increases the value of the book. My first Kasie West book was from Uppercase as well, and I really enjoyed it. So, I am hoping that I’ll enjoy this book just as much as the first one!

Since this is a Valentine box, Uppercase included a Valentine Card from EpicReads

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I don’t think this card has any real value.

They also included a I ❤ YA laptop sticker.

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I really like the sticker, but I don’t put anything on my laptop except the hard outer shell for protection. This will probably end up on my bookshelf somewhere.

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Pride & Peppermint Tea from NovelTeaTins. I don’t know the size that was received in relation to the packet that they have online. But you can purchase this particular blend for either $14.00 or a tin for $29.00. Since our package is most likely smaller, I will give it an estimated value of $7.00.

This tea is a sweet peppermint tea blend, that is organic and naturally caffeine free. The ingredients are rooibos (I had to look it up, it’s an African plant), peppermint, and chamomile. I honestly, don’t like when subscription boxes send tea samples. I am more of a coffee drinker, and they never send any samples of those. Someone needs to create a bibliophile coffee shop, so that subscription boxes can send them out! Just saying. 😉 I would if I was creative enough, or knew more details about coffee blends.

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The last item in the box was this Sherlock Holmes 221B Key Necklace. Value maybe $12?

I definitely like the necklace better than the Sherlock key chain they sent a few months back.

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Overall, I would say that this box has an estimated value of $29.00. Which is the same price of the subscription box. I really liked that EpicReads teamed up with Uppercase for this box, but it just seems as if what they included was filler and not really anything that contributes much to the box.

What do you think of this month’s (February) box?

 

 

Posted in Young Adult

13 Reasons Why Book Review

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher13reasonswhy

Published: October 18th 2007 by Razorbill

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

For a book that came out almost 10 years ago, it is still being heavily talked about today. Most likely many thanks to Netflix and it’s new series that was released a few months ago. My review will kind of be a comparison between the Netflix show and the actual book itself, mainly what I liked about both and what I didn’t like. So a word of caution, this review will be kind of spoiler-y.

For starters, I really liked how in the book Clay was able to listen to all of the tapes in one day. During the show, I didn’t like how he dragged it out so long!!! (But I also realize that the show had to do that in order to…oh I don’t know have a show) Clay also had more personality in the show than he did in the book, but he did annoy me a lot more than in the book. So it’s kind of a toss up between book Clay and tv Clay.

One aspect that I didn’t really like about both formats are Hannah’s reasons for ending her life. Yes, most of the things were awful that happened to her, but did that warrant suicide? Definitely not. Granted I understand that her rape in the show caused a lot of psychological problems and her guidance counselor saying to just get over it did not help at all. That out of all of the reasons, I view, is the most serious of them all (and I liked how in the show Clay was able to get a confession from her rapist). Although, this situation could have been totally avoided. One, why did Hannah even go to his house when she knew that he was a rapist to begin with? It was as if she needed a real reason to commit suicide other than the petty reasons she started off with.

In the show, I really liked how there was more of a connection between Clay and the guy from school who died in the car accident (unfortunately I don’t remember his name right now). It made the moment stand out more and shows the serious impacts of peoples actions or rather inactions. Mainly, I really liked how Clay told Hannah that she didn’t get to make the situation about her because not everything was about her when she tried to apologize to him after the accident. She could have came clean about her and the cheerleader knocking down the stop sign instead of making a tape about it, and how that ruined her life. At least she was still alive to be able to tell her story, not like Clay’s friend who they all thought he was drunk driving.

In the novel she committed suicide by overdosing on pills. In the show, she had a more gruesome suicide. Was this necessary? No, her death was going to be dramatic enough without having to go overboard.

I could go on, but I think most of my critique of the book/show would be about Hannah and I think I hit most of the points I wanted about her. I think this book does a good job of going into the mind of a teenager and how even small things could be taken with a bigger meaning than other people realize. It also does a good job of starting communications for at risk teens by recognizing the warning signs. I have never had suicidal tendencies, so I don’t know/can’t say how someone who does will react to this book/show. With that being said I hope 13 Reasons Why doesn’t have a negative impact and show teenagers and even younger kids that suicide is an option when everyone seems to be against you.

Have you read this book/watched the show? What did you think about it?

Posted in Arc, Young Adult

Letters to the Lost Review

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmererletterstothelost

Published: April 4th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

eArc received by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Letters to the Lost

I read this book about a month ago, and I am finally finding the time to write the review. Hopefully, I do it some justice!

You know you found a really good book when you can read it all in one sitting! I started it one night when I had a little bit of insomnia (thank you pregnancy), and I just couldn’t put it down until I realized the book was over. This book did remind me a lot of P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, mainly because the two main characters were also leaving each other anonymous letters and started a pen pal “romance” I guess you would call it that. What I enjoyed about Letters to the Lost  was that it was very original (in it’s own way) and it took you through so many emotions (maybe I am just a little extra emotional lately).

This book takes you through one family’s (mainly Juliet’s) journey of grief after her mom died, and how she was able to live afterwards. What helped her a lot was writing letters to her mom, and one day someone wrote their own message on her letter. What started off as an angry response back, became her lifeline for the months that followed. Of course it seems as if no book is immune to cliches, and there were a few in here that were very cringe worthy.

Juliet was a very believable main character. You can tell that her grief was genuine, and her feeling as if she is stuck in the anger stage just made her more relatable as a person. Sometimes she was a little mean to Declan that didn’t seem called for, but when she would write to her pen pal she would always feel bad about it.

Declan was pretty much your bad boy “love/hate” interest for the entire book. Although Juliet definitely leaned more towards the hostile part for some apparent reason. You couldn’t help feel sorry for him and his back story. He has a mom who seems to be hardly there, a stepfather who is a jerk, and a chip on his shoulder. I really enjoyed how his story and Juliets started to weave together and ultimately they help each other during a hard time in their life.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I liked that it’s a standalone. Normally, I read a lot of fantasy series but it’s nice to just read a contemporary now and then.

Posted in Young Adult

Waiting on Wednesday (5/17/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Once and for All

Author: Sarah Dessen

Expected Publication:  June 6th 2017

Publisher:  Viking Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

Sarah Dessen is probably one of my guilty pleasures. Normally, I read a lot of fantasy and probably a little sci-fi, but sometimes I like to pick up a good fiction book. I have read probably about 90% of Dessen’s books and I loved every single one of them. I also like how she brings previous characters into the books through cameos. Sort of like Stan Lee in all the Marvel movies. Needless to say, I am super excited for this book to come out and I will most definitely be reading it as soon as it hits shelves next month!

What are you waiting for this week?

Posted in Young Adult

P.S. I Like You Review

IMG_0070P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Published: July 26th 2016 by Point

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Minor spoiler alert (I think)!

Goodreads Summary:

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds thatsomeone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

“You’re my favorite way to pass the time. But time stands still when you’re on my mind.”

This book came in my August Uppercase subscription, and I am so glad that it did! I have been reading a lot of fantasy lately, and it’s nice to mix it up here and there. This was a very cute story about two “anonymous” pen pals trying to pass their time in chemistry class. This book reminded me a lot of A Cinderella Story with Hillary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. The only difference is they wrote e-mails and in this story it’s old fashioned letters stuffed under the desk.

“I’m with you on measuring this week in letters and the two-day drought we are about to experience. If only there was a way to transport letters faster, through some sort of electronic device that codes messages and sends them through the air. But that’s just crazy talk.”

Lily is described as weird, quirky, and kind of hipstery (is that a word? Well it is now). She is a self-taught guitar player who likes to write lyrics, and wants to submit a song to a competition. All throughout the semester, Lily can’t find the words and makes excuses to not share her lyrics with anyone.

Cade is the exact opposite of Lily. He is “mainstream” and very popular at school who also happens to play baseball. From Lily’s pov, we see Cade as a class A jerk, who is always trying to make Lily miserable. They have a hatred for each other that goes back years. When Lily finally explains why she hates him, I just don’t see how one incident could incite such hatred.

“But then I think: my guitar is just a thing. You know? And my brother is a person. A thing is not more important than a person…”

Plot wise this book moved very quickly. There was a lot of highs and lows and for the most part I followed along the emotional rollercoaster with Lily. I got so caught up in the moment, that I found myself smiling when something cute happened and tearing up when Lily starts crying.

This story is nothing if not a walking cliche. Almost every situation was a cliche of some sort, but for the most part it didn’t bother me too much. Let’s see…boy drama? Check. Friend drama? Check. Mean girl trying to ruin main protagonists happiness? Check. Love triangle? More like a brief square that never really amounted to anything, but check.

 

“We don’t need any cutesy traditions. We’re solid you and me.”

West could have ruined this book by having a love triangle be the main focus. Thankfully, it didn’t last long and two of the boys came in and out of the picture fairly quickly. (Whatever happened to the clarinet guy who kicked the rabbit? Two dates and he just disappears for good?) At least with Lucas we know why he is no longer in the picture. The relationship between Lily and Cade progressed naturally, and I just wished that she got over her prejudices earlier so that they could have been a couple more in the book!

Need a quick contemporary read with a sense of humor? Then I suggest picking up this book! Totally worth it.

Posted in Young Adult

The MakeUp Book Tag

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First of all, I would like to thank Sam @ RiverMooseReads for creating this tag. Her blog is awesome so please go check it out! Second, I would like to thank Ash @ OnceUponABookshelf for tagging me!

Primer
Pick a book that left a lasting impression on you

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This is a close tie with Six of Crows and Girl Against the Universe. Both of these books left lasting impressions in their own way. They almost had me in a book slump because I didn’t want to pick up another book that might not live up to the greatness I just finished.

 

Foundation
Favorite first book in a series

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Alice in Zombieland was the first book I read by Gena Showalter and she quickly became one of my favorite authors. I got sucked into this first book, and then quickly devoured the rest of the series.

Concealer
Pick some characters you wish didn’t exist.

 

The two main characters in these books just really annoyed me. I could have lived my life perfectly fine without them. I didn’t know that a main character could have/be as many cliches as these two. 

Powder
Pick your favorite last book in a series.

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I do have some issues with the last book of the Lunar Chronicles, but I also absolutely loved Winter. This was just a great book to finish a fantastic series.

Eyebrows
Pick a book you think everyone should read

 

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I would probably say The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. It has almost a little bit of everything for everyone.

Eyeshadow
Pick a book with your favorite colors on the cover

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I haven’t read this book yet, but I love the cover!

Eyeliner
Pick a dark and mysterious book

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This is a fairy tale retelling that you didn’t see coming. Cinderella isn’t the nice and innocent girl from the Disney movie, instead she has a bit of a mean streak.

Mascara
Pick a long book

 

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This is most likely the longest book on my shelves, but that isn’t surprising considering it is Harry Potter. I love this entire series, and if you haven’t read it yet, you definitely should! 😉

Blush
Pick a book with a cringe worthy romance

 

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Hmm . . . I would have to say that this was the most recent cringe worthy romance. You have your insta-love, and the “I’ll do whatever you say because I love you” mentality from the main character. Yikes.

Highlighter
Pick a book that brightens your day

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Dessen is probably one of my favorite contemporary authors. When I am in between series, I love just picking up one of her books and getting lost in her universe. Each book is set in the same town, so it is great rereading a book and seeing how they all fit in with each other.

 

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Your favorite book kiss

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I can’t really think of which characters shared a book kiss that is my favorite. But, I really enjoyed the little romance that was in this book. The ending though is what makes it all that much better!

 

I tag:

Anyone who wants to do this quick fun book tag!

Posted in Young Adult

Evergreen Falls Review

Evergreen Falls by Kimberley FreemanIMG_0021

Published: August 26th 2014 by Hachette Australia

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

1926: Violet Armstrong is one of the few remaining members of staff working at the grand Evergreen Spa Hotel as it closes down over winter. Only a handful of guests are left, including the heir to a rich grazing family, his sister and her suave suitor. When a snowstorm moves in, the hotel is cut off and they are all trapped. No one could have predicted what would unfold. When the storm clears they must all keep the devastating secrets hidden.

2014: After years of putting her sick brother’s needs before her own, Lauren Beck leaves her home and takes a job at a Blue Mountains cafe, the first stage of the Evergreen Spa Hotel’s renovations. There she meets Tomas, the Danish architect who is overseeing the project, and an attraction begins to grow. In a wing of the old hotel, Lauren finds a series of passionate love letters dated back to 1926, alluding to an affair – and a shocking secret.

If she can unravel this long-ago mystery, will it make Lauren brave enough to take a risk and change everything in her own life?

Inspired by elements of her grandmother’s life, a rich and satisfying tale of intrigue, heartbreak and love from the author of the bestselling Lighthouse Bay and Wildflower Hill.

This was my June Lit-Cube subscription book, “Roaring 20’s” themed.

“She loved him, too. Mad as it seemed, she loved him, too, and had sine their eyes met that evening in the dining room.”

For the most part I enjoyed this book, I enjoyed Lauren’s timeline a little bit more than the 1926 one. Lauren’s relationship with her family was very relatable, and I enjoyed seeing her finally stand up for herself and get away from her mother. Out of all of the characters in the book, Lauren grew the most and really became a strong, independent person.

“Love was a thunderbolt, crashing down on her with its brilliant, savage force. It was ancient and eternal and it peeled back the mundane layers of the world and showed her the wet, beating heart of reality beneath.”

 I did not enjoy all of the cliches that kept popping every other chapter. For instance, almost every new relationship in the story was an insta-love. Violet and Sam’s relationship was most likely the most annoying one in the entire book. Sam was a very weak, one-dimensional character and as the love interest for Violet, we didn’t really get a sense of who Sam is. Lauren’s relationship with Tomas while sort of insta-love, it wasn’t as annoying as the Violet and Sam’s. For one, Lauren didn’t lose herself in the relationship and actually grew as a character because of it. Although Tomas is just sort of a filler character that helps Lauren grow, he was a lot more likable than Sam as a love interest.

“But she knew what came next.”

The mystery aspect was very appealing when reading the blurb, and it was one of the main reasons why I decided to read this book. I wish the book spent a little bit more time trying to solve the mystery, than going back to Violet’s timeline and letting us see the mystery unfold that way. The “mystery” was also very easy to figure out early in the book and all of the plot twists could be seen way before it ever happened. Even though it was predictable, I liked how Freeman incorporated the two storylines together at the end. The ending went by a lot quicker than the whole book, and I wished there was more.

“Passionately. Once she had thought the word described something different. Something fast and hot, like lightening. Now, she realizes, passion is a deep well, ancient and fathomless.”

Overall, while the book moved a bit too slowly for my liking, I did enjoy it. I wouldn’t say it was a quick read, as I was flipping constantly to see how many pages I had left, but I would suggest at least giving it a chance. So if you like historical fiction mixed in with modern fiction with a hint of female empowerment, then you’ll enjoy this book.