The Hunting Party / Smoked Salmon Blinis

When a group of friends from college get together for their annual new year’s reunion at a remote hunting lodge in the Scottish Highlands, it is a chance to reconnect and reminisce about the good old days. But when the friends find themselves snowed in at the lodge, tempers flare, resentments resurface, and unrequited feelingsContinue reading “The Hunting Party / Smoked Salmon Blinis”

Beach Read / Honey Lemonade Whiskey Cocktail

Despite the bright cover and airy title, this romance from Emily Henry had surprising depth. While it still leaned into the rivals to lovers trope and the characters’ insecurities leading to miscommunications, this book had much more than I expected. From family trauma to death cults, this was more than just a light summery read. Continue reading “Beach Read / Honey Lemonade Whiskey Cocktail”

The Cousins / Crab Cake Benedicts

24 years after the Story children receive a letter from their mother disinheriting them with the only explanation “You know what you did”, their teenage children receive an equally cryptic letter inviting them to spend the summer working at the resort owned by the grandmother they have never met. Set on an exclusive island offContinue reading “The Cousins / Crab Cake Benedicts”

First Comes Like / Mango Lassi

Catfishing, fake dating, ridiculous inheritance clauses…this cute romance from Alisha Rai’s Modern Love series really threw everything in yet somehow it was still engaging and relatable. Jia Ahmed is a beauty influencer who connects with Bollywood star Dev Dixit online, or so she thinks. After reading a slew of regency romances, the modern setting wasContinue reading “First Comes Like / Mango Lassi”

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo / Pastelitos de Guayaba

This is another book that I picked up after seeing it all over bookstagram. An aging and reclusive Hollywood star decides to finally open up about her scandalous time in the spotlight and release a tell-all book. After spending her life crafting her narrative to fit into the Hollywood standards, Evelyn finally wants her trueContinue reading “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo / Pastelitos de Guayaba”

Love In Color / L’Amour en Rose Cocktail

Love In Color is an anthology of classic myths and folktales retold as modern day love stories. I was familiar with a few of the original stories, but most I found myself looking them up to learn more. The way the author took each story and centered it around love and modernized it was soContinue reading “Love In Color / L’Amour en Rose Cocktail”

The Midnight Library / Brownie Roll-Out Cookies

“Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had theContinue reading “The Midnight Library / Brownie Roll-Out Cookies”

Capsule / S’mores Bars

When two of her classmates, Peter and Kat, go missing on the same day, Jackie Mendoza barely notices. She is too immersed in the online life she has created for herself, barely paying attention to the real world around her. However, when a mysterious app appears on Jackie’s phone, she enters a game interlaced withContinue reading “Capsule / S’mores Bars”

Hana Khan Carries On / Chicken Biryani

I really liked Uzma Jalaluddin’s debut novel and immediately added her follow up, Hana Khan Carries On, to my TBR list. It was a super cute friends to lovers story very reminiscent of You’ve Got Mail but replace bookstores with rival Halal restaurants. As you can imagine, this book was full of delicious food. IContinue reading “Hana Khan Carries On / Chicken Biryani”

Surviving Savannah / Toasted Pecan Pralines

This historical fiction follows the fated “Titanic of the South”, the Pulaski steamship that sank off the coast of North Carolina in 1838, carrying some of the wealthiest residents of Savannah. Like many historical fictions I’ve read recently, this novel features a dual timeline that follows both the passengers onboard and a modern-day historian trackingContinue reading “Surviving Savannah / Toasted Pecan Pralines”

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