This book fell short for me. It started out ok, a bunch of kids with sleep disorders go to a clinic with hopes of being able to sleep.
They are all hooThis book fell short for me. It started out ok, a bunch of kids with sleep disorders go to a clinic with hopes of being able to sleep.
They are all hooked up to the same system at the same time and through mother nature, a glitch happens when the experiment it shut down before the generator kicks in. Now the kids are all messed up in and out of REM sleep and the Dr.'s can't wake them up.
Meanwhile, the kids all find themselves together in a huge void, that after so long turns into one of their nightmares. If you can survive the nightmare, you'll go back into the void eventually. But if you die in the nightmare, it's game over for real.
Like I said, it started out good, but I did lose interest. And it ended on a cliffhanger and I have no intention on reading book 2....more
I didn't think I'd like this book as much as the first in the series, but I was wrong!!
Nichole came across in book one as a spoiled brat, but in thisI didn't think I'd like this book as much as the first in the series, but I was wrong!!
Nichole came across in book one as a spoiled brat, but in this story she has definitely redeemed herself and turned out to be 100% likable.
It's been 2 years and Nichole is still going through her divorce. Now living in an apartment in the downtown area, she and her son Owen are used to their new life. Even LeeAnn, her mother-in-law, decided to leave her husband of 35 yrs. for consistently cheating on her for years and has the apartment across the hall. The only difference is, her divorce was settled long ago and she came out with half of everything.
The day Nichole's soon to be ex decides to sign the final papers, she is so upset that she ends up in a ditch. Who knew that when Rocco came to pull her out with his tow truck that a romance would soon begin. Rocco was a huge guy with tattoos and a big frame, but he was hot! He immediately tried to bargain with her; he'd tear up the bill for the tow if she would help him by taking his 15 yr. old daughter Kayleen shopping for a high school dance, as the dress she picked out he was not letting her wear. From then on, they were destined for each other.
LeeAnn and Nichole decided when they were getting divorced to try and better their lives, so they made a list of things they should do. Because of that list, LeeAnn decided to start volunteer teaching at the rec center, English as a second language for foreigners who wanted to learn more about the English language. Nichole taught English in high school as a substitute teacher as well as donating her time at a local store, Dress For Success, helping women find something to wear on a job interview. Each had loved their new lives and donating their time and meeting new people.
LeeAnn had met Nikolai, a man from the Ukraine who had taking a liking to her. He would bake her bread with his own hands, the best bread she'd ever have in her life. The two start seeing each other outside of class and find that they really get a long with each other.
Nichole gets roped into helping Kayleen teach Rocco how to dance for an upcoming father/daughter dance for a club she belongs to. Her mother died of an overdose years ago, so Rocco is a single parent. Kayleen and Nichole really get along well, and Kayleen takes a liking to Owen, as well as Rocco, who offers to take Owen for a ride in his tow truck, (he's 3 and is fascinated with trucks)!
Of course, Jake, Nichole's ex, was all set thinking he'd win her back, and doesn't like this new man in her life. Look for him to make some trouble. And LeeAnn's ex Richard is also inventing reasons to spend time with her, although the real reason in the end came as a surprise to this reader.
LOVED this book, loved the characters and I'm looking forward to book 3, the final book in this series. We also see a return of Nichole's sisters in this story, which was nice to have them back. Definitely a great read!...more
LOVED this book on CD. When I was on the last CD I didn't want it to end!
Cassie left home when she was 18. After an argument with her parents, her oldLOVED this book on CD. When I was on the last CD I didn't want it to end!
Cassie left home when she was 18. After an argument with her parents, her older sister Karen and her younger sister Nichole, Cassie decided to run away and marry her boyfriend Duke. She was already pregnant with his baby and he took her to Florida, far away from her family.
Once in Florida, Duke showed his true colors, turning out to be a very abusive husband. It took Cassie 7 yrs. to leave him, after he almost murdered her one night. Now, she's gotten her life together, has a 12 yr. old daughter, Amy and lives in a very small apartment. She works as a hairdresser and helps out at the women's shelter that she went to when she needed help. She also put in for a house with Habitat for Humanity and it seems like things are working out for her.
But she misses her family. Her parents are both deceased now and she never got to the funerals for lack of money. Both of her sisters are married now with children and successful. She never told them why he hasn't returned to visit in 13 yrs. We find out these sisters have problems of their own.
But Karen reaches out to her in a letter, telling her that she saved some things from their parents house after they sold the house and she's holding them for Cassie in a storage unit, but she needs to come and get them soon, as they only paid for 60 days of storage.
Then Cassie meets Steve. He is the project manager at the house she is assigned to get her work hours in. At first, they clash, like really clash. Neither can stand the other, until they get to know each other. Then Steve becomes her biggest fan, cheering her on to reunite with her sisters. He even helps her out by driving her 10 hrs. to pick up her things out of storage and finally see her sister, even though Cassie is terrified to do so.
Loved this story. I can understand where Cassie is coming from, not having a healthy relationship with a man then Steve wanting one with her, it can be confusing and scary, especially when she doesn't know how to have a healthy relationship with someone. Watching her grow throughout the story was really fun, and then to see her sisters have their own set of problems makes a person realize that even if things look to be perfect, chances are they're far from it.
Can wait to listen to book two in this 3 book series....more
I LOVED the last book in this series. I honestly could use more. I love hearing about the people who visit the Inn and about Jo Marie and her life.
InI LOVED the last book in this series. I honestly could use more. I love hearing about the people who visit the Inn and about Jo Marie and her life.
In this last installment, Jo Marie still hasn't heard anything about Mark. Thinking the worst has happened to him, she decides to move on and starts dating a family friend, Greg. He lost his wife to cancer the same time Jo Marie lost her husband. They seem to have a lot in common and get along very well with each other.
Jo Marie also takes in Emily, a border who needs a long term place to stay while looking to buy a house in the area. We remember her from the last book, as she was the woman who broke up with James at the reunion. She does find the house of her dreams, complete with an orchard in the back of the property. Problem is, a very angry man lives there with his guard dog Elvis and he has no intention of selling and doesn't want Emily running through his orchard.
Emily ends up being civil with Nick, who allows her to run through his orchard. The two end up being somewhat friendly with each other and Emily learns a lot about him through Jo Marie's real estate friend, Dana. Seems Nick has some secrets of his own.
This was a really, really good story, with a lot of twists that made the story leaving the reader wondering what Jo Marie will do. Her world is rocked more than once and she ends up with one tough decision after another. The funniest part of the story involves her dog Rover, and a biker bar. Loved that part! Rover is a real party animal.
Totally worth the read, especially if you've followed the series. I love a happy ending!...more
I didn't think I'd read another book in this series, but I'm glad I did. It was the last one and it ended the series nicely.
Lara Jean is finishing upI didn't think I'd read another book in this series, but I'm glad I did. It was the last one and it ended the series nicely.
Lara Jean is finishing up her senior year in high school. She is still with Peter, who has gotten into UNC, the same place Lara Jean has applied, but hasn't heard back from yet. Alot of this story is based on where these two will go to school and if they'll stay together if she doesn't get in.
Lara Jean's Dad is also marrying the woman across the street, Trina. Lara Jean and her sister Kitty really like her and welcome her into the family. They can't wait for the wedding and Lara Jean is going crazy planning the wedding, (I think to focus on something else besides college). When her sister Margot comes home from college for the summer, it's obvious she isn't quite used to another woman being in the house, and the two clash a little.
This book had some really memorable moments, especially for Lara Jean. Her prom, after prom, graduation, her Dad's wedding, and which college she ends up going with. It was nice to see this character grow up on the pages of these books. Most likely, this book was written for the older teenager, but I did enjoy the story being "just a tad older than that."...more
This book was ok. I expected it to be better, a real page turner, but maybe my taste in books is changing lately. It seems what I used to be into readThis book was ok. I expected it to be better, a real page turner, but maybe my taste in books is changing lately. It seems what I used to be into reading isn't necessarily what I've come to enjoy lately.
Anyway, there are 5 kids in detention, 3 of which claim they were framed. Someone planted cell phones that weren't theirs in their bookbags and when the teacher found them, it was automatic detention. Simon is one of them. He has an app that gives all the gossip about the kids in school to anyone who wants to read it. He's been doing it for years and it's ruined relationships, as well as the characters of many.
Now, Simon is in detention with Addy, the picture perfect girl in school, Bronwyn, the brain who is bound for Yale, Nate, the criminal, always in trouble for selling drugs, and Cooper the star baseball athlete. They all have secrets. And Simon knows all about everyone of them. And then, Simon never makes it out of the room. He's been murdered, and the only people in the room were these 4 high school kids and the teacher.
Lots of things are now coming out about each of these high schoolers. But one of them has to be lying, one of them has to be the murderer.
A very well written story, but I will admit, I had it all wrong as to who I thought did it. I guess it was entertaining enough to finish, I think I'm just getting too old for these stories that are more for the high school/college aged crowd....more
This was a really great ending to this trilogy of books. I remember I couldn't wait for this book to come out after reading the first two back to backThis was a really great ending to this trilogy of books. I remember I couldn't wait for this book to come out after reading the first two back to back, but then I forgot about it until recently. It took a little mind bending to fully remember the story, (as it does when you read so many books in between) but I got the gist of it and loved this book 3.
Eden has been miserable for the last year. It's July 4th, the first one without Tyler and not only is his name forbidden around her, she just hates watching anyone happy that is a couple. That is, until Tyler shows up again.
Ella insists that with everyone at odds, (Jamie hates them both, her father is a complete ass, barely speaking to Eden and not at all to Tyler) they need to go on a little weekend trip to try and fix the family.
Before leaving, Eden gets in an argument with her own mother, which she regrets. The trip is a disaster, her father acting like an ass, even when Tyler tries to make amends with him. Eden has spoken with him previously, telling him she's over him and doesn't love him anymore. The hurt in his eyes is apparent, but he tells her they still need to talk and once she knows where he's been the last year and why, she'll understand why he had to leave her.
So that Saturday night, they take their bags and leave the family to go to Portland, where Tyler now lives. Eden cannot believe he lives where she and her Mom moved from when she was 16. This is where the story gets good. Eden hasn't decided what she feels for Tyler anymore. She thought they were done, but once she does find out all the secrets he's kept from her over the last year, it's a little impossible to carry the hurt and hate any longer.
We see a lot of characters resurface from the past two books, which is a nice surprise. And the end of the story really is a good wrap up for all characters involved in this "I'm in love my step-brother story."...more
I really liked this first installment in the Rose Harbor Series.
Jo Marie is in her 30's and already a widow. Her husband Paul was in the service and dI really liked this first installment in the Rose Harbor Series.
Jo Marie is in her 30's and already a widow. Her husband Paul was in the service and died in Afghanistan, his body never recovered. So she picked up and moved, buying an Inn by Cedar Cove. She knew it was perfect the moment she saw it, and now with the Freelingers moving on, she's ready to take on the Inn.
First, she changes the name to Rose Harbor Inn. Her last name is Rose and she will change the entire grounds, making a huge rose garden in the back.
her first guests are Josh, a man who lived in Cedar Cove until his stepfather kicked him out after his mother's death. Now, speaking with the neighbor, he learns his stepfather is on the brink of death and has come back in hopes of retrieving a few things from the house that were his and his mother's. The neighbors daughter, Michelle, will help him since she has been watching over Richard. Richard is really an old bastard, wanting Josh out of his house the moment he steps through the door. He knew this wasn't going to be easy, but with Michelle's help, hopefully he can stick it out until the old man passes away.
her second guest also once lived in Cedar Cove. Abby now lives in Florida but has come back for her brother's wedding. His bride lives in this area or Abby would've never returned. She is being beaten down with the guilt over her best friend Angela's death, in which she was driving the car on the icy road that night that killed her best friend. Not only has she been riddled with guilt for years and years, she has not moved on with her life. No boyfriend, no kids, just work.
These two characters are in need of healing, and Jo Marie thinks she is too, still trying to get over her husband. She tries to make the Inn very welcoming for her guests and for herself as well. She makes some changes, meets some people in the area, (Mark, the handyman who will make her new sign and her garden is a pretty funny character). She even decides to get a pet.
Loved this first book, looking forward to listening to the second! The growth of the characters portrayed in this story was perfect writing by Ms. Macomber....more
I really loved listening to this story. It generally takes me a good 5 days in the car on my commute, but I now look forward to it, sometimes inventinI really loved listening to this story. It generally takes me a good 5 days in the car on my commute, but I now look forward to it, sometimes inventing places to go just to listen a little longer. Debbie Macomber never disappoints me with her stories.
Now that Jo Marie is settled at the Inn, she is getting ready for her first open house. It's a busy weekend for her as well, having a full house of people in for a 50th wedding anniversary, as well as the last available room going to the mysterious Mary Smith.
We find Mary has just battled breast cancer, stage 4, and has come back to Cedar Cove in hopes of a few things. First is possibly talking to or seeing George, her one and only love that she left long ago. They would've had to do the long distance thing, she in one place, he in another. He was all for it, but she left him and regretted it every day of her life. She ended up being very successful, but she has never loved any other man as much as George. And she not only wants to set the record straight with him about her feelings, but she's also got a hell of a secret that he needs to know before the cancer takes her completely.
Annie is the granddaughter of the 50th wedding anniversary couple. She describes her grandparents to Jo Marie has the perfect, loving couple. But they sweep into Rose Harbor doing nothing but fighting the entire time, whether it's her Grandpa not using his hearing aid, where to eat, how they met, etc. Annie's got her hands full with them, as well as the fact that she broke off her own engagement six months prior to a man that cheated on her twice, (well, twice that she knew about). And to make things even worse, Oliver drove her grandparents to the Inn and will be staying all weekend. She couldn't stand Oliver. He was her first kiss when she was only 13 yrs. old, but things changed between them after that. He was always teasing her and getting under her skin, and she didn't want to have to deal with him. But he was a good family friend, especially to her grandparents and he was here to stay.
Then we also have the ongoing brewing relationship between Jo Marie and handyman Mark. Mark has a little accident this time around, enabling him to finish the rose garden for the open house. A very stubborn man who doesn't like to admit when he needs help, he doesn't have much choice the way this story goes. I like the buildup between these two characters, I'm always hoping for more to happen with their relationship. Hopefully there will be payoff within the series....more
I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure I'd like the transition to the family of Nichole and Cassie to just Nichole's friend from work, but this wasI really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure I'd like the transition to the family of Nichole and Cassie to just Nichole's friend from work, but this was a really good story. My only complaint is I wish there was more to the ending. I could've kept on reading about the future of these characters.
Nichole has new friend at work, Beth the new school music teacher. And she wants to set her up with Rocco's best friend Sam. They both come over for dinner and it's completely awkward. Sam doesn't do dates or girlfriends after one bad experience, and Beth can tell he's not interested which makes her feel uncomfortable. So they both bolt as soon as dinner is over.
Driving home, Beth can see Sam in the lane next to her. When the light turns, Beth is slammed into by a car running the light. Sam is at her side immediately. Even though he didn't take to her on their setup, he holds her hand until the ambulance comes, as she is very hurt. Her eyes never leave his until she is put in the ambulance. Rocco follows and calls Nichole and Rocco as well to let them know what happened.
From then on, Sam can't get Beth out of his mind. He visits her in the hospital. She's going to be in there a while, with some cracked ribs among other things and complications on top if it. But she looks happy to see him and welcomes his visits. She just moved to Oregon. At 25, her mother was pretty much controlling her life, down to who she should date and even picking out "appropriate" clothes for her to wear. Now that she left home, she's on her own, with her Aunt Sunshine not far away. Her aunt and her mother are two completely different people, who also don't get along due to circumstances that happened between them long ago regarding a man, Peter Hamlin, but that comes along in the story later.
Beth and Sam seem to be inseparable. He visits everyday and wonders what it will be like once Beth gets out of the rehab center she was transferred to. These two end up with a very intense, complicated relationship. But they're very likable characters and the reader is left cheering for these two to make things work.
Sub plots include that of Sunshine and Peter Hamlin, her long forgotten love from her early 20's. A relationship sabotaged by her sister. And Beth's very controlling mother whose constant intrutions in Beth's life comes back to bite her in the, well, you know.
I can only wish there were more stories in this series, but hey, you never know, this was a new release so maybe there will be. I can only hope so. I am now moving on to the Cedar Cove series, that one should keep me busy for quite a while, as there are at least 12 books to look forward to....more
This book was "ok." The first one I got through pretty quickly because it was more interesting. Not to say this one wasn't, I just thought from the stThis book was "ok." The first one I got through pretty quickly because it was more interesting. Not to say this one wasn't, I just thought from the start it was going to have a typical outcome, which of course, it did.
Aly and Jared are now together and she is pregnant with his child. Jared has a lot on his shoulders now, along with the baggage of his past still haunting him on a daily basis. This guy just believes he is no good and doesn't deserve anything good. But for Aly's sake, he is going to try to make her happy.
That starts with getting them their own place. He gets his job back, (actually he gets a promotion when he returns, that comes with a lot more money) and his boss tells him of a house he was going to flip, but hasn't put in any work. He takes Aly there and has her imagine the possibilities. It's a cute small home, but it's gutted and what he can do to transform it excites them both. So they decide to take it.
Then there is Aly telling her parents that #1, she is with Jared, and #2, she is pregnant. She thinks things will go over well with her mother, it's her father that scares them both. He still thinks of Jared as the punk kid who was a screwup after the death of his mother, getting into drugs and juvie and such. He was going to be the hard one.
Throughout the book, Aly keeps mentioning to Jared that he needs counseling, he needs help to get past his mother's death and he should find his father after all these years and make amends with him, and see his little sister who now will be not so little.
A lot of drama in this story, but the ending was a good one. On to the next.......more