Review of Summer Showers at Elder Fell Farm

Happy Sunday! Today I will reviewing Summer Showers at Elder Fell Farm by Liz Taylorson.

This book is such a heartwarming book! Amy takes her son Harry to the lake for a getaway to escape the world around them. Between an ex husband, her son being accused of bullying and her mother recently passing, Amy needs to get away and put herself first.

Look how cute this cover is!

While on their getaway, Matt and his son Oliver (the kid Harry was bullying) show up at the lake. There is something pulling Amy to Matt though. Will she listen to her heart? Is this the time for a new beginning?

This book had just the perfect setting, a cute lake getaway where love can happen is such a great setting and it works so well! Also, the characters of the children is so interesting and I loved Harry throughout the whole book!

I also loved the idea that Amy is going back to where she went with her mother. I love the dynamic of that and the comfortable but saddening setting for Amy.

This is such a fast and fun read and I definitely recommend it if you are going to the lake, vacation, or need a nice lake vacation.

Review of Caper Crush

Today I will be reviewing Caper Crush by Kathy Strobos. This is the third book in the New York Friendship series, but you do not need to read them in order. Caper Crush is a romcom that has a slow-burn, enemies to lovers feel to it. And I am a sucker for enemies to lovers.

Cover of Caper Crush by Kathy Strobos

Strobos writes in a feel-good way which is perfect for a light summer read. Another aspect that I really enjoyed about this book is that it has a “whodunnit” concept to it as well with an art theft, which in my opinion made it so much better because it wasn’t focused just on the romance but touched on other plot points as well.

William and Miranda also just have so many layers as characters. I thought they were so well thought out and the reader really learns more and more about them as the story goes on. I love characters that aren’t exactly who you think they are at the beginning, and that is definitely William to a T!

The only thing that wasn’t my favorite, was that the ending was kind of abrupt, but other than that I truly loved this book. From the funny conversations the characters had, to the mystery of who took the art painting, and of course to the enemies to lovers experience between Miranda and William.

I recommend this book to anyone that wants a light romance, especially if they also enjoy mystery. This is the perfect book to be reading while sitting at the beach. I will definitely be checking out the rest of the books in the series!

Review of Murder in the Cards

Hello everyone! It’s been a long time away from the blog, but today I am excited to share my review of Murder in the Cards by Gina Cheyne. This book is part of the SeeMS detective series. I did receive this book for free.

I did not read the first book in the series but I still got on pretty well without reading it. It may have helped understand the characters on a deeper level but I don’t believe it is necessary if this is the book that stands out to you in the series!

For everyone that reads my blog, or my bookstagram, we all know that I love a good cozy mystery, and that is exactly what this book is. For this book there are two time periods, the present day, and the exciting dive into the past. The past always excites me in books, and I felt like the past and the plot twists within the past was done so well that it really kept me intrigued the whole time.

This book was full of plot twists and really was the perfect book to read while just sitting in bed, drinking some tea. I recommend it for anyone that wants a book that will keep them guessing but can also be finished in a short amount of time, which I love in my cozy mystery reads.

You can see the reviews of other people and the ratings on goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61145311-murder-in-the-cards?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=CUbgpCUsO2&rank=2

This is a book that I will continue to recommend and thoroughly enjoyed reading.

Review of “A Bit of a Stretch”

A few weeks ago I read “A Bit of a Stretch” by Chris Atkins. This book is written by a documentary creator as he is in jail in the UK. He records everything that happened to him his years in jail, and even has done research about the prison system as a whole in the UK in order to back up what has happened to him.

cover of "A Bit of a Stretch"
cover of “A Bit of a Stretch”

The book is funny in some places, but also serious when talking about the facts of the prison system and just how unorganized and harsh it can be to the prisoners. Throughout the book we follow the writer through different sections of the prison, different jobs he worked, and different people he met along the way.

We learn about the food, the jobs, and how little they get to talk to people in the outside world. Most of the people he comes into contact are white-collared prisoners, and he is also one of them. He does have some run ins with some blue-collared prisoners and those are also put within the book.

Atkins makes sure to say that while he did have some hard times while he was locked up it isn’t anything like other people had to face because his crime was listed as white-collar. I believe this is an important point that needed to be made since while he did have a hard time, it could have been a lot worse if his crime would have been worse.

This book touches on tricky subjects, but also highlights what needs to be done in order for prisoners to be not only safe but to be rehabilitated. I really enjoyed reading about the UK’s prison system even though I don’t live in the UK. I recommend this for anyone wanted to read a slightly funny non-fiction book.

Review of “The Amsterdam Affair”

We all love a good Christmas book to start off the holidays. I had the great opportunity to be a part of the book tour for Kate Frost’s “The Amsterdam Affair.”

This book is a very fast and light read. I read it in basically one sitting and flew right through it. As the best Christmas books are, this book is very uplifting and really gets you in the spirit. Straight from the beginning we see the main character, Iris’, willingness to do anything for the people she cares about. She moves to Amsterdam for her boyfriend that is very inconsiderate and does not care about her feelings in the matter.

While the move might not have been her choice, she finds the best in this situation, grows to love the environment, makes friends and makes a life for herself. When her boyfriend, Will, decides that he doesn’t like Amsterdam and wants to go back to the UK early Iris finally puts her foot down and stays in Amsterdam for the time being.

I have always wanted to see Amsterdam, and I feel that I was finally able to through this book. The scenery that Frost explains to the reader paints a vivid picture and really captures the holiday season in a place known for its beauty during Christmas.

Iris as the protagonist was amazing. We see her grow from someone that was practically living for someone else to someone that lives for herself and makes her own decisions. The fact that she is able to stand up to Will really shows her growth as a character and I am here for it.

This book had so much depth in the fact that Iris not only grows as a character but also we are looking at hard times in relationships, career choices, passions, and finding ones self. It touches on so many topics in such a short period of time and does it well. This book truly is a feel good book that will make the reader think in depth but still enjoy every second of it.

I recommend this book for anyone that loves Christmas books. For anyone that loves a feel good story where the protagonist grows as a person. For anyone that needs a fast-paced book. And lastly, for anyone that just needs a book to read.

Review of The Hashtag Killer

Hi everyone, today I am reviewing The Hashtag Killer by Andrew French as a part of a blog tour. 

Summary: 

Catch a killer or save a child. What would you do?

DI Jen Flowers thought she’d seen it all after fifteen years on the force, but when a vigilante serial killer hits the city and uses social media to gather supporters, she must fight the public and her doubts to catch a murderer and save her daughter. 

Suffering from blackouts and abandoned as a child by her father, Ruby Vasquez has been chasing that one scoop to make her an internet star. Living with an alcoholic mother who hates her, Ruby discovers a secret about the vigilante’s first victim, which puts her in the killer and DI Flowers’ sights. 

Jen and Ruby have to overcome the secrets in their past while battling each other to discover the Hashtag Killer’s identity. Jen will have to choose between keeping her daughter safe or finding a killer, while Ruby will need to decide if becoming famous is more important than doing the right thing. 

Book Review: 

To start this book has multiple points of view which I love, but this one starts out full force and it did take me a little bit to get used to it, but I did!

The story is very interesting in the way Ruby uses social media, and how the killer is also able to use social media for his plans. It really shows the impact of social media and just how easy it is to sway an audience. 

I really enjoyed the depth of Jen and her daughter and basically how Jen is able to change her outlook in order to be what her daughter needs her to be during this hard time. I think it is important to show what the daughter was going through and how Jen was able to put her daughter’s feelings in front. 

This book had a lot of plot twists that I really wasn’t expecting, and kept me guessing throughout the whole book. It definitely kept me on my toes which is great. This book really has mystery, as well as showing the pressure of people through social media which we see through Jen’s daughter, and even through Ruby as she is willing to do anything to become internet famous. 

This book has a lot of layers to it as we get so many people’s background stories but I think that that is pretty important since so many things make up murder investigations. 

Purchase Link:

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08SPBY6QZ

US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08SPBY6QZ

Author Bio: 

Andrew French is a man of no wealth and little taste. He lives amongst faded seaside glamour on the North East coast of England. He likes gin and cats but not together, new music and old movies, curry and ice cream. Slow bike rides and long walks to the pub are his usual exercise, as well as flicking through the pages of good books and the memoirs of bad people.

Media Links: 

Website: https://andrewsfrench.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/andrewfrench100 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrewfrench100/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/A-S-French-Author-150145625006018

Review of Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions

I finishedTell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli last week and it completely broke my heart. 

Luiselli works as a translator for undocumented children coming up to the United States. Her job is to ask them questions that will determine whether or not the children will be able to get a lawyer in order to help them stay in the states. 

Most of these children do not know the answers to the questions or they are too nervous about what might happen if they are being honest. Luiselli, during this job, is not able to tell the children that the likeness that they will get a lawyer is not very high and it all comes down to the answers to the questions.

Luiselli has an insider’s perspective to the immigration process and how hard it truly is and even breaks it down into the laws of immigration and what must be done in order to stay, and once you get to stay that it isn’t always the best transition.

This book really tore at my heartstrings as we read actual answers to the forty questions, and follow one story decently far through the immigration process. It really shows just how hard it is to come legally in, and how hard it is to stay in if you come without the proper documentation. 

This deep look into immigration shows a side of America that does not have much light on. Immigration is a touchy subject that people tend to stay away from, but nothing will ever get better or change if we avoid the conversation. Luiselli’s book is such a great way to open the conversation as it dives deeper into immigration, laws, and the inhumane situations these little kids are put through, all while they don’t have any of the tools in order to understand what is happening to them. 

This book is incredibly eye opening and also just so emotional in the powerful narrative and information that the author utilizes to further the discussion of immigration.

Review of I Wish You All the Best

This week I will be reviewing I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver. This book is 329 pages and was published in May of 2019.

Ben has been hiding a big secret with who he is. When Ben comes out to their parents as nonbinary they kick Ben out of the house right away. Ben turns to Hannah, their sister, who Ben hasn’t seen in 10 years. 

Hannah helps Ben find a therapist, switch schools, buys them clothes, and helps Ben figure out who they are in a safe environment. Ben also has a best friend, Nathan, who is Ben’s first friend that their able to be themselves around and the reader sees their friendship grow into something more. 

I am completely obsessed with this book and just how Ben was able to grow as a person and be comfortable in their own skin. Ben grows so much from start to finish, and the reader connects to Ben and his emotional battle to figure out their life. 

The friendship that Nathan offers Ben is also completely unbelievable. They give each other a safe environment where they can talk about anything and just be themselves. When Ben tells Nathan that they are nonbinary Nathan’s reaction of understanding and acceptance was just what Ben needed to start opening up to other people. This also sparks the relationship between the two of them that was so sweet and endearing. 

The fact that Ben’s parents confront them after kicking them out was also such an important part of the book. Without getting kicked out Ben probably never would have found this niche of people, and probably would not have found themself as well as they did. It also really showed Ben just what their parents wanted from them, and it was great to see Ben stand their ground and fight for what was right for them. 

This book is so touching and it was such an uplifting book about finding oneself and reconnecting with people that you never thought you would. I truly recommend this book. Lastly, this book is supposed to be turning into a series and I can’t wait!

Review of Six Strings

I would like to start this review by stating that this book, Six Strings by C Billie Brunson was sent to me for free, but this is not impacting my review.

I am going to post the blurb that is on the back of the book:

“Carl Percival (Percy) VanNess inherits a guitar from his father. He’s intent on learning to play and wants to use it as a roadway to fame and riches. But this guitar is not as benign as it appears. In fact, the music produced when it is played incites anyone within earshot to murder whomever is in sight.

Troubles escalate when Carl Lets his buddy Peyton borrow the guitar, Next, Mat, Peyton’s older brother, gets caught up in the same diabolical intrigues surrounding the guitar. 

Only Stacey, Carl’s enduring sweetheart, is aware and seems immune to the Gibson’s evil persuasion. Is this due to some latent magic she holds within, dumb luck, or something else entirely? Can she, with the help of her loyal Lab, Diva, convince her friends to let go of something they cherish before it tears their friendship apart? Might two Djinn token seekers who are after the guitar to fulfill their own agenda put the brakes on her efforts?”

So to start this is a genre that I love but I’m very picky about it, but I completely loved the concept of this book and the writing style. I also really enjoyed the short chapters. I love short chapters because it makes the book feel more fast paced for me. 

For the characters, Carl is such a believable teenager. He is the “too cool” high schooler that can’t tell his girlfriend how he feels. I thought this was very believable because of how feelings are looked at from guys especially in high school. Stacey, Carl’s girlfriend, is such a fun character. She is the first person that we see to put together that something is wrong with the guitar, and we see her jealousy when Carl is picking the guitar over her. At first I didn’t like that she didn’t just leave him during this time, but when we got the backstory of Stacey it all made sense and pieced together nicely. Peyton and Matt are really fun as brothers because of their dynamic. 

The descriptions and scenery were great throughout this whole book. With so much supernatural in puts and details sometimes it can be hard to imagine everything that is happening, but with this book I didn’t have that problem. This book is in the third person which works really well since we have so many people to follow and we need to see into each person’s life in order to piece all the information together. There are so many little details that add up that the reader needs to know so this point of view gives the reader insight from all the different angles. 

With the backstory of what is wrong with the guitar the people that it affects makes complete sense. I think once we get the background everything about the guitar before and after makes so much sense. There is so much suspension in this book, and I really enjoyed trying to guess what was going to happen next (even if I was wrong the whole time). 


This book  is such a great change from the normal paranormal books, and has such a unique concept, especially with the back story. I really enjoyed being thrown into the story with Carl and mostly Stacey since I was on Stacey’s side. I really enjoyed reading this book. It is definitely a book that I would reread and definitely recommend it to anyone that likes horror, paranormal, magical realism, or needs a change in their genre.

DNFing Books

DNF: Did Not Finish

TBR: To Be Read

For so long I refused to DNF books and forced myself to finish the book no matter how much I didn’t like the book. That has recently changed these past few months. 

I recently started reading Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This book has been on my TBR list for so long and I was so excited to start reading it, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into the book. It started to feel like more of a chore to finish it instead of really enjoying my time reading. 

I had been seeing this book all over Bookstagram with great reviews and I really liked the premise of the book, but it just wasn’t right for me at the time. Sometimes you have to be in the right mindset for certain genres and concepts and I don’t think I was in the right mindset to read this book at this time. And that’s okay. 

It is okay to walk away from a book. It is okay to take some time away from a book and come back to it later, or not come back to it if that’s your choice. 

You should never feel bad about DNFing a book. The author of course wants you to enjoy their book, but if you’re not then don’t force yourself to do something you don’t want to do. Reading is something that should be fun and an escape from everyday life, not something that feels like a chore. 

There are so many amazing books that are waiting for you to read them that there is no reason to spend your time forcing something to be read. Think about yourself first. Will you really be getting anything from finishing that book other than being able to say you finished it? Will you ever get that time back that you spend reading and hating the book? 
One day I will go back and try to read Mexican Gothic when I am in a different headspace. As people we have many emotions and feelings and sometimes those feelings don’t align with our reading and that is okay. It is okay to not enjoy a popular book that others liked. It is okay to give a book a second chance. It is okay to not give a book a second chance. Lastly, it is okay to reread a book you have enjoyed. Always put your enjoyment with reading first.

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