Friday, August 3, 2012

Shopaholic Take 2

The beach read for July is Shopaholic Takes Manhattan by Sophie Kinsella. 


Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (Summer Display Opportunity)Rebecca is now a television personality on Morning Coffee.  She has managed to befriend Mr. Smeath but he has news of his own.   He will no longer be in charge of her account at Endwich Bank.   Of course there is shopping!  Rebecca really wants to see her relationship grow with Luke.   He stays busy with work and Rebecca lets him set the pace of the relationship.  The game changer comes when Luke asks Rebecca to move to New York with him.  Will Rebecca be able to survive New York!  Will Saks Fifth Avenue survive the Shopaholic?  Will Luke become more committed?

My Thoughts:

I did not love this book.   Ms. Kinsella does a wonderful job of creating a superficial and narcissistic character in Rebecca Bloomwood.    I felt that the story was a little bit better this time around.  I just couldn’t compel myself to finish the book.   I guess the humor is a little lost on me.   Meg Cabot fans will love this book!

Shopping is a theme that runs through this series.   Are you a thrifty spender?  Do you compulsively shop?   Is retail therapy one of your favorite past times?   If your answer is yes to this question then you are a Shopaholic?


Sunday, July 29, 2012

In My Mailbox Week of July 29th

The Wedding Dress
The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

Truths and Roses
Truths and Roses by Inglath Cooper
 Truths and Roses by Inglath Cooper

In Need of Therapy

In Need of Therapy by Tracie Bannister

I am currently reading:

Arranged: A NovelBetween You and Me: A Novel

There will be some new giveaways for August.   Winners for  Hell or High Water by Joy Castro need contact me by the end of the day to claim their prize.

One to Watch Sarah Mitchell Jio's The Bungalow!

I have heard a great deal about Sarah and her books.   I was delighted that Penguin gave me the opportunity to share The Bungalow with you.


The Bungalow: A Novel (.)Anne and Kitty sign up for a tour of a lifetime in the summer of 1942.   Both have studied to be nurses and decide to further their experience by signing up for a tour with the navy as nurses.  Kitty is going for adventure and to get away from her life in Seattle.  Anne feels the need to support Kitty her best friend.  Anne is also engaged but not satisfied to settle down and raise a family.    She discovers more than she dreamed on the island of Bora Bora.  Will their friendship with stand the test of this trip?   How will it change them? 

My Thoughts:

The critics are right!  Sarah is a great writer.   I very much enjoyed the book.  I got close to the end and could not put it down.  Sarah’s writing has been described as life changing.  I couldn’t agree more.  I love a good historic story.  I loved how the story developed what you got to learn about both Anne and Kitty along the way. 

Friendship is one of the main themes of this book.   Anne and Kitty‘s relationship changes throughout the book.  It is hard when friends grow and change.  Have you ever experienced a friendship change?  How has that affected you?   I felt that Sarah really honored this relationship in the book.

Please let Sarah knows what you think and visit her on her website.