Pride and Premeditation

Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah PriceThis is yet another Jane Austen retelling and this one was so much fun to read.A cozy mystery meets Pride and Prejudice…I don’t think I can say anything more. Pick up a copy and see what you think!

Cover Story

Cover Story by Susan Rigetti This book was recommended to me by my librarian and it was indeed a great pick for me. The Premise: Lora has failed out of college (and is hiding that fact from her parents) when she gets an internship at ELLE magazine.  Working as an intern she meets and befriends... Continue Reading →

Watermelon-Gin Cooler (cocktail)

Watermelon-Gin Cooler Ingredients: Watermelon JuiceGinMint leavesCucumber Juice fresh watermelon (you need about 1 cup, depending on size of glasses and how strong you want the drink) In a cocktail shaker add ice, 2-3 mint leaves and 2-3 cucumber rounds.  Shake to muddle.  Add 2 oz of gin and about 8 oz of watermelon juice.  Shake... Continue Reading →

Lighthouse Beach

Lighthouse Beach by Shelley Noble With this name and this cover, you know this is likely to be a quintessential summer read. The Premise: Lillo is invited to an old friend's wedding.  She hasn’t seen Jess in years, but decides to attend despite that.  At the wedding, Lillo meets Jess’s two closest friends Allie and... Continue Reading →

Britt-Marie Was Here

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman I was given this book for Christmas and have actually been holding off on reading it because I love Backman and was enjoying the anticipation.  I finally decided enough was enough and it was time to give it a read. The Premise: Britt-Marie is a socially awkward (I’m assuming... Continue Reading →

The Rosie Project

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion This book made me laugh out loud several times.  I found it to be so much fun with such an insightful look into the neurodivergent character (autistic spectrum). The Premise:  Don Tillman is a bit particular about things and self-identified as socially awkward.  He would like to get married,... Continue Reading →

Incense and Sensibility

Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev Actually, there are 3 books in this series and I enjoyed them all.  What is not to love about modern Jane Austen retellings? Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors Recipe for Persuasion Incense and Sensibility Meet these quirky characters and experience the stories that Austen is known for.   I... Continue Reading →

A Good Girls Guide to Murder

A Good Girls Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson As I have mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of the YA (young adult) genre, but I find a good one can be a perfect summer read.  YA tends to be lighter reading (even if the topics are on the serious side), and the teens... Continue Reading →

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots Super Heroes and Henchmen…not my typical go-to topic, but something about this just sounded fun.  And it was!! The Premise: Anna is just a lowly temp, doing office work for Villains.  It’s not a bad gig, until she ends up on a field assignment and is badly injured by a... Continue Reading →

Botanical Spritz (cocktail)

Botanical Spritz This is an easy and refreshing summer cocktail.  Start with a Kettle One Botanical Vodka - both the Grapefruit Rose and the Peach Orange Blossom are delicious.  Add some sprite or club soda, garnish with lime and you have a perfect summer beverage.   Mix yourself one, grab a book and find a cool... Continue Reading →

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