I believe in something, a higher power perhaps, I’d like to believe in some form of afterlife, that when we die, we go on, existing in another way.
Cheryl Bradshaw ( Gone Daddy Gone, Chapter: 31)
A single moment is about to change Sloane Monroe’s life forever…
On an early winter morning, college student Shelby McCoy walks the quiet, snowy path back home. A tree branch snaps in the distance. Then another. A man is there with her, following close behind, whispering her name. She looks back, sees him gaining on her, and runs. Who is this man, and why is he carrying a gun?
After starting this piece my hopes were really high, expectations that were never quite met by the end. Its starts out really well only to culminate in a somewhat sloppy ending. I felt the bar that was set in the beginning wasn’t maintained throughout. It was a good story full of twists & suspense but I wasn’t quite satisfied with the conclusion although the story was reasonably well paced.
Stop comparing your insides to everyone else’s outsides, you are not the only person who’s ever struggled.
Jennifer Coburn ( Brownie Points , Chapter: 3)
When Lisa Taylor and her family move from San Francisco to the suburban paradise of Los Corderos, they know their family won’t fit in perfectly. They’re the only interracial family in the neighbourhood. Lisa is a snarky sculptor. And 13-year-old Logan is gay.
After Logan is repeatedly bullied at school, he finds his niche in an unusual place –his twin sister’s Girl Scout troop. When he tries to join, the organization refuses, so the boy sues for gender discrimination and sets off a firestorm of national media coverage. This only makes matters worse between the Logan and his father, a macho firefighter who is already struggling with his son’s sexual orientation.
Adding to the strife is Lisa’s increasing distaste for Junta Moms who wish each other “Namaste” while rigging school elections and stealing each other’s husbands.
Join the Taylors on their hilarious journey as they face the fight of their lives and,in the process, discover what it means to be a family.
A good story about an interracial family, lighthearted but touching core issues such as race & sexual orientation. This book is all about family ties & sticking to them through thick & thin. This is the first title by Jennifer Coburn that I’ve has the pleasure to read & I must say I like her writing style along with a quirky sense of humor. The issues discussed in this book were important ones & I feel the writer has handled them artfully. Overall a good read, enjoyed it.
The truth is, fairy-tale beginnings are easy. It’s what comes after that’s hard. Life doesn’t have a clean-cut ending.
Cindi Madsen ( Cinderella Screwed Me Over, Chapter: 35)
Darby Quinn has a bone to pick with Cinderella. Burned one too many times by ex-boyfriends, Darby has lost all belief in the happily-ever-after that the fairy-tale princess promised her. She’s sworn off love, Prince Charming’s, and happy endings and she’s happy about it. Really. Or at least she was…until she met Jake, her gorgeous neighbour and the manager of her favourite restaurant. But Darby has rules about dating, ones she’s culled from her years spent with so-called “princes,” and starting something with Jake would break all of them.
Charming, fun, and unwilling to give up on her, Jake doesn’t fit any of the profiles Darby has created from her case studies of ex-princes-gone-bad. Finally presented with her own Prince Charming, can Darby take a chance on a happily-ever-after?
Full of wit and sarcastic humor, Cinderella Screwed Me Over proves that sometimes the perfect love, like a perfect pair of shoes, is just within your grasp.
Honestly read this book just because of its title. The storyline is exactly what one would expect from this genre, a girl, a boy, self-created misunderstandings or problems & eventually, the happy ending. What makes this book interesting is the way the writer has introduced ‘Disney’ princes or princesses as case studies. Dissecting all those love stories from our childhood to prove there is no such thing as true love but in the end giving us that very hope of finding that one in a million. If you have yet to find your prince charming then go give it a read. I’m sure Darby Quinn can guide you on what to look for 😉
Her disregard for her body was like a black hole that she hadn’t seen herself falling into. When she was so deeply ensconced, she could see no way out.
Mara Jacobs ( Worth the Weight, Chapter: 16)
A new body. A new life. An old flame?
Lizzie Hampton is literally a shadow of her former self. Having lost half her body weight, she’s headed to her small hometown to test out her new body on an old flame. Just a harmless fling to get her self-confidence back before she returns to the city and the new man in her life.
But Lizzie’s plan has a few bumps in the road.
Finn Robbins can’t believe Liz is back in town. Desperate to be the holder of her innocence eighteen years ago, he never got the chance. Now she’s back and he can finally check her off his to do list. But her friends, his son, and the mysterious Annie may have something to say about that.
Not much to say about this book as it was quite predictable. Not a bad read per se but there wasn’t anything new to the story to make it stand out. The only fact I liked about this piece is that it really reflects the raw emotions related to body image. The acceptance of ones true self & its effects on one’s self-esteem are explored. Read if you have time to spare.
From the day she was born, Rita Baxter’s mother encouraged her to follow her heart. Filled with innocent dreams and faith that her hard work training to be a Prima Ballerina on New York’s bright stage will lead to fortune and fame, Rita is crushed when she loses her mother and must take a job dancing in a burlesque chorus line to keep a roof over her head. Witnessing a brutal murder is the last straw. The police promise to keep her safe, but Rita has learned to be a realist. Determined to escape the Irish gang that wants her dead and start a new life for herself, Rita heads to Colorado Territory as a mail-order bride.
Jack Colton struck gold in his Central City mine, but the dark recesses of the mine mirror the lonely, dark places in his heart. He longs for a wife and family, but the only women in town interested in a hard former soldier like him aren’t really interested in him at all. Tired of being pursued for his newfound wealth, Jack decides to take a chance on a mail-order bride from New York. She’s supposed to be petite and beautiful, a dancer who will bring color and warmth into his cold life.
Sparks fly when they meet, both hopeful for a bright future. But murder is a poison and it followed Rita all the way from New York. Jack thought his killing days were over, but when an assassin arrives to destroy everything Jack will stop at nothing to protect his new wife…no matter the cost.
Are you bored with slow-moving story lines?
A turtle which surely wins the race, but can’t help the pace it moves!
It happens so many times that the concept is great but exhausted with excessive narration.
If you would like a storyline which moves at a good pace & one which doesn’t beat around the bush. Then this one is for you.
The plot revolves around a “mail-order bride”. A good travel read.