Monday, December 30, 2019

The Good LiarThe Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wish we could give half stars. The only reason this didn't get my five stars is because I thought it might have dragged a bit. But it probably had to go that way for the story to evolve.

On October 10th, a building in Chicago has an explosion and several are killed. From this tragedy we start to follow two couples plus a single woman and how all this affected them.

An excellent read.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The GuardiansThe Guardians by John Grisham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Guardians are a group that has formed to help free people who have been prisoned wrongly. This story covers a few of those people, but one in particular. This fellow has been in prison for twenty-two years for someone for a crime he didn't commit. We are taken on a ride through the old trial and how the lawyers work, free of charge, to find new evidence to help free him.

I might have given this book four and a half stars until I discovered that it was based on a true case. This made me sit up and take notice even more considering the legal system and how it can be and is, manipulated by corrupt people.

An excellent read.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Watching YouWatching You by Lisa Jewell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a great story. Every time you think you have it figured out, things change again.

Joey is recently married and her brother, a heart specialist with a pregnant wife, has asked her and her husband, Alfie, to come and live with them until they can get themselves settled. Also an issue is the fact that Joey is a trained infant nurse. This our starting point, but things start to change when Joey finds herself completely infatuated with a neighbour, Tom, who is a head teacher at a nearby school.

As usual you are never disappointed with a book written by Lisa Jewell. An excellent read.

Friday, December 13, 2019

When The SaintsWhen The Saints by Sarah Mian
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a well written book and I wanted to like it much more than I did. It struck me as very close to madcap, going from one thing to the next with little or no intro. The bad language was, for the most part, quite unnecessary.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Family UpstairsThe Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just loved this book.  Have never been let down by a book written by Lisa Jewell. They are all very special.

In this story, be prepared to just sit back and go with the flow. You never know what is coming next. It opens with a woman who had been adopted, turning 25. A letter arrives from a lawyer with news of an inheritance that she basically had no idea about. What a surprise to discover that she had inherited a house, but not just any house. This was a mansion in a very exclusive part of London.

But of course now she wants to know her story; who were her parents; what happened to them; and everything else that goes with it.

At first you might think that this is a very far fetched story, but you only have to think about the Jonesville massacre and you realize that this could very well happen somewhere.

An excellent read.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

The Light Over LondonThe Light Over London by Julia Kelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A terrific story about WWII in London. An old diary is found by a company that is clearing out an old house. Cara, the antique dealer's apprentice is very interested in the diary and starts on a journey to learn about the writer and what had become of her. Also, in her quest she discovers a secret in her own family that shocks her, but also wakes her up to realize that you need to live your life on your own terms.

An excellent audio book read.

Monday, December 2, 2019

The Confession Club (Mason, #3)The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a lovely book and I was so very happy to revisit Mason Missouri where Arthur Truluv lived. Now Maddy is married to Matthew and between them they love their little girl, Nola.

I should mention that the ladies have a club, a confessions club, where each week one of them confesses to a sin or something they have done and feel guilty about. It is confidential for them and as well they try to help each other with advice and offers of help and especially understanding.

Every word in this book is precious. A beautiful read.

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