Wednesday, July 20, 2016

"The Widower's Wife"

Ana Bacon, a young housewife, tumbles off a cruise ship into the dark and deadly waters, but did she take her secrets with her?

Investigator Ryan Monahan is a numbers man. So when his company sends him the Bacon case, which could net a ten million dollar payout, Monahan doubts that her death is just a tragic accident. But the husband has a substantial alibi and a number of witnesses claim to have seen Ana fall. So the official ruling seems to be substantiated.

Still, the more Monahan uncovers about Ana’s life, the more he realizes how many people would kill to keep her secrets hidden. And the closer he gets to the truth, the greater the odds grow that he, too, will take a fatal fall.

Cate Holahan looks at the dark underbelly of a marriage from the perspectives of the detective and the victim in her tense and enthralling page-turner, The Widower's Wife.

I have to admit...when I agreed to read this book, I didn't know what to expect! But....once I started reading, I didn't want to put this book down. It is quite the page turner. For the last two days I had my nose in this book every chance I got. It was kind of a "Shhh! I'm Reading!" two days at my house this week.

This was a fast paced mystery, the action moves along at a crisp pace.

The author places her characters like playing cards, shuffles them with sleight-of-hand, and time after time I kept pointing to the wrong card. I changed my mind a few times about the twists and turns and didn't figure out where the story would lead me until the very end!

It was a comfortable read for mystery readers who want to spend an enjoyable time with interesting characters. Cate Holahan is a talented writer who knows how to keep the attention of her readers right to the end.

A thank you to the publishers who gifted this book to me to read and review. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

By Cate Holahan
Crooked Lane Books; August 9, 2016
304 pages

Sunday, July 17, 2016

"The Light of Paris"

Madeleine is trapped—by her family's expectations, by her controlling husband, and by her own fears—in an unhappy marriage and a life she never wanted. From the outside, it looks like she has everything, but on the inside, she fears she has nothing that matters.

In Madeleine’s memories, her grandmother Margie is the kind of woman she should have been—elegant, reserved, perfect. But when Madeleine finds a diary detailing Margie’s bold, romantic trip to Jazz Age Paris, she meets the grandmother she never knew: a dreamer who defied her strict, staid family and spent an exhilarating summer writing in caf├ęs, living on her own, and falling for a charismatic artist.

Despite her unhappiness, when Madeleine’s marriage is threatened, she panics, escaping to her hometown and staying with her critical, disapproving mother. In that unlikely place, shaken by the revelation of a long-hidden family secret and inspired by her grandmother’s bravery, Madeleine creates her own Parisian summer—reconnecting to her love of painting, cultivating a vibrant circle of creative friends, and finding a kindred spirit in a down-to-earth chef who reminds her to feed both her body and her heart.

Margie and Madeleine’s stories intertwine to explore the joys and risks of living life on our own terms, of defying the rules that hold us back from our dreams, and of becoming the people we are meant to be.

"Eleanor Brown is high priestess of that rich place where soulfulness and emotional insight meet laugh-out loud humor. Meet Margie and Madeleine two women separated by decades and continents, but taking the same essential journey toward self-exploration and self-knowledge. The Light of Paris will keep you thinking and smiling long after the last page is turned." PAULA McLAIN, author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun.

"Paris is always a good idea. It's not just a line from an old movie, it's a credo, and it underlies Eleanor Brown's wise and charming new novel, The Light of Paris. A warm and illuminating novel of great hope and heart." MARY KAY ANDREWS, author of Beach Town and Ladies' Night.

Thank you to the publishers for providing this book. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book.  While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

"Romancing Mr. Darcy"

Falling in love with Mr. Darcy again and again and again ...  

Three best-selling Pride and Prejudice 'what-if' stories in a Limited Edition Collection!  

To Have His Cake - Taunting. Tantalizing. Titillating. 
In an amorous, provocative, and at times tumultuous tale, Mr. Darcy is a wealthy young man of sense and education with considerable knowledge of the world. He is his own master. He enjoys his lifestyle and has no particular desire to marry at all. That is until he renews his acquaintance with Miss Elizabeth Bennet—her circumstances greatly diminished pursuant to the sudden and tragic death of her father. Follow Darcy's journey from a man who indeed is proud and haughty to one who seeks to please a woman worthy of being pleased. 

To Refuse Such a Man - Compromised. Courted. Captivated. 
Miss Elizabeth Bennet must decide whether to accept or refuse a proposal from the last man in the world whom she could be prevailed on to marry. At least two unhappy alternatives are also before her: certain scandal and her mother's disapprobation. Is there a path to happily ever after in the wake of an alliance born out of such circumstances? 

Still a Young Man - Secrets. Seductions. Second Chances. 
Widowed after six months of marriage, an older Elizabeth is determined to leave her past behind and enjoy life to its fullest, on her own terms. Charming, witty, and engaging, she is widely admired by all. However, everything is not as it seems. She harbors a secret. The beautiful widow captivates a younger Mr. Darcy. He knows her better than she knows herself. He struggles to break through her protective barriers, the most daunting being her tightly held conviction that she will never marry again. Elizabeth, refusing to suffer anyone's pity, hides the unpleasant truth of her forced marriage from everyone. Having observed the mourning period for a deceased husband she did not love, she looks forward to enjoying a Season in town. Her liveliness, her beauty, and her charm attract the notice of unscrupulous people posing as friends. There's only one man who’s able to help her navigate the treacherous waters of the ton. 

My Thoughts...

 I have to admit...I'm the kind of person irresistibly attracted to sequels of Jane Austen books. And how in the world could I resist this book with three (3) stories in one book. Oh! it has been like a mini-vacation back into the 1800s in My Reading Corner the last few days. I've been in my "Mind Candy Reading Corner" for sure!!!

I enjoyed these three books with their three different slants of the old classic P& P by Jane Austen. However, some of the added details that the author, P. O. Dixon added to the story was a bit more racy then Ms. Austen's story, and therefore threw me for a loop. I can't imagine Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth taking such liberties...Anyway, I enjoyed them enough to award them 4 "Romancing" stars.

This book is a part of my Nook library.