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review 2018-09-12 17:23
The Barefoot Wedding (Married in Malibu #3) by Lucy Kevin, Bella Andre
The Barefoot Wedding - Lucy Kevin,Bella Andre



Love gone wrong is so much sweeter the second time around. Amy and Travis are a testament, not to all the ways they got it wrong, but to all the work they did to get it right. The Barefoot Wedding is a celebration of the heartache and hard work that goes into getting it right. From stupid mistakes to fresh starts, love is an ever learning experience. Kevin digs deep into the flaws that make us destined to fail and determined to succeed in matters of the heart. The glory of love means finding the strength in forgiveness. A subtle read with a powerful message.

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review 2018-09-10 03:45
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen - Lucy Knisley

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley is a level Z on the Fountas and Pinnell reading level scale. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen is about Lucy Knisley’s love for food. She is the daughter of a chef and the book talks about specific memories she had while growing up that started her love of food. I like that each chapter is bookended with recipes that are family recipes and things of her own creation. This book is great because you could make some of the recipes for students to try in class, and encourage students to start cooking with their parents or cook on their own with adult supervision. 

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review 2018-09-02 22:53
Secrets She Keeps
The Secrets She Keeps - Michael Robotham,Lucy Price-Lewis

Meghan is a popular mommy blogger married to Jack, a sportscaster.  They have two beautiful children, six-year-old Lucy and four-year-old Lachlan, and Meghan is pregnant with their third child.  Agatha, who works part-time stocking shelves at the London grocery, is an avid fan of the blog and watches Meghan from afar until a chance encounter in the store leads to a friendship.  Agatha tells Meghan that she is also expecting a baby, right around Meghan's due date.  


The novel switches back and forth between Meghan's and Agatha's first-person, present-tense narration.  Agatha has struggled to get in touch with Hayden, deployed overseas with the Royal Navy, to tell him that their brief liaison has led to a pregnancy.  Eventually, her communication with a navy liaison forces the issue and compels him to get in touch by Skype.


Although the title refers to the secrets "she" keeps, there are multiple characters keeping secrets, and not all of them are female.  The novel is not really a "whodunit," because the "it" unfolds so that the reader knows the doer, and the suspense comes from how the events unfold and how law enforcement figure out what has happened.  I won't get into more detail than that (to avoid spoilers), but I found this book utterly addictive.  

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review 2018-08-27 16:17
DNF at 44 Percent
My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel - Elizabeth Strout

I just gave up finishing this. I DNFed at 44 percent. I wasn't enjoying this and the narrative style was just drab. We have I hope the narrator Lucy Barton (I don't know since I don't think the woman so far has not said her name) who is going into her family's history, her writing, husband, children, all while in the hospital. Her mother is there since her husband is apparently elsewhere. It's just a weird book and I got tired of it staring at me from my Kindle. 


I think the biggest issue I had was that Lucy herself is a non-entity. She just seems to float through the world and meets people she attaches too much significance to. I am a bit baffled that she was estranged from her parents for so long and then her mother shows up and tells her stories about people they know/knew. It feels like a reverse Scheherazade to me since I kept hoping that Lucy's mother would stop talking so that either Lucy or she would die. It make it more interesting than what we got. 


I do feel bad that this fairly short book turned out to be a snooze. I know it got a lot of acclaim, but this was just a strong no from me. 

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review 2018-08-25 16:49
Hudson's Luck - Lucy Lennox,Michael Pauley

I have loved everything by Lucy Lennox so far, but this one has left me with the sappiest grin yet :)



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