The third installment of the Summer of the Sisterhood (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) was so much fun to read. I listened to this on audio and I can’t wait to finish of the series. I love the characters so much and have no trouble envisioning the movie while I listen to this.
The girls in this novel are about to go to college and are experiencing their last summer before that happens. The is excitement and hesitation and an overwhelming sense of love and gratitude for the friendship that these girls have.
This is a sweet summery read.
I gave it 4 crowns.
Description from the Publishers through Netgalley:
Bonny Blankenship’s most treasured memories are of idyllic summers spent in Watersend, South Carolina, with her best friend, Lainey McKay. Amid the sand dunes and oak trees draped with Spanish moss, they swam and wished for happy-ever-afters, then escaped to the local bookshop to read and whisper in the glorious cool silence. Until the night that changed everything, the night that Lainey’s mother disappeared.
Now, in her early fifties, Bonny is desperate to clear her head after a tragic mistake threatens her career as an emergency room doctor, and her marriage crumbles around her. With her troubled teenage daughter, Piper, in tow, she goes back to the beloved river house, where she is soon joined by Lainey and her two young children. During lazy summer days and magical nights, they reunite with bookshop owner Mimi, who is tangled with the past and its mysteries. As the three women cling to a fragile peace, buried secrets and long ago loves return like the tide.
This is an adorable middle grade graphic novel about a girl who becomes deaf and grows up as the only deaf girl in her class. She is embarrassed about the large hearing device with microphone that she has to use but then come to realize that it makes her a “superhero”.
This story was heartwarming and the illustrations were adorable. I highly recommend picking this up. This is based on the author’s life and slightly fictionalized.
I gave it 4 crowns.
Publication Date: July 11, 2017
Description from the publishers through Netgalley:
When Janey Sweet, CEO of a couture wedding dress company, is photographed in the front row of a fashion show eating a bruffin–the delicious lovechild of a brioche and a muffin–her best friend and business partner, Beau, gives her an ultimatum: Lose thirty pounds or lose your job. Sure, Janey has gained some weight since her divorce, and no, her beautifully cut trousers don’t fit like they used to, so Janey throws herself headlong into the world of the fitness revolution, signing up for a shockingly expensive workout pass, baring it all for Free the Nipple yoga, sweating through boot camp classes run by Sri Lankan militants and spinning to the screams of a Lycra-clad instructor with rage issues. At a juice shop she meets Jacob, a cute young guy who takes her dumpster-diving outside Whole Foods on their first date. At a shaman’s tea ceremony she meets Hugh, a silver fox who holds her hand through an ayahuasca hallucination And at a secret exercise studio Janey meets Sara Strong, the wildly popular workout guru whose special dance routine has starlets and wealthy women flocking to her for results that seem too good to be true. As Janey eschews delicious carbs, pays thousands of dollars to charlatans, and is harassed by her very own fitness bracelet, she can’t help but wonder: Did she really need to lose weight in the first place? A hilarious send-up of the health and wellness industry, Fitness Junkie is a glorious romp through the absurd landscape of our weight-obsessed culture.
I have finally started this series and I am so glad that I did. I love the way Colleen weaves mythology with storytelling. Her characters are so enjoyable and lovable. I loved her Tiger’s Curse series and now this one is right up there with it.
I listened to this book on audio and loved the narration. This was like listening to a movie. I was very invested in the story and could envision the scenes. This series involves Egyptian mythology and I am obsessed.
I am currently listening to the next book in this series and realize that the 3rd doesn’t come out until August. THis is the perfect combination of the fantasy, magical realism and contemporary genres.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
Description form the publishers through Netgalley:
When Cara Rutledge rents out her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather Fordham for the entire summer, it’s a win-win by any standard: Cara’s generating income necessary to keep husband Brett’s ecotourism boat business afloat, and anxiety-prone Heather, an young artist who’s been given a commission to paint birds on postage stamps, has a quiet space in which to work and tend to her pet canaries uninterrupted.
It isn’t long, however, before both women’s idyllic summers are altered irrevocably: the alluring shorebirds—and the man who rescues them—begin to draw Heather out of the shell she’s cultivated toward a world of adventure, and maybe even love; at the same time, Cara’s life reels with sudden tragedy, and she wishes only to return to the beach house that had once been her port amidst life’s storms. When Heather refuses to budge from her newfound sanctuary, so begins the unlikeliest of rooming situations. While they start out as strangers, as everything around the women falls apart they learn that the only thing they can really rely on is each other.
And, like the migrating shorebirds that come to the island for the summer, these two women of different generations must rediscover their unique strengths so by summer’s end they, too, can take flight in ways they never imagined possible.