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Welcome to Mailbox Monday! Mailbox Monday is hosted by Marcia at the Mailbox Monday blog.
Here are the books that made their way into my physical and digital mailboxes last week:
[…] The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla at BermudaOnion and Luxury Reading. […]
Several good books in your mailbox. I have seen a couple this week at other blogs too. I hope you enjoy them all!
Beautiful mailbox! The Two Family House was a favorite of mine and one I’ve shared with friends. It’s so well-written, it’s easy to recommend when I’m asked for book ideas. Happy reading!
Jennifer McMahon’s BURN TOWN might be good, but I’m not chancing it. I read another book by her, THE WINTER PEOPLE, and disliked it. It is a young-adult (YA) novel, and I’m beyond that.
Many adults like the YA writing style. Maybe that is the reason this book received so many wonderful reviews on so many book blogs. When I was reading it, though, I felt like I had been deceived. Why don’t book reviewers mention when a book is YA if their review is to appear on a book blog for adults?
As for TWO GOOD DOGS by Susan Wilson, I won’t be reading this even though I love animals and love reading good books about them. But I doubt that this is what I would call a good book because I know how Wilson writes animal books: she sounds like she’s talking to a child even though her subject matter is for adults.
I suspect this about TWO GOOD DOGS because I read Wilson’s ONE GOOD DOG. ONE GOOD DOG is the story of Adam, a highly paid business executive who has a breakdown and loses everything as a result, including his marriage. He gets stuck with a pit bull and ends up loving it.
Many other dog lovers had given the book high reviews. I believed them. That’s the reason I bought ONE GOOD DOG.
But I am a well read adult who appreciates truly good books and depends on truly honest reviews. None of the reviews I read bothered to mention that ONE GOOD DOG is a children’s book.
It’s marketed to adults, and I can’t for the life of me figure out why. This is a book I may have liked when I was 12. Even then, I think, I would have noticed how predictable everything in the story is. I knew what was going to happen pages before it happened. Everything, no kidding, was predictable.
Seriously, Susan Wilson would be better off with a publisher who would market her books to younger readers.
I read ALMOST MISSED YOU.
This book reminded me of all the times an alarm sounded on my iPhone, signaling another Amber alert of a child abduction, probably a parental kidnapping. That is the main subject of ALMOST MISSED YOU. Violet’s husband, Finn, has left her waiting on the beach while he has taken off with their 3-year-old son. She did not see the problems in their marriage that led to this because of his lies of omission. And Violet realizes that she, too, kept quiet when she should have spoken up.
Meanwhile, Violet’s and Finn’s good friends, Caitlin and George, have hidden problems of their own, not to mention Caitlin’s lies of omission that contributed to Violet’s and Finn’s troubles. And, like Violet and Finn, Caitlin and George are each lying to the other by omission.
Fans of women’s fiction, which I am not, will love ALMOST MISSED YOU. The novel explores, mostly, the two couples’ friendships, marriages, and lies of omission that threaten to tear it all apart. This subject matter is too soap operaish for me but is popular with so many people that the term “women’s fiction” was coined just for them.
So ALMOST MISSED YOU contains lots of secrets and lies, and that is essentially it. A story like this doesn’t appeal to me. Yes, lots of people would disagree with me.
I won this book from http://us.macmillan.com/reading-group….
Wonderful books. Enjoy!
Enjoy these new books.
I grew up in a Two Family home they were common back east.Loved the book much more dramatic then my home.😀
Two If By Sea and Dishing Up The Dirt look good.
ENJOY your books and reading week.
Elizabeth Silver’s Reviews My Mailbox Monday
So many great looking books!
They all look great! The Someday Birds has a unique cover!
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