An inspiring tale: The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate

This was an enlightening book filled with wonderful stories and beautifully written sentences. Wingate painted a perfect picture of the Outer Banks.prayer box

 

“Other people’s judgment doesn’t have any power unless you offer yourself up for trial, so don’t.”

― Lisa Wingate, The Prayer Box

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Another brilliant chilling novel: Faithful Place by Tana French

Another stunning book by Tana French. Her words and characters are so riveting and deep that you find yourself thinking about them even while you are not reading the book.

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Frank Mackey comes from a roughed up Irish town called Faithful Place where tough soled kids run amok in the road and go home to even tougher souled parents. (Spellings intended) Frank’s whole life is ripped apart when his high school sweetheart doesn’t meet him the night they are to run off together. Frank leaves town and doesn’t return until he is called back after 22 years to an old suitcase, a body, and a whole town full of memories. Can Frank and the Dublin Murder Squad find out who killed Rosie before the town and the memories strangle Frank?

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My rambling thoughts on Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue

Who can even resist a book with three adorable lab puppies looking out at you? Well, my daughter certainly couldn’t (she is only 2 after all) so I picked up this book at the last minute at the library and I am very glad that I did. A really sweet, wonderful read!!! (click on the book to go to Amazon to buy it today!)

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Long Paw of the Law by Laurie Anne Marie, an outstanding new author!

“Long Paw of the Law” is a really great first book in a series and I look forward to the rest. Laurie Anne Marie did a great job of creating this twisting and turning story with a quirky plot line and out of the mold characters.
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My “Safe” Genre

 

I wanted to address my current reading trends for all the people that read this and don’t know me. I really like to read and have a wide variety of genres that I typically enjoy. I have been known to read non-fiction, historical novels, mysteries, chick lit, fantasy, as well as classical. I feel the need to defend my current pattern of reading, as even I know it is a bit “light hearted”.

I am a mom of a toddler. That is all.

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Premiere, A Love Story Book Review

That moment when a book pulls you in is….pure bliss. It’s that feeling of anticipation that feeling that you want it to be over RIGHT NOW and yet at the same time it can’t possibly end because then it will, well, be over!  “Premiere: A Love Story” was recently that book for me. It may be considered “Chick Lit” and may not be the deepest, most thought provoking novel I have read it still was a captivating story with great, likable characters that had me rooting for them until the very end.

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I recently started getting ARC ebooks from Netgalley and just read “Premiere: A Love Story” By Tracy Ewens. It is a brilliantly written love story that somehow manages to set itself apart from the millions of other love stories.

The main character is a girl, Samantha, who grew up and now lives in the same small town in California. She works in a little theater and is happy with her just “fine” life. Then her past, in the form of Peter, comes back to her and she is forced to relive all the good and bad memories that come with it. The way that the author explains the passion and connection between Samantha, her complicated best friend Peter, is outstanding. There is hate and anger and love and friendship coursing throughout the whole book and it keeps you entertained until the very end. The characters develop easily and as the plot unfolds it is enjoyable to root for the couple to make it. There is some great comic relief by the third musketeer in Grady which helps to balance all the love and hate that is getting thrown around. There is a nice diversity to the book in that Sam and Peter already have a history. It lends nicely to a great time-filler while we all wait not so patiently for the climax. Ewens did a wonderful job of building up all this tension and passion and just as much as Peter and Sam couldn’t contain it any longer, neither could the reader. She also does a great job of creating a deeper book than just another romance novel. She deals with deep seeded issues of coming to age and finding one’s self amid loss and hormones.

Perhaps I took a particular liking to it because the main character is a home-grown tomboy like I was, but I think that even if you weren’t raised in a small town, the likability of the characters and the passion of the story will hook you instantly.  I like when you don’t have to wait for a book to develop. In this book there is tension and passion straight from the beginning. In every page, even when the two main characters aren’t the focus you can still feel them there and every page keeps you reading.  I also like this book because although the love scenes are passionate, they are not raunchy.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Fifty Shades but it’s nice to get that warm fuzzy feeling in your stomach and to use your own imagination to picture how the whole “event” plays out. And then there is that ending where, just when you thought you had it figured out, the author catches ya with a curveball that has you even more captivated then before. I love the climax after the climax and that is just what this book had!

I have recently rekindled a lost love for reading and love to share my thoughts with others. I would love to start conversations about books you have read and would also love to give feedback if you have a book you would like me to read! Nothing like curling up with a good book, some tea or wine, a comfy blanket and just getting lost in someone’s make believe reality! I would love to hear what everyone else has to say about this book Premiere! Anyone who has read it and agrees? Anyone dislike it? I didn’t hear much about this book and didn’t see it on a lot of lists and am curious as to why. It is a really great read and recommend it to all!

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Be Happy, for this moment, this moment is your life- Omar Khayyam

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I have been struggling with something to write these past couple of weeks. My life has been pretty normal. Work, home, clean, cook, sleep. But I have realized a very important thing in these last couple of days that I decided were good enough to share. Continue reading

All in one little book; My book review of Big Little Lies- By Liane Moriarty.

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I rescind my previous comment. I had previously posted on goodreads.com that I was stuck on this book, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I let it sit for a couple of days and read another book or two and then decided to pick this one back up. It was wonderful. I mean, at first I was tortured by the pace, the whiny character voices, the skipping back and forth. I almost wanted to make a spreadsheet just to keep track of all the characters and their children. But by the end of the book I was bawling. I was satisfied and appalled by the ending. I loved the way Liane Moriarty created all these characters with their own separate lives and problems and dealt with so many public issues that families struggle with every day. She tricked you at first by making the book and the characters just seem petty and whiny. By the end however she had shown an ugly face of suburban life that you never saw coming; All in one little book.

I will say the second this book ended, I wanted to pick it back up and re-read it because I knew there were so many bits of foreshadowing at the beginning that I was too busy being bored to pick up on. She lead me the wrong way, made me think I knew just what had happened at the end only to turnaround at the last minute and BAM, never saw that coming; All in one little book.

The dynamic of the characters, adding these harrowing issues right into the lives of perfect, suburban life was so enticing. I loved how each story line wasn’t dominating in the overall plot, yet each individual story was so powerful and important that they could have each had a book and I would have eaten all of them up. It was amazing how she made you hate, then love, hate and then cry for these characters; All in one little book.

Ok, I will digress back to actually talking about the book, not just raving about it. Moriarty wrote in different character perspectives in each almost chapter, hence why it started out so confusing. You start out not knowing anything about any of these characters, all you know is that one of them is dead. Then the author adds this layer of foreshadowing where she ends each chapter with a bit of the police report questions, which only adds more characters for you to keep track of, while flaming your curiosity for “who done it”. I liked that from the beginning the author was very upfront that something nasty had happened. It made you speculate through the entire book. The author throws all these characters right on you at the beginning, creating this quick web of intertwined people who all care way too much about each other’s lives. This was part of the reason I had a hard time with this book at first. I found it hard to get vested in these characters lives when I couldn’t even keep track of who Renata was from who Madeline was, and frankly, who cares when both of them were just whiney, conceded, rich housewives. Oh, how the tides turned when you got to know their stories; All in one little book.

I am still baffled, a day later, that Moriarty could make me, the reader, so tied up in all these characters lives so quickly. I find it similar to the movie “Crash” but way more engaging, dealing with almost every social convention possible while not making that point blatantly obvious. She sneaks these issues in just like they are snuck into real life. She makes them there, but almost makes you doubt they are happening as much at the character does. She shows you almost every point of view of each issue and how each problem effects each character differently; All in one little book.

Well done Liane Moriarty, Big Little Lies is engaging, enthralling, captivating, sickening, heartfelt, disturbing, funny, lovable, powerful, and heart wrenching; All in one little book.

Thank you for reading my post! Now if you haven’t read the book- GO READ IT NOW! If you have, what did you think? I know I raved about the book and based on comments I have read there are still mixed feelings so I would love to hear what others thought of the book!