April 2017 Reads!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Hi friends!  I'm excited to share my April Reads book review with y'all today!  I read some pretty good books last month and enjoyed 3 out of the 4, so I say that's pretty good!

 This was my first Beatriz Williams novel and I enjoyed it!  It alternates between two different narrators in two different time periods--one during prohibition and the other during the late 1990s (which I found weird...why not present day?).  Both stories center on the same apartment building in New York City.  I enjoyed both narrators equally and was even shocked at the ending of one of the narrators--it took a twist that even I didn't see coming.  There is a small love story, as well, and those are always my favorite!  I highly recommend this book for a great summer read!

 I began reading this book at the end of March and finished in April.  Even though the title makes it seem like it's only for those who long to be mothers, I would say this book is perfect for anyone who is in a season of suffering.  The author, Chelsea, does a wonderful job of affirming the need for grief and then pointing you to the hope Christians have in Christ.  This book would be great for anyone who is close to someone suffering from infertility or even a woman who is single but still yearns to be a mother because there is a whole chapter on how to help those around you longing for motherhood.  I can't recommend this book enough!  I wanted to underline whole pages at times--Chelsea's theology is very solid and the Cross is evident!

 I randomly picked this book up at the library, and it was my least favorite.  A man and a woman randomly get married in Las Vegas after a night that they don't remember.  It turns out that the woman owns a struggling store in NYC and the guy is part of an important family in Connecticut with problems of their own.  Instead of annulling the marriage, they strike a deal to stay married for a year so they would each benefit from the marriage.  I'm sure you know what's going to happen--it was pretty easy to pick up on--but the author took way too long to get us to the happy ending!  That was my main dislike from this book--the storyline was way too long.

This was my book club book for April and it's one of my favorite books that I've read this year!  It's historical fiction so it's based on a true story, and the true story is really sad.  Apparently the Tennessee Children's Home located in Memphis was caught kidnapping children, changing their names, and "selling" them to wealthy couples looking to adopt orphans.  All of this took place from 1929-1950!  I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend this book to y'all!  It alternates between two storylines--one present day and one in the past--and both are so gut-wrenching.  

Any good books you've read lately?


  1. That last one, Before We Were Yours sounds right up my alley, I better get Kleenex ready I bet. Have a wonderful Wednesday beautiful lady!

  2. I just started the audiobook of Before We Were Yours this week - SO SO SO GOOD! Thank you for the Longing for Motherhood rec too :)

  3. Ok last one is being added to my cart - I love a sad read (as odd as that sounds) Thanks for sharing!

  4. That last book sounds so good! I feel like your book club always picks such interesting books!

  5. I will have to check out that last book. It looks really good, aside from the fact that it seems like it'll be pretty sad.

  6. Before we were yours sounds so good! I've heard so many people talking about it, but wasn't sure it would be for me, but after reading what you said, I think I would truly enjoy it! Thanks for sharing what you read! :)

  7. Just added Before We Were Yours to my Amazon wishlist, it sounds so good! I love historical fiction so much, so I'm sure I'll enjoy that one :)

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  8. I had to take a break from Longing for Motherhood. Before We Were Yours should be at my doorstep today, looking forward to reading that book up in the sky at treehouse point soon!

  9. Oh my gosh! Just added "Before We Were Yours" to my reading list - I'm so intrigued!

  10. Before We Were Yours has been on my list! I've been wondering if I would like it but definitely moving it up after reading this.


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