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2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Karen has
read 9 books toward her goal of 60 books.
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Goodreads Summary: The Widow Waltz

Georgia Waltz has things many people only dream of: a plush Manhattan apartment overlooking Central Park, a Hamptons beach house, valuable jewels and art, two bright daughters, and a husband she adores, even after decades of marriage. It’s only when Ben suddenly drops dead from a massive coronary while training for the New York City Marathon that Georgia discovers her husband—a successful lawyer—has left them nearly penniless. Their wonderland was built on lies.

      
As the family attorney scours emptied bank accounts, Georgia must not only look for a way to support her family, she needs to face the revelation that Ben was not the perfect husband he appeared to be, just as her daughters—now ensconced back at home with secrets of their own—have to accept that they may not be returning to their lives in Paris and at Stanford subsidized by the Bank of Mom and Dad. As she uncovers hidden resilience, Georgia’s sudden midlife shift forces her to consider who she is and what she truly values. That Georgia may also find new love in the land of Spanx and stretch marks surprises everyone—most of all, her.
 
Sally Koslow’s fourth novel is deftly told through the alternating viewpoints of her remarkable female protagonists as they plumb for the grit required to reinvent their lives. Inspiring, funny, and deeply satisfying, The Widow Waltz explores in a profound way the bonds between mothers and daughters, belligerent siblings, skittish lovers, and bitter rivals as they discover the power of forgiveness, and healing, all while asking, “What is family, really?”

MY REVIEW: 5 Stars

Another total jerk, douche bag, ass hat of a man who thinks he can have whoever he wants and do whatever he wants. 


Now, while I do think Georgia, Louisa, and Nicola are all spoiled princesses who lived in a fantasy land, they at least came out normal in the end. They took their new life and went running. 

Highlight for spoilers (((Yes, Naomi was a cheater…a marriage destroyer, no excuses. Did she care about the other family, no? Now she felt bad when she had to come to terms with Ben giving her money did to another family. I wanted to hate her with a passion, but couldn’t. I wanted her to be destroyed, but loved that she teamed up with Georgia to create a new kind of family. 

I think it was a great way to end, Georgia didn’t curse Naomi out, take the money and run like so many other cookie cutter books do. She did the brave thing and smart thing, she grew up, became a smart adult for the first time and took charge of her life. She made the grown up choice for not just her, but for her family… )))

 

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Goodreads Summary: Sharp Objects

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart 
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

Immediately you are pulled into this sick and twisted situation. You want to pop out the CD and run away, but you NEED to know what happens. Who is doing this? Why? Who is next? What f^cked up things did Camille’s mom do? What is wrong with her family? What is wrong with that town?

I have two suspects based on some clues and comments…can’t wait to see if I’m right or wrong.  

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