Royal Holiday

5/5 stars Vivian has never been to England, but when her daughter invites her to go over Christmas, she can’t refuse. She never imagined she would be staying with a duke and duchess nor did she predict she would possibly-maybe have a holiday fling with the private secretary to the Queen of England! Jasmine Guillory … More Royal Holiday

Polite Society

3.5/5 stars This was a modern reimagining of Jane Austen’s Emma that was reminiscent of Crazy Rich Asians. Ania seemed to have it all together. Living in Delhi, she loved meddling and playing matchmaker to her friends and family. This was a complex and sometimes funny story about Ania’s journey through self-discovery and happiness. I … More Polite Society

Separation Anxiety

4/5 stars Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Judy’s life is not exactly how she planned. Her marriage is failing, her teenage son doesn’t want to talk to her, and her best friend is dying. In an unexpected turn of … More Separation Anxiety

Searching for Sylvie Lee

4/5 stars Sylvie, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, returns to the Netherlands to say goodbye to her dying grandmother. She never returns. Her younger sister, Amy, retraces Sylvie’s steps as she attempts to find her missing sister.  What a gripping story. While I wouldn’t classify this as a thriller, this dramatic story kept me turning … More Searching for Sylvie Lee

The roar of life

The roar of the steam roller deafened her. She had her headphones in trying to listen to the latest true crime podcast, but it was nearly impossible. Cars whizzed by, honking at the traffic piling up from the nearby construction. She was sitting outside despite the 90 F weather. Her office was windowless and freezing. … More The roar of life

The Other Mrs. Miller

The Other Mrs. Miller is Allison Dickson’s major debut. I had not heard of it before and picked it up from the independent bookstore nearby. I am very glad I did. Reminiscent of The Woman in the Window, this novel was suspenseful enough to keep me turning pages, but I was still able to sleep … More The Other Mrs. Miller

Enough.

A short story about boundaries and realizing what you’re worth. Clarice walks into the boutique, surveying the gowns surrounding her. She cannot believe she has gotten herself into this situation. She remembers the lunch like it was yesterday. Teresa had invited her out to lunch. Clarice was pretty surprised given the nature of their last … More Enough.