Mini Book Reviews – March 2022

Mini Book Reviews – March 2022: What To Read & What To Skip

Welcome to my regular round up of mini book reviews for March 2022! I have an assortment of books I’m finally reading from various book subscription boxes this month! (You can find all my favorite book boxes here). So it feels great to check them off my list!

In my list of mini book reviews, I include everything I’ve read recently that I finished.  I like to share both my five star reads and any misses to help you get a better idea of what you should read or might want to skip. 

As always, I love to hear if you agree or disagree with my ratings! Let me know in the comments what you thought of my March 2022 mini book reviews.

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Mini Book Reviews – March 2022

 

 

Physical Books:

 

 

the wedding veil

The Wedding Veil

by Kristy Woodson Harvey

This novel took me completely by surprise! I knew this was a historical fiction story that featured the Vanderbilts, but wasn’t expecting it to completely draw me in! 

Since this takes place in two different timelines, the plot kept moving at a brisk pace, so it’ll easily keep your attention. Readers are drawn back and forth between a modern day family with a woman on the brink of getting married and the Vanderbilt family that built and lived in Biltmore.

These two families are tied together by a similar wedding veil that has been passed on through the women, ensuring a successful and happy marriage. 

5 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

if the shoe fits

If The Shoe Fits

by Julie Murphy

As a Bachelor / Bachelorette fan, I couldn’t wait to get into this one! A loose retelling of Cinderella is mixed together with a Bachelor-style reality show. It was one of my Once Upon A Book Club boxes, so I also had a blast opening the gifts along the way.

Cindy is offered the opportunity to become a contestant on her stepmother’s show in the hopes of sharing her shoe designs with the world. She never expects the lead to be someone she’s met before…and actually interested in! She’s forced to navigate the crazy waters of reality dating while also finding herself again as a designer.

This is a perfect summer read! Fun, a bit ridiculous, and full of drama! I absolutely loved it!

5 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

weather girl

Weather Girl

by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Thank you Authentic Books for choosing this book to include in their box earlier this year! I’ve been eagerly anticipating her newest adult romance, since I adored The Ex Talk and thankfully this lived up to my expectations!

Weather Girl features Ari and Russell, two news station co-workers who end up “Parent Trap”ing their bosses to get them back together. The formally married couple has made life unbearable at the station, but there’s still something between them. So Ari and Russell plan date nights and romantic moments, never expecting to find love themselves!

4.5 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

the paris apartment

The Paris Apartment

by Lucy Foley

Who else has been drawn in solely by a book title and cover?? Paris? Yes please? Gorgeous, intriguing cover? Ok then! Ultimately this thriller was decent, but it’s certainly not one of my favorite books of the year…

A young woman on her way to stay with her brother in Paris is confused when he’s not there to welcome her. He’s apparently disappeared, but no one else in the building is all that concerned. As she investigates what happened to her brother, she realizes there’s much more going on with the other residents than she could ever have imagined.

I think thriller lovers will enjoy this, since there were a few moments that took me completely by surprise. However, I think this will be my last attempt at Lucy Foley.

3.5 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org

 

 

 

 

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AudioBooks:

 

 

the beautiful mystery

The Beautiful Mystery

by Louise Penny

As you probably noticed, murder mystery’s aren’t really my thing… But Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series is the one exception to that rule! I adore the calm, intelligent Inspector and the oft-visited small town of Three Pines.

In Book #8, Gamache and his second-in-command are investigating a murder at a secluded abbey. One of the monks is the killer, but it’s impossible to believe these religious men could commit such an atrocity. There’s also outside forces working to tear Gamache and Jean Guy apart.

Although this is still a great book, I didn’t love it as much as others in the series. I am STRUGGLING with the tension between Gamache and Jean Guy and I hate to see anything come between them.

3.5 Stars | Amazon | Libro.fm (code CHOOSEINDIE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

eBooks:

 

out of his league

Out of His League

by Caroline Richardson

I was drawn in by the baseball connection in this contemporary romance novel, but ultimately it did not live up to any of my expectations. 

When Gretchen takes a chance and approaches her idol/crush, baseball player Josh Malvern, with a coffee she never expects it to turn into a relationship. The two spend a few blissful days together before being drawn sharply back into reality. 

This book is…STEAMY. It felt a bit like that was the main focus of the story, with little character or relationship development. I couldn’t even get into the spicy scenes because I felt like I barely knew these two. 

2.5 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org

 

 

 

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Do you have any five star reads that you finished lately?

 

For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in February 2022!

 

 

 

 

5 Comments

  1. I read The Maid by Nita Prose this month. It’s a classic-style whodunnit and was, overall, so much fun and hit on a lot of my loves (quirky protagonist, lean cast, small-scope setting). I like how the plot played out—very well paced—but there were some issues I had with the overall message—but I don’t want to spoil it. It was great on audio, I must say.

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