Kitty is a disgraced journalist who in pursuit of a story inadvertently ruined an innocent mans life. With her livelihood hanging on by a thread she i...moreKitty is a disgraced journalist who in pursuit of a story inadvertently ruined an innocent mans life. With her livelihood hanging on by a thread she is handed her next story by her mentor Constance who has terminal cancer. Kitty is tasked with writing the greatest story Constance never got to. All Kitty has to do his decipher how a hundred names are linked and then write the story. Before Kitty is able to get more insight on just how the names are related Constance passes away leaving Kitty on her own. What Kitty learns about the people on the list ends up changing her and their lives.
I picked up this novel because I found the premise of a list of a hundred names and how these people could be related very intriguing. I had in my mind that each person on the list would lead to the next and provide a key to an interlocking story. I confess that I was a little disappointed when I realized that the story was not like that all. I almost threw in the towel midway through but I am glad I stuck it out. The book is more like a love letter to humanity. The message is we are all special and we all have a story to tell no matter how insignificant our lives may seem. As I read more the novel grew on me and I was won over by the lovely story. I also adored the Irish setting. This was my first Cecelia Ahern novel but it won't be my last. (less)
I loved this story set in the framework of an unraveling marriage. The novel is told in a series of emails, legal briefs, notes, and newspaper article...moreI loved this story set in the framework of an unraveling marriage. The novel is told in a series of emails, legal briefs, notes, and newspaper articles. Although the primary story concerns the divorce of a doctor and his society wife the author does such a wonderful job showing the impact the dissolution of the marriage has on all of the people around them. From Sophie Diehl who is the young lawyer representing Mia Meiklejohn Durkheim, to the tortured daughter Jane, the father in law Bruce, even the Dr.'s first wife Helen are all impacted by the divorcing couple. The bon motts about marriage are memorable like these two favorites of mine: men won't leave no matter how unhappy they are unless there is another woman while women just want to be alone in a white room with no phone, and this one from Mia Meiklejon, women never give up your jobs when you get married. Fortunately for Mia she has a ton of money and a high powered father to throw at her soon to be ex. She'll never be homeless but it will be a challenge to get out of the marriage with her sanity and her daughters mental health intact. Thankfully she has the whip smart Sophie Diehl to shepherd her through the challenging process. Although it's Sophie's first divorce she has the smarts to see it through to the end.
I churned through this novel at lightning fast pace. Although I only glanced through the legal briefs because I didn't really care who got the Persian rug or how much child support was received for Jane I soaked in the characters back stories because that was the part of the novel that captivated me. Through the cast of supporting characters this book has a lot to say on the subject of marriage and divorce. Even if you are not a wealthy society type, if you have ever been in a relationship then there is something you can identify with here. I enjoyed this novel immensely and highly recommend it.(less)
A sweet story about two broken people who meet through a convenience store robbery and end up fixing each other in an unexpected way. This was my firs...moreA sweet story about two broken people who meet through a convenience store robbery and end up fixing each other in an unexpected way. This was my first Joshilyn Jackson book and after reading this I will be on the lookout for some of her other titles. This was the kind of quick, feel good read that you can mindlessly enjoy while being removed from life for awhile. (less)
I picked this up in anticipation of seeing the movie but after the bomb reviews that got I am probably going to pass. In the story a young boy picks u...moreI picked this up in anticipation of seeing the movie but after the bomb reviews that got I am probably going to pass. In the story a young boy picks up a bleeding convicted killer on a rare outing to the market with his agoraphobic mother. Inexplicably they take him home for a long labor day weekend where much wisdom transpires over making pies and playing baseball. It was really hard to get over the premise that a mother with a young child is going to just pick up a bleeding male stranger and take him home. My cynical nature could not grasp this and it almost sunk the book for me but for some reason I could not put it down. I always wanted to know what happened next and I liked the characters, I wanted it to work out for them. The more I read the more sense the characters actions made and I could (almost) overlook the circumstances that brought them together. In the end the story won me over.(less)
When I first met Bridget I was a single girl looking for my own Mr. Darcy and I could relate very easily to her comedic dating disasters. Now that I a...moreWhen I first met Bridget I was a single girl looking for my own Mr. Darcy and I could relate very easily to her comedic dating disasters. Now that I am visiting Bridget again she is 50! and the mother of two children. I think the cat is out of the bag about the fact that she is now a single mother. So now that that we meet again I am also a little older as well as a mother. The difference between us is that Bridget never grew up. The same ridiculous things happen to her because she is completely lacking in common sense. What I thought was funny in my twenties seems like completely irresponsible behavior when I view it in my forties. After a string of embarrassing mishaps it works out in the end as it always does for Bridget. I just find it amazing that she was able to find two responsible, handsome, dependable men that were willing to put up with her crap. The ultimate message of this book is a good one. Sometimes tragedy happens in life and somehow you have to find a way to go on even when you don't want to. Ultimately though this book was for me like that friend you meet up with every ten years for a drink and then you go your separate ways.(less)
I always look forward to spring and a new Sophie Kinsella novel. I usually love them all but this one was slightly lacking for me. I align this closer...moreI always look forward to spring and a new Sophie Kinsella novel. I usually love them all but this one was slightly lacking for me. I align this closer to the sub standard books she writes as Madeleine Wickham as opposed to the ones she puts out as Sophie Kinsella.
I think the problem for me with this one was the heroine Lottie was lacking the usual spunk and smarts that the ladies in the other books usually have . Even though silly and embarrassing things happen to the girls they have an inate goodness and smarts that get then through to their happy ending. We only get to see Lottie's turn lemons into lemonade persona briefly when she goes to recruit college students for scientific research positions and instead finds a group of artist and dancers. The way she is able to turn a potentially disasterous situation around is classic Kinsella. After that Lottie has a simple misunderstanding with her long time boyfriend and on the spur of the moment runs off to get married to an old flame she hasn't seen in fifteen years. A little far fetched wouldn't you say. Charged with bringing back Lotties to sanity is her put upon sister Fliss who has a few troubles of her own, the main one being she is going through a truly horrible divorce. Fliss would like to save Lottie from the same fate but her sister has gone off the deep end. Classic Kinsella high jinks ensue.
I did enjoy this book but just not quite as much as some of the others. My heart will always belong to Twenties Girl. That said there were two laugh out loud moments for me one of which centered around a condom in an elementary school project and the other involved a room full of hotels employees trying top stop the consummation of Lottie's marriage while her new husband was more than determined to go forward. It is rare that I actually laugh out loud while reading so props for that.
I still love you Sophie Kinsella. You are the essence of chick lit to me. I just hope you go more Twenties Girl and less Madeleine Wickham next time. This is still a great beach read though.(less)
Thank you to Jen at Bookclub Girl for providing me with a copy of this novel. Check out the interview with author Meg Donohue at her blog or use this...moreThank you to Jen at Bookclub Girl for providing me with a copy of this novel. Check out the interview with author Meg Donohue at her blog or use this link http://www.blogtalkradio.com/book-clu......
This is a cute chick lit story about two girl who grow up as friends, Anna and Julia. The story is told in alternating chapters between the voice of Anna and Julia through various months. Sometimes the story jumps in time from where the last narrator left off.
The story begins when Anna's Ecuadorian mother is taken in as the nanny/ maid by Julia's wealthy parents when she has to leave home sixteen and pregnant. Despite the differences in wealth, the two girls grow up as friends until something terrible happens that breaks the friendship when they are in high school.
The girls reconnect years later at a party thrown by Julia's mother Lolly and decide to open a cup cake bakery. The story unfolds in the months leading up to the opening of the bakery. Various vandalism incidents occur at the bakery that seem to be tied to what drove the girls apart years ago. What exactly that is is hinted at for the first two hundred pages. Julia starts out as a very unsympathetic character but by the end of the book you find yourself rooting for the friendship between the two girls.
Various supporting characters such as player Jake, earnest farmer Ogden, sweet fiance Wes, and well meaning Lolly add further interest to the story. Even though Anna's mother Lucia has passed by the start of the story, her character also figures largely in the plot.
This book is part mystery, part romance, and part love letter to the special friendship that exists between women. Add to that descriptions of cupcakes that are so luscious you will soon be running out to your local bakery to fill a craving that you didn't even know that you had. (less)
It's always a treat when ever a new Sophie Kinsella novel comes out. True they are rather formulaic, plucky heroine meets uptight man, hilarity ensues...moreIt's always a treat when ever a new Sophie Kinsella novel comes out. True they are rather formulaic, plucky heroine meets uptight man, hilarity ensues. The adorable high jinks are so darn cute though that you can't put the book down. Think Lucy and Ricky type escapades if they weren't married and were British. I finished the entire book in one day.
In this latest installment Poppy, even her name sounds peppy, meets the serious and brooding Sam when her cell phone is stolen and she finds his phone in a trash bin. She takes over his phone and in doing so soon takes over his life. Although she means well Poppy makes wrong assumptions about Sam and her "help" leads to some rather embarrassing situations for Sam. In the meantime while trying to fix Sam's life she has her own problems to deal with in the form of impending nuptials to her possibly two timing fiance. Of course everything works out in the end and you can't help rooting for the immensely likeable Poppy.
No one does a chick lit novel like Kinsella. Although you could swap any of the men in her novels for another, the ladies are always feisty and funny. I loved the last novel Twenties Girl and this one was equally enjoyable.