Book Review: Love, Lists and Fancy Ships by Sarah Grunder Ruiz

Sometimes a yacht, a bold bucket list, and a kiss with a handsome stranger are all a person needs to dive into the deep end of life.

For the last year, yacht stewardess Jo Walker has been attempting to complete a bucket list of thirty things she wants to accomplish by her birthday. Jo has almost everything she’s ever wanted, including a condo on the beach (though she’s the youngest resident by thirty years) and an exciting job (albeit below deck) that lets her travel the world.

Jo is on track until a family tragedy turns her life upside down, and the list falls by the wayside. But when her two nieces show up unannounced with plans to stay the summer, they discover her list and insist on helping Jo finish it. Though the remaining eight items (which include running a marathon, visiting ten countries, and sleeping in a castle) seem impossible to complete in twelve weeks, Jo takes on the challenge.

When she summons the courage to complete item number five–kiss a stranger–and meets Alex Hayes, all bets are off. As her feelings for Alex intensify and Jo’s inability to confront difficult emotions about her family complicates her relationships, she must learn to quit playing it safe with her heart before she loses what matters most.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

Love, Lists and Fancy Ships is one of the perfect summer reads! A romantic comedy type of book and it delivers good vibe, challenges, adventures and love. Aside from its beautiful book cover, the story is ravishing and joyful.

Reading this book is such a great opportunity. The characters have this very enchanting vibe that you will want to read and never stops knowing each other’s side story. The plot is something that you will instantly love also, the setting is in a yacht most of the time, how cool is that? It’s not every day you’ll find a book in this kind of setting. The whole story of the book focuses on achieving ones bucket list and falling in love to a stranger or more likely a co-worker. Jo and Alex’s meeting started in a dare and who knows that dare would turn into something “more”. At the very start, these two characters are so matched to the point that I can’t stop reading at all. Every thing is so straightforward and as a reader, you won’t get lost in their story. Despite the beautiful story line, both characters have their differences, will they get a happy ending? It’s for you readers to find out.

In this post, I’d also like to thank the opportunity to thank the publisher and NetGalley for giving me a chance to review this amazing book. At the end of my reading session, I only felt happy and excited for the next book to come. I can’t wait to explore this.

My Ratings

Sarah Grunder Ruiz is a writer, educator, and karaoke enthusiast. Originally from South Florida, she now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and two children. She holds an MFA in creative writing from North Carolina State University, where she now teaches First-Year Writing.

Source: Goodreads

Book Post: The Fraud Squad by Kyla Zhao

ABOUT THE BOOK

*A working-class woman who infiltrates Singapore’s high society to fulfill her dreams risks losing everything in the process—including herself—in this propulsive millennial women’s fiction novel by debut author Kyla Zhao.*

For as long as she can remember, Samantha Song has dreamed of writing for a high-society magazine—and she’d do anything to get there. But the constant struggle to help her mom make ends meet and her low social status make her dream feel like a distant fantasy.

Now, Sam finds herself working at a drab PR firm. The closest she’ll get to that life is living vicariously through her socialite coworker and friend, Anya Chen. Then she meets Timothy Kingston: the disillusioned son of one of Singapore’s elite families—and Sam’s one chance at infiltrating the high society world to which she desperately wants to belong.

To Sam’s surprise, Tim and Anya both agree to help her make a name for herself on Singapore’s socialite scene. The borrowed designer clothes and plus-ones to every glamorous event can only get her so far; the rest is on Sam, and she’s determined to make an impression on the editor-in-chief of Singapore’s poshest magazine. But the deeper Sam wades into this fraud, the more she fears being exposed, especially with a mysterious gossip columnist on the prowl for dirt–forcing her to reconcile her pretense with who she really is before she loses it all.

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Kyla Zhao had her first women’s magazine byline at the age of sixteen, writing about weddings for Harper’s Bazaar Singapore before she even had her first kiss. Since then, she has also written for the Singapore editions of Vogue and Tatler. A native Singaporean, Kyla now works in Silicon Valley after graduating from Stanford University in 2021. She’s still trying to understand why Californians adore hiking and Patagonia fleeces so much.

Blog Feature: The World of Aeora by Brett Palmer

Weekend blog feature!!! I should make this a thing, what do you think? I think it will be fun though. I would be searching for authors or bloggers that wants to be featured, to be known by other people. I’d love to help in some way if I could. I do hope you guys will support me on this. Thank you so much! Moving on, today’s feature will be The World of Aeora by Brett Palmer.

This is interesting, you would be thinking what is in The World of Aeora? I think this is the time I’ll tell you to go check the blog here: https://www.worldofaeora.com/. This blog contains free stuff (downloads) that you may use for yourself to read or for personal projects. The author is really friendly and easy to talk to so, you may reach out to him via his blog or Twitter: https://twitter.com/BGPportfolio.

Readers, check his work, Tales of Aeora, Part 1 at this link: https://www.worldofaeora.com/2021/07/tales-of-aeora-part-1-beta-20.html.

Source: https://www.worldofaeora.com/p/home.html