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review 2017-09-02 20:00
Return of a master storyteller
Smile: A Novel - Roddy Doyle

A powerful voice in Irish writing returns  with an evocative novel illustrating once again the misery, pain and ruined lives caused by the sexual abuse scandal prevalent within the Catholic Church from the 1950's. Victor Forde is now a lone single man who spends part of each day in Donnelly's public house. He makes the acquaintance of Fitzpatrick, who he instantly takes a dislike to. There is something strange and unwarranted about this individual, that wakes some very painful memories in the mind of Forde, and in particular the time he spent as a child within the care of the Christian Brothers.

 

What is astounding and memorable about "Smile" is the author's direct, compelling brutal and unforgivable  method of storytelling. This makes me want to revisit classics I read many years ago and in particular The Van and the wonderfully titled Paddy Clarke ha ha. It is so refreshing to read his simple style of prose that forms an instant connection with the reader, and makes him loathe and pity Forde in equal measures. ..." a man of my age going back to some wrinkled version of his childhood. Looking for the girls he'd fancied forty years before"...."I was so bored, so heavy with the physical weight of it, I could have cried"......"Do you want it? No, thanks, I said. It was nice talking to you she said. She died five months later."..."It was the last time I slept in my mother's house and it was the last time I went for pints with the lads. Two of them are dead. I miss them like I miss my father.".....

 

The conclusion of this story was never going to make pleasant reading, it was  unforeseen, sudden and yet an apt and fitting ending to a novel that will remain with my for many weeks and months. A monumental achievement and a welcome return to one of Ireland's most talented of writers. Many thanks to Random House uk and netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written.

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text 2017-08-16 13:10
Blog Tour: To Win Her Smile by Mackenzie Crowne with Giveaway

 

Today’s stop is for Mackenzie Crowne’s To Win Her Smile. We will have info about the book and author, plus a great giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 


 

 

Sometimes love and luck collide . . .   When sultry British Baroness Piper Darrow falls on desperate times, she needs a diversion—and cash. As a talented photographer, she jumps at the chance to travel to the U.S. for a Manhattan Marauders football event. But she gets more than she bargained for when buff quarterback Wyatt Hunter’s errant pass lands…in her face. And when it results in Wyatt’s comeback of a lifetime, the superstitious athlete is convinced Piper is his good luck charm . . .

With his sights on the Super Bowl, Wyatt will do anything necessary to keep Piper close. The fact that she’s a feast for the eyes is a bonus. And as they get closer, he discovers that beneath her proper English surface is a sweet, sexy seductress. Soon the notorious playboy finds himself genuinely smitten, and surprisingly open to love—until his powerful family uncovers something about Piper that threatens to shatter his trust. Now he’ll have to decide whether to team up with his fears, or his heart.

 

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Wife, mother and really young grandmother, Mackenzie Crowne shares her home with her high school sweetheart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian, and a blind cat. She calls Arizona home because the southwest feeds her soul. Her love of the romance genre has been a lifelong affair, both as a reader and a writer. A bout with breast cancer sharpened her resolve to see her stories shared with others. Today, she’s a seven-year survivor, living the dream. Her friends call her Mac. She hopes you will too.

 

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review 2017-06-20 00:00
To Win Her Smile
To Win Her Smile - Mackenzie Crowne To Win Her Smile is rich in laughter, strong in character and full of heart. Any story where the titular character has the ingenuity to not wait to be rescued but work toward their own salvation is aces with me. It's always a added bonus to discover a heroine as relatable and spirited as Piper. She bucked the odds by seeking a life filled with happiness. Wyatt, may be a jock but he's no fool. When the heart speaks he listens and that made him a winner in my book. Ms. Crowne continues to bring excitement and heart to some of the most delightful characters romance has to offer.
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review 2017-05-05 18:24
The Smile - Donna Jo Napoli

Donna Jo Napoli is the author of one of my favorite books (Zel), but generally, I think her books are just "okay". I did, however, enjoy The Smile. Unfortunately, I don't have that much to say about it because it's been a while since I read it... But here's what I do have:

There are a couple of deaths of Elisabetta's loved ones and they are quite abrupt and jarring. That seems appropriate, though, given the nature of those deaths. It's realistic. You can't always see death coming.

I will also say that I totally called her marriage to her brother-in-law. I'm glad that she was able to be content despite not being able to marry Giuliano.

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Overall, I enjoyed reading about the life that Napoli gave this unknown woman. It was engaging and interesting.

 

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review 2017-04-05 02:22
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Smile - Raina Telgemeier

Nothing makes me smile harder than seeing my little ones read. I caught my oldest little man reading this check-out at odd times... those times being any time when he could be watching his favorite you-tubers. He loved it, I adored it.

This is where I'm supposed to tell you about the whole story and stuff...but it's late, this isn't really subject matter that appeals to a broader audience, and it's been awhile since I've really just let it all hang out. So, here's the very specific reason why I really liked this story...

On one fateful night after girl scouts, Raina, 11 years of age, trips racing to her doorstep with friends. Her resulting injury is, frankly, pretty traumatic. One front tooth is knocked out completely while the other disappears into her gum line, pushed beyond sight by the impact. Raina goes through four years of extensive dental work with a lot of going-by-the-seat-of-the-pants type of treatments just to see what would work to give her a confident smile again. From fake front teeth dentures, to multiple rounds of braces and headgear, she triumphs in her own middle grade coming-of-age story.

Now that is great, and it's told really well but, the BEST part??? The mom does not freak the eff out. Mom, this fascinating character, calmly and rationally handles the entire situation like she knows the sun is going to shine another day. Now, let me back up... this teeth trauma thing is pretty much my worst nightmare. While some people are afraid of the dentists for themselves, I'm actually afraid for my children. Put me in the chair? Fine. The minute we walk into one of those poshly decorated hell-traps with my little? Full on anxiety. Wait. That's not being honest. I can't even call and schedule the appointment without a meltdown.

Granted, I don't actually display any really crazy behavior in public, per se, but get me behind closed doors and I'm in the fetal position.

So, a story (it's autobiographical, by the way. Should have mentioned that earlier which would have made more sense, but see? Just typing this all up has me out of sorts), where a kid of eleven endures trials akin to medieval torture (just, humor me and my neurosis) and comes out the other end happy and whole and successful? I feel like this is a life book that I need to reach for in times of desperation.

At first I really didn't understand why my kid connected with this so much... but then again, I think that some kids can just intuit the needs of the parents sometimes. Yeah, I'm going with that.
 

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