Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Truly Madly GuiltyTruly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Three couples lives are dissected quite thoroughly throughout this book. There was an afternoon BBQ at one of their houses where something terrible happened and for the first half of the book we didn't know what had happened, although it was constantly referred to and hinted at.

If you have patience to just read the book and enjoy the writing, you will love this book. Clementine and Sam have two little girls, Holly and Ruby who are very precious and precocious. Erika is Clementine's best friend from childhood and she and her husband Oliver are enduring IVF treatments. Vid and Tiffany are the neighbours of Erika and Oliver and have a little girl, dakota who is an avid reader. The BBQ in question took place at Vid's and Tiffany's place.

There is also a crotchety old fellow named Harry who lives next door to Vid and Tiffany and who plays an unexpected role.

The underlying theme of the story was guilt that came from simple, ordinary mistakes that we all make. This was a quiet page turner. By the end I felt that I was part of the circle and could feel a loss in ending the book.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Always By My Side by Edward Grinnan

Always by My Side: Life Lessons From Millie and All the Dogs I’ve LovedAlways by My Side: Life Lessons From Millie and All the Dogs I’ve Loved by Edward Grinnan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you Net Galley for the opportunity to read this advance copy of this book. I enjoyed this book so much. We also have a golden retriever named Rusty who was a therapy dog but he is aging and is retired now. The book is a reminder to us of what will come soon.

Edward Grinnan has put together a memoir that was very tough to put down. Every page was filled with love, understanding and acceptance. He has looked below the surface of his animals and likes what he sees there. Edward and his wife Julee adore their dogs and have made their lives around them and their needs. Edward shares very openly of his struggle with alcohol and addiction and he shares his faith with us so generously.

The story is about Millie, a golden retriever that came into their lives as a puppy when their beloved dog Mattie died. And this leads us into the stories of each of their dogs.

Excellent read.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Behind Closed DoorsBehind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Terrific story about a psychopath and his victim. Two sisters, one with Downs Syndrome, are taken in by a very charming and seemingly weathy lawyer. He marries the older of the two with the promise that after they are married, the younger girl would be given a home with them.

I would suggest that you not start this book unless you have enough time to just sit and read and finish it because you will not be able to put this page turner down. It is not filled with gore as the subject matter is mental abuse.

An excellent read and I am eagerly waiting for this author's next book.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Sting by Sandra Brown

StingSting by Sandra Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shaw Kinnard is an undercover FBI agent but Jordie Bennett doesn't know that. Her brother, who is a genius financial manager, has become involved with Panella who has bilked millions from innocent people.

An interesting and enjoyable story.

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Review: The Alice Network

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn My rating: 5 of 5 stars In an enthralling new historical novel from nati...