Nantucket Nights by Elin Hilderbrand ~ Oh my, what a train wreck this book was! And like they say, I just couldn't look away! Why do I find other peop...moreNantucket Nights by Elin Hilderbrand ~ Oh my, what a train wreck this book was! And like they say, I just couldn't look away! Why do I find other people's misery so fascinating?? And it's not the "misery loves company, theory, because I am never miserable! Of course it is fictional misery, but nonetheless....I could not put this puppy down!
Kayla, Val and Antoinette have been best friends for 20 years and every year on the Friday of Labor Day weekend they go out at midnight to the beach for what they call "Night Swimmers." This really sounded like my cup of tea, actually. Three best friends drinking champagne, eating lobster and other delicacies... and sharing their most intimate/precious secrets with each other, in a sacred "sisterly" bonding ritual, if you will.....
Kayla, Kayla, Kayla..... you have been HAD this year! I think someone said to her at some point during the story, "Kayla, you need to pick better friends." And boy, were they right! With friends like Val and Antoinette...who needs enemies?
This was a dysfunctional cast of characters that I could not sympathize with. There was really only one person in the book that I felt some sort of sympathy for for the most part...that was Kayla's husband. Poor sap!
The ending... let me say most of the books I have been reading lately are all tied up nice and neatly at the end with rainbows and butterflies....but this one actually leaves a lot to the imagination. You are really left to wonder, so what next? Frustrating, but I kind of liked it for a change. I don't think every story should end up with a happily ever after, ya know? Life just doesn't happen that way.
If you are having problems with your friends and/or spouse...READ this book! You will soon find out that your problems are NOTHING compared to what this group of Nantucket Islanders will go through over the next 7-8 months! (less)
I just don't know what to say about this Berg book. I liked it enough that I did not want to abandon it, however I was a bit bored by it also. I read...moreI just don't know what to say about this Berg book. I liked it enough that I did not want to abandon it, however I was a bit bored by it also. I read another book of hers years ago called "The Art of Mending" that was wonderful.
"Durable Goods" is told by 12 year old, Katie. She lives on a military base with her dad and older sister, Diane. Their mom passed away of cancer, not too terribly long ago, so we never meet her. Dad beats them if they look at him the wrong way and they pack up and move A LOT, never able to form any permenant roots and friendships.
Good Lord, even this review is boring, so I am going to stop now.
It wouldn't have hurt my feelings any, had I not read this one. I think I will still read "Joy School" which is the 2nd Katie Nash book in this series. I heard it's much better than the first!
A Woman Betrayed by Barbara Delinsky ~ So, how well do you really know someone? Do you actually know what a person you have know for years, someone th...moreA Woman Betrayed by Barbara Delinsky ~ So, how well do you really know someone? Do you actually know what a person you have know for years, someone that you have trusted with your life would be capable of? Well, let me tell you, Laura Frye (the woman betrayed) as the title says, is about to find out what is in store for her. Her "perfect" husband, Jeff, doesn't come home one evening. Of course, Laura and their two kids, Scott and Debra, initially expect the worst. Was he in a horrible accident? Was he taken and being held for ransom? But, in the days to come, all of the pieces start to come together and they will soon learn that the man that they knew and loved escaped (essentially a perfect life) but a life he couldn't take anymore for his own selfish reasons. The domino effect starts happening, and because of his actions, everyone suffers. They suffer emotionally & financially they struggle and just when they thought things couldn't get any worse...BAM! The kids suffer on a whole different level... One betrayal after another comes to light! He turns his family...and the town they live in upside down all because he is a selfish @$$ h0le!! Pardon my language (but he is).... That being said.... he really did EVERYONE involved a huge favor! Bigger and better cards come into play and fall into place just as they should be.
Here is a quote from the book that is so so true: Laura speaking to her kids weeks after their father has not returned home, trying to make them feel better.... "Life doesn't always stay the same. With the passage of time, things change. It's inevitable. But that doesn't mean they have to be worse." I just loved that.
This was another page turner by Barbara Delinsky. Just a little side note: Barbara really knows how to write a love scene, so if you are offended by this, you may not want to read.... it gets really steamy at times! HELLO! Seriously, I felt myself blushing, like I was a peeping Tom! HA!!
While My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky ~ I liked it.
It's about the secrets that come out while "my sister" is in a coma, basically. And that's al...moreWhile My Sister Sleeps by Barbara Delinsky ~ I liked it.
It's about the secrets that come out while "my sister" is in a coma, basically. And that's all I've got to say about that. It sounds like I'm telling you it was boring, but on the contrary, it really wasn't. I found it to be different...being it wasn't a love story or someone cheating on someone else, or someone with alcohol or drug issues... It was refreshing to read, in that way. Yet, bittersweet. I'm still loving Babs!(less)
Not MY Daughter by Barbara Delinsky ~ You've seen it in the news before, and probably more than once and if you are like me, you just don't understand...moreNot MY Daughter by Barbara Delinsky ~ You've seen it in the news before, and probably more than once and if you are like me, you just don't understand it. It was a pact. A pact between a small group of teenage girls in their senior year of high school. All bright with loving families with amazing futures ahead of them. Colleges lined up and already in their sights, when this pact between 4 best friends comes into play. They decide to all get pregnant at the same time, NOW....at age 17. Their moms are all best friends too, so they thought it would be an amazing idea that their babies all grow up to be best friends, just like their moms. Surprisingly, and this could be because I have a son and no daughters, but the "pact" part of this book wasn't what got me. What hit a nerve with me was the impact that the girl's decision had on the town/school and school board and how the townspeople reacted towards the parents. More specifically...how they treated the mothers of these girls. The moms should be held accountable and responsible and "should have known" that this was going on with their daughters. One of the moms also happens to be the principal at the school, so she gets the brunt of all of the tongue lashings.
I get so P.O.ed when the blame is placed on the parents shoulders (in the real world) and this book, alike. Like it was ALL the parents faults.... Not just in this situation with the teenage pregnancies, but with any teenage crisis; drugs, and stealing and cheating, etc..... Granted, sometimes children are not brought up right and you could say, "Well, look at the kids parents...the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...." But in some cases (like with these girls), when a child has been brought up with the best values and in a loving home...sometimes, you have no say or control over what that child is going to do. They not only learn "life lessons" from their parents, but also from their peers. You can't follow them everywhere they go, go on their first date, or listen in on every phone call and sit with them at school.... All you can do is raise them to the best of your ability and instill the best values, morals and beliefs into them as early on as possible and pray that they go down the right path. Sometimes they do stray. ....And rant over....
Read Not MY Daughter to find out what in the world these girls were thinking, why they formed this pact in the first place and how the parents (the ones who are really to blame, yeah right) live through the ordeal. No worries, there are several little side stories too, within each of the families that keep the story very interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as frustrated as I got at times.... I did love to see that others (fictional characters or not) share my opinion. (less)
Someone could have just plunged their fist into my chest and taken out my beating heart and the result would have been the same!!
Books with happening...moreSomeone could have just plunged their fist into my chest and taken out my beating heart and the result would have been the same!!
Books with happenings in the lives of teenagers really touch home with me. I have one of my own, so I feel deeply about the characters of these types of novels. I can sooo relate on a very personal level. I can't even begin to tell you how emotional this story was for me.... it was about the same level of emotion that I had when I read Jodi Picoult's, The Pact or Nineteen Minutes. If you read either of those, you know what I am talking about!
Kristin has this way of very slowly taking you through the lives of her characters....something that has taken me a few books to REALLY appreciate. It almost feels draggy in parts in the beginning, but there is a reason Kristin does this.... She wants you get to know these people on a very personal level before the tragedy strikes! So you can just sit at your desk at work and bawl your eyes out when something terrible happens to your new "best friend" or your super sweet new boyfriend... She has you become friends with them and fight with them; love & hate them and laugh & cry with them and then !BAM! she totally sticks it to you and crushes the living spirit right out of you, in someway or another! And I tell you what, it is very effective!!
Night Road is a story that could easily be true and going on in the lives of anyone that reads it. It's about friendship and young true love, trust and forgiveness and it is all so meaningful and pure. It all felt very real to me. I actually felt like I may have been reading someone's personal diary.
If you want to take a ride on this very emotional roller coaster, Night Road is your ticket on!! Strap yourself in and grab a box of tissues....I promise you will need them!(less)
True Colors by Kristin Hannah ~ Wow...so at first I was reading this and thinking to myself, well Kristin has gone all "Romance Novel" on us and all I...moreTrue Colors by Kristin Hannah ~ Wow...so at first I was reading this and thinking to myself, well Kristin has gone all "Romance Novel" on us and all I could picture were those cheesy Fabio book covers.... And in a matter of a few more chapters it got REALLY good!!!
I know a book is good when I am sitting at work reading it and I have to gather myself to answer the phone because I am boo hooing! This is such a great love story based on the lives of 3 sisters and the men that come and go.... There is so much family drama, but with big strong family bonds (well minus their Di$@K head father...what an ole coot he was)! It touches on love, heartbreak and jealousy, accusations....murder and suspense, teen angst and love.... And lots of sisterly squabbles and the bonds they all share. You name it...it's in there. If you have sisters, you should read this.... It was really a very touching novel.
I'm glad I stuck out the ***tall dark stranger comes to town and sweeps young naive girl off her feet like no man ever has*** feel to it and gave it a fair shot! (less)
Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah ~ This is such a beautiful love story about first loves, true loves, heartache, and strong family bonds. Angel Falls wil...moreAngel Falls by Kristin Hannah ~ This is such a beautiful love story about first loves, true loves, heartache, and strong family bonds. Angel Falls will just tug at your heartstrings from the very moment you meet the Campbell family.
This is a story of loves past and present and letting go.....
After a tragic horse riding accident, a young wife and mother falls into a coma. This story takes you through the lives of Mikaela Campbell's two children (Jacey and Bret), her caring and devoted husband, Liam and her darling mother, Rosa, and how they gently try to wake her over the next weeks. Secrets are revealed and Liam is desparate try anything to get a response to wake his true love, even if it means losing her in the end.
You know, in most books, there is normally a character or two you could just do without, that adds nothing to the story or you simply just don't like them and want to strangle them?! Well....NOT the case in Angel Falls at all!! I fell in love with all of the characters present in Angel Falls! Even Julian True, who is a big shot actor in the book....bigger than Brad Pitt!! Yeah, he has definite ego issues, and acts like an a$$ half the time, but I still found myself caring about his well being from the moment he is introduced to us.
I am soooo loving Kristin Hannah and am OUT at the moment...which makes me mad! Can't wait to stumble across more of her books next time I'm out book shoppin!! What's your favorites by Kristin????(less)
I started out a teensy bit frustrated with this Kristin Hannah book, as it just wasn't like the others of hers I have read. Distant Shores is about th...moreI started out a teensy bit frustrated with this Kristin Hannah book, as it just wasn't like the others of hers I have read. Distant Shores is about the troubled marriage of Elizabeth and Jackson Shore. And being happily married myself, I had a hard time relating to what they were going through. The two protagonists were a bit infuriating!! I felt like neither one of them were giving each other a break at any turn....and yet you could sense the love was still there, BUT is "just" love ever enough?
So... in short, for the first part of the book, I was Team Jackson! Then, about halfway through it was Team Elizabeth, for me, all the way...but by the end I was just routing for the whole fam damily!!! I ended up thoroughly enjoying it! There is no such thing as a perfect marriage. I don't know one that hasn't had some marital or family crisis or another and this story is a true testament of a big.old.nasty rough patch and how the Shores do their best to work their way back to each other; figuratively and literally.
Of course, there are several other back stories, with a colorful cast of characters, that add to the mix and will just pull at your heart strings along the way.
If you are a Kristin Hannah fan, or if this is your very first one, give Distant Shores a shot. I am so glad I didn't put her down!(less)
Have you ever been so emotionally attached to a book? Or to a family that the story revolves around? That's me with The Kindness of Strangers. I find...moreHave you ever been so emotionally attached to a book? Or to a family that the story revolves around? That's me with The Kindness of Strangers. I find myself reading this book as though it effects me in some way. As if it is happening to someone close to me or someone I know. I can't help but to get choked up and tear up just about every other page. I had no idea what I got myself into with this one, however I am not disappointed at all. The synopsis on the back cover did not prepare me for what was in store.
Do monsters like what are in this book really exist? I know they do, but I just cannot fathom it. I want to find these...these... "monsters" ...round them all up and make them suffer horribly...in the worst way imaginable!
I have such a love/hate relationship with this book!! You will fall in love with Sarah Laden and her family and new friends that she finds throughout the story. She has a huge, kind heart and you can tell that she has raised her two sons with the same values and kindness that she shows. You will love her sons to pieces! And most of all you will love Jordan, the sweet little boy that this sad sad tale is about. You will want to hug him and do anything for him to make him feel safe, protected and at peace. However you will hate the reason for why you want to offer such comfort to this amazing child. You, too, will ask yourself, "Do monsters like this really exist? And the answer is sadly, yes, they do.
This story tugged at my heart-strings as no other book has ever done. Katrina Kittle is amazing! (less)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer ~ I must admit that the main reason I read this was because I really want to see the movie...moreExtremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer ~ I must admit that the main reason I read this was because I really want to see the movie. Seems like if I see the movie first, I will never go back to the book. I never did end up reading The Notebook! I am so glad that I read this one, though. I have since heard that the movie does not do the book justice.
This book was such an incredibly sad and moving story, but I found myself laughing out loud throughout a lot of it. It had some extremely funny parts too!! The protagonist, Oskar Schell is a 9 year old little boy with the most amazing mind. I could not wait to hear what was going to come out of his beautiful little brain next!! His father died in the World Trade Center on 9/11 and Oskar hasn't dealt with his death very well since then.... he was left with so many unanswered questions. One day he finds this odd key in his dad's closet that he just knew would be a clue to the missing pieces of exactly how and why his dad died. Well... Oskar goes on mission. He sets out all throughout New York's five boroughs to find out what that key opens to get the answers he is looking for. He meets some truly amazing people along the way, and forms some interesting friendships.
Another aspect that I fell in love with was all of the family history. You will meet Oskar's grandmother, and learn how much she adores her grandson. Through a series of letters you'll find out how she and her husband met and how Oskar's father came into this world. It is heart wrenching and so fascinating to see how the pieces all fit together!!
Foer's writing style had me worried at the first of the book. The conversations between the characters all kind of run together and sometimes the past and the present did, as well. However, it was very easy to get into the flow and figure it out early on. Don't let it throw you off. This was a little gem! Stick with it and you, too will fall in love with little Oskar Schell.
Movie critics aside...I still am dying to see the movie!!! I'll be the judge!(less)
Such a beautiful story about the renewal of lost love! If you've read/seen The Notebook... you must read The Wedding! You won't be disappointed. What...moreSuch a beautiful story about the renewal of lost love! If you've read/seen The Notebook... you must read The Wedding! You won't be disappointed. What a feel good story it is!(less)
The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky ~ This is the first book by this author that I have read and I have instantly become BFFs with ole Babs!! :o...moreThe Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky ~ This is the first book by this author that I have read and I have instantly become BFFs with ole Babs!! :o)
This is a story of keeping secrets and evading the truth by omission.... It's another one of those stories that makes you stop to think... Now, what would I have done in the same situation?
Before you read the next few sentences, know that there are not any spoilers. Anything I have referred to, below, is in the synopsis on the back of Bab's book.
A mother and daughter are driving home one very rainy night and get into an accident involving a pedestrian, the daughter (Grace) was driving... There were very precarious events that led up to the accident and lots of secrets in-between that are discovered along the way, and some that stay....well...secrets. When the police arrived at the scene, they didn't ask who was driving, they just assumed it was (Deborah) the mom. So, my question is, would you speak up, if it meant you thought your child would be in heaps of trouble? If you just stick with the truth, then everything will be OK, right...isn't that what we are taught, as children to do and believe?.... But what would you do, as an adult, as a parent, if you were in Deborah's shoes? How long could you let this "little" lie by omission escalate and go on for, even if it is for the love and protection of your family? This is one family, like all families, that have a few truth and trust issues, but they know how to pull it all together when it matters the most!
I am so excited that I gave Barb. D. a shot and cannot wait to read more of her stuff!!!(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)