Blog Tour Book Review: The Drifter by Christine Lennon

About The Drifter

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (February 14, 2017)

Megan Abbott meets M.O. Walsh in Christine Lennon’s compelling debut novel about a group of friends on the cusp of graduating from college when their lives are irrevocably changed by a brutal act of violence.

Present Day…

For two decades, Elizabeth has tried to escape the ghosts of her past…tried to erase the painful memories…tried to keep out the terrifying nightmares. But twenty years after graduating from the University of Florida, her carefully curated life begins to unravel, forcing her to confront the past she’s tried so hard to forget.

1990s, Gainesville, Florida…

Elizabeth and her two closest friends, Caroline and Ginny, are having the time of their lives in college—binge watching Oprah, flirting for freebies from Taco Bell, and breaking hearts along the way. But without warning, their world is suddenly shattered when a series of horrific acts of violence ravage the campus, changing their lives forever.

Sweeping readers from the exclusive corners of sorority life in the South to the frontlines of the drug-fueled, slacker culture in Manhattan in the ‘90s and early ‘00s, when Elizabeth is forced to acknowledge her role in the death of a friend in order to mend a broken friendship and save her own life, The Drifter is an unforgettable story about the complexities of friendships and the secrets that can ultimately destroy us.

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Happy Thursday!! It’s almost the weekend which makes me incredibly be happy because I am planning to do some well deserved reading! 

Today I am taking part in the blog tour for The Drifter by Christine Lennon. I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review of it. 

The Drifter is a thriller about a girl named Betsy who lives and goes to college in a somewhat small town. During the events of this book there is a killer on the loose in her town that is murdering young women in their apartments so it sends their campus and town into high alert.

I ended up giving this book a 3 star review. I liked it and it was certainly a little creepy in my opinion. I read the brunt of it in bed at two in the morning with all the lights off and my husband and puppy asleep so that definitely increased the creep factor for me. There were some definite creepy moments that made my skin crawl which is something I look for in a thriller read. However, it was a little slow for me. The prologue definitely caught my attention and I liked the writing style and thought it was atmospheric. I think all the sorority stuff lost me and the general girl versus girl cattiness that goes on in this book. 

I did find it interesting to explore the evolution of Betsy through time. During her college days she’s very carefree, independent and bold, but after what happens she becomes understandably fearful, dependent and protective. 

Overall it was a fast, entertaining read that thriller fans may enjoy. I recommend reading it in bed at night with the lights off (except for your reading light!)

About Christine Lennon

CHRISTINE LENNON is a Los Angeles based writer. Before she moved to the West Coast and started her freelance career, she was an editor at W, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar. Since then, she has written for publications including, T, the New York Times Style Magazine; the Wall Street Journal; Town & Country; W; Vogue; Harper’s Bazaar; Martha Stewart Living; Sunset; C California Style; Marie Claire; Self; Net-a-Porter’s Porter and The Edit online magazine—among others. Christine lives in California with her husband, Andrew Reich, and their twins. The Drifter is her first book.

Find out more about Christine at her website.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Other Widow by Susan Crawford

the-other-widow-coverAbout The Other Widow

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks (December 6, 2016)

The author of The Pocket Wife explores the dark side of love, marriage, and infidelity in this sizzling novel of psychological suspense.

Everybody’s luck runs out. This time it could be theirs . . .

It isn’t safe. That’s what Joe tells her when he ends their affair moments before their car skids off an icy road in a blinding snowstorm and hits a tree. Desperate to keep her life intact – her job, her husband, and her precious daughter, Lily & Dorrie will do everything she can to protect herself, even if it means walking away from the wreckage. Dorrie has always been a good actress, pretending to be someone else: the dutiful daughter, the satisfied wife, the woman who can handle anything. Now she’s going to put on the most challenging performance of her life. But details about the accident leave her feeling uneasy and afraid. Why didn’t Joe’s airbag work? Why was his car door open before the EMTs arrived? And now suddenly someone is calling her from her dead lover’s burner phone. . . .

Joe’s death has left his wife in free fall as well. Karen knew Joe was cheating, she found some suspicious e-mails. Trying to cope with grief is devastating enough without the constant fear that has overtaken her, this feeling she can’t shake that someone is watching her. And with Joe gone and the kids grown, she’s vulnerable . . . and on her own.

Insurance investigator Maggie Brennan is suspicious of the latest claim that’s landed on her desk, a man dying on an icy road shortly after buying a lucrative life insurance policy. Maggie doesn’t believe in coincidences. The former cop knows that things and people are never what they seem to be.

As the fates of these three women become more tightly entwined, layers of lies and deception begin to peel away, pushing them dangerously to the edge . . . closer to each other . . . to a terrifying truth . . . to a shocking end.

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Good afternoon and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Other Widow by Susan Crawford. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

The Other Widow is a thriller that centers around three women and an unexpected death that connects them all and leads to many unanswered questions and the uncovering of many, many lies.

I really liked the premise for this book so I was excited to read it. Thrillers, for me, tend to be pretty quick reads because I get really into them and can’t put them down until I’m finished. I read this book in a single day so it’s definitely plausible to read in one sitting. The plot itself was interesting and had many layers, which was the main thing I was excited for. I didn’t guess the whodunit right away but it did cross my mind once or twice but I sort of explained it away in my head until it was revealed. It was definitely an interesting story, it kept my interest and when I was reading at night I found myself a little more jumpy than usual while reading it.

I am giving this book a 3.5 out of 5 star rating. I liked it and enjoyed it. I am not used to the writing style so it threw me off a little while reading it. It is written with a lot of fragmented sentences which I think works for the pacing and the tone of a thriller. I don’t know if it was just me, but for some reason I wasn’t really feeling it. It took away from the story for me. I did like that the story was delivered in three perspectives, that was really enjoyable for me, getting to see the story as it unfolded through different angles. After reading this I am still a little confused over Karen and Tomas and the conclusion there. I think maybe because the ending seemed to come so fast, after the rest of the novel had sort of a slower build up since we were given time to peel back layers and work through things with the characters.

If you love thrillers, I think this one is worth a read…especially in this weather where it gets darker early and you can snuggle up in blankets with a warm drink and just read a thriller that may or may not freak you out. That’s totally what I did while reading this book!

I hope everyone is having a great week so far, happy reading everyone!

About Susan Crawford

Susan Crawford grew up in Miami, Florida, and graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in English and a minor in psychology. She later moved to New York City and then Boston before settling in Atlanta to raise three daughters and work in the field of adult education. A member of the Atlanta Writers Club and the Village Writers, Susan teaches at Georgia Piedmont Technical College and dabbles in local politics. She lives with her husband and a trio of rescue cats in Atlanta, where she enjoys reading books, writing books, rainy days, and spending time with the people she loves.

Find out more about Susan at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Yesternight by Cat Winters

yesternight-coverAbout Yesternight

� Paperback: 400 pages
� Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 4, 2016)

From the author of The Uninvited comes a haunting historical novel with a compelling mystery at its core.� A young child psychologist steps off a train, her destination a foggy seaside town. There, she begins a journey causing her to question everything she believes about life, death, memories, and reincarnation.

In 1925, Alice Lind steps off a train in the rain-soaked coastal hamlet of Gordon Bay, Oregon. There, she expects to do nothing more difficult than administer IQ tests to a group of rural schoolchildren. A trained psychologist, Alice believes mysteries of the mind can be unlocked scientifically, but now her views are about to be challenged by one curious child.

Seven-year-old Janie O�Daire is a mathematical genius, which is surprising. But what is disturbing are the stories she tells: that her name was once Violet, she grew up in Kansas decades earlier, and she drowned at age nineteen. Alice delves into these stories, at first believing they�re no more than the product of the girl�s vast imagination.� But, slowly, Alice comes to the realization that Janie might indeed be telling a strange truth.

Alice knows the investigation may endanger her already shaky professional reputation, and as a woman in a field dominated by men she has no room for mistakes. But she is unprepared for the ways it will illuminate terrifying mysteries within her own past, and in the process, irrevocably change her life.

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I am happy to bring you my review of Yesternight by Cat Winters. I received this book from the publisher Harper Collins through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of it.

Yesternight is a historical fiction story about a young trained psychologist, Alice Lind, who travels the country testing children’s educational aptitude for the department of education. On her current assignment she meets an extraordinary young girl who seems to have the knowledge and memory of someone twice her age, quite literally claiming to have lived another life. Meeting her sends Alice on a hunt for answers, not only for the child and her family, but also for herself.

Yesternight wasn’t quite what I was expected it to be, which turned out to be a wonderfully good thing. I definitely wasn’t expecting to react to it the way I did. When I finally read this book, it had been months since I had last read the synopsis so I went into my read of it with fresh eyes and no clue as to what to expect, other than the front cover as a clue. I was way off judging from the cover. I expected a women’s historical fiction book. While I definitely got that in this book, it was actually so much more than that. It was unexpectedly creepy, which was awesome for an October read! I don’t know if this book was meant to be chilling and suspenseful but I read this book between the hours of 12 and 4 in the morning with the rest of the house asleep and all the lights off (except my handy dandy book light) and it was definitely a bit creepy! Aside from that, this was a wonderful read. It definitely dealt in the realm of women’s fiction as our main character, Alice, is  working in a predominantly male profession and is struggling with the preferential treatment of men in her field and in academia. She is very much an independent, modern woman in command of her own sexuality which I loved to see in this book.

I just really loved that this story was so layered. We have that women’s fiction layer but deeper than that there is this mystery/thriller beneath the surface that I did not expect but was fascinated by. This was a thrilling, entertaining story that I would highly recommend to historical fiction or mystery fans alike. Loved this book, I could not put it down! A five star read!

Photo by Tara Kelly

Photo by Tara Kelly

About Cat Winters

Cat Winters’s debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds, was released to widespread critical acclaim. The novel has been named a finalist for the 2014 Morris Award, a�School Library Journal Best Book of 2013, and a Booklist 2013 Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth. Winters lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children.

Find out more about Cat at her website, and follow her on tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram,�Facebook, and Twitter.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

the-bookshop-on-the-corner-coverAbout The Bookshop on the Corner

• Paperback: 368 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 20, 2016)

“Losing myself in Jenny Colgan’s beautiful pages is the most delicious, comforting, satisfying treat I have had in ages.”—Jane Green, New York Times bestselling author of Summer Secrets

Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.

Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.

From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had wonderful weekend! As for me, I spent the weekend in the company of a good book!  I received this book for review from HarperCollins and TLC Book Tours.

The Bookshop on the Corner is a contemporary fiction book about a librarian who gets laid off from her small library. In a rare flash of bravery and at the shock of her friends, she buys a van and moves to Scotland to open a mobile bookshop. Unsure of how and where she is going to live when she gets there, she is in for quite a ride.

My Sunday was literally spent with my nose in this book. I finished it in one sitting, I just couldn’t bear to put it down. I’m getting ready to enter my last semester of library school and I probably should have known that I would connect with this character so much by her choice of profession but it’s really ridiculous how much I loved our main character.

I pretty much loved almost everything about this book. At first I wasn’t used to the writing but as I got used to it, it just pulled me in and quite literally never let me go. The plot itself was simple and not overdone or cheesy which I think would have been easy to do here but it was perfectly done.

I loved Scotland as the setting and now I seriously want to go there. This book gave me a bunch of feels with the romance story lines in this book. I loved that there was a really good balance between the elements of this story. There was romance, self discovery, humor and even some thrilling bits. Sometimes I catch myself thinking ahead as I am reading but I was NEVER bored or trying to guess what was going to happen next, I just went with it because I was so lost in this story. I just have to say that it had everything I love in a romance, kind of the Darcy  and Elizabeth feel.

I’m giving a well deserved five stars to this book as I loved it so much. It’s one of my favorites this year and I’m going to treasure having it on my shelf and will probably reread it at some point in the future. It was charming, warm and gave me the fuzzies! I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good contemporary fiction read with a bit of romance to read this fall. It’s a perfect fall read to curl up with!

 

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jenny-colgan-apAbout Jenny Colgan

Jenny Colgan is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including Little Beach Street Bakery, Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop, and Christmas at the Cupcake Café, all international bestsellers. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and Scotland.

Find out more about Jenny at her website, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game coverAbout The Hating Game

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (August 9, 2016)

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.

                       2) A person’s undoing

                       3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

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It’s Monday!! Today I’m fortunate to share my review of a really good book! I’d like to start off by sending a big thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher Harper Collins for giving the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

The Hating Game is a contemporary romance about two people who can’t stand each other, Lucinda and Joshua. They both work at a publishing company that is headed by two co-CEOs and they are basically rivals; each other’s polar opposite. This game of rivalry has been going on since day one. They exchange banter all day that is witty, biting and often borders on flirtation. But the two are convinced of their long time hate for the other and it seems to spin into overdrive when they are pitted against the other for a promotion. With this new development and also their not so subtle flirtation, the game just gets a little more intense every day.

I haven’t read a contemporary romance in quite awhile although I have been itching to read one (evidence of this exists on my bookshelf right this moment). When I first read about The Hating Game it sounded like it would be a fun read for the summer and  I loved that it was described as a rom com. I don’t read many rom coms but I am definitely a rom com movie fan!

I was hooked from the beginning of this book. I loved pretty much everything about it…I loved the writing, the characters, the pacing of the plot. It is straightforward, hilarious, witty and most importantly, biting. I love these characters. I loved the dynamic between our two main characters right away. Their banter is super entertaining and super hot! They were like the modern Darcy and Elizabeth if they had met in the workplace and had rival careers. Their banter just reminded me of that sort of dynamic – which is one that I love.

I definitely was not expecting to love this book to the degree that I did. It was a super fun read that kept me ripping through the pages, totally a “read in one sitting” kind of book. It was really fast paced. It’s 363 pages but it didn’t feel that way because how fast the plot moved which kept me up reading all night because the sauciness of these character was just off the charts.This may actually be my most favorite read of this year. I think this book has some of the best sexual tension between characters that I have read thus far. I also didn’t expect it to be as funny as it was. I found myself giggling out loud and I HAD to put it down a few times and gush to my husband about how good it was.

I want this book to be a movie. Hollywood please make this a movie and cast either Emma Roberts or Anna Kendrick as Lucinda. I’m not sure who I would pick to play Joshua…maybe Liam Hemsworth?

If you are a contemporary romance fan, do yourself a favor and pick up this book now! You will not be sorry, it is awesome! I HIGHLY recommend giving this a read if you are looking for a great contemporary romance read. The author’s next book is coming out in 2017 and I will be highly anticipating it! Sally Thorne is definitely an author to watch. Five stars!

P.S. This book is beautiful. I love the cover design and the colors that were used.It’s super attractive and cute and it’s one of those floppy, soft matte covers that is so comfortable to read. Love it!

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Photo credit Katie Saarikko

Photo credit Katie Saarikko

About Sally Thorne

Sally Thorne lives in Canberra, Australia and spends her days writing funding submissions and drafting contracts (yawn!) so it’s not surprising that after hours she climbs into colorful fictional worlds of her own creation. Sally believes that romance readers are always searching for intensity in their next favorite book—and it isn’t always so easy to find. The Hating Game is her first novel.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere author preferred text coverAbout Neverwhere

• Paperback: 464 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 7, 2016)

National Bestseller

Selected as one of NPR’S Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time

The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s ultimate edition of his wildly successful first novel featuring his “preferred text”—and including his special Neverwhere tale, “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”

Published in 1997, Neverwhere heralded the arrival of a major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy. Over the years, a number of versions were produced both in the U.S. and the U.K. Now Gaiman’s preferred edition of his classic novel reconciles these works and reinstates a number of scenes cut from the original published books.

Richard Mayhew is a young London businessman with a good heart whose life is changed forever when he stops to help a bleeding girl—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed. Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth. Neverwhere is home to Door, the mysterious girl Richard helped in the London Above. Here in Neverwhere, Door is a powerful noblewoman who has vowed to find the evil agent of her family’s slaughter and thwart the destruction of this strange underworld kingdom. If Richard is ever to return to his former life and home, he must join Lady Door’s quest to save her world—and may well die trying.

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Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Neverwhere: The Authors’s Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman. I would like to send a huge thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher William Morrow for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

Truth be told I have heard of Neil Gaiman and Neverwhere before. Though I still consider myself to be pretty new to Neil Gaiman’s work, I have wanted to read this book for a very, very long time so when I had the chance to read this version I jumped at it. I was pretty intrigued by the fact that this is the story the way the author prefers to tell it. That being said, if you have read and experienced Neverwhere before this is probably different from what you read before as it has been changed by the author in a few ways to tell the story the way he ultimately intended to. After reading this version, I wish that I had read the first one just so I could compare and contrast the differences between the two.

It is about a young man, Richard Mayhew, whom moves to London to take a new job. He ends up encountering a bleeding, hurt girl named Door and stops to help her. Having helped her he becomes part of another world, the London Below where people have been forgotten and quite literally have fallen through the cracks of the London Above. This London Below is dark, dangerous, fantastical and has far different rules than the London above. Not having anywhere to go he joins Door in her quest to find the person responsible for the death of her family.

I have read one other book from Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and I loved it. This book was no different in that respect, I ended up really loving and enjoying this book. Although I have heard of it before and added it to my TBR list ages ago, I was never spoiled for this book…fortunately. I loved following the story as it unfolded. This book to me was magical, I got lost in it. I got lost in the gritty, dark feel of the underground and the dangers that seemingly lurked around the corners. I loved the writing – it was descriptive and beautiful. I had a clear picture in my mind the entire time of the people and the places.

I loved all the characters, creepy and good. While Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar were super creepy, I loved their creepiness in relation to the story. They terrified me. I loved the hunter and Richard and Door. I just thought everyone was really memorable and fleshed out really well. One of my favorite things in this book was the use of foreshadow and of course, all the fantastical elements. It’s just an intriguing concept of having this whole other world, events and lives existing beneath and even within our own. It’s definitely a more than meets the eye type story and I loved it and devoured it. There was a delicious element of danger throughout that kept me flying through the story. I also found myself eager to just keep encountering things and exploring this world. It was wonderful and I highly recommend to fantasy fans especially fans of darker fantasy stories. Five stars and this book has earned a place on my favorites shelf! Now I need to go on reading more Neil Gaiman!

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Neil GaimanAbout Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

Find out more about Neil at his website, find all his books at his online bookstore, and follow him on Facebooktumblr, Twitter, and his blog.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Sun in Your Eyes by Deborah Shapiro

The Sun in Your Eyes coverAbout The Sun in Your Eyes

• Hardcover: 288 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow (June 28, 2016)

A witty and winning new voice comes alive in this infectious road-trip adventure with a rock-and-roll twist. Shapiro’s debut blends the emotional nuance of Elena Ferrante with the potent nostalgia of High Fidelity, in a story of two women—one rich and alluring, the other just another planet in her dazzling orbit—and their fervid and troubled friendship.

From the distance of a few yards, there might be nothing distinctive about Lee Parrish, nothing you could put your finger on, and yet, if she were to walk into a room, you would notice her. And if you were with her, I’d always thought, you could walk into any room.

For quiet, cautious, and restless college freshman Vivian Feld, real life begins the day she moves in with the enigmatic Lee Parrish—daughter of died-too-young troubadour Jesse Parrish and model-turned-fashion designer Linda West—and her audiophile roommate Andy Elliott.

When a one-night stand fractures Lee and Andy’s intimate rapport, Lee turns to Viv, inviting her into her glamorous fly-by-night world: an intoxicating mix of Hollywood directors, ambitious artists, and first-class everything. It is the beginning of a friendship that will inexorably shape both women as they embark on the rocky road to adulthood.

More than a decade later, Viv is married to Andy and hasn’t heard from Lee in three years. Suddenly Lee reappears, begging for a favor: she wants Viv to help her find the lost album Jesse was recording before his death. Holding on to a life-altering secret and ambivalent about her path, Viv allows herself to be pulled into Lee’s world once again. But the chance to rekindle the magic and mystery of their youth might come with a painful lesson: while the sun dazzles us with its warmth and brilliance, it may also blind us from seeing what we really need.

What begins as a familiar story of two girls falling under each other’s spell evolves into an evocative, and at times irrepressibly funny, study of female friendship in all its glorious intensity and heartbreaking complexity.

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Sun in Your Eyes by Deborah Shapiro. Thank you to to the author, TLC Book Tours and the Publisher for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

This is an adult fiction book about two women, Lee and Viv, that were best friends in college but have since fallen out of touch. When Lee decides to embark on a road trip to search for her musician father’s lost recordings and to learn more about him and ultimately herself, she gets back in touch with Viv who decides to road trip with her in spite of her rocky marriage.

 I always love a good book that explores the different aspects of friendship, especially between females. I have only read a few but I definitely see that a popular trope with these types of stories is the “bad girl” friend and the “good girl” friend. I must say that  I am a fan of that dynamic and was curious to see how that worked in an adult setting, rather than a teen setting. I did find the exploration of friendship, past and present to be rather interesting.

I wasn’t too big a fan of Viv but I did love Lee as a character and I was really happy to see that we got to experience her point of view. Although I did think it interesting to see the way that Viv saw Lee when we read the sections that were in her perspective. I did like the alternating perspectives and the shifts between past and present and the inclusion of things like interviews with Lee’s father.

This was my first “road trip” book and I’ll need to read a few more because I’m not sure whether it is my thing. I am giving this book a 3.5 star rating. It wasn’t quite a four for me but I did like it. I thought it was really well written but it took me awhile to actually get into the book and it was a slower paced read for me.

If you are a fan of books centered around road trips or female friendships, this book may be one that you will enjoy! If you have read this, please let me know your thoughts!

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Deborah Shapiro photo credit Lewis McVeyAbout Deborah Shapiro

Deborah Shapiro was born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts. A graduate of Brown University, she spent several years in New York working at magazines, including New York and ELLE, and her work has been published in Open City, Washington Square Review, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other places. She lives with her husband and son in Chicago. The Sun in Your Eyes is her first novel.

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