On Chelsea’s Bookshelf

Before We Were Yours
Gripping historical fiction that’s both heartbreaking and hopeful. I was a little late to the game on this one but am so glad I read it. Going in, I honestly didn’t know much about the trafficking of children during this time period and …
I Owe You One
Sophie Kinsella delivers another fun, smart story, this one centering on family life. From dealing with aging relatives, adult sibling relationships, grief, and personal ambitions, there’s plenty for women to relate to. And of course, th…
Once Upon a River
With powerful prose and a dreamy ambiance, this story is a little bit of everything–mystery, romance, suspense, and fairytale. I appreciated Setterfield’s playfulness with the supernatural and how, at the same time, the psychology behin…
The Accidental Beauty Queen
Exactly what I was hoping for in a pre-Valentine’s Day read! It’s got warmth, humor, and insight. The romance is adorable, but my favorite part was the relationship between the sisters.
The Proposal
A fun, sweet read! It’s got a couple that’s easy to root for, and I loved the well-developed, engaging side characters.
This woman and her story: There are so many things to love about both that it’s hard to know where to start! I think what stands out to me most is for someone so accomplished, smart, and insightful, Michelle Obama is also incredibly rela…
How to Hack a Heartbreak
The world needs more romcoms like this one! It’s not every book that deftly balances humor, warmth, and smarts, but in Kristin Rockaway’s latest, readers are treated to an emotionally engaging story that’s as intelligent as it is fun….
Sometimes I Lie
Full of satisfying twists! I was genuinely not sure what was coming next and enjoyed the ride.
The Light We Lost
Gorgeous and honest writing that gutted me. There’s a lot you could say about this book, but I think the thing that will stick with me most is how movingly it explores different kinds of love and relationships. How they all have value, t…
The Rosie Project
This book is totally charming, and Don Tillman is a refreshing hero!
The Other Woman
A solid and fun psychological suspense that grabbed me quickly.
Fun, twisty, and with an emotionally charged plot thread I didn’t see coming.
Where the Crawdads Sing
Haunting and unique. The characters have stuck with me.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
This one has been on my TBR List for ages, and I don’t know what took me so long! It’s warm and charming, though it covers the aftermath of a very dark time. I love the theme of books and letters offering escape and also real human conne…
All We Ever Wanted
My first Emily Giffin book, though it won’t be my last. It tackles important social themes through a dynamic cast of characters, and I found the novel as a whole really thought-provoking.


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