Saturday, September 14, 2013

Congratulations to the Winners!

Hello everyone!  I am sorry for the delay.  I have been under the weather.  Here are the winners of 
The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh.

Jeffrey Tretin

Katherine Ivan

They have 48 hours to contact me to collect their prizes.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Friday, September 13, 2013

What Secrets Are Found on the Island?



Thank you to BookSparks Pr and Berkley Trade for sending me the novel Little Island.    A family gathering that turns into so much more full of secrets and intrigue.


Synopsis:
Grace is looking forward to her family getting together to celebrate the life of her mother Joanie.  When a family gathering occurs then conflicts arise.  There is a conflict which has shattered the lives of her children. Joy knows what happened twenty years ago but agreed to stay silent.  She is also considering whether to leave her husband.  There has always been a rift between her and her twin siblings.  Roger has recently finished serving his time for a murder charge which stems from the accident, and he is trying to start over.  Will his twin let him?  Tamar has always been in control except for the accident those twenty years ago.  She has stayed in control at work.  Her husband has been relegated to the role of nanny for their twin daughters.  He is not coming this weekend.  Will she be able to cope?  Once the secret is revealed how will this impact the family?



My Thoughts:

Little Island is an interesting story.  The author does a great job of setting up the plot.   She introduces you to the characters and weaves the conflict within their relationships.  The story is a little detail heavy but it is important to follow the rest of the story.   There is also a clear distinction of how those characters affect one another and their lives.  For me I lost interest at points while the characters were being introduced.  This is a good novel.

Rating:

3.75/5

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mix in a Little Character with Some Spice And What Do You Get?



The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister mixes ingredients and the lives of the people at the restaurant.  How grand is this kitchen tale?  What ingredients could bring them altogether?

Synopsis:

Lillian is the chef and owner of a restaurant.  She has many relationships within her staff and along with her boyfriend Tom.  Chloe her sous-chef helps to prepare and mix the ingredients and lives with Isabel a friend to all.  She is undecided in her relationship to Finnegan the washer.  Then there is Al the accountant who Lillian loves to cook for as they go over the finances for her business but he is also like a father figure to her and the others.  Al’s wife  Louise is sure that he is having an affair with someone at the restaurant she goes in search of evidence will she find any?

My Thoughts:

I am a baker at heart.  I usually love novels such as these but this one I had a hard time getting into.   The characters are written with great depth and emotion.  I just couldn’t attach myself to any of them.  There is some humor interspersed in the story.  Sometimes I can come back to a novel such as this and have a better time with it a second time around.

The story is well written.  The writer wove the characters into this story as though she was baking a tasty treat for all of us.  Each time you were introduced or switched to this character the story was told from their point of view.  This added an interesting aspect to this story. 

Rating:

3.25/5

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What Could Be Better Than Creating Your Own Show?



What would you do if the network finally offered you your own show?  Ruth Saunders
found herself about experience the highlight of her career.


Synopsis:

Ruth Saunders is a television writer who has decided to go west with her grandma to write for television shows in Hollywood and maybe create her own?  The move proves to be a good one for both of the ladies.  Grandma finds work as a bit actor on many different shows.  Ruth is moving her way up the ladder working on various shows.  This work leads her to the Daves who offer not only a job but help to move forward with her ultimate goal her own show.  Ruth has an idea which the Daves help her to foster and make it to the network.   She thinks she has hit it big until the network comes forward with all these changes.  Will Ruth acquiesce or make stand for her show?  Could the show play a bigger role in her life than what she thought?



My Thoughts:

I will say that I liked this novel.  I felt that there were some great moments but I occasionally found myself losing interest.  I loved how she contrasted the characters of Ruth and Little Dave with the Hollywood actors that appeared on the Next Best Thing.  The author in subtle ways compared the glamour the actors to everyday norms.  Jennifer wrote this novel during time of developing The State of Georgia.  I wondered how much of her experience might have made it into the novel.  Overall this novel is enjoyable and I loved the ending!

Rating: 

4.25/5

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