If there’s a good side to my husband being deployed, it’s that I have more time to myself. It never seems to fail that I spend it in one of three ways: being super productive, watching trashy TV that A would never watch and reading a ton. So far this deployment, I’ve done a bit of all three, but July was very heavy in the reading category.
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
“Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow them. But apart, each is dealing with her own share of ups and downs. Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage, and Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, holds out hope for lasting love. In this wise, witty, and hilarious novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their tumultuous thirty-third year.”
This was a very quick, enjoyable read, but I don’t know that I loved it. I’m a big fan of a lot of her books and while this one was good, I wouldn’t put it on the same level as The Husband’s Secret. The story moved quickly and the characters were intriguing. But after a very large amount of drama, things wrapped up a little too perfectly for my taste.
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
“It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler.”
I loved this one probably because it reminded me so much of The Boys of Winter, one of my favorite books of all time. I picked it up on my way home from a conference in Seattle so all of the locations were fresh in my mind which probably helped the story come alive for me. I found myself cheering for the boys from UW and turning the pages a little bit faster as we got to the gold-medal race. I definitely plan to see the documentary and would recommend this for sports fan and history buffs alike!
The Night She Won Miss America by Michael Callahan
“Betty Jane Welch reluctantly enters the Miss Delaware contest to make her mother happy, only to surprisingly find herself the judges’ choice. Just like that, she’s catapulted into the big time, the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Luckily, her pageant-approved escort for the week is the dashing but mercurial Griffin McAllister, and she falls for him hard. But when the spirited Betty unexpectedly wins the crown and sash, she finds she may lose what she wants most: Griff’s love. To keep him, she recklessly agrees to run away together. From the flashy carnival of the Boardwalk to the shadowy streets of Manhattan to a cliffside mansion in gilded Newport, the chase is on as the cops and a scrappy reporter secretly in love with the beauty queen threaten to unravel everything-and expose Griff’s darkest secret.”
Oh my gosh, this one was good! I read it almost one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. The book was based on a true story, but heavily fictionalized so I was definitely left wishing I knew what the true story was. The dark secret was not at all what I expected and its resolution felt a little off, even though it was perfectly appropriate for the time period. But overall, I really enjoyed this one.
Always by Sarah Jio
“Enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiancé, Ryan, at one of Seattle’s chicest restaurants, Kailey Crain can’t believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a journalist and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As she and Ryan leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.”
Ok real talk, I wasn’t a huge fan of The Look of Love so I picked this one up with mild expectations. But holy crap y’all, this one was SO much better! I found myself so caught up in the story that at one point I gasped at a turn of events. Out loud. It was very compelling and thought-provoking, even while being masked as a romantic story. It’s inspired me to check out more books by this author.
City of Friends by Joanna Trollope
“The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she’d ever known. For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top private equity firms in London? As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new—one without professional achievements or meetings, but instead, long days at home with her dog and ailing mother, waiting for her successful husband to come home—she at least has The Girls to fall back on. Beth, Melissa and Gaby. The girls, now women, had been best friends from the early days of university right through their working lives, and through all the happiness and heartbreaks in between. But these career women all have personal problems of their own, and when Stacey’s redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, their long cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits.”
This one was my least favorite of all the books I read this month. The characters were a little annoying to be honest with you. For people who had been friends for so long, they certainly didn’t seem to be very good to each other. I found the “betrayal” to be a little silly and all the grudges these women had with each other seemed a bit insignificant. I would recommend skipping this one and don’t see myself picking up more by this author.
What did you read this month?