Someday, Someday, Maybe Book Review

Someday, Someday, Maybe

By Lauren Graham

Genre: Women’s fiction, Chick Lit, Literary Fiction

4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed this book! I wasn’t sure what to expect. Unlike many who are reviewing this book, I’m not a huge Lauren Graham fan. She’s been fine in what I’ve seen her in, but I don’t really have an opinion of her one way or the other. A few years ago, I kept seeing and hearing about this book, so I bought it. It’s been on the bookshelf for at least two years. I finally decided to read it, needing something light and cheery.

I found it funny that the book isn’t autobiographical, since it’s about an actress making it in the mid-nineties, but I can appreciate “writing about what you know about!” Franny was a likeable main character who has given herself a 3 year deadline to make it as an actress. We begin the book when she is 6 months away from that deadline. I also liked acting in Jr. High and high school, so I thought it was fun to read about the field. It was interesting to hear about the audition process. I also thought it was creative that the story is intermixed with entries from Franny’s filofax (what I would call a planner), although I sometimes had trouble reading the handwriting on them!

Franny lives with her best friend, Jane, and an aspiring screenwriter named Dan. They both play important parts in the story, as do her acting class friends- one of whom is a successful hottie. The plot was predictable “chick lit” at times, but Graham herself pokes a little bit of fun at it near the end of the book, when Franny and Dan see and discuss a “chick flick” movie.

The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, which drives me crazy! In the interview at the end of the book, Graham mentions “the next book,” but I haven’t found any other evidence of a sequel. When and if there is one, I will quickly snatch it up because I really would like to find out more about how Franny ends up! If you’re at all interested in “show business,” you’ll enjoy this book!

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Three Wishes Book Review

Three Wishes

By Liane Moriarty

Genre: Women’s fiction, chick lit

This was a cute read. It was a little bit different than other Liane Moriarty books I have read. It had a less complicated plot in my opinion. This book is about three triplets. The book starts with the girls having a birthday lunch where one sister stabs her pregnant sister’s belly with a fork. Most of the rest of the book is a telling of the events up to that point. Gemma is the easy-going, peace-keeping, free-spirited sister who flits from job to job. Kat is married to Dan and they’ve been trying to have a baby. I would say she’s the more emotional sister. Lynn is the most successful sister. She’s always busy. She owns her own business and has a step-daughter and daughter. The rest of their family plays a large role in the story as well. Intermixed with the girls’ stories were other people telling stories about seeing the girls at various times throughout their lives. That was an interesting addition to the book.

The three characters are different enough that I think readers will relate to at least one of them. I grew to like each of them in their own way. You find out deep secrets about them and their relationships with each other and with others. Moriarty always includes incredible character development in her stories and this one is no exception. You watch all of the characters go through great changes.

I really enjoyed the characters and their stories, but I have liked her other stories better. This one was missing a big twist like her other books have. I would still recommend it to fans of women’s fiction. Four out of five stars.

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Far From Here Book Review

Far From Here

By Nicole Baart

Genre: Literary fiction

3 out of 5 stars. This was an… interesting book. I really enjoyed Baart’s trilogy series, but the books I’ve read of hers since then are so different. I did enjoy this book more than “The Moment Between.” Baart is a Christian author, but this isn’t really a Christian novel and that’s fine. Dani has been married to Etsell for 10 years. He has always dreamed of being an Alaskan bush pilot, but Dani hates flying and the idea of leaving her hometown. When Etsell gets the opportunity to take over for a friend in Alaska for three weeks, Dani doesn’t hold him back. But then Etsell goes missing and Dani overcomes her fear of flying to search for him. Things get more complicated when Dani finds out that a woman named Samantha, who Estell often flew places, is also missing.

This book is full of complicated relationships. Dani has a complicated relationship with her mother, who raised her girls in a trailer with a string of different boyfriends. Dani hasn’t seen her oldest sister, Natalie, in four years. Dani’s other sister, Kat, works as a bartender in a gentleman’s club and randomly crashes on her couch. Hazel is Estell’s “surrogate” mother after his own passed away and she and Dani have always had a somewhat strained relationship. Dani’s pastor neighbor, Ben, is a quiet, unobtrusive man who starts coming around after Estell disappears. All of these people play an important role in helping Dani (even when it doesn’t feel like help) after Estell’s disappearance.

I liked main character Dani and the other characters and reading about their relationships. There was some mystery in the story about whether or not Estell would return and about some other events. In fact, the book ends on a bit of a mystery and it’s up to the reader to guess at part of the ending.

This book was full of some really poetic phrases like “tulips that would open their cups to the sun as if waiting to be filled with warm, golden rays like nectar.” (Pgs. 43-44) Baart is a really talented writer.

Why am I only giving this book 3 stars? It was a little slow and I felt like the poetic language sometimes got in the way of the real rawness that should have been present when a wife’s husband is missing. Something about it was a little off. Nevertheless, I’m glad I read it.

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The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart Book Review

The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart

By Anna Bell

Genre: Chick lit, comedy, women’s fiction, romantic comedy

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was super cute! I read it very quickly. Main character Abi is absolutely devastated when her boyfriend, Joseph, breaks up with her. She thought for sure that he was the one. When he returns her possessions, he accidentally includes his bucket lists of adventures he wants to go on and things he wants to do. Abi decides that the perfect way to get Joseph back is to do everything on his bucket list and post pictures to Facebook so he will see just how compatible they are. While completing this bucket list, Abi meets Ben, a bike shop owner who helps train her for some of the more difficult challenges. In the middle of all this, Abi starts having some challenges at work and thinks that someone is trying to sabotage her.

I really enjoyed this book. I could relate to Abi and her difficulty post-break up. She was a sweet girl with a good heart. I loved reading about all of her adventures and it definitely made me want to travel and make my own bucket list. In fact, Abi includes directions for making your own bucket list at the end of the book! Ben was just the coolest guy friend a girl could have- sweet, understanding, and hilarious. I thought that Abi really needed a best friend like her best friend, Sian. Sian was never afraid to call Abi out on her crap! I had a pretty good idea of how this story would end, but I wasn’t sure of exactly how it would get there. It did not disappoint! I would highly recommend this sweet story to fans of chick lit.

*Book cover provided by the publisher*

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The Ship of Brides Review

The Ship of Brides

By Jojo Moyes

Genre: Historical fiction

After reading the fantastic Me Before You, I was excited to read another book by JoJo Moyes. To be honest, it seems like this could have been written by a totally different person. This book is historical fiction with a little bit of romance. It begins with Jennifer, a young adult, going on a vacation to India with her grandmother. Grandma sees a ship named the Victoria and the rest of the book is a flashback of her and a few other girls’ time on the ship. The Victoria was used to transport military brides to their husbands from Australia to England. We are introduced to Margaret, a girl who is leaving her father and many brothers to travel to a new land. She is the peacekeeper among the girls. Frances was a nurse during the war who is very secretive about her new husband. Avice comes from a wealthy family and has never lived in such rugged conditions as she does on the ship. We also get a peak inside some of the men’s minds.

I had trouble getting invested into this book. I’m not a fan of historical fiction, but decided to give it a try because of the author. At times, I had trouble keeping the different characters straight. As the book went on, I eventually did get invested into the characters as I found out more about their pasts. There were definitely some surprise plot twists and revelations. I enjoyed the ending, although I would have liked to have found out more about how the girls’ lives ended up. Three out of five stars.

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