Book Review ~ Fall Edition

Book Review ~ Fall Edition

Don’t you think winter is a wonderful time to curl up and get cozy with a good book?  I do!  I have several books on my wish list ready to download for the upcoming holiday break; however, I’ve recently read a few books as well.   From time to time (like here) I try to share recent reading to help you find a new book.   So today,  I thought I’d share a quick review of my most recent reading.  Maybe you’ll find one here that sounds good.

First up on my list is this one, A Man Called Ove.  SO, a friend recommended this book to me.  She loved it.  Me?  Not so much.  Don’t get me wrong.  I thought it was good enough, but it wasn’t a fast read and it didn’t always hold my interest.  However, I did really love Ove, a crotchety old man who is constantly thinking up ways to kill himself.  As you get to know Ove you see through this gruff exterior to a man with a heart of gold.  This was a heartwarming story and by the end I was sad to say goodbye to Ove.



Imagine you find man sitting on beach all alone in a storm.  Something draws you to him and you find that he has lost his memory.  Would you help him?  Would you trust him?  Well, that’s how this story starts off.  The main character seems to lack good judgement when it comes to men; however, you do hope that this is changing.  At the same moment a newly wed wife searches for her missing husband.  And that’s where these two stories intersect.  When you add some dark characters and time hops into the past, it gets real interesting.  I loved this story and the characters.  It had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing.  And the ending was a bit of a surprise.  If you like books by Liane Moriarty, you will also love this book.


The Senator’s Wife captured me from the beginning.  The newly married main character moves into a home next door to the senator’s wife.

Here’s what you read on Amazon:

Meri is newly married, pregnant, and standing on the cusp of her life as a wife and mother, recognizing with some terror the gap between reality and expectation. Delia—wife of the two-term liberal senator Tom Naughton—is Meri’s new neighbor in the adjacent New England town house. Tom’s chronic infidelity has been an open secret in Washington circles, but despite the complexity of their relationship, the bond between them remains strong. Soon Delia and Meri find themselves leading strangely parallel lives, as they both reckon with the contours and mysteries of marriage: one refined and abraded by years of complicated intimacy, the other barely begun. With precision and a rich vitality, Sue Miller—beloved and bestselling author of While I Was Gone—brings us a highly charged, superlative novel about marriage and forgiveness.


I really enjoyed this book and came to really love the characters as well.  It’s a complex story with truly interesting characters.


Small Great Things was a book club novel.  It was my first Jodi Picoult book as well.  Of course I’ve heard about Picoult many times, but the novels always sounded depressing.  This novel, on the other hand, was rather thought-provoking.  Even after I finished it, it stayed with me.  The story is about an African-American labor and delivery nurse who finds herself in a lawsuit.  The father of one of the infants has requested that no African-American touch his newborn.  However, when something goes terribly wrong with the baby, she if forced to step in.  This book is all about racism, choices, fear, and in the end, hope.  I have to say that this book has really affected me.  It’s one you won’t be able to put down.



This book is a mystery.  The main character is an injured, Afghanistan war survivor turned private investigator.  When a famous supermodel turns up dead, the family calls him in to investigate.  News reports say she jumped to her death.  However, the family does not believe that she would have willingly jumped.  Could this be a murder?  The story involves the rich and the famous and has plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing.  And, newsflash….J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame actually wrote this novel.  Kind of fun to read Rowling for adults.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  If you enjoy mysteries, you will like this one as well.



The 13th Gift is the perfect book to read over the holidays. It’s a short, quick read, and it’s a true story.  Joanne is a recently widowed mother of three.  She tries hard to be strong for her children and keep their lives normal.  However, as the holidays arrive the entire family is struggling.  Twelve days before Christmas, their “true friends” begin leaving gifts on their doorstep.  Slowly as each daily gift arrives, the family begins to change.  In short, this story shows how random acts of kindness have true power, and it will restore your belief in miracles.  I loved this story from beginning to end ~ and every page along the way.  In the end, it inspired me.  You will feel uplifted and happy.  What more could you want for the holidays?



Alright friends, that is six new books to add to your reading list.  I hope there’s at least one here that sounds like a good read to you.  So, do you have any recommendations for me?  I’m always on the lookout for a good book.    Now, I’m off to do a little night-time reading myself.


Until next time ~


  1. Give Jodi Piccoult another chance. I’ve read all her books and would have a hard time rating one above the others. Yes, reviews make some of them sound depressing but, Jennifer, every one is thought provoking and stays with you for a while.

    Thanks for these reviews. I’ve been looking for new books.

    1. Author

      I will have to do that Linda. I did enjoy that one. I’m with you though….I’m always looking for some new books.

  2. i couldn’t stand ove and his crochety-ness, so i really didn’t get that far with the book. i’m sure it got better, my mom really liked it, but he just annoyed me. i’m definitely interested in that jodi picoult book. i recently read the newest alice hoffman, and i really liked that. whimsical.

    1. Author

      I know! It was HARD to get into.:) I will check out HOffman. I am always looking for my next book. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Several from that list have piqued my interest! Thanks for sharing at Booknificent Thursday on! Tweeted!

    1. Author

      Thank you! I appreciate you tweeting. 🙂 I’m so glad you’ve found one or two on the list. Let me know how you like them. Merry Christmas!

  4. Thank you for a list of books I can refer back to when I am looking for new material to read! I do enjoy mystery books the most, and it looks like you have some good options!

    1. Author

      I’m so glad it’s helpful. Let me know what you think when you finish one. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  5. Thank you for these book ideas. I am always interested in what other people are reading and suggestions they might have. I cannot read very much, but I am constantly listening to audio books. Several I’ve listened to lately have been very good.

    The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimo, is a fascinating story of lives of the Afghani women in early 1900’s & 2007…100 years apart, yet not so different.

    The Postmistress by Sarah Blake, takes place in 1940 and entangles the lives of a war correspondent, a postmistress, and a love story between a doctor and his wife….a haunting and compelling novel at the beginning of WWII.

    The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve, is based on the true story of Maine’s largest fire in 1947, in which 9 towns along the coast of Maine were completely burned down. A young woman saves herself and her two toddlers by staying in the ocean. Rather timely reading with all the recent horrible fires in California.

    Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your list of good reads!

    1. Author

      Thank YOU for those suggestions! I am always on the lookout for good books. I will definitely check these out. They sound fascinating.

  6. One of my aspirations this year is to read more, and your post has given me lots of inspiration. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party, Jenny! I’m featuring it at this week’s link up. Hope to see you there! Happy New Year!

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      Yay! I am so glad that you’ve been inspired. I hope if you choose one to read you will let me know how you like it. Oh, and thank you so much for the feature. You’ve totally made my day. 🙂 I will be there!

  7. We obviously have similar tastes in our reading material. I’ve read a couple of these and really enjoyed them. Have added the others to my list. Thanks! BTW – have you read Backman’s Beartown. Completely different from A Man Called Ove, but just as good as not better.

    1. Author

      We must have similar tastes…I have Bear Town waiting on my nook. I’m glad to know you liked it.

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