WHAT WILL YOU BE READING THIS WEEKEND?

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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!

xx P

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

Unmarriageable

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

 

 

 

THE WHISPERED WORD BY ELLERY ADAMS ( A Secret,Book,and Scone Society Novel #2)

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
 

THE SISTERS by KATE FORSTER

The Sisters

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

A THOUSAND DOORS, AN ANTHOLOGY EDITED BY J.T.ELLISON

A Thousand Doors: An Anthology of Many Lives

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

Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle

Dear Santa

A holiday retelling of You’ve Got Mail that will make you fall in love with the Christmas Season!

Angela Carson inherited her lighthouse turned holiday store, Heart of Christmas as well as her Grandmother’s beach home.

The business has been run by three generations of women trying to support their family and being a part of the small town of Pleasant Sands, North Carolina.

But since a new chain store has come to town, this may be the last generation to have a store.

As Angela struggles to make a decision, her niece suggests she write to Santa on her app. To get her sister off of her back, she does. And finds a pen pal with good advice and maybe a chance at love.

This was such a sweet Christmas miracle story. I hope we see more of Angela and Pleasant Sands. There are quite a few really good characters here. It wasn’t sappy but it was uplifting and made me smile a lot!

Well Done!

Netgalley/October 16th 2018 by St. Martin’s Griffin

THE Coincidence OF Coconut CAKE by AMY REICHERT

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

The entire time I was reading this book I wanted coconut cake. Or any of the other delicious foods that Lou is serving up.

Lou opened a French theme restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at her fiancee’s urging. He would rather her stay home and tend to him and his needs, but when Lou pops in unannounced she finds he’s having his dessert with his intern.

Needless to say Lou is having a bad day. And it’s only going to get worse when a food critic slams her food the same night.

With her restaurant sinking fast, and a new love interest she just may lose both if she isn’t careful and following her heart.

I loved the Milwaukee food scene. I was hungry the entire book, which is usually the case with Reichert’s books!

xx Patricia