"We are who we are because of those we choose to love and because of those who love us."
Freddie has been facing the ghosts of his past for years, in a...more"We are who we are because of those we choose to love and because of those who love us."
Freddie has been facing the ghosts of his past for years, in an out of the sanatorium, battling the darkness of his grief and pain. In an effort to forget, even for a short time, he sets out on a journey to visit friends in the French Pyrenees only to find himself stranded in a small, forgotten town after an accident leaves his car dangling over a cliff.
Freddie meets a beautiful and mysterious young woman, Fabrissa. They spend the night talking of their pasts, those they loved, those they lost. When dawn breaks, Fabrissa is gone and Freddie must fight illness, doubt, and confusion to find her.
Through this journey, Freddie discovers that one cannot find peace in grief through holding the ones we love in a place they no longer exist, nor through forgetting their existence. Instead, one finds peace through loving and honoring them. We grieve their loss, but not their lives.
Mosse captures the sense of love and loss perfectly through her beautifully unique writing style. She reminds us that we are who we are because of those who have come before us, because of the way they have shaped us and the world around us, because of the love they have shared with us. Mosse's novel is a stunning work that fuses history and psychology into a story of loss and loss worthy of a prominent spot on everyone's bookshelf.(less)
Haley Randolph is back and dealing with the things she's always dealing with: non-existent finances, the search to find the hottest new handbag, an ov...moreHaley Randolph is back and dealing with the things she's always dealing with: non-existent finances, the search to find the hottest new handbag, an overbearing pageant mom, her relationship with her official boyfriend (and owner of the department store chain where she works (although she'd never openly admit that to anyone she knows), her feelings towards her favorite way hot private detective, and, oh, yes, being the prime suspect in yet another murder. This time, the victim happens to be a former classmate of Haley's, Courtney Collins, someone she was meant to meet up with while in Las Vegas helping to set up a new Holt's store (and escape a mother/daughter weekend with her mom and other pageant parents/princesses). /unfortunately, Haley is cursed by a mad woman before leaving Los Angeles, and that curse follows her across state lines, and while she has no luck finding a Delicious handbag, she does find Courtney's body in a Holt's dressing room. Throw in a coworker who believes in the reverse world and speaks text speech, a perpetually stoned alien hunter who insists on calling her Dana, a motel stuck in the 70s and run by a man who likes to make everyone miserable, and the Russian mob, and you have another thoroughly entertaining Haley Randolph mystery.
Dorothy Howell once again does an amazing job blending murder and humor. She packs a ton of emotion into a character you sometimes feel is incapable of emotion. She takes a ditzy, self-involved shopaholic and makes her feel like the person you couldn't help but be BFFs with. The depth she develops in a character you couldn't help but describe as shallow is always refreshing. Ms. Howell's storylines are always intriguing and laugh-out-loud funny. This fourth installment in the series is no exception. If anything, it may be even funnier as we see Haley question not only suspects and the curse placed on her by an old woman in the middle of Holt's, but also begin to question more and more of her own life choices and relationships. In doing so, Haley begins to develop more as a person. While handbags are still a major part of her life, they are no longer its sole purpose or even main focus. I can't wait to see what more is to come in Haley's future. (less)
First, I must disclose that I received a free advance reading copy of this book through a Goodreads First Read giveaway.
Celia Bayley seemed to have th...moreFirst, I must disclose that I received a free advance reading copy of this book through a Goodreads First Read giveaway.
Celia Bayley seemed to have the perfect life. She was a successful writer, a beloved mother and grandmother, and wife of a handsome and successful soldier. After her death, her family is faced with the fact that she may not have been the woman they thought they knew at all.
As the family uncovers the truth surrounding Celia's life, they also uncover a new idea of what constitutes love, happiness, and success. While Celia was writing wonderful works of fiction, she was also living one and trying to live up to a past that never existed, just as her children have been trying to do. Through her death, and the discovery of her true life, her children begin to gain new understandings of their own lives.
Alicia Clifford's novel is a beautiful story of love, loss, and family. It is wonderfully written, filled with stunning imagery and heartfelt emotion. At times, the flashbacks and character changes may seem confusing, but as one becomes more familiar with the characters and the story, this becomes less of an issue and sometimes even aids in whisking you off into the world of Celia and her family. Soon you become completely wrapped up in a world somewhere between truth and fiction, the world of Celia Bayley. A definite must-read.(less)
In 1986, Lauren Lawton's sixteen-year-old daughter, Leslie, went missing. Her bicycle was found along a country road, her body was never found. Two ye...moreIn 1986, Lauren Lawton's sixteen-year-old daughter, Leslie, went missing. Her bicycle was found along a country road, her body was never found. Two years later, Lauren's husband drove off a canyon bridge, unable to deal with the pain. Four years after Leslie's disappearance, Lauren and her daughter Leah are still living a life in limbo, not knowing what happened to Leslie, but knowing that the man believed responsible for her disappearance is still walking around a free man, still a danger to society and Leah, and the authorities are unable to do anything about it. Lauren must find a way to deal with it all, to pull herself out of her emotional hell and move on with her life, for bother herself and the daughter she has left.
"Down the Darkest Road" is a beautifully written novel, filled with lovable and loathable characters and heart-wrenching emotion. You can't help but to feel the same fear, anger, and despair Lauren experiences. Your heart breaks for her and for Leah as the story unfolds. A wonderful trip into the psychology of victims, perps, and law enforcement.(less)
Leslie Meier's latest Lucy Stone novel is one of her best! When Lucy decides to take a hop across the pond for a tour of England with her friends, Pam...moreLeslie Meier's latest Lucy Stone novel is one of her best! When Lucy decides to take a hop across the pond for a tour of England with her friends, Pam, Rachel, and Sue, she encounters not only castles and cathedrals, but intrigue and mystery worthy of Agatha Christie. While Lucy may have left Tinkers Cove and the Pennysaver behind, the reporter side of her definitely made the journey to London with her. As events unfold, Lucy fears that she and her friends may be in danger. What will she do? What choices will she make once she uncovers the truth?
A definite must-read for all Lucy Stone fans and cozy mystery lovers in general(less)
Our favorite poison obsessed pre-teen sleuth is at it again. This time, Flavia plans to capture Father Christmas to once-and-for-all prove to her sist...moreOur favorite poison obsessed pre-teen sleuth is at it again. This time, Flavia plans to capture Father Christmas to once-and-for-all prove to her sisters the truth of his existence. Unfortunately, Flavia's visions of cyanide laced sugar plums are interrupted when a film crew comes to Buckshaw and brings murder along with it. Flavia of course helps with the investigation while also trying to continue her great Christmas caper, all while surround by half of Bishop's Lacy who is snowbound in Buckshaw along with the film crew and the de Luce family. Will Flavia be able to catch a jolly old elf and a crazed killer?
This newest book in the Flavia de Luce series is classic Flavia. It is witty, heartwarming, and filled with danger and the daydreams of a lonely little girl. With superb writing and a wonderful sense of humor, Alan Bradley wraps us in Flavia's snow covered world and keeps us enthralled from start to finish. A wonderful read as usual.(less)