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Book Review: All the Feels

In Olivia Dade’s follow-up to her hit book Spoiler Alert, All the Feels follows Alex and Lauren as they traverse the world of Hollywood scandals and look at what it means to love someone despite their flaws. A fan-fiction filled romance complete with witty banter, steamy moments, and body positivity, All the Feels is a wonderful read that will have readers rooting for the heroes from beginning to end.

“Alexander Woodroe has a starring role as Cupid on TV’s biggest show, Gods of the Gates. But the showrunners have wrecked his character, he’s dogged by old demons, and his post-show future remains uncertain. When all that reckless emotion explodes into a bar fight, the tabloids and public agree: his star is falling. Enter Lauren Clegg, the former ER therapist hired to keep him in line. Watching over handsome but impulsive Alex shouldn’t be especially difficult, but the more time they spend together, the harder it gets to keep it professional, especially when she discovers the reasons behind his recklessness. When another scandal lands Alex in major hot water and costs Lauren her job, she’ll have to choose between protecting him and offering him what he really wants–her.” (SELCO Catalog)

Dade’s books are full of heart and honesty, and always end happily ever after. While this book doesn’t deep-dive into the issues surrounding body shaming and stereotyping, it does a good job of discussing the harm parents, partners, and family can have on people by negatively discussing body types. The body-love movement is slowly growing in the romance genre where authors like Dade are reclaiming their narratives and telling stories about plus-sized heroes. Everyone is worthy of love and acceptance, and books like All the Feels make sure that all body types are represented in the world of fiction.

Want to read the first book in this series? Check out Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade and get swept up in the swoon-worthy Hollywood romance.

The Lost Apothecary

Women’s History Month meets historical fiction meets suspense/thriller! Both Amy and I loved this book and the fact that it made Amy want to put her boots on and try her hand at mudlarking! (Don’t know what that is? Better read the book!)

Hidden in the depths of eighteenth-century London, a secret apothecary shop caters to an unusual kind of clientele. Women across the city whisper of a mysterious figure named Nella who sells well-disguised poisons to use against the oppressive men in their lives. But the apothecary’s fate is jeopardized when her newest patron, a precocious twelve-year-old, makes a fatal mistake, sparking a string of consequences that echo through the centuries. Meanwhile, in present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, running from her own demons. When she stumbles upon a clue to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London two hundred years ago, her life collides with the apothecary’s in a stunning twist of fate—and not everyone will survive. With crackling suspense, unforgettable characters and searing insight, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating debut novel of secrets, vengeance and the remarkable ways women can save each other despite the barrier of time.

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Book review: The Missing Sister

The anxiously awaited 7th book in the Seven Sisters series by The Sunday Times number one best-selling author Lucinda Riley was assumed to be the last in the series by many, and the reaction has been mixed now that we know there will be at least one more. Mixed because we wanted to get to the background of the story, hoping that all would be explained, but thankful that we can look forward to more on the enchanting D’Aplièse family. The sisters all have amazing back stories steeped in history, with the search for their birth families. I don’t know who else feels this way, but when a well-loved series ends, I feel lost (but only until I find the next series to immerse myself in!). If you love historical fiction, with a little bit of mysticism, romance, and mystery, then this is a great series to check out.

Preview from Amazon: The six D’Aplièse sisters have each been on their own incredible journey to discover their heritage, but they still have one question left unanswered: who and where is the seventh sister?

They only have one clue – an image of a star-shaped emerald ring. The search to find the missing sister will take them across the globe; from New Zealand to Canada, England, France and Ireland, uniting them all in their mission to at last complete their family.

In doing so, they will slowly unearth a story of love, strength and sacrifice that began almost one hundred years ago, as other brave young women risk everything to change the world around them.

The Missing Sister is the seventh installment in Lucinda Riley’s multimillion copy epic series.

Discover yourself at the heart of history.