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review 2017-11-18 10:16
Lucy's Book Club For The Lost and Found by Emma Davies

 

I really want to do this review proper justice. This book was everything. I'm not even kidding one bit. My heart is in my throat right now, there are tears pooling in my eyes and running down my cheeks. This story is about all sorts of love, friendship, family and love between romantic couples, but also about so much more.

The writing style was so easy to read, it flowed so well. It was beautiful. I read the book in one sitting. There were several parts where I had to stop and collect myself because it really evoked strong emotions. There was sadness, there was laughter, bittersweet moments between Lia and her mom. Those scenes really broke me. Utterly heartbreaking.

The relationships were so authentic. The friendships, found families and romantic relationships all came together so naturally. It felt so real. The friendship among the whole group was a breath of fresh air, but I especially loved the female friendship. So many books these days have girls hating on girls for no good reason, but this book had the exact opposite. The friendship had the kind of found family feel to it that I really love to find in some books. They might not be related by blood, but they loved each other regardless.

All the characters were extremely likeable and had distinct personalities.

This book really touched my heart.

I like the title of this story, so my only wish is that there was more of a book club aspect that the title hints at.

The ending is bittersweet, with a touch of hope.

*I got a netgally copy to review*

 

I talked about this book in a Booktube video here.

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review 2017-11-03 22:28
Dark and twisted
Deep Into the Darkness: A Dark Romance - Lucy Wild

This dark and twisted tale comes with a warning in the blurb, and it is definitely necessary. In most cases, I would've preferred a longer story for development, but the author does an excellent job of conveying the horrors inflicted on Rock and Sophia and the emotional turmoil of the story. It is an extremely disturbing tale and I was riveted from the very first page. As the story progressed and got darker and more twisted, I absolutely had to know how it would all play out. As tragic as much of this one is, I found myself doubting any romance would come to fruition, but Lucy Wild does dark romance like few others, and pulled it off masterfully. 

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review 2017-11-02 19:57
Turkey Trot Murder (A Lucy Stone Mystery) - Leslie Meier

Lucy Stone is back and she finds herself involved with not one, not two, but three mysteries. While out running by Blueberry Pond with her dog, Lucy discovers the body of Alison Franklin under the thin ice. Lucy doesn't believe that her death was drug related as the police would have people believe so she starts looking into Alison's personal life and her family. At the same time a well known Hispanic TV chef Rey Rodriguez moves to Tinker Cove to open a new restaurant on the wharf, which has some of the townsfolk turning against the chef and the new restaurant for moving into their space. Shortly after Alison's death her father Ed is found inside his car shot to death during a small group demonstration against Rey for opening a restaurant. The prime suspect fot Ed's death is Matt Rey's son. Shortly after Ed's murder Rey's restaurant is firebombed while Lucy's husband Bill is inside doing construction work. Lucy finds herself dealing with the family emergency, while trying to figure out how the three crimes are related and who committed them and why. Leslie Meier writes characters that are so well individualized that they keep you guessing about who the culprits of the crimes are, and what their true motives are. I got an advanced copy of this book from netgalley.com and Kensington Books.

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review 2017-10-22 21:56
"My Name Is Lucy Barton" by Elizabeth Strout
My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel - Elizabeth Strout

What I want to say about "My Name Is Lucy Barton" is:

 
Read it and read it soon. It's full of truth. It will make you cry. It will make you feel less alone. It will give you courage. It will fill your imagination as you read it and echo in your memory long afterwards.

 

At one point in the book Lucy says, "I know a true sentence when I hear one." Well, this seems to me to be a book full of true sentences. I kept interrupting myself as I read to make a note of another true thing. Then I realised that the only way to do justice to their truth was to read the book.

 

It's a short book, he hardcover version is less than 200 pages long, but it felt longer, not because it drages but because I was intensely engaged by every page. Not a word is wasted,

 

"My Name Is Lucy Barton" is about "A poor girl from Amgash who loved her momma." It's not a plot driven book or even a character driven book. It's a book in which Lucy, talking to us directly and frankly shares her thoughts, emotions and memories about how she and her mother were together.

 

In a few hours of listening I felt that I knew who Lucy Barton was, at least as well as anyone can know such a thing.

 

Lucy's honesty, what she describes as "the ruthlessness of holding on to myself" filled me with admiration. I know I am not that honest with myself and I know that I shy away from writing quite as honestly as she does.

 

Lucy understands that it is hard to be truthful. Our memories tend to become the stories we persuage ourselves to believe. The truth they hold is not always entirely factual and may change over time. At one point she says:

"My life has changed so much that I look back on those early years and say, 'It can't have been that bad.' and perhaps it wasn't.  Perhaps."

Later she recalls what she thought about a conversation and then says:

"Maybe I didn't think that. Maybe I just think that now, when I write this."

She spend some time reflecting on the question

"How do children come to know about the world. How do you learn it's not polite to ask people why they don't have children?"

She knows that she has

"Vast pieces of knowledge missing from childhood that cannot be replaced."

Lucy has always been lonely, she has always been different. She has spent large part of her life not wanting to be different any more.

 

Lucy embraced books because reading made her feel less alone. Then one day she read a book that made her want to write a book and the course of her life changed. She finally had something that was hers.

 

As she tells us her story, Lucy has already had novels published yet she says of herself;

"I know nothing of the lives of others. So much of life is speculation."

This is a book about love. It is not romantic or sentimental. It is an honest account of how complicated and painful and necessary love is. Lucy Barton knows that

"We all love imperfectly."

but she does not see that not as a weakness but an unaviodable truth.

 

I've never read Elizabeth Strout before but I'm now eager to read anything else that she's written.

 

Elizabeth Strout talks well about her writing.

 

Here you'll find a FreshAir podcast

 

Below is a discussion on YouTube

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBwOE7T-7Vs&w=560&h=315]

 

Kimberley Farr does a splendid job as the narrator. Click on the SoundCloud link below to her a sample.

 

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review 2017-10-07 02:04
Sexy, fun read
Wrecked - Lucy Wild

I am enjoying these quick, sexy reads from Lucy Wild. Wrecked is certainly insta lust and love and has just a tiny bit of angst to keep the story moving. The characters are likable and the story is easily read in an hour or less, making it perfect for a quick bedtime read. I particularly like that the story doesn't just end with the usual proclamation of undying love and nothing else, but Wild gives us a peek into the not so distant future to see where the couple is going. This pair is scorching hot together and while this isn't my favorite book from this author, it is still a fun, sexy read and I look forward to the next one.

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