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THE IDENTICALS by Elin Hilderbrand

IMG_0905   THE IDENTICALS by Elin Hilderbrand

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand is a women’s fiction novel based on the lives of two identical twin sisters who haven’t spoken to each another in over fourteen years but are forced to reconnect when the unthinkable happens. Years earlier, when the girls were seventeen, their parents made a decision that would change their lives forever and their relationship inextricably.

This novel is told from the perspectives of the twins, Harper and Tabitha, and Tabitha’s daughter Ainsley.

Harper seems like a desperate and lost soul constantly making the wrong choice with men and the wrong decisions in life. She’s flailing through life with no purpose, or so it seems…

Tabitha is the complete opposite of Harper; she is self-assured and hoighty-toighty. She uses her sister’s life-choices as a measuring stick or moral compass in which to gage her own decisions against, making sure to do one better and not something “Harper would do.”

Ainsley, Tabitha’s teenage daughter, is a spoiled, egocentric brat who has no boundaries and no respect for those around her.

I’ve read all of Elin Hilderbrand’s novels and thoroughly enjoyed this particular story. My favourite type of narrative is when the author tells the story through the eyes of all characters — so telling! I found my jaw drop on more than one occasion reading this novel; it has a few surprises. It would make an excellent beach read where you could delve right in undisturbed and just enjoy. I rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

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Reviewed: May 7, 2017. Novel Publish Date: June 13, 2017.

 

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BRIDGES: A DAPHNE WHITE NOVEL by Maria Murnane

IMG_0867    BRIDGES: A DAPHNE WHITE NOVEL by Maria Murnane

Bridges: A Daphne White Novel by Maria Murnane is a women’s fiction novel about three women who were college friends and are now in their early 40s, decide to catch up in New York City on the 4th of July to celebrate a surprise engagement, but each of them has a secret. Will all be revealed?

Daphne is a divorced mom working as a part-time florist in Ohio, decided it was time to realize her long-forgotten dream of being a journalist and finally penned her debut fictional novel. However, her self-doubt is dragging her down as the rejection emails continue to trickle in and she sees how successful Skylar is thinking that could’ve been her had she not devoted her entire adult life to taking care of her family. Skylar is a jet-setting corporate software salesperson in NYC who never slows down and always claimed she’d never marry, but now is engaged. KC is a happily married fitness junky and guru living in California who recently became a first-time grandmother. These women all lead distinctly different lives, but still make the time to support each other and get together for important milestones in each other’s lives.

I really enjoyed learning about these three women’s differing world’s and strong bond as the plot unfolded. It was a well-written and enjoyable quick read with a twist of humour that will have you laughing out loud. I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars. This novel is a standalone work, however, it has the same characters as in the novel Wait for the Rain published in 2015 where the same three friends reunited to celebrate their 40th birthdays in the Caribbean. I would also recommend reading that novel as well.

Thank you to Maria Murnane for contacting me and providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review via NetGalley and Amazon Publishing. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: March 22, 2017. Novel Publish Date: April 4, 2017.

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IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND by Michele Campbell

img_0861   IT’S ALWAYS THE HUSBAND by Michele Campbell

The premise of this novel It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell is about a tumultuous and longstanding relationship between three women Kate, a charismatic manipulative shrew, Aubrey, a needy, depreciated, spineless soul, and Jenny, a constant fixer and sycophant. These women have been friends since college, but somewhere along the way, their relationships takes a wrong turn. Fast forward twenty years, and typical selfish Kate does the unthinkable, betraying Aubrey’s trust after years of unfettered and unreciprocated loyalty. This novel is a combination of women’s fiction and a typical whodunit mystery well worth the read. I particularly enjoy reading books that flashback and forth from past to present seamlessly weaving the story for readers to piece together. I rate this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/

Reviewed: March 5, 2017. Novel Publish Date: May 16, 2017.

Link to purchase: Goodreads