November Book Reviews

Gosh November just flew by, I read lots – did lots and finished ahead of schedule my online class. So now I’m ready to get back into blogging. In November I read quite a few books and here is a recap of them.

Unexpected Love by Kristy Kryszczak

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Unexpected Love was a short fast book to read. It was sweet and predictable and a bit unrealistic but sometimes that isn’t a bad thing. I enjoyed this book and how the story unfolded. I’m happy with the ending even if it was a stretch. The characters were well developed and while a certain one I couldn’t stand I liked most and wish I knew Parkson family (well minus the one son Jason). Jimmy was the best and my favorite character, he reminded me of a friend I had in high school. He was  a sweet guy with a heart of gold. Inez was a good character but not a strong girl. Sometimes I just wish she would have been a stronger lead. She was a bit wishy-washy but OK. Overall I would totally recommend this book to anyone looking for some light reading over a vacation or holiday.

summary: As a young woman living in the wondrous city of New York, Inez Champlain has always aspired to be like Carrie from Sex and the City, sans the tulle skirts and poor financial decisions, of course. Inez has it all: great friends, her dream job as a notable beauty writer, a studio loft on the Upper East Side, and no messy romantic drama to get in the way. But life takes a surprising turn when Inez catches the eye of the charming and handsome Jason Parkson, who fearlessly introduces himself the moment he sees her. Romance is the last thing on Inez’s mind, but there is something about Jason she can’t resist, and before long she’s hooked—that is, until she’s introduced to his brother, Jimmy…

Hindsight by Mindy Tarquini

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I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about reincarnation, or if I did the title is escaping me and I don’t remember. Hindsight  is an interesting book and I enjoyed it. This book had lots of humor mixed in with thought-provoking conversation starting ideas. While I’m not a real believer in reincarnation who am I to say it doesn’t happen. That didn’t make the book a miss for me. I enjoyed the writing style, connected with the characters and really enjoyed this book. I would recommend or loan this one to my friends and hope that they liked it as much as I did.

summary: Eugenia  Panisporchi lives with her Mother – Teaches Chaucer, and remembers all her past lives. She is desperate to change her future… 

 

 

Found by Emily Brett

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Found was a good book just not a favorite from my November reads. While I liked the characters OK the writing style just didn’t click with me.  I liked the idea of Found  but felt it could have had a bit more suspense. I really thought it would be very suspenseful based on the cover. One “accident” OK, two and I’m like well that’s weird but more than that I’m and like come on seriously. How did she have no clue that something wasn’t right? Would I recommend this one? Maybe I think it really depends on the reader on whether or not its a hit or miss. I’m glad I had the chance to read it and would try another book by the author if she writes more.

summary: Twenty-seven-year-old ICU nurse Natalie Ulster has a desire to see the world, in case she dies young like her mother, and a need to heal, which is compensation for her own damaged heart. Armed with an independence and self-reliance that stems from her father’s emotional abandonment—and wanting to separate herself from a deranged nurse whose husband just died under suspicious circumstances on Natalie’s watch…

In the Heart of Texas by Ginger McKnight – Chavers

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In the Heart of Texas was hands down my absolute favorite from November book stack. This book was so good and I’ve already loaned it out so I could share this little gem with friends and family. In the Heart of Texas was pure chick lit enjoyment and entertainment and I was sad to see the end. I will read more by this debut author and hope she continues to write more great stories that really capture the reader. The writing was very easy to read and flowed well. The characters were fully developed and I liked them a lot. The family and situations that she got herself into were the best and I loved her crazy family. This is perfect for some light hearted fun holiday and vacation reading. Grab a copy of this one and sit back and enjoy…

summary: Pitched as a poor man s Halle Berry, forty-one-year-old soap star Jo Randolph, has successfully avoided waiting tables since she left Midland, Texas at eighteen. But then, in the span of twenty-four hours, Jo manages to lose her job, burn her bridges in Hollywood, and accidentally burn down her lover/director s beach house after which she is shipped home to Texas by her agent to stay out of sight while she sorts out her situation. The more Jo reluctantly reconnects with her Texas roots and the family and friends she left behind, the more she regains touch with herself as an artist and with what is meaningful in life beyond the limelight…

Size Matters by Cathy Novak

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Size Matters is a small little book and very quick book to read. It felt like it was more of a novella than a novel and I think that might have hurt it a bit. I just felt that it was wrapping up just as it was beginning so I never really had a chance to connect with the characters. I really think and wish this had been a bit longer and more in-depth. The chapters jumped from one to another character wise and that isn’t always my favorite type of reading since it can get confusing at times. Overall this was a no for me and while I might recommend it I just not sure who to.

summary: John Frederick is a man of considerable substance, in every sense of the word. Rich, intelligent, reclusive, and very large, John Frederick lives to eat. His everyday needs are tended to by Mrs. Floyd, his house manager, and by a never-ending parade of personal chefs. Enter Lexie Alexander, the latest applicant for that once-again vacant position. A young woman of magical sensibilities, fresh out of culinary school and still recovering from a recent personal tragedy…

So overall it was a hit and miss month but still a good reading month. Here’s to hoping December is all  hits!

Thank you BookSpark Fall Reading Challenge for allowing me to read and review: In the Heart of Texas, Unexpected Love, Hindsight, Found and Size Matters. All thoughts and opinions were my own and not influenced by the free books.

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