The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn: It’s no secret that Kate Quinn writes some of the best historical fiction out there and this was no exception. Mila’s story is fascinating and I think Quinn did it justice by filling in some blanks the best she could and adding a few fictional twists to round out the book’s narrative. I didn’t love this quite as much as The Rose Code, but it’s still a worthwhile read.
Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren: Although I felt the pacing of this was a bit off, I still mostly enjoyed it (until the inclusion of a trope I don’t particularly love at the end). However, I am enjoying my journey into FINALLY reading Christina Lauren books and I look forward to picking up more!
Happy Place by Emily Henry: Emily Henry’s books just get better and better (I mean, mostly. Book Lovers is still my favorite but it just barely squeaks past this one and that’s primarily because I love Charlie so damn much). The romance element in this is strong, but it’s so perfectly balanced by the dynamic of the friend group.
The Quiet Gentleman by Georgette Heyer: I finally picked up my next Georgette Heyer read and it did not disappoint. Gervase was delightful, Drusilla was wonderfully practical without being stuffy or naive. Heyer blends mystery with romance here and it works well – the romance is a BIT more subtle than I would have liked, but it still enjoyable.
Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben: For me, Harlan Coben is like Stephen King – absolutely amazing when his books are good, and a complete head scratcher when they miss the mark. Fool Me Once was just a middle-of-the-road thriller…the set up is fascinating (recently widowed woman sees her dead husband on the nanny cam) but the payoff is a bit lackluster. Once you realize what’s really going on, some of the choices of the main character are confusing. I guess it doesn’t matter, because i’ll continue to pick up Coben’s books either way.