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Review: The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

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★★★★★

Title: The Girl He Used to Know

Author: Tracey Garvis Graves

Release Date: April 2, 2019

Pages: 304

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Romance

My Rating: ★★★★★

 

Goodreads synopsis:

Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people’s behavior confusing, she’d rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game–and his heart–to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She’s living the life she wanted as a librarian. He’s a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins. 

My Review:

I cannot even begin to explain how much I adored this novel. Tracey Garvis Graves wrote each character with complete care and detail. It was beautiful watching each character unravel throughout the novel. Annika is the most delicate of all the characters,  she is socially awkward, she loves books, chess, has not dated much, and does not understand why people treat her differently. Jonathan on the other hand is outgoing, has a decent amount of friends, works at a bar, and is advanced in the dating department. They were complete opposites, but that is what made their relationship work so well. I absolutely loved how gentle Jonathan was towards Annika and how he paid so much detail to her facial expressions in order to understand what was going through her mind. He had to work hard at the relationship, but he never let that stop him from falling head over heels for her. 

It broke my heart when they went their separate ways, but was so glad that fate would reunite them. Annika had worked so hard throughout the ten years they were apart and it truly helped her grow to be able to give herself in a way she was never able to. I was definitely cheering them on and wanted them to get back together. Without going into too much detail….the ending wrecked me. I cried for twenty minutes. I literally felt like I was watching my best friends go through such much pain. All I can say is that you need to read this book ASAP so you can see what I am talking about!

Thank you to Macmillan Publishing and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with this ARC copy! 

 

xoxo

Nicole

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Review: A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert

 

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“There are some things you don’t get over. You just accept them, and keep breathing. That’s enough.”

This week I had the opportunity to read A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert along with the Dragons and Tea book club and all I can say is WOW! This was so so good and I never wanted to put it down.

The story follows a short, curvy, autistic woman named Ruth who is also known as the town’s “jezebel.” Ruth has had one heck of a ride when it comes to the people of Ravenswood due to rumors and the constant gossip throughout the town. Instead of being around the people who hate her, Ruth isolates herself in her apartment. Little did she know, her dreamy new neighbor Evan would rock her world. Not only is Evan easy on the eyes, he is kind, accepting of Ruth, a fixer of things, and he can cook! Ruth went from eating frozen dinners to having dinner cooked for her almost every night because of Evan. He could not stand the fact that she was living off little and knew that he needed to take care of her…even if he did not know her. All he knew was that he was falling head over heels for this girl and wanted to make her his one and only. However, Ruth being the person she is, would make that very difficult. She figured he would just be another guy who would add to the gossip. Will Evan win Ruth over?

I truly adored this book and knew that I needed to be friends with Ruth ASAP! She is quirky, sassy, and has such a great sense of humor. I love that Hibbert created Ruth as someone with autism, but did not create her to be a scientist/doctor/math wiz like other autistic characters are portrayed. Ruth was truly something beautiful and all you wanted was for her to win. For her to be able to live her life as she wanted without the scrutiny of those around her. I am definitely a cheerleader on the sideline cheering her on! As for Evan, my is he the man every girl wants!? I loved that he did not try to be someone that he was not and wanted to be friends/lovers with the girl everyone hated. He was so so kind to her and although at times it would be difficult to keep his hands off of Ruth, he always made sure that she was okay it. He was just an all around gentleman and all I wanted was for the two to be together and live happily ever after!

“that I will always treat you as you deserve to be treated. That I will always respect you. That I won’t lie to you or betray your trust. I try not to say never, but I will say this: hurting you is something I would never choose to do. I swear.”

 

My Rating: 💛💛💛💛💛

Have you read this book? If not tell me what some of your favorite romance novels are in the comments!

 

xoxo

Nicole

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Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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Happy Wednesday friends! I am coming to you with a review of Helen Hoang’s, The Kiss Quotient It is an ownvoices novel about a high-functioning autistic woman who has had success in every part of her life…except for love. Stella has always thought that her autism would be the reason she would never find love so she put all her time into her job. However, her mom is constantly nagging her to settle down with someone because she wasn’t getting any younger and she was ready for grandchildren. To begin the process of finding someone to date, Stella decides to hire an escort to teach her the ins and outs of dating. Little did she know, that escort would turn into something more…way more!

You guys, this was one of my favorite reads of 2018! I was in complete shock with how much I loved this book. I mean everything about it was perfect. I loved Stella and Michael and the relationship that they created. I loved that Stella had autism because it gave her quirky qualities that although would make it hard for someone to get close to her, they would  also make it easy to fall in love with her. I loved Michael and how accepting he was of Stella and how gentle he became when he learned more and more about her. He became protective and only wanted what was best for her, but that would in time lead to him needing Stella in his life for a lifetime.  It was such a sweet story of their love forming and I wanted more and more with every page turn. To say that I am highly anticipating Helen’s next book is an understatement!

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Have you read this book? Did you love it? Did you hate it? Tell me in the comments!

 

xoxo

Nicole

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Review: Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin

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eARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

Happy Friday friends! I do not know where you all are from, but here in the Midwest we dealt with the Polar Vortex this week. Being that I am originally from the Southwestern part of the United States, I pretty much was as frozen as one can be! I love the cold weather, but I can do without the -30 degree temperatures. A perk of this cold weather, however; is being able to read a lot more!  I was really glad I was able to finish Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin this week and you guys, it has been one of my favorite reads so far this year!

This book follows a woman named Rosie who is going through a divorce and although it seems like it is one of the worst things that can happen, Rosie finds herself on an adventure that will be life changing. She goes from working as a chef in a highly recognized restaurant to living a nomadic lifestyle and running a tea shop out of a van.  Along the way she will meet people who turn into family, fill her belly with delicious food, experience adventures she was always fearful of, and finds love in the most unexpected place. Rosie’s not so great year turned into one filled with more happiness than she could ever imagine!

This was the first book that I read by Rebecca Raisin and it did not disappoint! It was a fun read and gave me just enough of every emotion that it continued to draw me in more and more. I loved the character development and enjoyed how each of them were so different from one another, yet they got along so well. I loved reading about how no matter what may be going on throughout the community of nomads, they would always be there for one another. It seriously made me want to have my own traveling shop to embark on all the great adventures. I would highly recommend this book.

This book will be released on March 03,2019 and you can pre-order your copy now at Amazon

Again thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for providing me with the eARC.

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Review: Marigolds and Murder by London Lovett

Last year I discovered the world of cozy mysteries and let me just say, I have been missing out! Cozy mysteries are so fun and they keep you on your feet just enough to keep you wanting more! One of the authors that I came across last year was London Lovett….I can confidently say, she is one of my favorite authors! The first book that I read was Marigolds and Murder from Lovett’s Port Danby series.

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Let’s just say, there is an old Victorian house, a pumpkin contest, and a murder! Our heroine in the story , Lacey “Pink” Pinkerton left her six figure job to become a florist in a small seaside town called Port Danby. Little did she know, she would become an unofficial detective because of her million dollar nose! Oh and did I mention she has a cat named Nevermore and a pet crow named Kingston. How cool is that?

This was such a fun book to read! I became so enthralled with Lacey and her life. Not only was she new to town, she made friends easily, met two eligible  bachelors, and had a high sense of smell which she used to help solve  a murder. It was an easy read and the best part of it all, there are 8 more books in the series to continue to read!

Rating: 💛💛💛💛💛

Interested in reading Marigolds and Murder? You can find the ebook here Marigolds and Murder for FREE! You heard that right, this ebook is free even if you do not have kindle unlimited.

 

What are some of your favorite mystery books?