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Estelle: Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz

Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 2, 2013 Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Pages: 336 Target audience: adult Keywords: summer in the Hamptons, mothers/daughters, moving forward Format read: ARC eBook provided by author. (Thank you!) Summary: After a mini-disaster, Hannah, a lawyer in NYC, escapes to […]

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May 16, 2014 - 9:00 am

#lonelyheartsclub by Brenda Janowitz: a review in tweets - […] Also check out: Recipe for a Happy Life by Brenda Janowitz […]

January 29, 2014 - 11:19 am

Leah - Oh, this sounds LOVELY!! This is going straight to my To Read list. I have to admit I’m a little disappointed food wasn’t involved though 🙂

January 28, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Meg - Sounds so good! I feel like I read a book by Janowitz many moons ago — the name rings a bell — but now I can’t remember. Off to investigate!

January 27, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Wendy @ Book Scents - Definitely adding this to read! It sounds really good! Never heard of it before but you make me want to read it! stupid book buying ban… will look for it on my next library trip!

January 27, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Alexa S. - You’ve seriously got to stop doing this to me, E. Every time you write about a book (especially adult fiction), you convince me that it warrants at least a try! (Obviously, this went straight onto my list of books to check out). But seriously, Recipe for a Happy Life sounds pretty darn good!

January 27, 2014 - 4:29 pm

alice-jane - This book sounds wonderful and offers a great escape from the freezing cold weather that I’m experiencing right now! (-21C). I’m happy that the unfortunate news in the book is balanced out since I’m wary of characters with a lot of unfortunate happenings. Also, it’s good to know that the things that happened in the book, despite how bad they may have seemed allowed Hannah to grow.

January 27, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Ok, you sold me. I probably would never have picked this one up based on the cover, but it sounds really good!

January 27, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I love it when I discover a new author that I love. Also, I am a big fan of reading books out of season. If it’s freezing cold winter, I love books set during the hottest months of Summer. And if I’m sweating buckets, bring on the winter books.

January 27, 2014 - 9:40 am

Kimi @ Geeky Chiquitas - Oohhh I love summer books! This sounds like such a cute read, I’m glad you enjoyed it! Great review 🙂

-Kimi at Geeky Chiquitas

January 27, 2014 - 9:38 am

Jessica - Oooh- Putting this on my TO READ list!!!

Estelle: Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Covet by Tracey Garvis-Graves ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: September 17, 2013 Publisher: Dutton Pages: 320 Target audience: Adult Keywords: recession, marriage, female/male friendships, love Format read: ARC Paperback from Alexa at Alexa Loves Books! (Thanks!) Summary: Unemployment and then long business trips start to take a toll on Chris and Claire’s marriage. […]

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November 14, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Ellice - I LOVED On the Island, so I’ve had my eye on this one for a while. (I highly recommend On the Island. I think you’ll enjoy it. Also, if you read it, let me know so we can talk about it!! I still need to discuss this one with someone!). Glad to see that you enjoyed this one. I wasn’t sure if I would like this one or not, but then again, I really didn’t think I’d like On the Island, because survivor stories are usually not my cup of tea. I love it when a book is a pleasant surprise 🙂

November 14, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m glad that this story was written realistically, and that you liked it well enough. There is something intriguing about it. I like that it tackles issues that feel very real.

November 14, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I had such mixed feelings about this book. Mostly I sympathized with Chris, I felt like he was really trying to do what was best for his family, even if he was misguided. I get why Claire was frustrated and I don’t think hers was an easy position to be in, but she just got under my skin and seemed like such a spoiled brat. Plus after the first 50 mentions I was so tired of hearing about her damn diabetes.

But, I do think Tracy Garvis-Graves is as talented writer who’s great at writing complex, interesting, and, at times, difficult situations. I really, really liked On the Island and I think the fact that I thought that book was so amazing made this one less enjoyable.

Estelle: Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman

Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman Publication Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: William Morrow Pages: 304 Target audience: Adult fiction Keywords: eating disorder, college student, racial prejudices, summer How I found out about it: A pick for Big Kids’ Table Summary: Ruth is back in the south, on her first summer break since leaving for college in […]

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August 25, 2012 - 11:03 pm

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile - Wow, this is my first time hearing about this book and I am really glad I got to. College life vs a summer at home are two sides of the same coin and I’d love to read Ruth’s story.

Great review!

Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

August 21, 2012 - 3:00 pm

Tara - Yep, this is going on the TBR list immediately. I love books set in that 18-22 age group because it’s such an odd time in one’s life. I remember going back home after that first year of college and counting down the days until I could go back!

August 19, 2012 - 10:42 am

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - I don’t know when the last time I guessed wrong in a book was. Oh wait, Ready Player One threw me for several loops. But on that statement alone I’m interested!

August 19, 2012 - 12:16 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (8/19/2012) - […] Saving Ruth by Zoe Fishman (adult fiction) Books set in our hometown (kind of) Speechless by Hannah Harrington (upcoming YA fiction) City of Women by David Gillham (adult historical fiction) Travel tales goodness: […]

August 18, 2012 - 8:00 pm

Kristen - Adding this to my TBR list. I am endlessly fascinated by family dynamics. Throw in the mystery with Peter, the eating disorder and a hint of a romance? Um, please and thank you! 🙂

August 17, 2012 - 10:56 pm

VeganYANerds - I recognised the cover from your Big Kids post right away and I’m really glad it lived up to such a lovely cover.

I agree that does sound like YA or NA/mature YA and I definitely want to read it. I need to know about Peter, I wonder if I’ll guess the same as you did (I’ll be sure to ask when I finally read this!)

Great review, hun!

August 17, 2012 - 10:55 pm

elena - This sounds like an amazing book! I’m strangely fascinated by eating disorders so have Ruth be self-aware of it interests me. The relationship with her brother sounds really interesting and the prejudices thing sounds foreboding. Wonderful review, Estelle!

August 17, 2012 - 3:54 pm

Annette - Really enjoyed your review. I like the romance isn’t “bigger than it ought to be.” You have me wondering about David, too. Gonna have to put this on “the list.” Thanks!

August 17, 2012 - 10:19 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I really want to read this book. It sounds absolutely amazing story-wise, for one thing, and I’m interested to learn more about these characters. Eating disorder stories are always a bit tricky, but from what you’ve said, I feel like it’s handled in an intelligent, interesting manner.

Estelle: Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins

Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins Release Date: April 24, 2012 Publisher: HQN Books Target Audience: Adult Genre: Romance Pages: 424 Format read: ARC sent to me by Katie @ Little Bird Publicity! (Thanks!) Summary: Parker’s life changes drastically when she finds out her father’s investment schemes have left her and her son without a […]

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November 8, 2013 - 8:01 am

The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins (Blog Tour) - […] The Perfect Match by Kristan Higgins ( web | tweet ) Part of the Blue Heron series. Publication Date: October 29, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Pages: 448 Target audience: Adult/romance Keywords: winery, marriage of convenience, family Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Other books by Kristan reviewed on RBR: Somebody to Love […]

August 21, 2013 - 8:00 am

Rather Be Reading Book Review: The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins - […] The Next Best Thing by Kristan Higgins ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 27, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin HQN Pages: 400 Target Audience: Adult Fiction Keywords: loss of a spouse, dating and remarrying, family curses Format Read: ARC from Pub Other Books Reviewed by KH: Somebody to Love […]

September 20, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Factoring in the Price Tag: New Rating System (Rather Be Reading Blog) - […] Harbison ( Amazon | B&N ) A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley ( Amazon | B&N ) Somebody to Love by Kristan Higgins ( Amazon | B&N ) Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally ( Amazon | B&N ) […]

June 18, 2012 - 12:05 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - This book sounds incredibly adorable. I think I may need it in my life! It sounds like something I need to take along with me when I go to the beach 🙂

May 16, 2012 - 10:03 pm

Estelle - Casee, Kristan definitely made me want to read more romances. I haven’t in SO long. I can’t wait to read another one of her books soon. I hope you enjoy Somebody to Love. I think you will. Some of the characters are just so quirky. And the lines are pretty hysterical. Enjoy!

May 16, 2012 - 7:05 pm

Casee Marie - Ahh, loved reading this! I just got this one for my birthday (or, you know, I picked it up when I was letting people buy me presents because they always say “Casee, you have such weird, obsessive taste in books so will you just pick something out so I don’t have to buy you another gift card?”) and I can’t wait to read it over the summer. I’ve never read Kristan Higgins, and I’m always a little nervous with an author I’ve never read. I thought from the synopsis that I stood a good chance of enjoying it, but reading such a nice review definitely helps to be sure!

May 5, 2012 - 8:27 am

Jamie - One of my IRL friends LOVES this author and always tries to get me to read her but I always thought I wouldn’t dig it. I will be reconsidering that after this rave review!

May 4, 2012 - 11:02 am

Estelle - Sharon, I need a book attached to me at all times plus a backup. It’s ridiculous. I wish I had a picture of the bag full of BSC & Sweet Valley books I brought with one on vacations. I also liked the Thing One nickname. It was cute and sort of catchy. haha. Thx for commenting!

May 4, 2012 - 10:55 am

Estelle - Mands, can you get a copy of this book? Let me know! I have the ARC and I can send it to you! I think you would love it!

May 3, 2012 - 10:56 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - The idea of going on a road trip and not bringing a book along is completely foreign to me, even now.

I’m so glad you enjoyed this book, too! It really was a great read. Such great characters, and I always love a good swoon-inducing romance. Also, I had a strange liking for the “Thing One” nickname. Not sure why, but I adored it. It was so perfect.

I definitely agree about your casting for James – yes, please!

May 3, 2012 - 6:05 pm

VeganYANerds - I’ve never read any of Kristin Higgins’ books but you have me wanting to read this, Estelle! It sounds like a fun read and perfect for a holiday trip!

May 2, 2012 - 5:24 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - First it was Lizzie McGuire, and today it’s Justin Bieber. I mean, my goodness Estelle, I want to be your friend. I was totally singing the Biebs song in my head when I clicked to open the review from my reader. AHHH! And then I started reading your post and laughed when you wrote that you thought of that song, too. I was anti-Bieber until I saw his movie (on opening night no less) and then I finally got what all the commotion was about. So anywayyyyy….. I totally saw this book in the library the other day and thought about getting it. Now I’m definitely going to pick it up! Can’t wait to read this – it sounds so cute! Plus, I’m also a sucker for books about home makeovers (and anything on HGTV dealing with said topic). Like really though. Glad I’m not the only one who loves a good home makeover 🙂

May 2, 2012 - 8:30 am

Jess @ Gone with the Words - I’m so happy you enjoyed it!! I totally loved this one too 🙂 Also, I wish I was one of those people who could read in a car..but I get carsick 🙁 But it’s ok because instead I listen to audiobooks! Great review, Estelle!

PS – Joshua Bowman would be fantastic! 😀