Actually the story line was interesting, but the dialogue.... Actually, you might ask "What dialogue?" And Allie, was any woman ever that simpleminded? Then there was the somewhat supernatural ending.....
This is the last "Cole and Hitch" I'll be reading.
Lyrical writing and a strong sense of place can't save this novel, which leaps from narrator to narrator back and forward through a span of years as it tells the intertwined story of a tiny community on the Chippewa Reservation of northern Minnesota.
Relationships are complex, with "family" defined more by emotional ties than genetic ones, and multiple vignettes flash by in search of a plot.
4 stars. The story is very captivating & definitely kept me reading wanting to know what was going to happen next. Would have been 5 stars, but the content is too dark & disturbing for me to feel good about 5 stars. It's pretty graphic about rape, torture & murder.
2 stars as it is just okay. This is a short story sequel, but really a prequel, to Pretty Girls. Definitely read it AFTER Pretty Girls as it tells you some back story. Pretty Girls is much better than this sequel/prequel.
Propaganda that sugar coats the reality.....
Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron is the fourth book in A Cajun Country Mystery series. The town of Pelican, Louisiana suffered from heavy rains and flooding. Behind the Crozat Plantation B&B, under piles of debris the family finds a dead man without identification. Three weeks later, the town is recovering from the flooding and they are ready for the Mardi Gras celebrations to beginâLaissez les bon temps rouler. The celebrations include a gumbo cook-off, a parade and the Miss Pelican Mardi Gras Gumbo Queen pageant. Maggie's grandmother normally is one of the pageant judges, but walking pneumonia has her confined to bed which means Maggie must step up to the plate (despite her opinion of pageants). At the first meeting of the judges, Maggie learns about the controversial Louisiana Orphan Train exhibit. The highlight of the meeting is when a fight breaks out between two of the pageant contestant mothers. On the way home, Maggie is rear ended by Gerard Damboise, head judge and president of the historical society. Maggie finds him bleeding from a gunshot wound. Gerard whispers two last words before he perishes. Maggie wonders if his death is related to the pageant or the orphan train exhibit. Maggie begins scouting for clues in the hopes of resolving Gerard's murder. Can Maggie unmask the killer before Fat Tuesday?
Mardi Gras Murder can be read alone if you have not read the other novels in A Cajun Country Mystery series. There is a lot going on in Mardi Gras Murder. I only covered the basics in my summary. There is the unidentified dead man, Mardi Gras, the pageant, problems with Tug's gumbo pot, Gran's illness, guests at the B&B, Maggie's relationship with Bo, a mystery at Doucet, a secret room at Grove Hall, the flooding, and the orphan train exhibit controversy. The book is well-written with a steady pace and humor scattered throughout. There are numerous characters, but the author does provide a handy cheat sheet at the beginning of the book (I wish I could have printed it out). Pelican is a small town where everyone knows your business and is happy to pass it along to others. The town goes all out for Mardi Gras. I learned some interesting facts about the holiday along with interesting traditions. The murder mystery has some intriguing points (I do not want to spoil it for you). There is misdirection along with direct clues. Avid cozy mystery readers will have no problem solving the whodunit. All the storylines are wrapped up at the end. There is a sweet ending that will have the romantics smiling, and I love who won the gumbo cook-off. Ellen Byron combines Southern charm, Mardi Gras, humor, a cast of quirky characters and a beguiling mystery into one rousing cozy mystery.
I've enjoyed other standalone novels by Catriona McPherson because she is skilled at heightening suspense and in creating characters that grab my interest. She's got plenty of suspense here in Go to My Grave, and the character of Donna Weaver certainly grabbed my interest. So, too, did the element of running a bed and breakfast on a beach in Scotland because I've enjoyed stays in more than one place like that.
The story is compelling, told in two timelines. One, in 1991, in the voice of a teenage girl invited to that fateful birthday party, and the other in the voice of Donna, the co-owner of The Breakers, in the present day. Both voices are forceful, making readers want to keep turning the pages. Both voices make readers want to know what really happened at that birthday party and who is responsible for what is happening at The Breakers now.
Unfortunately, I deduced what was going on almost immediately, and I came close to skipping to the end to find out if I was right because this group of cousins is nothing more than a pack of entitled, self-indulgent pillocks who've never taken responsibility for their actions in their entire lives. At one point, I closed the book and thought-- very loudly-- "Would someone stick a knife in that man!" because one of them is obnoxious beyond belief.
But you know what? Donna's voice kept me reading until the very end, and although this isn't one of my finest reading experiences this year, I'm glad I finished it. I will admit that, if the next book I pick up has a similar cast of characters, I won't finish reading it!
So what happens when you meet your brother after four years and he has gained hundreds of pounds? This is the dilemma of Pandora when she picks up her brother, Edison, at the airport in Iowa. Edison had gone to New York when he was a teen. And as far as Pandora knew, he was a successful jazz pianist, touring to different locations and playing with big-name musicians. But out of the blue, she gets a call from Edison's roommate telling her that he was down and wanted a break. So Pandora sends him an airline ticket to Iowa to spend some time with her and her family. But when she sees him, he is unrecognizable with his mounds of flesh! Pandora's husband, Fletcher, is on a healthy diet himself and when he sees Edison, he is less than optimistic about his stay in their household. Fletcher is also an accomplished furniture maker and when Edison breaks one of his favorite pieces, he delivers an ultimatum to Pandora: it's either him or me! So what can Pandora do to help Edison and appease Fletcher? She decides to help Edison lose weight but this is a very time-consuming process and her marriage is strained to the limits. She also has two step-children that are affected by Edison's stay plus her business is strained as well.
I really found this novel compelling reading. It really sheds some light on the issue of obesity and how it affects not only the obese person but those around him including friends and family. I have an older brother myself who has this problem and I can relate to some of the issues in the novel. This novel may be hard to read if the reader is overweight but overall it was full of emotions including humor, pathos, pain, anger, and ultimately love. The ending was a bit of a shock to me and was not what I was expecting but overall, I would give this a high recommendation.
A Wells Landing Christmas by Amy Lillard is the eighth book in A Wells Landing Romance series. Ivy Weaver lives in Wells Landing, Oklahoma where she has a reputation for wearing jeans, driving a car and kissing at least three boys (shocking). Ivy has been taking care of her grandfather, Yonnie since her mother married and moved out of state two years prior. She has yet to join the church because she does not feel worthy and she would need to confess her sin before the congregation. Ivy has her hands full taking care of Yonnie who has begun to lose his memory and act oddly. Zeb Brenneman broke her heart when he left and moved to Pinecraft. The last thing she expects is to see him back in Wells Landing. Ivy is rushing home after a call from her neighbor about Yonnie when she spots Zeb walking towards his family home. Zeb knows that leaving Ivy was a mistake and he wants to make amends. Zeb wants to prove to Ivy that he is trustworthy and earn her forgiveness along with her love. After Yonnie becomes hurt one day, Ivy visits the local nursing home, Whispering Pines. She meets Ethan Dallas who talks to her about God's love, forgiveness and grace. Ivy begins to feel that there is hope for herself, her life and her relationship with Zeb. Can Ivy and Zeb find their way back to each other? Is there a chance for a Christmas miracle in Wells Landing?
A Wells Landing Christmas is nicely written story about forgiveness, love, hope, and grace. Ivy needs to forgive herself, but she has not been able to do it. She has a secret that keeps her from allowing people to get close. She feels left out of her community and is overwhelmed with caring for her grandfather. It is serendipitous that she visits Whispering Pines and finds someone who can understand her struggle. It is sweet how Ivy takes care of Yonnie. She is patient and understanding with him. She does not want to leave him alone, but Ivy must earn a living to pay their bills. You can feel Ivy's emotions come through the pages (heartache, sadness, tension, loneliness, love). Her biggest struggle is unable to forgive herself for a sin. Zeb knows he made a mistake leaving and wants to atone plus earn his way back into Ivy's heart. The path to love is bumpy, but it is rewarding. We all feel unworthy and need to remember that God will forgive us for our sins. All we must do is ask. I find it amusing that the Amish in Wells Landing cannot drive cars, but they are allowed to drive their tractors all over town. It seems a dangerous and loud mode of transportation with limited seating (how can it be safe). We get to see how gossip can harm a person's reputation (no matter who started it). Gossip is not the truth, but people treat it as such. There are good life lessons in A Wells Landing Christmas. I like how the author handled the subjects of illness in elderly and their care. I wish the author had eliminated the repetition. Personally, I find it annoying when the same details are repeated throughout a book. A Wells Landing Christmas can be read as a standalone. A Wells Landing Christmas is a sweet, heartwarming Christmas story that will touch your heart.
A great slice of childhood nostalgia. If you ever read these poems as a kid, give them another read as an adult. They're just as great now.
Definitely a page turner. This book dealt with a deep and timely topic in a respectful and compassionate manner. Given the nature of the emotional turmoil, it is difficult to do justice to a romance evolving in the midst, but this one was done well. Full review is at my website.
I received this book complimentary from the author. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
very poor imitation of original book. Found it plodding. even forgot I had tried to read it once before. Abandoned by chapter 2 second go around.
Keeps you in the story! Love to read Kathy Herman books!
If you like watching these three on YouTube, you'll enjoy this book about their love story. It's written in a "he said/she said" style, with each of them telling their story from a different point of view. The writing is not great but conversational. Just what you'd expect.
I've enjoyed some of this family's vlogs, although they are becoming more and more commercial as they grow in popularity. For example, during the last one I watched, the doorbell rang and a box from Hello Fresh was on the doorstep for the family to cook for dinner. They raved about it. But this is their sole income, I think, so advertising is part of the package.
Anyway, I'm curious about what others will think! Hope someone will enjoy it. Brand new and nice enough to give as a gift.
A festive neighborhood party is taking place and Pip discovers her 13 year old sister, Grace, unconscious and bloody in a rose garden. What happened to her? And who is responsible? I have read a few other books by Lisa Jewell and really enjoyed them all but this one seemed to fall flat for me. I t was an interesting story but the end did not really make sense to me. If you want to read Lisa Jewell, I suggest you start with another of her books.
This book is the first in this series and is EXCELLENT!!!! The atmosphere...the story line..the characters.... I loved everything about it and eagerly await reading the next in the series. It is very well written and captures the reader at every page...
Zoe Walker feels like someone is watching her. She becomes trapped in the confines of her normal everyday world. This intense psychological thriller makes you re-evaluate every step you take and makes you see the world in a different light. It has a killer twist which keeps the pages turning until the very end. I'm looking forward to reading Mackintosh's next novel and I highly recommend this one to those who love psychological thrillers.
Dreadful, Really, truly dreadful. Poorly written. Wooden characters. Dud attempts at humor. Illogical. Abandoning, halfway through, because I really do have better things to do with my time.
Two sisters attend the same school.One popular and active. The other academic. A medical crisis challenges the strength of the family that changes them forever.
well paced suspense book. kept you reading. I didn't really like the main character - she had too many flaws - but deep down I didn't want to see her stuck with a crime she didn't commit. I was glad she seemed to turn her life around at the end. The ending did surprise me. Well written.
This book was not what I thought it would be: from the title, I expected something more light hearted and humorous. Instead this book was real serious. It discusses what could be considered a bullshit job, why the number of such jobs are increasing, and the toll these types of jobs take on individuals and society. The author uses history, philosophy, sociology, and economic theory as well as personal anecdotes from readers of the essay which inspired this book to make his case that bullshit jobs are a real problem that corporations and the government is unwilling to acknowledge or deal with.
The last chapter suggests universal income as the solution to this dilemma (which is surprising, as the author identifies as an anarchist). Despite not being the breezy read I had anticipated, this is an interesting book with lots of food for thought.
Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, a bold and inspired teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. As Islamic morality squads staged arbitrary raids in Tehran, fundamentalists seized hold of the universities, and a blind censor stifled artistic expression, the girls in Azar Nafisi's living room risked removing their veils and immersed themselves in the worlds of Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, and Vladimir Nabokov. In this extraordinary memoir, their stories become intertwined with the ones they are reading. Reading Lolita in Tehran is a remarkable exploration of resilience in the face of tyranny and a celebration of the liberating power of literature.
Some of the people in Promise are from old ranching families--like the Westons and Pattersons--folks who arrived in the Hill Country more than a century ago. And then there are newcomers like Annie Applegate, who's looking for peace but finds a great deal more. She agrees to marry a widowed veterinarian for the sake of his children...and discovers that marriage can lead to love.
In Promise, everyone's life is a story! The people here, like people everywhere, experience tragedies as well as triumphs, sorrow as well as joy. This town, like towns everywhere, has its share of secrets. But--whether times are good or bad--you're never alone in a place like Promise. And as Annie Applegate knows, that makes all the difference.
Corrie Philips has an enviable life -- even if it's not quite the one she wanted. She enjoys working at her university alumni magazine, her house is beautiful, and her husband, Mark, is attentive, handsome, and wealthy. But after years of frustration and failed attempts, Corrie is desperate for a child -- and haunted by the choices in her past.
A decade ago, just after college, Corrie's boyfriend Daniel left town, intent on saving the world even if it meant breaking Corrie's heart. Now he's returned, and despite her misgivings, Corrie feels drawn to him again. But the emotions that overwhelm her may put her marriage and her secure, stable life at risk. Faced with an unexpected choice, Corrie must unravel illusion from reality at last and weigh what she most needs against what her heart has always wanted.