One of my all-time favorite hobbies is reading. I have a few favorite authors, but am always looking for new ones to expand my horizons, so to speak. I love to read everywhere — in bed, while waiting for the kids to be done with sports, on the beach or while out on the boat … there is no such thing to me as a place it’s not good to read.
I wanted to share two new books I’ve read recently by authors that are new to me. My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari is a love story, but not just any old love story. The plot has a pretty great twist to it and it also incorporates something else I love, a foreign culture. What Doesn’t Kill You by Aimee Hix also involves a love story of sorts but it’s wrapped up in a thrilling murder mystery.
I read the murder mystery first and was completely hooked and thrilled throughout that story. It was nice to have a book to follow it up with that was of a different sort of engagement style. Both of these books are really good and were well worth the time I spent living within them!
I really love a book that feels substantial. Not only hefty and solid in my hand or when I turn the page, but also when it comes to other things like the size of the font and the length of the chapters.
I read most often lately at the end of the day while in bed before I go to sleep. So, while I love to get lost in a huge honker of a book with a dense and well-written style (long chapters are no problem in my opinion), sometimes I like to choose a book with more manageable chapter lengths for bedtime reading because I prefer to leave off in between chapters. I’m not OCD, but I have to literally be nodding off as I’m reading in order to stop reading while in the middle of a chapter.
What Doesn’t Kill You presented an interesting conundrum for me because while the chapters were the perfect length to read a few before nodding off to sleep, the story was engaging enough that I had some real trouble coming to a good stopping point. Pretty much every night I ended up reading later than I’d intended. Oops, don’t tell the hubby!
I was pretty impressed that this is a debut novel. Very impressed! And I loved the main character, Willa, who is a former cop who is moving into the private investigation field. She has a quick wit laden with dry sarcasm that I adore (because it sort of reminds me of me). But, she has a healthy amount of vulnerability within her as well, though she endeavors hard to hide it.
A favor for a friend turns into a murder investigation, drawing apprentice PI Willa Pennington into a labyrinth of lies and deception in the shadows of Washington, D.C.
Willa Pennington thought that becoming a PI would be better than being a cop. She thought she’d never have to make another death notification or don a bulletproof vest again. She thought she could move past the pain of losing her best friend. She thought she’d be safe.
But she couldn’t have been more wrong.
Now, agreeing to do a simple favor has brought her to a dead body, a missing person, and a battle of wits with an old friend who has dangerous secrets. If Willa can keep her focus, she could solve the murder, find the missing girl, and figure out if the person she’s trusted with her life is the one trying to end it.
My Last Love Story by Falguni Kothari is a captivating tale that involves a deep, dark secret; a lost love; the impending death of a current love; a promise made but possibly regretted; and a friendship between three people that is woven throughout all of it.
I can’t think of a single book I’ve read in all my years that compares to this one. Honestly, I’ve read love stories. I’ve read stories of lost love and promises one makes to those who are no longer with us. I’ve read stories about other countries and cultures. But, none have ever been woven with all of these elements in quite the way that this one is.
It was really wonderful to be a fly on the wall throughout this story. I was kept wondering up until the end if the outcome would be what the dying husband wished. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say that this story will definitely stay with me for a good long time. And in my opinion, that’s the mark of a great book, when I can think back to it a long time after I’ve turned the final page and recall pertinent details of the story.
“Promise me you will laugh every day. Fight every day. Do you know how beautiful you look when you’re angry? Promise me you’ll learn to cuss, learn to love again. Live again. Promise me you won’t give up on each other.”
Simi Desai is thirty years old and her husband is dying of cancer. He has two last wishes in his final months: first, that she’ll have his baby so that a piece of him lives on, and second, that she’ll reconcile with her old flame, who just happens to be their mutual best friend. And so over the course of their last summer together, Simi’s husband plans a series of big and small adventures for this unlikely trio, designed to help them say goodbye to each other and prove to Simi that it’s okay to move on without him—and even find love again.
Beautiful and poignant, Falguni Kothari’s My Last Love Story will pull your heartstrings as only unforgettable love stories can.
What’s your preferred reading genre and favorite place to curl up and dive into a good book?
Read them for yourself!
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