I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I loved this latest novel from Debbie Macomber. Macomber tI received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
I loved this latest novel from Debbie Macomber. Macomber truly understands a woman's heart and her needs, as well as a woman's strength.The stories of Leanne and Nichole are very uplifting. They are both mothers and have gone through divorce together. Leanne is Nichole's ex mother-in-law, but both women are very close because their respective husbands cheated on them. They move downtown into apartments across the the hall from each other and develop "rules" or guidelines on how to move on from their failed marriages.
They both volunteer: Leanne at the Community Center and Nichole at a shop that dresses women who are starting over like herself. These women are looking for jobs, and we get to see a success story there. At the Community Center, Leanne meets a handsome Ukrainian baker, Nikolai. He brings her fresh-baked bread every class. He tells her that his bread says what is in heart that he cannot say. Nichole meets a handsome tow truck driver that is completely different from her ex-husband, Jake. Rocco is rough-edged and has many tattoos, but is a good father and shows interest and tenderness to Nichole's young son.
But things don't always go as planned. Guides don't always work out. In other words, life happens, misunderstandings happen, and ex-husbands interfere with a well planned guide. What happens? You'll have to read this heartwarming novel to find out!...more
Snow Angel Cove is a delightful novel. And I'll probably will be reading more by RaeAnne Thayne. Yes, the novel is chic lit, but tells a good story. ElSnow Angel Cove is a delightful novel. And I'll probably will be reading more by RaeAnne Thayne. Yes, the novel is chic lit, but tells a good story. Eliza Hayward with her 5 year old daughter, Maddie, arrive in Haven's Point ID to start her new job as the manager of one of the hotels. But she finds the Inn has burnt to the ground. She has quit her job and given up her apartment. She doesn't know what she's going to do. She's a young widow and Maddie has a big health problem. On the way to a diner, a savior will appear - albeit in an unusual way.
Aiden Caine has recently bought a ranch near Haven's Point along with some commercial properties. He's also hiding a big secret himself. He sees a woman and a little girl crossing the street, but can't stop because of the patch of ice he had skidded on. He hits Eliza and is horrified. Much to his relief, she comes too. Some of the townspeople are outright hostile to him. And he can't figure out why. Eliza is a bit cold towards him, too. It was an accident!
At the hospital, he convinces Eliza to come to Snow Angel Cove for the night. It's either that or spend the night in the hospital, and she has Maddie to think about. Feeling guilty, Aiden offers Eliza a temporary job at Snow Angel Cove to help Sue ready the house for his family who are coming for Christmas. Eliza knows this will give her time to send out feelers for a job, so she accepts. Neither Aiden or Eliza could imagine that sparks will fly. But will they be enough to thaw both of their hearts? ...more
The American Lady is a good sequel to The Glassblower. But be prepared to have a hankey close by at the end. I'll admit I didn't see it coming though there were clues here and there.
Marie Steinmann is bored and hasn't created a new sketch for her family's glassblowing shop. At 38, she fears that she's all out of ideas. In New York, Wanda Miles is also having trouble finding her way in the world. She doesn't want to be a young wealthy socialite. She wants to make her own path in the world, just like the three Steinmann girls did 20 years ago. She even cuts her beautiful long hair! Remember this is is 1910. Not many "respectable" ladies are wearing their hair short, yet.
When she learns that her Aunt Marie is coming from Lauscha, Germany, Wanda is less than thrilled. That is until Marie gets there. Marie is nothing like Wanda's mother, Ruth. Marie takes in the sights of NYC like a youngster. She enjoys Wanda's company and Wanda's artsy friends. She begins going out with Wanda and her friends and meets a handsome young Italian Count, who seems too good to be true. (A clue there, Marie.) Soon Marie leaves NYC with 2 of Wanda's friends and Franco. Could Marie really leave her family business?
With Marie off in France and Italy, Wanda Miles is in Lauscha, Germany helping her her family. But which one: the Steinmann's or the Heimer's? Marie let slip that her father is not Steven Miles.
Debbie Macomber adds more depth to this installment of her newest series Rose Harbor Series both in content and in her narrative telling of the storyDebbie Macomber adds more depth to this installment of her newest series Rose Harbor Series both in content and in her narrative telling of the story in Silver Linings. Told in the 1st person perspective, Jo Marie Rose wonders if her Inn truly has the healing powers that she believed to be true, since her latest guests left downhearted and Mark Taylor has left Cedar Cove taking her heart with him. She has finally found love in another man that is not Paul. His cryptic statement that her husband Paul was truly a hero and that he, Mark, is a coward who should've died instead He must leave Cedar Cove and her to dig himself out of a black hole. Only after he's gone does Jo Marie learn why and fears for Mark because he has put himself in grave danger.
Macomber then uses the 3rd person perspective to tell the story of the two young women, Coco and Katie, who have return to Cedar Cove for their tenth high school reunion. Coco wants to confront the boy who betrayed and humiliated her in their senior year. That experience has left her with trust issues with men. Katie, on the other hand wants to reconnect with her first love. But James had made it very clear that her attempts to reach out to him are unwanted to say the least. Both learn that people do change in ten years and leave Rose Harbor Inn a bit bemused and very down.
But what is different is Macomber continues the three women's stories after that weekend and that made their story more compelling. She usually wraps up all of the loose threads leading to a happy ending before the guests check out. Not all of the women in Silver Linings get that happy ending - one is making a long term reservation to stay at Rose Harbor. And what about Mark Taylor? I guess I'll have to wait until the next installment to find out. ...more
I loved Big Little Lies, but I didn't like The Husband's Secret. From the book blurb, this sounded like a novel right up my alley. What would you do iI loved Big Little Lies, but I didn't like The Husband's Secret. From the book blurb, this sounded like a novel right up my alley. What would you do if you found a letter written by husband whom is very much alive that says, "Open in the event of my death." Would you open it? My answer is a No.
Of course, Cecilia Fitzpatrick does open the letter. (I figured out what the content of the letter early on.) It contains her husband's darkest secret. A secret that would probably destroy their whole family, but other lives as well.
I couldn't believe Cecilia's response! And God, all of her thoughts! Was a stream of consciousness. Good Lord. I should get points for reading those! And Rachel? I wanted to shake her! I didn't feel sorry for her for long. I just wanted to strangle her after a while. Tess, I liked.
Big Little Lies will make you laugh, cry, and angry, because the little lies are outrageous. It is something I've never read before: a who's-gonna-getBig Little Lies will make you laugh, cry, and angry, because the little lies are outrageous. It is something I've never read before: a who's-gonna-get-it meets coming of age. Yes, the parents do grow up. The writing is wonderful. Each woman has her unique voice and problems - "Oh, calamity!" In between the changing POV Liane Moriarty adds some juicy school parent gossip that furthered the story line - a parent dies on Trivia Night. We readers know that the chain of events begin when Madeline falls in the street and new school mom, Jane gives her a ride to kindy orientation day. Jane's 5 year old boy is accused of bullying a little girl. Battle lines are drawn.
Madeline, Jane, and Celeste among others are on Ziggy's side vs. The Blond Bobs and the little girl's mummy.
There are a few serious issues running through the novel, and Moriaty makes them work with her prose and easy writing style. To say more about the plot and subplots would ruin this wonderful book. I highly recommend Big Little Lies. ...more
It's 10 years since "The Year That Changed Everything" and a week before the First Frost and the Waverly Women are feeling the first frost woes beforeIt's 10 years since "The Year That Changed Everything" and a week before the First Frost and the Waverly Women are feeling the first frost woes before their wonderfully mischievous magical apple tree blooms all 24 hours. Just because it can't throw apples at the men the Waverly women love - it can still give comfort to Claire, Sydney, and Bay. And they do need some comfort.
Claire doesn't cook much any more, nor does she spend hardly any time with her family. She spends her every waken hours in the kitchen making candies. Her business is growing by leaps and bounds, all the while she feels inadequate, introverted, and questions her Waverley power - her cooking with petals and herbs from her garden that give people who eat her food just what they need. Yes, her cooking is magical.
Although, Sydney loves her life with her husband, Henry, and her fifteen year old daughter, she longs for another child. And her anxiety shows as the red highlights in her hair get brighter by the day. Adding Violet and her small baby boy to the mix, it could be disastrous to her clientele - her Waverley gift is how to do perfect hair.
Then there is Sydney's daughter, Bay. She has always known where people and things should be; where each belongs. And she knows that Josh belongs with her - not knowing that his father broke her mother' heart driving her away from Bascom, NC. Claire's daughter, Mariah, is a normal girl. And that is a problem adding to Claire's distress - is she a Waverley?
A mysterious stranger has arrived in Bascom and has an interest in the Waverleys, especially Claire. He is there, then suddenly he's not leaving the smell of smoke. What does the silver-haired man want?
I loved Garden Spells and couldn't wait to read First Frost, Southern magic and all. While I did really enjoy the novel, it was darker than I expected. The magic of the Waverleys is who the Waverleys are. And there is not much magic in First Frost. Yes, the house still plays tricks on Tyler and won't let some people in and Evanelle still "has to" give something to people that he/she needs. But that pretty much is all of the magic seen until First Frost when magic gloriously rains apple blossoms....more
Peter Pan lives if you believe; just look and wish upon the Second Star To The Right. Faye O'Neill and her two young children arrive in Londo4.5 Stars
Peter Pan lives if you believe; just look and wish upon the Second Star To The Right. Faye O'Neill and her two young children arrive in London. They are quite subdued. Faye's divorce has had quite the effect upon all three of them. She's not the same confident woman she was before marrying Rob O'Neill. Six year old Tom has not spoken a word in over a year after...
Maddie is precocious. She is bossy with a heart of Gold yearning to be safe and loved. She is very protective of her mum and younger brother. No. 14 just may be what the Doctor ordered. No. 14 is where Wendy Forrester lives up in the Nursery that looks amazingly like Wendy Darling's. And the old woman truly believes that she is THE Wendy. Her daughter sternly tells the O'Neill's that they are not to disturb the old lady. Do they listen? Nah! And that's the magic of the story, or at least part of it.
The other part of the story is in the 2nd flat. Jack Graham is a very handsome world renown scientist and loves the house and ol' "Crazy Wendy." He himself is a Lost Boy. (Peter Pan's Lost Boys? Maybe, maybe not.) When you believe, anything is possible! Can this old house with the overgrown garden that the children clean up with the smiling Peter Pan fountain heal two broken adults and two frighten and sad children? Believe, and wish upon the second star to the right and you'll too will begin to hear a flute and see a small ball of light flying throughout No.14 in London.
I just loved this novel! Mary Alice Monroe has brought Peter Pan's magic to the novel, but not in an overt way. I laughed and cried in various parts and when it ended, my heart was swollen with joy! ...more
Ellie Reynolds has traveled to Cedar Cove to meet Tom Lynch, a man she met on the internet. They've spent months communicating, first by Facebook, then email, and finally through texts and phone calls. She believes that she is falling in love with Tom, much to the chagrin of her mother - Virginia. Virginia is very protective of Ellie and has a tainted view of men that stems from her failed marriage.
Maggie and Roy Porter are at the Inn for a romantic weekend that Roy's parents paid for. Maggie hopes this weekend will rekindle the romance they had before their two children were born. But Maggie has a secret that could threaten everything she holds dear. She's scared that her secret will be the final nail in the coffin of past hurts she and Roy have constructed. Will her secret be the end of her marriage?
Innkeeper Jo Marie Rose has been thinking a lot about her friend and handyman Mark Taylor - way too much in fact. And she's been "off." She's been doing busy work, trying to forget her late husband's last letter. The Inn seems to have lost its magical heeling powers for herself and for her guests.
Macomber is a born story teller. Love Letters is an enjoyable fast read for a rainy Spring afternoon. I can't wait until the next installment coming out in September 2015! ...more
The island of Bora, Bora during WWII, a well hidden bungalow that the islanders believe is cursed - considering the painter whom dwelt there, it's posThe island of Bora, Bora during WWII, a well hidden bungalow that the islanders believe is cursed - considering the painter whom dwelt there, it's possible - a soldier who is neither an officer nor a gentleman, a murder, a baby, and an ill fated love affair. What more does this reader want? Not a thing! I loved, loved this novel! It will rest in my heart until I decide to read it once again.
Sarah Jio's writing had me at various times: chuckling, out right crying, and holding my breath. I hated that it ended; I could have stayed with Anne and Westry for a while longer. At times Jio's prose sung and my emotions ebbed and flowed with the story.
The characters are wonderful, even the loathsome Kitty. My heart wept for Atea, "Cleo", and "Grayson". I loved the ending - it was what should have happened - "Cleo, you're a little late." Just as I was to read this delightful novel that had sat on my shelf waiting for me.
While this installment is not my favorite in the Cedar Cove Series, I did enjoy 1022 Evergreen Place. It is becoming clear that Debbie Macomber wants to end this delightful series, because she packs many details and people in this installment, trying to tie up many loose ends. Faith and Troy, Will and Shirley to name a few. Olivia is getting better. Oh will I miss Cedar Cove! I've read The Inn at Rose Harbor but I love catching up with these characters in this series!
Linc and Lori are adorable and I love both James and Christie. They make a significant appearance in this installment, but I'd like them to have a separate novel - 13 & 14. But getting back to Mary Jo Wyse and Mack McAfee. Mary Jo realizes that she is falling for Mack. Mack is having doubts about Mary Jo - she broke off their engagement earlier and he doesn't know how to show her that he loves her. Noelle is a bonus to that love he feels for Mary Jo. The letters from a soldier to his beloved girl are proving the perfect distraction for the couple - and they will finally get answers to whom the couple is. Mary Jo's brother Linc is happy married to Lori. He's even setting up another shop in Cedar Cove unless Lori's father decides otherwise. Rachel Peyton is pregnant. Bruce is very happy, his daughter Jolene is not. Trouble is brewing on Yakima Street. I'll have to visit 1105 Yakima soon....more
A good book for an afternoon at the beach! I loved the characters - a group of friends that either live or summered at Stoney Point Beach with an exceA good book for an afternoon at the beach! I loved the characters - a group of friends that either live or summered at Stoney Point Beach with an exception of one who died a few years back. Neil Barlow still makes his presence known though. Eva is looking for her birth parents - still. Kyle and Lauren are having trouble - he's unemployed again, but finds part time work at the local diner and Lauren is unhappy in their marriage. Jason Barlow has moved back to Stoney Point and has survivor's guilt. Maris is in Stoney Point to close her father's house and estate. She'll find more secrets than she wants to and maybe she'll stop running from her life.
I wanted some lite reading after finishing The Good Sister this morning, and I was enchanted with The Accidental Book Club. Jean Vison accidentally crI wanted some lite reading after finishing The Good Sister this morning, and I was enchanted with The Accidental Book Club. Jean Vison accidentally created her book club that meets every month on a Tuesday. The women do discuss their book selections, but they also eat, drink wine, and catch up with what is going on in their lives. Jean needs the group after her husband died. Loretta's husband sits in his recliner clutching the remote, so Loretta escapes into lurid erotica. Janet is silent and shy and overweight who is being abused by her boss. May is younger and loves her solitary life but regales the group with stories of horrible first dates. Dorothy worries for her troubled sons. Mitzi always finds a political "something" to rant about the groups book of the month. Then Bailey happens.
Bailey Butler is Jean's granddaughter, and she is an event. And not a happy on at that. Her "perfect" mother is forced into rehab and her absentee father don't acknowledge her existence. Bailey is hurt, afraid, and very angry. She is to live with Jean. Drama soon becomes the norm and both Jean and Bailey learn that you can survive grief, hurt, and loneliness. Family can be chosen and happiness can be found.
The story starts somewhat slowly, but then you realize that Jennifer Scott has sucked you into the story. The novel is well written; the prose, beautiful. I didn't want the book to end, because I had a big smile upon my face. ...more
Blackbird Fly has a little bit of everything in it - a mystery, long held family secrets, humor, loss, grief. It reads easy with a literary feel to itBlackbird Fly has a little bit of everything in it - a mystery, long held family secrets, humor, loss, grief. It reads easy with a literary feel to it. There is some suspense too with a dash of romance and a feel of an historical novel. It could be described as Women's Fiction, but the novel could be read by men and they could enjoy the book as well. I honestly don't know how to describe this small book except to say that I really, really enjoyed it.
Merle Bennett has just lost her husband, Harry. It seems like her husband hid a few important things from her - another family and the draining of their joint banking accounts, and an old family home in France in which a few more skeletons lay buried. Merle goes to France with her son in the hopes of selling the house, but an old eccentric woman refuses to leave the home, stating that Harry's mother gave her the home. The elderly woman dies suddenly and Merle becomes the prime suspect. Her passport is confiscated and is told not to leave the small French village. She starts renovating the stone home and sleuthing into the old woman's life and death unaware that the old woman is tied to her dead in-laws and their secrets.
Summer in France, wine, riots, unfriendly neighbors except Pere Albert, renovation, murder suspect, and a handsome roofer. What more can Merle ask for? ...more
Perhaps, the reason I didn't quite like this novel is because Ernest Hemingway is my all time favorite author. Reading about the endings of all 4 of hPerhaps, the reason I didn't quite like this novel is because Ernest Hemingway is my all time favorite author. Reading about the endings of all 4 of his marriages was depressing and I did put it down for a few days before picking it back up to finish it. I really loved The Paris Wife - a 5 Star Read. Unlike that novel, this one puts the failing of Hemingway's marriages squarely upon him. And he was a brute, to boot! Marriages always have two sides, so whilst the great author did philander, why did he do so?
Another great beach read! Bree O'Brien has returned to Chesapeake Shores for her sister's Grand Opening of The Inn at Eagle Point. But after3.50 Stars
Another great beach read! Bree O'Brien has returned to Chesapeake Shores for her sister's Grand Opening of The Inn at Eagle Point. But after three weeks, the quiet middle O'Brien sister has decided home is where she wants to be after disastrous reviews of her latest play performed in a Chicago Regional Theatre. She decides to open a floral shop, Flowers on Main. To her chagrin, the best nursery around is owned by Jake Collins - the man she dumped and whose heart is still broken because of Bree's sudden move to Chicago six years prior. Can they reconcile as are parents, Mick and Megan, seem to be doing? Secrets and trust issues abound.
I really like The Chesapeake Shores Series and this is an enjoyable 2nd entry of the series. I love the O'Briens! They are funny. They make you want to shake some sense into them. And sometime they make you a bit weepy-eyed. But they are a family, a family that you as a reader want to be in. Sherryl Woods draws complete characters that grow with each novel. What I didn't particularly like was Jake's whine for the entire book. He was either whining or angry and it got old really fast, so I deducted 1/2 star from my rating. I am looking forward to spending more time with the O'Briens in the fictional Chesapeake Shores soon! ...more
Cat Blackburn is an investigative reporter through and through. Fired from her newspaper, she now blogs. A story exposing a dog fighting ring has placCat Blackburn is an investigative reporter through and through. Fired from her newspaper, she now blogs. A story exposing a dog fighting ring has placed her in danger - she named a famous singer, powerful politicians, and sports stars. Someone wants her hurt or worse. Or could she be a target because of her mother - a powerful CIA section chief? Melinda Blackburn isn't taking any chances. She has sent Jack Davenport to keep Cat safe. He's her best operative and her former son in law. What does he do? He kidnaps Cat and takes her home to Eternity Springs, CO. Let the fun begin!
This was a fast read. Emily March has a way with story telling and has a knack for a little mystery and romance. I liked the way she used flashbacks of incidents in both Cat and Jack's life to advance the story line as well as to develop their characters. I didn't realize this was part of a series: Eternity Springs. I am going to have to read more books in the series, because there is magic in Angel's Rest as well in the small CO town. Emily March reminds me of Sarah Addison Allen and her books - a good thing. ...more
Jess O'Brien has finally found what she wants to do. She bought and restored the old Inn at Eagle Point. She'd hope that her family would finally seeJess O'Brien has finally found what she wants to do. She bought and restored the old Inn at Eagle Point. She'd hope that her family would finally see that she isn't the failure they think of her to be. She has ADD, and that is partly why she's in this mess. Another reason is that she believes she is the reason why her mother left all those years ago. The bank is ready to foreclose, and Jess desperately turns to her sister, Abby, for help. But Abby isn't prepared for whom she has to deal with from the bank. Trace Reilly makes a condition that Abby can't refuse or Jess will lose the Inn - she has to manage the books and reel in Jess' spending habits. Of course, he has an ulterior motive - he's still in love with Abby. Does he want to win her back or exact revenge upon her sister because Abby left him to move to NYC to pursue a career in the markets? And what about her twin girls? Will Trace jeopardize her twin girls just to get even, or wll her ex-husband do that?
This is a predictable Romance novel with happy endings all around the O'Brien clan. It is also the story of sisters and relationships. It is a sugary sweet novel that a reader can enjoy on the beach or on a rainy afternoon. ...more
Rose Harbor Inn is in Bloom. The Inn still seems to have that healing affect on its visitors that Jo Marie's late husband promised her when3.50 Stars
Rose Harbor Inn is in Bloom. The Inn still seems to have that healing affect on its visitors that Jo Marie's late husband promised her when he came to her. Was it a dream or his coming, a final goodbye? Jo Marie has learned that Paul's crash site in Afghanistan is now accessible. But only 5 bodies have been found. The helicopter had 6 Army Rangers aboard. Could Paul Rose be alive? Mary Jo realizes that is probably unlikely, but her heart still hopes Paul survived the crash. And what is up with Mark Taylor? He still hasn't finished her Rose Garden. And he's become very prickly these last few weeks.
The Inn is fully booked for a couple's 50th Wedding Anniversary/Wedding Renewal. But Julie and Kent can't seem to stop their bickering. Their granddaughter, Annie Newton is dumbfounded. She had always wanted a marriage like her grandparents, especially now that she broke off her own engagement. Will her plans for the Renewal and Party blow up in her face? And why is Oliver Sutton doing here? She hadn't invited him. He's despicable. He broke her heart when she was 13 and hurtfully teased her every time she visited Julie and Kent. Look out Annie.
And there is Mary Smith. She was a powerhouse in NYC's financial world until she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She's come to Cedar Cove to be near the man she loved and walked away from. She'd loved to see him one last time. But if she did, she would have to tell him why she has come to Cedar Cove. She has another secret that she has hidden from him for almost 20 years.
Now I normally don't read Romantic Suspense, but I have to say Cover of Night may have won me over to read more in this genre. The writing is spot onNow I normally don't read Romantic Suspense, but I have to say Cover of Night may have won me over to read more in this genre. The writing is spot on and Linda Howard knows how to build suspense. The romances in the novel appear natural and not over written. The characters are well developed - even the bad guys. The premise of Cover of Night is fresh and believable.
Cate Nightingale is a young widow with 4 year old precocious twin sons running a B & B in the remote small town of Trail Stop, ID. She focuses upon making a living for her sons while raising Tucker and Tanner. Cal Harris has been waiting three years for Cate to open her heart again. The locals have even "invented" jobs at the B & B for the shy, quiet handyman to fix, throwing Cate and Cal together. Cate hasn't noticed; she's just grateful to Mr. Harris handyman skills. She will learn more about Cal when the whole Trail Stop community is attacked, cutoff, and held hostage by several armed men. The very same men pulled guns on Cate and Neeah at the B & B a few days prior to the attack on the town. What started the whole standoff? A guest suddenly disappears from the B & B leaving by his room window to the roof and eventually to his vehicle. He has something that could bury a mob boss. And the boss has hired the best of the best fixers to retrieve what was stolen from him, and the fixers don't leave live witnesses. And Cate Nightingale may have the stolen property. The citizenry of Trail Stop will defend their own with Creed, Cal, and Cate leading the way straight into danger. Nothing will be the same in the small, remote Idaho town and Cate just might come to live again, if she survives. ...more
I read this novel in about 3 1/2 hours this morning. James Patterson knows how to entertain readers with his mysteries or in this case: Chick Lit. ItI read this novel in about 3 1/2 hours this morning. James Patterson knows how to entertain readers with his mysteries or in this case: Chick Lit. It was an easy, saccharine read. And it was hilarious in places. We all need to read a bit of fluffy brain candy every once in awhile, and The Christmas Wedding filled the bill.
Widowed Gaby Summerhill is now seizing life. She sends a video to each of her 4 adult children telling them she expects them home for Christmas. They haven't been together since their died 3 years ago, she says. And she is getting married on Christmas Day. Who is the groom? She won't say - 3 men have asked her to marry. Only she knows whom the lucky man is.
Read and find out whom she chose. (Not the one I'd have chosen and was rooting for.) ...more
I received an unedited readers copy/galley for an honest review.
My copy said A Wuthering Heights Novel so I had very high expectations for this novel.I received an unedited readers copy/galley for an honest review.
My copy said A Wuthering Heights Novel so I had very high expectations for this novel. Wuthering Heights happens to be one of my 10 most favorite novels of all time and if this was supposed to be a retelling of the original story - it didn't quite measure up to the original. That being said, I did like Solsbury Hill: A Novel.
Eleanor Sutton Abbott travels to England to see her dying Aunt after she catches her life long boyfriend in bed with another woman. She discovers the Estate and its moors are the basis for Emily Bronte's masterpiece, Wuthering Heights. She is also shocked that her late mother had wanted Eleanor to visit Trent Hall with her. She starts seeing a young couple and a young woman while she walks the moors. She's even seen the young woman in her room. Yes, the ghosts of the real Catherine, Heathcliff, and Emily are present and have a message for Eleanor. And Eleanor may find out what she thought she knew about her late parents and her own life is in fact a lie.
At Trent Hall there is Mead - her Aunt's "surrogate" son. His name even means Heath and Cliff. He's handsome, intelligent, and wealthy in his own right. And Eleanor finds herself drawn to him, but there is the long time boyfriend. He's also traveled to England. He wants Eleanor back. But the most interesting story line is the ghost of Emily. She needs Eleanor to break the curse that has followed her family into the present day. And the ghosts of Catherine and Heathcliff play a role in the storyline.
For a debut novel Solsbury Hill: A Novel is worth reading. It's enjoyable and will keep the reader's interest. I'll admit that the writing is shaky in a couple of places and some of the dialogue was off. It just didn't read right in places and I was left scratching my head. But I did receive an unedited copy, so hopefully these minor problems will be corrected when the novel is actually released in April of this year (2014). The story lines intrigued me and when Susan M. Wyler was on her game - the writing was wonderful. I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to read this book by the publisher's publicity department. ...more
What a sweet story, if not somewhat predictable. For this reader the miracle of Jack Armstrong's survival a lethal terminal illness was not h3.5 Stars
What a sweet story, if not somewhat predictable. For this reader the miracle of Jack Armstrong's survival a lethal terminal illness was not hard to believe. I do believe in miracles, especially those that occur at Christmas.
Jack Armstrong is dying. No way around it. He just wants to spend one more Christmas with his wife, Lizzie, and their three kids. But on Christmas Eve, Lizzie is killed in an automobile accident. She had gone to the drugstore to get Jack his pain meds. Her mother, Bonnie, is angry and secretly blames Jack. She carts him off to Hospice and the children go their separate ways to live with Lizzie's older sisters, while Bonnie and Fred take Mikki. But Jack doesn't die. He gets better, and soon there is evidence of his unnamed illness - a true miracle. With the help of his friend, Sammy, Jack gets stronger. And he goes and gets his kids.
Lizzie's grandmother dies shortly and leaves the Palace to Jack - the family's old homestead. Bonnie and Fred show up soon in North Carolina "for the childrens' sake." Bonnie is sure that Jack is going to get sick again or worse. Jack meets a nice lady who is still a lawyer and who runs a popular restaurant. Jack will need Jenna more than he first knows but at least Cee's brother, Charlie, is on his side. The Summer at the Palace and fixing up the place as well as Lizzie's Lighthouse is what Jack needs, but is it what his children need? ...more
In this fourth installment of the late painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade's Cape Light Series tears will flow for the reader. A beloved character slipsIn this fourth installment of the late painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade's Cape Light Series tears will flow for the reader. A beloved character slips to the other side, leaving Sophie Potter unsure of what to do without her husband of 50 years. Could Cape Light lose another beloved neighbor? What will happen to the Orchard? Erza has retired and widower Dr. Matthew Harding arrives in Cape Light with his teenaged daughter. He thinks being a general practitioner in a small town will be the fresh start he needs to melt away his guilt of not being a good husband and father. Molly Willoughby is smitten with the new Doctor, and is ready to make a major change in her life. And her ex-husband is back. Molly finds herself not only venturing in a new business, but finds that her embattled and embittered heart may be healing.
Patrolman, Tucker Tulley, has a bigger surprise. His brother is back in town and is very sick. Unfortunately Carl's presence isn't welcomed by most of Cape Light's residents - Carl Tulley has a past. Emily and Dan are engaged and are planning an engagement party. And Molly gets her break, or does she?
I really do love this series. I feel like I'm home when I read a Cape Light novel. I love the characters. Now this installment has more of the Christian theme in it than the prior books: Easter and the Resurrection along with the Progical Son Parable similarity. But don't let that frighten you away from A New Leaf: Cape Light #4. It is very good. Oh, I almost forgot - you will need a hanky. A real tearjerker. ...more
Flirting with Pete is a story within the story of a young woman who never met her father in life, and like him, Casey Ellis becomes a therapist. She'sFlirting with Pete is a story within the story of a young woman who never met her father in life, and like him, Casey Ellis becomes a therapist. She's a whiny character that about drove me crazy for 3/4's of the novel, but she does redeem herself in the last 150 pages. The story line that held my attention was that of Marybeth Jennifer Clyde. Her father killed Jenny's mother as the woman beat Jenny. Jenny has no friends. Folks in Little River shun her - maybe out guilt, shame, or pure meanness. About a week before Darden Clyde is released from prison people begin to take notice, especially a handsome young man from Wyoming riding a big motorcycle. Pete is his name. And when he stops to give Jenny a ride home from the dance, well she flirts with him. And he LIKES her too! Pete's everything Jenny dreamt that "her man" would be and more. She and Pete fall in love. They ride his motorbike wildly, go to the Quarry, and much more. Jenny thinks Pete is too good to be true, and he is.
Meanwhile, Psychoanalyst Casey Ellis finds herself in a state of confusion. Her practice needs to relocate, thanks to one of her partners, her mother is still in a vegetative state, and her father has just died. The father she's only seen in public lecture halls. She is the product of his one digression. She's floored when she inherits Connie's Beacon Hill Home. It comes with a very handsome, enigmatic gardener and a maid. Cornelius Unger kept his practice here and just maybe she could too. She has doubts as she wanders from the office into a glorious garden. Her resolve not to have anything to do with Connie begins to crack, especially when she finds a thick envelope with "C she's kin, help her" scrawled in her father's handwriting.
Casey opens the envelope to find Flirting with Pete. Casey wonders if the pages are Fiction, a Journal, or a Case Study. Convinced that Connie left the envelope for her, Casey begins to read. Soon she is drawn into Jenny Clyde's story, and becomes frighten for the young woman. Casey must find Jenny and help her, but she needs to find the rest of the manuscript. It's just like her father to make her search a scavenger hunt. And that is exactly what it is. As Casey puts Jenny's story together, she also discovers her father. And she is about to discover that nothing in her new life is what it appears to be. There is a fine line between what is real and what is imagined. ...more
What a beautiful, heartwarming story about a grandmother and her secret love and her granddaughter, Jennifer, who has experienced so much loss in a shWhat a beautiful, heartwarming story about a grandmother and her secret love and her granddaughter, Jennifer, who has experienced so much loss in a short period of time. Sam's letters to Jennifer had me in tears and smiles as I read Sam's story. Yes, Love never dies....more
A fitting end to a career of writing wonderful stories about strong women and of Ireland. A Week in Winter is the story of Chickie Starr, an old spinsA fitting end to a career of writing wonderful stories about strong women and of Ireland. A Week in Winter is the story of Chickie Starr, an old spinster lady, and members of Chickie's family renovating an old family home to be a small hotel in western Ireland. Chickie hopes that Stone House and Stoneybridge will bring her guests some peace and quiet healing of what ails them. And most guests do experience a lifting of their spirits as well as Chickie and her family members.
Each chapter is told from a family member or guest POV. And their stories move the book along, seamlessly one vignette ends another starts as we learn of Stone House's first week in business. Maeve Bichy had a strong sense of her characters and that sense is strongly displayed here. These characters will stay with me for a while. I'm saddened that there will not be any more heartfelt and warm stories from Binchy, since she died last year. ...more
I'm really surprised that Anne Rivers Siddons had such an adult content thrown upon a little girl as impressionable and lonely as her protagonist is.I'm really surprised that Anne Rivers Siddons had such an adult content thrown upon a little girl as impressionable and lonely as her protagonist is. Lulu is just despicable - an alcoholic and a sex addict. What was Siddons thinking? That's just too much for a a little girl to handle. Emily is totally ignored by her father and her living brothers. Her only friends are her dead older brother's ghost and the beautiful Lowcountry Boykin hunting spaniels. She is a dog whisperer. And her loneliness and interactions with her lost brother and the dogs are beautiful.
Rivers Siddons is a good author. I almost always like her stories, but this one is like Tennessee Williams on steroids. Sweetwater Creek had great potential for being a 5 Star read: lonely and sensitive girl child who is a dead ringer for her mother who abandoned the family after her oldest brother death who comes back to Emily. This could have been a wonderful coming of age story with Ghost Whisperer touches, but Rivers Siddons soiled it with Lulu's presence in Emily's life too long in my opinion. ...more