Have you ever read a book that you finish but within 2-4 days you are ready to read it again? This is that book for me. I have loved se...more**5++++ stars**
Have you ever read a book that you finish but within 2-4 days you are ready to read it again? This is that book for me. I have loved several books in my lifetime. This book was easily one of my favorite books ever.
I think between the humor, violence, humor again, romance, friendships, minor characters, and even the dog, between it all I fell in love with this book.
Agnes is a cookbook author. She also has a column about cooking titled Cranky Agnes. She is armed and dangerous, with a frying pan. Shane is a hitman, simple as that. He swoops in and helps his Uncle Joey keep Agnes safe although she does a pretty bang up job of that herself. I adore Shane because of how he treats Agnes. Something about a guy respecting a woman that gets me. This story had me so enthralled I was screaming at the characters to just whack someone over the head by the end. There is a wedding, the mob, government agencies, strays, and revenge. This isn't a mystery so to say but it had enough to make me reading just to find out what really happened! It's like those alternate endings in the Clue movie. That's how I felt for a while.(Similar too how I felt reading Crusie's Faking It at the end.)
I say if you want to meet a funny set of characters and even fall in love with the minor ones then pick this book up. I loved it. I will be reading it again shortly. (less)
The only reason I'm giving this 4 stars is the cliffhanger leading me to see how sad the final book COULD be. Recovering from having a wisdom tooth pu...moreThe only reason I'm giving this 4 stars is the cliffhanger leading me to see how sad the final book COULD be. Recovering from having a wisdom tooth pull has never been so enjoyable before I believe. As I got to recover by reading this book. Oh and AAAAAAAWWWWWWW. (Yes Shouty Caps.)(less)
A few things about it got me... such as the random British-ness. Otherwise I read this book in 2-3 sittings and for me that's a compliment all over th...moreA few things about it got me... such as the random British-ness. Otherwise I read this book in 2-3 sittings and for me that's a compliment all over the place. Let's just say I have twitching palms now.(less)
I cried. I laughed. I was confused. I was disgusted. I was intrigued. The gauntlet of emotions that this book produces is endless. I was glad to get t...moreI cried. I laughed. I was confused. I was disgusted. I was intrigued. The gauntlet of emotions that this book produces is endless. I was glad to get this from the library if not just to have something different to look at. Some of these stories touched my soul so profoundly that I wrote a letter to my loved one just to make sure that maybe in 100 years someone will read it and know that love is all shapes and sizes and has endless amounts of beauty. (less)
I cannot even write a review about this that will let people understand the rating I gave it.
I could not finish this book as a book deserves to be fin...moreI cannot even write a review about this that will let people understand the rating I gave it.
I could not finish this book as a book deserves to be finished. I skimmed the remaining 46% of it and called it a day. I had a headache and I found that I got all the information I needed out of skimming it.
I don't understand how this book is by the same author as other books I love so dearly.
I absolutely love this book. Reading it to my godson was one of the best experiences of my life. He loved that all the noises I had to make for this....moreI absolutely love this book. Reading it to my godson was one of the best experiences of my life. He loved that all the noises I had to make for this. And more importantly he loved the art! As a 13-month-old, I found his understand of the story and art amazing! He copied the faces of the mother in the book and made me laugh hysterically. He said "ooo..." After I made the "ooo-ooo-eee-eee" sound. It was so enjoyable. I would more than recommend this book to others that read to their kids, grandkids, godkids, or just daycare providers! I shall buy this book so I can read it to my own kids one day!(less)
This book was touch and go. It started off slow and frustrating took me nearly 2 months to read past page 12, when I did I devoured it. Through the go...moreThis book was touch and go. It started off slow and frustrating took me nearly 2 months to read past page 12, when I did I devoured it. Through the good and the bad I read.
Katie Johnson is a 37 year old woman with a ticking clock. All she wants in the world is to have a baby. Her husband, Alex, is already a father of a son, Peter, who lives with his mother in Holland. Peter was taken from Alex when he was just two-years old and he has barely seen him since. Since they have been married Alex has told Katie he doesn't want kids, or not yet, one day maybe they will discuss it. He seems to just push her feelings aside. - Right now I'll stop to say this is what took me so long to get past. The first few pages are riddled with her true desire to have a baby in her life. Her sisters have 3 kids between them and one on the way. Why did she even marry a man that puts her hopes and dreams on hold for so long. They have been married for 7 years. Is that not a moment when you say to yourself that you want different things in life? She's sure once they have a kid he will love it but he seems to not even remotely like children. Like they are some disease.
I know this is part of the conflict. She wants a baby, he doesn't. It's a story that has been heard for years really. Well he refuses to even have unprotected sex with her. Just to ensure no pregnancy will happen. Even though she is already on the pill. I want to scream at Katie most-times that she should just move on. She still is naive and believes he will love their kid once they have one. So she decides to stop taking birth control and to start poking holes in his condoms. I CRINGE at that behavior. It's not fair to try and trick anyone into being a parent.
I read through all that and I liked the Katie I was seeing, outside of the condom-hole-poking. She lost her government job testing products for safety regulations and started out a new company as a baby planner. She is so savvy and knowledgeable about what products are safe for kids that people start following her words or wisdom and hire her for her services. She is a great baby planner. She is a people person and can soothe a nervous mom-to-be easily. What gets me is she doesn't know herself that well.
After many trials and tribulations it turns out she cannot have children, or it may be hard to conceive a baby, her husband is scum and cheated on her (turns out his mistress is one of her clients), she is adopted and didn't know till dinner when it's announced by her ailing father who is losing his eyesight from a genetic disease. All in one day these things were discovered. No wonder she went CRAZY towards the end of the book. She stopped talking to her family, grew a bitchy side that took over her savvy business side and started making bad deals (as I see it) with baby product companies. Started sleeping with one of the greatest guys to come along since.. well ever. Yet refused to even commit a little to him. I understand she's been through a lot but it's the courage of others that brings her back to the nice Katie I liked before.
She finds her birth parents and learns the story of her adoption. She starts a charitable part of her company to help homeless mothers. Reconnects with her sisters and lets herself fall in love with the man who truly loves her, and his daughter who loves her just as much.
Although it was touch and go the darn book made me tear up on that last sentence! So I liked it but I didn't really like it. It was good for a random find though.(less)
Davy frowned at her. "So I'm a selfish bastard for wanting to do the right thing?" "Yes," Tilda said. "I know that's wrong." Davy stood up....more**3.5 Stars**
Davy frowned at her. "So I'm a selfish bastard for wanting to do the right thing?" "Yes," Tilda said. "I know that's wrong." Davy stood up. "Let me get back to you on why." "Well, until then, keep your mouth shut," Tilda said. "You Honest people can make life hell for everybody else."
I was so confused by this book, and I'm not sure in what way completely.
Things I liked about this book: Their, Davy and Tilda, relationship was very calm compared to some chick-lit relationships. (view spoiler)[Between bad sex and Tilda's stubborn nature. The lack of sex between them was actually funny and enjoyable to read. (hide spoiler)] I think that added more depth to it for me and made me want to keep reading to see what their relationship would be.
I love the growth of the characters, considering this is a chick-lit book and it's not as if characters change all that much in them, this one I found the way they changed or released all the old baggage was normal. Although the Goodnight's as a family are completely insane I felt like I belonged with their family. Something about a dysfunctional functioning family made me happy.
I don't know if this review makes sense to anyone else either because I feel so confused from this book. I felt like the last 15% was just dumping information at me. Not that it was a bad thing at all. I still like this book and I love the characters. It was worth the time to read it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)