As a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, I find it interesting to see how many ways there are for our world to come to an end. I've read several that werAs a fan of post-apocalyptic stories, I find it interesting to see how many ways there are for our world to come to an end. I've read several that were preposterous and a few that were so real I felt as though the event had already happened. The latter is what happens in the Seabound Chronicles by Jordan Rivet. A believable yet cataclysmic event plunges Earth into the equivalent of what we can expect if and when Old Faithful decides to blow its top. In Seabound and SeaSwept we follow our characters as they adapt to their ever-changing environment. Yet each of them has a rich backstory that is merely hinted at and we don't get to experience the event that started it all.
Enter Burnt Sea: A Seabound Prequel! Here at last is the story of how it all began; the story that brought our intrepid band of survivors together aboard the cruise ship Catalina. Throughout Books 1 and 2 we work our way through the quiet feud between Simon and Judith without knowing how they became embittered with each other. We also meet the young six-year old Esther who would later become such a thorn in Judith's side. Burnt Sea exposes the humanity of each of the major players in such a way that I was taken aback to learn what molded them into the people they later became (after the event) and why they have such caution in dealing with anyone not aboard the Catalina.
Burnt Sea is gripping, suspenseful, and full of twists you won't see coming. It perfectly sets the stage for Book 3 while answering all the questions left unanswered by Books 1 and 2. I would love to see this series made into a movie. ...more
This book picks up exactly where Seabound (Book 1 Seabound Chronicles) leaves off. Our erstwhile heroine Esther has developed a live-changing system fThis book picks up exactly where Seabound (Book 1 Seabound Chronicles) leaves off. Our erstwhile heroine Esther has developed a live-changing system for turning algae into a usable fuel for the surviving ships and the race is on. The survivors aboard the Catalina - Esther's home ship - want to retain the technology for themselves, Esther wants to give it away to everyone in a humane gesture, and her friend David thinks they should sell the technology to the highest bidder. Everyone except for Esther agrees to selling the technology. What follows is a story of intrigue, suspense, piracy, and high-seas adventure. David is kidnapped by the most feared Calderon Group and Esther in a fool-hardy venture to save her would-be boyfriend joins their rivals the Harvesters in an attempt to save his life.
Along the way we meet a terrific cast of secondary characters in Dirk, Zoe, Luke, and Cody. Old favorites return as well with Neal the communications guy taking top spot, along with Captain Judith of the Catalina, and Esther's father Simon. Seems like Neal is shaping up to take the lead if and when Book 3 is released.
I enjoyed following the adventures of this rag-tag bunch of survivors. It seemed a bit slow as we were party to Esther's musings about her feelings for David and vice versa but by story's end things are better settled. Esther makes a terrific heroine though as she seems fearless and strong despite being dealt physical blows that would drop some men I know. And with her new friend Zoe at her side they become the Dynamic Duo of the Waves. The ships themselves, while no longer the gleaming floating resorts or bristling warships or stately fishing boats, take on new personas as well since their conversions to floating rescue villages and I found this aspect quite interesting as well ...more
Sixteen years after The Event that changed the face of our planet, we meet a group of survivors who live on an old cruise ship named the Catalina. OurSixteen years after The Event that changed the face of our planet, we meet a group of survivors who live on an old cruise ship named the Catalina. Our heroine in this story is Esther who has lived most of her live on this ship after she and her father escaped the cloud of toxic ash that covered the world. She and her father share a former crew cabin and although the space is tight they do have a small porthole and their own lavatory. Over the years Esther has become the mechanic on the ship; her main job is keeping the desalination system operative. She is training a young girl named Cally as her apprentice. Cally doesn't seem to have a head for mechanics and this vexes Esther who is serious about her work. In fact, one might call Esther zealous as she's always got an idea on how to make things better.
As the story progresses the reader is introduced to a cast of varied characters in this microcosm of live: there is Judith the hard-nosed self-appointed captain; Esther's father Simon who is very calm and understanding, Neal who lives in the Communications Tower and spends his days contacting other vessels and is Esther's best friend; and a dozen or so unique individuals who impact Esther's life on a daily basis. When Esther literally destroys the desalination system in a bid to make it better, she forces the Catalina to seek help from the Galaxy Flotilla - a small floating city of mega cruise ships from the Galaxy Cruise Line. What follows is pure suspense as life with the Galaxy Flotilla is not as great as it seems. The underlying currents are palpable. But Captain Judith knows the Catalina can't survive without drinking water so she agrees to dock with the mega liners and attempt to trade for the parts needed for repair.
Author Rivet has done a terrific job of envisioning a future at sea. Descriptions of a once vibrant and beautiful leisure cruise ship that has become the center of the world for a thousand survivors and their descendants (yes, some children were born at sea) show how determined people can be to survive against all odds: one time lawyers can become cooks, society wives can learn to sew, etc. Nothing on the ship is wasted either. Lounge curtains become clothing and what isn't used can be traded with other ships for medicine or spare parts. The old bowling alley is converted as a desalination room and bowling shoes are issued, one pair to a person, for use. For good measure we do have a bit of romance thrown in along with plenty of tension-filled scenes and possible disasters.
As a veteran of almost fifty cruises, I found this book extremely interesting as I imagined myself and my family having to live on such a vessel for a number of years without the daily turn-down service or having a varied menu to choose from. I'm also not sure I could survive on a diet of seaweed wraps with the occasional fish meal. But in Seabound the survivors do just that. I found the story to be riveting (no pun intended) and couldn't put the book down. Thankfully, I've already started reading the second book in the series. ...more
As the story opens, we meet 60-something widow Rachel Resnick who has returned to New York City for her Aunt Lillian's funeral. Since Rachel has recenAs the story opens, we meet 60-something widow Rachel Resnick who has returned to New York City for her Aunt Lillian's funeral. Since Rachel has recently moved away this is a time not just for mourning her favorite aunt's passing but for reconnecting with the dear friends who form her support network. Enter Jimmy Raconti, her aunt's next door neighbor and erstwhile handyman who seems just a bit shady. He lives with his mom Millie who was recently keeping Aunt Lil company in the evenings. The plot thickens when Rachel finds a cache of uncut diamonds that her aunt had alluded to but that no one had ever seen. Since Rachel is the sole heir of her aunt, these now belong to her. What follows is a twisty story of several con artists and scammers who try to get their hands on the diamonds. With each passing day Rachel is in every-growing danger from these underworld types. But our hero, Detective Daniel Berger, arrives on the scene. Being of the same age as Rachel he is drawn to her and her to him. And a good thing, too. Because things are getting precarious for Rachel.
This story of mature love wrapped in a suspenseful cop and robber story read like the script to a 1980s Rockford Files or Magnum, P.I. episode. Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed both of those shows. However, as a novel that tried to engage the reader I think it fell a bit flat. Granted there was a lot of activity going on but none of it was compelling in a page-turning way. There were times when I had to force myself back to reading just to make sure the character of Rachel turned out okay. My one major criticism, however, is that the ending seemed rushed. In one chapter we have the two detectives trying to put together a sting operation and in the very next, and last chapter, we are given a summary of what has transpired and how the story ends. I tried to like the characters but none of them were well-defined and they didn't stay with me. Sadly, this could have been a great read with some more in-depth character building and a bit more tension.
Bamboozled has earned three stars from this reviewer for its effort to entertain.
Note: I received a copy of the ebook from the author in exchange for my honest review. ...more
I picked up this book on a whim as I like pirate stories. But the only pirates here are ancient (600 something B.C.). The young captive, Ada, is actuaI picked up this book on a whim as I like pirate stories. But the only pirates here are ancient (600 something B.C.). The young captive, Ada, is actually bought at a slave auction where her half-sisters have traded her to a slaver for the equivalent of a gold bracelet. To save her from a life of prostitution, Nicklaus who is a Greek tradesman, buys her and takes her aboard his sailing vessel. Instead of being grateful from being spared a hellish life, Ada is a conflicted woman who falls for her master. She doesn't want to be like her own mother, a slave who fell in love with her master, therefore Ada fights against her growing feelings. There are several twists and turns as the story progresses but none the reader won't anticipate.
I found the characters very shallow, each pursuing their own destiny without much regard for the others. By the time the two protagonists realize they are in love I was happy to reach the story's end. The descriptions of the era and the high seas high jinks were well done.
A nice book for reading by the fire or at the beach. Refreshing because of its lack of explicit scenes. ...more
If you read only one book this year, this should be the one. I don't care which side of the aisle you vote from but I'm sure that you'll come away froIf you read only one book this year, this should be the one. I don't care which side of the aisle you vote from but I'm sure that you'll come away from reading A Forgotten Man wanting to take a second look at what government involvement does to the common man's life.
This story introduces Jack Bosarge and his wife Donita and their three year-old daughter Julia. Jack is an oyster-man and is employed by a well-established Oyster Company in Bienville, Louisiana. It is a few short years after Hurricane Katrina and recovery is slow in that region. Jack's wife Donita is a stay-at-home mom who care for their daughter in their rented mobiled home. With overtime pay and a steady income, life is pretty good for the Bosarge family. When an environmentalist group raises their complaints about overfishing and culling the area waters, the government comes down hard on the Oyster Company even though the company has gone beyond the government guidelines to care for the local environment. In short order, the company is closed down and the employees find themselves out of work. What follows is the step-by-step destruction of life for the young Bosarge family. Using every means at their disposal, personal as well as governmental assistance, the family is soon reduced to poverty and homelessness.
A Forgotten Man is not your fast beach read although the story is so well told that you'll find yourself turning the pages in the hopes that Jack and his family have a reversal of fortune. This is the first book of a series entitled The Life of Julia Series that will follow young Julia throughout her life. I eagerly anticipate the next installment of this series. Highly recommended.
How many of us would like to know more about the love story of our parents? Or to know what our parents were like in their youth? Both of these wishesHow many of us would like to know more about the love story of our parents? Or to know what our parents were like in their youth? Both of these wishes belong to Roxanne Gavric, the central character of In Its Right Time. Roxy is one of three daughters who have finally laid their parents to rest and while both of her sisters have found love, settled down, and are raising families Roxy has yet to find Mr. Right. She’s made several attempts at relationships but somehow they all have a fatal flaw. In order to calm her chaotic mind, Roxy decides to visit her parents’ hometown of Sharon, Pennsylvania. Oddly enough, the only day available to get a flight (without waiting several weeks) is on January 23rd, the one year anniversary of her mother’s passing and the six year anniversary of her dad’s death. Her trip is uneventful and she has almost reached her destination – her aunt’s house – when she runs through a traffic light and awakens in the hospital. She’s fine although shaken from the event, but finds that she has gone back in time to the year 1946. Her parents are young newlyweds though separated by distance as her father is in California trying to find a home for his wife. Her mom is still in town and in short order Roxy is befriended by the young woman (her mom) and they become friends. In the end, all turns out well as Roxy comes to understand so much more about the private woman her mother became in later life. Does Roxy find Mr. Right? In which decade? The answers are all in this charming love story.
I found this love story to be just the perfect little book for those of us looking for a romantic escape. It has a solid story (although some parts could have used a bit more in-depth explanations). The characters were developed well but in a couple of instances – the character of Helen, for example – we could have used a bit more of her sweet side as well as her dark side. Scene transitions were seamless. I would have liked for a bit more description of the family home back in the 1940s but that is personal taste.
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut offering from this author. We each have a story to tell and Ms. Shapona has told her’s admirably. I recommend this relatively short novel as a light read, perfect for summer vacation or a day at the pool....more
April Snow by Lynn Steward is the second book in her Dana McGarry series. Having met Dana in the first book of the series - A Very Good Life - we areApril Snow by Lynn Steward is the second book in her Dana McGarry series. Having met Dana in the first book of the series - A Very Good Life - we are reminded of her upwardly mobile career in fashion merchandising at a prestigious New York City department store. We now encounter Dana, newly divested of her cheating husband, as she begins a brief but much-needed respite from her life. She opts to spend her time in London, where she tries to get her head back into place. While there she meets by chance a priest who will become her spiritual adviser. But like any creative person will tell you, a creative mind never sleeps. And while on vacation Dana not only comes up with a winner of an idea to take home but also learns that her nemesis - a woman named Helen who is her immediate supervisor - has once again shot down a boutique that Dana had conceived.
Upon her return to New York, Dana is drawn to a man named Mark with whom she's worked for the last four years. A casual dinner, then another, soon lead to a full-blown romance and Dana finds herself in love. She and Mark conceive of a way to introduce Dana's creativity into the staid and stodgey department store while working around Helen. Seems like everything is coming up roses for these two. Until an unexpected turn of events and a accident that puts someone's life at risk turn things around once more and Dana's dream world comes crashing down. Will she be able to pick up the pieces?
Set against the backdrop of New York City in the 1970s, April Snow is a steadily moving story that will captivate and charm the reader. Ms. Steward's descriptions are spot on - especially for this reader who is quite familiar with the New York of the seventies. While reading the first book of the series is always desirable, in this case it is not necessary. April Snow is a fine stand-alone book. The character of Dana McGarry is complex. She is at times aggressive in her career goals and at other times quite the young, somewhat naive girl where love and marriage is concerned. At the book's conclusion, the reader is left wanting to find out what comes next for Dana McGarry. ...more
If you had the chance to make your life more meaningful by going back in time to a former life and having a do-over, would you succeed? This is the opIf you had the chance to make your life more meaningful by going back in time to a former life and having a do-over, would you succeed? This is the opportunity given to Patrick Walsh in FAILED MOMENTS by A. Robert Allen. While waiting for his date in the Reflekktions Cafe of the Boigen Hotel, Patrick is surprised to find that his 'date' is really his deceased Aunt Grace. He questions her presence, assuming that if she's with him then he must also be dead. "Not yet," she tells him. What follows is the opportunity for both Patrick and his aunt to go back to two of their former lives and relearn the lessons they had failed to learn at the time.
During the 1790s Patrick was known as Patrice Beaumont, a gens du coleur plantation owner on St. Domingue (now Haiti). He was considered a 'kinder' slave owner but a slave owner still. When faced with the opportunity to stand up for a slave who is very close to him (they were brought up together), Patrice originally failed the test. Will he get it right this time?
During the Civil War Draft Riots of 1863 in New York City, Patrick is known as Patrick Allen. He and his mother came to New York from Ireland after the death of his father. Unknown to his mother, who thinks her son is working at the docks, Patrick is a winning boxer (street-fighter) who is only one match away from the fight of his career. He is backed by the 'brass' of Tammany Hall and he goes by the name of Pretty Paddy, a name his own father used back in Ireland. Paddy is known by all as a gentle giant - he is well over six feet tall and weighs three hundred pounds on any given day. The opponent he is to fight is a black man known as Big Belvy. Belvy is a huge man also, nearly the same height and weight as Paddy but he is considered 'simple'. His dad has trained him to come out fighting when he hears the bell. But those who have their money on Paddy send a bunch of thugs to soften up Big Belvy and his dad on the night before the big fight. When Paddy comes across the situation, he must make the choice to step back and let things happen, or step in and do the right thing. Will he get it right this time?
When I received this book, I had no idea what to expect but from the very first page I was drawn in and could not put down this book. It is an intriguing premise and a look at race relations through a different lens. The writing is well paced, the characters are so finely drawn that I was immediately pulled into their story. And while there are two mini stories contained in the book the transition between them is well drawn, never vague or jarring.
Kudos to Mr. Allen for a wonderful literary debut! I hope to read more from this author. ...more
A new and highly plausible twist on an attack on America. With an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack being launched simultaneously on two coasts by AmA new and highly plausible twist on an attack on America. With an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack being launched simultaneously on two coasts by American enemies, the entire Northern Hemisphere is soon rendered powerless and incapacitated. Not your typical Armageddon where the entire world is consumed by some dire event, but the targeted and finite destruction of the American infrastructure. What ensues is a way of life to which survivors must adjust. Can our techologically dependent population learn to exist by living off the land once more? How long will it take for people who are stranded in their own homes, without transportation or electronic communication, to realize that help from the government isn't coming? How quickly does the looting and pillaging begin? Will people be safe in their own homes? Can people form small communities in their neighborhoods and learn to deal with their problems or will there be in-fighting still?
The protagonist is Kyle Tait, an electric company employee from Montana, who has been loaned to Texas to help with restoring electrical power after a hurricane there. He's been away from home for two weeks and is missing his wife and their three children. As his plane is about to take off, the EMP attack occurs. Those on board Kyle's plane are lucky because they were only feet above the runway on take off when the plane loses power and crashes back to earth. Kyle saves the man seated next to him and most onboard evacuate the plane. But they are astounded when no rescue vehicles or medical personnel are sent out from the terminal to help them. It takes almost an hour before reality sets in and they realize that help is not forthcoming.
Kyle vows to get back to his family in Montana, where his wife and children have prepared a small celebration for his return. But that will have to wait. As Kyle searches for a way to get back home, he soon accepts that he will have to walk from Texas to Montana - a distance of fifteen hundred miles - in order to reach his family. And he'll need to do it quickly as the wintry weather will most likely arrive there before he does. The remainder of the story follows Kyle's journey, at times hopeful, at times full of despair and self-doubt, as he draws on reserves of physical and mental strength he didn't know he had.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a wake up call to Americans that this sort of thing can happen and until international assistance arrives we must learn to survive as our ancestors did. The characters themselves will have you rooting for them or hating them or mistrusting them - but you will find yourself immersed in the action and losing yourself along Kyle's long journey home. ...more
I often read 'how to' books especially when I can learn how to add to my personal revenue stream. This book hit the nail on the head. It has the bestI often read 'how to' books especially when I can learn how to add to my personal revenue stream. This book hit the nail on the head. It has the best ideas and presents them in a concise format. It will now replace at least a dozen other books in my library. All the information presented is up to date and easy to follow. Recommended for authors, would be authors, and other interested parties....more
At the age of seventeen Christine Bolz works as a domestic for a Jewish family in a small town in rural Germany. Her innocence and beauty - fair and bAt the age of seventeen Christine Bolz works as a domestic for a Jewish family in a small town in rural Germany. Her innocence and beauty - fair and blonde - capture the eye of her employer's son and as the story opens we find the two walking together through a nearby forest where Isaac Bauerman declares his love for her. Christine has been harboring a secret love for Isaac and when he claims her as his girlfriend she is on top of the world. As they make their way home, Christine's joy is unbridled but she begins to notice some flyers that have been put up in her neighborhood. They made the claim that associated with Jews or people of mixed lineage (one Jewish parent, one not) was strictly Verboten! Christine doesn't realize yet that her entire world will soon be torn asunder. What follows is the story of how Hitler and his War Machine insinuate themselves into even the tiniest crevasse of life for the German people and the spark of hope that burns in the young Christine's heart that she and her beloved Isaac will one day be together again. That spark is almost extinguished when she finds herself being shipped to the Dachau as a result of her trying to hide Isaac from the SS.
The Plum Tree is a well-drawn view of what the peaceful German countryside once was and what it became thanks to the Third Reich. The gradual drying up of goods and services is in counterpoint to the verdant hillsides and nearby river where nature provides such beauty. When German troops arrive in Christine's small village, her father is drafted to serve his country thereby leaving Christine, her sister, two young brothers, her mother, and her grandparents to carry on. And when Hitler himself visits the village, Christine is one of a dozen girls brought on stage to meet him. He praises the girls for their Aryan looks and personally urges each of them to begin producing children in their own likeness. The touch of his hand does nothing more than repulse Christine.
The characters we meet throughout the story are finely drawn and made me feel as though I knew them personally. The optimism that lives in Christine's heart is what carries the story along although there are several places where she almost gives up, sure that her beloved Isaac must have met his demise or that her father will not return from the Russian front where most German soldiers perished.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and hope to read Ms. Wiseman's other works. ...more
Alice Wood and her boyfriend Patrick have booked a European river cruise and she believes he plans to marry her at one of the stops along the way. ButAlice Wood and her boyfriend Patrick have booked a European river cruise and she believes he plans to marry her at one of the stops along the way. But shortly before their departure he dumps her (commitment issues). Since the trip is paid for Alice decides to make the trip alone and use it as a starting point for moving on. Patrick, however, misguidedly believes that Alice would rather stay home and wallow in self-pity so he generously gives his ticket to a pal - Elliott Ainslie, a near penniless British baron who writes spy novels to support his indecently large family and their crumbling castle. When both Alice and Elliott show up on the cruise boat, which itself looks like something resembling a river barge, the fun truly begins.
A cast of characters that will make you believe it is the trip from hell, a whirlwind romance between Alice and Elliott that feels like it was spun out of a tornado, colorful (but not lewd) language, and plenty of 'situations' like a Danish coffeehouse (where hookahs are the norm) and a German sex club where role playing is the norm will keep you turning the page just to find out what comes next. What I found annoying though was the overt manner in which Alice allows herself to fall in love. And while most of us make strange sounds while in the throes of ecstasy it gets a bit overdone here. Sounds like "foowah" and "nnrg" and so on are perfectly fine a time or two but by the twentieth time we are treated to such dialog it is like fingernails on a blackboard.
My greatest enjoyment with this book came from the character descriptions. I also enjoyed the short amount of time spent at Castle Ainslie and would have liked to know more about the castle and the barony. But these were used mainly as backdrops for our main characters. All that being said, this book served the purpose I'd hoped it would - a complete escape from the more serious books I normally read. ...more
Three more adventures for Oliver the Gentleman Cat and his friend Jumpy the Kangaroo. The theme of this volume is reaching beyond your grasp for we fiThree more adventures for Oliver the Gentleman Cat and his friend Jumpy the Kangaroo. The theme of this volume is reaching beyond your grasp for we find our intrepid adventurers climbing a tall tree and blasting off to the moon! Illustrated in rich colors and great detail. ...more
I often enjoy an historical romance as an escape from the books I read and review. So when I spotted this one on a bargain table I picked it up. ThisI often enjoy an historical romance as an escape from the books I read and review. So when I spotted this one on a bargain table I picked it up. This is the story of Sir Coryn - a long-dead Crusader who now works for Satan as a soul collector. He is one of many who attend the dying and bring those slated for Hell back to Satan. He's been doing this job for centuries. And during his collections he has been able to store away real-world trinkets and treasures - enough to line the pockets of a sultan. When the time is right, Coryn (known among the underworld as Ar) makes a gambling deal with the Devil - and wins! He is allowed to return to the world of the living but Satan gives him only six months in which to find his soul. Coryn's soul is contained in an hourglass brooch which Satan throws into the world and which Coryn must find in order to remain a man. On his journey back to this life, Coryn is accompanied by a gremlin who manages to tag along. After trying various forms the gremlin settles on being a talking crow who likes to say "Alive". But Coryn tells folks the bird is a bit dim-witted and is trying to say its name - "Olive". In order to redeem his soul, Coryn sets about doing good deeds - saving the lives of wounded soldiers at first. He then meets Imogene, the widow of a soldier who has been ostracized from the society of military wives and who is penniless and pregnant. Coryn convinces her to marry him. In due course, Coryn claims his ancient title and lands, Genie (his wife) is now a countess and he feels that together they can do good works for women and children. But the path to redemption is blocked by those who would do them ill. Can Coryn redeem himself in the time allotted? Will Genie learn to accept the eccentricities that make up her husband? Will Olive ever learn to speak the King's English?
A gripping tale of Life and Death, this one will have the reader turning the pages far into the night. The characters are multi-layered and slowly expose their layers to the reader. A welcome counterpoint is the crow and his antics and the hourglass room.
I enjoyed this book as it deviates from the historical romance boilerplate novel of two erstwhile lovers who find each other. I'll admit I read this book in two days. As this is my first Barbara Metzger book, I'll be anxious to look at her other works. ...more
As I'm always on the lookout for a new series to lose myself in, I thought I'd give the Dana McGarry stories a try. Like me, Dana McGarry is a 20-someAs I'm always on the lookout for a new series to lose myself in, I thought I'd give the Dana McGarry stories a try. Like me, Dana McGarry is a 20-something, happily married career woman in the early 1970s. She has a challenging job in one of the most exclusive department stores in New York City and she is very good at what she does. Dana has been married for eight years to Brett McGarry, a rising star in his law firm who is about to be offered a partnership. The life that Dana and Brett have laid out for themselves seems to be going according to plan. Dana dreams that with partnership on the horizon for her husband she may soon have that country house and the children she dreams of. But we all know that life doesn't always go according to plan. Dana realizes that her life is poised for a major change but she mistakenly takes it to be a good change. She is offered proof that her husband, who has grown more distant over the past three years, is engaged in an affair. Should she stay in her marriage or go? Is it just a passing thing or an omen of what the future holds?
I loved this book! It has a timeless quality about it as it deals with the betrayal of a spouse and the aftermath of emotional upheaval. I also was thrilled that while there was extra-marital sex involved there were no cheap, tawdry, or sensational scenes. Sometimes the imagination is more creative than what is written. The character of Dana McGarry is endearing. I found myself cheering for her throughout the book - whether in a work-related scene or one with her friends and spouse. Brett McGarry tries to be likeable but in spite of himself just proves to the reader what a slime ball he is. Secondary characters populate the rest of the book but none overwhelm the McGarrys. That is just what a secondary character should do - be present without drawing too much attention away from the main characters.
A Very Good Life by Lynn Steward is an easy read, a real page turner. I couldn't wait to see what would happen to Dana next and stayed up later than I should have a couple of times. A terrific book to take when traveling or to read by the pool this summer. I'm so happy to have discovered Lynn Steward's books and look forward to reading the next in the series. ...more