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Out of the Blue by Gretta Mulrooney

After inheriting her grandmother’s cottage in Cork, Liv leaves London to clear her head and think things through while her husband goes to a clinic to try to get his alcoholism under control. She unexpectedly runs into her first love, Aidan, who is now living near her grandmother’s little town, and sparks fly.

Out of the Blue is a horrible book. Most of the characters are incredibly selfish and think it is no big deal to have an affair. There are three affairs in the book and they all ruin lives, but that doesn’t seem to be much of an issue to participants. It’s like if you are unhappy in your marriage, feel free to step out on your husband or wife. As if the terrible plot wasn’t enough, the writing is sometimes hard to follow due to tense and incredibly boring and slow much of the time. The end is ridiculous and abrupt like the author had no idea how to actually write an ending to a book. I most definitely do not recommend reading this book.

1 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 42
Pages Read in 2018: 9861
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Half a Heart by Karen McQuestion

Nine-year-old Logan has been mute for a couple years and due to abuse by his father, runs away from home. Meanwhile, his grandmother is searching for him without knowing he’s missing.

Half a Heart focuses mostly on Logan, but also brings in a couple side stories as well, all intertwining together in the end. Logan’s story unfolds slowly and is heartwrenching. The end wasn’t quite what I was hoping for, but still was absolutely perfect. I highly recommend this book to adults who like happy endings that make you cry.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 41
Pages Read in 2018: 9637
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Until We Collide by Charlotte Fallowfield

Paige is hopelessly in love with Alec, but every time they run into each other, one or the other is in a relationship with someone else so it’s never their time. Meanwhile, over the course of more than a decade, Paige’s love life is a complete comedy of errors.

Until We Collide is quite entertaining. Although it was easy to put down, I still enjoyed it a lot and laughed out loud at some of Paige’s mishaps and babbling. I recommend it to women who enjoy a good, modern love story.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 7
Pages Read in 2018: 1662
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A Question of Love by Isabel Wolff

Laura Quick is the host of a prime time quiz show. She is very surprised when her ex-boyfriend Luke shows up as a contestant and gets to “turn the tables” on her and ask any question and ends up asking her out on a date. She soon discovers she must play third fiddle to Luke’s daughter and soon-to-be-ex-wife and then everything gets worse when the tabloids get wind of her own husband’s disappearance three years before. Meanwhile, her sisters’ marriages are having issues making life just generally stressful.

A Question of Love is an enjoyable book filled with British humor. I guessed how it was likely to end long before the end, but that didn’t make it any less satisfying. There are quite a few typos/repeated words scattered throughout. I recommend it to people who like women’s fiction and happy endings.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 2
Pages Read in 2018: 732
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Sunset Over Montana by Andrea Kate Pearson

When Jim meets Wendy, he just knows she’s the one. Unfortunately, her mother is determined that he is definitely not going to marry her daughter and insists Wendy go to Boston to complete a two-year commitment playing in a string quartet.

Sunset Over Montana is a freebie short story that goes along with the Shadow Valley series. It’s a sweet, clean romance telling the story of how the parents at the Shadow Valley Ranch got together. I highly recommend it to people who enjoy the Shadow Valley series.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 173 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 46,035
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Reason I Chose It: I like the series

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Storms Over Montana by Andrea Kate Pearson

Preston thinks he’s hiring a man to be his assistant, but, instead, Emma, the girl who completely broke his heart 15 years before, shows up. When she turns out to really know her stuff when it comes to training horses, he realizes he must learn to work with her, but the bigger question is, will he be able to forgive her and let his heart feel once again.

Storms Over Montana, the second Shadow Valley book, is a sweet, clean romance. Emma’s story was very compelling. I could barely put the book down, finishing it in two sittings. The ending was perfect. I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy a nice, old-fashioned romance.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 172
Pages Read in 2017: 45,883
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Reason I Chose It: I liked the first book

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Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Jacob places an advertisement for a new wife and a mother for his children. Sarah responds that she will come for a month to see if she will fit their family.

I first read Sarah, Plain and Tall when I was in third grade. I loved it then and I still love it today. It was lovely to introduce it to my boys. The story is slow and gentle and beautiful. I highly recommend it to people of all ages!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 169
Pages Read in 2017: 45,261
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Reason I Chose It: Bedtime Story for the Boys

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