A few months back this Spring I was in a bad place and I wasn’t enjoying reading, that alone is heartbreaking. Thank goodness this Summer I have gotten my grove back and I have the pool to thank. I only go for an hour here and there but that time away from my phone, reading in between swimming… those are some of my favorites! I have read a ton this Summer (a ton is relative for readers) but I wanted to share a couple of my favorites with you today!

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way

So of all people my Mom the NON-reader gave me this book and I could NOT have loved it more. This is equal parts old Hollywood glamour, scandal and love. I didn’t know what to expect and I love love loved this book. I read this in 3 days and I can’t wait to share it with my Book Club!

Clara Lawson is torn from her life in an instant. Without warning, her home is invaded by armed men, and she finds herself separated from her beloved husband and daughters. The last thing her husband yells to her is to say nothing.
In chapters that alternate between past and present, the novel slowly unpeels the layers of Clara’s fractured life. We see her growing up, raised with her sisters by the stern Mama and Papa G, becoming a poised and educated young woman, falling desperately in love with the forbidden son of her adoptive parents. We see her now, sequestered in an institution, questioned by men and women who call her a different name—Diana—and who accuse her husband of unspeakable crimes. As recollections of her past collide with new revelations, Clara must question everything she thought she knew, to come to terms with the truth of her history and to summon the strength to navigate her future.

A friend of mine in Book Club recommended The Girl Before and we generally enjoy the same books! This is a story of Stockholm syndrome or is it more? I read this SO SO fast because I had to know what was going on. You get 2 different timelines the now and the before and I love that it switches back and forth so quick. My only negative is that I wish it was a tad more grit, a bit more R than PG… I know, I am weird!

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

Ok hold the phone… WHILE You order FINAL GIRLS!!! DO IT! This was not what I expected but it hooked me and it reads just like a movie! I hope this will be a movie one day for sure! I don’t want to give anything away but a Final Girl is like at a mass tragedy or horror movie death, it’s the final girl left standing. What do they have in common? What is their life like after? Read and find out!!!!

Identical twin sisters who couldn’t look more alike…or live more differently.Harper Frost is laid-back, easygoing. She doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. She likes a beer and a shot and wouldn’t be caught dead wearing anything fashionable. She’s inherited her father’s rundown house on Martha’s Vineyard, but she can’t hold down a job, and her latest romantic disaster has the entire island talking. 
Two beautiful islands only eleven miles apart.
Tabitha Frost is dignified, refined. She prefers a fine wine and has inherited the impeccable taste of her mother, the iconic fashion designer Eleanor Roxie-Frost. She’s also inherited her mother’s questionable parenting skills–Tabitha’s teenage daughter, Ainsley, is in full rebellion mode–and a flailing fashion boutique on Nantucket in desperate need of a cash infusion. 

One unforgettable summer that will change their lives forever.

Let me first say that I LOVE everything Elin writes, they are all so much more than a chick lit. They have heart, some have tragedy and they are far more complex than the covers would imply. This is a story of identical twins who could not be more different but can they mend the past to help each other now? That is a lame review by me but I sure did enjoy this book!

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