#Blogmas Day 3: Book Review – A Bucket List of Sorts by Leah Battaglio

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Unexpectedly hilarious and wholesome. A quick and light feel-good novel.

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings, tropes, and representation found in this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com!

Premise (from Goodreads)

Tilda Loxley doesn’t have time for extras. She’s a single mom. She volunteers. She tries hard to meet the expectations Pinterest has drawn out for her.

Everything changes for Tilda when she’s summoned by the estate attorney of her late Aunt Beebie. A 40th birthday reveals one last item Beebie has left for her favorite niece…a bucket list filled with travel, adventure and only a bit of bare skin.

It’s a bumpy ride as Tilda attempts to step out of her comfort zone, be the mom she needs to be and maybe even kiss a fella with reckless abandon…what could possibly go wrong?

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Review (No Spoilers)

I honestly didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. Going into it, I worried that it was going to be an extremely serious book about loss, grief, and depression. Instead, I got possibly the most wholesome novel I’ve ever read about learning to open yourself up to new experiences and opportunities.

Since the book is relatively short for a novel, the pacing at times can seem very quick. Certain things that I expected to take multiple chapters to get through sometimes happened in just a few pages. I would have liked to have some of these more emotional scenes drawn out so that we could see more character development, particularly between Tilda & Tabitha and Deacon, Logan, & Livia.

As someone who reads a lot of romance novels (though A Bucket List of Sorts is more of a contemporary), I often get tired of the unnecessary tropes that many novels use in order to cause conflict between the two main characters. I was extremely happy to find that most of the conflict in this book was reasonable and realistic. Any introduced tension was resolved fairly quickly and respectfully, which was really nice for me.

If you’re looking for a quick, light read that is full of laughs and feel-good moments, I’d definitely recommend you give this a try!

Thank you to BookTasters and Leah Battaglio for providing me with a free eBook in exchange for an honest review!

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