I don’t write book reviews that recap the story. The book description serves that purpose. I rather prefer to share my reaction to the book and how it...moreI don’t write book reviews that recap the story. The book description serves that purpose. I rather prefer to share my reaction to the book and how it grabbed or didn’t grab me. This one was a grabber. It’s been a long time since a book has touched me as deeply as MY TEMPORARY LIFE did. The irony was that I chose to read this particular book in order to be in a literary world far removed from the reality of daily life. Surely a storyline about a young lad growing up in Scotland would be about as far removed from my life as a forty-seven year old writer living in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Well, indeed, it was far removed from my own life. But, still the author, Martin Crosbie, found a way to subtly, and at times not so subtly, lure me into Malcolm’s world in such a way that made me think a lot about my own. And that’s just part of what makes this such a fabulous read. Crosbie’s writing style is engaging and crisp. Each word is purposeful. Each character is developed in a way that the book wouldn’t be complete without them. Each storyline weaves together to make a literary cloth that you are likely to wear in your mind for years to come.
The premise is about doing the right thing, and if you don’t do the right thing, how you may or may not move on with regrets. Starting with tough decisions as a young teenager right through is adult years, Malcolm is faced with having to do (or choose not to do) the right thing in some pretty intense situations. Malcolm is not the only one faced with the painful reality of retreating versus reacting, and in each case, it makes you think, what would I have done? Crosbie does a wonderful job of developing Malcolm’s relationship with each and every character, be them friend or foe. Through this, Malcolm’s character and personality are defined brilliantly.
This is a book is an enriching one that appeals to a wide range of demographics. No matter where you live, whether you’re male or female, whether you like coming of age, get captivated by suspense or are a sucker for a love story, this book has it all. But most of all, this is a book that will change the way you think, and perhaps even the way you act.
With over 130,000 downloads of MY TEMPORARY LIFE, there will be a bunch of us readers anxiously awaiting his second novel, MY NAME IS HARDLY.(less)
Laura Taylor has a way of writing romance novels that keep the reader in anticipation. Her characters are unique and always well matched and believabl...moreLaura Taylor has a way of writing romance novels that keep the reader in anticipation. Her characters are unique and always well matched and believable in their roles. The stories and characters overlap just enough that you want to read them in order, but not so much that you feel like it's a continuation of the previous book. The men, in particular, are the kind of men you not only want to meet, but that you come to believe still exist! FALLEN ANGEL is the second of Taylor's books that I've read and I enjoyed it just as much as INTIMATE STRANGERS. On to the next of Taylor's books...(less)
A few weekends ago I downloaded INTIMATE STRANGERS by Laura Taylor to my Kindle and began an unforgettable journey of two strangers who feel like anyt...moreA few weekends ago I downloaded INTIMATE STRANGERS by Laura Taylor to my Kindle and began an unforgettable journey of two strangers who feel like anything but. The instant chemistry and connection between Hannah and Nicholas, no matter how much they fought it, was intriguing (and even familiar). Taylor drew this out with just the right amount of tact and patience.
Hannah and Nicholas's storyline developed in a parallel to their intense feelings for one another, something only a talented author can accomplish. Taylor has the gift of the pen, use of language, and character development. As I read, I felt as though I was given a look into the lives of real people struggling with big issues. Her presentation of character history is just enough without delving into their past, allowing the story to stay in the moment.
When I finished INTIMATE STRANGERS, I immediately downloaded FALLEN ANGEL and braced myself for another fabulous ride!
Heather Hummel Author, WHISPERS FROM THE HEART and WRITE FROM THE HEART (less)
When I set out to read MALAIKA by Van Heerling, I expected a nice and heart warming story about a man and a lioness. I didn't "expect" anything else....moreWhen I set out to read MALAIKA by Van Heerling, I expected a nice and heart warming story about a man and a lioness. I didn't "expect" anything else. And that's why this book blew me away. It pulled me in and didn't let go until I had no choice to put it down when I finished.
The relationships in this book go beyond that of a man and a lioness, and that's what Van does so incredibly well. Van wraps, weaves, and addresses several relationships...friendship, coming of age, family...through the energy of the relationship with the lioness so brilliantly and seamlessly well that you feel the connectedness of them all. Add to it the vivid imagery and metaphors, and that's what makes for the landscape of this beautifully written book.
Heather Hummel Author, Journals from the Heart Series WHISPERS FROM THE HEART WRITE FROM THE HEART (less)
Ride alongside Jen Tucker in her car. Pull up to her kitchen table for a chocolate chip cookie. Get ringside seats to her dogs' escapades. Experience...moreRide alongside Jen Tucker in her car. Pull up to her kitchen table for a chocolate chip cookie. Get ringside seats to her dogs' escapades. Experience her labor pains - emotional and physical. No matter the chapter, Jen Tucker delivers (no pun intended) a two day dose of reality as a mom, wife and career woman in this memoir of moments. Her use of humor and great sense of humility makes her an engaging author. Even if you're not married or not a parent, Tucker's story will keep you reading and hoping her husband comes home from his trip overseas...and SOON! I look forward to reading anything Jen Tucker writes...for now I'll settle for her Tweets until her next book comes out.(less)
Erica Negi does a wonderful job with creating a realistic and endearing character, Vanessa Schwartz, in MY LIFE IN LOUBIES. Vanessa's dreams, as she a...moreErica Negi does a wonderful job with creating a realistic and endearing character, Vanessa Schwartz, in MY LIFE IN LOUBIES. Vanessa's dreams, as she approaches the big-3-0, are balanced tactfully in her Loubies as she copes with love and loss on many levels. With each turning page, readers can't help but want to be Vanessa's friend...to rescue her from the Palm Beach socialites to feeling for her when her best friend Emily turns her back on her to wanting to help her raise her toddler niece. Vanessa's love for fashion does not overshadow the depth of her character. As Vanessa stumbles along the path of defining her self worth, she begins to realize the difference between longing and love. Bravo to Author Erica Negi for her debut novel(less)
I loved this book! Debut author Lacy Camey captivates her readers with THE LAST PAGE. Norah Johnson is the kind of character you immediate like becaus...moreI loved this book! Debut author Lacy Camey captivates her readers with THE LAST PAGE. Norah Johnson is the kind of character you immediate like because you can't help but cheer for her as she overcomes a recent heartbreak. Norah represents so many women who lose the love of their life, but have to figure out a way – or many ways - to go on. Even through her despair, Norah is determined to finish her clothes line in time for its deadline. I appreciated her independence and drive underneath her vulnerabilities. When she meets Orien, she comes to life again, but not just because of him. She learns to find what makes her tick and runs with it. Norah’s relationship with her best friend and sister add to the dynamics of the story. And I especially enjoyed her sessions and relationship with Dr. Hood. The storyline is original and enjoyable. Looking forward to Camey’s next book! (less)
Debut author Cari Kamm poses the question, "What is Fake Perfect?" in her debut novel Fake Perfect Me. Isabella Reynolds defines Fake Perfect in the N...moreDebut author Cari Kamm poses the question, "What is Fake Perfect?" in her debut novel Fake Perfect Me. Isabella Reynolds defines Fake Perfect in the New York City socialite world that she lives in. But, Kamm takes readers into deeper issues, such as low-self esteem and eating disorders. Having grown up in Greenwich, CT, I recognized the character of Isabella immediately. But, you don't have to live in or be exposed to any particular social arena, town or city to connect with this novel. Kamm tactfully, and with humor and warmth, addresses the issues that are rampant among young (and even older) woman who strive to be perfect and accepted by others, but most of all themselves.
The novel is written in a voice that endears readers to Isabella, and they will find themselves cheering her on. Kamm's debut as an author is well founded, and I look forward to following her continued success with this and future books. (less)
I have been a fan of David Baldacci since I happened to pick up TOTAL CONTROL in an airport right before moving to Charlottesville, VA, where the book...moreI have been a fan of David Baldacci since I happened to pick up TOTAL CONTROL in an airport right before moving to Charlottesville, VA, where the book essentially takes place. Baldacci had me hooked, and I've been a fan ever since. I've met him at several of his book signings, and he's an incredibly likeable guy and an engaging speaker.
As an author in the women's lit genre, I was really happy to see Baldacci expose his softer side with ONE SUMMER - the side I knew was there from having met him all those times.
Jack Armstrong is on his deathbed doing the unthinkable - saying goodbye to his family as he counts his last breaths. Jack's goodbyes are in the form of the love letters he writes to his wife, Lizzie, handling the emotional turbulence of each of his three children who run the gamete of too young, still innocent, and hardened teenager, and coping with in-laws whom you want to hate, but you almost can't.
The tragic event of Lizzie's sudden death shocks them to the core and the unexpected recovery of Jack creates a new reality for the Armstrong family beyond the realm of what any of them could have expected. I found Jack to be much like Baldacci himself - a likeable guy whom you want only the best for. As Jack rebuilds his life from his deathbed to now raising three children as a widower, they uproot and move to South Carolina to begin anew. The relationship with his daughter, Mikki, becomes the foundation of the story. Yet, each side story - Jack's new and tentative love interest and Mikki's adaptation to southern living - weave back and forth, while stitching their own relationship back together. The in-laws remain a force throughout the book, and the mother-in-law is someone you want to hate, but just can't. There are several characters, including Jack's best friend and the new friends of Mikki, who add depth to their characters by virtue of their interactions. Young adults would enjoy this book just as much as adults due to the many high school characters that come into play.
I very much enjoyed ONE SUMMER and hope that Baldacci continues to write in this genre. I think a lot of the feedback I've seen for this book stems more from people not being used to him writing in this genre than it does from a fair criticism of the book itself.