Monday, July 27, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Country Bride

Title: Country Bride
Author: Debbie Macomber
Review: Kate Logan is in love with Luke Rivers and Luke Rivers is in love with Kate Logan. After her engagement with Clay Franklin ends when Clay discovers he truly loves Rorie Campbell, Kate falls hard and doesn't even want to marry Luke who adores her and would marry Kate in a heartbeat. However it seems that all Kate and Luke can do is argue. Will Kate get over losing Clay and marry Luke? Time will tell. The book gets a 4 because it takes way too long to get into the story.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: All the Single Ladies

Title: All the Single Ladies
Author: Dorothea Benton Frank
Review: Ms. Frank never disappoints her readers. This time around she starts with three women, close friends, and how they deal with the death of one of them. A nurse at the hospice house befriends the women and after the death of their friend they decide that this nurse should fill the void left by their friend's death. All the women are single and all have stories to tell. How these women bond and help each other leave their pasts behind them is the basis of this wonderful novel. This is a must read book!
Rating: 5 out of 5

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Orphan Train

Title: Orphan Train
Author: Christina Baker Kline
Review: Is it possible that goth-attired, foster care teen Molly has anything in common with 91-year-old Vivian, who lives in the mansion with an attic that needs cleaning? The two realize that their lives have parallels and that fate has brought them together. Interesting history learned in this book.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Friday, July 24, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: The Lost Key

Title: The Lost Key
Author: Catherine Coulter
Review: A secret organization started centuries ago to keep the world safe is being hijacked by a mad scientist. A lost sub with the Kaiser's gold and Madam Curie's secret formula is the treasure hunted. Two FBI superheroes save the day and the world.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Title: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Review: What's not to like about this charming tale of a bookseller who outlines his life with the help of books? From the depths of sadness to the highs of joys, Fikry's life is full of twists and turns that make this a recommended read. (Thank you Susan M!)
Rating: 5 out of 5

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Shadow Chasing

Title: Shadow Chasing
Author: Debbie Macomber
Review: Debbie Macomber takes on law enforcement, girlfriends on vacations and insecurities and doubts. A wonderful read but a let down in the end.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Bettyville

Title: Bettyville
Author: George Hodgman
Review: A moving, memoir of love, devotion, family, and small town sensibilities. Hodgman moved back to Paris, Texas from NYC to take care of his aging mother and this is his homage. A beautifully written tribute (ignore the typos and redundancies).
Rating: 4 out of 5

Monday, July 20, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014

Title: The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014
Author: Edited by Laura Furman
Review: Certainly not the greatest year, but still enjoyable collection of some wonderful short stories. Worth checking out.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Fresh Off the Boat

Title: Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir
Author: Eddie Huang
Review: Eddie, the owner of NYC's hot eatery Baohaus, has written a memoir that touches on many things, mostly the racism he faced growing up in America. If you're into hip-hop and street slang and the like, you'll love this. He's at his best when he talks about food- but it plays second fiddle to stories of his outrageous illegal exploits and drug dealing.
Rating: 2 out of 5

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Love, Nina : a nanny writes home

Title: Love, Nina : a nanny writes home
Author: Nina Stibbe
Review: Lightweight and sometimes very funny, this selection of letters from a young nanny in London to her sister was at times quite enjoyable.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Excuse Me, But I Was Next

Title: Excuse Me, But I Was Next
Author: Peggy Post
Review: The best thing about this book is the title. But it doesn't even deliver on its promise. My 100 year old etiquette book is more useful - and better written.
Rating: 2 out of 5

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust

Title: As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust
Author: Alan Bradley
Review: Our young sleuth, Flavia, aged 12, has been shipped off to Canadian boarding school ( her mother's alma mater) - Why? Not 24 hours passes before a corpse tumbles out of the chimney in her room. How to sort out the players? Whom does she trust... if anyone? Politics, favoritism, grudges, or ghosts- she unravels the mystery with surprising results.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Friday, July 17, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: Bride on the Loose

Title: Bride on the Loose
Author: Debbie Macomber
Review: Jason Manning, brother of Paul and Rich Manning is a confirmed bachelor. He wasn't counting on meeting a woman named Charlotte and her teenage daughter Carrie. Charlotte had been divorced for many years and is carrying around a lot of fear,a built and other insecurities. Carrie thinks her mother and Jason should date and hatches a plan. Will this "bachelor" be able to handle Charlotte and will Charlotte be able to tame Jason? It is sure to be a rocky road.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: The Book of Unknown Americans

Title: The Book of Unknown Americans
Author: Cristina Henriquez
Review: A book for the times we live in. An immigration story from the viewpoint of those that leave their country both legally and not, and the struggles they go through to feel like they belong here. Inspiring, heartbreaking and thought provoking to understand the clash of cultures.
Rating: 4 out of 5

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Club Review: The Cartel

Title: The Cartel
Author: Don Winslow
Review: Not for the fainthearted, this is the Mexican drug cartel wars of early in this century. It's brutal but so true that you get depressed. This author knows his subject .
Rating: 4 out of 5