Oh August, how I loved you! I guess I have been in mourning for the last 15 days because it has taken me that long to admit that August is gone. I read some really fantastic books in August. And a lot of them!
The Good Father by Diane Chamberlain
I think it took me two days to read this book. I just couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen. There were several father’s in the book, each with a different story but all showing what lengths a father will go to for their child. I just loved the little girl Bella and was rooting for her father Travis the entire book! I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and Diane Chamberlain is quickly becoming and must-read author for me.
First Lord’s Fury by Jim Butcher
This book was the final book in a six book series that Joe recommended to me. I will admit that fantasy books are not my favorite to read and so it took me awhile to read all 6 books. But, now that I am finished, I can say that Joe was right about me enjoying the series. This last book wrapped all the story lines very well and I was more than happy about what happened to my favorite characters. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.
Love that Boy: What Two Presidents, Eight Road Trips and My Son Taught Me About a Parent’s Expectations by Ron Fournier
This book was a book that I reviewed earlier in the month and you can find my review here!
What We Keep by Elizabeth Berg
I really loved this book. I read this book with two of my friends and I haven’t been able to talk in depth with them about it yet, but I think they both liked the book too. The book follows the story of two sisters and the relationship with their mother. The title is seriously so perfect. The idea of what we hold on to throughout our lives (anger, grudges, sadness, expectations) and how much those emotions can impact the life we live moving forward, stayed with me for days. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars but it probably should have been 5 stars as I think about how much this book has stayed with me.
After You by Jojo Moyes
This book was the sequel to Me Before You, which I loved. I was so excited when this book finally became available on OverDrive. I was so excited to find out what happened to Louisa after the life altering events from the first book. Louisa has been forever changed by grief, as most people are, and this book finds her living in London and working at an airport bar. I will admit that while I liked the book, I missed having Will and Louisa together. The interaction between them is what I loved most about the first book. A bit of that was created (that I’m not going to spoil for those of you that might want to read the book yourself) but it just wasn’t the same. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.
Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline
It has been a little bit since I read a creepy thriller and I was long overdue! I am not sure I actually cooked food for my family or accomplished anything productive during the two days that I was reading this book, but the family is still alive so I don’t think there were any long term ill-effects. Phew. This book had me guessing the whole time and I was completely surprised at the ending. Dr. Eric Parrish is well-respected and it is clear early on in the book that he is a good guy. But someone doesn’t think so and as the story unfolds it is clear that certain someone is trying to take him down. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. This is my first book by this author but it will certainly not be my last.