Welcome to 2022 everyone! It’s already been a big year here at Books, Tea & Whiskers. If you haven’t already noticed, we have branched out from only doing book reviews! Please don’t hesitate to check out our line of book inspired teas on this very site. But don’t fret because we are still going to do reviews at least twice a month with the newest releases.
Our first book is slightly different from our usual reviews as we decided to read and review a contemporary romance. This year we are going to do our best to read from a variety of genres in order to get outside of our fantasy comfort zone. So sit back, check the weather, and be prepared for some cozy romance with Rachel Lynn Solomon’s Weather Girl!
Warning: This review does have some spoilers so we really do recommend grabbing your copy, curling up with this perfect love story, and then coming back to see what we thought.
“Ari Abrams has always been fascinated by the weather, and she loves almost everything about her job as a TV meteorologist. Her boss, legendary Seattle weatherwoman Torrance Hale, is too distracted by her tempestuous relationship with her ex-husband, the station’s news director, to give Ari the mentorship she wants. Ari, who runs on sunshine and optimism, is at her wits’ end. The only person who seems to understand how she feels is sweet but reserved sports reporter Russell Barringer.
In the aftermath of a disastrous holiday party, Ari and Russell decide to team up to solve their bosses’ relationship issues. Between secret gifts and double dates, they start nudging their bosses back together. But their well-meaning meddling backfires when the real chemistry builds between Ari and Russell.
Working closely with Russell means allowing him to get to know parts of herself that Ari keeps hidden from everyone. Will he be able to embrace her dark clouds as well as her clear skies?"
Our next stop; Casey McQuinton’s novel One Last Stop. This is one that everyone has been talking about for weeks so we just had to give it a go. Didn’t turn out quite the way we had hoped, and you’ll see why right after that read more break. But first, here’s your synopsis…
“For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.
But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.
Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.
Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a magical, sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time.”
Welcome back book lovers! We’ve missed you all over the last week or so. If you are loving our content, please do come on over and talk with us on our instagram page where we are a little more active. But in the meantime, stick around for at least three more minutes while we chat about our latest double read; Jane In Love by Rachel Givney (to be a movie through Amazon).
“If Jane Austen had the choice between the heart and the pen, what do you think she would do?
At age twenty-eight, Jane Austen should be seeking a suitable husband, but all she wants to do is write. She is forced to take extreme measures in her quest to find true love - which lands her in the most extraordinary of circumstances.
Magically, she finds herself in modern-day England, where horseless steel carriages line the streets and people wear very little clothing. She forms a new best friend in fading film star Sofia Wentworth, and a genuine love interest in Sofia's brother Fred, who has the audacity to be handsome, clever and kind-hearted.
She is also delighted to discover that she is now a famous writer, a published author of six novels and beloved around the globe. But as Jane's romance with Fred blossoms, her presence in the literary world starts to waver. She must find a way to stop herself disappearing from history before it's too late.
A modern-day reimagining of the life of one of the world's most celebrated writers, this wonderfully witty romantic comedy offers a new side to Jane's story, which sees her having to choose between true love in the present and her career as a writer in the past.”