I feel like I have been working on this post forever so I am excited to finally be able to share it with you all. Reading has been a great escape for me during this challenging time. I have also been able to sit outside and read which is one of my favorite things to do.
OK, let’s get into it! 🙂
The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali – I loved this book so much. Roya and Bahaman meet in Mr. Fakhri’s stationery shop while growing up in Tehran during the 1950s. It goes back and forth between the 1950s and the present day. I don’t want to give too much away but it was a wonderful and heartwarming story. I highly recommend it.
Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories by Raphael Bob-Waksberg – I have never read anything like this before. The stories were all different and this was a quick read. I do want to mention that there is profanity in this book and some of the stories are odd. Nothing disturbing, just a little weird. If you don’t like that, do not read this book. I really enjoyed most of the stories though and I laughed a lot.
Open Book by Jessica Simpson – Oh my gosh this book. I read it in a few days and I could not stop thinking about it afterward. I have always been a fan of Jessica’s and after hearing so many people talk about this book I decided to read it. It was my first celebrity memoir and it was SO good. I really admired her courage, her strong faith, and how real she was in this book. The celebrity gossip that she shares was fun to hear too. 🙂
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver – I loved this author’s other book so I was excited to read this book. It is about Lydia and Freddie and their love story. It is a great story about love, the grieving process, forgiveness, and friendship. All of the characters were great too. I also teared up while reading this so I recommend having tissues nearby.
The Vineyards of Champagne by Juliet Blackwell – This was a wonderful story and I loved it. It goes back and forth between World War I and the present day. It is told between the perspective of Lucie who is living in Reims during WWI in an underground cave community, and Rosalyn who is living in the present day. Rosalyn is a wine rep for a winery in Napa and recently widowed. Her boss sends her to Champagne for business and also because he feels that she needs a break. Rosalyn kind of annoyed me at first but then I grew to love her. I also loved the other characters in this book and even though the story is fiction, I really enjoyed learning more about the history of champagne and how it is made. This is a great book to read right now and I highly recommend it.
Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey – This is the story of Gray and Diana. Gray is going through a divorce and she just lost her mother. Oh and her sister married an extremist and will not speak to her. Diana has just broken up with her boyfriend and lost her job. The two women meet and Gray offers Diana a job. This is a story about friendship, love, and forgiveness. It was a little cheesy but also very heartwarming. I also loved the characters. It is a good book to read at the beach or on a rainy day.
Sea of Memories by Fiona Valpy – I read the Beekeepers Promise and I loved it so when I came across this book I decided to read it. This story goes back and forth between the late 1930s and present- day. Kendra’s ailing grandmother Ella asks her one day to write her story. I loved this book. I don’t want to give anything away because there is so much more to this story than the description online. It was heartbreaking at times but I also could not put it down. It is a wonderful story about family, love, and forgiveness.
Thank you so much for stopping by and have a great day!