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review 2015-02-06 14:11
The Perfect Mother by Nina Darnton
The Perfect Mother: A Novel - Nina Darnton

The Perfect Mother: A Novel - Nina Darnton 

 

The Perfect Mother by Nina Darnton is essentially a reworking of Defending Jacob with an Amanda Know twist. While Jennifer's daughter, Emma, is studying abroad in Spain, she is accused of a violent crime. As details of the crime emerge, Jennifer struggles with the realization that she may not know her daughter as well as she once thought.

It's a quick and enjoyable read, and would likely stimulate some interesting book club discussion, but overall I found the characters a bit shallow and felt the work as a whole was simply average. When it comes down to it, Defending Jacob did it first and did it better.

Disclaimer: This book has been provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2014-08-08 16:48
Always by Rachael Vaughn

Check out Rachel Vaughn's new book "Always", the thrilling sequel to "Second Chances", out now!

The small town of Mason encounters it’s first murder and a scared young man, Jamal David, is the prime suspect. Attorney Wade Anders and his assistant, Trey Ross, are determined to prove Jamal’s innocence even if it puts them both at odds with friends and family. When an investigation reveals information linking one of Trey’s newly discovered half siblings to the murder case, Trey’s loyalties are divided between his family and his client.

This suspenseful, small town, legal drama will keep you enthralled to the very end!

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review 2014-05-19 21:44
"Second Chances" Review
Second Chances - Rachel R. Vaughn

Kate Ross is an ambitious woman in a small Southern town. As a local attorney, she has her hopes set on becoming a judicial official, but a sudden sequence of unexpected events threatens her chances of progressing her career. When her son Trey is arrested and her own past secrets are on the verge of being exposed, a long-time friend re-enters her life and shows that Kate has been targeted by a disturbed man who is intent on personally destroying her. As Kate tries to keep herself safe and her secrets hidden, the past continues to encroach on the present just as danger continues to move closer to Kate.


In this thrilling novel of twisted suspense where everyone has a secret of their own to hide, each character hangs in the balance of trying not to reveal their own dark pasts to save themselves from destroying all relationships of the future. Can the truth set Kate free, or will it result in the destruction of her life forever?

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review 2013-11-29 13:53
Phillies manager Buck Sawyer to his team calling for retaliation
“Men,” he began, “you know I’m old school, and I’m proud of it. There are certain basic rules that still remain a part of baseball. One of them is that you gotta protect your own if they’re thrown at, or when somebody takes out one of us on a dirty play. We have to play hardball, and that means playing the game the way it’s supposed to be played. We need to respect each other enough so that we do what is necessary to protect our baseball family.
We lost our all-star second baseman for several weeks because of a purpose pitch that was thrown without any provocation from us. Today, we blew an opportunity to respond in kind with Wynne at the plate. Sometimes paybacks are a bitch, but we must send the Mets a message that we aren’t going to turn the other cheek. I want to read a line from Joe Garagiola’s book, Baseball is a Funny Game.
Garagiola said, ‘Baseball is a game played by human beings and governed by unwritten laws of survival and self-preservation
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review 2013-11-03 14:47
Book Club
Defending Jacob - William Landay

Defending Jacob: A Novel - William Landay 

 

After our last book club pick, The Dinner by Herman Koch, turned out to be a complete dud, it was nice to read a book that everyone seemed to enjoy and that stimulated a good discussion.

 

Andy Barber is a district attorney in an upscale suburban area of New England.  When the town is rocked by a shocking crime, Andy becomes involved in an investigation that takes a turn he never expected...in the direction of his own teenaged son.  The twists and turns of the investigation and subsequent trial kept me hooked until the very end.  I'm a sucker for legal fiction a la John Grisham, and this is a great example of that.  I declare this a very satisfying read.

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