Hello, and happy middle-of-the-week! For a lot of us, this is the first full week back to routine after the holidays. Is it flying or dragging for you? Whatever the case, I hope it’s going well and you’re finding time for a great book! Maybe one of these will pique your interest? Time for another WWW Wednesday!
It’s a fun way to keep up with what everyone is reading. To join me, read my answers, then answer the same questions about your reading in the comments below, and if you like, in the comments on Sam’s WWW Wednesday post! Simply use these three questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you plan to read next?
And now… onward to WWW Wednesday!
What are you currently reading?
My current read is In Dog We Trust by Beth Kendrick. This is a new-to-me author, so I was excited to receive this through Net Galley. I just discovered it’s actually the fifth in a series… you know I’m a stickler for starting at the beginning of a series, but I’m told this works just fine as a standalone, and that certainly seems to be the case so far! Here’s a summary of the book:
When Jocelyn Hillier is named legal guardian for the late Mr. Allardyce’s pack of pedigreed Labrador retrievers, her world is flipped upside down. She’s spent her entire life toiling in the tourism industry in Black Dog Bay and never expected to be living the pampered life of a seasonal resident in an ocean side mansion, complete with a generous stipend. But her new role isn’t without its challenges: The dogs (although lovable) are more high-maintenance than any Hollywood diva, the man she wants to marry breaks her heart, and she’s confronted at every turn by her late benefactor’s estranged son, Liam, who thinks he’s entitled to the inheritance left to the dogs.
Jocelyn has worked too hard to back down without a fight, and she’s determined to keep her new fur family together. As she strives to uphold the “Best in Show” standards her pack requires, Jocelyn finds love, family, and forgiveness in the most unexpected places.
I’m a sucker for yellow labs (I’ve had two in my life), so the cover alone drew me in on this one! (I mean… look at those adorable faces!) Black Dog Bay is an interesting little town… I’ll let you know how this one goes!
What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand! I’ve really enjoyed all the books I read by this author… last winter I read her Winter Street series, so this one seemed like a no-brainer to pick up.
It was a great read for me. From my Net Galley review (and my Goodreads page):
Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand is the first in a new series, and it did not disappoint! I liked the characters and the setting… as an Iowa girl, I really enjoyed reading a story that was partially set here and seeing the references to familiar places. It’s very typical of the author’s work… a well written story with some romance, some intrigue, and a lot of heart. The ending left me excited to get my hands on the next installment…. so please write faster, Elin!!
If you look at reviews for this title (especially on Amazon), there are overwhelmingly positive ratings, but also a good chunk of one and two star reviews where people are primarily upset because the book ended on a cliffhanger. Well… it’s a series. So, if you don’t like series titles and only want to read standalone novels, be aware that this one *is* the first in a new series, and it does end with a plot twist that will be explored in the next book. Personally, I really liked it and I’m looking forward to the next installment!
What do you plan to read next?
The next book on my list is historical fiction, something I haven’t read nearly enough of in the past year or two! This one is called The Only Woman in the Room, by author Marie Benedict. Here we have another new-to-me author… I’m so glad for Net Galley, Goodreads, and all my bookish friends on Instagram and other social media that allow me to discover fabulous reads I might not otherwise even know exist! Here’s a summary of this book:
She possessed a stunning beauty. She also possessed a stunning mind. Could the world handle both?
Her beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich’s plans while at her husband’s side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star.
But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she knew a few secrets about the enemy. She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis…if anyone would listen to her.
A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of the glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, The Only Woman in the Room is a masterpiece.
I can’t wait to dig into this one! I’ve always admired Hedy Lamarr, so it sounds amazing!
What do you think, reading friends? Do any of these books sound like your cup of tea? Are you reading anything fantastic this week and want to share? If so, leave us a comment and let us know! As always… happy reading!!
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Also, thank you to Net Galley and the publishers of these titles for advance reader copies to review. All opinions are my own.