#WWWWednesday | What I #amreading This Week – April 27, 2022

  • What am I currently reading?
  • What did I just finish?
  • What am I reading next?

I either started The Wedding Season by Katy Birchall last night or I will be starting it today. I love my light romcoms from time to time and I haven’t read one in a while, so I’m so glad that this is the next book on my pile. It sounds really funny. Fingers-crossed!

  • Genre: RomCom
  • Pages: 380 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martins Griffin
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2022
Four Weddings and a Funeral meets The Wedding Party in Katy Birchall’s The Wedding Season: when a recently jilted bride is forced to attend seven weddings in one summer, her friends devise a series of challenges as distraction. Freya Scott is getting married. Her wedding to Matthew, her long-term boyfriend, is the first of eight in her calendar this year, and as someone who prides herself on being meticulously organized, Freya is intent on making it the perfect day to remember. But when Matthew calls things off hours before they walk down the aisle, Freya’s entire life plan goes up in smoke. Humiliated and heartbroken, the last thing she wants is to attend a summer of other peoples’ nuptials on her own. Fortunately, her friends have an idea: together they devise a series of outrageous challenges for Freya to complete at each event, designed to distract her from Matthew and what might have been. From getting stuck in an old church bathroom and needing to be rescued by the vicar to making out with a barman at a French chateau, Freya realizes that despite herself, she might just be having fun. By the time the final wedding arrives, she will discover that the road to a happy ending sometimes has unexpected detours, that “I do” is only the beginning––and that perhaps her own love story isn’t over just yet.

I just loved The Homewreckers by Mary Kay Andrews. Part cozy mystery, part rom com, and part women’s fiction – it’s a mashup that Andrews does particularly well. And it is set in Savannah, GA which is just a short distance from my beloved Hilton Head Island where we vacation every summer and sometimes even in-between. My review of this gem will be posted tomorrow!

  • Genre: Women’s Fiction
  • Pages: 442 pages
  • Publisher: St. Matin’s Press
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2022
Summer begins with Mary Kay Andrews, in this delightful summer read about flipping houses, and finding true love. Hattie Kavanaugh went to work restoring homes for Kavanaugh & Son Restorations at eighteen, married the boss’s son at twenty, and became a widow at twenty-five. Now, she’s passionate about her work, but that’s the only passion in her life. “Never love something that can’t love you back,” is advice her father-in-law gives her, but Hattie doesn’t follow it and falls head-over-heels for a money pit of a house. She’s determined to make it work, but disaster after disaster occurs, and Hattie’s dream might cost Kavanaugh & Son their livelihood. Hattie needs money, and fast. When a slick Hollywood producer shows up in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia, she gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: star in a beach house renovation reality show called The Homewreckers, cast against a male lead who may be a love interest, or may be the ultimate antagonist. Soon, there’s more at stake than bad pipes and dry rot: during the demolition, evidence comes to light that points to the mysterious disappearance of a young wife and mother years before. With a burned out detective investigating the case, an arsonist on the loose, two men playing with her emotions, and layers upon layers of vintage wallpaper causing havoc, it’s a question of who will flip, who will flop, and if Hattie will ever get her happily-ever-after.

I am so excited to read When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill. I mean a fantasy story where women turn into dragons – that seems like the ultimate women’s empowerment story and I do love a good empowerment story.

  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Pages: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2022
A rollicking feminist tale set in 1950s America where thousands of women have spontaneously transformed into dragons, exploding notions of a woman’s place in the world and expanding minds about accepting others for who they really are. • The first adult novel by the Newbery award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon Alex Green is a young girl in a world much like ours, except for its most seminal event: the Mass Dragoning of 1955, when hundreds of thousands of ordinary wives and mothers sprouted wings, scales, and talons; left a trail of fiery destruction in their path; and took to the skies. Was it their choice? What will become of those left behind? Why did Alex’s beloved aunt Marla transform but her mother did not? Alex doesn’t know. It’s taboo to speak of. Forced into silence, Alex nevertheless must face the consequences of this astonishing event: a mother more protective than ever; an absentee father; the upsetting insistence that her aunt never even existed; and watching her beloved cousin Bea become dangerously obsessed with the forbidden. In this timely and timeless speculative novel, award-winning author Kelly Barnhill boldly explores rage, memory, and the tyranny of forced limitations. When Women Were Dragons exposes a world that wants to keep women small—their lives and their prospects—and examines what happens when they rise en masse and take up the space they deserve.

What are you reading? Do you love it?

22 Replies to “#WWWWednesday | What I #amreading This Week – April 27, 2022”

  1. When Women Were Dragons sounds great! I love a good dragon story. I was supposed to start listening to the audiobook of The Wedding Season today but looks like it will be tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it too.

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  2. I’ read When Women were Dragons last week. I was a bit disappointed that the dragons weren’t in it a bit more but a good read anyway.

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  3. The Wedding Season sounds like it would be a lot of fun, and When Women Were Dragons sounds wonderfully unique. Happy Reading, Tessa!

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  4. I love the setting for The Homewreckers – we’ve been to Savannah several times. I wanted to read When Women Were Dragons, but just couldn’t fit it in.

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  5. Your reading week is similar to mine! I’m reading The Homewreckers right now, and have The Wedding Season up next!

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