Recent Reads Mini Reviews

More mini reviews from books I’ve enjoyed to varying degrees over the last few weeks.

One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: March 1, 2022

This book is a standard self-discovery after tragedy, with a twist. It wasn’t revolutionary or particularly memorable for me, but it was a nice read. The atmosphere and imagery of the Italian seaside were breathtaking and enviable. But I can’t say I particularly liked Katy, our main character. YEs she is struggling after the loss of her mother, and that journey is what the book is about. But As a character, Katy seems more of a reflection of others, very dependent, and less of a person on her own. And I guess part of her journey is growing past that but we don’t really see it. Another minor annoyance, that is a personal issue related to the writing style consumed via audiobook, the lack of contractions used is glaringly noticeable when the story is consumed via audio. It makes dialogue, both inner monologues and conversations come across as stilted and awkward and less slightly enjoyable. Thought Lauren Graham was a perfect choice to narrate this complex story between a mother and a daughter.

Fleeting by Carrie Aarons

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Release Date: March 11, 2019

This was a cute small town romance, and I do think Nash and Presley had chemistry, and I loved the cast of characters as a whole, the story was just kinda underdeveloped. I feel like we really only scratched the surface of who Nash and Presley are – we get a good idea of Pres’ hopes, and we touch on her fears, but we know nothing about her family besides her grandmother, and we get to know Nash’s personality well, but only brief mentions of his background. I hope with future books in the series, we get to explore the characters even more.

Marriage For One by Ella Maise

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Release Date: May 6, 2019

DNF @14%

I was pulled in by the cute illustrated cover redesign, but that was really all this book had going for it. I haven’t picked up or thought about this book in a week. We’re dropped right into the story and do get some back-and-forth timeline stuff to get the lead up to the fake marriage, but I felt absolutely no chemistry between Jack and Rose. None at all. No sparks, no embers, no passion, longing, pining, or even just simple lust. And I didn’t care about any of the family drama with Rose trying to use the building her uncle left for her. Overall, an unfortunate boring miss.

Consider Me by Becka Mack

Rating: ★★★★★
Release Date: March 22, 2022

This was such a charming delight of a book. Carter Beckett, Hockey hotshot quickly reforms his playboy ways after falling head over skates for high school health and fitness teacher Olivia. Carter is a perfect example of a golden retriever boyfriend and this is definitely a case of boy falls first. But my favorite thing was how Carter and Olivia really try to communicate with each other, especially when they are facing challenges in their relationship. And for this being Carter’s first real relationship, he is a standout boyfriend. And beyond the couple, whose chemistry was fabulous, the cast of characters filled out the world and helped shape both Olivia and Carter into real people. I loved this from the very first page and will read the rest of the series as soon as I can.

What books have you been reading lately? Share below.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s