Book Review: Welcome Home, Caroline Kline by Courtney Preiss

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Welcome Home, Caroline Kline by Courtney Preiss opens with Caroline Kline couch surfing in New York City due to her no longer having a job and her fiance breaking up with her. The cherry on top is when Caroline finds out her father is not doing well and has to go home to New Jersey to help out. She finds one thing she didn't expect . . . true love. I received an Advanced Readers Copy of Welcome Home, Caroline Kline from NetGalley for free in exchange for my honest review.  The synopsis of this book was intriguing, and I absolutely love baseball, so I couldn't wait to dig in to this story. Unfortunately, the story started off a bit slow and continued to be slow at points throughout the book. The slowness of the plot made it difficult to stay interested in the characters and their fate.  At one point, I didn't really care if I finished the story or not. With that being said, I'm glad I stuck with the book because the last 15% of Welcome Home, Caroline Kline started to

Book Review: Going Rogue, Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine (Stephanie Plum, #29) by Janet Evanovich

Going Rogue: Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine (Stephanie Plum, #29) by Janet Evanovich was published on November 1, 2022.  The novel opens with Stephanie Plum arriving at the bonds office on a Monday morning, and office manager Connie Rosolli isn't there.  When Stephanie finally gets into the office, the file room has been tossed.  Then comes the ransom call, which sends Stephanie on the hunt for a mysterious coin that she needs to get Connie released.

The Stephanie Plum book series is one that I've come to love and enjoy when I need a light read that will give me some laughs.  Right off the start, this edition has yet again made me think it's now being ghost written because Lula is asking if one of the people bonded out by Vinnie is Joe Morelli's grandmother.  Lula already know who she is, so this is what made me think that it's ghost written.  If the author just wanted to reintroduce Bella, there had to be a better way to do this.

With that being said, I absolutely loved this latest edition and felt like the writing was a bit more mature than some of the previous books in the series.  The storyline was an interesting one, and I loved that we got to know Bella as more than an afterthought.  I actually found myself liking her, and I hope she comes around to liking Stephanie . . . although, it does seem like she is on that trajectory.  Another great thing is that Vinnie had a larger part in Going Rogue:  Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine.  He didn't seem quite so weasely  this time around.

Stephanie seems a bit more mature, and I like to see characters have some progression.  There is even a bit of marriage discussion between her and another character . . . you'll have to read the story to see who she's talking about it with.  All in all, I had a blast reading Going Rogue:  Rise and Shine Twenty-Nine (Stephanie Plum, #29) by Janet Evanovich, and I give it five out of five stars.

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