“Sweet Dreams” is the first Novella I have ever read! Again, Steena Holmes is a hit!

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This is the first novella I have ever read, and I am officially seriously addicted. This is the author’s version of a TV mini-series!
To pack such a wallop of information so extraordinarily interesting in under 40 pages was unbelievable to me.
Lexi is running a new pastry shop called “Decadent Sweets”, which is next door to “Descendent Events” business establishment. The idea behind this is that they would work with other up and coming businesses revolving around a love for pastries, sweets, celebrations, travel, and anything involving chocolate.
We are introduced to a chapter of the lives involving about a dozen intriguing people.
I cannot wait for future books involving these characters! They each have their own story to tell.

Here’s to watching my next football game!

The One & Only – Emily Giffin

I may not know much about football logistics, but Emily Giffin’s character Shea had me “getting” the game, more than I had in all the years of watching it myself at your typical football party. So, for all of you that may dislike this novel for the mere fact that you do not like football, or “Texas Loving Football fans”; I suggest you read this, because it is not about the football…it is about the way life compares to it.  And, you do not need to understand plays, stats or anything else.  Shea Rigsby and Coach Clive Carr will tell you all you need to know.

The book begins with a tragedy that weaves a web throughout the entire book.

Shea Rigsby is at the core of this story about the circumstances surrounding love and loyalty intersecting.  I am sure a lot of people will judge this book for its morale epicenter, but that is exactly why I cherished it.  Emily Giffin went out on a ledge to bring us a book that would truly challenge our own personal ethics code.  Isn’t that what a good book is all about, anyway!  Giving us all something to talk about!

This is not your typical run-of-the-mill romantic, easy-going, chick-lit novel.  She goes beyond that, as I gasped at certain parts because I was so tickled by her story telling.  She took turns introducing vivid characters that were unexpected.  Until the very last sentence I had no idea what was going to happen.   That is enough to keep you turning the page.

The bottom line is that Shea is a woman who knows what she wants, but; is she willing to lose her best friend, mother, job, and entire family in the process.

Here’s to watching my next football game! 

As Coach Carr said in the book; “You’re either in our out.  No Fair-weather fan’s allowed”

Isn’t that a lot like life??

 

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The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch

Willa (a.k.a. William) Chandler-Golden is a woman living as peaceful as possible, or at least she thinks she is, but she is far from it! She believes in (air quotes) No rocking the boat! So, when her husband Shawn starts showing signs (even proof) of dishonesty, Willa holds tight to the fact that if she asks no questions, her life will stay safe between the four walls of their marriage. The problem was their life was growing beyond the four walls, and Shawn was trying new things without Willa. I was shaking the book, because I wanted to knock her upside the head. Literally! I am thinking “ASK QUESTIONS” Willa! So, this book had to be read in ONE sitting. Ok, TWO! I needed to sleep and wake up to begin again. Not happy I had to stop. LOL.
She grew up hearing that everything happens for a reason, when it is meant to happen; as her father dedicated his whole life to the belief that “you are where you are meant to be, when you are meant to be there”, he was on television talking about it for years after his book release. People were drawn to it, as if it were life’s very instruction manual.
This was a bit of a “Self-Help” Book for me, and I can see it being that way for many women…I mean, come on; you want to know something you (air quotes) rock the boat; if you want something you (air quotes) go after it…Not everything will just come to you. You will decide by the end of this book, which way you live.
So, when Willa’s life goes on a gigantic tailspin; she and her friend, Vanessa map out their own destiny.
This book is written for our times for sure! It was fun to read, as it had texts, facebook comments, tweets, etc. in it. It was exciting to read.
Totally amusing Beach Read! Go get it and find out if you stay in a marriage that was supposed to be, or leave it to go for something you want more.
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Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford

This book stands alone. Read it. Fall in Love.
This book stands alone.
Read it.
Fall in Love.

I thoroughly enjoyed the shows “Downton Abbey” and “Upstairs, Downstairs”, so when I read the synopsis of this novel, I knew I would love it or hate it; by comparison. Bradford’s novel is its very own story of a family and their caretakers.
Bradford weaves the web of lives, secrets and lies between Servants and the Upper Class at Cavendon Hall, and of English Society from 1913-1920;. I could not believe the abundance of storylines Bradford’s novel had to share. Each of them could have been their own novel. I had to read the last paragraph and line a few times; hoping for a second book. I wanted to know what happens to Miles and his love for Cecily.
Occasionally you fall in deep serious like with a novel, and this is one of them! I enjoyed each character in Bradford’s novel, just as you do on the television screen. A great writer helps you paint a picture! Bradford’s was beautiful. I may have disliked some characters, like Deidre and Felicity, but; I will admit if I like everyone something gets lost in the story. I already miss them, as you miss the season break between “Downton Abbey”. The question is, will there be a wine and tea named “Cavendon Hall”! I think there should be, or Bradford needs to consider it! If there is, I would enjoy a glass of wine or cup of tea as I learn of the life of Daphne and Hugo. What becomes of Charles? Charlotte?
The Ingham’s are the family of the house, while the Swann’s run the house. To be fair, the Ingham’s needed the Swann’s; just as the Swann’s needed the Ingham’s. They share an oath that has been honored for centuries. This Oath has lived on for centuries, and each family member goes through a lot to uphold that solemn vow. The question is, can the deepest secrets between each person regarding an attack on Daphne Ingham before her ‘Coming Out” party. Will any of these lies make its way past the four walls of this house?
While I sensed a bit of boredom more than half-way through the novel; I am so pleased that I finished it. Everything was neatly wrapped up in unexpected ways. I believe I got “bored” because I thought I knew where Bradford was going with the storyline. But,
I was wrong. Do not compare “Cavendon Hall” to the television shows you believe this novel to be similar to. It stands Alone.
Read it. Go Fall In Love.

Social Death by Tatiana Boncompagni

Tatiana introduced us to a female lead character with plenty of; what many of us would consider “moral flaws”.  This made her very real to me, and not just some fictional character that was created on paper.  She was a very relatable character.  I liked her.  A lot.

Cornelia “Clyde” Shaw is the new lead character in Tatiana’s third novel, and I swallowed this book whole.  I finished it in two sittings!

This novel is based on Clyde becoming wrapped up in the story of her lifetime.  She was the lead producer of any stories relating to brutal crimes at FirstNews, one of New York’s go to News Networks.

When she receives the call about the next crime she was to cover, little did she know it would be the vicioius murder of her lifelong best friend, Olivia Kravis.   This fast-paced, “turn the page as quickly as you can” novel took me inside the world of television news and all that it takes to really get the story.  Often, this involved getting anything on the screen!

The question is; can Clyde do this, since she was so close to the victim.

There was so much action between Network competitions, this book left no stone unturned. From leads and informants, to interviews and photographs my eyes were opened to a totally new way of looking at the news reports.  I was in awe of how truly intriguing it all was.

Both the first line and the last line in this book were sheer perfection.  The first line, was “telling it like it is” and the last line, was unexpected.

Startling!

“Did not see that coming”, is all I can say.  I have found that it is not often that a novelist can truly “shock” the reader these days.  Tatiana proved me wrong.

Clyde Series, Anyone?