What I Read This Week: May 22, 2022

This was a busy week for me yet I managed to finish four books.

The Love of My Life by Rosie Walsh

Contemporary fiction

Rating: 3 out of 5.

It’s tough to describe what type of book this is. Is it trying to be a mystery or thriller? Or maybe a domestic drama? It’s a little bit of all those and that leaves it feeling choppy. Emma has been keeping secrets from her husband Leo and he stars digging for the truth. It was tough to sympathize with Emma at times because she could have avoided a lot of her problems with some tough conversations early on. But by the end I was rooting for her and her family. I was definitely interested in the story and liked the different points of view we get throughout. I recommend this one for readers of women’s fiction and domestic dramas.

It Takes a Woman by Piper Sheldon

Contemporary romance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Available on Kindle Unlimited. Book four in the Scorned Women’s Society series, which is a spin off of the Winston Brothers series by Penny Reid. I loved everything about this book. It’s the perfect conclusion to a fantastic series. Apparently it’s a retelling of Hello Dolly but I’m not familiar with that musical so I can’t compare. I will say this is a wonderful story about grief and healing, and realizing you can love again after loss. In the other books, Gretchen played a role in matchmaking the couples. Here, she gets a dose of her own medicine, which was fun to see. It was also nice to see her find love after helping her friends find it. This book is funny and sexy. I especially loved seeing characters from previous books and getting an update on their relationships. I highly recommend this series, start with the first book.

Four Aunties and a Wedding by Jessie Q Sutanto


Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was cute and funny but I didn’t like it as much as the first book. I think that’s partly because some of the novelty had worn off, and also I found the drama of the plot to be a bit of a stretch. I listened to the audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed the narration. I laughed out loud a few times. In this follow up to Dial A For Aunties, it’s Meddy’s wedding day and she has discovered the family of wedding vendors she hired is not who they appear to be. In fact, they seem to be plotting a murder on her special day! I recommend this one for fans of the first book.

The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Advanced copy from NetGalley, expected publication June 21, 2022. I was excited yet nervous to read this one because I enjoyed the author’s previous novel so much. I’m thrilled to report this is a worthy follow up! This story follows two women, each bent on revenge for different reasons. The characters are compelling and believable. The story is intense, I couldn’t put it down and I couldn’t guess what was happening next. This is a fast paced, twisty story that hops around in time yet is easy to follow. The writing is strong. I highly recommend this one for readers of thrillers. 

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