Beautifully written...those are the first thoughts that come to mind when I reflect back on this book. I loved the characters and how well they were f...moreBeautifully written...those are the first thoughts that come to mind when I reflect back on this book. I loved the characters and how well they were fleshed out in this book. They were likable, relatable, and not shallow. There was just so much to like about the characters that it made reading this book completely enjoyable.
The storyline was also interesting and completely believable. I was invested in the characters and their story, and I wanted to know more about them. I was rooting for them from the first page, and that feeling never ended.
My only complaint? I absolutely detest books that end without "ending." I absolutely hate being left hanging, wondering what's going to happen next. I think it's a terrible ploy on the part of writers and their publishers to ensure that the next books sells. It makes me so angry that I almost want to not buy the next book. But, the truth is that I will...and that makes me furious that I've been "taken" like that. For this reason, I can only give this book 4 stars.
If you don't mind being left hanging at the end of a book, and the wait for the next installment doesn't make you want to punch the author in the throat, then I strongly recommend this book. Otherwise, my best recommendation is to wait until this entire series is released and THEN buy the entire series so that you can read them all at one time.(less)
There is nothing I love more than the anticipation of reading a new book by a favorite author. I mark my calendar far in advance and begin counting do...moreThere is nothing I love more than the anticipation of reading a new book by a favorite author. I mark my calendar far in advance and begin counting down the days about two weeks before launch date. The only thing that comes close to equaling that excitement is when I’m surprised with the the opportunity to review a copy in advance in the form of an Advanced Reader’s Copy from the author or publisher. Recently, I had the opportunity to get my hands on an ARC of Cathy Lamb’s newest novel, What I Remember Most.
As an avid reader and fan of Lamb’s work, I walked into this book expecting a good read. I’ve read everything she’s released, and so there’s a reason why I always anxiously await her next book. With that said, though, I had no idea the huge treat that was in store for me. Simply stated, this book was absolutely beautiful and probably the best book Lamb has released yet. It was without any doubts one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.
As with many of Lamb’s books, What I Remember Most is filled with a strong female leading character surrounded by a close-knit group of quirky friends. But what sets this book apart and above all others is the grit and determination of the main character, Grenadine Scotch Wild. She’s a young woman who has been knocked down by life and by the system her entire life, and yet she refuses to give up. She refuses to be beaten and she refuses to accept defeat. She keeps her chin up and her head high as she plows forward through life in search of the peace and fairness she deserves. She’s tender-hearted, yet tough as nails and unafraid to stand her ground against those who would take advantage of her. And through all of this, she’s intensely likable and the kind of person we all wish was among our inner circle of friends. She’s the kind of character that a reader falls in love with, and the one who lingers in your memory long after the last pages have been turned.
When an author starts with a character as appealing as Grenadine, she has a responsibility to that character not to drop the ball on the storyline. Luckily Cathy Lamb was up to the task and brings the reader an unforgettable story of a young orphan as she navigates through the foster care system and then, later, the real world. It’s a story of love, loss, survival, determination, perseverance, friendship and new starts.
This is a book that I will be recommending to every one of my friends, and it’s the first book I’ve ever felt compelled to tell my friends to pre-order in advance of its release date. This is a book that you won’t want to wait any longer than necessary to read.(less)
As an avid reader, one of my favorite things in the world is a book that’s part of a larger series with repeating characters. Picking up where the las...moreAs an avid reader, one of my favorite things in the world is a book that’s part of a larger series with repeating characters. Picking up where the last book left off always feels like visiting old friends, and it’s always fun to check in with the gang to see what’s new. It’s no surprise, then, that I was excited to get my hands on the newest Abby Cooper mystery, this one entitled Fatal Fortune.
In this twelfth installment of the Psychic Eye series, Abby finds herself defending the reputation of her best friend Cassidy against what can only be described as damning evidence. Cassidy is caught on surveillance footage killing a man in cold blood. But, as Cassidy tells Abby, “It’s not how it looks.”
When even Cassidy’s FBI husband doubts her innocence, it’s up to Abby to feel out the ether and use her intuitive abilities to find Cassidy and clear her name…even if it puts her own life and freedoms at risk.
Fans of Laurie’s Psychic Eye series are sure to love this latest edition. It’s fast-paced and has the reader sitting on the edge of his seat throughout every page. The twists and turns keep the reader guessing, and it’s truly not until the last few pages are turned that the reader fully grasps the complexity of planning that casts suspicion on Cassidy in the first place.
New readers to this series can rest assured that they can pick up in the middle and not feel the gaping holes of missing background information that often accompanies a book in the midst of a larger series. One of the things Laurie does best is bring a new reader up to date on the characters without boring long-time fans with what feels like extraneous information. She gives exactly enough information to refresh the memories of old readers while bringing new readers up to date.
Fatal Fortune is definitely a good read and one I’d recommend to both longtime fans of this series and those unfamiliar with it. It’s simply a great summer read! (less)
Romance novels tend to pretty much be all the same, so I love when I'm pleasantly surprised by one...and I was very pleasantly surprised by "To Seduce...moreRomance novels tend to pretty much be all the same, so I love when I'm pleasantly surprised by one...and I was very pleasantly surprised by "To Seduce a Scoundrel." The plot was good, the characters were both strong and interesting, and the overall story was just plain enjoyable.
Like with most romance novels, there's a "big thing" that interferes with the hero and heroin being together. Most of the time, that "big thing" is really annoying and stupid, and you keep asking yourself why they're so stupid. Not so in this case. I think the author has set that "big thing" to be something that makes complete sense. The reader identifies with the pain of the hero and "gets" why that thing is a barrier to their long-term happiness.
Good story. One I'd recommend to others who enjoy this genre. (less)
One of my favorite things in the world is the anticipation of reading that next book by one of my favorite authors. Another favorite thing is when tha...moreOne of my favorite things in the world is the anticipation of reading that next book by one of my favorite authors. Another favorite thing is when that author "delivers" on the promise of a great read. Cathy Lamb always delivers, and she has done so once again with "If You Could See What I See."
Meggie O'Rourke has returned home to take over the CEO position at her grandmother's family-run lingerie company, where - together with her sisters, Lacey and Tory - she will have to rebuild the company to its former financial solvency. It won't be an easy process, as besides the challenge of the company itself, Meggie will have to overcome the inner demons that have chased her back to Oregon and the rivalry, competition and overall love that all siblings share.
"If You Could See What I See" is simply a great story about family and love. And, like all of Lamb's novels, it's filled with zany characters that make you wish you were a character in the book yourself so that you could just hang out with the other characters. They're simply fun and "real" and make you wish you knew them in real life.
Overall, a really wonderful story and I hated to see it end!(less)
A while ago, I read "Hopeless" by Colleen Hoover and absolutely loved it. When I saw that she had released the same book, only written from Holder's...more A while ago, I read "Hopeless" by Colleen Hoover and absolutely loved it. When I saw that she had released the same book, only written from Holder's perspective, I thought it might be an interesting read. What I hadn't expected is how much I would love it as much as the original book.
I LOVED this book. It tells almost the identical story as "Hopeless," but from Holder's perspective. What surprises me most is that I loved this book every bit as much as the first. You see, I almost never re-read a book and, when I read the same story from the perspective of another, I never like it as much as the first. Not so in this case. I loved "Losing Hope" every bit as much as "Hopeless." In some ways, maybe even more.
Wonderful read! I swear that Holder has set the bar for all young men in my opinion. He's exactly the kind of kid I'd like to raise and - even more than that - exactly the kind of boy I wish for my own daughter. Amazing book!(less)
I was fully prepared to give this book a full five-stars until it ended. What a HUGE letdown! It's like the publisher told the author that she could u...moreI was fully prepared to give this book a full five-stars until it ended. What a HUGE letdown! It's like the publisher told the author that she could use only x-number of pages and the author got to within 3 pages of that quota and said, "Oops! I gotta end it!" What a complete mistake! The entire book leads up to one significant confrontation, and - instead of playing out the confrontation so we could see the resolution - the author entirely skipped the confrontation and moved right on to the epilogue. Before that, I was already formulating in my mind how I was going to give this book such a rave review, but the author ruined that. Such a complete disappointment.(less)
I'm not sure exactly what I expected when I picked this book up, but I walked away with more than I bargained for. This is really a great story about...moreI'm not sure exactly what I expected when I picked this book up, but I walked away with more than I bargained for. This is really a great story about two young people, each carrying around their own emotional scars. Through a series of events, they end up as roommates in a college housing apartment.
Taylor is determined to hate Hunter and - on the surface - Hunter is everything Taylor *should* despise in the opposite sex. But Hunter's inside is much softer than that bad-boy vibes he puts off. It takes a while, but Hunter finally wears Taylor down and, by doing so, begins the process of helping to heal the emotional scars she's carried around for nearly a decade.
This was really a good read. The storyline was good and the characters very likable. (less)