Whisper Network by Chandler Baker | Flatiron Books | Book Review

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

Whisper Network Book Summary:

“Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita have worked at Truviv, Inc. for years. The sudden death of Truviv’s CEO means their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company. Each of the women has a different relationship with Ames, who has always been surrounded by whispers about how he treats women. Those whispers have been ignored, swept under the rug, hidden away by those in charge.

But the world has changed, and the women are watching this promotion differently. This time, when they find out Ames is making an inappropriate move on a colleague, they aren’t willing to let it go. This time, they’ve decided enough is enough.

Sloane and her colleagues’ decision to take a stand sets in motion a catastrophic shift in the office. Lies will be uncovered. Secrets will be exposed. And not everyone will survive. All of their lives―as women, colleagues, mothers, wives, friends, even adversaries―will change dramatically as a result.

“If only you had listened to us,” they tell us on page one, “none of this would have happened.”‘

My Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Review:

I was very excited to read this book as it seemed focused around such an important and timely topic especially during the #metoo movement…office politics, the expectations, the way women are treated differently in professional situations and sexual harassment.

I initially struggled through the beginning of this book and felt many of the characters and plot line were hard to differentiate between. This was definitely a slow burn and although there is a mystery element to this story, where it shined the most was through the personal stories of these strong women.

I would have loved for the author to go a bit deeper in some of these situations because some of them were glossed over in order to keep the story flowing. I do appreciate that Baker was able to take on such a powerful and important topic with her engaging storytelling. This would be a great pick for a summer beach read or a great book club conversation.

Thank you to NetGalley and Flatiron Iron books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe | Gallery Books | Book Review

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe

The Summer Guests Book Summary:

“Late August is a beautiful time on the Southern coast—the peach trees are ripe, the ocean is warm, and the sweet tea is icy. A perfect time to enjoy the rocking chairs on the porch. But beneath the calm surface bubbles a threat: it’s also peak hurricane season.

When a hurricane threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flees for the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina: the Phillips’s daughter Moira and her rescue dogs, famed equestrian Javier Angel de la Cruz, makeup artist Hannah McLain, horse breeder Gerda Klug and her daughter Elise, and island resident Cara Rutledge. They bring with them only the few treasured possessions they can fit in their vehicles. Strangers to all but the Phillips, they must ride out the storm together.

During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other. But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters isn’t what they brought with them to the mountains. Rather, it’s what they’ll take with them once they leave.

With Mary Alice Monroe’s “usual resplendent storytelling” (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author), The Summer Guests is a poignant and compelling story of self-discovery, love, and redemption.”

My Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️

My Review:

Mary Alice Monroe is one of my very favorite authors and I adore her Beach House series. The Summer Guests is a spin-off of the Beach House series which I think definitely affected my reaction and perspective while reading this book.

Every year I look forward to another installment to this series and I love seeing what the Rutledge family is up to. Over the years new characters have joined in but the regulars were always there too.

The Summer Guests introduces us to a whole new crew of characters and also shifts from the usual focus of turtle rescue to the world of horses, dressage and rescue dogs. While interesting, I had a harder time connecting with these characters and the new themes. I do think that might have to do with my expectations for it being another Beach House book instead of a new stand-alone novel.

I did enjoy the involvement of Cara Rutledge but it was fairly minimal and the stories in the book didn’t connect as well as they normally do with Monroe’s storytelling. All in all this book was okay, just not my favorite.

Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Coffee Talk | Currently Loving… | Travel Edition

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Checking in:

Hello from sunny Florida! we are away this week visiting family on the gulf coast. After a long Vermont winter and a busy work season for Lucas, it feels great to have a week together as a family. We have been spending a lot of time finding shark teeth at the beach, eating delicious food and swimming in the pool.

Coffee Talk, Vacation Edition!

This week I thought it would be fun to share some things we are loving while on vacation…

White Noise Machine:

At home, we sleep with sound machines, something we started when our kids were babies and we have really grown used to ourselves over the years. When we travel we love using the White Noise Ambience app on our phone. We downloaded it when we were traveling when our first son was a toddler and we have used it ever since!

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We really love the “white noise” selections that provide a constant soothing sound. We have grown to used to sleeping with a sound machine now and this provides great noise canceling from any nearby sounds…especially helpful at a hotel or resort and just makes it so much easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.  There are so many sounds you can choose from, but these are our favorites…

UV Protection Sunshirt:

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I love the sun but I don’t love being in it. I am very careful about sun exposure due to having very pale skin but I don’t like when it stops me from wanting to do things where you can hide under an umbrella. I finally decided a sunshirt was the way to go and now I will never go back! I found this UV sun protection shirt and it is perfect! It is great coverage, not too loose and not too tight and has kept me totally sunburn free the last two days in the Florida sun. I am a size 8/10 and I got a size large for reference.

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We are in the Venice area so we have been on the hunt for fossilized shark teeth at the beach, and so this means we have been in the water most of the day. Between this shirt and a great sun hat….I feel super covered while also still being able to have fun in the sun! And look at all our treasures!

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Scout Packin’ Heat Makeup Bag:

I have a serious addiction with Scout bags. I have one for my work bag, one for a weekend away and the bag I use every day, my makeup bag!

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Like all things Scout, this thing is rugged and wipes clean which is a major plus with any bag but especially with a makeup bag. I love that it has the side pocket which is great for makeup brushes and it is a perfect size to carry everything I need.

My Kindle!

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I couldn’t write this post without talking about my beloved Kindle Paperwhite! I am going to write a much more detailed post soon about all things Kindle, but for now, I thought I would share why I love it so much for vacation.

I used to bring ALL THE BOOKS on vacation. I like reading new releases which often means I have hardcover books either from the library or from the bookstore. On our honeymoon, I brought 9 hardcover books, and I read them all…but oh man, that was a lot of extra weight!

Kindles are life-changing for this! I brought hundreds of books to choose from (hello Libby app!) on our current trip, but they only weigh less than half a pound. 😉


Alright, that’s all for today! I will be back soon with more vacation updates and my regular book chatter. <3