With a Book in Our Hands

Eighteen reviewers telling you the good, the bad, and the ugly

With a Book in Our Hands

Eighteen reviewers telling you the good, the bad, and the ugly

December 8, 2020

Anne’s End of The Year Wrap Up

Here are 5 of my favorite books for 2020!

Dusty is looking forward to starting over in a new college far away from home, expecting peace & quiet in her room from a house she’s renting from. The surprise is on her when she realizes her room is in a party house. To make matters worse the parties cater to the college football players, the one thing she is desperate to stay away from. Just when things couldn’t possibly get worse for Dusty, her arch nemesis-former childhood best friend Stone comes storming back in her life, wreaking more havoc in her already chaotic life.

Stone doesn’t want to have anything to do with Dusty, but guilt fuels him to act on a promise he made to someone. When feelings come to light & hidden truths are uncovered, can these two figure out a way to make peace with the past & move on to the future together?

Stone makes decisions to further his career while destroying his relationship with Dusty. Dusty has never forgiven him for abandoning their friendship & for what his family did to hers. I like how Stone acknowledges & owns up to things he did. Dusty had every right to keep her guard up & to protect herself & her heart. These two will need to decide if it’s worth putting the past behind them to move forward. This was another amazing book of Tijan’s! Can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next!

Fifteen years after leaving Cape Harbor, Brooklyn has returned with her teenage daughter to restore the town’s inn, owned by her deceased love’s mother. Since she left without a word all those years ago, she knows she will have to try to repair the broken relationships she left behind. What she didn’t count on was seeing Bowie and finding out he will be working with her to restore the inn.

Bowie can’t believe his eyes when he sees Brooklyn again. He’s never got over the anger and hurt caused by her sudden departure. But the heart wants what it wants. Knowing she’s the one for him, he will need to find a way to forgive her if they have a chance of moving on together.

This book has all the feels – drama, heartache, guilt, grief, and redemption. Brooklyn made a lot of mistakes and hurt a lot of people. Bowie has a big heart and tried to understand how and why Brooklyn left so suddenly. He knew it was just a matter of time that he would forgive her. This was a great read and hopefully there will be future books of their friends!

After a traumatic life-changing tragedy, Dani is now living with her older brother in a new town & new school. She finds an odd sense of comfort with her school counselor, Mr. Taylor. She soon realizes that her feelings of comfort are turning into something else, something dangerous & forbidden.

Lachlan Taylor wants nothing more than to help Dani move past the sadness, guilt & grief that haunts her. He wasn’t prepared for his feelings to turn into more as he spends time getting to know her.

Both know the ramifications of what can happen if they act on their feelings. But they also can’t help who the heart wants, which is each other.

This is another fantastic read from this author. An emotional story where you feel what Dani goes through. The guilt, anger, sadness, hopelessness, and fear of losing someone again. The love that grows between Dani and Lachlan is so much more than a forbidden, age-gap romance. These two people, who unknowingly crossed paths before in the past, were destined to be together. I absolutely loved this book!

I thought this was a great book embracing everyone’s differences. It is well illustrated showing other ethnicities and physical impairments. It teaches others that even if someone looks or acts different, we are all somewhat the same. We all have feelings and we should be mindful of that when interacting with others. My children enjoyed the book because they have a 10 year old cousin who is partially blind and they have a few classmates in wheelchairs. My children are also mixed ethnicities and this book is a great tool for them to learn about others.

Zara’s father has her life planned out, including the person she is going to marry. Knowing her life will change as soon as she graduates high school, Zara clings to her last moments of freedom. Having to act and perform as the perfect daughter has made her realize she has no idea who she really is or what she wants for herself. Meeting Ronan has opened her eyes to taking chances not written out in script. But taking a leap of faith into the unknown and forging a new path for herself has consequences – one of those losing the only family she has left.

I loved Zara’s story. It’s a reminder that even in today’s world some cultures still believe in customs and traditions and expect their children to obey. Even though Zara was afraid of what could happen if she goes against her father’s demands, with the support of her friends she finally has the courage to stand up for herself. An amazing read and looking forward to reading the next one! 

Children's & Middle Grade Fiction, Other Genre, Romance, Young Adult Fiction 2 Replies to “Anne’s End of The Year Wrap Up”
Anne Reese


2 thoughts on “Anne’s End of The Year Wrap Up

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    I love your wrap up! Thanks for sharing your favorites!

      Author’s gravatar

      I hope you find more for your TBR list – although it probably doesn’t need any help! 😀

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