Anchored Hearts review

Thank you so much to @bookishfirst and @kensingtonbooks for my copy of Anchored Hearts by @prisoliveras 💛🌺

Transport yourself to Key West and pick up Island Affair and Anchored Hearts, 2 fun stories about the adult children in the Navarro family. In (book 2) Anchored Hearts, Anamaria’s online fitness business is taking off and she is working hard to balance it with the family business of being a firefighter. But when her childhood love, Alejandro, comes back to town years after breaking her heart, she is forced to figure out if success means anything without love in her life. Overflowing with Latinx culture, lively family dinners, and some very meddling mamis, you will LOVE hanging out with the Navarros in Key West.

How gorgeous is this book cover?! I love it! And I’m SUPER thrilled to have these family recipes from Alejandro’s family’s Cuban restaurant, Miranda’s! Yum! 😎

I was able to chat with the lovely Priscilla last week along with other lovely ladies from @lovearctually
We can’t wait to read more!

Shadows of the White City

🤍I just finished Shadows of the White City by @author_jocelyn_green late last night and it didn’t disappoint!!!

🤍Sylvie Townsend runs her inherited bookstore in Chicago, sublets the apartments in her building to a pair of musician brothers and an aging German couple, and manages the education of her 17 year old adoptive daughter, Rose. Despite all Sylvie has done for Rose since she adopted her at age 4, Rose is still always searching for her “real” family. When Rose goes missing, Sylvie uncovers the depth of Rose’s wish to find her roots and must save her from the dangerous people who wish to harm her- including those Sylvie personally knows.

🤍I really enjoyed Green’s vivid writing and now I want to learn all the things about the Chicago World’s Fair! I also loved the themes of what makes a family and how sometimes our family isn’t related by blood.

🤍This is the second book in the Windy City Saga but Green provides enough background that if you haven’t read the first book you won’t be lost.
Definitely add this book to your list!

A Dance in Donegal☘️🇮🇪

☘️Book review ☘️

St. Patrick’s Day is coming! If you need a quaint romance/mystery set in 1920 Ireland to get you in the mood for the holiday, definitely pick up A Dance in Donegal!

Moira travels to the village of Ballymann, the home of her deceased mother, to become the new teacher. When she arrives, she’s overwhelmed by the language, the weather, and the mysterious hostility many of the town’s residents have toward her. Relying on her faith and a few kind neighbors, Moira tries to uncover the mysterious circumstances of her mother’s sudden departure years before as well as how to truly be considered part of the village.

Charming and full of Irish vocabulary (@jenniferdeibel_author even includes a glossary of Irish phrases and terms), definitely check this one out! Diebel lived in Donegal for many years and her descriptions are so vivid and obviously based on her home.

TW: there is a brief scene of sexual assault that may be upsetting.

Happy Mardi Gras! 💜💛💚

Happy Mardi Gras/ Fat Tuesday!!!

I know so much of the US is under extreme weather conditions and many don’t have power. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone- especially those of you in the South who aren’t equipped for this insanity. I hope you are still able to have a treat today in honor of Fat Tuesday!

If any meal could magically appear on your table, what would you pick? 🍴

#fattuesday #mardigras2021 #mardigras #purplegoldgreen #mardigrasbookstack #bookstack #mardigrasstack #bookish #booksbooksbooks #booklife #booklover #mardigrasmask #readwithrosemary

🍁All That We Carried🍁

Thank you to Revell Books and Erin Bartels for this copy of All That We Carried.


Set in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula in October, sisters Melanie and Olivia have hardly spoken in 10 years. Their parents were lost in a tragic car accident and each handled the grief differently. After 10 years, they decide to try to reconnect and take off into the Michigan wilderness. They encounter bears, a forest fire, they lose their map, but each finds what they were looking for- just not in the way they were expecting.

After reading this, I was ready to head to the nearest outdoor store to stock up for a wilderness hike! I loved how Bartels describes the forest and waterfalls while also keeping my attention and keeping the plot moving. Each sister has many flaws and redeemable qualities so you are rooting for both of them.

Definitely check this book out!

🛩 The Escape🌲

Thank you to Revell Books for a copy of this fun and fast paced book!

The Escape by Lisa Harris introduces us to Madison James and Jonas Quinn, US Marshals on a routine prison transfer flight. When their plane crashes in the Idaho wilderness, Madison and Jonas miraculously survive. But both pilots and 1 convict are dead and one convict is on the run. Madison and Jonas must use all their training to capture their fugitive while surviving the elements and a multiple state manhunt. But their fugitive is much smarter than they gave him credit for!

What are your weekend plans?

The Love Note

I went into reading The Love Note by Johanna Davidson Politano with no expectations and came out the other side loving it. It’s such a simple premise with enormous heart and numerous lessons for readers about love.

“Focused on a career in medicine and not on romance, Willa Duvall is thrown slightly off course during the summer of 1865 when she discovers a never-opened love letter in a crack of her old writing desk. Compelled to find the passionate soul who penned it and the person who never received it, she takes a job as a nurse at the seaside estate of Crestwicke Manor.

Everyone at Crestwicke has feelings–mostly negative ones–about the man who wrote the letter, but he seems to have disappeared. With plenty of enticing clues but few answers, Willa’s search becomes even more complicated when she misplaces the letter and it passes from person to person in the house, each finding a thrilling or disheartening message in its words.”

I loved the writing and the secondary characters were all given a moment to shine. There are so many amazing things to love about this book. Don’t miss it and put Politano on your automatic buy list from now on!
Thank you to #Netgalley and @revellbooks for this wonderful read!


Who else played MASH growing up? I’m a long way from driving a Corvette in my McMansion but that’s ok 😃

The Key to Love

Happy Pub Day to #thekeytolove 💗
If the state of the world has you down and you need a little pick me up, check out The Key to Love!

Bri lives in Story, Kansas where she works in the same Paris inspired bakery her mother did. She spends her days making delicious concoctions and dreams of finding the perfect man to have her own fairy tale that rivals her dead parents’ love story.

Cynical and burned by love Gerard arrives into town from Trek magazine. He’s doing a feature on the bakery and the lovelock wall behind it that was inspired by the one in Paris.
He and Bri immediately clash; Gerard disgusted by the over the top sweetness of Story and Bri by Gerard’s view of the world. Sparks soon fly but each discovers that the other was right to be annoyed.

I’m obsessed with this cover! It’s so gorgeous! I also liked the setting for the book and the enemies to lovers trope. However, I did find Bri annoying in her naïveté and her unrealistic expectations on love. She definitely grows up by the end of the book, but not soon enough for my liking.

This book is perfect for a feel good, fun Hallmark type read. But make sure you have a special treat to enjoy while eating. There’s lots of bakery treats mentioned! 🧁🍰🍡

Thanks to @revellbooks and @netgalley for copy in exchange for an honest review.

What’s your favorite bakery treat?

The Night Swim

I finished The Night Swim this morning as part of a Buddy Read.

It tells the story of Rachel, who hosts a very successful true crime podcast. She is recording her 3rd season while covering a rape trial that pits the local Golden Boy against a 16 year old girl. Rachel also starts to get letters from someone who claims her sister was murdered 25 years ago. Driven to find the answer to both crimes, Rachel uncovers more than she bargains for.

At times, it was tough to read this book as it dives deeply into the crime and the trauma the girl experiences. What I liked most about the book is that it casts a needed spotlight on consent, sexual assault, and the entitlement for sex that some men feel. Even though it’s fiction, it definitely shows how some small towns can be just as dangerous and corrupt as big cities.

Have you read The Night Swim?