Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Meet the Four Ms. Bradwells

I had the honor of meeting Meg Waite Clayton at the Decatur Book Festival for her book The Race for Paris.  I hope to share that soon as well.  Today we are considering one of Meg’s past novels The Four Ms. Bradwells.  This is a story of friendships that formed long ago.  The story is set against the Washington D.C.  Political scene. Ms. Clayton explores how the choices we make affect others both personally and professionally.

Synopsis:

The Ms. Bradwells met in Law school in Constitutional Law in Michigan.  In their first class in professor named Mia, Betts, Ginger, Laney, and Mia the Ms. Bradwells. They have been friends for a long time sharing in one another’s joys and heart breaks.  Now Betts is about to be confirmed for the Supreme Court. She is attending a hearing for confirmation in front of a Senate Subcommittee.  When she is asked about the death of Trey Humphrey that happened years ago one weekend.  Who killed him? Each Ms. Bradwell has a secret about what happened on that weekend.  Will these secrets break this sacred friendship or make them stronger?

My Thoughts:

I liked this novel.  The story is interesting as the reader tries to find out what happened so long ago.  It is told from alternating viewpoints of Mia, Betts, Ginger, and Laney.   Then chapters include both the present and flashbacks I found the plot unpredictable.    This novel has the politics of Washington D.C. as a back drop for this story.  After having been through this previous election season it was not my favorite to read. 
The novel has a satisfying conclusion!

Rating:

4/5


Please visit Meg on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Meet Litsy!

I have been asked at Writer’s Corner to share an honest review of the application Litsy. It is a new application or app for readers.   Think of this app as Instagram meets Goodreads.  The app invented by Todd Lawton and Jeff Leblanc.   So what was this application used for?
“As an independent bookstore owner, Amy is aware of how much effort goes into finding books and getting them on the shelf. During her last book tour, she used her social media platforms to discuss the books she found and the bookstores/booksellers where they can be purchased.  
As one of Litsy’s first subscribers, Amy quickly realized it was the perfect platform to highlight the books that independent bookstores are championing; along with the booksellers who make these discoveries and share them with their patrons.
Amy’s getting the community involved by requesting their support by visiting their favorite independent bookstore, give a shout-out to a book through a blurb or post and include the #getindie hashtag. She’s also recruited many other authors, including Alexander Chee and Christina Baker Kline.”
So how does Litsy work? 
There may not be many followers yet from your Facebook page or other social media options since it is a new app.   I have a few indie bookstores that I work with on a regular basis, but have not seen them on Litsy yet.   When you post on it a book has to be attached to your post.  You can comment on a photo that you upload.  You also have options to follow the other person or add that book to your TBR pile.
If a user has problems with using Litsy shake your phone.  Once this happens a prompt will ask if you have a problem.     A dialogue box appears and the user can dialogue with support from Litsy.  I had an issue with a Wifi problem at my work, but was able to resolve it quickly.
My Thoughts: 
I like the Litsy application.  I feel that will develop into a user friendly application.  I am interested to see what Indies do with this application and its users.  As long as users are comfortable with an Instagram type application then it will seem easy to use. 
The only downside to me is its newness of the application. It may not work  in  some WIFI locations.  Otherwise interesting social media tool!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Visit Sunshine Beach with Wendy Wax!

It is time to catch up with the ladies of Ten Beach Road.  This series started with book one Ten Beach Road. The four ladies found one another:  Avery, Nicki, Maddie, and Kyra as victims of a Ponzi scheme.  Their story continues in this next book four Sunshine Beach by Wendy Wax.

Synopsis:

Kyra and Dustin have a home at the Ten Beach Road house.  Stephanie is finally starting over since the divorce with Will the rocker.  Avery is still grieving over the loss of her mother Deirdre the interior designer.  Nicki and FBI agent Joe are progressing in their relationship.  What will their next renovation project be?  Kyra and Dustin stumble onto this hotel on the beach.  This would be their biggest renovation project yet.  Maddie’s ex-husband Steve appears for a visit with thoughts of reclaiming his wife.  Will he be successful?  Who will be Deirdre’s replacement?

My Thoughts:

I loved this novel!  It was great to catch up with the characters that I have gotten to know so well, in the previous book.  Readers can pick this up series with this book or start at the beginning with Ten Beach Road.  Sunshine Beach can stand alone.   There is not much mentioned in it about the renovation of the hotel.  In other words because of the story the physical work was not as documented as usual.  I loved the twist in the plot with bringing back Steve the ex-husband.  

A mystery is also associated with the story.  This mystery surrounds the hotel and its past, and the family that owns it.  The two sisters that own it are not sure they want to renovate.   It adds a nice flavor to the story.  One readers will find very interesting.

The next Ten Beach Road novel is One Good Thing.  You can preorder it now.

Rating:


4.5/5

Please visit Wendy on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Would You Like to Meet Zelda Fitzgerald?

Who loved the Paris Wife by Paula McLain?   The Paris Wife was Hadley Hemingway's story. Zelda Fitzgerald was also part of her story. Therese Anne Fowler explores Zelda's story in Z A NOVEL of ZELDA FITZGERALD.  How did she meet Scott Fitzgerald?  What was she like as a person? 

Synopsis:

Zelda is from Birmingham Alabama.  Her father was one the most well-known judges of that time. She is their youngest of the family and most spoiled.  The rules seem to never apply to her.  Out with friends she meets young Lt. F. Scott Fitzgerald.  They seem to hit it off.  They first met during the waning years of World War I.  Once the war was over and Scott goes back to New York what will happen to their relationship?   Zelda wants to marry Scott but is not sure he will meet the financial requirements.  Once this problem is solved then it is off to married life and trips to Europe.  Scott wants to go over to France so he can feel inspired to finish his novel.  What happens when he meets the popular Ernest Hemingway?  How does this change Scott’s relationship with Zelda?

My Thoughts:

I thought that Zelda’s story was interesting.  I loved reading about the time in Paris.  I always envisioned her as being flighty and not very intelligent.  Ms. Fowler created the character of Zelda.  The character has one trait that surprised me, her intelligence.  I felt for her with the misogynistic behavior of her husband and Hemingway.  I am glad to see that times have changed with the role of women.   I had a desire to seek out the Fitzgerald family tree to see what became of her descendants. 
Therese Fowler weaves an interesting picture of  Zelda Fitzgerald.  
Rating:
4/5

Please visit Therese Fowler on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Does Pretty Make a Good Novel?

This year during the Decatur Book Festival St. Martin’s Press had a booth there.  I was so excited.  Sorry no picture!  I enjoyed meeting the people from St. Martin’s Press at the booth.  The novel that I picked up from this visit is Pretty Is by debut author Maggie Mitchell.  This novel is in the thriller suspense genre.

Synopsis:

Lois and Carly May are both survivors from a childhood kidnapping.  Both women survive the experience but their lives take different paths.  Lois keeps up with Carly May after name change to Chloe Savage while surfing the internet.  Chloe is now an actress out in Hollywood.  She is a working actress who left her hometown in Nebraska and her family.  Her father makes choices that push Carly May onto her path to become an actress.   Her next script will be for an adaptation of a popular novel. It is written by Lois using her pen name Lucy Ledger.  This novel is a fictionalization of Chloe and Lois’s experience with their kidnapper.  Lois is a college professor in a small town in New York.   She also has another career as writer.  She rarely sees her family or lets anyone else into her life.  What will happen when one of her students takes a personal interest in her life?  Could this student have a connection to the kidnapper?  When the film brings Lois and Chloe together will it be smooth sailing? Or a replay of what happened years ago?

My Thoughts:

I was a little disappointed.  The characters in this book are interesting but fall flat of interesting.  I did not feel that there was much suspense in the novel.  The author has crafted this novel so the story is narrated from Lois and Chloe’s points of view.   Then there is a section of the story which tells the story of the abduction from Lois’s novel.  This section was the most interesting part of the novel.

Thrillers tend to follow a certain path for readers.  The beginning of the novel gives you the details.  The reader will learn about the characters, setting, and what the conflict will become.  A suspense thriller novel that is three hundred fifty  pages, for example.  The first part of the novel page one to about three hundred is all the detail.  When the story climaxes about three hundred twenty; then the action starts.  The action usually keeps readers interested in finishing the novel.  I was a little interested but it did not have enough action in the end for me.

Rating:

3.75/5

Please visit Maggie on her Facebook page and Twitter.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Can One Summer Bring the Sisters She Always Wanted Together?

Nancy Thayer is another writer that often writes about Nantucket Massachusetts. She known for her fabulous beach read novels.  This novel is a light read to focus on the bond of sisters.  What would one daughter do to have a relationship with her sisters?  They are in fact half-sisters.  They have to live in a house on Nantucket for the summer.

Synopsis:

Jenny is anxious to share the house on Nantucket with her half sisters Meg and Arden.  There is one problem she has not relationship with either half-sisters.  Their father Rory Randall chose her over her two sisters or so she thought.  There was a theft at the house and Arden is blamed and her sister Meg by association.  The women come to the house to fulfill the clause in the will.  Will each sister find what she is looking for?  Will the truth from the past come out?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this story.   Readers will too!  The issues between the sisters resolved pretty easily.  My favorite sister in the group is Meg.  Meg is a professor in the beginning of her career but with lack of confidence issues.   The major issue is what happened between Arden and Jenny’s step mom.  How to resolve this conflict?   The resolution took a little longer but made for a more interesting end to the story. 

Awesome setting as in Nantucket!   Readers can look forward to reading her current novel  Hot Flash Holiday.

Rating:

4/5

Please visit Nancy on her Facebook page and her Website.


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Winner of the Alyson Richman giveaway is....

Chrissy for Every Free Chance.   Please email me as soon as possible!   I will see Alyson tomorrow night and can get your copy signed.   My email address is jenceyg@gmail.com