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Mother’s Day 2020

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A Book & A Pairing

Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner (Atria Books)

 

April 27, 2020

Dear Mr. Hemingway,

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and do I have a sensational book gift for all the mothers out there. Jennifer Weiner’s latest book, Big Summer, is women’s fiction at its finest.  This time around, Weiner manages to blend her signature wit and charm with a mystery to be solved. Friendship, family, and tons of drama fill the pages of this highly entertaining read. With a loveable protagonist and a story that aims to please, Big Summer is the perfect springtime read! Here we go!

Daphne Berg and Drue Cavanaugh were best friends growing up.  Drue was the sophisticated wealthy one, while Daphne was the scholarship student at their private high school.  After a huge fight and humiliating video that went viral, the two girls went their separate ways. Six years later, Daphne is making her mark as a plus-sized Instagram influencer.  She is shocked when she receives a phone call from her old friend Drue, begging her to be a bridesmaid in her upcoming society wedding on Cape Cod.  After much deliberation, Daphne takes on the role of maid of honor.  While the two girls get reacquainted, Daphne reexamines their friendship and how it went awry.  The story takes a big turn the night before Drue’s big day.  With secrets unraveling and family drama coming to a head, Daphne’s maid of honor duties takes on a whole new meaning.  

Weiner’s Big Summer did not disappoint. I really enjoyed how her coming of age drama managed to capture contemporary themes of body shaming, social media, self-love, and forgiveness. Weiner blended these issues into her story in a way that allows readers to not only empathize with the different characters in the book but also relate to them on a personal level.  I was pleasantly surprised halfway through her book when she switched gears and threw a mysterious twist into the mix.  A chick-lit and mystery combined…who would have thought that this combo of genres would work so well?  Guess what…it absolutely did. Throw in an ocean breeze and a warm Cape Cod summer night, and I am a very happy reader.  Once again, Weiner’s book had me glued to my couch completely enthralled.  I hope you have the same experience. 

This May 10th, I wish every mama out there a Happy Mother’s Day.

Until next time Mr. H.

Your Biggest Fan,

Kelly

P.S.  For my birthday last year, my dear friend Kate gave me a pair of earrings that I truly adore.  They are bookish, whimsical, and classy all at the same time.  The best part of these earrings is that they are not only cute, but they are high quality and won’t break the bank (or turn your ears green).  They also come from a Woman-Owned Indie Business… Winning!!!  These earrings paired with Jennifer Weiner’s Big Summer, make the perfect Mother’s Day Gift this year. Click here to check them out!

Big Summer Comes out May 5, 2020

Click on the book pic below to pre-order this gem.

 

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A Book & A Pairing ~ Splurge Edition

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Give My Regards To Broadway

The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis

July 30, 2019

Dear Mr. Hemingway,

I love reading books that take place in the city that never sleeps. Whether the story takes place in the present or during a different time period, New York City never disappoints. The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis is no exception. This historical fiction novel is centered around the famous Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan during the McCarthy era. It follows two friends on their way to stardom during a very turbulent time in our American history. Get ready to go on a historical journey filled with friendship, betrayal, and the darkest of secrets. Pull out your Playbill and get comfy in your seat…let’s give our full attention to Broadway!

Hazel Ripley and Maxine Meade met in Italy while performing in plays for the soldiers during the USO Tour at the tail end of World War Two.  After their tour was complete, the two friends went their separate ways. Hazel put her acting aside and became a playwright for Broadway, while Maxine went on to become a famous American actress.  Their paths cross again in NYC at the Chelsea Hotel in the early 1950s. Together they worked on Hazel’s debut Broadway play with Maxine in the lead role. While the ladies and the rest of the cast and crew were hard at work, tension began to rise all around them.  The McCarthy era was officially upon them and Americans (especially in the entertainment industry) were falsely accused of being Communists or Communist sympathizers. With people being questioned all around them and spies lingering in the background, no one felt safe in Hazel’s production, including Hazel.  As opening night approaches, Hazel’s precious play is about to be derailed. Who can she trust? Who is talking to whom? How will this impact her play? Readers will be held in suspense throughout this novel. The pages of Davis’ book will quickly be turning as you lounge in your beach chair waiting to find out what happens next.

As a fan of Fiona Davis’ previous books, The Chelsea Girls did not disappoint.  Readers will quickly be immersed in a story with an atmosphere rich in history and filled with colorful characters.  Davis’ beautifully crafted story captures the glamour, drama and paranoia of the time. With New York City shining in the background, Davis brings to life a time period I have not personally experienced reading in a work of fiction (I found that refreshing).  I feel confident saying that readers will be captivated by Hazel and Maxine’s story. Another A+ for Fiona Davis.

Until next time Mr. H.   I’m heading on a two-week vacation very soon.  Don’t miss me too much!!!!!!! I will write to you when I return!!!!!

Your Biggest Fan,

Kelly

P.S.  In my opinion, this glamorous book deserves to be paired with something stunning!.  Check out this scarf by Aggro Jo. The Gray Fox and Raspberry Trim compliment the cover of this bookmaking this a WINNING COMBINATION!  Her line of scarves is flirty, classy, and gorgeous. These lightweight beauties are a joy to wear. I would be thrilled if someone gave me a copy of The Chelsea Girls by Fiona Davis paired with this awesome scarf.  Ummmmmmmmmm, wouldn’t you!!!!!!!

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April Showers Bring More Books and Pairings! Happy May Reading!

April 29, 2019

Dear Mr. Hemingway,

Spring is finally in the air. Not only do April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring shiny new books. Today I am sharing four books that will be coming your way this May. I am also including my 2019 May book pairings that will complement and embellish your lovely new reads. Enjoy this special spring post Mr. H. Happy shopping and happy reading!

Your Biggest Fan,

Kelly

P.S. This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. My links are not affiliate links. I do not make compensation from these links. Some links may be in collaboration with a book store solely for exposure.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren (May 14, 2019)

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren is the quintessential rom-com read for this May. I adored this book with all of my heart and reading soul. Olive’s identical twin sister is getting married. At the wedding, the entire wedding party except for Olive and the best man (Ethan) get severe food poison. Here is where the plot thickens. Olive’s sister’s honeymoon to Hawaii can not be canceled or they lose the trip entirely. In order to not let this trip of a lifetime go to waste, Olive and Ethan go on the trip together instead. Here is the scoop though……..they despise each other. The story follows them on their Hawaiian adventure pretending to be the married couple by sharing the honeymoon sweet and participating in all of the honeymoon activities together. The Unhoneymooners is light and funny with a fantastic Hawaiian backdrop. Christina Lauren does an incredible job transporting readers to this island getaway. Readers will be flipping the pages as fast as they can to see how Olive and Ethan manage this trip together as sworn enemies. Will these two pseudo love birds end up surviving this trip together with their ever-changing emotions? Can they maintain this lie throughout their stay? Will they maybe even learn to like each other? Pack your suitcases readers…….. you are going to Hawaii. Enjoy your trip!!!!!!!!

**This ARC was provided by Gallery Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Books and Pairings for The Unhoneymooners:

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Things My Son Needs to Know About The World by Fredrik Backman (May 7, 2019)

Here we go, readers. Everyone who knows me knows that I LOVE Fredrick Backman. I will read absolutely anything this man writes. His new book, Things My Son Needs To Know About The World is a heartfelt read on the joys and fears of parenting. Having three sons of my own, I was instantly attracted to this book. Backman’s book is essentially a letter to his newborn son in the form of short essays about what his son needs to know about life. His writing is beautifully crafted and pulled hard at my ever dangling heartstrings. He essentially emptied his brain on the pages of his book with his own parenting fears, mistakes, and hopes for the future. He writes of the everyday dealings with newborn poop and sleepless nights to the importance of finding your people, the benefits of being in a band, and of course.…soccer. His love for his son is bursting through the pages of this book. Not only does his writing offer his son unique advice and raw explanations of life thus far, but it is also (most definitely) a love letter to his beautiful wife. Be prepared to laugh your face off, cry your eyes out, and be left with a warm and fuzzy feeling after reading the last page of this short, but sweet book. Backman delivers another effortless read.

**This ARC was provided by Atria Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

P.S. There is no doubt that you will want to highlight everything that Backman has to say. To keep track of your favorite parts of the book, check out these Book Darts by MODERN MRS. DARCY.

Books and Pairings for Things My Son Needs To Know About the World:

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How Not To Die Alone by Richard Roper (May 28, 2019)

How Not To Die Alone is Richard Roper’s debut fiction novel, and let me tell you this…it is GOOOOOOD! If you enjoy books with offbeat lead characters that need a little extra cheering for, this is your read. Andrew works in the field of public health. Trying to find the next of kin for someone who died alone is a job that is anything but cheerful. His only interactions are with his co-workers and his online friends who have shared interests in electric trains. Living alone as a middle-aged man is draining for Andrew. Sick of answering questions about marriage, girlfriends, and kids, he spontaneously lies during his interview for his current job by saying he has a wife and two kids. This little lie was easy to keep up at first but becomes increasingly difficult to manage as time goes on. When a new co-worker named Peggy joins his team, things get tricky. What appears to be an outlandish lie on the outside, may in fact be Andrew’s way of coping with his gloomy past. What I love about this story is that so much light shines through the dark undertones. With death and funerals lingering in the background, Roper still manages to lighten the load with his lovable characters and unique storyline. It is impossible to read this book and not be rooting for Andrew and Peggy. Fans of Fredrik Backman’s Britt-Marie Was Here and Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine will cherish this quirky read.

**Thank you to Putnam Books for sending me an advance copy of this book to read, review and share on Dear Mr. Hemingway!

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Books and Pairings for How Not To Die Alone:

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Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne (May 28, 2019)

Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne is the perfect New York City romance. Who doesn’t love NYC in the springtime? This book has it all. Cocktails, Central Park, to die for Manhattan apartments, and above all…Love in the Big Apple. Naomi Powell is the CEO of one of the biggest jewelry companies in the country. With a successful company and the financial freedom she worked so hard for, Naomi now mingles with Manhattan’s elite. Despite her success, Naomi’s rag to riches tale leaves her feeling insecure in her professional and private life. Her life becomes a bit more complicated when she moves into a new, but very familiar apartment building. Naomi quickly runs into a gentleman (Oliver) in her building that is not only gorgeous but turns out to be someone from her childhood she deeply despises. How will she deal with their daily interactions and secretive past? With a dilemma on her hands and two new girlfriends (she uniquely meets) to help her navigate the muddy waters, Naomi embarks on a journey of self-discovery, friendship, and love. Layne’s writing is delightful and quite touching to read. Her story has a dash of snark, a sprinkle of wit, and a whole lot of NYC charm. Passion on Park Avenue is a romantic comedy filled with lovable characters that you can’t get enough of. Buckle up your stilettos and put on your sunglasses…you are about to strut down Park Avenue. Enjoy this easy breezy read.

**This ARC was provided by Gallery Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Books and Pairings for Passion on Park Avenue:

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