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Goodreads Summary: The Matchmaker (Audible Book)

Dabney Kimball Beech, the 48-year-old fifth generation Nantucketer, has had a lifelong gift of matchmaking (52 couples still together to her credit). But when Dabney discovers she is dying of pancreatic cancer, she sets out to find matches for a few people very close to home: her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech; her lover journalist Clendenin Hughes; and her daughter, Agnes, who is engaged to be married to the wrong man.

As time slips away from Dabney, she is determined to find matches for those she loves most – but at what cost to her own relationships? THE MATCHMAKER is the heartbreaking new novel from Elin Hilderbrand about losing and finding love, even as you’re running out of time.

My Review – 3 Stars 

I found the characters Dabeny, Box, and Clan all selfish and self-absorbed. For long they all annoyed me and I wanted to stop reading. I held on because I needed to know what would happen to her daughter, Agnes. They all held onto their lies and and thoughts instead of just speaking the truth. So many times I groaned in frustration because they kept holding back the truth. I couldn’t relate to any of them. The only reason I kept reading was to see if the daughter, Agnes, who is in an abusive relationship would ever get free from CJ.
Then I got closer to the end I am so glad I stayed with it…I realized that Dabney needed to stay on her island, she was the heart and soul of her town, she held it all in for her daughter and her sanity. She always gave of herself to help others. But she was also stupid, living in fear kept her from her biggest happiness.

Highlight for spoilers… (((I still don’t like Box the most, because he fell for CJ’s charm and didn’t realize what he was doing to Agnes. Dabney finally told Box the truth, after she found out she was sick. It took him some time to realize he was just eager to have a wife and deep down inside knew she never would love him the way he loved her. 

Clen was so stupid the first time he left. Was his job and the loss he suffered really worth it leaving behind his perfect match and daughter? Now he’s off again to Singapore? He promises to visit Agnes every August…but that’s just bullshit. He needs to stay on the island, spending time with his daughter, and future grand kids. That part of the ending just annoyed me.)))

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Goodreads Summary: Killer Instinct (CD Library Rental)

Jason Steadman is a thirty-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for a electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He’s a witty, charismatic guy who’s well liked at the office, but he lacks the “killer instinct” necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason’s been sidelined.

But all that will change one evening when Jason meets Kurt Semko, a former Special Forces officer just back from Iraq. Looking for a decent pitcher for the company softball team, Jason gets Kurt, who was once drafted by the majors, a job in Corporate Security. Soon, good things start to happen for Jason – and bad things start to happen to Jason’s rivals. His career suddenly takes off. He’s an overnight success
Only too late does Jason discover that his friend Kurt has been secretly paving his path to the top by the most “efficient” – and ruthless – means available. After all, Kurt says, “Business is war, right?”

But when Jason tries to put a stop to it, he finds that his new best friend has become the most dangerous enemy imaginable. And now it’s far more than just his career that lies in the balance.

A riveting tale of ambition, intrigue, and the price of success, Killer Instinct is Joseph Finder at his best.

This is going to be darn good!!!!

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Funny Friday

Funny Friday, June 2015

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by The Momisodes (http://themomisodes.com))

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This is my first Funny Friday!!! Glad to be part of a another awesome group post. I tried my best, so here goes. 

1. The mom buries her head in her hands and grumbles to the Sear’s photographer. “Just take the damn picture. I don’t have the patience anymore.” 

2. Yup, this is our holiday card…you’re lucky you got one.

3. The kids laugh out loud…”Mommy said not to make a mess in the house, she didn’t say anything about the moon.”

4. As the aliens fly away on their spaceships they mumble, “Those darn human kids. I thought we’d finally have a peaceful vacation.”

 5. “This can’t be the new indoor play are. I think mom tricked us.”  

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

Confessions of a part-time working mom
The Momisodes
Sanity Waiting to Happen
Spatulas on Parade
People Don’t Eat Enough Fudge
The Bergham’s Life Chronicles
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Measurements of Merriment
Southern Belle Charm
Silence of the Mom
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Someone Else’s Genius

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Goodreads Summary: Precious Thing (library CD rental)

I know her inside out. I know what she’s thinking, I know what she wants. So I can’t give up on her, she knows I never will.

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.

They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under each other’s spell, and nothing would be the same again. Now they are in their late twenties, and Rachel has the television career, the apartment, and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling out of control. Despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, who has been reported missing. Is it an abduction, a suicide, or something else altogether?

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

In Colette McBeth’s mesmerizing debut, the story of a friendship and a missing person investigation are expertly wound tighter and tighter from the opening lines until the final, stunning conclusion.

My Review – 5 Stars 

WHOA…did not see that coming. I had correctly guessed why there were so close, but never thought it would end the way it did. WOW…had me second guessing myself quite a few times. What a an awesome and twisted ending!!!! 

Highlight for spoilers… (((OMG, so we are given Rachel’s point of view the whole time in a letter to Clara. The whole time we are being made to believe Clara is crazy, trying to steal Rachel’s mom away, and she is getting everyone who picked on Rachel to team up and stalk her.

Well, nope, sorry just tricking you. It’s really Rachel that’s totally fucked up in every way possible. She’s been messing with Clara since they met, she’s been playing everyone around to think she’s innocent and Clara’s crazy. The letter, in all it’s sick and twisted horror, blames it all on Clara and basically asks her to kill herself-which she does. Now you question if Rachel was tormenting her mom and drove her to drink, terrified her aunt, and killed Lucy at summer camp.)))

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Goodreads Summary: The Matchmaker (audible book)

Dabney Kimball Beech, the 48-year-old fifth generation Nantucketer, has had a lifelong gift of matchmaking (52 couples still together to her credit). But when Dabney discovers she is dying of pancreatic cancer, she sets out to find matches for a few people very close to home: her husband, celebrated economist John Boxmiller Beech; her lover journalist Clendenin Hughes; and her daughter, Agnes, who is engaged to be married to the wrong man.

As time slips away from Dabney, she is determined to find matches for those she loves most – but at what cost to her own relationships? THE MATCHMAKER is the heartbreaking new novel from Elin Hilderbrand about losing and finding love, even as you’re running out of time. 

The beginning draws you in then it just drags…Dabney, her current husband, and her former lover are all self-absorbed and selfish. I would move to another book, but I LOVE hearing from the couples she matched up and NEED to find out what happens to her daughter Agnes and her abusive fiance.

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Goodreads Summary: People of the Book (book club book)

In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding – an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair – she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.

In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love.

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.

My Review – 5 Stars 

WOW! I can’t believe how amazing this book was. The journey of self discovery for Hannah was perfection. The history of the book and who created it was so emotional. I cried so many times from the pure emotion of the book. A MUST READ a thousand times.

No spoilers this time as it’s book club read…and we aren’t discussing it till the end of June. 

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Goodreads Summary: Precious Thing

I know her inside out. I know what she’s thinking, I know what she wants. So I can’t give up on her, she knows I never will.

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.

They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under each other’s spell, and nothing would be the same again. Now they are in their late twenties, and Rachel has the television career, the apartment, and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling out of control. Despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, who has been reported missing. Is it an abduction, a suicide, or something else altogether?

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

In Colette McBeth’s mesmerizing debut, the story of a friendship and a missing person investigation are expertly wound tighter and tighter from the opening lines until the final, stunning conclusion.

HOLY MOLY!!!! What a book. As the story unwinds, you realize Rachel hurt Clara in some and now Clara is out to destroy her. Each even is worse than the next. How will it end? Who will believe Rachel? What end doe Rachel want? 

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The Replacement Wife | [Tiffany L. Warren]        

Goodreads Summary: The Replacement Wife

Five years after his beloved wife’s death, wealthy Quentin Chambers still hasn’t returned to the church or his music ministry. Even his home is now devoid of music, and without his attention, Quentin’s five children are getting out of control – until his mother stepsin and hires him a live-in nanny. Montana is pretty, compassionate, church-going, and even has a beautiful singing voice. The children take to her right away, and soon enough Quentin finds his heart opening to faith – and love – once more. But not everyone loves Montana….

A “friend” of Quentin’s first wife, Chloe has been scheming to become the next Mrs. Chambers since the funeral. Chloe is convinced she’s just one seduction away from a marriage proposal. Now she’ll do whatever it takes to get rid of Montana – including blackmail, theft – and digging up a troublemaking man from Montana’s past. But Chloe forgets she’s got secrets of her own, and the tables may turn with a twist she never sees coming….

My Review- 5 Stars

This book is different from what I’m used to reading, but what a wonderful, uplifting, spiritual book. Really had me rooting for Quentin to find his faith again and let love back in his heart.  Really had me rooting for Montana to help the family heal and help those lost kids. 

Wanted Chloe gone for good…the no good, dirty, wh*re. Was hoping the whole would find out about her. 

Highlight for spoilers (((((Chloe is a no good, dirty user. I really don’t believe she was upset about not getting married or Quentin not loving her. She really only wanted the money…that’s all she ever wanted. I can’t believe Quentin just let her have that money. I would have given her a few million at most because she lied from the beginning. She was NOT in it for anything but the money. She was eager to send the kids off and not give a damn about anyone but herself. 

I wish we could have had an excerpt from Chloe when she finds out Quentin proposed to Montana. I know I’m mean, but seriously there’s a difference between love and lust.   

So glad his kids are finally getting their dad back in their lives. They were suffering for five years, they needed his guidance and love. 

Estelle knew from the begging what Quentin needed!))))

 

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Goodreads Summary: People of the Book (Our Book Club Book)

In 1996, Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, is offered the job of a lifetime: analysis and conservation of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, which has been rescued from Serb shelling during the Bosnian war. Priceless and beautiful, the book is one of the earliest Jewish volumes ever to be illuminated with images. When Hanna, a caustic loner with a passion for her work, discovers a series of tiny artifacts in its ancient binding – an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair – she begins to unlock the book’s mysteries. The reader is ushered into an exquisitely detailed and atmospheric past, tracing the book’s journey from its salvation back to its creation.

In Bosnia during World War II, a Muslim risks his life to protect it from the Nazis. In the hedonistic salons of fin-de-siècle Vienna, the book becomes a pawn in the struggle against the city’s rising anti-Semitism. In inquisition-era Venice, a Catholic priest saves it from burning. In Barcelona in 1492, the scribe who wrote the text sees his family destroyed by the agonies of enforced exile. And in Seville in 1480, the reason for the Haggadah’s extraordinary illuminations is finally disclosed. Hanna’s investigation unexpectedly plunges her into the intrigues of fine art forgers and ultra-nationalist fanatics. Her experiences will test her belief in herself and the man she has come to love.

Inspired by a true story, People of the Book is at once a novel of sweeping historical grandeur and intimate emotional intensity, an ambitious, electrifying work by an acclaimed and beloved author.

Can’t wait to discuss this with the group. Yes, we started a book club in town and this is our first book! I’m so excited. 

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Goodreads Summary: Precious Thing 

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last forever.

They met in high school when Rachel was the shy, awkward new girl and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Instantly, they fell under each other’s spell, and nothing would be the same again. Now they are in their late twenties, and Rachel has the television career, the apartment, and the boyfriend, while Clara’s life is spiraling out of control. Despite everything, they remain inextricably bound. Then Rachel’s news editor assigns her to cover a police press conference, and she is shocked when she arrives to learn that the subject is Clara, who has been reported missing. Is it an abduction, a suicide, or something else altogether?

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you’ve shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

In Colette McBeth’s mesmerizing debut, the story of a friendship and a missing person investigation are expertly wound tighter and tighter from the opening lines until the final, stunning conclusion.

This is so twisted and insane…I’m loving it. I keep changing my theories about who Clara really is and why she did this. Or is Rachel just losing her mind? LOVING THIS

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Goodreads Summary: Crazy Love You

Falling in love can feel like a dream…or a living nightmare.

Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”…and from his family’s deadly secrets.

Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss…Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex—Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen…

My Review 3 Stars 

WOW, was not excepting half of that happen…had me really second guessing myself. Everything was being built up and slowly ending to a creepy and scary ending…then it just let me down. I was really expecting an ending that made me sick and looking over my shoulder, but nope. It all ended to sweet and perfect for me. Not that I don’t want a sweet ending, it’s just that it was unexpected after all that happened. 

Highlight for spoilers (((((Okay, so after all Priss was a ghost. She hooked onto Eon that she traveled with him. He did all those evil things, but it was her power and force making him do it. She actually changed his voice and face.

So now with Megan’s love and support, they are rebuilding and living on the same land. They are fixing up the church to honor the miners who were killed and restoring the cemetery to pay proper tribute to Priss and the others. I kept thinking, “That’s It???? They are all going to live together???? Priss’s spirit in peace and Megan, Ion and baby live happily ever after…and that’s it???? Seriously????

I think more could have been done…like Priss was battling with her evil mom. It would have been super creepy if Priss’s mom haunted Ion’s mom and made her kill Ellie and try to kill Ion. EVEN BETTER…if Megan started singing the same song (All the little flowers in the garden…) at the end that would have been totally freaky and creepy… Yes, creepy and scary, but cool. Just seems like all this was leading up to a messed up ending and then it all ended to sweet and perfect.))))

 

GOOD NEWS….I started a book club. I wanted to join a book club in my town, but no one seemed to want new members. So with some help from another person, we started a book club. We created a Facebook and have about fifteen members. I’m so excited, we are meeting one day the last week of June. I can’t wait to talk about the book…What book??? You’ll have to wait and see.

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The Replacement Wife | [Tiffany L. Warren]

Goodreads Summary: The Replacement Wife

Five years after his beloved wife’s death, wealthy Quentin Chambers still hasn’t returned to the church or his music ministry. Even his home is now devoid of music, and without his attention, Quentin’s five children are getting out of control – until his mother stepsin and hires him a live-in nanny. Montana is pretty, compassionate, church-going, and even has a beautiful singing voice. The children take to her right away, and soon enough Quentin finds his heart opening to faith – and love – once more. But not everyone loves Montana….

A “friend” of Quentin’s first wife, Chloe has been scheming to become the next Mrs. Chambers since the funeral. Chloe is convinced she’s just one seduction away from a marriage proposal. Now she’ll do whatever it takes to get rid of Montana – including blackmail, theft – and digging up a troublemaking man from Montana’s past. But Chloe forgets she’s got secrets of her own, and the tables may turn with a twist she never sees coming….

Immediately I’m drawn in and already rooting for Chloe to be gone! I want Madison to win, you can already feel the love and hope she is bringing back to the family. Those poor kids need Madison as their mom. Quentin needs stand up and kick Chloe to curb. Love Quentin’s mom, Evelyn, she is knowledgeable and spiritual. 

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Goodreads Summary: Saving Grace

Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.  To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.

My Review 3 Stars 

WTF? So Ted can have his rants and treat his wife like sh*t, but when she starts acting like anything but prefect he wants her to see a doctor. I know Beth was tricking him, but seriously Ted? You are an arrogant, ignorant, jerk! 

Grace, being perfect doesn’t keep you safe or happy. Letting your husband treat you like crap behind closed doors doesn’t make you perfect. Perhaps if she had a backbone and stood up to her damn husband then she would have time to do her things and time for herself. 

I had to keep fast forwarding the CD, some parts just dragged and I wanted it to end. While I was hoping for a “Happy Ending” I also wanted it over. While some parts were exciting, there were many parts that dragged. 

Has that ever happened to you? You wanted a book over and kept skipping pages just wishing it would end. 

Highlight for spoilers (((((Grace tries to go to Ted but he’s so under Beth’s spell, it’s pathetic. He let Beth steal all their money. Eventually Beth leaves him to go on to the next victim. He begs Grace to take him back and you think she does….but she finally comes to her sense. Did you really think she wanted you back after you not only treated her like crap but put her through hell? WOOOOHOOOO Take that you f&cktard Ted.

Grace goes back to Patrick and they live a happy life.

Really sad that her own daughter didn’t believe her. But Claire was clearly spoiled and thought her parents lived a perfect life. Glad that she finally came to her senses. 

Beth who is now Liz, moves on to her next victim…sickening. I would be blogging, Facebooking, and Tweeting away about Beth. I would want the world to know her face and what she did. Seriously, so one wants revenge or to make her pay? The mom before Grace, had her kids taken away…she’s going to do the same to this new family. I want to cry as she says to the next mom, “I will be changing your life.”))))

 

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Goodreads Summary: Crazy Love You

Falling in love can feel like a dream…or a living nightmare.

Darkness has a way of creeping up when Ian is with Priss. Even when they were kids, playing in the woods of their small Upstate New York town, he could feel it. Still, Priss was his best friend, his salvation from the bullies who called him “loser” and “fatboy”…and from his family’s deadly secrets.

Now that they’ve both escaped to New York City, Ian no longer inhabits the tortured shell of his childhood. He is a talented and successful graphic novelist, and Priss…Priss is still trouble. The booze, the drugs, the sex—Ian is growing tired of late nights together trying to keep the past at bay. Especially now that he’s met sweet, beautiful Megan, whose love makes him want to change for the better. But Priss doesn’t like change. Change makes her angry. And when Priss is angry, terrible things begin to happen…

Lisa Unger never disappoints with her twisted books and endings…this will be good! I can’t figure out if Priss is real, in his mind, or a ghost…so intriguing. 

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Goodreads Summary: Three Wishes

Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Whenever they’re together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow. But apart, each is very much her own woman, dealing with her own share of ups and downs.
Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, juggling the many balls of work, marriage, and motherhood with expert precision, but is she as together as her datebook would have her seem? Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage–can she bring another life into her very precarious world? And can free-spirited Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, ever hope to find lasting love?
In this wise, witty, hilarious new novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their thirty-third year, as they struggle to survive their divorced parents’ dating each other, their technologically savvy grandmother, a cheating husband, champagne hangovers, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a threesome.
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My Review 5 Stars 

WOW…a bunch of twists and turns…some I expected, others I didn’t. While it’s nice to read a book with a happy ending, it’s great to read books with REAL endings. Not everything is perfect, life doesn’t go the way you expect, sometimes you NEVER get that happy ending. Sometimes what is you get is WAY BETTER than what you every expected. A MUST READ.

LOVE LOVE LOVE the comments from people who witnessed this family in their outings…really gave an extra dimension to this book.  \

Highlight for spoilers (((((While Cat is a selfish b%tch, I felt for her. Going through infertility and suffering the loss of miscarriages changes who you are. Yes, you really do just want to stay in bed and never get up. There were days I prayed I would just sleep forever and never have to get up. It breaks my heart that she created a nursery thinking she would get Gemma’s baby and now that dream is gone. has to see her sisters become moms and never get to experience it. Though she can do it on her own! She has the power. The future is bright for her, she WAS following Dan’s dreams, now she can make her own…she is on her way to an awesome life. 

I hope Dan and the Angela mistakenly use super glue instead of lubrication, they have to go to the ER, it ends up on Youtube, and have irreversible damage!

I am so happy for Gemma, she came out of a secret abusive relationship, and finally found love. She’s not the stupid one as her sisters paint her out to be. So glad she’s with Charlie and they have a family. I hope she gets her four kids that her 14 year old self wanted. 

So happy Lynn is finally realizing what a wonderful life she has. So happy she’s asking for help and living her life on her terms! ))))

 

Goodreads Summary: Die Again

Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard’s kill. Rizzoli follows the puzzling trail of clues all the way to Botswana, where she uncovers the unsolved mystery of a deadly camping safari four years prior. When she realizes the two cases are connected, Rizzoli must track down the sole survivor of the tragic trip to discover who—or what—is behind these gruesome deaths.

My Reviews 5 STARS

OMG…so glad to have gone back into Rizzoli and Isle’s world….I so missed them. I pray that Tess Gerritsen will write another…I NEED MORE!

I was so wrong on all my theories…and the kicker is that there were two or three clues right in our faces, but like the detectives I missed it too! Love when a book truly has me stumped…such great writing.

A MUST READ!!!

Highlight for spoilers (((I really thought it was Richard, I thought he set up the whole thing to not only get rid of Millie but to fulfill a sick fantasy. Nope, I was WRONG. It was Elliot, well not the real Elliot. It was the big cat guy at the zoo! He met Elliot on the plane to Africa, befriended him, killed him and set up to kill everyone on the hunting trip.

Poor Millie survived the jungle, she thought she was running from Johnny and the whole time he REALLY was trying to save her. He loved her and she broke his heart. She spent all this time in fear of him and now she has to spend her life knowing if they walked off together he might have survived…talk about survivor’s guilt.

I am so glad she got the closure she needed and is now the hero!

I hope Elliot shot Richard, but let him live to have the animals tear him apart…he was a jerk and a moron.))))

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Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.  To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.

Oh Boy, talk about a twisted Lifetime movie…I can’t wait. 

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Goodreads Summary: The Pocket Wife

A stylish psychological thriller with the compelling intrigue of The Silent Wife and Turn of Mind and the white-knuckle pacing of Before I Go to Sleep—in which a woman suffering from bipolar disorder cannot remember if she murdered her friend.

Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor Celia is brutally murdered. To Dana’s horror, she was the last person to see Celia alive. Suffering from mania, the result of her bipolar disorder, she has troubling holes in her memory, including what happened on the afternoon of Celia’s death.

Her husband’s odd behavior and the probing of Detective Jack Moss create further complications as she searches for answers. The closer she comes to piecing together the shards of her broken memory, the more Dana falls apart. Is there a murderer lurking inside her . . . or is there one out there in the shadows of reality, waiting to strike again?

A story of marriage, murder, and madness, The Pocket Wife explores the world through the foggy lens of a woman on the edge.

My Review 5 Stars 

OMG. What NOT expecting that! Oh boy, I missed some major hints, which were revealed to us later on. WOW! Totally blown away by this book. I was scared of how it would end and I would hate it, but I was wrong. A MUST READ

Highlight for spoilers (((((I honestly thought it was either Peter (Dana’s husband), Dan, (Cecil’s husband) , or Dana. NOPE, I WAS WRONG.

 Peter was in on it…but his lover, the tart in the picture killed Cecil. Why????? Because Peter was f*cking the neighbor Cecil and the tart…he was cheating on his cheaters. Cecil threatened the tart to go to the press. Why???? Because the tart was the assistant district attorney, next in line when her boss retires. Yup, she did it and was trying to pin it on Dana. She left some incriminating things behind for Dana, which thankfully Dana found. Peter knew and was happy to make his wife look mad and go down for it. Hell, he was also happy to then turn around and point his tart out as the killer.

Don’t worry, the tart is outed and going to trial, Peter lost his wife and son, and Dana could be starting a romantic life with the detective who helped find the killer.))))

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Goodreads Summary: Three Wishes

Lyn, Cat, and Gemma Kettle, beautiful thirty-three-year-old triplets, seem to attract attention everywhere they go. Whenever they’re together, laughter, drama, and mayhem seem to follow. But apart, each is very much her own woman, dealing with her own share of ups and downs.
Lyn has organized her life into one big checklist, juggling the many balls of work, marriage, and motherhood with expert precision, but is she as together as her datebook would have her seem? Cat has just learned a startling secret about her marriage–can she bring another life into her very precarious world? And can free-spirited Gemma, who bolts every time a relationship hits the six-month mark, ever hope to find lasting love?
In this wise, witty, hilarious new novel, we follow the Kettle sisters through their thirty-third year, as they struggle to survive their divorced parents’ dating each other, their technologically savvy grandmother, a cheating husband, champagne hangovers, and the fabulous, frustrating life of forever being part of a threesome.
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Which Disney character do you most identify with and why?

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At first I was freaking out. I don’t really relate to any Disney Characters…the villians are evil, the parents are weird or crazy, and the princesses are too sappy or weak. Okay , Merida was one cool chick and totally bad ass! The other ones, I want to scream at hwo they were written.

Then it hit me….I am going to remake the princesses into feminists who create their own happy endings. Of course I had to go with the princesses that I knew as a girl. If I didn’t list your princess, well it’s because I don’t remember the movie or haven’t seen it.

So here goes, this is how I would have liked the movies to be written and animated.

Dont wait for a hero to come and save you..be a hero and save yourself.. :]

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Snow White does NOT eat the poisoned apple…in fact she only eats organic and NON-GMO foods…and the evil witch hired by Monstanto is no match for her. She forces the witch to eat her own chemical apple. The witch sadly develops allergies and the world sees through all of Monsanto’s lies and evil plans.  Snow White decides to change her name to Stella Walker and chooses to NOT marry the prince, but they do live together. She tells him she has a mission, to go off and fight for everyone to have real food. The prince, who we shall name, Jonathan stays home to raise the kids and help the Dwarfs start up and their new house cleaning business, which they name “The Dudes Who Clean”, 

Cinderella has had enough of the abuse and bullying by her step mother and step sisters. She slowly poisons them knowing they will soon go mad. Just as she planned they begin to go insane, and their vile and crude behavior destroys the ball. When the prince comes looking for a match to the shoe, his servants instantly throws her step mothers and sisters in the dungeon for fear they will infect others. The prince sees the glass slipper fits Cinderella and wants to marry her. She turns him down. Seriously why would she marry a man who only cared if she fit a shoe? This man has issues. She inherits her dad’s house and realizes she is great with animals. She becomes a veterinarian and everyone loves and trusts her with their pets. Many years later, Cindy, meets a man with two daughters. They fall in love and get married in a simple ceremony and she becomes a wonderful stepmother and role model.

Rapunzel goes through puberty…realizes this is all bull. She cuts off her hair and sees the witch die. She wonders why she didn’t do that sooner. Sadly she has no idea who she really is, then Flynn happens upon her. He thinks he’s won her over, but she can’t be played anymore. He agrees to find her family if she’ll go on one date with him. Eventually he returns with news of her family and reunites her with them. They do hit if off and Zelly, as she likes to be called, one day trips and gets a terrible scar. As it heals she likes the way it looks. They research this concept, now realizing it’s similar to tattoos. They study and train to become tattoo artists and not only cover themselves in tattoos, but open an ink store. The kingdom is thrilled to have such a hip prince and princess who show that they accept everyone for who they are!

Sleeping beauty is kissed by a stranger…after the kiss he decides he can’t control himself and decides he must have her right now. She wakes up to him trying to take off her clothes. She successfully fights him off much to his shock. He can’t understand why she won’t submit to him, he must have her, she belongs to him now. He tries once more and she breaks his nose and  throws him out the window. She spreads the word that he’s a vile man who likes to rape women. He winds up living a lonely life, since no one wants to date a man like that. Aurora hires soldiers and warriors to teach her how to fight. After a decade of learning she opens her own self defense class and welcomes both men and women to become stronger. She decides that she is happy being single and truly feels fulfilled as she doesn’t need anyone to make her happy. She is already happy. 

Belle is not the skinny girl we see. She is a full-figured, curvaceous woman. When the beast (Adam) realizes to end the curse would not only make him human again, but transform Belle into a supermodel. They both fight over what to do? Does he want her to be skinny? Does she want him to be human? Are they being truthful? The more they argue the love they have for one another comes through, the curse is lifted from the servants and Chip runs over, steals the rose, and breaks it. He decides for them, once they realize the choice has been made they are truly happy with each other and deeply in love. The best part they are truly happy with who THEY are!

How did I do? Do you like my version or think I’m crazy? 

Which princesses would you rewrite?