Book Forty-Eight

My goal for several years has been to read 50 books in one calendar year – 52 weeks – but I have always fallen off the rails around 25 books. This year, I’m twice as determined. I will be posting short reviews of each book with my thoughts and any recommendations I received for the book as well as a link to purchase the book from Amazon, (though I recommend checking your local library first). If you have questions, leave a comment! If you want to follow my journey, find me on Goodreads.

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This read also came from Book Depository. It started off well, set in Maine (I’m realizing while I write this that setting has become so important in my book choices this year), but came to a shockingly abrupt end. A single mother and her son head to Maine to do renovations on a seaside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. The author reveals that her husband passed away recently due to cancer, but this is more of an aside than a key piece to the plot. The protagonist struggles throughout the book with whether to sell the inherited home in Maine due to finances or “make a way” for them to stay there permanently. I understood the struggle, but when the novel ended with a proposal (in front of her son who had just run away) made by a gentleman she met less than two weeks before (with whom she’d had dinner with once) I made a face. I wish the novel had been longer with more backstory on the woman’s childhood in Maine and the struggle of losing her husband. It lacked depth and ended SO FAST. 
However, I would still like to own a seaside cabin in Maine. For summers.  (I’ve watched a few episodes of that one HGTV show where the two couples renovate Maine cabins. I have to mute it because they’re annoying, but I love the cabins.)

Goodreads rating: 3.64/5
My rating: 2/5 stars
Days read: November 25
Recommend: Not really