The Novel Way Reviews – The Novel Way

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

The Last Mrs. Parish

Posted 12/30/17 1:36 PM by Mo

“Amber Peterson was tired of being invisible.”

Are you sensing a pattern, here? Given the workload I had this year, I didn’t read much, but what I did manage to get through fell into the psychological thriller category. But I’m not exactly sure why, other than they are such an enormous escape for me, and I was literally drawn to them.


This one, The Last Mrs. Parish by Liv Constantine has been dubbed the next Gone Girl, which is getting old by the way. Just because a story contains provocative women characters, and may contain a twist or two, doesn’t mean it has to be under the Gone Girl category. Nothing against Gone Girl… I made the audible gasp at that certain twist, but not every book has to be compared to it either.

What I loved about this one was how the author lead you down a path, and then changed the direction with the flick of a page. I really can’t say much more than that without spoilers (which I’ll never do), so you’re just gonna have to read it yourself.

I hope you do… It’s the perfect book to read with a lovely glass of wine by your side.

Okay… one more day! What will it be???

Until then, Happy Reading.

xo, Mo


Posted 12/28/17 6:46 AM by Mo

“You walk into the bookstore and you keep your hand on the door to make sure it doesn’t slam. You smile, embarrassed to be a nice girl, and your nails are bare and your V-neck sweater is beige and it’s impossible to know if you’re wearing a bra, but I don’t think you are.” Oh, […]

You Will Know Me

Posted 12/27/17 6:26 PM by Mo

“If she ever had to talk about it, which she never would, Katie would have to go back, years before it happened.” And so begins the first of my Top 5 Books of 2017, You Will Know Me, by Megan Abbott. I read this early in the year and remember not being able to put […]

The Sunday List, Summer Reading

Posted 05/21/17 8:05 AM by Mo

Is  there anything better than Summer Reading? A stack of books. An icy drink. Sunshine. Maybe it’s because I live in Michigan, but reading outside is one of my favorite things.  The fact that we have limited time makes it even more attractive.  Our back deck is literally just another room in our house once the […]

21 Rituals to Change Your Life

Posted 04/13/17 8:18 PM by Mo

“It is what you actually do with your life, not what you think of your life, that is transformative.”  ~Theresa Cheung In this delightful book, Theresa gives us the insight of 21 rituals (habits) that, when done for 21 days in a row, will change your life. I found myself drawn to this book in […]

Inspiration… or something like that.

Posted 12/17/16 8:12 AM by Mo

Good Morning Peeps! I’m not sure where you’re living, but here in Michigan, we are covered in snow and frosty air.  I have Nat King Cole serenading me, and the coffee is flowing. #Heaven Am I ready for Christmas?  Hell no.  Do I care right now?  Nope. I am done worrying when the bag of […]

Nine Women, One Dress

Posted 12/9/16 3:00 PM by Mo

Happy Friday Peeps!! First and foremost, thank you for stopping by and checking this out.  More traffic is definitely a good thing 🙂 This week will go down as a very long one… longest in a while.  BUT the end is in sight (at least for me), and you know what that means…. COFFEE + […]


Posted 12/2/16 8:52 AM by Mo

Is there anything better than a good book? How about time to read that good book in your favorite chair and cozy blanket? This year has not been my greatest reading year… not by a long shot.  I had the hardest time finding anything that would capture my attention, then when it did, my life […]

Life From Scratch

Posted 07/27/16 12:37 AM by Mo

I learned the lesson a long time ago that food was love.  If I could draw for you a big, loopy heart and type the word food smack dab in the middle of it, you’d get how I feel. Food = Love Food is a friend.  Food makes the good times great, and the bad […]

The Gratitude Diaries

Posted 07/21/16 12:56 PM by Mo

It’s no mysteries to anyone who knows me that I’ve had an on-again and off-again relationship with Gratitude (yes, it deserves a capital G in my eyes).  I’ve read about it, done 28-day programs, and even proclaimed myself “cured” from the negative self-talk that has always plagued me. Funny word, plague. And by funny, I […]