Book Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

BOOK INFO
Title: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Author: Abbi Waxman
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: July 9, 2019
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Series: n/a
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.99

BOOK BLURB
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The author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone’s radar.

Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own… shell.

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.
1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
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MY REVIEW
Nina is a single woman in her late twenties. She works in a bookstore, participates in a trivia league, and enjoys her quiet life. When she’s notified that the father she never knew has died, she suddenly finds herself with a family and the drama that comes with it. As for her dating life, Nina is attracted to a fellow trivia player, and she starts to finally feel close to someone.

Nina has always enjoyed being alone and she suffers from anxiety when things become too chaotic for her. She stays very organized and her life is well scheduled. When her life starts to not go according to plan, Nina learns she needs to have some better coping skills The new people in her life may be just what she needed.

A light and fluffy contemporary romance. I especially enjoyed Nina’s nerdy and quirky personality, and could relate to some of her traits. Humorous, charming, and entertaining.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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Weekly Wrap-Up (Jun 29 – Jul 5)

Weekly Wrap-Up



BOOKS READ

• One print book – Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
• Two ebooks – Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger and The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
• One audiobook – East of Eden by John Steinbeck


Miracle Creek by Angie KimGirls Like Us by Cristina AlgerThe Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi WaxmanEast of Eden by John Steinbeck


CURRENTLY READING

• one print book – The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
• one ebook – The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan
• one audiobook – The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Murder List by Hank Phillippi RyanThe Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan


BOOKS ACQUIRED

• July First Reads – What You Did by Claire McGowan and They Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jimenez

What You Did by Claire McGowanThey Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jimenez


BLOG POSTS

SUNDAY – Reading Recap: June 2019
MONDAY – 2019 Mid-Year Update & Book Review: Layover by David Bell
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites
WEDNESDAY – Book Review: Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger
THURSDAY – Book Review: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Jun 29 – Jul 5)


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Book Review: I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

BOOK INFO
Title: I Owe You One
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Publisher: Dial Press
Publish Date: February 5, 2019
Genre: Romance
Series: n/a
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.56

BOOK BLURB
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From the author of Surprise Me comes an irresistible story of love and empowerment about a young woman with a complicated family, a handsome man who might be “the one,” and an IOU that changes everything.

Fixie Farr has always lived by her father’s motto: “Family first.” And since her dad passed away, leaving his charming housewares store in the hands of his wife and children, Fixie spends all her time picking up the slack from her siblings instead of striking out on her own. The way Fixie sees it, if she doesn’t take care of her father’s legacy, who will?

It’s simply not in Fixie’s nature to say no to people. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, she not only agrees—she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank Fixie for her quick thinking, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, an investment manager, scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve and attaches his business card. Fixie laughs it off—she’d never actually claim an IOU from a stranger. Would she?

But then Fixie’s childhood crush, Ryan, comes back into her life, and his lack of a profession pushes all of Fixie’s buttons. As always, she wants nothing for herself—but she’d love Seb to give Ryan a job. No sooner has Seb agreed than the tables are turned once more and a new series of IOUs between Seb and Fixie—from small favors to life-changing moments—ensues. Soon Fixie, Ms. Fixit for everyone else, is torn between her family and the life she really wants. Does she have the courage to take a stand? Will she finally grab the life, and love, she really wants?

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
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MY REVIEW
In a chance meeting, Fixie meets Sebastian… who ends up owing her a favor. Fixie uses her favor to help out her childhood crush. She thinks that’ll help their relationship, but she ends up owing Seb a favor in return. Meanwhile, Fixie’s mother is having health problems and goes on an extended holiday. This leaves Fixie and her siblings in charge of the family business. Of course, the siblings have very different visions for the future of the family’s store.

Fixie got her name by always needing to fix things, but this often leads to other problems. Plus, she always puts family first, but ends up neglecting herself. The combination of a compulsion to fix things and always putting family first finally comes to a head.

A fun and entertaining read. Romance and family drama told in a lighthearted way. Sweet, humorous, and delightful.

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.


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Book Review: Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger

Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger

BOOK INFO
Title: Girls Like Us
Author: Cristina Alger
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publish Date: July 2, 2019
Genre: Mystery
Series: n/a
Goodreads Ratings: Me 4.0 / Community 3.99

BOOK BLURB
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From the celebrated and bestselling author of The Banker’s Wife, worlds collide when an FBI agent investigates a string of grisly murders on Long Island that raises the impossible question: What happens when the primary suspect is your father?

FBI Agent Nell Flynn hasn’t been home in ten years. Nell and her father, Homicide Detective Martin Flynn, have never had much of a relationship. And Suffolk County will always be awash in memories of her mother, Marisol, who was brutally murdered when Nell was just seven.

When Martin Flynn dies in a motorcycle accident, Nell returns to the house she grew up in so that she can spread her father’s ashes and close his estate. At the behest of her father’s partner, Detective Lee Davis, Nell becomes involved in an investigation into the murders of two young women in Suffolk County. The further Nell digs, the more likely it seems to her that her father should be the prime suspect–and that his friends on the police force are covering his tracks. Plagued by doubts about her mother’s murder–and her own role in exonerating her father in that case–Nell can’t help but ask questions about who killed Ria Ruiz and Adriana Marques and why. But she may not like the answers she finds–not just about those she loves, but about herself.

Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger
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MY REVIEW
FBI Agent Nell Flynn returns to her hometown after her father’s death. The two of them had a strained relationship, ever since her mother’s murder years earlier. Her father was a homicide detective, and Nell gets involved with a case he was working at the time of his death.

An intriguing mystery featuring a trustworthy female protagonist. Nell is smart, courageous, and independent. She also has a vulnerable side under her tough exterior. When she returns to her hometown, she starts to doubt things about her father. To understand her father and what was happening in his life, she gets involved with a local case of two murdered girls. The case is much more complex than she anticipated.

Interesting characters in a fast-paced mystery. Great for fans of crime fiction with a strong female lead. Also, I enjoyed that this was a standalone novel. It seems so many police procedurals fall into series. Addictive, intense, and suspenseful.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish. It is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is Childhood Favorites.

Instead of my childhood favorites, I’m listing 10 picture books that my son has been enjoying lately.

1. I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

2. Chomp Goes the Alligator by Matthew Van Fleet

Chomp Goes the Alligator by Matthew Van Fleet

3. The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt

4. Otis by Loren Long

Otis by Loren Long

5. Dylan the Villain by K.G. Campbell

Dylan the Villain by K.G. Campbell

6. Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds

Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds

7. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds

8. Shark Nate-O by Tara Luebbe

Shark Nate-O by Tara Luebbe

9. The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara

10. In the Deep Dark Deep by Ben Joel Price

In the Deep Dark Deep by Ben Joel Price

A few honorable mentions… meaning I enjoy them more than he does.

The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon StoneThe Giving Tree by Shel SilversteinOh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss

1. The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
3. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss


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Book Review: Layover by David Bell

Layover by David Bell

BOOK INFO
Title: Layover
Author: David Bell
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publish Date: July 2, 2019
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Series: n/a
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.49

BOOK BLURB
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In this high concept psychological suspense novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Somebody’s Daughter, a chance meeting with a woman in an airport sends a man on a pulse-pounding quest for the truth.

Joshua Fields takes the same flights every week for work, his life a series of departures and arrivals, hotels and airports. During yet another layover, he meets Morgan, a beautiful stranger with whom he feels an immediate connection. When it’s time for their respective flights, Morgan kisses Joshua passionately, lamenting that they’ll never see each other again.

As soon as Morgan disappears in the crowd, Joshua is shocked to see her face on a nearby TV. The reason: Morgan is a missing person.

What follows is a whirlwind, fast-paced journey filled with lies, deceit, and secrets as Joshua tries to discover why Morgan has vanished from her own life. Every time he thinks one mystery is solved, another rears its head—and his worst enemy might be his own assumptions about those around him.

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MY REVIEW
During a layover, Joshua meets Morgan. He feels an instant attraction to her, and alters his travel plans to follow her. Only, she doesn’t want to be followed. Joshua ends up in a whirlwind of a mystery.

Told with the alternating points of view of Joshua and Detective Kimberly Givens. Joshua doesn’t enjoy his work, has a (sort of) girlfriend, and he really hates flying, which he does a lot of. He seems like a decent guy who is not sure what he wants in life. When he meets Morgan, he is drawn to her, and thinks she feels the same about him. Turn out, she’s got some secrets and getting involved with her only leads to trouble for him. Detective Givens is working hard on a missing person case of a local business man. Eventually, Joshua and the detective cross paths.

A slow-building suspense. For avid readers of thrillers, this one may fall flat. I found the idea of a stranger getting so involved in the mystery a bit unbelievable, but it was entertaining to read. My biggest quibble is Joshua following Morgan. He should have backed off when Morgan told him to. He’s not doing either of them any favors by staying involved. One thing I really enjoyed was Joshua’s relationship with his father. It was great to see a good father-son relationship.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


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2019 Mid-Year Update

2019 Mid-Year Update

Since we are halfway into 2019, I thought it was a good time to evaluate my reading goals. I have met some goals and am lagging on others, but, overall, I’m happy with how my reading has gone this year.


MID-YEAR STATS

BOOKS READ
Includes adult and YA books.
· print – 43
· ebooks – 72
· audiobooks – 102

READING CHALLENGES
· Goodreads 217/350
· Audiobook 49/60
· Colors 18/18 – Completed in June 2019.
· Genre Bingo 23/24
· Library Love 20/60
· Modern Mrs. Darcy 10/10 – Completed in May 2019.
· Netgalley & Edelweiss 40/50
· Popsugar 40/50
· Read Harder 11/24

YEARLY GOALS
1. Read more print books that I own. – 14. I should focus more on this goal.
2. Read 350 books this year. – So far, so good. 217/350
3. Participate in reading challenges. – I’ve finished 2 challenges. Making headway on the others.
4. Finish more book series. – 15 series caught up or completed.
5. Post 5 days a week on the blog. – I missed a few weekdays this year, but I’ve mostly been meeting this goal.

BLOG POSTS
I’ve been consistent with posts this year. Each week I’ve participated in Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and posted a weekly wrap-up on Friday. I’ve been posting reviews on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The monthly recaps are posted on the last day of the month.
· Book Reviews – 96
· Top Ten Tuesdays – 26
· Weekly Wrap-Ups – 26
· Monthly Recaps – 6
· Other – 2


TOP 10 BOOKS READ AND REVIEWED IN FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR

1. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

3. A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

A Beautiful Corpse by Christi Daugherty

4. Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson

5. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

6. Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

7. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

8. Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

9. The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley

10. Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine

Wolfhunter River by Rachel Caine


Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!


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June 2019 Reading Recap

Reading Recap


JUNE 2019 STATS

BOOKS READ
· print – 7
· ebooks – 14
· audiobooks – 18

READING CHALLENGES
· Goodreads 217/350 – Read/listened to 39 books this month.
· Audiobook 49/60 – Listened to 7 books this month.
· Colors 18/18 – Listened to 2 books this month. Completed in June 2019.
· Genre Bingo 23/24 – Read/listened to 7 books this month.
· Library Love 20/60 – Read 4 books this month.
· Modern Mrs. Darcy 10/10 – Completed in May 2019.
· Netgalley & Edelweiss 40/50 – Read 9 books this month.
· Popsugar 40/50 – Read/listened to 6 books this month.
· Read Harder 11/24 – Read 0 books this month.


TOP 5 JUNE READS

1. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

2. Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

3. I Know You by Annabel Kantaria

I Know You by Annabel Kantaria

4. Her Daughter’s Mother by Daniela Petrova

Her Daughter's Mother by Daniela Petrova

5. The First Mistake by Sandie Jones

The First Mistake by Sandie Jones


JUNE 2019 BLOG POSTS

BOOK REVIEWS
· The Book Supremacy by Kate Carlisle
· The Sound of Echoes by Eric Bernt
· Those People by Louise Candlish
· Little Darlings by Melanie Golding
· Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly
· Her Daughter’s Mother by Daniela Petrova
· The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
· I Know You by Annabel Kantaria
· The First Mistake by Sandie Jones
· Finale by Stephanie Garber
· False Step by Victoria Helen Stone
· Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle
· After the End by Clare Mackintosh
· Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
· Theodore the Unfortunate Bear by Cory Q. Tan
· Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik

TOP TEN TUESDAYS
· Favorite Psychological Thrillers
· Bookish Opinions
· Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019
· My Summer 2019 TBR

WEEKLY WRAP-UPS
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Jun 1 – Jun 7)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Jun 8 – Jun 14)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Jun 15 – Jun 21)
· Weekly Wrap-Up (Jun 22 – Jun 28)


YEARLY GOALS UPDATE

✓1. Read more print books that I own. – I read 4 books I own this month.
✓2. Read 350 books this year. – I read/listened to 39 books this month.
✓3. Participate in reading challenges. – I read/listened to books for multiple reading challenges this month.
✓4. Finish more book series. – I caught up/completed 2 series this month.
✗5. Post 5 days a week on the blog. – I missed a few weekdays this month.

Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!


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Weekly Wrap-Up (Jun 22 – Jun 28)

Weekly Wrap-Up


Wrapping up the last week in June!


BOOKS READ

• One print book – Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
• Four ebooks – After the End by Clare Mackintosh, Lock Every Door by Riley Sager, The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum, and Layover by David Bell
• Five audiobooks – Luckiest Girl Alive Jessica Knoll, Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, A Criminal Defense by William L. Myers, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

Key Lime Pie Murder by Joanne FlukeAfter the End by Clare MackintoshLock Every Door by Riley Sager
The Girl Next Door by Jack KetchumLayover by David BellLuckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra ClareA Criminal Defense by William L. Myers, Jr.All the Bright Places by Jennifer NivenSpeaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card


CURRENTLY READING

• one print book – I Know Who You Are by Alice Feeney
• one ebook – The Passengers by John Marrs
• one audiobook – The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel

I Know Who You Are by Alice FeeneyThe Passengers by John MarrsThe Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel


BOOKS ACQUIRED

• Library books – The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan, The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda, The Current by Tim Johnston, and Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks
The Bodies in the Library by Marty Wingate

The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny ColganThe Favorite Daughter by Kaira RoudaThe Current by Tim JohnstonHer One Mistake by Heidi PerksThe Bodies in the Library by Marty Wingate


BLOG POSTS

MONDAY – Book Reviews: Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle & After the End by Clare Mackintosh
TUESDAY – Top Ten Tuesday: My Summer 2019 TBR
WEDNESDAY – Book Reviews: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager & Theodore the Unfortunate Bear by Cory Q. Tan
THURSDAY – Book Reviews: Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik
FRIDAY – Weekly Wrap-Up (Jun 22 – Jun 28)

Thanks for stopping by Nightcap Books. Happy Reading!


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Book Review: Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik

Into the Jungle by Erica Ferencik

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BOOK INFO
Title: Into the Jungle
Author: Erica Ferencik
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Publish Date: May 28, 2019
Genre: Magical Realism
Series: n/a
Goodreads Ratings: Me 3.0 / Community 3.91

BOOK BLURB
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In this pulse-pounding thriller from the author of the “haunting, twisting thrill ride” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author) The River at Night, a young woman leaves behind everything she knows to take on the Bolivian jungle, but her excursion abroad quickly turns into a fight for her life.

Lily Bushwold thought she’d found the antidote to endless foster care and group homes: a teaching job in Cochabamba, Bolivia. As soon as she could steal enough cash for the plane, she was on it.

When the gig falls through and Lily stays in Bolivia, she finds bonding with other broke, rudderless girls at the local hostel isn’t the life she wants either. Tired of hustling and already world-weary, crazy love finds her in the form she least expected: Omar, a savvy, handsome local man who’d abandoned his life as a hunter in Ayachero—a remote jungle village—to try his hand at city life.

When Omar learns that a jaguar has killed his four-year-old nephew in Ayachero, he gives Lily a choice: Stay alone in the unforgiving city, or travel to the last in a string of ever-more-isolated river towns in the jungles of Bolivia. Thirty-foot anaconda? Puppy-sized spiders? Vengeful shamans with unspeakable powers? Love-struck Lily is oblivious. She follows Omar to this ruthless new world of lawless poachers, bullheaded missionaries, and desperate indigenous tribes driven to the brink of extinction. To survive, Lily must navigate the jungle–its wonders as well as its terrors—using only her wits and resilience.

Primal, gripping, and terrifying, Into the Jungle features Erica Ferencik’s signature “visceral, white-knuckle” (Entertainment Weekly) prose that will sink its fangs into you and not let go.

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MY REVIEW
Lily is a young woman who moves to Bolivia to escape her not-so-great life in the US. When her work plans in Bolivia fall through, she decides to stay anyway. She makes some friends, has fun, and meets Omar. She falls hard for Omar, a local man from a remote jungle village. Omar learns that his nephew was killed by a jaguar, so he plans to return to the village. He asks Lily to travel into the jungle with him. She is in love, and follows Omar to live in a jungle village that no one has ever heard of. Lily is unprepared for what meets her.

Since Lily is young and in love, she agrees to travel to a remote village without really knowing anything about the jungle. Really, Lily seems aimless, but she has one thing going for her. She’s determined. Jungle life turns out to be much more challenging than she anticipated, but she works to find her place in the community.

This starts as a slow-paced novel, but gets more thrilling toward the end. It also gets more unrealistic as the story progresses. In addition to the adventure story, there are also moments of magical realism. I wasn’t expecting the magical realism element, but found it enjoyable. For the most part, I liked the story and was rooting for Lily to find her place in the jungle village.

An enjoyable read that combines adventure, thriller, women’s fiction, and magical realism. I especially enjoyed the descriptions of the jungle. Exciting, mysterious, and wild.

I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.