Okay, I cheated on this series by skipping 10 books for later, rainy days. I'm glad I've done it, though. This one was a fun read, although I guessed...moreOkay, I cheated on this series by skipping 10 books for later, rainy days. I'm glad I've done it, though. This one was a fun read, although I guessed the ending early-on thanks to Robin Cook and Michael Palmer books. It's a 4.5 star Plum, hilarious.(less)
I have to confess, I always retain a soft spot in my heart for chick- and Mom-lits. Over the years, they carry me through so many l...moreA 5-star chick lit.
I have to confess, I always retain a soft spot in my heart for chick- and Mom-lits. Over the years, they carry me through so many life's obstacles, bumps on the road, sleepless nights, boring days and of course, book slumps. I can always count on one of these to get me out of a book slump; when reading started to become a job; when nothing on the shelf seems to be interesting...where I just want to open a book, read and occasionally laugh without thinking too much, yet still come out of the other end happier. This book did just that.
Poppy Wyatt, engaged to the most perfect guy in the world, lost her emerald engagement ring. It's not just an engagement ring, but her fiancé' family heirloom. His whole Tavish family are geniuses, intelligent and poised, and also professors with published works. To make matters worse, she also lost her phone while frantically looking of her ring in a hotel. Lucky her, she found an abandoned cell phone in a trash bin, with a name tag of someone who evidently quit her job on the spot. Hopeless and needed a phone to contact people, Poppy claimed the phone.
It turned out that the phone belonged to the assistant of a guy named Sam, an important person of an important company. Since most company emails were still forwarded to this phone. Poppy and Sam decided to temporally share the phone so she could forward him all the important stuff. The next day, out of boredom, Poppy snooped on the messages...which begins the interesting exchanges between them...To not to ruin the story for the rest of you, let just say that the book ended with Poppy's wedding, as planned.
The fun part about reading this book includes a game of Scrabble with average words of 70 points, a little mystery in between about a planted fake email, as well as lots of witty conversations (and texts) that were fun to read. I'd recommend this book to people who love "Good in Bed", "Bridget Jone's Diary", "Shopaholic" as well as books by Green, Cook and Giffin. (less)
As I said...in the beginning of my reading, that I love Jennifer Weiner for the realistic, funny, witty yet not perfect female heroine that she create...moreAs I said...in the beginning of my reading, that I love Jennifer Weiner for the realistic, funny, witty yet not perfect female heroine that she created in "Good in Bed" or "In Her Shoes". If I want to read a book with a different voice in each chapter, weaved into an unbelievable, trying-too-hard-to-make-it-sound-believable story that is very similar to a hundred other ones, I don't have to buy her books...I'd read Jodi Picoult or Diane Chamberlain.
I will not buy anymore of her books if she does not bring back the unique style that she used in "Good in Bed".(less)
Kristin Hannah's books have been recommended to me by a lot of friends, and I love the cover arts! (Who said we can't judge a book by a cover?) Unfort...moreKristin Hannah's books have been recommended to me by a lot of friends, and I love the cover arts! (Who said we can't judge a book by a cover?) Unfortunately, I read The Night Road as my first book, and did not enjoy it as much as I enjoyed works by other similar authors, namely, Picoult and Chamberlain.
However, at the persuasion of more friends, I decided to give her another chance, so I chose Winter Garden as my fluff read at the end of last year to balance the stress. I was so wrong.
The story was about two sisters, who were never loved by their Mom growing up, so each was sad and broken in her own way, yet managed to lead a quite normal and successful life as an adult. When their Dad died, they returned home, and insisted to find the answer for their Mom's sadness and alienation.
I had tears streaming down my face when I tapped the last page on my Kindle, sitting at a Barnes and Noble cafe table, with people staring at me and murmuring to each other. I was wrong. This was definitely not a fluff read and indeed something with substance. It shows us the extreme of loss and grief; the pain that comes with loss when we love too much. We protect ourselves from the same pain happening to us again...by not loving.
The story also taught me a bit of history of Leningrad during WWII, although, as a Chinese with extent knowledge of communism and the Cultural Revolution, nothing surprised me under the sun. However, the story still filled me with extreme sadness, regardless of the perfect ending. So, I was wrong again by judging an author with one book. My next read will be Firefly Lane...which most of my friends loved. There's nothing I love more than stories of women friendship! (less)