Annabelle Pleasanton (sorry, but I'm not digging her name) has just been given a writing assignment from her boss. She really has to give this one her...moreAnnabelle Pleasanton (sorry, but I'm not digging her name) has just been given a writing assignment from her boss. She really has to give this one her all after her previous failure as a writer on Central Coast Living. The only problem is, every time she attempts to make an impression every thing seems to go wrong. The same can be said for her new love interest, Isaac. Every time Annabelle thinks she's making headway with Isaac, her boyfriend-snatching enemy, Rona, shows up to ruin things. On top of all that she is trying to successfully put together the menu for her best friend's surprise bridal shower. Will she be able to get it all together or will everything fall apart?
This book was seriously funny. It had a lot of embarrassing moments and funny twists and turns. I found the main character's interaction with the reader to be quite hilarious as well. Annabelle's inner voice is so saucy. I highly recommend this book, and I know there is a sequel too title Previously Engaged. I will definitely be reading it.
A few quotes from the book:
"Enchante," Patrique said, kissing me on my hand. It kind of shocked me, and when he removed his lips from the top of my hand, there was a blob of saliva just sitting there. He looked at me as if he had left it there as some sort of treat for me. I tried to hide my disgust as I wiped my hand on my pants. I almost felt sorry for them. I mean, they were nice pants. But it was either me or them.
My mind began to race with ideas for how to get the ring off my finger. I went over the options in my mind. Option one: Find some string and tie it to a doorknob and then slam the door shut. No. That's for loose teeth not tight rings. Option Two: Ask Lisa to give the ring a tug. No. I don't think tat will go over too well. Option Three: Use the slippery hand lotion in my bag to coat my finger, then tug and hope for the best. Okay. I'll give that one a try.
Genre: Mystery, Culinary Recommend to: If you like mystery or baking This is written by an LDS author, and while the main character is LDS, this book do...moreGenre: Mystery, Culinary Recommend to: If you like mystery or baking This is written by an LDS author, and while the main character is LDS, this book doesn't have much content in way of religion. Sadie Hoffmiller is busy canning her homemade applesauce when she notices two police cars drive into her otherwise quiet cul-de-sac. She soon discovers her neighbor, single mom Anne Lemmon, has been murdered and her son, Trevor has gone missing. After giving the detectives as much information as she can, she soon realizes she is the prime suspect in the murder. To make matters worse, her fiance, Ron, admits to being at Anne's house the night before. Sadie decides to do a little investigative work herself, but finds herself in a lot more trouble than she bargained for. I found the main character to be very nosy and it kind of disturbed me that some of her actions were undoubtedly against the law. It bothered me that she preached the importance of living good standards and clearly overstepped her bounds in trying to solve the murder. I understand this is just a work of fiction, but it sent a mixed message. An up-side to this novel, for all those who love baking, are the added recipes to the dishes Sadie makes in the book. I'm not one to bake much, but some of these sound very tempting (and fattening I might add). This book is to be a first in a series of Culinary Mysteries with Sadie Hoffmiller as the "cooking aficionado-turned-amateur detective." The next in the series is called English Trifle and comes out in Fall 2009. This series reminds me of another culinary mystery series by Joanne Fluke called the Hannah Swensen Series. That one starts with The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. (less)
What to Read When by Pam Allyn is a guide to reading books to your children from birth to age 10. What I liked about this book is Ms. Allyn's way of c...moreWhat to Read When by Pam Allyn is a guide to reading books to your children from birth to age 10. What I liked about this book is Ms. Allyn's way of categorizing literature. Sometimes as a mom it is hard to determine which books are right for which ages. She has not only given recommendations for every age, but divides them into types of books (i.e. board books, concept books, music books etc.).
This book is basically divided into 3 parts. In part one the author explains why it is important to read to our children, keys to helping your child become a lifelong reader, supporting your child's reading life, and what she calls Landmark books. Landmark books are "...books that have shaped how childhood has been conveyed to us over the years." (pg 38)
Part two gives the Reader's Ladder of when to read which books to certain ages. Part three is the Emotional "When". The author details 50 Essential Themes and gives recommendations for each theme while also classifying them as emerging, developing, or maturing readers. Examples of these themes include: Bad Day; Courage; Building the World of Family; Adoption etc.
Overall, I really like this book. I am excited to try out some of the books with my little one, and I hope to be able to use this as a resource throughout his childhood.
This book is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast with a twist. The "Beast", Valor Lionhardt is very rich and handsome, but his heart has turned to bl...moreThis book is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast with a twist. The "Beast", Valor Lionhardt is very rich and handsome, but his heart has turned to black stone after his proposal of marriage to Coquette de Bellamont is refused by her father. Three years later, sweet, innocent Coquette is given in marriage to the dark Lord of Roanan to save her father's life - or so she thinks. She soon finds out that her vain father has traded her life for three merchant ships, a manor house, and gold. Coquette must learn to tame her beast, and Lord Roanan must learn to give up revenge and love again.
I liked this story pretty well. It was inventive and different from other Beauty and the Beast stories. It had a sweet romance, but not as steamy as Shackles of Honor. Even though it is not my favorite of McClure's books, I still recommend it. She writes clean romance, which I am highly in favor of. (less)
I am trying to figure out my feelings on this book. On the one hand Tally's personality was completely ugly in this book but that wasn't really her fa...moreI am trying to figure out my feelings on this book. On the one hand Tally's personality was completely ugly in this book but that wasn't really her fault. I felt really bad about Zane - or rather that Tally was repulsed by him but still wanted to save him at the same time. Despite not liking Tally much at all I was really captivated by the plot. I wanted to see where it was headed. I really enjoyed the ending. (less)
Gemma Doyle grew up in India with her family, but desperately wants to go live in London to be introduced to society. In a scary turn of events she ge...moreGemma Doyle grew up in India with her family, but desperately wants to go live in London to be introduced to society. In a scary turn of events she gets her wish. However, this comes with a price, she now has secrets she has to keep from her fellow students at Spence, a girl's finishing school. She is only beginning to discover that she has a secret frightening power that she is trying to understand, and a stalker who wants her to forget all about it. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the other two books in the series. It has a little bit of fantasy element to it, but it still has a base in reality, which I like. (less)
Confessions of a Shopaholic is about a woman named Rebecca Bloomwood who lives in London and works for a financial magazine called Successful Savings....moreConfessions of a Shopaholic is about a woman named Rebecca Bloomwood who lives in London and works for a financial magazine called Successful Savings. She hates her job, and is constantly trying to find ways to make more money so she can support her shopping habit. She comes into some trouble when the creditors won't leave her alone. Will she ever find a way to pay them all off, but still buy the things she wants?
I wanted to read this book after having seen the movie. I loved the movie. For one thing it had a PG rating, which made me happy. Also, the movie was very funny, even getting laughs out of my hubby. I was a little nervous taking him to the movie, thinking it would be just another chick flick, but surprisingly it was better than expected.
Then I read the book. As book to movies go, this one didn't stick fully to the plot. There were some similarities, but the differences were in favor of the movie. I don't think I liked the book all that much. I certainly thought less of the main character, Rebecca Bloomwood. She was constantly lying to everyone, and even though she was in this terrible debt she kept spending like you wouldn't believe. I guess that's why she's a shopaholic.
I think I could feel a bit of pity for her, but even when faced with utter humiliation at having her accounts frozen she still wouldn't own up to being in debt. Even at the end of the book, nobody knows what incredible debt she is in.
Then of course she has the somewhat happy ending she's been daydreaming about all through the book. It just didn't seem like she learned any kind of lesson at all. She was lazy at work, and throughout the whole book she acted as if she knew nothing about finance. Suddenly she comes into some luck and seems she is a financial wizard and knew it all along if she'd just applied herself.
Another complaint I have against the book is the language. Besides the "F" word being used a handful of times, she was constantly using the Lord's name. It was really distracting, and I hated reading that over and over. It was just a little too much for me.
The only other thing I had a hard time with was relating to the story in that it is set in London. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it is hard to connect to stores, designers, magazines, and television shows frequently mentioned in the book. Thankfully the movie is set in New York, so it is more relative to the U.S. crowd.
Here is a quote from the book:
"For years now I've kind of operated under an informal shopping cycle. A bit like a farmer's crop rotation system. Except, instead of wheat, maize, barley, and fallow, mine pretty much goes clothes, makeup shoes, and clothes (I don't bother with fallow). Shopping is actually very similar to farming a field. You can't keep buying the same thing, you have to have a bit of variety. Otherwise you get bored and stop enjoying yourself."
Overall, I don't think I would recommend this book to anyone, but I fully recommend the movie. (less)