Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall

Willow has an older mother and never knew her father.  Willow is paranoid that her mother is going to die soon because of her smoking, drinking, and her age.  Polly became pregnant at 50 years of age.

Willow wants to know about her mother's life before she married her father who passed away before Willow was born.  Willow also wants to know the secret her mother won't reveal about something that happened in Louisiana.

Willow makes it her mission to find out the secret as she continues worrying about her mother and her longevity.  Willow is a precocious, rule-following child.   I really enjoyed Willow for her spunk.  I enjoyed Polly because she was fearless and didn't really care what anyone thought of her.

THE BOOK OF POLLY made me laugh out loud.  I loved Willow and Polly and loved their relationship even though it is a strained one because Willow is always challenging her mother and Polly is always manipulating Willow.

THE BOOK OF POLLY was a delightful read because of the funny circumstances and situations the characters got themselves in.   

All of the characters were comical and lovable.  You will be laughing as well as crying but mostly laughing. 

If you need a break from murders and serious story lines, THE BOOK OF POLLY fits the bill. 

 I just loved this book.  ENJOY!!  5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams

Falling in love and marrying during a war usually turns out to be a good thing, but for Virginia Fortescue Fitzwilliam it wasn't working out.

Virginia fell in love, married, and then spent hardly any time with her husband.  The war is over, she still hasn't seen him, and then she returns to the United States to her father and her sister. 

Her family has secrets, and she finds out Simon does too. Simon seems to be the perfect manipulator and liar.

We follow Virginia and Simon Fitzwilliam as the book goes back and forth from WWI to after the war and as their love affair blossomed and faded and the secrets Simon held were revealed.

After three years of not seeing Simon, a fire in Cocoa Beach claimed his life, Virginia went there to settle things, and her adventure in Florida begins...well if you want to call it an adventure.   An adventure is to be fun, but Virginia runs into trouble and more secrets.

COCOA BEACH had beautifully detailed writing.  It was a bit slow at first, but the story line was marvelous as always and filled with mystery.

COCOA BEACH is another winner by Beatriz Williams that keeps you turning the pages wanting to know what really happened and what really was going on.  

Something sinister was brewing throughout, and the end will have you saying: What?  Who was the bigger liar?

ENJOY if you read COCOA BEACH...a marvelous, thoughtful read with mystery and a lot of questions.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 6/26/2017
I hope you had a great reading week.  
This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
Books Completed

THE BREAKDOWN by B. A. Paris - review will be on July 25 - finished June 23.

A good mystery...not as chilling as her first book.

THE WILDLING SISTERS by Evan Chase - review will be on July 25 - finished June 22.

Family saga and a bit of Gothic included...enjoyed it.
HELLO SUNSHINE by Laura Dave - review will be on July 12 - finished June 18.

THE SUMMER HOUSE by Hannah McKinnon - review will be on June 29 - finished on June 16.

A lovely, heartfelt read.

EVERY LAST LIE by Mary Kubica - review will be on July 5 - finished June 10.

My first Mary Kubica book...a good thriller.

THE CHILD by Fiona Barton - review will be on July 20 - finished June 5.

A little slow at first, but got intense and interesting about half way through.

THE SUNSHINE SISTERS by Jane Green - review is in the book's title - finished May 22.

Excellent women's fiction.
THE ALMOST SISTERS by Joshilyn Jackson - review will be on July 11 - finished January 15 - I thought the book's publication date was February 15.  :)  I am not an over-achiever.  :)
Book Currently Reading:

THE BOOK OF POLLY by Kathy Hepinstall - review will be on July 27. 

This book is funny and delightful.

Books Up Next:

THE COTTINGLEY SECRET by Hazel Gaynor - review will be on August 1
EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker - review will be on August 8

THE DAUGHTERS OF IRELAND by Santa Montefiore - review will be on August 15

THE RIGHT SIDE by Spencer Quinn - review will be on August 23.

THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER'S END by Patti Callahan Henry - review will be August 24.

BEST INTENTIONS by Erika Raskin - review will be on August 29.


LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES by Jamie Ford - review will be on September 13

SILVER THREADS by Bette Lee Crosby - review will be on September 12.

Mailbox Monday - 6/26/2017

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists!

Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia @ A Girl and Her Books, has a permanent home now at Mailbox Monday.
Here’s a shout out to the administrators:

Leslie of Under My Apple Tree 
Serena @ Savvy Verse And Wit
Martha of Reviews By Martha's Bookshelf

THANKS to everyone for keeping Mailbox Monday alive.
I hope you had a good mailbox.
On Monday, June 19 (My Birthday,) I received:

1. THE BREAKDOWN by B. A. Paris, courtesy of Net Galley and St. Martin's. 

A nice birthday gift!!  I read it in one day!!  :)

2.  THE RIGHT SIDE by Spencer Quinn, courtesy of Ariele Fredman of Simon and Schuster.


A birthday surprise!!  Thanks, Ariele.

Looks good!!
On Thursday, June 22, I received:

1.  Books and a Tote  I won from ARMCHAIR BEA - books courtesy of Hachette - bag courtesy of Chronicle books.

THANK SO MUCH.  The bag is that wonderful nylon material.  

I have already used it when I went to Aldi's this morning.  :)


On Friday, June 23, I received:

1.   THE BOOKSHOP AT WATER'S END by Patti Callahan Henry, courtesy of Roxanne Jones of Penguin Random House.

I have a spotlight and giveaway for this book on July 13 - July 20.  Mark your calendars.