Friday, September 12, 2014

"Bayou Born"

Branna Lind's self-esteem rests at the bottom of the Mississippi River. She canceled her "wedding of the decade," though she isn't saying why. She wants life on her own terms, no ready-made job in the family business, no safety net of close-knit kin, and no more betrayal. 

College professor James Newbern prizes his bachelorhood. Experience has taught him beautiful women are high-maintenance trouble and Branna fits that type. He is happy to avoid her until the college vice president assigns him to mentor the newest hire--Branna. 

Branna is on her way to a new life, but will the scars of the past send her running from love? If she doesn’t, will she convince James that she truly is his "type"


My Thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by this author, Linda Joyce. I'm kind of on the fence about what I feel about it and the characters. 

James is what I thought was suppose to be a nice southern gentleman, and a professor....however, on a non-date with Branna he took her to a honky-tonk hole-in-the wall kind of joint. Branna got a little tipsy on an over-sized drink. However...what followed, (and this is only my opinion) took away the "southern gentleman" title from what I thought of the 'nice' James. Well that is as much as I can say about that situation, without giving away to much of the story.

It was a normal boy meets girl story, with a few hurdles to jump before we reach the happily-ever-after ending. I was surprised at the "Hey was that the ending?" until I realized this was the first book in a 3 book series. It was a stand-alone book however, so no cliff hanger ending. 

This book is a part of my Kindle library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 Bayou falling stars.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Lost & Found"

Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she's done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it's time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home. 

Blake feels like he's been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he's on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he's going home, and that's that. But that's before he discovers his flight has been cancelled. 

When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.


My Thoughts...

This book was a light romantic fun and "G" rated delightful novella. The kind of story I like to call "Mind Candy" reading. It was a fun afternoon of reading.There are times when I just like to read a short novel (119 pgs) because I don't want to spend two or three days devoted to a longer novel.

It was a fun plot, and the second book I've read by this author, Karey White. I think I've just found another favorite author.

This book is part of my Nook library, and I enjoyed this story enough to award it 4 "found" stars.

Friday, September 5, 2014

"My Own Mr. Darcy"

After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough. 

Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.

My Thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by this author, Karey White, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Will I read anymore books by her? Yes, I will, and if the next one is an enjoyable read I will continue reading her novels. I especially liked this book because even though it was a romantic story, it was a very clean read "G"rated, which is my favorite kind of reading. If you are looking for 'hot n steamy' reading this isn't for you.  Anyway....

It was so refreshing to read a good storyline that didn't rely on bedroom roll-arounds to sell the story. Give me a good clean storyline anytime, and I will continue to read your novels, Ms. White, and any other author who might happen by and read this review. 

I enjoyed this novel so much I have decided to award it 5  "very enjoyable stars," which, if you follow my reviews I don't award 5 stars very often. This book is part of my Nook library.

Monday, September 1, 2014

"Don't Try To Find Me"

Don't try to find me. Though the message on the kitchen white board is written in Marley's hand, her mother Rachel knows there has to be some other explanation. Marley would never run away.

As the days pass and it sinks in that the impossible has occurred, Rachel and her husband Paul are informed that the police have "limited resources." If they want their 14-year-old daughter back, they will have to find her themselves. Desperation becomes determination when Paul turns to Facebook and Twitter, and launches FindMarley.com.

But Marley isn't the only one with secrets.

With public exposure comes scrutiny, and when Rachel blows a television interview, the dirty speculation begins. Now, the blogosphere is convinced Rachel is hiding something. It's not what they think; Rachel would never hurt Marley. Not intentionally, anyway. But when it's discovered that she's lied, even to the police, the devoted mother becomes a suspect in Marley's disappearance.

Is Marley out there somewhere, watching it all happen, or is the truth something far worse.


My Thoughts...

First off let me say that this was one of those books that I call "Out of my comfort zone reading" books....

It deals with a troubled family and their 14 year old run-away daughter. It touches on the subject of social media, and the dangers of meeting someone online. It is almost like reading a headline in the newspaper. 

It was an interesting book to read and kept me on the edge of my seat, a page-turner, to say the least. The characters in the story were not very likable. And the ending was a big disappointment. I felt like I had been cheated...not a satisfying ending at all...I liked it enough to award it 3 stars.

This book was provided for me to read and give an honest review by Harper Collins Publishers.

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.


Monday, August 25, 2014

"Four Wishes"

Expected publication: September 12th 2014 by Christine Nolfi via CreateSpace
ISBN
0985247789 (ISBN13: 9780985247782)
edition language
English
Meade Williams has a successful company, an ailing father—and a secret desire to find love at last. Dr. Mary Chance isn’t sure the time is right to expand her family. Birdie Kaminsky has married the man of her dreams, but yearns to grow closer to her powerful sister. And young Glade Wilson must confront the daunting truth that she’ll become a mother before finishing high school.

Welcome to Book Four of The Liberty Series, where the heartwarming stories of love, friendship and family life unfold in surprising ways.


My Thoughts....

This is the fourth book in this series, but that's okay. Why? Because they are all stand-alone stories. And as always I enjoy Christine Nolfi's stories. They are always feel-good stories with light-hearted romance. This time around Meade  was having trouble adjusting to a committed relationship with Hector, even though they only have eyes for each other.  Their relationship is not a "Cinderella" happily-everafter kind of fairy tale romance. It had its ups and downs. 

This book was like reading about friends you haven't visited in a while and catching up with all the happenings of their lives...weddings, new babies, business affairs, who is new in town since the last visit, etc.  Let me just say....for me it was an enjoyable two days of reading.

A great big THANK YOU to Christine for providing this ARC copy of "Four Wishes." I enjoyed it enough to award it "Four Wishes Upon a Star" Stars.


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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"By Myself and Then Some"

The epitome of grace, independence, and wit, Lauren Bacall continues to astound generations with her audacious spirit and on-screen excellence. Together with Humphrey Bogart she produced some of the most electric scenes in movie history, and their romance on and off screen made them Hollywood's most celebrated couple.

But when Bogart died of cancer in 1957, Bacall and their children had to take everything he had taught them and grow up fast. In a time of postwar communism, Hollywood blacklisting, and revolutionary politics, she mixed with the legends: Hemingway, the Oliviers, Katharine Hepburn, Bobby Kennedy, and Gregory Peck. She was engaged to Frank Sinatra and had a turbulent second marriage to Jason Robards. But Bacall never lost sight of the strength that made her a superstar, and she never lost sight of Bogie.

Now, on the silver anniversary of its original publication, Bacall brings her inspiring memoir up to date, chronicling the events of the past twenty-five years, including her recent films and Broadway runs, and her fond memories of many close lifelong friendships. As one of the greatest actresses of all time turns eighty, By Myself and Then Some reveals the legend in her own beautiful frank words -- encapsulating a story that even Hollywood would struggle to reproduce.


My Thoughts...

On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Lauren Bacall died. Not knowing a lot about her I decided to read her autobiography  "By Myself and Then Some" All I mostly knew about her was that she had been the wife of  Humphrey Bogart and later Jason Robard. 

I found this a very interesting read, especially if you are a fan of Bacall or Bogart. The back story of Bogie and Bacall is just one of the many reasons to read this book. I always felt that Bacall was one of a kind...A class act! 

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Legendary actress Lauren Bacall dies at 89

Silver screen siren Lauren Bacall, who sizzled in classic films like “The Big Sleep” and “How to Marry a Millionaire,” died on Tuesday at the age of 89.
“With deep sorrow, yet with great gratitude for her amazing life, we confirm the passing of Lauren Bacall,” the estate of the Bogart family said on Twitter.
The actress had a fatal stroke Tuesday morning in her home, TMZ reported.
Born Betty Joan Perske in 1924, Bacall was raised in New York City by immigrant parents. At only 19, the husky-voiced actress caught the eye of film director Howard Hawks’ wife after appearing on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine in 1943.
Bacall was on her way to becoming one of the great stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age after Hawks cast her in “To Have and Have Not” alongside her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, in 1944.
It was in that film that she uttered the unforgettable line: “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and … blow.”
A year later, the sultry starlet married Bogart, who was 25 years her senior, after he divorced his third wife, actress Mayo Methot. The couple went on to co-star in three film-noir classics: “The Big Sleep,” “Dark Passage” and “Key Largo.”
Bacall and Bogart had two children together and remained a close couple until the actor’s tragic death of esophageal cancer in 1957.
Throughout her long and legendary career, Bacall appeared in over 30 movies, including “Murder on the Orient Express” and John Wayne’s last film, “The Shootist.”
Known for her glamorous beauty and sharp wit, she became famous for her sexy upward glance, dubbed “The Look.”
“I used to tremble from nerves so badly that the only way I could hold my head steady was to lower my chin practically to my chest and look up at Bogie,” she said of the signature move. “That was the beginning of ‘The Look.'”
The movie legend returned to her native New York in the ‘50s and embarked on a successful Broadway career, earning Tony Awards for her roles in the musicals “Applause” and “Woman of the Year.”
After a brief but rocky fling with Frank Sinatra, Bacall wed Oscar-winning actor Jason Robards. They had a son together and divorced in 1969.
In 2009, she received an Honorary Academy Award after being nominated once in 1997 for her work in “The Mirror Has Two Faces.”

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"An Accidental Woman"

Heather Malone has made her home in Lake Henry for the last fourteen years. Known for her kind, gentle nature, she lives with Micah Smith, a widower, and his two young daughters. When the FBI takes her into custody on charges of flight to avoid prosecution, purportedly for a murder that took place in California, the local reaction is stunned disbelief. Yet, when those closest to her, including Micah, think back over the time they have known her, they realize that they have learned virtually nothing about her earlier life. 

Poppy Blake is Heather's closest friend. A lifelong resident of Lake Henry, Poppy is confined to a wheelchair, the result of a snowmobile accident nearly a dozen years prior that left her a paraplegic and killed her male companion. Since then, she has worked hard to rebuild her life. Currently, she runs a local telephone messaging service out of her specially equipped house on Lake Henry. Fiercely independent, Poppy refuses to let her physical limitations break her spirit. However, it is her guilt over past mistakes, more than her present disability, which is holding her back from pursuing a future that includes a husband and family. 

Writer Griffin Hughes originally traveled to Lake Henry to investigate a national news story involving Lily Blake, Poppy's older sister. What keeps him coming back is his attraction to Poppy. However, a chance comment made to his brother, an FBI agent, provides the thread that leads the law to Heather. To redeem himself, Griffin is compelled to solve the mystery of Heather's past. Along the way, he becomes key to freeing Poppy from her own past and helping her see the possibilities of a richer future. 

Setting her story against the backdrop of a picturesque New England town during the maple syrup harvesting season, when the harshness of winter yields to the sweet promise of spring, and when the whole town is involved in the race to process the sap before the thaw sets in, Barbara Delinsky has written a tightly knit and compelling story that celebrates the values of community, friendship, and the redemptive power of love.


My Thoughts...

I always enjoy a Barbara Delinsky story, and I haven't read one in a year or two. Therefore, yesterday while visiting the local library I noticed this book and decided to read it. I found it to be a feel good story to read, so much so I awarded it 4 'accidental' stars.