Thursday, September 30, 2010

Book Club Suspended

Hey girls, I just wanted to take a minute to let you all know that I have to suspend this for now.  I won't be on regularly to post the comments or discuss the books, so in all fairness I want to close it for now.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Big Bad Wolf, James Patterson

The Big Bad Wolf (Alex Cross)

The Big Bad Wolf
James Patterson
Hardcover 390 pgs
Little Brown

Amazon Blurb -
In a recent column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King cited Patterson's thrillers as the example of "dopey" bestsellers. We hope that doesn't mean that those who enjoy them are dopes, because this new one is vastly entertaining. Alex Cross, Patterson's black lawman hero, has left the D.C. police force for the FBI. But Cross was a star cop, so when the Bureau becomes aware that attractive white women are disappearing at an unusually high rate in the nation's capital, Cross, despite still being in training at Quantico, is brought onto the case and is personally mentored by the Bureau's director, earning the ire of some Feds but the support of others. Behind the disappearances is a sexual slavery operation run as a sideline by one of the more believable and most compellingly evil villains in the Patterson universe, the Wolf, a mysterious former KGB man who's now the world's top mobster. The narrative throughout is swift and varied, as Patterson cuts among the diabolical schemes of a Russian magnate who may be the Wolf, the plight of several kidnap victims, the dogged pursuit by Cross and company of the Wolf, and the hideous designs of the members of an encrypted computer chat room who pay the Wolf fortunes to snatch women who fit their fantasies. And there's domestic drama, too, as the mother of Cross's young son, Alex, decides that she wants her boy back. Full of plot surprises and featuring a balanced mix of intrigue, hard action and angst, the novel, on which Patterson notably does not share cover credit, grips from start to finish. The Alex Cross series remains Patterson's finest, and this is the finest Cross in years. Maybe we're dopes, but we're smiling ones.

This is what I'm talking about!!!  Patterson grabs you right outta the gate and doesn't let you go till the last page!!!  I haven't read Patterson in several years and I was not disappointed.

Alex Cross is now joining the F.B.I. and he is being dumped smack dab in the middle of a kidnapping ring that is praying on white upscale woman, for the most part.  The Russian Mafya and a ruthless psychopath know as the Wolf is behind it.

The suspense is non stop as Alex is trying to race against the clock and find these victims as well as give his family the time they deserve.  His youngest child, Alex has been living with him and his older children exclusively for a year now.  "Lil" Alex's mother Christine has come back into the picture after giving him up and not showing any interest in him at all, and now she wants her boy back.

Alex is being twisted by what's happening at home as well as the case dominating his time.  He's the new kid on the block and he doesn't want any resentment formed.  The F.B.I. doesn't work in the same way that the P.D. does and he has to get used to this.  What happens is a major shocker!!!!

When Alex has to return his son to Christine, my husband walked in just as I read this part, and I almost wailed at him it tore me up so!!

This book rocked!! 5 cannolis

Authors By The Alphabet Club Discussion

Ok girls, here are the questions for discussion.  Just cut and paste in the comment section so we can all see what each other has to say.  There is no right or wrong way to answer, if you don't have a real feeling on the question one way or the other, just say so, that's absolutely fine!  I hope you enjoyed this book, and are enjoying this so far, I know I am.

  1. Which character do you like the most and why?
  2. The least and why?
  3. What passage from the book stood out to you?
  4. Are there situations and/or characters you can identify with, if so how?
  5. Did you learn something you didn’t know before?
  6. Do you feel as if your views on a subject have changed by reading this text?
  7. Have you had a life changing revelation from reading this text?
  8. What major emotion did the story evoke in you as a reader?
  9. At what point in the book did you decide if you liked it or not? What helped make this decision?
  10. Name your favorite thing overall about the book. Your least favorite?
  11. If you could change something about the book what would it be and why?
  12. Describe what you liked or disliked about the writer’s style.

1. Which character do you like the most and why?
I really liked Tess.  She was so down to earth.  There was nothing uppity about her, she wasn't high maintenance and she was always there when her friends needed her.  Even Francesca's hubby Nick commented on that fact, when he saw her and Ben outside the hospital.

2. The least and why?
Oh it was definitely Neil.  What an obnoxious boar!!  Helen just got beaten down emotionally by that jackass.

3. What passage from the book stood out to you?
Her telling Ben that they wouldn't work.  That had to be the hardest thing to do when  you know her heart was screaming to just give in.

4. Are there situations and/or characters you can identify with, if so how?
Oh my gosh, yes.  Francesca dealing with her kids and the fact that Casper is going through such tough teen times.  Not easy.  It doesn't matter how old your children are, you always worry and always want to help.  Her feeling like she was being pulled apart at one point is a very real reality for moms.  We have such a balancing act to perform.

5. Did you learn something you didn’t know before?
Not really, just reinforced how hard it can be to say or not say things when it comes to friends.  Often you are damned if you do and damned if you don't.

6. Do you feel as if your views on a subject have changed by reading this text?  
No as a matter of fact they been reinforced.  That was a tough call for Tess regarding Casper and keeping quiet about it.  I think that was something she should have shared with her best friend since Francesca had reached out to Tess in help with him.

7. Have you had a life changing revelation from reading this text? 
Oh gosh no, while it was an awesome read, life changing revelation, no I don't think so.

8. What major emotion did the story evoke in you as a reader? 
A mix of emotions, at times sad and wistful, heart wrenching and at times I was laughing.  It was quite a mixed bag, but I'd have to say I was wistful the most.

9. At what point in the book did you decide if you liked it or not? What helped make this decision? 
I knew I liked it once the 1st chapter was done.  If a book hooks me out of the gate, it's pretty much a done deal.  This one was just great.  Couple that with the vibrant supporting characters and I just loved it!

10. Name your favorite thing overall about the book. Your least favorite? 
The friendships that were formed and lasted though all the years.  I wish I had Tessa as a friend what a wonderful gift.  I guess that she didn't wind up with her first love.  While I understand, boy was I rooting for them!!

11. If you could change something about the book what would it be and why? 
I don't think I'd change anything.  I really liked it the way it was.

12. Describe what you liked or disliked about the writer’s style.
I really liked how she moved the story along.  She doesn't go into overkill with details, her style is smooth and easy to read.  The flow was perfect.  I can't wait to read The Stepmother!

Ok girls, have at it!  I hope you're all having fun, I am : )

Our next months read is...

The Kitchen Witch (Accidental Witch Trilogy, Book 1)
The Kitchen Witch
Annette Blair
Paperback 320 pgs

Set in Old Salem around the Halloween season, this charming romantic comedy features a wacky, if good-hearted, self-proclaimed witch and her upstairs neighbor, a reformed bad boy trying to be a responsible father to his adorable four-year-old son, Shane. Needing a reliable baby sitter, Logan Kilgarven agrees to an exchange: he will find a job for Melody at the local TV station, where he is a producer, and she will be on call to baby sit Shane as needed. Melody, however, spurns his offer of a secretarial position, countering with a bid for a cooking show. The catch? Melody can't cook. At all. But with a combination of sex appeal and well-developed marketing skills, she sells the station owner on the concept, and several spicy encounters in elevators and on counters and desktops are the inevitable result. With both of them fighting their feelings, and several matchmakers as well as one marplot stirring the cauldron, Blair has crafted a fun and sexy romp.
Yay, this is awesome. While it wasn't among the original choices, Julie thought in the spirit of Halloween this would work and I am STOKED!!!  WTG Julie, I think we'll enjoy this!!

Undead And Unappreciated

Undead and Unappreciated (Queen Betsy, Book 3) (Berkley Sensation)

Undead And Unappreciated
MaryJanice Daavidson
Paperback 292 pgs
Berkley Sensation

Amazon Blurb -

Davidson's third Queen of the Vampires novel continues in the same vein as Undead and Unwed (2004) and Undead and Unemployed (2004). Betsy, still obsessed with shoes, discovers that Ant, her wicked stepmother, was possessed by the devil back in 1986 when she gave birth to Betsy's half-sister, Laura. This means that Laura, adopted by a minister, is actually the Spawn of Satan. And that's not all: the creepy Book of the Dead prophesies that the Spawn of Satan and the Queen of Vampires will rule the world. How is Betsy going to tell the warmhearted, churchgoing, innocent Laura that her birth mother was the devil, and that Laura may be on the path to world domination? Subplots involving a fiend named George, a baby shower, and a wedding keep the action perking along. Readers who love the sassy, foul-mouthed Queen of the Undead will enjoy this latest installment.

I love Queen Betsy!!!  She is sassy, witty, funny and the girl loves shoes.  What more can I say?  I've dedicated a whole blog post to the love of my own *shoes* ; )

Poor Betsy finds out she has a half sister who also happens to be the devils daughter.  Dealing with her step-mother's pregnancy as as well as finding out Sinclair knew of the sister and didn't tell her puts her in a foul mood.   Locking herself in the library where the Book Of The Dead is kept, she forgoes Sinclair and Tina's warning of reading it for long periods of time, and hunkers down for three hours.  What ensues is a possessed evil Betsy.  Jessica bangs on the door wondering if she's ok, and Betsy comes out and open hands poor Jess in the face and then proceeds to bite her, wondering why she's not done this before.  Jessica is terrified, then she accosts Marc and insults him with a venom that is horrid, she uses Sinclair for some fun in the sack, leaves him hanging as she tries to kill Tina, Sinclair's maker.  Tina's age and experience allows her to knock Betsy out.

She wakes up locked in an empty room.  Seeing no other way out, she jumps out the window into the daylight and rolls all over the lawn  happy to be in the sunlight again.  Marc comes out with a shotgun pointed at her, and while this new discovery of being in the sun makes her happy, she lets Marc know the affects of the book have worn off and she apologizes profusely.  The two head back inside so she can try and repair the damage she's wrought.  Jessica is the hardest for her, this is her best friend in the whole world and she is sick over it.  Sinclair has had it with her as well. 

I felt bad for Betsy as Sinclair gives her the cold shoulder and she realizes she loves him.  He is hurt and livid with her, and she is sad over this.  Fixing it is a stumbling block for her.  She decides to meet her sister and the antics that come about make them friends.  She really likes her sister.

This one was on the calmer side as far as the "intrigue" goes, but it was a bit of a heart tugger with Betsy coming to terms with some of her feelings.

3 1/2 cannolis

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet
Jamie Ford
Paperback 320 pgs
Ballentine Books
Read for book club

Amazon's Blurb -
Ford's strained debut concerns Henry Lee, a Chinese-American in Seattle who, in 1986, has just lost his wife to cancer. After Henry hears that the belongings of Japanese immigrants interned during WWII have been found in the basement of the Panama Hotel, the narrative shuttles between 1986 and the 1940s in a predictable story that chronicles the losses of old age and the bewilderment of youth. Henry recalls the difficulties of life in America during WWII, when he and his Japanese-American school friend, Keiko, wandered through wartime Seattle. Keiko and her family are later interned in a camp, and Henry, horrified by America's anti-Japanese hysteria, is further conflicted because of his Chinese father's anti-Japanese sentiment. Henry's adult life in 1986 is rather mechanically rendered, and Ford clumsily contrasts Henry's difficulty in communicating with his college-age son, Marty, with Henry's own alienation from his father, who was determined to Americanize him. The wartime persecution of Japanese immigrants is presented well, but the flatness of the narrative and Ford's reliance on numerous cultural cliches make for a disappointing read.

I can't quiet agree with the above blurb.  This turned out better than I thought.  Very much in the vein of Water For Elephants, with the protaganist going into the past and back to present times again.

Henry Lee is 12, almost 13 and has not  had an easy childhood.  Growing up during WWII, his father has makes him attend an all "white" school.  With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, his dad has him wear a pin saying "I'm Chinese" so he isn't mistaken for a Japanese boy.  It doesn't  help.  He's teased, harassed, bullied and beaten up, and he keeps it all to himself.  His Mom and Dad don't speak English, yet he isn't allowed to answer in Chinese, so he really doesn't speak to them other than huh huhs and no's or yes.

His only friend is Jazz sax player Sheldon, till he meets Keiko while working in the school cafeteria.  The two work together and a poignantly sweet bond is formed.  They go to an all black jazz bar to hear Sheldon play, and then get the crumbs scared out of them when the F.B.I raids the place, taking the Japanese patrons away.  Keiko is horrified.  The story takes us through the dramatic rounding up of Japanese families and their subsequent relocation in internment camps.  Henry's home life doesn't get easier as his father hates the Japanese for their war with China.  After finding out about the two's friendship his father disowns him.

Peppered throughout the book  you find Henry's relationship with his college age son Martin is strained and he mourns the passing of his wife Ethel whom he lovingly cared for as cancer ravished her body.

Somewhat sad when you think of the could have beens, I give it 3 cannolis

Teaser Tuesday

This is such a fun meme hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading.  Here are the rules -
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 teaser sentences from that page
  • Be careful not to include spoilers!  Make sure what you share doesn't give too much away, we don't want to ruin the book for others.
  • Share the title and author so that other TT's can add the book to their TBR if they'd like. 

John Saul
Paperback 399 pgs
Ballentine Books

He continued speaking, but Joan didn't hear his words; as the full reality of what had happened broke over her, a wailing scream of grief rose in her throat.  "Nooo," she howled, shattering the eerie quiet that had fallen over the scene.
pg. 101

I am reading this for the R.I.P challenge being hosted at Stainless Steel Droppings.  I haven't read John Saul in at least 25 years, and he most certainly doesn't disappoint.  Right out of the gate his story grips you.  The man is one of horrors masters in my opinion.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Dance With The Devil

Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter, Book 4)

Dance With The Devil
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Paperback 368 pgs
St. Martins Press

Amazon's Blurb -
The third entry in Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series, which focuses on the sexy vampire-like immortals who defend humans from soul-stealing Daimons, is darker than last year's Night Embrace due to its change in setting (from the French Quarter of New Orleans to the isolated Alaska wilderness) and its focus on Zarek, the baddest of all the Dark-Hunters. Physically gorgeous but scarred psychologically thanks to his former life as a Greco-Roman slave, Zarek is bitter, feared and rejected by everyone, including the Greek goddess who transformed him. It's up to the emotionally detached nymph Astrid, sister to the three Fates, to judge whether 900 years of isolation has made Zarek too vicious to be redeemed. To accomplish this task, she tries to push Zarek "to the heights of his tolerance and beyond." Sasha, a werewolf posing as a mere pet, serves as her protector, and the witty telepathic banter between them is a nice counterpoint to the seriousness of Zarek and Astrid's relationship. Kenyon's slangy dialogue also leavens the story. In the midst of a heated battle, for instance, a disoriented Astrid asks Zarek what's happening, and his blase reply is, "Not much.... Some invincible asshole is trying to kill me." Those who can't get enough of bad boy heroes and Buffy the Vampire Slayer reruns will relish this roguish tale.
This is #3 in Sherrilyn’s Dark Hunter series.  I finished this baby in 1 day.  Dance With The Devil focuses on Zarek, the most tormented and dark of all the hunters, or so it’s supposed to be.  Having only read 3 I don’t think I can make that distinction….yet.  Artemis wants Zarek dead.  He is considered an absolute loose cannon with no redeeming qualities.  Acheron strongly disagrees and insists that Astrid a justice nymph, judge Zarek first.  Of course this just makes Artemis extremely ticked, but she begrudgingly agrees.  Of all places that they have exiled Zarek for the past 900 yrs, it is Alaska.  In a barren and desolate area he is dumped back in the wilderness after helping his fellow Hunters while in New Orleans, fully expecting to be executed.  After a failed attempt on his life by Dark Hunter Squires-those who care for the Hunters, he is wounded and found by Astrid.  While judging, she is rendered blind so as not to skew her judging.  She brings him to her cabin where her goading and baiting of him begins.  All this in hopes of provoking him into the violence that Artemis and some of the other Hunters feel he is capable of.  What ensues can be considered predictable of course, we all know how these stories go, but it was light fun to see their banter with each other, and that he isn’t the monster some think him to be.

Truly, this wasn’t as good as I had hoped.  I tend to like the broody ones the most, in the vein of Vishous(BlackDagger Brotherhood) and Tegan(Midnight Breed), so I was hoping that this would be the same.  It fell a little flat with me.  Not enough to stop reading the series, I really want to get to Ash’s book and find out what all the buzz is about his heartbreaking story.  It’s quick and easy so I’d recommend it regardless.

I give it 3 cannolis

Friday, September 17, 2010

Hop and Follow Friday

This Hop is hosted by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books, and it runs through the weekend, so if you can't today, hop on tomorrow!  Just remember, go to her site, follow the rules, visit some of the blogs and get to know em, if you start to follow tell em you met them through the hop!

This week Jennifer, in honor of Book Blogger Appreciation Weeks wants to do a shout out to some fave blogs.  I follow tons, but I do have faves that I love.  Here are a few -

 This is just such a great blog!

Reading Without Restraint”=

I love Julie's place.  She is an awesome lady!

Oh now Steph, she posts some great thought provoking posts!  I love her!

Marce, my horror/thriller/challenge buddy : )

 Book Chick City was the first blog I started following, but these other great gals I consider my blogging buddies and I'm really happy to have "met" them!!

To join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

  1. Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host @ Parajunkee and anyone else you want to follow on the list
  2. Follow our Featured Bloggers- IB Book Blogging
  3. Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.
  4. Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments
  5. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can
  6. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers
  7. If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!  
PJ's ? for this week -

Fave YA or do you stick to adult?

I stick with adult, after Twilight I just could not do it anymore.  I need some "closure" and YA just doesn't get rough enough.  Nope just big girl books for me ; )

Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Godmother by Carrie Adams

The Godmother

The Godmother
Carrie Adams
Hardcover 400 pgs.
Harper Collins

Amazon Blurb -

While 30-something Londoner Tessa King questions her no-strings-attached lifestyle, she also witnesses her friends' difficulties in marriage and parenthood while playing godmother to their broods. Nick and Francesca battle to keep their sullen teenager out of serious trouble; Billy, a single mom, can't break ties to her now remarried ex-; Helen and Neil, fairy tale parents to twin boys, are hiding something; successful Claudia and Al struggle to conceive; and Ben and Sasha have no plans to have children. But Ben also happens to be Tessa's best friend, and perhaps the love of her life. When tragedy eventually strikes the group, bonds are tested, and Tessa is forced to re-examine what she thinks will really make her happy. A painful look into the fears, doubts and desires that make and break marriages, this debut novel from Londoner Adams is notches up from the usual chick and mom lit fare.
I loved this book!  Yes loved it.  Not my usual genre, I read these types maybe, and that's a big maybe, 3 x's a year.  I wish Tessa King was my friend!  What awesome characters Carrie Adams has crafted, real people that you can actually have in your own lives.

Tessa has been away for 5 weeks.  An attorney in a law firm for 10 years, her boss wasn't just harassing  her, it turned into full blown stalking.  She was dealing with him standing outside her apartment, and the wife calling her on the phone and cursing and using horrid names on her.  She winds up taking a settlement and leaves the firm, and goes on a bit of sabbatical.  The story opens with Tessa coming  home and expecting her good friend Francesca to be at the airport to pick her up.  She looks all around and then hears her name being called and sees Francesca's husband Nick and their son,  her Godson, Casper has come instead.  Right there is where you get the first taste of Tessa's disappointment.  She wanted her friend not the hubby, even though he is her friend as well.  Sometimes you just want your girlfriend.  There are 9 in her group of friends 8 of them are married, and Billy is divorced.

As the story progresses, you see how they all lean so on Tessa.  She is the Godmother to 4 of her friend's children and she takes her role seriously.  They are always asking for her help and she gives it gladly.  Sadly she is starting to feel like the third wheel amongst her married friends, and suffers badly from unfulfilled love for her dear friend Ben who is married to Sasha.  Tessa and Ben have been friends since they were 15!  I felt sad for her, and the story takes such a twist that broke my heart.  What a wonderful friend Tessa is and it upset me because I think her friends just took her for granted, never really seeing that she needed as well.  Sometimes people are very good at hiding things but you just have to dig.

I highly recommend this book and I am most definitely going to read the Stepmother, Carrie Adams sequel to this one.  I just loved it and am so glad I found it for my book club.  If you like woman's fiction and don't mind heart tugging run and get this book : )

I give this book 4 cannolis!

On a side note, I'm going to read Dance With The Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon.  It'll wrap up my Summer Romance Challenge with Book Chick City, and, really I can't face Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter And Sweet right now.

R.I.P. Challenge V

*sigh*, another challenge, I've gone and done it again.  And no, Marce from Tea Time With Marce DIDN'T even try and stop me, she is just no help at all ; )

Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge V

This is being hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings and it's the 5th one.  There are different levels of peril...yes peril, so you don't feel over extended.  Not only that, you can combine challenges if your in more than one.  I'm doing Book Chick City's All Hallows Eve as well so I can kill a few birds with one stone here.  Hhhmmm, killing, sounds like it fits...

Since I am piggy backing my challenges, I will go with peril the first and read 4 books in the spooky thriller horror genre.

Oh my I haven't read a real horror story in years.  I mean like John Saul Suffer The Children horror!  I'm a scarit.  I do love my psycho thrillers though, nothing like Gretchen Lowell force feeding you drano to get your blood pumping.

I will come back here and list my progress, and no I have absolutely no idea which book will have me as it's first victim....

I have made my first choice...

  1. Nightshade - John Saul
  2. The Surgeon - Tess Gerritsen
  3. Heart Shaped Box - Joe Hill
  4. The Dark Of Night - John Saul

I did try to get into Ramsey Campbell but just couldn't.  The cadence of his writing was just throwing me and I couldn't get through his books.  I tried 2,  Silent Children and Obsession.

And I have completed this spooky challenge!!

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    WWW Wednesday

    Another great meme hosted by the Divine Miz B @ Should Be Reading.   If ya haven't gone (I highly doubt it), GO!

    What are you currently reading?
    What did you recently finish reading?
    What do you think you'll read next?

    The Godmother 
    The Godmother Carrie Adams

    Really am liking this book!  Very happy I chose it for my bookclub!

    Immortal in Death (In Death, Book 3)

    Immortal In Death
    JD Robb

    I liked this one, not my fave, but not bad.  Here's my review

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
    Hotel On The Corner Of  Bitter And Sweet
    Jamie Ford

    Oh drat, I am NOT looking forward to this one!  Has anyone read it?  At first I thought it would be good, but now it sounds blah to me : (  It's for my sils book club so...

    Authors By The Alphabet Club Check-in

    If you would like to join, please go *HERE*

    Hey ladies!  Just wanted to take a minute and see how all of you are doing.  Are you reading yet?  Finished?  I'm about halfway through and I like it.  This is a good book.  It's not something I read all the time, but it was a nice mix it up for me : )  I like Tessa too so that helps.

    I'll be posting the discussion ?'s on the 29th and we can answer here in the comment section so that we're not all running around the blogs finding each others answers.  I think that'll make discussion more conducive as well!  If you'd like to post a link to your review that would be great.

    October's book choices are courtesy of the lovely Miss Julie from Reading Without Restraint.  She has chosen a few books, so look and see if you've read any and let us know, and then Julie can choose the one for us to read in October.  November's chooser(is that a word?) is - Buffy!  And Buffy you get the letter C, you can let me know 2 or 3 books you have in mind and I'll do the same in October that I did here : )

    Book Choices -

    The Last Summer (of You and Me)The Last Summer Of You And Me
    Ann Brashares

    Blurb -  The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants author delivers her first novel for adults, a treacly tale about the tribulations a trio of longtime friends encounter. For as long as she can remember, 21-year-old Alice has spent summers on Fire Island with her parents and older sister, Riley. Riley, 24, is a beach lifeguard, more boyish in both looks and spirit than sweet, feminine Alice. An island neighbor and Riley's best friend, Paul, whose father is dead and mother mostly absent, returns to the island after two years away and must decide whether to sell his family's house there. More importantly, he and Alice finally act on an attraction they've felt for years, but they keep their frequent nuzzling quiet so as not to hurt Riley. Riley, meanwhile, has her own problems that could ruin Alice and Paul's clandestine romance and just about everything else.

    All We Ever Wanted Was Everything: A Novel

    All We Ever Wanted Was Everything
    Janelle Brown

    Blurb - In Brown's withering Silicon Valley satire, a family wakes up on a June day to realize that patriarch Paul's company has hit the big time with a phenomenal IPO. But instead of rejoicing about being newly rich, the family's three women each find themselves in the throes of a major crisis. Paul has fled with his new amour, who happens to be wife Janice's tennis partner. Desperate housewife Janice discovers the soothing power of the pool boy's drug stash and sinks into addiction and denial. Meanwhile, 20-something daughter Margaret learns the price of living a Hollywood lifestyle on an artsy hipster's budget—gargantuan credit card debt. Finally, 14-year-old Lizzie wades deeper and deeper into a sea of adolescent trouble without an adult to confide in. From the ashes of their California dreams, the three must learn to talk to each other instead of past each other, and build a new, slightly more realistic existence—but not without doses of revenge and hilarity.

    Somebody Else's Daughter: A Novel Somebody Else's Daughter
    Elizabeth Brundage

    Blurb - Like The Doctor's Wife - which The Boston Globe called "a compelling read"-Somebody Else's Daughter is a literary page-turner peopled with fascinating and disturbing characters. In the idyllic Berkshires, at the prestigious Pioneer School, there are dark secrets that threaten to come to light. Willa Golding, a student, has been brought up by her adoptive parents in elegant prosperity, but they have fled a mysterious and shameful past. Her biological father, a failing writer and former drug addict, needs to see the daughter he abandoned, and so he gains a teaching position at the school. A feminist sculptor initiates a reckless affair, the Pioneer students live in a world to which adults turn a blind eye, and the headmaster's wife is busy keeping her husband's current indiscretions well hidden. Building to a breathtaking collision between two fathers-biological and adoptive, past and present- Somebody Else's Daughter is both a suspenseful thriller and a probing study of richly conflicted characters in emotional turmoil.

    Lipstick Jungle 
    Lipstick Jungle
    Candace Bushnell

    Blurb - Lipstick Jungle weaves the stories of Nico O'Neilly, Wendy Healy, and Victory Ford, numbers 8, 12, and 17 on The New York Post's list of "New York's 50 Most Powerful Women." But this is 21st Century New York, and to get ahead and stay ahead, these women will do anything, including jeopardizing their personal and professional relationships. Take for example Nico, editor-in-chief of Bonfire magazine, who betrays her boss to rise to the top of the entire magazine division at media mega-giant Splatch-Verner. As president of Paradour Pictures, Wendy may be poised to win an Oscar for her 10-year labor-of-love, Ragged Pilgrims, but her marriage is in shambles and her
    children care more about a $50,000 pony than their mother. And for single, 43-year-old fashion designer Victory, pleasing tough critics may be more important than ever finding the real relationship she's convinced herself she doesn't need.

    Ok, here are 4 choices that sound really good.   Just come back and give a shout!  So far I'm enjoying this, I hope ya'll are too

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