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Month in Review: March 2019 Wrap Up

Bookish friends, we’ve crossed another month off our calendar!  A couple of days into April, I feel like spring may actually be here to stay!

At the end of February, I posted my first Month in Review, as a month end wrap up of all the books I’d read.  Time to build on that tradition with my March wrap up!  March was not a prolific reading month for me, but I did squeeze in a few good titles.  Let’s see what was on my list!


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The Winter Sister by Megan Collins (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Starting with my last completed read of the month, The Winter Sister is a great domestic suspense novel.  We follow Sylvie, who lost her sister Persephone years ago when they were teens.  When Sylvie comes back home to care for her ailing mother, she deals with old feelings and people from her past… and then starts asking questions, leading to answers she never saw coming.

Four and a half stars to this debut, which I reviewed in full here:  Book Notes: Review of “The Winter Sister” by Megan Collins

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The Sherlock Files: The 100-Year-Old Secret by Tracy Barrett

I read this book as part of #MiddleGradeMarch, which was a fun challenge on Instagram.  Intended for upper elementary or middle school age kids, The 100-Year-Old-Secret was a fun read with adventure, mystery, and a couple of kid sleuths who happen to be descendants of one of the greatest detectives of all time!  This is the first book in a series.

No rating for this title, as I just read this for fun, but recommended for kids who like their action with a hint of who-dun-it!

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The Food Blogger Mysteries by Debra Sennefelder (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

The Uninvited Corpse and The Hidden Corpse are the first two books in a new-to-me series by a new-to-me author!  In this series we follow Hope, a food blogger who’s just gone through some major life changes, including moving back to her hometown of Jefferson.  Unfortunately, her welcome home includes murders that Hope is determined to solve!

This is the first series I’ve seen focused on a blogger, so it was fun to read about that part of Hope’s life.  I give each of these titles four stars… a solid start to the series with interesting characters and plenty of misdirection!

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The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

This was probably my favorite read of the month.  The Perfect Girlfriend was twisty, entertaining, and outrageous!  Juliette, the main character, was… well, really special in a very dark way.  If you haven’t read it, you need to!

Four and a half stars to this debut… here’s my full review:  Book Notes: Review of “The Perfect Girlfriend” by Karen Hamilton


So that’s what my March looked like… as I said, not a lot of books read, but I enjoyed the titles above.  I’ve got a long list of possibilities for my April reads, and I can’t wait to share them with you throughout the month.  In the meantime… happy reading!

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My thanks to Net Galley and the publishers for a complimentary digital review copy of some of the books mentioned here.  All opinions are my own.

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Book Notes: Review of “The Perfect Girlfriend” by Karen Hamilton

I just finished a book that gave me equal parts horror and delight. It was entertaining, twisted and more than a little outrageous.

It felt like an absolute train wreck you couldn’t stop, and I savored every bit of it. I’m not sure what that says about me as a person.  While I ponder that… keep reading to hear more about the book!

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The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton is a suspense novel centered around Juliette.  At least, that’s her name right now.  She’s changed it, you see, because she has a plan.  A big one, that will make life just perfect again.  Here’s the situation:

Juliette loves Nate.

She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.

The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend. And she’ll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

Juliette is totally the focus of this book and narrates the events.  We are inside her head to hear her feelings, justifications, and train of thought for all of her stalking and obsession.  And she’s one amazing character.  I felt like she was really well written.  Nuttier than a fruitcake?  Sure… but also deep and complex.

The reader is taken on a rather wild ride through Juliette’s strategy to win back Nate and finally have the perfect life.  As things are tied together and we see the depths of her planning and scheming, we get glimpses of her past and how it influences her present actions.

I’ve seen a few negative reviews of this one that say the character and her actions are too unbelievable. Well… sure.  Juliette has gone WAAAAY beyond extreme.  That’s kind of the point, though, and that’s what makes it so outrageously delicious!

Honestly?  Although I was horrified at many of the things she did, I felt some admiration for Juliette.  She was DEDICATED, and her level of commitment to her goal was quite impressive.

Really, there were only two things I didn’t just love about the book. First, I lost track of all the flights and trips to various locales. I understand that was part of the story but it seemed like there were so many described that I lost track.  The second was actually the ending. Not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn’t that… it seemed a little abrupt and anticlimactic… I felt like it was missing something.  But we can all use our imagination to decide what happens next, and the rest of the story and the incredible main character more than made up for it.

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My friend Rae read this at the same time, so we compared notes.  We were of one mind at being strangely in awe of Juliette’s dedication!  Here’s a quote from her review:

“This book was crazy in the very best of ways! The whole book was a trip, and I loved following Juliette’s life as she masterminds her way into Nate’s life. At times Juliette’s actions were cringeworthy, but mostly, I was impressed by her complete and total commitment to her plan.”

This is Karen Hamilton’s first novel and I will definitely pick up her future books.  I found The Perfect Girlfriend to be compelling, entertaining, and just wild!  Four and a half stars to this debut… if you’re looking for a suspense novel with an incredibly twisted love story, give this one a try!  Happy reading!

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