October 31, 2010
October 25, 2010
October 22, 2010
"... a delightful story of British families forced to spend their vacation together after a mutual friend promises them the same week in his Spanish villa. Chloe Harding hopes that a holiday will soothe the strain between her and longtime partner Philip Murray, who is worried that a recent takeover of his company may cost him his job. Their hopes are dashed when they arrive and find another family already settled at the villa. To Chloe's disappointment, she'll be sharing the space with Hugh Stratton, the beau who broke her heart 15 years ago. Now married to high-maintenance Amanda and with two children, Hugh apologizes, and though Chloe initially expresses nothing but hurt and disdain (all the while keeping their past a secret from Philip), she eventually considers beginning life anew with Hugh. Wickham does a bangup job of creating believable characters-even Amanda is less vapid than she at first seems. Surprises abound as the plot unfolds, and the families begin to wonder whether their mutual friend made an innocent mistake in getting them together." --bn.com
October 17, 2010
October 16, 2010
October 11, 2010
So here are the books I'm going to read & the order I'm going to read them in:
#1. Frankenstiein By: Mary Shelley
My Hubby has decided to read this book with me! He got a copy on CD since he has a long commute. I love reading books with him, so this should be fun!
#2. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow By: Washington Irving
I can't wait to start this one! I think it's gonna be a great Halloween read!
If I still have time after these 2 books are read, I plan to read Dracula. Thanks again to everyone who left comments!!
October 10, 2010
By: Danielle Steel
Dumped by her boyfriend of 6 years. Laid off by the job she had for 10 years; Brigitte Nicholson had the week from hell. What was she to do now? Get lost in her family history while doing a favor for her Mother? Once Brigitte discovers the Indian relative, Wachiwi, that's exactly what she does. Who was she? What was she like? And how did she come to meet, marry a French Marquis and be presented to the King and Queen? Brigitte doesn't know, but she decides to find out.
Legacy was leaps and bounds better than Danielle's last book Family Ties. I got so engrossed with the Wachiwi storyline and her life story! I've always said that Danielle does historical fiction well, and this storyline was a prime example. The details she used made me forget that I knew nothing about Indian life from 100s of years ago. I loved reading how Wachiwi goes from her Indian life to France. It was truly a great story. My only complaint with it was that it seemed to end abruptly. You never get her complete story. You don't know how she died, only that she died a few months apart from her husband's. I wish you got her whole life's story.
Brigitte's storyline was good for the most part. She's the girl who never had ambitious goals and it cost her in the end. She spent 7 years devoted to a book about the history of Women's right to vote only to abandon it. I was able to relate to her in these respects since I'm not an overly ambitious person myself and have spent years on a project near and dear to me that may never get completed. Towards the end of the book I got a little bored with Brigitte and, but I was routing for her to take the leap of faith she never took before.
I'm glad I read Legacy. It was so fun! This book was a great escape into a world I knew nothing about.
Rating: Borrow From Library
October 7, 2010
October 3, 2010
By: Sophie Kinsella
Becky's back with a whole new set of adventures. There's her 2 year old daughter who has a habit of throwing fits in a dramatic fashion. She's decided to throw her husband a surprise birthday party but, somehow the Internet and the press get involved. And there is the endless attempt at buying a house. Will #5 be the lucky one?
I've been a fan of the Confessions of A Shopaholic series since it's debut. You can't help but giggle at Becky and the way she can rationalize her actions. One thing is for sure, whenever you read this series, you are guaranteed a smile through out the books.
That having been said, let's focus on Mini Shopaholic. Overall, I enjoyed it. I think my only complaint was that the book seemed to be mis-titled. The biggest storyline wasn't dealing with her daughter, but planning her husband's surprise party. But, if that's the biggest issue I could find with the book, I think we're ok.
The book had a handful of scenes that out a smile on my face. I couldn't help chuckle when Becky's daughter, Minnie, manages to get thrown out of yet another Santa's Grotto. In total that's 4 Minnie and her family has been banned from. It's not every day a 2 year old turns the reindeer into a climbing invitation. Of course, a scene ensues.
Getting Minnie baptised wasn't without it's hiccups either. Call it really bad timing when the Bank of London financially collapses while the ceremony is waiting to begin. The guests get wind of it through the Internet on their phones and hysteria breaks out. Everyone races out of the church in the hopes of securing their money before it's gone for good. Everyone-- including the Priest himself. He does go to Becky's house later that day to apologize and make an impromptu baptism.
I'm saving some of the other giggly scenes for you to discover. The book was definitely worth a read. Loyal fans of the series will enjoy visiting Becky and her crazy life. The way the book ends made me think there is another Shopaholic book possibility.
Rating: Borrow From Library
By: Danielle Steel
One of my favorite authors. However, her books have been hit or miss the last few years. We'll see if this one is a hit, or if it'll miss like her last release was.
By: Madeleine Wickham
I'm yet to finish a single book by this author. This is the pen name used by Sophie Kinsella, the author of the Confessions of a Shopaholic series, so I don't quite understand why I struggle. I LOVE Sophie Kinsella, so it's odd.
Anyway, Im giving this pen name another try. We'll see if I have any success this time around.
The Romance Readers' Book Club
By: Julie L. Cannon
I was sold on this book once I read the description of it. I hope it's as good as it sounds like it may be. I've never read a book where a 15 year old was the main character and the story is of how this genre speaks to her and her friends. Mix together 3 teens and an "eccentric" Aunt, and you could have the making of a good read. I intend to find this out.