Books I Read In September

I read 10 books this month!  I could not believe it when I sat down to compile the list.. but that might explain why my house isn't the cleanest or the most organized right now.  Ha!  To be fair I did manage to read three of the books while on vacation; I just love reading in the car.  I know many people can't do that but it really helps pass the time.

1.  Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey - When Ansley's three daughters decide to move home for the summer she knows it's going to be a busy season.  Her oldest daughter's marriage is falling apart and she's more than 6 months pregnant.  Her middle daughter is struggling to raise two kids while her husband is once again deployed to another county and her youngest daughter is starring in her first major role; which just happens to be shooting nearby.  When her old childhood boyfriend shows back up in town and her mother hurts her ankle forcing Ansley to bring her mother into the house too she knows that her life, while full, is slightly south of simple.

2.  The Perfect Summer By Luanne Rice--  This is another book my sister bought me for my birthday and I really enjoyed it! When her husband never returns home one idyllic summer afternoon Bay's life completely changes.  She finds that her husband was in the middle of an investigation by the FBI and as she struggles to uncover the truth of what happened while still protecting her children she's left questioning what love really means.

The Perfect Summer (Hubbard's Point/Black Hall Series Book 4) by [Rice, Luanne]

3.  Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews-- Best friends Ellis, Dorie, and Julia are renting a house in Nags Head for the whole month of August. But they didn't expect to encounter a hot new neighbor, a dumpy house rental, a mysterious stranger living with them, and all the life changes that force them to make some life choices by the end of their month together.

4.  The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank-- This story, told through the eyes of various family members was quite touching.  Set on the shores of South Carolina as a hurricane is brewing off the coast Maisie, Liz, and Ashley (grandmother, mother, & daughter) are about to be reminded of just how important family is even though they might drive us a bit nuts at times.

5.  Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer-- After Carley's husband passes away and she learns that he didn't leave her with much money she decides to turn their home into a Bed & Breakfast.  Juggling this new business, the disapproval of her over bearing in-laws, trying to keep her friends' secrets, and just trying to keep afloat in general Carley learns that she's much tougher than she originally thought.  But is she tough enough to risk it all for love and happiness again?

Heat Wave: A Novel by [Thayer, Nancy]

6.  Home Front by Kristin Hannah-- This is probably my favorite book from this months collection.  Jolene is a mom, a wife, and a pilot.  Her marriage is on the rocks when Jolene gets deployed.  Determined to shield her family from what war is like her letters home are filled with stories and pictures that only show one side of what her life is like.  Her husband is struggling at home juggling being both mom and dad to their two girls while also trying to work on his cases as a public defender. 

7.  Dear Thing by Julie Cohen-- When Romily offers to be a surrogate for her best friend and his wife she has no idea the upheaval all their lives will go through. On the surface it seems like the perfect plan; Romily already has one daughter and no desire for any other kids, Ben and Claire have been trying for years to have a baby of their own and Romily knows they'd be wonderful parents, but their plan stirs up a whole hornet's nest of reactions from them all.

8.  Trespassing by Brandi Reeds-- A Kindle First book from a few months ago, I finally got around to reading this on vacation and it was pretty gripping.  Veronica begins to fear she's becoming mentally ill like her own mother did when her daughter begins speaking of an imaginary friend and her husband goes missing.. just like her daughter claims her imaginary friend told her he would.  Now a suspect in her husband's disappearance, Veronica begins uncovering a series of secrets and lives that could put both her and her daughter in danger.

Trespassing: A Novel by [Reeds, Brandi]

9.  We Were Mothers by Katie Sise--  Another Kindle First book that I got to read this month and another gripping tale.  Told from the perspective of a few different women in one upstate New York community we learn that there are secrets in every marriage and that most women just want what is best for their children.  I really can't say much more about the plot without giving some major story lines away but it was soo good!

We Were Mothers: A Novel by [Sise, Katie]

10.  Reunion by Hannah Pittard-- When her father commits suicide, Kate is on a plane contemplating her life's choices.  Soon she finds herself on another plane headed to her father's house where she meets up with her sister and brother and all her father's assorted ex-wives and their children.  Kate learns so much about herself in the four days in her hometown.  

Reunion: A Novel by [Pittard, Hannah]

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  1. Sounds like an interesting selection of books. I like a lot of these authors!

  2. Wow! I'm so impressed that you read so many books in a month.

    1. I was pretty surprised I had time to read that many too but so many of them I just could not put down once I started and so I read them in just a day or two.

  3. I'm always reading a book. This post is great! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party. Have a great week!

  4. Visiting you at You're The Star – Family Feature Week. Thanks for all the book reviews. I love Kristin Hannah's writing and am in the middle of Great Alone. Did you read it? Please check out my post, "5 Self-care Skills You Need to Know." I wrote it to help busy, productive women enhance self-care. Enjoy this glorious day. Nancy Andres @

    1. I loved The Great Alone!! Her books are so phenomenal.


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