Relatively Normal

IMG-1457Another author suggested this book on her Facebook page. I was intrigued enough to give it a chance, and I’m glad I did. Relatively Normal by Whitney Dineen was a hilarious piece of chick lit that made me–a more quiet, reserved type of reader–laugh aloud many times. Here’s the blurb.

SUMMARY

Catriona Masterton’s fiancé, Ethan, is Normal.

He plans trips six months in advance and arrives at the airport a minimum of three hours early. He purchases life insurance, luggage insurance, and always opts for the extended warranty. He’s responsible, reliable, and would make any woman a wonderful life partner.

In other words, he’s the exact opposite of the Masterton clan.

Cat’s mother has a kitchen gadget fetish, a father whose best friends are taxidermied field mice, and a super stoner man-child brother who lives–where else?–in the basement. Then there’s Nan, her proud Scottish grandmother with a proclivity for profanity and mischief.

What on earth will Catriona’s Normal fiancé think when he comes home with her to meet her parents? What will he think when he discovers his soon-to-be in-laws invited Cat’s ex to join them for a holiday dinner?

Find out in a laugh-out-loud journey of self-discovery, familial pandemonium, and love.

My Review

4 delicious1This one I rated 5’s on Amazon and Goodreads. I rated it Delicious on my more critical sweet scale. It’s super funny, as I’ve already said. The characters—Catriona (Cat), Ethan, Sam, Jazzy, and Cat’s crazy family, the Scottish Mastersons (Nan, dad, mom, and a seemingly useless brother)–are so quirky and fun. Cat and Ethan have been engaged for a year. Cat finally decides to let him meet her family, and the fun begins. The characters are hilarious. The situations slapstick. The heart-tugging romance is amazing. I won’t spoil anything by talking about it. Some chick lit can be super silly and not that romantic, but this one, though slapstick silly at times, had the great heart-connection and swoon-worthy scenes I crave in a good romance as Cat decides what her heart really wants. This is a second-chance, once bitten-twice shy story that is super well done. I absolutely loved every second of the journey and can’t wait to read the next one in this series.

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Can I just say, I’m loving Spring! I mowed my yard for the first time this year, and it made me happy. I even weeded and sprayed RoundUp like crazy all over, because we’ve had a lot of rain in the last couple months…and well, yeah! You know what rain brings (besides flowers). Enjoy your spring, and enjoy a good book!

Happy Reading,

Char

Finding Jack

jackHere’s another book review and a FREEBIE to celebrate April and the arrival of warmer weather. I loved this newest book by Melanie Jacobson. It was one of my favorites I’ve read this year. Here’s the blurb.

SUMMARY

Can their online flirtation become something real?

When smart, practical Emily finds herself in the crosshairs of an Internet prankster, her orderly world goes topsy-turvy. Instead of getting mad at the handsome stranger behind the joke, she finds herself drawn to him. But Jack Dobson, though hilarious and thoughtful, has a lot of secrets. Despite her growing feelings for her new and unexpected long-distance friend, his biggest secret of all might be the one that breaks the spell they’ve been weaving around each other. Continue reading

Her App, A Match, & the Billionaire

bookMy friend, Maria, has a new book out. Her App, A Match, and the Billionaire. It’s part of the Billionaire Bachelor Cove stand-alone series, all set in the Seattle area. I’m not a big fan of the billionaire themed books (I feel they’re way overdone), but this one captured my attention (and my heart) and I couldn’t put it down. The Billionaire status seemed more believable to me because the character was part of a TV series (so it was almost more celebrity status than filthy rich guy). It worked, and I ended up liking the story a lot. Here’s the blurb.

Summary

She is looking for an investor, not a connection. 
He is looking to invest his money, not his heart. 

It is a truth universally accepted that anyone who’s single must be looking for their perfect match, right? Continue reading

What the Wind Knows

newfeb2I read this newest one by Amy Harmon, What the Wind Knows, last month, and have been dying to blog about it for any who haven’t read about it yet. Here’s the blurb:

Summary

In an unforgettable love story, a woman’s impossible journey through the ages could change everything…

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time. Continue reading

Falling for You

fallingI’ve read several awesome books last month, and can’t wait to tell you all about them. Today, we’ll start with Falling for You by Becky Wade. It’s a Christian romance, and sometimes those aren’t my favorite, but this author did the genre justice. The characters were phenomenal and I gobbled this book up in almost one setting. Yummy!!!

Teaser

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family’s small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin–and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart. Continue reading

Sanctuary

newmar1Here’s a great new romantic suspense. I just finished yesterday, and really enjoyed this one. It has a unique premise and a riveting plot. Lots of action. Lots of mystery. Lots of reading goodness. Here’s the nitty gritty on this new book by Traci Abramson.

Synopsis

Kristi Hartinger has come to terms with her life as a single, thirty-something woman. She was in love . . . once. But following her boyfriend’s tragic death, no one else could capture her heart. And nothing else could fill that void, though the serenity of the ocean came close. Two years ago, Kristi left the craziness of her Wall Street career behind and embraced a simpler life on her family’s private island off the coast of Maine. As a resident of the small beach community, she anticipates a quiet future until she comes face-to-face with her past. Continue reading

A Guarded Heart

A Guarded Heart BannerI love when a book grabs hold of my heart real tight…and doesn’t let go. A Guarded heart by Heidi Kimball did that for me. Here’s the teaser:

Teaser

Three years after a shocking scandal destroyed her family and forced her into isolation, Eleanor Hayward finally has an opportunity to put her painful history and dashed hopes behind her. But reentering society is no simple task. In her cousin’s glittering ballroom, Eleanor is stunned when she comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart those years before. Continue reading