A Month of Faves 2019 |Books that Deserve More Buzz #amonthoffaves #orangecountyreads

Welcome Back! Once again, I’m joining GirlXOXO and Traveling with T for the annual #AMonthofFaves blog event – a fun way to recap the year that was. Get all the details here!

This will be my second year participating! (Click here to see last year’s posts!)

Join in anytime for some or all of the topics. There will also be a link-up on the host blogs so that we can stop by each other’s posts to leave comments, high fives, good vibes, and well wishes.


WED. | Dec. 4 – #AMonthofFaves Underrated Books We Think Deserve More Buzz

These books were all 4 or 5 star reads for me. In several cases, the author was local and reached out to me – thank you for trusting me with your book baby!   I’m so glad I agreed to review these unique and special books. (I also included the Goodreads ratings to show how few people have rated/reviewed the books.) Be sure to add them to your TBR and I would love to know if/when you’ve read any of the books I’ve listed.

Little Lovely ThingsLittle Lovely Things by Maureen Joyce Connolly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is the wrong time to get sick. Speeding down the highway on the way to work, her two little girls sleeping in the back seat, medical resident Claire Rawlings doesn’t have time for the nausea overtaking her. But as the world tilts sideways, she pulls into a gas station, runs to the bathroom, and passes out. When she wakes up minutes later, her car—and her daughters—are gone.  >1500 GR ratings

My Review | Amazon


Mourning DoveMourning Dove by Claire Fullerton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If Millie Crossan doesn’t know anything else, she knows this one truth simply because her brother Finley grew up beside her. Charismatic Finley, eighteen months her senior, becomes Millie’s guide when their mother Posey leaves their father and moves her children from Minnesota to Memphis shortly after Millie’s tenth birthday. >500 GR ratings

My Review | Amazon (FREE Kindle Unlimited)


My Name is RoseMy Name is Rose by Alexa Kingaard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rose is unsettled, curious, and bored. Life in a hippie commune in the ‘70s is her parent’s dream come true, not hers. She doesn’t share their passion for living off the land, nor does she enjoy the isolation that is thrust upon her. When she convinces them to send her to public school in the nearby town, a new world opens up to her. As she pursues her education, Rose chooses a different path, leaving her parents heartbroken at her insistence they are hiding something from her.  >100 GR ratings

My Review | Amazon (FREE Kindle Unlimited)


When Elephants FlyWhen Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol, and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she’s not developing schizophrenia. Genetics are not on Lily’s side.

Goodreads | Amazon


The Speed of Falling ObjectsThe Speed of Falling Objects by Nancy Richardson Fischer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Danger “Danny” Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else’s needs. She’s certain that her mom’s bitterness and her TV star father’s absence are her fault. If only she were more―more athletic, charismatic, attractive―life would be perfect. >500 GR ratings

Goodreads | Amazon


TinyTiny by Kim Hooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Three people tied together by grief. A fast-paced story about how everyone grieves in their own way and at their own speed.  This story follows the journeys of three people unwillingly tied together by tragedy as a couple faces every parent’s worst nightmare when their three-year-old daughter is hit by a car right before their eyes.  Set in Orange County, this author has written a beautiful story.  >100 GR ratings

Goodreads | Amazon


The Scent KeeperThe Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A unique and lyrical book about growing up, discovering who you are and learning to overcome an unusual and solitary childhood. The writing and imagery was breathtaking. The author brought to life a world filled with beauty and scents that can make you remember your happiest memories. >1500 GR ratings

Goodreads | Amazon


All About Evie by Cathy Lamb

All About EvieAll About Evie by Cathy Lamb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As a child, Evie Lindsay was unnerved by her premonitions. As an adult, they have become a simple fact of life–sometimes disruptive but also inescapable, much like her quirky, loveable family. Evie’s mother, Poppy, and her aunts, Camellia and Iris, are well known on San Orcanita island for their free-spirited ways and elaborately decorated hats. Their floral shop and Evie’s bookstore draw streams of visitors all summer long.  >500 GR ratings

Goodreads | Amazon


The Great Unexpected: A NovelThe Great Unexpected: A Novel by Dan Mooney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Joel lives in a nursing home, and he’s not one bit happy about it. He hates being told when to eat, when to sleep, when to take his pills. He’s fed up with life and begins to plan a way out when his new roommate, a retired soap opera actor named Frank, moves in and turns the nursing-home community upside down. >500 GR ratings

Goodreads | Amazon


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