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Calendar Girls: Best Contemporary Novel

Wow! It’s that time already! It is Calendar Girls Post time!! This month’s theme is Best Contemporary Novel. So, before I get in to my contenders and my top choice, here is a reminder of what this awesome group is all about:

Calendar Girls is a monthly book group, formed by Flavia and Melanie, inspired by the song Calendar Girl by Neil Sedaka. This lovely group votes on a monthly theme to center a blog post around (first Monday of the month) and then discusses these posts on Twitter about two weeks later (third Sunday of the month). If this sounds interesting to you, please give Melanie and Flavia a visit and let them know you would like to join!

P.s. Just because it’s called Calendar ‘Girls’ doesn’t mean only girls can join! 

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Best Contemporary Novel Contenders:

I’ve only got two contenders for this one since I don’t read a lot of contemporary novels. If you have any suggestions, I am all ears (or eyes rather).

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Most of you know and have read this one, so I won’t go in to detail, but it was one of my favorite reads for 2017!

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I am sure this will be a contender for most too. I loved this book and really enjoyed the movie!

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Best Contemporary Novel:

My choice for best contemporary novel is set to be released tomorrow!!

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Book Title: The Future She Left Behind

Book Author: Marin Thomas

Page Count: 352

Publishing Date: September 5th, 2017

Publisher: Berkley

Synopsis: One woman’s journey home gets derailed by her soon-to-be ex-mother-in-law in a novel filled with humor, small-town charm, rekindled love, and the resilient ties of family.

Cast aside by her cheating husband, Katelyn Chandler is ready to pack it all in and drive home to Little Springs, Texas. She wants a chance to regroup, reconnect with her mother, and get back to her art.

But Shirley Pratt–master manipulator, elitist snob, and Katelyn’s terror of a live-in monster-in-law–has other ideas. Shirley insists on joining Katelyn’s trip after her son tries to pack her off to a retirement community. Katelyn has no choice but to play peacekeeper between the ornery old woman and the proud matrons of Little Springs. Yet the small town seems to be changing Shirley. And as Katelyn weighs the wisdom of picking up where she left off with Jackson Mendoza, the town bad boy and her high school sweetheart, she must find a way to believe in the strength of her dreams.


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You can find my review here!

As I said before, I don’t read a lot of contemporary novels, but this one was so good that it made me want to branch out and find more in the genre! I already have plans to buy this book for my mom and my sister in law because I enjoyed it so much and was really touched by the story!

I really loved the humor and the character transformations in this one! I felt like it was Steel Magnolias meets Hope Floats meets Legally Blonde! It had a great message and a really heartfelt story line that has stuck with me!

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27 thoughts on “Calendar Girls: Best Contemporary Novel

      1. I think that’s what is appealing about it is that you expect it to be and you think you are going to get a re-hash of the old flame, but you get more of a self-discovery type story. His character plays more in to differentiating Katelyn’s old life to the life with her “soon to be ex” husband, and helps to show what it was about herself that she loved before she changed.

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  1. Something about that cover…maybe the way it’s laid out, or the blue, just really draws me to it! I’d probably pick this book up just from the cover alone! The interior sounds good too though, haha. Thanks for sharing and for being a part of Calendar Girls! ❤

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  2. I love your blog! I’m a new follower and stumbled on this monthly post and am very intrigued. I haven’t read much contemporary (I used to steer clear of it but I am slowly changing my views). I have heard of these books but have yet to pick them up. I might have to give them a chance and see if I like them (seeing that they come so highly recommended!). Great post 🙂

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    1. Thanks! You will have to let me know if you read any of these! Make sure to click the links to Flavia and Melanie. They are the hosts of this monthly group so you will get plenty of great book recommendations each month!

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