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March madness is a real thing. And I’m not talking about the basketball kind!!

No, somehow spring rolled in and so did the chaos in my life! My writing scheduling became more demanding and several family issues popped up leaving me little time to read. However, I did manage to get in 3 books that I’m excited to share with you!

March Reads

While I didn’t get to read as much as I would have liked, here’s what I did enjoy:

Me Before You

Author: Jojo Moyes

# of pages: 376

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Book Summary:

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation and perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

My thoughts: While many people consider this a controversial book (sorry, I can’t tell you why without spoiling the book for you), I truly enjoyed it. It is definitely a love story and I admit, I was crying over the last few pages. Not sure if I want to watch the movie, but the book was well-written and the characters were memorable.

 

Try Dying

Author: James Scott Bell

# of pages: 306

Genre: Legal Thrillers/Thrillers & Suspense (some religious aspects)

Book summary:

She was the woman he was going to marry…

A man shoots his young wife to death. He drives to a freeway overpass, gets out, shoots himself, and drops 100 feet to the freeway below, crushing a Toyota Camry. Inside is an elementary school teacher named Jacqueline Dwyer, who dies at the scene.

Ty Buchanan is a hotshot lawyer. Jacqueline Dwyer was the woman he was going to marry.

Ty goes into a tailspin. And it gets worse when a mysterious man finds him at the funeral and says Jacqueline’s death may not have been an accident after all.

In fact, she may have been murdered.

Now Ty Buchanan will risk everything, including his skyrocketing career, to find out what really happened to the only woman he ever truly loved.

That is if he can stay alive. Because someone out there does not want him to know the truth.

My thoughts: When I first read the book summary, I was intrigued! But sadly, the plot got too twisted and made it hard to read. However, the suspense was strong and the story moved at a good pace. I wish I could have liked this book more than I did. I’ll try another one of his books though, as he is a great writer.

 

Beneath the Seams

Author: Peyton H. Roberts

# of pages: 350

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Book Summary:

Fashion designer Shelby Lawrence is launching her mother-daughter dresses into retail stores nationwide when she receives a photo of the girl who will change her life forever. Runa, the family’s newly sponsored child, is a clever student growing up near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Dresses are flying off the racks when a horrifying scene unfolds in Dhaka that threatens to destroy Shelby’s pristine reputation. Even worse—it sends Runa’s life spiraling down a terrifying path. Shelby must decide how far she’s willing to go to right a tragic wrong.

Both a gripping exposé of fashion industry secrets and a heartwarming mother-daughter tale, Beneath the Seams explores love, conscience, hope, and the common threads connecting humanity.

My thoughts: This is a debut novel by another Scrivenings Press colleague of mine that I’m thrilled about (I received an Advanced Reader Copy)! A well written book, Beneath the Seams pulls back the fabric on the fashion industry and reveals the unflattering truth about how the clothes we buy and wear are made – oftentimes at the expense of others’ lives. A wonderful story that leaves you thinking once you’ve finished the last page. While the book isn’t officially available until May 11, you can pre-order on Amazon or on Barnes and Noble.

So that’s it for this month! Here’s to hoping that April brings more time for my book/reading addiction 🙂


What did you read this month? I’d love to know!!

Happy reading,

 

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