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Once Upon a Book Club: All the Good Parts

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy MLK Day, My Lovelies!  I hope y'all enjoy your holiday.  Today I'm sharing the October Once Upon a Book Club selection (at least I think it's October's...I'm reading December's now, and I've already posted about November's selection).

October's selection is All the Good Parts by Loretta Nyhan.

According to Goodreads:

At thirty-nine, Leona Accorsi is broke, single, back in school, and living in her sister Carly’s basement. She’s perfectly content being quirky Auntie Lee to Carly’s four children. That is, until Leona’s doctor tells her that if she wants to have a child, she’d better do it now.

Leona does want a baby. She always has, but the circumstances have never been right. Now she has a huge decision to make: face motherhood on her own or risk missing out on its rewards.

Unfortunately, she’s let her romantic life go stagnant. She barely even knows any single men. She has just a few prospects: a Vietnam vet and partial amputee, his intimidating son, the sweet but troubled man who tutors her niece, and a fellow nursing student she’s never actually met.

As Leona discovers more about each one, she realizes any of them could be the right man for the job. The more important question is, has she become the right woman?

My Review

Leona is a difficult character in several ways.  She majored in art in college, but she never did anything with it.  She took care of her father during his terminal illness with very little help from her sister.  She's living with her sister's family in their basement in exchange for helping with the children and paying the occasional bill.  She's an online nursing student and an at-home healthcare worker: These two decisions are the only two she makes that make sense given her need to nurture.  Plus her OB-GYN warns her that she needs to have children soon as her biological clock is winding down.  

Leona wants a baby.  Is she self-centered? Although having a baby given her circumstances is a selfish decision, I don't think she's selfish in general.  She also means well even though she doesn't make good choices in her job or in trying to help her niece's homeless math tutor when she has no idea what his issues truly are.  Why would she even consider him for her baby daddy when he could have a genetic mental illness? What is she thinking?  I also wanted to jump in the pages of the book and slap her silly when she doesn't share important information concerning her thirteen year old niece with her sister (after all: Leona is NOT the mama).

I really wanted to dislike Leona, but I couldn't.  All the Good Parts is a quirky chick lit book with plenty of drama, humor, and a satisfying ending I wasn't expecting; there's hope for Leona after all.

Like before, I enjoyed the gifts in this subscription box.  Inside the book there are post it notes that tell you to open your gift (the corresponding git has the page number on it).

A favorite quote from the book

Purple scarf gift from page 101

I love this mirror.  The quote on it says:
You are Beautiful!  Mistakes are made by those who are learning to really live life.

LOVE the notebook.  There is a spoiler printed inside the notebook, so I didn't want to share it with you.   

Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill


  1. I enjoyed reading your review RJ. I like the concept of the subscription, really cute. Love the quote and the scarf......
    Happy Monday.

  2. That sounds like a good book, Ricki. I can't tell if it has enough 'meat' in it for me to like it...but it sounds like a fun/quick read.
    What a neat book club box!!! xo Diana

  3. This would be SUCH a fun book club to join. I looked at it online...very neat! Good review too! Happy reading my friend. Hugs, Diane

  4. RJ I will check out the book, I have always enjoyed your recommendations. I think the book box and gifts is a very fun idea.

  5. Wow, what a fun box. The book sounds interesting. I always appreciate your reviews.


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