Monday, November 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
"Knock Off" is a nice quick read.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Book Review: "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by Susan Donovan
Josie Sheehan collects failed relationships the way some women collect designer handbags. Now, at thirty-five, she has exactly one male in her life: her Labradoodle, Genghis. In fact Josie, along with the three very single women in her dog-walking group, has recently sworn off men, resigning herself to long walks in the park with her devoted, four-legged friend.
All bets are off, however, when she meets Rick Rousseau, a pet-company CEO who is smart, sexy, and, best of all, head-over-heels for Josie. Even Genghis, an excellent judge of character, seems to know that Rick is the real deal. But just when Josie starts to think that she has found something more enduring than puppy love, she discovers that Rick has a complicated past -- and a secret that could put the woman he loves in serious danger...
I have read many of Susan Donovan's previous books and enjoyed them very much. I was excited to see this one at the store. My excitement didn't last long. This is not the same Susan Donovan I am used to reading. I had to skim through most of the book. It just wasn't the same type of book I am used to. As a reviewer on PBS (PaperBackSwap) said - inappropriate use of the 'f' word. I do have to agree. I am sorry to say I give this one a thumbs down. It appears this will be a series with Josie's friends taking a turn. I don't think I am going to be checking them out. I am very disappointed...
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Jade Fitzgerald left the pain of her past in the dust when she headed out for college a decade ago. Now she's thriving in her career and glowing in the light of Max Benson's love. But then Jade's hippie mother, Beryl Hill, arrives in Whisper Hollow, Tennessee, for Jade's wedding along with Willow, her wild younger sister.
Their arrival forces Jade to throw open the dark closets of her past -- the insecurity of living with a restless, wandering mother, the silence of her absent father, and the heart-ripping pain of first-love's rejection. Turns out Beryl has a secret of her own. She needs reconciliation with her oldest daughter before illness takes her life.
In the final days leading to the wedding, Jade meets the One who shows her that the past has no hold on her future. With a little grace, they'll meet in the middle, maybe even before that sweet by and by.
I read a review at a friend's blog Book Story. I had already read and reviewed Georgia on My Mind by Rachel Hauck due to her blog, so I was anxious to read this book and was THRILLED to see it available at a local library! I really enjoyed this book as well. I do have to say the ending was a little too perfect but WHO CARES once in awhile. I loved the twists and turns and surprises a long the way. I HIGHLY recommend this book. LOVED it!!
What a great debut for Sara Evans.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Book Review: "The Last Song" by Nicholas Sparks
Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels--first love, love between parents and children -- that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts...and heal them.
This is the first book I have read by Mr. Sparks. I didn't know what to expect. I have heard of the movie/book by him "The Notebook" but I am probably one of the few that has never seen it. I read the description about the book and thought I would give it a try. I am glad I did. It was probably one of THE best books I have ever read. I felt like I was part of the book. I was wrapped up in the writing. LOVED it!! It is also the first book in which I have had tears coming down my eyes. I thought about my dad, whom I lost when I was only 11, throughout this book. Even still, it is still a two hankie book. Wonderfully written. Mr. Sparks has a new fan!!! Can't wait to try another book by him
Monday, January 4, 2010
The holidays are the icing on the cake for bakery owner Hannah Swensen. Surrounded by her loved ones, she has all the ingredients for a perfect Christmas -- until murder is added to the mix... When it comes to holidays, Minnesotans rise to the occasion -- and the little town of Lake Eden is baking up a storm with Hannah leading the way. The annual Christmas Buffet is the final test of the recipes Hannah has collected for the Lake Eden Holiday Buffet Cookbook. While Hannah is baking the day's goodies at The Cookie Jar, the evening's plans begin to jell. Start with the best Lake Eden culinary creations, add two of Hannah's "sometime" boyfriends, a pinch of her ready-to-pop pregnant sister, and a dash of her mother and new significant other, an actual British lord, and what do you get? A recipe for disaster, but the juiciest ingredient is yet to come...
The recently divorced Martin Dubinski arrives at the buffet with his new Vegas showgirl wife all wrapped up in glitter and fur. His ex-wife, however, seems as cool as chilled eggnog. And when Hannah's mother's antique Christmas cake knife disappears, its discovery in the decolletage of the new -- and now late -- Mrs. Dubinski puts the festivities on ice. With everyone stranded at the community center by a blizzard, Hannah puts her investigative skills to the test, using the ingredients at hand: half the town of Lake Eden -- and a killer. Now, as the snowdrifts get higher, it's up to Hannah to dig out all the clues -- and make sure that this white Christmas doesn't bring any more deadly tidings...
This is the 6th in the series by Joanne Fluke. I am enjoying them. I will admit that I was a little put off at first with 'murder' as I am not a gory type of a reader. But I was introduced to this 'cozy' series by a fellow PBS'r (PaperBackSwap'er) who also enjoys Janet Evanovich.
There have been some people that can't continue with this series because of Hannah's indecision between Norman and Mike. I guess it doesn't bother me too much because I am 'used to it' with the Stephanie Plum series. =)
I chuckle like I do with the Janet Evanovich series and smile, which I didn't think I would do in a 'murder' book.
Another great bonus with this series is the recipes. This one is NO exception. Don't let the number of pages fool you. You get a TON of recipes! I plan on trying some and posting them on my other blog (which I need to update): www.ilerfamilyrecipes.blogspot.com.
I am really liking these cozy books. I hope you do too.
Do you enjoy cozies? What ones would you recommend?
Book 1 of 50 in 2010 Reading Challenge