Miller's Valley is a beautiful book that draws much power from the simplicity of the story. There is much here to be discussed, especially if you grew up in a small, rural community. You will easily draw parallels and it will leave you longing for the home that will always hold your heart....more
The Obsession is a prime example of why Nora Roberts is one of he most successful romance writers of all time. Well developed characters, an engaging mystery, and a steamy love story will captivate the most picky of readers. ...more
Bottom line - while it is not necessary to have read Broken Promise first, it sure would be helpful to fully understand the dynamics of Promise Falls. Either way, Linwood Barclay does an amazing job of leading his readers down an intriguing path of scandal and mystery. A fun read if you love a good mystery....more
While Two If By Sea didn't exactly resonate for me like I had hoped, I am still very much a Jacquelyn Mitchard fan and would encourage you to check it out. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, even when it comes to books, right?...more
The author gives you enough information to speculate, but not enough for you to be sure. It truly leaves the reader on the edge of their seat. You are left wondering right up until the last few pages of the book, but then there is no doubt as to who killed Catherine....more
Spring Break is like the "Pre-Season" for Summer Reading and Wendy Wax is a good way to get yourself into shape. A Week at the Lake is a the perfect book to read during those lazy afternoons on break. ...more
The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes will make you laugh and it will most certainly make you cry. All of those emotions are indicative of a well written book about a wonderful family and the woman they are losing. Such a good read and worthy of your attention....more
We all have those "what if" dreams about a time in our past. The Year We Turned Forty turned those dreams into a fun reality for three dynamic charactWe all have those "what if" dreams about a time in our past. The Year We Turned Forty turned those dreams into a fun reality for three dynamic characters. The whole concept of going back to a year in our past is an interesting one and could generate a lot of fun with a group of girlfriends and a few bottles of wine....more
Broken Promise is a wonderful suspense novel about a town full of quirky characters and a mysterious past. But, because the story is building towardsBroken Promise is a wonderful suspense novel about a town full of quirky characters and a mysterious past. But, because the story is building towards a sequel, be aware that a lot of things are left unresolved.
The Ex is one of those books that will suck you in and keep you trapped in it's pages and then spit you out two hours later leaving you speechless. A fabulous read for someone looking for a good mystery to keep their brain busy. ...more
The Admissions is one of those books that makes the reader thankful for the life they have. We all have our different kinds of pressures and stresses,The Admissions is one of those books that makes the reader thankful for the life they have. We all have our different kinds of pressures and stresses, but they seem to be magnified for the Hawthorne's and that is what makes it such a fascinating book to read. Peeking in their window, so to speak, to see how they handle those magnified pressures. Lots of fodder for discussion with this one!
Madame President was a great read. Equal parts heartbreaking, enthralling, and suspenseful. Definitely worth the read, but don't worry if you haven'tMadame President was a great read. Equal parts heartbreaking, enthralling, and suspenseful. Definitely worth the read, but don't worry if you haven't read the other two books. The author does a great job on catching you up on the character's backstory.
While I didn't love The Total Package as much as I had hoped, it was still a good read. If you go into it with low expectations you won't be disappoinWhile I didn't love The Total Package as much as I had hoped, it was still a good read. If you go into it with low expectations you won't be disappointed and may even enjoy the book, but you have to keep those expectations low....more
In The Passenger Lisa Lutz deviates from her usually silly mysteries to write something a little more grittier than usual. The language and violence is one of the things that makes the story so gritty and so hard to put down....more
I believe that our world changed on April 20, 1999. Much like 9/11 it had a pivotal impact on how we think about school safety. One of the best books I ever read was Columbine by Dave Cullen and it was in that book that I shifted my mindset about the parents of kids like Dylan Klebold. Between these two books what I have learned is this, the parents are not monsters, they did not set out to raise monsters, they were are deeply destroyed by the actions of their children, and they forever grieve for the lives lost and the lives taken by their children. Sue Klebold opened herself up to a lot of criticism by writing this book, but I think her story is an important one to tell.
The Quality of Silence was a terrifying and thrilling read set against the backdrop of the gorgeous, yet dangerous, Alaskan winter. Definitely worth the read if you love a good thriller - or even a good reality show. ...more
Bottom line - in The Widow, Fiona Barton introduces her readers to a woman rarely mentioned in psychological thrillers. The wife of the accused. You will find that there is a lot to learn about Jean and that kind of insight is just too good to pass up. ...more
he Widow, Fiona Barton introduces her readers to a woman rarely mentioned in psychological thrillers. The wife of the accused. You will find that there is a lot to learn about Jean and that kind of insight is just too good to pass up.
Find Her is one of those gritty novels that some may find hard to stomach. The things that Flora had to do as a captive of Jacob Ness are repelling. But the author flashes back to that time to help us understand why Flora is the way she is today. The author frequently goes back and forth between the past and the present. You get inside of Flora's head and you realize just how damaged she is because of Jacob Ness. The things he made her do and the things he made her witness would have damaged anybody. You can't fault her for any of her behaviors since being rescued, in fact you have to admire Flora. DeDe Warren is just as wonderful as ever, even though I felt as if she were the secondary character in Find Her. I had suspicions all along about who was really behind her most recent kidnapping, but I was way wrong. I love it when an author can surprise me. ...more
Bottom line - we all have had to come to grips with people or events or people from our past. No one person's journey to forgiveness is the same. Sweet Forgiveness is one woman's journey down that path, for better or worse. ...more
Opening Belle could be considered a scathing tell all by a former Wall Street insider. Except that I felt that there wasn't anything quite revealing in this book. We all have seen Wall Street. The debauchery and misogyny is not really all that surprising. It is infuriating, but I guess I can understand why Belle put up with it. The three million dollar bonus made it all worth it, right? Opening Belle has the premise to be another "girl power" kind of book, but instead I didn't see a lot of depth to Belle. I didn't see her as genuine like I did with Imogen Tate in the last book I read. I almost wanted to put this one in the "Did Not Finish" pile, but I stuck with it just because I wanted to see what was going to happen with the Ex. It took an unexpectedly weird turn, but then continued down the predictable path....more
The Knockoff is an absolutely delightful read. There is some serious "girl power" in The Knockoff that will leave you feeling like you could go out and conquer the world. Or at least a fashion magazine....more
Everybody has an off day. Maybe it was me, the reader, or maybe it was the author. Either way, anytime I don't connect with a book doesn't mean that you shouldn't give it a shot yourself. When it comes to reading, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. ...more
I always want to enjoy literary fiction, such as The Swans of Fifth Avenue, but I have such a hard time getting into them. It takes time to get lost in the world of Babe Paley and Truman Capote, so if you can't sit down and devote some time with this book, be prepared. I found myself enjoying the book more when I could read it for more than fifteen minutes at a time. Having said that, I love books that fictionalize true events, such Truman Capote in Manhattan. He was such a unique character, er I mean person. He was able to captivate anybody who came into contact with him, both male and female. The Swans of Fifth Avenue is primarily set in the time around when In Cold Blood was published and I hate to admit that I have not read it. But now I am more intrigued than ever. I was even a bit heartbroken myself, the way things turned out. ...more
Bottom line - The Life List is a charming little novel about a woman who is forced to examine her life and the hopes and dreams she once had and in the process she discovers a life worth living. ...more
It is easy for some people to get so swept up in the "What if's..." of life that they let it consume them. Just look at the 24/7 coverage of the East coast blizzard. But, I believe that knowledge is power and the more you know the more you can be adequately be prepared for anything. Lights Out is an informative book that will help you be a little more knowledgeable and maybe even a little more prepared. ...more