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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.

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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.

Inside

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!

I am addicted

OK I admit it – one of my favorite addictions is reading.

But while I love mysteries and thrillers, I have come across an author who

Write romance and suspense

And she has completely caused my addiction to her novels

I dont know where she gets her ideas, but each and every one of her books are thrilling and page turners

I started with The Last Stand series TRUST ME, STOP ME, WATCH ME

On to the Stillwater Trilogy – DEAD SILENCE, DEAD GIVEAWAY AND DEAD RIGHT

My next series will be the Fairham Island series – THE SECRET SISTER & THE SECRETS SHE KEPT

What author are you totally hooked on?

Do you Read?

I love reading and carry my Kindle with me 24/7.  Never know when you will have free time (waiting in a doctor’s office) and want to do something other than play with your cell phone.  I also belong to this great book club – online – called Goodreads.com 

Here I have found great books and new authors.  I love thrillers and mysteries and as soon as I finish one book – I am onto another.  One of the things I am looking forward to when I retire – in 83 days – is being able to sit down and read books.  Right now I squeeze my reading in – sometimes in the morning, or during lunch – but most of the time at night before bedtime.

I also met quite a few friends who love to read and we are always recommending books, asking about each other’s books and discussing what we like – one big happy reading family.  There are also groups you can belong to specific to certain genres and also contests where you can win books.

Not only do I read books but I also review them – besides on Amazon – you can find my reviews on my other blog here 

So, if you are a reader come by Goodreads.com and ask to be my friend so we can sit down with a cup of tea (or wine) and a good book to discuss….