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review 2016-05-11 02:47
The Remedy For Love by Bill Roorbach
The Remedy for Love: A Novel - Bill Roorbach

When the “Storm of the Century” threatens western Maine, Eric closes his office early and heads to the grocery store. In line ahead of him, an unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman comes up short on cash, so Eric offers her twenty bucks and a ride home. Trouble is, Danielle doesn’t really have a home. She’s squatting in a cabin deep in the woods: no electricity, no plumbing, no heat. Eric, with problems of his own, tries to walk away, but finds he can’t. Fending off her mistrust of him, he gets her set up with food, water, and firewood, and departs with relief. But when he climbs back to the road, his car is gone, and in desperation he returns to the cabin. As the storm intensifies, these two lost souls are forced to wait it out together.






It's Christmastime in western Maine. Eric is on a grocery run, hoping to load up on last minute supplies before what's expected to be the worst storm of the year, maybe the century, hits town. As he stands in the checkout line, he watches as the woman ahead of him seems to be struggling to pay for her items. In a generous mood, Eric not only pays her bill but when he sees she doesn't appear to have a car, he offers to drive her wherever she needs to go. This woman, Danielle, adamantly refuses his help. She insists she's fine to walk, but Eric is just as obstinate about assisting her anyway. He gets her to the cabin where she says she's staying, helps her get her groceries inside but then Danielle once again insists that she be left alone. Hesitant to leave, Eric finally agrees to take off. But once he gets back to the road, he finds his car has gone missing! Having no way to get back to his house, he awkwardly has to make his way back to Danielle's place, explaining that there's no way around it -- he'll have to crash with her until the storm passes. 


She puts up a fight but eventually gives in and over the course of a few days, forced to keep close quarters with each other, the two get to talking, slowly revealing all these deep-down secrets. Once Danielle starts to feel like Eric doesn't seem to be some creeper with ulterior motives, she lets him see a little bit of her softer side. But just a bit. As you're probably guessing, reading this far, Danielle has that trope-y blend of toughness and vulnerability that keeps Eric interested in getting to know her, even if she makes the process WORK. "Love story", you say?! Here's what I'm picturing in my head:



"Hey Eric, how'd you know Danielle was the one?"


"Ohh... maybe when she threw that bucket of urine on me? I dunno, you had to be there, maybe."


So are you feeling the romance building yet? Yeah, well, joke's on you! Or maybe it was on me... 'cause I sure didn't feel it. The back cover (paperback edition, anyway) has a blurb from Kirkus Reviews saying this novel is "a superbly grown-up love story"... m'kay. Here's what I got. I got Danielle with the abrasive af personality -- quick to anger, tendency to pout / tantrum (worsened after they bust out the alcohol -- girl is NOT a cute drunk!). She also has a tendency to talk like a bro, which I found a little off-putting. A little is okay, but chica was just shy of spitting chew and ball scratching. Yeaaa... getcha summa that, Eric LOL No joke, she sometimes had me thinking of Jane from HBO's Deadwood -- there was even a similar bathtub scene in this book!


Eric's not perfect either though. He WILL NOT stop going on ... and on .. and on about his ex. Everything seems to turn to "that reminds me of this one time with my ex..." transitions.  For me it dragged the story down and even Danielle calls him out on it. I will say in his favor though, it was kinda endearing to see a man willing to be so patient with someone with such a coarse personality.


Everything was quiet, muffled. She said, "I dig talking with you. You sit there and listen. And you haven't said one single, stupid, f-d up thing for awhile. Plus, you flinch like a nun, which is trustworthy. And no hard-on, though you're definitely a dick. 



I admit, there was some cute banter here and there between the two of them, which helped me push through the annoying bits... and I was curious to see the explanation as to why Danielle was the way she was. But overall there was just too much ridiculousness going on for me to be left all swoony and the pace was just a little too slow for my taste. The bulk of the novel just seemed to be made up of their talks on sex, past relationships, food and bodily functions. That would've been fine if these conversations were hysterically funny or maybe brought up some good deep thoughts for the reader to dwell on awhile. But there wasn't too much that struck me as long-term memorable. 



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review 2016-04-25 16:06
The Remedy by Suzanne Young
The Remedy - Suzanne Young

Yeah, that word wow came out of my mouth a couple times at the very end of the book. Once when I figured out the Virginia Pritchard thing and once because of Deacon, but I reiterate, it was the last few pages of the book.
So after reading The Program and The Treatment, this was a backtrack in the story. This story was before, long before those stories came to light. It gives you more insight into why Arthur Pritchard was a name in the first place. Even though I didn't feel like I really learned anything about why they created The Program in the first place.
Still, I read through the story with the same tenacity as the previous reads. It was good. Just as good as the others. And I still want more!
This is a decent series. Different, but a good different. Check it out, but maybe start with this one first.


Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2016/04/the-remedy-by-suzanne-young-34.html
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review 2016-03-23 21:47
In a world before The Program....
The Remedy - Suzanne Young

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill -- she can "become" anyone.

- from the book jacket


I loved The Program and The Treatment. Suzanne Young writes books that you can't put down and adds in twists that you don't see coming. The Remedy is a prequel to The Program but is about completely different characters. It takes place before the epidemic that brought about the Program in the first place and has an interesting, but creepy premise.


There is a company that provides you with a "closer" to come live with you and pretend to be your deceased child. This process is supposed to provide families with closure - families that are having a hard time accepting their loss. It is considered therapy. Usually, the parent has something they need to say to the child or they need to apologize for something that is making them feel guilty and unable to move on with their lives.


Quinn is on her longest assignment ever and she is having difficulties keeping herself separate from the dead girl she is impersonating. Her father works for the company and he pushed her to do this job, but why? And what are the mysterious circumstances surrounding the girl's death that aren't in the file?


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The plot twists at the end totally floored me. 


Recommended to:

Fans of The Program series and young adult fans who like dystopian novels.

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review 2015-11-20 02:07
The Remedy by Suzanne Young
The Remedy - Suzanne Young

I am a big fan of The Program duology so I was super excited when I found out that there was a prequel.  

Seventeen year old Quinlan Mckee has a unique job of being a closer.  She is hired by families to "become" a loved one they have lost and help them find closure.  

When she is sent on a two week assignment things start to get crazy and confusing.  

I loved Deacon, Quin and Aaron they have an amazing friendship. 

I can't even imagine what it must be like being a closer. It's a tough job.  How can someone not take all the families sorrow and not carry it with them.

I really loved how everything tied together and it fits perfectly to the start of The Program.

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text 2015-07-28 07:55
Today is a very good day indeed...
At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries - Estelle Ellis,Caroline Seebohm,Christopher Simon Sykes
Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide - Rosemary Gladstar
The Herbal Home Remedy Book - Deborah Balmuth,Joyce A. Wardwell
Finding Sky - Susan O'Brien

I had two boxes waiting for me when I got home today.  One of them was the overflow from my trip to The Netherlands - all the stuff that threw me over the luggage weight limit.


The second box is the one that's more important to this post. Moonlight Reader ran a contest to help out Bella a few weeks ago, and I was the very lucky winner of a $50 Amazon gift card.


My goodies arrived today:




2 of these, At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries, and Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide, have been books I've been wanting for quite some time.  I especially can't wait to dive into At Home with Books, although my husband is probably going to groan when he sees it.


The other two, The Herbal Home Remedy Book: Simple Recipes for Tinctures, Teas, Salves, Tonics, and Syrups  and Finding Sky were two I picked out on-the-fly; the Herbal Home Remedy seemed to go nicely with Rosemary Gladstar's book and I love the Henery Press mysteries I've read so far, so I wanted to try out this one.


Thanks again to Moonlight Reader for putting this donation inspiration together.  The books arrived with particular timeliness as Big Beardy Bloke Buried By Books just posted that Bella has had her surgery and is recovery nicely.  Yay!

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