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 Londo...more4.5 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! (less)
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.(less)
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 exce...moreA 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 cr...moreI 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. (less)
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 it...moreBlackbird 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? (less)
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 h...morePerhaps, 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 after...more3.50 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! (less)
Cat Blackburn is an investigative reporter through and through. Fired from her newspaper, she now blogs. A story exposing a dog fighting ring has plac...moreCat 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. (less)
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 see...moreJess 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. (less)
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...more3.50 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 on...moreNow 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. (less)
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. It...moreI 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.) (less)
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....moreI 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. (less)
What a sweet story, if not somewhat predictable. For this reader the miracle of Jack Armstrong's survival a lethal terminal illness was not h...more3.5 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? (less)
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 slips...moreIn 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. (less)
What a beautiful, heartwarming story about a grandmother and her secret love and her granddaughter, Jennifer, who has experienced so much loss in a sh...moreWhat 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.(less)
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 spins...moreA 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. (less)
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....moreI'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. (less)
I really was looking forward to this SAA novel, especially after I learned that Ms. Allen had been sick. As always Lost Lake made me smile, but was sl...moreI really was looking forward to this SAA novel, especially after I learned that Ms. Allen had been sick. As always Lost Lake made me smile, but was slightly disappointed in the story line and its sub lines - Wes mostly. It is a sweet read with wonderful characters - Eby, Lisette, Devon, Buladeen, Jack, and of course the Alligator. I wish I could go to the Lost Lake cabins! (less)
I love Cedar Cove. I'd love to live there. In this installment, we follow Sheriff Troy Davis mostly. He still has yet to identify the skeletal remains...moreI love Cedar Cove. I'd love to live there. In this installment, we follow Sheriff Troy Davis mostly. He still has yet to identify the skeletal remains that were found by Shaw and Tanni Bliss in the cave. He's still pining for Faith Beckworth and is determined to get her back. But someone wants Faith to leave town, but why? Her home, garage, and car are vandalized. The mayor has a dust up with Gloria. Mack is living next door to the girls he loves with all of his heart. James Wilbur is back in town. Teri Bolcher is ready to pop. She's having triplets. And poor Rachel, her step daughter Jolene is causing some difficulties with the newlyweds.
I love Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Series, and I wasn't sure if I'd like this new series. I did. But I miss my favorite characters from Cedar Cove. J...moreI love Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove Series, and I wasn't sure if I'd like this new series. I did. But I miss my favorite characters from Cedar Cove. Jo Marie Rose is very likable - just enough sadness to make her vulnerable and a wonderful, warm heart. Her Inn will indeed be a place of healing for all of her guests (and Rover too.) I picked up this edition because it contains the novella When First They Met to get a clear idea of who the young widow is. Jo Marie and Paul's story brought both smiles and tears to this reader, as did the novel.
After Paul Rose was killed in Afghanistan, Jo Marie quits her job at the bank and moves to the other side of Puget Sound. She has bought a locally established Bed & Breakfast and renamed it Rose Harbor Inn after her husband and the peaceful feeling that his spirit is with her. She has found a peaceful harbor. And the Inn has several surprises - one of which is the handyman she has hired to make a new sign and garden for the B & B.
Jo Marie's first guest arrives at her inn with conflicted emotions. Josh Weaver's step-father may be near death. The two have never got along, and Richard threw Josh out of their home soon after his mother's death. Weaver hasn't been to Cedar Cove since his step-brother's funeral and only wants a few things that belonged to his mother. With the help of a childhood friend, Josh discovers that it is never too late for forgiveness and love. But his step-father apparently disagrees.
Her other guest is Abby Kincaid. She left Cedar Cove 15 years ago with a hefty weight on her shoulders. She was driving the car when the accident happened. She lived, her best friend did not. While recovering from the accident, Angela's parents and others in Cedar Cove blamed her, and she has been stuck in her grief and guilt all these years. The only reason she is back here is her only brother is getting married. Can she finally leave her guilt behind her when she leaves Cedar Cove this time? And will its citizens forgive her for driving rather than Angela on that dark, icy December night?
Macomber does allow a few cameo appearance of some favorite characters like Peggy Beldon, Olivia Griffin, Brace Harding, and a few others. I wanted more old faces, but I realize this is a new series. And a wonderfully warm series it is going to be. (less)
A truly heartwarming story of a handsome horse trainer,his mini - Rosebud - and the sister who wants Rosebud for a service animal for her you...more4.5 Stars
A truly heartwarming story of a handsome horse trainer,his mini - Rosebud - and the sister who wants Rosebud for a service animal for her younger blind brother, Luke. In the Fall of 2009, the current DOJ stripped miniature horses from the list of service animals under the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Shame on them!!! What happens to those disabled individuals who are afraid of dogs. A mini horse is about the same size of a German Shepard, so why are the little horses now banned? I thought the ADA was to help those of us who are disabled, not to further isolate other disabled people. As a disabled woman, I think this is an outrage!
Luke Pajeck is a little manipulative shit when we readers first meet him, but as the storyline develops his character changes and grows. He blames his older sister, Mandy, for the accident that took his sight and punishes her by not trying to make himself more independent. Luke can do many things that he hides from his sister. Mandy Pajeck allows herself to manipulated by Luke and her past. The siblings past plays a major role in this lovely novel. Zach Harrigan is a world renowned horse trainer. He is handsome and a womanizer, but when he sees a man purposely trips a blind man in a bar, he beats up the offender and lands himself in the hoosegow. Now 2 years later, he is training Rosebud - a mini horse - to assist a blind person. He dearly loves the little horse and will only give her to the "right" person. Enter, the Pajecks. Things start badly, but Mandy Pajeck is determined to get Rosebud for her brother, Luke. Sparks fly between Harrigan and the Pajecks - some good, some bad.
This is a love story on two levels. Horses and humans as well as humans and humans. It is also a nice coming of age story. It is also a mystery of what happened to the Pajecks' mother. It is a tear-jerker (I'm glad I had a box of Kleenex by my side.) It is a story that will warm hearts. Christian Fiction is not a genre I normally read, but don't let fears of the genre keep you from reading this lovely story. Its message is universal to any faith or belief system. (less)
I was really disappointing with this novel. After reading the Book Blurb, I thought I was going to get a literary version of The Good Wife....more2.75 Stars
I was really disappointing with this novel. After reading the Book Blurb, I thought I was going to get a literary version of The Good Wife. Sylvie Serfer Woodruff has given all that she is and has to her husband - U.S. Senator Richard Woodruff. She has put him above everyone, including her daughters. She is a glorified gopher - she fetches his breakfast, helps write his speeches, runs every detail of their daily schedule as well as the maintenance of their Manhattan apartment. That is until cable news networks announce the Breaking News - the Senator had an affair with a woman young enough to his daughter and she looks eerily like a younger Sylvie. His wife does stand beside Richard at a mea culpa Presser, but immediately leaves for her family's Conneticutt's beach home.
As the book blurb says her two daughters join her there, each with their own secret. There they will discover refuge in each other. But this reunion doesn't happen until the last 1/3 of the book. And honestly the first 2/3's of the book was boring. Why do I as a reader want to care about Sylvie, Lizzie, and Diana Woodruff? I still don't know. The two daughters are screwed up big-time. One is an ER Doc with a god complex, whose master life plan is falling apart. The youngest is a recovering addict, whom is "sensitive." Lizzie hides behind her camera - she feels unworthy. Well, a totally dysfunctional family! I did like Lizzie though.
And what's with the ending? We readers get to imagine what happens to these 3 women? I thought the whole point of Chick Lit was to make the reader smile - I am not. (less)
A sweet novel, but a little too long. Ms. Whalen takes her sweet time to get to the heart of the story. And the storyline flows well when Macy, Max, E...moreA sweet novel, but a little too long. Ms. Whalen takes her sweet time to get to the heart of the story. And the storyline flows well when Macy, Max, Emma, and Macy's mother get there. I loved figuring out who was the mystery artist that Macy had been communicating with. A deep bond formed between the two, and I was wrong in whom I thought was her artist, but I really liked who it turned out to be. (less)
A beautifully written story about a brother and sister revisiting their childhood summer place, searching for memories of their mother and tr...more3.5 Stars
A beautifully written story about a brother and sister revisiting their childhood summer place, searching for memories of their mother and trying to discover who she was. But since her death, all reminders of Clarisse have been erased. There is a secret in the family. And while driving back to Paris, Melanie has a haunting memory of her. But before she can tell her brother, Antoine, what is it - the car veers off the road severely injuring Melanie.
Antoine is consumed both with guilt and curiosity of what Melanie remembered about their mother. He is very unsure of himself. He has just gone through a divorce, his children barely speak to him, his father is still unapproachable, and he is very lonely, until he meets a lovely mortician. With her help, Antoine begins to live life again and finds the strength to find out his mother's secret and perhaps to learn more about the mother who died young when then the two siblings needed her the most.
I took a half star off because I didn't like Antoine Rey until the end of the novel. I found him to be weak and whiny - traits in a man I truly detest. The story of Clarisse is really hauntingly beautiful and I loved her and her secret. (less)
The Book is much better than the movie. It is a bittersweet love story that I related to. I had such a romance years and years ago - short lived but w...moreThe Book is much better than the movie. It is a bittersweet love story that I related to. I had such a romance years and years ago - short lived but worth every second of it. I read non stop today and the pain of losing one of my kitty cats is gone. Happy memories now replace my sadness. :-)(less)
I love Dorothea Benton Frank. She always writes wonderful stories with very strong women characters and Plantation is no exception. Millie is wonderfu...moreI love Dorothea Benton Frank. She always writes wonderful stories with very strong women characters and Plantation is no exception. Millie is wonderful with her fiery personality and her Gullah dialect and her potions. She is a great sidekick to Miss Lavinia, the Queen of Tall Pines. Miss Lavinia is eccentric as they come. She rules her little world with a strict discipline - Miss Manners must be proud. She is irreverent. She is funny. She is warm when she wants to be. And she loves to have fun and loves her men. And she is dying. It is at an inopportune time - she is just discovering her two children, Trip and Caroline and her grandson, Eric.
Caroline Wimbley Levine has returned to Tall Pines to see about Mother. That is what she tells herself. Miss Lavinia could not be "off her rocker," could she? There is more to Trip's story that meets the eye - why does he need money so frequently and more importantly why does he want to remove Miss Lavinia from her throne at Tall Pines? Her marriage to Richard is shaky - good gawd girl, what were ya thinkin'!?! Plantation is Caroline's and Lavinia's stories in the last months of the Queen of Tall Pines' life. It is the story in which Caroline becomes Miss Caroline of Tall Pines with Miss Lavinia, Millie, Miss Sweetie, and Miss Nancy all helping.
But I only have one complaint about this delicious book - Frances Mae! What a work she is - an always pregnant piece of redneck trailer park white trash! Ohhhhhhh my Southern is showing! (less)
Beautiful Day was my first novel by author Elin Hilderbrand and I must say that she is an excellent writer. All of the Carmicheals and Grahams are gat...moreBeautiful Day was my first novel by author Elin Hilderbrand and I must say that she is an excellent writer. All of the Carmicheals and Grahams are gathering on Nantucket Island for a wedding. And many members of the wedding party have secrets. Will they be enough to derail the wedding?
I loved the way Hilderbrand uses the Notebook as a character. The Notebook is written by Jenna's mother, Beth, who died seven years prior. Beth details is really a plan for Jenna's Beautiful Day. Knowing that she doesn't have to follow her mother's suggestion to the letter - she does. And that is point of contention for her stepmother - Pauline. Her father has woken up and realizes his marriage is a point of contention. Margot has a couple of secrets that could affect the wedding and the very core of who she is.
I loved this novel! After finishing it late last night, I dreamt of glistening beaches, sand dollar ornaments, mango sunsets, collards and grits. Yes,...moreI loved this novel! After finishing it late last night, I dreamt of glistening beaches, sand dollar ornaments, mango sunsets, collards and grits. Yes, Dorthea Benton Frank’s descriptions are that good. Not only did she weave a marvelous tale, she brings Folly Beach to life with all its sights, smells, tastes, storms, and traditions so alive. I was there with Cate, Daisy, Ella, Dorothy and DuBose. Perhaps too, is the fact that I really miss THE South? There is some kind of magic in the TRUE South and I didn’t know how much I loved and missed it. Guys, Florida ain’t the South; trust me on this one.
I loved the writing technique that Bento Frank used to tell Dorothy Heyward and Cate Cooper’s stories. One told in a play while the other is told in the first person is fitting since one was a celebrated playwright and the other is newly widowed facing an uncertain future after learning she is completely bankrupt, both financially and emotionally. That sumbich was truly a low down dawg (as we say in the South). With nothing but some clothes, Cate Cooper leaves Alpine, NJ to go back home to start over. The Low Country to her is what Tara is to Scarlett O’Hara. But in middle age, can Cate really start living the life that her Aunts Daisy and Ella envision for her as they ensconce Cate into the Porgy House? Can she truly make her on way back to the young woman she use to be? With the help of her elderly aunts, her new friend Rilsley, and the late Dorothy Heyward, Cate Cooper may prove Thomas Wolff wrong: you really can go home again, finding her own voice and pure love. (less)