April 2020–Part Two

Thank you for joining me here!   (Reminder: the page numbers I list here reflect the number of Kindle pages, not paper pages.)  I hope you enjoy this series and I’d love to hear from you about what you are reading these days.

Book #1:

Open BookOpen Book by Jessica Simpson (Length: 416 pages).  What a lovely surprise this celebrity memoir is!  I found this book to be very well-written (obviously with a ghost writer, but is very clearly in Jessica’s “voice”), fun to read and is dishy but yet not mean.  I adored reading about Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, etc.  Her perspective on and her relationships with various celebrities are fascinating.  I will say that I didn’t enjoy the multiple chapters on John Mayer and his years-long obsession with Jessica, and found this part of the book dragged on too long.  I really enjoyed Jessica’s self-deprecation, and she is really very witty and humble.  I would absolutely recommend this to anyone!  

From the publisher:

Jessica reveals for the first time her inner monologue and most intimate struggles. Guided by the journals she’s kept since age fifteen, and brimming with her unique humor and down-to-earth humanity, Open Book is as inspiring as it is entertaining.

This was supposed to be a very different book. Five years ago, Jessica Simpson was approached to write a motivational guide to living your best life. She walked away from the offer, and nobody understood why. The truth is that she didn’t want to lie.

Jessica couldn’t be authentic with her readers if she wasn’t fully honest with herself first.

Now America’s Sweetheart, preacher’s daughter, pop phenomenon, reality tv pioneer, and the billion-dollar fashion mogul invites readers on a remarkable journey, examining a life that blessed her with the compassion to help others, but also burdened her with an almost crippling need to please. Open Book is Jessica Simpson using her voice, heart, soul, and humor to share things she’s never shared before.

First celebrated for her voice, she became one of the most talked-about women in the world, whether for music and fashion, her relationship struggles, or as a walking blonde joke. But now, instead of being talked about, Jessica is doing the talking. Her book shares the wisdom and inspirations she’s learned and shows the real woman behind all the pop-culture cliché’s — “chicken or fish,” “Daisy Duke,” “football jinx,” “mom jeans,” “sexual napalm…” and more. Open Book is an opportunity to laugh and cry with a close friend, one that will inspire you to live your best, most authentic life, now that she is finally living hers.

Book #2:

The ApartmentThe Apartment by K.L. Slater (Length: 266 pages).  Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas&Mercer for the ARC (advanced reader’s copy).  This psychological thriller is a very fast, easy read.  Set near Kensington Gardens in London in a gorgeous mansion named the Adder House, the setting is delightful, and the home in this book is almost its own character.  The narrator in this novel is likeable, and not “too” unreliable, but just enough to keep the reader on his/her toes and not positive about what’s really occurring.   I will say the scene in the end of the book where the plot wraps up seems a bit rushed, especially given the slow build-up, however, I really appreciated the epilogue which tied up all of the loose ends.  Would absolutely recommend this as a great travel/vacation read!

From the publisher:

It’s an opportunity she can’t refuse. The woman before her tried…

Freya Miller needs a miracle. In the fallout of her husband’s betrayal, she’s about to lose her family home, and with it the security she craves for her five-year-old daughter, Skye. Adrift and alone, she’s on the verge of despair until a chance meeting with the charismatic Dr Marsden changes everything. He’s seeking a new tenant for a shockingly affordable flat in a fashionable area of London.

Adder House sounds too good to be true… But Freya really can’t afford to be cynical, and Dr Marsden is adamant she and Skye will be a perfect fit with the other residents.

But Adder House has secrets. Even behind a locked front door, Freya feels as if she’s being watched: objects moving, unfamiliar smells, the blinking light of a concealed camera… and it’s not long before she begins to suspect that her dream home is hiding a nightmarish reality. Was it really chance that led her here—or something unthinkably dark?

As the truth about Adder House starts to unravel, can Freya and Skye get out—or will they be locked in forever?


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