Contemporary · Romance

YOU SAY IT FIRST by SUSAN MALLERY|BLOG TOUR

Title: You Say It First

Author: Susan Mallery

Pages: 416 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Romance

Publisher: Mills & Boon

Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks—mainly the venue’s captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Although he won’t let love consume him, for ecstasy with an expiration date, he’s all in. 

Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can’t turn the floundering business around, she’ll have no choice but cave to her domineering mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working at the family’s bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn’t belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he’s right—where she really belongs is in his arms.

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‘You Say It First’ by Susan Mallery is a feel-good small town romance and a spin-off of Fool’s Gold. But can as well be read alone.

Nick is a sculpture, and a very handsome one at that. He takes a carpenting job at Pallas’s Weddings in a Box at a mere subsistence wage while awaiting an offer in Dubai. He is not only a treat to the eyes but is also very considerate and supportive of Pallas from the very start.

Pallas inherited Wedding in a Box while in college. But is still struggling to gain the respect and love from her mother, Libby. She seems to be dissapointed in her and wants her to join the family bank.

Both have there issues with love. Pallas thinks it is something to be earned. While Nick thinks it consumes all. Pallas’ issues arise from her cold mother who never gave love freely to her(that she later confronts) while Nick’s arise from his distant and unfaithful father who never cared about anything apart from his art.

It is a very heartwarming story that incorporates captivating emotional conflict with a swoon worthy romance. But You Say It First is not just that. It is also equal parts about family and friendship as it is about the romance. Susan Mallery also did a very vivid setup with so many weddings and wedding preparations going on. Also, the character development of Pallas throughout the story was commendable.

My Rating: 4/5

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Mystery/Suspense · Thriller

TO KILL THE TRUTH by SAM BOURNE|READALONG|BOOK REVIEW

Title: To Kill The Truth

Author: Sam Bourne

Number of Pages: 464 (Paperback)

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Publisher: Hachette India

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Someone is trying to destroy the evidence of history’s greatest crimes.
Academics and Holocaust survivors dead in mysterious circumstances. Museums and libraries burning. Digital records and irreplaceable proofs, lost for ever.
Former White House operative Maggie Costello has sworn off politics. But when the Governor of Virginia seeks her help to stop the lethal spiral of killings, she knows that this is bigger than any political game.
As Black Lives Matter protestors clash with slavery deniers, America is on a knife-edge and time is running out. This deadly conspiracy could ignite a new Civil War – but who stands to gain most from the chaos?

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Someone is trying to rewrite history by burning libraries and museums. Holocaust survivors and professors are murdered. Digital records erased. Slavery, holocaust and more starts being undocumented.

Enter Maggie Costello, former White House operative, to the rescue.

I am a huge political thriller fan and I utterly enjoyed To Kill The Truth by Sam Bourne. It is a realistic fiction and the narrative makes strong connections with today’s political scenario that makes you ponder.

To Kill The Truth is a plot driven and a an immensely gripping one at that! It is fast paced and makes it a point to keep you hooked. The storyline is solid and explosive.

Even though this is the fourth book in the Maggie Costello series, it can also be read as a standalone.

My Rating: 4.5/5


Bookish Corner

FEBRUARY WRAP UP|2019

I haven’t been able to upload this earlier due to my lack of motivation and social isolation. I have been working on my mental health and hope to be more present. Till then here’s the books I read in February. 🙂



1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

An older couple struggling with their marriage gets a second chance through a magic telephone. A telephone through which Georgie could call Neal 15 years back. I absolutely adored and devoured this book. The dynamics of the relationship between Georgie and Neal, and how they play out and evolve is so real and fulfilling. It’s very heartwarming and I’ve already added it to my list of “The Best Books I’ve Ever Read”.


2. The Parrot And The Merchant By Pippa Goodheart

It’s a short translated and illustrated work of Rumi intended for children. It’s about a merchant who likes to collect birds from different countries. And is about setting them free! A very small edit is done to the original content to give a feminist perspective and I definitely liked it.


3. Tangled by Emma Chase

Totally a disappointment. I mean the writing was TRASH! The narrative was TRASH! The male love interest was TRASH! It was so very MYSOGYNISTIC and I wonder why I even bothered to finish reading it!


4. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Wow! A Very Large Expanse of Sea is about racism, Islamophobia and young love. February gave me 2 Best Books Ever! THIS BOOK. This book is all consuming and heartbreaking and yet heartwarming. It will give you so many emotions that you’ll not know what to do with them.


5. Dear Ijeawele, or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions by Cimamanda Gnozi Adichie

Adichie writes this book for her friend who turns to Adichie for an advice on how to raise her daughtee feminist. This book states some BASIC ideas of feminism and was a good read.


6. Safely Endangered Comics by Chris McCoy

This is an upcoming graphic novel. It’s funny and is filled with some grim wit!


7. Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

A great thriller. Combination of dense plot and fast pace always keeps you on the hook. It’s about Liz who is found to have shoot her husband accidentally. She also shot her father accidentally 16 years back. Are these really accident or will Liz get away with murder twice!


Have you read any of these? Are they in your TBR? Let me know in the comments. Or just drop in a HI!❤

Chick Lit · Contemporary · Romance

What We Find by Robyn Carr|Giveaway|Blog Tour|Book Review

Today’s my stop for the blog your of What We Find by Robyn Carr. It’s the first installment of the Sullivan’s Crossing series. Thank you HQ stories and Mills and Boon for the warm cookies along with ARC. *All views are honest and my own.

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Title: What We Find

Author: Robyn Carr

Pages: 376 pages (Paperback)

Genre: Romance

Publisher: Mills & Boon

Neurosurgeon Maggie Sullivan knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best way she can do that is by heading home to Sullivan’s Crossing.

Indulging in the simple way of life should be the perfect escape. But Maggie’s world is rocked and she must take responsibility for the Crossing.

When quiet and serious Cal Jones, offers to lend a hand, Maggie is suspicious of his motive. Though as Cal and Maggie spend more time together it gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon…

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The novel starts with Maggie getting tangled in a lawsuit and her having a miscarriage. Upon that, the man in her life, Andrew, turns out to be an absolutely unsupportive ass. Completely devastated, Maggie decides to take break and visit her Dad in Colorado. Where she finally comes across Cal Jones! Our Main Guy!!

Cal has a baggage of his own and so does Maggie. Their relationship takes a sweet time to build and that makes it more real. Their romance is adorable and mature. It’s the one you root for with all your might. The writing-the storytelling, is all beautiful and you can literally picture the landscape. The characters are fleshed out so well that you can even bet you’ve already known Maggie for years!

 

What We Find is a character driven book according to me. It’s the emotions and a very honest portrayal of it, that drives the plot. I absolutely devoured this book. Specially the sharp conscience with which Carr’s narrative. What We Find is a book that will make sure it has all your attention.

This book is about new beginnings. And provided me with a sense of comfort and hope. I’ll definitely recommend What We Find by Robyn Carr to everyone.

My Rating: 5/5


“What We Find” is available as Paperback, Hardback, E-book and Audiobook.


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Mystery/Suspense · Thriller

THE GUILTY PARTY BY MEL MCGARTH | BLOG TOUR

Title: The Guilty Party

Author: Mel McGrath

Pages: 384 pages (Hardback)

Genre: Suspense, Thriller

Publication Date: March 7, 2019

Publisher: HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins

On a night out, four friends witness a stranger in trouble. They decide to do nothing to help.

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Fantasy

The Beauty Of The Wolf by Wray Delaney|Gender Bent Retelling Of The Beauty And The Beast

Title: The Beauty Of The Wolf

Author: Wray Delaney

Pages: 400 pages (Hardback)

Genre: Fairy tale Retelling, Fantasy

Publication Date: February 18, 2019

Publisher: HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins

What some might call beauty, I find monstrous’
In the age of the Faerie Queene, Elizabeth I, Lord Francis Rodermere starts to lay waste to a forest.
Furious, the sorceress who dwells there scrawls a curse into the bark of the first oak he fells:
A faerie boy will be born to you whose beauty will be your death.
Ten years later, Lord Rodermere’s son, Beau is born – and all who encounter him are struck by his great beauty.
Meanwhile, many miles away in a London alchemist’s cellar lives Randa – a beast deemed too monstrous to see the light of day.
And so begins a timeless tale of love, tragedy and revenge…
A stunning retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

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“So few of us are born to be ourselves; we are but the dreams of lovers, of mothers and fathers who long for us to step where their feet never dared.”

So let’s talk about the cover! Isn’t it absolutely stunning? It’s the very first thing that strikes you about this book. I was sold at the very first glance!

Then what draws you in is the blurb! The plot is so very promising and intriguing. Beauty and the Beast retold with a role reversal? Damn!

Important themes like Gender Fludity, Sexuality and Body Positivity is brilliantly acknowledged and explored through this book.

The premise and what she tried to do with it really had great potential. But how the content came to be is somewhat praiseworthy and somewhat disappointing.

The charecters lacked depth and the pacing was slow. I was very much fixated on the original story, and the crude language of this book threw me off. Words like “prick” etc. offset my enjoyabilty. The language kept destroying the delicate world I tried to imagine.

But it becomes a lot more fascinating if you read it as a completely different story. If you drop your preconceived notions that you hold on from the classic and read it in fact as an Adult fiction, you get to see this book in a whole new light. In all its fierce form.

The writing was flowery but yet hard to get into. The story, impressionable.

My Rating: 3/5


The Beauty Of The Wolf” is available as Hardback, E-book and Audiobook.

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