“There was a big bowl of dirty rice on the coffee table and white porcelain plat…

“There was a big bowl of dirty rice on the coffee table and white porcelain plates too.” 💙 • Great, classic mystery noir. Super atmospheric and you get all of the LA vibes in the 1940s. Mystery man offering money, missing woman, out of a job protagonist… this had it all! Black man searching for … Read more

“Dad turns to look at me from his seat at the table, his big hands curled around…

“Dad turns to look at me from his seat at the table, his big hands curled around a cup of tea.” 💙 • So torn on this because I loved the love interest, Jake SOOOO much but really couldn’t stand our main girl, Leila! The whole time I felt like she didn’t deserve Jake so … Read more

“We gathered around the table with bowls of rice cake soup.” • Oh my heart. Wh…

“We gathered around the table with bowls of rice cake soup.” 💙 • Oh my heart. Why did I feel so much ache while reading this? I read it in one sitting as I couldn’t put it down. Mother daughter stories get to me. Korean mother daughter stories can be so painful, it sears me. … Read more

“I reached for the fortune cookies in the middle of the table and cracked one op…

“I reached for the fortune cookies in the middle of the table and cracked one open.” 💙 • Another fun with thechicklitbookclub ! The Renaissance Faire setting in this book really won me over. At first, I was skeptical that I’d really like a book about a Ren Faire but that ended up being my … Read more

“Homer go back her table in the kitchen and count off banana for supper.” • Wo…

“Homer go back her table in the kitchen and count off banana for supper.” 💛 • Wow, this was my first Marlon James read and it blew me away. It is set on a slave plantation in Jamaica in the 18th century. The writing, the characters, the language – all so rich and amazing. Great … Read more

“There was a table with three cups and a jar, and from the jar Hawkins poured th…

“There was a table with three cups and a jar, and from the jar Hawkins poured three servings of hard cider.” 💙 • Beautifully written book with stunning prose and sentences you just want to sink your teeth into. It’s a story of the Tasked (enslaved people) and Quality (slavers). It’s the story of Hiram, … Read more

“Sara helped Nonna ice the cinnamon rolls. When she returned to the table, she n…

“Sara helped Nonna ice the cinnamon rolls. When she returned to the table, she noticed a full, steaming cup of coffee sitting at her place.” 💚 • 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oh my heart. Felt like it was squeezed throughout this entire book. I’m rather new to reading romance but this felt like the perfect romance … Read more

“I sat at the kitchen table and watched Bertha cut a thick slice of coffee cake …

“I sat at the kitchen table and watched Bertha cut a thick slice of coffee cake and put it on a paper towel in front of me.” 💜 • Happy Valentine’s Day! My daughter asked me last night if I would be her Valentine and of course I said Yes!!!! I love that she’s at … Read more