Friday, June 19, 2015

What Could Really Give You Everything You Want? By Josephine Mattia



Cassandra Harte shares a story filled with faith, patience and trust in Alretha Thomas new novel. Thank you to Ms. Thomas and Diverse Arts Collections Publications for a copy of this novel Baby in the Window in exchange for an honest for review.  College Graduate Cassandra Harte has everything a woman could want: A wonderful husband, successful career and a lovely home. However, there is one thing she cannot have and that’s a child of her own.

Synopsis:

She tries to go through ovulation calendars and when that doesn’t work, she relies on prayer. Somewhere in the midst of all of this, she juggles being a stepmother to two children the results are negative. She turns to countless family members and friends for advice.  Cassandra deals the realities of being a stepmother towards Nick’s children, Brian and Renee. While the former brings pride and joy in Cass’s life, the latter does not. Renee blames Cassandra for her mother Katrina’s death.  Nick’s parents but the plan backfires when Renee goes missing at Disneyworld by Jake, a handyman. Will Renee continue to cause problems between Cassandra and her Father? Will Cassandra and Nick find what they are looking for?

My Thoughts:

The Baby in the Window is a magnificent novel. Ms. Thomas did a wonderful job of creating these characters, making you feel as if you knew them already after reading. There are no words to describe the author’s writing, because it is flawless and the tone has a conversational style. She makes it seem like the character is talking to you to share your story. Nevertheless, the message of the book is clear: Put your trust in God and wait on him.

Rating: 

5/5
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Thursday, June 18, 2015

What’s Your Favorite Austen Novel?



My favorite Austen novel is Pride and Prejudice.  I have read the novel three times.  I am somewhat of a fan of Jane Austen’s work so it is only natural that I would be drawn to Karen Joy Fowler’s The Jane Austen Book Club.  I saw the movie before reading the novel.

Synopsis: 

Jocelyn and Sylvia have known each other since childhood.  They decide one day to form the Jane Austen book club.  This event starts when Sylvia’s husband has left her for another woman.  Then there is her daughter Allegra who brings her own point of view to the discussions.  Who to add next?  An older woman named Bernadette becomes the cherished older women of the group and enthusiastically discusses Austen. Prudie a French high school teacher; who has a love of Austen all her own.  Finally there is Grigg the lone male of the group.  Will this group become more than Austen fans?

My Thoughts: 

I wish I could tell you that I loved this novel but I didn’t.  I didn’t really care for the movie either.  I loved meeting Karen Joy Fowler at the Decatur Book Festival last year.  She is a very entertaining speaker. 

The story is set in southern California in Los Angeles area.  The novel goes into depth describing the relationships between each character plus giving you the reader in depth backgrounds.  The tone is light and superfluous. The plot goes all over the place.

Rating:

3/5

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Thin, Rich, or Pretty Which Do You Prefer?



Thin, Rich, Pretty by Beth Harbison explores the idea do you have to be Thin, Rich, or Pretty to be happy?  This story she introduces three characters:  Holly, Nicola, and Lexie.  What could their experiences possibly have in common?

Synopsis:

Holly, Nicola, and Lexie met in the past at summer camp in Pennsylvania.  Holly and Nicola were never really liked by the other girls in their cabin.  You could also say the same for their counselor.  Lexie on the other hand was with the popular group but still not loved much by others.  She hid in the popular group in order to feel that she belonged.  One night Holly and Nicola attempt the unthinkable and took something that was very precious to Lexie.  Fast forward twenty years into the future each women has moved forward with their lives.  Holly runs an art gallery but is still trying to please others, but can she truly find happiness?  Nicola is a moderately successful actress who needs to make a change for her career.  Will the proposed nose job help or hurt her career?  What will Lexie do when she finds out she is made penniless by her stepmother?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book!  I didn’t think I would.  The beginning left a lot to be desired. If you can get past the initial chapters then the story becomes more interesting.   I thought that the author did a great job of exploring the subjects of the struggles to be Thin, Rich, or Pretty.   The story is set in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania Dutch Country. 

Rating:
4.5/5
Please visit Beth on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Celebrating Audiobook Month with a giveaway!

Welcome to the Audiobook month on Writer's Corner.  Thank you to Audibles for providing this
giveaway to celebrate.  Natalie S.  Harnett  is sharing her recent debut release On Hollow Ground.  This  novel covers the mine fires in Pennsylvania in the 1960s.  It is narrated by Luci Christian who provides a wonderful voice to this narrative. 

Synopsis: 

"We walk on fire or air, so Daddy liked to say. Basement floors too hot to touch. Steaming green lawns in the dead of winter. Sinkholes, quick and sudden, plunging open at your feet."
The underground mine fires ravaging Pennsylvania coal country have forced 11-year-old Brigid Howley and her family to seek refuge with her estranged grandparents, the formidable Gram and the black lung-stricken Gramp. Tragedy is no stranger to the Howleys, a proud Irish-American clan who takes strange pleasure in the "curse" laid upon them generations earlier by a priest who ran afoul of the Molly Maguires. The weight of this legacy rests heavily on a new generation, when Brigid, already struggling to keep her family together, makes a grisly discovery in a long-abandoned bootleg mine shaft. In the aftermath, decades-old secrets threaten to prove just as dangerous to the Howleys as the burning, hollow ground beneath their feet.

 Inspired by real-life events in Centralia and Carbondale, where devastating coal mine fires irrevocably changed the lives of residents, The Hollow Ground is an extraordinary debut with an atmospheric, voice-driven narrative and an indelible sense of place. Lovers of literary fiction will find in Harnett’s young, determined protagonist a character as heartbreakingly captivating as Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.

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