I loved Baldacci's Christmas Train and Wish You Well but this one not so much. I hung around for the unique storyline- a terminally ill guy's wife is tragically killed in an accident on the night he is prepared to die. He makes a miraculous recovery and proceeds to take his kids to his wife's childhood home and repairs it. I like the storyline, the characters, the twists, so I'm not sure why I didn't love this one but, alas, I just didn't. I'll read more Baldacci though because Christmas Train is one of my all time favorites.
Muddy Mouth- I picked this up at the Cincinnati Books By Banks last year and I loved it! This isn't the first in the series, I distinctly remember the author talking me into not starting with the first but the latest. I will go back and read them all. The local setting was really fun and the story line led me to a very satisfying mystery murder ending. Although the characters and places might be reoccurring I loved that the story didn't end on a cliff hanger.
Summer People- A summer read about a northern beach town with lots of money, except for Nathan who isn't fitting in with the locals. The story is a reminiscent of The Great Gatsby with Nathan living among the upper class but not being accepted into their world. His relationships move the story along and head to his inevitable downfall. An interesting summer read.
My all time favorite book is Fannie Flagg's Daisy Faye and the Miracle Man. It is laugh out loud funny. This is another winner by Flagg. She manages to inform the reader of a little know group of women in World War 2 who flew planes. The format is a bit different because it starts in present day with a character who is unaware she is related to one of these women. Flagg uses her mastery of creating zany characters who have a great sense of humor to interest the reader in a part of history that often holds no humor. I enjoyed the read but not as much as her other works.
I've not read Churchill before and although I finished this one I didn't love it. Between a needlepoint class, catering details, and a subpar theater production, I felt like I was missing something. Maybe not reading the series in order makes a difference but several times something new was just being talked about and I didn't feel any introduction. The murders didn't seem to even be a big deal and the ending, although most cozies are, was predictable. Not a satisfying read.
One of our choices for summer reading, The Summer I Turned Pretty is a light, young adult romance. I found Belly a little all over the place because the book skipped around from when she is 16 to 11ish. Her love interest is a family friend her family spends summers with at a beach house. I'm sure the story will develop with the continuation of the series and I'm looking forward to what others have to say about the characterization of Belly and the boys.
I started teaching English and Spanish at Blancester in 1996. After getting my masters in Library Science, I moved into the library and I've enjoyed connecting people to books ever since!