3.5 stars. "Best Day Ever" is the story of Paul and Mia. From the outside, their lives look pretty perfect. Paul is a successful ad exec who prides hi3.5 stars. "Best Day Ever" is the story of Paul and Mia. From the outside, their lives look pretty perfect. Paul is a successful ad exec who prides himself on his mind and body. Mia is the perfect wife and mother. The story opens when Paul is taking Mia to their lovely lake house for what promises to be a weekend to remember.
This is a thriller with an interesting character study on top of it. You can see where the story is going (the ending didn't really surprise me). Paul is fascinating. The story is told from his point of view, which worked really, really well here. Paul only thinks about himself. If he does something nice for someone else in the book, it is only because it has something in it for him as well. He is absolutely terrible to everyone in the book, including those that he loves. He is cold and sees everyone else as flat characters waiting to do his bidding.
The writing and the character study of Paul took this book far for me even if the plot was a little bit predictable. The author does a good job of dropping little hints through Paul as to what kind of person he really is and where things are going. Paul definitely gave me the heebie jeebies throughout the book, which I loved. I love when books can make me feel strongly, positively or negatively! If you like characters that will frighten you, this is a good choice....more
"Christmas in London" is a warm story about food and romance in the coziest season of the year. A chance break lands fledgling baker Louisa on a huge"Christmas in London" is a warm story about food and romance in the coziest season of the year. A chance break lands fledgling baker Louisa on a huge cooking show in London. She is whisked away to London, a city that seems to be made for the holiday season. Louisa finds herself in the lap of luxury and with a potential love match in Noah, the man who discovers her baking talent and lands her the show. There is also Kate, the television producer who may rekindle an old flame in London.
This is a confection of a story; exactly the kind of story I'm looking for in the cozy season upon us now. I really liked both of the romances in the book. Louisa and Noah get off on the wrong foot and then the wrong foot again and then the wrong foot again as they try to figure out each other. Kate and Trevor are old flames with a bunch of misunderstandings between them themselves. I was a little more interested in the history between them a little more. There were some swoon-worthy moments!
The major draw for me to this book was the setting. London is one of my very favorite cities in the world and this book made me want to visit London during the Christmas season. The characters hit all of the major sites. Harrod's at Christmas sounds wonderful. Some of the characters get to go to a royal reception at Buckingham Palace - swoon!
The writing was okay. There were a few sticky parts where the narrative got hung up with saying too much and not showing enough. Overall, this was a sweet read....more