Night of Miracles

By Elizabeth Berg

Night of Miracles: A Novel by [Berg, Elizabeth]

4 out of 5 stars

This book was exactly what I needed to read this Thanksgiving week. It is filled with hope, love, joy, kindness, and laughs thrown in for good measure.

We return to Mason, Missouri, the neighborhood we first visited  in The Story of Arthur Truluv. We see just what has happened since Arthur left this earth. Lucille is still mourning the loss of Frank and she keeps having dreams of Death coming to take her home. She keeps putting him off as she hopes for a miracle. We all hope for that miracle right along with her. The cast of characters around her are so endearing, from Iris who is starting over after a long marriage, to Tiny and Monica, who both like each other but just can’t seem to get it together. We also have Lucille’s new neighbors, living in her old house, they are dealing with something none of us ever want to.

You will absolutely fall in love with each and every one of them. You will root for them all to find that love and happiness that they all deserve.  You will probably be craving some caramel cake or any of the obscenely wonderful sounding baked goods. Isn’t that the perfect read for such a special holiday? I am thankful I picked this little gem up and read it.

Thanks to Netgalley and Random House for a copy of this special book.

Saving Beck

By Courtney Cole

Saving Beck by [Cole, Courtney]

4 out of 5 stars

Natalie loses her husband in a horrible accident. Her son Beck survives the wreck.  She struggles with depression and can barely get out of bed so it all falls on teenage Beck to make sure his brother and sister live their normal lives. Beck has his own struggles. He is overwhelmed with grief, responsibility, and blame. He blames himself for his dad’s death because he was driving. He turns to drugs and that’s when everything in this book will wrench your heart out.

Beck stumbles onto his mom’s doorstep, barely alive. As he is in a medically induced coma, we get the history of their grief and of Beck’s drug addiction. Your heart will not be the same. It is hard to read at times. It really should be. It is all to real for the author as you will read about her own son’s addiction in the afterword. I just kept putting myself in Natalie’s place. I cannot imagine watching your child hang on to life and blaming yourself for it being that way.

The characters are all so wonderfully written from the main ones to Kit, her husband’s best friend, and a friend in need to her, to her sister  who is such a backbone for her. Then there is the wonderful Angel. That was definitely a surprise and a very good surprise.

This is a heartbreaking read but one you will not want to put down.

Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery Books for a copy of this wonderful book.

The Adults

By Caroline Hulse

The Adults: A Novel by [Hulse, Caroline]

4 out of 5 stars

Alex’s boyfriend Matt tells her right before the holidays that he wants to spend it with his daughter Scarlett. The hitch is, he wants to spend it with Alex, Scarlett ,  Scarlett’s mother Claire and her boyfriend Patrick. Alex goes into it knowing it probably is not a good idea but they head off to Happy Forest Holiday Park for a few days of fun and bonding. A lot goes on but I am not sure about the fun and bonding. So many things go wrong and so many of them have to do with secrets that come out and an imaginary bunny named Posey.  When the story begins, we know someone is shot with an arrow. Use your imagination!

This was a lot of fun. To me, I would call it pure escapism. It is set in England so I loved the lingo and learned a few new terms. Matt got on my nerves a few times but maybe because his slacker mentality could wear on someone. I will say he redeemed himself. All in all, a very enjoyable read.

Thanks to Netgalley and Random House for this advance copy.


By T.M. Logan

Lies by [Logan, T. M.]

3.5 out of 5 stars

Joe Lynch happens upon his wife’s car while with his young son. He follows her into a hotel parking lot and finds her arguing with a friend. He has no idea why she would be arguing with Ben and something niggles at him about the situation. When she leaves and he confronts Ben, Ben tells Joe that Joe has no idea what’s really going on. He goes to punch Joe. Joe pushes him away, not wanting to hit someone not quite up to his size, Ben falls and hits his head. Joe’s son is in the midst of an asthma attack so Joe runs home and when he goes back, Ben is gone. He asks his wife what’s going on and she tells him she was just helping Ben out with a client but as the story unfolds, and Joe is implicated in Ben’s disappearance, there is lie upon lie upon lie.

I did not see the biggest lie reveal at all. I thought I knew what was happening and was pretty proud of myself but I was wrong. There were some parts that really dragged for me and I wanted them to move a little quicker but all in all, it is a good thriller with a very likable lead character.

Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for a copy of this book.

One Day in December

By Josie Silver

One Day in December: A Novel by [Silver, Josie]

5 out of 5 stars

This book is warm socks on a cold day. It is the most snuggly of the snuggliest blankets. It is that first delicious sip of a wonderful caramel latte. It will warm your insides and make you feel utterly satisfied with the world.

Laurie is on a double decker bus and at a stop, through her window, she spies a guy. But not just any guy. Their eyes meet and something feels electric throughout her body. She knows he must feel it too. Before he can get on the bus, the doors close and Laurie leaves without her bus guy. She never forgets about him though and with the aid of her roommate and best friend Sarah, for the next year they look for him. As Sarah starts a new relationship with a wonderful guy, Laurie is left to wonder if she will ever see her dream bus guy again. When Sarah finally introduces her boyfriend Jack to Laurie, yes you guessed it, he is bus guy! Laurie loves Sarah and vows to keep it to herself. But it is hard to deny attraction, isn’t it? As the years go by, there are a lot of changes and a lot of people that come into their lives. I don’t want to spoil anything but the ending will leave you with all the feels! I imagine it on a big screen and yes, I am pulling the Kleenex out of my purse and crying like a baby.

Josie Silver has written one of the best romantic comedies ever! It is brilliantly funny. It is sweet and joyful. It is sad and tender. It is everything you want in a romantic story and more. I adored Laurie, Jack and Sarah. Even if, at times, I wanted to smack Jack upside his head. The friendship between Laurie and Sarah is wonderful, so much love there.

I picked this book up yesterday evening around 6 and finished it at 11:30 last night. That should tell you something! It is the perfect entertaining escapism. I look forward to whatever Josie Silver writes next and I will have my tissues ready!

Thanks to Netgalley and Crown Publishing for a copy of this wonderful book.

You Were Always Mine

By Nicole Baart


You Were Always Mine: A Novel by [Baart, Nicole]

4 out of 5 stars

Jessica Chamberlain is navigating life as best she can now that she and her husband Evan have separated. When he is killed, Jessica has to face life as a mother of her two sons alone. Max, a teenager, is angry at his mom, angry at the world. He feels if she did not kick him out, their dad would still be there. Gabe, their young adopted son, is loving but has his own developmental issues. It all leads to the private adoption when Jessica finds out that Evan was in contact with Gabe’s biological mother. Was what he finds out the cause of his death?

There are a lot of twists, the most major one I did not see coming, that make this a page turner. As you read Evan’s letters to Gabe’s birth mom, you really start to wonder why would he not tell Jessica and what the heck was going on! There is a fine line between thinking you are doing what is right and actually doing what is right. The best intentions of mice and men…. I liked Jessica. I loved that she followed her intuition despite others not believing her.

Thanks to Netgalley and Atria for a copy of this book.

This Will Only Hurt a Little

By Busy Philipps

This Will Only Hurt a Little by [Philipps, Busy]

5 out of 5 stars

If you follow Busy on Instagram, (and if you don’t, you really should) you will not be surprised at all with her candor in this wonderful book. I could just hear her telling her stories as I turned the pages. She really makes me laugh out loud. Busy spares no ones feelings in this book, especially her own. Her honesty is very refreshing. She does not sugarcoat what has happened in her life. There were times I was crying along with her.

Of course, we all want to hear about her time on Dawson’s Creek or Freaks and Geeks and you get all those delicious details.  (I had never heard her Blades of Glory story!) But I really loved her stories about her life before and her life after. Her story of becoming a mother will ring true for every mom.

And I was so excited to finally learn the meaning of “aced out in her nudes”! The funny thing is I have a similar story with my daughter at the same age. Her name is Elizabeth too. (Something in the name, maybe?)

This is one of my favorite books so far this year. Buy the book, follow her on Instagram. You will not be disappointed.