None of the books I have were catching my eye, so I took a trip to the thrift store recently pick up some new ones.
I also ended up with a great T-shirt and skirt, which was exciting, because usually I’m far too lazy to dig through clothes at a thrift store. But back to the books. Here are two that I’ve read so far:
Up at Butternut Lake, by Mary McNear
I just looked it up on Amazon and discovered two things: one, the Kindle version is $1.99 (buy it), and two, it is apparently part of a trilogy. Oooh!
Long story short: Widow with young son moves to her family’s old cabin on the lake and a complicated romance ensues.
I liked this book. It was nicely written, a quick read, didn’t have unlikely plot dramas or too many characters to follow. An excellent summer pool/beach read, but not so cheesy and dumb you have to roll your eyes all the time. Thumbs up.
Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
This book is meh. Chapters alternate between four characters, and how they all end up coming together via a fertility clinic. I didn’t read the description before I read it (I have read Jennifer Weiner’s books before, so based on her name I figured it was a good summer read), so here are a few spoilers: troubled Ivy-League girl donates her eggs, poor mama in the sticks donates her womb, gold-digger marries billionaire and gets a surrogate to carry their baby, and billionaire’s daughter is pissed. Along the way, they all have their own family drama to work through, and then at the end IT DOESN’T GO AS PLANNED. It was okay, maybe worth $2 at the thrift store, but probably only worth picking up at the library if you happen to see it.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
One of my friends highly recommended this after we’d both read Gone Girl, so I went into it with overly high expectations. It is good, but I didn’t love it. Several women’s lives come together in a small town– one who is a perfectionist and finds a scandalous letter that her husband wrote to her years ago (then hid), another woman who moves back to her mom’s house in the small town after her marriage goes nutters, plus some other ladies who work at the local school. Unlike Gone Girl, which threw me for a loop at every turn, I found this book kinda predictable. As I read, I was texting my friend: “Don’t tell me if I’m right, but I think THIS is going to happen!” ….. and I was always right. It was a good book, though, and I enjoyed it, but it was no Gone Girl.
For record keeping purposes, here are some other books that I’ve read since last posting, though not super recently:
The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes
I could have SWORN I wrote about this one already, but search feature says otherwise. I like Marian Keyes, she writes fluffy books set in Ireland, many about a family of sisters. This one is about the residents of an apartment building, and is occasionally narrated by a mysterious, spirit-ey something, kind of like how The Book Thief is narrated by death. You don’t find out who the narrator is until the end of this book, though, and I didn’t guess it. Which is nice. I always like to be surprised by books. Anywho, there’s a scrappy taxi-driver lady with a sick mom and Polish immigrant roommates, a fancy executive lady, a free-spirit hippie girl married to a fancy business man, and an old lady with a hot-gardener nephew who comes to town to film a TV show. As per usual, all of their lives become entwined. The characters were more or less likeable, and the endings weren’t totally predictable.
Going Home by Harriet Evans
Fluff, but enjoyable. The main character (plus her sister and her cousin who play minor roles) lives in London but travels frequently to her family’s old house where her parents live. She has a mysterious, fancy uncle who lives in New York (in addition to the two aunts who live nearby and are also main characters) who she sees as some kind of magic hero, but ends up being a hot mess of sneaky disappointment when he brings home his gold-digging American surprise-wife. Things go majorly downhill with the family home at that point, and all along the main girl is boo-hoo-ing about her ended relationship with the neighbor boy. It ends with a little… OMG, THAT was the truth ALL ALONG!?!?!? And I really can’t remember if they were able to save the family home in the end, but she gets the guy, and that’s all that matters in life, right?