A six-point star. That’s how six Penn students always thought of themselves while they were in college. They shared a house and shared their dreams. But right after graduation things started changing and falling apart. When Bea, the “glue” that held their star together, died suddenly, their six-point star shattered. After a major argument at Bea’s funeral, they went their separate ways and really didn’t speak much for the next several years. But on the year that Bea was to turn 40, they each receive notice from Bea’s lawyer that their presence has been demanded by Bea at their house at Penn for the weekend of her birthday. They were to receive a gift from her but had to be present that weekend to receive it.
I’ve read a few of Santa Montefiore’s novels and have always find them enjoyable. She has a wonderful way of transporting the reader to beautiful locations with a florid and alluring writing style that gets me every time. The stories are lighter reading with just enough drama and romance to keep the reader satisfied without pushing too far over into melodrama. In other words: perfect beach reading. After reading the synopsis of The Beekeeper’s Daughter I was excited to see how she tackled this story with the style I’ve come to enjoy. Did I find it a success? Well, yes and no.
The first two-thirds or so of the story goes back and forth between England in the 1930’s and 40’s and an island off the coast of Massachusetts in 1973. The earlier timeline deals with Grace Hamblin and her unquenchable love for the heir of her village’s local gentry.
It is absolutely true that as you grow older, you begin to pay attention to growing older, probably hoping to continue growing older yet. I discovered a few years ago that I was very interested in reading of the exploits of other elders – recreating yourself in your 60s or 70s or even beyond. Some of these stories are just incredible, others not so much.
So, when I read the description of Sixty by Ian Brown, a renowned journalist in Canada, I knew I had to read it. I’m pretty sure that I’d never previously heard of Mr. Brown, who is well known, both as a writer and for his TV appearances. (I’ve not had a TV for 13 or more years, which could explain a bit of that gap.) Based on this book, he is a very good writer. He is able to discern truths where others might only see or hear a muddle of sound.
Reviewed by Amanda Schafer
I loved this book! ‘Nuff said. Even though that’s all you should need to go out and grab this book, I’ll tell you more.
What would you do if you were going about your day, living a happy life, only to discover that your husband has been cheating on you? And then, once you find that out you’re involved in a major accident and know nothing else until you wake up from a year-long coma? This is the life of Annie Rush. She wakes from a coma only to discover that her husband has divorced her (while she was in a coma!) and moved her out to a care facility near her parents (and across the country from him). As Annie begins her road to recovery, she discovers that some things haven’t changed: her love for her family’s maple syrup farm, her love of cooking, and her love for Fletcher Wyndham.
Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz
Have you ever said – or thought – to yourself, ‘someday I’m going to . . .’ what? Write a book, a song, paint a picture, learn how to play a musical instrument? And did you ever do just that? If you did – Congratulations! You’ve elevated yourself above most of the population, in that case. Even if it sits in the bottom drawer of your desk, never to venture forth and be acknowledged by another soul. You did it! That’s what counts. There’s a famous saying: The longest journey begins with a single step. Oh, how right that is.
To celebrate the release of Furthermore, four different prize packs including various items picked out special by Tahereh Mafi will be offered in giveaways across the Blogosphere. Collect them all!
About the book
The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.
I love the stories of Susan Mallery. That said, however, Daughters of the Bride didn’t quite do it for me. It had the aura of having been assembled by a committee, some of whom weren’t always present in the resolution meeting.
There are actually five women playing major roles here: Maggie Watson, the bride-to-be; her daughters – divorced Rachel, too-often engaged Sienna, and Courtney, the under-appreciated. In addition to these four, there is Joyce, who could almost be Maggie’s mom – she’s old enough. But while not that, she is definitely a very good friend to Maggie, plus being Courtney’s boss and mentor.
When I read the synopsis for Dear Thing by Julie Cohen, I knew it was going to be an emotional read. However, this book was much more than I expected.
Ben and Claire have been trying to conceive for years, but even after several rounds of IVF, Claire is unable to keep a viable pregnancy.
Romily, Ben’s best friend, offers to be a surrogate for the two one drunken night after yet another disappointing round of IVF. What begins as a way for Romily to cheer her friends up, quickly turns into something real for all of them when the artificial insemination is success on the first try.
Imagine a time of personal discord in which nothing seemed to make sense and everything pointed towards uncertainty and doom. It’s a difficult picture to imagine yet Patrick Modiano did a superb job creating internal conflict within Victor Chmara, his main character in the novel Villa Triste. Chmara is a young man, only eighteen, on the run from his fears. It is both real and imagined conflicts battling within Chmara forcing him to flee Paris. The setting is the early 1960s France and Chmara is afraid of the growing conflict in Algeria. He fears being drafted into military service. He fears conditions will worsen so he sets himself up at a summer destination in eastern France bordering Switzerland. At the slightest hint of worsening conditions, Chmara plans to flee across the border for his next destination of supposed safety. In this holiday setting, Chmara meets Yvonne, a young actress, and Doctor Meinthe who lead Chmara into a world filled with beautiful and eccentric people and their rather debauched lifestyles.