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text 2017-10-30 00:31
Books I Read in August and September 2017
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation - Damian Duffy,John Jennings,Octavia E. Butler
Breakfast in Bed (The Innkeepers) - Rochelle Alers
Surrender to Me (The Lawsons of Louisiana) - Donna Hill
Seeking Sarah: A Novel - ReShonda Tate Billingsley
To Wager Her Heart (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) - Tamera Alexander
Pretty, Nasty, Lovely - Rosalind Noonan
Stay with Me: A novel - Adebayo Ayobami
The Mothers: A Novel - Brit Bennett
Gravel Heart - Abdulrazak Gurnah
Children of Blood and Bone: The OrÏsha Legacy (Children of OrÏsha) - Tomi Adeyemi

I will list the rating and to the side add commentary. 

 

 

5 Stars

 

 None

 

 

4 Stars

 

Breakfast in Bed by Rochelle Alers (solid read)

 

Seeking Sarah by Reshonda Tate Billingsley (solid read)

 

To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander (fantastic story, pleasantly surprised)

 

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebeyo (unforgettable stand out read)

 

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation by Damian Duffy (Liked this, LOVE book) 

 

 

3 Stars

 

Surrender to Me by Donna Hill (solid read)

 

Pretty, Nast, Lovely by Rosalind Noonin (interesting story)

 

Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah (good story)

 

 

2.5 Stars

 

The Mothers by Brit Bennett 

 

I've been thinking what to say about my displeasure with this book. It was an okay read for me. Such a hyped book that I did everything possible to get my hands on it for months; giveaways, egalleys and such. To only be disappointed. There's nothing new here for me. It definitely wasn't what I expected in terms of the storyline. Maybe it's my age. I've read a lot of books and many heavy hitters at a young age. It takes a lot to impress me in story and writing. However, both don't have to be great. I'll take a good story with subpar writing or a well written book with just okay plot. Many love this one. It just wasn't for me. Beautiful cover and great publicity with a new up and coming author, I do believe Ms. Bennett is definitely one to watch!

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-10-05 23:51
Review: Seeking Eden by Beverley Harvey
Seeking Eden - Harvey Alexander Smith with Beverley Billiris

Published by: Urbane Publications (6th July 2017)

 

ISBN: 978-1911331896

 

Source:  Review copy via author/publisher

 

Rating: 4.5*

 

Synopsis:

'50 is the new 30 - haven't you heard?'

Or so says Ben Wilde's record producer on the eve of his comeback. If only Ben could win back ex-girlfriend, Kate, he'd be a happy man. But married Kate has moved on, and moved out - to Eden Hill, a quiet housing estate in the suburbs. Lonely and homesick for London, can Kate resist ego-maniac Ben's advances and save her own flagging marriage?

 

Streets away, Kate's new friend Lisa, a Chihuahua toting ex-WAG, is primed for a fresh start - until her footballer ex-husband is found dead and she is vilified in the gutter press. But Kate, Lisa and Ben aren't the only ones having a midlife crisis; local shop owner Martin dreams of escaping his dutiful marriage, and develops an unhealthy obsession with Lisa and her friends in Eden Hill. Alongside a colourful cast of friends and family, Kate, Lisa, Ben and Martin are living proof that older does not always mean wiser because in Eden Hill, there's temptation around every corner.

 

Review:

Seeking Eden is full of interesting, well rounded characters and has a well-written plot with an unforseen ending. There is plenty to hold the reader's interest in this debut novel, which is definitely a page turner. All the different characters really work well together to pack a punch! Being a dog lover/owner, I especially loved the brilliant observations of and interactions between Kate, Lisa, Nellie and Ludo (fabulous name!)

 

There is certainly more to this tale of life in the suburbs than at first glance. There is lots of drama among the personal relationships and everyone seems to want something they don't have! It's like an infinitely more exciting and far better soap opera.

Special thanks to author Beverley Harvey and Matthew Smith at Urbane Publications for providing me with a digital copy in return for my honest review.

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text 2017-07-26 00:05
Exciting August Releases!
The Address: A Novel - Fiona Davis
Stay with Me: A novel - Adebayo Ayobami
Surrender to Me (The Lawsons of Louisiana) - Donna Hill
The Paris Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal
All Is Beauty Now - Sarah Faber
To Wager Her Heart (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) - Tamera Alexander
Seeking Sarah: A Novel - ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Pretty, Nasty, Lovely - Rosalind Noonan
Breakfast in Bed (The Innkeepers) - Rochelle Alers
The Other Girl - Erica Spindler

There are many more August releases than the ones I've chosen to read. In choosing books that interest me, I'm trying to discern if the writing and plot are enough. I've listened to about 2-5% in each of these books and know, thus far, we will do well. 

 

I realize that it's best for me to get in with more than one book so, that I'm already interested to move on to the next. Reading one book at a time and then picking up another that doesn't hold my attention leaves me blank for days. I lose steam and dawdle. Already I have finished 6 books in July, with this method, and am so pleased. I could've read more if I would've adopted this way much sooner.

 

Here's the release dates for these books and others that aren't shown that I may read;

 

August 1

 

Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah

The Address by Fiona Davis

Locked in Temptation by Brenda Jackson

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Surrender to Me by Donna Hill

 

 

 

August 8

 

The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal

All is Beauty Now by Sarah Faber

To Wager Her Heart Tamera Alexander

A Promise of Ruin by Cuyler Overholt

 

 

August 15

 

Seeking Sarah by Roshanda Tate Billingsley

The Party by Elizabeth Day

The Wardrobe Mistress by Meghan Masterson

 

 

August 22

 

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

 

 

August 29

 

Pretty, Nasty, Lovely by Rosalind Noonan

Breakfast in Bed by Rochelle Alers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-07-17 17:56
Seeking Sarah
Seeking Sarah: A Novel - ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Title:  Seeking Sarah

Author:  ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Publisher: Gallery Books

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

Review:

 

"Seeking Sarah" by ReShonda Tate

 

My Thoughts...

 

I loved this story "Seeking Sarah" that was "about finding something you so desperately crave, and losing yourself in the process."

 

What a good read this story that was conveyed  so well to the readers.  I felt so very sorry for Brooke because I found that she really didn't know how to go about getting what she wanted and that was the love of her mom.  Therefore Brooke went to much from secrets, loss, deception, lies, even revenge and heartbreak that caused so much more than one would ever want to happen.  End the end will Brooke finally get all she wants ...the love of her mother and a husband?  Or will she have to settle for ... well, I will stop here and just say you will have to pick up "Seeking Sarah" to see how this story will all come out.  Be prepared for some twist and turns as the secrets come out and a ending that will leave one shaking their heads and saying wow!  You will definitely be left seeing "how important a parent's love is and how it can not only shape a child's life but also their future."

 

Thank you to Net Gallery for the read.

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review 2017-06-11 14:30
Seeking Mr. Wrong - Natalie Charles

Lettie was a kindergarten teacher who wrote children’s books and gt dumped by her fiance two days before their wedding when he decided he was gay. Faye’s- Lettie’s sister - and called Lettie to let her know that she needed Lettie to watch the twins while she went to the twins parents orientation for kindergarten. Lettie and Faye’s father is semi retired lawyer who loves to sail so he couldn’t watch the twins- Portia and Bloise . Lettie started writing children’s books a few years earlier to use in her classroom. She uses them to teach the social graces. .She had published five so far. She also had another to show her editor. Then her editor told her that she was not printing children’s books but erotica now, Lettie has to write stories with Erotica in them to fulfill her contract.  Lettie decides to look for someone to help her with that.  Lettie’s new boyfriend is Eric and he is the Vice Principal at the school she works at.

I didn’t particularly care for this book. I just didn’t find it that exciting and interesting and this type of story has been done before. There was too much going on. It also felt a bit rushed I didn’t like Eric at first he was a butt two times but he did redeem himself. But just wasn’t for me. I am sure others will enjoy this.

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