A thoughtful and engaging story on love and loss in China, over four generations. Jee reviews ‘The Promise: Love and Loss in Modern China’ by Xinran Xue @BloomsburyPub #eARC #NetGalley #ThePromiseBook #xinran #bookreview #Nonfiction #love #loss #China #CulturalRevolution #MaoEra #booksbypoc

Title/Author: The Promise: Love and Loss in Modern China by Xinran Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Pages: 288 In a nutshell (Publisher): At the start of the twentieth century in China, the Hans were married in an elaborate ceremony before they were even born. While their future was arranged by their families, this couple had much to…

Another page-turner by Lisa Jewell! Jee reviews ‘Then She Was Gone’ by @lisajewelluk @AtriaBooks #SPOILERFREE #bookreview #suspense #ThenSheWasGone #thriller #psychologicalthriller #pageturner

Title/Author: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell Publisher: Atria Books Pages: 369 In a nutshell (Publisher): Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. Beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers, and half of a teenaged golden couple. Ellie was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with…

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this debut! Jee reviews ‘#Unbound: A Tale of Love and Betrayal in Shanghai’ by Dina Gu Brumfield @smithpublicity @GreenleafBookGr #OwnVoices #Shanghai #CulturalRevolution #China #bookreview #blogtour

Title/Author: Unbound by Dina Gu Brumfield Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Pages: 416 In a nutshell (Publisher): The sweeping, multigenerational story of two iron-willed women, a grandmother and granddaughter, Unbound is also a richly textured, turbulent portrait of the city of Shanghai in the twentieth century–a place where everyone must fight to carve out a place…

Hilarious, full of heart and unputdownable! Jee reviews ‘Deacon King Kong’ by James McBride #DeaconKingKong #bookreview @Riverheadbooks #JamesMcBride #OprahsBookClub #fiction #drugwar #race #class

Title/Author: Deacon King Kong by James McBride Publisher: Riverhead Books Pages: 383 In a nutshell (Publisher): From the author of the National Book Award–winning The Good Lord Bird and the bestselling modern classic The Color of Water, comes one of the most celebrated novels of the year. In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as…

Jee reviews a quirky yet brilliant novel about a #ConvenienceStoreWoman by @SayakaMurata translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori #bookreview @GroveAtlantic #GrovePress #AsianFiction #AsianAuthor #JapaneseFiction

Title/Author: Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata Publisher: Grove Press In a nutshell (Publisher): The English-language debut of one of Japan’s most talented contemporary writers, selling over 650,000 copies there, Convenience Store Woman is the heartwarming and surprising story of thirty-six-year-old Tokyo resident Keiko Furukura. Keiko has never fit in, neither in her family, nor in school,…

Jee reviews ‘Stranger in the Lake’ by Kimberly Belle @HarlequinBooks #NetGalley #StrangerInTheLake #eARC #BlogTour #Fiction #Psychological #Thriller #bookreview

Title/Author: Stranger in the Lake by Kimberly Belle Publisher: Harlequin Books Pages: 352 Publication Date: June 9, 2020 In a nutshell (Publisher): When Charlotte married the wealthy widower Paul, it caused a ripple of gossip in their small lakeside town. They have a charmed life together, despite the cruel whispers about her humble past and…

What if Jesus had a wife and her name was Ana? What if this was Ana’s story? Jee reviews ‘The Book of Longings’ by @suemonkkidd @VikingBooks #Bookreview #WhatIf #historicalfiction

Title/Author: The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd Publisher: Viking Pages: 429 In a nutshell (Publisher): In her mesmerizing fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd takes an audacious approach to history and brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family with…

Jee’s #UnpopularOpinion on ‘Oona Out of Order’ by Margarita Montimore @FlatIronBooks #TimeTravel #Fiction #lightweekendread #GoodMorningAmericaBookClubPick

Title/Author: Oona Out Of Order by Margarita Montimore Publisher: Flatiron Books Pages: 327 In a nutshell (Publisher): It’s New Year’s Eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. At the stroke of midnight she will turn nineteen, and the year ahead promises to be one of consequence. Should she go to London…

This book surprised me in many ways! Jee reviews a compelling, moving, tear-jerker, #TheGirlsWithNoNames by @SerenaBurdick @HarlequinBooks @NetGalley #NetGalley #eARC #historicalfiction #generalfiction

Title/Author: The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick Publisher: Harlequin Mira In a nutshell (Publisher): A beautiful tale of hope, courage, and sisterhood—inspired by the real House of Mercy and the girls confined there for daring to break the rules. Growing up in New York City in the 1910s, Luella and Effie Tildon realize…