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Book Review: White Fur by Jardine Libaire

White Fur“People looked to him like one of those Tibetan children picked out as a reincarnated lama. They think he knows the secret to life. They get mad when he doesn’t offer it up. What happens, anyway, when the village chooses the wrong kid as their prophet?” – White Fur

So this is going to be a different kind of review for me. White Fur is a book I’m not quite sure how to categorize or review. At this point, I’ve only read half of the book. It’s definitely not a DNF (did not finish) as I do want to finish this book. It’s more of a finish later kind of a book. This is for a couple of reasons.

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Book Review: Limelight by Amy Poeppel

Limelight

Cover art copyright of Atria/Emily Bestler Books

One of my bucket list items was to visit New York City, which I got to do a couple of years ago, at Christmastime no less! The city was magical, just as I’d imagined it would be. I, like all NYC lovers, have found myself thinking from time to time about what it would be like to live in the city. That is the premise of Ms. Poeppel’s sophomore novel, Limelight. In Limelight, we meet Allison, who has dreamed of living in Manhattan for years. When her husband, Michael, gets an incredible promotion at work, the couple decides to leave their lives in Dallas, Texas behind and move to Manhattan with their three kids and their cat. But things don’t go exactly as planned, resulting in a tangled mess of job hunting, school hunting, apartment adjustments, hormonal teenagers, celebrity sightings, and one spoiled young pop star.

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March Wrap-Up!

March Wrap Up

Like February, March was a busy, busy month. I took on a new freelance writing gig in the health and wellness genre, which is an area I’ve been wanting to break into for a while. I love researching and writing articles that can help people lead healthy lives. I’ll share some of the articles to my social media pages once they post.

In addition to writing, I (of course) did some reading this month as well. I only worked my way through three novels this month, but I did manage to get my book bucket list pick for March in as well as a new thriller that I had heard so much about. So here it is, my March wrap-up and reading plans for April.

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March Book Bucket List: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

rebecca-2.jpg“I could not believe that I had said the name at last. I waited, wondering what would happen. I had said the name. I had said the word Rebecca aloud. It was a tremendous relief. It was as though I had taken a purge and rid myself of an intolerable pain. Rebecca. I had said it aloud.”

– Rebecca

Rebecca has been on my book bucket list for years. I have heard it referenced countless times and decided to find out what it was all about. In case you’re unfamiliar with the story, it is about a young woman who works as an aide/ companion for an older, wealthy woman. On one of their vacations, the young woman meets a middle-aged widower named Maxim and he ends up proposing. It all seems a big magical, even though he is rumored to have lost his wife less than a year before in a tragic accident. But when the newlyweds return to Manderley, Maxim’s estate, the story takes on an eerie tone as the new bride feels haunted by Maxim’s dead wife.

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Book Review: My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris

My Lady's Choosing

Cover art is copyright of Quirk Books

When I was a kid, I loved “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. In case you’re not familiar with that kind of storybook, the story starts like any other story but soon a decision will need to be made. Do you go right down the nice looking path? Or do you go left down the twisty, scary looking path? Do you investigate the strange sound you hear? Or do you keep going on your way? The story would change depending on the choices I made and then I could go back and make different choices and read a completely different story. My favorite was How to Wake a Sleeping Beauty. It’s been years, okay decades, since I read a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book. So when I heard about My Lady’s Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel, I was intrigued. A “Choose Your Own Adventure” book for adults? I had to check it out!

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Book Review: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Wife Between Us“Gaze detection, it’s called – our ability to sense when someone is observing us. An entire system of the human brain is devoted to this genetic inheritance from our ancestors, who relied on the trait to avoid becoming an animal’s prey.” – The Wife Between Us

I was overdue for an unputdownable, exciting psychological thriller. Enter The Wife Between Us! I had heard of this book and decided to give it a shot. I was a little hesitant as I have read some “thrillers” over the last year that were anything but thrilling. But I was pleasantly surprised with this new release and finished it in less than a week.

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Friday Firsts: My First Romantic Read

friday-firsts.jpgFor this Friday Firsts post, I’d like to talk about my first romantic read. Let me start by saying that I read a ton of romance novels in my twenties. Favorite authors included Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts. My first Danielle Steel novel was Star and I read it after I saw a Lifetime TV movie version of the film starring Jennie Garth (I know, I’m dating myself here) 🙂 The book was very different, as tends to be the case, but I loved it and I was hooked. From there, I progressed to Nora Roberts novels which I loved because, they not only had romance but usually quite a mystery as well. I would stay up reading into the early morning hours because I just had to find out whodunit and if the couple was really going to end up together – spoiler alert – yes, they always did! In trying to pinpoint which of these novels was my first real romance book, I found myself going back earlier than my twenties, or even my late teens. I found myself remembering a book I read in my early teens, a time of just discovering boys and really not even understanding what romance was. Continue reading


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February Wrap-Up!

February Wrap Up

February was a very productive month for me. I was fortunate to spend a lot of the month in sunny Arizona visiting family. The sunshine must have given me a burst of energy because I got a ton of writing done. While writing was great, it didn’t leave me as much room for reading as I would have liked. But I did manage to sneak in a few new reads, including my book bucket list pick for February. Today I’d like to recap my February hits and misses and share my reading plans for March.

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February Book Bucket List: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

a wrinkle in time“’Well, then, someone just tell me how we got here!’ Calvin’s voice was still angry and his freckles seemed to stand out on his face. ‘Even traveling at the speed of light, it would take us years and years to get here.’

‘Oh, we don’t travel at the speed of anything,’ Mrs. Whatsit explained earnestly. ‘We tesser. Or you might say, we wrinkle.’” – A Wrinkle in Time

I chose A Wrinkle in Time as my book bucket list pick for February for a couple of reasons. One, I’ve wanted to re-read this book for years. When I picked it up this month, it had been at least twenty years since I’d read it. I remember it having a science fiction and fantasy feel to it, but I was fuzzy on the details. Two, I wanted to brush up on the book before the new Disney film version releases in March.

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Book Review: The Italian Party by Christina Lynch

The Italian Party

Cover art is copyright of St. Martin’s Press

 

The synopsis of this new book releasing in March caught my attention, and I was really looking forward to reading it. One marketing blurb proclaimed that it was a great pick for fans of Beautiful Ruins. I loved Beautiful Ruins so I decided to give The Italian Party a chance. Unfortunately, this book fell short for me. In fact, it is my first official DNF (did not finish) of 2018.

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