Author: The Comfy Reader

Double Review: The Royal We + The Heir Affair

“I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.” – Goodreads

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Title: The Royal We

Author: Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Genre: Romance

Format: ebook from Kobo

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.


MY REVIEW:

The Royal We was such a fantastic read! If you have any interest in the royals then I think you will like this story!

It follows Bex and her love interest Nick. Bex is in England to attend University and just happens to meet and fall in love with Nick (the Prince of Wales)… like what??? What are the chances!

Bex and Nick get into a relationship but of course, there are complications because she is American. You follow them through their relationship ups and downs and all sorts of other dramas they get themselves into!

I really enjoyed this! I loved the drama between Bex and the royal family. I also really liked the media aspect to this story! It really shows you how much the media can damage people and just how involved they are in the royals life! At times I was so upset with the media and LET ME TELL YOU… no one can be trusted when it comes to the media! There is a pretty shocking twist that happens that really hurt my heart!

The characters are so perfect!! Each character is well developed and purposeful. I personally think the characters made this book. They were all so relatable and I felt connected to them like they were my own friends.

I felt the pace of the story was good! I could never put the book down lol at the end of the chapters I always needed to read on to figure out what happened next! It was well written and just a really fun story! I loved every second of it.


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Title: The Heir Affair

Author: Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Genre: Romance

Format: Physical ARC

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

Making it up the aisle was the easy part: After marrying the heir to the throne, Rebecca “Bex” Porter must survive her own scandals as she adjusts to life in the glamorous British royal family, in this “highly anticipated” follow-up to The Royal We, the “fun and dishy” bestseller and NYT Summer Reading List pick inspired by Will and Kate’s romance (People).

After a scandalous secret turns their fairy-tale wedding into a nightmare, Rebecca “Bex” Porter and her husband Prince Nicholas are in self-imposed exile. The public is angry. The Queen is even angrier. And the press is salivating. Cutting themselves off from friends and family, and escaping the world’s judgmental eyes, feels like the best way to protect their fragile, all-consuming romance.

But when a crisis forces the new Duke and Duchess back to London, the Band-Aid they’d placed over their problems starts to peel at the edges. Now, as old family secrets and new ones threaten to derail her new royal life, Bex has to face the emotional wreckage she and Nick left behind: with the Queen, with the world, and with Nick’s brother Freddie, whose sins may not be so easily forgotten — nor forgiven. 


MY REVIEW:

If you like crazy royal family drama then you will like this book!

The drama in The Heir Affair was fantastic. I loved every second. In this one, Rebecca and Nick have to come back from hiding because of a family emergency. They quickly discover it was just a trick and they now have to deal with the mess they left behind.

Character wise – I enjoyed the focus on Rebecca and Nick. We really get to see Rebecca grow and change. She really steps up and takes on some responsibility in order to prove herself to the royal family! However, I missed all the friends in this one. They take on a different role so they are part of the story, but its just different. Queen Eleanor was also a large focus during this book and let me say, I LOVED IT. It was so entertaining having her be more part of the story. She is totally witty and rude throughout but we also get to know her and uncover some family mysteries which I liked!

I really liked how the story did not rush through anything. There is a lot of family drama and hurt feelings in this one. Some books would just touch on the surface of these and then quickly resolve the issues… but not here. I loved how we get to feel the hurt and sadness along with the characters and how the authors let those feelings drag through the book like they would in real life.

I loved The Royal We and thought it was so fantastic so I was worried this one might not live up to it but NOPE! The Heir Affair was just as juicy and awesome! I think this time around the character development was better and I felt so connected to Rebecca and her sister Lacey. Love those characters

Overall, this was a great sequel and I loved it so much. The characters were so good and relatable! The insight into Nick and the royal family was awesome. I enjoyed the drama and the secrets!! If you like anything to do with the royals or just like a good family drama with some laughs along the way then I think you will like this!!


Have you read these books? I thought they were just so much fun to read. I love royal stuff so these were a treat!!

New Releases – August 2020

Anyone else finding so many amazing books this year?? I feel like my TBR just keeps growing with all these new books. I also have been finding that I NEED the new books like asap haha. Anyone else feeling like this?

I know that August is going to have so many good releases and I just cannot wait! I wish I could show literally all of my anticipated releases but then we would be here ALL DAY and I know you important people have things to do SO we will look at 10 new releases I am excited about 😊

Lets go!!


Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer

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This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting beautiful, mysterious Bella is both the most intriguing and unnerving event he has experienced in his long life as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he let himself fall in love with Bella when he knows that he is endangering her life?

Pub date: August 4, 2020


The Night Swim by Megan Goldin

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After the first season of her true crime podcast became an overnight sensation and set an innocent man free, Rachel Krall is now a household name―and the last hope for thousands of people seeking justice. But she’s used to being recognized for her voice, not her face. Which makes it all the more unsettling when she finds a note on her car windshield, addressed to her, begging for help.

The small town of Neapolis is being torn apart by a devastating rape trial. The town’s golden boy, a swimmer destined for Olympic greatness, has been accused of raping a high school student, the beloved granddaughter of the police chief. Under pressure to make Season Three a success, Rachel throws herself into interviewing and investigating―but the mysterious letters keep showing up in unexpected places. Someone is following her, and she won’t stop until Rachel finds out what happened to her sister twenty-five years ago. Officially, Jenny Stills tragically drowned, but the letters insists she was murdered―and when Rachel starts asking questions, nobody seems to want to answer. The past and present start to collide as Rachel uncovers startling connections between the two cases that will change the course of the trial and the lives of everyone involved.

Pub date: Aug 4, 2020


Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

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Beyah comes from a life of poverty and neglect; Samson from a family of wealth.
When the two find themselves spending the summer as neighbors, they soon realize money is one of the few things they don’t have in common.

Their bond is too intense to ignore, but with only ten weeks separating them from the start of their new lives on opposite ends of the country, Beyah and Samson decide to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling.

What they don’t realize is that a rip current is coming and it’s about to drag both their hearts out to sea.

Pub date: Aug 27, 2020


The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis

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It’s 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn’t ask for more out of life–her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she finds herself drawn to Greenwich Village’s new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club–a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women’s rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. But when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she’s forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process.

Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she’s wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie’s running begin disappearing from the library’s famous Berg Collection. Determined to save both the exhibit and her career, the typically risk-adverse Sadie teams up with a private security expert to uncover the culprit. However, things unexpectedly become personal when the investigation leads Sadie to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage–truths that shed new light on the biggest tragedy in the library’s history. 

Pub date: Aug 4, 2020


The Heatwave by Kate Riordan

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When Sylvie Durand receives a letter calling her back to her crumbling family home in the South of France, she knows she has to go. In the middle of a sweltering 1990’s summer marked by unusual fires across the countryside, she returns to La Reverie with her youngest daughter Emma in tow, ignoring the deep sense of dread she feels for this place she’s long tried to forget.

As memories of the events that shattered their family a decade earlier threaten to come to the surface, Sylvie struggles to shield Emma from the truth of what really happened all those years ago. In every corner of the house, Sylvie can’t escape the specter of Elodie, her first child. Elodie, born amid the ’68 Paris riots with one blue eye and one brown, and mysteriously dead by fourteen. Elodie, who reminded the small village of one those Manson girls. Elodie who knew exactly how to get what she wanted. As the fires creep towards the villa, it’s clear to Sylvie that something isn’t quite right at La Reverie . . . And there is a much greater threat closer to home.

Pub date: Aug 18, 2020


Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

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Following in the footsteps of her überfamous grandma, eighteen-year-old Evie Jones is poised to be Hollywood’s next big star. That is until a close friend’s betrayal leads to her being blacklisted . . .

Fortunately, Evie knows just the thing to save her floundering career: a public appearance with America’s most beloved actress—her grandma Gigi, aka the Evelyn Conaway. The only problem? Gigi is a recluse who’s been out of the limelight for almost twenty years. Days before Evie plans to present her grandma with an honorary award in front of Hollywood’s elite, Gigi does the unthinkable: she disappears.

With time running out and her comeback on the line, Evie reluctantly enlists the help of the last person to see Gigi before she vanished: Milo Williams, a cute musician Evie isn’t sure she can trust. As Evie and Milo conduct a wild manhunt across New York City, romance and adventure abound while Evie makes some surprising discoveries about her grandma—and herself.

Pub date: Aug 25, 2020


The Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis

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Lizzy Moon never wanted Moon Girl Farm. Eight years ago, she left the land that nine generations of gifted healers had tended, determined to distance herself from the whispers about her family’s strange legacy. But when her beloved grandmother Althea dies, Lizzy must return and face the tragedy still hanging over the farm’s withered lavender fields: the unsolved murders of two young girls, and the cruel accusations that followed Althea to her grave.

Lizzy wants nothing more than to sell the farm and return to her life in New York, until she discovers a journal Althea left for her—a Book of Remembrances meant to help Lizzy embrace her own special gifts. When she reconnects with Andrew Greyson, one of the few in town who believed in Althea’s innocence, she resolves to clear her grandmother’s name.

But to do so, she’ll have to decide if she can accept her legacy and whether to follow in the footsteps of all the Moon women who came before her.

Pub date: Aug 1, 2020


The Wedding Disaster by Avery Flynn

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Hadley Donavan can’t believe she has to go home to Nebraska for her sister’s wedding. She’s gonna need a wingman and a whole lot of vodka for this level of family interaction. At least her bestie agreed he’d man up and help. But then instead of her best friend, his evil twin strolls out of the airport.

If you looked up doesn’t-deserve-to-be-that-confident, way-too-hot-for-his-own-good billionaire in the dictionary, you’d find a picture of Will Holt. He’s awful. Horrible. The worst―even if his butt looks phenomenal in those jeans.

Ten times worse? Hadley’s buffer was supposed to be there to keep her away from the million and one family events. But Satan’s spawn just grins and signs them up for every. Single. Thing.

Fine. “Cutthroat” Scrabble? She’s in. She can’t wait to take this guy down a notch. But somewhere between Pictionary and the teasing glint in his eyes, their bickering starts to feel like more than just a game…

Pub date: Aug 25, 2020


You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

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After a messy public breakup, soap opera darling Jasmine Lin Rodriguez finds her face splashed across the tabloids. When she returns to her hometown of New York City to film the starring role in a bilingual romantic comedy for the number one streaming service in the country, Jasmine figures her new “Leading Lady Plan” should be easy enough to follow—until a casting shake-up pairs her with telenovela hunk Ashton Suárez.

After his last telenovela character was killed off, Ashton is worried his career is dead as well. Joining this new cast as a last-minute addition will give him the chance to show off his acting chops to American audiences and ping the radar of Hollywood casting agents. To make it work, he’ll need to generate smoking-hot on-screen chemistry with Jasmine. Easier said than done, especially when a disastrous first impression smothers the embers of whatever sexual heat they might have had. 

With their careers on the line, Jasmine and Ashton agree to rehearse in private. But rehearsal leads to kissing, and kissing leads to a behind-the-scenes romance worthy of a soap opera. While their on-screen performance improves, the media spotlight on Jasmine soon threatens to destroy her new image and expose Ashton’s most closely guarded secret.

Pub date: Aug 4, 2020


The Best of Friends by Lucinda Berry

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Best friends Lindsey, Kendra, and Dani endure every parent’s nightmare when a tragic accident befalls their teenage boys, leaving one dead, another in a coma, and a third too traumatized to speak.

Reeling from the worst night of their lives, the three mothers plunge into a desperate investigation of the bizarre incident. How could something so horrible happen in their wealthy Southern California suburb?

They soon discover that the accident was just the beginning, and troubling discoveries lead to chilling questions: Do they really know their children? Do they even know each other? As more secrets surface, a fog of doubt and suspicion threatens to poison their families, their friendships, and the whole community.

With the illusion of happiness and safety long gone, these women must now confront the hazards of heartbreak, the consequences of jealousy, and the dangers of living double lives.

Pub date: Aug 18, 2020


Any of these on your tbr?

I think I am most excited for The Lions of Fifth Avenue! Love me some historical fiction!

Chat with me in the comments!

July 2020 Wrap Up

Hey friends!

Where did July go???? Like actually this month went by quicker than any month this year. I have been a busy bee and just feel like there isn’t enough time to do everything I want to do, so this month was not long enough!

Updates on me: I am still working from home. This makes it about 4 months now which is seriously crazy, it hasn’t felt that long! I don’t know how much longer Ill be working from home but I am soaking it up the best I can. I’m finding that it is different and I do miss being social, but I’m also loving it and find that I’m quite productive when I get to be in my home office, Its more relaxing to me and therefore I get more done! I know that isn’t the case for everyone, but its working for me!

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Also – I kind of just stopped posting blog posts for the last couple weeks. I went to Kelowna around the middle of the month and ever since coming back I just found myself to be insanely busy. I just haven’t found the time to sit down and properly focus on writing posts and because I wasn’t fully concentrated I didn’t want to put something out that was half assed. So, I’m really hoping to get back into a schedule for August! I think Ill be posting a little less just so I can keep up and post quality content for you all!!

Reading updates: I was able to finish 5 books this month! I started off slow with reading. I finished The Heir Affair and then went into a bit of a book hangover haha I just didn’t feel like reading and couldn’t get into anything. But, I got over that and I started reading again and finished 5 books so I’m happy with that!

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What I Read This Month:

  • The Heir Affair
  • Bookish and the Beast
  • The Village Shop for Lonely Hearts
  • The Unhoneymooners
  • Kiki MacAdoo and the Graveyard Ballerinas

My Favourite Books of the Month:

  • The Unhoneymooners – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • The Heir Affair – ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favourite TV Shows/ Movies:

Cursed (Netflix) – Omg if you haven’t watched this yet please do! It is fantasy full of magic and action! I loved it so much! It only has 1 season so far but it was such a fun show! Its also a King Arthur retelling and has so many cool characters!

Favourite Songs/ Artists:

  • Stunnin – Curtis Waters
  • Popstar – DJ Kalid
  • Taylor Swifts who album Folklore
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My Most Popular Posts for July:

Ancient History Book Tag

New Releases – July 2020

Review: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Favourite Book Reviews

Prose and PancakesThe Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson

Books Over Everything Keep My Heart in San Fransisco

The Bursting BookshelfTwice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Birdie Bookworm The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Favourite Blog Posts:

Foxes and Fairy Tales – Top Ten Contemporary Books

Upside Down Books Favourite Authors

Paws and PaperbacksLets Talk Bookish: What Makes a Book YA?

Annie Likes WordsBook Recs For Your Enneagram type


What was a highlight for you this month?

Did you read as much as you hoped?

Chat with me in the comments!!

If you liked The Grace Year… You might like…

Hey friends! I’m back with another book recommendation post! I really loved doing the last one which was book recs if you liked Truly Devious! Check that one out here if you haven’t already 😊

If you are like me then you LOVED The Grace Year. I have been seeing this one pop up again on social media. I feel like the first wave of people grabbed it right when it came out and now we have everyone else picking it up for the first time and also loving it. So happy to see so many people enjoying this one!!

So anyways, I like to browse around on Goodreads and on others IG and blogs and see what the heck I can read after I read a book and loved it and WANT MORE. Goodreads I find to be the most helpful for this because they have that little side bar with books that people thought were similar or whatever!! Sometimes they aren’t good recs (for me) but other times they hit the mark! I found this time they were on point!

So without any further chit chat, lets get into the book recs!!

IF YOU LIKE THE GRACE YEAR… READ THESE, YOU MIGHT LIKE THEM 😊


Characteristics of The Grace Year that helped me pick the recommendations:

  • YA dystopia
  • Survival
  • Village life
  • Magical ideals
  • Girl who rebels against the village/ government

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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For some reason Wilder Girls came to my mind right away when I was thinking of books similar to The Grace Year! They are very different but have so many similar elements that my brain just pushed them together!

Wilder Girls is about a group of girls who live on an Island and attend a boarding school. The school is then placed under quarantine due to some mysterious anomaly that hits the Island. The girls and the Island itself start changing and things become quite dangerous. They are waiting for a cure but it seems like a cure may never come. The main character decides to break the quarantine and of course, a lot of horrible things start to happen!

Why you might like it:

  • Survival aspects
  • YA horror
  • Boarding school setting, secluded from rest of the world, group of girls
  • Possible magic/ powers

Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland

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This story sounds SO interesting. It is a YA fantasy. In brief, this story is about a girl who does something she shouldn’t and then negative things start to happen 😂

The story speaks about who everyone has a soul. Some souls are beautiful and others are evil. The main character is a Soulwalker which means she can go into peoples souls when they sleep. When she visits peoples souls she always sees a black door… mysterious right? Her mom tells her to never open the black door, but some events occur and she ends up opening the black door!!

Why you might like this:

  • Fantasy
  • Main character goes against the wishes of her mother and does something she shouldn’t
  • Soulwalking – sounds interesting enough
  • LGBTQ representation

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

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I haven’t read this one yet but its on my TBR!

This is about 3 girls (The Sawkill Girls) who end up coming togethr on an island called Sawkill Rock. There are stories told about the island – the healing waters, the strong people, and about some monsters that lurk in the shadows. The legend says that girls have been going missing on the island for decades… no one has ever tried to do anything about it. However, the Sawkill Girls are willing to fight back and discover what is really going on.

Why you might like this:

  • Female lead characters
  • YA horror
  • Possible magic/ powers
  • Survival aspects
  • Mystery

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I feel like this one has to be the list! If you have not read this book or series yet…. not sure WHERE YOUVE BEEN?

Divergent is set in a society where people are placed in different factions when they turn 16 based on a particular virtue. We follow Beatrice who struggles when she has to decide being with her family or being who she truly is. There is a lot of action and competition. The story gets darker and darker and often times it seems no one can be trusted.

Why you might like this:

  • Set in a dystopian world
  • Female lead character who is very strong and independent
  • Survival and action
  • Betrayal
  • YA science fiction

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

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The legend has it that anyone who tries to settle down at the isolated finishing school in South America will be cursed. Mavi decides that this is a good place for a new start. She wants to teach at the school. Mavi tries to soak up the strangeness of the school – she is told not to roam at night, is receiving threats, and hearing rumors about mysterious Others.

A student then vanishes and teacher begin to act very strangle – almost like they are possessed. Mavi starts to believe the legends and finds out some information that could unravel her existence. She must solve a cosmic mystery and then fight for her survival.

Why you might like this:

  • Psychological thriller
  • Paranormal
  • School setting
  • Legends/ myths
  • Survival aspects

What do you think? Do any of these books sounds interesting to you?

Have you read The Grace Year and want to check these ones out?

Chat with me in the comments!

ARC Review: The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel


Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis – Goodreads

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Title: The Book of Lost Names

Author: Kristin Harmel

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: eARC from Netgalley

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Pub date: July 21, 2020


SYNOPSIS:

Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names.

The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War II—an experience Eva remembers well—and the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlin’s Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers don’t know where it came from—or what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer—but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war?

As a graduate student in 1942, Eva was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. Finding refuge in a small mountain town in the Free Zone, she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rémy, Eva decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember who they really are. The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even more vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rémy disappears.


MY REVIEW:

Wow. This book has left me speechless with tears in my eyes. This was so incredibly beautiful and haunting.

Eva is a Jewish girl living in Paris during the time of the German take over of France. Eva flees with her mother to escape the Nazis and start a new life in the free zone. On the way, she gets involved in the resistance and forges documents for innocent people to escape France to Switzerland. There are a lot of twists along the way and a lot of heartbreak.

Remy is a man who works with Eva during this time. All I can say is that Remy is an amazing character and he tore my heart out and then brought me back to life. The ending of this story shook me!!

This is such an interesting story of bravery and love. Eva is amazing! She is a hero. She lives all her life with regrets and her story is so sad. This is truly an unbelievable story. All of the people who helped the Jewish population during WW2 are heroes. It is heartbreaking thinking about what happened to people. This story opened my eyes to things I already knew, but took me there to really feel it in my heart.

Read this book. The author is amazing and this story in life changing. So beautiful and full of despair, yet hopeful in a way. The last few chapters will make you go insane. I LOVED this book!

* Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review!


Do you enjoy historical fiction? Is this something you would read?

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Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag

Hey friends! I am jumping on the book tag wagon for the Mid Year Freak Out! I originally wasn’t going to do this tag but I’ve been reading a lot of other peoples answers and while I was reading my own answers were popping into my head so I figured I should do this!!

I should have done this in June when it was actually half way through the year but you know what??? I am doing it in July and that is okay. We will all pretend that July is actually the mid way point for the year just for the purpose of this book tag today 😂

Also small reading update: July has been treating me well so far you guys!! I have been saying for the last couple months that my reading has been alright but just not as good as I have been hoping. Let me TELL YOU… I have already finished 2 books this month and have the 3rd about half way through! This is super exciting for me and is making me feel so motivated to keep reading and just super excited for all the books I still have to read!!! I love this feeling ❤

So anyways, lets jump on in to this book tag and let me know if we have any books in common!!


BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020

The Book of Lost Names by Kristen Harmel

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This book gave me LIFE! I love historical fiction and this is probably the best one I’ve ever read. Please do yourself a favor and read this book!

Comes out July 21!

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BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020

The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan 🙌🏻

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Literally so amazing, I loved it! I have always loved the royals and following all the drama so this sequel was just what I needed!!!

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NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

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This book seems so great! It has mermaids so that’s a win from me. The reviews have been so amazing so its definitely at the top of my list to read ASAP! Guess I’ll have to go to the bookstore….. wonder how many books I’ll leave with 😂

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MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

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The release date for this one is Dec 1, 2020! I don’t know why I’m so excited for this one but I just am!! It sounds so good!!

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BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

This is easy… I’ve used it for EVERY BOOK TAG THIS YEAR! – The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole

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Honestly this book was just disappointing because of the huge potential the book had to be amazing. It fell super short for me so its easily the biggest disappointment for me.

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BIGGEST SURPRISE

Verity by Colleen Hoover

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This was my first real thriller and also my first 5 star read of the year! I went into it thinking that I might not like it because I haven’t really been into thriller in the past BUT I was so surprised and I loved it!! I now have opened my eyes to so many thrillers and plan to read lots more!

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FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR

This one is hard!! I have read so many great authors this year so far. This is the first year in a long time that I have consistently read so I mean I have a few I think!

1️⃣ Colleen Houck

2️⃣ Christina Lauren

3️⃣ Mhairi McFarlane

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NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH

Freddie from The Royal We & The Heir Affair ❤

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NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER

Hard to pick just one but if I have to pick my most recent fav character I would say Bex from The Royal We & The Heir Affair!

She was such a strong character and I enjoyed how she didn’t really take shit from anyone!

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BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

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This book wrecked me. I cried so many times throughout this book lol it was so sad but then happy, but then sad again. It was honestly a roller coaster!

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BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans

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This book made me so happy I loved every second of it!! It was cute and fun and had a nice romance in it. Just overall a great chick-lit read set in a cute little bookstore run by a fun loving woman! Read it 😊

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FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION

I don’t think I’ve watched a movie adaptation of a book since like maybe the hunger games??? I tend not to watch the movies haha

So instead Ill give you a book that I think would make a really good movie!!

Terraformer by Colleen Houck!

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A sci-fi about a crew going to a different planet to colonize. Only, on the way there seems to be some mysterious deaths and weird things happening. The MC has a biological secret and when they get to the planet things seem to be working against them! People die, people are betrayed, secrets about the planet are discovered, and the MC discovers something about herself that changes everything! It was fab and would be a really entertaining movie!

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FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR

Hmm.. probably If you liked… You might like… [Truly Devious Edition]

I love reading those posts and when I was writing this one I really enjoyed the research and finding new books for myself as well!


MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR

Its a tie between The Hazel Wood and House of Salt and Sorrow! Both beautiful 😊

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WHAT BOOK DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR

All of them??? Hahaha I have so many books on my shelf to read! If I have to pick just one I would say The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren. I have been saying I will read it for like 3 months and I haven’t done it yet so I’m worried I will never get to it LOL

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Let me know what your fav read of the year has been so far!!

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TBR Tour #2 | Beachy Books

TBR Tour is a weekly meme created by Deanna @ The Comfy Reader. TBR Tour will be posted every Friday with a different theme or genre 📚😊


So here we are, basically 2 weeks into July!!! Normally July would mean vacations, tropical beaches, winery trips, boating, or swimming in the pool/lake/ocean. I am LUCKY that July is not a total write off for me. Today I am actually driving to Kelowna, BC for a little 3 day vaca with my family! (I live in the lower mainland of BC so its not too far plus, in Canada we are allowed to travel within provinces and within the country)!

My plans for this wonderful little getaway include – some adult drinks, taking out the Sea-Doo, probably eating a lot of food, and OF COURSE reading some books! I am taking my Kobo loaded up with some reading material! So, catch me poolside reading a book (if the pool is open that is haha).

For this TBR Tour Friday the theme is: Beachy books! To me this means a book that has some type of tropical or beachy setting!

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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I feel like this is perfect for a beachy summer read! I obvs have not read it which is why its still on my tbr lol. SOMEONE MAKE ME READ IT! I have had this book on my tbr for so long and even bought it and its just sitting on my shelf. I said I was going to read it in June but here we are… I am clearly a liar 😂

For anyone who has been living under a rock… The Unhoneymooners is about Olive who attends her twins sisters wedding. Olive has the worst luck ever but her twin sister has the best luck and lives an amazing life. On the night of the wedding, Olives sister (and everyone else) gets horrible food poisoning and Olive’s sister CANT GO ON HER HONEYMOON. I would literally die you guys. Anyways – the honeymoon is already paid for so Olive has to go with her arch enemy (the best man). When they get there they end up pretending to be married…. I wonder where this could possibly go?!?!


The Summer Island Swap by Samantha Tonge

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This seems like such a cute read and I just need it in my life!!!

Sarah is in need of a great beachy vacation and shes in luck when her sister books them a fab vacation! However, when they arrive its nothing like she had planned and finds out her sister may have changed the plans without telling her. Sarah just tries to get through all of this but its not all bad. She makes new friends, learns more about her sister, and there seems to be some kind of mysterious island leader that is getting Sarah’s attention!


The Vacationers by Emily Straub

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So first of all, lets just admire this cover! So pretty!!

This one sounds interesting to me because I love family dramas and secrets unfolding. A family goes on a beach vacation to celebrate the parents anniversary. The vacation is supposed to be relaxing and full of sun and fun! Of course, something has to go wrong for them and drama and secrets ensue!

I find these stories entertaining and for the most part they don’t require a lot of brain power which makes them nice beach reads for me!!


Beach Read by Emily Henry

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This has been ALL OVER social media!! I have wanted to get my hands on it since I first saw it appear and even requested a copy from Netgalley (which is STILL pending)!

Two authors of completly different genres are staying at neighbouring beach houses. They are both dealing with writters block. They decide to help their writers blocks that they will both leave their old genre behind and switch places. They take each other on adventures to help with the writing of the books.

I’ve heard such amazing things about this one. People say it is less rom-com and more women’s fiction but still has a lot of good romance elements! Super excited for this one!


Do you have a book that immediately comes to mind when you think of the beach? Do you enjoy summery, beachy reads?

If you enjoy TBR Tour and would like to participate let me know and Ill start posting weekly themes for the ones to come!!

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ARC Review: The Woman Before Wallis by Bryn Turnbull

This novel is the fictionalised story of the American divorcée who captured Prince Edward’s heart before he abdicated his throne for Wallis Simpson.


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Title: The Woman Before Wallis

Author: Bryn Turnbull

Publisher: MIRA

Genre: Historical Fiction

Format: eARC from Netgalley

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Pub date: July 21, 2020


SYNOPSIS:

In the summer of 1926, when Thelma Morgan marries Viscount Duke Furness after a whirlwind romance, she’s immersed in a gilded world of extraordinary wealth and privilege. For Thelma, the daughter of an American diplomat, her new life as a member of the British aristocracy is like a fairy tale—even more so when her husband introduces her to Edward, Prince of Wales.

In a twist of fate, her marriage to Duke leads her to fall headlong into a love affair with Edward. But happiness is fleeting, and their love is threatened when Thelma’s sister, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, becomes embroiled in a scandal with far-reaching implications. As Thelma sails to New York to support Gloria, she leaves Edward in the hands of her trusted friend Wallis, never imagining the consequences that will follow.


MY REVIEW:

The Woman Before Wallis was a beautiful story about life, love, and heartbreak. I will start this by saying I enjoy a good historical fiction. I really respect the author for writing such a fantastic story and for making such a grand effort to have all the details from the actual story correct.

Thelma, is the main character of this story. She is a wonderful woman. Truly special. For her time she is independent, motivated, and just wanted something different for herself than what was the expectation. Her character took me on this whirlwind of an adventure that at times filled me with happiness and at other times filled me with sorrow. I would say I am a sucker for a love story and if you think this is going to be a love story – you are mistaken. There are relationships and yes, some love, but this is far from a love story. It is rather heartbreaking actually, but in a beautiful way.

Thelma is a divorcee, which during this time, is not well received. She then gets lucky and marries a new man (Duke Furness) and becomes part of the “high society” in England. Lucky lady, indeed. Throughout the rest of the story, Thelma is constantly fighting for happiness. While she marries a lovely man, she cannot stay happy. The instability of marriages during this time was unbelievable. Having affairs was more accepted than getting divorced. This part especially hurts Thelma. This leads to her meeting and ultimately, to her relationship with the Prince of Wales. Again, lucky lady! Again, she struggles with this relationship and many events occur throughout the rest of the book that are full of love and happiness and as well, full of sadness.

To be honest, I didn’t know whether or not I was even enjoying this book until I got about half way through. I was getting confused trying to keep up with the characters and the names. I had a hard time remembering the family names and keeping track of this “social map” of people. I can only imagine how stressful this would be in real life. It was exhausting keeping up. I found at the half way point it became easier and I started to feel very attached to some of the characters.

I was so drawn into the story. I read this book in 2 days. It sucked me in. I loved the fancy life of English royalty and upper class. It made me want that life. However, as scandals came up throughout, it made me realize that is NOT the life I want. I really did enjoy that part though. It was so fun to read about the fancy parties and events that these people had on a regular basis. I loved reading about the extravagant dresses and outfits as well. It was so dream like.

When it came to the end of the book I felt so mixed! I truly loved this story. Thelma has a special place in a heart. She was so strong and while at times did not make the best decisions, she sure stuck to her heart and that is very respectable. I wish it would have ended differently for her. It was a sad ending in my opinion, but not everyone gets a fairy tale ending. The only reason I did not rate this as 5 stars was simply because the ending left me asking questions and wanting to know exactly what happened. Of course, I understand that filling in the gaps would probably be an entire other book, but I felt almost cheated not know exactly the events that led to Wallis and David. I’m actually not too sure my heart could take it now that I’m thinking more about it!!

Overall, this was a fabulous book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction in its truest form. It was a beautifully written story.


Do you like historical fiction?

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Recent Reads | Royals, Second Chances, and Other Thoughts

Hey everyone! I hope you are all well and have been doing some fabulous reading lately!! I have been somewhat struggling with my reading but I’m hoping that July will bring more motivation for me!

If you saw my monthly wrap up for June you would know I did okay with my reading. Not amazing, but honestly pretty average for me! How many books do you read in a month?

So like last time, I am going to do a little update about what I’ve been reading lately. Lets start with what I have recently finished!


I just finished The Heir Affair a couple days ago!

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I absolutely loved this book. I will post a review for it soon but for now let me just tell you that this book did not disappoint! The drama was wild and just as good as the first book (The Royal We)! I received this book for a Goodreads giveaway!

I hadn’t read The Royal We before and then when I realized The Heir Affair was actually the 2nd book I was like oops better read the first one LOL. I quickly bought The Royal We on my Kobo and read it within I think 2 days. I was amazed how long The Royal We was… like it was a BIG ONE YOU GUYS!! Anyways, it was so fab that I plowed through out regardless of size. I pretty much immediately picked up The Heir Affair (also quite large) and read that one within the week.

I think these 2 books were really interesting in the sense that you get a snap shot into what it might be like being royal with today’s media! A lot of the drama is media drama and just how people make up these headlines about them or twist the truths. Also how the public can be SO MEAN and rip these people apart when they don’t even know them?!?!? I know this is a fictional book but it does make you think what it must really be like!

If you like the royals, specifically Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, then you will love these 2 books! I don’t know if they will write another one but I hope they do lol.

I also recently finished The Second Chance Hotel by Rachel Dove

Again, I will have a review for this one soon but just a little overview of it… a woman divorces her husband and decides to get a fresh start. She packs everything she owns into her car and drives off to a hotel she used to visit as a child. Little plot twist here… she actually BUYS the hotel and spruces it up to get it up and running again. She of course makes new friends and meets a guy… wonder what happens there?? Lol.

This was a predicable story but cute! It was also short so definitely a good one if you want a fast read that will make you smile!

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My current reads… this is a little up in the air right now lol. I have started a Netgalley book – Bookish and the Beast.

When I say I’ve started it I mean I’ve read about 3 pages lol. It has been sitting on my list for a bit and I know I need to read it AND I am excited to read it but just feeling a little uninterested in reading at the moment. I’m sure once I read a couple chapters I will be hooked… I mean who doesn’t like a fairy-tale retelling??

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I usually read 2 books at once but I honestly don’t know what book I will pick to read alongside!! So right now I will give you the couple options I’m trying to decide between:

  • The Unhoneymooners
  • The Guest List
  • Darling Rose Gold

Struggling to pick one…. maybe someone can help me decide?? What should I read?


Well that is all for today everyone! Hope you enjoyed my little reading update and my thoughts!!

What are you reading right now? Do you plan a monthly tbr or just go with the flow?

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Top 10 Tuesday – Authors I’ve Read The Most Books By

Hey bookish friends! I haven’t done a top 10 Tuesday in a little bit here. I just wasn’t feeling any of the topics and didn’t want to force it! Does that happen to anyone else? I really need to feel a spark with the prompt in order to do it… otherwise I feel like a fake 😂

So for this prompt I had somewhat of a difficult time! I have read a lot of books but I see now that I don’t read a lot from the same authors… which I need to change! So what I’ve done here is included some of the authors I’ve read series by and then added a few authors that I have really enjoyed and have their other books on my tbr!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

This week the topic for Top 10 Tuesday is…….. Authors I’ve Read the Most Books By!

Soooooo lets do it!!

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James Dashner

James Dashner is at the top of my list because I have read 2 series by him and LOVED them both! (The Maze Runner & The Mortality Doctrine) – read 6 books in total by James Dashner

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Suzanne Collins

Of course I had to include Suzanne Collins on this list! I have read all 4 of The Hunger Games books so I would say she is pretty close to the top of my list! – read 4 books in total by Suzanne Collins

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Brittany Cavallaro

If you have been following me for any extended period of time you would probably know that I LOVE the Charlotte Holmes series. I literally will talk about it to anyone who cares and will always tell people to read it… seriously, read it people!!!

She has also written Hello Girls which is on my tbr and I see she has a new duology in the works!!! So please go check her out shes great! – read 4 books in total by Brittany Cavallaro

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Colleen Houck

I love this lady!!! She has fab writing and I just love her style of books. I have read 2 different standalone books (Terraformer & The Lanterns Ember. Both of this books were 5 star reads for me!!

She has written a couple series that I want to check out as well!! – read 2 books in total by Colleen Houck

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Stephanie Meyer

I read the Twilight series which automatically gets Stephanie Meyer on this list! I know she has written other books since then but I haven’t checked those ones out. However, I may have to jump on the bandwagon and read her newest Twilight book when it comes out haha. – read 4 books in total by Stephanie Meyer

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Veronica Roth

I fell in love with Veronica Roth when Divergent came out. Loved it! It changed me as a reader. I would say Divergent was the turning point for me that really made me love reading!

So, I read the Divergent series and most recently I read Chosen Ones which I understand is the first of a series. I really want to read Carve the Mark – not sure why I never got to it but its on my tbr! – read 5 books in total by Veronica Roth

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Michael Grant

I read the Gone series by Michael Grant a super long time ago! It was probably the longest series I have actually read haha. He has some other books as well that Id like to check out at some point! – read 6 books in total by Michael Grant

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So for the remainder of the authors – I have only read 1 book by them but I LOVED the book I read and have added their other books to my tbr 😊

Kristen Harmel

I read The Book of Lost Names a month or two ago and I loved it so much. Her writing was so amazing and the story was beautiful! I added The Room on Rue Amelie, The Winemakers Wife, The Sweetness of Forgetting, and When We Meet Again!!

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Jaimie Admans

I read The Little Bookshop of Love Stories and oh my goodness, that book just made my heart happy! I immediately needed to check out her other book and added The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, Its a Wonderful Night, and The Little Village Carousel by the Sea!!!

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Ruth Ware

My first Ruth Ware book was The Turn of the Key. It was a total fluke that I came across her. I saw The Turn of the Key on a table at the bookstore that was a staff’s pick of the month. I didn’t know anything about the book or the author. Ended up loving it and discovering Ruth Ware has tons of awesome books!!

I’ve added The Woman in Cabin 10, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and The Lying Game to my tbr!!

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Do you tend to read a lot of books by one author? Who is your favourite author right now??

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