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Estelle: Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn T. Dingman

Cancel the Wedding by Carolyn T. Dingman ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: August 5, 2014 Publisher: Harper Paperbacks Pages: 416 Target audience: Adult Keywords: summer, South, mothers/daughters, family secrets, romance, marriage Format read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thanks!) Summary: Olivia escapes her job and fiancee to head off to a small town […]

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August 12, 2014 - 10:34 pm

Alexa S. - I kept seeing this at Barnes and Noble this past week! I remembered seeing that you had reviewed yet, but hadn’t read this till now so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to invest in reading it. But you had me at Southern charm and finding out secrets! I really do want to read this now, even with a title that kind of threw me off when I first saw it 😉

August 12, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Cassie - THIS JUST SOUNDS SO PERFECT. I need it, RIGHT NOW. South, GEORGIA, SUMMER. GETAWAY. SOLD! Good job, E!

Estelle: Paradise by Jill S. Alexander

Paradise by Jill S. Alexander Publication Date: July 5, 2011 Publisher: Feiwel and Friends Pages: 256 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: country music, Texas, pressure from parents, siblings, romance Format read: Borrowed from library. Summary: The only think Paisley has ever wanted to do was be a drummer. Right now, she’s playing in a country […]

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February 17, 2014 - 3:46 am

The Bookish Manicurist - You have me so intrigued about the ending now, Estelle! Plus this sounds different to most YA I read

February 15, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Ok, this sounds really good. Why have I never heard of it before? You’re scaring me with the talk of the twist at the end, but I guess I’ll have to read it and see what I think because of rest of it sounds like I’ll really enjoy it.

February 13, 2014 - 6:59 pm

Ellice - Yet another thing you and I have in common (cowboys!). I have always been attracted to them (we have quite a few around here though!). And also? Country music!! I grew up on it, so any book that sounds even remotely country-related, I snatch it up. This one is going on the TBR for sure. Great review 🙂

February 13, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Annette - Blindsided — totally. I just didn’t think that ending was at all necessary….Enjoyed the rest of the book, though. It’s been a while. Thanks for the reminder.

February 13, 2014 - 11:40 am

Alexa S. - PARADISE sounds like such a fun read! I love that fact that the relationship between the sisters, and within Paisley’s family, is an important part of the story. Plus, I can never resist a story set in the South OR one with country music these days 🙂

February 13, 2014 - 10:23 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I have a thing for Cowboys, too. I think I just like the idea of really laid back guys. Hard working guys, but laid back, too. Also, I think of them as really manly.

Oh, and yeah, The Naked Cowboy doesn’t do it for me either.

I’m not sure if I would like Paradise, but I’m really curious about the BIG TWIST at the end.

February 13, 2014 - 9:22 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - Awesome review, hon! I really liked this book up until I got to the ending. The ending made me want to vomit all over myself, hahaha.

Twice as Nice: Belles & Winter White by Jen Calonita

Belles (#1) by Jen Calonita ( website | twitter ) Publication Date: April 10, 2012 Publisher: Poppy Pages: 356 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: family secrets, mean girls, campaigns Format read: Borrowed from library Summary: Izzie and Mira couldn’t be more different. For years, Izzie has grown up in Harborside, hanging out at the Boardwalk, and working as a lifeguard […]

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December 1, 2012 - 1:48 am

Kristen Evey - I’ve been wanting to read Belles since I saw the cover when it came out. I really want to love stories like this, but I don’t always end up doing so and I can’t figure out why. That you compared this to both Cinderella AND Mean Girls gives me high hopes for this one though. 😉

November 8, 2012 - 5:23 pm

elena - awww this seem like such qt contemps! i was suppose to be sent this for review but welp, it never came. the first one is at my library though, i think. i like the comparison of belles to mean girls & cinderella. eesh to the curveball ending in the second book though. great reviews, estelle!

November 7, 2012 - 4:25 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - Okay, I’m not sure if I needed to skip book two’s review or not, but I did. I have Belles but I haven’t read it yet. I REALLY WANT TO, though, because I seem to remember that it is set in Eastern North Carolina, which is where I live. (I love reading books set close to me for some reason.)

Also, the cover is super pretty. I really need to make the time for this one so I can get to book two as well!

November 7, 2012 - 9:32 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - You make me want to immediately go out and get these books STAT. Honestly, from the summaries alone, I could already tell that they would be the kind of books I’d find interesting, and I’m intrigued to meet both Mira and Izzie!

November 6, 2012 - 8:48 pm

Tara - Can I just say how happy I am that we could talk this out on GChat lol. I feel a readalong coming on when book 3 comes out 🙂

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.