Well crap. I was really looking forward to reading this. But 40-some pages in, I'm giving up.
The story has potential - the story of Hungary after theWell crap. I was really looking forward to reading this. But 40-some pages in, I'm giving up.
The story has potential - the story of Hungary after the first world war and beyond, and the story of one family. I know I would enjoy reading this story if it were written by someone else. But the author's style is just so painful for me to read, I'm moving on to something else. I realize that others may enjoy the way he tells the story, but it's just working for me....more
This is one of those books that was exactly what I needed when I read it. Life was stressful, and I wanted to read something but nothing that requiredThis is one of those books that was exactly what I needed when I read it. Life was stressful, and I wanted to read something but nothing that required tons of attention and concentration. This filled the bill and was entertaining as well.
Lacey Smithsonian (her grandfather changed the name from simply Smith) writes a fashion column for a relatively unknown Washington DC newspaper. When a stylist at the salon she goes to is found dead, the police are content to think it's suicide, but Lacey's stylist Stella feels sure that the girl was murdered. She knows Lacey has some contacts, and asks her to investigate. Though reluctant at first, she starts to get more involved and pretty soon she discovers some interesting things going on with some of the people involved with the salon and its owners.
When another woman is killed in the same way, Lacey finds herself deeper into the mystery and the investigation. She gets closer and closer to finding the killer, at great risk to herself.
I enjoyed this book, not just because it was an entertaining mystery, but because of the observations about life in DC and the people who live there. I lived in DC for seven years, and knew exactly the types she was talking about, as well as the locations she described, even if they had fictional names.
If you want a quick, enjoyable read, you might enjoy this one.
Georgie McCool and her friend and writing partner Seth are finally getting the chance to pitch the sitcom they have been developing since college to aGeorgie McCool and her friend and writing partner Seth are finally getting the chance to pitch the sitcom they have been developing since college to a network. They have just a few days to get four episodes ready to present to network brass, and it's their dream come true. Both have been working on another show as writers, but doing their own thing has always been their dream.
The problem is, this is all happening right before Christmas, and Georgie, her husband Neal, and their two young daughters are supposed to be flying to Omaha to spend the holiday with Neal's mother and family. Georgie is sure that Neal will understand her situation, and decide they should all stay in California. The surprise is when Neal and the girls go to Omaha anyway.
At this point, Georgie is at a loss, and begins staying at her mother's house. One night, using a yellow landline phone from her former teenage bedroom, she manages to get in touch with Neal (he finally picks up instead of his cell going right to voicemail), and they have a wonderful conversation. Except Georgie becomes convinced that the phone is magic, connecting her to the past when she and Neal first got together. She decides that if they can talk on that phone, they can avoid their future issues.
The book goes along with Georgie trying to fix things with Neal, decide if phone conversations are real or imagined, trying to work with Seth on their big break, and trying to convince her mother and younger sister that she is not getting a divorce.
This was a good book, and really entertaining in some spots. It was good at pointing out the way that couples are around one another after they have been married for many years, and how sometimes something drastic needs to happen in order for them to remember why they are together in the first place.
I enjoyed the book, though I didn't love it. But - I didn't hate it either. It was worth the time spend reading....more