The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell

I revived this eboook from NetGalley, thanks. Here is my honest opinion. I have taken notes while reading this book, yet I still don't know how to review it. It was OK. I didn't love it but I did't hate it. The first few pages I read really pulled me in, I was in love, I thought this was going to be one of the best books I read this year, but it isn't. I kept reading, and it was interesting but also disappointing and depressing. I though the Bird family was supposed to be eccentric and fun, but they all turn out sad, depressed and covered tattoos, or in prison.

I wouldn't say I didn't like the characters, but they seem too selfish, all of them, they only think about themselves and how the tragedy, and how their mothers increased hoarding affected them.

The book jumps between current events in 2011 and the past, starting in 1981, that lead up to this family reunion, as well as the different family members, it was a bit confusing who was speaking when and how it all fit together.  They are definitely a dysfunctional family. I found them very hard to relate to, there was way too much going on, hoarding, lesbians, incest, affairs, communes, death, and mental illness. Just when I thought that I was nearing a climax, it would dwindle down again into something strange and not exciting. The ending was a little disappointing, I thought that after all that they had been through there was a shocking reason why Rhys killed himself, but I come to the conclusion that he was just weird. And he killed himself because he was mentally ill. So read and decide for yourself.

It's not a bad book, more geared towards middle aged women, I think. And I'm nowhere near there and maybe that's why I can't relate to marriage, and moms dying as well as siblings, I'm an only child. But if you are interested please pick up this book, it's a quick summer read that will sure motivate you to clean your house more.

For One More Day by Mitch Albom

I liked the book, but I can't say that I loved it. But that's just my opinion, it was well written, and interesting, just not my taste. The book is about Charley "Chick" Benetto who one day decides to kill himself. In the process he meets with his dead mother. For that one day he gets to tell her what he never did when she was alive, and she gets to fill in the gaps of his life. While we wait to see if he's actually dead or not. The book focuses mostly on the relationship between mother and son, advice and guidance that parents give, but kids don't realize. Shifting between his childhood and the present time, Mitch Albom did a great job at not confusing the reader when the story takes place. We get a smooth transition between each time shift. The lesson we get from this book is that there are always two sides of the story, and sometimes we should be quick to judge. Chick learns that the hard way.It's a quick read, and I think people will enjoy this book, especially if you lost someone and never got to tell them how you felt. I think that is the hardest thing a person can go through, knowing that you will never get that chance. 

What Matters Most by Luanne Rice

"What would you choose if you could make one thing right? For Bernadette and Tom, it is a return to their roots in Ireland and a love that broke every rule and could have withstood any consequence—but the one that broke their hearts. 

For James and Kathleen, whose indelible bond was forged in a Dublin orphanage before one was adopted and carried across the sea to America, it is a reunion they’ve dreamed of all their young lives, even if it defies reason. From the Emerald Isle to the Connecticut shore, four lives  are about to come together in a confrontation that will challenge each of them to leave behind the past and all they once thought was important, and to embrace at last what matters most." This book was quite good, I'm not a big fan of Luanne's writing style but the story was good. There is a lot happening, especially toward the end. And there are about 4 climaxes to the story, so you're never bored. Her writing is simple but repetitive, and she keeps mentioning people eyes. We get it, they're blue. And I did at times want to put the book down, or skip to the end and just find out what happens. But I think if you stick with it you might like it. It's not the best book, the characters are ok, but nothing too special, and Bernadette was getting on my nerves. Maybe if you are a big believer in God or signs, you might enjoy it more. I just felt annoyed at times. The story was nice, but the writing not so much. So I'm not sure if I would recommend this book to many people. Especially if you like happy endings. This one doesn't really have one. Sure on some scale everyone in the book deals with their fait. But it's not what you would expect. 

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

This book was good while I was reading it, then the ending ruined everything. But I won't spill it for you.

The story revolves around Tessa and Valerie, Tessa is a stay at home mom of two children, married to a surgeon. Tessa is a lawyer and a single mom of a six year old boy Charlie. They both live in the same suburb but lead different lives, and have never met. Until a tragic accident causes their lives to join in imaginable ways. Ok so the accident is not sooo tragic. But Charlie is in the hospital for a while with a bad burn.

I don't think I want to say anymore about how the story goes. I guess all I can say is that there's family drama, cheating and gossip. It pretty good, like a quick chick flick movie. I think this book might be more enjoyed by married women witch children. Teenagers might not get it as much.

Mothers & Other Liars by Amy Bourret

At first I couldn't get used to the authors writing style, it seemed to be jumping from one idea to another, and introducing too many characters right at the beginning without giving a good description of who they were. But I did finish it in one day, and did enjoy it. The plot may not be very believable, parts of it seem a bit exaggerated.
This is a story about Ruby, who nine years ago found an abandoned baby at a rest stop, she took the child with her and headed west to start a new life. Now her life is turned upside down when she finds out that Lark, the girl she has been raising as her own wasn't abandoned at all. She faces many obstacles as she fights for what is right, and for her family.
Maybe I'd like it more if part of the book was written from the daughters perspective as well, I fell like I only get a part of the whole story, which really involves both of them equally, and that's why it gets three stars. It was good, didn't pull me in as other books have. It's a good relaxing read, and maybe I'd enjoy it more if I had kids of my own.