Laura Miller – The Life We Almost Had

“Sometimes, our greatest dreams are born under the stars – when they are all we have to light our path.”

Book Details:

  • Expected Publication: September 19 2017
  • Pages: 290

Synopsis: Back before everyone left the little town of Sweet Home to the ghosts, she was the girl next door. And he was the boy, who could never get on her father’s good side. But none of that mattered. The only thing that mattered was that her heart had picked him.

But that was years ago. And now, Berlin’s sister is praying for someone to show up to take her brother’s mind off the girl from his past. And surely enough, that someone does. But will this girl be able to cut the chains of his first love or will she just make him fall harder for that little girl he left behind in Sweet Home, Missouri? 

One week is all they have.

Review: Thank you so much Laura for sending me the book for an honest review! The book is definitely one that feeds my want of the perfect romance, it’s so cheesy but so romantic too. I would suggest having a few tissues with you 😂. It’s a super cute, heart breaking but at the same time a heart melting story because of how romantic the dialogues can be. It totally gave me Colleen Hoover & a bit of Nicholas Sparks vibes! I’m so happy that I also won a giveaway that Laura hosted, giving away a signed copy of her book & I’m so excited to receive it! Definitely recommend giving the book a read! 

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

Sarah Dessen – Once And For All

Once And For All

“So much of life is not being sure of anything. How I wished, later, I’d been able to savor them, those few steps and moments when for once, I just knew.”

Synopsis: As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

Review: The book was a good read & it made me respect wedding planners more, it was like behind the scenes of wedding planning showing how much work really goes into all of it. It was so heartbreaking that Louna lost the guy she loved in a school shooting. It’s so sad that school shootings are becoming more & more common & the thought of losing someone close to you is terrible. I felt that Ambrose having feelings for Louna was kind of sudden, like I didn’t think he was interested in her at all, I knew they were going to end up together but I was interested in the how they end up together. The whole thing happened in the very last chapters which was kind of disappointing.

Rating: 💎💎💎

Colleen Hoover – Too Late

Too Late“I’ve been your fucking prisoner for the last two years, thinking my brother was about to have to go back to my worthless mother. All because you knew if you didn’t have that to hold over my head, I would have left you.”

Synopsis: Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way. 

Nothing except Carter.


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Review: The book was so different in terms of its themes as compared to other books that Colleen has written but it was really good but also really dark. It’s main themes were abusive relationships & rape but it also talked a lot about mental illnesses; schizophrenia & Asperger’s syndrome. Talking about these topics was really great because people really need to talk more about mental illnesses & the affects on mental processes of the people. The book had 2 epilogues but it still left me with questions about what happens afterwards: does Asa die? or does he spend life in prison? What happened to Stephen? Did Luke & Sloan get married & have kids?

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

Ayisha Malik – The Other Half of Happiness

The Other Side of Happiness

“Change isn’t about what you can or can’t do. It’s about mindset.”

Synopsis: Sofia Khan is just married. But no-one told her life was going to be this way . . .

Her living situation is in dire straits, her husband Conall is distant, and his annoyingly attractive colleague is ringing all sorts of alarm bells.

When her mother forces them into a belated wedding ceremony (elopement: you can run, but you can’t hide), Sofia wonders if it might be a chance to bring them together. But when it forces Conall to confess his darkest secret, it might just tear them apart.

A book to make you smile, laugh and cry, this is the story of a mixed-race marriage and a mixed-up family, for anyone who’s ever struggled to balance their pride with their principles, or stuck around to try to mend a broken heart.

Review: The second book left me hanging. I need to know what happens, that ending doesn’t end it for me! This book, just like it’s first part, is funny, relatable & heart-breaking. The book really tries to normalise Muslims which is what Ayisha wanted to achieve. Conall & Sofia got married, HURRAY! but wow, the unfortunate events that followed one after another. The secret that was revealed, shocked me. I appreciate Ayisha for writing this book because minorities need to be normalised. I liked that it acknowledged that marriages aren’t easy at all, there is a lot of communication & compromise that is put into it. I do like the fir

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

 

Ayisha Malik – Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged

Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged

“There will always be something missing. There’s nothing you can do about loss, except fill the hole as much as you can with memories of the people that have been left behind.” 

Synopsis: ‘Brilliant idea! Excellent! Muslim dating? Well, I had no idea you were allowed to date.’ Then he leaned towards me and looked at me sympathetically. ‘Are your parents quite disappointed?’

Unlucky in love once again after her possible-marriage-partner-to-be proves a little too close to his parents, Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men for good. Or at least she was, until her boss persuades her to write a tell-all expose about the Muslim dating scene.

As her woes become her work, Sofia must lean on the support of her brilliant friends, baffled colleagues and baffling parents as she goes in search of stories for her book. In amongst the marriage-crazy relatives, racist tube passengers and decidedly odd online daters, could there be a a lingering possibility that she might just be falling in love . . . ?

Sofia Khan is not Obliged is the hilarious and authentic debut novel by Ayisha Malik.”

Review: I love books that give me some desi references & this book was definitely great, I could relate to it & it had me laughing & saying “ohmygod I KNOW RIGHT”. The book is funny, its cute, its sad & honestly the last half of the book had me switching emotions from laughing & being all “how cute is that” to crying quite a lot. I definitely recommend reading the book. It’s part of a duology & it’s second book is called The Other Half of Happiness.

*SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER*

Imran’s text messages since he told her he would move out became so cringy I was just like um

Collan becoming a Muslim for Sofia was shocking but I knew there was definitely some chemistry between them

The death of her dad made me cry so much, imagining the loss of a parent is terrifying & heartbreaking & oh God, cried a lot during those chapters.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

July Wrap Up!

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It’s time for the July Wrap Up! I’m so surprised (& happy) that I finished 24 books this month! Pretty damn good 😂.  I’ve read a lot of good books this month & I definitely read a lot more thrillers 😄. The list of all the books I’ve read this month is below, the names that have an * before them are those that I have published my reviews on. For the rest, they’re coming soon!

Books I’ve Read:

  1. * The Hypnotist’s Love Story – Liane Moriarty: 💎💎💎💎
  2. * Midwives – Chris Bohjalian: 💎💎💎💎
  3. * The One – John Marrs: 💎💎💎💎💎
  4. * Confess – Colleen Hoover: 💎💎💎💎💎
  5. Behind Closed Doors – B.A. Paris: 💎💎💎💎
  6. * The Guardian – Nicholas Sparks: 💎💎💎💎
  7. * The Way I Used To Be – Amber Smith: 💎💎💎.5
  8. * Caraval – Stephanie Garber: 💎💎💎💎
  9. * One of Us is Lying – Karen M. McManus: 💎💎💎💎
  10. * The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid: 💎💎💎💎
  11.  Once And For All – Sarah Dessen: 💎💎💎.5
  12. * The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty: 💎💎💎💎
  13. Too Late – Colleen Hoover: 💎💎💎💎
  14. Behind Her Eyes – Sarah Pinborough: 💎💎💎💎💎
  15. Sometimes I Lie – Alice Feeney: 💎💎💎💎💎
  16. #Famous – Jilly Gagnon: 💎💎💎.5
  17. Sofia Khan is Not Obliged – Ayisha Malik: 💎💎💎💎💎
  18. The Other Half of Happiness – Ayisha Malik: 💎💎💎💎
  19. A Dark Game – Derrick Potscher (Book received for review): 💎💎💎💎💎
  20. I Let You Go – Clare Mackintosh: 💎💎💎💎💎💎
  21. * A Cold Day in Hell – Lissa Marie Redmond (ARC sent by Midnight Ink & NetGalley): 💎💎💎💎
  22. The Child – Fiona Barton: 💎💎💎💎💎
  23. What My Body Remembers – Agnete Friis: 💎💎💎💎
  24. The Girl Before – JP. Delaney: 💎💎💎💎

Wow, not a book rating below 3.5, surprising but I’m happy I enjoyed all the books that I’ve read, I definitely recommend reading them all.

For my August TBR, I don’t really plan alll the books that I want to read but I do have a few that I really want to get reading but otherwise I just choose a book I feel like reading.

What I do plan on reading:

  1.  The Life We Almost Had – Laura Miller (ARC)
  2. If I Die Tonight – A. L. Gaylin (ARC)
  3. I See You – Clare Mackintosh (Paperback)
  4. What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty (Paperback)
  5. Many many ebooks that I have not decided upon

❗️Have you read any of these books? Or are they on your TBR?

❗️How many books did you read this month & are you happy with the amount?

❗️Do you plan out your August TBR?

Liane Moriarty – The Husband’s Secret

The Husband's Secret

“None of us ever know all the possible courses our lives could have, and maybe should have, taken. It’s probably just as well. Some secrets are meant to stay secret forever.”

Synopsis: My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died…


Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves.

Review: This book was really great! I honestly thought that Patrick was going to be a creep or that he was having an affair for years but the reveal, woah. I really liked how he readers were given an ending that showed an alternative universe where we see what would have happened if Janie was alive (also some revelations of her death!!).

“Did one act define who you were forever? Did one evil act as a teenager counteract twenty years of marriage, of good marriage, twenty years of being a good husband and a good father? Murder and you are a murderer. That was how it worked for other people. For strangers. For people you read about in the newspaper. Cecilia was sure about that, but did different rules apply to John-Paul? And if so, why?”

Rating: 💎💎💎💎