What I like about Lisa Scottoline is that she takes a question of relevance to contemporary women, and brings it to life in the pages of a book. You may agree. You may disagree. But you will ask yourself the question.
In this book the question is, "If you were a volunteer at your child's school -- and there were an emergency, would you save the children who have tormented your bullied child -- or would you save your own child -- at their expense?"
I found that question and the way that it gets answered by the protagnoist and the reaction as people judge her choice the most interesting part of this book. The mystery sort of lost its way for me in the end -- but I can forgive that as Ms. Scottoline's books never drag. They are page turners that offer the perfect distraction if you just want to loose yourself in the pages of a book.
I enjoyed listening to this book ... by the time it was all over. But that feeling, of OMG! I have to find an excuse to vacuum so I can listen to my new Sophie Kinsella book, didn't come quickly.
The story will be a familiar one for Kinsella fans, Samantha the heroine must deal with a fast-paced job where she runs with sharks, a life-changing event happens to bump our Samantha off the fast-track, and she finds herself in a very unlikely spot, where wonder of wonders she finds that the not-so highly paced track has its appeal as well. By the time the second conflict of will she go back or not go back now that the choice is entirely hers rolls round -- you are just a couple of chapters away from the end of the book.
In the end, I loved Samantha -- and even more I recognized her. Rosalyn Landor is a fantastic narrator. But this book just took too much time to get bubbling for me. Still a huge Sophie Kinsella fan and can't wait to read her next book.
It took me a little bit to get into Twenties Girl, but once I did ... I was all the way in. I found myself loving Aunt Sadie. I loved the story of her life, her love affair with the neighbor and her missing necklace. Of course, I also really enjoyed Lara's story. I was happy to read about supportive parents as I found them very familiar and the charm of this story was just a total joy. I am a Sophie Kinsella fan, and this book was totally satisfying. Two thumbs up!
Everytime I pick up or listen to a new Jennifer Weiner title, I think I look for Candy Shaprio. Ruthie was no Candy. As the key character of this novel, Ruthie is certainly likable as is her grandmother. It felt like there were autobiographical elements here, and maybe even a treatise on the TV show production business -- and while interesting to learn how TV shows are put together, I just never found myself able to fully embrace Ruthie or her story as I have other Jennifer Weiner titles. If you are a die hard Weiner fan, you have no choice but to read The Next Best Thing -- and you will likely find something to enjoy, but if you are a Weiner newbie ... I cannot completely recommend The Next Best Thing.
This book starts out with a bang when Poppy loses her engagement ring and mobile phone at an event that is supposed to be serving as her bridal tea. The ensuing scene has her signing and dancing for a Japanese businessman after she finds the discarded mobile phone of an executive assistant who has quit her job for a high-powered executive. To say this book starts out with a bang and keeps that pace throughout is an understatement. It's funny, tender, warm-hearted, charming, and sweet!
I especially enjoyed Jayne Entwistle's performance. It was worth a credit and the hours I spent listening. I can highly recommend especially if you are a fan of Ms. Kinsella!
I am not ashamed to say that I am falling in love with Sophie Kinsella's books! She had me when Emma admitted to suffering from an uncomfortable thong her boyfriend bought her 2-sizes too small because she lied to him about her weight ... but just by one digit! I laughed so hard listening to this book while driving to and from work that I became self-conscious in the same way you might while singing along to a favorite tune.
Kate Reading was a pleasant narrator and the story moved along .. but somehow it was the combination of both that was even better than the individual parts. I found myself sharing specific vignettes I had bookmarked with friends and colleagues at work .. and they were laughing right along with me.
If you are looking for some escapist chick lit and want a quick satisfying listen that you can depend on for a laugh and a smile and a happy ending ... this is for you! If you are a bonafide love cynic .. move on, there's nothing for you here.
Listening to this story was quite an experience. The reader's performance was fantastic -- among the best I've ever listened to. The book was somehow very slow to unfold but then very quick to wrap up. It seemed there was a lot of prelude -- and then from the point of the car accident on -- it was like the author was on a downhill wrap up -- working sometimes too hard to tie up all of the loose ends. Through it all, even when I was frustrated with the above mentioned issues with the story -- I was enchanted YES enchanted by the reader.
I was sad to learn that Ms. Fields passed away in a flash flood while trying to rescue her recording equipment and found myself deeply moved by her obituary as it aired on NPR -- that I found in my google search of her. I would recommend this book simply for the reader's performance. It was amazing listening to her tell me a story.
Each holiday I look forward to reading one of Mr. Evans novels. This year's is a retelling of Joseph being sold in to Egypt. While some of the small details seemed to be a bit of a reach, the overall integrity of the story holds up. I found myself very touched by the treatment of the relationship between the main character and his beloved Father. I had never thought of this story from the point-of-view of Jacob -- and reading this book sent me right back to the original text in The Old Testament. I hope this little holiday tradition continues long into the future.
This is the first time of read Donna VanLiere. While I found the story a little far-fetched I did appreciate the spirit of the book, and look forward to reading more VanLiere titles. I enjoyed reading about the depth of feeling between the characters and enjoyed reading such an uplifting story during the holiday season. I could easily recommend this book as a good read to any friend or family member, especially if they were looking for a feel good read.
I enjoy Claire Cook's straightforward storytelling. Once again a woman who is under appreciated by those around her and maybe a bit uninspired by her own life gets a makeover. This was a fun read and I enjoyed the Dancing with the Stars references. While her books sometimes seem to wrap up a bit too neatly, I always find myself intrigued by the idea of her stories and I always find time to listen to them quickly. I enjoyed Cassandra Campbell. If you like Claire Cook you won't be disappointed by this title.
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would based on the reviews I had read. I found myself laughing out loud at the incident of the rotten chicken left in the refrigerator.
I like the way that Claire Cook examines the stages of women's lives when reinvention seems to be the best available option. As someone who is faceing a reinvention -- it was perfectly timed for me.
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