Friday, September 19, 2014

"Bittersweet" by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore Starts Slow but Gets Really Good

Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is told by Mabel, a young college student who is befriended by Eve, a wealthy young girl.  Mabel joins Eve in Eve's family summer estate and loves it!  It's everything that she does not have.  But at what price does all this wealth come?

The start of this book just plodded along so much that I almost dumped it but a reviewer on Amazon said it starts slow but to stay with it, so I did.  It did pick up and then got really good.  It's well worth reading and there was a dog in it with the same name as our dog--Abby.  I loved her!
(Gerard's review, 4 stars)

Have you read this one? What did you think of it? If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. Happy Reading!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Big Little Lies" by Liane Moriarty is Even Better Than "The Husband's Secret"

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty is told by three women:  Madeline, Celeste and Jane.  They all have children attending the same grade school.  This is a fantastic read!  I loved all the women and their different story lines along with plenty of action!  This novel builds up to one night when all the story lines finally come together.  I LOVED the ending!  Do not miss this one--it's a must read!  It does not get any better than this.  This is my new book of the month without a doubt!

We both liked The Husband's Secret by this author, but this one is way better than that even!
(Gerard's review, 5++ stars)

Have you read this one? What did you think of it? If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. Happy Reading!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Teaser Tuesday--3 This Week


Gerard's:

She tossed it to the openmouthed girl in the passenger seat.  "OK?  Just stop it!" 
 From page 28 of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.


Karen's:

As he started to read through some of the other tweets, I took a swig of coffee from the mug that had been left for me.  The instant the liquid filled my mouth, I sensed something else in there--something brittle and crunchy.

From page 63, of Eyes on You by Kate White.

To walk "before" Him, as so many verses word the concept, is to live continually God-aware.  It means knowing that God is as close as His unwavering gaze, as present and pertinent as the air around us, and His Spirit is as surely within us as the blood surging through our veins.
From page 49 of Children of the Day by Beth Moore.


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should  Be Reading. Anyone can play along, so I thought  I  would play for fun! Just pick two sentences from the book you are reading.

Happy Reading!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

"The Prayer Box" by Lisa Wingate is Inspirational!



The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate is a well-woven inspirational fiction novel about Tandi, a struggling single mom of a young boy and a teen girl, who is trying to put her life back together and become a strong person.  The whole book is about her attempt to trust people again and build healthy relationships.  When her landlady, Iola Anne, dies in the house across from the cottage Tandy rents, Tandy finally gets to know the woman by reading her collection of letters to God found in prayer boxes  as she helps clean up her house and take care of her cat.  Iola’s life is instrumental in encouraging Tandy.  As Tandy seeks to find her own self-worth, she finds herself taking a lead in a community project—saving Iola’s house from being torn down. 

This book is very inspirational and shows how beneficial it can be to keep a prayer box .  I loved Iola because she was like an angel to so many people, often helping others anonymously without expecting anything in return, or any publicity.  The book moved along a bit slowly as Tandi’s journey to self-esteem unfolds.  It would be a great beach read since it takes place near the water and also could be good for a book club.  There are discussion questions in the back.  
(Karen's review, 4 stars) 
 
Check out the author's website at www.Lisawingate.com where she gives lots of suggestions for using and making prayer boxes.

Have you read this one? What did you think of it? If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. Happy Reading!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Eyes on You" by Kate White is really Good! (UPDATED)

Eyes on You by Kate White is about Robin, a woman who works as a TV talk show host. Somebody is out to ruin her reputation and will stop at nothing to do it!  But, who is it and why?  There is very good stuff here--a real page turner that is hard to put down so it's a quick read.  It has suspense and twists and turns that left me wanting more.  Do not miss this one!
(Gerard's review, 5++ stars)

As I kept reading Eyes on You by Kate White, I felt a lot of sympathy for Robin, a TV talk show host who was threatened and harassed by someone but she didn't know who it was or why.  All she knew for sure was that it must be one of her co-workers at the network.  Someone wanted her off the show.  Soon, it became pretty obvious who it must be, but wait, there's a surprise ending!  

At the beginning, I wasn't sure I was going to like this one, but it just kept getting better and better as it progressed and drew me in.  About halfway through, I found myself looking forward to getting back to it.  I read this one on my husband's recommendation, and am glad I did!
(Karen's review 9-18-14, 5 stars)

Have you read this one? What did you think of it? If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. Happy Reading!
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