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The Summer Place: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501133572
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Published: Atria Books - May 10th, 2022

Known as "The Boss of the Beach Read" Jennifer Weiner never disappoints. This latest is filled with family drama, romance, and of course that big beach wedding in the Cape where everyone's secrets are revealed! Well written and lots of fun. ~ Reviewed by Jen Grigsby


Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance: A Novel by Alison Espach - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250823144
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 17th, 2022

This is a heartbreaking love story about two sisters and their intimate relationship growing up, and Billy, the boy they both love. At age 16, Kathy and Billy start dating, and younger sister Sally spends many late nights in bed listening to Kathy recount the details of their exciting, new relationship. When Kathy dies in a horrific car accident, 13 year old Sally spends the next twenty years narrating her life to Kathy. Sally and Billy find each other through their grief, which helps as they cope with the sadness and trauma that Kathy left behind. They ultimately fall in love and must deal with the guilt and strangeness of these feelings. A beautiful, tender book about sisterhood, first love, grief. A sad, but very touching book. ~ Reviewed by Jen Grigsby


Again, Rachel by Marian Keyes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385675741
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Published: Doubleday Canada - April 5th, 2022

A big, loud, colorful opinionated Irish family centers around Kate, the middle sister who is now in her 40's and getting over a divorce as a result of the trauma of losing a baby. It was messy and heartbreaking but she seems to have been (mostly) able to move. She's also a recovering addict, working as a counselor in an addiction facility, and has met someone new. She seems to have been able to put her life back together until her ex shows up in Ireland for a funeral and they are reconnected after six years. Will they get back together? A fun book with quirky characters and contemporary life issues with familiar, and not-so-familiar family dynamics. ~ Reviewed by Jen Grigsby


Mercy Street: A Novel by Jennifer Haigh - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780061763304
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Published: Ecco - February 1st, 2022

Mercy Street is the name of the street where a busy women's clinic is located, in the heart of Boston. It's the worst winter in Boston's history, with 6 Nor 'Easters back to back, and the city is practically shut down. Claudia has been a dedicated counselor there for over 20 years, and during this time period the protestors outside the front door have continued to grow and become more threatening. Several anti-abortionists have created a website where they post photos of women entering the clinic, and the tension builds as they stockpile weapons and become more antsy. Meanwhile, Claudia becomes involved with her marijuana dealer, and is dealing with her own traumatic childhood. Characters' lives intersect as tension builds with an unexpected turn of events. A very timely and worthwhile read. ~ Reviewed by Jen Grigsby


The Plot: A Novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250790767
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Published: Celadon Books - May 11th, 2021

This is a fun, twisty book about an author who discovers an outstanding plot for a novel when one of his writing students shares it with him during a summer writing program. Several years later he learns that this person has died before he has had the chance to write the book. He decides to write the book himself/"steal" the idea. The book becomes wildly successful but he cannot enjoy his fame and fortune because of the guilt he feels and the fear of being discovered. The "plot" thickens when he starts to receive anonymous messages threatening to reveal him, and he becomes engulfed in a roller-coaster quest to find this person and save his reputation. Lots of twists and turns as he discovers the plot is actually based off of actual events/real people, and the person threatening him is not only the center of this story, but a deranged killer. A fun, quick read with a surprise at the end that I didn't see coming! ~ Reviewed by Jen Grigsby


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