Jen Lancaster is known for her hilarious memoir like books that usually are focused on one topic or another, but this one takes a new route - a bucketJen Lancaster is known for her hilarious memoir like books that usually are focused on one topic or another, but this one takes a new route - a bucket list that can encompass many different topics. I loved it!
I have read almost all of her books and have loved them all, I just love her form of comedy - it can be crass and in your face, but if you like that kind of thing then grab any of one of her books and laugh until you are crying! I loved that this one covered many topics and maybe I missed something, but I loved how she included her husband Fletch in a few of the stories.
If you haven't read any of Jen Lancaster memoir books, you can start at the beginning or anywhere in between! ...more
Dual narrated by a set of sisters who don't know each other at all, but are thrust into each other's liCheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
Dual narrated by a set of sisters who don't know each other at all, but are thrust into each other's lives and hopefully can form a bond and help each other to find true happiness. Tasiy is a woman who had her father in her life but not quite the most attentive father until she turned 18 and her life fell apart. Willow was born out of the collapse and he was a completely different father to her, almost too attentive.
First, I already know I love dual narratives and then to have two sisters who weren't in each other's lives come together, I knew this book would be a hit. I love a sibling story and that was the core and center of this book and man I adored it. The arc of their relationship felt real and worked for me....more
A collection of short stories from a perfect list of writers who are masters in historical fiction andCheck out Kritters Ramblings for the full review
A collection of short stories from a perfect list of writers who are masters in historical fiction and all of these stories are centered around a US landmark - Grand Central Station. Set during the conclusion of World War II, many people may their way through Grand Central Station for many reasons and these authors tap into many of those reasons.
Not only was this a collection of short stories that all had a location in common, they magically weaved their characters in and out of each other stories and I adored it! I couldn't believe that they were able to get these characters to show up so seamlessly in the backgrounds of each others stories - can you tell that I loved it?! Each story was so unique in their way of portraying the events that were happening at the close of the war and also in different parts of the country. ...more
Two very different characters take turns moving this story along, one is the famous poet Edna St. VinceCheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
Two very different characters take turns moving this story along, one is the famous poet Edna St. Vincent Millay (goes by Vincent) and the other is a woman from the small town right near where Edna lives - Laura. Both took turns during each chapter telling their side of the story in the small town and how they both felt like outsiders in this close knit community.
I absolutely adored Laura's story from the very beginning - the fact that just one night changed her life and due to the time that she is living in, the consequences put her on the outside of society and threatened her career. Vincent on the other hand was hard to read, at one moment I had to look her up and read her wikipedia page just to make sure I was reading everything correctly, she was definitely on the artsy side and since I am not such a fan of poetry in general, it was not interesting to see how she gained her inspiration for her poetry - BUT I did enjoy her moments when she interact with Laura. SO even though I didn't love the character, it didn't keep me from enjoying the book. ...more
Three sisters, a wife and a mistress are left behind by a man who flees before justice can be served anCheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
Three sisters, a wife and a mistress are left behind by a man who flees before justice can be served and he may serve time. This book takes a look at not only these five women and what they must go through when left behind, but his friends as well and how his cowardliness affects everyone.
Presented in a different way with alternating chapters - one chapter would be in the past while the next would be current as the Detective Sandy is undergoing his investigation into the cold case. It was obvious as to what time it was and who was the center of the chapter, I loved reading about Sandy's discoveries and then the story behind the piece of evidence next. ...more
Told from two perspectives, Sarah a daughter of a wealthy judge in Charleston who owns a few slaves andCheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
Told from two perspectives, Sarah a daughter of a wealthy judge in Charleston who owns a few slaves and depends on them and Handful one of the slaves of the home who becomes Sarah's personal slave. Alternating between these two stories, the author provides a full perspective of the South during the years where slavery was prevalent and their lively hoods depended on the work these slaves did in their homes and plantations.
This book slightly reminded me of one I just read The Wedding Gift and I loved that one, but this one still had an authentic feel. Without putting out any spoilers, I loved that the author didn't include anything Civil War related. I enjoyed reading the beginning rumblings of abolition and the start of the movement, but it didn't go there like so many other books do. ...more
Sarah/Caroline lived through a horrific car accident and with her best friend made a list of things nevCheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
Sarah/Caroline lived through a horrific car accident and with her best friend made a list of things never to do to hopefully avoid any other catastrophes. Something happened one night while they were at college and they end up kidnapped and locked in a basement and tortured. The story picks up years after Sarah escapes and is thrust into a hunt for information to avoid her captor to be put out on parole. She must link up with the other two girls who survived the terror to finish what she started. ...more
Yes, the main character of this book is a prostitute, but before you run Laura Lippman gives this charaCheck out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
Yes, the main character of this book is a prostitute, but before you run Laura Lippman gives this character depth and a real quality and a story beyond her career that is definitely worth reading. Although many may not agree with the career path Heloise has chosen, there may be a reason as to why she is living the way she is. I thought it was a little predictable that Heloise had a less than cheery childhood; I just wish that something else could have lead her down that path....more