Tag: chick-lit

Audiobook Review: Forever Hold Your Peace by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Forever Hold Your Peace
Liz Fenton
Lisa Steinke
Narrator: Nan McNamara
Published: July 11, 2023
Audiobook: 9 hours 15 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To:  June 30- July 6, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Audiobook Description:

 Father of the Bride meets Bride Wars in Forever Hold Your Peace, in which two ex-best friends find themselves shockingly entangled after more than two decades apart, for fans of Good Company.

When their newly engaged kids ask all four divorced parents to meet each other over brunch, everyone RSVPs yes–secretly hoping someone at the table will get to the bottom of the bottomless mimosas fast enough to say what they’re all thinking: that this engagement, coming after a whirlwind romance between two people barely out of college, is too much too soon.

But at that brunch, it’s not the impulsive couple’s decisions that end up under the microscope, as it turns out June, mother of the bride, and Amy, mother of the groom, certainly do know each other–they’re ex-best-friends who haven’t spoken since their explosive falling out more than twenty-five years ago. Reeling from their unwanted reunion and eager to shift the spotlight off their past as decades-old secrets and rivalries come to light, the two moms battle it out for the prize of Most Enthusiastic About This Wedding.

But when their history—and their present-day shenanigans—threaten to crack the foundations of the happy couple’s future, June and Amy find themselves becoming unexpected allies in an all-hands-on-deck effort to get their kids (and themselves) a happily-ever-after two generations in the making.

Jessica’s Review:

This is the second book I have read from BFFs Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke and I have more of theirs on my TBR just waiting to be read! This is also their first book they have written in several years. If you follow them on social media you will know the story and their journey with that and their dedication of the novel to other authors.

It was a fun yet predictable beach read, but that’s how rom coms work. Yes, it was a mesh of Father of the Bride and Bride Wars!  If you like wedding rom com movies such as the previously mentioned Father of the Bride, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, (insert your favorite here, it WILL fit in with the others) then you will enjoy this book. I can even see it becoming a beloved wedding rom com movie.

The bride and groom are not the main focus of the novel but three of the parents and what happened in their past to destroy their friendship. The novel is about letting go, forgiveness, second chances and more! It is also done with humor, so the book is enjoyable. I will say this: Those mothers, OMG, they drove me crazy! I really thought ‘how old are we and how old are we acting’ several times.

The narration was very well done! I will look for more audiobooks narrated by Nan McNamara.

Fenton and Steinke tend to write thrillers, so you know they are on my list to read more of! This is far from a thriller and I also enjoyed it! I’m off to go see how many of their books I actually own now!

Many thanks to the publisher for granting me an copy to listen to and review! I enjoyed it!

Purchase Links:
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Audible Original: The Summer Melt by Emily March

The Summer Melt
Author: Emily March

Andi Arndt

Dave Gilles
Published: June 23, 2022
Audiobook: 2 hours 52 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To:  June 16-17, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Audiobook Description:

It’s peak tourist season in Eternity Springs, and Dana Delaney has her hands full running her ice cream parlor, Scoops. The last thing she needs is for her star employee to fall sick, but she’s in luck when a newcomer to town offers to fill in…and the fact that he’s sinfully handsome with a sexy Scottish accent is an added treat.

A-list sports agent Cal Buchanan is visiting Eternity Springs to scout marriage proposal locations for a client, not get distracted by the beautiful owner of the local ice cream parlor. But when she’s short staffed, he can’t resist the opportunity to dip in and help. If he plays it right, she might even return the favor and give him a tour of the town’s most romantic destinations. Will their attraction lead to a romance more decadent than Scoops’ Double Chocolate Toffee Crunch—or will it melt away by summer’s end?

Jessica’s Review:

This was a cute, little novella that was a quick listen that I enjoyed it up until the end.  I liked the story and the fact that we had hot Scottish brothers both working in Scoops and their competition. I even enjoyed the touring the town for a proposal bit of the story.  Then came the ending.  It just came extremely fast for me.  Between the ending and the cursing by saying ice cream flavors I had to knock half a star off. The cursing by flavors was cute at first, but after the third time I was over that. 

There were two narrators and one would have sufficed.  The female narrator was able to pull both male and female voices off, but the male narrator… Between that accent and his terrible narration of the female character… Nope!

This is a great read for summer that deals with the heat and all the different flavors were leaving me wanting some ice cream or something cold at least!  I’d say skip the audio version and just read this novella.

Purchase Links:
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ALC Review: Hello Stranger by Katherine Center

Hello Stranger
Author: Katherine Center

Narrator: Patti Murin
To Be Published: July 11, 2023
Audiobook: 10 hours 39 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 30- June 3, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Love isn’t blind, it’s just little blurry.

Sadie Montgomery never saw what was coming . . . Literally! One minute she’s celebrating the biggest achievement of her life—placing as a finalist in the North American Portrait Society competition—the next, she’s lying in a hospital bed diagnosed with a “probably temporary” condition known as face blindness. She can see, but every face she looks at is now a jumbled puzzle of disconnected features. Imagine trying to read a book upside down and in another language. This is Sadie’s new reality with every face she sees.

But, as she struggles to cope, hang on to her artistic dream, work through major family issues, and take care of her beloved dog, Peanut, she falls into—love? Lust? A temporary obsession to distract from the real problems in her life?—with not one man but two very different ones. The timing couldn’t be worse.

If only her life were a little more in focus, Sadie might be able to find her way. But perceiving anything clearly right now seems impossible. Even though there are things we can only find when we aren’t looking. And there are people who show up when we least expect them. And there are always, always other ways of seeing.

Jessica’s Review:

I enjoy Katherine Center and enjoyed Hello Stranger! It’s far from perfect but if you want a fun rom com/chick lit/ book where you know that it will go, then this is your book and Katherine Center is your girl to read! Sweet but not spicy reads, she is an author that is becoming an auto-read for me.

We have Sadie who is finally getting somewhere in her career with becoming a finalist in a competition and then…life happens.  She has to have brain surgery and after she wakes up she cant see faces anymore! And what is a painter who paints portraits of people to do? 

I admit I was a little leery when I saw the book description and saw that there is a love triangle, but it really wasn’t.  This was a fun little journey to go on and see what happens with the competition. We have some supporting characters that I totally adored as well! And of course, Sadie has her oldest friend: her dog Peanut!

I called the twist early on in the book, but this isn’t a thriller, it’s a romance. Even if you ‘call it’ like I did, just sit back and enjoy the journey! I did have some issues, but can’t go into because that would involve giving away spoilers and if I ultimately don’t have to, I won’t!

Patty Murin is the narrator and she is another one of my favorites! And it seems like she and Center are two that just go together so well! I look forward to future and past Center novels that they have worked on together. 

This is the one time I wish I had a physical copy so I could share a line I absolutely loved towards the end of the book.  I listen while I drive, so finding it is next to impossible! I tried. It’s a line that makes sense with the story and what I believe Center was trying to reach her readers with.

Be sure to read the author’s note and acknowledgements to learn about the real disorder that Sadie has: Prosopagnosia. I had never heard of it and this was a way to learn about this disorder.  Center very much did her research for this novel.  Not just on Prosopagnosia, but research on painting and veterinarian work.  Center also gives some insight to the romance genre that just makes sense as to why we even pick up romances in the first place!

Many thanks to the publisher for granting me an ALC to listen to and review!

Pre-order Links:
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