I had the pleasure of meeting Georgia Beers in PTown during women’s week. She was promoting 96 Hours. As a good rule of thumb I will read anything tha...moreI had the pleasure of meeting Georgia Beers in PTown during women’s week. She was promoting 96 Hours. As a good rule of thumb I will read anything that she puts out because I like her as an author. However, and this is a big “however” I really couldn’t foresee that I would read this one. In fact, I told her that there was really no way that I would be able to read it. Using 9/11 as a backdrop for a story is pretty brave, but I know that I personally still get incredibly emotional even discussing 9/11 so I couldn’t imagine putting myself in a situation where I would willingly read a story that revolves around those events. Thus, the avoidance began. Except it keeps popping up in my recommended to read lists and finally someone I know on Goodreads wrote a review that they liked it. So, I decided to suck it up and be brave and read it.
I read the book yesterday and yes there were several spots that made me cry; the brief recounts of the planes striking the towers and the aftermath. Thank God I was smart enough to read it when I was not suffering from PMS or I might have shorted out my Kindle. Having said that, I think Georgia Beers handled the book in a way that lets the reader understand the events that throws Erica and Abby together without overwhelming them. The best description I can say is that she handled it sensitively while letting the characters work through the tragedy and make connections to each other and the people around them.
I’m glad that I read the book. I liked how Georgia Beers handled the characters and how they were changed by the events. It felt real and relatable because I don’t know anyone who was not changed by those events in large and small ways. Would I recommend other people read it, absolutely, with a small caveat: if you were in or near NYC on 9/11 maybe read it with a box of tissue, a glass of wine, and when you are not PMSing. (less)
Summary on the Back of the Book: “Architect, Mackenzie Taylor will tell you she's married, that love transcends eternity, and vows are meant to be hono...moreSummary on the Back of the Book: “Architect, Mackenzie Taylor will tell you she's married, that love transcends eternity, and vows are meant to be honored. She builds homes through her business, helps to rebuild lives through her volunteer work at a women's crisis center and strives to build self-esteem in children with special needs as sponsor and coach of Team Bella. What she can't rebuild is her family. The deaths of her wife, Isabella and their daughter, Bella, haunt her every breath. While she attended a business meeting they were kidnapped and senselessly murdered. The guilt is all encompassing. Emily O'Brien, a widow, and straight, arrives in town to open KK's Book Emporium. She lives in the apartment above the store where she struggles to make a new life for herself and her orphaned grandchildren. Renee McVee's partner, Emily's daughter, was killed by a drunk driver, on the way to pick up her children from school. Renee's response to her grief is to drown her sorrows. Redemption takes a gritty look at domestic violence and how it influences the lives of these three women and how they learn to deal with the devastating fallout. It is also a story of love, old and new. It answers the question: is it possible to love again?”
We picked this book up while we were in P-Town for Women’s week. Partially because it looked like it could be an interesting read; but also because it was the authors 1st published book and we wanted to be supportive, and finally because I’m always interested in finding new authors who I can read. I was about ½ way through the book when I realized that is does not suffer from what I refer to as “1st bookitis.” I’m sure it’s happened to you. You’re reading a book and you start saying to yourself “This has to be the authors 1st book” because it lacks a certain maturity in the writing. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad book, it just means that you know/hope the next will better. The storytelling is redemption is complex and well written, but not confusing. The main character Mackenzie is a shell of a person who has lost so much in her life that she’s not really living at all. The author allows us to see Mackenzie’s pain, the process of dealing with her grief and her eventual need to start living again. Not only would I recommend reading this book, I’ll be keeping my eye out for DeJay’s next one. (less)
First let me admit that I had been avoiding this book. I’ve read the book description a couple of times and it’s never really grabbed me. Then I hit p...moreFirst let me admit that I had been avoiding this book. I’ve read the book description a couple of times and it’s never really grabbed me. Then I hit period where the books I’ve been attempting to read just haven’t been keeping my attention so I took a break, but the online book group I am a member of selected this as the May book. Yet, I still wasn’t thrilled. Let me openly apologize to the author now: *********** Dear Cari,
Snowbound was an excellent debut book. I downloaded the book Sunday night, couldn’t put it down and finished it Monday Morning before I had to go to work. I’m fairly certain I can give you credit for getting me out of my reading slump. Thank you, especially since watching TV in German is not really an option.
CAB - a new fan *********** There were even times when I found myself laughing out loud at some of the dialog between Sam and Kate. Apparently fighting to stay alive can result in some witty repartee between characters. Well, that or I just find certain strange situations amusing. Regardless I really enjoyed the book and I’m hoping to see what comes next for this author. (less)
I’ve read some mixed reviews on this book but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have no idea if the author intended the first few chapters to be as funny in...moreI’ve read some mixed reviews on this book but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have no idea if the author intended the first few chapters to be as funny in spots as they were but there were definitely a few places where I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. My absolute favorite scene was the Ghost yelling “Becca Run!!” and the description of the events afterward. I’m still giggling at the visual that was created for me.
I liked the interaction between Becca and Jo and the development of both characters. It’s obvious in the 1st introduction of Jo that she does not do people or emotions well at all, but that’s part of what makes her endearing. I like the fact that Becca and Jo seem to have an inherent ability to figure each other out and can interact in a manner that shows acceptance for each others’ quirks.
I liked it, I liked the story, and I liked the mystery as well. It was a good book. (less)
I’ve not read anything by Rebecca in the past, and I’ll say upfront that I am not normally drawn to historical stories. Having said that I don’t know...moreI’ve not read anything by Rebecca in the past, and I’ll say upfront that I am not normally drawn to historical stories. Having said that I don’t know if this actually qualifies as that type of story, but the author managed to mix in a sense of that without making me feel like I was bored. The occasional side trip to the past was interspersed in a way that gave the reader appropriate context for the current storyline.
Ros has had a tough year, her Mom dies, she gives up her job, and breaks up her long term relationship. Then Ros inherits Winter Manor, from an old family friend “Aunt Edie”, with the stipulation that she restore it to it’s past glory. Fortunately for Ros, Aunt Edie left enough money to get the job done, as well as having already started the planning process and engaging an architect: Anna.
Anna is calm, efficient, professional, and all buttoned but Ros sees past that exterior. From the beginning she gets glimpses of something that draws her to Anna.
The reader gets to watch this relationship unfold and see the mental gyrations that Ros goes through as she tries to get a handle on her own emotions and the turmoil of rediscovering who she is and what she wants from life. This was a very good book, now I need to find out if Rebecca has any others out there.
I think if the bookgroup had not recommended this book it would never have made it to my "to read list" and then I would have missed out on a well wri...moreI think if the bookgroup had not recommended this book it would never have made it to my "to read list" and then I would have missed out on a well written and interesting story.
I have no idea what century this story was based in but it has horses, swords, magic, and women who are intelligent, strong and capable: the last bit being the most important for me personally.
Here’s the thing with this book, I don’t think you have to be someone who reads “fantasy” type books to enjoy this one. The magic or elemental portion of the story is an important factor but it’s not the main factor. Ultimately, the story revolves around Maddy and the fact that her faith has been shaken and her struggle to figure out her place in the world and her struggle with her religious beliefs. Within that is the relationships between the characters of Maddy, Lillian, and eventually Emmey.
I really enjoyed these characters and the author’s process for making the characters grow and in my opinion; to each be more brave.
My only disappointment is that that it appears there is no sequel for this story. (less)
Initially when I started reading this book I had difficulty tracking which parts of the story where flashbacks versus present day. After the first 3 o...moreInitially when I started reading this book I had difficulty tracking which parts of the story where flashbacks versus present day. After the first 3 or so chapters I got into the flow of the story and was better able to make the switch from present day to flashbacks.
In many ways, for me, this did not feel like the traditional romance in part because the story is flows between present day and flashbacks and because there was at least one interesting plot twist that I did not anticipate. In fact I thought the story was being told from an entirely different perspective than it actually was.
I also enjoyed that the character development was built around Claudia modeling for Leo so she could apply for an exclusive workshop.
This turned out to be a fun read and I would recommend it for anyone looking for a good beach/vacation read. (less)
Alright I admit it, I was a little skeptical about reading this book solely because the cover made me think “Ok here’s another romance” and I’m a litt...moreAlright I admit it, I was a little skeptical about reading this book solely because the cover made me think “Ok here’s another romance” and I’m a little bored with the stereotypical romance, but I wanted to give Lyn Gardner a chance.
I do realize that there is some “angst” in the story but from my perspective this is primarily a romance. That being said, I really enjoyed this book, I read it while on vacation sitting on the beach. Sure the beach helped, but what really made the story enjoyable for me: the dialogue. There were several occasions where despite the material I found myself laughing out loud at some of the conversations that took place between Toni and Laura. What I think I appreciated the most was that the author did not “Americanize” the dialogue and I think the story was all the better for it. There are numerous instances of Scottish and English slang that make the story flow in a way that I don’t think would have felt as authentic or had been as amusing otherwise. It was also done in a way that the reader can easily discern the meaning. I also enjoyed the ending, it closes in a way that was satisfying and yet leaves an opportunity for more.(less)
I came across this book while randomly searching amazon.com for something to read. It popped up in my recommended items, for which I am extremely grat...moreI came across this book while randomly searching amazon.com for something to read. It popped up in my recommended items, for which I am extremely grateful. This is definitely one of the better romance novels I have read in quite some time. The characters are likeable, well thought out and have a three dimensional feel to them. I found that it was easy to identify with a number of the emotions that Joslyn has to come to grips with, but it was refreshing to witness the character moving through them without falling apart. Another major plus in my book is the fact that both women are strong, smart and successful in their own right.
I would highly recommend reading this story! In the meantime, I’ll be looking for other Lynn Galli stories.
Product Description from the Amazon.com website: “As a turnaround specialist, Joslyn Simonini spends her days analyzing corporate profit margins and trying to keep her likeness from being turned into a voodoo doll by company employees. If she does her job well, they often lose theirs. So, it comes as a surprise when she finds herself being kissed one day at work. She’s even more shocked to find out that the mysterious kissing bandit is a woman.
Not in the habit of kissing women, Joslyn tries to brush off the unintentional mistake. But before long, she’s forced to examine the rush of emotions that accompanied the kiss, especially when she meets Raven Malvolio. At first, she needs Raven to complete her analysis, but she doesn’t expect to need the friendship that Raven offers. When those friendly feelings escalate to something more, Joslyn’s confusion and underdeveloped emotional range might ruin her chance at a relationship that could surpass even her dreams.
Uncommon Emotions takes a look at how someone can think she’s happy with her life only to be surprised by the passion she’s yet to feel.” (less)
L.L. Raand is a new pen name that author Radcyff is writing under apparently in an attempt to banch out/away from her romance novels/P-town series. Th...moreL.L. Raand is a new pen name that author Radcyff is writing under apparently in an attempt to banch out/away from her romance novels/P-town series. This is more scifi, warewolves and vampires. I really enjoyed the plot and the character development and although there is certainly a "romance" component to the story there is plenty of intrigue/mystery as well. I was also happy to find that there will be a sequel. There are certainly plenty of supporting characters in this 1st one who I would be happy to see continue to develope.(less)