Saturday, June 23, 2012

In My Mailbox

These books came this week in the mail.

The After Wife

The After Wife by Gigi Levangie Grazer via

The Next Best Thing: A Novel

I got this one from and Simon and Schuster.

Between You and Me: A Novel

I also received this one from  The new book by Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin Between You and Me.

The Beach Trees

I received this book The Beach Trees via Eagle Eye Bookstore in Decatur Georgia.

Monarch Beach

I received Monarch Beach from Anita Hughes.

The Secret Brokers

I received this book from Alexandrea Weis.  The Secret Brokers is a new book following the end of Sacrifice.

Friday, June 22, 2012

This book was the April book club book.   I had always wanted to read something by Elizabeth Noble.  The Reading Group was her debut.


Nicole and Harriet decide to start a reading group in January.  Harriet is a not so happy house wife, but is she really as unhappy as she seems?  Nicole loves her husband and her family but does he love her?  Their group includes other members Claire, Mary, Susan, and Polly.   This story takes place through their lives and the book they read.  This book is set against the backdrop of London England.  What books will they read through the year?

My Thoughts:

I thought that I would be really excited about this book.   I didn’t find myself engrossed in this book.  I found it hard to love the characters.  I loved the setting of the book.   I hope that when I get a chance to read one of her other books I might like it better.

I thought the reading selection for this group was interesting which included books that I have heard about and some I have not.  I have never heard of the book Heartburn by Nora Ephron.  I was interested with the group’s take on Atonement since I had read that one.  What would a typical reading selection be for you?



Please stop by and let Elizabeth Noble know your thoughts on this book.

Writer's Corner: Can You Remember? Blank Slate Kate Review and Give...

Writer's Corner: Can You Remember? Blank Slate Kate Review and Give...:  Heather is givingaway three copies (ebooks).

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Can You Remember? Blank Slate Kate Review and Giveaway

Heather graciously donated a copy of this book for  Beach Read. 

Kate suddenly wakes up in a stranger's bed with no memory of who she is.  The only memories she has is of being seventeen years old.   The apartment she wakes up in is  Jake is  a bartender.  He decides to take her under his wing and help her figure out who she is.  He also asks for help from his friend Hannah.  What secrets will Kate uncover?   Will she uncover her past?   Kate explores Toronto with Jake in hopes of reclaiming her memory.   One night she gets a call from the police station saying that they might have answers to who she is.  Kate has to meet with her actual family.   Kate  struggles with the people in her life or how to  reconcile her past.  What will Kate end up deciding for her future? 

My Thoughts: 
This is the second book I have read about Amnesia.  I wondered would she retain all of her memories eventually?  Would she totally change from her past?  This subject of amnesia is well researched and well written.  I had to say that I found myself rooting for what Kate would choose her past or her future.   A person with amnesia has a difficult path to follow because they are often left trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together of their life.   I can't personally imagine what that might be like.   

What would you do if you lost everything?  Would you keep the  same life?  Would you choose a whole new life?    This is another great read by Heather Wardell and  she has decided to share with three lucky readers an e-copy of the book.   The giveaway is open to everyone and will run from June 20-30.  The giveaway will close that evening of the 30th. 
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