Thursday, August 28, 2014

Welcome to a Wedding at the Beach!



Welcome to Nantucket where we get to meet the Carmichaels and the Grahams clans. They gather for the wedding of Jenna and Stuart.  Elin Hilderbrand welcomes us to the wedding of the season. 

Synopsis:

Jenna Carmichael is getting ready to marry the love of her life Stuart Graham.  The planning of the wedding centers around Jenna’s deceased mother Beth’s notebook.  This notebook is sacred to the planning and each and every detail has been gone over by a fine tooth comb.  Conflicts are created between Doug and his current wife Pauline will it be enough to destroy their marriage?  Margot the sister of the bride has to keep everything together with both plans and family members.  Is she up for the job?   Ann the mother of the bride has her own dilemma during the wedding seeing the woman who broke up her marriage.  Will Jenna and Stuart make it down the aisle?

My Thoughts: 

Another visit to Nantucket that comes with no disappointments!  I was very excited to have an opportunity to share this novel.  One aspect that makes Beautiful Day so special is that it is about a wedding.  I wondered what would be the distinguishing factor that makes a wedding at Nantucket special or different from the rest.  To me there are three factors that especially make this novel so special: Summer, Beach, and a wedding. 

The plot for this novel centered around the notebook.  What would the notebook say about the wedding plan?  How would it affect a second spouse or the groom’s mother?  One quality about the notebook that made it interesting is how the notebook is treated by the family members.  It takes on almost god like qualities because of the memories it evokes of the lost mother.

I very much enjoyed the novel.  I thought that plot was what made this novel so interesting.  I did find it slow in spots over all wanted to know would Jenna walk down the aisle? Come visit soon!

Rating: 

4.25/5

Please visit Elin on her Facebook page or twitter.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Where Would You Escape To?



Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner always be featured during Beach Reads at Writer’s Corner.  Her novel explores what happens when a Political wife learns about her husband’s affair and how it affects her daughters.

Synopsis:

Sylvie has always put her husband Richard first in their family, regardless of any circumstance.  Richard is a politician and a Senator for the state of New York.  One day She is driving home from an event when she gets a frantic phone call from her best friend.  Seal tells her that Richard has had an affair and it is all over the national news.  What is Sylvie to do with this news?  How will it impact their daughters?  Diana an emergency room doctor and mom to Mylo has her own struggles with her marriage.  Lizzy the younger daughter is coming back from rehab and trying to start her life over.  Will she be successful?  Will Diana be able to cope with her father and other problems?

My Thoughts:

Jennifer Weiner definitely has a winner with this one.  So many people slam chick lit because they don’t think that there are real issues and only fluff.  Fly Away Home does not have fluff at all. All the characters have to deal with the affair.  I loved how Sylvie chose to deal with the problem and what insights she discovered.  Diana is not a likable character.  She seems to have everything but it is not what it seems.  Lizzy is trying to put her life back together but doesn’t feel that it could ever be normal.  I sometimes felt these conflicts went too far for me.  I really appreciate the depth the writer took to convey these very real conflicts.

The setting for this story was interesting!  It took place three different states:  New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.  I felt it was appropriate for the story that  Jennifer Weiner  crafted. 

Another entertaining read!  I also listened to this novel and Judith Light narrated and did an excellent job!

Rating:

4.5/5
Please visit Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, and her Website.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

In My Mailbox August 24, 2014

Welcome to this week's In My Mailbox!  This week is more the last week of summer to me than the end of July.  I am looking forward to the holiday!  I will be spending next weekend at the Decatur Book Festival! 

Just to let you know there is a Kindle Fire HDX giveaway! 

So here is the mailbox for this week: 













June Bride by Mary Beth Whalen













Conversations with a Writing Coach by Susan May Warren













Stargazey Nights by Shelley Noble













Desperately Ever After by Laura Kenyon

I am currently reading: 

























We have also started reading for Pink: