This is a funny, pick me up, leave me and return to me book. It is filled with great stories written by a mother-daughter team who truly know the art of vignettes and of how to tell a funny story of real life occurrences. I found this to be a very enjoyable book that I could read a part and come back and read some more, never losing the feel of the book and wanting to read what the woman would approach next, what topic they would put a Scottoline/Seratella perspective on.
I love books by Mary Alice Monroe because they touch your heart and soul with the experiences, trials and tribulations of everyday life for a family in turmoil. The Beach House Reunion does not fail to live up to the excellence of Ms. Monroe’s writing and will take you on a journey through the upsets, love, family connections, and resolutions that are made at Primrose Cottage and in Charleston, as her family grapples with issues that tear at the heart and could bring a family to ruin. In amid the storm, is finding love new and love again for two women, neither of whom are looking for it and finding it fresh, confusing, and wonderful.
All We Ever Wanted
This is an absolutely fantastic, well worth your time, energy, emotion book. The characters are so well written and developed: Nina’s strength and determination; Tom’s utter belief in defending his daughter; Kirk’s absolute entitlement and elitism; Lyla’s fortitude and teen emotions; Finch’s mirroring his father’s attitude. The story is true to life for many teens: peer pressure, media nonchalance, and today’s gossip is forgotten tomorrow. In this case, the deed is too harmful for parents to brush off and therein lies the story: trust betrayed, covered up sins, glossing over by teens. It is hard stuff for a parent to swallow, easy for some teens.
This is a tough topic within a thoroughly great book.
The Perfect Couple
The Perfect Couple is a terrific book by Elin Hildebrand. There is a crime, a series of secrets and enough things going on to make you shake your head and wonder whose shoe is going to drop next. The plot is actually rather fun (even with a possible murder at its core) because so many character stories intersect, run parallel, and diverge. Just when you might feel secure in thinking you have it all figured out you have not.
How to Walk Away
This book wrenched my very soul with the persistent, hard line look at the emotions the main character felt and experienced. Imagine being cajoled into flying when you deathly fear it and then being seriously injured in a fiery crash and the cajoler walks away unscathed. Plus, he is your just new fiancé and he cannot cope with your injuries or prognosis. Imagine your utter and complete devastation and then try to find a way to recover and regain some semblance of normalcy. This is what faces Margaret and this heart hitting book paints no rosy picture but one of grit, determination, desolation, and, ultimately, a form of success and new normalcy.
The Life Lucy Knew
Very, very very good book! It catches you right away and pulls you further and further into the story of a young woman suffering from a head injury and whose memories have been rewritten by her brain. I cannot fathom the idea of not knowing what my real reality is when there are so many secrets being held by others out of concern for my well being. Reading how the main character, Lucy, navigates her new reality and tries to come to terms with her false memories is truly engrossing and fascinating.
This book is truly a funny take on the Cinderella story complete with two wicked stepsisters, a wicked stepmother, a prince charming, and a cast of other characters, including a ghost. Sometimes biting, other times hilarious, this is such an engaging and fun read.
Talisa Island, GA is the setting for this novel about redemption, secrets and murder. I thoroughly enjoyed this Southern themed book about a ninety plus year old woman dying of cancer seeking to repair the damage she has wrought over the years for her three close friends. In doing so, she creates a new friendship for the five women involved in bringing her wishes to fruition.
This is a very moving novel revolving around spousal abuse and the affects it has on two women years apart in age but close in their horrifying experiences. The harshness, brutality and fear of Delilah Buford and Tracey Walters are hard to read yet alone picture and written in such a manner that portrays their reality and that the reader can comprehend the brutality as it happened or occurs.
Delilah has made her home, Harbor Hill, a sanctuary for women needing security and a chance to rebuild their lives. Delilah tends to one woman at a time, offering her support, kindness and understanding along with room and board at no cost. Tracey is a woman hiding out from her abusive husband, always on the run when he finds her.
The beauty of the novel is the relationships formed by Delilah, Tracey, Tracey’s two small children and Aiden. Aiden lived at Harbor Hill when he was a young boy and returned as an adult when his world imploded. They all find something that they need in each other: healing, comfort, acceptance, and love.
The Shortest Way Home is a charming and pleasurable novel about a young woman who finds herself in a position to completely deter from her after graduate school plans. On a last trip before moving to New York, Hannah and her boyfriend, Ethan, go on a wine tasting trip to Sonoma, CA and while in Sonoma, she is entranced by the Bellosguardo winery-a small but lovely venue struggling to compete with the mass producing vineyards of the area. Hannah is charmed by the son of the owners and as she listens to him talk about the winery and changes that could be mad, she pictures herself as someone who could do just that. Leaving Ethan to continue to New York, Hannah becomes involved in the winery as a marketer, learning from the wife of the owner. There is more going on between them than Hannah first noticed and as she grows into her position, she also grows wrapped up in the stresses and decisions of them and in their personal relationship. All the while, she has been smitten by William, the owner’s son, and he with her. Unfortunately, he is leaving to go to grad school at NYU in a week.
Hannah gives it her all, facing the ups and downs of the owner’s relationship and the business of infusing the winery with life and recognition.
If you see this book at a bookstore, at a library, on Kindle or other sites, do not pass it by! It is a lovely, heart-touching, endearing, heart strings pulling novel about a young girl growing up while trying to fit into her family. She is often rejected or misunderstood. Grace has a gift of Knowing or clairvoyance that her pastor father cannot abide, her sisters poke fun at and others turn away from in fear. Grace is trying her best to deny her gift but it will not allow her to do this.
Along the way growing up, her gift brings her both joy and sadness. She experiences thing her gift does but cannot share them for fear of rejection by her father. He is entrenched in church thought that she is devil filled, even though she repeated states she is driven by God and by what is right, not evil.
My heart broke so many times as I read her deep struggles and hurts. Above it all, she’s a survivor
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel of romance curried with serious roadblocks created by circumstances that are unresolved. Both Eliot Bailey and Megan Hamilton are strong characters, each wanting the other but stymied by a past event that overshadows her life and creates a heretofore unsolvable puzzle for him. In their desire to be together, the puzzle (where her brother’s wife disappeared to) has to be resolved in order for Eliot and Megan to move forward. The wall it creates between them is impenetrable without this resolution.