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For some reason it feels like ages since I shared what I read and the weird part is that February is a short month! If you are new here, every month I share what I read and give my thoughts.
What I read in February is so weak compared to last month. The lack of reading has a lot to do with me struggling to read one of the books. Let’s just say I had high expectations since it was part of Reese Witherspoon’s book club.
What I Read In February
What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
This is book 2 of the Paradise Series. I read the first book – Winter in Paradise last month. A year ago, Irene Steele and her two sons Baker and Cash found out that their father Russell Steele died in a helicopter crash on St. John’s island. Now they’re all back in St. John again and more of Russell’s secrets are being revealed. During their time there, they also discover truths about themselves.
It’s so hard to give a summary of this book without revealing any of the major details. Elin Hilderbrand did say that you could still follow along without reading Book 1 since she kind of recaps what happened. In my opinion, I think you need to read the 1st book. There are so many details that you need to know! I finished this book in 2 days. It was so easy to read! I loved that you get a better idea about how Russell’s affair started and a little bit more about his job. However, just like the first book, this one ended with a cliff hanger as well. UGH! But this series is supposed to be a trequel so I’m hoping that the 3rd book will have every question answered. Unfortunately the 3rd doesn’t come out until October 2020.
The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
Susan Green runs her life by order. There is always a plan and her plan is always right. She never mixes work life, personal life, and family life. One day, her mother passes away and Susan also learns that she will be a mother as well. Throughout this time, she is facing her greatest fear which is losing control. It doesn’t help that her irresponsible brother is causing so many issues and she truly believes that her brother and her brother’s friend Rob are out to destroy her life.
This book was so slow and it didn’t pick up until the last 100 pages. Hence, why it took me so long to finish the book. Honestly didn’t enjoy reading it until the very end. In my opinion, I felt like the storyline dragged. I immediately got the sense of what each character was like and there were unnecessary details. There were some good moments in the book, but overall I struggled to get through it. The ending was expected. So I’m glad the author at least gave a little surprising fact or curve ball during what Susan was going through. It made things very interesting and made me reflect more about why Susan is the way she is.
So what did you read in February? As always, I’m looking for book recommendations! I’m currently reading Conviction by Denise Mina.
Amy Aed says
What Happens in Paradise sounds divine! I might give that one a go for my next holiday read. I think that your posts talking about books are probably my favourite – I used to be a book blogger and it’s definitely something I miss in the community.
Hope you’re having a good week! 🙂
Amy x Wandering Everywhere
It is definitely a good read! A great mystery book. Although I recommend reading the first of the series, Winter in Paradise, before this book.
I’m always exciting to read your books reviews.
I would love to give ” What about to paradise” a try. Sounds really addictive to read.
What happens in paradise is a good read. However, I do recommend reading the 1st book first – Winter in Paradise.
What Happens in Paradise sounds so interesting! I’ll have to look into the first book!
Definitely! Once you read the 1st book, you’ll be hooked!
Laura Leigh says
Definitely waiting till the 3rd book comes out to read the first two! I always forget things by the time the next book comes out in a series haha. But love reading series books.
xo Laura Leigh
Haha it is smarter to wait because ughhh I just want to know what happens next haha.
Sending this along to my sister now who is always looking for new book recs, thanks for sharing!
I need, need, need to read Elin Hilderbrand’s books – I’ve heard nothing but good things! I finally got around to reading One Day in December this month after you recommended it back in December (??) and it was *so* freakin’ good!! I even got a little teary-eyed at the end.
I definitely think you will love Elin Hilderbrand books! Her Paradise series was my first set and I can’t wait to read more! And yay so glad that you love One Day in December!
Ooooo I haven’t heard of these but they sound amazing! Definitely putting them on my reading list 😉
Allie Mackin says
These sound like fun reads. I do not read too much fiction. The last fiction book I read was Crazy Rich Asians but that was a while ago. The last book I read was The Buy Side it is a first person account about insider trading on Wall Street but written kind of like Less Then Zero. I tend to read history books, biographies or historical novels.
Oo that’s so interesting. I’ll have to check that out!
Anna English says
I loved What Happens in Paradise! It was such a good read.
Right?! So good!!
Tanvi Rastogi says
I too just finished ‘What Happens in Paradise’ – It was a great in flight read 🙂
Emily Wilkinson says
I love the Winter in Paradise series & can’t wait for the last one this fall!
This are great book recommendations! I will look into them!
You’re welcome V!
Both of these sound good! I really need to get in the habit of reading more book.
Let me know if you read the cactus. Curious to know if you like it more than I did!
Regine Karpel says
I love these posts. I need to order these. Thanks Rach. Happy Thursday.
Yay that makes me happy to hear! I’ll keep sharing them every month!
I love your honesty about the second book. There is nothing worse than grabbing a book someone “recommends” only for it to be terrible haha!
It was so disappointing haha!
You always have the best book recommendations! I’ll be adding a few of these to my library list!
Curious to know what you think of the Cactus!
I was so busy in February, I didn’t read anything! Adding What Happens in Paradise to my March library list!
Jill – Doused in Pink
Yes I think you’ll love! However, I recommend reading Winter in Paradise first if you haven’t read it yet.
oh the cactus seems interesting! I was about to order a couple of books today so I’ll add it to my cart as well!
Let me know what you think!
I hate it when books start to slow, I want to not be able to put them down. Kudos to you for even making it to the end!
Chic on the Cheap
I felt like I can’t give an honest review if I didn’t finish the book. But for sure a struggle haha.
You always inspire me Rach, I have yet to finish the book I started reading last year lol so I just need to make time… 🙂 xx
An hour a day makes all the difference!
Bash Harry says
I read about 8 books last month so I’m quite happy with myself! I’m desperate to read more books so I might pick up The Cactus even though it was slow – I just read Becoming by Michelle Obama so I’d like something slow haha
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That is so impressive!! You have to let me know what you think of The Cactus!
sonia // daring coco says
Thanks for the heads up on The Cactus. I had this on my list, but since said list is bursting with titles to read, I’ll give it a miss
You’re welcome! Glad I can help narrow down the list!
Gemma @ Makeup Muddle says
I haven’t read either of these, but I’m always looking for new books to read. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on these xo
Gemma | Makeup Muddle
Ohh, I am loving this post and all the comments! I read a little less in February too and also was hindered by a slow progress in a book which I didn’t enjoy very much (Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson). I give a book about 50 pages these days, as I don’t have much spare time and so it’s precious. But right after that, I read The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley which was fabulous – I read it in about three days. It was written beautifully, the pace was perfect and it was so intriguing! I have also just started reading The Last Time I Lied by Riley Saeger and it’s very intriguing so far.
Thank you for sharing your rec! I’ll have to check out never have I ever and the last time I lied!
Hena Tayeb says
I haven’t read any of those..
I am so bad with remembering to read the whole series.. I hate when books end with a cliffhanger.. by the time I finally remember to read the next one I am already fuzzy on the details of the first one.
Oh I know! Sometimes I wish the author would have the series ready!
Mariann Yip says
I’m a huge book worm and make it a priority to complete a book a month so thanks for sharing your recommendations. I just finished Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkrey and enjoyed it!
Thank you for the rec!
I would like to read the 2nd title 🙂
Very interesting! So curious what you think of it!
What Happens In Paradise is on my reading list! I have read books as well where it dragged for awhile and I debated about giving up on it. It’s hard to do that because in some ways I am still interested in what happens at the end. I am currently reading All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover and I am not sure where I stand. Hehe I hope this month is a better reading month for you and happy Monday!
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Interesting about your thoughts on your current book! I’ll have to check it out!
Thanks for sharing these so I can add some more to my reading list.
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