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Goodreads Summary: What Alice Forgot (Audible)

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.

Just a warning, there is lots of talk of infertility and miscarriages. I was not expecting this and it hit me hard as I suffered from infertility myself. Just to prepare you if you have been through one or both. 

My Review – 5 stars 

A MUST READ!!!!! Alice wakes up forgetting the reason why she’s getting divorced from Nick, forgot her children, forgot her best friend who helped her through it all. So much as changed in the world and in her life in the last teen years and she can’t remember a thing. Little flashbacks come, but she’s a different person than the one everyone remembers just a few days ago.

I am not sure what I would do, to not remember your own children…I would be devastated. I could feel all her emotions and the turmoil of emotions from her family.
******Just a warning******There is lots of talk of infertility and miscarriages. I was not expecting this and it hit me hard as I suffered from infertility myself. Just to prepare you if you have been through one or both.

(((In the end she gets her memory back, but she finds a happy medium between her carefree 29 year old self and the hardened 39 year old self. She gets back together with Nick, each learning from their mistakes. She goes back to the special bond with her sister, and has an even stronger bond with her kids. 
Her sister Elizabeth, suffers from fertility. I was NOT prepared for that and it was difficult to read about her failed IVFs and numerous miscarriages. Thankfully she gets her happy ending..a daughter and adopts three boys.
The honorary grandmother finds her own love as well…life is not perfect, but it’s these special moments and memories that make it worth living and fighting for.))) 

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Goodreads Summary: Broken Promise (Audible)

After his wife’s death and the collapse of his newspaper, David Harwood has no choice but to uproot his nine-year-old son and move back into his childhood home in Promise Falls, New York. David believes his life is in free fall, and he can’t find a way to stop his descent.

Then he comes across a family secret of epic proportions. A year after a devastating miscarriage, David’s cousin Marla has continued to struggle. But when David’s mother asks him to check on her, he’s horrified to discover that she’s been secretly raising a child who is not her own—a baby she claims was a gift from an “angel” left on her porch.

When the baby’s real mother is found murdered, David can’t help wanting to piece together what happened—even if it means proving his own cousin’s guilt. But as he uncovers each piece of evidence, David realizes that Marla’s mysterious child is just the tip of the iceberg.

Other strange things are happening. Animals are found ritually slaughtered. An ominous abandoned Ferris wheel seems to stand as a warning that something dark has infected Promise Falls. And someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past…in blood.Been wanting to read this for a while! 

This sounds like a captivating and crazy mystery and drama

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Goodreads Summary: Pretty Girls (Audible)

When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War Two medic – Samuel Riordan, the homestead’s former occupant – and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him. But as Audrey digs deeper into Samuel’s story, she discovers he was accused of bashing to death a young woman on his return from the war in 1946. When she learns about other unexplained deaths in recent years – one of them a young woman with injuries echoing those of the first victim – she begins to suspect that the killer is still very much alive. And now Audrey, thanks to her need to uncover the past, has provided him with good reason to want to kill again.

My Review – 5 stars 

At first I thought the narrator’s voice was on the CD was too boring and dull and I would be put to sleep. I gave it some time, and I was pleasantly surprised. A building mystery that had me guessing all wrong.
Then little clues got me all confused.
(((It was Glenda and Tony’s dad all along. Cleve. He was the evil bastard who killed Aylish, then Glenda as a teen and Tony as an adult. Turns out they weren’t even his kids, but he had no idea. He was pure evil.))) 

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Goodreads Summary: What Alice Forgot (Audible)

So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, she has three kids and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes.

Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over.

Been wanting to read this for a while! 

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Goodreads Summary: Pretty Girls (Audible)

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.

Okay, there’s quite a few lies going on…Claire needs to find out what’s going on before she becomes a victim. There is a sick connection between everything and I think if they all communicated they would know. 

My Review – 5 star

No spoilers this time, I just couldn’t write down all that happened, its’ just too vile and twisted.  

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Goodreads Summary: Thornwood House (Audible)

When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War Two medic – Samuel Riordan, the homestead’s former occupant – and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him. But as Audrey digs deeper into Samuel’s story, she discovers he was accused of bashing to death a young woman on his return from the war in 1946. When she learns about other unexplained deaths in recent years – one of them a young woman with injuries echoing those of the first victim – she begins to suspect that the killer is still very much alive. And now Audrey, thanks to her need to uncover the past, has provided him with good reason to want to kill again.

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Goodreads Summary: Skewed (audible)

No birth announcement could top the headlines from the day Janie and Jack Perkins entered the world. As twins born to a mother in a coma—courtesy of a bullet from their father—the sensational story of their birth never quite died down. While Jack still craves the flash of a camera, Janie seeks sanctuary behind the lens—as a crime scene photographer.

Thanks to Janie’s line of work, she’s comfortable around gruesome murders. But when old photos of her mother’s body arrive in the mail, they open deep-seated wounds and raise chilling new questions about who really was responsible for that deadly night.

Did Janie’s father spend decades in jail as an innocent man? Did an infamous serial killer actually take her mother’s life? With photos in hand, Janie brings the truth into focus. But when her investigation ends up evoking the wrath of the long-dormant killer, she must race to piece together the final evidence—before she becomes the target.

My Review – 5 stars 

BRAVO!!!! I honestly thought it was going to be a predictable ending and I had it all figured out. I was SO WRONG. I found out when Janie did. so well written and full of suspense and drama. I loved how it started with Grady and then kept switching between Janie and Bridget. Plan on reading her other books!

  Highlight for spoilers… (((I really thought it was either Leroy, the man that was stalking Janie or Able, the crazy, religious neighbor. I was WRONG. 
It was Grady! Yes, he was the haiku killer. He accidentally got Bridget pregnant and decided it would be good for his image to keep her around.
Leroy found the Haiku Grady wrote and was going to blackmail him, but Bridget got her hands on it. She knew it was Grady. He was coming there to kill her!  Leroy was trying to save her. Leroy drugged him and before Grady fell, he purposely shot Bridget wanting to kill her to keep his secret. 
Sam, Grady’s right-hand man was being paid off to keep quiet and make a file on Leroy. Grady got out of prison 6 hours earlier and killed Sam to never let the truth out. He pretended to be a good man, but was psychotic. 
Janie put it all together in the end.))) 

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Goodreads Summary: Pretty Girls (Audible)

#1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

Powerful, poignant, and utterly gripping, packed with indelible characters and unforgettable twists, Pretty Girls is a masterful thriller from one of the finest suspense writers working today.

Okay, there’s quite a few lies going on…Claire needs to find out what’s going on before she becomes a victim. There is a sick connection between everything and I think if they all communicated they would know. 

~~~COULD NOT FINISH~~~

While I love twisted, psychopathic stories, I was not into this story. It seemed to be going in a direction that was going to let me down. After I returned it (Audible lets you return books you don’t like and get your money back) I read spoilers and was right. The ending was going to be a HUGE let down..if you’re going to hint another character being twisted…follow through with that character being twisted.

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Goodreads Summary: The Rumor (audible)

Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something’s changed, and if there’s anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it’s a good rumor.

And rumor has it…

…that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer’s block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation–and a desperately bad decision;

…that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely that necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;

…that Grace’s husband, successful island real estate developer “Fast Eddie” Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;

…that the storybook romance between Madeline’s son, Brick, and Grace’s daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster.

As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they’ve worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight–but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it

My Review – 5 stars 

Great plot…I was captivated and waiting for it all to blow up in everyone’s face…great ending. A MUST READ!!!!

Really didn’t feel bad for Grace, she is stupid, spoiled, and privileged and rather be off having an affair than raising her daughters. Does Benton REALLY love her????

Eddie is despicable…got what he deserved. Madeline…really a bad decision, why????

Allegra is only doing what she was raised to do…and poor Hope seems to be forgotten about.

Gossip and rumors are everywhere, it’s amazing how much they can destroy a life.

The kids are becoming like their parents, living life as if they are the most important people on the planet and gossiping about everyone else…hoping to hurt them.

  Highlight for spoilers… (((Grace is stupid, spoiled, and privileged. She rather have an affair than raise her kids. She would never leave Eddie, because money and a privileged life is more important to her.  Eddie is a pig, prostituting out girls only a few years older than his daughters. He deserved a real prison, not the easy time he’s getting. Benton thought he loved Grace, but he loved his career more. He was planning to leave after the summer anyway. It was all fun for him and he got int he paper. Madeline using her friend’s life for her book, no excuses! Yes be mad her and her daughter are cheating, but don’t write about her life. Glad she never published it. Eddie’s sister Barbie, what a pig she is too. She helped Eddie and knew what was coming and never warned him. Then she gets off free????
Thankfully Allegra learned her lesson and with her sister’s help turned her life around. Maybe there is a better life for Allegra? Maybe she will be a real sister for Hope now? There is hope that when Eddie gets out of prison he will start a new life with Grace and treat her like his wife instead of never being home.))) 
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Goodreads Summary: Skewed(Audible)

No birth announcement could top the headlines from the day Janie and Jack Perkins entered the world. As twins born to a mother in a coma—courtesy of a bullet from their father—the sensational story of their birth never quite died down. While Jack still craves the flash of a camera, Janie seeks sanctuary behind the lens—as a crime scene photographer.

Thanks to Janie’s line of work, she’s comfortable around gruesome murders. But when old photos of her mother’s body arrive in the mail, they open deep-seated wounds and raise chilling new questions about who really was responsible for that deadly night.

Did Janie’s father spend decades in jail as an innocent man? Did an infamous serial killer actually take her mother’s life? With photos in hand, Janie brings the truth into focus. But when her investigation ends up evoking the wrath of the long-dormant killer, she must race to piece together the final evidence—before she becomes the target.

Got good reviews on Audible and seems like a twisted, but captivating read. Really hope it’s not predictable and has the unexpected ending everyone says it will. 

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Goodreads Summary: The Art of Keeping Secrets (CD rental from library)

Since a solo plane crash killed her husband two years ago, Annabelle Murphy has found solace in raising her two children. Just when she thinks the grief is behind her, she receives news that the wreckage of the plane has been discovered—and that her husband did not die alone. He was with another woman. Suddenly Annabelle is forced to question everything she once held true.

Sofie Milstead knows the woman who was on that plane. A dolphin researcher who has lived a quiet life, Sofie has never let anyone get too close. But when Annabelle shows up on Sofiie’s doorstep full of painful questions, both women must confront their intertwining pasts…and find the courage they need to face the truth.

My Review – 4 stars 

Wow to find out all you knew about your husband was only part of who he was. Such big secrets to keep AND secrets really destroy lives.

I felt for Annabelle but was glad she was not a whiny character. She wanted the truth but when she couldn’t get it she moved on knowing it was more important to live for her and her children.

Jake was so wise and Keeley was a typical teenager. Sophie, was ANNOYING. I understand your mom raised you to live in fear, but at some point you need to grow up and realize the world does NOT revolve around you. Others are hurting because of all the secrets and lies and you can’t give them the one thing they need.

Does she open up or not? You’ll have to read to find out.

I only gave it 4 stars because there was some repetition of comments and points of views. I understand…let’s move I screamed a few times. Otherwise good plot, very interesting secret, and wonderful, but realistic ending.

  Highlight for spoilers… (((No he was not having an affair with Sophie’s mom…he found her during the hurricane. She was hiding in his barn, pregnant and running from an abusive husband. She loved him, but his heart belonged to Annabelle. His BIG secret was he helped her his whole life. The day the plane crashed, he was taking her to see her dying mom…but her abusive husband was in jail for five years for murder. If only the truth had been revealed, it could have saved him the trip and he would still be alive.
Jake ends up with Sophie and it is assumed Annabelle ends up with Reed.))) 

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Goodreads Summary: The Rumor (Audible)

Madeline King and Grace Pancik are best friends and the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, their beautiful kids, their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands. But this summer, something’s changed, and if there’s anything Nantucket likes better than cocktails on the beach at sunset, it’s a good rumor.

And rumor has it…

…that Madeline, a novelist, is battling writer’s block, with a deadline looming, bills piling up, and blank pages driving her to desperation–and a desperately bad decision;

…that Grace, hard at work to transform her backyard into a garden paradise, has been collaborating a bit more closely that necessary with her ruggedly handsome landscape architect;

…that Grace’s husband, successful island real estate developer “Fast Eddie” Pancik, has embarked on quite an unusual side project;

…that the storybook romance between Madeline’s son, Brick, and Grace’s daughter Allegra is on the rocks, heading for disaster.

As the gossip escalates, and they face the possible loss of the happy lives they’ve worked so hard to create, Grace and Madeline try mightily to set the record straight–but the truth might be even worse than rumor has it.

WHOA…it’s insane how gossip and rumors start and so quickly they destroy lives. At the same time I am NOT liking Grace and her daughter Allegra at all. 

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Goodreads Summary: Go Set a Watchman (Audible and BOOK CLUB read)

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.

My Review – 2 stars 

WOW… a great literary hero is no more. Atticus Finch was Jean Louie’s hero and now he’s just a despicable, racist. Jean Louise’s whole world has been destroyed, the man she looked up her whole life is nothing but a lie. The man she based her beliefs and values on, was only pretending to be a decent human being.

Jean Louise pretends to be a modern woman, who thinks we are all equal…but half her statements are just as racist as Atticus.  

The story, the revelation and the lesson her dad and uncle tried to teach her was horrifying. There was a reason this was NEVER published and never should have been.

Not sure how I will help students with To Kill a Mockingbird now, all I can think about is the “real” Atticus. The only good lesson is that even famous authors need to keep rewriting and learning from their first drafts.

  Highlight for spoilers… (((Atticus may have believed Tom Robinson was innocent or he could have been doing his job as a lawyer. Who knows now. 
He feels the NAACP is out of control and all the black citizens should be happy with how they are currently treated. Atticus is actually angry that they want respect and to be treated like human beings. 
You feel like Jean Louise feels, deceived by all those who she grew up with. Her dad is a liar and despicable racist, her boyfriend is just a fake piece of shit with no guts or mind of his own, Calpurnia now treats her like one of the towns many white racists, and Jem is dead.
Jean Louise is really a total contradiction of herself. She says one thing then says the opposite in the same moment. She was going to leave, but now is going to stay???? Who knows.))) 

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Goodreads Summary: The Art of Keeping Secrets (CD Rental from library)

Since a solo plane crash killed her husband two years ago, Annabelle Murphy has found solace in raising her two children. Just when she thinks the grief is behind her, she receives news that the wreckage of the plane has been discovered—and that her husband did not die alone. He was with another woman. Suddenly Annabelle is forced to question everything she once held true.

Sofie Milstead knows the woman who was on that plane. A dolphin researcher who has lived a quiet life, Sofie has never let anyone get too close. But when Annabelle shows up on Sofie’s doorstep full of painful questions, both women must confront their intertwining pasts…and find the courage they need to face the truth.

WOW…not only do you lose your husband now you find out that he may have been unfaithful. Great premise and liking Annabelle’s character. Sofie is annoying and spoiled, tell Ananbelle and Jake the truth and stop acting like the entire world revolves around you. 

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Goodreads Summary: Heartburn (CD rental from library)

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has “a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb and you should see her legs” is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel writes cookbooks for a living. And in between trying to win Mark back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron’s irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes. Heartburn is a sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect soufflé.

My Review – 2 stars 

A TOTAL WASTE OF MY TIME.

I didn’t have an audible book and the books I put on hold at the library were not available yet, so I was stuck with this. 

Mark is selfish, arrogant, but it was obvious he would cheat again. Rachel was wimpy and annoying, I felt no sympathy or connection to her. The plot, characters, and dialog were annoying. Too many conversations included he said, she said, he said, she said….there are other words besides said that show a person is speaking.

At least it was sort of a good ending, but it took too long to get to. It was only five CDs, but felt like it was twenty. 

Highlight for spoilers… (((Mark Cheated before and he cheats again, no big surprise. Rachel has already been married once to a wack job, but stayed with him for too long. She had her own issues and wackiness. 
The back and forth and the annoying way she told stories within a story, it wasn’t captivating but totally annoying. 
She finally leaves him in the end…but it ends just as boring as the book was.))) 

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Goodreads Summary: Go Set a Watchman (Audible and BOOK CLUB read)

Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Louise Finch—Scout—struggles with issues both personal and political, involving Atticus, society, and the small Alabama town that shaped her.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the turbulent events transforming mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Moving, funny and compelling, it stands as a magnificent novel in its own right.

I am horrified that one of my literary heroes is not the man we all
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Goodreads Summary: 14 (Audible book)

Goodreads Summary: Anybody Out There? (CD rental from library)

Marian Keyes has introduced readers to the lives, loves, and foibles of the five Walsh sisters. In this funny, heartbreaking, and triumphant new tale set in the Big Apple, it’s Anna’s turn in the spotlight.

Life is perfect for Anna Walsh. She has the “Best Job in the World” as a PR exec for a top-selling urban beauty brand, a lovely apartment in New York, and a perfect husband — the love of her life, Aidan Maddox. Until the morning she wakes up in her mammy’s living room in Dublin with her face in stitches, a dislocated knee, and completely smashed-up hands — and no memory of how she got there. While her mammy plays nursemaid, Anna tries to get better and keeps wondering why Aidan won’t return her phone calls or emails.

Recuperating from her injuries, a mystified Anna returns to Manhattan. Slowly beginning to remember what happened, she sets off on a search to find Aidan — a hilarious quest involving lilies (she can’t stop smelling them), psychics, mediums, and anyone there who can promise her a reunion with her beloved…

Written in her classic style, marrying the darker parts of life with humor and wit, Anybody Out There? is Marian Keyes’ best novel to date, wonderfully charming look at love here and ever after.

My Review – 5 stars 

YOU WILL NEED A BIG BOX OF TISSUES WHEN YOU READ THIS BOOK! Even though this is #4 in the series it was recommended to me to as a read alone book. 

I guessed part of the ending immediately, I just knew it..

I laughed, cried, threatened to beat us some characters, and prayed for Anna to have her happy ending. She isn’t better or worse, just different now and that’s okay.

I never liked or trusted Janie. Maybe it was just by accident, but I still don’t trust her. 

Highlight for spoilers… (((I knew the little boy in Leisel’s psychic visions was Aiden’s baby. I I KNEW that he had gotten Janie pregnant. So not fair that Janie gets his son and poor Anna gets nothing. I know she has closure…and boy that closure made me sob. I had to pull my car over from crying so damn hard. 

I’m happy that her life is getting better, she is standing up for herself and learning how to be self sufficient. Yay to her finding love and having a choice. I pray she has another happy marriage and kids. I think this time she will want kids right away, she now knows to live life to the fullest.)))

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Goodreads Summary: Heartburn (CD rental from library)

Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

Seven months into her pregnancy, Rachel Samstat discovers that her husband, Mark, is in love with another woman. The fact that the other woman has “a neck as long as an arm and a nose as long as a thumb and you should see her legs” is no consolation. Food sometimes is, though, since Rachel writes cookbooks for a living. And in between trying to win Mark back and loudly wishing him dead, Ephron’s irrepressible heroine offers some of her favorite recipes. Heartburn is a sinfully delicious novel, as soul-satisfying as mashed potatoes and as airy as a perfect soufflé.

Think I’m going to thoroughly enjoy this book! Praying she gets to junk punch her husband a few times though. 

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Goodreads Summary: Anybody Out There? (Library CD Rental)

Marian Keyes has introduced readers to the lives, loves, and foibles of the five Walsh sisters. In this funny, heartbreaking, and triumphant new tale set in the Big Apple, it’s Anna’s turn in the spotlight.

Life is perfect for Anna Walsh. She has the “Best Job in the World” as a PR exec for a top-selling urban beauty brand, a lovely apartment in New York, and a perfect husband — the love of her life, Aidan Maddox. Until the morning she wakes up in her mammy’s living room in Dublin with her face in stitches, a dislocated knee, and completely smashed-up hands — and no memory of how she got there. While her mammy plays nursemaid, Anna tries to get better and keeps wondering why Aidan won’t return her phone calls or emails.

Recuperating from her injuries, a mystified Anna returns to Manhattan. Slowly beginning to remember what happened, she sets off on a search to find Aidan — a hilarious quest involving lilies (she can’t stop smelling them), psychics, mediums, and anyone there who can promise her a reunion with her beloved…

Written in her classic style, marrying the darker parts of life with humor and wit, Anybody Out There? is Marian Keyes’ best novel to date, wonderfully charming look at love here and ever after.

STILL READING IT!!!! There are 13 CDs and despite all my traveling between schools, I still have not finished it. I could fast forward, but I am so captivated by this book. It’s pretty obvious what happened to her husband, but finding out how, overcoming the grief, and now her journey to connect with him and start over is so amazing. I am loving every minute and can’t wait to see how it all ends. 

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