Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Paperback Release of "Who Do You Love?" by Jennifer Weiner

Hey y'all!  I'm excited to announce that 'Who Do You Love?' by Jennifer Weiner will be out in paperback beginning April 5!  I really love her books and this one was no exception.  You can read my review here.

When Jennifer Weiner’s WHO DO YOU LOVE went on sale last year, it quickly became one of the bestselling and best-loved love stories of the year, featured in appearances on Good Morning America and CBS This Morning, and in the pages of People, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, and US Weekly. Not since this #1 New York Times bestselling author’s debut, Good in Bed, was published fifteen years ago has one of her novels had such an impact on fans and critics alike.

A sweeping tale about the passage of time and the differences between people, WHO DO YOU LOVE (April 5, 2016; $16.00; Washington Square Press/Atria Books) explores the indelible influences of class, race, religion, celebrity, and charity; it is about what makes us strong, what renders us vulnerable, and how the measure of a life is who you love.

Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are just eight years old when they meet one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect and a veteran of hospitals, Rachel’s intrigued by the boy who shows up alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy's taken back to a doctor and Rachel's sent back to her bed, they think they'll never see each other again. Yet, over the next three decades, Andy and Rachel will meet again and again — linked by chance, history, and the memory of the first time they met, a night that changed both of their lives. 

Jennifer Weiner is a New York Times Op-Ed Writer and a #1 New York Times bestselling author of twelve books. With over twelve million copies in print in thirty-six countries, her books have spent a combined total of more than five years on The New York Times bestseller list.
Weiner published her debut, Good in Bed, in 2001. The novel received a trifecta of starred reviews, an “A” in Entertainment Weekly, and was hailed as “This seasons’ beach-book Queen for a Day” by Janet Maslin in The New York Times. She went on to write In Her Shoes (2002), which was made into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and Shirley MacLaine; Little Earthquakes (2004); Goodnight Nobody (2005); the short story collection The Guy Not Taken (2006); Certain Girls (2008); Best Friends Forever (2009); Fly Away Home (2010); Then Came You (2011); The Next Best Thing (2012); All Fall Down (2014), and Who Do You Love (2015). In fall 2016, she will publish her much anticipated autobiographical essay collection, as well as her first children’s work, a Middle Grade adventure about friendship, furry creatures, and finding the place where you belong. 
Weiner has appeared on numerous national television programs, including The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and CBS Sunday Morning. She also has been published in dozens of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, TimeNew Republic, Redbook, Glamour, CosmopolitanSeventeen, InStyle, Allure, Shape, Woman’s Day, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Good Housekeeping, and many of her essays can be found on her website. She lives in Philadelphia with her family.    

Check out the book on Amazon!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Mini Reviews (13)


I have to say that I really enjoy Heather Gudenkauf's books and have read them all.  I was pleased to find that this one was just as good as the rest of her books.  It was super creepy and I spent most of the book unsure of who to trust because everyone was suspicious.  I felt bad for the main character, Sarah, because she had to deal with so much new information about her husband while also trying to figure out who the killer was.  I, for one, had no clue until it was revealed at the end and I loved that it was such a surprise.  Definitely a page turner!  3 stars.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier 

I have really loved Tracy Chevalier's books and was really excited to read this one.  It was totally different that what I expected but still so good.  I will say that the beginning of the book was difficult to read; Sadie and James Goodenough were not likable characters.  I felt bad for them but a hard, unfulfilling life had made them really unpleasant.  James was actually more palatable then Sadie by far but it's hard to sympathize with someone who hits their wife regularly.  I will say that it was kind of fascinating to watch their relationship play out.  I found Robert's story much easier to like.  

I think my favorite aspect of the book was the descriptions of the Sequoia trees in Northern California and all the plants that Robert encountered, studied and transported.  Chevalier did a fantastic job of describing the flora of the region!  I loved the character of Robert and was so happy with how things turned out for him in the end.  Overall, an excellent read.  4 stars.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf

This was a tough read for me.  The big incident that occurred in the story (I won't give it away here) is seriously one of my biggest fears as a parent.  There were definitely several parts of the story that had me in tears because of that.  I thought Gudenkauf handled the topic really well and did a great job of exploring how such things affect an entire family and how the town reacted to it.  While it was a difficult subject, I found it to be a really interesting and well-written story.  I actually think it's my new favorite by this author.  4 stars.

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