Between a pick and a so-so for me. By the end of the book I was bored and ready for it to end, but I did enjoy the story. The fictional Winthrop Island that‘s the setting for this book is based on Fisher‘s Island, which is a location my husband and I have sailed to. I enjoy connections like that so that part was a bonus for me.
Finally home from vacation and everyone is so exhausted. @HufflepuffGirl90 this will be coming your way tomorrow. @Mynameisacolour I feel bad about the fudgesicle that my 2 year old got on he book. While I was reading on the beach he ran up to me to show me the fudgesicle his friend on the beach gave him. I didn‘t see him coming and he touched the book with it. I can send you a new one if you would like, sending this one out tomorrow.
I wasn't sure what I was reading for a while, which made it difficult to get into. The story is one we've all heard before of the drama from the upper and working classes mingling. I enjoyed the story overall but the writing could have been less choppy, and it contained odd descriptions... sometimes too many flowery adjectives, going on for most of the page, to sometimes not enough adjectives to tell what was happening.
“You must find whatever ugliness there exists within him and have the courage to extract it, like a bad tooth, or if it cannot be extracted to actually journey inside him and gather the ugliness in your arms for metamorphosis, by the strength and the purity of your love to make him #beautiful again.”
All of her covers are so #Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️
I gave this a good try, but tonight I just couldn‘t get myself to pick this up for more than about 5 minutes at a time because it was so boring. The characters were all flat and formulaic, I didn‘t care about any of them because there was nothing THERE to care about. I wasn‘t going to read another 200+ pages when I gave no fucks at all about what happens to any of these people. DNF
Giveaway! Littens, just for you - everyone who registers my May 8th will receive a trade paperback copy of THE SUMMER WIVES by Beatris Williams. This New York Times bestseller was all over Litsy last year when it burst onto the scene in hardcover - if you have had it on your wish list since then, now‘s your chance! https://forms.gle/ud65beZbjmhJ7akh8
4.5 ☆ 👍🏻 This is now my 2nd Beatriz Williams novel I‘ve read (enjoyed more than Cocoa Beach) w/another on my home bookshelf that I‘m MOST definitely adding to my April reading list. TSW has 3 storylines spanning the 30‘s, 50‘s and 60‘s full of mystery, family drama + romance and centers around Miranda who arrives back on the island in 1969-18yrs later. 🌊⛵️
next Every Breath (I‘m 1/4 through) + The Last Time I Lied #botm
This started out a little slow, and the multiple timelines got a bit confusing at times, but eventually I got sucked in and had to finish it today. It had its schmaltzy moments for sure, but I look at this more like a good summer/beach read and a well-done soap opera. I enjoyed it! 4⭐️
Here is my #botm stack that I‘m way behind on! I‘m going to be doing a marathon of sorts starting next Monday to see how many of these I can read in the next 3 weeks. Anyone who wants to join me is welcome! #marathon
P.S. Please tell me I‘m not the only one who has a stack like this! 😱 #ihaveaproblem
Getting started on my #lmpbc pick tonight! Really excited for this one 💚🤓💚
A few options for #LMPBC they are a little all over the place but do you ladies see any that you would like to read? If not, don't be shy there are more to choose from😅 @Littlestbookshelf @Bookwormjillk @HufflepuffGirl90
I liked this romantic mystery MUCH more than I expected. The novel is told in alternating times and by focusing on alternating characters' experiences. We see Miranda, the protagonist, arrive on the isolated New England island where (in 1951) her relationship with her mother ended, where she fell in love, where she gained and almost immediately lost a stepfather. (continued in comments)
This book has been on my TBR since summer! I‘m enjoying the beachy, summery scenes. I‘m trying to decide whether I prefer it in print or audio. The leaps in time & occasional shifts of perspective are a little hard to follow because I tend to zone out when listening. Side note: Mabbie is actually fervently licking the spine of the book for some mysterious reason, I just chose a pic where her eyes are closed so she looks cuddly, not crazed!
Thank you so much Bri!!! @LoverofLit . I've really been wanting to read this one and the card is lovely! 💛💛💛
Thank you to @TheBookKeepers as well for putting on this swap! 💖💖💖
There were holes in the plot and problems with the narrative and it was still completely delightful. It was a soap opera of a book. Having grown up in New England, the island and its culture were wholly familiar and that added to the fun. An enchanting setting, complicated people and relationships, and a trip back in time combined to make this great fun. The problems are there but on the whole didn‘t detract too much from the experience for me.
The book seemed like a promising read, with the premise being filled with lots of drama, Miranda Schuyler returns to Winthrop Island, after an incident had caused her to leave the island behind.
It kept me interested in parts, but at times i felt like DNF'ing this book. The writing felt slow and none of the characters were impactful, you feel interested enough to finish the book, but it's not a memorable book.
This was really good! (Though it felt like an odd read in the middle of the winter. Silly me.) Mystery, murder, romance, betrayal, a whole stack of secrets, and a beautiful setting. It could have been a bit shorter. But overall it was well-written and I enjoyed it.
I almost forgot to post my November reads. 15 books total. 9 paper and 6 audio. My favorites were The Summer Wives, Kingdom of Ash and The Royal We. Least favorites were (sadly) A Connecticut Yankee and Calypso. But overall a great month!
I absolutely LOVED this book. Following three generations' storylines on an island where the locals cater to the rich who vacation there during the summer, a tragedy strikes and the fallout resonates for years to come. Williams brings all the storylines together so perfectly and makes you painfully feel what the characters are going through. I was so surprised and satisfied by the ending, which can be hard to accomplish realistically. Great read!
Starting this one finally. Had to stop for coffee to get me through this day! Thanks again @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for sending this book to me. I'm so excited go read my first by her since I know you love her so much!
Was hoping to love this one but it definitely left me disappointed. The story moved very slowly with way too many confusing time jumps. Plus, it was pretty predictable. Probably won‘t be checking out any of her other books. Sad face. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 #botm