A teacher who is feeling extra single and is surrounded by celebrity things that she admires and she gets all mixed up in things that she probably shoA teacher who is feeling extra single and is surrounded by celebrity things that she admires and she gets all mixed up in things that she probably should have steered away from!
I just didn't love Maddy, she was frustrating. I didn't love how she was acting at 30 and as I am not far from her age, I just couldn't get on her page.
The one part that kept me going were her students. The classroom just made for great reading, I loved her students and the teachers (the principal, ehhh). I loved how her writing was inspired by her students and I would have loved more of this.
I don't always love books, but to keep this blog real I want to share them alongside the ones that I adore. Even though I didn't love this one, I would still read another by this author, I always give an author a few books before I write them off. ...more
A young report straight out of college is at a small local newspaper reporting on the police blotter ancheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
A young report straight out of college is at a small local newspaper reporting on the police blotter and obituaries when an interesting story falls in her lap and may have some major controversy behind it - a road project that could benefit some and harm others as well as the environment. In the midst of her putting the pieces together for the story she is threatened by a few to stop her investigating and leave it all alone.
Nora was a great character to follow and I loved how "green" she was, but there were definitely some moments where I wanted to give her some self confidence and tell her to charge ahead and stop asking people's opinions! I understood that she was feeling her newness, but I wanted her to get it together a little quicker....more
A combo of mystery (not murder mystery!) and family drama with a little historical fiction thrown it macheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
A combo of mystery (not murder mystery!) and family drama with a little historical fiction thrown it made this book one that I literally read in 12 hours! Lily St Claire was named after an aunt that she never met and she really didn't know why her mother never mentioned her and why they never saw her. After her father dies and leaves her this mysterious beach cottage she comes to find out who her aunt really was and all the secrets in both her aunt's and mother's lives.
I loved that Lily's aunt, Lily-Mae, had a voice through her journal entries and how they were seamlessly woven into the story as Lily discovered them. They didn't just appear within the story and I appreciate the author taking the time to really make them work for the story. ...more
Alice has been a part time employee and a full time wife and mom of three for a long time but as her hucheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
Alice has been a part time employee and a full time wife and mom of three for a long time but as her husband's employment makes a change, her life will change. She goes back into the workforce to a company that is not quite fit for a woman with a family and outside commitments and she must decide where priorities lie for her.
I am not a mom of children, but we have three dogs and I have a full time job and a husband and a home all of which need my time. And having to juggle it all is a constant job and this book reminded me that everyone has things they juggle and have to make priorities. I loved that even though what Alice was juggling may not be what I juggle I could still find commonalities with her. ...more
The Mitchell brothers are the center of Fool's Gold and Del has returned to Fool's Gold for a quick tricheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
The Mitchell brothers are the center of Fool's Gold and Del has returned to Fool's Gold for a quick trip to celebrate the father who wasn't really a father and while there he reconnects with a past flame from high school, but has the flame burned out or will the reconnect and end up together?
There is a usual formula for romance books and this one followed it and I loved it! I loved the old love potential new fling situation and the will they/won't they part of the story. I also loved that there was a story that put a lot of focus on her work life and how for this character Maya still found joy and satisfaction from her work life....more
A family drama that spans generations and decades and I loved how it was told. Liz Moretti is the currcheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
A family drama that spans generations and decades and I loved how it was told. Liz Moretti is the current character and is a jewelry designer approaching her 30s and still single - she wants both personal and professional success. Her grandmother dies right in the beginning and leaves her some furniture where she finds a cameo and a journal that not only tells her more about the grandmother she misses but also more about her great grandmother whom she doesn't know much about, but has a lot in common with.
I love family dramas that sweep over generations and especially when you can see different moments in time but see the similarities in the things that are on their minds. I loved how Liz learned about this great grandmother but also learned more about a grandmother who she thought she knew as she raised her. ...more
Four women who were thrust together into a girls home in high school made a big impact on each other ancheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
Four women who were thrust together into a girls home in high school made a big impact on each other and then departed and 15 years later are reuniting to help one recover. Each of these women had a horrible home life which led them all to the girls home and it was interesting to see how each of them reacted to the negative home life and the lack of parents in their developing years.
With most of the action taking place in the present as these women reunited, I enjoyed the few moments that took the action back into the past to see how this foursome was created and then how they grew to depend on each other. I also loved finding out what events took place to put these four girls into the home in the first place. I always love reading books where friends are family and if you don't have a great family life you kind input friends to make a family unit. ...more
A bakery in Los Angeles with a baker who's personal life implodes and she must take a break from the baCheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
A bakery in Los Angeles with a baker who's personal life implodes and she must take a break from the bakery to handle it all. Wyn was a great character and the first few chapters showed the present day as she finds out that her ex husband and dies, but then the book quickly goes into the past and into their relationship as she reflects on how things went down hill and if maybe she could have made different choices.
This was for me the big theme. You can reflect back on past relationships or just decisions and see if you could have done something differently, but you would have ended up somewhere different and is that a good thing? I loved how the author gave the deceased ex husband some chapters to tell his side of the story and give the reader some context as to why he was acting the way he was while at the same time seeing Wyn's reaction to his actions. ...more
Ivy Rowan runs from home after she finds out that her brother and father have murdered someone. Ivy runcheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
Ivy Rowan runs from home after she finds out that her brother and father have murdered someone. Ivy runs to an old classmate's widow's home and along the way encounters an interesting set of characters.
This book is one of those that has quite the interesting twist and it definitely added to the book and if I had enjoyed it more, it would be one of those to reread to see if I could have caught the clues faster.
As I said before I love historical fiction and I loved reading the thoughts of Americans and how they were treating their German neighbors at this time; interesting to see friendly neighbors turn into enemies. ...more
A historical fiction that is completely based on truth and I loved that behind the fiction there was acheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
A historical fiction that is completely based on truth and I loved that behind the fiction there was a layer of truth. Jane is a reporter and Liv a photographer and they by chance meet covering a medic hospital nowhere near the front line. Liv charges Jane with the idea to try to make it to Paris and the front line before everything is freed, so they can be the first to report - big problem is they don't have the credentials and will have to go without anyone knowing.
This was a fun adventure. There was definitely a lot of war things which at moments weren't completely entertaining but they were necessary to know where in the timeline they were. Usually I can say that historical fiction doesn't feel like a textbook, but there were moments where this one felt like a lot of facts. ...more