Sibling rivalry can be a great motivator for us to strive for success, but it can also be an ugly, ugly thing. In The Opposite of Me, Lindsey is so consumed by her desire to differentiate herself from her twin sister, Alex, that she can't see what it has done to the most precious relationship a woman can have. A relationship with her sister. It was painfully embarrassing to read Lindsey's jealousy on paper. She had everything going for her, but her desire to be better than Alex nearly destroyed her. Once she arrives at home and starts sorting things out and seeing Alex for who she really is, well that is when I really started enjoying the book. Seeing the both of them change and grow closer was truly wonderful. Making The Opposite of Me the perfect book for sisters, friends, and book clubs all over the world. ...more
Any Given Doomsday starts out great. Psychic Elizabeth Phoenix is working her bartender job when her instincts tell her to get out. And something pull Any Given Doomsday starts out great. Psychic Elizabeth Phoenix is working her bartender job when her instincts tell her to get out. And something pulls her home. To find the woman who raised her had been murdered.
This is where the book loses me. Elizabeth discovers that people aren't what they seem. Including Ruthie, and two men from her past. Jimmy & Sawyer. She is informed that the classic battle of good vs evil is being waged right in front of her & she never knew it. But with Ruthie's death, she must step up to the plate & lead the warriors to victory.
Good vs Evil. Sounds pretty basic, right? The numerous mythical creatures lost me. And I didn't really care enough about the plot to go back through the pages to remind who was who or what was what. Shapeshifter, Skinwalkers, DK's, Fairies, Damphir's, Werewolves, Bears, they all start to blur together.
I really wanted to like this book. For the first half of the book, I really liked Elizabeth. I won't give away which section of the book changed that for me, but I suspect you can figure it out for yourself if you read the book.
Oh well. Not every book is going to be liked by every reader. I am sure that there are some out there who will love it, but I won't be reading the rest of the series. ...more
Just in time for Halloween comes a story that will scare the socks right off of you! Chris Bohjalian has written a novel that could very easily stand up to works by Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Within it's pages, The Night Strangers holds a run down gothic home that is full of secret passages, hidden weapons, and even a dead body. The little hamlet of Bethel is something right out of your own nightmares, where on the surface everything is quaint and lovely, but underneath deadly secrets have the residents in a grip that may never be broken. Throw in the fact that Chip Linton is battling his own ghosts unrelated to this weird little town and you have a horror story that will chill you to the bone.
I really - really enjoyed this novel. The Night Strangers is going to be the next big Halloween favorite. I guarantee that it will be on Halloween displays for years to come. There are so many facets to this novel that if it were any one of them alone, it would make for good reading, but combine the ghosts, with the witches, with the gothic type of house, which is really a character in and of itself, well it makes for GREAT reading. I can't wait to hear what you guys have to say about this one! Hurry - run out and get it TODAY so we can chat!!...more
Marian Keyes has always been known to write Chick Lit novels with a somewhat dark overtone, but The Mystery of Mercy Close is the only one that somewhat parallels her own life. In 2009 Marian Keyes experienced a crippling bout of depression, much like Helen Walsh, it nearly destroyed her. Her experience with depression is the reason why this book was so good. The darkness that envelopes Helen is almost as terrifying for the reader as it is for Helen. When she even went so far as to buy a knife and start planning her suicide I was so tense and found myself so concerned for her well being.
Bottom line, The Mystery of Mercy Close, has everything you would want in a novel. Mystery, romance, rock-stars,divas, crazy families and more. At the heart of everything is the severity of mental-illness. It is an important message to get out there and one that I think needs to be discussed more often, like maybe at this month's book club meeting?...more
There are not enough words to describe how much I enjoyed this book. I am a Stepmother, a fairly new Stepmother, but a Stepmother nonetheless. I have a Stepmother and my own Mother is a Stepmother. I can not say how GREAT it was to read about a Stepmother in a positive situation with kids who adore her as much as she adores them. Ella's scenario is not one I am ever likely to be in, but if I were, you bet your bottom dollar that I would fight to the death to make sure my Stepkids are in the best possible situation for them. I also really enjoyed the subplot of Ella's Italian in-laws, specifically her Husband's Grandfather and the time he spent in an internment camp. There are so many pieces to this story and when put all together you have an amazing tale of family, love, sacrifice and commitment....more
Set it the beautiful Adirondacks, Second Time Around, is a book that proves it is not too late to follow your dreams. The ten years following their coSet it the beautiful Adirondacks, Second Time Around, is a book that proves it is not too late to follow your dreams. The ten years following their college graduation have not been the easiest or the happiest for any of the girls. They are determined to get it right this time. When one of the girls buys their home during the college years, the girls discover that you can go home again. The money that Arden left them is just what they needed to get their lives back on track. Second Time Around is a well written novel with real and engaging characters. You learn to adore the girls and root for their success. Whether it be for their happy marriage or successful careers, you WANT to see them succeed. I thoroughly enjoyed Second Time Around. The camaraderie and friendship is something that Beth Kendrick writes well and all women can relate to. I look forward to reading more from Beth Kendrick.
The Baker's Daughter has the potential of being one of the most talked about book at book clubs all over the country. But I will warn you that Reba's story line is not nearly as compelling as Elsie's. There were even times where I wondered if the author was trying to make a comparison between Hitler's Gestapo and the present day Border Patrol, but I talked myself out of that theory. It is just not a comparison that I am comfortable with, so I will say it was just me reading way too much into the story. Bottom line, I think this is a book that you must not miss out on reading....more
I have been a huge fan of Diane Chamberlain's for quite a while now. Her writing has been compared to Jodi Picoult, but I will go a step further and sI have been a huge fan of Diane Chamberlain's for quite a while now. Her writing has been compared to Jodi Picoult, but I will go a step further and say that her writing, while similar in genre, is better than Picoult's. Why, you ask? Well because I don't have the violent urge to throw the book at the wall when I come to the end. Once again, Ms. Chamberlain has written a touching story with characters that find their way into your heart.
Ghost on Black Mountain is a tale told by five women over many years. Five women bound by one common thread. Hobbs Pritchard and a dark murder that took place on Black Mountain. Ghost on Black Mountain is a Gothic tale if ever there was one. It is a suspenseful, dark glimpse of what life was like in the mountains of North Carolina not all that long ago. I am really surprised at how much I enjoyed Ghost on Black Mountain, but Nellie's story, and her strength, captivated me in ways I did not expect. If you are a fan of Gothic Ghost stories, you will not be disappointed by Ann Hite's debut novel, her haunting tale of Black Mountain will stick with you for quite a while!...more
HOLY SMOKES!!!!!! It is rare that I write a review that includes spoilers, but I am going to warn you now there are GOING to be spoilers. Including plot spoilers & ending spoilers (Not yet, I will warn you first) - but if you read one book I review, let it be this one.
Me Before You at first glance appears to be a British Chick Lit novel. You have twenty-seven year old Louisa Clark. She is the oldest daughter in a very blue collar kind of family. She still lives at home with her parents, her siblings, and her grandfather, all crammed into a small home. She was just laid off from her job at the local cafe, yet her blue collar family relies heavily on her paycheck, so she takes a job as a personal aide to a man who is wheelchair bound. She takes the job assuming that the man is going to be elderly. And is shocked to discover that Will Traynor is a thirty-five year old former financial wiz kid.
Will Traynor has always been larger than life. Coming from a wealthy family has allowed him many opportunities in his life. And he made his own opportunities in the financial district in London, but it all came to a screeching halt when he was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street after a meeting. His world has now shrunk to his personal nurse, Nathan and his parents. As far as he is concerned life is not worth living. Louisa was hired to prove him otherwise.
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At first Louisa is really nervous with her new position and new responsibilities. Will Traynor is a formidable man even though he can't even feed himself. But as the days start to pass Louisa starts to realize how much she has come to like Will. He is so different from her boyfriend, Patrick. Not just in physical abilities, but how worldly Will is and how smart he is and how he challenges her to be a better person. She is on her way home from work one day when she over hears a conversation between Will's mother & sister. They didn't just hire Louisa to be Will's companion, they hired Louisa to try and convince him that life is worth living. Because at the end of Louisa's six month contract, Will has made his parents promise him that at the end of the six months they will take him to a facility in Switzerland that performs assisted suicides. Louisa is devastated for she has come to be really fond of Will. She takes it upon herself to show Will that even though he is wheelchair bound, life CAN be worth living. From local outings to a vacation on a tropical island she is determined and focused on keeping Will alive. In the process she falls in love.
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Holy smokes. I have never sobbed so hard while reading a book. Seriously - full on ugly cry. Louisa and Will were so good together. It was on their final night of vacation that Will tells Louisa that he still plans on going through with his trip to Switzerland. The news absolutely shatters Louisa - she is angry and hurt and wants no part of his plans. But the day before his scheduled suicide Louisa is summoned to Switzerland. And no matter how much it destroys her, she wants to be there with Will when he dies.
Seriously - full on ugly cry. I wanted to throw my tablet across the room, I was so angry by the ending. I have been programmed to believe that "Chick Lit" novels have the "Happy Ever After" ending. As I was tossing and turning in bed thinking of this novel, I realized that life doesn't always have the "happy ever after" endings, no matter how much you hope for them. I respect JoJo Moyes for showcasing that life (and death) can indeed be very very messy.
Bottom line - British Chick Lit author, JoJo Moyes takes the kind of hard hitting subject matter you would expect to find in a Jodi Picoult novel and adds the kind of charm that you can only find in a Chick Lit novel and gives us one of the best novels I have read in a very long time. Me Before You may rip out your heart, but it must be read. Simply must. ...more
While The Mill River Redemption was a really engrossing read, I am still not sure I really liked it. From the very beginning it was clear that Rose was, frankly, a bitch. She almost seemed like a caricature of a bad soap opera character. As much as I disliked her, I liked Emily. Much more even keeled and likable. Then there is little Alex, Rose's young son. He is the complete opposite of his mother and I was thrilled to see the relationship building between him and his Aunt Emily. I also loved their Aunt Ivy and the little bookshop across the street, really, the whole setting of Mill River is quaint and charming and really my favorite thing about the book. The story is told in both the past and present, so you can see the personalities of the sisters developing into who they are today, all leading up to the tragic event that changed them both forever. After the "tragic event" is revealed another terrifying event happens that kind of forces everything to wrap up nicely and I think that is where my biggest issue lies. It was just so bizarre the way things wrapped up. Among other reveals, Rose seems to receive a personality transplant and it just didn't seem to sit right with me. ...more
It seems like recently, anyone who has had a near death experience gets a book deal. Famous not famous, good story or not a good story they sell their story to the closest publisher.
What I Learned When I Almost Died is a bit different and I will tell you why. Chris Licht, executive producer of the MSNBC morning show, Morning Joe, did not give up everything and move to a topical island, he didn't give up his high powered job to work with kittens. The title indicates that Chris Licht did change, by giving up his Blackberry, but really, when Chris Licht almost died, he got to truly see how many people loved him and that they would do ANYTHING, including asking Vice President Joe Biden to pull some strings. For the record, he did.
That realization, that he was loved by many, was almost more powerful to Chris Licht than the fact that he almost died. To read it on paper and watch the realization spread over him was a powerful thing for the reader.
I have never watched Morning Joe, heck I had to google to put faces to the names, but Chris Licht's story was powerful little story. It is a very fast read at just shy of 200 pages, but there is a great possibility of a huge impact. If there is a guy in your life who really doesn't get how loved they are, this might be the perfect Father's Day gift for him...more
The Inverted Forest is a magnificent piece of literature. It's beauty is the slow, detailed way the author takes with setting the story. The history of the camp, the beauty of the Ozarks, the life that Wyatt Huddy has lived. There isn't a lot of flash or excitement to The Inverted Forest. It is a story that is carefully plotted out and told with such precision. As a reader we know that something "shocking" is going to happen, and can even predict what is coming. It is after "the event" that the the "truth" about what SHOULD have happened that summer comes to light. And that is far more shocking than "the event."...more
Ordinary Beauty is the most heart-wrenching book I have read in a very long time. I read it in bed last night and cried pretty much through the entireOrdinary Beauty is the most heart-wrenching book I have read in a very long time. I read it in bed last night and cried pretty much through the entire book. The rebuttal of #YAsaves is based on the premise that many teens live DARK lives, that reading books like Ordinary Beauty and 13 Reasons Why give teens an outlet for their own situations and feelings . At lunch today I was discussing the book with my coworkers and what had happened to Ellie - which I felt was one of the more farfetched portions of the book - when my co-worker piped up and said that a similar scenario had happened in Casper about ten years ago. Her testimony reiterates the fact that Young Adults today don't generally lead happy cheery lives. And even if they do on the outside, there are inner demons being fought on the inside.
Ordinary Beauty may be a dark novel, but it is a novel about a young woman who is a fighter. A young woman who is determined to not only survive, but succeed despite what her mother puts her through. I think that is a positive role model for any teen no matter what their situation. I enjoyed this novel so much and it moved me so much, it gets a "Best of" tag and I think it is a well deserved tag. Ordinary Beauty is on sale Tuesday, June 14th.
Overall, Ten Beach Road, was the perfect book to go with my "Spring Fever" mentality. Once I got past the whole, "Could that really happen" aspect of these three women getting possession of Ten Beach Road when there were hundreds of others still waiting for their money. The descriptions of the historical mansion was enough to satisfy my daily cravings for house porn and the relationship between the three different women was interesting and unique. I especially loved Maddie and how the Stay-At-Home-Mom had to step up to the plate when her husband's world fell apart. But each of the three women came out of this experience learning something about themselves. And I always enjoy those kind of books.
Bottom line, the unseasonably warm weather throughout the country has us all pulling out our flip-flops and margarita glasses. Ten Beach Road is the perfect book to help you get in that warm weather mentality....more
I think that Diane Chamberlain is one of the most underrated authors in her genre. Her books are always well written, well plotted, and so engrossing that I am thrilled to read each and every one. The Midwife's Confession is absolutely no different.
After the suicide of their friend, Noelle, Emerson and Tara discover a partially written apology letter. An apology for taking her newborn daughter to replace the newborn daughter she dropped as a direct result from her use of painkillers. As Noelle and Emerson start digging into the life of the friend they thought they knew, they discover shocking secret after shocking secret. Can they put all of the pieces together without tearing apart their own lives?
Over and over again Diane Chamberlain provides us with books that provoke conversation on subjects that are somewhat taboo in polite conversations. She has once again written a book that I think would be a wonderful book club suggestion, it even includes a Readers Guide. If you have yet to read anything by Diane Chamberlain, I encourage you to do so now. Start with The Midwife's Confession! You won't be disappointed! ...more
I have really mixed emotions about this book. It is really hard for me to have empathy for someone who calls herself homeless, yet has a roof over her head and a door that locks. Granted, there is no plumbing or electricity. To me it is a little more like "roughing it" than being homeless. It is also hard for me to feel empathy when I could see her choices lead her down a path that would only draw out her "homelessness". For example, flying her boyfriend in from Europe multiple times, giving him her laptop & buying a netbook herself. And yes I am including her entire relationship with that sleazeball, Matt. Oh & don't get me started on the whole Fezzik (her dog) situation. I nearly through my nook across the room at that point. I got a huge sense of "poor me, look at how bad my life is" and not enough "I will do ANYTHING to rectify my situation".
Bottom line, The Girls Guide to Homelessness, is one of those train-wreck type of books that you can't put down because you just want to see what happens next. Maybe it was her youth that kept her making stupid choices and kept her "homeless". Maybe it was her childhood issues and lack of a positive role model. Maybe it was a combination of everything. The Girl's Guide to Homelessness is worth the read, but be prepared to question the validity of the title. I know of a lot of truly homeless people who would give anything to be able to call a trailer in a Walmart parking lot "home." Maybe a title like "The Girls Guide to Bad Relationships" would be a more appropriate title. ...more
The Girl You Left Behind is a hauntingly beautiful novel that will break your heart. After the initial introduction to both women, the novel flashes back and forth between the past and the present. The details of Sophie's detainment was utterly heartbreaking. Even knowing what was likely going to be the outcome, I kept hoping that there would be a "happy ever after" for Sophie and Edouard. And so was the heartbreak that belonged to Liv. It was so clear that her life was destroyed by the loss of her husband and just when she thought she was making progress in her grief by being with Paul things blow up regarding the painting. My heart just ached for Liv, I felt so horrible for her and her loss was almost contagious to me as the reader.
Bottom line, JoJo Moyes has a way of writing such beautiful works of literature. Her characters and their feelings are so vivid that it is easy to be swept away to another place and in this novel, another time. If you are looking for a novel to touch your heart,(and really who isn't?) then you must read The Girl You Left Behind. ...more
The book, not so much. The book, written as if it were written by an illiterate sixteen year old, is tough to read. Grammar Nazis will go insane trying to read the book. But the writing is not consistent. One paragraph may be so hard to decipher what is being said, the next paragraph is completely comprehensible. Like I said, it is inconsistent.
Forget the writing. The story will captivate you. Precious Jones has lived the life that nightmares are made of on the streets of Harlem. She was twelve years old when she got pregnant with her first child, by her father. She is currently pregnant with her second child, by her father. Her mother is physically, emotionally & sexually abusive. She has now been kicked out of school, junior high school, and has started at the alternative school.
It is here that her teacher, Ms Blue Rain, shows Precious the first display of compassion she has ever experienced in her life. Precious starts to learn how to read & write and learn that is more to life than the ghetto....more
If Wishes Were Horses is a story about love, redemption, forgiveness, family, and peace.
It has been five years since Jason Powers drove drunk and foreIf Wishes Were Horses is a story about love, redemption, forgiveness, family, and peace.
It has been five years since Jason Powers drove drunk and forever changed the lives of two families. Not only did he kill himself, but he killed the wife and daughter of business man, Wyatt Blaine.
It has been five years and Wyatt is ready to re-open the equine therapy program for troubled teens that was his late wife's pride and joy. When his Minister asks him a favor, let the teen son of Jason Power's into the program, well it is a favor that is really hard for Wyatt to say yes to, but he does. Will letting Trevor Powers and his beautiful mom, Gabby, into his life be a huge mistake? Or will it save him from the grief that has been eating him alive for the last five years?
If Wishes Were Horses was a bit predictable, in the way that most Nicholas Sparks or Jodi Picoult novels are predictable. The writing was decent, but the predictability was just too much for me. That is just my opinion. I could be wrong. ...more
To use an overused phrase, The Kingdom of Childhood is a train-wreck and you just can't look away. What starts as a mutual attraction quickly spirals into something dangerous where one person, tragically, has all of the control. The relationship between Zach and Judy is far from a healthy one. The story is told from both of their perspectives. One chapter is Judy and the next chapter is Zach. As the unhealthy obsession unfolds it is very hard to put the book down. The reader is almost like a confidant to Judy and Zach, a witness to their bad behavior. And as the story goes on you want to step in and help. You want to stand up for the weaker of the two and put a stop to the madness. But you can't, you can only watch helplessly as lives are destroyed.
Was that cryptic enough for you? To be any less vague is to give away key elements of the story, which I do not want to do. I enjoyed The Kingdom of Childhood, but felt guilty in doing so, if that makes sense. The subject matter is so taboo and something that you only read about in the papers or see on a Lifetime movie. I can't even say that the characters are very likable because they aren't. But the story is one that you will not be able to put down, that I promise you....more
The Long Road Home is the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading by Mary Alice Monroe. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth at which MsThe Long Road Home is the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading by Mary Alice Monroe. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth at which Ms. Monroe goes to paint the whole picture. While I enjoyed the story and the characters, there were several times that I thought 400+ pages was 150 pages longer than it really needed to be. I enjoyed the character development of CW & Nora, but some of the subplots just caused my eyes to glaze over and were unnecessary. Overall The Long Road Home was a good read & I look forward to reading more by this author, but honestly, I would not be surprised to see the book turned into a Lifetime Movie. One I might even watch!...more
Newly married, Dallas is pregnant and attending college in Arizona while her husband, Hank, is stationed in China with the Marines. Dallas is in the basement of a science lab on campus when The End arrives. She emerges and finds death and destruction at every turn. Dallas does the only thing she knows how to do - go home. She sets off on foot for Texas and where her family lives While her journey "home" takes her all over the country, Hank's journey "home" takes him all over the world as he fights to make his way back to Dallas. Along the way they both encounter people who help them redefine the term "family". Will they be able to survive the end of the world or will the dangers they encounter on their journeys be the end of them both?
First I want to say that Sara Bell is a regular reader of my blog and when I started letting my "geek flag" fly over post-apocalyptic books she offered to let me read the book that she wrote. Since I am never one to turn down a post-apocalyptic book I agreed to read The End. I will be honest to say that it took me a few minutes to get used to the "voice" of Dallas. She is a Southern Young Adult and speaks a language that is a bit different from what this old lady speaks, but once I got used to the tone of Dallas's voice, I just flew through this book. Like I said earlier, "The End of The World As We Know It" can be anything your imagination will let it be. The world that Sara Bell has created not only has death and destruction, but it has hope.
Bottom line - I really did enjoy The End. I think that the thing I enjoyed the most is the fact that on their journeys, both Hank and Dallas realized that "home" is not a specific place, but a person. Wherever that person is, you will find "home". If you like post-apocalyptic or dystopian novels then grab this one while it is still just $2.99....more
When an author has such a phenomenal debut as Lisa Genova did with Still Alice, she has to live up to some pretty high expectations. Her new book, LEFT Neglected , is a pretty strong follow up.
Lisa Genova has written another intelligent novel about how it takes more than a drive to succeed to survive a tragedy. It takes a whole team of people to cheer us on, lift us up, and show us what are the really important things in life. Still Neglected can be purchased in January from anywhere books are sold. ...more
I am not from a Military family, but I am a wife. And it is on that level that I could really connect with Jolene. Her and Michael come from such different backgrounds, but they have been able to build a life together. When he tells Jolene that he no longer loves her, I could feel her heart shatter through the pages. I cried right along with her. Then to receive the word that she is deploying right as her world is crumbling, well, it is just another nail in her emotional coffin. Especially since Michael has never supported her Military career. After she returns from Iraq, it is very clear that Jolene is not the same person. Physically or emotionally. I can never pretend to know what it is like to be an injured, returning Vet, but there were times that I found it very difficult to like Jolene. She is raw and bitter and closed off to the possibility that life ever may be normal for her again.
Kristin Hannah has written another blockbuster. Her characters are never perfect and often flawed, but that is what makes them so real. As an author she creates situations and stories that come to life for us, the reader. That is why, I feel, that we connect with her books so much. That is why her books evoke such strong emotions in her readers. I don't really consider myself an emotional person, but when it comes to Patriotism, I become very emotional. I choke up EVERY.SINGLE.TIME I hear the National Anthem. So to read about an injured warrior, even a fictional one, I cried like a baby. Consider that a warning. Keep a box of kleenex nearby as you read Home Front. You will need them....more
While I think that Lone Wolf is not Jodi Picoult's worst book (Change of Heart, anyone??) I do not think it is her best work at all. She is usually good about evoking some emotion from her readers, by that I mean, everyone cries at some point while reading her books. This time I felt nothing but irritation for Cara and minimal compassion for Edward. Cara comes across as such a brat I just wanted to slap her. She appears to be seventeen going on twelve, yet she wants to be treated as an adult. There is nothing adult like about her behavior. Before or after the accident. Her parents are no better. As the story flashes back in time I just wanted to slap them both. The whole story is nothing but selfish people doing what they want, to hell with the consequences for their actions.
Go ahead and read Lone Wolf, you know you will. Just get it out of the way so we can hurry up and wait for next years book with the hopes of a better story with better characters. Ones that don't make me want to inflict physical harm on them.
I welcome thoughts from people who have already Lone Wolf. Agree or disagree? Or a combination of the both?...more
The Avalon Ladie's Scrapbooking Society was a cute novel. On the one hand it made me think of my own smalltown hometown - but it also made me very glad that I no longer have to deal with that "everybody in everybody else's business" - it is pretty standard for small towns and made me so very glad that I live in the city now! I did enjoy all of Avalon's residents, especially Yvonne, but I would probably get irritated with Bettie's interfering ways real quick like.
Bottom line, The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society is a quaint little novel about a quaint little town. Fans of scrapbooking will fondly recognize some of the terms and tools mentioned and maybe even a little bit of themselves in the characters. I will be interested in hearing what my scrapbooking sisters think of this one!...more
I absolutely adored The All You Can Dram Buffet. So many things resonated with me. The blogging aspect of the story, the internet friendships that are very real, the desire to do something MORE with your life. The whole book just really spoke to my heart. And then there is Lavender's farm, the beauty described by the author left me longing for the Midwest farms of my heart. I also liked how the author highlighted the fact that Lavender was sixty when she took over the farm. An age when most people are looking to retire and there she is making a great success out of her organic farm, it was inspiring. Of course the scrumptious recipes you have come to expect from Barbara O'Neal find their way into the pages of this book. ...more
I really enjoyed Four of A Kind. The author could not have created a group of more different women. They say opposites attract and that could not be more obvious with these women. I really enjoyed how much the women gained from each other. Whether it be the strength for Carla to stand up to her husband, or Bess to stand up to her mother, each of the women grow as women because of the strength of their friends. As their relationships with each other grew, so did their desire to correct the wrongs in their life, one way or another. When the chips are down, the strength of their friendships pull them together in a way that none of them expected....more
From the engagement he called off to a wonderful woman, to his using his witty sense of humor as a defense mechanism, Fin is far from over his childhood. He was getting ready to head off on his solo honeymoon over Christmas break when he gets called back to the office to put together an ad for the Super Bowl. He is in the process of making this career making spot (about diapers, no less) when he gets word that his father is dying. The father that he hasn't seen in nearly twenty years. It doesn't take long for Fin to realize that none of his siblings want anything to do with their dying father or his death, as he sits by his bedside he realizes that he might be more like his father than he realized. Will this lesson be enough for him to admit that there is more to life than just work? Like the beautiful Phoebe who matches him wit for wit?
I know I am only five books into the New Year, but I can easily say that Truth in Advertising is the best book that I have read this year. The writing was so witty and so enjoyable, I literally found myself laughing at Fin's one-liners. Especially the banter between Fin and Phoebe. Especially the banter between Fin and Phoebe. Their banter reminded me A LOT of the banter between my husband. I also enjoyed watching Fin grow - he learned a lot about his childhood, his parent's relationship, and mostly about himself as his father lay there dying. It really made me love Fin even more, the way he handled everything that he learned. ...more