I read 4 books in July. I’ve fallen out of my reading routine a little bit, but I’m leaning back into it.
Here’s what I read this month.
DO THIS FOR ME BY ELIZA KENNEDY
Raney Moore is a partner in her law firm, has twin daughters that keep their noses clean and a slightly nerdy, successful husband that loves her and their life together, or so she assumes until her life as she knows it becomes a massive dumpster fire after learning about her husband’s infidelity.
I could go on and on about how this affects Raney and her life but I don’t want to do that, I want to talk about how after all this happens Raney is finally able to find herself….the real Raney that she has never met…in her entire life. The first part of the book was fantastic, all I could do was smile, shake my head and say damn, she did it for her. I didn’t enjoy the second half of the book, it was rushed and the author didn’t seem to know how she wanted to continue the book.
NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA BY CHANEL CLEETON
There are so many fantastic elements to this novel. The book opens with the Perez family fleeing Cuba after the revolution. This is the first thread of the story. The second is Elise Perez’s granddaughter Marisol, traveling to Cuba, sixty years later to scatter her ashes in the country she had loved.
The history of Cuba, Batista, Che and Castro are told in bold, detailed fashion using the Perez family to add a human element and interest to the story. This story would be my favorite part of the book, a look back at what happened to the Perez family, and a revolution that promised much be delivered little. Said to have ended Batista’s cruelty, in effect, in one quote by the author, it just replaced one dictator with another.
Marisol would find love in Havana but also many other things she didn’t know she was looking for. I enjoyed the characters, the different looks at the people who fled Cuba, and those who stayed. There are a few surprises along the way, in this very readable book. Things may be more open in Cuba but as the book shows the danger for some is far from over.
*sequel to Next Year In Havana, When We Left Cuba, is out in April! Here’s an EXCLUSIVE excerpt from the book which follows Beatriz Perez’s story.
WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS BY LAUREN WEISBERGER
This is the cute follow up to The Devil Wears Prada, told from Emily’s perspective years later. It’s fun and nostalgic for anyone who loved Devil Wears Prada and even has a little cameo from Miranda Priestly. I totally pictured Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep the entire time I read this and I really, really enjoyed it. I’d read the other sequel to Devil Wears Prada and was underwhelmed but this one was good.
Emily is now 36 and a master celebrity fixer, but has fallen out of popularity with her clientele. When ex-model Karolina Hartwell is arrested for a DIY (but swears she wasn’t drinking), Emily steps in (alongside her lawyer friend Miriam) to to clear her name.
THE FRENCH GIRL BY LEXIE ELLIOT
This was a fun psychological thriller. The pace at the begging is VERY slow. At one point I thought of giving up, but it really is not in my nature to do that. In the end, I am glad I stuck to it because the pace picked up. Though truth be told, quite early on I figured out who “the killer” was – or at least I had my suspicions, which proved to be correct.
6 university friends from Oxford are brought back together 10 years after a tragedy because a young French girl’s body is found, and they are the prime suspects. Severine was the girl next store: her body was found. She was loved, and hated. Was one of the 6 responsible for her death? None of them initially think so. Kate Channing, one of the six, is the inspectors main suspect, yet she knows she is innocent. Luckily she has a few people by her side, including Severine.