In my opinion, there is nothing better than the fall reading season; it’s so cozy! Days spent on the couch reading with a candle lit, the windows open, and a cozy blanket. It really doesn’t get better than that! Now that the cozy reading season is in full swing, I’m starting to read more since there is a little extra downtime, and this past month I was able to get through two (and half) books. First up was our One More Page September book, The Break-Up Book Club, I have major thoughts about! Next up I read the book of the summer, Every Summer After, and omggggg. So good! Finally, I finished Darling Girl, which was our OMP book for August. It wasn’t my typical genre but I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would.
What I Read in September
DARLING GIRL BY LIZ MICHALSKI
Life is looking up for Holly Darling, granddaughter of Wendy–yes, that Wendy. She’s running a successful skincare company; her son, Jack, is happy and healthy; and the tragedy of her past is well behind her . . . until she gets a call that her daughter, Eden, who has been in a coma for nearly a decade, has gone missing from the estate where she’s been long tucked away. And, worst of all, Holly knows who must be responsible: Peter Pan, who is not only very real but more dangerous than anyone could imagine.
Eden’s disappearance is a disaster for more reasons than one. She has a rare condition that causes her to age rapidly–ironic, considering her father is the boy who will never grow up–which also makes her blood incredibly valuable. It’s a secret that Holly is desperate to protect, especially from Eden’s half-brother, Jack, who knows nothing about his sister or the crucial role she plays in his life. Holly has no one to turn to–her mother is the only other person in the world who knows that Peter is more than a story, but she refuses to accept that he is not the hero she’s always imagined. Desperate, Holly enlists the help of Christopher Cooke, a notorious ex-soldier, in the hopes of rescuing Eden before it’s too late . . . or she may lose both her children.
Darling Girl brings all the magic of the classic Peter Pan story to the present, while also exploring the dark underpinnings of fairy tales, grief, aging, sacrifice, motherhood, and just how far we will go to protect those we love.
My Review: We all know the original story of Peter Pan but I was never a big fan, and fantasy books are never my first choice, so this one took me a bit to get through but I did enjoy it! The book is set in the modern day and is very captivating; so many twists and turns! Throughout Darling Girl, we explore themes of motherhood, strong females, and the sense of not knowing what to do and at different points, you’ll find yourself rooting for different characters. Beware though, this is not your typical magical fantasy. It’s more of a fractured fairytale with darkness, and it’ll leave you with a lot of unanswered questions.
My Rating: 3/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
EVERY SUMMER AFTER BY CARLEY FORTUNE
They say you can never go home again, and for Persephone Fraser, ever since she made the biggest mistake of her life a decade ago, that has felt too true. Instead of glittering summers on the lakeshore of her childhood, she spends them in a stylish apartment in the city, going out with friends, and keeping everyone a safe distance from her heart.
Until she receives the call that sends her racing back to Barry’s Bay and into the orbit of Sam Florek—the man she never thought she’d have to live without.
For six summers, through hazy afternoons on the water and warm summer nights working in his family’s restaurant and curling up together with books—medical textbooks for him and work-in-progress horror short stories for her—Percy and Sam had been inseparable. Eventually, that friendship turned into something breathtakingly more before it fell spectacularly apart.
When Percy returns to the lake for Sam’s mother’s funeral, their connection is as undeniable as it had always been. But until Percy can confront the decisions she made and the years she’s spent punishing herself for them, they’ll never know whether their love might be bigger than the biggest mistakes of their past.
Told over the course of six years and one weekend, Every Summer After is a big, sweeping nostalgic look at love and the people and choices that mark us forever.
My Review: I cannot believe it took me as long as it did to finally pick up this book and oh my gosh – it deserves ALL the hype it’s been getting! Every Summer After is beautifully written and the epic summer friendship turned romance will have you screaming and crying. The characters are so good and their relationship is so real. You might be able to guess what happens in the end but I will say you’ll wish you were sitting lakeside having your own summer romance as you read through this book and you won’t want to put it down.
My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
THE BREAK-UP BOOK CLUB BY WENDY WAX
On paper, Jazmine, Judith, Erin, and Sara have little in common – they’re very different people leading very different lives. And yet at book club meetings in a historic carriage house turned bookstore, they bond over a shared love of reading (and more than a little wine) as well as the growing realization that their lives are not turning out as they expected.
Former tennis star Jazmine is a top sports agent balancing a career and single motherhood. Judith is an empty nester questioning her marriage and the supporting role she chose. Erin’s high school sweetheart and fiancé develops a bad case of cold feet, and Sara’s husband takes a job out of town saddling Sara with a difficult mother-in-law who believes her son could have done better – not exactly the roommate most women dream of.
With the help of books, laughter, and the joy of ever-evolving friendships, Jazmine, Judith, Erin, and Sara find the courage to navigate new and surprising chapters of their lives as they seek their own versions of happily ever after.
My Review: In The Break-Up Book Club, we follow four women that are a part of their local book club and are navigating breakups, divorce, death, and dating. I loved learning about each of the characters and hearing more about their back stories and how drastically each were from one another, but still so similar. They all went through dramatic life-changing events, but none of them really dipped below surface level, which was frustrating. I would also have a hard time getting myself to pick it up and but once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. A few issues I had were that there are so many characters outside of the four main ones with all different points of view, which can get confusing. I definitely wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it, but I did enjoy it!
My Rating: 3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫