Oh, my! This friends to lovers story was crazy good. I have a major book hangover because I started reading it before bed, and then I ended up reading all night long because I just could not put it down.
Josie Wheeler owns the Morning Jolt Cafe with her two best friends, Gwen and Samantha. She is nearing 30, and suddenly her well-ordered, predictable life becomes completely stifling, as does her completely predictable boyfriend Nate. Josie decides to see if Nate wants to spice up their love life- with disastrous results. Josie and Nate are supposed to be the maid of honor and best man at Gwen's upcoming wedding, but the situation is becoming increasingly awkward after their breakup.
Calvin Monroe has been good friends with Josie for years. He never felt confident enough to act on the feelings of attraction that he's had for Josie since he first saw her at age 14. He always viewed Josie as a good girl, while he was a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. After his divorce, he returns to his hometown of Magnolia Falls, but he won't date anyone else from town.
Josie has a yearly birthday tradition of choosing something daring just for herself. Her previous year's choice was asking her long-time crush Cal out on a date. Cal turns her down without ever realizing she was asking him out, leading to Josie's humiliation and her subsequent relationship with Nate. While out with friends at a bar, Cal overhears Josie telling a mutual friend about why she broke things off with Nate. Josie is furious with him for eavesdropping, and refuses to speak to him, but Cal cannot get her out of his head. Thanks to another friend, he also realizes the mistake he made when Josie had tried to ask him out. For Cal, losing Josie is unthinkable, so he offers her a deal- he'll help her explore her sensual side and fulfill all of her bedroom fantasies until Gwen's wedding two weeks away.
Cal and Josie were such a fun couple! I really enjoyed watching how their friendship changed and grew into such a sweet and sexy love. The author does a terrific job with giving the characters some surprising depth, and with describing the town of Magnolia Falls. The sex scenes are hot and fit well with the story. I also loved all the peripheral characters- especially Cal's relationship with his grandfather. There is just enough angst from the disgruntled ex to keep the story interesting and provide some conflict.
Cora Reed is definitely a new author on my radar, and I will be watching for the next one in this series.
I received an ARC of this book, and I voluntarily chose to write an honest review.
As the bisexual mother of lesbian and pansexual daughters, and the sister-in-law of two lovely lesbians with three beautiful daughters, this was the best book I've read/listened to. As a human person who believes in tolerance and equality, this is the best book I've read/listened to!
The narrators were perfect, as was the story. I love how the animals all stood behind the bunnies who only wanted to love one another. And the best part was how they all realized that they got to decide who their leader was, and voted the mean old stink bug out! Love and tolerance won out in the end.
This book gives me hope that this will soon be the case in real life.
Beautiful--emotional--thrilling! I could not put it down for long. The duke whose difficult recovery from a stroke and a Quaker heroine is a new experience for me, and their unique and oftentimes frightening journey to freedom was simply riveting. My one irritation is with Maddy's inability to recognize Christian's seemingly spendthrift behaviors as desperate attempts to save them both, but other than that I loved it! 5 stars.
Lisa Boyer's book is the light in the closet when it comes to quilting! No, it has no patterns you must follow. In fact, I didn't see a single "must" in the book!
It DOES however, have inspiration for us to pick up the needle or the sewing machine and some fabric that needs to be loved, and start making a present for ourselves or some other dear and deserving person!
Is there anyone out there besides me who picks up fabric remnents I fall in love with but stores them for years because there's not enough of it to make anything? Has anyone besides me gotten un-inspired because it dawned on me I would have to do MATH to get enough (but not too much)of a matching fabric for a project?
Lisa Boyer writes to SET US FREE, quilters!
Her book is full of inspiration and tips....that will make you experienced quilters chuckle and nod "yes!" to yourselves...and make inexperienced "wannabe" quilters like me actually think "I can do that!"
Now, this is not easy, to inspire someone like me - who has a box full of new and old fabric scraps that cover every decade from the sixties til now! Fabric that has been "too cool" to throw away but too...okay, WEIRD...for anyone else to want these days.
And not only that, but I got married last year and inherited a box under my late-mother-in-law's bed that looks suspicially like the fabric box under MY bed...and hers has, you guessed it, pre-World War II fabric in it.
What, throw away an "antique?" Antique fabric that doesn't happen to match any other piece in the box? You can see the problem.
Luckily, my favorite quilting tip, in fact, Lisa's Quilting Tip #1, says:
"Pretty fabric is not acceptable. Go right back to the quilt shop and exchange it for something you feel sorry for!" See how wise she is? And I only have to look in the box under my bed!
The next problem that always confounded me was, "How does that MAGIC happen that changes these perfectly -stitched, starched, brightly-colored fabric pieces in the gallery quilts, into the softly-wrinkled, irregularly-stitched, beautifully-faded and grass-stained, soft clouds of lovingly-stitched (by my grandmother) quilt that I wrapped myself in every night to get through my divorce in my twenties, and to give myself hope during my operation in my seventies? How does that happen?
Enter Lisa's Tip #9:
"The most important aspect to remember about dorky homemade quilt-making is that once you have put your last stitch in the binding, you are still only half-finished. The quilt must now undergo a thorough conditioning.
Give it to someone you love dearly. They must drag it around the house, wrap themselves in it when they have a fever, spill something brown on it and occasionally let Woofie lay on it. It must be washed and dried until it is as soft and lumpy as my Thanksgiving mashed potatoes."
Now to me, this is inspiration! Thank you, Lisa!
I highly recommend this book even if it's just to make you smile.
Five quilted stars for this one.
Okay, kids, we all have someone we love who will SOMEDAY have a fever...Let's get quilting!
This guide came in really handy when I was in a time of confusion. I am doing so much better now.
Even with the tied up ending and unlikable characters, The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor works. The story is told in a manner that is compelling and that keeps me reading. The writing successfully creates a chilling and creepy atmosphere even flipping back and forth between two periods. The true ending of the book leaves a chill and a shiver. Innocent chalk drawings on a sidewalk now carry a whole different meaning.
Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2018/03/the-chalk-man.html
Reviewed for NetGalley
This was a fun read for me. I finished it within a couple of days. If you are looking for something a little lighthearted, this might be the one for you.
I guess this book just isn't my type. I read a few chapters, but I just felt like it was droning on about nothing. I never found any humor in it, but maybe I need to have a severe dry sense of humor to find it funny. I gave up on it about midway through the third chapter.
All stitches, patterns, explained and illustrated from Japan to Faroe Island exemplars--exhaustive!
"In 1950 Escalante no longer grew, ground, processed, or made many of the things it needed in daily life. The flour mill was no more. Home baking was by no means universal. Dairy cows were fewer in number. Even fresh vegetables from California were brought in during the winter."
Bibliography and index.
"The years of the Renaissance were not happy ones for medicine. Universities were often long deserted, and even a school as powerful as Montpellier despaired of being able to continue I the face of the difficulties of the times. In 1523 the university authorities at Oxford wrote to Thomas More that they had been financially deserted and physically abandoned. In 1530 the University of Vienna had only 30 students in attendance. Even the University of Paris had to interrupt its activities, during the middle of the sixteenth century, because of deaths among the students and faculty. The record of the medical profession as a whole during these crises was deplorable. Not only were physicians unable to offer and noteworthy assistance and were among the first to flee infected cities, but, if they remained they did not scruple to mulct the population."
Index and extensive bibliographic citations, mostly to journals.
Numerous diagrams and photos, algebraic formulas for calculating stress, estimates of labor and material costs in dollars for various jobs, and enough information for this to serve as a handbook for survivors of Armageddon engaged in rebuilding the world. The authors begin with properties of fasteners (dowels, spikes, screws, etc.) as commonly used and end with quite elaborate structures. There is plenty of information on how to build a stone or wooden arch bridge, etc.
"Kane kicks off Forensic Instincts, her new series about a team of maverick investigators, with this fascinating story with sharply drawn characters, fast-paced dialogue, dark and dangerous minds-brilliant methodology and the types of cases mystery readers campaign to get."
Very readable and the author interviewed many 19th C. participants in the industry.
"Fresh ammunition and arms had arrived from Pittsburgh for the strikers, and they swarmed toward the scows from three sides. But they hadn't yet learned the strategy of siege warfare, and the lesson was terrible in its cost."
Bibliography and index.
"Modern recasts of English and foreign brass bell weights are easily recognizable by the roughness of the casting and by lack of finish or patina. No genuine weight will have rough or sharp edges as they would all have been rubbed off with wear. Look inside crevices and holes for roughness. Bad pitting and small blowholes are other signs of fakes."
Includes how to use the tools of the trade, 'common ailments,' and (most importantly in my opinion) reassembly.
"This is almost a reversal of the procedure for taking apart, but there are some points which need particular attention. The following order is suggested."
Emphasizing the importance of waiters and waitresses in the industry, Dietz demonstrates that with teamwork it can be a profitable occupation. Details include which hand to use to efficiently serve and remove plates.
"Think of it! Thousands of dollars to create a business; thousands for skilled cooks, atmosphere, and maintenance--yet the final results all depend on YOU!"
A case study of an open housing covenant campaign, including the phases that can be employed, conducted just as MLK,Jr. was bringing the Civil Rights Movement to the North.
"More encouraging still is the extent to which the church people of Newfield acknowledged the inadequacy of housing for Negroes and the reality of discrimination against them."
Notes and index.
"The major back-up force for local police was the National Guard, which was nominally under the control of the state governor but was paid (up to 90 percent), trained, and equipped by the federal government. Until the civil disorders of the late 1960s, the National Guard's primary responsibility had been to augment the regular Army in time of war or national emergency. But by the summer of 1967, the Guard was being called up repeatedly to help handle the growing ghetto riots."
Bibliography, index, extensive footnotes.
"It is surely fantastic to suggest that a Dane or Swede with the stone tools represented in the First Northern culture, apt those were for carpentry, could build even an ox-cart."
Includes maps, diagrams, drawings and photos.
Bibliography, index, and endnotes.
"But after the manner of books, the poem expanded."
"The principal activities of the Aluminum Limited enterprise embrace mining, shipping and transporting of the raw materials, generation of hydroelectric power, production of primary aluminum metal and fabrication of some of the output into forms useful to the metal trade. Its international sales organization covers most areas of the world open to normal commerce. Its research and development program embraces nearly all aspects of the industry."
"The idea for this book was conceived during a funeral, and the deceased was not a person but a ball park--Ebbets Field. The obsequies were held on a dank morning--February 23, 1960--and a two-ton ball started the demolition by smashing the roof of the visiting club's dugout. Ebbets Field was about to become a housing project."
No bibliography or index.
The author must be a deep thinker, because not only does he have a famous name, he's stroking his beard in his back cover picture.
None of the articles awakened my inner sense of wonder, sorry.