Here's another winner from Megan Crane (author of Frenemies, Everyone Else's Girl and English As A Second Language). This is the story of the Cassel gHere's another winner from Megan Crane (author of Frenemies, Everyone Else's Girl and English As A Second Language). This is the story of the Cassel girls: conservative, Type A Norah, free-spirit Raine and quiet baby of the family Courtney. Six years previous to the start of the book, Raine "ruined" Norah's wedding and then disappeared--with Courtney's boyfriend. But time has healed at least Courtney's wounds enough that now that she's grown up and about to get married herself, she wants her family back together. She hunts down her missing sister and finds that the past isn't as easy to make peace with as she thought.
This is an interesting study in family dynamics, love in many, many different forms as well as the choices we make for ourselves and the choices we allow others to make for us. ...more
Karen Neches' Earthly Pleasures is aptly named--what a fabulous, fun, heart warmning book this is! The story centers on Skye Sebring, a hospitality grKaren Neches' Earthly Pleasures is aptly named--what a fabulous, fun, heart warmning book this is! The story centers on Skye Sebring, a hospitality greeter for Heaven --the Pearly Gates are just a thrill ride in the many attractions of Heaven, which also include Nocturnal Theatre, where you can view your dreams, Retail Rapture, the Universe's biggest mall (where, of course, everything is free) and so much more. Skye's job is to greet the newly dead, answer their questions, review their personal welcoming DVD with them, and get them settled in Newcomer Housing. She's a New Soul, meaning she's never been to earth, but she's good at her job (though it's felt she's too handy with Tranquility in a Can, which is used on the overly upset arrivals to help their adjustment). She's only existed a year, has this great job and a lovely boyfriend, and has no interest in Earth whatsoever. That is until a brief encounter with Ryan Blaine, who pops into her office after a motorcycle accident but is revived on Earth and pops back out, leaves her head over cloudy heels for him. Then she gets the call--she's going to Earth for her first life (and is taught the basics of living there with the help of 5 Beatles songs, complete with a solo from the Supreme Being Herself). Usually those sent to earth begin as babies, but Skye is no ordinary case. What happens to her--the story of love and friendship, faith and fate, will bring a smile to your face and more than a few tears to your eye as the book ends. Neches' creative, entertaining, funny and remarkable book is truly an earthly pleasure to read!...more
Growing pains don't stop when the birthday clock rolls into the 20's (and beyond)--but it's never too late to grow up. That seems to be the underlyingGrowing pains don't stop when the birthday clock rolls into the 20's (and beyond)--but it's never too late to grow up. That seems to be the underlying theme to the often hilarious and sometimes cringingly close to home frenemies by Megan Crane. She defines a frenemie as "the friend who gives you the sweetest smile to your face, while holding the sharpest knife to your back". The story centers on Augusta (Gus)Curtis who, in the shadow of her 30th birthday, discovers her boyfriend kissing a friend of hers when he's supposedly home sick. Her entire clutch of friends gets involved in the drama, opening more dramas and eventually new light on old friendships. It's a coming of age novel for those in their late twenties that is entertaining yet still manages to touch on some major themes of self respect, friendship and what it means to be an adult. ...more