I typically really enjoy Wendy's novels - her Ten Beach Road series is one of my favorites. However this latest standalone left me wanting.2.5 stars
I typically really enjoy Wendy's novels - her Ten Beach Road series is one of my favorites. However this latest standalone left me wanting.
I figured out the main plot points fairly early on and kept reading hoping that the big reveal would be worth the wait. As the end drew nearer I worried the twist would not be as exciting as I thought it would be. I was right. The big twist comes and BAM the resolution happens and the book is finished with some points still somewhat hanging.
While it's not a horrible read it also isn't one of her best sadly. ...more
Here's the thing, I have really enjoyed Women's Murder Club books for a long time but the series has been waning over the past**spoiler alert** Sigh.
Here's the thing, I have really enjoyed Women's Murder Club books for a long time but the series has been waning over the past few installments and, IMHO, this is the worst yet.
My first beef is the fact that my favorite character, Claire, barely got a mention, much less a sentence. Why wasn't she the doctor on the homicide case? Is she not a part of the club anymore? I demand more Claire.
The second beef is with the whole ridiculous subplot about the murders that happen on Claire's birthday. It wasn't connected, was pointless and almost got both Lindsey and Joe killed over stupid reasons. It didn't move them forward, it didn't move ANYONE forward. I just don't get the point of that whole stupid plot. It was totally stupid (also, the girls turn their phones off so how did she get the call and she HAD TO LEAVE?).
My third beef is with the Yuki. REALLY?!!? Now the ladies literally CAN NOT talk with her over dinner anymore because she's playing for the other team. Bets on the next novel she uses something talked about over dinner to get her client off? Just so stupid. SO STUPID.
As you can tell, I have my issues with this book. I gave it a generous three... due to my love of the series. Sigh. ...more
This is a tough one for me as I really adored so many of the characters BUT Shelby. She's OK but I really don't care too much about her. I did love CaThis is a tough one for me as I really adored so many of the characters BUT Shelby. She's OK but I really don't care too much about her. I did love Callie, Griff and especially Shelby's family. Can we please have another book with them and Forrest?!
I figured out the ending very early on and the romance wasn't overly suspenseful either.
I fear Nora has become a bit too formulaic for me. Her trilogies have been plagued with this issue for a few years and now it seems her stand alones may be as well. ...more
I've read every one of Jen Lancaster's books (well, okay, I couldn't make it through Twisted Sister... sorry not sorry). I've loved pretty muSolid 4.5
I've read every one of Jen Lancaster's books (well, okay, I couldn't make it through Twisted Sister... sorry not sorry). I've loved pretty much every one of her memoirs but felt they had been kind of waning in the hilarity until the last The Tao of Martha, which I felt was one of her best memoirs. I like how each book has a theme but she's not afraid to say when the theme she previously tried failed (Such a Pretty Fat) or when things are still continuing (Martha) in her lifestyle. I miss reading her blog and I noticed the pull back from Social Media so now I know why and I feel badly that people have said such terrible things to her. Asshats.
I Regret Nothing is yet another year-or-so adventure with Jen and Fletch where Jen embarks on a 'bucket list' conquest after realizing she's sliding on the wrong-side of 40 and life's essentially too short for regrets. Unless it involves tattoos. Primarily focusing on her goal to learn Italian enough to travel to Italy, stop saying no to friends and her new venture in refurbishing furniture, the year is spent in her typical fun and hilarious fashion with a few learning lessons a' la Full House along the way. Since one of the few things she's been talking about was her furniture rehabbing I was excited to finally read more about it. She has a ton of talent!
I really enjoyed this novel and was surprised how much I wanted to travel to Rome by the end - a city I honestly never really had on my radar. I also love that when reading her books, you realize you aren't alone in so many thoughts and feelings. Jen is often one of the few writers who I feel GETS real life and writes it well.
If you've enjoyed her other memoirs you will be thrilled with the latest in the series. If you haven't had the pleasure of getting to know her you could easily pick up and start here but I highly recommend starting from the beginning.
PS: I'm so glad I'm not the only one who has noticed Martha chowing down through her radio show. I seriously thought I was crazy....more
This may be one of the best books I have read in a long time. It's slow to start but once it gets going it's impossible to put down. Heartbreaking. WiThis may be one of the best books I have read in a long time. It's slow to start but once it gets going it's impossible to put down. Heartbreaking. Will write a better review when I can collect myself. ...more