Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What Do You Think of the Idea of Love?

Summer brings out the list of my favorite writers and one of them is Patti Callahan Henry.  This is my first time to share one of her novels.  Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a copy of The Idea of Love.  I am also giving away a one copy of this novel.  So sit back and be ready to be enticed for a great story!


Blake Hunter is looking for his next story.  He writes screenplays which come to the big screen in Hollywood.  There is only one problem he hasn’t had a hit in a long time.   So he travels to Watersend South Carolina to see what he can find under and assumed identity of Hunter Adderman.  What happens when he comes across a local woman Ella Flynn?   Is she telling him the truth?   Will he ultimately find his story and maybe a little romance of his own?

My Thoughts:

This is my first time to share one of Patti’s novels.  I am honored for the opportunity to share The Idea of Love.  I enjoyed the story!  I have met Patti a few times over the years.  I recently attended a luncheon where she described her writing process.  Patti said to just see what would happen next.   The novel is plotted well.  I really enjoyed the character of Ella and wanted to root for her to succeed throughout the novel. I admittedly had my doubts initially about the chemistry between Hunter and Ella, but I found the conclusion interesting!

 I look forward to reading her next novel!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

What to Do with Choices? by Tina Guyden

Beautiful Girl pushes beneath the physically attractive exteriors of its characters to the messy but still attractive interiors hidden from the view of the reader. Thank you to Fleur Philips and Spark Press for sharing a copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review. Another great novel to include at the beach!


Melanie is seventeen and beautiful. Of that there is no question. She models and auditions and spends all of her time preparing for the next round of auditions and casting calls, which makes her mother Joanne happy.  She gave up her own career to raise Melanie. It feels to her that she has no choice about the life she’s living. No one truly understands how much she hates this life! She just wants to be a normal teenager, dating, gossiping, and getting ready to go off to college.  Melanie crashes her car and develops scars on her face, and is forbidden to leave the house unless going to the doctor. Although she is able to rest at home will a trip to Montana help Melanie to recover? When she discovers Sam a Native American teen will their relationship become more or just a small discretion over the summer?
My Opinion:

I don’t typically read Young Adult novels. It always felt that after I had read a couple of pages I could write the rest of it myself. The predictability was not for me. Beautiful Girl was not at all what I expected. It was hard to hear how Melanie felt about herself, an inner dialogue that made it hard for her to see how anyone could love her before the accident. The accident only made it harder to wait for something amazing to happen to her. What moved me most was how she learned that we all wear masks to protect ourselves.  The ones we love and the freedom you feel when the mask is destroyed and that inner beauty blooms. Thank you for the reminder, Ms. Philips.



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