2019 BOOK REVIEW

Book Review 2019

It’s time for a 2019 Book Review! There is nothing better than finding a book that you can’t put down. Today I’m sharing some of my favorite reads from 2019! Here we go!

Book Review 2019

 

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now? As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family.

This was the last book I read in 2019 and I read it in just a couple days. There were twists that I wasn’t expecting!

The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson

Miranda Brooks grew up in the stacks of her eccentric Uncle Billy’s bookstore, solving the inventive scavenger hunts he created just for her. But on Miranda’s twelfth birthday, Billy has a mysterious falling out with her mother and suddenly disappears from Miranda’s life. She doesn’t hear from him again until sixteen years later when she receives unexpected news: Billy has died and left her Prospero Books, teetering on bankruptcy – and one final scavenger hunt. 

I thought this book was so carefully thought out with all of the clues and the scavenger hunts. Wouldn’t it be so fun to have someone leave a scavenger hunt for you?

The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger

On an early morning in November, a couple boards a private plane bound for Geneva, flying into a storm. Soon after, it simply drops off the radar, and its wreckage is later uncovered in the Alps. Among the disappeared is Matthew Werner, a banking insider at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel, is left grappling with the secrets he left behind, including an encrypted laptop and a shady client list. As she begins a desperate search for answers, she determines that Matthew’s death was no accident and that she is now in the crosshairs of his powerful enemies.

I know I keep saying this, but I couldn’t put this book down! I love a good love story (who doesn’t?!) but mysteries are so fun and I fly through them because I just want to know what happens!

Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

I LOVED this book! It’s a different genre than most of the other books on this list but it’s a great read and it was so interesting to read about all of her relationships.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Olive Torres is used to being the unlucky twin: from inexplicable mishaps to a recent layoff, her life seems to be almost comically jinxed. By contrast, her sister Ami is an eternal champion . . . she even managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a slew of contests. Unfortunately for Olive, the only thing worse than constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man (and her nemesis), Ethan Thomas. When the entire wedding party gets food poisoning, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. Suddenly there’s a free honeymoon up for grabs, and Olive will be damned if Ethan gets to enjoy paradise solo.

This is a fun easy read that had me laughing out loud. It would be a great vacation book!

One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan

To celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, Grace has planned the surprise of a lifetime for her husband—a romantic getaway to Paris. But she never expected he’d have a surprise of his own: he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock but refusing to be broken, a devastated Grace makes the bold decision to go to Paris alone. 

Audrey, a young woman from London, has left behind a heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no money and no knowledge of the French language, suddenly a summer spent wandering the cobbled streets alone seems much more likely…until she meets Grace and everything changes.

I read this book after I got back from Paris ad it made me want to go back! I love the unlikely friendship that happens between the two characters. It’s such a sweet book!

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all–a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

I was hooked from the second I started reading till the next day when I finished it!

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace: he has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Her friends call—so why doesn’t Grace ever answer the phone? And how can she cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim? And why are there bars on one of the bedroom windows? The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie?

This is another great book and one that will keep you wanting more. I couldn’t put this one down.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

 Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years?  A secret will change everything Lina knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

After my trips to Italy the last couple of years, I’ve fallen so in love with the country and the culture. Since then I’ve been taking Italian classes and learning as much as I can about the Italian culture. I felt like I was traveling through Tuscany while reading this book. It’s a fun, easy read filled and has a little of everything- romance, mystery, and adventure.

Everything We Keep | Everything We Left BehindEverything We Give

by Kerry Lonsdale

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents’ restaurant. But her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident and instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James’s funeral.  As Aimee struggles to reconstruct her life, she delves deeper into James’s disappearance. What she uncovers is an ocean of secrets that make her question everything about the life they built together. And just below the surface is a truth that may set Aimee free…or shatter her forever.

This series is SO good, and so inexpensive on Amazon. I flew through the first three books, and I’m so excited for the next book! I can’t imagine what I would do if I were in Aimee’s shoes, so nuts!

Single State of Mind by Andi Dorfman

Andi Dorfman shares moments like finding her first New York apartment (the front door broke so she had to use the fire escape), her first dates on “celebrity Tinder” and finally, watching her ex-fiancé propose to another woman on Bachelor in Paradise, Andi Dorfman doesn’t shy away from pulling back the curtain on the life of a reality star who’s returned to reality.

 As you know, I’m obsessed with The Bachelor and I love Andi! This book is about her adventures as a still-single gal surviving and thriving in New York City. Her stories are hilarious and so relatable.  It’s a quick and easy read that will make you laugh!

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

 Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.”  Behind the cranky exterior, there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. 

This book gave me all the feels! So sweet!

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on September 11th.  Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love.

Gosh, this book guys. I read it in less than two days and found myself tearing up a few times. The author hit home for me in so many ways when she was talking about the relationship between Lucy & Gabe. Heartache sucks. I don’t want to spoil the ending but it left me shocked, asking questions and wanting more. It’s a great read!

 

I hope you enjoyed this 2019 Book Review, it was so fun to put it together! I’m currently reading a few books, I generally have an audio book and a book on my phone going at the same time! Still Me by Jojo Moyes, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, and Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer. Now it’s your turn! Share your favorite books with me!xo

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