What I Read in November

What I Read in November

‘Tis the season for cold weather, cozy nights on the couch, and time spent traveling. All of which are perfect excuses to spend more time curled up with a good book. Something I look forward to every year around this time. This past month, I started to lean into the coziness with two books. The first one was a witch-y story, The Witches of Moonshyne Manor by Bianca Marais. It got me into the cozy vibe! I finished off on the other spectrum of holiday reads with Becca Freeman’s debut novel, The Christmas Orphans Club. I really pushed myself out of my typical reading comfort zone with The Witches of Moonshyne Manor, I did enjoy it. Becca Freeman’s book on the other hand sucked me in right away and I loved every moment of it.

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What I Read in November

THE WITCHES OF MOONSHYNE MANOR BY BIANCA MARAIS

Goodreads Synopsis:

Five octogenarian witches gather as an angry mob threatens to demolish Moonshyne Manor. All eyes turn to the witch in charge, Queenie, who confesses they’ve fallen far behind on their mortgage payments. Still, there’s hope, since the imminent return of Ruby–one of the sisterhood who’s been gone for thirty-three years–will surely be their salvation.

But the mob is only the start of their troubles. One man is hellbent on avenging his family for the theft of a legacy he claims was rightfully his. In an act of desperation, Queenie makes a bargain with an evil far more powerful than anything they’ve ever faced. Then things take a turn for the worse when Ruby’s homecoming reveals a seemingly insurmountable obstacle instead of the solution to all their problems.

The witches are determined to save their home and themselves, but their aging powers are no match for increasingly malicious threats. Thankfully, they get a bit of help from Persephone, a feisty TikToker eager to smash the patriarchy. As the deadline to save the manor approaches, fractures among the sisterhood are revealed, and long-held secrets are exposed, culminating in a fiery confrontation with their enemies.

My Review: When the six witches of Moonshyne Manor run into trouble and the manor is in jeopardy, the men of the town come calling for the property. The witches must find a way to save their home and face their past mistakes. When I first started reading the book, I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting into. But the witches kept things interesting and I loved Persephone’s quirks and quips, which added a little extra something to the story. But alas, I didn’t love this book. I enjoyed it when I was reading it but always had a hard time picking it up and actually starting to read it each time I put it down. Definitely a festive read that I won’t necessarily recommend. 

My Rating: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

THE CHRISTMAS ORPHANS CLUB BY BECCA FREEMAN

Goodreads Synopsis:

Hannah and Finn have spent every Christmas together since college. Neither has anywhere else to go—Hannah’s parents died, and Finn’s disowned him when he came out. Their tradition of offbeat holiday adventures only grows more outrageous with time. When the pair starts their adult lives in New York City, they add stylish Priya and mysterious Theo to the group, solidifying a found family and sense of belonging they’ve always craved.

But now, when Finn announces a move to L.A., this Christmas may be their last. Hannah is terrified of losing the family she’s built for herself, even as her boyfriend nudges her toward commitment. Meanwhile, Finn struggles with the things he’s about to leave behind—namely, his unexpressed feelings for Theo. Does growing up mean growing apart? This Christmas the changes these friends fear may be exactly what they need…

My Review: This was one of my most anticipated reads of the season, especially as a longtime follower of author Becca Freeman, and it did not disappoint. Following a group of four friends over the course of 10 years and their many Christmases together, Becca did such a wonderful job adding the different layers of love throughout their lives into one story that had me smiling the entire time I read it. It was the perfect holiday read and gives Hallmark vibes, without being cheesy and predictable. 

My Rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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