Thursday, December 8, 2016

Does one of Beth Harbison's Recent Novels Remind You of a Good Read?

Have you ever had that from the past boyfriend that continues to haunt you in present day?  The guy that you just cannot stop thinking about. What if that relationship had turned out differently? Would it impact the present? Beth Harbison explores relationships that are complex in her novel There is Always Something There To Remind Me.    

Synopsis:

There are two stories throughout the novel.  One takes place in the past.   The reader will learn about Erin’s relationship with Nate her boyfriend. What happens with their relationship to cause the present events? Then in the present Erin lives around the D.C. area with her daughter Camilla. Erin also has been seeing this guy who is also single but a widower with a daughter the same age as Camilla.  One night they go out and he pops the question to marry him.  What will her answer be?  Meanwhile Erin's work as an event planner leads to the next big event.  She is planning this big sweet sixteen birthday party.  Her client is a spoiled teenager that has outrageous demands on her time.  Will she be able to pull this party off with success? What happens to her relationship with Nate?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this novel!  I have thought often what would life been like if I had made different choices?  The story is plotted with two different story lines.  One is narrated in third person about the past and Erin’s experience with her boyfriend Nate.  The second story line is narrated in first person. Where the reader will discovery how Erin’s choices in the past impact her current life.

 Beth Harbison always has interesting characters in her novels.  The story is set in the suburbs of Washington D.C.  Which makes it the perfect backdrop for this story?    I found it a little hot and steamy at times which is not my preference, but  a great read!
This story is worth you your time.  

To purchase this novel by Beth Harbison click on the link. Readers can also read A Shoe Addict’s Christmas her current novel.

Rating:


4/5

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Meet the Four Ms. Bradwells

I had the honor of meeting Meg Waite Clayton at the Decatur Book Festival for her book The Race for Paris.  I hope to share that soon as well.  Today we are considering one of Meg’s past novels The Four Ms. Bradwells.  This is a story of friendships that formed long ago.  The story is set against the Washington D.C.  Political scene. Ms. Clayton explores how the choices we make affect others both personally and professionally.

Synopsis:

The Ms. Bradwells met in Law school in Constitutional Law in Michigan.  In their first class in professor named Mia, Betts, Ginger, Laney, and Mia the Ms. Bradwells. They have been friends for a long time sharing in one another’s joys and heart breaks.  Now Betts is about to be confirmed for the Supreme Court. She is attending a hearing for confirmation in front of a Senate Subcommittee.  When she is asked about the death of Trey Humphrey that happened years ago one weekend.  Who killed him? Each Ms. Bradwell has a secret about what happened on that weekend.  Will these secrets break this sacred friendship or make them stronger?

My Thoughts:

I liked this novel.  The story is interesting as the reader tries to find out what happened so long ago.  It is told from alternating viewpoints of Mia, Betts, Ginger, and Laney.   Then chapters include both the present and flashbacks I found the plot unpredictable.    This novel has the politics of Washington D.C. as a back drop for this story.  After having been through this previous election season it was not my favorite to read. 
The novel has a satisfying conclusion!

Rating:

4/5


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