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Last Train to Babylon by Charlee Fam | Estelle Reviews

Last Train to Babylon by Charlee Fam ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 28, 2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 352 Target audience: Adult Keywords: Long Island, old friendships, death, grief, painful memories Format read: Paperback provided by author/publisher. (Thanks!) Summary: When Aubrey hears of her ex-best friend’s suicide, she’s not sure if […]

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November 26, 2014 - 10:20 am

Alexa S. - Even though I grew up halfway across the world in a completely different country, I feel like I’d find parts of Aubrey’s story quite easy to relate to. It seems like she has a lot of growing up and letting go to do, and I do love it when a novel goes into that!

November 24, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Rachel - This book sounds like something I’d relate to a lot. I HATE going back to my hometown and avoid it at all costs because it’s just so awkward. I’m really interested in reading it and comparing it to your review/qualms to see if I feel the same way. Definitely going on my tbr 🙂

November 24, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Jessica - This sounds like a book that I should read, especially now that the nights are longer and colder. I think it’s fascinating how fragile Aubrey and Rachel’s friendship seems to be, yet important enough for her to go back to her hometown to allow memories and people resurface.

November 24, 2014 - 10:15 am

Divya - Great review, Estelle! Last Train to Babylon has been in my TBR list for a while now, but I never got around to reading it. But now, I feel I should read it. So I’ll borrow it from the library 🙂

Why in 5: How to Tell Toledo… by Lydia Netzer

How To Tell Toledo By the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer ( web | twitter ) Publication Date: 7/1/2014 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Pages: 339 Target audience: Adult Keywords: fate, family, mothers/children, LGBT, science Format read: Borrowed from the library. (Yay!) Summary: Two mothers plan the births of their children, in hopes they grow up […]

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November 26, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Meg - Okay, I’m convinced! I read Netzer’s Shine Shine Shine and both enjoyed and was confused by it, and I have a hunch this will be the same. But in a good way! Looking forward to reading it.

November 23, 2014 - 12:01 am

Shelve It: The Attack of the Pear, Estelle - […] Why in 5: How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky […]

November 21, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Alexa S. - I’ve been curious about this book! I’m so thrilled that you wound up enjoying it, as that’s an even bigger incentive to get me to read this soon. Definitely adding it on to my own Goodreads TBR, and hoping I enjoy it as much as you did!

November 21, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Mawa Mahima - Well, the prospect does sound intriguing! I have a soft spot for scientists, so I think I’ll like this one…and also how could the mothers have known that their kids would hit it off? :O It sounds chilling, but I can’t help but feel that it would be awesome (and slightly terrifying) if this was a piece of nonfiction!

November 20, 2014 - 10:37 am

Brianna - I have this on my Kindle, but haven’t had a chance to read it yet. Hopefully soon.

November 20, 2014 - 9:20 am

Ashley - As you know, your love (and Jen’s love) got me to read this and you’re right. It did not disappoint. First of all: YAY! For libraries! But really, YAY! For this book.

November 20, 2014 - 9:11 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - These 5 points are ON POINT, E!! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! I agree that it’s a great rec for book clubs. 😀

The Fragile World by Paula Treick DeBoard | Estelle Reviews

The Fragile World by Paula Treick DeBoard ( web | twitter ) Publication Date: October 28, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin MIRA Pages: 432 Target audience: Adult Keywords: family, death, revenge, effects of traumatic events Format read: Finished copy provided by Harlequin. (Thanks!) Summary: When Daniel dies in a freak accident, his parents and sister have no way […]

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November 26, 2014 - 11:29 am

Alexa S. - I have an odd fascination with grief, and seeing how different people manage to portray the many different ways it gets experienced. Grappling with the concept of grief is what makes The Fragile World sound so interesting to me, and I really think I’d like to give this one a shot at some point!

November 2, 2014 - 11:24 am

Brianna - I love with books with alternating POVs and this one sounds really good.

Estelle: In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins (Blog Tour)

In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins ( web | tweet ) Part of the Blue Heron series. Date: September 30, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Pages: 480 Target audience: Adults/romance fans Keywords: old loves, new loves, small towns, California, cops, wine Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: When Emmaline gets an invitation to her […]

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October 10, 2014 - 10:07 pm

Mary m - I’ve never read any books by Kristin Higgins but this on sounds great.

October 8, 2014 - 11:26 pm

Alexa S. - I have yet to read a Higgins book. Yes, yes, I know, I should definitely remedy that! In Your Dreams sounds so dang adorable + sweet + complicated. It’s just the kind of contemporary romance that I could see myself enjoying!

October 7, 2014 - 6:35 pm

Janice Hougland - Gosh, I liked this reviewer’s way of telling about Higgins’ storytelling and this story in particular! She does it so well and it dovetails with how I feel about Higgins’ stories. I had a domineering mother growing up, who loved to criticize rather than build up, and I was chubby and kind of a nerd so I was rather quiet and by myself a lot during the school years. I could really empathize with Emmaline…and Jack too. I think I’m gonna love this book as much as I have all the rest of Kristan’s books! Thanks for the post.

October 7, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Sherrie J - Who doesn”t like to get lost in a good romance novel, and let all the cares of the world drift away, if inly for a few hours, dreamy!

October 4, 2014 - 8:41 am

Leah - I was grinning throughout this entire review, E! I’ve been slacking with this series (oh my gosh, we’re already up to book FOUR?!), but I’m thrilled Kristan hasn’t lost any steam! I’m a teensy bit worried about that cover though – the snowy scene automatically makes me think this is a Christmas Novel (idk why, but I’ve never been a fan of those!). From your review it doesn’t seem like that’s the case though.

October 3, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Anna G - I have never read a book by Kristan Higgins before, but I’ve been curious. This sounds like a good story!

October 3, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Jessica - My Mom loves Kristan Higgins books! And I love the cover of this book, it’s darling! 🙂

Estelle: Expecting by Ann Lewis Hamilton

Expecting by Ann Lewis Hamilton ( web | facebook ) Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Sourcebooks Pages: 340 Target audience: Adult Keywords: pregnancy, miscarriages, fertility treatment, unconventional families Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: After suffering two miscarriages, Laurie and Alan are thrilled when their fertility treatment takes & “Buddy” is on […]

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October 8, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Alexa S. - To me, Expecting is an interesting book because it appears that it challenges the reader to see this story from the perspective of three characters with different feelings about the situation that ties them all together. I’m definitely curious to find out how the three of them work things out!

September 11, 2014 - 9:40 am

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - This sounds interesting, Estelle! I’m not sure that I’ve read a book like this yet. The cover freaked me out a little bit but your review makes it sound like something I would read! Love that it is all three POV’s!

Estelle: Charlie Glass’s Slippers by Holly McQueen

Charlie Glass’s Slippers by Holly McQueen ( web ) Publication Date: August 5, 2014 Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Atria Pages: 464 Target audience: Adult Keywords: London, parents, half sisters, body image, career changes Format read: ARC sent to me by a friend. (Thank you!) Summary: After sacrificing her career to take care of her ailing father, […]

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September 5, 2014 - 11:48 am

Alexa S. - Obviously, I’m going to need to read this at some point! You had me at retelling 😉 It sounds like such a fun book, and I really like the sound of the story. Kind of makes me think of Laura Florand’s Amour et Chocolat books (which are fun too)!

September 5, 2014 - 11:09 am

Brianna - I love long books and I love fairy tale retellings. This one sounds like a lot of fun!

September 4, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Daphne - this looks so cute. I think I will buy it 🙂

September 3, 2014 - 9:51 pm

elena - this sounds delightful! i love makeovers. you also had me at ICE CREAM and sweet psychopath. i must see if it’s at the library.

September 3, 2014 - 9:22 pm

Annie - Yay, I’m so happy you enjoyed this Estelle! I was crossing my fingers when I clicked on this review that it would be favourable. I’ve really been interested in reading this book for a really long time, mostly because of the cover but then I found it was like a Cinderella story and I got even more excited. Cinderella was one of my favourite movies as a child so any book that mentions Cinderella is a selling point for me. And shoes! Shoes are also a huge selling point haha 🙂 Great review! I’m so much more excited for this book now!!

September 3, 2014 - 7:20 pm

Cameran - This sounds wonderful! I’m going to add it to my TBR list

September 3, 2014 - 10:57 am

Heather - Sounds like a fascinating read!