Tag: Cozy Lady Fiction

Jul 18

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie by Amy E Reichert

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Greetings Bookworms,

Dessert is one of my favorite things on planet earth. I’m pretty equal opportunity when it comes to sweets- there isn’t much I don’t like. So when you hand me a book with a dessert in the title, I’m probably going to be pretty excited about it. Of course, the dessert in Luck, Love & Lemon Pie wasn’t really the main draw for me. (Although, I must admit I am cringing every time I type the title because OXFORD COMMA 4 LIFE!) I read The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E Reichert last year and loved it so much that I’d have read another Amy Reichert regardless of dessert. This fictional lemon pie is really just a bonus. *I received a copy of this book compliments of the publisher through NetGalley for review consideration.*

lucklovelemonpieMJ Bordreaux is a Milwaukee area wife and mother whose husband of 20 years has been showing more interest in playing poker than in spending time with his wife. After a disastrous anniversary celebration, MJ decides to take up poker in an attempt to spend more time with her husband and demonstrate a shared interest. As it turns out, poker playing is not a substitute for marriage counselling, but MJ is kind of awesome at it.

The hours she spends in the casino preparing, however, haven’t done her marriage any favors. After a series of impressive tournament wins, MJ finds herself on a trip to Vegas to play poker with the big dogs. And one of those big dogs has his eye on MJ. Insert appropriate gambling metaphor here.

This novel breaks away from much of the foodie fiction that I was so charmed by in The Coincidence of Coconut Cake. Not that I can cook, mind. In fact, I was rather amused by the fact that MJ could only cook scrambled eggs and her husband did the heavy culinary lifting. As a gal who isn’t much of a cook, I SO related to MJ’s plight.  Although my husband’s specialty is frozen pizza. Whatever he’s super good at cleaning and there’s always takeout. I digress.

I’m not really into poker, so the whole poker story line was a little confusing to me. Like….Why would anyone do this when there are books and jigsaw puzzles? I know, I know, there are tons of people who are super super into poker but I’m about as interested in poker as I am in sports. Which is to say, not at all. (Unless someone is doing a backflip on purpose because that is just awesome.) Gosh, I feel like this post is taking such a grumpy turn. I really enjoy Reichert’s writing, but I think what fell a little flat for me personally was simply the subject matter of the novel.

Let’s be real for a second. The hard work of marriage and daily life is a lot less sparkly and fun than tales of falling in love. I’m not at all opposed to reading books about the realness of marriage, and I’ve railed on more than one occasion about the extreme unreality of certain romantic tropes. It’s just that I went in expecting a sweet romantic romp with a side of dessert and I got… Meatloaf. It’s good and all, just not what I was expecting. So. Yeah. I will still 1000% read Amy Reichert’s next book, I just hope it’s a little more sweet than savory.

Talk to me Bookworms! Do y’all play poker? Am I missing out on a whole lot of awesome?

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Feb 04

Vintage by Susan Gloss

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Howdy Howdy Bookworms!

After slogging through some pretty intense literary fiction, I decided I deserved a treat. I needed some feel good, charming lady fiction, and I needed it fast. Enter Vintage: A Novel by Susan Gloss. It was just what the doctor ordered.

vintageViolet Turner owns a small vintage clothing boutique in Madison, Wisconsin. She’s poured her heart and soul into the project and overcome all sorts of obstacles to achieve her dream of owning the shop. All is thrown into upheaval when her landlord delivers unsettling news. April Morgan is 5 months pregnant when she comes into Hourglass Vintage to purchase her wedding dress. The 18 year old returns to the shop a couple of weeks later attempting to return the dress and pick up the pieces of her broken heart. Amithi Singh is a middle aged woman who discovers her husband’s betrayal. She begins selling items to Hourglass Vintage while coming to terms with the life she thought she’d had. These three unlikely friends find each other, each in the midst of personal crisis. Their bond helps them all find hope and sort out their new realities.

You guys!!! I loved this book. I have a soft spot for books set in the Midwest anyway, but man. These charming little towns in Wisconsin are making me want to take little touristy weekend trips to eat cheese and drink beer and probably visit my baby cousins (who are now very old and not babies at all.) This is the sort of book I need to read in the middle of a long dreary winter. If you need a pick-me-up, pick up Vintage

Tell me something, Bookworms. Do you find yourself more connected to books when they’re set in your neck of the woods?

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Jan 25

Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson

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Happy Monday, Bookworms!

You know what my favorite thing is? No? I don’t really know either, I have so many favorite things. One of the things I do happen to love, though, is when I pick up a book by an author I’ve not read before and upon finishing it want to add said author’s entire back list to my TBR pile. Loving new-to-me authors is a blessing and a curse, the never ending TBR list makes me shake my fist toward the heavens. I took a little road trip to visit some friends and family recently, nothing huge, just a weekend away, but as I was driving solo I simply had to have an audio book to keep me company. I was lucky in that a copy of Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson was available for immediate download from my local library. Score!

someoneelseslovestoryI’ve actually had a paper copy of Someone Else’s Love Story sitting on my shelf for a while now, but I hadn’t gotten around to it. I have reasons for this. Terrible reasons, but reasons nonetheless. The big one? I do the vast majority of my reading in bed. Like, while my husband snoozes next to me. This means overhead lighting is not an option. Juggling a book light is a pain in the tush, but the light in my Kindle Paperwhite is magical and perfect. Hence, my time reading actual paper books is super limited. Of course, I don’t want to purchase a copy of a book I already own just because I’m lazy and it’s easier for me to read digitally, so it sat and floundered sadly. The cool thing about libraries? They’re free. Heck yes!

I should probably tell you about the book, shouldn’t I? Shandi Pierce is a 21 year old single mother of a precocious 3 year old with a genius level IQ. Her life consists of juggling college, motherhood, and attempting to keep her long divorced parents from all out warfare. As she’s moving from her mother’s house into a condo her father owns (much to her mother’s chagrin) Shandi finds herself in the middle of a gas station holdup. Because she obviously didn’t have enough going on.

It is inside this gas station where her path crosses with geneticist William Ashe, who, in addition to being brilliant, looks fantastic in a pair of jeans. His entire world fell spectacularly to pieces a year previously, and Shandi feels their destinies have collided for a reason. It’s a charming book full of heart, humor, and a cannily crafted plot.

Two things stick out to me about this book. First. William Ashe is on the autism spectrum. This is easily one of the best portrayals I’ve ever read about someone on the spectrum, and it seemed very authentic. I’m no expert on Asperger’s or autism, but my reading experience leads to polarized portrayals; either a quirky, humorous angle or a desperately tragic one. William Ashe had a good dose of both, he was a masterfully drawn character.

The second thing that sticks out to me is a less awesome one. Shandi came to have her son under some pretty upsetting circumstances. I don’t want to hit y’all with spoilers, buuuuuuut I think that Jackson may have done better to take a different angle on Natty’s paternity… I’m all for understanding the shades of gray in a situation, but I wasn’t super keen on how she dealt with it.

Still, that’s not enough to keep me from plowing head first into Joshilyn Jackson’s collected works. You can bet your bottom dollar that I’ll be checking those out. In short? Someone Else’s Love Story is definitely worth your time.

Talk to me, Bookworms. Have y’all read this book? Or anything else by Joshilyn Jackson? I want to talk about all the things. In code, probably, because I like to pretend I’m a spy sometimes.

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Jan 06

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

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Good Day, Bookworms.

It’s no secret that I’ve got something of a soft spot for books about books. Or books about readers. Or books about book clubs. What can I say? I can relate to the characters so easily if they like to spend their time with their noses in a book, you know? Of course you know. You’re a very intuitive bunch. I recently acquired a new title, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald, that falls into just such a category. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley for review consideration. This fact in no way bought my good opinion. I’m much too cranky for that sort of thing.*
readersofbrokenwheelblueSara is a lonely Swedish gal who works in a bookshop. In Sweden. I feel like I ought to mention that, seeing as the book takes place in Iowa. She befriends an elderly American woman named Amy through an online book exchange and they become as close as any international pen pals ever could. Eventually, Sara plans a trip to visit Amy in small town, USA. The book details Sara’s adventures stateside, the dynamics of tiny Broken Wheel, Iowa, and the power of a bookshop in a community. It’s a sweet little novel with echoes of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (review), flecks of Fannie Flagg, and dashes of Hallmark original movie. (Lacey Chabert, work on your Swedish accent and talk to the network. I smell success, here, people.)

If your goal in reading a book is to feel better about the world, this is what you ought to be reading. It’s the perfect novel to curl up with on a cloudy day and enjoy a mug full of hot beverage. Cozy mysteries are a thing, but is there such a thing as cozy lady fiction? I’m going to make it so. COZY LADY FICTION, right here, guys. Read The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend with a happy sigh and start your year off with a little ray of sunshine.

Talk to me, Bookworms. What’s your goal when reading? Escapism? Learning? Language? I’m fascinated by what makes you tick.

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