★★★★.5/5 | Goodreads
Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, good friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share it with, however, she just can’t seem to get it right.
After yet another relationship ends, Anne comes across a business card for what she thinks is a dating service, and she pockets it just in case. When her best friend, Sarah, announces she’s engaged, Anne can’t help feeling envious. On an impulse, she decides to give the service a try because maybe she could use a little assistance in finding the right man. But Anne soon discovers the company isn’t a dating service; it’s an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. She initially rejects the idea, but the more she thinks about it — and the company’s success rate — the more it appeals to her. After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world, so why wouldn’t it work for her?
A few months later, Anne is travelling to a Mexican resort, where in one short weekend she will meet and marry Jack. And against all odds, it seems to be working out — until Anne learns that Jack, and the company that arranged their marriage, are not what they seem at all.
I got into another reading slump post Shadow and Bone. I feel like that’s all I fall into, reading slumps. It’s really frustrating, because now that I’m done with school, I thought I would have more time to read all those books that are sitting on my shelves since forever. But I just couldn’t find another book to read and I felt like there’s nothing interesting coming out. I searched Goodreads for a couple of days, I went to bookstores searching around in vain. So, when in doubt, I thought it could be a good idea to reread one of my favorite books of all time. I went into my list on Goodreads and decided to reread Arranged by Catherine McKenzie. I wanted to be sure that was it was going to be a book I could count on to remind me why I love reading and a book that I knew the plot and characters were awesome. I had reread this book a couple of years ago and thought it couldn’t hurt to reread it a third time 😂.
I always enjoyed Catherine McKenzie’s books and even more because she’s from the same town as me and that we share the same name. I had met her once at a book signing and she was very nice 😁. Recently, I’m not as excited as before for her newer books, because they’re more on the thriller/mystery side and I’m not as invested in that genre that her previous books. But her first two books definitely marked me as a reader and they are in my list of all-time favorites.
★★★★★/5 | Goodreads
Hannah and Kate became friends in the fifth grade, when Hannah hit a boy for looking up Kate’s skirt with a mirror. While they’ve been close as sisters ever since, Hannah can’t help but feel envious of the little family Kate and her husband, David, have created—complete with two perfect little girls.
She and Ben have been trying for years to have a baby, so when they receive the news that she will likely never get pregnant, Hannah’s heartbreak is overwhelming. But just as they begin to tentatively explore the other options, it’s Kate’s turn to do the rescuing. Not only does she offer to be Hannah’s surrogate, but Kate is willing to use her own eggs to do so.
Full of renewed hope, excitement and gratitude, these two families embark on an incredible journey toward parenthood…until a devastating tragedy puts everything these women have worked toward at risk of falling apart. Poignant and refreshingly honest, The Choices We Make is a powerful tale of two mothers, one incredible friendship and the risks we take to make our dreams come true.
To continue on my adult fiction rampage, I decided to read this book. I had fallen on this title very randomly while I was browsing on the website where I order my books. Not gonna lie, the book cover looked like the ones from Catherine Mackenzie and that’s what caught my eye first.
I expected to like it but I did not expect to absolutely love it and feel completely heartbroken at the end 😭.
★★★★.5/5 | Goodreads
Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing; Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes their family, their different responses to the event splinter their delicate bond.
Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter ends up in her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.
On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately, Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.
As the anniversary of their tragedy looms and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them, but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover they need each other more than they knew . . . and that in the recipe for true happiness, love always comes first.
One book down from my summer TBR! 🎉
As I have mentioned before, I love Emily Giffin. Her book Something Borrowed is one of my all-time favorites and I have been a loyal and avid reader ever since I discovered her. So it’s kind of hard for me to say that her 7th novel, The One & Only, was a complete disaster. When I finished the book, I was kind of in shock about how bad it was. There were so many problematics in that novel, I vaguely remember the storyline. I just remember that the protagonist ends up with the father of her best friend (who is a widow) and that threw me completely off. And there was too much football. No one wants that in a chick-lit.
So needless to say that I was really uncertain about how First Comes Love was going to go. The synopsis seemed already better than TO&O, it sounded more like what I was used to in Giffin’s novels; a story about love, sisterhood, family and forgiveness. Once I started it, I absolutely flew through the pages. It was such a easy read filled with a great story. A typical amazing Emily Giffin novel 😁, exactly how I love them.