I knew Nana Prah could write, but she blew me away with this tale. I hung on the edge of my seat throughout,One of the best books I've read this year!
I knew Nana Prah could write, but she blew me away with this tale. I hung on the edge of my seat throughout, couldn't turn the page quickly enough to get to know what happens next. The characterization is amazing - I felt like I knew Sarita, Matt, and even Rhee Hana, not to mention the other inmates in the jail.
I just hope Ms. Prah continues with the stories of some of the characters mentioned in this book.
Definitely riveting! It takes a lot to keep me glued to a book from start to finish, and I gobbled this one in one single sitting of a couple hours....more
I'd read maybe all of one of Kristan Higgins' books before I started the Blue Heron series...and with every Blue Heron book, I kept asking myself whenI'd read maybe all of one of Kristan Higgins' books before I started the Blue Heron series...and with every Blue Heron book, I kept asking myself when I reached the last page, "Can she ever top this?"
Turns out, she can...and she does! Every successive Blue Heron book is a little bit more of a treasure than the previous one, and Waiting On You is no exception! The minute I met Colleen in the first book, I knew she had to have her story, and that I would kill to get my hands on it! (There was no need for that, though, since I was offered a copy to review via Netgalley).
Where, and how, do I start with how good this book is? I have absolutely no clue! Everything made it special! Kristan Higgins demonstrates a level of characterization - especially potent with deep, dark, and soulful aspects - in this series, and it seems the ante gets upped with every book. And she definitely tops everything in this book! Lucas....oh my God, where do I start? I've never read about such a tortured yet worthy-of-love man. Your heart breaks for him at every point (I was ready to sock a dying old man one - I know, that bad! - for the despair Lucas has to go through. If ever A hero existed, it would be Lucas! Colleen wasn't a let-down, either - with depth and hidden facets of her that get unearthed little by little, you see her drop away the armour of the strong, confident woman to reveal the fragile creature at the heart of her. She's always loved Lucas, but he left...and got married to another girl soon after. It's been ten years but that doesn't mean the feelings have had time to mellow or even fade. They're all right here, embers simmering under the surface, waiting for a chance to combust into flames again....
The secondary characters, especially Bryce and Paulie, were simply amazing, and Rufus, the dog (I am NOT a dog person, so this goes to show what impact he had!) is just plain absolutely adorable!
I thought Kristan Higgins couldn't top the humour of Honor's conversations with her 'dying' eggs in Book2...but turns out Waiting On You was even more of a hoot! It didn't feel like Ms. Higgins was writing a character - it felt like this was Colleen, all the way, having a girlfriend-type banter with you. The voice is absolutely flowing and magical! I finished this book in 2 sittings, in less than 24 hours...for a 400+ page book! That's how good it is, and I don't think it can get ever better!
One of the - if not THE - best contemporary romance I've read in my life! Make it a point to read Waiting On You. It's not a book, people - it's a rare, very rare, treat! ...more
The very first Robyn Carr book I read was The House on Olive Street, a women's fiction tale about a group of friends whose lives take an unexpected tuThe very first Robyn Carr book I read was The House on Olive Street, a women's fiction tale about a group of friends whose lives take an unexpected turn when one of theirs passes away. I got my hands on an ARC of the reissue about a couple years back, and this book made me a fan of Ms. Carr right away.
It's not at all easy to find 'good' women's fiction that immerses you into the lives, trials, tribulations, drama, and everydy moments of a group of women - and Robyn Carr did that in the above book...and she manages the feat (which seems effortless for her!) in Four Friends, too.
I gobbled this book - it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that. It's a big book, but you don't see the pages flying by, the time passing, or even reckon that you're reading something. You get plunged into the lives of these four friends - and almost with the snap of Ms. Carr's fingers, you become engrossed in their world. Their lives become yours, in a way, because you are living everything through them.
As a grown woman myself, with a decade-plus-long marriage in hand, and battling with menopause-like effects thanks to cancer medication, I identified the most with Gerri. The moments when she described the furnace turning on? I was so nodding with her! It felt so easy, for me, to 'get' what Gerri was going through.... Like, at what point during your years-long marriage do things start to slide? When does the passion fade to be replaced by this anesthesized notion that you could be 'naked in the bathroom but talking about the stock market', as she so aptly puts it in the book?
All four of these women had their own personal demons to flay...and that's the mastery of Robyn Carr - she writes real women, with problems and issues us real women of everyday life experience. It doesn't feel like looking through a window when you then read this book - you're looking as the protagonist, right there in every scene.
With shades of what reminded me of Wisteria Lane-type conflict and drama, this is one perfect beach/summer/lazy afternoon read. Trust me, you won't see the time pass, so intent will you be on what is happening to these four friends and dying to know how it will all end....more
They say Eat Pray Love is the epitome of what engaging memoir writing should be... they obviously hadn't read Falling In Honey!
I love books that makeThey say Eat Pray Love is the epitome of what engaging memoir writing should be... they obviously hadn't read Falling In Honey!
I love books that make me travel, and reads that show me cultures and ways of life different than mine. You sometimes luck out by finding such setting and flair in fiction, then there's the oftentimes-dry realm of travel books and documentaries.
So when you find something that immerses you into a place like the best travelogue ever, and on top, pulls you into the 'tale' like you were reading the most captivating of journey, there's reason to rejoice!
This is exactly what Falling In Honey felt like to me. I expected to like this book, because like I mentioned above, I love finding out about different cultures. I'd loved the setting of Mamma Mia and the cultural pitfalls and novelty of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, so I thought, why not give this book a try? And am I glad I did! his book took me to Greece, to Tilos, to the world of Jennifer Barclay, and I must say, into her her heart and often, into her soul as well....
Raw, poignant, so very honest it makes you reel because you just don't expect people to be so honest and baring their soul out like this in 'public', this read captivated me. I turned and turned and turned pages and all the while, Jennifer Barclay's easy manner of writing that combines extreme detail painted such a vivid picture of Tilos that I thought I was there with her. It's a stroke of mastery, because it is very, very hard to get into a book - let alone a memoir! - and feel like you're the character's shadow. You go where she goes, see what she sees, feels what she feels, because it's all out there in her simple yet effective words that grip your heart and just don't let go.
We're just in March, but if there's one book I were to recommend as THE book of 2014, it would be Falling In Honey. Trust me, you haven't read a real, good, definite memoir until you've read this one! Prepare to be left in shivers and blanking out for a while after finishing this book because it stays with you, carves a spot into your psyche and refuses to leave you. Hats off, Ms. Barclay! You wrote a masterpiece!...more
OMG! This must be contemporary romance at its best! I devoured this book - inhaled it, more like! Started reading and before I knew it, I had gone beyOMG! This must be contemporary romance at its best! I devoured this book - inhaled it, more like! Started reading and before I knew it, I had gone beyond page 100. There's just something about Jill Shalvis' writing - and more precisely in this book - that simply flows and grips/enrols you into the pace and keep you there, utterly riveted for more.
I couldn't wait for Ben and Aubrey to get together, to finally admit that they belonged together. What a ride this was to get them to the HEA (and what a HEA it proved to be, too!). I'll admit some things didn't go the way I wanted them to - like, I would've wanted Ben to end up with Pink and Kendra. There's just something, to me, about a big, manly man ending up as putty in a little girl's hand (and in this case, two of them). I would've fallen more in love with Ben if he'd become their father instead of searching for deadbeat Danny - him with the girls would've been icing on the cake!
And I don't think I've ever hated an ensemble cast as much as I have hated the folks of Lucky Harbor in this book, because they were just being so, so hard on Aubrey. The woman was trying to change her life, had admitted to her mistakes, but they still had that holier-than-thou attitude that grated, to say the least, when it didn't downright make you want to bitch-slap some people in there, old ladies included.
Is this the best Lucky Harbor book so far? I have a few to catch up on, so I cannot say for sure, but I can guarantee this is one book you do NOT want to miss! It is pure enjoyment in a package that you unravel way too quickly. ...more
I loved, loved, loved this book! Think it biased of me if you want, but I am always amazed at the tremendous voices of the authors Decadent PublishingI loved, loved, loved this book! Think it biased of me if you want, but I am always amazed at the tremendous voices of the authors Decadent Publishing signs on. Jane Ainslie was no exception to that rule, and I found myself immersed in her story from the get-go.
Absolutely loved the interaction between Mandy and Jake; totally won over from the minute she likened his fancy haute gastronomie restaurant to a chain a la McDonald's! The girl had spunk and she didn't let up, ever. And Dario - I want one of him! Utterly precious! As for Jake, can anyone go 'Awww!'? That's exactly the reaction I had every single time. *grin*
I kept wondering how the title played out with this tale.... I mean, come on. Her sister's wedding? What's that got to do with our heroine?
Turns out, it had everything to do with the story of Mandy and Jake, because it is her sister's wedding that brings them together and keeps them in each other's orbit long and effectively enough for them to lose their hearts.
But then there's the problem that they're two ships passing in the night - both have commitments on opposite sides of an ocean. How to reconcile that? Can they even make it work?
The answer is in the book, and it will keep you reading to the very last page! ...more
I've read a few of the Parable, Montana books, and I have to say, Big Sky Secrets is by far my favourite of the lot! In fact, I think it might be my fI've read a few of the Parable, Montana books, and I have to say, Big Sky Secrets is by far my favourite of the lot! In fact, I think it might be my fave of Linda Lael Miller, full stop!
Where do I start with this story? For one thing, there was a flowing voice that totally grabbed me in this one. Where sometimes, I have found Ms. Miller's stories a bit hard to get into, this wasn't the case here. From the very first scene onwards, she embroils you into this world with a snap of the fingers. The book totally flowed and I found it very easy to read (literally devoured the pages, more like!)
And the characters! Landry is an absolute darling! The first time we see him in this one, trying to tame the horse - I was laughing so hard my sides hurt. He just felt so real, flesh and blood and like someone you know, know what I mean? You cannot help but like him, and then as the story progresses, fall in love with him.
Ria - probably the most precious of all the heroines in this series. What is there not to like about her? She's spunky and feisty but also a woman hiding scars in her heart. The confrontations with Bessie the buffalo? You could read this book for that alone!
Though, no - you have to read this book for the romance! It never felt more natural for two people to have to end up together, and the journey then is to find out how they will commit to one another.
Another thing - despite this book being part of a series, imo, it's the one that reads best as a stand alone. You don't feel like you've been parachuted into this town and don't have a clue who's who. Could be because this book is mainly peopled by people from Landry's and Ria's entourages, 'strangers' we get to meet in this story itself.
All in all - the best book of the Parable, Montana series. If you have to read one single tale in this series, make it Big Sky Secrets. You will not be disappointed!...more
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas-- *cue sound of a screeching DJ's turndisk....*
And OMG, thank goodness everything doesn't remain confined to SinWhat happens in Vegas stays in Vegas-- *cue sound of a screeching DJ's turndisk....*
And OMG, thank goodness everything doesn't remain confined to Sin City because then we'd have missed the absolutely amazing road trip this story turned out to be. With non-stop action right from the start (and seriously, could it have been any other way? The trip takes place in an Aston Martin Vanquish throughout. And yes, that's the James Bond car!), there's never a dull moment in this tale.
I loved Glory's character. The funny thing is, we get to see her as a good two shoes who's always thinking of consequences and being utterly rational, yet, the first thing Luke gets asked by one of her acquaintances when he mentions they got into trouble is along the lines of "what did she do now?" The girl's got heart, though, and guts. To take on crazy stalker chicks with gun-toting mercenary crews all while saving the life of a man who accused her of cheating? Go, girl power!
And speaking of the man in question, can anyone spell swoon-worthy? Right, that's spelled L-u-k-e, Luke. Another character I loved, because he just felt so real and to watch him turn from the cold magnate into a flesh and blood man who falls in love with unpredictable Glory is a journey to cherish.
Have I mentioned the many laughs in there? When Glory starts going on her speeches about the town of Beaux and its inhabitants? I haven't laughed so much in a long time.
All in all, a delightful, wonderful story that will keep you riveted throughout and making you turn the page (or flicking the screen!) to find out what happens next. And next. And next.... Take a gamble on this book; you'll not end up the loser, I guarantee this! ...more
I always enjoyed Kristan Higgins books. I mean, she was a go-to author when I had to pick up book with escapist fantasies of love all wrapped up in aI always enjoyed Kristan Higgins books. I mean, she was a go-to author when I had to pick up book with escapist fantasies of love all wrapped up in a pretty package that comes with a lot of laughs. Didn't believe she could get any better...but she does! This Blue Heron series of hers is the BOMB!
When I agreed to review The Perfect Match, I found out it was Bk2 in this series, so of course I went ahead and got Bk1, too (The Best Man). And I fell in love! Never have I ever clamoured and panted for a small-town series the way I fell for Blue Heron.
There's something almost magical about Ms. Higgins' writing. I dunno if it's her characterization, but these people feel oh-so-REAL! I've never come across this in all my years of reading. We always say this romance or that book rings true with real life issues and stuff, and this never applies more than to the Blue Heron series.
Kristan Higgins starts in a strange way in both books of this series so far - you don't actually like the characters at first. I mean, Honor and the booty calls with Brogan? Not really let's-be-BFFs vibe there. Then Tom is an abject arse the first (well, second. I mean the real meeting) time he meets Honor. The same thing happened in The Best Man (when I was tempted at one point not to continue reading...though it being a Kristan Higgins I knew there had to be some redemption down the line. Glad I stuck to that book. Anyhow....)
Somewhere along the way, you not only start to care, but you sympathize, and even empathize, sometimes too much. That's the real mastery Kristan Higgins displays in this series - she makes you care about people who, at first glance, you'd want to bash over the head.
Written in her distinctive manner of pulling you right into the character's head and shoes (hello? How hilarious is the conversation with the eggs? I chortled every single time they popped in with a line!), this is one book you do not want to miss. Make it one series you should be checking out. I've cried, laughed, felt loath to part from the books in this series, and cannot wait for what Ms. Higgins has down the line with this one.
Definitely one I recommend! For those of you in the southern hemisphere, this is perfect beach/summer reading. Those of you in winter - when you want to forget/ignore a dreary rainy/snowy day, grab the Blue Heron books by Kristan Higgins and lose yourself in another world. The time will pass way too quickly, I guarantee! ...more
Can I say I LOVED this book? Goodness, if I could give it 10 stars out of 5, I would! This is simply amazing lifestyle and relationship crack, and forCan I say I LOVED this book? Goodness, if I could give it 10 stars out of 5, I would! This is simply amazing lifestyle and relationship crack, and for someone who thrives on 'Love, Life, Relationships...in a melting pot of cultures', I found in Suzy Duffy's work a kindred spirit.
How does she pull off this story? Frankly, it is all over the place - I mean, we have 5 main female protagonists, and oftentimes, the men in their lives pop in for a POV scene here and there. It should've been chaos... And then when you look at how over-the-top some of the happenings are....
But my goodness, this book is absolutely RIGHT! Everything fits together when it shouldn't logically, and this, I believe, is a master streak by Suzy Duffy.
I couldn't stop devouring this book, even thinking of sneaking in some reading with my tablet in one hand and the other hand stirring the pasta sauce on the stove. Yep, it is addictive, because you want - no, wait: you crave! - to find out what is going to happen. I'm a sucker for HEA, and I wanted to see if everyone in this got their HEA, or at least, HFN. Let's face it - it's not romance but women's fiction (chick lit for grown women, I'd call it, coz it deals with issues like a decade of marriage after kids, the desire to be more than just a mum, that sort of thing).
Ms. Duffy wraps it all with a pretty bow and the thing is, nothing feels sugar coated in this book, even the ending. At many points in the book, when Maria was having fights with Rick, I was nodding and understanding how such tiffs between husband and wife blow out of proportion over the smallest thing. Cathi's ambition was a bit hard to relate to, though, like Suzy Duffy tells us, there's a bit of Cathi in all of us. And man, I wish to be living life like Noreen when I'm eighty!
This is one book you do NOT want to miss, peeps! If life and relationships - the real, everyday kind and not the sugarcoated romance - is your thing, then you're in for a huge treat with this story. It's so 'mundane' it's actually ridiculous, but wow, oh wow - how Ms Duffy pulls it all together into something you cannot get enough of!
And FYI - this is definitely an author going on my to-be-watched-for-autobuy list! She's totally won me over!
***review copy obtained from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review***...more
Short but sweet... and a story that leaves you with a delightfully tingly feeling at the end. There's an ending in this plot, but you also know it's oShort but sweet... and a story that leaves you with a delightfully tingly feeling at the end. There's an ending in this plot, but you also know it's only merely the beginning for Melita and Alex.
Natalie G. Owens shows a little more of her writing chops in this one. With her hauntingly beautiful, lyrical voice, she takes a story of two strangers meeting like ships in the night and transforms it into a tale of redemption and new beginnings, on the backdrop of an unexpected second chance.
Cannot wait for more of the Moonlight Dating books, and more of Natalie's works!...more