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review 2018-11-08 06:40
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Confessions of a Klutz - Abigail Davies

Violet AKA "Vi" is told by her boss to report to the CEO in New York.  She finds him so insanely attractive, she can barely contain herself.  She wants to do her job well.

 

Axel is attracted to Vi right from the start.  He knows as her boss, he has to stay away.  She makes him want to protect her.  Can this be more than the surface heat?

 

This story just grabbed me right away.  I loved the humor that was woven throughout the book.  I truly enjoyed the heat between these two as a couple.  The banter was lively and the pace went really well.  I cannot wait to read the next installment in the series!  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2018-10-22 22:32
Review: The Deptford Trilogy
The Deptford Trilogy - Robertson Davies

The Deptford Trilogy is comprised of three books. (Go figure!) They are Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders. This is my first outing with the author, Robertson Davies, but apparently he was big on trilogies. He wrote all of his novels as part of a cycle comprised of three books. The Deptford Trilogy, finished in 1975, was his second.

Generally, I do not read multi-volume works (I want the credit for having read each book after all), but in the case of Davies, it seemed appropriate. From the moment I first heard of this book, I thought of The Deptford Trilogy as one complete novel. And maybe that's a mistake, because while the three novels that make up this trilogy tell one complete story, each is done in such a differing manner that thoughts and opinions on each novel vary widely. So let's briefly take a look at each novel...

Fifth Business is superb. Davies created some wonderful characters and placed them in a story that is always moving. This first one is narrated by Dunstan Ramsay, a character who is close to the story and grows with it. Overall, the pace is great, though it drags a little in the second half. So much happens in this first novel. Other than the lack of a fully satisfying conclusion, Fifth Business easily stands on its own as a novel.

The second novel, The Manticore, slows everything down. The narrative switches to a character on the fringe of the story, the son of Boy Staunton. David Staunton, a tiresome attorney, relays the details of his life to his therapist. Doesn't sound that exciting, does it? It's not. Largely, this second book is not needed for the larger story. Sure, it adds some questions about the subjectivity of Ramsay's story, and gives the reader a different perspective. As David is just a priggish bore, however, The Manticore lacks the drive of the first novel.

World of Wonders returns the narrative to Ramsay, but as a channel through which Paul Dempster tells his story. This trilogy is all about the relationship between Dunstan, Boy, and Dempster, so it's nice that it returns to focus on these three in the third book. This final volume is not as riveting as the first, but it adds some dimension to it in providing a perspective previously unseen. World of Wonders is a satisfying conclusion to a story that has its high points and low points.

Looking at The Deptford Trilogy as a whole, what's startling to me looking back is the simplicity of the story. After over 800 pages, I realize this story is really all about the snowball that is thrown on page 2. Sure, it's also a story about myth, madness, and magic, but it's all wrapped up in that snow-covered stone. That single toss of a snowball has a dramatic effect on these characters, and Davies does a fabulous job of allowing that one act to haunt the rest of the story. This is an excellent display of storytelling. I will assuredly have a go at another of Davies’ trilogies, though whether I read it as one volume or as three has yet to be decided

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text 2018-10-04 23:18
Reading progress update: I've listened 195 out of 195 minutes.
The Lemonade War - Jacqueline Davies

Okay, maybe it's a good thing I accidentally started with the second book in this series, because the first book didn't appeal to me nearly as much. I still loved Jessie (except for what she did to Evan near the end of their lemonade battle), but this was much more heavy-handed about its educational aspects than the second book was.

 

Also, wow, Megan is a nearly perfect person. Does she have any flaws? And no, wanting to to take a break from lemonade selling to go to the beach or have ice cream is not a flaw.

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text 2018-10-04 20:01
Reading progress update: I've listened 131 out of 195 minutes.
The Lemonade War - Jacqueline Davies

Well, I now know where the second book's $208 came from. The only question is how that money ended up in Evan's pocket.

 

Jessie is very clever and has finally hit on an excellent money-making idea, with the help of her mom's business and marketing book. However, if things continue like this she's going to run into the same wall Evan ran into, and her mom might even get a surprise visit or phone call from a cop. And maybe phone calls from half the parents in Jessie and Evan's fourth grade class.

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text 2018-10-04 16:52
Reading progress update: I've listened 117 out of 195 minutes.
The Lemonade War - Jacqueline Davies

Parts of this book are like a math class word problem in story form. Math was never my best subject, and word problems were particularly difficult for me to wrap my brain around. I wonder how all this math is presented in the paper version of this book. Does it look as daunting as it sounds?

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