Description from the Publishers through Netgalley:
The New York Times bestselling author of Falling presents a warm, wise, and wonderfully vivid novel about a mother who asks her three estranged daughters to come home to help her end her life.
Ronni Sunshine left London for Hollywood to become a beautiful, charismatic star of the silver screen. But at home, she was a narcissistic, disinterested mother who alienated her three daughters.
As soon as possible, tomboy Nell fled her mother’s overbearing presence to work on a farm and find her own way in the world as a single mother. The target of her mother’s criticism, Meredith never felt good enough, thin enough, pretty enough. Her life took her to London—and into the arms of a man whom she may not even love. And Lizzy, the youngest, more like Ronni than any of them, seemed to have it easy, using her drive and ambition to build a culinary career to rival her mother’s fame, while her marriage crumbled around her.
But now the Sunshine Sisters are together again, called home by Ronni, who has learned that she has a serious disease and needs her daughters to fulfill her final wishes. And though Nell, Meredith, and Lizzy have never been close, their mother’s illness draws them together to confront the old jealousies and secret fears that have threatened to tear these sisters apart. As they face the loss of their mother, they will discover if blood might be thicker than water after all…
I have read a few of Jane Green’s books in the past and I think this one is completely different from what I expected. This is a tough subject matter to handle and Jane did it well. I don’t think that this is my favorite book that she has ever written but it was good.
The relationships between the three Sunshine sisters and their mother was one of discord and anger. They grew up resenting their mother and not feeling loved and cared for. As each of the daughters grew up they moved away from their mother and their sisters.
***Spoilers: This book tackles subjects such as parental abandonment, terminal illness, adultery, negative body image, single parenthood, questioning sexuality, divorce and the main one: dying a dignified death.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
I received an E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a historical fiction novel about the life of Alice Liddell Hargreaves, the inspiration behind Alice in Wonderland. I listened to this on audio book and found it intriguing. I was a bit disturbed by the relationship between Alice and Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll). This book is a mix of fact and fiction and I don’t know which parts are which but I was not too happy about the closeness of their relationship.
This will not change my love of Alice in Wonderland but it did make me want to know the truth. I thought the characters were well developed and I really did get absorbed into the story. My heart broke for Alice as she struggled through life. I recommend picking this up to read as an aside for anyone that is a fan of the Alice stories.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
A serial killer texts his victims first. A detective vows revenge. He comes after her.
In the chill of an October night, Detective Kerri Blasco is called to a bizarre murder scene. Leda Winfield, a young volunteer for the homeless, has been shot. Her cell phone displays the frightening text, WATCHING YOU, and into her back, hideously pushed with a hat pin, is a note with the same awful message. Leda’s socialite family and friends insist that no one would have wanted to harm her, but Detective Kerri isn’t convinced.
Until another random young woman is killed in exactly the same way. Kerri and her team profile a monstrous killer who enjoys terrifying his victims before stalking and killing them. But how does he get their phone numbers?
Kerri soon finds that the killer is after her, too, and that the key to finding him may just be in the homeless shelter. When the body count rises, she vows to stop the madman – even if it means battling her own personal trauma, risking her job, her love relationship with her boss Alex Brand, and her life.
This is the 3rd book in the Kerri Blasco series and the second one that I have read and I have found a new favorite detective. Kerri is a stubborn but caring detective who trusts her gut and her smarts to get the case closed.
I loved this book as much as I loved the other book I read in this series. They are each different and don’t cover the same crimes over and over again like some series do. This was another page turner and I was biting my nails until the very end. I love the added relationship between Kerri and Alex as well.
This particular book had an element of parts of the story being told from the point of view of the stalker/killer. Caroline Kepnes’ You was praised for this but I though this was done better.
Thank you to the author for sending me an electronic copy for review!
I gave this book 5 crowns.
This is book 4 in the Rachel Knight series and I think it was my favorite. I have always been interested in reading about school shootings and the psychology involved in “understanding” the killers. I know this sounds weird and disturbing but don’t forget my educational background is school counseling.
I love the characters of Rachel Knight and friend Bailey. They make a great team and compliment each other’s personalities nicely. I listened to this book on audio and I was so invested in the story I was talking aloud to the book in my car.
Marcia Clark’s background lends to making this book procedurally accurate and very readable. I highly recommend this series, especially if you are a fan of a strong female protagonist.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR from the publishers:
MELISSA SCRIVNER LOVE was born to a police officer father and a court stenographer mother. After earning a master’s degree in English Literature from New York University, Melissa moved to Los Angeles, where she has lived for over a decade. During that time, she has written for several television shows, among them Life, CSI: Miami, and Person of Interest. She and her husband, a comedy writer and Los Angeles native, welcomed their daughter in 2014. Lola is her first novel.
This is a debut novel?! WHAT?! How can it be? This book is written as if the author has been writing stories like James Patterson does ( I mean this as a compliment). I am in love with this author and her style.
This is a fantastic book that made me love and hate Lola all at the same time. She is a bad ass gang leader with a caring heart when she needs it. I couldn’t get enough of this story. It was intense and pulled at my heart strings a bit as well.
Be forewarned, if drug use and sales, gang violence, sexual abuse and rape are triggers for you, this may not be for you. However, the story is so compelling that those situations fit right into the story line.
I am a fan of Melissa Scrivner Love and will be on the lookout for her next book.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
I received this book from the Publishers through Bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Description from the publishers through Netgalley:
A poignant and funny debut novel about one young widow learning to tend to her life…
It’s been three years since her husband was killed in a car accident and Lilian is still getting used to being sane—after that one early breakdown. She’s happy just being able to get her two girls to school every morning, keep her illustrating job, and catch up on her favorite TV shows with her sister. She’s not exactly in a rut; she’s just letting the grass grow under her feet.
But then Lilian’s boss asks her to illustrate a vegetable encyclopedia and signs her up for a vegetable-gardening class. Lilian reluctantly agrees and recruits her kids and sister to join her for some drama-free Saturday mornings, because what could be more relaxing than gardening? Nothing…except that this class is filled with people who like to dig a little deeper than the surface, and an instructor who makes Lillian want to bloom for the first time in years.
With her fellow newbie gardeners, Lilian learns what it takes to nurture plants—and friendships. Digging in the dirt, with worms and all, teaches Lilian that sometimes you have to let nature take its course, be it in gardening, in life, or in love…
May 2017 Indie Next selection
I absolutely loved this book. I am not a gardener by any means, in fact, last year I killed a CACTUS! A CACTUS! How is that even possible?! Anyway, each chapter has a brief one page tidbit about gardening that is quite cute and sometimes funny.
The setting of the story, a gardening class, helps to bring all of the characters of the story together and leads to the underlying theme of nurturing yourself and tending to your own needs.
Lili’s story is one of heartache but then she starts to see glimmers of hope and happiness when surrounded by the new growth of the garden and the support of new friends. I can’t say enough about this book and really do recommend it.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
I received this E-ARC in exchange for an honest review from the publishers through Netgalley.
I received this book at Book Con in 2015. I don’t really read Romance novels but I saw that it was available on my Overdrive app as an audio book and decided to give it a try. I am really glad that I did.
Yes, there was a lot of mentioning of breasts and it did get annoying but the story was fun. I liked the characters of Chief Levi Cooper and Faith Holland. I found myself laughing along and really getting into the story. Faith is a young woman who moved away from her family and home after her wedding day literally fell apart at the altar.
This is book 1 in the Blue Heron series and I wouldn’t mind picking up the next one to see what it is about. If you enjoy a fun,contemporary, romance novels, then give this series a shot.
I gave it 4 crowns.