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Book Review : The Broken Circle

Book Title : Strut
Book Author :
Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
March 1st 2019

Thank you @amazonpublishing for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.


The Deets: Set in Kabul, Afghanistan, we follow the story of Enjeela Ahmandi’s five-year journey of escape to India to be reunited with her mother and the rest of her siblings.

A memoir telling the story about survival, self-discovery, and war.

Just my thoughts: It started out fairly well. The story was told through the eyes of five-year-old Enjeela where she had that perfect family and childhood. In came the war, and shattered the life that she has known.

I haven’t ever read a memoir before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.

I loved reading about Afghanistan, their culture, the family bonding, and this book spoke details about that.

As I have read lots of books about war, there was nothing new with this one. But then again, usually I find that every book talking about war experiences are typically just the same. The whole idea of being a refugee, being forced out of your country to find a safer place. Surviving the war but leaving some kind of mark that would forever be remembered.

It did have a unique vibe though, and Enjeela was the youngest I have ever read for experiencing the brutality of the war.  Especially the idea of her getting separated from her parents at such a young age.

I also loved how strong she was, her personality and I can’t help but admire her.

All in favor, should I say Aye? I would say pick it up. It’s worth the read especially if you are a fan of books about war and the Middle East.

Do you have space on your shelf? I’d say burrow. Make up your mind about it first before purchasing it.

 

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Book Review : The Other Mrs Miller

Book Title : The Other Mrs. Miller
Book Author : 
Allison Dickson
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date :
July 23rd 2019

Thank you @littlebrown for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.


The Deets: A domestic thriller about Phoebe Miller who is your typically miserable unfulfilled housewife who drowns her sorrows in Chardonnay and icecream.

She strongly believes she is being spied on and that the blue sedan outside her house is doing all the watching.

Her life gets even more infused with excitement after a new family moves in across the street from her and she gets involved with them. But it seems they are not what they appear to be or are they? Your typical Doctor, his wife and their handsome soon-out-to college son.

Just my thoughts:  I am not a big fan of domestic thrillers. I always think they are the mellowest of thrillers and this one was so until the other half of the book.

Mind you! With thrillers, you never know when exactly the plot will thicken or where the twists will start. So I am always patient with them and I make it a rule to finish the whole book before I make up my mind.

Did I like this one? Well, I won’t jump to recommend it as quick as I would like but I still think it’s worth the read.

All in favor, should I say Aye? I say Aye, pick it up if you have the patience and the curiosity to find out what’s going on.

Do you have space on your shelf?  I’d say burrow. If you are lucky enough to find a copy, pick it up and give it a shot.

 

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Book Review : Marry in Secret

Book Title : Marry in Secret
Book Author :
Annie Gracie
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date :
 July 30th 2019

Thank you @berkleyromance for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.


The Deets: Lady Rose Rutherford was just about to get married and thinks she had made a perfect choice. A marriage of convenience to the Duke of Everinham which would also bring her the freedom she yearns for.

Enters, Thomas Bradford, who crashes and stops the wedding, claiming Rose to be his own wife. They have married in secret years ago but then he disappeared. A shocking admission to everyone around and to Rose herself. She did marry Thomas but that was four years ago, and she had thought him to have already died.

Just my thoughts: I mostly prefer my romance reads to be just romance. I wouldn’t mind reading another genre that has some romance to it though. This was a mix of romance, suspense, and family drama.

It started out fairly well and I was super intrigued. I loved how they both were torn whether the other really wanted them or not. But then it kind of got flat and it was all about family drama, Thomas’s past and his story behind his disappearance.

I didn’t feel the character’s love for each other. It felt like they were more friends than lovers. I wasn’t really interested in the “whodunit” part of the story. All in all, it was a “meh” romance read for me.

All in favour, should I say Aye? I might. For readers who prefer their historical romance reads to be more on the drama and suspense part.

Do you have space on your shelf? I’d say burrow first, make up your own mind about it, then decide to get a copy or not.

 

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Book Review : Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Book Title : Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating
Book Author :
Christina Lauren
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date :
September 4th 2018

Thank you @littlebrown for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.


The Deets: A contemporary romance about Hazel and Josh who have met in university and have quite the opposite personalities. Where Hazel is loud, quirky, spontaneous, and an embarrassment about to happen, Josh is the quiet, sweet, and logical planner.

They both know they wouldn’t make the perfect match, so they became the best of friends and dating each other is the last thing on their minds. Or was it?

Just my thoughts: My first Christian Lauren book and I’m wondering what cave have I been living in. I couldn’t get enough of Josh and Hazel. Especially, Hazel! I think she’s one I would have loved to hang around with. It was hot. It was steamy, it was super super sweet but moderately so.

A hilarious read which had me laughing a lot, and I enjoyed every page of it.

All in favor, should I say Aye? I say Aye, pick it up especially if you are a fan of “friends to lovers” trope. It was really well written.

Do you have space on your shelf? Make space and add it to your pile of awesome romance reads!

 

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ARC Review : Bringing Down the Duke

Book Title : Bringing Down the Duke
Book Author :
Evie Dunmore
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
September 3rd 2019

Thank you @berkleyromance for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.


The Deets: Anabelle Archer, daughter of a vicar, was one of the first female students who have gained access to higher education and a place in Oxford. She’s also all about women’s right and was a huge part of the British suffrage movement. One of her duties was to recruit an influential man for their cause, thus enters Sebastian Devereaux, the duke of Montgomery who finds himself somehow involved, even though, that is against his own cause. To make things worse, there is a powerful attraction between them that they should both deny because of their political and social backgrounds.

Just my thoughts: It’s been really a long while since I have read a great historical romance and a great one it was.

As cliché as the synopsis might sound, it was really not!

A mix of history and romance, you will be blown away by the book. The strong personalities, the banters, the emotions, the swoons, the sexual tensions!!! Sigh!

I seriously wasn’t able to put the book down.

All in favour, should I say Aye? I say Aye! Aye! Ay! I have marked it as one of my greatest reads for 2019 and I can’t wait to read more from the author.

Do you have space on your shelf? Make space NOW! You don’t want to miss this one.

Thank you @berkleyromance for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.

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Book Review : Strut

Book Title : Strut
Book Author : 
Samar Shera
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
September 5th 2017

Thank you @amazonpublishing for sending me a free copy in exchange for a review.


The Deets: Samar Shera writes about how women can be their own leaders. Opening up, realizing their emotions and situations, we as women can overcome limitations and be in control.

Just my thoughts: I loved the idea of the book so much, and immediately picked it up after receiving it. I loved how Samar shared her painful story and how she has overcome them. I am sure it was not as easy as she made it sound but it does give you the courage to do the same. Reconnecting with your body, admitting your weakness, self-reflection is something that we all need to do and this book is a great reminder.

All in favor, should I say Aye? I say, Aye. It’s a quick read full of important inspirational messages.

Do you have space on your shelf? You should. It’s a good pick up book on your low days. It can be read over and over again.

 

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Book Review : Happiness for Beginners

Book Title : Happiness for Beginners
Book Author :
Carole Matthews
My Rating :
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Publication Date : 
March 10th 2020

Thank you @littlebrown for the gifted copy and for including me on the tour.


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