Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Heat Wave


Interesting read. I wasn't too sure of how the story was going to be because of the tv show. But it eventually turned out ok.
Although it was a bit mixed up for me because I kept picturing the characters like the ones on the show. That was a distraction. For that the storyline was a bit lost on me.
What I took away from this book is that the relationship of Rook and Heat went faster than Castle and Becket. And Heat is a very strong character more so I believe than Becket.

I think it's cool that it weaves the author into the story but the person is a pseudonym. I like the show. I would like to continue reading on in the series. And hope it only gets better.

I give Heat Wave 4_____>
Hears to the next read Naked Heat

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

A Christmas Caroline

So what can I say about this book. It was a slow start. But got interesting after getting over the fact that the story was like A Christmas Carol. Here is a girl that has a great job at a top magazine. She goes through her life that she hates the fact that people are in a lower class than she. Criticizing the fact that why people need more work on themselves to be perfect. But not as perfect as she. Lives by what Coco Chanel has lived, and hates children.

Her visited spirits were kind of cool. Especially the Spirit of Christmas Present. Mr. Barkis UPS driver by trade, Spirit on the side. She was a very hard nut to crack. Still didn't believe that her life could be of good. Wondering why people would play tricks on her. But couldn't see she was acting like she was better than anyone else.
Spirits were all trying to tell her that Christmas still means something to the lower order. Even if it doesn't with her.
So Caroline said that once Christmas turns symbolic than it's not cool. It becomes homework.

Caroline had baggage herself. A mother that had no time for her. A father she thought dead but was watching over her. She had a weakness for junk food. Ha! Caroline was still confused of what happened and had that moment that she was going to try and not be rude, be happy etc..

And the final, gets a date for New Year's Eve.

I give A Christmas Caroline 4 
I still think the ending was kind of weird. On a not to sure of how it ended :-/ And the story ok. The Spirits made the book. Story was drawn out a bit but all in all ok. Hope the next who reads this book may find it better and different.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Hallowe'en Party



This book was disappointing to me. I read Agatha Christie books before. But this was the least favorite so far.

It started out very slow. I just didn't get how important in the story that what Joyce kept repeating to everyone. Who actually listened to kids back than? Also Miranda, how she spoke to people. I like a good theme book and mystery. But this story was just a party. Nothing else was about Halloween.

The banter between Poirot and Mrs. Oliver was interesting. Speaking to each other with common things. Doing a favor for a friend, I haven't read so far about Poirot.

Some of Christie's books snag you from the start. Others are a bit lacking I have found out.

I look forward to reading more Agatha Christie. But for now I have to give Hallowe'en Party 4 

Thursday, October 04, 2018

The Silent Wife

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Not a thriller IMO. Reviews on this book were low and I could see why. Two people Her- Jodi Brett. Him- Todd Gilbert. She needed to have a routine being a therapist. He an architect. His life needed to be more fun, more money, spontaneous. Finds younger girl. Leaves SO for girl and baby.
I think what bothered me the most is when Jodi and Todd were hanging on to each other in a way. And when the story seem to get interesting and pick up, it didn’t.
Who wouldn’t be angry. Jodi keeps her anger to herself. Hence- Silent Wife. He doesn’t want her back, or does he?
Does she have him killed? Jodi goes through meltdown which is the scariest of the story. Law enforcement wasn’t even good. But she gets through. Thanks to the killer Natasha’s father (Todd’s bf)?
Jodi comes to understanding her patients and visa versus. Back and forth with both very tiresome. A lot of insecurities .
I give The Silent Wife 3 stars a bit of a disappointment 😞




Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Guernsey Literacy Potato Peel Pie Society



I must say this book was interesting. I did not know it was a book of letters. And how the letters were written, I wish I could write as well with my thoughts. It was surprising how long (many years) the letter writing went on.
Terrible tragedy how the Germans came in and took over. Leading the people of Guernsey to believe they would treat them right. Red Cross even tried to help, so Germans threw them a bone and fed them. Amongst this the way to escape, through books. And there spark the attention of Juliet to write her next book. Here she found inspiration, friends, (family), and someone to love when she finally met these creative Guernsey people.

The stories she gathered, from the letters were funny at times. Telling Juliet how some weren't even interested in reading. But when one gets a hold of Wuthering Heights and says"I didn’t like Wuthering Heights at first, but the minute that specter, Cathy, scrabbled her bony fingers on the window glass—I was grasped"

One of the things that Juliet had mentioned was when going out with an American, Mark, she said"Americans especially- who seemed untouched by the war, or at least, un-mangled by it?" I guess one from another country as Juliet was England, has no idea what others from other countries think. That statement was off handed To me, since she is an author she should be more open minded. It was said "war is now the story of our lives, and there’s no subtracting it." Truth of everyone!
As a whole what I thought about the story, It was good. Love the letters that went back and forth with the Guernsey people and Juliet than Sidney. Love how Sidney and Sophie weighed in. I approve how Juliet and Dawsey relationship was going. And when Juliet finally got her story straight she found a strong woman, Elizabeth that was very much a part of the Guernsey people.

But what I didn't like was I think it was heavy handed with the Occupation. And the storyline was cut and flat at end. Very abrupt ending. I'm all for women being strong, but it could of had some depth to that. Speaking of characters not having any depth, a storyline can fall short.


And for that I give The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society 4