Thursday, June 30, 2016

How it All Began

Thank you to Penguin for a copy of How We Started by Luanne Rice. This copy was given in exchange for an honest review.  She is a new author for me.  I have become a recent fan of her work.  It is a short story that is a prequel to her to two of her other novels Silver Boat and Little Night.

Synopsis:

Paul and Clare meet one day in a park. She has found a bird that fell from a nest.  Paul offers to help and save it.  So begins a long friendship. Will the friendship become more? What could separate them?  Rory and Harrison have had an on and off again relationship.   Why is it important that he stay connected with Rory?  Will she learn to appreciate him or let him go?  How are the two sisters so different but yet the same?

My Thoughts:

I liked this short story.  It is actually two stories in one.  This novel contains an interesting story.  The writing style keeps the reader interested in finding out more.  I had a little trouble keeping track of the sisters when Ms. Rice switches to the other story.  I thought that maybe the two novels that go on to tell their stories are related.  This story is a prequel to Little Night and the Silver Boat.    I am definitely interested in reading more!

Rating:

4/5


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Are You Ready for a Fun Beach Getaway?

The most recent novel by Anne River Siddons is The Girls of August.  Girlfriends get together that happens once a year for a great time had by all.  What could  go wrong?  Let’s visit Tiger Island and find out.
Synopsis: 
Maddy is making preparations to meet her friends.  They have known one another for years. There is just one change to this year’s get together.  A new woman comes to the group, a new wife. These  women know each other’s from in the past.  Their husbands did their residencies together in the same hospital.   The couples had remained friends over the years.  So each August the ladies would get away to various locations for one week.   The change this year is one of the doctors has married again after his wife died in a car accident.  The new wife Baby is the baby of the group.  She is younger by twenty years than the other women.  How could she possibly get along with the others?  So they make their journey to Tiger Island where Baby owns a beach house.  What other troubles could possibly follow these other ladies to the island?
My Thoughts: 
I liked this novel.  I am not a huge fan of Anne River Siddons.  This novel appealed to me because of course the beach setting.  It is entertaining!   The characters are well developed with real conflict.   The one part of the story that was a disappointment to me was the climax.  A huge storm comes to the island and then the story ends.  It leaves the reader wondering if they are rescued and what happens next?  What how was their conflict resolved?    I would have like a little more to the story. 
Rating: 
3.75/5