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review 2017-02-08 01:10
SEDUCING MR. DARCY by Gwyn Cready
Seducing Mr. Darcy - Gwyn Cready

This is my favorite book of hers. The geography is correct about Pittsburgh. I loved it! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is fun and funny! I could not put it down and read it in two days (I had to sleep.) Mr. Darcy is in it and there are twists and turns that keep it lively and rollicking.

Flip gets a massage and is told to think of any book she wants. She tells the masseuse one book but thinks of Pride and Prejudice and ends up there where things go topsy-turvy. Now she must correct her mistake and she takes a visiting professor of Jane Austen with her, to help her talk sense into the characters back then. Add her ex-husband and his current girlfriend and what more could go wrong?

I enjoyed the characters both modern and Austen time. I loved the time travel. The story was so much fun! I also liked Flip's revenge. Could not have happened to a better man. Flip is funny and her interactions with Magnus are a delight. She's not sure whether to kill him or love him.

Let's just say this is a keeper so I don't ruin it for others.

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review 2016-08-11 20:22
The Complete Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; Pickles to Pittsburgh by Judi Barrett
The Complete Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; Pickles to Pittsburgh - Ron Barrett,Judi Barrett

I quite enjoyed this book. A lot of you are probably familiar with the movie version of this story. However, I have never seen the movie. So when I saw this book at the library, I had to pick it up. This version of the book contains both Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and its sequel, Pickles to Pittsburgh. I enjoyed both stories. 

 

Judi Barrett has a love for the bizarre and that made this duology fun to read. A lot of it doesn't make sense, there's no logic as to why the weather produces food instead of rain or snow, but it doesn't have to. Chewandswallow is a logic-less city and it's about the "what-ifs" instead of the "whys." She really knows how to tell a goofy tale and I love that it shows how much she had fun writing these books through her writing.

 

The artwork is done by Ron Barrett and it was really lovely to look at. Especially the food "landscapes." I wasn't a huge fan with how he drew people, but that's mostly personal preference. Everything else was stunning and gorgeous and looked so delicious!

 

If you love bizarre, wacky stories, give this children's classic a read. You might enjoy it. I know that I am going to check out the movie and I hope I enjoy it just as much as the book!

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review 2016-03-17 16:13
TO BREW OR NOT TO BREW by Joyce Tremel
To Brew or Not to Brew - Joyce Tremel
  Good cozy mystery set in my hometown. Max is a brew master setting up her own brewpub. Her chef is murdered shortly before opening day. With a dad as a homicide detective she is not about to accept the verdict of an accident so she must find the murderer.

I enjoyed this book very much. Ms. Tremel got the flavor of Pittsburgh and its language right. She incorporated some of the history into the story. I liked Max and Jake, her crush from childhood. They work well together. Max's extended family is all through the book and are fun. Her neighbors are also lots of fun. They are a quirky bunch but truly a Pittsburgh bunch. I look forward to more books in this series.
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review 2015-08-26 01:26
EXPOSURE by Lisabet Sarai
Exposure - Lisabet Sarai
  Mayoral candidate Tony Pinelli is murdered in front of Stella. She sees it all but manages to escape. When she thinks back on it she wonders if she was the target but Tony's quick thinking saved her. Now she's involved in murder but does not know why. Nor can she figure out why a mob boss wants to save her by sending her out of town.

I enjoyed this story especially since it was set in my hometown. Ms. Sarai captures the flavor of Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods well. The story was first rate. S
Mayoral candidate Tony Pinelli is murdered in front of Stella. She sees it all but manages to escape. When she thinks back on it she wonders if she was the target but Tony's quick thinking saved her. Now she's involved in murder but does not know why. Nor can she figure out why a mob boss wants to save her by sending her out of town.

I enjoyed this story especially since it was set in my hometown. Ms. Sarai captures the flavor of Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods well. The story was first rate. Stella knows she has supposedly seen something but she does not know what. She also knows she will not be scared out of her home. She wants to find the murderer but does not know who to trust. I could feel her fear as she is attacked as is her house. I could feel her hesitation in trusting those she felt she should be able to trust. I also felt her disquiet in getting up close and personal with other characters when she did not trust them although she tried to talk herself out of the distrust.

When we find out who can be bought and who cannot as well as who will betray and who will be true, we've been on quite a whirlwind of suspense. I liked how Stella resolves it in the end. She knows her mind and will follow her instincts. Fantastic woman!
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review 2015-06-23 05:55
Pickles to Pittsburgh by Judi Barrett
Pickles to Pittsburgh - Ronald Barrett,Judi Barrett

In this sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Kate and Henry can't wait for their grandfather to return. They even make him a special cake for his welcome home.

The next before his return, Kate and Henry fall asleep while staring at a post card from their grandfather. In their dreams, they find a town filled with giant food and explore it.

I liked this as much as the first book. I think it was a enjoyable read and those who liked the first book will probably like this one too.

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