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Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey @BerkleyPub @KerryAnn

Happy Pub day to Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey! This is one not to be missed if you love Rom Coms or if you want to venture out of your normal and try something different.

Brenda’s Review

Waiting For Tom Hanks is another book that took me out of my normal and it was one I didn’t really have high hope of controlling my eyes from rolling.  Well, let me tell you just how much I loved this one. There might have been some dancing going on after reading this with the way this one wrapped up.   I was so pleased by that ending. Maybe there is hope for this unromantic sole.

Waiting for Tom Hanks is a fresh modern take on a rom com and if I was to sum it up in one word it would be irresistible.  However, there is so much more to this one. The story has all the plot elements to a rom com and at times it did feel it was going to go in the direction of those predictable, overused plot lines but nope Kerry Winfrey keeps it fresh, spinning a very interesting, entertaining, hilarious, heartfelt story here.  

I loved the colorful, quirky and very likable characters in this story and the dynamics between them.  I really enjoyed following Annie through her conflicts and adventures as she searches for her Tom Hanks.   

I loved the ending, did I mention that already.  It was on the super romantic side that is known in rom com but in such an unique comical way. I was at the edge of my seat, rooting for our couple and thoroughly entertained by the dynamics between these characters.   I highly recommend!

This was my pick for the prompt Short & sweet: Read a book with less than 100 pages (or a book you can finish in one sitting) from the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge.  I read it in one sitting but I did fall asleep halfway through. In the Traveling Friends group, a few of us agreed it still counted. Lol

Norma’s Review

WAITING FOR TOM HANKS by KERRY WINFREY was such an engaging, fun, wonderful, amusing, quick, and endearing rom-com tale that was a pure delight to read. I pretty much had a smile on my face the whole time I was reading this book.

Sweet, charming, & a purely lighthearted pleasure!

KERRY WINFREY delivers a well-written, highly entertaining and enjoyable read here with loveable, quirky and realistic characters. I was totally smitten with these characters and this storyline that had me eagerly flipping those pages as fast as I could.

This was more than your classic rom-com tale as it’s written in such a way that felt so refreshing and new. I thought it was such an ingenious and interesting angle using Tom Hanks references from those beloved romantic comedies throughout this novel. What Tom Hanks represents and stands for in this story is absolutely swoon-worthy and so perfectly meaningful. I think we can all attest to wanting our very own “Tom Hanks” love story!

I absolutely loved this book and couldn’t get enough of this feel-good story and quirky characters.

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Fun, quirky, charming, and an effective representation to storyline. Love the cover art!
Title: Intriguing, adorable, clever, and a fabulous representation to storyline.
Writing/Prose: Well-written, engaging, captivating, humorous, fluid and charming.
Plot: Refreshing, fun, delightful, adorable, lighthearted, fast-paced, absorbing, enjoyable and highly entertaining.
Ending: A swoon-worthy ending that left me feeling quite content, happy and satisfied with.
Overall: 4.5 Stars! I adored this extremely engrossing, enjoyable & entertaining book right from the very start and had me laughing out loud numerous times. Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing and to Kerry Winfrey for gifting us a copy of this absolutely adorable and enjoyable book. It was an absolute pleasure spending time with this book!!!

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The Traveling Friends are Taking on The Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge @goodreads #travelingfriendsread

The Goodreads Summer reading challenge is underway in the Traveling Friends group. We are challenging ourselves to read and knock off some of those unread released ARCS and anticipated books we have really wanted to read but have fallen behind on. We are sharing our picks and progress and doing a few buddy/friends reads for some of our picks for each prompt. If you haven’t joined in and would like to you can find us here.

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/683159-the-traveling-friends

Some upcoming buddy/friends reads or reads going on now

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

The Girls at 17 Swan Street by Yara Zgheib

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

We are beyond excited for the group read starting soon June 15 for Miracle Creek by Angie Kim and are so looking forward to reading this one with so many friends. If you haven’t joined in there is still time.

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Traveling Friends Group Read June Pick: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim @AngieKimWriter #travelingfriendsread

Norma, Lindsay and I are back to reading with our friends after taking a little break to catch up on ARCS. That didn’t happen and probably won’t. lol . Just too many great book published every week we don’t want to miss.

Our June pick for the month is Miracle Creek by Angie Kim and already we have a good size group signed up to read it. Start date is June 15 and the discussion will be ongoing until everyone reading has finished. We are so excited to be reading this one.

Please join us in the Traveling Friends Goodreads Group

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The Last Time I Saw You: by Liv Constantine @HarperCollinsCa

The Last Time I Saw You by the sister duo Liv Constantine is on now on sale!

Lindsay along with her full time reading buddy Chesney and I read this one with a group of our IG friends and it made for such an entertaining and fun discussion. We did have some mixed thoughts here between us and overall we agreed this was an easy, fast-paced read that most of us few though very quickly. Lindsay and I overall had some of the same thoughts however we ended up very different on how we felt about this one in the end.

Lindsay’s review

A little too much for me.

Kate and Blaire haven’t spoken in years.   They used to be best friends, Kate’s wealthy family always including Blaire in their family gatherings and summer vacations.    After Kate’s mother is murdered, Kate reaches out to Blaire who immediately drops everything to come back into Kate’s life to support her friend in a time of need.  Blaire, now a famous author, starts her own investigation into what happened to Kate’s mother. As she digs deeper into Kate’s life, she uncovers some shocking and dramatic secrets.

This is a suspenseful, jaw-dropping, unpredictable journey that kept me guessing.  The characters had my suspicions all over the place. It was a quick read that was high on drama and entertainment.  

The first quarter of the book was my most enjoyed section.  I was intrigued and curious to see how everything would come together.   After that point, I couldn’t stay bought-in to the story. There were too many questionable, over-the-top things happening that my believability radar couldn’t let go of.   I also had an issue with character connection as I didn’t feel invested in any of them, especially Kate. I have read other reviews comparing this novel to a soap opera, and that completely sums up my feelings as well.  

Overall, this was a highly entertaining, dramatic story that kept me flipping the pages, but isn’t one that left a lasting impression or impact.   There are many raving reviews, so make sure to check those out!

Thank you to Ashley at HarperCollins for gifting me a physical copy to read and review!

Brenda’s review

A brutal high-society murder, a messy relationship between friends and the secret and lies that threaten to unravel the life of one woman

The Last Time I Saw You is an easy to follow, fast-paced escape read that I flew through in two sittings.  The unreliable characters along with the twists and turns had me pointing my finger at a few suspects here in this whodunnit mystery.   I enjoyed chatting with our friends as we discussed who picked up on those layered clues and who including me picked up on some of those clues that threw us off and lead us done a different path with whodunnit here in this murder mystery.

The tension rises here as infidelity, lies and betrayals start to surface and I was flying through the pages to find out how it all comes together in the end.  Things did take a turn to becoming a bit too much for me and some things didn’t quite up, however Liv Constantine pulled off a surprising, clever and entertaining twist there at the end that had me smirking to myself and left us laughing with each other in our discussion.

I highly recommend for group reads that I am sure will lead to a fun discussion.

Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for my copy from EW.

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The Better Sister by Alafair Burke @HarperCollinsCa

It’s pub day for The Better Sister by Alafair Burke

We are so excited to bring you our reviews.

Norma’s review

Elaborate, suspenseful, and twisty!

THE BETTER SISTER by ALAFAIR BURKE is an exciting, intriguing, engrossing, disturbing, and fantastic domestic mystery/thriller that had me totally absorbed in this emotionally complex storyline. I was fully immersed and totally interested in the mystery and the interaction between these two sisters, Chloe and Nicky as it was quite dynamic.

ALAFAIR BURKE is such a fabulous storyteller and has this way of hooking you in right away with her extremely fast-paced narrative and her subtly sneaky delivery.  Which immediately had me questioning and wanting answers, even re-reading certain parts because I was certain I had to have missed something and dang if I did. She’s sneaky! lol

ALAFAIR BURKE delivers a compelling and well-written story here that is full of intrigue, suspense, courtroom drama, and familial dynamics. The topical storyline is timely and well-plotted, flowed seamlessly and had interesting and great characters.

This was another one of those books for me where the fantastic storytelling guided and entertained me right to the very end.  The courtroom drama was extremely interesting and smartly written without overwhelming you with complicated details. I could definitely tell that ALAFAIR BURKE knows her stuff.

Brenda’s review

Two estranged sisters, a murdered husband and father, some courtroom drama and a whole lot of messy family drama. 

The Better Sister is a simple yet intriguing whodunit domestic thriller with some interesting simple courtroom drama and a lot of family drama that didn’t feel too overly complicated to me. 

Now I am not sure I would describe this one as fast-paced or really entertaining. I felt the strength in this one was in the drama. Now that is something I never thought I would say, not being much of a fan of drama. There is a lot of messy family drama going on here with these very different sisters that unfolded slowly throughout the story instead of coming at you all at once. One sister who craves and needs routine and the other who lives in constant drama. I was hooked right from the start and I was turning the pages as fast as I could as the twists and turns came. I started to question who was the better sister as we learn more about some of their family secrets.

The ending came as a surprise and I didn’t see it coming. Maybe a bit weak with the big reveal and one you might find unsatisfying with a few holes. For me, it all came together well and I thought the pacing was well done as the drama slowly unfolded

Norma’s Stats:
Cover: Absolutely love that dramatic, striking, breathtaking and extremely fitting cover. 
Title: Simple, impactful and a fabulous representation to storyline. 
Writing/Prose: Well-written, skilled, elaborate, suspenseful and engaging.
Plot: Engrossing, suspenseful, dramatic, realistic, interesting, fast-paced, and entertaining.
Ending: The ending made me pause and reflect but in the end I was completely satisfied with the outcome. 
Overall: The storyline is full of twists and turns and so subtly interspersed that I didn’t think this was predictable at all. I wouldn’t necessarily say it was all that surprising though when everything all played out but it was completely satisfying to me. ALAFAIR BURKE does it again and has another winner here with THE BETTER SISTER!! Would highly recommend!

Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for our complimentary copy to read and review.

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Us Against You by Fredrik Backman @SimonSchusterCA #BookBloggers #travelingfriendsread #askthetravelingsistersaboutourreads #askusaboutourbook

Us Against You (Beartown, #2)  has been on my NG shelve for quite some time. I loved Beartown and it is one of my favorite books. So why did it take me so long to read this one I really don’t know. I like to think maybe it had to do with the timing. Sometimes you just have that special book that seems like you are waiting for the perfect time. Well, I read this one just at the perfect time because I read this one in an Instagram Group read and shared this one with some wonderful ladies. We shared a great discussion with a few emotions with this one.

Brenda’s Review

A Community consumed by hockey, torn apart by violence, hate, conflict and differences.

Us Against You is not just about hockey. It’s a look into how a community heals, after violence tears apart a town and we see how that affects the community and families. We see the damage that competition and hate from a rivalry community can affect communities. We were like a whirlwind of emotions as we saw how the people in the town dealt with the violence and hate and we see how they grow from it. It’s heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Fredrik Backman knows how to capture the insight into his characters and had me feeling compassion for all the characters. He captures their environment and just how that shapes the people they are.

These are my favorite types of books to read and stories like this remind me why I read. It reminds me sometimes I just need to go back to being that mood reader that really makes me a happy reader.

Thank you to NetGalley, and Simon & Schuster for a copy to read and review. I purchase the copy used in the photo.

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