August in Review

Yet another month is coming to a close. August was good to me reading wise. I thoroughly enjoyed just about everything I read during it. I am over the heat though. It has been over 100 degrees everyday here for the past week. Now, we don’t get the fall I’d wish for here in South Texas but I am still looking forward to cooler days, cozy coffee shop mornings and fall reading, but before I get ahead of myself..let’s reflect on what I read in August.

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The first thing I read in August was The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory.

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I received a review copy of The Proposal from Netgalley and have typed a review up that is scheduled to post on 1 October. I ended up giving it 3 out 5 stars. Overall, I thought it was okay. Be on the lookout for my review where you’ll get my actual thoughts on the book.

Next, I read/listened to Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber which is book four in her Rose Harbor Inn series. I realized I haven’t once mentioned the audiobook narrator. Her name is Lorelie King and she did a fantastic job.

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I gave this one five out of five stars. Silver Linings definitely took me by surprise with the turns in the story I wasn’t expecting. As soon as Jo Marie, our main character finally gets to the point where she recognizes and accepts her feelings towards Mark Taylor, her handyman and best friend since moving to Cedar Cove, Mark informs her he is moving away.

There are always guests staying at the Rose Harbor Inn, and in this story, it is two best friends, Kellie and Katie who have returned to Cedar Cove for their high school reunion. Both ladies have loose ends after all these years they’d like to tie up. When it came to their stories, Debbie Macomber had me worried for a bit! It really felt like one wasn’t going to get her happy ending. This novel overall just really took me by surprise, I really enjoyed it!

My next read was another five star read, and oh my goodness! I loved this book, so much.

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Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs was fantastic. It was a gem I had sitting on my shelf which I planned to read, but wasn’t in a rush. That is, until my friend Sarah from Not Just Romance Novels on Youtube read it, finished it, and said this may possibly be her favorite book of 2018. I will have a review posted for this one coming probably in October, so be on the lookout.

I finished the last book in Debbie Macomber’s Rose Harbor Inn series, Sweet Tomorrows. I can officially say that I have finally completed a series!

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I can’t even begin to explain how sad I was to see this series end. Each time I picked up another book I was excited to see who was crossing paths with the main character Jo Marie next, and to also see where the love between her and Mark was going to go.

After finishing Sweet Tomorrows, I wanted more Debbie Macomber and I was very much in the mood for one of her Christmas romances. I checked out the audio book for Twelve Days of Christmas from the library and oh my GOODNESS, I loved this book.

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When I first decided I wanted to try reading romance, within the matter of a few days I’d breezed through a few Debbie Macomber Christmas romances so reading Twelve Days of Christmas was such a joy. This one follows Julia who works at Macey’s and is ready to do something different. She applies for a social media position with a different company and they have narrowed the applicants down to Julia and one other person. The company states both Julia and the other applicant should start a blog to see who generates the bigger following and whoever does is hired! Julia has a scrooge of a neighbor named Cane who her best friend tells her to kill..with kindess. Julia uses this idea for her blog. She will kill Cane with kindness for twelve days and blog about the experience. Neither Julia nor Cane however, expect for feelings to begin growing. I loved this story so much. Honestly, it was one of Debbie Macomber’s more romantic stories I’ve read. Once Julia and Cane realize they have feelings for each other, the things they say to each other were so swoon worthy.

The last romance I read this month was Sugar Pine Trail by Raeanne Thayne which was another Christmas romance.

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This was the last book in the Haven Point series that I needed to read before I could read Thayne’s newest release for it. There was a story line in this book that was absolutely heartbreaking and written so well. The main character is a librarian and sort of a recluse and I enjoyed seeing her come out of her shell a bit. I am so happy that my next one up is the new release.

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August was such an epic reading month. My fingers are crossed that September is just as amazing! Let me know how your August reading went and what you have planned for September. Take care of yourselves Friends. xx

 

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