Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

*I purchased this book for myself.

Rating 5/5.

When a dead infant is discovered in an Amish barn 18 year old Katie Fisher an unmarried Amish woman becomes the prime suspect, but did she do it?

Ellie Hathaway her attorney must dig deep into the lives of those living “plain” in order to defend her, but not only does she learn a lot about her client, she also learns a lot about herself.

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Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done by Sarah Mlynowski

Ten Things We Shouldn’t Have Done by Sarah Mlynowski

*I purchased this book for myself.

Rating: 3/5.

April gets the chance of a lifetime, the opportunity to move in with her best friend Vi, the only thing is her parent’s don’t know and can’t find out that Vi’s mum isn’t there. Their new found freedom starts this novel and the list of things they shouldn’t have done.

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The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart.

The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart.

*I purchased a copy of this novel for myself.

Rating: 4/5

This book follows Ruby Oliver, a fifteen year old girl who following a difficult time sees a therapist, her therapist sets her “the boyfriend list” as homework. Ruby complies a list of all of her boyfriends, sort-of boyfriends, almost boyfriends, rumoured boyfriends and boy’s she wished were her boyfriend.

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The Winter Baby by Sheila Newberry

The Winter Baby by Sheila Newberry

*I purchased this book for myself.

Rating: 5/5.

The main character in this novel is Katherine, a runaway who is days away from giving birth, the Mason family take her in. Although Katherine finally feels safe, her past is far from forgotten, she harbours secrets she still cannot share.

I had a good feeling about this book from the beginning, and in turn high hopes for it. All of my expectations were met. Newberry’s writing style is compelling and filled me with nostalgia for a time I wasn’t even a part of. I was captured by the exquisite writing and storytelling from page one, and couldn’t put the book down.

The book flowed well from chapter to chapter, there was a good pace to the plot, and the plot was very well throughout. Newberry filled the novel with key events and moments, which helped to capture my attention over and over again.

Although this book appears to be marketed as a Christmas novel, and Christmases are a common theme within the novel, it is a book that can be enjoyed at any time of year. I myself read a large amount of it sat on the beach.

Overall this was a masterpiece, one which will stay with me for the rest of my life. For me this book was as close to perfect as can be. If you enjoy historical novels set around the early 20th century then it’s likely you’ll enjoy this one.

Perfect Harmony by Emily Albright

Perfect Harmony by Emily Albright

*I received this ebook for free through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 3/5

Meet Pippa a 17-year-old talented cellist, she is ambitious, driven, and will fight for what she wants. Along comes Declan, some real competition and he’s fighting for her coveted spot as first chair. Brought together to perform a duet their conflict, but as time passes Pippa finds herself torn between her closest friend, the boy that she is starting to fall for and her own future.

I liked the general plot of this novel, especially how ambitious our main character is, however I did find it slow at parts and it took me a while to get into it. Towards the end I found myself frustrated with how the plot developed, and I am conflicted on how I feel about the ending. The carefully selected quotes at the beginning of chapters throughout the novel were a nice touch.

There are many key characters in this novel, all well written and definitely relatable at times. However I did find them frustrating at points too, some elements were fairly predictable and didn’t necessarily add to the story for me personally.

Overall this was an alright novel, I wasn’t as hooked on it as I thought I would be, but I still was interested to see how the plot developed. If you are a fan of YA romance novels then this might be the book for you.

The Only Girl in the World by Carol Drinkwater.

The Only Girl in the World by Carol Drinkwater.

*I purchased this book for myself.

Rating: 3/5.

A world war love story following Dennis a young English soldier who has traveled to France to fight. There he meets Hélène, and they fall instantly in love. As the war rages on, Hélène must ask herself, will her love ever come back from the fight for freedom?

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