The Rosie Effect Review

The Rosie Effect

By: Graeme Simsion

Genre: Romantic Comedy?

3 out of 5 stars. I am sad to say I didn’t like this book as much as the first one. Don and Rosie have been happily married for almost a year when Rosie announces that she is pregnant. Don isn’t sure how to integrate this new information. First, he ignores it. Then, he goes way overboard in researching pregnancy and trying to control Rosie’s consumption and activities. Meanwhile, Gene is living with them, having been kicked out by Claudia. Don makes friends with a rock star named George. Rosie is trying to finish her thesis and thinking about clinicals.

I really liked being back inside Don’s logical head. It was definitely obvious that he had come to become more empathetic since the last book, but he still misread social cues. I loved seeing him grow in friendships with others.

However, Rosie was a different story. She stopped communicating with Don and kind of cut him out of her life. I was getting annoyed at seeing everything Don was trying to do in his own quirky way to get ready for the pregnancy and how Rosie wasn’t appreciating or acknowledging any of it. That definitely brought down my stars. She didn’t seem as true to her character as in the last book.

There was not as much of a plot as in the first book. It was more “day in the life of” style. However, if you enjoyed the first book and want to live in Don’s world again, I recommend you read it.

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The Story of Our Life Review

Blog Tour

We are excited to be a part of The Story of Our Life Blog Tour! Please read my review below and find out a little more about this very unique, heartwarming book.

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The Story of Our Life

By Shari Low

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance, Chick Lit

Book Summary

SO WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOUR HUSBAND SLEPT WITH ANOTHER WOMAN?

Colm strolled into my life fifteen years ago. If there’s ever such a thing as love at first sight, that was it for us both.

A few weeks later we married, celebrating with those who cared, ignoring the raised eyebrows of the cynics.

We knew better. This was going to be forever. The dream come true. The happy ever after. Until it wasn’t.

Because a couple of months ago everything changed. We discovered a devastating truth, one that blew away our future and forced us to revisit our past, to test the bonds that were perhaps more fragile than they seemed.

So now I ask you again, what would you do if your husband slept with another woman?

Because this is what I did. I’m Shauna.  And this is The Story of Our Life…

Unwind, laugh, cry…but feel uplifted by this bittersweet love story. Perfect for the fans of Jo-Jo Moyes and Marian Keyes.

Book Review

I read this book in exchange for an honest review. Wow, this was a really good read. This book tells the story of Colm and Shauna. It alternates between their early years and the present day. This was a really interesting and well-done format. There are some foreshadows to later events as you read that are eventually revealed and then the story is complete. This is a love story first and foremost. It’s also a tale about friendship, betrayal, loss, forgiveness, secrets, and everything else that makes up life. The main characters are truly flawed, but they truly do love each other despite it all. I would highly recommend this book to fans of romance and women’s fiction.

*Content and pictures provided to me by Aria Fiction*

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Thirty-Two Going On Spinster Book Review

Thirty-two Going on Spinster

By Becky Monsoon

Genre: Chick Lit, romance

4 out of 5 stars! This was a pretty cute book. In it, Julia is sure she is on her way to spinster-dom. She lives in her parents’ basement, has had the same boring job for ten years, and has never really been in a serious relationship. Julia’s life begins to change when cute guy Jared is hired. She starts wearing make-up, flirting, and buying new clothes. She also connects with her younger sister for the first time in their lives. Just when Jared and Julia are getting closer than ever, something is revealed that changes everything.

The main character was really sweet and likeable. She was afraid of making big changes and I think that was really relatable. Jared was sweet, but secretive. Julia’s best friend, Brown, is very different than her, but their relationship worked. I loved Julia and her sister’s relationship just starting up and growing throughout the book. It was a very sweet subplot.

This book is really predictable and you can see the big reveal coming from a mile away, but that didn’t really bother me. I did feel like the ending was wrapped up rather quickly. It didn’t seem like the author had planned to do a series, originally.

Despite those small criticisms, this was a really nice, quick read with a sweet main character that I’m excited to read more about in the sequel!

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