I loved this book! I hadn’t actually read the description ahead of time so I really had no idea what to expect and I enjoyed that complete element of...moreI loved this book! I hadn’t actually read the description ahead of time so I really had no idea what to expect and I enjoyed that complete element of surprise. From the beginning, I was hooked and couldn’t really stop reading, I NEEDED to know what was going to happen to this family. Gavin and Lisa Brinkley are an affluent couple who try to lead quiet lives; Gavin has numerous highly lucrative patents but they try to stay off the radar and prefer to avoid media attention. As a couple that is not very well known or rather well recognized even within the technology community, they are shocked to learn they have become the target of a kidnapping! And even more shocked when they realize that they are being put in the Witness Protection Program for their own safety.
Hiding In Sunshine follows the couple and their two young children as they are shuffled off into the Witness Protection Program and are forced to take on new identities and begin a new life away from everything they know especially technology.
I don’t want to give away too much details but I really loved how this novel progressed in terms of escalating danger. I also really loved that I had no idea what was coming next, it kept me guessing and interested. I would highly recommend Hiding in Sunshine to anyone looking for a captivating read that you will not be able to put down!(less)
I'm not sure exactly what to say about this book because to me it didn't really seem as though much happened. I finished the book but I'm still not ev...moreI'm not sure exactly what to say about this book because to me it didn't really seem as though much happened. I finished the book but I'm still not even too sure what the plot was. At first it took me a while to really not be bothered by the writing style with its grammatical errors and short sentences, eventually I got over it but still didn't love the novel.(less)
Reading the description of this novel, I thought this would be something that I would easily get into and really enjoy, unfortunately this was not the...moreReading the description of this novel, I thought this would be something that I would easily get into and really enjoy, unfortunately this was not the case. I’m the type of person that likes to finish all the books I start so I did read this in its entirety but I really struggled to do so. The beginning is great but after the first few pages the novel loses its steam, becoming almost too detailed and unfocused. The overall plot of the book is good but this would have been better if it were focused more so I'll give it two stars.(less)
Bridget, the nanny has raised Tad since the day he was born and loves him like he is her own. When Tad's mother dies, Tad is sent to live with his fam...moreBridget, the nanny has raised Tad since the day he was born and loves him like he is her own. When Tad's mother dies, Tad is sent to live with his famous chef father, Paul. Paul has not been heavily involved in raising his son and really has no clue what to do when it comes to parenting a four year old. Upon realizing that Paul has no clue what he's doing, Bridget requests to stay on as Tad's nanny and Paul agrees. Paul quickly takes to his new role as father and finally sees that somethings are worth leaving the kitchen for (and fighting for).
Ok, this was not my favorite read. It was quick but was predictable mainly because there are no other potential suitors so to speak introduced. I liked the existence of Tad but then again, his existence almost made it too easy for Paul and Bridget to end up together. She already loves Tad so why not form a relationship with his dad. It also bothered me that they almost rushed into being together in front of Tad without really considering any potential consequences if their relationship were to fail. Also, I found myself almost put off by some of their thoughts (do real people actually have thoughts like those?)
Overall, it was a quick and easy read that I got into but didn't really love. (less)
Emma Rae Travis is an award winning wedding cake baker currently feeling under appreciated while working in someone else's bakery. Jackson Drake is a...moreEmma Rae Travis is an award winning wedding cake baker currently feeling under appreciated while working in someone else's bakery. Jackson Drake is a businessman completely in over his head. He is desperately trying to honor his late wife by turning her last regret into reality by transforming The Tanglewood Inn into the hotel that caters to every aspect of weddings from bridal showers to receptions to honeymoons.
One rainy day Jackson walks into Emma's bakery to get a brownie and coffee, little did he know what was to come. After Emma wins a prize for her creme brulee wedding cake, Jackson's meddlesome (but helpful) sisters convince her to come in to interview to be the baker for Jackson's hotel. Emma lands the position and is finally able to run her own kitchen! With her great ideas and seeming wealth of information on various topics, Emma soon becomes an integral part in the transformation and development of the Tanglewood Inn. As she makes herself part of the Tanglewood family, Emma and Jackson's relationship grows and flourishes to something much more than employee and employer.
As a hopeless romantic who loves baking, I have to admit that I loved this book. I loved that the girl who loves to bake won over the man with the sweet tooth. Aside from that, I found the characters relatable and enjoyed the inclusion of recipes and wedding tidbits. However, I'll admit that the novel was a tad predictable, from the moment Jackson walks into Emma's bakery you sort of already know they will end up together. Even so, I still loved watching the relationship between the two unfold and seeing how they handled the struggles they faced. (less)
I cannot express how much I ABSOLUTELY adored this novel. I managed to finish it in a day, stealing away moments to try to finish it whenever I could...moreI cannot express how much I ABSOLUTELY adored this novel. I managed to finish it in a day, stealing away moments to try to finish it whenever I could and ended up staying up really late since I was so entranced by it. I want to be Cami, well maybe not with the whole having my husband just up and leave me but more in how she handled it. She was so strong and brave, she ended up thriving while her ex-husband remained as unhappy as before. She really did end up making the divorce a good thing for her, she changed her life and didn't need a man anymore.
As an animal lover, I loved Cami's connection with her animals especially the horse, Moonshine. It was amazing how they both healed each other. I loved the other characters as well, Cami has some pretty amazing people in her life. I enjoyed her ex-husband a lot, he was just so entertaining in his childish ways and his complete disregard for others.
The ending was also great but I don't want to spoil it. It did however have me hopeful and I ended up reading the acknowledgments just wanting more. I think this is my favorite book that I've read in a while, I can't recommend it enough. I'd give it five out of five stars.(less)
So I know I'm late to jump on the Shiver train, but I finally read it yesterday and absolutely loved it. I wish I had read it earlier but looking on t...moreSo I know I'm late to jump on the Shiver train, but I finally read it yesterday and absolutely loved it. I wish I had read it earlier but looking on the bright side now I don't have to go through the anticipation of waiting for the sequel, I can just go pick Linger up at the bookstore. But seriously, I loved this book, I loved how well the longing to be together came across.
Sam and Grace have been in love for the past six years but have been unable to do anything about it since they are not always in the same form, since Sam spends part of his year as a wolf. I absolutely loved Sam and Grace and found myself cheering for them and hoping that they could find a way to make their peculiar situation work. I loved that they had been admiring each other from a far for the past six years and just how perfectly they worked together once they finally are able to meet. This was such a great book, I just can't recommend it enough!(less)
While walking through the park one day, Nanny ends up finding a lot more than she bargained for. Her stroll in the park allows her to meet Mrs. X, a w...moreWhile walking through the park one day, Nanny ends up finding a lot more than she bargained for. Her stroll in the park allows her to meet Mrs. X, a woman who quickly turns Nanny’s life upside down. Nanny takes on the job as nanny to Mrs. X’s only son and soon realizes that taking care of a four year old is much more complicated than it seems, especially when your employer is as self-centered as Mrs. X. The novel traces Nanny’s struggle as she tries to keep her own sanity while having to cater to Mrs. X’s every whim and desire.
This was another book that I absolutely loved; recently I have been really lucky and keep finding books that I really enjoy. I can see why this was a bestseller and why it was turned into a movie (although I watched the movie after finishing the book and was somewhat disappointed but that’s another story). I loved the characters in this book! This was especially true for the self-centered Mrs. X, whom while I would hate to have as my own employer, I loved to hate her. I also loved Nanny, I found that I could relate to her horror stories but I couldn’t understand why she put up with as much as she did, I definitely would have left. This is an entertaining read, it would be perfect for the beach. (less)
Lilly and Val have been friends since childhood in spite of their great personality differences. Lilly is artistic and creative while Val is smart and...moreLilly and Val have been friends since childhood in spite of their great personality differences. Lilly is artistic and creative while Val is smart and ambitious. Throughout their childhood, the girls send letters to each other and form a Recipe Club where they exchange recipes with each other. These shared letters and recipes follow the girls as they grow up and go through all the experiences that brings with it. The novel follows the journey of these two now grown up women, and their attempts to try to reconnect after a twenty-six year long fallout.
Yet again, I loved this book! Maybe I'm a bit partial because I love books told in letter form but I seriously loved reading this. I like how it is separated into three different parts, the first reconnection, the girls growing up and then the second attempt to reconnect and just how much changes within these phases. I thought it was great that almost the entire novel is told through letters, it just seems so much more personal to me for some reason. The recipes were another great addition, I definitely want to try some of them out, although I'll have to modify most somewhat because I'm vegetarian. I loved that the recipes often matched what was going on in the book, it was their story told in recipes.
This was a book that made me believe in the healing power and the resilience of friendship. It made me long to reconnect with friends that I have fallen out of touch with recently. I absolutely couldn't put it down. (less)
This book is extremely entertaining, I fell in love with the witty Lacey and came to admire her. See Lacey comes to find out that her husband is cheat...moreThis book is extremely entertaining, I fell in love with the witty Lacey and came to admire her. See Lacey comes to find out that her husband is cheating on her with his secretary when roses are accidentally sent to her house. The seemingly perfect wife, Lacey doesn't know how to react and then one night in anger she decides to email out a newsletter to everyone Mike knows (even his parents!) detailing her findings. But what Lacey doesn't realize is just how big this is going to get and the fact that once out for everyone to see, she can't undo it. The letter gets much bigger than she expects and she goes into hiding from the world temporarily, seeking retreat in her family's cabin. But even there she can't escape what she's done, will she be able to handle it? Especially when a new neighbor comes into her life?
I thought this book was great, it had me laughing so often. I loved that Lacey actually had to deal with the consequences of the email and it didn't just disappear. This book is a great read for every angry/hurt woman who has done something/said something that she regrets. It was able to remind me that while not every relationship is successful there's still hope for everyone to find something better.
I'll admit I haven't read any Jane Austen books before so I had to take this one as a stand alone book. I liked it but I didn't exactly love it. It ju...moreI'll admit I haven't read any Jane Austen books before so I had to take this one as a stand alone book. I liked it but I didn't exactly love it. It just seemed to repeat itself too much.(less)
Let me start by saying that I think this book is for a pretty selective audience. While anyone who wants to learn more about Keynes or about the impac...moreLet me start by saying that I think this book is for a pretty selective audience. While anyone who wants to learn more about Keynes or about the impact of his policies would probably enjoy this book, it does not really have too much of a mass appeal. That being said, I did enjoy reading the biography part of this book and learning about both Keynes' personal life and public life; he was definitely not who I expected. I also found the epilogue to be of particular interest, in a time of economic crisis it is always valuable to look to the past to teach us lessons. (less)