Book Review: The One and Only by Emily Giffin

Emily Giffin Book Review


Emily Giffin is one of my favorite women’s fiction authors. I recently finished her most recent novel, The One and Only. This novel has all of the classic Emily Giffin elements dealing with the themes of relationships, friendship, and family.

The theme of self discovery was displayed throughout the book. The main character, Shea Rigsby, is stuck in a rut in her hometown located in Texas. Everything from her job to her extracurricular activities revolve around her favorite sport, which happens to be football.

This was another heartwarming read by Emily Giffin. It was an easy read and I even listened to some of the book on audiobook. Some of the supporting characters stick out, but the pending relationship between Shea and Coach really move the storyline along.

I was rooting for them to become a couple and kept reading to find out when it would happen. I am looking forward to the next Emily Giffin book and will be starting a previous book written by her soon.

I rate this book a total of 5 stars.

Happy Reading and Writing,


Book Review: How To Say Goodbye



Title: How To Say Goodbye

Author: Amber Lin

Publication date: April 7th 2014

Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Amy has a secret: no one has ever held her hand. She doesn’t even know how to hug. Everybody thinks she’s brilliant, but that’s because school was all she had. Then she meets Dane, a golden-haired surfer whose easy charm and hot touch teach her what she longs to know.

Dane lives for the salty breeze and a sweet wave, because that’s all he has. He’s lived on the streets since he was fourteen. A drifter. Homeless. But Amy changes everything. Smart and accomplished, she’s everything he’s not. He wants to be the sort of man who deserves her.

Except that means facing down his past—and that past might very well swallow them both.



The two main characters of How To Say Goodbye are Amy and Dane. They couldn’t be more different and they come from opposite worlds. Amber Lin does a great job in distinguishing the two characters from one another. They each have their separate issues of life, but they somehow compliment one another with their strengths. Their budding romance is put to the test with much opposition and they work together in order to remain a couple.

I really enjoyed this read. Amber Lin has a writing style that flows seamlessly and she is very descriptive in her prose. Through the book Amy comes into being her own woman and Dane stands on his own two feet as a man. I enjoyed the growth of both characters throughout the book.

I would have liked to explore more of Dane’s relationship with his Dad in the book. Dane had several issues steaming from his childhood and it would have been nice to see him working through those issues in the book as a form of growth. Amy’s relationship with her Mom is strained and the reader can feel the tension of their relationship as they read on.

I give this book a rating of 4 stars.

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Amber Lin is an author of edgy and emotional erotic romance. RT Book Reviews gave her debut, Giving It Up, 4.5 stars and called it “truly extraordinary.”


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Book Review: A Single Breath




Title: A Single Breath

Author:Lucy Clarke

Publisher: Touchstone

Publication Date: April 8, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction



I have read Lucy Clarke’s debut novel, Swimming At Night, and this novel is no exception to Clarke’s writing.

In A Single Breath Clarke transports readers into a world of secrets and discovery with her rich and descriptive writing style.  Secrets are brought out in the marriage of Eva and Jackson after Jackson drowns, but everything isn’t as it seems. The points of view switch between Eva and Jackson.

Clarke paints a colorful picture of Tasmania where Eva travels to learn more about Jackson and his life. For any travelers you will want to board a plane to Tasmania with it’s pretty beaches and culture after reading this book.

Eva is easy  to relate to in the way Clarke describes the emotional roller coaster that she is on. You want to not like Jackson, but parts of his personality are charming.

Jackson’s brother Saul adds romance to the novel as he and Eva get closer. It’s nice to see the contrast between the two brothers and this also adds another conflict to the novel.

You will want to keep turning the page as Eva starts to put the pieces together and begins to move on with her life.

A Single Breath can be purchased here.

I give this book a rating of 5 stars.

Happy Reading and Writing,


Book Review: Gone Girl



Title: Gone Girl

Author:Gillian Flynn

Publisher: Crown

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense



I was in awe when I read Gone Girl. It is such a masterpiece written by Gillian Flynn. Just when you think you know what is going on the plot twists once again. I did not want to put this book down. It is unlike any book that I have read before.

The book alternates between the point of views of Nick and Amy Dunne. Amy disappeared on their fifth wedding anniversary and the whole book centers around finding out what happened to her.

Gillian Flynn weaves a thriller of deceit, love, and the question of do you really know who you marry? The descriptions in this book are lively and Flynn’s writing style keeps the reader intrigued to find out what happens next.

As the  reader you want to dislike Amy, but Gillian Flynn wrote her character in a way that you sometimes think she is brilliant. You also want to feel sorry for Nick in his plea to get his wife back.  A whirlwind of events happen with Amy’s disappearance and secrets are brought to light.

This is a wonderful read for anyone who likes thrillers and suspense. Also if you like watching Dateline NBC this book is definitely one  to put on your list.

I will be reading Gillian Flynn’s other titles in the future. I look forward to the movie Gone Girl releasing later on this year.

I give this book a rating of 5 stars.

Happy Reading,


Book Review: I Found You



Disclaimer ~I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as a part of the Xpresso Book Tours Review Opportunities page


Book Review  ~ I Found You by Jane Lark

The opening scene of I Found You  is one that stays engraved in your mind long after you have finished reading the book.  From the beginning of the book I thought Jason and Rachel were a good fit for one another. It was great to see their relationship evolve from friendship to love.

From the first page of the book the characters are instantly relatable. You immediately connect with them. They seem like real people who have flaws as well as positives.

I loved how the point of view of Rachel and Jason went back and forth within each chapter. You can feel the different emotions and see the contrast in how each one is responding differently to situations. There is much opposition from family and friends are first, but they both stay strong through it all.

This was an easy read. The details are so vivid that while reading the book it played out in my mind like a movie.

I will definitely be reading more by this author.

I give this book a rating of  4  stars.


Happy Reading and Writing,



Book Review: Friendship Bread by Darien Gee


Author: Darien Gee

Pages: 402

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Release Date: April 5, 2011

Genre: Women’s Fiction


Synopsis (from Amazon)

In the quiet community of Avalon, Illinois, Julia Evarts wonders how to move on with her life. Though her husband and five-year-old daughter give her an abundance of love, Julia still reels from a tragedy that has left her estranged from the sister who was once her best friend. Meanwhile, across town, widow Madeleine Davis takes great pleasure in serving up delectable treats and cozy comforts at her tea salon—now, if only she had some customers to enjoy them. And famed concert cellist and recent Avalon transplant Hannah de Brisay finds herself at a crossroads when her career and marriage come to abrupt ends. The three strangers forge a friendship at Madeleine’s Tea Shop, and soon their camaraderie extends to everyone in Avalon in the guise of a unique and wonderful gift. But even as Julia becomes ever closer to her new friends, she realizes the profound necessity of confronting the painful past she shares with her sister.

Life and loss, friendship and community, food and family: Friendship Bread tells a spirited, remarkably moving tale about the triumph of hope.



From the start the tittle and cover of Friendship Bread let me know that it was my type of book.

Baking was a main theme of the book a long with the friendship of three women. Immediately I was drawn to how the idea of the friendship bread bonded people together.

Darien Gee is masterful in the craft of  writing different emotions and making you feel as if you have a slice of friendship bread in your hand.

I love how the friendship bread brings the people and community of Avalon together. It’s recipe helps mend broken relationships and teaches patience.

The themes of friendship as well as forgiveness are clearly found in this book. Just when you think that the friendship bread has run stale there are many angles surrounding the main them throughout the book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves to bake and anyone who loves good women’s fiction. Friendship Bread can be found on Amazon

Happy Reading and Writing,


Book Review: The Chick Lit Cookbook


Author: Alicia de los Reyes

Pages: 68

Publisher: KMR Publishing

Release Date: November 25, 2013

Genre: Writing and Publishing Guides

Synopsis (from Amazon)

You’ve said it a dozen times before: If only you had the chance, you would write a chick lit novel. But between job, boyfriend, kids, school — life — you just can’t find the time.

The Chick Lit Cookbook: A Guide to Writing Your Novel in 30 Minutes a Day is the solution. This fun, cupcake-themed guide will take you from start to finish of your first draft. In 13 chapters, each with a short exercise that will get you writing now, you will learn how to create the perfect main character, her ideal love interest, a world for her to live in and an adventure that will draw in readers. You will outline your entire first draft — and then you will write it.

The Chick Lit Cookbook is a beginner’s guide to writing funny, snappy, sucks-you-into-the-story prose about modern women, life and love. It is full of tips and techniques, prompts and pep talks that will spark your imagination and inspire you to put pen to paper. The exercises can be done while sitting on the bus, waiting at the doctor’s office, or talking on the phone with your mother-in-law. This book will show you that you can and will write a chick lit novel.

Whether you’ve been wishing for years that you could write chick lit or are a brand-new fan of Bridget Jones and Becky Bloomwood, you owe it to yourself to pick up this guide. The Chick Lit Cookbook will prove to you that writing a novel can be fun and easy — it’s just like baking cupcakes!


Anyone who knows me knows that I love to bake. When Alicia contacted me to review her book I jumped at the chance and I’m glad that I did.

The Chick Lit Cookbook by Alicia de los Reyes is a clever way of blending the concept of a recipe with a how-to guide. In true cookbook form this book will give you the tools that you need to get the book written. I was impressed with how fun that this book was to read and how easy it was to follow.

My favorite chapter was Chapter 3: The main ingredient – butter. Every good baker knows that lots of butter needs to be used in order to make a delicious sweet treat. With that being said as a writer the butter of your book is your main character.

Each of the exercises in the book are detailed, allowing you as the writer to really think about the elements that you want in your book and bring them to life.

This how-to book was so unique and well thought out. The Chick Lit Cookbook can be found on Amazon .

Happy Reading and Writing,