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Book Review “The Heart Principle” by Helen Hoang

Summary (from bn.com):

A woman struggling with burnout learns to embrace the unexpected—and the man she enlists to help her—in this heartfelt new romance by USA Today bestselling author Helen Hoang.

When violinist Anna Sun accidentally achieves career success with a viral YouTube video, she finds herself incapacitated and burned out from her attempts to replicate that moment. And when her longtime boyfriend announces he wants an open relationship before making a final commitment, a hurt and angry Anna decides that if he wants an open relationship, then she does, too. Translation: She’s going to embark on a string of one-night stands. The more unacceptable the men, the better.

That’s where tattooed, motorcycle-riding Quan Diep comes in. Their first attempt at a one-night stand fails, as does their second, and their third, because being with Quan is more than sex—he accepts Anna on an unconditional level that she herself has just started to understand. However, when tragedy strikes Anna’s family she takes on a role that she is ill-suited for, until the burden of expectations threatens to destroy her. Anna and Quan have to fight for their chance at love, but to do that, they also have to fight for themselves.

My thoughts: I joined Book of the Month in February and have really been enjoying all of my picks. I’m also loving the fact that it has opened my eyes to new genres – such as the whole rom com phase that seems to have exploded!

So when I saw “The Heart Principle” pop up as an August selection, I jumped on it. It is the author’s third book in the Kiss Quotient series, but I jumped right in.

I have to admit this rom com was just a huge miss for me. I don’t consider myself a prude but it just had too much sex in it for . . . we get it already. The sexual content didn’t move the storyline forward at all and it just became long and repetitive.

I really enjoyed the two main characters, but in general the storyline plodded along for me, a bit disjointed and stagnant. All of a sudden the last twenty pages or so became feelings, wonderfully mushy, deep, and meaningful – which is frankly what I thought the whole book would be.

Oh well, you win some and you lose some. All in all a miss for me.

And remember,

Books are Life,



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Book Review: “People We Meet on Vacation”

Title: People We Meet on Vacation

Author: Emily Henry

Book of the Month April 2021


Two best friends. Ten summer trips. One last chance to fall in love. 

From the New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read, a sparkling new novel that will leave you with the warm, hazy afterglow usually reserved for the best vacations.

Poppy and Alex. Alex and Poppy. They have nothing in common. She’s a wild child; he wears khakis. She has insatiable wanderlust; he prefers to stay home with a book. And somehow, ever since a fateful car share home from college many years ago, they are the very best of friends. For most of the year they live far apart—she’s in New York City, and he’s in their small hometown—but every summer, for a decade, they have taken one glorious week of vacation together. 

Until two years ago, when they ruined everything. They haven’t spoken since. 

Poppy has everything she should want, but she’s stuck in a rut. When someone asks when she was last truly happy, she knows, without a doubt, it was on that ill-fated, final trip with Alex. And so, she decides to convince her best friend to take one more vacation together—lay everything on the table, make it all right. Miraculously, he agrees. 

Now she has a week to fix everything. If only she can get around the one big truth that has always stood quietly in the middle of their seemingly perfect relationship. What could possibly go wrong?

My thoughts: Loved, loved, loved this book! Back in February in the doldrums of winter I somehow decided to join Book of the Month Club (like the 300 books I already have on my shelf weren’t good enough) 🙂 I needed more. When I joined, I promised myself “ok I will only get the one per month, nothing else added on”. Well that thought lasted for February when I got one book. March comes along and I decide I will add just one add on. Enter April – I added 2 add ons and the original so 3 books. That escalated quickly – but I’m so glad it did as it brought me to this wonderful book and author that I never ever would have picked up.

I didn’t really know what to expect, I figured another cute romance – ok what can I lose. It was that and more. It was just a fun, well-written rom com with witty banter between the two main characters that was laugh out loud funny at times.

The main characters were quirky and loveable in their own rights . . . the premise of the storyline really fun.

Overall, a wonderful story of friendship, differences, changes, and the definition of true love!

If you are heading out on vacation this summer grab this book and the author’s Beach Read (review coming soon) and you are all set for some fabulous reading by the pool, the beach, the mountains, . . . wherever you are headed!

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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