American Beautiful Books Part 1

Summer time is the perfect time to grab a glass of wine sit outside and dive into a good book. A compelling mystery and a romantic love story have  been my favorites lately!


Paris Time Capsule by Ella Carey

This book described perfectly how I picture Paris to be–a city with an air of mystery wrapped in romance and treasures around every corner. This book follows Cat Jordan as she attempts to uncover who she really is amongst the most unusual circumstances. The reader joins her on a quest for answers that journeys through a past that is completely unknown to her. Secrets are revealed, truths are told and Paris, in all it’s glory, is the most perfect backdrop.

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The Girl Before by JP Delaney

If you love thrillers, this one is worth a read. The most interesting character in this story is One Folgate Street, the house owned by main characters Emma and Jane. The mystery, deceit, romance and crazy surrounding this house and all things that happen within it, make for an awesome page turner. An interesting dichotomy of past and present colliding.

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan

I read this book, in it’s entirety, in 48 hours. It was the definition of a book that I, quite literally, couldn’t put down. This mystery travels through the journey of Lydia Smith as she attempts to find closure and understanding after witnessing the horrific death of a friend. Though “just a bookseller” Lydia herself becomes somewhat of a super-sleuth as she uncovers years old secrets and life altering realizations. Wonderfully written with a surprising ending. Highly recommended!

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The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

A novel that wonderfully describes the dynamics and disfunction that can occur in families. It follows the Plumb family through the eyes of each of the siblings and their respective families and how they will use “The Nest” left to them by their parents. Worried about losing the money, the siblings must determine what is most important, the family or The Nest. Leo, Beatrice Jack and Melody each have different reactions to their worlds falling apart while also keeping The Nest at the forefront of their decision making.

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie 

With the movie coming out in the fall, I had to reread this favorite. I fell in love with mysteries after reading this book and I haven’t looked back since. A classic whodunnit novel that kept me guessing with every turn of the page. There’s a train, a murder, a whole list of suspects and a motive and alibi for all. I reached my conclusion at least four different times, and each time I was wrong! Christie does an incredible job developing each character and right at the second that you think you know what’s going on, BAM, wrong again! It is a wonderful series of twists and turns that makes the conclusion that much more satisfying! One of my all time favorites!

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The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 

If I had to pick one book that I could reread over and over and over again and never get tired of it, this book would be it. Paris, bookstores, travel and unexpected friendships tie in all of my most favorite things in life. Monsieur Perdu is a book apothecary that uses books to cure his clients while traveling with unanticipated companions on his floating book barge. A love letter to books set in the most romantic city. Magnifique!

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Happy reading y’all!


American Beautiful Books

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