Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
This is a kinda hard book to explain given the lyrical and nonlinear way it’s written. We follow (as the title would suggest) Etta and Otto and Russell and James. The books starts with Etta (who is married to Otto) starting to walk across Canada to see the ocean. We then follow each of them while this is happening but also earlier on in their lives to see their childhoods and how they all met etc.
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The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
In this book we follow a rather dysfunctional family of kinda unhappy people. Enter their cousin Sophy who somehow is able to do everything and fix all their problems with zero repercussions to herself.
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Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson
This is the same author who wrote Edenbrooke which I really enjoyed so I wanted to check this out. In this regency romance we follow Kate who is desperately trying to make something of her life and break free from her controlling manipulative mother. I realize that makes this book sound really shallow but ultimately this book is about Kate discovering love and not just the destructive kind of ‘love’ she’s witnessed most of her life.
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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
This is another one of those bookstore related ebooks that I got from the library. In this book we follow the story of (you guessed it) Nina Hill who works in a (again you guessed it) bookstore. Her life is turned upsidown by the discovery of her family and also a romantic interest.
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Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof
This is a book about Tom, whose wife is kinda crazy, and about the son he didn’t know he had. It’s also a bunch about alcoholism which I was not expecting.
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The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick
So, I read this book and have now completely forgotten what it was about… let me go check. Oh, right.
Ok, so this book is about Martha who is a librarian and finds a book addressed to her from her grandma who died before the date written in the book. Thus she goes on an adventure to find out the truth. I think that probably sounds more exciting than this actual book.
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Ellie and the Harpmaker by Hazel Prior
So this is an adult book in which we follow Ellie, a housewife who stumbles upon a harpmaker, and Dan, the harpmaker who decides to give her a harp. It’s also a story about broken relationships and trying to find yourself.
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The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman
This is a contemporary adult… romance? in which we follow a farmer in Australia and a Jewish woman who lost everything but her life in Auschwitz.
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Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor
So this is an adult contemporary novel in which our main character finds out that she is dying and only has a few months to live.
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Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
This is a YA book (I think? since the characters are 18?) where we follow two people; Henry’s girlfriend just broke up with him (again) and he’s desperate to get her back, Rachel (is that even her name?) is running from the unexpected death of her brother.
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