I obviously didn’t read as much as I thought I did for the month of June, only two books. I read 5 in May, but both kids were still in school then! With a lake and beach vacation coming up in July, I am hoping to have a lot more time to read!
First off, I read The Sound of Glass by Karen White. I have never read anything else by this author and picked it merely because it was listed with all the other beach reads I was buying at the time. Although I only rated it 3 stars on Goodreads, I read it in four days, so it was really engaging. The mention of a secret happens very early on in the book and the author keeps bringing it back up but only reveals the truth at the very end, so you keep reading hoping to finally figure out what it is. All in all it was a good story! Goodreads synopsis is: “It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal’s reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt. Charting the course of an uncertain life—and feeling guilt from her husband’s tragic death—Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates her new life—a new life complicated by the arrival of her too young stepmother and ten-year-old half-brother. Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Low Country.”
Lastly, I read The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll. I had such high hopes for this book and was really let down. I rated it 3 stars on Goodreads but only because 2.5 isn’t an option. I didn’t truly like it, but didn’t really dislike it either if that makes sense. It was just sort of “eh” for me. It was praised as being the next Gone Girl, but is seriously lacking. This one I read in two days and you would think “oh, that makes in fantastic, she couldn’t put it down” but in reality, I just wanted to know what the hell was going to happen! I just wanted it to be over so I would have the answer all the readers were waiting for from the beginning. I lent it to a friend to read just so I could ask her WTF happened… Definitely not one I would read again or even recommend. For those of you interested, though, here is the synopsis: “As a teenager at the prestigious Bradley School, Ani FaNelli endured a shocking, public humiliation that left her desperate to reinvent herself. Now, with a glamorous job, expensive wardrobe, and handsome blue blood fiancé, she’s this close to living the perfect life she’s worked so hard to achieve. But Ani has a secret. There’s something else buried in her past that still haunts her, something private and painful that threatens to bubble to the surface and destroy everything. With a singular voice and twists you won’t see coming, Luckiest Girl Alive explores the unbearable pressure that so many women feel to “have it all” and introduces a heroine whose sharp edges and cutthroat ambition have been protecting a scandalous truth, and a heart that’s bigger than it first appears. The question remains: will breaking her silence destroy all that she has worked for—or, will it at long last, set Ani free?”