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Loved his other book, so had to read this one. The opening is already giving my anxiety and wondering who he can trust and when he will die.

Goodreads Summary: The FOOTPRINTS of God

In the heart of North Carolina’s Research Triangle stands a corporate laboratory much like the others nearby. But behind its walls, America’s top scientists work around the clock to attain the holy grail of the twenty-first century – a supercomputer that surpasses the power of the human mind. Appointed by the president as ethicist to Project Trinity, Dr. David Tennant finds himself in a pressure cooker of groundbreaking science and colossal ambition. When his friend and fellow scientist is murdered, David discovers that the genius who runs Project Trinity was responsible and that his own life is in danger. Unable to reach the president, and afraid to trust his colleagues, David turns to Rachel Weiss, the psychiatrist probing the nightmares that have plagued him during his work at Trinity. Rachel is skeptical of David’s fears, but when an assassin strikes, the two doctors must flee for their lives. Pursued across the globe by ruthless National Security Agency operatives, David and Rachel struggle to piece together the truth behind Project Trinity and the enormous power it could unleash upon the world. As constant danger deepens their intimacy, Rachel realizes the key to Trinity lies buried in David’s disturbed mind. But Trinity’s clock is ticking . . . Mankind is being held hostage by a machine that cannot be destroyed. Its only hope – a terrifying chess game between David and the Trinity computer, with the cities of the world as pawns. But what are the rules? How human is the machine? Can one man and woman change the course of history? Man’s future hangs in the balance, and the price of failure is extinction

MY REVIEW: 3 STARS

Makes me wonder what our government is really working on behind our backs. What technology and evil plans are they creating that we are just clueless too and will only find out when we are about to be destroyed. 

Greg Iles does not disappoint, from the moment I started I realized it was going to be wild ride. The beginning and end were fast paced and beyond nerve wracking. The middle was a bit slow and I almost shut it off. A great combination of theology and technology..with a bunch of ethics thrown right in.

Now if only they listened to David from the beginning, but you know how twisted and evil those big wigs in our government really are.

Would ONLY recommended if you are intrigued by theology and technology or the conflicts between them. Was hoping it would have been more action packed or more of a mind f&ck. 

 

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Of course I’ll read another Harlan Coben book…AND SO GLAD I AM.. He opens with this being written twenty years ago, but he’s is such a great writer, you’d never know. 

From the beginning you are on the edge of your seat…with disgust, horror, and dread…knowing you are in for one hell of sick and twisted ride. I still shiver thinking about what happened. 

So far, I wish the only one who will be murdered is the evil sister…the dirty, evil wh*re. 

I have an idea who is behind all the murders…at least I think I know. Really an amazing book, I’m captivated.

Goodreads Summary: The Miracle Cure

A stunning, controversial, nonstop thriller that careens through the inner halls of high-stakes medical research, the upper echelons of Washington politics, and the steamy streets of Bangkok, on the trail of a dangerous and deadly cure for AIDS.

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Goodreads Summary: To Have and To Hold

What happens when your Prince Charming turns out not to be so charming after all? In To Have and To Hold, bestselling author Jane Green offers a sizzling, highly entertaining look at romantic relationships after we say “I do.” 

Alice knows she should be happy. A charming twenty-eight-year-old with a successful catering business, she’s always dreamed of a rose-covered cottage in the English countryside, filled with children and animals and home-cooked meals. Her favorite attire is comfy jeans, her best manicure features garden dirt under the nails. But when her teenage crush—the wealthy, dashing man-about-town Joe Chambers—wants to make her his bride, Alice is more than willing to play Cinderella to Joe’s prince. Never mind that he wants her to change—a diet, ice-blond highlights, stilettos, snooty gallery openings—and that he’s allergic to nature and kids. She tells herself she’s happy to sacrifice for love, and besides, with Joe’s stunning good looks and high-profile career at a top financial firm, every woman in London wants to be in her shoes.

But that’s just the problem. Despite Alice’s efforts to be the perfect wife, Joe soon reveals a penchant for being hopelessly unfaithful. When a notorious indiscretion with a female colleague forces Joe to transfer to New York, Alice’s life turns upside down. As Joe continues to sneak around, and her best friend’s beau offers a tempting glimpse of what real love could be like, Alice must decide how much Cinderella she can take before her deepest desires win out—and if she can summon up the courage to find real happiness on her own.

Delicious, witty, and packed with sparkling sex appeal, To Have and To Hold is an unputdownable read that will have you rooting out loud for its endearing heroine. A #1 bestseller in Britain, this latest tale from the beloved, utterly winning Jane Green proves that the search for true love doesn’t always end when someone dons a veil, and offers a lively, refreshing take on modern marriage.

MY REVIEW: 

WOW…what a douche Joe is, no he’s worse than a douche. He needs to be destroyed and left broke living on the streets.

LOVE how we get a glimpse into their futures…I won’t tell you what happens, but that it is worth reading.

Oh Alice, at first I wanted to smack the sh*t out of her for being so dense. Then I realized she was helpless to his evil charms, just like the rest of them were. Glad she got what she wanted…and that is all I will say. 

A MUST READ! 

                                    


Goodreads Summary: The Beach House

Jane Green is one of the preeminent authors of women’s fiction today, and with each new novel, her audience grows. Green’s avid and loyal fans follow her because she writes about the true-to-life dilemmas of women—and The Beach Housewill not disappoint.

Known in Nantucket as the crazy woman who lives in the rambling house atop the bluff, Nan doesn’t care what people think. At sixty-five-years old, her husband died twenty years ago, her beauty has faded, and her family has flown. If her neighbors are away, why shouldn’t she skinny dip in their swimming pools and help herself to their flowers? But when she discovers the money she thought would last forever is dwindling and she could lose her beloved house, Nan knows she has to make drastic changes.

So Nan takes out an ad: . Slowly, people start moving into the house, filling it with noise, with laughter, and with tears. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family expanding. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside-down.

MY REVIEW: A great read. I knew it was going to have a sweet ending, and some of my predictions were wrong, but not too far off. Loved the twist that was thrown in there, never saw that coming. Thought Nan was sick and was going to pass…never expected the other thing…sorry no spoilers.

A sweet, heart warming read. 

 


Goodreads Summary: The Comfort of Lies

Five years ago, Tia fell into obsessive love with a man she could never have. Married, and the father of two boys, Nathan was unavailable in every way. When she became pregnant, he disappeared, and she gave up her baby for adoption.

Five years ago, Caroline, a dedicated pathologist, reluctantly adopted a baby to please her husband. She prayed her misgivings would disappear; instead, she’s questioning whether she’s cut out for the role of wife and mother.

Five years ago, Juliette considered her life ideal: she had a solid marriage, two beautiful young sons, and a thriving business. Then she discovered Nathan’s affair. He promised he?d never stray again, and she trusted him. But when Juliette intercepts a letter to her husband from Tia that contains pictures of a child with a deep resemblance to her husband, her world crumbles once more. How could Nathan deny his daughter? And if he’s kept this a secret from her, what else is he hiding?

Desperate for the truth, Juliette goes in search of the little girl. And before long, the three women and Nathan are on a collision course with consequences that none of them could have predicted. Riveting and arresting, The Comfort of Lies explores the collateral damage of infidelity and the dark, private struggles many of us experience but rarely reveal.

MY REVIEW: I enjoy reading books that have strangers all connected by a series of events or one character. What a tangled web is weaved because of two people, lies told, people hurt, lives forever changed. What a journey for all of them, what a tough situation for all of them. I truly felt I was in their shoes and could understand their emotions…while I still have questions and doubts, I’m not sure how I would handle any of those situations any better.

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Loved his other book, so had to read this one. The opening is already giving my anxiety and wondering who he can trust and when he will die.

Goodreads Summary: The FOOTPRINTS of God

In the heart of North Carolina’s Research Triangle stands a corporate laboratory much like the others nearby. But behind its walls, America’s top scientists work around the clock to attain the holy grail of the twenty-first century – a supercomputer that surpasses the power of the human mind. Appointed by the president as ethicist to Project Trinity, Dr. David Tennant finds himself in a pressure cooker of groundbreaking science and colossal ambition. When his friend and fellow scientist is murdered, David discovers that the genius who runs Project Trinity was responsible and that his own life is in danger. Unable to reach the president, and afraid to trust his colleagues, David turns to Rachel Weiss, the psychiatrist probing the nightmares that have plagued him during his work at Trinity. Rachel is skeptical of David’s fears, but when an assassin strikes, the two doctors must flee for their lives. Pursued across the globe by ruthless National Security Agency operatives, David and Rachel struggle to piece together the truth behind Project Trinity and the enormous power it could unleash upon the world. As constant danger deepens their intimacy, Rachel realizes the key to Trinity lies buried in David’s disturbed mind. But Trinity’s clock is ticking . . . Mankind is being held hostage by a machine that cannot be destroyed. Its only hope – a terrifying chess game between David and the Trinity computer, with the cities of the world as pawns. But what are the rules? How human is the machine? Can one man and woman change the course of history? Man’s future hangs in the balance, and the price of failure is extinction

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For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.

Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, aphrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible — that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.

Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.

But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret — and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.

MY REVIEW: 

This was the first time I was disappointed by Harlan Coben…a shocker, I know. I found this book predictable and was left waiting for the other shoe to drop…and it never did.

Perhaps since this was published in 2002, it was one of his earlier works.

                               

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I want to jump in the book and give everyone a good butt kicking. Seriously, Alice, you didn’t see this coming? Joe, you are such a vile pig, I hope your manhood becomes diseased and falls off. When will he get caught? When will she dump him. Seriously, he comes to CT and demands things are his way. He doesn’t love her, he loves that he has a wife he can control and do what he says so he can go out and screw other women. Emily, you have a good guy and you’re bored…get a brain woman. 

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What happens when your Prince Charming turns out not to be so charming after all? In To Have and To Hold, bestselling author Jane Green offers a sizzling, highly entertaining look at romantic relationships after we say “I do.” 

Alice knows she should be happy. A charming twenty-eight-year-old with a successful catering business, she’s always dreamed of a rose-covered cottage in the English countryside, filled with children and animals and home-cooked meals. Her favorite attire is comfy jeans, her best manicure features garden dirt under the nails. But when her teenage crush—the wealthy, dashing man-about-town Joe Chambers—wants to make her his bride, Alice is more than willing to play Cinderella to Joe’s prince. Never mind that he wants her to change—a diet, ice-blond highlights, stilettos, snooty gallery openings—and that he’s allergic to nature and kids. She tells herself she’s happy to sacrifice for love, and besides, with Joe’s stunning good looks and high-profile career at a top financial firm, every woman in London wants to be in her shoes.

But that’s just the problem. Despite Alice’s efforts to be the perfect wife, Joe soon reveals a penchant for being hopelessly unfaithful. When a notorious indiscretion with a female colleague forces Joe to transfer to New York, Alice’s life turns upside down. As Joe continues to sneak around, and her best friend’s beau offers a tempting glimpse of what real love could be like, Alice must decide how much Cinderella she can take before her deepest desires win out—and if she can summon up the courage to find real happiness on her own.

Delicious, witty, and packed with sparkling sex appeal, To Have and To Hold is an unputdownable read that will have you rooting out loud for its endearing heroine. A #1 bestseller in Britain, this latest tale from the beloved, utterly winning Jane Green proves that the search for true love doesn’t always end when someone dons a veil, and offers a lively, refreshing take on modern marriage.

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          Goodreads Summary: 

For 18 years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty. They’ve grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other’s lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends–so it’s no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily’s friendship blossoms into something more. They’ve been soulmates since they were born. But when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at 17 from a gunshot wound to the head. There’s a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took from his father’s cabinet–a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris has described. As its chapters unfold, alternating between an idyllic past and an unthinkable present, The Pact paints an indelible portrait of families in anguish … culminating in an astonishingly suspenseful courtroom drama as Chris finds himself on trial for murder.

MY REVIEW: 

WOW!!!! I felt so bad for everyone involved. Chris and Emily were brought up as brother and sister and then just about forced by their parents to be lovers. 

I think Emily didn’t realize all the choices she had. She felt pressured to be Chris’ girl and eventually wife. She had options to get out, just didn’t realize them at the time.

Chris was so caught up in Emily, he didn’t realize his own life, needs, wants, beyond her. He was so caught up in her, he couldn’t see a life without her, he couldn’t live without her. 

I think the ending was perfect…the future is yet to be written, no one should pressure you to do anything…it’s your future, your choices, your decisions.

                               

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As usual with Harlan Coben I was sucked in right away. I know I am in for another mind twisting ride that I don’t want to end. 

Goodreads Summary: 

For Dr. David Beck, the loss was shattering. And every day for the past eight years, he has relived the horror of what happened. The gleaming lake. The pale moonlight. The piercing screams. The night his wife was taken. The last night he saw her alive.

Everyone tells him it’s time to move on, to forget the past once and for all. But for David Beck, there can be no closure. A message has appeared on his computer, a phrase only he and his dead wife know. Suddenly Beck is taunted with the impossible — that somewhere, somehow, Elizabeth is alive.

Beck has been warned to tell no one. And he doesn’t. Instead, he runs from the people he trusts the most, plunging headlong into a search for the shadowy figure whose messages hold out a desperate hope.

But already Beck is being hunted down. He’s headed straight into the heart of a dark and deadly secret — and someone intends to stop him before he gets there.(less)

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Goodreads Summary: 

Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he’s not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like “Buying the Plot” and “Nodding Off,” Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night LiveWhen Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Readers get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever “test positive for Maalox”), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (“the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac”), grandparenting, and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal’s reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived. 

 

MY REVIEW: what a great book, I learned things I didn’t know and laughed at things I remembered. I also cried…it made me think about my parents getting older and how much my son needs them in his life. It made me think about my time with my son and wanting to be there for him forever. I was sobbing…literally sobbing in the car. 

If you want to laugh and cry…a must read..

                               

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WOW…this is captivating. Did something happen to her in that bathroom when she was younger? Is that why she wanted to die? Did Chris do what she wanted because, he felt guilty for what happened to her? I am drying to know what happened and what WILL happen.

Goodreads Summary: 

For 18 years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty. They’ve grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other’s lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends–so it’s no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily’s friendship blossoms into something more. They’ve been soulmates since they were born. But when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at 17 from a gunshot wound to the head. There’s a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took from his father’s cabinet–a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris has described. As its chapters unfold, alternating between an idyllic past and an unthinkable present, The Pact paints an indelible portrait of families in anguish … culminating in an astonishingly suspenseful courtroom drama as Chris finds himself on trial for murder.

 

Got into this right away…great writing and story line

Goodreads Summary: 

The death of Judd Foxman’s father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family—including Judd’s mother, brothers, and sister—have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd’s wife, Jen, whose fourteen-month affair with Judd’s radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public.

Simultaneously mourning the death of his father and the demise of his marriage, Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch’s dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together. In the same house. Like a family.

As the week quickly spins out of control, longstanding grudges resurface, secrets are revealed, and old passions reawakened. For Judd, it’s a weeklong attempt to make sense of the mess his life has become while trying in vain not to get sucked into the regressive battles of his madly dysfunctional family. All of which would be hard enough without the bomb Jen dropped the day Judd’s father died: She’s pregnant.

This is Where I Leave You is Jonathan Tropper’s most accomplished work to date, a riotously funny, emotionally raw novel about love, marriage, divorce, family, and the ties that bind—whether we like it or not.

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GOODREADS SUMMARY: From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

MY REVIEW: WOW… It was funny and entertaining…a good read, but I prefer a book… Maybe I need to check out another of his books just to make sure.

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Our library has reopened and I’m thrilled.
I was going through book withdrawal and it wasn’t pretty. 

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I started reading this and so glad I did. Immediately I was laughing hysterically. I am thoroughly enjoying this book.  

Goodreads Summary: 

Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he’s not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like “Buying the Plot” and “Nodding Off,” Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night LiveWhen Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Readers get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever “test positive for Maalox”), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (“the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac”), grandparenting, and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal’s reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived. 

 

I know this is going to mess me up…but I’m going to give it a try. 

Goodreads Summary: 

For 18 years the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty. They’ve grown so close it seems they have always been a part of each other’s lives. Parents and children alike have been best friends–so it’s no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily’s friendship blossoms into something more. They’ve been soulmates since they were born. But when midnight calls from the hospital come in, no one is ready for the appalling truth: Emily is dead at 17 from a gunshot wound to the head. There’s a single unspent bullet in the gun that Chris took from his father’s cabinet–a bullet that Chris tells police he intended for himself. But a local detective has doubts about the suicide pact that Chris has described. As its chapters unfold, alternating between an idyllic past and an unthinkable present, The Pact paints an indelible portrait of families in anguish … culminating in an astonishingly suspenseful courtroom drama as Chris finds himself on trial for murder.

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GOODREADS SUMMARY: Psychiatrist Nadine Lavoie has a true desire to help people put their demons at rest. But she has demons of her own ? some she can barely think about and some she can’t even remember. Nadine’s mother was a wildly unpredictable manic depressive. There are whole chunks of Nadine’s life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia. And her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years. When a new patient, Heather Simeon, is brought to the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine is assigned to work with her. As Nadine gently coaxes the story out of Heather, she learns of some troubling parallels to their lives. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her own history, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a commune by a river on remote Vancouver Island. What happened to Nadine? Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group’s leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today? As the dual stories unfold, Nadine finds herself drawn to uncover her own secrets and learn why you can sometimes leave the past, but you can never escape. 

MY REVIEW: WOW… Okay at first I was hoping this would pick up speed. It was slow moving and I thought Nadine would NEVER get the truth or save her daughter. Then POW…it all comes to a BIG EXPLOSION. WOW…A must read. GO NADINE!

If only her mom was strong enough or if her brother had opened up to her. She keeps being told that she pushes too much, but if it wasn’t for that evil f*cker would have NEVER been brought down.

What a tragedy, but also a somewhat happy ending.  .  

 

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Going to give it another try…since I have no more books until Friday afternoon…sniffles.  That’s right our NEW and UPDATED library is going to open on Friday…I NEED books and even spent two days listening to music (which made me angry) just to make the books last. 

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From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

 

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GOODREADS SUMMARY: An extraordinarily beautiful Amish woman, a dangerous femme fatale, is the central figure in Linda Castillo’s Her Last Breatha story that reveals a dark side of Painters Mill and its seemingly perfect Amish world. A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere.

What at first seems like a tragic, but routine car accident  suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental.  But who would want to kill an Amish deacon and two of his children? He leaves behind a grieving widow and a young boy who clings to life in the intensive care wing of a hospital, unable to communicate.  He may be the only one who knows what happened that night.  Desperate to find out who killed her best friend’s husband and why, Kate begins to suspect she is not looking for a reckless drunk, but instead is on the trail of a cold blooded killer amid the residents of Painter’s Mill.  It is a search that takes her on a  chilling journey into the darkest reaches of the human heart and makes her question everything she has ever believed about the Amish culture into which she was born. 

MY REVIEW: WOW…my guess was half right…I was NOT expecting that. I was totally fooled too. Goes to show you evil is evil…no exceptions to religion or home environment. I am so freaking out about the other development…the past ALWAYS catches up to you…no matter what.

 

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Psychiatrist Nadine Lavoie has a true desire to help people put their demons at rest. But she has demons of her own ? some she can barely think about and some she can’t even remember. Nadine’s mother was a wildly unpredictable manic depressive. There are whole chunks of Nadine’s life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia. And her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years. When a new patient, Heather Simeon, is brought to the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine is assigned to work with her. As Nadine gently coaxes the story out of Heather, she learns of some troubling parallels to their lives. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her own history, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a commune by a river on remote Vancouver Island. What happened to Nadine? Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group’s leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today? As the dual stories unfold, Nadine finds herself drawn to uncover her own secrets and learn why you can sometimes leave the past, but you can never escape.

This sounds like it’s going to be beyond captivating and scary…so excited

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From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

I started to read, but then just wasn’t feeling it. Unfortunately our library has closed down until May 10th. They have been building a BIGGER, BETTER, AND BEAUTIFUL new library. So from now until then I am stuck with this book once I finish Always Watching. I’ll let you know if my feelings change.

 

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GOODREADS SUMMARY: As a boy, Will Klein had a hero: his older brother, Ken. Then, on a warm suburban night in the Kleins’ affluent New Jersey neighborhood, a young woman—a girl Will had once loved—was found brutally murdered in her family’s basement. The prime suspect: Ken Klein. With the evidence against him overwhelming, Ken simply vanished. And when his shattered family never heard from Ken again, they were sure he was gone for good. 

Now eleven years have passed. Will has found proof that Ken is alive. And this is just the first in a series of stunning revelations as Will is forced to confront startling truths about his brother, and even himself. As a violent mystery unwinds around him, Will knows he must press his search all the way to the end. Because the most powerful surprises are yet to come.

MY REVIEW: Another total mind f#ck by Harlan Coben…this one I kind of knew the ending as it got closer. How could you do that to the ones you love. WOW…poor Will to be kept in the dark about it all. 

Another must read…seriously that good. 

 

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Goodreads Summary: After listening to her closest friends’ latest travails in love, parenting, and careers, superstitious bride-to-be Nicole (Nic) believes she has the perfect recipe for everyone’s happiness: a bridal shower “cake pull” in which each ribboned silver charm planted in her cake will bring its recipient the magical assistance she needs to change her destiny.  Melissa (Mel), still ringless after dating the same man for six years, deserves the engagement ring charm.  The red hot chili pepper would be perfect for Seema, who is in love with her best male friend Scott, but can’t seem to make their relationship more than platonic.  And recently laid off journalist Nic wants the shovel, which symbolizes hard work, to help her get her career back on track.  Nic does everything she can to control who gets which silver keepsake – as well as the future it represents.  But when the charmed cake is mysteriously shifted from the place settings Nic arranged around it, no one gets the charm she chose for them. And when the other party guests’ fortunes begin coming true, Mel, Seema, and Nic can’t help but wonder…. Is the cake trying to tell them something?.

My Review: very cute book, I kind of new it was all going to end beautifully, but the ride there was fun and enjoyable. Great ending…going to start all over again.

 

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Goodreads Summary: An extraordinarily beautiful Amish woman, a dangerous femme fatale, is the central figure in a story that reveals a dark side of Painters Mill and its seemingly perfect Amish world

A rainy night, an Amish father returning home with his three children, a speeding car hurtling toward them out of nowhere.

What at first seems like a tragic, but routine car accident  suddenly takes on a more sinister cast as evidence emerges that nothing about the crash is accidental.  But who would want to kill an Amish deacon and two of his children? He leaves behind a grieving widow and a young boy who clings to life in the intensive care wing of a hospital, unable to communicate.  He may be the only one who knows what happened that night.  Desperate to find out who killed her best friend’s husband and why, Kate begins to suspect she is not looking for a reckless drunk, but instead is on the trail of a cold blooded killer amid the residents of Painter’s Mill.  It is a search that takes her on a  chilling journey into the darkest reaches of the human heart and makes her question everything she has ever believed about the Amish culture into which she was born. 

I LOVED every book in this series and know this book is going to be just as sick and twisted. Always a great and captivating read. Can’t wait to see how this ends.

 

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A few weeks ago I was looking for a way to replicate the bracelets my son made me in daycare. I asked around on the facebook and was directed to Etsy. I asked some vendors and found Tyo’s Creations a shop on Etsy.

Alicia worked with me and was patient and understanding of my request. She emailed me numerous times to ensure I was happy with the progress of the bracelets. They even came in adorable boxes, which Dino has now claimed as his own.

How did Dino react to these replicated bracelets? He LOVED them and thanked me. He’s such a cutie.

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GOODREADS SUMMARY: When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident in a Mercedes no less Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she s about to find out just how much things have changed.

Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all.

Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?

MY REVIEW: At first I was reluctant with this book. I was actually thinking about tossing it aside…but so glad I didn’t.

First of all Lexie’s mother was an horrible person, who had no sympathy or care for her daughters. I don’t care how much she went through you don’t treat your daughters that way. She was/is selfish and rude to not tell Lexie about all the missing parts of her life. No wonder Amy was acting the way she was.

Seriously John, you couldn’t have informed her of all this before?????? Doh!

I bet her former company is kicking themselves for letting the carpets go…what dumb@sses.

Glad she made the decision she did (I won’t spoil it for you) it was the PERFECT ending in my opinion. 

 

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Goodreads Summary: I don’t know how she does it!” is an oft-heard refrain about mothers today. Funnily enough, most moms agreethey have no idea how they get it done, or whether they even want the job. Trisha Ashworth and Amy Nobile spoke to mothers of every stripeworking, stay-at-home, part-timeand found a surprisingly similar trend in their interviews. After enthusing about her lucky life for twenty minutes, a mother would then break down and admit that her child’s first word was “Shrek.” As one mom put it, “Am I happy? The word that describes me best ischallenged.” Fresh from the front lines of modern motherhood comes a book that uncovers the guilty secrets of moms today . . . in their own words. I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids diagnoses the craziness and offers real solutions, so that mothers can step out of the madness and learn to love motherhood as much as they love their kids.

My Review: very cute and similar to reading all the mom blogs I love. Motherhood is a special gift, but it’s a darn hard job. Perfection does not exist, and if moms say they never complain and love being a mother 24/7 they are lying. We have all earned the right to complain about being mothers, because we are in the trenches of motherhood all the time. Complaining doesn’t mean you don’t love your children, it just means you are need to vent. 

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Goodreads Summary: As a boy, Will Klein had a hero: his older brother, Ken. Then, on a warm suburban night in the Kleins’ affluent New Jersey neighborhood, a young woman—a girl Will had once loved—was found brutally murdered in her family’s basement. The prime suspect: Ken Klein. With the evidence against him overwhelming, Ken simply vanished. And when his shattered family never heard from Ken again, they were sure he was gone for good.

Now eleven years have passed. Will has found proof that Ken is alive. And this is just the first in a series of stunning revelations as Will is forced to confront startling truths about his brother, and even himself. As a violent mystery unwinds around him, Will knows he must press his search all the way to the end. Because the most powerful surprises are yet to come.

I fear I am in for a sick and twisted mind f&ck once again. I am loving it! 

 

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