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The Smoke Tree Review

This was such a great quick and easy read about self-growth! I truly loved reading this from beginning to end.


Rating: 4/5

What's a girl to do after it all falls apart?


That is what Tora McAllister must learn after her husband's sudden trip to the hospital leads her to the surprise of her life. Feeling abandoned and alone, she is left to figure it out on her own.


Enter Peanut, a Yorkie Terrier her sister Courtney drops into Tora's frazzled lap. Peanut's presence brings her new joy, as well as a friendship with a popular neighbor and a handsome veterinarian, shaking up Tora's life even more. Finding it difficult to let go of what was, will Tora welcome new beginnings with open arms or continue clinging to a hopeless past?

I received a copy of The Smoke Tree from the author, Stefanie Nici herself. In return for an honest review. Thank you so much for this opportunity!


This was such a great quick and easy read about self-growth! I truly loved reading this from beginning to end. It felt like it wasn’t long before finding myself at the end of this book. It just flowed so well, I breezed through it easily.


I truly loved reading this from beginning to end.

Tora was happily married until she wasn’t. Often left waiting at home for her husband who was always working late. Until one day, she’s told he’s at the hospital. Tora arrives to find her husband’s partner, who she never knew was a female already there. Tora felt her world shatter. Then, she’s thrown a tiny dog to pet sit by her sister. Tora finds herself enamored by the furball and captures the eyes of her vet. Is Tora up to letting go of the past and moving on?


I loved following Tora. I truly felt for her. When her life fell apart, no one was there for her. It was infuriating to read but felt so real. I was angry for Tora and how she was treated by those around her. I was excited to see her blossom and grow into someone she loved again. I thought her path of self-growth was simply beautiful to follow.


I thought her path of self-growth was simply beautiful to follow.

And knowing there’s a sequel? I don’t know what could possibly happen next for our main character, Tora, but I’m not mad! I’d love to hear more about Tora and see what happens next in her story.


This book is a perfect reminder for anyone that you control your own happiness. A man can’t do that. They’ll complement it and add to it, sure. But only you can make your own happiness. And you don’t need toxic bitches in your life either. I know I’ve gotten rid of my fair share of toxic people in my life.


I found this book to be such an amazing read. I can’t wait to see what drama is next for my girl, Tora. I think if you enjoy light breezy Contemporary books with a slight romance, then I highly recommend picking this one up!