I’ve decided to make a change to my monthly reading reviews – Our sister blog, Casa Costello is getting a lot more foodie and the time has come to move the Costello Family book reviews over to here, 2 Adults 3 Children. After all, its what a family and lifestyle blog is for, isn’t it?
I’m slightly late with my May book roundups because I desperately wanted to finish the book I was reading – More about that book later.
So what have I been demolished last month?
The Girls – Emma Cline
2 out of 5 Stars
I had a slow start to the month as this book just kept dragging on for me. I received this book to review through Net Galley so felt duty bound to continue to the end but really struggled. Just not what I was expecting and to be honest, not that enjoyable. The Girls comes highly recommended by other people though, so I decided to give it one last try. Before I knew it, I was at 48% and everyone knows that is too far in to give up then. The story follows Evelyn at 2 times in her life, one as a middle aged woman who meets Sasha at a friend’s house and much earlier as a fourteen year old who meets Suzanne at a vulnerable time in her life, ending up joining a cult. As a middle aged woman, I can’t say I liked Evelyn – She didn’t seem to have much about her and likes no-one. This book has seriously dark parts and is not for the feint hearted – Evelyn finds herself part of a cult (although only part time as she is still living at home which felt strange). I suppose it could be classed as a coming of age book but not the sort of life I would want for my girls.
How to Find Your First Husband – Rosie Blake
3 out of 5 Stars
After the darkness of The Girls, I needed something light and heartwarming. You may remember that not long ago, I read and really enjoyed another Rosie Blake, How to Stuff Up Christmas. This was a holiday read – set mainly on a remote island with a strong emphasis on romance. Isobel is intent on tracking down her first school love back from infant school, Andrew Parker and literally moves across the world to find him. Yes, its far fetched, as she eventually does track him down but its escapism. I would go as far to say that the story was rather predictable but sometimes thats what you want in a holiday romp? A strong 3 out of 5 stars.
Wildflower Bay Part 1 – Rachael Lucas
4 out of 5 Stars
I’ve never taken part in a book launch where the book is released in 3 parts before. If I didn’t know I would love Rachael’s book, I’m not I would have the patience to wait for Part 2. In the first part of Wildflower Bay, we meet Isla, who on the surface looks like she has her perfect life and everything she desires. Her world comes crumbling down around her though and by the end of Part 1, we are left waiting to see how she moves on. Isla has been asked to take over her Aunt’s hair salon for a temporary period on the beautiful island of Auchenmor, a million miles away from her precious life in Edinburgh. We are just at the start of her Auchenmor journey when Part 1 finishes and already I’m impatient to discover how Isla gets on. Rachael’s writing is so lovely, you definitely feel like you are enveloped in a comforting read.
Eligible – Curtis Sittenfeld
4 out of 5 Stars
I’ve toyed between a 4 and a 5 star review for this book. I’ve talked before about how much I enjoy Curtis Sittenfeld’s books so am always on the lookout for her next read. I didn’t know when I requested this as a NetGalley review copy, that this story was part of a series rewriting some classic stories. A group of modern authors are being tasked to rewrite well loved books – Eligible is based on Pride & Prejudice, which I am ashamed to say I still have not read. I was thinking that perhaps I would never read P&P but after reading Eligible, I’m rather tempted. I love a good family saga and completely fell into the Bennet family. Liz is steady and reliable, I completely loved the gentleness of Jane but was irritated by how awful Lydia was, childish Kitty was and found it hard to believe anyone would be as continuously mean as Mary. I really enjoyed this book – Sittenfeld has such skills at drawing you into a lengthy yarn. The sign of good read for me is when you are left thinking about the story after finishing it and wish you were still reading it, I’ve got that feeling in buckets today!
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