Thursday, August 31, 2017

Best Intentions by Erika Raskin


Marti, the wife of a busy, important member of the OB/GYN hospital staff decides it is time for her to go back to work as a social worker.

Marti joins a new department at the hospital that helps unwed teenage mothers.

Marti gets completely involved in the lives of these girls and leaves her children's care to her mother-in-law.

Meanwhile, Marti's husband, Eliott isn't happy she is working at the same hospital as he is.  Their marriage is a bit rocky to begin with, and this seems to cause more turmoil.

BEST INTENTIONS dragged for me for most of the book even though the writing was good.  There was confusion for me about where I was in the story.  One minute Marti was at a party or with her kids and the next minute she was with her attorney. I never was sure if she was in jail awaiting trial or out on bail talking to her attorney.

It was interesting, though, to get a glimpse into a doctor’s life both at the hospital and at home. The insight into a social worker's life was an eye opener as well and frightening how medical mistakes could escalate into what happened in BEST INTENTIONS.

BEST INTENTIONS kept me reading because I wanted to see what the outcome of the trial would be, but I did have a lack of interest in the love affairs and other situations.  The last 50 pages that covered the trial were the best part of the book.

BEST INTENTIONS had good intentions as a book, but it just wasn’t a grab you story line for me.  3/5

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


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Glass Houses by Louise Penny

 
A conscience - we all have one, but do we know what may be on another person's conscience or even on ours that may bother us?

When a hooded figure appeared on the green in Three Pines and stayed without moving for three days, all the residents were tense and wondered what he was doing there.   Did the hooded figure date back to the historical Cobrador who collected debts?

Armand Gamache, Chief Inspector, kept an eye on the figure and could do nothing within his powers to remove him. But...why is Armand Gamache now on the witness stand testifying about a death that occurred during the time the hooded figure was present?

We follow the situation by being introduced to the trial and then back again to the events in Three Pines with the hooded figure standing on the village green. The trial has something going on besides the trial, though, and the judge seems to be picking up on it.

Louise Penny has given us another beautifully written, intellectual, intriguing plot that will have you glued to the pages, thinking about what a conscience really is and how it helps or hinders one's choices, and feeling for Gamache as he must defend all that happened in the quiet village of Three Pines.

GLASS HOUSES had me confused during the first few chapters, but once GLASS HOUSES got going another fantastic Louise Penny read and outcome awaits you with the endings always being brilliant and unexpected.


Don't miss reading the latest from Louise Penny. 4/5

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


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Giveaway and Review of A MOTHER LIKE MINE by Kate Hewitt


Your mother returning after no contact for 20 years?  Would you be happy or resentful?

Abby was actually shocked that her mother came back to the small village of Hartley-by-the-Sea in England after being in New York.  Her mother, Laura, left when Abby was two, and rarely kept in touch.

Laura went on with her life without her daughter, and her mother  took care of Abby for her.  Her mother now has Abby as an adult and her grandson living with her since Abby's fiancĂ© was killed.

The Rhodes women own a coffee/ice cream shop and live in the attached apartment.

Laura's return caused hard feelings for all and an upset in the living arrangements. 

The characters were believable in the sense that similar relationships do exist.

I loved Mary, the grandmother. 

Abby was likable. 

Laura wasn't too likable, but became somewhat likable as the book continued.

A MOTHER LIKE MINE is a book that made me appreciate my mother and the love and care she selfishly gave to all eight of us.

A MOTHER LIKE MINE  was a bit slow for me and out of my usual genre, but I loved the setting of the book and the premise of the book was good. 

If you enjoy family interaction and drama, A MOTHER LIKE MINE is a book you will want to read.

ENJOY if you read the book.  4/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Monday, August 28, 2017

Mailbox Monday - 8/28/2017

 
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.
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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.
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I hope you had a good mailbox.
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On Friday, August 25, I received: 
1.  Books, a mug with an awesome quote, a tote, a T-shirt and and a tank top. 

LOVE the saying on the shirt - STRONG is the new BEAUTIFUL.




Thank you William Morrow Books, Dey Street for this amazing prize package that I won at the Harper Collins Fall 2017 Blogger Presentation - Dey Street.

William Morrow Books is awesome.
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On Saturday, August 26, I received:

1.  THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen, courtesy of St. Martin's Press and Reading Group Gold.
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It's Monday - What Are YOU Reading? - 8/28/2017

http://bookdate.blogspot.com/
   
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I hope you had a great reading week. 
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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.
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Books Completed

SILVER THREADS by Bette Lee Crosby - review is in the book's title - finished August 23.

https://www.amazon.com/Silver-Threads-Memory-House-Collection/dp/099692146X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1497137296&sr=8-1&keywords=silver+threads
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GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny - review will be on August 30 - finished August 22.

Another good Louise Penny read.

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THE SPACE BETWEEN WORDS by Michele Phoenix - review will be on September 5.

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BEST INTENTIONS by Erika Raskin - review will be on August 31.

It's an ok read...a bit dragged out.

 
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A MOTHER LIKE MINE by Kate Hewitt - review AND Giveaway will be tomorrow, August 29 - finished reading on July 21.

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Book Currently Reading

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

Another beautiful Jamie Ford read.
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Books Up Next:

ODD CHILD OUT by Gilly MacMillan - review will be on October 5.


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THE BLACKBIRD SEASON by Kate Moretti - review will be on October 12.

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THE WELCOME HOME DINER by Peggy Lampman - review will be on October 10.

 
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TAHOE PAYBACK by Todd Borg - review will be on October 17.

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SEVEN DAYS OF US by Francesca Hornack - review will be on November 7. 

Giveaway going on for this book until August 23 - go here.


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THE WIFE BETWEEN US by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - review will be on January 9, 2018.

 
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Book Beginnings - 8/25/2017

 
*Please join Rose City Reader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.  *Taken directly from Rose City Reader's Blog Page. 
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My book beginnings is taken from LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES by Jamie Ford:

"Ernst Young stood outside the gates on opening day of the new world's fair, loitering in the shadow of the future.  From his lonely vantage point in the VIP parking lot, he could see hundreds of happy people inside, virtually every name in Seattle's Social Blue Book, wearing their Sunday best on a cool Saturday afternoon."
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Books Finished:    

SILVER THREADS by Bette Lee Crosby - review is in the book's title. - finished August 23.


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GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny.

Review will be on August 30 - finished August 22.
 

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THE SPACE BETWEEN WORDS by Michele Phoenix.

Review will be on September 5.

A well-researched historical fiction book.


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