I will admit first that it took me awhile to realize why I was so confused at the beginning of this book. The time continuity didn't seem possible andI will admit first that it took me awhile to realize why I was so confused at the beginning of this book. The time continuity didn't seem possible and had me wondering what exactly was going on. I was totally lost.
Well, turns out To Catch a Falling Star is Book 8 in The Graham Saga and if you have read the previous seven books, you will know exactly what is going on and how all these people are related. I mean, when a present day person goes back in time and says his mother chopped off the leg of the priest that finds him in a courtyard in Seville in the year 1688- that just didn't seem possible. Right?
Anyway, once I realized that there were other books before this one I did a little research and was quickly back on track to enjoying this time-hopping historical drama. The books follow time traveller, Alexandra Lind and in this installment, she and her husband make the journey from America to Scotland, Matthew Graham's homeland. Their return isn't exactly what he hoped it would be.
Their journey, the changes in Scotland, and their need to return home makes for a very entertaining conclusion to this series.
So much going on in this one and I enjoyed it all. It is an interesting time period and locations to portray. I also really like books that deal with time travel. Seeing how a modern day person adapts to life in the past is interesting to me. I think I now need to start from the beginning. It was probably not a good idea to start with the last book, but that's how it goes sometimes. At least I know I am really going to like figuring out how this all started. ...more
This was an interesting book-part police procedural, part supernatural mystery. It started off a bit rough. It was a little hard to figure out what waThis was an interesting book-part police procedural, part supernatural mystery. It started off a bit rough. It was a little hard to figure out what was happening due to the changes in perspective from character to character. It seemed like two different stories that had nothing to do with each for awhile. However, once I figured it out, I couldn't stop reading.
Detective Mickey Dolan has been charged to locate the wife and daughters of a politician. A custody battle ended with the father being given sole custody and now his family are on the run. Through Dolan's investigation he discovers that there were sexual abuse allegations and iffy legal doings to not prosecute the father.
The Royster family is in fact being helped by a mother and her daughter. They are a bit of a mystery. The daughter, Grace, seems to have the power to awaken people out of comas and by selling her gift to families with comatose family members, they are able to fund the help they give women and their children to escape abusive situations.
I enjoyed it and seeing how it all would come to an end. Would it be a happy ending for all? Guess you'll have to read it to find out....more
Eating Greens 24/7 is a hard thing to do for most people including me and my family. It is, however, something I am striving towards. This book by JesEating Greens 24/7 is a hard thing to do for most people including me and my family. It is, however, something I am striving towards. This book by Jessica Nadel has some interesting recipes on how to get those greens in.
Who knew you could get your greens in a cake?
I have yet to try some of these, but I do have many marked pages for ones to try. The Arugula and White Bean Hummus looks especially yummy!...more
Adler's background and journey to healthy eating has greatly influenced her work as a nutritionist. I like her advice to not "diet" but to develop a hAdler's background and journey to healthy eating has greatly influenced her work as a nutritionist. I like her advice to not "diet" but to develop a healthy relationship with food. Eat what nourishes, eat what heals and don't feel guilty when your body craves something you consider "bad".
There are so many things I read that I plan to implement into my eating habits; Listen to what my body wants, slow down while eating and enjoy every bite, eat when hungry. That last one I need to remember when the little girl asks me for food two hours after she has just eaten. She's listening to her body and I need to respect that by having healthy snacks for her and for me.
Another read through with a highlighter and a notepad is in order. So many great things to remember and share and recipes to try. Planning on having the hubby read this one, too....more
I enjoyed every second of the Amazing Arden's story. Strapped to a chair, hours after the murder of her husband, the magician shares the story of herI enjoyed every second of the Amazing Arden's story. Strapped to a chair, hours after the murder of her husband, the magician shares the story of her life to a policeman in an attempt to convince him that she is innocent. Is it all a lie as the title suggests?
Switching between the present (1905) and the past, the story of Arden unfolds in spectacular color and magic, some real and some just illusions and slight of hand. A difficult childhood, an abusive cousin and a lucky start to a new life when she escapes her previous life, fill the pages of The Magician's Lie. It's just that, sometimes, the past doesn't stay in the past.
Such an enjoyable read. I didn't want it to end. ...more
Tess Blessing is an interesting character. She is likable but flawed and I found myself wanting to talk to her, sometimes yell at her. I wanted desperTess Blessing is an interesting character. She is likable but flawed and I found myself wanting to talk to her, sometimes yell at her. I wanted desperately to help her out, give her a hug, make her tell her family what is going on with her so she can get some love. Her relationships are strained and a bit superficial since she doesn't really let anyone know the real her- afraid that they will learn about some of her psychological problems.
The narrator added a little magic to the story. Who exactly is she? An imaginary friend or ghost? A guardian angel? Loved it- mostly because she could materialize and help Tess out when she needed it. ...more
The Job is the third book in Evanovich and Goldberg's The Fox and O'Hare Series. I have to admit, I had not heard of this series before. I stopped reaThe Job is the third book in Evanovich and Goldberg's The Fox and O'Hare Series. I have to admit, I had not heard of this series before. I stopped reading the Stephanie Plum books at around number 15 quite awhile ago and have not read anything by Evanovich since then. Lee Goldberg is the author of the Monk series of books, which we all know went on to be a big TV hit. I am glad that I picked this up. It was a fun, easy read. Reminded me of some of the crime dramas you see a lot of on tv. Two very different people thrown together to find the bad guys and somehow work great together. There was some sexual tension, and cute banter between them all while performing hazardous deeds and apprehending the bad guy. Some may not like that, but I do. Reminded me a bit of early Castle episodes. Here, though, Kate is an FBI agent who has previously caught Nick, a con-artist/thief but now works with him to catch worst criminals. In this book, they are after a mob boss and with a whole crew of hired help (a la Oceans 11) they go to work to lure him into their trap....more
I was so excited to get the chance to preview Die Again. I am a big fan of Gerritsen's books and especially of the Rizzoli and ICouldn't put it down.
I was so excited to get the chance to preview Die Again. I am a big fan of Gerritsen's books and especially of the Rizzoli and Isles series. The last book I read, Ice Cold, was three books ago so I am a little behind in the series. That was not a problem. These books are usually easily read as a stand-alone.
Die Again starts in Botswana with seven people out on a safari. All is going well until it is not and people start dying- the work of a leopard or a madman?
Six years later, Jane and Maura begin investigating the murder of a taxidermist and avid hunter who happens to be the father of one of the people on the safari in Botswana. A coincidence?
Fast-paced, interesting mystery, and a slew of possible suspects. Made for a quick, fun and enjoyable read....more
Having a child who will one day be enrolled in public school made this a hard book to read. I kind of understood the pain the grieving parents are expHaving a child who will one day be enrolled in public school made this a hard book to read. I kind of understood the pain the grieving parents are experiencing and the terror of sending their other kids back and also how some blamed the mother for her son's actions. I would like to think that I would be more forgiving and understanding, but wow, you never know how you would react if it was your own.
This was an interesting book, as it follows the characters months after the tragic shooting and not leading up to it or during. This story is more about the town's reaction to the tragedy and how they survive it. Relationships are broken, friendships are strained and others become stronger. I really enjoyed reading about these people and hoping they would be okay. ...more
A ghost story sounded like a perfect read to start off October. However, if you are looking for a scary book, this isn't it. There is a ghost, but it'A ghost story sounded like a perfect read to start off October. However, if you are looking for a scary book, this isn't it. There is a ghost, but it's not so much a thriller with chills, it's more of a quiet psychological thriller.
This is a story of two women in different era's attempting to figure out their lives as new wives and mothers, Bridget in the present day and Rebecca in the early 1900's. There is so much loneliness and sadness, feelings of being abandoned and bitterness towards their respective husbands.
You have Bridget's weird experiences with the ghost, her strange socially-awkward interactions with her husband and friends. She is so isolated and alone with just her child-could she be imagining the ghost that wanders her house? Then there's Rebecca and her strange "love" story with the farm boy. I don't even know if you could call it a love story.
Adcock's writing is very quiet and sometimes lyrical. I enjoyed this haunting tale quite a bit. ...more