Book of the Month Club · Hannah Beckerman · instagram · review · Women's Fiction

If Only I Could Tell You


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🌱 Book Review 🌱 . ⭐️ ⭐️ 💫 2.5 stars rounded up . Two sisters and their mother, caught in a continuous web of misunderstandings, grief, hidden truths and many regrets. A story line that I feel had so much potential had it been written in a completely different way, one that led the reader to the answer through character development and growth as a family… instead what I read was a non-stop “catch me if you can” game of dangling the truth in front of me in order to get me to keep reading this book. If it hadn’t been for just wanting to find out what on earth happened… I don’t know that I would’ve finished this book. It was also a bit too dramatic (for me). The ending was good. A little twist. I just am not a fan of this story unfortunately. Jess was a 10 year old child in a 30 (or 40?) year old body throwing a grief-riddled temper tantrum her entire life, ruining her life, her daughters, her sisters, her mothers, and anyone else that walked along her path. The book talks briefly about her job and then randomly that part of the story just goes away and it never comes back. Lily is a feeble push over that never stops trying to please and lets every single person she knows walk all over her. She allows her sister to carry on this ridiculous tantrum for 20-30 years without ever really trying to get her to tell her. SURE sure we find out in the end “why” which was an eye roll in my opinion and was simply to tie up a loose end. And the mom. I liked her most but she had issues in the book too. There’s just bits and pieces of this story that don’t make sense and are just thrown together or randomly disappear with no explanation. I like to read a book to enjoy simply the story, the people, the writing… not simply bc I want to know the answer and could care less about half the people in the book. Oh and I’m still mad there was NO reconciliation of the young daughters with their mothers (Lily and Jess), no more info on or character/story development on Daniel, no telling Phoebe, etc. I hate writing reviews that lean more on the negative but clearly I just really wasn’t a huge fan of this book.. 😦 ———————— 🌱

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ARC · Fiction · IG · Thriller / Suspense

The Runaway

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ . Becca Ortiz has struggled to fill an emptiness inside for so long. She has lost so much and is finally on her way to getting what she’s always wanted. What her heart has yearned for. A daughter. A child she can call her own. And then Ash runs away. . Ashley – known as Ash – has a mother that she wishes she never had. After endless abuse, and more foster homes she can imagine, she’s out on her own till she meets Nate. Together they survive till they are separated and forced out of each other’s lives. Ash meets Becca, who desperately tries to pull them both out of a pit of despair and loneliness neither ever thought they’d survive. . As if their problems weren’t big enough, a group called The Tribe brings with them murder, suicide, arson, a sociopath and a lot of lost souls. Ash vanishes and Becca is on the hunt of her life. For Ash. For the person who hurt her. . This story was packed with more than I could ever give away in a summary and you won’t be sad you read it. It’s a book that keeps you interested the entire way through, never a dull moment. You don’t have to worry about twists or rugs being pulled out from under you. @hollieoverton feeds you a great story of love, determination, faithfulness, acceptance with a little bit of thriller thrown in there for fun 😉 . Thank you NetGalley for the ARC. 📸: @hollieoverton ————————————• #books #coverart #booksharks #bibliophile #bookworm #booknerd #bookaholics #bookaddicts #ilovebooks #booksofinstagram #bookish #bookstagrammer #bookshelf #bookshelvesofinstagram #bookshelves #bookslover #whatshereads #TNWreads #nashville #blogger #bookreviewer #bookworm #bookishlove #bookaholic #bookphotography #therunaway

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ARC · Fiction · IG · review · Suspense

The Couple

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ARC · For Fun · IG · review

Little Gems

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Book of the Month Club · Fantasy · Fiction

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance


author: Ruth Emmie Lang


I looked over at Weylyn, who was still leaning out the window, blinking heavily as rain ran into his eyes. A bitter smile crossed his face, as if he knew I was watching him; as if he were answering the question that was on the tip of my tongue: Did you do this?



It all started in Holbrook, Michigan (1968) when little baby Weylyn Grey made his way into the world. It was June 29th and with his first breath came a snow storm. In just a few minutes, six inches or more had fallen and the world was changed forever.


The child turned one eye on me, then opened the other like a backward wink. His irises were molten pools of solder that had not yet set, and for a moment I thought I could see a fire behind them, keeping them liquid.


Weylyn Grey was orphaned at a young age and raised by wolves. Through extraordinary circumstances, he meets the lovely Mary Penlore and unknowingly changes the course of their lives forever. Through many trials and many unexplainable storms later, he lives many lives and meets many people. He becomes the happy owner of a magical horned pig named Merlin. Together they stop tornadoes, hurricanes and occasionally a rainstorm or two (though you won’t ever find Weylyn taking credit).

Weylyn quickly realizes the dangers he brings upon those close to him and decides it best to seclude himself, to run back to the wolves. He tried to make the best of life, tried to love but when that love came crashing down in yet another (deadly) pile of snow, he vanishes. Anyone who knew him could tell you, reader, that you hope he reappears. You hope you do not have to go through life without a Weylyn Grey in the midst of it.


As he bent down and scratched her behind the ears like she was a harmless dog, I felt a sadness more acute than anything I’d ever felt before. Weylyn Grey didn’t belong in my world. He belonged in theirs, and there was nothing I could say to convince him otherwise.


Thank you Ruth Emmie Lang, for Weylyn.

Thank you for opening your mind and creating a character so real, so loveable as Weylyn that it breaks your heart knowing he’s not real.

I don’t know. I’m beginning to think maybe he is… somewhere.
He’s too incredible not to be. ♥️

If you have not yet picked up this book, you really really should.
It’s magical and you will never forget Weylyn or many of the others in this beautiful story.


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Top 5 Fave of 2018

2019 Has begun as has my newest reading challenge!
(which I’m proud to say I’m actually ahead of schedule!)
Before I got too deep into the year, I wanted to go back through my books of 2018 to see what I had read and to share them with all of you!


I met some incredible people in these books. People that went through some hard times, not sure how they would survive. Some dealt with the loss of someone they loved, while some simply learned the value of friendship and that we are stronger than we give ourselves credit.


So here we have it.
Here are my top 5 faves and my 5 runner-ups.

Please find one you like and add it to your TBR stack this year.
You will not be disappointed.


Please note: these are listed in the order I read them,
not in the order to which I like them.
That was simply not possible LOL

(the date is when I finished reading them)

1- Love, Anthony (5-24-18)

2- Britt-Marie Was Here (6-29-18)

3- Beartown (7-7-18)

4- Girl Made of Stars (9-8-18)

5- Us Against You (Beartown #2) (10-13-18)



And the 5 runner-ups…

(again, in order of read)

1- The Ghost Writer (3-24-18) *first book read of 2018*

2- If you only Knew (3-28-18)

3- On Second Thought (4-10-18)

4- Every Note Played (6-11-18)

5- In Search of Us (8-11-18)


What were some of your favorites from 2018?
I’d love a good recommendation if you have one!

Well, thanks for taking the time to check out my faves. Some of these books will stay with me for a very, very long time. If you want to know my thoughts on any of these books, please feel free to ask or check out any reviews HERE.

Take Care, Lovelies! ❤

ARC · Fiction · Giveaway · Women's Fiction

The Last Romantics


Author: Tara Conklin


5 – breathtaking- stars

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I was almost in tears when this book ended.

My heart was *shredded*. My chest ached. I yearned to go back in time, to resurrect these people, this family.

I made some friends tonight.
No, I became part of a family. A family named the Skinners…
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.

Noni. Renee. Caroline. Joe. Fiona.

A family torn apart by tragedy.
A mother collapses.
Children survive scathed but not broken.

CONTINUE TO: The Last Romantics (Review)