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Book Review: The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

This book isn’t non-stop action, but it’s definitely another read that pulled at me from beginning to end. I used similar words to describe a book in a review last week. It fit this book as well, so I decided to use them again 🙂 Continue reading “Book Review: The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth”

Book Review: Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

Keeping Lucy is not non-stop action and excitement. What it is, is gripping. Continue reading “Book Review: Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood”

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

I love Chanel Cleeton’s writing. I’ve enjoyed her earlier books but NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA was kind of a departure in tone and style for her and I was so happy that I still loved it. I was dying to know more about Beatriz and her story when I finished HAVANA. I definitely feel that reading the books in order gives a much richer reading experience for these books. They’re still stand alones and can be read as such, but I got so much more out of this book by knowing this world and these characters going. She was so different from her sister Elisa and I knew her life would be vastly different.   WHEN WE LEFT CUBA delivered what I was hoping to get.

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I’m a very heroine-centric reader and WHEN WE LEFT CUBA delivered a heroine I could love in Beatriz. She’s bold, seemingly fearless, and fiercely independent and I was here for that the entire time. Cleeton also does a masterful job of weaving Cuban history throughout in such a way that I felt like I was learning, yet also was in the background of the book. This has to be challenging to attain that exact balance, readers don’t want to see an info dump because frankly that can incredibly boring, but having that kind of history in the text can enrich a book so much. I felt that Cleeton did that here, and did it incredibly well.

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There’s a lot of suspense and political intrigue but also has plenty of familial drama and romance, which I desperately need in my books. Overall, I was really pleased with this and can’t wait to read more from this author.

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Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Melinda

Title: When We Left Cuba

Author: Chanel Cleeton

Release Date: April 9, 2019

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Book Review: Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer

This one kept me guessing all the way through! Now THAT is the sign of an excellent mystery! Continue reading “Book Review: Saving Meghan by D.J. Palmer”

Book Review: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Things You Save in a Fire is the second book I’ve read by Katherine Center. The books have filled me with such joy, adding Center to my must-read author list. Continue reading “Book Review: Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center”

Book Review: The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

An emotional mystery. I don’t believe I have ever used those words to describe a book in the mystery genre. Continue reading “Book Review: The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald”

Book Review + Blog Tour: The Military Wife by Laura Trentham

Welcome to Bookish Devices! We are excited to be today’s stop on the St. Martin’s Press blog tour for The Military Wife by Laura Trentham. Let’s jump right in with Jennifer’s thoughts on the book. Continue reading “Book Review + Blog Tour: The Military Wife by Laura Trentham”

Book Review: Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks

As a mother, this story was hard to read. Can you imagine not knowing where your child is? Continue reading “Book Review: Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks”

Book Review: The Christmas Star by Donna VanLiere

Who needs a feel-good story to kick off the holiday season? Was that a yes?! Then I have the book for you. Continue reading “Book Review: The Christmas Star by Donna VanLiere”

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