What I Read in April

what i read in april

When it comes to books, April was a really exciting month for me. I not only made a nice dent into my TBR pile and finished three books, but I also headed down to Tennessee for the annual One More Page Bookclub Retreat. It was so nice to spend a few days away with a group of ladies, having time to relax, and do some reading. For me, my reading highlight for the month was Nora Goes Off Script. It’s been out for a while but for one reason or another, I haven’t gotten around to reading it until now. It was so, so good and I can’t wait to read Annabel Monaghan’s next book, Same Time Next Summer (out June 6). Two of the other books I read this month were medium (We Were The Lucky Ones and Killers of a Certain Age) but I’ve fully accepted that not all months will be five-star months! Ready fo the reviews? Here’s what I read in April!

P.S. What I read in March

What I Read in April

WE WERE THE LUCKY ONES BY GEORGIA HUNTER

Goodreads Synopsis:

It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.

As one sibling is forced into exile, another attempts to flee the continent, while others struggle to escape certain death, either by working grueling hours on empty stomachs in the factories of the ghetto or by hiding as gentiles in plain sight. Driven by an unwavering will to survive and by the fear that they may never see one another again, the Kurcs must rely on hope, ingenuity, and inner strength to persevere.

My Review: This beautifully written story of the author’s family during World War II is absolutely captivating. During a time when things were so questionable and so many people perished, it was heartwarming to read a story about a family that was separated and was all able to come back together post-war. With that being said, there were several points throughout the book that just drag and I found that it was hard to get too attached to the characters because there were so many of them scattered across the globe. If you’re looking for a historical fiction that shares a story of survival and love but ends in happiness, give this one a try!

My Rating: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

KILLERS OF A CERTAIN AGE BY DEANNA RAYBOURN

Goodreads Synopsis:

Billie, Mary Alice, Helen, and Natalie have worked for the Museum, an elite network of assassins, for forty years. Now their talents are considered old-school and no one appreciates what they have to offer in an age that relies more on technology than people skills.

When the foursome is sent on an all-expenses-paid vacation to mark their retirement, they are targeted by one of their own. Only the Board, the top-level members of the Museum, can order the termination of field agents, and the women realize they’ve been marked for death.

Now to get out alive they have to turn against their own organization, relying on experience and each other to get the job done, knowing that working together is the secret to their survival. They’re about to teach the Board what it really means to be a woman–and a killer–of a certain age.

My Review: In Killers of a Certain Age, we follow four 60-something-year-old women on their assassin retirement cruise when things go awry. The beginning of the book starts out action-packed while still giving us a look behind the curtain of what it’s like to be an assassin, which I really enjoyed, but I definitely would consider this more of a mystery than a thriller. Nonetheless, following this foursome of friends had me on the edge of my seat at times. Keyword: at times. I definitely think it could have had more depth to it and I felt as though the characters were portrayed as much younger than they really were. This was definitely a book I wanted to like more than I did!

My Rating: 3.5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

NORA GOES OFF SCRIPT BY ANNABEL MONAGHAN

Goodreads Synopsis:

Nora Hamilton knows the formula for love better than anyone. As a romance channel screenwriter, it’s her job. But when her too-good-to-work husband leaves her and their two kids, Nora turns her marriage’s collapse into cash and writes the best script of her life. No one is more surprised than her when it’s picked up for the big screen and set to film on location at her 100-year-old home. When former Sexiest Man Alive, Leo Vance, is cast as her ne’er-do-well husband Nora’s life will never be the same.

The morning after shooting wraps and the crew leaves, Nora finds Leo on her porch with a half-empty bottle of tequila and a proposition. He’ll pay a thousand dollars a day to stay for a week. The extra seven grand would give Nora breathing room, but it’s the need in his eyes that makes her say yes. Seven days: it’s the blink of an eye or an eternity depending on how you look at it. Enough time to fall in love. Enough time to break your heart.

Filled with warmth, wit, and wisdom, Nora Goes Off Script is the best kind of love story–the real kind where love is complicated by work, kids, and the emotional baggage that comes with life. For Nora and Leo, this kind of love is bigger than the big screen.

My Review: You know those books that everyone talks about and recommends but you never get around to reading? That was Nora Goes Off Script for me. I enjoyed every single second of it and have no idea what took me so long to read it! After a recent divorce, we follow Nora (a romance movie writer) after she writes a killer script that reflects her relationship with her now ex-husband. It’s so good, it gets turned into a big-time movie that helps her get out of debt. I loved learning about Nora, the mundanity of her life, and watching her blossom into this new, badass version of herself. Some parts of this book definitely felt a little rushed and not as well thought out as they could have, but overall, I was sucked in and did not want to put this book down at all. AND THE TROPE! It was so good.

My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  1. 5.18.23
    Ashley T said:

    “Nora Goes off Script” officially added to the TBR pile. Thank you so much and I am so happy I came across your blog. I love that you recommend a variety of genres. It really depends on my mood what I am looking to read – for example I just finished a fantastic midlife romance series and now I’m onto historical fiction! I’m not sure what it was about last week but I just needed love and steamy romance and the “Midlife Romance” series by Lisa Battalia did the trick. Good news – they are fantastic page-turners that are smart, sexy and realistic. Bad news – there are only two books in the series so far (Awake and Second Chances)

    It all starts with poor Lori, struggling in the aftermath of her husband’s desertion. Lori is closed off and unwilling to let anyone else into her life, until she reconnects with her old “friend” (it’s complicated – lol) Brandon. Brandon ignites a passion in Lori that she didn’t know was there, and she begins to discover her own sexual power. The novel follows their erotic and emotional journey as they explore their new relationship. I think there is a really great balance between character growth and emotional growth as well as the erotic parts of the book. If you end up checking it out, I would love to know what you think!