I have to start by saying that And One Last Thing ... is hilarious! I really enjoyed Molly Harper's other work, so I was eager to read more. However,I have to start by saying that And One Last Thing ... is hilarious! I really enjoyed Molly Harper's other work, so I was eager to read more. However, I was a little worried that I would miss the paranormal aspect with this book, but I needn't have worried because And One Last Thing ... was fantastic.
I really liked Lacey. I thought she was very easy to relate to. She had always gone with the flow and never really made waves. She didn't want to upset people or make them dislike her, so she was always quick to smooth things over. In the end, though, instead of just being nice and liked, she seemed to have lost herself--particularly in her marriage to Mike.
I really liked how the story was told. It starts right as Lacey discovers that her husband is cheating on her with his secretary. As devastating as the news is, it's also revealed hilariously. Instead of just pushing forward, though, there's quite a bit of background to Lacey and Mike's marriage that I think was necessary to the story. Also, it was a great lead up to Lacey's ultimate revenge, which was through the monthly newsletter Mike had always left Lacey to write.
The newsletter itself was one of my favorite parts of the story. Lacey's sharp wit and biting humor was such a satisfying thing to read because by the time she wrote it, I felt just as angry at Mike as she did. As satisfying as Lacey's revenge felt to me, as the reader, the aftermath was far from pretty, though.
I think my biggest gripe with the story had to be other people's reactions to Lacey's actions. Even though the newsletter may not have been the mature thing to do, I found myself very aggravated with the people who acted as though Lacey was the wrong party or those who suggested she ignore Mike's actions. It felt like there weren't enough people in Lacey's life who actually thought she was right for leaving Mike and not overlooking his infidelity. Her father, in particular, made me angry, and even though I never expect for everything to be resolved, I just felt really let down by the idea of a father expecting his daughter to be treated badly and fall in line to save face.
While the first section of the book dealt with the end of Lacey and Mike's relationship, I felt like when Lacey finally left for the cabin was when her story and new start really began. Her first interactions with Monroe were great. He was pretty abrupt and jerky at first, but once he loosened up, I really liked him. He was a nice contrast to Mike as well.
I was really surprised to find that I really enjoyed the story as a whole. It was more than just a romantic comedy. It dealt with a lot of issues I think many woman can relate to, and I have to say it was really satisfying to see Lacey through the journey of ending her marriage and starting anew. Molly Harper really took on a situation that could have been filled with melodrama and could have been sad and weepy and made an empowering, hilarious story out of it. ...more
Already Home was a fantastic read. The book is filled with a vivid cast of characters. They felt like people I knew or had heard about from a friend.
WAlready Home was a fantastic read. The book is filled with a vivid cast of characters. They felt like people I knew or had heard about from a friend.
While the book is not the romance most might expect from Susan Mallery, Already Home explores friendship, the family dynamic and starting anew while tackling some tough subjects in an interesting and heartfelt manner.
By the time I'd finished reading, I felt as though I'd been through the emotional ringer and came out stronger (and a little hungry) on the other side....more
When I finished this book, I decided I needed to sleep on it before I rated and reviewed it because my feelings were pretty mixed.
In Weekend Warriors,When I finished this book, I decided I needed to sleep on it before I rated and reviewed it because my feelings were pretty mixed.
In Weekend Warriors, a group of woman who have suffered from great injustice are brought together by a wealthy woman named Myra who's pregnant daughter was killed in a hit and run accident. The driver, a Chinese diplomat with immunity, goes unpunished. After going into a fugue state for many months, Myra comes alive again when she realizes that these injustices don't have to go unpunished.
The first case they decide to take on is Kathyrn's. She was gang raped by three motorcycle enthusiasts while her wheelchair bound husband was forced to watch. Not wanting to further hurt her husband's ego and knowing he wouldn't be able to stand a trial due to his health, Kathryn kept quiet until after Alan's death. That was when she went to lawyer Nikki Quinn, Myra's adoptive daughter, only to discover that the statutes of limitations have run out. This group of women, or the Sisterhood as they come to call themselves, concoct a plan to exact Kathryn's revenge and give her attackers the punishment she sees fit.
As far as the plot goes, I really enjoyed it. I don't know many people who haven't felt upset by injustices that slip through the cracks. I also enjoyed the idea of women taking back the power and deciding not to be victims anymore. So from that respect, I really enjoyed the story.
The problem was with writing. The story could have been so amazing if the writing had just been stronger. I felt no real connection to any of the characters. I could sympathize with what had happened to them, but by the end of the book, I just felt like I'd never truly connected.
Also, the dialogue at times just seemed to jump around too much and lacked a sense of real emotion. I think if the characters had been more fleshed out it would have helped the story out in the long run.
Overall, though, I really enjoyed the premise, and I do want to read more of this series because this was such a fast paced, quick read. I'd like to see how the series develops and what kind of scenario the sisterhood finds themselves in next....more
I'd forgotten just how much I loved this series, but it was fun to get into this book and remember all of the things I loved about it in the first plaI'd forgotten just how much I loved this series, but it was fun to get into this book and remember all of the things I loved about it in the first place. ...more
I've read a lot of books by Susan Mallery, and I can't think of an instance where I ever disliked any of her books. However, I thought I knew what toI've read a lot of books by Susan Mallery, and I can't think of an instance where I ever disliked any of her books. However, I thought I knew what to expect whenever I picked up one of her books, but I have to confess that Barefoot Season surprised me.
In this book Michelle had recently returned to the United States after being injured in war. When she finally returns home to her inn on Blackberry Island, she's faced with all it's changes as well as confronted by the mistakes of her past in the form of her former best friend, Carly.
At first I wasn't sure how I felt about Michelle. Carly seemed to be the wronged party in the beginning, but as the story unraveled, it became obvious these two had a complicated past. In the end, I came around to liking them both. I also really enjoyed that they were each allowed to reflect on the past. They both saw a lot of the same situations very differently, which made for a lot of conflict.
I enjoyed the setting of the inn on Blackberry Island. It was an interesting environment, and it was clear how much both Carly and Michelle loved the place as they struggled to find ways to keep from losing it.
There was some romance involved, but I actually enjoyed the fact that the romance took a back burner to the relationship between these two former friends. There were times when I wondered if it would ever be possible for the two of them to mend their broken relationship, but despite what they said or how they acted, their love for each other shone through.
I think this was possibly one of Susan Mallery's best work. The writing was very good and the plot felt very solid. It still had all of the elements I've come to expect from Susan Mallery, but the focus was placed elsewhere. It was a great read that I managed to zoom through within a day. I'm excited to read more about Blackberry Island, and recommend this book to anyone looking for a story that's about friendship and healing. ...more