Thursday, November 29, 2018

Review: E is for Evidence

E is for Evidence E is for Evidence by Sue Grafton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 Kinsey is all alone at Christmas. But just before the close for the holiday she
discovers a deposit to her bank account of $5,000 which she didn't make. Tracing didn't seem to get her anywhere, but eventually she discovers that she is being charged with insurance fraud from the company that she has been doing
investigations for. This tidbit takes her to places that she went as a teenager and
to friends that she had when she was young.

Another aspect is that her ex husband has returned but she is finally able to put
paid to that relationship.

Another winner by Sue Grafton.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Review: Then She Was Gone

Then She Was Gone Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am giving this book five stars. Although other readers have said that it was predictable, it wasn't like that for me. I was shocked at almost every turn of this story and never really knew where it would go next.

Ellie Mack disappeared shortly before her sixteenth birthday without a trace. Years went by and her mother, Laurel, was still grieving and finding it very hard to move on because of never knowing what had happened to her daughter. Her marriage had broken due to the strain as well and she was living on her own having sold her house and now lives in a flat.

One day a man befriends her in a coffee shop and this starts a chain of events that you really couldn't predict.

An excellent read.

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Review: The Stolen Marriage

The Stolen Marriage The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tess and her fiance Vincent have been planning their wedding for years. They are in love and want things to be perfect. Vincent is a doctor who is needed in Chicago, a long train ride from their home in Baltimore, where he uses his skills in treating children that are victims of polio. His assignment seems to be extended continuously. Tess does feel bad when she complains about it since so many men are away at war now.

Tess' friend convinces her to go away for a weekend getaway to Washington where she makes a huge mistake with an almost complete stranger named Henry. She falls pregnant and in those days this was not an easy situation.

She handles herself quite bravely for the forties and decides to keep her baby when it is born. But she will need a little help and support. The only thing she can think of is to appeal to the man who made her pregnant.

This was an interesting story and especially learning about the polio outbreaks. The town of Hickory made history in setting up a hospital in under three days to treat the children. People donated everything and their time as the whole town pitched in to help these sick children. I didn't realize that it was a true story until I read the notes at the back of the book.

An excellent read.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Review: Up and Down

Up and Down Up and Down by Terry Fallis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A real page turner. New PR executive David has left his high powered job in Ottawa and has returned to Toronto to help his sister care for their ill mother. In his first assignment at his new firm, which is to help the space program to get people interested again, he blurts out a "sort of" hairbrained idea. His brain wave was that they should have a contest and the winners, one American and one Canadian, would go on a trip to the space station.

When the winners are chosen, the American seems a good choice but the Canadian doesn't fit into the image they have of an appropriate astronaut. Its an elderly woman who lives in the wilderness in northern BC and is also a flying doctor.

Terrific story with something for everyone.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Review: Invisible

Invisible Invisible by James Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A serial killer is on the loose but nobody seems to realize that until Emmy Dockerty, whose twin sister was a victim, starts to see a pattern. There are no weapons used except fire, and a very specific fire at that, that until Emmy makes a connection all the fire departments deem as accidental.

This was a very spooky story that kept me on the edge until the very end.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Review: No Relation

No Relation No Relation by Terry Fallis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another very humorous story by Terry Fallis. The story opens with our hero, Earnest Hemmingway (no relation), having one of the worst days ever. When he arrives at work he is called into the office and fired; he goes home to find his girlfriend in the midst of leaving him after four years and to top it all off he lost his wallet with all his ID the day before. When you have a name that is also the name of a very famous person, things can get quite sticky.

You will become quite attached to Earnest and his band of friends.

There are no dull characters in this book and from start to finish it held my attention throughout. I will be thinking about it for quite awhile.

An excellent read.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Review: The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Cassandra is an alcoholic and also has very questionable morals. She picks up strange men and drinks to excess regularly. One morning she wakes up in a hotel room beside a man who has been murdered.

The story could have been ok, except I felt the continuous reference to her drinking became repetitive and boring. Enough already!

It was not possible to like or respect the main character in this book. It became an unbelievable and continuous drink, chase, murder, drink, etc.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Review: Poles Apart

Poles Apart Poles Apart by Terry Fallis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just to tell you how much I love the books from this author I can say this; I have been reading the books on my ereader and I have two to go until I finish all he has written. I am going this afternoon to a book store to try to get my hands on all the hard cover versions of all his books.

This was an exceptional book with a message and a great story.

Everett, a dual citizen of the US and Canada and writer of magazine ads and other small things, has reached his thirties and has not been able to keep a relationship going. When his father becomes ill in his retirement in Florida, Everett sets out to be with him and spend time with him in the rehab hospital.

When he arrives at the hospital he thinks that he recognizes a lady and eventually he knows who it is. She is Beverly Tanner, an advocate for equality.

This is just the encouragement Everett needs to restart his career engine.

An excellent read.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Review: The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book; written by the dog named Enzo. Very well done.

I have read this book twice now and have been so emotionally touched by it. There have been a lot of tears throughout.

I have had five dogs in my lifetime and loved and cared for each of them, and I still grieve for the ones that have gone.

An excellent read.

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Review: The Other Side of the Bridge

The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson My rating: 5 of 5 stars A beautifully written novel. A book ...