Book review: The Critic’s Daughter

I had the honor and privilege of being chosen by Book browse to read this advance copy of the critic’s daughter. I have never heard of Richard Gilman so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. Well, let me tell you never judge a book by its cover. This book had me in tears and laughter. This book made the father the man human again. Priscilla Gilman Richard’s daughter writes about her dad as the critic, the father the man. So let me get into this story. Many know Richard as the critic for books, movies, and plays. But also as a teacher at Yale. But that was only part of Richard. Richard was a complex man with many issues. But his love for his children was an understatement. Richard was born into a Jewish family, but he would leave his Jewish faith and joined the Catholic church. Richard’s first marriage left him unsure about himself.
He found someone who loved him for his mind and sense of humor. His second wife wasn’t in love with him, she loved someone else who got another woman pregnant. Richard was blessed with two daughters in this marriage. Priscilla was the second born to Richard and Lynn. Then came Claire. Priscilla was the calmer and more comforting child whereas Claire was more difficult. Priscilla was the comforter in the family and it would come in handy when her parents separated and then eventually divorced. Priscilla didn’t understand the reason why her parents were separating, but her mother soon started to share some adult things with her child about her father.
I truly felt like as a parent Priscilla was way too young to understand adult things and I also felt like her mom did this in spite. She shared with her oldest daughter that her father had cheated and he enjoyed trying more adventurous sexual fantasies. Her mother was tired of trying to hold on to his unstable emotions and outburst. She didn’t want to be responsible for her father anymore. I feel like she told her all this for her to turn away from her father.
Priscilla’s mother never showed her children any affection or wanted to play or watch movies with them. She was so disconnected from her children and more involved in her work.
But once Lynn separated from Richard she slowly started showing her girls some affection. As the story goes on Richard struggles financially, emotionally, and with his work. Later in life get’s himself together to buy himself a home and have a stable place for when his girls came to visit. His work was once again going well and he found a new love. Richard once again marries and this time it’s true love, but it won’t last long because he is diagnosed with lung cancer, then brain. Priscilla struggles to comfort and hold the family together as she always has. When her father dies she was able to let go of all that she had been holding on to. To finally find out who she is and what she was meant to do.
I didn’t give this review justice. This book is beautifully written and had me in tears. I have never read a well-written story about a girl in love with her father. Despite all his flaws and his instability at times, her love for him never wavers. This book is truly a must-read.

Book review: The Confident Woman

This year I want to read more books that will help with my personal growth. I want to grow in all areas of my life. I know that everyone has made New Year goals, but to be honest this year I want whatever God has for me. I want his will to be done in my life.
I started reading this book maybe a year ago and then put it down. So I decided to pick it back up because I felt like it was something that I needed at this point in my life. I love how this book gives so many examples of how we can fear doing anything. My fear is always failing or not being good enough. But at some point in my life I need to get over it and live my life. This point has great stories and examples of how we as women can become more confident. I need more confidence in this season of my life. This is a great book to bring in the New Year with.

Goodread goals:

I love doing the reading challenge on Goodreads. I always try to read more books within the year. In the last two years, I have hit my goal. So next year I’m going to increase the number of books that I read. With that being said what are some books that are on your 2023 list to read? Well here are some of mine:

  1. Good boundaries and Goodbyes by Lysa TerKeurst
  2. The Violin Conspriracy by Brendan Slocumb
  3. Heal your relationship with money by Kara Stevens
  4. The two lives of Sara by Catherine Adel West
  5. The Deep by Rivers Solomon
  6. The light we Carry by Michelle Obama
  7. Before I let go by Kennedy Ryan
  8. Discover your true worth by Lindsay Roberts

These are just some of the books that I would like to read next year. Please let me know what is on your TBR reading list. 

Book review: Red flags and Commitments

It has been awhile since I have decided to review anyone’s book. I had taken a time out to concentrate on myself, but I’m so glad that I said yes to reviewing this book. Have you ever felt like you were the only one feeling the way that you felt. Or maybe you thought that you were being selfish by choosing yourself instead of the other person? This book took me back to my past and had me in my feelings for sure. I had to step back and say that this was me, I felt all that she had written about. Season’s will always change but staying in the same season in any relationship is not healthy. You have to make the changes to be better and do better for yourself and not other’s. This story was personal for me because I felt every word that she wrote. This is a short story but very impactful. Please check this book out and let me know what you think.

Book review: The Ex

I love author Alafair Burke her books always keep me on the edge of my seat. This book was no exception, to be honest, I thought that I had this book figured out. But boy was I wrong, I didn’t realize who did it until the very end. So let me get you a brief review of this book. The book the Ex is about Olivia Randall used to date a guy back in college who was just too nice. And then ended up getting engaged but she didn’t want to be married to him. So she decided to cheat on him and not with just anyone but his brother. When he found the watch in their bed he know exactly whose watch it was. That night Jack Harris left Olivia and never looked back. But years later Jack gets arrested and his daughter calls Olivia to help her dad get out of jail. How did nice Jack Harris end up in jail? And why did his daughter call Olivia to help him? Oh, the many twists and turns that this book has will keep you on your feet.

Book review: The meaning of Mariah Carey

I’m not a huge Mariah Carey fan but I do like some of her songs. I got her book for my birthday and couldn’t wait to dive into it. I loved how she talked so much about her family life and how she didn’t feel like she belonged. How she began singing and the many times they moved that made it hard to make friends. How her mother’s life was difficult because she married a black man. How her older siblings were toxic and not a great sibling to her. How singing made her feel and how much she wanted to make this dream come true. She has dealt with toxic and jealous family members. And then to marry a toxic executive who tried to crush her. But all and all Mariah has remained true to herself and people around her. She’s stronger than I gave her credit for. Her love of family wasn’t destroyed because she wanted better than toxic love. In the end I found a deep appreciation for her and all that she went through.

Book review: Beautiful Bad

I don’t even know where to start with this book review. Okay, let me start by saying that this is the first time that I have read a book by this author. I found this book at the dollar tree one day that I was in there. So let’s get into this book review. Let me first start by saying when I started reading this book I thought that I had this book figured out. Oh how wrong I was, I had no clue that what I thought was all the way wrong until almost the end of the book. Maddie was overseas with her best friend Joanna. Joanna and Maddie went to this party and came across these charming and handsome guys. One guy, in particular, caught the attention of both friends. When Maddie had to return to her teaching job in another country. Joanna takes the opportunity to befriend Ian and things seem to escalate pretty quickly. But every time that Maddie visits Joanna her friend seems to be getting further and further away from her. Maddie finds out that Ian has a girlfriend and this breaks her heart. Let’s fast forward now almost two decades later Maddie and Ian are married with a beautiful son. But things seem not to be what you think they are. Ian has PSTD from being in the British army but what’s going on with Maddie? Is this marriage really what it seems or is there a crack in it? One night Maddie calls 911 and the whole story isn’t what it seems anymore. Was this a true crime or was this a mind game? When I tell you that this book had me all over the place. I really like this book.

Book review: An offer from a gentlemen

I got this book from my mom for my birthday. She knows how much I love Bridgerton. This is the first Bridgerton book that I have read. But let me tell you it’s as real as the Netflix series is. This book was so well written and it takes you on a journey you were not prepared for. This book gave me all the highs and the lows that you could want. So of course I enjoyed this book. And yes it’s a must read.

Book review: Let love rule

I love a good book that is completely transparent. I love the honestly with a mix of humility. This book made me see a different side of Lenny. Just because you grow up with a famous parent doesn’t mean you get everything you want. I love how he talks about both sides of his family. His mistake’s and how he trusted his gut in situations that were important to him. This book is awesome and I hope he comes out with another one soon. If you read this book please tell me your thoughts.