One Italian Summer

While some are calling this a romance, I would say that it is almost more of a coming of age story - even though our main character is in her 30s. It's about finding yourself, being comfortable in your own skin, and learning to stand on your own two feet. It's about relationships, understanding, and forgiveness. All that plus the beautiful Italian setting, this is definitely a perfect summer read.

Christmas Flower Ornament

Christmas is only 6 months away.... Many of us makers, especially those of us who sell seasonal items, need to get started on them super early. Enter the Christmas in July Holiday Dรฉcor Blog Hop hosted by Claire of E'Claire Makery!

Elsewhere

What makes a mother? What makes her a good mother, or a bad mother? That's the question on every woman's mind in the small town Vera lives in. Unable to remember her own mother, she begins to wonder how or if she'll be remembered or missed if/when she too disappears.

Every Summer After

Everyone and their mother seems to be reading this book. I keep seeing it pop up all over Bookstagram and when my guest host for book club in July suggested it, I was excited. I love a good brain candy read and this cover just gave me all the summer vibes. But ultimately, [unpopular opinion alert] this one was just okay for me.

Call Your Daughter Home

If you loved Where the Crawdads Sing and have been looking for another book with the same slow burn Southern vibes, strong female characters, and swamp justice, then Deb Spera's Call Your Daughter Home should definitely be added to your TBR.

Evren Baby Blanket

Did you know that more babies are born in the summer months than any other time of year? Do you know someone who is expecting? If so, I've got the perfect project for you!

The Forest of Vanishing Stars

I finished this book in two days. For me, that's pretty dang quick and usually means forfeiting much-needed hours of sleep and disregarding some of those pesky adult things like laundry or cleaning. This book was really good, like if The Nightingale and Where the Crawdads Sing got together and had a baby, it would be this novel.

The Maidens

The story kept me guessing right up until the reveal at the end, but I was disappointed and let down by the twist and the killer's motivations. It was mentioned in the book how the killer was almost theatrically going for the shock factor with the murders and the way the bodies were positioned. Seems to me that maybe the author was doing the same thing, but it just didn't hold water for me.