Thursday, September 25, 2014

Can You Ever Forgive?



In Night Road by Kristin Hannah a car crash meets with disastrous results, and changes the lives of all involved. I remember visiting Kristin on tour for this novel.  I didn’t know if I would be interested in it.  Especially the discussion was about a group of teens!  I was so wrong!


Synopsis:

Alexa (Lexie) Baill moves to Port George and Pine Island area near Seattle.  She will live with her Great Aunt Eva .  Lexie is used to starting at new schools and having to navigate a new school when living with her foster families.  In her first class she meets Zack Faraday and  there is a spark between them.  Then later that day at lunch time she looks for a place to sit for lunch and meets his twin sister Mia.  Lexie is asked to make a choice between both Mia and Zack by their mother Judith (Jude) Faraday.  Choosing one way or the other could have great consequences.  What will happen when Lexie makes her choice?  And who will it affect?

My Thoughts: 

I loved this novel!  I listened to the audiobook of Night Road.  The narration is excellent!  I was honestly counting the hours to get back to my car find out more about what would happen next.  Another author that I saw recently said you must have a hook within each chapter.  Kristin does this beautifully and hence my reason for wanting read more each time I could.  The only drawback was that I had attended the tour and knew that something major would happen but I couldn’t  remember what it was.

One of the themes of this novel is forgiveness.  How do you define forgiveness?  Is it justice or revenge?  Or sacrifice?  The two main characters Judith and Lexie both experience  a profound loss.  They refuse  to persue the forgiveness  needed to move on.  Each doesn’t realize that they are living a prison of their own making.  Lexie chooses her consequences legally, and Judith chooses it  by not moving on with her life.  They fail to see to see how their choices affect the others in their lives.   
Who doesn’t struggle with forgiveness and what it truly means.   Readers will be greatly moved by this novel!

Rating:

5/5

Please visit Kristin on her Facebook page and her Website.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What is Included in the Whole Enchilada?



Thank you to Harper Collins for a copy of The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson.  I am familiar with this author from seeing many of her novels in the bookstore or on the shelves at libraries.   Diane writes what many know as foodie mysteries.  This type of mystery is a first for me.

Synopsis: 

Goldy is preparing for her son’s birthday party.  Her catering business will handle the food for the event.  A good event could mean good prospects for her catering business!  She is also excited to see her friend Holly who she has not seen in a while.  They are getting back together to celebrate both of their sons’ birthdays.  Holly has been rather secretly recently and Goldy wants to know what is going on.   Before she has the chance to ask; Holly collapses at the party and dies.  Now she has many questions with no answers.  How will they help the Great Meadows police department investigate?

My Thoughts: 

I had never read a foodie mystery before.  The journey back into mysteries is a gradual dip into the water.  Goldy and her friends’ story take place in this series.  I dropped into the middle of this series.  First you will notice if you have not read this series before the first fifty pages will catch you up on what has happened so far.  I initially wondered how much background information we the readers would have to read.  All of the sudden page fifty brought along the action and started to keep me interested in the story.   The only other part that bugged me is how much time is spent discussing the recipes and prep.  Yes, this story is about a caterer. 

I did enjoy the story and will probably keep my copy for the recipes.

Rating:

3.75/5
Diane Mott Davidson can be found on Facebook.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In My Mailbox for September 21, 2014

Good Afternoon!  I hope you all have enjoyed your week!  This week has been busy with lots of reading and writing!  I also threw in a little dog sitting.  Just a reminder don't forget the Kindle Fire HDX giveaway! 

So what is in the mail this week?

The Perfect Homecoming by Julia London













The September Bride by Kathryn Springer













Damsels in Distress by Laura Kenyon













Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty

I am currently reading: