Great Reads from September 2016

Here are the great books (4-star and 5-star) that I read in September. Click on the book title to open my full review from Opinionated Book lover.

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse…
On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma…finds herself falling in love again. Emma and Sam get engaged…Jesse is found. 

The ultimate love triangle! I loved this book so much. I didn’t know who Emma would pick, so I couldn’t put this book down.

5 stars

Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

When Caroline’s little brother is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can’t help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother…

My new favorite Jennifer Mathieu book. Ethan’s therapy is so realistic. The friendship between Caroline and Ethan is adorable – reminded me of Emmy & Oliver. The family dynamics were interesting.

5 stars

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Audrey Rose slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

More mystery than horror, this story was a little slow, but I loved the characters. Audrey Rose is so strong, and Thomas is brilliant. Their banter was super fun.

4 stars

Gaining Visibility by Pamela Hearon

In her late forties, Julia is now used to being invisible. But even if she has to do it alone, she’s determined to celebrate her victory over breast cancer by hiking Italy’s Cinque Terre. Invigorated by the beauty of the Italian countryside, Julia seems unstoppable, until she’s injured by a rock—one that happens to belong to thirty-something stone mason Vitale DeLuca.

This book is more than a love story. It’s about rediscovering who you and being true to yourself.

4 stars

Leave Me by Gayle Forman

Meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize she’s had a heart attack. Afterward, surprised to discover that her recuperation seems to be an imposition on those who rely on her, Maribeth does the unthinkable: She packs a bag and leaves. 

Every mother should read this book. I identified with Maribeth right away. Gayle has found her calling with adult fiction.

5 stars

Today’s post will be linked up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for her Quick Lit series.

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