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Book Review: The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick

The Other Lady Vanishes

Cover art is copyright of Berkley Publishing Group

 

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you probably know that I love books set in the Golden Age of Hollywood. So when I got the opportunity for a sneak peek at Amanda Quick’s newest mystery set in 1930’s California amidst the glamour of Hollywood movie stars, I couldn’t resist!

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April Wrap-Up!

April Wrap Up

I don’t know about you, but we had quite a cold, snowy April in the northeast. Winter just didn’t seem to understand that it was time to move over for Spring. We had an ice storm, freezing temps, and snow on the ground. And here I had pictured myself sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee and a good book! I still enjoyed my cup of coffee and book, but I did it in front of the fireplace yet again. The good thing about the wintry weather was that it gave me a chance to stay inside and dive into some good books.

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April Book Bucket List: Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Gulliver's TravelsI vaguely recall watching a movie version of Gulliver’s Travels as a child that, I believe, starred Ted Dansen as Lemuel Gulliver. What I remember from the film was a man journeying to different lands and encountering different kinds of creatures, including a land of miniature people followed by a land of giants. I have always been drawn to fantasy stories like The Chronicles of Narnia, so Gulliver seemed right up my alley. I always wanted to read the book the movie was based on, so I made it my book bucket list pick for April.

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Book Review: All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

All We Ever Wanted

Cover art is copyright of Ballantine Books

I have been hooked on Emily Giffin’s books since I read her debut novel Something Borrowed. For me, that novel established Giffin as one of the most real and relevant writers out there. Her characters and the situations they find themselves in are contemporary and relatable. The questions Giffin’s characters must ask themselves create journeys that are just so real. Giffins characters are people I know –  friends, family, and even myself. Her books always make me stop and reflect. So of course I had high hopes for All We Ever Wanted, and of course, Giffin didn’t disappoint.

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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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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