Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

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This Time Tomorrow

Have you ever lived a life that feels… well, ordinary? Not particularly special, and not in the skin you’re meant to be in?  Emma Straub examines this emotion in This Time Tomorrow, a melancholy and unique take on time travel fiction.Every day, Alice visits her beloved father Leonard at the ...

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Blame it on the Brontës

Blame it on the Brontës has fun with its lighthearted small-town byplay, but it’s not a particularly substantial book.  For a fun, quick summer read it does the job - just don’t expect a lot of out of it.San Francisco-based Assistant Professor of English Athena Murphy is the world’s fore ...

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Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance

Notes on Your Sudden Disappearance is an eloquent meditation on grief, guilt, and how both can wreak, destroy, change and heal lives.Sally Holt stands on the cusp of entering the eighth grade during an eventful summer that will change her life forever.  It seems to pass along lazily enough at f ...

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The Lost Summers of Newport

The Lost Summers of Newport is, quite simply, a solid, cracking yarn, another novel in which Williams, Willig and White each take the point of view of a different women, weaving together stories of soapy scandal, heartbreak and true love in a convincing way.These three stories take place among t ...

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Set on You

Sassy, warmhearted and sensual, Set on You is a really lovely book about physical fitness and true love coming in all shapes and sizes.Scott Ritchie is instantly the most annoying man that Crystal Chen has ever met; the cocky firefighter keeps stealing her favorite squat rack.  Crystal, a perso ...

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Going Public

Going Public is a story about a personal assistant who worships his kind but distant boss and the boss who slowly falls for him. It’s not a dynamic that’ll work for everyone, and sometimes it didn’t work for me here.  Overall, the book is just a little dry, especially due to its strong focus ...

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Fool Me Once

Are you a fan of The Hating Game-style enemies to lovers shenanigans? Fool Me Once combines politics with lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers romance, creating quite a zesty if flawed story.Communications director Lee Stone – known as 'Stoner' to her friends for her party-hearty ways -  just ran face ...

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Bloomsbury Girls

A lovely look at life in Britain after World War II, Bloomsbury Girls gives us a glimpse at the time between the end of the war and the social upheavals that led to the women’s right movements of later decades.  It’s a good story, but not one that engaged me deeply in the various plights of our ...

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The Earl's Inconvenient Houseguest

Virginia Heath remains a reliable delight, and she opens a brand-new series, A Very Village Scandal – which centers around the lives and loves of the citizens of the English town Whittleston-on-the-Water during the Regency period – with The Earl’s Inconvenient Houseguest.  The romance here ta ...

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Dating Dr. Dil

Dating Dr. Dil was something I definitely didn’t expect it to be – goofy.  Example: the hero nicknames his penis “Charlie” and never tells the heroine, so the reader is forever subjected to scenes of internal monologue featuring Charlie jumping in delight in his pants at the sight of her.  ...