Month: October 2012

What I’m Reading Now: The Late, Lamented Molly Marx

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The circumstances of Molly Marx’s death may be suspicious, but she hasn’t lost her sense of humor.

Newly arrived in the hereafter, aka the Duration, Molly discovers that she can still keep tabs on those she left behind: Annabel, her beloved four-year-old daughter; Lucy, her combustible twin sister; Kitty, her piece-of-work mother-in-law; Brie, her beautiful and steadfast best friend; and of course her husband, Barry, a plastic surgeon with more than a professional interest in many of his female patients.

As the police question Molly’s circle of intimates about the circumstances of her death, Molly relives the years and days that led up to her sudden end—and takes responsibility for her choices in life.

Exploring the bonds of motherhood, marriage, and friendship, and narrated by a memorable and endearing character, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx is a hilarious, deeply moving, and thought-provoking novel that is part mystery, part love story, and all heart.

My Thoughts On By Starlight

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Several times during this book I was distracted by the word “mercantile”. Really, truly, how often do you hear that word? I kept getting the time frame wrong. I’d hear mercantile and think “Oleson family” and “horse and carriage” and “1800s”. I’d be shocked back into the correct time frame whenever a character got in a vehicle and drove somewhere.

Nevertheless, Maddy works in her family’s mercantile during tough economic times. In order to keep the family business running and to enable her to get medical assistance for her father, she agrees to open a “speakeasy” in the basement of the mercantile. See, there’s that word again.

Things are progressing fine and her finances are starting to look up when Maddy’s ex-boyfriend returns to town. He promised to go to school, get his degree and return home to her, but he never came back. Seven years later, heartbroken and angry, Maddy must now confront this betrayal without even knowing another: he is there as an official of the government to shut down her speakeasy and to arrest her.

This is an easy read. It does have one sex scene in it which goes on for a few pages. The story was fine, but this is truly just a “fine” book. Nothing in here that makes me want to pick up the phone and tell all my friends about this fabulous book I found. Nothing in here that makes me want to read every single book by the author. It was just fine.

What I’m Reading Now: By Starlight

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Colton, Montana, 1931. Struggling through the Great Depression, Maddy Aldridge agrees to run an illegal speakeasy in order to save her family’s mercantile store. Keeping her dangerous new business partner at arm’s length is no easy task, but her bravery faces its biggest test when Jack Rucker unexpectedly comes home.

He left town seven years ago, breaking his promise-and her heart-when he didn’t return so they could get married and start a family. Now Jack is willing to do anything to earn her forgiveness . . . anything except reveal one important truth: that he’s a Prohibition agent on an undercover assignment.

How far are Maddy and Jack willing to go to keep their secrets? What happens when the truth finally comes out?

With violence threatening to shatter their world, Maddy and Jack have only one chance to rekindle their love and trust for each other, one chance to claim a future together.

My Thoughts on I Scream, You Scream by Wendy Lyn Watson

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Tally is desperately trying to get her life back on track after a divorce and purchasing a new business. Unfortunately, in a small town, it is impossible to hide from your ex-husband, or his girlfriend, or even having to work for him when he owns one of the largest businesses in town.

And so Tally finds herself working at her ex-husbands office party, serving ice cream to the same clients she used to socialize with when she was married to the owner.

But when her ice cream topping kills her husband’s girlfriend, Tally finds herself in a scoop of trouble. (okay, I could not resist at least one ice cream reference.)

This book was entertaining, but unfortunately, I had the mystery solved in Chapter Four. I perfer to be surprised and love surprises and twists. I love author Harlen Coben because of the twists and turns he puts into each book. And as for sassy, fun mysteries, I greatly prefer Heather Webber and her Lucy Valentine series.

What I Am Reading Now: I Scream, You Scream by Wendy Lyn Watson

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From the author’s website:

Tallulah Jones, proprietor of Dalliance, Texas’s old-fashioned ice-cream parlor, dishes up luscious ice cream that is simply to die for….

Unfortunately, Remember the A-la-mode’s profits are melting faster than a snow cone in July–and Tally’s stuck scooping sundaes for her two-timing ex-husband and his bodacious new girlfriend, Brittanie, at his company luau. To make matters worse, twenty years after she dumped him in the Tasty-Swirl parking lot, Tally’s high school beau, Finn Harper, comes back to town–looking every bit as delicious as a double-dip raspberry mascarpone waffle cone.

The cherry on top? Brittanie drops dead, and Tally’s suddenly the prime suspect in her murder investigation. To catch a killer, Tally will have to churn up Dalliance’s darkest secrets and dip deep into the past. But can Tally freeze out the real culprit before a murder charge puts her dreams on ice for good?

My Thoughts On Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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Seven years ago, Lincoln had his heart broken by his high-school sweetheart.  Since that time, he has been in and out of schools and majors and now finds himself living with his Mom, working the night shift, reading employees email in order to ensure they are not violating company policy.

It is in this capacity that he reads emails between Beth & Jennifer.  He is fascinated by Beth’s quick wit and kindness, and he looks forward to reading her emails every night.  But, fascination quickly turns into love, made even more complicated when she starts writing about him.  How does he arrange a meeting?  And should he confess what he’s been doing?

Attachments is an interesting book.  I enjoyed reading Beth & Jennifer’s emails as much as Lincoln!  But, there were some things that I did not like about this book.  I do not like stories about wasted time, and Lincoln’s seven year heartache is a very big waste of time.  You want to smack him and tell him to get over it.  And, I am not a fan of the theater scene at the end.  It seems highly unlikely and a little creepy.  All in all, I did not form an attachment to Attachments.