This was a fun, easy book that I read in about one night. It's the story of 23-year-old Claire and what happens when her over-bearing mother comes forThis was a fun, easy book that I read in about one night. It's the story of 23-year-old Claire and what happens when her over-bearing mother comes for an open-ended visit.
Really, this was just an amusing bit of fluff that was fairly predictable. If you're in the mood for that (and I was, after slogging through Look Homeward, Angel), you'll probably enjoy this one.
As an aside, I would like to thank my mom for being NOTHING like the mother in this book. What a nightmare!...more
I was a little torn between giving this 2 or 3 stars, but ultimately there was just a little too much "chick" in this chick-lit. It was a fairly solidI was a little torn between giving this 2 or 3 stars, but ultimately there was just a little too much "chick" in this chick-lit. It was a fairly solid mystery, but there was too much talk about how "hunky" the detective was. (Yes, I believe that was the exact word. I've already turned my copy back into the library though, so I wouldn't swear to it.) I think the last time I used the word "hunky" I was in middle school. If that's what you're looking for, this book is for you....more
The Masque of the Black Tulip continues the story of spies and lovers begun with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. Henrietta Selwick (sisterThe Masque of the Black Tulip continues the story of spies and lovers begun with The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. Henrietta Selwick (sister to Richard Selwick, who was the spy known as The Purple Gentian) is corresponding with her cousin Jane (who is living in Paris and spying on Napoleon's government in the guise of the Pink Carnation). Got that? Through their coded correspondence, Jane sends messages of intrigue to the War Office in Britain. One such message notifies the War Office that the French have deployed their best and most dangerous spy, The Black Tulip, to London. A search for the spy follows.
Okay, without giving away anything, that is the bare bones of the plot. But that makes it sound a lot more serious than it is. Sure, the spying and disguises and coded messages do happen, but this book is pure, unadulterated, fun chick-lit. I raced through it, waiting to see if the Black Tulp is caught in time, but really, I just wanted to see who ends up in love with whom. The plot is fun, the characters are maybe not too well-developed, but they're fun too, and the pace is just right. If you don't take yourself or your books too seriously, this is an amusing, easy read. It would be great to read on the beach....more
Having just finished The Inferno and The Picture of Dorian Gray, I needed something frothy and fun. I've read the other two books in this series, so IHaving just finished The Inferno and The Picture of Dorian Gray, I needed something frothy and fun. I've read the other two books in this series, so I knew this one should fit the bill. It did.
This time around, Letty Alsworthy finds herself in a very compromising position with her sister's suitor, Lord Geoffrey Pinchingdale. She also promptly finds herself married off to Geoff. He leaves for Ireland on their wedding night and the indomitable Letty follows him. She later finds out that Geoff is a spy working with the Pink Carnation to stop an uprising in Ireland.
That sounds very dry, but these books are a funny little delight to read. The dialogue is witty, the characters are always fun and likeable, and there's just the right balance of romance and action. I recommend them if you just need a fun little break....more
Lucy Armstrong is a director who makes dog food commercials--by choice, not lack of talent. Her ex-husband has asked her to come in and finish directiLucy Armstrong is a director who makes dog food commercials--by choice, not lack of talent. Her ex-husband has asked her to come in and finish directing an action flick that he's coordinated the stunts for. The real director has just died with only four days of shooting left to go. She reluctantly agrees. Things get interesting when she shows up on the set and finds out that her star has hired a stunt double. But not just any stunt double. Meet Captain J. T. Wilder of the Green Berets. Wilder is smokin' hot and attracted to Lucy. Despite obvious distractions, the pair are still aware that something weird is happening on this movie set. They set out to find out what it is, and to find out more about each other.
Okay, more like 2.5 stars. It was a quick, mindless read featuring gorgeous people. But this was an odd hybrid of chick lit and military novel that didn't exactly work for me. I don't really read military books, so why do I want my chick lit served up with military stuff? There was too much of the men focusing in on the women's chests and legs, and I never really understood what was going on, even at the end. Maybe I read through too fast, but it felt like a lot of loose ends were left. Lucy's niece, Pepper, was cute, and I liked that Lucy was a strong character. Other than that, this book was pretty forgettable....more
Mary Alsworthy, who faithful readers will remember as being the jilted sister in The Deception of the Emerald Ring, is living with her sister- and broMary Alsworthy, who faithful readers will remember as being the jilted sister in The Deception of the Emerald Ring, is living with her sister- and brother-in-law. As the woman widely believed to be the most beautiful in London society, she finds this unbearable. She should be the Viscountess, not her sister. When the Pink Carnation, through Lord Sebastian Vaughn, offers Mary the opportunity to win a little independence in exchange for some faithful service to the Crown, Mary jumps at the opportunity.
Fun fluff. That really sums these books up. But they are such fun fun fluff. I call them my slightly guilty pleasure. I try to tell myself that the historical fiction aspect redeems them a little, but that's not really true. There's probably technically no redeeming value to this series at all--except that I find myself at the very least slightly smiling through the whole book. That's worth something, isn't it?
This one was just as good as the others. Around page 150 I thought I had the whole thing figured out, so I was starting to get a little disappointed. It turns out that I didn't have a clue what was going on.
I have developed this phantom pain in my right eyebrow though. It seemed like someone was arching an eyebrow or raising a brow at least once on every page. Seriously. It's all well and good to give your characters mannerisms, but don't wear them out. Please.
In the current time, Eloise and Colin are finally starting to get somewhere. Their storyline is moving so slowly though that I really don't care. I can't wait to get back to early-19th-century England and see what's going on with the characters back then.
And speaking of characters--Letty was cute in the last book, but she got positively annoying in this one!
I recommend this for those needing a little--you guessed it--fun fluff....more
Henrietta Dorrington's best bookish friend, Charlotte Lansdowne, stars in her own adventure in the latest installment in The Pink Carnation series. HeHenrietta Dorrington's best bookish friend, Charlotte Lansdowne, stars in her own adventure in the latest installment in The Pink Carnation series. Her childhood infatuation, Robert, Duke of Dovedale, has returned from India. But he's sending her decidedly mixed signals. Is he interested or not? Or is he involved in his own spy game?
Charlotte just isn't quite Henrietta, Letty, or even Mary. She spent much of the book just fantasizing about Robert. While interesting enough, I kept waiting for the comedy of misunderstandings and the adventure of French spies pitted against our faithful British crew to get started. About halfway through, things finally took off, Charlotte grew a backbone, and I got really interested. I think I finished the second half of the book in one night in bed, while it had taken me several days to get through the first half.
As for Robert--well, he just never felt very real to me. Since I mostly saw him through Charlotte's eyes, and he honestly wasn't very real to her either, I guess that's understandable. But he won't be competing with Miles for my affections anytime soon.
The humor that I've loved throughout the series still had me giggling like a schoolgirl, and I liked the historical backdrop of this novel. It's a few years later (I think), and I still can't say that I know anything about the period, but I can say that this American girl is a little more interested in "mad King George" than in Napoleon. Is it shameful for someone who reads as much historical fiction as I do to admit that?
I'm about to forget about Eloise and Colin. I've never been very interested in their present day story, but I did finally get curious about what was going on this time. Let's just say that Colin has been keeping secrets.
So really, this was three and a half stars, but I'll round up here, mostly because I love the series so much. Highly recommended to those who don't take their historical fiction too seriously and who don't mind some romance thrown in for good measure. Now I can't wait for the next in the series, The Betrayal of the Blood Lily to come out! Just about a month to go!...more
Sookie Stackhouse is a waitress in small-town Louisiana, in a time after vampires have "come out of the coffin." Sookie is thrilled when Bill the vampSookie Stackhouse is a waitress in small-town Louisiana, in a time after vampires have "come out of the coffin." Sookie is thrilled when Bill the vampire movies next door. But shortly after he moves to town, women who are widely known to be "fang bangers" start dying. Everyone knows of Sookie's interest in Bill. Can she find out who the real killer is before she becomes a victim herself?
This was hugely fun. I read 230 pages in one sitting, and the only reason I didn't finish it was because I just had to get to bed. I'd read one of this series a long time ago, before I realized it was a series. It was fun to go back and start over at the beginning.
The men in this book are delicious! I did like Edward Cullen from Twilight, but let's face it, he's practically jail bait. These guys were written for women with a few more years on them. It kind of seemed improbable that every guy in this little town was gorgeous, but hey--that's the fun of fiction, right? And I just have to add here that I'm so glad these vampires don't sparkle.
I loved Sookie herself. For a character in a supernatural mystery, she was very relatable. She mostly tries to be strong and do things for herself, but she also appreciates it sometimes when a man just steps in and takes care of some of her problems. My somewhat-feminist self hates to admit it, but sometimes that is nice. She also has big issues of her own, but she tries to move past them and just live her life the best she can. Plus, she's got a great sense of humor, and she's one of those characters I would love to know in real life. I love it when I find one of those!
It's a little steamy, so if you're super-sensitive to that kind of thing, this might not be good for you. I think it was just enough for most women to actually enjoy without going too far.
The author writes in a very conversational style. I didn't feel like I was reading a story, I felt like the story was being told to me. I love those kinds of books too. I didn't guess "whodunit," (I rarely do), but once I found out it all made sense. And I love this whole vampire vocabulary she uses: "fang bangers," "drainers," a bar called "Fangtasia."
I just thought the whole thing was a lot of fun and I can't wait to read the next. I highly recommend it as one of those fun books you almost have to read between the weightier books. ...more
Dempsey Killebrew is having a very bad day. She and her handsome boss, Alex, are all over the evening news, smack in the center of a political scandalDempsey Killebrew is having a very bad day. She and her handsome boss, Alex, are all over the evening news, smack in the center of a political scandal. They're lobbyists accused of buying a Congressman's votes with a vacation to the Bahamas and, um, hookers. Not the situation that a rising young lawyer wants to find herself in.
Injury is added to insult when Alex fires her. With no other options, Dempsey reluctantly accepts the deal her father offers--she can fix up the family mansion back in the tiny town of Guthrie, Georgia, and he'll give her part of the proceeds from the sale. Life in a small town is more interesting than Dempsey expects, especially when she realizes that the "mansion" is a dump, a belligerent old lady has decided the house is hers, FBI agents are sniffing around, and there are some very eligible men in town.
I had a ball listening to this! I'll admit that this isn't really any new ground for Mary Kay Andrews, but she does this so well that I just don't care. Old houses/antiques, spunky heroines, and handsome men are a winning combination in her hands.
Dempsey herself is a little whiney at first, but if I'm being honest, I would whine much more if I found myself in a similar situation. And then to go running home to Daddy! I just wanted to tell the girl to grow up. But when she gets to the house and she has to start dealing with contractors and Ella Kate, the mean old lady, and the FBI, she has to learn to stand on her own feet. And she handles it beautifully. I'm pretty sure I was cheering by the end.
Speaking of Ella Kate, she is mean as a rattlesnake. I wanted to reach through my car stereo and smack her around. I am not lying. The things she says and does! At least she was good for a laugh after the initial frustration wore off. She's got her own story too.
And those Berryhill men--I'll take either one, father or son. Carter has all the genuine charm of the Old South and Tee is an enlightened representative of the New. They both know how to treat a woman. And Tee is hot. Not in a let's-get-naked kind of way, although there is a touch of that, but in a let's-have-a-real-relationship kind of way. He's a guy that you want to be around for the long haul, and you know that he's got commitment on his mind too.
The narrator, Isabel Keating, did an amazing job. She resisted the urge to go with a syrupy Southern accent. That's not to say that old Carter doesn't drawl his vowels out, but she kept it to a minimum. Her character voices were great. She covered everything from 4-year-old boys to an ancient old lady and she pulled it off. I was startled the first few times I heard the boys or Ella Kate speak. I would have sworn that someone else was doing their voices. It was almost eerie.
For a fun, romantic read that will keep you smiling (except for when you want to hit someone who is just asking for it), I highly recommend this one....more
Jane True is practically an outcast in her small town of Rockabill, Maine. She finds solace in swimming in the ocean, dangerously close to the whirlpoJane True is practically an outcast in her small town of Rockabill, Maine. She finds solace in swimming in the ocean, dangerously close to the whirlpool known as The Old Sow. When she finds a body in the water, her world changes beyond all recognition.
I have gone back and forth, alternating between clicking 3 stars and 4 stars countless times. Hurry up with the half stars already, GoodReads! You're killing me here! (Said as nicely as possible)
The big draw for me was the cover. I love it! It does make the book like it might be YA though, and it is not YA. Sex. Lots of sex. Need I say more?
This was a lot of fun, and I really liked Jane, her problems and her world. There's such a wealth of supernatural beings to choose from out there, it's nice to see an author taking advantage of that rather than dwelling on the vamps and weres.
I don't know if I just had to get used to Peeler's style or if the beginning really was an info dump, but I was a little disappointed when I first started. I've been looking forward to reading this for a while, and I did not expect to be less-than-thrilled at the beginning.
Jane's Libido killed me. It was practically a character, hence the capitalization I gave it. It's pretty clear what part of Jane is thinking, "This guy's super-hot!" without being told that it's her Libido. Or her Lady Bits. Or whatever. There should be a supernatural rock band called "Jane's Libido" worked somewhere into the series! Hee hee! I obviously think I'm funny. ;-)
Jane is pretty funny. I laughed out loud pretty consistently throughout the book. Her descriptions of some of the "supes" she meets are hilarious, and I could appreciate her self-deprecating sense of humor. When she meets Trill the kelpie, my husband finally gave up and asked me what I was laughing at. Mostly he tries to ignore me when I go into gales of laughter for no obvious reason. (Now you're wondering how often that happens, aren't you?)
Mostly though, I just had fun reading this and checking out this world. Ryu is just hawt and I really, really, really want to find out more about Anyan. I knew what was going on there pretty early on, but I still want to know more. I'm definitely going to continue on with the series. I do recommend this. Just be prepared for Jane's Libido....more
I have waited entirely too long to write this review and gotten too deeply involved in the world of Ken Follett's World Without End, so this review isI have waited entirely too long to write this review and gotten too deeply involved in the world of Ken Follett's World Without End, so this review is going to suck a little. Which is a pity because I had thought of all kinds of witty things I was going to write and now I've lost them.
Miss Alexia Tarabotti is soulless. When she touches supernatural beings, she neutralizes their abilities and they become human for a moment. That could be useful to the Bureau of Unnatural Registry if she weren't a lady of good breeding. She refuses to be treated as a wilting lily and goes about, wielding her tricked-out parasol and assisting in any way she can, as new vampires who appear to be entirely clueless about supernatural laws go about wreaking havoc on society.
I loved the chemistry between Alexia and Lord Maccon from the moment he threatens to bring her out of a faint with something stronger than smelling salts. He's an Alpha werewolf, but Alexia has enough alpha personality to hold her own against him. Their subtle yet pointed verbal sparring made this book for me. And can you say steamy? It wasn't too graphic, but oh my gosh. *Fanning*
Alexia herself was a fantastic character. At twenty-six, she's firmly on the shelf in Victorian society, but she's okay with that. Better to be on the shelf than married to some half-wit who can't keep up with her own intellect and curiosity. She gets enough of that from her family. They don't know she's soulless and put all of her quirks down to the fact that her father was Italian. But they've left her just a little insecure about her appearance and desirability. Just enough to make her feel real.
And Lord Maccon. Yum. That's all there is to say about him. But you know I can't leave it at that. Sexy, Alpha, protective, strong, and with a Scottish burr, who can resist him? I kept having an internal battle over his name. There's a Macon County near where I live and Lord Maccon kept sounding like bacon. As a carnivore, I'm sure he wouldn't object, but it kept distracting me.
I liked the way that some curious turns in history can be put down to supernatural intervention. I won't give anything away, and it was only a very small part of the book, but it amused me.
I really liked the cover until I read the book. I kept picturing Alexia as Nia Vardalos and that bony female on the cover just didn't cut it anymore.
I don't think I've read any steampunk before, but if this book is at all indicative of the genre, I am hooked. I'll be actively searching out more of this kind of thing as I eagerly await the sequel, Changeless.
Honestly, if you think that the only way The Pink Carnation series could be improved is by throwing in some supernatural beings, you will love this. If you don't know what I'm talking about but you would like a new take on the whole vampire thing, you'll probably like it too. It was just a hugely fun novel that I read with a smile on my face....more
Valentine Roncalli is turning 34 years old, she lives and works with her grandmother, and she's single. She's pretty happy though, until the day her gValentine Roncalli is turning 34 years old, she lives and works with her grandmother, and she's single. She's pretty happy though, until the day her grandmother tells her that the family's custom shoe shop is in financial trouble. Now she finds herself trying to find a way to save the business she loves as she juggles a budding relationship with a hot new restaurateur.
I think my expectations for this were skewed by the first few sentences of the book. It begins,
"I'm not the pretty sister.
I'm not the smart sister either. I am the funny one. I've been called that for so long, for so many years, in fact, that all of my life I thought it was one word: Funnyone."
So I thought I was in for a funny book. It wasn't. Valentine stays entirely too stressed out to really be funny. Not that I blame her--she has a lot on her plate. It just wasn't what I expected from the setup.
Also, I should probably be ashamed to say this, but I don't really care about shoes. I know, I know! But that's me. So all the descriptions of the cute shoes with the perfect fabrics and darling embellishments were lost on me.
The food sounded divine, and I loved the part when Valentine and Gram take off for Italy. I'm ready to go back! They spend time in Tuscany and Capri, and the author's descriptions of both were beautiful. I didn't get to go to Capri when I visited Italy, but I did want to. Now I'm thinking I need to convince my husband that we should go back and spend time south of Rome. I don't think he would need much convincing!
I may not be girly about the shoes, but I am loving this girly cover. Isn't it great?
This was a good book, and I'll pick up the soon-to-be-released sequel sometime. I just thought I would like it more. I loved Big Stone Gap, so my expectations may have been too high. Other readers will probably enjoy it a little more than I did....more
Lucy Valentine has lost the family ability to match people based on their auras, and can now only find lost objects. After some negative publicity, LuLucy Valentine has lost the family ability to match people based on their auras, and can now only find lost objects. After some negative publicity, Lucy finds herself in charge of the family matchmaking business for a few weeks. Not realizing what she's getting herself into, she offers to try to find a new client's lost love, then asks the PI in the upstairs office to help her out. Sparks fly as soon as she walks in the door.
Really, this was a 3.5 star book for me. I'll get my complaints out of the way first. Some of the situations Lucy finds herself in felt very contrived. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll leave it at that. I also saw a lot of the small surprises coming, and I definitely knew what the big surprise/solution at the end was going to be.
Overall though, I had a lot of fun with this. It's been a while since I've read a chick lit kind of mystery, and I realized that I've missed it.
Lucy was a lot of fun, as was her family, but I have to say that I'm glad Dovie isn't my grandmother. I would die of embarrassment! Sean was hot in all the right ways, but in a personal preference, I wish he wasn't a retired firefighter. I love a man in a uniform, but that doesn't extend to firefighters. Lots of stories there. The chemistry between Lucy and Sean was maybe a little too instant, but that was part of the fun.
How many times have I used the word fun in this review? Too many! But that's the best way to describe this book, and I recommend it for a nice little break between heavier reads. I'll be looking for the next book in the series!...more
Jane Hayes has a secret. Hidden behind one of her dying houseplants is her very own copy of Colin Firth's Pride and Prejudice. She drags it out and waJane Hayes has a secret. Hidden behind one of her dying houseplants is her very own copy of Colin Firth's Pride and Prejudice. She drags it out and watches it as she eats her ice cream alone in her apartment. When she's in a relationship, she tends to compare the poor guy to Mr. Darcy. Yes, she's obsessed.
But her wealthy great-aunt sniffs out her secret and sends her on a three-week vacation to Austenland, a total-immersion experience where everyone dresses in Regency costume, the servants are invisible, men and women are never alone together, and the electric bulbs flicker romantically. Jane packs up and goes, hoping to kick the Darcy habit for good.
This was very, very cute. Coming to Austen a little later than most, I can't say that I relate to the Darcy obsession (although if I had come across Captain Wentworth before I got married, I would probably have developed an unhealthy Wentworth-habit). But I do understand where Jane was coming from. Heck, if I'd had all the "boyfriends" Jane's had through the years, I would've given up and held out for a fictional character myself!
I did get a little tired of Jane's endless decisions that she was done with Darcy and she was going to kick the habit for good this time. It was a three-week stay and it felt like she analyzed herself to death and came to that resolution almost daily. I knock the book back to 3.5 stars largely because of this.
The men at Austenland were very Austen-esque and I couldn't help but like them. I have to admit my ears perked up when Captain Wentworth's equivalent showed up!
The ending was more than I hoped for. I was listening to this alone in the car on the way home and I was grinning from ear to ear. It wasn't as straightforward as I expected it to be; I had no idea who, if anyone, Jane was going to end up with; and it's something that should satisfy the romantic in all of us.
I listened to this on audio, and I really liked the narrator, Katherine Kellgren. She was pitch-perfect throughout all of Jane's ups and downs, and I loved how much fun she had voicing some of the other women guests. Miss Darling's rolling "R-r-r-r-r-rather!" made me giggle every time!
This was a very fun little take on Austen's world, and I highly recommend it for fans....more
Minerva Dobbs is a sensible girl. She's an actuary, the man she's dating is a sensible choice, and her clothes are sensible and "slimming." But then tMinerva Dobbs is a sensible girl. She's an actuary, the man she's dating is a sensible choice, and her clothes are sensible and "slimming." But then there are her shoes. Her shoes hint at the real Min. Her shoes are fun, frivolous concoctions.
One night, Min meets Calvin Morrissey in a bar. As she's heading over to introduce herself to him, she hears her just-minutes-ago-turned-ex-boyfriend make a bet with him that Cal can't get her into bed within a month. Ouch. >_< That one stings a little. But Min isn't going to take this lying down, so to speak. She decides that she can play this game as well. She'll go out with Cal, string him along and make him and the barely-ex look like fools. At least that's the plan. Cal's charm is almost impossible to resist, as are his amazing good looks.
I did love this, but worst thing first. I listened to this book, and while I loved Deanna Hurst's narration, I picked up on a serious fault in the writing that I probably would have overlooked in print. I swear, every other sentence, and sometimes every sentence, ended with said. I obviously don't have anything in front of me to give a real example but it was literally this bad:
"Those are great shoes," Cal said.
"They're my favorites," Min said.
"They might be mine too," Cal said.
"Watch it, charm boy," Min said.
"I'm being honest. They're great shoes," Cal said.
Again, NOT a direct quote, but it might as well be. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to continue for a while there. It was driving me crazy! But it didn't take me long to get caught up enough in Cal and Min's almost-romance that I was able to overlook it. It definitely continued, it just didn't matter as much anymore. But it does matter enough to knock back a book that would have been 4.5 or possibly even 5 stars to a plain old 4.
That aside, this was fabulous. I just had to love Min. I don't know how she's as well-adjusted as she is with a mother like hers. Some girls really are just big-boned and no amount of carb-cutting will help, but Mrs. Dobbs doesn't buy it. Min has turned out strong and funny and she somehow has a good grasp on what's important in life. She has a sharp tongue on her and I even winced sometimes when she knocked Cal down a peg or two! When it's time to come to Cal's defense though, she more than rises to the occasion, and I found myself gasping in shock as she dealt with his awful family. Cal's nephew adores her, she has a great group of friends, and I was firmly in her corner throughout the book.
Cal was something else entirely. At first, he was a little too smooth. You know how guys are when every woman they meet immediately starts fantasizing first about taking him to bed and then about having his children. They start to take it for granted and they get a little sleazy. Well, sleazy is too strong a word, but you just want to wipe the faux charm off your skin. That's how Cal's gotten. But then he meets Min and he doesn't know what's hit him. He picks up on the shoe thing right away. Then Min is so mean to him that he writes her off. But somehow he can't get away from her. He keeps running into her and he can't stop thinking about her. Her direct approach catches his attention. And when he decides to seriously go after her, he pulls out all the stops. He's sexy and funny and caring, and he even tells Mrs. Dobbs to back off about the carbs. I cheered out loud when he did that! It's about time someone stood up to the old bat! Cal for one, enjoys Min's curves and convinces her that she's sexy and needs to show them off. You just have to love a man who loves a woman for the way she is, curves and all.
Min's and Cal's friends were mostly a lot of fun in their own right. Bonnie and Roger firmly believe in the "fairy tale" and they're going after it together. Tony is an outward jerk with an inner heart of gold. Liza--eh. Liza didn't quite win me over. It might have been Deanna Hurst's voice for her. It was very snooty and drawling. It might have been the way that she kept whacking Cal on the head while saying a line that I came to hate. I just felt like Liza felt she knew better than everyone else. Her heart was in the right place though.
The "bad guys" were a lot of fun to hate. Mrs. Dobbs got me rolling my eyes a lot with her constant comments about butter and carbs and Min's weight. Mrs. Morrissey was awful with her Ice Queen jabs at Cal's choice of career. Min's ex was a real slimeball. I wanted to reach through the speakers on him a few times. Cal's ex wasn't quite as bad, but she had her moments too. At least I knew she was coming from heartbreak rather than just trying to win a bet though.
I laughed, I cheered, I gasped, I smiled, I fantasized about chicken marsala and chocolate-covered Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I was fully invested in this and I enjoyed the heck out of it. I was desperate to know how it ended while at the same time, dreading the final words because I didn't want it to end. I highly recommend this one for a light summertime read, and even recommend it on audio if you can overlook that one glaring thing I mentioned. I thinkknow you'll have a lot of fun with it....more
Old friends Ellis, Julia, and Dorie have rented a beach house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a month. They've realized that their lives areOld friends Ellis, Julia, and Dorie have rented a beach house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a month. They've realized that their lives are moving along quickly and they want to spend some time together again. Ellis makes the arrangements and they all show up for a lazy vacation for the month of August.
But they're all in tough places in their lives. Ellis was recently downsized, Julia's disenchanted with her modeling career, and Dorie's just not her normal perky self. With Ellis and Dorie worried about money, Dorie seizes on the opportunity to rent out the extra bedroom on the top floor of the house to a perfect stranger she meets in a diner one day, Madison. But Madison has troubles of her own.
So this wasn't one of my favorite MKA novels (that would have to be one of the Savannah books), but it was still a fun little escape. It was wonderful to hear about August on the Outer Banks as I drove around in the last gray days of winter, wondering if there was really a sun up there somewhere.
I loved Ellis, Julia, and Dorie--from a distance. Ellis is a control freak and she was pushing my buttons at the beginning. Julia is pushy in her own way and too nosy for her own good. Dorie is a sweetheart though. And Madison is so bristly and quiet that I even felt like she was pushing me away--and we find out her story very early on. But they felt like a real group of old friends in the way that they laughed and fought and told it to each other straight.
Ty, the next-door neighbor, is a dreamboat of a man. He's not perfect either, being entirely too stubborn for his own good, but I was happy to "watch" him from afar.
This is the second book I've listened to that was narrated by Isabel Keating and I really like her. She doesn't go overboard with the voices but I can always tell who's talking. She just has a great speaking voice.
There were a couple of things that I didn't like though. The first is the big romance. It just happened waaaaay too fast. Don't get me wrong--I do love my happily-ever-afters, but this was faster than the speed of light! The other thing is that the author didn't quite capture the feel of the Outer Banks for me the way that she captures the feel of Savannah. The women could be on any Southern beach. The Outer Banks are a special place but I couldn't tell it from this book. Or maybe it's just that I'm a North Carolina girl and overly sensitive!
Those two things aside, this was a perfect escapist read that will have you ready to grab your girlfriends and head to the beach....more