Book Review: January 2021

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It's been a good while since I did a proper book review!  Let's get into it, shall we?


I am still working my way through the 'in Death' series by J.D. Robb.  These have been my go-to books here of late.  I may have trouble getting into other books, but these never disappoint.  The more books I read, the more I enjoy the series and can't wait for the next book to be available.

Purity in Death by J.D. Robb.

Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb.

Imitation in Death by J.D. Robb.

Divided in Death by J.D. Robb.

Visions in Death by J.D. Robb.

Origin in Death by J.D. Robb.

Memory in Death by J.D. Robb.

Born in Death by J.D. Robb.

Innocent in Death by J.D. Robb.

Creation in Death by J.D. Robb.


The Friendship List by Susan Mallery.  The premise of this book sounded so interesting, and it did not disappoint.  Two women create bucket lists for themselves, and through that, find themselves.  It was a little more 'real' than I thought it would be, but in a good way.  Everything didn't magically work out right away, which is sometimes the case in books, and I liked that this didn't.  Although, there were points where the main characters just irritated me with their choices, but I don't always think that's a bad thing.  It had me crying at some points, and smiling at others.      


Whistlin' Dixie In A Nor'easter by Lisa Patton.  A husband decides that he wants to become a Vermont innkeeper, and moves his deeply southern rooted wife and family to do just that.  This book is heavy on stereotypes of Northerners and Southerners, as well as the roles of husband/wife, and at times was just a little too much for me.  But there is something endearing about the main character and the way she makes it through.  That said, because of the heaviness of the stereotypes, I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. 


Thick As Thieves by Sandra Brown.  Like Nora Roberts, Sandra Brown is one of those authors I go to when no other books are interesting me.  I always enjoy trying to figure out the twists in her books, and of course, the love story.  This one had me for a loop (although I am pretty sure this was my second time reading this book, haha), and is quite interesting how it all comes together at the end!


Exclusive by Sandra Brown.  This was another really interesting Sandra Brown book.  The First Lady contacts a reporter to discuss the loss of her infant son.  From there is it just twists and curves to find out what really happened.  Once you think you know what happened, she throws in another curveball.  If you want to keep guessing, this is a book to read!


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22 comments

  1. It's been a while since I've read a Sandra Brown. I should put one on my short list.

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    1. I seem to always read at least one of her books each review - I feel like they never disappoint.

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  2. I do love a Sandra Brown book, I haven't read either of these. I hate north/south stereotypes.

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    1. I didn't realize how much the stereotypes bothered me until I read this book, haha!

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  3. I Love JD RObb and have been reading her In Death series for years; always a quick and fun read for me and I really enjoyed The Friendship list too. I'm kind of bummed by your review of the Nor'easter book because the title and cover picture made it look rather cute but it definitely doesn't sound like something I'd enjoy.

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    1. I agree about the J.D. Robb books. I think I am right at the same pace as someone else, because the next book is always checked out, haha. It's good to pace, though. Yea, I was a little disappointed by that book, too. I really enjoy series - I always want to know what's next or how things ended - and was hoping this was one I could get into. Oh well!

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  4. The Friendship List is on my to read list already. I haven't read a Sandra Brown book in ages!

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    1. Sandra Brown is one of my 'comfort' authors, haha. The basic set up of each book is similar, but the stories are always so good.

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  5. Nice list! I'm going to check out the Sandra Brown ones you've read, love her! And The Friendship List!

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  6. I'm adding The Friendship List to my reading list right now! That sounds really good!

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  7. I don't think I've read a book from Sandra Brown in years. Great list - thanks for sharing. Enjoy the rest of your month :)

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  8. My mom LOVES the In Death series. I always buy the latest book for her. I really enjoyed The Friendship List.

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    1. That is so sweet of you! I can see why she loves it - I am definitely in that boat, too!

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  9. I've never read a Sandra Brown book. They sound like I would enjoy them though.

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    1. I feel like they always have a good mix of mystery in them, paired with a good love story. And always a twist...some of the characters are not what they seem at first.

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  10. The Friendship List was a good read.

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