I haven’t done a Recent Reads post in a while and I wanted to get back into sharing books I’ve read since I always love to hear what other people thought of a book I may be considering picking up. Unfortunately with these four books that I read recently, only one I really liked. But, I’ve read a few advance reader copy’s of some books being released later this spring thanks to Netgalley that I absolutely loved and cannot wait to share those reviews when the books are released.
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
I loved Hannah’s The Nightingale, but I didn’t really plan on reading other books by her until Firefly Lane was recommended to me since Summer Sisters by Judy Blume is one of my all-time favorite books. The two books are definitely similar and while nothing can dethrone Summer Sisters to me, I really did like this book. Hannah has a way of drawing you into the story that you just can’t put it down, even though you know she is going to punch you in the gut along the way. Word of advice, don’t Google the book and find out is a sequel when you are not even halfway through the book because then you will know what happens in the end. Even with being able to piece together what happens before Hannah took you there, the friendship of Kate and Tully felt so authentic and I loved going on their journey from the start of their friendship in the 70’s through the years that followed.
If you are a fan of Summer Sisters like I am, a book I really loved that is compared to it is The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan. My favorite read of 2018 and I cannot wait to share my thoughts on her follow up, Summer Hours which is coming out in June!
One Day in December by Josie Silver
I really thought I was going to like this book, it had everything I loved to read, plus it is set in England, but I just couldn’t really get into it. I felt it was a very slow read and I contemplated giving it up a few times, but there are so many great reviews for it on Goodreads that I was waiting for it to get better, but for me it didn’t.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
I enjoyed Thorne’s The Hating Game, so I was looking forward to her next book and while this was an okay book, I’m not sure if I’m going to be eager to read more from Thorne. The main character of Darcy was very unlikeable to me and I just couldn’t really root for her. Tom on the other hand, was a perfect character and makes you wish someone like him actually exist in the world.
Her Best Friend’s Secret by Ann Mansell
I received a digital ARC of this book thanks to Netgalley and I requested it because the plot sounded like something I would enjoy and while I didn’t hate the book, I didn’t love it either. The book follows four childhood friends who reconnect years later and I thought all of the characters were fleshed out well and made you get invested into their stories. I was pleased with the conclusion of the book, I do think it dragged a lot throughout and that may be what made me not really enjoy this book as much as I thought I would.