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review 2018-05-18 19:16
Half Seven on a Thursday
Half Seven On A Thursday - Roisin Meaney

I got such a kick out of this one. Meaney has a play in this one with you also delving into the life of the characters who come to perform in an amateur production. I really enjoyed everyone we read about and would have happily read a second book starring everyone. However, Meaney gives you a general idea of how things are going to go with everyone once the curtains fall. 

 

Six people come out to audition for an amateur play called, "Death by Dying". Think Agatha Christie.

 

The director of the play, Edward Bull (everyone mentions he looks like Tommy Lee Jones) is throwing himself into directing in order to distract himself over the disintegration of his marriage. He wonders if he can forgive his wife, but finds himself thinking about someone else. I liked Edward. He is a bit of a prig when the book starts off and stays that way through the end. But he grows on you, at least he did on me. He is trying to take care of his uncle and definitely knows what is what with directing. 

 

The other characters are sisters, Ellen and Maria. Ellen is still dealing with the heartache of losing her childhood sweetheart. Maria is dealing with being in a loveless marriage and her son's autism. I didn't really like Ellen. There is a whole side-plot dealing with her and a potential medical issue that didn't make me more interested in her. Maria I felt really bad about. She's caught between a rock and a hard place and wants to leave her marriage, but feels trapped since her young son needs his routines or he will lash out. 

 

Robert is a hairdresser still working alongside his ex-wife Caroline. They share custody of their twin boys, but now Caroline is seeking to make a big change that is going to impact Robert. I don't know. I didn't care that much for Robert. You find out he and Caroline split because he cheated. He seems oblivious about how much he had to hurt her. His two kids are pretty cute though. 

 

Harry is a librarian and dealing with a secret he has kept hidden about himself. He still has hope his mother who is suffering from Alzheimer's can come back to herself. I felt badly for Harry. We get a scene with him trying to take his mother out for her birthday over the objections of his absent siblings. You can feel how much pain and loneliness he is dealing with. 

 

Theo has a son and daughter she adores. Only issue is that her current fiance's daughter that she wishes would go away. Can't lie, didn't like Theo at all for this whole story-line. She was acting obtuse and kind of jerky. 

 

Judith has a lot of regrets. Her ex-husband abandoned her long ago to deal with raising their son alone. He hasn't turned out that great. When he returns from Greece with a girlfriend, her life is tipped upside down. 

 

I enjoyed reading the play/characters dialogue so much. I thought it was such a smart idea to mix that in there with us getting to read along with the rehearsals. 

 

The book flow was great. You go from character to character quite easily. Meaney does a good job of setting up the chapter headings that helps with showing how much time has passed as well. 

 

The ending was really good. Not everyone got a great happy ending, but what does occur made sense to me. 

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text 2018-05-17 22:04
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Half Seven On A Thursday - Roisin Meaney

Roisin Meaney always does such a great job with books set up like this! Loved the whole play (would have read that separately actually) and all of these characters! The POVs were done quite well and the back and forth between the cast of 6 with the director in the middle. I don't know who was my favorite character off the top of my head. Will think on it more tomorrow.

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text 2018-05-11 14:08
TBR Thursday*: May 10, 2018

Sorry, was in all day training yesterday and when I finally got out, it was 5 and I wanted to just get going to head home and relax. I usually try to schedule the TBR posts, but things got away from me this week. 


I did get more books this week (yes I have a problem) but only because I am heading to Boston for training for two days next week and will have no time to do anything but be in training class, networking (yes they are forcing us to network) and then fly right back out. 

I have to also get some books for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. My oldest brother is getting married in Atlanta and my whole family is so excited for it. My brother in law is currently trying to rent a school bus to drive us around all day. My family is so weird. 


I also finally updated my TBR read list with books from Portland that I bought. 

 

Hope you all had a good week!

 

-Blue

 

Reading (7 books)

 

 Dark in Death (In Death, #46)My Big Greek SummerThe GlitchSomething About You (FBI/US Attorney, #…

The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of …A Lot Like Love (FBI/US Attorney, #2)Coming Home

 

 


Going to Read (29):

 Cover image for We Were Eight Years in PowerCover image for Born a Crime[More detail about this title is available]

Cover image for One of Us Is LyingCover image for The Cafe by the SeaCover image for What to Say Next

As You Wish

An American MarriageAdulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) StepsTheir Eyes Were Watching GodBeloved

 Cover image for The Case for JamieCover image for When Dimple Met RishiWinter Solstice

The Hollow ManWhy Didn't They Ask Evans?Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins, #1)Strangers on a Train

The Shell SeekersPostern of Fate (Tommy and Tuppence #5)The Sittaford MysteryOrdeal by Innocence

N or M? (Tommy and Tuppence, #3)

 

Read (6 books):

Meet Cute by Jennifer L. Armentrout Agatha Christie by Laura ThompsonPrior Bad Acts by Tami HoagTyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

Red Clocks by Leni ZumasThe Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie

 

My TBR is 36 books. 

 

*TBR Thursday is the brainchild of my partner in crime, Moonlight Reader. 

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text 2018-05-03 17:28
TBR Thursday*: May 3, 2018

Reading (5 books)

 

 Agatha Christie: A Mysterious lifeRed ClocksThe Seven Dials MysteryMeet Cute: Some People Are Destined to …

Tyler Johnson Was Here

 


Going to Read (23):

 [More detail about this title is available]Cover image for The Three-Body ProblemCover image for We Were Eight Years in Power

Cover image for Born a Crime[More detail about this title is available]Cover image for Something About YouCover image for One of Us Is Lying

Cover image for The Cafe by the SeaCover image for What to Say Next

As You WishAn American Marriage

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) StepsTheir Eyes Were Watching GodBeloved

 Cover image for The Case for JamieCover image for When Dimple Met RishiCover image for Prior Bad Acts

 


Read (5 books):

 The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories by Agatha ChristieTruly Madly Guilty by Liane MoriartyNorthern Lights by Nora RobertsThe Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

 

My TBR is 28 books. 

 

*TBR Thursday is the brainchild of my partner in crime, Moonlight Reader. 

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text 2018-04-26 21:19
TBR Thursday: April 26, 2018

Reading (8 books): 8 books. I had an eye exam today and my vision is finally back. Thank goodness. 

 

 

Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)The Wedding DateAgatha Christie: A Mysterious lifeRed Clocks

The Seven Dials MysteryMeet Cute: Some People Are Destined to …Truly Madly GuiltyTyler Johnson Was Here

 


Going to Read (23):

 

[More detail about this title is available]Cover image for The Three-Body ProblemCover image for We Were Eight Years in Power

Cover image for Born a Crime[More detail about this title is available]Cover image for Something About YouCover image for One of Us Is Lying

Cover image for The Cafe by the SeaCover image for What to Say Next

As You WishAn American Marriage

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 535 Easy(ish) StepsTheir Eyes Were Watching GodBeloved

 Cover image for The Case for JamieCover image for When Dimple Met RishiCover image for Prior Bad Acts

 


Read (11 books):

 

Glass Houses by Louise PennyThe Worried Man by Lisa M. LillyHead On by John ScalziMarch by John Lewis

 Dust to Dust by Tami HoagThe Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. PanThe Thirteenth Tale by Diane SetterfieldThe Distant Hours by Kate Morton

The Awesome Girl's Guide to Dating Extraordinary Men by Ernessa T. CarterStar-Touched Stories by Roshani ChokshiMore than Neighbors by Isabel Keats

 

My TBR is 31 books.No I didn't count the books from Powell's because if I add those on I may fall down, also I couldn't find the covers for all of them in time for this post. Next week will update with those books. 

 

*TBR Thursday is the brainchild of my partner in crime, Moonlight Reader. 

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