Retro by Sofia Lapuente and Jarrod Shusterman Review and Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot
on the RETRO by Jarrod Shusterman & Sofía Lapuente Blog Tour hosted
by 
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About The Book:

Title: RETRO

Author: Jarrod Shusterman & Sofía Lapuente

Pub. Date: January 24, 2023

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 400

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/RETRO

What starts off as a lighthearted
competition to live without modern technology for a year turns into a fight for
survival in this unputdownable young adult thriller by New York
Times 
bestselling author Jarrod Shusterman and debut author Sofía
Lapuente.


It was never meant to happen this way.

Things were never supposed to get this out of hand.

After a cyberbullying incident at her school goes viral, Luna Iglesias finds
herself at the heart of a brewing controversy. When the social media company
Limbo—who are also implicated in the scandal—sweeps in with an offer that
sounds like an opportunity to turn over a new leaf and receive a scholarship to
the college of her dreams, she’s happy to jump on the new trend. It’s called
the Retro Challenge, where contestants live without modern technology, wear
vintage clothes, party as if the future weren’t already written, and fall in
love as if they were living in a movie.

At first, the challenge is fun. But then things get dangerous. Kids start
disappearing, including Luna’s friends. There are voices in the woods. Bloodred
markings on the trees. And Luna increasingly begins to wonder if all these
strange happenings are connected with the Retro Challenge.

Secrets. Lies. Betrayal. The weight of her family on her shoulders. There’s so
much on the line for Luna, not to mention she’s falling in love with the last
guy she expected. Unless she can figure out the truth behind who’s sabotaging
the challenge, the next person to disappear may be Luna herself.

My Thoughts: 

I am a huge proponent of nostalgia. I was an 80s and 90s kid and it was a great time to grow up. We called our friends on landline telephones, took photos that we wouldn’t see for days, weeks, months (or even years at times), and spent very few hours on the “world wide web” as it took our phone line away. In Retro, the characters are challenged to “go retro”, meaning abandoning all modern day technology for a chance to win a college scholarship. Of course, things don’t go as the main characters expect them to.

This story was extremely entertaining and fun, the characters really embraced going retro. It made me think about our world today. I’ve often thought that the birth of the internet and social media in particular has really been one of the worst things that happened to our world. The internet has been both a blessing and a curse. This book was extremely thought provoking and thrilling. The story takes off and never lets you go until the very last page. I did find some of the dialogue between characters a little cringe at times but other than that I loved it. Highly recommended!

I received this book from the author/publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating:

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4/5 stars!

About Jarrod Shusterman & Sofía Lapuente:

Sofía Lapuente got her start in marketing for Google Spain,
and then immigrated to the States. Since, she received a masters in fine arts
at UCLA and has produced for Emmy nominated show Caso Cerrado (Telemundo) Sofi
and her partner, Jarrod, both have co-author credits in the fourth installation
of the bestselling Arc of a Scythe Trilogy GLEANINGS (2022)
and are the authors of their upcoming novel RETRO (2023).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jarrod Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author
of novel DRY (2018), which was one of the highest bid novels
in Hollywood of 2018, selling it to Paramount Pictures, produced by Temple
hill, which he’s adapting for the screen with co author Neal Shusterman. He is
also the author of accoladed Simon & Schuster novel, ROXY (2021).
Sofi and Jarrod are partners in every sense of the word, with love and
multiculturalism as an ethos— living between Madrid, Spain and Los Angeles,
California.

Find Sofía & Jarrod- https://linktr.ee/Sofiandjarrod

 

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner
will receive a finished copy of RETRO, US Only.

Ends January
28th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/9/2023

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt/IG Post

1/9/2023

YA
Books Central

Excerpt/IG Post

1/10/2023

travelersguidetobooks

IG Review

1/10/2023

@more.books.yes.please

IG Review/TikTok Post

1/11/2023

Wanderingwitchreads

TikTok Review/IG Post

1/11/2023

onemused

IG Review

1/12/2023

amandainpa

Review/IG Post

1/12/2023

@readerofthewrittenword

IG Review

1/13/2023

Thindbooks Blog

Review/IG Post

1/13/2023

OneMoreExclamation

Review/IG Post

 Week Two:

1/16/2023

pluvioreads

Review/IG Post

1/16/2023

@froggyreadteach

IG Review

1/17/2023

Fall
Between the Pages

IG Review/TikTok Post

1/17/2023

A
Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic

1/18/2023

@amysbookshelf82

IG Review

1/18/2023

Nerdophiles

Review

1/19/2023

Satisfaction
for Insatiable Readers

Review/IG Post

1/19/2023

Book-Keeping

Review/IG Post

1/20/2023

Lisa
Loves Literature

Review/IG Post

1/20/2023

Emmiepooh2

IG Review/Facebook Post

 Week Three:

1/23/2023

@drew_ambitious_reading

IG Review/TikTok Post

1/23/2023

popthebutterfly

Review/IG Post

The Lost Melody by Joanna Davidson Politano Review

Synopsis:

When concert pianist Vivienne Mourdant’s father dies, he leaves to her the care of an adult ward she knew nothing about. The woman is supposedly a patient at Hurstwell Asylum. The woman’s portrait is shockingly familiar to Vivienne, so when the asylum claims she was never a patient there, Vivienne is compelled to discover what happened to the figure she remembers from childhood dreams.

My Thoughts:

This is the fourth book that I’ve read by Joanna Davidson Politano and she has definitely become one of my favorite Christian authors. This book ranks as my favorite of her books. The story is so interesting and shines the light on how little say women had in their lives in the late 1800s. Vivienne witnesses firsthand the lives of the patients in the Hurstwell asylum. There were several scenes and moments in the book that were very unsettling and sad to read, especially with knowing that these things actually occurred in the past. Joanna Davidson Politano is a gifted writer in every sense of the word…she puts words together in a way that is lyrical and beautiful. There were so many quotable phrases throughout the book.

The faith content was also extremely well done. The main character wrestles with her relationship with God all through the story and tries to reconcile God as a father as her own father was not a kind man or a good father figure for her.

Overall this was another amazing story by this author and I have now added her to my auto-buy authors list. Definitely recommended!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating

Dangerous Beauty by Melissa Koslin Review

Synopsis:

Liliana Vela hates the term victim. She’s not a victim, she’s a fighter. Stubborn and strong with a quiet elegance, she’s determined to take back her life after escaping the clutches of human traffickers in her poor Mexican village. But she can’t stay safely over the border in America–unless the man who aided in her rescue is serious about his unconventional proposal to marry her.

Meric Toledan was just stopping at a service station for a bottle of water. Assessing the situation, he steps in to rescue Liliana from traffickers. If he can keep his secrets at bay, his wealth and position afford him many resources to help her. But the mysterious buyer who funded her capture will not sit idly by while his prize is stolen from him.

Melissa Koslin throws you right into the middle of the action in this high-stakes thriller that poses the question: What is the price of freedom?

My Thoughts:

I was intrigued by the cover of this book and the synopsis. The story starts out with a bang and puts the reader right in the middle of the action. I was on board and turning pages quickly for about the first half of the story. Around the halfway mark, I felt that it began to lose some steam. The plot began to felt a bit unrealistic and it got a bit boring. I think people that love romance would enjoy this more than I did.

I received a copy of this book to read and review from the author/publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating

The Brothers Flick Review and Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot
on the THE BROTHERS FLICK: THE IMPOSSIBLE DOORS by Ryan Haddock &
Nick Wyche Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar
Book Tours
. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

 

Title: THE BROTHERS FLICK: THE IMPOSSIBLE DOORS

Author: Ryan Haddock, Whitney Cogar,  Nick Wyche (Illustrations), David Stoll
(Illustrations), Jim Campbell, Rebecca Taylor (Editor)

Pub. Date: October 11, 2022

Publisher: Wonderbound

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 208

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

Sherlock
Holmes meets the Wayside School in this Middle Grade supernatural sleuthing
graphic novel about the Flick brothers – four siblings searching for
explanations to outbreaks of supernatural strangeness and otherworldly
weirdness in their Edwardian-era hometown.    

A bump in
the night? They’re on the case! At Strander House, things are…weird. There’s an
ogre wedged in the closet, and you have to be careful not to slip on the leak
coming from the ocean in the attic. What’s possibly weirder than the fact that
you can walk into the bathroom and end up in next Tuesday are the four brothers
who investigate these strange supernatural occurrences…the Brothers Flick!

Leo,
Desmond, Remy, and Cub seek to get to the bottom of every shadow you swear you
saw move. If they happen to stumble upon answers to the mysterious disappearance
of their own family along the way, all the better.   For fans
of  Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate EventsGravity
Falls
Whispering Pines, the Hardy Boys, the Winterhouse
series, the Greenglass House series, and the Wayside School series!

My Thoughts:

I have found that Middle Grade graphic novels are my favorite from the genre. I adore the wholesomeness and the nostalgia that they tend to bring. The Brothers Flick was a fun adventure that will definitely appeal to the target audience. 

The story follows 4 brothers who live in an orphanage and solve mysteries that occur there. The artwork was bright and colorful but I did find that the story was a bit difficult to follow at times. I didn’t realize until the end of the book that one of the brothers uses sign language. There were also some loose ends that left me with a few questions (I’m not sure if this will be a series.)

The content was very clean and appropriate for all ages. The story was interesting and I would love to revisit these characters again in the future. Definitely recommended!

I received this book from the author/publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

My Rating

4/5 stars

Reviews:

“… the
metaphor of “impossible doors” leading toward unending universes, where even
the smallest changes reverberate, provides a unique framework for themes of
grief and healing.”   – Publishers Weekly

“…enjoyable.” – Kirkus

“… this graphic novel will attract mystery and adventure fans by the
droves…”     — Kirkus

“… a “Jonny Quest meets the Hardy Boys” vibe with a few modern
twists…”  — Kirkus

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YOUR POST OR REVIEW HERE!

 

About Ryan Haddock:

 

Ryan Haddock has wanted to write books since he was six years
old. Over the years, his career aspirations also included rock star, lawyer,
rock star lawyer, and teacher, but writing books never left his heart. Thank
goodness someone finally let him write a book.

Ryan resides with his wife and kids in a charmingly quaint city known for its
ridiculously fast internet and a jingle about a train.

Hometown/State: Chattanooga, TN

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

 

About Nick Wyche:

Nick Wyche
lives in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains with his wonderful wife, Suzanne,
overlooking the Tennessee River. He has been obsessed with comics and cartoons
for over 4 decades and still can’t believe he gets to draw professionally.
Hometown/State: Chattanooga, TN

Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

 

 

 

 

Giveaway Details:

2 winners
will receive a finished copy of THE BROTHERS FLICK: THE IMPOSSIBLE DOORS, US
Only.

Ends November
1st, midnight EST.

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/26/2022

A Dream
Within A Dream

Guest Post

9/27/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Spotlight

9/28/2022

BookHounds YA

Guest Post/IG Post

9/29/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Guest Post/IG Post

9/30/2022

Review Thick
And Thin

Review/IG Post

10/1/2022

amandainpa

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

10/2/2022

#BRVL Book
Review Virginia Lee Blog

Guest Post

10/3/2022

Mom with
a Reading Problem

Review/IG Post

10/4/2022

Satisfaction
for Insatiable Readers

Review/IG Post

10/5/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

10/6/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

Review/IG Post

10/7/2022

More
Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

10/8/2022

@meetcuteromancebooks

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Week Three:

10/9/2022

One More
Exclamation

Review/IG Post

10/10/2022

Little Red Reads

Review

10/11/2022

RavenzReviewz

Review/IG Post

10/12/2022

Ya Books Central

Guest Post

10/13/2022

Two Chicks on
Books

Guest Post

10/14/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

Review/IG Post

10/15/2022

@ablueboxfullofbooks

IG Review

Week Four:

10/16/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Spotlight

10/17/2022

@jacleomik33

IG Review

10/18/2022

@froggyreadteach

IG Review/Read Part of Book Out Loud

10/19/2022

The Bookwyrm’s Den

Review/IG Post

10/20/2022

Two Points of
Interest

Review/IG Post

10/21/2022

Nerdophiles

Review/IG Post

10/22/2022

hodophile_z

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Week Five:

10/23/2022

pickagoodbook

Review/IG Post

10/24/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

10/25/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

IG Review

 

The Registration by Madison Lawson Review and Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot
on the THE REGISTRATION by Madison Lawson Blog Tour hosted by 
Rockstar Book Tours. Check out
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About The Book:

Title: THE
REGISTRATION

Author: Madison Lawson

Pub. Date: September 27, 2022

Publisher: CamCat Books

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 472

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

You can’t
outrun the Registration

Imagine it’s
legal to commit one murder in your lifetime?if you Register the victim and
accomplish the kill within fourteen days. So when Lynell Mize stands in line to
Register the man who abused her as a child, she’s shocked to hear a stranger
Register her to be killed. Why would anyone who doesn’t know her squander his
one legal murder on her? Desperate to survive the next two weeks, she must find
out who wants to kill her?and why.

Easier said
than done as Lynell soon discovers that multiple strangers have used their
Registration on her. Along the way, she reunites with her estranged husband who
is determined to dig up a past Lynell prefers to keep buried. With only days
left to live, Lynell fights to uncover the truth and survive a destiny not of
her choosing.

 

 

THE
REGISTRATION: THE MOVIE

Sydney
Sweeney, Brad Fuller, And Sony Developing Adaptation Of ‘The Registration’

The
Registration
 is
coming to the big screen! Sydney Sweeney and Brad Fuller will work with Sony
pictures to produce the adaptation of The Registration. Sydney will
star in the film and The Night House writers Ben Collins and
Luke Piotrowski will write the script.

Find
out more here!

 

My Thoughts:

This was a wild rollercoaster ride from the first page to the last. Set in a dystopian society where a person can end a life with a registration with no consequences. This was the kind of book that I thought about long after reading it. It’s been a long time since I’ve picked up a dystopian book and I remembered how much I loved the genre while reading “The Registration”. There are some gritty, gruesome scenes that may not be for the faint of heart but the content was clean overall.

The author set the scene very well and I found myself anxious for the characters many times throughout the story. I definitely recommend this one!

I received this book to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About Madison Lawson:

Author
Madison Lawson writes speculative fiction novels full of suspense, social
commentary, and complex relationships. She has published a dozen short stories,
many of which won awards such as the Koresh Award and the Gordone Award. She
received her B.A. in English from Texas A&M University and is currently
earning her M.A. in English at North Carolina State University. Born and raised
in a small Texas town, Madison began escaping through reading and writing as
soon as she could. To stay updated, follow Madison on social media and head to
madisonlawson.com.

Sign up for Madison’s
newsletter!

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | YouTube
|
Goodreads | Amazon

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner
will receive a finished copy of THE REGISTRATION & swag, US Only.

Ends
September 27th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/12/2022

Ya Books Central

Guest Post

9/12/2022

A Dream
Within A Dream

Guest Post

9/13/2022

Epic Book Society

Review/IG Post

9/13/2022

BookHounds YA

Guest Post/IG Post

9/14/2022

amandainpa

Review/IG Post

9/14/2022

Two Chicks on
Books

Excerpt/IG Post

9/15/2022

Wanderingwitchreads

TikTok Review/IG Post

9/15/2022

Jeff_of_allmedia

Review/IG Post

9/16/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Spotlight

9/16/2022

@booksrn_rashi

IG Review

Week Two:

9/19/2022

@jacleomik33

IG Review

9/19/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

9/20/2022

Nagma
| TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

IG Review

9/20/2022

Mom with
a Reading Problem

Review/IG Post

9/21/2022

My.Bookish.Mind

IG Review/TikTok Post

9/21/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

9/22/2022

Laurenreads._

IG Review

9/22/2022

OneMoreExclamation

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9/23/2022

pluvioreads

Review/TikTok Post

9/23/2022

pickagoodbook

Review/IG Post

Mustique Island by Sarah McCoy Review

Synopsis

From bestselling author Sarah McCoy, a sun-splashed romp with a rich divorcee and her two wayward daughters in 1970s Mustique, the world’s most exclusive private island, where Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger were regulars and scandals stayed hidden from the press…

It’s January 1972 but the sun is white hot when Willy May Michael’s boat first kisses the dock of Mustique Island. Tucked into the southernmost curve of the Caribbean, Mustique is a private island that has become a haven for the wealthy and privileged. Its owner is the eccentric British playboy Colin Tennant, who is determined to turn this speck of white sand into a luxurious neo-colonial retreat for his rich friends and into a royal court in exile for the Queen’s rebellious sister, Princess Margaret—one where Her Royal Highness can skinny dip, party, and entertain lovers away from the public eye.

Willy May, a former beauty queen from Texas—who is also no stranger to marital scandals—seeks out Mustique for its peaceful isolation. Determined to rebuild her life and her relationships with her two daughters, Hilly, a model, and Joanne, a musician, she constructs a fanciful white beach house across the island from Princess Margaret—and finds herself pulled into the island’s inner circle of aristocrats, rock stars, and hangers-on.

When Willy May’s daughters arrive, they discover that beneath its veneer of decadence, Mustique has a dark side, and like sand caught in the undertow, their mother-daughter story will shift and resettle in ways they never could have imagined. 

My thoughts

First of all, the cover of this book screams summer read! I was so excited to pick it up when I saw this gorgeous cover.

This book was extremely atmospheric and the perfect beach read. Set in the 70s on Mustique Island, the reader gets a taste of how the wealthy socialites live. I googled the places described in the book and was surprised and delighted to see that they were in fact, real places. I found the story interesting, especially when Princess Margaret made appearances but didn’t gel well with the writing style and found it slightly boring. Overall an okay read.

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I Do or I Don’t by Rob Edwards Review and Giveaway

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the I DO OR I DON’T by Rob Edwards Blog
Tour hosted by Rockstar Book
Tours
. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book:

Title: I DO OR I DON’T

Author: Rob Edwards

Pub. Date: May 18, 2022

Publisher: Rayn Media Inc.

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 284

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, iBooks, Kobo

Beautiful Brooke Winthrop, and brash Becca Dodge are known in
Hollywood circles as the Queen B’s for their meteoric success. They are the
host and producer of 
I Do or I Don’t, the number-one-rated reality
television show in the country. It is a whirlwind courtship show that ends
every episode at the altar where two people must decide, on live TV, whether
they will say the words that will change the rest of their lives.

One unlucky bride says, “I do,” only to be murdered by the groom on their
honeymoon. The distraught father of the bride holds Brooke and Becca
accountable. He manages to kidnap them and produce his own internet show based
on the format of their program. Brooke and Becca are run through the scenarios
they put their couples through. They must use these brief moments to prove
their innocence or be killed in the last episode.

 

My Review:

This was a such a fun book! It combined 2 of my favorite things…thrillers and reality tv. The story focuses on a reality show called I Do or I Don’t, which reminded me a lot of a mashup between  “Married at First Sight” and “The Bachelor”. The story quickly takes a dark turn and pulls the reader along through many twists and turns.

Reading this book made me think back fondly to my years of watching reality tv when it was still in it’s infancy…the silly shows like “Temptation Island”, “Average Joe”, and “Joe Millionaire” (those were the days!)

Overall, this was a super fun book that had lots of surprises. Highly recommended!

I received this book from the author/publisher to read/review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About Rob Edwards:

The majority of Rob Edwards working life has been in the
video and film production world, giving him ample experience with storytelling
and the creative process. He has written throughout his career and has won
national and international awards for his work.

He is now transforming his efforts to the page, rather than
the screen.

Rob lives in the mid-Michigan area
with his bride. Together they enjoy traveling, foodie adventures, wine tasting,
reading, and generally being outdoors.

He currently works as a Media
Development Specialist and teaches video post-production.

Rob loves hearing from readers, so
please feel free to contact him.

Website
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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a $10 Amazon GC, International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/16/2022

BookHounds YA

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5/17/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

5/18/2022

Review Thick and
Thin

Review/IG Post

5/19/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

IG Review

5/20/2022

@amysbooknook8

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Week Two:

5/23/2022

amandainpa

Review/IG Post

5/24/2022

onemoreexclamation

Review/IG Post

5/25/2022

@just_another_mother_with_books

Review/IG Post

5/26/2022

My
Fictional Oasis

Review/IG Post

5/27/2022

@jypsylynn

Review/IG Post

Tacos for Two by Betsy St. Amant Review

Synopsis

Rory Perez, a food truck owner who can’t cook, is struggling to keep the business she inherited from her aunt out of the red–and an upcoming contest during Modest’s annual food truck festival seems the best way to do it. The prize money could finally give her a solid financial footing and keep her cousin with special needs paid up at her beloved assisted living home. Then maybe Rory will have enough time to meet the man she’s been talking to via an anonymous online dating site.

Jude Strong is tired of being a puppet at his manipulative father’s law firm, and the food truck festival seems like the perfect opportunity to dive into his passion for cooking and finally call his life his own. But if he loses the contest, he’s back at the law firm for good. Failure is not an option.

Complications arise when Rory’s chef gets mono and she realizes she has to cook after all. Then Jude discovers that his stiffest competition is the same woman he’s been falling for online the past month.

Will these unlikely chefs sacrifice it all for the sake of love? Or will there only ever be tacos for one?

My Thoughts

This was such a fun story and a nice break from the darker stories that I have been consuming in October.

The story follows Rory and Jude who are communicating on an anonymous dating app and happen to also know each other in real life. Rory owns a food truck but is not the best cook and Jude is a few steps from becoming a lawyer but really would love to be a cook. (It’s fairly easy to see where the story will go). The predictability of romance stories is one of the main reasons that I don’t often reach for them. I tend to enjoy the twists in a book the most, so when I can see the ending coming from the first chapter, I don’t have as much fun. (Unpopular opinion, but I also don’t enjoy Hallmark movies for the same reason…)

For a contemporary romance story, given that it’s not my preferred genre, I really enjoyed it. I loved all of the food references and found myself hungry for Tacos several times while reading it.

I also found that Rory and Jude were enjoyable to follow…the fact that Rory owned a food truck but couldn’t cook often made me smile. There are many moments where the reader gets to see the messages between Rory and Jude on their anonymous dating site and the banter is a lot of fun to read, I also liked seeing their relationship evolve. It was nice to see them fall in love with each other based on personality only. The story was very clean but had very little faith content.

There were also lots of references to “You’ve Got Mail” but again, I’ve never seen the movie so they flew right over my head. I was obviously not the intended audience for this one.

Overall, this was a cute, clean “pallet cleanser” story for me that I enjoyed for what it was. Fans of romance would most likely love it. Recommended!

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My Rating



Spouse in The House by Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby

About the Book

A frank and funny look at what to do when together is too close
 
Two’s company, especially for those who love each other. So what happens when—due to retirement, working from home, or even running a business together—spouses find that being in the same space all the time is awkward, complex, annoying, and just plain challenging? How can partners coexist without co-exhausting each other?
 
Cynthia Ruchti and Becky Melby know all too well how adjusting to a new, all-the-time closeness can cause the bliss of marriage to form blisters. Drawing from their experiences, and from men and women across the country in the same situation, the authors take a deep breath and dive into the root causes. They dig into what God’s Word has to say, and they offer practical tips for learning the spiritual, emotional, relational, and even physical steps that can help readers replace irritation with peace.
 
For any couple who wants their home to be a refuge of peace and serenity for all—not just themselves—and who wants to know they aren’t alone in the mental and physical claustrophobia of too much togetherness, Spouse in the House is a vulnerable, charming, and pragmatic breath of hope.
 
Click here to read an excerpt from Spouse in the House.

My Thoughts

Although my spouse is not always in the house…I have experienced moments when I feel like it’s a bit harder to spend long periods of time together. As I type this review, Steve and I are 18 days away from our 20th wedding anniversary, which honestly blows my mind. We are still very much in love but sometimes I think we take each other for granted. This book approaches this issue that many wives face due to retirement, sickness, working from home, pandemics, etc. in a very useful but funny way. I adored the writing style of both authors and found myself nodding in agreement and giggling out loud at times.

The main theme of the book that I found was taking note of the status of your marriage and finding ways to keep it running smoothly. I took many great tips from it even though I’m not quite at the “he’s home all the time” stage yet. I also loved that it focuses on putting God in the center, which is extremely important for a healthy marriage.

This was one of the best marriage books I’ve read in a long time and I recommend it for any married couple who have been together for a while.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher/authors to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the Authors

Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed in hope through her novels, novellas, devotions, and nonfiction, and through speaking for women’s events, retreats, writers’ conferences, and workshops. She draws from 33 years of experience writing and producing the 15-minute daily radio broadcast, “The Heartbeat of the Home.”

Ruchti’s more than thirty books have garnered reader, retailer, reviewer, and other industry awards. She serves as Professional Relations Liaison for American Christian Fiction Writers, is a founding board member of the Deliver Hope ministry and is part of the worship team at her church. She’s also a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management.

Ruchti and her husband, Bill, live in the heart of Wisconsin, not far from their three children and six grandchildren.

Learn more about Cynthia Ruchti and her writing at cynthiaruchti.comor by following her on Facebook (@CynthiaRuchtiReaderPage)Instagram (@cynthiaruchtiauthor), and Twitter (@cynthiaruchti).

Becky Melby has authored more than twenty novels and novellas. Spouse in the House is her first non-fiction book release.
 
The Melbys have four sons and fifteen grandchildren and make their home in southeastern Wisconsin. When not writing or spoiling grandchildren, she may be found touring the country with Bill in their camper or on their Honda Gold Wing motorcycle.
 
Find out more about Becky Melby’s books at beckymelby.com or follow her on Facebook (becky.melby.9) and Instagram (@beckymelbybooks). She also shares short blog posts each Friday on the Fill My Cup, Lord page on Facebook.

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