Thursday, May 4, 2017

BOOK TALK: Any Day Now by Robyn Carr

Title Any Day Now

Author Robyn Carr

Pages 384 Pages

Intended Target Audience Adult

Genre Women's Fiction

Published By Mira  April 2017

Find It On   Amazon   Goodreads 





The blurb from Amazon:


The highly anticipated sequel to #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr's What We Find transports readers back to Sullivan's Crossing. The rustic campground at the crossroads of the Colorado and Continental Divide trails welcomes everyone—whether you're looking for a relaxing weekend getaway or a whole new lease on life. It's a wonderful place where good people face their challenges with humor, strength and love. 

For Sierra Jones, Sullivan's Crossing is meant to be a brief stopover. She's put her troubled past behind her but the path forward isn't yet clear. A visit with her big brother Cal and his new bride, Maggie, seems to be the best option to help her get back on her feet. 
Not wanting to burden or depend on anyone, Sierra is surprised to find the Crossing offers so much more than a place to rest her head. Cal and Maggie welcome her into their busy lives and she quickly finds herself bonding with Sully, the quirky campground owner who is the father figure she's always wanted. But when her past catches up with her, it's a special man and an adorable puppy who give her the strength to face the truth and fight for a brighter future. In Sullivan's Crossing Sierra learns to cherish the family you are given and the family you choose. 





    My thoughts:


I was able to read this sequel to What We Find just as soon as it was released at my local library, which never happens to me! I live in a relatively small town, so the competition for books is fierce! I'm so glad I didn't have to wait because it's so much better to read books in a series back to back, in my opinion. So basically, I didn't even have to leave Sullivan's Crossing, and I was able to remember all of the great characters in the story.

In this book, we meet Cal Jones' sister, Sierra. She has had a troubled past but she agrees to move to Colorado to start over and be near her brother and his new wife, Maggie, who is also pregnant. Of course, it's not really as simple as that! The past Sierra hopes to leave behind is a dangerous one, and the book sort of moves into a bit of suspense. She makes several friends, and meets a firefighter named Conrad (I'm sorry. I just cannot call him by his nickname in the book, which is Connie!). Their relationship evolves into a romance that is so sweet...and HOT! They are perfect for one another. I felt like the relationship was realistic and didn't move too quickly.

I truly like the setting and the characters in this series.  The writer makes me see them in my mind as a real place with real people. I hope there will be more books in this series, because I will most definitely be reading them!






Thursday, April 27, 2017

BOOK TALK: What We Find

Title What We Find

Author Robyn Carr

Pages 344 Pages

Intended Target Audience Adult

Genre Women's Fiction

Published By Mira  April 2016

Find It On Goodreads ● Amazon




The blurb from Amazon:


Between the urban bustle of Denver and the high-stress environment of a career in neurosurgery, Maggie Sullivan has hit a wall. When an emergency high-risk procedure results in the death of a teenager, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a lawsuit—and experiencing levels of anxiety she's never faced before. She knows she needs to slow down before she burns out completely, and the best place she can think to do that is Sullivan's Crossing.

Named for Maggie's great-grandfather, the land and charming general store at the crossroads of the Colorado and the Continental Divide Trails have been passed down through the generations and now belong to Maggie's eccentric father, Sully. When she shows up unannounced, he welcomes her with open arms, and she relishes the opportunity to indulge in his simple way of life. 

But shortly after arriving, Maggie's world is rocked once again and she must take on more responsibility than she'd planned. Though she's relieved a quiet and serious-looking hiker, Cal Jones, is willing to lend a hand, Maggie is suspicious of this mysterious man's eagerness to help—until she finds out the true reason for his deliberate isolation. 

Though Cal and Maggie each struggle with loss and loneliness, the time they spend together gives Maggie hope for something brighter just on the horizon…if only they can learn to find peace and healing—and perhaps love—with each other. 




My thoughts:

It has been a very long time since I've picked up a Women's Fiction book to read, but I was feeling in that kind of mood the other day. I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed meandering through this one! There was no murder to solve and no aliens to run from or destroy. I never once felt the need to chuck the book across the room. But I enjoyed it. I was reminded that a book doesn't have to be earth shattering to be good.

The characters in the story were so likable and easy to relate to that I felt like I knew them in real life. The character development had a natural flow and was completely believable. No eye rolling here! There were no cliff hangers, but I couldn't wait to pick up the book each time and continue the story of Cal, Maggie, Sully and all of the other residents of Sullivan's Crossing. You know how some authors introduce so many characters that you can't keep up with them or remember their part in the plot? That didn't happen in this book.

Sullivan's Crossing is a campground on a lake somewhere in Colorado. As I was reading, I could picture the place in my mind. It actually reminded me of a place from my childhood, so it had a nostalgic feeling to me. 

It's pretty hard to impress me, I admit it. But the author did just that. I'm looking forward to reading the 2nd novel in the series called Any Day Now which is a new release now. Look for another review of that once coming soon!   



Have any of you read any of Robyn Carr's books? If so, I'd love to hear your thought below in the comments! Until next time...





 


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Book Talk: Big Little Lies

Title Big Little Lies                                                                       Author Liane Moriarty
Pages 512 Pages
Intended Target Audience Adult
Genre Adult Fiction/Mystery
Published By February 9th 2017 by Berkley Books
(first published December 25th 2014)
Find It On Goodreads ● Amazon

The blurb from Goodreads:
 
 A murder...A tragic accident...Or just parents behaving badly? What s indisputable is that someone is dead.
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal."


Oh wow! I thought this book was just perfect! The pacing was on point, the three main characters were real and likable, it was both funny and serious at the same time, and the plot was frighteningly believable! The reader is aware that a death has occurred at the beginning of the book but is unaware who has died or how it happened. Which "kindy" mom was it?  Did one of the moms get what was coming to her?  I really liked the way the author leads the reader on a journey to discover the answers. And I was so surprised! I honestly thought I had it all figured out early on, but I was wrong! I love it when that happens! I will say that I got ticked off so many times while reading this. Mothers can be just as vicious as kids..sometimes worse! It's a little scary that kindergarten politics are actually a thing in some places!

This was a very enjoyable read for me, and now I am off to watch the HBO mini-series. I hope it's as good as the book, but how bad could it be with Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley?! I would love to hear your thoughts on the book and/or the tv series below! Let's talk!


















 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Book Talk: Flight Before Dawn

Title Flight Before Dawn
Author Megan Easley-Walsh
Pages 366 Pages
Intended Target Audience Adult
Genre Literary Fiction/Historical Fiction
Published By Pronoun (Macmillan) 2016
Find It On Goodreads ● Amazon

The blurb from Goodreads:

 Before there was D-Day...

For over two years, she's watched him.
Now he's on her doorstep.
This is life in the Resistance.

In Normandy in 1943, Victoire leads a band of the Resistance. When Leal, the man she's had watched for over two years, arrives at her doorstep, she'll have to face new challenges in war and in love.


I love a good WWII book! Even though a book that takes place during the French Resistance may sound a little uninteresting, this one was not that at all. The author manages to successfully intertwine fact with fiction, and I often found myself feeling apprehensive about what was going to happen next to the cast of characters!

The story centers around Victoire, Leal, Rainier and Voleta just before the liberation of France during WWII. (I love the fact that Victoire is the Resistance leader and not one of the men!) It is an excellent narrative that allows the reader to know what each character is thinking and feeling as they navigate the fears and uncertainty of war.

If you also like to read books that take place during WWII, I can easily recommend this one!







Tuesday, December 27, 2016

BOOK TALK: Paper Princess (The Royals, #1)



The blurb from Goodreads: "Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

HE MIGHT BE RIGHT."



Not sure how to start, or what to say exactly. This book is messed up, but I couldn't stop reading it. It's like watching the worst soap opera, knowing it's ridiculous, but you have become addicted to it. There are so many holes in the plot it's crazy. I found numerous errors that should have been found in editing. Ella is an idiot. The guys are distasteful (pardon the pun!). But like I said, I was engrossed in the story.

Bottom line: This book is no piece of great literature, but it is very entertaining. I hardly ever find a book that entertains me anymore, hence the four stars! Now I'm off to read the 2nd book in the series, Broken Prince (The Royals, #2)!







Monday, December 26, 2016

2017 Goodreads Challenge

   

       


I am a Goodreads junkie. I can spend far too many hours reading fellow book lover's recommendations, wish lists and reviews. One of the fun things I like to participate in is a good reading challenge! In 2017,  I will be trying to complete a challenge called the Author Alphabet Reading Challenge. I am a member of the group called Nothing But Reading Challenges , and they are hosting this one. Here is the low down: you read the alphabet from A to Z using an author's first and/or last name. You can use an author twice, once with their first name, and again with their last, but it gets pretty challenging on the hard letters such as x and z!  If you would like to participate, please come on over and just jump right in. I'll be updating my progress throughout the year, and I'd love to see if you can complete it as well!





Wednesday, March 9, 2016

BOOK TALK: The Other Daughter

http://www.amazon.com/Other-Daughter-Novel-Lisa-Gardner-ebook/dp/B000FC28T4/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1457556834&sr=1-2&keywords=the+other+daughter



Title The Other Daughter
Author Lisa Gardner
Pages 413 Pages
Intended Target Audience Adult
Genre Thriller/Suspense
Published Bantam (July 6, 1999)
Find It On Goodreads ● Amazon

The Blurb from Amazon:

Twenty years ago, Melanie Stokes was abandoned in a Boston hospital, then adopted by a wealthy young couple. Gifted with loving parents, a doting brother, and an indulgent uncle, Melanie has always considered herself lucky. Until the first cryptic, threatening note arrives: “You Get What You Deserve.”

Melanie has no memory of her life before the adoption. Now someone wants her to remember it all—even the darkest nightmare the Stokes family ever faced: the murder of their first daughter. As Melanie pursues every lead and chases every shadow in search of her real identity, two seemingly unrelated events from her past will come together in a dangerous explosion of truth.


It's been a long time since I've read a mystery. Too long actually. But this book is exactly what a mystery should be! As I was reading the first half of the book, I was thinking that it was going to be a 3 star rating, but then it just got better and better! I absolutely could not figure out how it was going to end! Every time I thought I had solved it, the author would twist me around again! Delicious! I enjoyed this one so much.

The characters were completely believable, and the story was written perfectly in my opinion. I was actually afraid I was going to be let down at the ending, but boy was I wrong. If you like suspenseful mysteries, you will love this book. Check it out!