Island Life Sentence

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If unfortunate events can be funny, they are in this book. The series of crazy experiences that Peg Savage has when she and husband, Clark, move to Key West are the funniest but not to her. Of course, her husband departs for a consulting job in Cuba almost as soon as they arrive in Key West leaving Peg to fend for herself and her dog. Peg has everything happen to her, compounding her lack of desire to even be there: stranded with over forty-two bridges to cross to get to the mainland. Not an awful distance to travel but interminable if, like Peg, you have an abject fear of bridges. Peg does meet some friendly people (and haints/ghosts) that help make life more bearable until Clark returns.

Annie’s Summer by the Sea

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I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely book because of the engaging characters, entertaining story and the mix of predicaments.

Annie Trebarwith has inherited her family’s ancient, in desperate need of repair house in Cornwall. Her boyfriend, Josh Pasco, supports her in every way but a pushy cousin and a series of unfortunate e vents may cause Anne to sell the home to her cousin. The lovely town residents flock to her side, warming her heart eve more for them and for her new home. However, the huge debt for fixing the house may be more than Annie can bear.

A Nantucket Wedding

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Deep emotions, personal struggles, fears and insecurities abound in this brilliantly touching tracing the lives of four women over a summer spent anticipating a wedding. Sisters finally find a way to relate to each other. A step-daughter to be is battling a self-manufactured battle for what she feels is rightfully hers. Amid the drama is the soon to be bride: mother of the sisters and wary and careful of the step-daughter.

Nancy Thayer hits the excellence mark with A Nantucket Wedding!

Never Goodbye

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Never Goodbye is a very interesting read on how the law can be very strange, at least to me. I have read a lot of books that fall into courtroom drama but this one threw me! At the onset is a murder with the usual suspects but throw in an affair from left field and the question of texts as evidence and it is all different territory. I found the book to be fascinating and the ending really shook me and my simple notions of right and wrong.

 

Finding Eden

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Finding Eden is a passionate novel that flows from the relationship of the main characters. Mary Alayna works in management by day and is a singer/band member by night. She keeps her two worlds separate until a chance meeting with the man who is in town to evaluate her for a promotion. Clark is the grandson of the company’s owner sent to check into her. Mary as Alayna runs a home for young men graduating out of foster care offering them a place to live and thrive. She is a strong, independent woman at work and at home and takes her role of house mother seriously. Clark is immediately smitten with Mary (at work) and then Alyana at the pub she sings in.

There is a lot of steamy chemistry, insecurities on both sides and fear of matching up to what the other needs. It is a journey through a steamy/stormy relationship with a thread of love running through it all and holding things together.

 

Before We were Strangers

Brenda Novak writes a very interesting and riveting book with so much deceit that it will make you wonder about everybody involved. And, once you think you have a grip on the story, everything takes an ominous turn. The main character, Sloane, has been driven her whole life by the feeling that her father was responsible for the disappearance of her mother. Five year old Sloane heard things the night her mother went missing that have punctured her existence ever since. Finally at a point in her life that she can return to the town she fled, Sloane is determined to discover once and for all what happened to her mother. It is a hard feat considering the time that has lapsed and the number of town people either lying or covering up what they know in fear of her powerful father.

It is a twisting-turning read from the first chapter to the last!

Chestnut Springs

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Brenda Maxwell loss a lucrative job in Los Angeles because of mistakes made on the day she learned of her father’s passing. There is no mercy from her boss and after six months of searching, no jobs either. She finds herself drawn to an unusual way of life: off the grid living on the East Coast. She finds a gem of a home in Chestnut Springs, WVA and a small town full of lovely people who become her friends. Heretofore, Brenda had lived a solitary life revolving around work only and a desire to move up in the business.

She meets the handsome, single sheriff and thinks she may have landed in the perfect place to thrive at last. Brenda learns about life off the grid through the internet, book, and hard experiences all the while finding the town to be endearing and caring. A huge blip in her existence might derail everything she has strove for and luck may be the one thing that can save her.

The book is a little slow in parts and quickens the pace in others. In all it is a wholesome book about life changes and how we can adapt to just about anything when the chance arises.

Lucknow

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I loved this book about poor Rosie, dumped by her charming husband for another woman and left to pull herself and her baby son, Hammish, up from the ground where she has landed. Rosie is shaken to her core, unaware of her husband’s discretions and desire to leave them. She has no idea what she and Hammish will do but wanting to divorce herself from anything to do with Nick, she sells her valuable jewelry and home and moves to Lucknow where her overbearing older sister and husband live. Her sister is all about being accepted into the small community and a couple of unfortunate occurrences show Rosie in a dim light. Juliette, the sister, sets about to find a suitable suitor for Rosie in the local stud farmer, Hugo. Rosie is really taken by a man she met, Seamus, but he is not exactly the best way to go according to Juliette. Rosie is left trying to assuage her sister, make a go of it with Hugo all the while wishing Seamus was better than he is. There are some undercurrents between Hugo and Rosie’s boss/friend Eloise that puzzle Rosie and she doubts Hugo is the one for her.

How Do Cats Do That?

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This book is a departure from what I normally read because it’s an informative book that I wanted to share with my four year old inquisitive grandson.

His uncle has a cat and he was always asking questions about her. I ended up enjoying reading it to him as much as to myself. We both loved reading about fun and interesting things about cat behavior, especially about how cats and kittens play and communicate. In fact, we would read a section and then go and watch the cat to see what she was doing (besides sleeping!) It was especially fun when she would loudly and continuously meow when her master got home.

The book gave me many opportunities to talk about the behavior of our old cats and look up to read things she would do, too. Both my grandson and I loved the book!

Rush

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I found this novel to be so engaging and thought provoking. The narrative covers the world of racial injustice and inequality at a university in Mississippi in current day. Young sorority women take action against the injustice while bucking against a woman who values money as power and keeping the status quo. She uses her power to manipulate situations to her advantage, often hurting and alienating others with no regard.

Seeing life from a black woman’s perspective is enlightening and painful. She sees her lot in life as set by age old traditions but fights to right the wrongs with the help of the young women. I read every chapter hoping the mean, spiteful antagonist would get her just rewards!