Friday, October 3, 2014

How Can choices Impact One's Life?



The Witness by Nora Roberts is another selection in the 2014 Read For Pink campaign.  A young girl’s life of order becomes a path of rebellion cut short, when something deadly happens.  What will she do to protect herself?

Synopsis:

The novel is set in the year 2000. We are introduced to Elizabeth Fitch, who is shunned by the outside world.  Her mother Dr. Susan L. Fitch has controlled her daughter all her life.  Choosing which classes to take, what major to what school to attend.   Her mother’s goal is for her to become a Neurosurgeon like herself. One day, Elizabeth (Liz) has had enough of her mom controlling her life, and begins to take action. She meets Julie Masters who introduces her to her new found freedom. They plan on sneaking into a nightclub, called Warehouse 12. They meet two cousins, Alex Gurevich and his cousin, Ilya Vorkov.  The night seems to be going well when they are invited to Alex’s place. Something terrible happens at his house.  Liz witnesses the murders of her friends Julie and Alex.  Who committed this vicious act?  What will happen to Liz when she reports to the police what she saw?

My Thoughts:

I found this novel to be an interesting read.  The plot was my least favorite part because it seemed similar to other of her novels.  However, I did love how Liz stood up to her mother.  I was concerned that the mother didn’t show any concern for her daughter’s situation. The author created a great character in the mother in how she was a foil to the daughter and helped move the plot along in the story.

 Nora Roberts never fails to provide an interesting story! 

by Josephine Mattias

Rating: 3.5/5

Please visit Nora on her Facebook page, Twitter, and Her Website.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

What Happened One Summer Night in 1938?



The first Read for Pink feature of this year.  Your purchase of Beatriz’s novel goes toward Breast Cancer research.   She is also this year's Chair Woman for the Read for Pink Campaign. Thank you to Putnam Books and Beatriz Williams for sending A Hundred Summers.  This is her second novel.  I am delighted to share it with you.

Synopsis:

Meet Budgie who is known for getting what she wants whenever she wants it.  Her gal pal Lily always accompanies but steps aside for her friend.  The women travel in the fall of 1931 to see Nick Greenwald and his friend Graham Pendleton at a football game.  Lily immediately falls for Nick while Budgie cautions her.  On New Years Lily and Nick make a decision that could affect their future.  What will happen to the both of them?   How will things have changed in 1938?

My Thoughts:

I couldn’t say no to another Beatriz Williams novel.   The story is told in two different time periods 1931 from fall forward and then the summer of 1938.  The writer leaves you with enough questions to continue forward in the novel in both time periods.  I thought the novel was a little slow in the beginning. It picked up pace about halfway through.   The one character who stands out is Nick.  I loved the way the writer crafted the character of Budgie.   I found myself asking questions such as how did Nick and Budgie end up together?   What is real truth in their marriage?

Rating:

4.5/5

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Is Revenge Always the Best Option?



I am excited to share the New York Times bestselling author Sarah Rayner’s  new novel Getting Even.  I was given this copy  for an honest review from St. Martin’sPress.  Sarah discusses  what happens with rivalry in the work place?  What did I think?

Synopsis: 

Orianna and Ivy have been an advertising team for a long time at the Green agency.  Suddenly she starts a relationship with Dan another executive at the company.  He changes how Orianna handles her relationship with Ivy, and other tasks at work.  Does Ivy notice?  Of course she does and wonders why the change all of the sudden.  Then a  position for an Art Director position comes open and she gets it.  How does Ivy handle the breakup of their team and Orianna’s secretive nature?  What will she do to get even?

My Thoughts: 
I wish I could tell you that I loved this novel.  I did not.  I did not find the characters very likable.  I could understand why Ivy responded the way she did to Orianna.  I thought the author’s premise of the one who is wronged  is not always the  injured party, was an interesting plot point.  The blurbs on this book described it as thrillingly wicked.  I can’t say that I agree.  Did she murder them in the end I don’t know?  I didn’t have much interest in finding out.

The story is set beautifully in London England.  I just wasn’t a fan of the tone of the story.  I would welcome a chance to possibly read another novel of hers.

Rating:

3/5

Please visit Sarah on her Facebook Page, Twitter, and Her Website.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What Happened One Night?



This is my second novel about an accident in a week involving teenagers.  I didn’t plan it this way.  I am sharing Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand.   I am a fan of her writing and I hope you will be too!  We are still in Nantucket as always but this time the focus is a car accident, and its survivors.

Synopsis: 

Penny is dead, but three others have survived.  What happened in the one car accident?  How will this impact Demeter Castle, Jake Randolph, and Hobbie Alistair?  The children are not always the only ones affected.  Zoe the mother of both Penny and Hobbie bears the brunt of the accidents because of Penny’s death and Hobbie’s injuries.   What can she possibly do to move forward?  Jake’s father Jordan Randolph runs the local newspaper and can help Zoe get past this accident, but will she accept his help?   Demeter Castle is not doing well either but will her parents figure it out?

My Thoughts:

I did like this novel.  You may have noticed that I asked many questions in my synopsis because I felt it would spoil the story otherwise.  It is told from many different viewpoints.  You get the story from Jake Randolph, Hobbie Alistair, Demeter Castle, Zoe Alistair, Jordan Randolph, and Lynn Castle.  The only difficulty for me is not story told to you straight forward.   It is broken up by each character sharing bits and pieces.   The questions that arise while reading the novel are answered by the end.

As always the best part of this novel is the setting of Nantucket.  I also liked getting the feel of the locals of Nantucket.   A car crash can crush any community.   I was never part of an actual accident like in this novel.  I do remember a car crash that I heard over the radio which killed a girl I knew in my youth group while I was in high school.   

An interesting story over all that you the reader will enjoy!

Rating:

4/5

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

Sunday, September 28, 2014

In My Mailbox September 28, 2014

Good evening!  I hope that everyone has had a restful weekend.  I wanted to let you know about what Writer's Corner will be covering for the month of October.  It is once again Read For Pink month.  This is a program where Penguin sets apart certain titles that have the pink ribbon on the cover to sell with the intent of  the proceeds going to towards Breast Cancer research.  I hope you help us support the cause.   I will be featuring a giveaway in the coming weeks with a few of the titles covered  in this years selections. 

Now to the mail: 













The October Bride by Katie Ganshert













The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron













The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

Here is what I am currently getting ready to share: