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What I Finished: Finding Colin Firth

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From the author of The Meryl Streep Movie Club, “a heartwarming, spirit-lifting read just in time for beach season” (Kirkus Reviews), comes a new novel about three women, connected in secret and surprising ways, who are in for a life-changing summer when rumor has it that actor Colin Firth is coming to their Maine town to film a movie.

After losing her job and leaving her beloved husband, journalist Gemma Hendricks is sure that scoring an interview with Colin Firth will save her career and marriage. Yet a heart-tugging local story about women, family ties, love, and loss captures her heart–and changes everything. The story concerns Bea Crane, a floundering twenty-two-year old who learns in a deathbed confession letter that she was adopted at birth. Bea is in Boothbay Harbor to surreptitiously observe her biological mother, Veronica Russo–something of a legend in town–who Bea might not be ready to meet, after all. Veronica, a thirty-eight-year-old diner waitress famous for her “healing” pies, has come home to Maine to face her past. But when she’s hired as an Extra on the bustling movie set, she wonders if she’s hiding from the truth . . . and perhaps the opportunity of a real life Mr. Darcy.

These three women will discover more than they ever imagined in this coastal Maine town, buzzing with hopes of Colin Firth. Even the conjecture of his arrival inspires daydreams, amplifies complicated lives, and gives incentive to find their own romantic ending.


My Thoughts on The Ladies of Missalonghi

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I am a HUGE fan of Montgomery’s The Blue Castle. A clean romance from the author of Anne of Green Gables (who knew?!?) I was enchanted by how funny it was and how PERFECT the ending turned out to be.

The Ladies of Missalonghi reminded me a bit of The Blue Castle. An old maid, frustrated with her current situation, makes some serious changes after meeting Cousin Una.

Some parts made me nervous — I thought for awhile that this might be The Blue Castle’s evil twin. But the ending gives me hope that all will yet be well.

If you have not read The Blue Castle, read it! And if you read it and loved it, try this book next!

Happy reading!


What I Finished: The Ladies of Missalonghi

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Sometimes fairy tales can come true-even for plain, shy spinsters like Missy Wright. Neither as pretty as cousin Alicia nor as domineering as mother Drusilla, she seems doomed to a quiet life of near poverty at Missalonghi, her family’s pitifully small homestead in Australia’s Blue Mountains.

But it’s a brand new century-the twentieth-a time for new thoughts and bold new actions.

And Missy Wright is about to set every self-righteous tongue in the town of Byron wagging. Because she has just set her sights on a mysterious, mistrusted and unsuspecting stranger … who just might be Prince-Charming in disguise.

Not In The Script

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Check out my review of Not In The Script published by The Deseret News!

What I Finished: Made For You

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Everyone loves Eva. She is wealthy, her parents employ most of the town, and she’s cute. It’s a lethal combination.

Which turns even more lethal when someone tries to actually kill Eva by running her over with a car when her stupid boyfriend stands her up and she is forced to walk home.

When Eva wakes up, she has to face her injuries and the fact that someone is out to get her friends since he failed to kill her.

She also awakes with the ability to see the deaths of those around her just be touching them. Can she use this new ability to stop the killer?

Made For You is a good October pick — a little creepy with danger lurking around every page turn.

Though it’s a Young Adult Fiction, I would preview before letting my teen read this book. There are multiple instances of underage drinking and sex.

My Thoughts on Black Ice

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Since it is October, I have been trying to load up on scary books.

This Young Adult Fiction book is by author Becca Fitzpatrick. She also wrote the Hush, Hush, which I have heard really great things about.

I am not usually taken by surprise with a plot twist, but I was with this novel. Page 166. Totally did not see you coming. Well done!

There are a few times when you have to suspend reality. Some things just would not happen. I’m from Idaho, and there were a few parts that did not make sense. But, let it go and enjoy the book!

I especially loved the very, very end. I have to admit I have read it more than once. Hooray for happy endings!

What I’m Reading Now: Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

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Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Britt Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there…and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

What I’m Reading Now: How To Take The Ex Out Of Ex Boyfriend by Rallison

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Boyfriends are supposed to be loyal, caring, and handsome. Giovanna’s boyfriend, Jesse, has perfected the last two.

But when her twin brother, Dante, runs for student body president, Jesse doesn’t support Dante, choosing to campaign for his opponent instead.

Shouldn’t the fact that Jesse is Giovanna’s boyfriend count for something? So Giovanna dumps Jesse and becomes Dante’s campaign manager.

But as the political debates heat up, Giovanna begins to regret breaking up with Jesse, and realizes that maybe her decision wasn’t the political strategy she should have used.

My Thoughts On Missing You by Harlan Coben

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I have been a fan of Harlan Coben since I first read “Tell No One” in 2000. That book, by the way, is still my favorite. Perhaps because it was so deliciously shocking and suspenseful.

This book, Missing You, was good. But I did not devour it like I have traditionally devoured other Coben novels. In the last few years, Coben books are getting darker and darker. I really miss the days of Myron Bolitar and Coben’s great humor. This book got so dark that I had to put it down for awhile. A massive scheme that ends up with the death of over 30 people at a nearby farm? No thank you.

But, Coben did it again. I read the last three pages and thought “Did that just happen?” He’s still the master of the twist.

My Thoughts on Mr. Darcy’s Decision by Juliette Shapiro

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I am a sucker for all things Pride & Prejudice. I’ll look through nearly everything. Sometimes I find a keeper. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre, was surprisingly good. A Darcy Christmas — not bad! Darcy & Elizabeth: Days & Nights at Pemberly. Um, no. There was another one I read in high school was Elizabeth could not get pregnant. Yeah, not my favorite.

This version was a little different. The author, Juliette Shapiro, tries to maintain the Austen voice. She does a good job of it. It’s consistent without being over the top.

It’s still not one of my favorites. The storyline was a little far-fetched (Lydia is alone, and pregnant, and guess who is expected to raise her baby). But it’s still lovely to check in on Fitzwilliam & Elizabeth from time to time.