Thursday, May 6, 2021

April Reading List

 I seriously wish time would slow down, I feel like this year is going by way too fast… On the other hand I am glad that Spring has arrived, everything has popped into bloom in the most beautiful way, and the smell of fresh cut grass is just so satisfying this time of year. April was the perfect month to catch up on some reading, and I can honestly say that out of the six books I read this month, I highly recommend all six! However, if you only have time for one, then The Four Winds is my top recommendation. 

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One Little Secret, by Cate Holahan

A story that starts out as a good natured trip with friends takes a quick turn into dark waters after one alcohol fueled night. Three couples, whose marriages seem perfect on the outside, expose the cracks to the imperfect and dark parts of their relationships. The next morning a woman is discover on the beach, and Gabby Watkins enters to investigate and expose the imperfections that lead to such an act. 

 

Whistlin’ Dixie In A Nor’Eaaster, by Lisa Patton

I actually read this book years ago, but decided to re-read it just because it is such a fun and light-hearted story. If you need a book that will make you laugh and just feel good, then this is most definitely a book for you.

 

Leelee Satterfield finds herself saying goodbye to her beloved hometown of Memphis and to family and friends that she has known her whole life, in order to move to Vermont to fulfill her husband’s new found passion of owning inn up North. Needless to say, Leelee finds herself a little lost in a new town, but raises to the occasion in the most Southern way possible

 

The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah always manages to write such beautiful stories and the level of depth and detail she dives into is just amazing. Highly recommend this book!

 

This story takes place during the Great Depression when so many people’s lively hoods are at stake, and the country as a whole for that matter. Elsa Wolcott life is charted out for her, in the most depressing way, until she meets Rafe Martinelli, and one night changes everything. She finds her life in heading in a completely different direction, her reputation ruined, and the only option left is to marry a man she barely knows. 

 

As the years go by and the world changes Elsa finds herself living in uncertain times. Each day becomes a battle for a better life and to maintain the will and optimism to keep moving forward. 

 

The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides

If you are one for psychological thrillers, this is a book that needs to be at the top of your reading list. 

 

Alicia Berenson, a famous painter, who one night kills her husband, and doesn’t speak another word until she comes in contact with her new therapist, Theo, who becomes slightly obsessed with his newest patient. He begins to overstep his boundries in order to dive deeper into Alicia’s old life and what chain of events might have lead her to commit such an act. 

 

28 Summers, by Elin Hilderbrand

After reading Hilderbrand’s Winter Street series and Summer of 69, I am such a fan of hers. She writes the most perfect summer beach reads and is able to weave together a story in the most beautiful way. 

 

For 28 Summers Mallory Blessing’s and Jake McCloud decide to take a page from the movie, Same Time Next Year, and decide to see each other just one weekend out of the year, no matter what. 28 Summers follows Mallory and Jake, the separate paths they take in life, their one perfect weekend every year, and how their relations affect their lives.

 

Above All Things, by Deborah Raney

I found this book when I was browsing my included options on Audible. Granted it is a little on the corny side at times, but overall it is actually a well told story.

 

Judd and Evette are thrilled by the thought of becoming parents in just a few short months to a soon to be newborn baby. However, a curve ball is thrown their way when Judd finds out that he has a six-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. Due to a change in circumstance, Judd’s daughter come to live with him and Evette. They learn to turn towards God, each other, and member’s in their community to help them navigate their new way of life and what it truly mean to be accepting and give love as parents. 

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