So, here I thought that God's in Alabama was my favorite Joshilyn Jackson book... I've got to say, now though, that A Grown Up Kind of Pretty may have...moreSo, here I thought that God's in Alabama was my favorite Joshilyn Jackson book... I've got to say, now though, that A Grown Up Kind of Pretty may have just changed my mind on that.
I absolutely had the best time reading about the adventures of Big, Liza and Mosey. This mother, daughter and grandaughter team are so full of mystery and with all of their past and present, crazy and quirky foibles, you will be on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what's going to happen next!!!
What if they never dug up that willow tree in their backyard?? I have to wonder!! But, so glad to see the mystery unravel right before my eyes!!!
What I soooo love about JJ is the voices she gives all of her characters. She uses every-day words and phrases and current humor and it makes the characters so real and VERY relatable!! I could have totally plopped myself right smack dab in any scene in the book and felt right at home there. Slightly uncomfortable at times, but at home.
Thanks for another amazing read, Joshilyn!! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us next!!(less)
Can I just say.... I hated this book?! I hated everything about it! If you haven't started it yet, I suggest you put it back on your shelf and one day...moreCan I just say.... I hated this book?! I hated everything about it! If you haven't started it yet, I suggest you put it back on your shelf and one day when you want to just be depressed thinking about cheating wives and husbands.... THEN pull this bad boy out! And I'm talking wives that are moms with a house full of kids!
There could be some spoilers beyond this point, so stop reading here! **********************************************************************
Just a few bullet points and comments....
1)I disliked all of the characters. Not a one of them was likable. You read it and tell me which character YOU liked! And I'll bet you'll say, "Sheryl, you are right! There was not ONE character that I liked and/or could relate with!"
2)Infidelity....I really dislike that, and thought that maybe there would be SOMEthing good that would come out of the story. Wrong! I swear, I am not a prude and I know it's just a novel...but I felt horrible reading this! Okay, so the affair does end... and her hubby is none the wiser. Is that good? Is it bad? Should she pay in some way for her indiscretions? I just don't know! But I don't like it either way! The whole thing bothered me....really bothered me!
3)So the female protagonist is a glass blower and she is making a piece for an auction and putting a $50,000 starting price on it....why would she make something SO fragile and put such a gigantic price-tag on it and be soooo SUR-freakin-prised when it breaks?? And why in the H. E. double hockey sticks would someone pay top dollar for something that could break if the wind blows it just the wrong way. Dumb dumb!
4)But what I am really mad about is that I stuck it out and actually finished it til the end. What did I expect? Grrrr....
5)Will I read Elin Hilderbrand again? Absolutely! It was only her second book for me and I loved the first one. Surely...she couldn't flub up another one THIS bad!
Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon ~ Why I didn't just abandon this book at the get go, is beyond me?!
>Matthew is married and having an affair...moreGetting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon ~ Why I didn't just abandon this book at the get go, is beyond me?!
>Matthew is married and having an affair with Helen; has been for 4 years! >Matthew decides to leave his wife (Sofie) for Helen and move in with her. Side note: Matthew has a first wife named Hannah with whom he left for Sofie!! And a grown son, Leo. >Helen decides that she doesn't want Matthew after all and wants him to move out. >Helen (aka Eleanor, to Sofie) becomes best friends with Sofie, however Sofie doesn't know this is the mistress. >Helen (Eleanor) meets, and goes on a date with Leo (Matthew's son from first marriage with Hannah). >Helen starts telling lie after lie after lie to Sofie, Matthew, the children (of Matthew and Sofie).... >Helen starts trying to get Matthew back together with Sofie, so he will move OUT.
If you didn't understand any of the above... IT'S OK! It doesn't matter.
And then....the author does something sneaky! Jane tries to pull a fast one on us readers and tries to trick you into thinking that Helen is doing all of this for the good of Matthew and Sofie's marriage. That Helen has had good intentions all along with her lies and deceit. I call BS on it, and am a teensy bit P.O.ed at Ms. Fallon for thinking I would go for it! You can make your own assumption, but I still think that Helen is a psycho lunatic that just started letting her own guilt get in the way. She had to "make nice" so if she did get caught, she would sound all..."Sophie, my bff, I was doing it for you..... I told all of these horrendous lies to save your marriage.....I did it all for good!" WHATever! Helen is a crazy bitch! For lack of a better way to say it!
Side note: The ONLY likeable characters in this book are Sophie and Leo. Even Sophie and Matthew's daughter's Claudia and Suzanne are little brats!!
I will give this 2 stars simply because I did not put it down. So that has to say something....right?! Debatable.
I hope that Getting Rid of Matthew didn't ruin Jane Fallon for me for good. (less)
Borrowed this from my sis-in-law and absolutely loved it!!
I really enjoyed "stalking" Arthur Weeman through Rebekah Kettles eyes! What a fun little re...moreBorrowed this from my sis-in-law and absolutely loved it!!
I really enjoyed "stalking" Arthur Weeman through Rebekah Kettles eyes! What a fun little read. Rebekah is also a huge Little House on the Prairie fan and she references it throughout the whole book which I looovvved!!
If you want a good "guilty pleasure" read....this is your book!
Wowzers!! This book was so good! Let me start by saying that I was so excited to read this because The Kindness of Strangers really touched me beyond...moreWowzers!! This book was so good! Let me start by saying that I was so excited to read this because The Kindness of Strangers really touched me beyond words!! So I dove in, and I've got to tell you was disappointed at first...it was kind of draggy for the first couple of chapters...then BAM! It took this turn and I could not put it down! There was so much going on in this one and I loved every aspect....It is a true murder mystery....who done it....and it touches on drug and alcohol abuse and loved ones dealing with it, lies, lies and more lies and how things spin totally out of control because of these lies, communication with animals....and so much more!!! All of the characters (human and animals) add so much to the story....I can't imagine this book without any of them! With all of this incredibly unbelievable stuff going on.....Katrina Kittle totally makes you believe every word of it! You will be doing yourself a big favor by picking up Two Truths and a Lie next time you run across it and diving right in!!!(less)
Oh my... I really don't know how to review this one. In a word, disappointed.
It was an incredibly long read. Not just because it was a long book (I ca...moreOh my... I really don't know how to review this one. In a word, disappointed.
It was an incredibly long read. Not just because it was a long book (I can handle thick books), it just was not an easy peasy read like his previous two novels. I fell in love with Wally Lamb with "She's Come Undone." I could not put that book down for a second. Then came "I Know This Much is True" and I was deeply committed to it as well. But I just couldn't get close to any of the characters in "The Hour I First Believed..." I enjoyed reading about what happened with Columbine and how it effected the teachers and students and everyone involved, however the family history with the letters and diaries and who was the baby's mama stuff going on...I tell ya, it lost me at times and I was often bored.
It saddens me that I didn't like this more. I still love Wally, though!(less)
<them, but not the others. What was so special about she and their Grandma...that God favored them over the ones who died?>>...moreWhat a great book this was...
<them, but not the others. What was so special about she and their Grandma...that God favored them over the ones who died?>>
Her response to what I wrote above (to Patrick's question)...a small insert that I read and thought I would share:
"I believe what God required me to believe, Patrick. I would not ask of Him that He explain His motives any more than I would wish that any of you might ask of me why I love you." Mom paused, wiping at her eyes. Our hearts beat like metronomes. "It was providence, and it is, that I was spared from death in 1938 so that-" and here Mom paused again, drawing in her breath sharply, her eyes suffused with a special lustre, gazing upon her family one by one, with what crazy unbounded love she gazed upon us, and at such a moment my heart would contract as if this woman who was my mother had slipped her fingers inside my rib cage to contain it, as you might hold a wild, thrashing bird to comfort it, "-so that you children-Mikey, Patrick, Marianne, and Judd-could be born." (less)