Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Lost & Found"

Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she's done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it's time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home. 

Blake feels like he's been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he's on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he's going home, and that's that. But that's before he discovers his flight has been cancelled. 

When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.


My Thoughts...

This book was a light romantic fun and "G" rated delightful novella. The kind of story I like to call "Mind Candy" reading. It was a fun afternoon of reading.There are times when I just like to read a short novel (119 pgs) because I don't want to spend two or three days devoted to a longer novel.

It was a fun plot, and the second book I've read by this author, Karey White. I think I've just found another favorite author.

This book is part of my Nook library, and I enjoyed this story enough to award it 4 "found" stars.

Friday, September 5, 2014

"My Own Mr. Darcy"

After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough. 

Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.

My Thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by this author, Karey White, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Will I read anymore books by her? Yes, I will, and if the next one is an enjoyable read I will continue reading her novels. I especially liked this book because even though it was a romantic story, it was a very clean read "G"rated, which is my favorite kind of reading. If you are looking for 'hot n steamy' reading this isn't for you.  Anyway....

It was so refreshing to read a good storyline that didn't rely on bedroom roll-arounds to sell the story. Give me a good clean storyline anytime, and I will continue to read your novels, Ms. White, and any other author who might happen by and read this review. 

I enjoyed this novel so much I have decided to award it 5  "very enjoyable stars," which, if you follow my reviews I don't award 5 stars very often. This book is part of my Nook library.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

"The Persuasion Of Miss Jane Austen"

What if the tale Jane Austen told in her last, most poignant novel was actually inspired by momentous events in her own life? Did she in fact intend Persuasion to stand forever in homage to her one true love?

While creating Persuasion, Jane Austen also kept a private journal in which she recorded the story behind the story – her real-life romance with a navy captain of her own. The parallel could only go so far, however. As author of her characters’ lives, but not her own, Jane Austen made sure to fashion a second chance and happy ending for Anne and Captain Wentworth. Then, with her novel complete and her health failing, Jane prepared her simple will and resigned herself to never seeing the love of her life again. Yet fate, it seems, wasn’t quite finished with her. Nor was Captain Devereaux.

The official record says that Jane Austen died at 41, having never been married. But what if that’s only what she wanted people to believe? It’s time she, through her own private journal, revealed the rest of her story.


My Thoughts...

Oh! how I love reading anything bordering on Jane Austen's life and stories...Being a Jane Austen fan I am and I guess I always will be drawn to a book based on her writings. I wasn't disappointed with this novel, I found it interesting and also it was like visiting some of the people in her novel "Persuasion" without reading the book over again. If you are an Austenite I think you would probably enjoy this story with a little different twist about Jane Austen's life.

This book is a part of my Nook library and I enjoyed it enough that I was 'persuaded' to award it 4 stars.

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Four Wishes"

Meade Williams has a successful company, an ailing father—and a secret desire to find love at last. Dr. Mary Chance isn’t sure the time is right to expand her family. Birdie Kaminsky has married the man of her dreams, but yearns to grow closer to her powerful sister. And young Glade Wilson must confront the daunting truth that she’ll become a mother before finishing high school.

Welcome to Book Four of The Liberty Series, where the heartwarming stories of love, friendship and family life unfold in surprising ways.


My Thoughts....

This is the fourth book in this series, but that's okay. Why? Because they are all stand-alone stories. And as always I enjoy Christine Nolfi's stories. They are always feel-good stories with light-hearted romance. This time around Meade  was having trouble adjusting to a committed relationship with Hector, even though they only have eyes for each other.  Their relationship is not a "Cinderella" happily-everafter kind of fairy tale romance. It had its ups and downs. 

This book was like reading about friends you haven't visited in a while and catching up with all the happenings of their lives...weddings, new babies, business affairs, who is new in town since the last visit, etc.  Let me just say....for me it was an enjoyable two days of reading.

A great big THANK YOU to Christine for providing this ARC copy of "Four Wishes." I enjoyed it enough to award it "Four Wishes Upon a Star" Stars. 
Expected publication: September 12th 2014 by Christine Nolfi via CreateSpace
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"By Myself and Then Some"


The epitome of grace, independence, and wit, Lauren Bacall continues to astound generations with her audacious spirit and on-screen excellence. Together with Humphrey Bogart she produced some of the most electric scenes in movie history, and their romance on and off screen made them Hollywood's most celebrated couple.

But when Bogart died of cancer in 1957, Bacall and their children had to take everything he had taught them and grow up fast. In a time of postwar communism, Hollywood blacklisting, and revolutionary politics, she mixed with the legends: Hemingway, the Oliviers, Katharine Hepburn, Bobby Kennedy, and Gregory Peck. She was engaged to Frank Sinatra and had a turbulent second marriage to Jason Robards. But Bacall never lost sight of the strength that made her a superstar, and she never lost sight of Bogie.

Now, on the silver anniversary of its original publication, Bacall brings her inspiring memoir up to date, chronicling the events of the past twenty-five years, including her recent films and Broadway runs, and her fond memories of many close lifelong friendships. As one of the greatest actresses of all time turns eighty, By Myself and Then Some reveals the legend in her own beautiful frank words -- encapsulating a story that even Hollywood would struggle to reproduce.


My Thoughts...

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Lauren Bacall died. Not knowing a lot about her I decided to read her autobiography  "By Myself and Then Some" All I mostly knew about her was that she had been the wife of  Humphrey Bogart and later Jason Robard. 

I found this a very interesting read, especially if you are a fan of Bacall or Bogart. The back story of Bogie and Bacall is just one of the many reasons to read this book. I always felt that Bacall was one of a kind...A class act!  This week I watched one of her famous movies: "How To Marry a Millionaire" and found it quite entertaining and fun. Betty Gable, and Marilyn Monroe also starred in the movie, but Ms. Bacall stole the show...

This is part of my Nook library and I awarded it 4 'classy' stars.

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Legendary actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89


Silver screen siren Lauren Bacall, who sizzled in classic films like “The Big Sleep” and “How to Marry a Millionaire,” died on Tuesday at the age of 89.
“With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall,” the estate of the Bogart family said on Twitter.
The actress had a fatal stroke Tuesday morning in her home, TMZ reported.
Born Betty Joan Perske in 1924, Bacall was raised in New York City by immigrant parents. At only 19, the husky-voiced actress caught the eye of film director Howard Hawks’ wife after appearing on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine in 1943.
Bacall was on her way to becoming one of the great stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age after Hawks cast her in “To Have and Have Not” alongside her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, in 1944.
It was in that film that she uttered the unforgettable line: “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and … blow.”
A year later, the sultry starlet married Bogart, who was 25 years her senior, after he divorced his third wife, actress Mayo Methot. The couple went on to co-star in three film-noir classics: “The Big Sleep,” “Dark Passage” and “Key Largo.”
Bacall and Bogart had two children together and remained a close couple until the actor’s tragic death of esophageal cancer in 1957.
Throughout her long and legendary career, Bacall appeared in over 30 movies, including “Murder on the Orient Express” and John Wayne’s last film, “The Shootist.”
Known for her glamorous beauty and sharp wit, she became famous for her sexy upward glance, dubbed “The Look.”
“I used to tremble from nerves so badly that the only way I could hold my head steady was to lower my chin practically to my chest and look up at Bogie,” she said of the signature move. “That was the beginning of ‘The Look.'”
The movie legend returned to her native New York in the ‘50s and embarked on a successful Broadway career, earning Tony Awards for her roles in the musicals “Applause” and “Woman of the Year.”
After a brief but rocky fling with Frank Sinatra, Bacall wed Oscar-winning actor Jason Robards. They had a son together and divorced in 1969.
In 2009, she received an Honorary Academy Award after being nominated once in 1997 for her work in “The Mirror Has Two Faces.”

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match"-

A single mother and an ER doctor meet on an Internet dating site—each for reasons that have little to do with finding their perfect match—in this modern, Austen-inspired story. It’s a tribute to the power of both “pride” and “prejudice” in bringing two people romantically together, despite their mutual insistence that they should stay apart…

Would an Elizabeth Bennet by any other name be as appealing to a Darcy?

Beth Ann Bennet isn’t looking for love. She’s an aspiring social worker using an online alias to study sex-role stereotypes.
Dr. William Darcy isn’t looking for love either. He’s just trying to fund his new clinic by winning a major bet.
Both think Lady Catherine’s Love Match Website will help them get what they want—fast, easy and without endangering their hearts. Both are in for a big surprise.

Pride, Prejudice and the Perfect Match…where true love is just a fib and a click away.


My Thoughts...

This was a cute and delightfully sweet romantic fun read. I enjoyed it enough to award it 4 'Perfect Matched' stars.

This book is a part of my Nook library.