Katherine Roberts works hard and likes her guilty pleasures in the form of racy Regency romance novels. Her favorites are those by Lorna Warwick and t...moreKatherine Roberts works hard and likes her guilty pleasures in the form of racy Regency romance novels. Her favorites are those by Lorna Warwick and though expressing her admiration for the author via snail mail, the two become close friends, writing often to each other. Surrounded by crappy exes and annoying students, Katherine decides that the Jane Austen weekend retreat is just the thing she needs and poses the question to Lorna on if she’ll be there. Little does Katherine know, however, is that Lorna is the pen name of a man. A man who feels he is falling in love with Katherine.
Synopsis: Onstage, the singing duo of Gabe and Mitzi Steiner captured America's heart for more than two decades. Offstage, their own hearts have throb...moreSynopsis: Onstage, the singing duo of Gabe and Mitzi Steiner captured America's heart for more than two decades. Offstage, their own hearts have throbbed as one for sixty years. Only now, Gabe has retreated into the tangles of Alzheimer's, leaving Mitzi to ponder her future alone.
On the other side of Tulsa, everyone believes Brooke Woodson has found the perfect man—a handsome lawyer with sights on becoming Tulsa's next District Attorney. If only Brooke felt more sure. If only her fiancé could control his anger. If only love didn't come with so many scars. When an accident lands Brooke in the hospital where Mitzi volunteers, the two women quickly develop an unlikely friendship birthed by providence and bathed in grace. And with Mitzi's help, kindness, and insight, Brooke learns how to pick up the broken pieces of her life.
Review: Not much can be added to the above detailed synopsis without giving a lot of way but I will say that Broken Wings is an extremely well-written and emotional book. The subjects of Alzheimer’s and domestic abuse are handled very carefully and with immense compassion, though I will give my normal caveat that if your life has been touched by domestic abuse, this book may trigger memories so be mindful.
Broken Wings is a two-part story, one part tells Brooke’s story from the present and the other Mitzi’s from the 1930s. This title falls under the genre of Christian Fiction, and I don’t normally read this genre--as I’m not a Christian--but the story is so touching that the faith aspect was easily overlooked for me. I recommend this for fans of Francine Rivers, Nicholas Sparks, Fannie Flagg and Joshilyn Jackson. 3/5.(less)
As one can tell from the succinct synopsis, this book is told in two parts: Piper from the present day and Ophelia from the early 19th century. Opheli...moreAs one can tell from the succinct synopsis, this book is told in two parts: Piper from the present day and Ophelia from the early 19th century. Ophelia was being married off to a man she didn’t love and thus she escaped by becoming a courtesan so she could have some say-so about her own life. Ophelia was an amazing woman, she was strong and lived on her own terms despite the decorum of her time.
Piper stumbles onto Ophelia’s risqué memoir as she’s setting up an exhibit about Ophelia, who was a well-known anti-slavery activist in Boston, at the museum where she works. The diary—belonging to “The Blackbird“, a famous London courtesan—was hidden in a secret compartment of one of Ophelia’s traveling trunks, leading Piper to the conclusion that Ophelia led a double life. Piper decides to read the diary and it inspires her to let loose her own desires.
There is a great deal of sex in this book—though it is handled very tastefully—so if that sort of thing turns you off, you’ve been warned. I, however, loved it (Blackbird is Belle from Secret Diary of a Call Girl meets Satine from Moulin Rouge) and I think I’ll be hanging onto this book, even if the end was predictable and Piper‘s story weak (Ophelia makes this book worth reading!). 4/5.
Due to the title it really isn’t much of a stretch to figure out what this book is about. After reading the introduction I did think about putting thi...moreDue to the title it really isn’t much of a stretch to figure out what this book is about. After reading the introduction I did think about putting this book down since the editor mentioned she didn’t much care for oral sex. It was a little jarring but I decided to carry on. I’m glad I did because every story offered something—-and all were well-written and chosen—-yet the ones I enjoyed the most were “Treatment for a Tongue Job” by Thomas S. Roche; “Rain Check” by Emerald and “Spill” by Alison Tyler.(less)
This is a collection of stories centered around women who have crushes on other women (but not necessarily are lesbians). It could be the amazing actr...moreThis is a collection of stories centered around women who have crushes on other women (but not necessarily are lesbians). It could be the amazing actress who sends your mind reeling to “I wonder…” to a colleague or friend who seems to somehow push all the right buttons and make you ponder “what if…”. It’s all about curiosity here. As the editor points out, crushes are fantasies about unlikely relationships and I think we’ve all been there.
Each story was extremely well-written and positively dripped with wanton question but like always, there were favorites with “The Out-of-Towner” by Delilah Devlin being the cream of this sensual crop.(less)
I don’t read a great deal of contemporary YA since I’m more drawn to the fantastical side of literature but when I do venture to the realistic side of...moreI don’t read a great deal of contemporary YA since I’m more drawn to the fantastical side of literature but when I do venture to the realistic side of fiction, books like See What I See are great finds.
Our protagonist is Kate, an 18-yr old fresh from high school who has been granted a scholarship to one of the most prestigious art schools in the country. Problem is, neither she nor her mother have money for a dorm room. Kate’s father left them when she was only a toddler and has had nothing to do with either of them in years so Kate’s mum has had to support them both on a waitress’s paycheck.
Kate’s father is a famous painter and it just so happens that he was last heard to be living in Detroit so Kate concocts a plan: show up on his doorstep and hope he’ll let her stay. Kate didn’t think it would be easy … but she didn’t bargain for it being so hard either. I really don’t want to spoil the plot, because this is an amazing book, so I’ll cut off here.
See What I See is a gut-wrenching story of a broken family, forgiveness, and learning to follow your dreams. I’m not ashamed to say it had me in tears. 4/5.