This was such a fun read. I really like Juliet - spunky, mouthy, smart (though not always wise), loyal - really puts herself out there for her friend This was such a fun read. I really like Juliet - spunky, mouthy, smart (though not always wise), loyal - really puts herself out there for her friends. She is the kind of girlfriend that every girl (and boy) needs at least one of! Especially if you have been arrested for murder! She really puts everything on the line trying to prove that Pete didn't kill his girlfriend. Pete seems like a good guy, though seems a little wishy washy at times. Seems like he and Juliet are half in love with each other, but are afraid that if they have a relationship that they will lose the friendship - and the friendship seems to be more important to them.
As Juliet runs all over town doing her own "investigating" and dating most of the suspects, her on-again, off-again cop boyfriend Ryder tries to keep up with her and keep her out of jail. They seem like they are going to be a fun couple, as he seems content to put up with her sometimes reckless behavior (remember how I said she was smart, but not always wise?) As for keeping the identity of the murderer a secret, I can say that I didn't see this one coming. It wasn't until Juliet started to figure it out that I did as well. I think the author did a good job of keeping the waters muddied enough to not make it obvious who the killer was.
I did not read the first book in the series, and do not think that it detracted from this story. I would definitely pick up another book by Caroline Fardig though.
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I loved!! this book. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. The story is told from two points of view - Lovey's and her granddaughter, AnnabellI loved!! this book. Once I picked it up, I could not put it down. The story is told from two points of view - Lovey's and her granddaughter, Annabelle's.
Lovey's story also goes back and forth from the past to the present. She met her husband, Dan, when she was about 10 years old, but because of the war and both their parents, it was many years before they were actually married. After high school, Dan and his family had moved to another town and he had enlisted in the navy. It was serendipitous when they ran into each other in New York City when he was on leave. Now many many years later they have raised 5 daughters and Dan and Lovey have aged. Dan is in a wheelchair with few lucid moments - moments that Lovey cherishes.
Annabelle has been raised with this circle of women around her. Her mom and sisters are all very close to each other - as well as to their mother. They have helped each other through joy as well as heartbreak. This is shown during a conversation between Lovey and Annabelle. I pushed her away, and I said what I always said to her mother. "The only thing that matters is that we all know how much we mean to each other. We all know how much we love each other." I could feel those tears clouding my throat again, thickening it and making it difficult to talk. "So if I hadn't woken up this morning, you would have known that none of the other mess was important." (p286) Annabelle has made some of her own messes - which include a lovesick ex-fiance who continues to text her long after she has married another man. She also discovers a few secrets along the way - and realizes that even those in her family that she thought had perfect relationships had troubles to deal with along the way. They all had choices to make and it was these choices that had kept their family strong. Annabelle's choice to marry a man after only 3 days may not have been the wisest choice - but her family is supporting her as best they can. And that's the thing about your children. No matter what they do or how much you disapprove or how much you wish you could change their actions, you love them madly all the same. At the end of the day, that's the only choice that truly matters. (p218) Underneath it all is an undercurrent of faith - that God is really the one in control and he can lead you where he wants you to go - even if you can't see it. I loved this gentle reminder that there is someone who loves us and is watching out for us. (Quotes are from an uncorrected proof)
Okay - I just reread this review and I am not doing justice to this book at all. It was beautifully written. They story just flowed effortlessly. I am going to borrow some endorsements to truly convey this great book.
"LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE establishes Kristy Woodson Harvey as a major new voice in southern fiction. This book stirred mighty emotions in me, yet left me with a sense of peace. A truly delightful read." --Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of The Rumor
"A richly detailed, intergenerational tale of love, loss and loyalty. Harvey pulls the reader into the hearts and souls of her characters."—Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence
"Harvey crafted a story so perfectly detailed that we could imagine ourselves on a wrap around porch in the South with a tall glass of sweet tea."—Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, authors ofYour Perfect Life and The Status of All Things ...more
This was the kind of book I needed to read this week. It was lighthearted, fast paced - just a fun romp all the way around. Some authors can get the cThis was the kind of book I needed to read this week. It was lighthearted, fast paced - just a fun romp all the way around. Some authors can get the chemistry between two characters just right - and Kelly did just that with James and Kate. They have this initial attraction to each other, and due to some meddling friends, Kate ends up agreeing to be James wedding date for his sister's wedding. This was a HUGE wedding (1000 guests! - 11 bridesmaids!) so this wasn't just a wedding date but a whole production.
So how do you go on a pretend date when you are afraid that your feelings are real? There are some humorous moments - some sad - and some hot and steamy scenes. Of course, there has to be some friction - which comes in the form of an ex-fiance and an ex-boyfriend.
If you are looking for a fast-paced romance - then pick up The Wedding Date. It didn't disappoint!...more
Yeah - I was pulled into this book from the very beginning. There is a mystery introduced in the prologue and it is kept under wraps for most of the bYeah - I was pulled into this book from the very beginning. There is a mystery introduced in the prologue and it is kept under wraps for most of the book. I had an idea - but of course my first thought was wrong (for which I was very happy!) Anyway - loved the book. It kept me up way passed my bedtime.
I don't think the blurb above does the book enough credit. She ends up getting together with Luke more by accident than be design. She does discover a box in her mom's closet - but others seem to piece together the secret long before she does. She is naively innocent and doesn't really see what is right in front of her.
I loved the chemistry between Charli and Luke though - and also the relationship between Luke and Collin - his brother. You can't help feeling for these boys - that they have been dealt such a raw deal and yet they are really trying to be good kids. They just can't seem to get a break from anyone because of their parentage. Of course, living with their drug addicted brother Midgey doesn't help any.
Being the first book in a series, while you get some answers - the ending is wide open as to what will happen in the second book! Looking forward to it's release this fall. ...more
This book was actually 2 stories in one. The first one is pretty straightforward - beautiful girl (nun) walks into a bar - meets gorgeous man - see whThis book was actually 2 stories in one. The first one is pretty straightforward - beautiful girl (nun) walks into a bar - meets gorgeous man - see what happens to bring them together and keep them apart. Of course it is a lot more than that - like the banter between the two of them. I liked Sadie's sense of humor and straightforward way of dealing with things. Because of her upbringing in the abbey and her life as a nun from 18 through her early 20's, a lot of what she says she doesn't realize is funny - it is just that she is out of touch with some mainstream things - so it comes out funny. Of course she loves TV so she has kept up to date on many things that way.
There was something that bothered me about their banter though and that was how much Ryder called her Babe or Baby. Early in the book she even mentions how much she likes it, but I was like Pleeeaasse - stop already. And then I figured it was my age showing, because my 21 year old daughter talks to her boyfriend like that. . .
The second storyline is one that was much more serious. It was about human trafficking. This involved Ryder's sister Scottie and his actions to find her, bring her home, and keep everyone safe. You know that however much Ryder tries to keep Sadie out of that world, the two are eventually going to cross - the tension is how will this affect their relationship - and who is going to survive the fallout.
This was fun to read and was quick to read. Even with the Baby's every other sentence with the dialogue, I still wanted to keep reading and find out what happened with Sadie and Ryder. I did appreciate the storyline that she was able to keep her faith and beliefs and they didn't jump into bed together the minute the sexual tension got to be too much....more
Being the 4th book in the series, I am afraid there was some backstory that I was missing that might have contributed to a better understanding of theBeing the 4th book in the series, I am afraid there was some backstory that I was missing that might have contributed to a better understanding of the relationships in this book. As far as the mystery goes, it read well as a stand alone. However, sometimes there were people or relationships mentioned that I had to go back and try to figure out who they were.
There is really more than one mystery going on here, beginning with the bones that were dug up when the German plane was unearthed. It isn't long before another body - this one more recent - is discovered and the list of suspects begins to grow. It seems like many people may have wanted this gentleman dead - or at the very least - to pay for some of his wrongs from the past. Pru's brother Simon is on this list, and Pru fears that the policeman in charge will find him guilty, due to his inexperience with murder investigations. For this reason, her husband is running his own investigation in secret. Of course Pru is going to be doing her own investigation as well!
I enjoyed meeting these characters and hope to go back and get caught up on how they all came to be a family. It was a quick read and very much a cozy mystery. All of the gardening references made me hungry for spring to get here so I can get outside and start playing in the dirt!...more
This was a charming read with the story being told in alternating chapters by Meredith and by Prozac. I think that every dog owner wants to believe thThis was a charming read with the story being told in alternating chapters by Meredith and by Prozac. I think that every dog owner wants to believe that they own a dog as smart and wise as Prozac was. I found myself wondering if my dog ever thought some of the things that this dog thought!
Prozac was a "Spirit Guide Dog" and had really only signed on for this job to get to his dream job/life - that of being on stage and basking in the limelight. The Canine Dispatch Board promised him that once this life was complete, he would be all set for his life on stage. His new owner is an elderly woman named Helen. She is a big dog lover and trains him to be a therapy dog (not very successfully. . . ) but persistence pays off. She takes him to various groups and homes to visit patients and elderly and for the most part, Prozac loves it. He can't figure out though what his purpose for this life is. Helen breaks her foot and must find a temporary home for him and that is where Meredith comes along. This is really where the story starts as Meredith is anything but a dog lover. She has also been in hiding (physically and emotionally) since the death of her fiance 3 years earlier. She gets bullied into taking care of Prozac and if you have ever taken care of a dog, then you know it is hard to not to fall in love.
This was an easy and enjoyable read. I was somewhat surprised by the ending, but came to accept that it was right for the story. ...more
This book started out pretty heavy with a very realistic scene between Dinah and Tritt - her abusive boyfriend. It was very hard for me to read becausThis book started out pretty heavy with a very realistic scene between Dinah and Tritt - her abusive boyfriend. It was very hard for me to read because of personal reasons (no, nothing happened to me, but to someone very close to me). I am glad that I stayed with it though. I liked the way that the friendship between Jeyne and Dinah developed after that first night. They had both been very careful with letting anyone close to them and it was cool to see them slowly open up to each other and learn to trust. The same can be said about the men in their lives.
With Jeyne it was Nathan, a fellow doctor who has been her study partner for months. She has been attracted to him from the beginning, but until recently didn't think he was interested in her. Unfortunately he is keeping secrets of his own and when they come out, Jeyne is not sure that they can still be friends - let alone anything else.
Dinah becomes friends with Eli - Tritt's younger brother. She discovers things about him that make her realize that there were people who were trying to help her, even when she wasn't willing/able to help herself. Overcoming/forgetting what brought them together might be tougher than they think though.
I liked this book and read it very quickly. This looks like it might be the first in a series - so looking forward to what comes next. ...more