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review 2019-02-17 14:23
Not Worth the Price
The Wedding Shop on Wexley Street - Rachel Dove

So I have been more diligent about reading samples before buying a book. I also need to start checking the book length. This one was just a little over 200 pages. 200 pages is not long enough to resolve some of the many messy plots in this book. Everything felt rushed. It didn't help that the author decided to have things magically get resolved because of love or something. I relayed the plot to a friend last night and she was the one who called it the Jerry Springer show. She's not wrong. Disappointed because the cover and premise sounded cute and I hoped I found another read to read that wouldn't bankrupt my purse.


"The Wedding Shop on Wexley Street" is about wedding planner Maria Mallory. Maria is apparently the go to wedding planner in Westfield. That is until she is left at the altar by her rich and famous fiancee Darcy Burgess. Moving in with her best friend Cassie, Maria is trying to keep her business from folding after many people start to avoid Maria and her business. The book follows Maria, Cassie, their love interests, and even Darcy. 


Maria wasn't my cup of tea. I thought the situation she got herself into was up there when I used to watch Days of Our Lives and Marlena somehow was pregnant or possessed by the devil. I hated that Dove just didn't have Maria and Darcy actually talk. The whole freaking book is people telling Darcy to stay away from Maria and not let them talk about why he left her at the altar. I was so annoyed. It didn't help that Dove hints at the real reasons why Darcy did it and why he feels bad and it gets completed brushed away because you are supposed to be rooting for another love interest. It just left a huge plot hole in the story. Darcy bad, Maria good, is not that interesting to read about. Dove doesn't even go into how Maria and Darcy met. Marcy can't apparently do anything (and I mean eat, take care of herself) without someone rushing to her rescue. It got old after a while. 


Cassie was much more interesting. A very good attorney who is reluctant to date anyone long term, she meets a guy (Tucker) who isn't going away no matter how many times she pushes him. Cassie is of course worried about her best friend and is doing what she can to keep Darcy away from Maria. 


Dove made a mistake IMHO when she included Darcy, James, and Tucker's POV's in this. There's another character too, Mark, but I don't want to get into spoilers. The whole book was just too many people and I started to get irritated with us taking segues into another characters it felt like every 5 pages. Jill Mansell can juggle multiple people, a main storyline (couple) and side characters very well. I compared this to the last Mansell book i read and felt like this was lacking in every way. 


The writing wasn't that great either. I think because Dove has you just jump into the wedding day, leaving at the altar, and Maria going out with Cassie and trying to run her business that you don't get a chance to just settle in. She also leaves out characters like Darcy's mother, father, and sister (you hear about them via Darcy, but no scenes) that would have made the story a lot more believable. I already said that Dove made a mistake by just having Maria avoid Darcy the whole book. There had to be something lovable about him and Dove should have shown that. 


The flow was bad from beginning to end. Dove just skipped whole months to get to the ending that she apparently wrote first before writing the beginning of the book. 

The epilogue actually made me laugh. If only we could all be so well-adjusted (eyeroll). 


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text 2019-02-17 02:00
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Wedding Shop on Wexley Street - Rachel Dove

This was a Jerry Springer show via book. The book was too short to develop anyone. The whole plot point with Maria was dumb. I had no idea why it was even included. You already had her in a love triangle thing and this turned it into a rectangle that no one asked.

It didn't help that Dove thought it would be a good idea to give every character (almost) their own third person POV. It didn't work and nothing held together.

It was only 208 pages long so at least I didn't waste that much time on this. Still just annoyed that the sample didn't show me the flaws that were coming down the pike with this one. 


Hard pass.

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photo 2019-02-12 10:43
Guy moves in, everyone wants to date him. Murders start happening. Who dun it?

My current read for The R L Stine Challenge Group I'm in on Goodreads. It started as a year long Fear Street group buddy read, but we're on our second year and opened up to any book by R L Stine! We've got our books picked for the rest of the year; mostly still Fear Street (there is a lot to go through!) The group is in the Horror Aficionados group in the buddy reads section if you're interested in joining!
The New Boy - [1994]
He stole their hearts…Does he want their lives, too?

What a hunk! When handsome, mysterious Ross Gabriel comes to Shadyside High, all the girls want to date him…even the ones who already have boyfriends! Janie, Eve and Faith go so far as to make a bet…which one of them will he go out with first?

But then the murders begin, and it starts to look like dating Ross means flirting with a gruesome and untimely death. Will Janie’s dream date with Ross turn out to be the night of her life? Or the night of her death?

Source: www.goodreads.com/topic/show/19132611-r-l-stine-challenge?page=1
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text 2019-02-12 07:10
Book Buzz - Huge Deal




21 Wall Street (Book 3)
Lauren Layne
Release date: Feb 12th, 2019
Montlake Romance
Even for a top-gun banker, temptation this hot is quite a gamble, in a sexy Wall Street romp from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

An alpha among the wolves of Wall Street, Kennedy Dawson rose to the top of the pack by striking the right contracts at the right times. But there’s one deal that’s been giving him a run for his money—a pact to never again let his assistant, Kate, get under his skin. She may be smart, gorgeous, and sharp as a whip, but she’s definitely off-limits.


Kate Henley isn’t a banker, but she knows a thing or two about risk management—specifically, about managing her attraction to her smolderingly sexy boss. She already fell once, and Kennedy showed no sign of paying a return on her investment. So when Kennedy’s brother starts pursuing her, Kate figures she has the best of both worlds. Jack is charming, rich, very attentive, and the spitting image of his older brother.

It’s also making Kennedy think twice. But to win Kate’s heart, he’ll have to broker the deal of a lifetime…and prove he’s worth the risk.


Buy (Kindle, Print and Audio):


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About LL: @laurenlayneauthor


Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies, in nine languages. Lauren's work has been featured in Publishers Weekly, Glamour, The Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She’s based in New York City.  






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review 2019-02-06 02:52
Great Story and Characters
The Girls at 17 Swann Street - Saskia Maarleveld,Yara Zgheib

Anna has moved into bedroom # 5 at  17 Swaan Street which is an eating disorder center for women. Anna had been a dancer. Anna has books to read, places to see, babies to make, birthday cakes to taste. Anna even has unused birthday wishes to spare, Anna is twenty six  -married to Matthais for three years-but her body feels like she is sixty two. So does her brain. Both are tired, irritable, and in pain. Anna doesn’t laugh much anymore. Very little is funny. Anna has anorexia. Anna is five foot four and weights eighty eight pounds. Anna’s basic problem - loss of interest in food. Loss of interest in general. Anna feels she doesn’t suffer from anorexia, she has anorexia. She knows her anorexia. Anna understands it better than the world around her. The world around her is obese at least half of it. Anna’s anorexia keeps her company since her husband works so much and they left France when he got a chance at a job in the states. Anna can control her anorexia, so she chooses it. Anna runs eighty minutes a day, builds strength for another twenty minutes. Anna keeps her caloric intake below eight hundred calories , a thousand when she in binging. Anna weights herself every morning and cries at the numbers on the scale. She cries in front of mirrors and sees fat everywhere. Everyone around Anna seems to think she has a problem. She just had to lose a little weight.  She does not suffer from a sick brain. Anna suffers from a sick heart. Her husband finally tells Anna he tried to ignore she has a problem and brings her to this place. He tells Anna it's because he doesn’t want to live without her. She is his wife and he loves her. He walks into the place with her instead of having her walk in alone as she suggested. Anna is told the rules she must now follow. Anna is told she should always communicate her thoughts and feelings freely. Staff is there to validate those and redirect her behavior and by the end of treatment Anna will be cured of her eating disorder. Anna’s therapist is Katherine and she tells Katherine she does not need this session Anna said she came from a ;loving family and has a husband she adores that she sleeps with every night. No depression or trauma, at least that Anna needs or is inclined to share. No unhealed wounds from her past or skeletons in Anna’s closet that she needs to address. Anna says she is just particular about what she eats, just a little underweight. There are seven young women in the center right now. Five including Anna are anorexic , two have bulimia.  Not hard to spot, they look pubescent and gaunt. Sunken eyes, and sunken faces, scarecrow thin eyes and legs, pale skin and hair, no lips. The patients aren’t women. They are missing breasts, curves, probably periods. Most are wearing children’s clothes. They look androgynous, their skin hanging in loose pockets around fragile frames. Real women have bodies, sex, lives, dinner, and families. Anna soon learns at the center most questions are really instructions in sweetened buttered disguises. Anna also learned three times refusing food meant a feeding tube. Anna remembers she had been her younger brother Camil’s protector until one day she wasn’t good enough and at seven he died from being hit by a car. Anna still had a box of camil’s childish drawings and his little white bear upstairs in bedroom number 5 under her bed. Her mother choose to end her life in their bathroom and join her son. Her father and her sister Sophia refused to speak of Camil. Anna found she forgot things as her anorexia went on but then felt what she could not remember she would not miss. One evening while visiting Matthias gets angry and asks Anna why he wasn’t enough for her to eat like she does in treatment. Anna replied you brought me here, you saved my life. She wonders if and when Matthias will stop coming to visit. Eventually Anna tells Matthias to stop coming to visit. She is finally giving up . She also refuses three meals and gets a feeding tube than she refuses to get out of bed. The next night Emm comes to Anna’s room the next morning and forces Anna to get up and not give up and to make things right with Matthias as she was cruelly hurting him now.

I loved the reality of this book. It felt like you get to see the disease of anorexia up close and personal. It felt like I really got to see the disease of anorexia as well as bulimia  in real ways. What it was like to have this disease. To fight and try to win, knowing this fight would be for the rest of their lives. Also few relatively win and are cured of this horrific disease. Such a harrowing book but I was glad I read it. I loved Matthias  and his love and dedication and loyalty to Anna. Yet also showed his bewilderment and his anger. I loved Anna’s father came across the ocean to the US to spend one evening with Anna. All I can say if you want to know the personal details of anorexia for the people suffering from this disease as wella s the ones who love these people read this in all it’s heartbreak, fear, struggle, fight yet times of joy and happiness. It is a harrowing read for the most part but so worth it. I highly recommend this book.

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