Don’t Ever Judge a Book By It’s Cover…Except for This One.

Being in a book rut is the worst.  Although I didn’t love this book, at least I enjoyed it enough to finish and review it!  Overall, it was just eh…not great, not horrible.

Before I get into my feelings on this book, I just want to thank all of you SO MUCH for your responses to my last post.  That day truly was such a beautiful experience and it ended in such an awful way.  I still don’t have my SUV back…apparently the damages to it were quite involved.  Ugh.  I’ve said it a million times since this happened and I’ll say it once more:  This could have all been SO MUCH worse!  I’m extraordinarily thankful that it wasn’t.  Your comments and messages were absolutely lovely and I am thankful for each and every one of them, thank you all so much!

And now…on to my review of a very mediocre book, lol:

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

THE WIFE: For Alice, life has never been better. With her second husband, she has a successful business, two children, and a beautiful house.

HER HUSBAND: Alice knows that life could have been different if her first husband had lived, but Nathan’s arrival into her life gave her back the happiness she craved.

HER BEST FRIEND: Through the ups and downs of life, from celebratory nights out to comforting each other through loss, Alice knows that with her best friend Beth by her side, they can survive anything together. So when Nathan starts acting strangely, Alice turns to Beth for help. But soon, Alice begins to wonder whether her trust has been misplaced . . .

The first mistake could be her last.

My Thoughts:

(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)

3 Stars

Eh.

I like going into a book with at least a BIT of understanding of what the book will be about.  The above synopsis is exactly what is written on the back of the book…and it’s so vague!  Even before I started reading, I was confused about what this book was going to be about.  Turns out, my feelings were valid.

Even the cover of this book is confusing, lol.  I have an ARC (advanced reader copy) so the final version doesn’t look like this…but this version?  Super weird.  I get that they are trying to market this is a creative way but unfortunately it’s just so random.  The front is all creepy with this random removable 2 sided card. Check this out:

So then you take out the card, flip it over, and you are able to learn the title and the author of the book you’re holding.

So then you open the cover and…Ta Da!  The actual book cover…???

Weird.  My daughter was all, “Are you reading a book all about roses?”  I wasn’t even sure how to answer her because I’M not even sure what this book was truly about, lol.

This book had WAY too many characters, storylines (especially insignificant ones), and timelines.  It was confusing at times!  A few of the twists I figured out before I was supposed to, a few I didn’t.  None of them were completely shocking.  Not nearly as much character development for certain characters as there were for others.  Overall just kind of eh.

The ending was abrupt, unrealistic, and unsatisfying.  Kind of like the rest of the book 🙂  Also, there were parts of the ending which absolutely INFURIATED me.

HOWEVER, this random covered book held my interest enough for me to keep reading until the very end.  This is more than I can say for the last 2 books I’ve read so at least there’s that!

I posted this on Facebook 2 days ago:

I will say this: I didn’t love this book but I DID love the kind gesture of my friend Melissa (from Chick Lit Central) sharing it with me!  If you haven’t yet visited Chick Lit Central, you are in for such a treat, it’s wonderful 🙂  XO Melissa!!!  Thank you for your kindness and for your friendship:)

Bottom Line:

If you are looking to read a Sandie Jones book, I would definitely recommend reading this one instead.

Xo,

Jenny

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Spring Break 2019 Book Recommendations {Book Coffee Happy}

If you are anything like me, you put some major thought into the books that you bring along on vacation.  How many books do you bring with you?  I tend to usually bring at least 5 no matter how long of a trip we are taking.  I bring 1 that I’m already about halfway through as it’s easier to concentrate and read on the plane once you are already “into” the book as opposed to starting a brand new one. I also bring at least 4 more books…1 which I will probably read in it’s entirety plus 3 more.  I get nervous thinking that I will begin a new book, hate it, and not have any other options…hence the 3 extra books!  Options!  Of course the amount of books I bring varies based upon if children will be traveling with us (significantly less reading time), how long of a flight we have, how long we will be on vacation, the type of vacation (beach vs sightseeing), etc.

My criteria for a perfect vacation read is simple:

I won’t want to put the book down although if need be, it must be easy to put down and immediately pick up where I left off.

And without further ado, I present to you my top choices for your spring break vacation (or staycation if you aren’t traveling) in no particular order!  Some are older books, others are newly released, ALL are perfect to bring along on your vacation. 🙂

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I absolutely LOVED reading each of these books!  Enjoy!

The Woman in the Window {AJ Finn}

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Young Jane Young {Gabrielle Zevin}

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The Deepest Secret {Carla Buckley}

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Everything, Everything {Nicola Yoon}

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The Husband’s Secret {Liane Moriarty}

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An Unwanted Guest {Shari Lapena}

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The Couple Next Door {Shari Lapena}

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Pretty Baby {Mary Kubica}

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Nine Perfect Strangers {Liane Moriarty}

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Swear on this Life {Renee Carlino}

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Convenience Store Woman {Sayaka Murata}

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The Hate U Give {Angie Thomas}

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The Other Woman {Sandie Jones}

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Big Little Lies {Liane Moriarty}

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Deliver Her {Patricia Perry Donovan}

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Everything else you need to pack?  That’s all on you.  Books?  I got you covered 🙂

Safe and happy travels!

THE CAST GIVEAWAY WINNER:

Congratulations Heather Gannon! Your comment (My bff Amanda of 38 yrs and I have been through everything together. Marriage, divorce, birth, death, cancer, health, children you name it. Life has pulled us in separate directions and we always come back together) was randomly chosen to win an autographed copy of The Cast! Please email me at bookcoffeehappy@gmail.com with your mailing address!

Xo,

Jenny

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Book Review: The Other Woman {Sandie Jones}

Oh do I have a great book for you today!  AND…another VLOG!

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Emily thinks Adam’s perfect; the man she thought she’d never meet. But lurking in the shadows is a rival; a woman who shares a deep bond with the man she loves.

Emily chose Adam, but she didn’t choose his mother Pammie. There’s nothing a mother wouldn’t do for her son, and now Emily is about to find out just how far Pammie will go to get what she wants: Emily gone forever.

The Other Woman is an addictive, fast-paced psychological thriller about the destructive relationship between Emily, her boyfriend Adam, and his manipulative mother Pammie.

My Thoughts:

(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)

I.  LOVED.  IT.

I had been waiting for months to read this book and it did not disappoint!  I FLEW through this book.  Short chapters always make me want to keep reading.  Combine them with a fantastic storyline and I was hooked!  This book was AWESOME.  Quick, easy to read, and wonderful.  All in all, it was great and I would absolutely recommend it.

That being said, I do have some criticism.  It’s impossible to talk about what I didn’t love without giving anything away!  I try REALLY hard to keep spoilers off my blog (more on why I do this HERE).  So…I made a video on my new YouTube channel openly discussing my thoughts including spoilers! Enjoy 🙂

*WHY OH WHY does YouTube keep thinking that these are lovely screenshots of me?!?!?*

Bottom Line:

Read it.  Enjoy it.  Devour it.

Did you read this book?  What did you think?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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