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review 2018-08-19 18:12
The Other Woman
The Other Woman - Sandie Jones

This one had me in its clutches the whole way. Right up until the ending. The storyline isn't anything I haven't seen before, but Jones kept it interesting. Emily is in a relationship with Adam, who appears to be a momma's boy. Adam's mother, Pammie, is controlling and conniving to the extreme and Emily gets the brunt of it. While I did feel for Emily's circumstances, I didn't care much for our heroine. Granted, Emily has never been in this type of situation, so she struggles to deal with it all, but she comes across as whiny a lot of the time. The more I read, the more I wanted to shake some sense into her and tell her to stand up for herself. That aside, the author does an excellent job with building the tension and it is a compelling read. Some things stretch the believability scale, but I kept turning those pages to see what devious thing Pammie would do next and waiting for her to get caught up in her mess. In fact, the story was riveting and I was prepared to sing its praises, until the big twist at the end. I expected part of it - a small part of it, but I have to say I was pretty disappointed with the conclusion. I love twisty stories, but this twist made little sense to me. Too many things just didn't add up. To give details would also give spoilers, so I'll just sum it up with this was a well-plotted and gripping story that let me down in the end.

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review 2018-08-19 06:00
The Road to Jonestown
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn

This was a well researched, well written book that really had me from page one. It was packed with details I didn't know already.

 

The story of the Peoples Temple is one of utter tragedy because I honestly believe most of those people really did just want a better world. But I will never truly know how to feel about Jones. Was he always evil? Or did he just turn into a wicked man through corruption? None of us will ever know because he was a man of contradictions. In the end, he was a murderer and that is what we all remember him for.

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text 2018-08-18 17:19
Reading progress update: I've read 347 out of 468 pages.
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn

This man was so hung up on suicide, but not just regular "selfish" suicide. Nooooo. Killing yourself for his cause, which is different. 

 

I am going to add here that I am a suicidal personality and I stay medicated. For those of us that are genuinely sick, we don't consider it selfish but relieving not only ourselves but society of us. I detest people who do not understand suicide thinking it's either self-centered or grandiose ala 13 Reasons Why.

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text 2018-08-17 20:49
Reading progress update: I've read 240 out of 468 pages.
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple - Jeff Guinn

"...Amos said that to prove her gratitude to the Temple and its leader, she would only feed her three children birdseed so that the money she saved on more traditional food could be donated to Temple programs."

 

1. And CPS was gloriously born.

 

2. Not even a bird can survive on just birdseed. I should know. Danny has to eat veggies, seed, pellets and sometimes even meat.

 

3. "traditional" food

 

4. Wtf?

 

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review 2018-08-16 10:46
Dirty Rich Obsession (Dirty Rich, #3) by Lisa Renee Jones
Dirty Rich Obsession - Lisa Renee Jones

 

Come into my lair ...

With these two cutthroat personalities, it's hard to distinguish which is the spider and the fly. Jones has created a raging inferno of passion, betrayal and heartache. Reid is the quintessential bad ***. In business he takes no prisoners. In life he makes his own rules. Until he locks horns with Carrie West. Carrie will fight tooth and nail to save what's precious to her. Even if that means risking her heart. When you find yourself pulling an all nighter just to see how it ends, is when you know that you've stumbled on something good. Dirty Rich Obsession is addictive reading.

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