Reviews by Kristen Donnelly

B-
The Pull of the Stars

Are you the sort of person who has found comfort in These Times by reading tales of other pandemics throughout history? Or about historical social uprisings? Or the failure of institutions to protect those they are charged to? Then The Pull of the Stars is for you, since it takes place in Dublin dur ...

A-
Last Tang Standing

My first reaction upon finishing this book was that I was angry it was Ms. Ho’s debut because I needed to read more by her. The tagline of Bridget Jones meets Crazy Rich Asians is… fine? But it doesn’t go near capturing what made me absolutely adore this story. I’d throw in vibes of The H ...

B+
The Tourist Attraction

The Tourist Attraction, the debut from promising new contemporary romance author Sarah Morgenthaler, takes place in a tiny town in Alaska where the tourist/local divide is a chasm. The story is between Graham - the local who loathes tourists - and Zoey - the tourist who falls for Alaska's charm (and ...

B
The Best Man Plan

Jason loves Erin and has for a while. There are a few kinks in a happily ever after, though, when we meet the couple. First, Erin has no idea. Two, she’s engaged to his best friend. Barrier number two is obliterated when Erin gets a text three days before her wedding telling her that her fiancé i ...

A+
One to Watch

The pitch for this book was enough to make me one-click it immediately: a plus-sized fashionista becomes the next contestant on a fictional Bachelorette franchise. Done. I’m in. Thanks for playing, I’ll be reading this in one sitting. And boy, did I. It’s frothy and fun and one hundred and ...

A
Head Over Heels

First things first: I love gymnastics. Well, let’s be more accurate: I love watching gymnastics and have since I was little. I tried my hand at the sport but it wasn’t a great fit for a lot of reasons (read: my love affair with carbs), but watching it is so great. Which means that Rachel Denholl ...

B
Daring and the Duke

Before I kick off anything else, this is absolutely a “your mileage may vary” kind of book. As the third one in a series, the emotional weight of this work is going to depend on your engagement with the other works. I think I read the previous two - I’m sure I did, actually, but they’ve fall ...

C
Dance Away with Me

When life throws her one setback too many, midwife and young widow Tess Hartsong takes off for Runaway Mountain. In this small town high in the Tennessee mountains, surrounded by nature, she hopes to outrun her heartbreak and find the solace she needs to heal.  But instead of peace and quiet, sh ...

B
The Summer Deal

The latest in Ms. Shalvis’ Wildstone series has two half-sisters - one of whom knows of the other and one of whom is ignorant of the fact - who become roommates For Plot Reasons and learn to trust each other. Each sister gets their own happily ever after to boot, but the core of this well told tal ...

B+
Would Like to Meet

I don’t know about y’all, but These Times have made it exceptionally difficult for books to hold my attention. There’s not even a magic formula either where I know a certain trope will work or even a certain author. So when I do find one that I struggle to put down, the feeling of “ahhhhhhhh ...