What a glorious Friday this has turned out to be. 60 degrees and sunny. A good day for a run in the park and chatting over the fence with neighbors.
Bones Behind the Wheel, a cozy mystery, comes out today. It’s quite a different type of cozy!
This weekend we shall be reading The Gardener of Eden by David Downie and Perfunctory Affection by Kim Harrison. And watching Netflix. I’m behind on Schitt’s Creek and Grace and Frankie return tonight!
So what are all of you other Bookworms reading? What’s your favorite genre?
Enjoy your evening!
Pride and Prejudice re-imagined in 21st century Pakistan.
The five Binat sisters couldn’t be more different. Alys is a modern woman with a career and has no intention of ever marrying much to the chagrin of her obsessed mother!
Alys and her sister Jena teach English to girls knowing full well that most of them will choose marriage over career. Alys teaches them all things Jane Austen and wants to inspire them to do more with their lives.
I love how the characters names were versions of the Pride and Prejudice novel. I especially loved that mother. Oh my goodness she was dramatic! I laughed so hard at all of her efforts to marry off at least one daughter and hopefully keep them all from being ruined before then.
She sets them all up at the biggest wedding their town has ever seen and sits back and waits for the proposals to pour in. Imagine her horror when they all take control over their own lives without any help from her. Though she will take credit.
I have to say I am not a big Jane Austen fan. So much angst among them all. But this version, oh yes! I loved every minute of it!
Very Well Done!
Netgalley/January 15th 2019 by Ballantine Books
Grace Atherton is not only an exceptionally talented musician, she also creates beautiful works of art in her shop. Her dream was to play professionally but was devastated when a professor kicks her out of his class and tells her she has no talent.
Now her world is her violin shop and her boyfriend of eight years, David. David who is married with children. But he and his wife have an arrangement. Keep it quiet. So the day David jumps in to save a woman in the train stations, photos appear and David is keeping a low profile. Finding out that he has lied to her for years and she wasn’t the only one leads Grace down a destructive path.
Her saving grace will be an elderly musician and a smart mouth teen, Nadia. They all are broken in some way. Which made me love them so much.
I have to admit I didn’t like Grace. I don’t like adultery and I don’t like women who fall for lies wrapped in pretty packages. I was very happy with the way the book played out, especially all of the beautiful music you could almost hear. But for the most part I didn’t feel sorry for her and felt she was rather cold.
Netgalley/January 10th 2019 by Simon & Schuster
In New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams’ intriguing new Secret, Book, and Scone Society novel, Nora Pennington and her fiction loving friends in small-town Miracle Springs, North Carolina, encounter a young woman desperately in need of a new beginning . . .
This is the second in this new series. Nora is the owner of Miracle Books and believes with all of her warm heart that there is a book for everything and the right ones can bring healing of the heart and mind.
The core group has all had their share of horrific challenges and rather than sit home and feel sorry for themselves, they have joined Nora in the Secret,Book,and Scone Society to do for others. They each have a story and we haven’t heard about all of them yet, but I already love these women.
When Nora finds a slip of a girl in a hospital gown sleeping in her store she and the group try to help but the girl who calls herself Abilene isn’t ready to share her story. Obviously terrified and abused, the group does what they can, each using their own talents to draw her out.
When one of the towns not so favorite older ladies is found by the group while delivering nice baskets of things to those in need face down in the pond dead, Nora and the ladies are ready to solve a mystery.
At the same time as a new business comes to town and another person is helped into the afterlife they aren’t sure if Abilene is a victim or a killer. Either way they won’t stop until they find out.
I love these characters. Women who with just a nudge and a lot of hope have become the hero of their own lives. Now I’m going to see if there really is a Miracle Springs because the pastries alone are worth moving!
Well Done on this new series!
Netgalley/ November 27th 2018 by Kensington
This one had everything! Spoiled rotten and filthy rich, the de Santoval triplets are a handful.
Grace is interested in nothing or no one except art. Violetta has just signed up for a reality show based on her love of partying and making the papers. Carlotta just wants to work with her horses and she’ll do anything to get what she wants.
When they receive a call saying their mother is in a coma and their father is on the lam with millions, their lives are turned inside out. All of them have dirty little secrets as well as some tragic ones.
We watch them go from very unlikable girls to strong adult women who have to learn to run their mother’s company, and in doing so they discover who they really are and what they really want.
I really loved this one. It had everything. Fashion, Art, Horses and women who take their destiny into their own hands, sleazy businessmen and cheating husbands as well as a man claiming to be their brother.
I loved their mother Birdie most of all. And I’m still not sure she didn’t know what was going on. Well Done!
Netgalley/ November 20th 2018 by Aria
The day Mia Jensen died, she finally got to live.
Mia Jensen is not having a good day. Her life hasn’t turned out the way she thought and now she is lying on her kitchen floor, dying. Stabbed by her husband.
But in those moments she is allowed to see her own What if? moment. And to do that Ellison has brought in a group of authors that are nothing short of brilliant! What if she had chosen to be a mother? A politician’s wife? Would she have chosen a different path?
This is one of those pieces of work that come along and leaves you thinking about every life choice you have ever made. And what would you do if you had the chance for a do over?
Each story tells a different path and outcome. I have no idea how all of these authors come together and speak with the same voice. I have never read anything like this and it is just a brilliant idea and body of work. And yes I’ve used the word brilliant more than once. I find myself wandering around my house thinking, ” That was bloody brilliant!” and this is not something I normally do. I’m jaded. I’ve read it all. Except this.
Very Well Done All Of You!
Netgalley/ November 5th 2018 by Two Tales Press
Christmas Hope #9
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Hope series comes another heartwarming, inspirational story for the holidays.
CHRISTMAS HOPE #9
This is another heart warming and faith-based book in the series.
This time we meet Maddie, a little girl who has been through so much but has the most positive outlook on life.
Amy is ready to get out there and stop mourning the marriage that didn’t work out. What better place than Glory’s Place as a volunteer. Maddie has already captured her heart.
Gabe has messed up plenty in the past but for the past 5 and a half years he’s gotten sober, works at Maddies’ school and is almost done with college and getting his teaching certificate. Maddie is the highlight of Gabe’s day and she is determined to set him up with her new friend at Glory’s.
Will they all have a Christmas miracle? With this group they just may.
This series is always inspiring. And full of really good characters. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows but they always have each others backs. Faith, Family and Love.
Netgalley/October 16th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press