May 282015
 
Review: Gwynneth Ever After

Sometimes you need a heartfelt, sighing, sweet romance, and this is book fits the bill perfectly. This is such a satisfying romance, and as a bonus, features several very realistic children characters. Children characters in romance books tend to be either absent or seriously stereotyped. The children in this book are very much fully developed and realistic, and add a touch of homey amusement to the story. It made the romance that much sweeter because it felt possible. Gwyn’s situation was realistic and believable, and while meeting a hunky movie star isn’t very believable, it is the stuff of dreams, […]

May 272015
 
Review: Seven Exes Are Eight Too Many

This book is hilarious! It’s Survivor meets The Bachelorette and is more amusing than you’d think possible. It also has some serious, and valid, points about looking at your past choices and evaluating them and yourself, but that’s nicely buried under the entertainment. One the best things about this book, beside the continual LOL moments, are the characters. There are quite a few of them, but they are all nicely developed. I never mixed up any of the exes, and MC herself is quite the bundle. Everyone’s dialogue and actions were portrayed realistically and believably, even if they weren’t all […]

May 142015
 
Review: Being Emily

This is such a powerful story about a girl born in a boy’s body. The reader really gets to journey with Christopher as she fights to become Emily. It felt like an insider view to a very personal and emotional struggle. I liked that the focus was on the psychological side, with Emily learning to embrace herself, and really coming to terms with the person she wants to be. The story is primarily about Emily, but I really like the addition of Claire. Her character wasn’t just a vehicle to push education about transgender issues, she was fully developed with […]

Apr 282015
 
Review: The Beautiful Daughters

This story sounded like it would be an interesting slow unravelling of a mystery, but I didn’t connect with either of the main characters, and so I DNF’d at the 38% mark. The first introduction to Adri was exciting as she’s living a nursing life in Africa, but she quickly comes back to the states, and is shown to be rather boring. Most of what I read was her complaining about why she was there, and how she didn’t want to be there. It was annoying, and boring. Before I quit reading, there was one glimpse into Harper’s current life, […]

Apr 132015
 
Review: The Truth About Alice

I have wanted to read this book since I first saw details before its publication. I finally got to it, and in audiobook format even, and I’m so glad. This is an extremely powerful story. There are several things that greatly annoyed me, including the ending, but without spoilers, it’s hard to talk about any of it. Even though some parts made me angry, the fact that I felt such forceful emotions speaks volumes about the book. The audiobook has several narrators, one for each of the characters telling the story. It’s not often I listen to full cast narrations, […]

Apr 072015
 
Review: Inside the O'Briens

The crying! Oh, the crying this book caused! I read this all in one day, in one sitting even, and there were so many times I had to pause to wipe away the tears so I could see the page. This is such an emotional story. It gives you a front row seat to how Huntington’s Disease destroys a person’s life, and everyone around them. It’s extremely painful to witness, especially since there is absolutely nothing that can be done to halt or slow the disease. This story is told primarily from Joe and Katie’s points of view. They are […]

Mar 102015
 
Review: Lacy Eye

I read this book really quickly and found myself sucked into Hanna’s life and memories. She suffered a brutal home invasion attack which left her disfigured and her husband dead, and there was suspicion cast on her youngest daughter. That sounds like a complete nightmare to a parent. The story focuses mostly on Hanna and her quest to remember what happened that night, as she’s been asked to testify at an appeal trial for her daughter’s boyfriend, who was found guilty of the attack. At the same time, her daughter comes to live with her, and Hanna struggles with figuring […]

Mar 022015
 
Review: Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic

I am so disappointed with Kitty’s choices and actions in this book. Up until now, she’s been a great heroine and role model, but the choices she makes in this book left me quite disgusted. Breaking and entering and stealing are not good choices, and the way Kitty shrugged off her actions as justifable because the victim didn’t want to work with them? Morally reprehensible. Maybe it’s just the mom in me, but this installment in the series left me very unhappy. I just wanted to shake Kitty and make her see that what she was doing was just not […]

Feb 242015
 
Review: The Life I Left Behind

This was a difficult book to read, mostly due to the overwhelmingly depressing feel of Melody’s narration. Her constant sorrow, terror and depression come through so strongly that it’s hard not to feel those emotions pulling at you. It’s not really a bad thing because that is a good sign of excellent writing, but it does still make the book a more difficult read. Melody’s narration is interspersed with Eve’s narration, which has a much lighter feel, even though Eve is dead and Melody is still alive. Eve’s voice is solemn, but it has a “moved beyond pain” feel that […]

Feb 122015
 
Review: The Secrets of Midwives

This was a very emotional story about 3 generations of midwives. Neva has just announced she is pregnant and won’t say who the father is, while her mother Grace struggles to accept the news, her grandmother Floss is reminded of her own story. I found that I quite liked both Neva and Floss, but could barely stand Grace. Grace just seemed too selfish and flakey. Neva was a strong modern woman, and I loved the way her story flowed. Floss had quite the secret in her past, and while it was fairly easy to guess early on, the actual story […]