Weekend Reading

I am currently reading The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichart and I have a sudden longing to visit a small town in the midwest and sit under the trees of an apple orchard, thanks Amy!
I loved her other two novels but this one is really pulling me in. It’s the story of Sanna, a woman who has grown up with her father tending to their apple orchard. She is a cider specialist whose world is disrupted by a seasonal worker named Isaac and his precocious son Sebastian.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Focused and unassuming fifth generation cider-maker Sanna Lund has one desire: to live a simple, quiet life on her family’s apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. Although her business is struggling, Sanna remains fiercely devoted to the orchard, despite her brother’s attempts to convince their aging father to sell the land.
Single dad Isaac Banks has spent years trying to shield his son Sebastian from his troubled mother. Fleeing heartbreak at home, Isaac packed up their lives and the two headed out on an adventure, driving across the country. Chance—or fate—led them straight to Sanna’s orchard.
Isaac’s helping hands are much appreciated at the apple farm, even more when Sanna’s father is injured in an accident. As Sanna’s formerly simple life becomes increasingly complicated, she finds solace in unexpected places—friendship with young Sebastian and something more deliciously complex with Isaac—until an outside threat infiltrates the farm.
This book is due out in May but you can read Amy’s other novels right now.
After I finish The Simplicity of Cider, I have A Perfect Obsession by Heather Graham to read next. I love to switch up genres so I’m moving right into a thrilling novel. Here is what you need to know about this one!
Kieran Finnegan, forensic psychologist and part owner of Finnegan’s, her family’s pub, is consulting on the case. Craig and Kieran are a couple who’ve worked together on more than one occasion. On this occasion, though, Craig fears for the safety of the woman he loves. Because the killer is too close. The body of a young model is found in a catacomb under a two-hundred-year-old church, now deconsecrated and turned into a nightclub. A church directly behind Finnegan’s in lower Manhattan.
As more women are murdered, their bodies discovered in underground locations in New York, it’s clear that the police and the FBI are dealing with a serial killer. Craig and Kieran are desperate to track down the murderer, a man obsessed with female perfection. Obsessed enough to want to “preserve” that beauty by destroying the women who embody it”
From a suspenseful page turner on to author Julie Klam‘s newest book, The Stars in Our Eyes. I’ve really enjoyed Julie’s other books and highly recommend everything she’s ever written, this woman is so funny! And I am eager to jump into The Stars In Our Eyes. I need a few extra hours in my day for reading because there are too many good books waiting to be read!
Here’s the 411:
“When I was young I was convinced celebrities could save me,” Julie Klam admits in The Stars in Our Eyes, her funny and personal exploration of fame and celebrity. As she did for subjects as wide-ranging as dogs, mothers and friendship, Klam brings her infectious curiosity and crackling wit to the topic of celebrity. As she admits, “I’ve always been enamored with celebrities,” be they movie stars, baseball players, TV actors, and now Internet sensations. “They are the us we want to be.” Celebrities today have a global presence and can be, Klam writes, “some girl on Instagram who does nude yoga and has 3.5 million followers, a 13-year-old ’viner,’ and a Korean rapper who posts his videos that are viewed millions of times.”
In The Stars In Our Eyes, Klam examines this phenomenon. She delves deep into what makes someone a celebrity, explains why we care about celebrities more than ever, and uncovers the bargains they make with the public and the burdens they bear to sustain this status. The result is an engaging, astute, and eye-opening look into celebrity that uncovers the truths about fame as it explains why it’s such an important part of life today.
As someone who has always been intrigued with celebs, starting with my Marilyn Monroe obsession around third grade, I think Julie’s book will strongly resonate with me. Can’t wait to get into it!

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