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The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas - Gertrude Stein
Friends bring me a gift from paris
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review 2017-09-15 18:06
The Breakdown
The Breakdown - B. A. Paris

It's a stormy night and Cass Anderson is taking an isolated shortcut back to her house. She finds it odd that there's another vehicle on the lane and while Cass does stop to see if they need help all kinds of bad scenarios come to mind and plus the driver never indicted they needed help, so off she goes. Only to learn the next day that the driver of that car has been murdered. And Cass knew her. She can't confide in her husband because he told her not to take the shortcut and she promised him she wouldn't. She's convinced the murderer knows who she is. Ever since the murder she's been getting calls from an unknown number, she feels as though she's being watched and that someone has been inside her home. And she's been very forgetful - she couldn't find her car, she doesn't remember ordering things from the shopping channel, she can't remember the code for the alarm, or how to work the washing machine. Something's going on and Cass wants to get to the bottom of it.

Right from the very beginning this is a page-turner. It has a very sinister vibe throughout. I liked the setting - Cass lives at the end of road and her house is isolated. The murder happened not far from there. I couldn't wait to find out exactly what happened to that poor woman on that stormy night. I wasn't disappointed!

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All at once I found myself standing there gazing down that enchanted boulevard in the blue, blue evening. Everything seemed to fall into place. Here was all the gaiety and glory and sparkle I knew was going to be life if I could just grasp it.
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The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris (A Novel with Recipes) by Jenny Colgan $1.99
The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris - Jenny Colgan

Anna Trent may be a supervisor in a chocolate factory...but that doesn't necessarily mean she knows how to make chocolate. So when a fateful accident gives her the opportunity to work at Paris's elite chocolatier Le Chapeau Chocolat, Anna expects to be outed as a fraud.

 

After all, there is a world of difference between chalky, mass-produced English chocolate and the gourmet confections Anna's new boss creates.

 

But with a bit of luck and a lot of patience, Anna might learn that the sweetest things in life are always worth working for.

 

A heartwarming, bittersweet story of life, love and chocolate, fans of Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Weiner and Jill Mansell will be craving sweets along with this tale of love lost and found.

 

 

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review 2017-08-24 17:54
Bored Senseless
P.S. from Paris - Marc Levy,Sam Taylor

I honestly don't feel like reliving what I already wrote in my update besides the fact that I don't know if I would have liked this more in the original French or what. The dialogue seemed off to me and the plots (such as they were) did not seem realistic at all.

 

The book focuses on two characters. Mia who is an English actress who I guess is famous. And Paul, who is a writer who has become a success in Korea. Yeah you read that right. 

 

I would honestly just say that this book is the literary version of the movie Drinking Buddies to me. You have two people who keep saying that they are not interested in each other, but keep doing enough to let you the audience know that they are interested in each other. Of course just like with that movie, I am reading a book knowing that these two people are terrible for each other. Heck, I would have liked the book more if the author had went with that as a plot instead of this yeah they are somehow falling for each other thing.

 

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I didn't really like the flow since the book just felt stuck and then the action moves to Korea of all places. I wonder if the author has been there since I don't even get a sense of Korea. I just had to read about hotel rooms, some food, and Mia and Paul being asinine in another country. 

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