Thursday, September 22, 2016

Jane is Back!

Jane Green is one of my favorite authors.  I have sat at her feet and learned a great deal about writing.  Her latest novel Falling has some truth from her real life.  She shared the story with us as I attended her tour stop at Fox Tale Book Shoppe. 
Synopsis: 
Emma is ready to start over.  She has given up her career as a banker to move to Westport Connecticut.  Her good friend Sophie lives there with her family.  So she starts to look for housing and finds a nice cottage on the beach.  Her landlord is her next door neighbor  Dominic. He is also handy to a certain extent.  Emma finds her next calling as an interior designer.  So as Dominic and Emma’s relationship grows will there be a future?
My Thoughts: 
I very much enjoyed this story.  I will agree with what others have said that this is “classic Jane Green” at her best.  All fiction has some basis in reality.  I feel that her agent was right that now is the perfect time to tell this story.  What was most meaningful for me is identifying with the character of Emma.  I am single and in my late 30s.  I did not try some of her experiences such as Tinder box.   I have experienced others.  So I could completely understand her feelings when she met Dominic. 
The story also featured some home d├ęcor.  I find this interesting to read about because you want to find out to know the end results.  

The story is set in Westport Connecticut.  The author has characters that you can identify with and want to see succeed in the end.  I was a little disappointed with the ending.   I am ready for Jane’s cookbook that will be coming out very soon.
Rating:
4.75/5  
Please visit Jane on her Facebook page, Twitter, and Her Website.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It’s Time For An All Star Cast

Thank you to Random House for a copy of The Job by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg in exchange for an honest review.

When I was a young girl I remember watching the movie of the week on the major networks.  This movie would have an all-star cast much like the Marvel movies, but on the smaller screen.  When I read this novel it had the same feel.  So who would I cast in these roles?

Kate O'Hare:  Scarlett Johansson
Nick Fox:  Matt Bomer
Jake O'Hare:  Terry O’Quinn
Eddie:  Kevin Wiseman
Boyd:  Bruce Campbell
Tom: Scott Caan
Willie: Gabriel Anwar
Menendez:  Nestor Carbonell
Rayna:  Merrin Dungey

Synopsis:

Kate is finishing a bank robbery case as her boss calls her to tell her what Nick Fox is up to next.  The call reveals that there have been robberies in Nashville Tennessee, Turkey, and France.  Nick Fox is blamed for all the thefts until France.  The FBI has an arrangement with Nick to help them.  His job is to bring down criminals and Kate is his handler and partner.  The robberies are code for another problem. This could lead to an opportunity to take down a really bad criminal.  One of Nick’s previous accomplices needs his help.  She asks him to take down the leader of the Columbian Cartel Menendez for the murder of her brother.  How can Nick and Kate lure this guy in?  What is the plan?

My Thoughts:

I very much enjoyed this novel.  I think it is my favorite of the Janet Evanovich series.  I hope that I get an opportunity to read more.  One reason this series appeals to me is that the settings are all over the United States and the world at large.  It does not take the typical path of many Evanovich series.  The dialogue is interesting but keeps the story moving along.  There is a lot of action.

Altogether readers will be turning pages to the very end to see if The Job is successful!

Rating:


4.5/5

Please visit Janet Evanovich on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Please visit Lee Goldberg on his Facebook page, Twitter, and his Website.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Are You Willing to Let a Friend Go?

Anton Discalafani’s The After Party is one of the best novels of the summer according to PopSugar.  This novel entertains us with a tale of friendship between to two women back in the 1950s.  The story is set in the 1957 and through flashbacks of the two women’s childhood.   The women are both named Joans.

Synopsis:

Joan and Cece have been together since elementary school.  They share a history that is hard for many to understand even her husband.    The story is told from Cece’s point of view, and her role in Joan’s life as her caretaker.  When her mother died she went to live with Joan’s family.  Joan’s parents expected her to keep tabs on their daughter.  The story flips between Joan and Cece’s growing up years to the present of 1957.  Now that Cece has her own family and baby how can she keep the same role?  Does Joan want her to?   Can she break the ties of her past?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this story.  The author focused the setting in Houston and the Shamrock hotel.  A whole community evolves from the author's creative mind.   Then we the readers are introduced to the two Joans.  The theme of the story is who is Joan?  Cece and her parents think they know.  But do they really?  The only part of the story that I didn’t love was Cece’s obsession with Joan, in their relationship.  It is a great coming of age story.

  Rating:

4/5


Please visit Anton on her Facebook page and her Website.

Monday, September 12, 2016

In the Spotlight: HER NAME IS ROSE by Christine Breen

We are excited to have Christine Breen to share her debut novel HER NAME IS ROSE. In the novel the author explores the relationship between mothers and daughters.  How does that relationship become impacted by adoption?

Synopsis: 

When Irish gardener Iris Bowen could not conceive a child, she turned to an Irish adoption agency. There she found a young American exchange student who wanted the best for her infant daughter, but had one request: that the child be named Rose. Now, Rose has grown and is stepping out on her own at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Although a gifted violinist, she questions her talent as she struggles to meet the impossible demands of her brilliant but harsh teacher. Meanwhile, Iris has yet to fulfill her late husband’s last request that she find Rose’s birth mother, so that if anything happened to Iris, Rose would not be left alone in the world. However, when Iris receives some worrisome results on a breast scan, her husband’s words become hauntingly urgent. Without telling her daughter, she embarks on a voyage to find Rose’s birth mother. Since searches for a birth mother are usually initiated by the adopted child, Iris finds herself in a unique situation. With no records available to her and only a twenty-year-old envelope with a faded address to guide her, Iris begins a journey into the past that takes her to Boston and back to the west of Ireland, with surprising results for herself and for Rose and the others whom their lives touch. Iris discovers just how connected the world can be and how the world can feel much smaller thanks to love and music.

About the Author:

CHRISTINE BREEN was born in New York and educated in Boston and Dublin, where she received an MA in Irish Literature. She is an artist, homeopath, and garden designer whose columns on travel, gardening and health have appeared in newspapers and magazines in Ireland and America. She currently lives in Kiltumper, Ireland with her husband, the novelist Niall Williams, in the cottage where her grandfatherwas born. HER NAME IS ROSE is her first novel.

To connect with Christine Breen go to her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Webiste

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

In the Spotlight: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS of the Furred Kind by Tom Cox

Please welcome Tom Cox to Writer's Corner.  He is sharing his latest book CLOSE ENCOUNTERS of the Furred Kind.  If you love pets then this is the book for you!  

Synopsis: 

Close Encounters of the Furred Kind is the follow-up to the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller The Good, The Bad, and the Furry. Like The Good, The Bad, and the Furry, it tells the story of Tom Cox's life with his charismatic cats--The Bear, Shipley, Ralph, and recent recruit Roscoe.

Close Encounters of the Furred Kind begins with a long, emotional goodbye to Norfolk, and continues with another amazing new lease on life for The Bear, the Benjamin Button of the cat world, among the bluebells and verdant hedgerows of Devon. Readers who became attached to The Bear's magical, owlish persona during his previous adventures will become more so here as he proves, once again, that he's a cat with endless secrets and significantly more than nine lives.

About the Author:



TOM COX has a monthly column in The Guardian’s Life and Style section called The 21st Century Yokel.  He also has regular slots in Golf International magazine, Your Cat magazine, and reviews books for several newspapers. He lives in Norfolk, England.

Please visit Tom on his Twitter page and his Website.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Ultimate Enemy!

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a copy of One Less Problem Without You by Beth Harbison.  I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

You are in for a treat!  Have you ever had someone in your life who is the ultimate enemy?  This is the perfect novel to read next on your to be read pile.

Synopsis:

Prinny has known Leif Tiesman all her life.  He has been the step brother she would like to forget.  When their father dies and splits the inheritance 50/50.  Leif is always fighting to get what he feels is his fair share of the inheritance.  This can also include Prinny’s share.  She opens a shop named Cosmos which includes mystical merchandise.  Leif fights her step of the way.   One of her employees is Chelsea who only wants to get an acting job but also acts as the psychic at the store.  She also has an encounter with him.  Diana who is Leif’s wife has had enough and also joins the team at Cosmos.  She will serve herbal ties and run the tea bar.  So who will finally get rid of Leif?

My Thoughts:

What a great read!  I recently learned to appreciate when authors create great characters.  In One Less Problem Without You, Leif Tiesman is the ultimate villain.  Ms. Harbison should not be penalized for writing the ultimate antagonist.  This fact should highly recommend this novel because it is so good.   She creates such sympathy through Leif’s treatment of the other characters. The power that he had over these women at times was a turn off for me, but over all enjoyable.  The story is set in the District of Columbia.

Rating:

4/5


Please visit Beth on her Facebook page and  Twitter.

Monday, September 5, 2016

In the Spotlight: The Boyfriend By the Book by Laura Briggs

Laura Briggs is stopping by to share her novel Boyfriend by the Book.  It looks like a very interesting novel!  Is a bestselling author in the genre of Chick Lit and Contemporary Romance.  Her novels are worth your time!  Here is an excerpt from Boy Friend by the Book.

“Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre?”

Stephanie waved the DVDs around like bait, waiting for us to vote. My mouth was full of popcorn, and Monique was talking on her cell phone—as usual. That left Kristen, who claims to have read Pride and Prejudice the novel more than fifty times. Guess which movie she chose.

Romance movie night. This was how my circle of friends loved to kill a Friday evening that wasn't spent on a date. Or, for that matter, any free evening. They squeezed into my cozy apartment, a spot which was always a jumble of books, magazine collages, and other clutter that I had collected over the years. I loved big stuffed armchairs and my chintz sofa with its brightly-colored pillows was oversized and comfy — that was the reason they picked my place, I felt. That, and my special popcorn made with a light dusting of garlic and chipotle.

This evening, however, was the beginning of where everything went wrong for me, not that I knew it at the time. I thought it was just another innocent movie night, which proves I'm not psychic in the least — otherwise, if I had seen the future, I would have ejected that DVD and opted for a horror movie instead.

“Wouldn’t you kill to be Lizzie for a day?” Kristen asked, pulling her blond layers into a ponytail as Jane Austen’s characters shared an elegant dance on the screen. “You’d spend all your time drinking tea and going to parties at English manor houses.”
I was pretty sure that wasn’t an accurate description of Regency life, but Kristen would just roll her eyes if I said that. You're being a spoilsport, Jodi, she would say. Next to me on the carpet, Stephanie wore a dreamy smile, chin propped on her knees. “I could do tea and dancing for awhile,” she decided. “I mean, who couldn’t?”

“Sure, you could,” Monique quipped. She was curled up on the sofa behind us, laying claim to my plushiest throw pillow, a pink one embroidered with flowers. “Someone like me would be stuck serving the tea or cleaning up the mess that’s left after the ball,” she added, with a reference to her dark skin and sleek, black hair with its natural kink tamed by a salon. “Plus, electricity and plumbing weren’t invented yet. Think about it, girls.”

We shared a collective giggle for this. Stephanie reached for the popcorn bowl, exclaiming over the fact it was almost empty. “What, did you guys skip dinner or something?” she asked. Stephanie herself eats like a bird and has the figure to prove it — skinny and sleek, perfect for her red hair and ceramic skin. Grabbing the bowl, she headed towards the kitchen, muttering something about bad manners. Meanwhile, on the screen, Darcy and Lizzie shared a look fraught with significance.

“Can’t you just picture yourself in Lizzie’s place?” Kristen asked, still clinging to her fantasy.

I tried to summon a vision of myself in a beautiful empire-waist gown like the one in the movie, but it didn’t work. All I could think of was my uniform at the hotel. Knee-length black skirt, a matching vest and silk tie over my crisp white blouse. My dark hair in a neat ponytail as I asked Mr. Darcy if he wanted a pot of tea sent up to his room, or needed additional clean towels? I smiled at the ludicrous thought.

“I just think foregoing modern conveniences would be worth it to dance with Mr. Darcy,” Kristen continued. “Don’t you think so, Jodi?”

“Not really,” I admitted, reluctantly. “I mean, I can’t really picture it. It’s just a story, after all.”

Bad choice of words.

About the Author: 

Laura Briggs’ first stories were written in crayon about a rooster named Henry--but she was pretty young at the time, so it’s understandable. She eventually graduated to writing more complex plotlines and characters and writing her stories on a laptop. She tends to write stories with a romance edge, but as a reader she has a soft spot for mysteries, including those by Agatha Christie and Mary Roberts Rinehart. She also enjoys books by Jane Austen, Alexander McCall Smith, Anne Tyler,  Amy Tan, and too many others to name. In her free time, she likes to experiment with new recipes and tries to landscape her yard (a never-ending project).

You can  visit Laura on Twitter or at her Website

To purchase her novel you can visit Amazon.