Christmas by accident by Cameron wright

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official blurb
Carter is an insurance adjuster whose longing for creative expression spills over sometimes into his accident reports. Abby works for her adoptive father, Uncle Mannie, in the family bookstore, the ReadMore Café. Carter barely tolerates Christmas; Abby loves it. She can’t wait past October to build her favorite display, the annual Christmas book tree stack, which Carter despises. When an automobile accident throws Carter and Abby together, Uncle Mannie, who is harboring secrets of his own, sees a chance for lasting happiness for his little girl. But there are so many hurdles, and not much time left. Will this Christmas deliver the miracle everyone is hoping for? Where love and Christmas are concerned, there are no accidents.

my blurb!
A book about a guy who decides to write a Christmas book for money.

1 out of 5

what i didn't like
Wow. This book was awful.  It was one of the most boring books I have ever read! I don’t think I would’ve even read it as long as I did if I wouldn’t have brought it on vacation with me. Why is it that holiday themed books rarely deliver?
A big part of the plot in this book was about a guy named Carter who thought Christmas books were so poorly written but still sold, so he was going to exploit that and write one himself. This felt like the actual real life reason as to why Wright even wrote this book.
I decided to abandon this book 153 pages into it. The book is only 225 pages long so I could have easily finished it. But why? It wasn’t very good and there are too many good books out there to waste my time on the bad ones!
About the point in the book when I stopped reading, the characters realized they were falling in love with each other. This was an eye-opening moment to me when I realized I didn’t even care if they ended up together because I had no attachment to them whatsoever.

Skip this book and save yourself the bore.  (Too harsh?  Well, did I mention this book was boring and basically sucked the fun of reading a Christmas book out of the world? …Okay I may have a flair for the dramatic.  But seriously. Read any other Christmas book please).

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The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

official blurb
Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.  She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.  Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

my blurb!
City girl encounters sky cowboy in Alaska while trying to reconnect with her dad.

4.5 out of 5

Let me start by saying- this is not your typical romance novel.  I’m actually not ENTIRELY sure this is a romance novel- it could potentially be adult fiction.  But I feel like if sex is mentioned, then why can’t it be a romance novel?  Romantic movies and porn aren’t the same.  Neither are romance novels and erotica!  (You’re welcome for drawing that conclusion for you.  I know, I should be like a writing teacher or something right? So. Insightful).

what i liked
Wren- he was such a solid character.  I understood him and I liked him!
Simon- hello good stepfather! I mean, I am SO pro a good step parent- it could just be the old disney movies in my head, but I always assume they’re going to be the stereotypical step parent who should be banished to the ends of the earth.  Well, that’s not the case for Simon. You’ll love him, trust me.
I loved the name Calla – and overall I did like her.  I was nervous when she was proclaiming herself anti-confrontation, because in general I am pro confrontation and I really don’t like to read about characters who just whine in their heads all the time but never do anything about it.  So Calla wasn’t nearly as annoying as I thought she was going to be- and I did actually end up really liking her.
Agnes…. Okay wait. I’m sensing a pattern here.  I am actually going through the book and listing almost every main character.  Wow.  Okay, so I guess I enjoyed all of the characters in this book!
I LOVED the setting.  I mean, Alaska is DEFINITELY bucket list for me, and even more so after reading this book. I. Must. Go. To. Alaska.
I liked reading about the world of bush pilots! Something I never would have thought to ever spend any time imagining and now, I feel as if I’ve lived among them.

what i didn't like
I didn’t looooove Jonah. I know, this is going to be an unpopular opinion.  I didn’t dislike him, but I certainly wasn’t obsessed with him.  Here’s why- and this is FACT- he’s kind of a jerk.  I am NOT into the idea of someone who is SO judgemental of Calla so he totally messes with her just to entertain himself! Also he completely shames her for caring about her appearance, and nicknames her Barbie. Truth be told she may care too much about her appearance, but there’s no winning there- people who don’t care about their appearance have to have makeovers and people who do have to care less.  Down with the appearance shaming! The whole uppity girl- can’t help but fall in love with rugged jerk of a guy. NO! I’m done with that. I’ve watched Gilmore Girls approximately 12987059021 times – and have lived through Rory and Jess. Nope, I’m not into it.  Try to change my mind. Go ahead….
Really though, Jonah wasn’t awful- I just wasn’t personally remotely swooning for him.  What can I say, he just didn’t do it for me.

while reading you should
Eat: beef jerky
Listen to: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Kina Grannis
Do: Learn to drive a manual car
Request: My Oxford Year from the library because if you like this one then you’ll like that one!

if you would like to buy
Click here.

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Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

official blurb
Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets: Secrets from her boyfriend: I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken. Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur. Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is. Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.…Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her…

my blurb!
Bridget Jones’ personality meets plot with boss relationship.

3.25 out of 5

what i liked
This book was laugh out loud funny.
I love cringe worthy embarrassing moments and this was full of them.  Seriously, so many cringeworthy moments.  If this was a movie, I would be watching it through my fingers.
This was my first Sophia Kinsella book and she lived up to the hype with her witty writing.  Here’s an excerpt from the very beginning of the very first chapter:
Of course I have secrets.  Of course I do. Everyone has a few secrets.  It’s completely normal.  I’m not talking about big, earth-shattering secrets.  Not the-president-is-planning-to-bomb-Japan-and-only-Will-Smill-can-save-the-world type secrets.  Just normal everyday little secrets. Like for example… I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even exactly what it is.
You smiled while you were reading that, right? It’s just funny!

what i didn't like
I didn’t feel the total love between the two mains. That made it automatically in the 3 star range regardless of the funny situations and writing.  I mean, correct me if I’m wrong (I’m obviously not) but in a romcom, you should TOTALLY be obsessed with the characters getting together!
I also didn’t like one of the friends- Jemima (Also, who’s named that?)  –  why were they even friends? I didn’t get that at all.

while reading you should
Research: a super secret restaurant near you
Attend: a local dance performance
Share: a random secret with a stranger

if you would like to buy
Click here.

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The Survivor’s Guide to Family Happiness by Maddie Dawson

official blurb
Newly orphaned, recently divorced, and semi-adrift, Nina Popkin is on a search for her birth mother. She’s spent her life looking into strangers’ faces, fantasizing they’re related to her, and now, at thirty-five, she’s ready for answers. Meanwhile, the last thing Lindy McIntyre wants is someone like Nina bursting into her life, announcing that they’re sisters and campaigning to track down their mother. She’s too busy with her successful salon, three children, beautiful home, and…oh yes, some pesky little anxiety attacks. But Nina is determined to reassemble her birth family. Her search turns up Phoebe Mullen, a guarded, hard-talking woman convinced she has nothing to offer. Gradually sharing stories and secrets, the three women make for a messy, unpredictable family that looks nothing like Nina pictured…but may be exactly what she needs. Nina’s moving, ridiculous, tragic, and transcendent journey becomes a love story proving that real family has nothing to do with DNA.

my blurb!
A somewhat sad story about searching for yourself and accepting what you find.

2.75 out of 5
what i liked
I liked Indigo. She’s not really a main character but isn’t necessarily in the background either. She is wild and trying to find herself and boundaries and discover her place in highschool.
A.J. Barnes was a hit for me too. Although  he was for sure a background character, I really liked his dialogue and insight into Phoebe’s life.
I went back and forth over whether or not to call this book realistic- because it was kind of depressing to me at times. But it was also probably pretty realistic. And I do like that about the book in some sense.  I mean, I like that it makes the characters more real and identifiable.
Phoebe was our birth mom in the story.  She lived a really hard life and she was still living. She hadn’t exactly given up on life, but she wasn’t searching for the rainbows either.  I liked her, I felt like she could’ve been a real person and when it came down to her ultimate explanation of how and why the sisters ended up getting adopted- I understood her.
Sidenote: You know how I feel about plot points that seem like they are supposed to surprise you but don’t?  I am still not sure if I was supposed to be surprised while reading the explanation about the fate of a certain character… but I was not surprised. Although there was a little “twist” in the breakdown of the adoption story that I wasn’t expecting, so any points lost in the “fate of character” breakdown were given back with the “twist.”

what i didn't like
The books tone was overall… kind of sad.  And it’s not that I don’t like a sad book, because one of my all time favorites is The Fault in Our Stars – and let me tell you, that book is a tearjerker.  But this one was almost…unhopeful.  (Most people would have used the term hopeless here, but it wasn’t hopeless it just wasn’t dripping with hope either).
Really, a lot of times I don’t enjoy reading adult fiction because the main characters lives are such a mess.  They’re usually unhappy and not sure what to do about it. And it makes me sad to see they’ve made it so long into their lives without finding happiness.  And it makes me really sad to experience their humdrum lives for 364 pages.  (I know, maybe I’m being to hard on them, but I’m 30. It’s not fun to read about characters in their mid 30s having midlife crises).
Nina- our ultimate main character, was raised with two amazing loving parents who adopted her.  But she never could get past her adoption.  That made me a little sad – even if it was realistic.  (Yes, I do watch This is Us. And yes, Randall is my favorite character and he does experience the same thing.  I don’t know how to explain why I didn’t like this as much, other than to just say that perhaps I just didn’t like Nina as much).
There was a “love story” with Nina and another character.  The reason I put that in quotes is that, I never really thought she did love this character. So when she does end up with him in the end and she seems pretty happy… I almost didn’t buy it.  So that automatically deducts a star from the rating because I should root for every love story I read about.
I’ve barely mentioned our other main character- Phoebe.  I didn’t love her or loathe her in her perspective chapters- so if she didn’t add a lot, should there really have been chapters in her perspective?

This was my second Maddie Dawson book (my first one was Matchmaking for Beginners), and I still might try another of her books, because I did enjoy her writing, but did not really enjoy this book as a whole.  So if you were going to read one- go ahead and reach of MFB instead.

while reading you should
Eat: blueberry pie
Make: A list of things you want to do with your year
Watch: obscure music videos on YouTube

if you would like to buy
Click here: The Survivor’s Guide to Family Happiness

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Fresh Ink: An Anthology by various authors

official blurb
Careful–you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written–whose next chapters are up to you. Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

my blurb!
A collection of 12 short stories, of extremely varying plot lines, all written by authors of color.

3 out of 5

It’s hard to rate this book because there are twelve stories in it.  So, I averaged all of my ratings for the grand total above. (Which was technically 2.979 stars, but who’s counting?) Here’s the total breakdown of each story:

Eraser Tattoo: 1 star
Meet Cute: 2 stars
Don’t Pass Me By: 3 stars
Be Cool For Once: 5 stars
Tags: 3 stars
Why I Learned to Cook: 3.25 stars
A Stranger at the Bonchinche- 3.5 Stars
A Boys Duty: 2.75 stars
One Voice: 3.75 stars
Paladin/Samurai: 1 star
Catch, Pull, Drive: 2.5 stars
Super Human: 5 stars

 

Overall, I would skip this anthology- which is not a rare thing for me. It’s even more rare for me to like an anthology enough to recommend it (See my review of Almost Midnight for a 5 star short story book!)  There were a few good stories in there- particularly the last story by Nicola Yoon, who is actually the author that made me pick this up in the first place.  The worst part about short stories is that they leave you wanting more! The best part is the ones that you are not enjoying are over pretty quickly. haha.

while reading you should
Watch:  followed by American Crime Story: OJ Simpson
Follow: Tomi Adeyemi on twitter

if you would like to buy
Click here: Fresh Ink: An Anthology

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The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson

official blurb
Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West–and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing–down to number four. Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben’s, including give up sleep and comic books–well, maybe not comic books–but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it’s time to declare a champion once and for all. The war is Trixie’s for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben’s best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben’s cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie’s best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they’re on–and they might not pick the same side.

my blurb!
Crazy smart teens with fandom obsessions with comics, experience drama of love and school ranking their senior year.

4.5 out of 5

what i liked
Shout out to Trixie’s parents! They were fun and also realistic.
I loved all of the fandom references in this book. I am not a diehard DC comic fan, I never made it through the first episode of Dr.Who, and I actually am not sure I’ve read a Marvel comic (I love the movies though, does that count for anything?) – but I soaked up every ounce of nerdery in this book!  My personal favorite was instead of cursing and saying “Oh my God” they went with “Oh my Thor” or variations such as those.  Really had me cracking up while I read it!
I was rooting for the characters that got together! That doesn’t always happen for me, so that’s another win for this book!
There was a small mystery in this book that is solved at the very end- I had no idea who the culprit behind the shenanigans was and that is RARE for me! MAJOR points to this book, because all of my PBS Masterpiece Mysteries did NOT pay off for this book.

what i didn't like
Trixie got on my nerves quite a few times. She wasn’t exactly unlikable, but she was too mean sometimes.  And I get that, I have a propensity for bluntness too – but her feud with Ben was a little over the top for me.
Confessional time… I had to look up quite a few words while reading this book- I know they are in a school for the gifted, but wow! What a grandiloquence they had!
There was supposed to be a little twist thrown in there about a plotline. I saw it coming. It wasn’t crazy upsetting that I saw it coming, but I feel like it should be noted in the “didn’t like” list.

while reading you should
Read: a comic book
Go: to an actual store where you can buy comics!
Drink: a soda
Watch: Captain America, or Thor. You pick (but those ones are my personal favorites)

when to read
Anytime during the school year!

if you would like to buy
Click here: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You: A Novel

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My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan

official blurb
American Ella Durran has had the same plan for her life since she was thirteen: Study at Oxford. At 24, she’s finally made it to England on a Rhodes Scholarship when she’s offered an unbelievable position in a rising political star’s presidential campaign. With the promise that she’ll work remotely and return to DC at the end of her Oxford year, she’s free to enjoy her Once in a Lifetime Experience. That is until a smart-mouthed local who is too quick with his tongue and his car ruins her shirt and her first day.  When Ella discovers that her English literature course will be taught by none other than that same local, Jamie Davenport, she thinks for the first time that Oxford might not be all she’s envisioned. But a late-night drink reveals a connection she wasn’t anticipating finding and what begins as a casual fling soon develops into something much more when Ella learns Jamie has a life-changing secret.  Immediately, Ella is faced with a seemingly impossible decision: turn her back on the man she’s falling in love with to follow her political dreams or be there for him during a trial neither are truly prepared for. As the end of her year in Oxford rapidly approaches, Ella must decide if the dreams she’s always wanted are the same ones she’s now yearning for.

my blurb!
An American with plans for her future sets out to strike an item from her bucket list, and maybe change those plans for a different, perhaps better, future.  Perfect for fans of Me Before You, Love & Gelato, and The Hating Game.

4.5 out of 5

what i liked
There are a lot of good references in this book- like the dead poet society.  I don’t love name dropping, but I LOVE reference dropping!
I loved Jamie. He was fun and smart and wise. He had a good perspective on life that I really enjoyed discovering as the pages went on.  I was picturing him as the actor Sam Caflin as I read the book.  You’re welcome.
I loved Jamie’s mom.  I mean, shout out to good parents in novels! Not all parents are created equal, and not all media gives good justice to good parents.  But Jamie’s mom… she was strong, and realistic, and slightly manipulative but in the best was possible.
This book featured a solid group of friends.  I love reading about subplots with a friend group that you’re rooting for!  Really that in and of itself secure’s a solid star point in the rating of this book.
Something that pleasantly surprised was our main character’s ability to keep an open mind for people that she’s judged. This happened with a few people throughout the novel.  (But lets focus on one particular example).  There’s this one girl who is out of control possessive over Jamie. She sucks.  But as the story moves on, Ella evolves in her friendship with this girl.  Meanwhile, I’m over here reading the book thinking- no way, she was wayyyyyy too bitchy!  But, alas, Ella had already moved on from it.

what i didn't like
Read this book with a dictionary!  I love words. I love learning new words, and rediscovering words I had forgotten.  But wow.  I am pretty sure Whelan wrote this book with the thesaurus app open.
Buyer beware: There are a lot of tropes in this book.  Reeling from a tragedy Ella has sworn off dating, she’s totally career focused, the two main’s make a deal to only sleep together and have no feelings involved.  There may have even been more than that, but you get the picture.  Overall, the tropes didn’t bother me too much but should be noted.
I know that Oxford is supposed to be amazing, but I’ve never been.  (I know, you’re shocked because I seem SO cultured).  So, going on and on about Oxford didn’t make me want to visit, it made me want to skim those sections of the book.

It was really hard to figure out the genre for this one. The beginning screamed more of a romance novel, but then about half way through it became a totally different kind of intense drama. Is romdrom a thing? Because if so, this is it.

I laughed while reading this book and I cried while reading this book (truth be told, I’m kind of a crier since popping out a few kiddos). I was happy with the beginning and the ending of this book. There were parts in the middle that I wasn’t sure I was in love with, but I did read it in less than 24 hours.  So this book ALMOST got 5 stars from me.  It didn’t quite make it to required reading, but it was really enjoyable to read and you should definitely move it up on your TBR list.
If you’re STILL not convinced to move it up on your TBR list – they are apparently filming this movie right now!  So, it goes without saying (but here I am saying it), that you have to read the book before you see the movie!

while reading you should
Read: Poetry.  Because, really, when do you last read through a poem?
Drink: Beer (Although I hate the taste of beer. So maybe rootbeer)
Do: Make a list of places you want to travel and plan a trip that you’ll actually take!

if you would like to buy
Click here: My Oxford Year

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The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel

official blurb
Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide in her small Minnesota hometown and living with her parents, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks. When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship. As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she’s been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.

my blurb!
Return to Me meets The Bucket List.

2 out of 5
what i liked
I enjoyed the premise of the book…. that’s about it.  It featured someone accomplishing a bucket list, and I really do enjoy that idea in life!  I should start making my own list!
This book was also a Christian Fiction book- which I didn’t realize. And I read outside of my normal genre again. Yay me!

what i didn't like
I love all things cheesy and hallmark. But this one was too much for me.  It spelled out situations too much, it mentioned God in what felt like every other sentence (maybe normal for Christian Fiction), it resolved things and then broke them again for another 50 pages of uselessness.
It may be that I prefer my cheese on television only and not in books.  hmm… something to ponder. Maybe I’ll ponder it while watching Hallmark’s Fall Harvest specials haha.

There wasn’t anything in this book that was awful. In fact, I read it in 3 days or so. But I wasn’t enjoying it the whole time. I actually liked the beginning most of all, and really… shouldn’t you always like the ending of the book the most?

while reading you should
Watch: the travel channel
Listen to: Rains in Asia by Jump Little Children
Eat: crepes.

if you would like to buy
Click here.

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How To Walk Away by Katherine Center

official blurb
Margaret Jacobsen has a bright future ahead of her: a fiancé she adores, her dream job, and the promise of a picture-perfect life just around the corner. Then, suddenly, on what should have been one of the happiest days of her life, everything she worked for is taken away in one tumultuous moment.  In the hospital and forced to face the possibility that nothing will ever be the same again, Margaret must figure out how to move forward on her own terms while facing long-held family secrets, devastating heartbreak, and the idea that love might find her in the last place she would ever expect.

my blurb!
A book about a woman who is faced with how to overcome when you really don’t feel like you have it in you.

5 out of 5

 

what i liked
Everything! This is required reading!
I loved the main character, Maggie.  She was strong, and real, and fragile and amazing! (I know, with that description, don’t you just want to be friends with her?!)
I loved her sister, Kit.  She was quirky, and resilient, and funny.
There were so many good characters in this book. The plot had some really funny elements in it (like accidentally attending an ex’s wedding. hah!)  As I’m describing this book I want to make sure I capture its genre so you know what you’re getting into. (I’ve heard a lot of people had this problem with Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – thinking it was a comedy).  I would call this book a drama with some comedy in it. Okay maybe it would be called a dramedy.
The writing was amazing. I’ve had some crazy hospital experiences myself- nothing like this, but the way that the author portrayed the way that time is different in the hospital – it was so realistic!  So much of her journey- it rang true!  I imagine Katherine Center did a lot of research for this to be the case and it paid off.
Overall this book had an amazing message in it that I loved reading and having reiterated throughout the novel.
I read this book in less than 24 hours, I would recommend it easily and would buy it and loan it out to friends. If that’s not a 5 star read, I don’t know what is!

what i didn't like
Nothing! I loved everything about this book.

while reading you should
Watch: Grease
Listen to: Let it Be
Eat: Indian food
Do: sing your heart out to a musical

if you would like to buy
Click here: How to Walk Away

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Matchmaking For Beginners by Maddie Dawson

official blurb
Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life—a husband, kids, and a minivan in the suburbs. Now that she’s marrying the man of her dreams, she’s sure this is the life she’ll get. Then Marnie meets Blix Holliday, her fiancé’s irascible matchmaking great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes—just as Blix told her it would. When her marriage ends after two miserable weeks, Marnie is understandably shocked. She’s even more astonished to find that she’s inherited Blix’s Brooklyn brownstone along with all of Blix’s unfinished “projects”: the heartbroken, oddball friends and neighbors running from happiness. Marnie doesn’t believe she’s anything special, but Blix somehow knew she was the perfect person to follow in her matchmaker footsteps.  And Blix was also right about some things Marnie must learn the hard way: love is hard to recognize, and the ones who push love away often are the ones who need it most.

my blurb!
Two ladies with a gift for matchmaking have their lives intersect in this story of quirky imperfect protagonists trying to read the signs that life puts in front of them.

4 out of 5

what i liked
I loved the two main characters- Marnie and Blix. I’ve read a few reviews that found them to be quite annoying- and Marnie really can be, but I enjoyed reading in her tone of voice.  They were both such characters with amazing quirks that it was really fun to be in their heads.  Also I loved their names – nice going, Dawson!
I also loved reading about a newbie in NYC educating themselves on what the lingo and the culture is there – that was so entertaining to me.  Is anyone else fascinated by the appeal of living in NYC? And really, why do they call it the subway when the cards specifically say “Metro?”
There is magic in this book! Okay, so it’s not like Harry Potter magic- but it is magic nonetheless! The magic of love and of matchmaking! It was a cute plotline to read about and it felt so believable to me! I thought to myself, “Self, if you were to look at a couple and had the gift of matchmaking, you too would see sparks and colors and sparkles radiating from people who were truly in love.” And I liked that idea.

what i didn't like
There was a plotline with Marnie and Noah and it was just too much. No one at 29 is that stupid. I won’t give any spoilers- but it took away a star from this book.  I think it could have been accomplished in the plot without Marnie being so unfortunately annoying in her responses.

while reading you should
Listen to: When We Were Young by Adele
Watch: Wonder
Eat: Pie

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