Monthly Archives: February 2019

The Girl I Used To Know

I waited a week to review this book. I usually write my reviews as soon as I finish, but with this book, I needed to let it sit with me. This book is beautiful and written with such sensitivity.

Annika (sounds like “Monica” without the M) goes to college. She is an idiosyncratic woman, who does not completely understand social cues. She inadvertently puts herself in danger and her roommate, Janice, rescues her. Janice becomes Annika’s best friend. Because of Janice, Annika joins the chess club. She is good at chess. Because she joins chess club, she meets Jonathon. He likes Annika for who she is. He and Annika fall in love. Then they break up. Then they unexpectedly see each other again.

They decide to start over. And just when things are getting really serious, Jonathon is in the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Annika gets over her fear of driving and drives from Chicago to New Jersey, where she and Janice head into Manhattan to find Jonathon.

Tracey Garvis Graves has written a beautiful, sensitive book. Annika is an amazing, interesting character. I don’t know that much about the spectrum, but I learned a lot from this book, though it’s not discussed by name. Annika is a fascinating character. She is quirky and her lack of ability to recognize social cues makes her refreshingly straightforward. It’s a beautifully written and plotted story. I so completely fell in love with this book. I absolutely loved it. I can’t say enough good things about it. Read this book. You will thank me for recommending it.

I won this book and received no compensation in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed herein are mine and mine alone.


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The Chocolate Cream Pie Murder

This was my first Hannah Swenson mystery. I will say starting a series at #24 is daunting. While the books isn’t a stand-alone, you can read it and still get the gist of what has been going on. I found it to be a bit slow going at times, but a charming cozy mystery.

Hannah is recovering from her marriage to Ross (which happened in a prior book). Ross shows back up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, telling Hannah he needs her to get his money. He threatens to harm her if she doesn’t do it. Hannah and Mike, the Sheriff, devise a plan to keep Ross hanging on so they can catch and arrest him. The plan seems to work until Ross ends up dead – in Hannah’s condo. The death doesn’t happen until the book is three-quarters done. The unveiling of the murderer is kind of convenient, but surprising.

I thought this book was okay. I am not sure if I will read more of the series, but I did enjoy the book. There are also recipes in it and I may try some of them. If cozy mysteries are your thing, you will probably want to check out this series. If you prefer the more hard-boiled type of mystery, you may want to skip these. Overall, I found the book to be just okay.

I won this book from Goodreads and received no compensation in exchange for this review. The opinions contained herein are mine and mine alone.

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