Here we go! My TWENTIETH book review of the year!
Yes, friends, I reached my goal of reading 20 books in 2016. At the beginning of the year, I thought with everything I have going on that this goal was pretty lofty, so I’m incredibly happy that I can cross it off my list and look forward to more reading next year.
In Here’s to Us by Elin Hilderbrand, we are thrown into the world of Laurel, Belinda and Scarlett who are all very different, but have one thing in common – they were all married to world-renowned and celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe. While the three women have always tried to avoid each other at all costs, they must come together at the family’s beloved Nantucket house to say good-bye after Deacon’s tragic death. During their time on the island, accusations fly, tears are shed and arguments arise, but they try to put their differences aside to honor the man who (whether they like it or not) brought them all together.
While I’ve been hearing about Elin Hilderbrand and her books for a while now, this was the first book I’ve read of hers. This was the perfect book to read during our holiday travels and while Cecilia was napping. Food is my love language, so all of the talk of cooking, restaurants and food was music to my ears. I remembered about halfway through the book that one of my favorite bloggers developed a couple of “Deacon’s recipes” that were printed in the book, so that was a fun connection for me, too. The book’s narrator changes with each chapter which can sometimes be confusing, but I thought was done really well in this book and it was great to get each character’s perspective on the complicated situation that was before them. I think it also always speaks well of the author when you can go from despising a character at the beginning of the book to having empathy for them and even liking them come the end. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and have already started reading my second Elin Hilderbrand book.
If you’d like to read about the other books I’ve read this year as part of my reading challenge, you can find my reviews here:
Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich
Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
Superficial by Andy Cohen
The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Most Talkative by Andy Cohen
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
First Comes Love by Emily Giffin
The Chase by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
Stars over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
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