Tuesday, July 8, 2014

"The English Wife"

He left her a cottage in England...and a photograph with the words "I'm sorry" written on it...

Marjorie Maitland was used to a certain routine -- she'd built her life around the safety of predictability. Then the unexpected happened -- her husband died. But grief was not the only emotion that overwhelmed her. The mystery her husband left behind puzzled her -- a deed to a cottage in England. Where had that come from? And who was the woman in the photograph? Margie knew trouble when it knocked on her door.

The old Margie, safe in her suburban home, would have avoided this potentially humiliating situation. But things were changing. The new Margie had to unravel this tangled web and get to the truth. And that meant a trip to England to find out if her entire life had been a lie...or to discover the best parts of the rest of her life.

My Thoughts...(Currently Reading)

Monday, June 30, 2014

"Three Point Turn"

When a human bone is dropped at her feet, Lexi O’Malley is on the hunt again, this time trailing a little person with a big attitude. 

Complicating matters, her estranged, goody-two-shoes, little miss-perfect sister suddenly shows up after ten long years, wasted out of her mind and claiming she’s on the run after just killing her husband. 

Add to that her latest assignment from Nick Romano, her old childhood nemesis, to worm her way into the confidence of the wife of Romano Investigations latest client, and the fun begins. 

In this latest madcap adventure, Lexi is stalked by a sparkler throwing maniac, faces a gun wielding wife out for revenge and almost loses her life in a showdown with a brutal mobster.

My Thoughts... 

I've read two other books by this author and they were alright, however....this book was not my  cup of doggie doodle. It was so filled with every kind of clinche' imaginable. It was very annoying to the point that the storyline was lost.

It was filled with so called jokes about  one dog with  diarrhea and one dog with bad smelling gas. The first time these things were addressed wasn't funny and to keep repeating the same old jokes over was very, very annoying. It reminded me of maybe two 13 years old boys writing this book the humor was so bad. But they were laying on the floor laughing their heads off thinking it was funny. 

I hated this book and awarded it one stinkin' star.* 

This book was gifted to me by the author, D. M. Buckley  and I struggled to get it read. I found it very boring and uninteresting. 

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.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

"An Anniversary Feast"

Deborah Gold and her boyfriend Sage are celebrating their three-month anniversary, marking one of the longest relationships Deborah has had in a young life of too much work and not nearly enough play. They have a special, very romantic day planned, one that will culminate in a sumptuous meal at one of the hottest restaurants in the country. When they wake up to a blizzard, though, they realize that not only have their evening plans changed, but everything they were going to do for their celebration has been snowed out. Fortunately, for a couple of food lovers like Deborah and Sage, there's a day's worth of entertainment available in trying to turn the limited supplies in Sage's apartment into a fine-dining experience. The adventure this entails will challenge their creativity and define their relationship in ways they've never before considered.

The second of four novelettes about the Golds, who we first met in the national bestseller LEAVES, AN ANNIVERSARY FEAST is a cornucopia of food and romance.

My Thoughts...

This was a very short story to reacquaint us with two characters from his book about the Gold family, Sage and Deborah. I personally didn't care much for it. Nothing exciting, just a bit boring to me. I'm glad it was such a short story. 

(Author's Note) This is the second of four stories that lead up to the next full-length novel, "Everything or Nothing." All of the Gold siblings will be around for that one, but the focus of the novel will be on Maxwell as he tries to deal with two campaigns essential to his future: one for mayor of Oldham and the other for the heart of his wife. 

This book is a part of my Kindle library, and I really didn't enjoy it that much so I will be awarding it 2 Feasty stars.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane"

When it comes to men, sisters don't share! 

After a fake food poisoning incident in L.A., Bailey Sterling's dreams of becoming a caterer to the stars collapse faster than a soufflĂ©. Now Bailey's face is in all the gossip rags and her business is in ruins. But the Sterling women close ranks and bring her back to Icicle Falls, where she'll stay with her sister Cecily. 

All goes well between the sisters until Bailey comes up with a new business idea—a tea shop on a charming street called Lavender Lane. She's going into partnership with Todd Black, who—it turns out—is the man Cecily's started dating. It looks to Cecily as if there's more than tea brewing in that cute little shop. And she's not pleased. 

Wait! Isn't Cecily seeing Luke Goodman? He's a widower with an adorable little girl, and yes, Cecily does care about him. But Todd's the one who sends her zing-o-meter off the charts. So now what? Should you have to choose between your sister and the man you love (or think you love)?

My Thoughts...

What can I say...This was another fun read by Ms. Roberts. I always enjoy her novels and this one did not disappoint. I just want to say that anything about Tea Shops is sure to draw me to it. It is one of my favorite things to do, visit tea rooms and enjoy the tea and food....However...

I was a bit frustrated by the two sisters falling for the same guy, and all the bickering that went on with them. It just didn't seem realistic to me. Also the ending felt a bit rushed. Oh well, in the end they all lived happily-ever-after. 

This is part of my Kindle library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 Lavender Stars.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

"Murder, She Wrote: Domestic Malice"

Jessica is volunteering at the Cabot Cove women’s shelter when a woman walks in bruised physically and mentally. Her husband is a well-respected businessman in town. Could this paragon of virtue be abusing his wife?
Despite Jessica’s support and advice, the woman refuses to stay at the shelter, press charges, or even report the abuse. But a few days later the entire town is shocked to hear that domestic abuse has turned to murder.
Investigating the crime, Jessica soon discovers that the woman’s family has secrets and lies that go beyond domestic violence—and that the real killer may be hiding behind a wall of silence that could send the wrong person to prison....

My Thoughts...

I always enjoy reading a Jessica Fletcher cozy mystery. You can be sure she will get to the bottom of the case when everyone else is chasing the wrong suspect. This was another interesting read, especially since it hits on a problem that is out of control: Domestic Violence. 

(Authors' Note) Authorities tell us that most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police. Yet one in four women will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime. For children, being a witness to domestic abuse is the strongest risk factor for the perpetuation of violence from one generation to the next. If you know someone who is being abused, help is available twenty-four hours a day. Please reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

Now back to my thoughts...I thought the author handled the story about Domestic Abuse in a careful and caring way. It educated me about the seriousness of the abuse. 

This book is a part of my personal library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 4 stars.