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Book Review: The Good Liar

The Good LiarThe Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie
My rating: 3 of 5 starsThis is a book about three women….when an explosion occurs in a Chicago building, their lives are changed completely. A year later there is a memorial, a documentary and a surprise about the lives of the people on that day. The lies and secrets dominate this book and while it was good, I found it a bit confusing trying to keep track of everyone.

I stayed with the book because I knew there was something about it not being told….some secret that would explain what started it all. Kaitlyn who runs away letting her family believe she died in the blast; Cecily who lost the husband she was thinking of divorcing and Franny, the long lost child who surprises us at the end….

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What about magazines?

I love books and can read all day (except I do have chores and a business to run) but I recently decided in all that there is something missing in my reading.  Although I prefer a long reading time, life gets in the way and well, there is dinner to be done and doors to be answered and of course stopping for my grandchildren.  So what way was there to do quick reads?

Magazines…I havent read any in a long time…in my teenage years there was Glamour and Cosmopolitan; then I graduated to Good Housekeeping when I married and had babies.  But now I enjoy a good book so recently I subscribed to a few magazines…I went back to Good Housekeeping because there are a lot of good articles and recipes…..speaking about recipes, I also got AllRecipe and then added Martha Stewart’s Living (maybe I will decorate a bit)

Do you read?  Books?  Magazines?

Book Review – Lift and Separate

 

Lift and Separate: A Novel by Marilyn Simon Rothstein

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Didnt think I would love this book. Just isnt my genre – BUT I loved it. How many things can go wrong in ones life? Just ask Marcy Hammer. She thought she had a great marriage only to find out her husband is cheating on her….he’s sorry, she takes him back – then his mistress is pregnant. That isnt enough but her mom falls, breaks her ankles – finds out she has cancer! And dont get me into what her daughter is doing.

This book is so refreshing and delightful to read that I finished it in 3 days…(that’s a record for me). I would have given it 5 stars but the ending left me hanging – I wanted more and more! Cant wait for October – when her next book comes out – Pass the Brownies. Sometimes it pays to read new authors.

Review – The Widow and the Orphan

The Widow and the Orphan by J. Thomas-Like

 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, so, so, so sad. I had tears in my eyes reading about Pepper who found the man of her dreams only to find out that he was dying. Throughout the book we find out how Pepper and Gabe manage to pull themselves through this tragedy.

Insisting that they get married, Gabe treats her to a beautiful wedding only to be surprised himself when an unexpected child shows up! Having to plan a wedding, then a funeral and cope with motherhood….you wonder what will happen next…..yes, there is another surprise.

But you will have to read to book to find out the situation Pepper finds herself in next. Lovely story.

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Virgil Skinner in jail for something he didnt do. Now exonerated and set free only to be put in a position where he is placed in jail again in order to get info on a rival gang Doing this will keep his sister and her family safe. But they arent safe and needed to be placed in protective custody until Virgil is done. Making it more complicated is Virgil’s involvement with the Chief Deputy Warden Peyton Adams.  

This book keeps you turning the pages as all Novak’s books do. And of course I have started the 2nd in this series to keep the story going.

Everything We Left Behind

This book is a series. So I suggest you read Everything We Keep first or you will be lost. I had to read the next book because once James disappeared the previous book leaves you with the feeling that Aimee is going to find him. But what we dont know now is that James has become Carlos and living in Mexico in a state of fugue. I didnt even know there was such a thing and looking is up made me better understand what James/Carlos was going through.

Again this book has some surprises, romance and a lot of anger – between family members….and lots of secrets. Keeps you turning the pages BUT the reason it didnt get 5 stars is that it keeps jumping back and forth in the story between Carlos in his present state and then when he realizes he is James and doesnt remember a Carlos (fugue state)….this is not a book to put down and pick up a day or two later. You need to continuously read this book so you dont lose track of what is going on….

No time for…..

Reading?  As an avid reader I am always carrying my Kindle around with me.  That is one of the reasons I carry a tote bag….besides my Avon books and samples, I find my Kindle stuck in the corner of my bag because you never know…..you may be sitting somewhere waiting (arent we always waiting for something) and it becomes an opportunity to read.

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We recently took in a Broadway show – drove all the way into the city in snail traffic but managed to arrive 1/2 hour before they opened the doors…..and waited – and read…..

I have been searching blogs that write about reading, not only their reviews but also what they think of reading – how they get reading done within their day.  And I started to think about how much people read.  One blog said she wanted to read 5 books for the month of  June and ended up reading 9.  It used to take me 2 weeks to read a book, therefore I could only claim about 2 books per month.

In addition to reading I am also posting reviews…..on Goodreads.com, this blog and my other blog…So please feel free to follow me and check out my reviews.

But now that I am retired, I find there is more reading time – or am I just making more time because I know I can do other things tomorrow….Ahh, that word “tomorrow”….while I have used it in regard to laundry, cleaning and cooking……I have never said I would read tomorrow…and on that note I will end and ——go back to reading!