Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Beach Club





Synopsis (from Amazon): In this juicy first novel by Elin Hilderbrand, a series of personal dramas are played out during one summer at a Nantucket Beach Club. It's about the love of summer, summer love, and the special feelings we all have for that special summer place - in this case, a hotel and an island. 

Mack Petersen, manager of the hotel, has been working at The Beach Club for 12 summers. Only this summer is different. His boss, the owner of the hotel, Bill Elliot, shows up in the spring with a new set of demands. His girlfriend, Maribel, is pressing Mack to get married and Vance, the African-American bellman, who has hated Mack since the day Mack stole his job 12 years ago, threatens him in a deadly scene. Mack knows something's got to give. 
Love O'Donnell, the new front desk person straight from the slopes of Aspen, is desperately searching for a stranger to father her child. The bellman, Jem Crandall, who posed as Mr. November in his college calendar, is on his way to LA to break into agenting, until he falls in love with Maribel. Emotions are at a peak when a hurricane threatens to wash away The Beach Cluband all it stands for. 
An engrossing, sexy novel that will sweep you away to the beach any time of the year.



One (or more) Sentence Summary: The Beach Club was a good book to read as winter is approaching.  Even though it is a beach read, I think it is perfect to read anytime of year.  I could very easily picture the club and the cast of characters.  There were a lot of characters in The Beach Club but it did not take away from the story as they were all woven together.  Each one had something going on that pretty much got resolved by the end of the book.  The Beach Club was an enjoyable read.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  Yes.  I have read several of Elin Hildebrand's books and have enjoyed them all.  I have several on my Audible account just waiting to be listened too! I am so jealous of where she lives - Nantucket!  It is on my places to visit list.



Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Silent Sister



Synopsis (from Amazon): In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over 20 years later, her father has passed away and she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now? As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing mystery from international best-selling author Diane Chamberlain.
One (or more) Sentence Summary: What an interesting story.  It is amazing what parents will do to protect a child and the harm it can do to the other kids.  Riley finds out some deeply buried secrets and she takes us through her journey as they secrets unfold.  The Silent Sister was well written and kept me wanting more.  I just wanted to solve the mystery of what happened 20 years ago.  

I think The Silent Sister is set up for a sequel!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I thought I had read another book by Diane Chamberlain, but I have not.  I would like to read several of her books. 


Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 25 novels published in more than twenty languages. Some of her most popular books include Necessary LiesThe Silent SisterThe Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of her books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, her stories usually feature a combination of drama, mystery, secrets and intrigue. Diane’s background in psychology has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create her realistic characters. 

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey and spent her summers at the Jersey Shore. She also lived for many years in San Diego and northern Virginia before making North Carolina her home. 

Diane received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, Diane worked in hospitals in San Diego and Washington, D.C. before opening a private psychotherapy practice in Alexandria Virginia specializing in adolescents. All the while Diane was writing on the side. Her first book, Private Relations was published in 1989 and it earned the RITA award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel. 

Diane lives with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her sheltie, Cole. She has three stepdaughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. She’s currently at work on her next novel.

Please visit Diane's website dianechamberlain.com for more information on her newest novel, The Stolen Marriage, and a complete list of her books

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Almost Sisters





Synopsis (from Amazon): With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of Gods in Alabama presents a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality - the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are. 

Superheroes have always been Leia Birch Briggs' weakness. One tequila-soaked night at a comics convention, the usually level-headed graphic novelist is swept off her barstool by a handsome and anonymous Batman. 
It turns out the caped crusader has left her with more than just a nice, fuzzy memory. She's having a baby boy - an unexpected but not unhappy development in the 38-year-old's life. But before Leia can break the news of her impending single-motherhood (including the fact that her baby is biracial) to her conventional Southern family, her stepsister Rachel's marriage implodes. Worse, she learns her beloved 90-year-old grandmother, Birchie, is losing her mind, and she's been hiding her dementia with the help of Wattie, her best friend since girlhood. 
Leia returns to Alabama to put her grandmother's affairs in order, clean out the big Victorian that has been in the Birch family for generations, and tell her family that she's pregnant. Yet just when Leia thinks she's got it all under control, she learns that illness is not the only thing Birchie's been hiding. Tucked in the attic is a dangerous secret with roots that reach all the way back to the Civil War. Its exposure threatens the family's freedom and future, and it will change everything about how Leia sees herself and her sister, her son and his missing father, and the world she thinks she knows.



One (or more) Sentence Summary: Another good read from Joshlyn Jackson.  Almost Sisters has lots of twists and turns through out the book.  I just adored the characteristics and the relationship between Birchie and Leia.  The story has a little bit of everything...family, love, mystery, hate, and hope all woven together.  

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I have read several of Jocelyn's books and have enjoyed them all.





Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including gods in Alabama and A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

The Bookshop at Water's End


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Synopsis: The women who spent their childhood summers in a small southern town discover it harbors secrets as lush as the marshes that surround it...
 
Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey’s mother disappeared.

Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide.



One (or more) Sentence Summary: The Bookshop at Water's End was a really nice refreshing read.  I loved the setting in South Carolina.  My favorite was the bookshop and the lessons learned there.  It was a magically place. Even though Bonny's made a tragic mistake, it made her evaluate her life and what she really wanted to change.  There were lots of broken relationships that were fixed by the end of the book.  Enjoyable read!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I would read another book by Patti Callahan Henry.  I think Between the Tides, The Ideal of Love and Driftwood Summer all look really good.


Patti Callahan Henry is the New York Times Bestelling novelist of eleven novels. Her latest is THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER'S END with Penguin Random House/Berkley.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Things That Keep Us Here




Synopsis (from Amazon): Everything seems quiet on Ann Brooks’s suburban cul-de-sac. Despite her impending divorce, she’s created a happy home and her daughters are adjusting to the change. She feels lucky to be in a supportive community and confident that she can handle any other hardship that life may throw her way. But then, right before Thanksgiving, a crisis strikes that turns everybody’s world upside down. Suddenly her estranged husband is forced back onto her doorstep, bringing with him his beautiful graduate assistant. Trapped inside the house she once called home, confronted by challenges she never could have imagined, Ann must make life-or-death decisions in an environment where the simple act of opening a door to a neighbor could jeopardize all she holds dear.

The choices she makes will impact the lives of those around her irrevocably and linger in the reader’s memory in this marvelous first novel, written with authority, grace, and wisdom.



One (or more) Sentence Summary: The Things That Keep Us Here is so scary because it could happen!  It reminds me of the bird blu scare.  I loved all the emotions that Ann went through, they just seemed so real.  I felt like I stepped into her shoes - and it was creepy (in a good story telling way).  The family dynamics were crazy good.  I hope and pray that my family and I never have to go through such a crisis.

I don't know what it is, but I keep reading books that take place in Ohio - this took place in Columbus.  

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I would like to read The Good Goodbye and The Deepest Secret.




Carla Buckley is the internationally bestselling author of The Good Goodbye, The Deepest Secret, Invisible, and The Things That Keep Us Here, which was nominated for a Thriller Award as a best first novel and the Ohioana Book Award for fiction. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Wharton School of Business, and currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She serves on the board of the International Thriller Writers as Vice President, Awards and is at work on her next novel.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wishtree



Synopsis (from Amazon): Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories....

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree" - people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend, Bongo, and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood. 
You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever. 
Funny, deep, warm, and nuanced, Wishtree is Newbery Medalist and New York Times best-selling author Katherine Applegate at her very best - writing from the heart and from a completely unexpected point of view.



One (or more) Sentence Summary: ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! What a wonderful story.  Loved her book The One and Only Ivan as well.  I love how Red Oak and the animals brings two families (really the adults) to a common understanding that being different and being from different places is okay.  My neighbors have a huge tree that hangs into our yard - I now think that it watches over the neighborhood.  My neighbors must think I am crazy when I am outside and say hello to her (the tree).  She had such beautiful organ/red leaves this fall too.  

The Wishtree concept is so beautiful.  I work in higher education and think this idea would be so cool on campus.  

Beautiful story for all ages!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author:  Yes, I love her books.  She my review on The One and Only Ivan (need to write that review!).  I need to read Crenshaw.


Katherine Applegate is the author of THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel CRENSHAW spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, the award-winning HOME OF THE BRAVE, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists. 

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Confession of a Domestic Failure





Synopsis (from Amazon): From the creator of The Honest Toddler comes a fiction debut sure to be a must-listen for moms everywhere. 

There are good moms and bad moms - and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who's trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic, and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably. 

When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the Motherhood Better boot camp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she's always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop? 
With her razor-sharp wit and knack for finding the funny in everything, Bunmi Laditan creates a character as flawed and lovable as Bridget Jones or Becky Bloomwood while hilariously lambasting the societal pressures placed upon every new mother. At its heart, Ashley's story reminds moms that there's no way to be perfect - but many ways to be great.

One (or more) Sentence Summary: HILARIOUS! I couldn't get enough of a Confession of a Domestic Failure.  I completely agree that Ashley is a lovable as Bridget Jones and Becky Bloomwood. Her participation in Motherhood Better boot camp is laugh out loud funny.  The underwear video conference was the absolute best!  The craft project in the oven....oh my gosh!  These are just two or many, many funny things that happen to Ashley.  Confession of a Domestic Failure is a must read!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: For sure.  I would love to see Ashley in a sequel.  The book left it open for one!


Bunmi Laditan is a contributor to Parenting.com, Mothering.com, iVillage.com, and The Huffington Post. She lives with her family outside of Montreal. The Honest Toddler is based on her youngest child. Not potty trained, not trying, HT enjoys attention, cake, television, running & games.



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