Although I read a few of his books when I was a teenager, I've never been much of a King fan, mostly because I don't like horror much. But with a title like 11/22/63 to catch my eye I couldn't resist giving it a go.
The story grabbed my attention from page one and continued throughout the story. But how could it not... I enjoy love stories, time travel and the premise of stopping the Kennedy assassination! It didn't disappoint. As a slow reader I was surprised that I read 880 pages in less than a month. Highly recommend.
The basic story, about 2 lonely people in an off kilter world, was interesting and was what kept me reading, but I think it was way too long. Happy with part of the ending but yet disappointed that I was left with a "what happens now" feeling after reading over 1000 pages.
Evie, a middle-aged washed up actress gets "cast" to be the wife of an older, distinguished man, on a honeymoon cruise. In reality it is a secret government mission to usurp scam artists at their own game. Her "leading man" is mysterious, sexy stud with an accent that would melt butter. This is an exciting story of woman undergoing a midlife and professional crisis and discovering who she is.
Sometimes a girl's gotta do what she's gotta do, even if it's not the most popular thing. Crazy for you started slow, I wassn't swept into the story like some of Crusie's others. But as the story progressed it became more interesting. Light, funny, with a hint of suspense, overall it was a quick and fun read.
Have to admit it took quite a while to get involved. Almost quit quite a few times. I would rate the first half of the book a 2 - so slow - the first 200 pages could have be edited down to 100 pages, much too wordy. Too many rambling descriptions that were unnecessary and bogged the story down. Was disappointed because I had read "The Forgotten Garden" and enjoyed it from the beginning so was looking forward to reading this. I persevered because I liked the basic plot and characters.
The second half of the book I would rate a 4. Once more of the actual story was being told and I got involved I enjoyed the book. But still disappointed in the end, felt like there were still loose ends.
This is the first book I've read by Eileen Goudge and I must say I wasn't disappointed. I was hooked from the start and had trouble putting it down. The babies deliberately switched at birth plot device is driven by her well fleshed out and endearing characters. I just finished reading it and plan to start the sequel tonight. I can't wait.
Overall the story of Li Lan, the ghost bride, was interesting. The problem I had with the story was that Li Lan was very shallow. She had no personality, was childish and although supposedly educated by her opium addicted father, made bad decisions. I also had trouble reading more than a few pages at a time, feeling overwhelmed by description. I enjoyed the secondary characters more and wanted to know more about them. I also would have like another chapter, she had made a decision and I would have like to have seen if she stuck by it and what happened.
Jill Shalvis is another author I discovered after joining PBS. She has become one of my favorites.
The Lucky Harbor Series is about 3 sisters who move to Lucky Harbor to claim an inheritance. Head Over Heels is the 3rd book of the series and centers on the youngest sister Chloe, a quirky, soft hearted girl who has gained the reputation of being "the wild child" Enter a very sexy hunk, a reformed "bad boy" who is now the sheriff and fun ensues. The shower scene, among others, is hot, hot, hot!!
If you're looking for a contemporary romance that is fun, yet steamy, look no further. You can't go wrong with this series and this book!
4 1/2 stars
I enjoyed this book. I learned something about the history of Hawaii. Made me extremely disgusted and ashamed of the greedy, corrupt americans who took advantage of the current regime (who welcomed and befriended them) and were responsible for overthrowing the queen.
This is the 4th book of Jio's that I've read. I enjoyed it but it wasn't as good as the other 3. This one takes place in 2 different time periods, the 1940's and present day. There is a mystery that surrounds an exotic and rare flower, a pink cammelia, that joins the 2 stories. In the first story, a woman named Flora takes a job as a nanny in England to help out her aging parents who are struggling financially. The 2nd story is about Addison, a woman who accompanies her husband to his parents recently purchased
English manor in order to run away from her past. In both stories there were characters who weren't fleshed out enough and if they had been perhaps I would have understood and enjoyed the ending better. All in all a good read.
The Last Letter from Your Lover is a wonderful love story. It follows the lives of 2 couples. It reads a bit like 2 separate stories, one from the 60's and the other occurring 40 years later and how the time period influences each story.
THE LIFE SHE WAS GIVEN is the first book by ELLEN MARIE WISEMAN that I've read. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories of Lilly and Julia, how they were raised and how it affected their lives. I give it 4.5 stars because I felt that the ending was a bit rushed and somewhat vague. But I just found another author to add to my favorites list.
Keeping in mind that this is fiction and that Margot died in Bergen-Belsen, this story is definitely believable.
My in-laws escaped the camps, but never could escape the nightmare. They wouldn't talk about it at all. My mother in law was shot and had nightmares her entire life. So I can relate to surviving anyway you can. Margie/Margot tried to escape her past by denying it and in doing so she lost who she was.
I think it is important to read "The Diary of Anne Frank" before reading "Margot"
The story centers on 2 people from different sides of the tracks... he's a wealthy lawyer who was a thrill seeker until a terrible accident changes his life forever. She is a poor, unemployed girl leading an ordinary life within the boundaries of the village in which she was born.
All that changes when his mother hires her to care for him.
This is the 2nd book of Moyes that I have read (1st The Last Letter from Your Lover- 3.5 stars ) and I truly enjoyed reading it. I was swept into the storyline immediately and my attention was held til the last page. 4.5 stars
"The paperbag filled with sex toys began to rip as Amanda trudged up the marble staircase to her boss's second floor office". So begins Thompson's book "My Nerdy Valentine". A sweet blend of romance and humor, with a dash of mystery, I was hooked from the first sentence. I have enjoyed all the nerd books, and this by far was my favorite.