Maureen Reil has done it again! The Finch Family Holiday is another winner from an author who is one of my favourite humourous fiction writers. Ms. Rei...moreMaureen Reil has done it again! The Finch Family Holiday is another winner from an author who is one of my favourite humourous fiction writers. Ms. Reil's irreverent humour and witty observations on life--especially family life--always make me laugh out loud, and her books are wonderful pick-me-ups. The author has a way of really capturing the essence of her characters and bringing them to life. I was hooked from the first page, where The Finch Family Holiday "is supposed to be an exercise in bonding, but often turns into an exercise in anger management"! What family can't relate to that statement? The story is told from the point of view of Kitty Finch, who's 25 year old, and works part-time in a bookshop. She lives with her parents, Julia and Joel Finch, who she refers to as "middle-aged meddlers"! She moved back in with her parents after divorcing her husband the previous year. "The Finch Family Holiday" is everything you would expect (and much more) from a humourous novel: laugh-out-loud funny and highly entertaining. Maureen Reil is a wonderful storyteller, her characters are quirky and lovable, and the wit and quick pace of the writing make this book a real page-turner. An absolute must-read for anyone who enjoys books by Marian Keyes, Nick Hornby, or Sophie Kinsella. A perfect beach read! (less)
absolutely loved "Gone Girl" so I couldn't wait to read more from the very talented Gillian Flynn! "Sharp Objects" was a superb but quite disturbing b...moreabsolutely loved "Gone Girl" so I couldn't wait to read more from the very talented Gillian Flynn! "Sharp Objects" was a superb but quite disturbing book. Ms. Flynn has a knack of developing characters who get under the reader's skin, which I find riveting, yet borderline creepy at the same time. I read somewhere that characters should be the vehicle in which the story is told, and that is certainly true of this book. Slowly but surely, the layers of each character are stripped away, to reveal the nitty gritty of the plot underneath. I didn't particularly like the protagonist, Camille Preaker, nonetheless I found her compelling. The more we discover about her past, the easier it is to understand her personality. Let's just say that she has the mother from hell, and that's an understatement! This book is a dark psychological thriller, and not for the faint-hearted. I enjoyed it, and plan on reading "Dark Places" as soon as I've digested "Sharp Objects".(less)
In Let's get Physical, Millie Reed and her identical twin sister, Megan Fitzpatrick, are reunited at their grandmothers funeral. They haven't seen eac...moreIn Let's get Physical, Millie Reed and her identical twin sister, Megan Fitzpatrick, are reunited at their grandmothers funeral. They haven't seen each other in nine long years, not since Megan stole and married Milo, the love of Millie's life. Millie forgives Megan and the sisters agree to swap lives for one month; Megan wants her sister's help in rescuing her crumbling marriage, and Millie wants to exorcise the demons of her lingering feelings for Milo. I was swept along by the fast paced writing, which made me smile on almost every page. The main characters, Millie and Megan, were very engaging, but like all of Maureen's books, there was a strong supporting cast of characters, not least of which was Princess the Parrott, who was definitely a character in her own right!! I've loved every one of Maureen's books. Her characters have picked me up when I badly needed to smile. Let's Get Physical is certainly another winner from the very talented Maureen Reil.(less)
Erin Brady's books always make me smile. They are such romantic reads and are a fun break from my usual crime reading. Sarah Jenkins has just celebrat...moreErin Brady's books always make me smile. They are such romantic reads and are a fun break from my usual crime reading. Sarah Jenkins has just celebrated her thirtieth birthday, and her best friend, Amy, gives her a six month subscription to an online dating service, Soul Mates 4 Ever After. I've had some personal experiences with online dating: some good, some bad, so I particularly enjoyed Sarah's adventures. Gabriel/ Sean's perspective on dating also provided an interesting twist. I was swept along by the conversational tone of the writing and the witty banter of the characters. I highly recommend One Last Blind Date for a well written, fun, enjoyable read.(less)
Let’s Get Ready to Rumble was absolutely hilarious, written in Maureen Reil’s typically witty style. It was just the tonic I needed after a rocky few...moreLet’s Get Ready to Rumble was absolutely hilarious, written in Maureen Reil’s typically witty style. It was just the tonic I needed after a rocky few months. I can always count on one of Ms. Reil’s books to cheer me up, no matter how bad I feel. I fell in love with Ivy Klean, the protagonist, from the very first page, when she has a hysterical altercation with the staff in Burns’ pharmacy over a bottle of paracetamol for her gorgeous flatmate Zak. I enjoyed the cast of supporting characters, especially Ivy’s mother: a bipolar, gold leather jacket, and matching mini skirt wearing Scandinavian blonde bombshell, who’s fond of a few drinks, and Ivy’s complete opposite. I read this book on the train and got some strange looks when I couldn’t help laughing out loud. If you like Marian Keyes and Helen Fielding’s “Bridget Jones”, you’ll love this! (less)
Bridget Jones' Diary, by Helen Fielding is a laugh-out-loud, hilariously funny and touching account of one woman's journey through the minefield that...moreBridget Jones' Diary, by Helen Fielding is a laugh-out-loud, hilariously funny and touching account of one woman's journey through the minefield that sometimes is womanhood. Not every woman has her life in near perfect order and it was a wonderful relief to read about Bridget Jones, a woman who I can most definitely relate to, maybe a little too much in common!
Bridget Jones' Diary details a year in the life of a thirty-something year old woman. The book describes Bridget's love-life, or lack thereof, career, body image, family and friends.
Helen Fielding is an excellent writer and I thoroughly enjoyed Bridget Jones' Diary.(less)
"What Dreams May Come" is one of the most heartbreaking, uplifting and thought-provoking books that I've ever read. What happens when we die? Will we...more"What Dreams May Come" is one of the most heartbreaking, uplifting and thought-provoking books that I've ever read. What happens when we die? Will we ever meet our loved ones again? Is there life after death? These are the themes which are explored throughout the story. The descriptions of the afterlife were vivid and detailed and really resonated with me. Chris and Annie are soulmates. Chris dies tragically leaving Annie behind and she can't cope without him. It was a captivating book from start to finish. I felt like I was right there in the story with them and at time I almost felt like a voyeur, as if I was intruding upon the characters, that's how well it's written. It was a tragic love story of epic proportions. The author took me on a journey from heaven to hell and some sort of middle land in between. His depictions of hell were horrifying. I was fascinated by the way the author wove his extensive research of the afterlife into the plot. It was never tedious or "preachy". I believe in life after death but I appreciated the fact that Matheson never gave the impression that there is a right or wrong belief system. This is an outstanding novel which should appeal to everyone, no matter what their religious or spiritual beliefs. The main message for me was to never give up on life but at the same time realising the importance of knowing when to let go. It's a heartbreaking, poignant love story which transcends life and death.(less)