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review 2016-07-05 14:57
The Next by Stephanie Gangi

 

 

This book was described to me by the publisher as a love/ghost/dog/revenge/ mother daughter story that's really fabulous and it was! This book is every woman's fantasy if she was cheated on by a love and dreams about what revenge she can do against her ex not only in this world but from beyond.

Joanna DeAngelis is consumed by betrayal, spending her numbered days cyberstalking Ned McGowan, much younger ex, and watching him thrive in the spotlight with someone new, while she wastes away with breast cancer. She’s every woman scorned, fantasizing about revenge … except she’s out of time or is she? Joanna falls from her life, from the love of daughters and devoted dog, into an otherworldly landscape, a bleak infinity she can’t escape until she rises up and returns and sets it right – makes Ned pay – so she can truly move on.

This book was at times emotional living through the good times of Joanna's romance, her illness with breast cancer and the aftermath when her heart was grieving for lost love and the living that loved her still on earth. The book was exhilarating when she acted out her revenge from beyond the grave wreaking havoc for her intended target. The Next was a great read but at times it was slow paced.

Thank you St. Martin’s Press and Net Galley for the free ARC in exchange for my honest review.


"I am a new element, now elemental, now ether, now risen, now doomed, and now ready to trespass against you as you trespassed against me. Closure time, Doc."

"I asked my mother what her favorite color was. She said, 'Water.'

 

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review 2015-10-02 18:01
Cancer is the gift that keeps on giving
In the Pink: How I Met the Perfect (Younger) Man, Survived Breast Cancer, and Found True Happiness After 40 - Susan McBride

This is a short memoir of breast cancer survivor Susan McBride. I really enjoyed reading her very honest retelling of the seven years (41-48 years of age) of what she and her mom called "feast or famine" - Susan meeting Ed (15 years her senior), getting the diagnosis and her treatment, marrying Ed, writing throughout all the ups and downs in her personal life, her miscarriage, her mom's and aunt's breast cancer diagnosis, and her surprise pregnancy at the age of 47 (successfully completed with the birth of a daughter named Emily). While she remained upbeat, she did note that she had better days than other days. She also mentioned how different doctors responded and treated her, which I find realistic as I went through countless doctors on my way to an epilepsy diagnosis. Sometimes, patients and doctors just don't see eye to eye and that is okay; but in the end, it is the patient's body and his/her decision.

 

The title of the post is Susan's recollection of what another survivor told her about the after effects of going through cancer and surviving.

 

I just wished Susan went into a little detail about her particular form of breast cancer and that of her family members' forms as it would be more enlightening and make more sense of their varied treatments, which she tended to focus on. 4 stars.

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Donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and get a romance anthology!

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2014/10/charity-anthology-shades-of-pink-volume.html
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