Monday, October 20, 2014

"Update: What Have I Been Reading?"

This is a picture of my dog Joey in my Reading Nook. This month I have become very lazy about posting about the books I've read. Oh! Yes! I have been reading just not posting about the books I've read. Here is a list of the books I've read so far this month...
1. "Sundance, Butch and Me" by Judy Alter.
2. "Arsenic and Old Cake" by Jacklyn Brady.
3. "The Bungalow" by Sarah Jio.
4. "The Silent Sister" by Diane Chamberlain.
5. "Mister Darcy's Dogs" by Barbara Silkstone.
6. "What Would Judge Judy Say" by Judge Judy Sheindlin.
7. "Mrs. Darcy's Diamonds" by Jane Odiwe.
8. "Frosted Shadow" by Nancy Warren. (Currently Reading)
9. "Scorched Eggs" by Laura Childs. (Currently Reading)

So as you can see, I've been busy, but lazy, also...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"The Bungalow"

A sweeping World War II saga of thwarted love, murder, and a long-lost painting. 

In the summer of 1942, twenty-one-year-old Anne Calloway, newly engaged, sets off to serve in the Army Nurse Corps on the Pacific island of Bora-Bora. More exhilarated by the adventure of a lifetime than she ever was by her predictable fiancé, she is drawn to a mysterious soldier named Westry, and their friendship soon blossoms into hues as deep as the hibiscus flowers native to the island. Under the thatched roof of an abandoned beach bungalow, the two share a private world-until they witness a gruesome crime, Westry is suddenly redeployed, and the idyll vanishes into the winds of war.

A timeless story of enduring passion from the author of Blackberry Winter and The Violets of MarchThe Bungalow chronicles Anne's determination to discover the truth about the twin losses-of life, and of love-that have haunted her for seventy years.


My Thoughts...

I hadn't read a Sarah Jio novel for quite awhile and was missing her. I thought I had read all of her novels, but went and checked anyway and found I hadn't  read this one "The Bungalow" I have no idea how I missed it. Nevertheless, I downloaded it, read it. Sarah hit another one out of the park. Like all the rest of her novels I loved this one as well. I liked it enough to award it 4 hibiscus stars. Now I can't wait until her new book is published...

This book is part of my Nook library.

Friday, September 19, 2014

"Every Time I Think of You"

Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano has two people she holds dear: the grandmother who raised her, and her three-year-old son, Elliott. But when Daisy’s grandmother is killed in a seemingly random act of violence, Daisy must take steps to protect herself and her child.

Despite a thriving career in San Francisco, thirty-six-year-old Brooks McClain has returned home to spend what little time his mother has left before she succumbs to the deadly disease that is ravaging her. The seasoned investigative reporter has taken a position with the local newspaper and been on the job less than twenty-four hours when he’s summoned to cover the death of Pauline Thorpe.


Brooks is all business, but the more time he spends with Daisy DiStefano, the more invested he becomes; there’s something about a single mother, a defenseless child, and an unsolved crime that has stirred Brooks’s protective instincts like nothing ever has before
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And when the unthinkable happens, Brooks will do whatever it takes to clear the name of the woman he’s fallen for and the child he’ll protect at any cost.


Romantic and suspenseful, "Every Time I Think of You" shows how far two people will go to fight for the ones they love, and the life they’ve always imagined.


My Thoughts...


I've read two other books by this author Tracey Garvis Graves and enjoyed them both. This story was an okay story, but not nearly the page turner the other two books were. It is a part of my Nook library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 stars every time I think of it.

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.