Books I Recommend You Read [April]

Monday, April 30, 2018

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Warm weather is here and I've been able to do some really good reading on the porch this month.  Check out some of my favorite books I read. 

The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
This was a really good read that takes place in the current times and flashes back to about 20 years ago when the two main characters Zadie and Emma are med students.  There's a bit of scandal and some tragedy.  As the truth comes out and begins to unfold and shocking things are revealed you get to experience how both of the main characters deal with it since the book is told from both of their perspectives.

Girl Unknown by Karen Perry
This was a really good book that unraveled pretty quickly.  A girl appears at David's door claiming to be his daughter but is she really? The story is told through the wife and the husband's point of view which gives great insight into their interactions with this mysterious girl, Zoe.  Everything starts to explode towards the end. Great read!

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
This was such a good book about an African American couple that get split up for several years when Roy gets accused of rape and sent to prison.   Celestial is trying to move on with their life but then Roy gets released from prison and it's time to see if everything can be mended. It's a gut wrenching look at modern times and relationships.

The Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding
Joy Fielding does it again with a thrilling novel about a family that is full of messed up scenarios like a father marrying his son's fiancĂ©.  When someone shoots the father and his wife and step daughter, the other siblings are under suspicion.  This book has a really sick twist but I love it!

Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro
This book took my breathe away. It's a very poetic and romantic read about an affair and how it carries through the lives of both of the people involved, and how the woman is tormented by what could have been.  I was seriously almost in tears at the end because that's how beautiful it was. It was a very nice quick read.

Nourish: How to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Body, and Self by Heidi Schauster, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S
This was a great book especially with everything I've dealt with when it comes to binge-eating.  This book takes you through a 10 step process, if you will, of how to understand your relationship with food as a human being.  It does a great job of discussing why dieting almost never works in the long run, why you should feed yourself what you crave rather than deny yourself, and how you can love your body and properly care for your health at the same time.  I've always struggled with sticking to a diet routine but my brain and my emotions don't function right.  This book taught me about balance and it's really made everything so much clearer for me to see.  It's not hard when you understand how the body works and how it uses what we put in it.


Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira

I really enjoyed this book and the historical aspect of it since it took place in the 1800's.  The author does an amazing job describing each scene so you can really visualize it as you read. Two girls go missing during a winter storm.  Once they're found there are some horrific findings and everyone is determined to find out what they really endured in their time away.  I love how it shows the strengths of a family not giving up hope while looking for their missing members and I did enjoy the chaos that occurred once the truth came to light.  This was a really thrilling read.

The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth
This was a pretty easy read but it definitely was one I didn't want to put down.  It's about several people and how their lives intersect in tragic and heartbreaking ways.  There are affairs that leave questions to be asked and questions about who belongs to whom when it comes to mothers and daughters. I loved the twist and the ending.

Here We Lie by Paula DeBoard
This was a really great book that's told by the two main characters while jumping from present to past.  It's about two girls that are best friends in college and how a tragic incident splits them up.  I love that the book leads up to an intense realization of the truth.

The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon
Oh my gosh this book was amazing! It's about a woman whose former boyfriend ends up moving into the house next to her and her family.  They try to keep their past a secret but things start to unravel.  A lustrous affair begins and tragedy eventually strikes.  This book made my heart shiver.

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline
This was a really good book told in the past and present.  A woman is contacted by her daughter that she lost custody of many many years ago. She's ecstatic to be reunited.  But the daughter throws everything off kilter in the family and eventually ends up dead.  Her step-dad is pinned as the murderer but things take a crazy turn with a lot of deception.

Beautiful Illusion by Christie Nelson
This was a really unique book because it was a mix of stuff from history and a fictional storyline.  It's about a relationship that develops between a man and a super strong minded woman, Lily.  War is surrounding them but their love grows.  It's a very passionate storyline and I love the ending!

Check back next month for some more amazing reads!

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