Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Weekenders Review and Giveaway!

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for a copy of The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews.  This copy is given to me in exchange for an honest review.  I also have one copy of the Weekenders to give away.

Mary Kay Andrews brings us another great story for the summer.  This time it includes a mystery as well as romance.  The story is set in North Carolina on a fictional Island named Belle Isle.  This story follows the main character Riley Griggs. She discovers a little about herself and her family.


Riley and her daughter Maggie are leaving Raleigh for the summer to spend it on Belle Isle. They meet their good friends Ed and Parrish Godchaux.  Riley receives documents at the ferry landing that she thinks are divorce papers.  When Riley and Maggie arrive at their house there is a full closure notice tacked onto the door.  The trip to Wells Fargo helps Riley to start putting the pieces together.  She finds out what Wendell has been doing with the family business. So how could he leave his wife and child penniless?  Where is Wendell?   How could she have a foreclosure without her consent? 

My Thoughts:

Mary Kay Andrews has created another great summer read!  I enjoyed the plot throughout the novel.  I could not wait to see how it would end!   The concept of visiting an island for the weekend is not one that I am familiar with.   The mystery made the story more interesting. The character of Riley is one that readers will sympathize with and want to fight for!   There were parts of the story that I did not enjoy as well as others. 

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Have You Ever Heard of Beryl Markham?

Thank you to Ballantine Books for a copy of Circling the Sun  in exchange for an honest review.  
Have you ever heard of the movie Out of Africa?  It is a  movie starred Meryl Streep as Karen Blixen and Robert Redford as Denys Finch Hatton.  Beryl made a small appearance, but what is her story?
Beryl Markham was born in the colony of Kenya around the late 1800s.  She stayed on the farm there with her father.  Her mother left and went to England with her brother.   She was quite the free spirit growing up in Kenya.   Although she married early in life, her heart belonged to horse racing.   The one person that meant the most is Denys Finch Hatton.   Which readers know from their relationship with Beryl’s friend Karen Blixen.  What is life like in the colonies?  Will Beryl find happiness?
My Thoughts: 
I enjoyed the novel by Paula McLain about Hadley Hemingway.   I did find Beryl Markham interesting but her story failed to keep me interested.  When I saw Paula describe this book she often referred to Out of Africa which I did not enjoy either.   Paula McLain is a talented  author who writes  descriptive prose.  She has a talent for bringing the past to life.   I look forward to seeing where she might go next.  
Circling the Sun is out  in paperback!  I hope you enjoy your journey to  Africa.

Please visit Paula McLain on her Facebook page and Website.