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What I read this month: July

It’s finally Friday! Can I get a woo hoo?! This week has been completely bonkers which seems like a fitting way to cap off a truly insane month. Hopefully August will be a little less frantic! I’m so excited because the Olympics start in a few days and they are basically my tear-inducing, goosebump-raising kryptonite so it’s only fitting that I’m having cable installed just for them this weekend!

Give me all of the sports!

Going through this whole month sans internet and cable has been interesting, although I didn’t really miss cable at all. Internet on the other hand….I’m still missing it. But on the bright side, I’ve done a lot of reading this month! They all had a very similar theme, which I didn’t not do intentionally, but it worked out because they were all easy reads that passed the time.

The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig “As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she’s been working towards―but now she’s not sure it’s enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at thirty-four, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s ninety-ninth birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything. . . .”

This one was by far my favorite! I really liked the characters (well almost all of them) and was happy with the ending, even if it was a bit predictable. The back and forth between time periods really helped the story fly by and kept me reading. I finished this one in about a day because I just couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this one!

The Other Daughter by Lauren Willig “Raised in a poor yet genteel household, Rachel Woodley is working in France as a governess when she receives news that her mother has died, suddenly. Grief-stricken, she returns to the small town in England where she was raised to clear out the cottage…and finds a cutting from a London society magazine, with a photograph of her supposedly deceased father dated all of three month before. He’s an earl, respected and influential, and he is standing with another daughter-his legitimate daughter. Which makes Rachel…not legitimate. Everything she thought she knew about herself and her past-even her very name-is a lie.”

Based on how much I enjoyed The Ashford Affair, I was really excited to read this one, but I didn’t love it as much.  I guess I wasn’t too terribly impressed with Rachel and her choices. The ending definitely left me wanting and felt a little rushed. But again, it was an easy, fun read that I didn’t hate.

I’ll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable “Based on the real life of Gladys Spencer-Churchill, the Duchess of Marlborough, a woman whose life was so rich and storied it could fill several books. Nearly a century after Gladys’s heyday, a young woman’s quest to understand the legendary Duchess takes her from a charming hamlet in the English countryside, to a dilapidated manse kept behind barbed wire, and ultimately, to Paris, where answers will be found at last. In the end, she not only solves the riddle of the Duchess but also uncovers the missing pieces in her own life.”

I randomly pulled this one from the library shelf and was pleasantly surprised! The book actually made me want to read more about the Duchess so I’m looking forward to doing that as well, but the story itself was pretty good.  This was another ending that I would have liked to be a bit longer so I could figure out what happens to everyone, but I kind of made up my own ending so at least I was happy!

What did you read this month?

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