The DNA of You and Me

Author: Andrea Rothman
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Fiction
Source: William Morrow Paperbacks


Goodreads:  A smart debut novel—a wonderfully engaging infusion of Lab Girl, The Assistants, and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine—that pits the ambition of scientific discovery against the siren call of love.

How does smell work? Specifically, how do olfactory sensory neurons project to their targets in the olfactory bulb, where smell is processed? Justin McKinnon has hired fresh-faced graduate student Emily to study that question. What Justin hasn’t told Emily is that two other scientists in the lab, Aeden and Allegra, are working on a very similar topic, and their findings may compete with her research.

Emily was born focused and driven. She’s always been more comfortable staring down the barrel of a microscope than making small talk with strangers. Competition doesn’t scare her. Her special place is the lab, where she analyzes DNA sequences, looking for new genes that might be involved in guiding olfactory neurons to their targets.

To Emily’s great surprise, her rational mind is unsettled by Aeden. As they shift from competitors to colleagues, and then to something more, Emily allows herself to see a future in which she doesn’t end up alone. But when Aeden decides to leave the lab, it becomes clear to Emily that she must make a choice: follow her research or follow her heart.

A sharp, relevant novel that speaks to the ambitions and desires of modern women, The DNA of You and Me explores the evergreen question of career versus family, the irrational sensibility of love, and whether one can be a loner without a diagnostic label.

Ope’s Opinion: I don’t think I was the right audience for this book.  It had a lot of time in the science field and the lab.  I really enjoy strong females, who have a balance between work and life.  I felt like the main character had more invested in her job then her life. 

I hope people who enjoy the science world and a little love story will enjoy this book.


A Summer in Somoma

Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: MIRA
Genre: Romance
Source: My friend Mary Ann

Goodreads:  They’ve been best friends since seventh grade. But this summer, on the threshold of thirty, four women are going to need each other more than ever.

Cassie has sworn off romance. Yet deep down, she’s still looking for Mr. Forever. A long-haired biker doesn’t figure into her plans, so where’s the harm in touring the back roads of Sonoma on a Harley with Walt Arneson?

Julie married her high school sweetheart—who can get her pregnant with a mere glance—too young and now wonders how her life became all about leaky faucets and checkbook balances. Maybe love isn’t enough to sustain the hottest couple in town.

Marty’s firefighter husband has forgotten all about romance, and an old flame begins to look mighty tempting.

Beth, a doctor trapped in a body that’s betrayed her yet again, is becoming a difficult patient and a secretive friend.

Life can change in an instant…or a summer. And having friends to lean on can only up the chances of happily ever after.

Ope’s Opinion: This story has four strong women that have a wonderful friendship. They support each other through thick and thin.  They each have their story in this book, they each have issues – men, money or health.  Although, I had my favorite story line, all of the stories were fun to follow. 

One of these women is probably someone you could relate to as you read their story.  The difficulties these women faced are things a lot of people face.  It is enjoyable to see them solve their issues.

The ending was satisfying – it was positive.


Lies, Love, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Author:  Julie Wright
Publisher: Shadow Moutain
Genre: Romance
Source:  Kristin of Kritters Ramblings


The Lie
Women in Hollywood are just pretty faces. But Silvia Bradshaw knows that’s a lie, and she’s ready to be treated as an equal and prove her worth as one of Hollywood’s newest film editors.

The Love
She and Ben Mason had worked together as editors before Silvia got her big break, so he’s the perfect person to ask for feedback on her first major film. But even as their friendship begins to blossom into something more, a lawsuit surfaces, jeopardizing both Ben and Silvia’s jobs—as well as their fledgling romance. Audrey Hepburn once said: “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” Silvia agrees. Or she used to. It’s one thing to risk her job and her heart, but can she really risk Ben’s, too? Does she have the right to make decisions for her own happiness when they affect so many other people?

The Breakfast
With everything to lose, Silvia meets Ben for breakfast at his favorite diner, Tiffany’s, for one last conversation before the credits roll on true love.

Ope’s Opinion:  At the beginning of this book you learn that Silvia looses an eye to cancer  ( not ruining the story ).  I understand the cancer coming into her life – it has a lot of impact and influence in her life.  I do not understand why the author chose to have Silvia loose an eye.    It never became clear to me what that had to do with the rest of the story.

Putting that aside, I loved the rest of the story.  I liked hearing about the editing of movies, I liked hearing a women’s fight to be seen and heard in a man’s world, and I liked that Silvia made her career a priority.  I also really, really liked Silvia and Ben’s relationship – their miscommunications and banter were fun to read.

Two-thirds of the way through the book I thought I knew where the story was going, then there was a breath taking twist, then a couple of more twists.  I thought the author made the relationships feel real.  The ending brought it all together and was very satisfying.

Thank you Kristin for sharing another great book with me.




Coming Soon…..

…. On a Bookshelf near you!

In March I hope to read….

Publication Date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Hqn

Goodreads: New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne invites readers to Cape Sanctuary, where she weaves together the stories of three women–two sisters and the young aunt who raised them–each facing her own crossroads. Can they let go of past mistakes and welcome joy and love into their lives?

What is coming soon …. to a bookshelf near you?

Let me know – I am always looking for a good read!

The Other Side of the Bridge

Author: Camron Wright
Publisher: Shadow Moutain
Genre: Fiction
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramblings


Goodreads:  Two coasts. Two strangers.
And a bridge that silently beckons them both.

Katie Connelly has lived in San Francisco all her life. Her late father made his career on the Golden Gate Bridge, and the many stories of how he saved jumpers still haunt her. And now her job assignment is to write about the history of the bridge—a history that includes a secret journal about a promise ring and a love story that may be the answer to her unresolved sorrow.

Meanwhile, Dave Riley, a marketing executive in New York, has sorrows of his own. Grasping at straws after tragedy strikes his family, he decides to follow a daydream that has turned into an obsession: to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge on a motorcycle on the Fourth of July.

Does the bridge somehow mysteriously hold the answers both Katie and Dave are looking for? Or will they find something completely different when they get to the other side?

Ope’s Opinion:  This book took me on quiet a journey.  I was interested in the characters right from the beginning.  I was also interested to find out how their paths would cross – they were such different people, from different places, with different experiences – how could their stories intersect? 

Parts of the book were depressing.. just keep reading it.  Both main characters had hard lives with losses.  There were some parts that were not believable or necessarily added anything to the story.

I am not sure of the ending. For me, it seemed incomplete and a little hard to believe.