Sunday, August 28, 2016

(76)First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Investigator Piper Dove has taken on a job that has her following one of the most famous athletes of all time.   She has tried her best to keep from being spotted, but Cooper Graham does spot the poorly disguised Piper and demands to know who hired her.  Then he ends up hiring her himself.  Coop has opened a nightclub but doesn't fully trust all of his employees. He thinks Piper can bring a new perspective to his security team.   It doesn't take long for Piper to earn her salary, but that isn't why Coop wants to keep her around.  There is something about Piper that gets under Coop's skin and in the good kind of way.  Her firecracker personality and determination to do well at her job make her extremely attractive to Coop.   But the former Chicago Stars quarterback has to convince Piper that their differences are not great enough to keep them apart.  

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my all-time favorite authors, not just for her exceptionally wonderful novels, but watching her social media makes her one of the coolest people to be around.  First Star I See Tonight takes us back to a familiar territory, Chicago and the world of the Chicago Stars. Piper is a strong and feisty character who is a great match for Cooper.  She grew up trying to please her dad, the hardnosed detective, and even now after her father's passed away, she still tries to live in a manner that would please him.   Cooper is a great hero - strong, compassionate, and determined to succeed.  He is always looking to keep those in his inner circle happy and safe.   They really were a good match.  There were lots of quirky side characters, like Piper's elderly neighbor, lots of laughs, and even a tear or two.  Everything I have come to expect from Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Bottom Line - First Star I See Tonight reminded me why I adore Susan Elizabeth Phillips and all of her quirky, wonderful characters.   One of my favorite authors did not disappoint!


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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Monday, August 22, 2016

(75)You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Katie and Eric Knox have devoted their entire lives to helping their daughter, Devon, chase her dream of becoming an Olympic gymnast.  Devon was just three years old when she started to exhibit prodigy-like talent.  Since then, the Knoxes have sacrificed money and time to help Devon achieve her dreams.  Their only friends are other parents at the gym, their only vacations are going to "away" meets.  Their gym family is devastated when a member of their circle is tragically killed in a horrible accident just six weeks before qualifiers.  Katie is empathetic and wants to console the victim's girlfriend.  Eric wants to stay focused on the goal and will do anything to minimize distractions and help Devon achieve her dreams and for the first time, the Knoxes question their own relationship. Can their marriage survive if they don't have Devon's talents to keep them together.?  How far will the Knoxes go to keep Devon on the path to greatness?

You Will Know Me is one of those well-timed novels that will suck you into its pages rather quickly.  With the Olympics on it prompted me to think of all the sacrifices made by the athletes and their family.  Eric and Katie seem like such a normal couple with an extraordinary daughter.   It bugged me a little how much they focused on their daughter and Drew, their young son, was kind left to tag-along.  With the 2016 Summer Olympics on every news site and at the forefront of everybody's mind it was interesting to see kind of "behind the scenes stuff"  for such committed athletes.  Not only the brutal physical torture they put themselves through for their sport, but the stigma that goes along with such conditioning.  Like Devon was made fun of at school because of her little girl body, among other things.  It made me sad to think that athletes go through such ridicule. I did have  "things" figured out pretty early, but I wasn't exactly sure of the timeline and who knew what.    CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS. 

Bottom line - with the Summer Olympics wrapping up, You Will Know Me will give you one last look at what Olympic quality athletes have to do on the road to the games.  One not to miss!


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Sunday, August 21, 2016

(74)The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay by Kelly Harms

Lily Stewart's life is kind of a mess.  Her career as an artist hasn't paid off like she had hoped, her boyfriend of two years doesn't really seem as committed to their relationship as she had hoped, her best friend has been acting funny, and she was just evicted from her apartment.   While cleaning out her Chicago apartment Lily discovers that she never signed the annulment papers from her misguided Vegas marriage ten years ago.  She is still a married woman.    After some key google searches, Lily discovers that Ben Hutchinson is living in Minnow Bay, Wisconsin.  So Lily sets off in the dead of winter to become unmarried.  What she finds in Minnow Bay is a picturesque community full of kind people with good intentions, but they have their own agenda.  In Minnow Bay Lily gets a chance to reevaluate her life, her hopes, and her dreams.   Will all of Lily's dreams come true in Minnow Bay?

I had so much fun reading Kelly Harms' first book, The Good Luck Girls if Shipwreck Lane, that I was so excited for her new book to be released.   The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay did not disappoint!  Lily Stewart is a fun, but flaky, character.  She forgets to pay bills, she trusts all of the wrong people and she is loyal to a fault. Even if they are not deserving of her loyalty.   In Minnow Bay Lily stays at a B&B where she befriends the proprietress and finally gets some of her artistic mojo back.  It was fun to watch city-girl, Lily, adjust to life in rural America.  As a reader,  you want to shake Lily for being so trusting, but at the same time,  it is one of her better qualities.   At first, Ben is a jerk, but I like the town of Minnow Bay enough for Lily to stick around.   And of course, things work out just as you would expect them to work out.  The predictability of the story is comforting, welcoming, and quite enjoyable.

Bottom line - The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay is a delightful and enjoyable read with fun and quirky characters.  A perfect read for a Sunday afternoon.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

(73)Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris

Grace considers herself lucky to have found a husband who would accept her and her teenaged sister, Millie, as a package deal.  You see, Millie has Down Syndrome and has been living at a special home. Grace has always been honest with the men she dates and careful about bringing anybody into Millie's life that won't accept her as she is.   Meeting Jack seemed like a true miracle.  He was so good with Millie and was perfect in so many ways.    Jack and Grace Angel seem like they have a perfect life, but little does anybody know what goes on Behind Closed Doors.  Since meeting Jack and getting married Grace has quit her job, moved out of the city, and always cancels on her friends.  She claims that her life is perfect, but really who knows what goes on Behind Closed Doors.

I have never read a book that infuriated me more than Behind Closed Doors.  More than once I wanted to stop reading and put it in the "DNF" pile.  But I couldn't stop.  I would put it down for a few days and then pick it back up.  I just had to know what happened to Grace, Millie, and Jack.  Grace is the narrator of the story and moves from the present to the past.  In the past,  we get to see Grace before she met Jack and the early days of their marriage.   In the present, we get to see the marriage as it is now.   I want to be careful and not give away too much at, but know this, while there is never any graphic descriptions of violence, make no mistake, this book needs one giant "Trigger Warning".  CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS.   The end was brilliantly simple and by the time I made it to the final page I was surprised how quickly it had ended.

Bottom line - I usually reserve my "Best of" designations for books that make me cry or laugh. Books that evoke strong emotions from me.  While Behind Closed Doors did not make me laugh or cry, it did create such intense anger and hatred for one character that I had to add it to the list.   An author that can evoke that kind of emotion from their readers is one talented author.

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  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
  • Publication Date: 8/9/2016
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

(72)One Less Problem Without You by Beth Harbison

One Less Problem Without You is a story of three women and one man.  Diana is having marital problems. Her husband is receiving dirty texts from other women.  She knows that she needs to make some sort of change in her life, but is not sure if her husband, Leif, will let her go.  He is used to women falling all over him, not leaving him.

Prinny grew up knowing that she was different.   She could sense things about people, including her half-brother, Leif.  She tried to use those skills to build a relationship with her big brother, but he would have nothing to do with her.  In fact he despised her then and he despises her now.  She keeps her distance from her family and used her inheritance to open a shop devoted to crystals, potions, and more.

Chelsea works at Cosmos with Prinny part-time while she tries to get her acting career to take off.   She is hoping that working with Prinny and her "skills" will be what it takes to get her life going down the right track.  And she thinks it has turned her life around when she meets the very handsome Lee at a local bar.  Is he the man she has been dreaming about all of her life?

These three women are living very different lives, but they have one thing in common -a man.  Diana seeks out help from Prinny in her effort to get away from the egomaniacal Leif, for she thinks he will never look for her there.   At Cosmos, Diana discovers something that has been lacking from her life  - friendship and support.  She is able to focus on her passion, teas and drinks.  Will the three women be able to shed this man from their lives once and for all?

I usually love Beth Harbison's books, but I had a really hard time getting into this one. It felt like the author was going for a Practical Magic feel, but fell short.  Leif was a gigantic asshole to anybody who came in contact with him. especially the women in his life.  I liked Diana and thought her decision to reach out to Prinny was a unique one - in fact that was my favorite part of the book. The way they bonded and stuck together. The development of their friendship was the highlight of the book.   There are a lot of books out recently with husbands are controlling and abusive, One Less Problem Without You fell a little short compared to them.  It is such a serious topic that I think an author has to be careful in how they handle it.

Bottom line - I know it is not fair to the author to compare One Less Problem Without You to other books on the market right now. The memories of those books and the emotions they evoked from me still linger.   It is not the author's fault the publisher chose to release the book when they did, but maybe her publisher should have done a little more research before selecting the release date.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

(71)The One That Got Away by Leigh Himes

Abbey Lahey is exhausted.  She has two small children, a full-time career, and a husband whose business is tanking.  Abbey is tired of worrying about money, worrying about her career, and worrying about her family.  One day she decides to do something for herself - but a very expensive handbag.  Of course, that decision causes strife with her husband so she decides to take it back. At Nordstroms, there is an accident and when Abbey wakes up it is with a different life.  Abbey is no longer Abbey Lahey, but Abbey Van Holt, the wife of a congressional candidate.  Long before Abbey got married she had the chance to date the blue-blood, Alex Van Holt, but turned him down.  It is as if she never married Jimmy Lahey.  Abbey Van Holt lives in a posh penthouse with Alex and their two kids.  She has a nanny, stylists and every designer handbag a woman could ever want.  But she also has no friends, an overbearing mother-in-law, and crushing responsibilities as a Van Holt. Is this life really better than the one she had before the accident?

The One That Got Away is not an unfamiliar concept. Many stories have been written about a woman who wakes up in another life.  I think every overwhelmed woman has spent some time daydreaming about this very scenario.  Abbey seems like a very down-to-earth woman, someone that I could be friends with quite easily.  Her life as a Van Holt is very much a shock to her.  As Abbey tries to navigate that world she realizes that Abbey Lahey doesn't really like Abbey Van Holt.  I can't really blame her.  I didn't really like any of the Van Holts, including Alex.  There was a part in the book where he was such a jerk that I wasn't sure I could listen to the book anymore.  Thankfully Abbey realized a very important lesson - money can't buy you happiness.  I was pleased with the way the book ended - Abbey got what she wanted.

Bottom line - The One That Got Away was a fun read.  A chance for us common folk, like Abbey and I, to live among the ridiculously wealthy for a time.  Definitely a fun and light read if you are looking for one.


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

(70)It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Lily Bloom has worked hard to put her ugly childhood behind her. She moved to Boston,  she got her degree and has started her own business, a flower shop. She is thrilled when she meets her new best friend, Alyssa.   She doesn't expect life to get any better, but it does when she meets Ryle Kincaid on the night of her father's funeral.   Ryle is everything that Lily had hoped to find in a partner.  Kind, honest, funny, dedicated, drop dead gorgeous, and a neurosurgeon to boot.  Lily falls head over heals in love with the man who appears to be everything her father wasn't.   Until one night when a moment of passion changes everything.  Lily's dream becomes a nightmare.  She is faced with the prospect of living the same life her mother did and she is torn between a future with Ryle or a future with her past, her first love, Atlas.  What will her choice be and what kind of impact will it have on her future?

From start to finish It Ends With Us is a deeply emotional book.   At first, I wasn't sure what to think of Lily or her relationship with Ryle. It was so perfect that I wasn't sure that I was going to like the book.  I did love Alyssa and her husband, Marshall.  They were funny and so good together. Plus Alyssa immediately became Lily's best friend and that is something that I think Lily was lacking.  There comes a certain point in the book when I was struck speechless.  Did that really happen?  I even had to read those pages a second time to make sure that I read them correctly.  I don't know that an author has ever tackled this topic with such emotional honesty.   By the end of the book,  I was a blubbering mess.  Seriously, not what I was expecting.  CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS In a story like It Ends With Us it is hard to have an ending that leaves you feeling hopeful for all characters, but that was the case. I felt hopeful.

Bottom line - It Ends With Us takes on a pretty heavy topic that is guaranteed to get your emotions running high.  Be sure to read with a fresh box of tissues.


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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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Monday, July 25, 2016

(69)Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Ever since Erika was a young child she has envied her best friend, Clementine.  Clementine had two normal parents who did things like go on vacation and bake cookies.  Erika was deeply embarrassed by her mother and lived in fear that people would discover that her mother was a hoarder.  It was tough to handle as a child and it is tough to handle as an adult.   After all these years, Clementine and Erika are still friends.  Clementine and her husband, Sam, have two beautiful young girls.  Erika and her husband, Oliver, have tried everything possible to get pregnant.  They decide to invite them to a barbecue at their neighbor's, but first, they want to ask Sam and Clementine for a huge favor.  They want to ask Clementine if she will donate her eggs for them to have a baby.    The two couples head over to the barbecue with that between them.  They eat,they drink, they say things not meant to be overheard.  And tragedy strikes and nobody at the barbecue will ever be the same again.    Will the three couples be able to put their lives back together and remain friends in the process?  Or will one night separate them all?

Truly Madly Guilty is one of those books with so many layers that it feels as if you may not uncover them all.   Not only is this book about friendships, but marriages, and even community relationships and all that they can withstand. And it is a lot.  Erika and Oliver live in a quiet cul-de-sac where the neighbors are all friendly, even with the grumpy old man, Harry.   It is pretty idyllic, and Oliver hopes that someday they will get to raise a family there, even though Erika isn't fully committed to the idea of a family. She is concerned about passing along her mother's illness and I can't blame her.  The events of the night of the barbecue shake things up pretty drastically in more ways than one. And you see those consequences long before you find out exactly what happened. It drives you a little mad with suspense, but it only adds to the feelings about the book.  The book mostly takes place in the present, but the author flashes back to "The Day of the Barbecue" pretty frequently to build the suspense of what happens.  As the reader, you don't know for sure what happens until quite a ways into the book, but you know whatever it is was pretty bad.   When all of the secrets of the neighborhood are revealed it just makes me sad.  Like seriously sad.  CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS

Bottom line - Liane Moriarty knows how to expertly tell a tale piece by piece.  The final product is such a good book that it will stick with you long after you finish the last page.


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Saturday, July 23, 2016

(68)The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close

For most people moving to Washington DC so your spouse can work in Obama's White House would be a good thing.  Beth Kelly is thrilled that her husband, Matt, was offered a job after working on Obama's campaign, but Beth is not thrilled with the prospect of leaving New York City.  Even though she is originally from Wisconsin, NYC is the place she calls home.   To Beth, DC is a foreign land.  One where everybody speaks in acronyms and talks for hours about what the POTUS had for lunch.  Beth is discouraged with her own lack of job prospects and finds life in DC utterly maddening.   Until they meet Jimmy and Ashleigh Dillon.  Their down-home Texas demeanor is a breath of fresh air to Beth and the two couples become fast friends.  Nearly inseparable and they make life in DC bearable for Beth.  But as the years go by Matt is becoming less and less pleased with his position at the White House.  He had always had bigger aspirations, but it seems as if Jimmy is living out Matt's dreams.  Soon the pressures and disappointments of political life start to weigh on Beth and Matt's marriage.  Will they be able to work through their issues before they become just another statistic?

I don't think that I have ever related to a character as much as I related to Beth in the first half of The Hopefuls.  She left the Midwest for college and never looked back, making her home in New York City. (For me it was Kansas City). It is there that she meets her husband and they start their life together. They have a ton of friends, favorite restaurants, favorite shops, and it is all within walking distance. The move to DC (Utah) was tough because Beth had to start over.  Watching her husband's dreams come true was exciting, but feeling like an outsider is tough.  For Beth it was politics and for me it was the local religion.   My husband and I ended up finding our own version of the Dillons, but that is where the similarities end.  I really enjoyed the easy way the author told Beth's story.  Beth was not a perfect person, but she tried to be as supportive as possible, even when Matt didn't make it very easy.  Yeah, Matt was a tough character to like, I do believe the words "What a dick." came out of my mouth more than once.  Most of the time he seemed like a good guy, but he was selfish as all get out.  Like I said, Beth wasn't perfect, but I enjoyed her and could totally relate to her story.  Even though the book is set mostly in a democratic environment, there isn't a lot of political agenda. Well, a lil bit about fracking, but mostly the author remains neutral.  In the end things worked out the way they were supposed to, but I didn't necessarily agree with how things ended.  But it isn't my story to tell.

Bottom line - The Hopefuls was a really enjoyable read.  Interesting, dynamic characters take on the challenges of everyday life, disappointments and all.  Who couldn't relate to a book like that? Add this one to the Book Club list, because I think you and your friends are going to have a lot to talk about.


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Thursday, July 21, 2016

(67)The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Lo Blacklock has had a really bad week.  Somebody broke into her flat while she was there. She wasn't hurt but it scared her to death and she has been on edge ever since it happened.  Lo, a travel writer,  is thrilled to have the opportunity to get out of town for preview trip aboard a new cruise ship, the Aurora.  The ship is hardly bigger than a yacht, but it is quite luxurious and Lo is looking forward to the time to get her head straight.   Until her second night on the ship when she sees a body being thrown overboard from the cabin next to hers.  When she calls for help - they told her that there was nobody in cabin 10 and all passengers are accounted for.  Lo, and some of the others, start to question her sanity.  Maybe the stress of the last week has caused Lo to crack.  When Lo finds a message for her that says "Stop Digging" does she realize that she did see something that night.  But what?  And who?  Will Lo be able to figure out what happened before "they" come after her too?

It is very rare for me to get scared by a book.  I have the ability to compartmentalize what I read or watch to keep from letting it interfere with my real life.  I don't know exactly why (it could be the Supernatural binge watching is partly to blame), but the first few chapters of The Woman in Cabin 10 kind of terrified me.  Being home alone and having somebody break into the house is one of my worst fears.  Ruth Ware transferred my fears to paper in such a brilliant way that it kept me awake the night I read that part.  I was relieved, like Lo, when it was time to get on the boat, thinking that no matter what happened on the boat it would be better than what had happened.  Honestly, I found parts of the time on the ship to be a little boring. A bit of a let down after the heart-pounding first pages. The passengers on the ship are all a little - weird.  Well, maybe eccentric.   I wasn't all that connected to Lo as a character, her instability, was a turn-off for me.   She did have good reason to be a little unstable, but her behavior on the ship was borderline embarrassing. I will say that things picked up the last third of the book, after Lo figured things out. Her life was still in grave danger at that point, but the story came to a satisfying conclusion.

Bottom line - Ruth Ware made a name for herself with the hit In A Dark, Dark Wood (which I have not read yet, but I will) while The Woman in Cabin 10 has some elements of terror, it was not quite as enthralling as I had hoped.  I would love to hear what others think, so be sure to let me know what you think after reading it.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Monday, July 18, 2016

(66)Falling by Jane Green

From a young age Emma Montague has been fascinated with America.  Growing up in her cavernous childhood home in the Engish countryside she devoured books such as Little Women and Little House on the Prairie.  So when she is offered a banking job in New York City, Emma jumps at it with glee.   Now she is thirty-seven and burned out by her high-powered job.  She leaves the city for a charming community in Connecticut.  Emma doesn't know what she wants to do with the rest of her life, but she knows she wants to slow down.  She rents this charming little cottage that is in desperate need of love.  Her landlord, Dominic, is a handsome single father, who happens to live right next door.  Before Emma knows what hits her she finds herself falling for Dominic and his six-year-old son, Jesse.  Even though Dominic and Emma are complete opposites and come from completely different backgrounds, their relationship is solidifying into the best thing that has happened to either of them.  But then there is a simple mishap that threatens everything they have and plan to have.  Will true love trump all?

I am sure it is no surprise to any of you that I absolutely adore Jane Green.   I read an article recently that Jane (I call her Jane as if we were friends) used her own life's tale as the basis for Falling.  In Emma, she has created a character who is smart, charming, hard-working, independent, and strong. I liked her from the very first page.  I loved the fact that she wasn't picky about a cottage that was less than perfect - she was willing to work to make it perfect.  Dominic is what you imagine a blue-collar worker to be.  Hard-working, easy-going, and enjoys burgers and beer over fancy meals.   Their relationship is a bit predictable with some instability in the form of an ex and parents not pleased with the pairing, but they work through it all.   I was absolutely blown away by what happened in the last 50 pages or so.  CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS.  Up until that point, I suspected that Falling would follow the formula of most Chick Lit novels.   It did not and that is why I am putting it in my "Best of"  category.  When an author shocks you so much your jaw drops, it is a wonderful and rare experience.

Bottom line - I have read every book that Jane Green has written over the last sixteen years.  I enjoy her books just as much today as I did with her very first novel.  With engaging characters and flawless storyline,  Falling is one of her best yet.


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Saturday, July 16, 2016

(65)I've Got Sand in All the Wrong Places by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

You may know Lisa Scottoline from her incredibly popular mystery novels, but she also has a funny bone.  For the last several years Lisa and her daughter Francesca have been publishing their essays in humorous collections with amusing titles.   This summer's installment is the quite entertaining, I've Got Sand in All the Wrong Places.  Lisa and Francesca take turns writing essays on all sorts of topics, such as: dating, reality television, golfing, and more.   It is their humerous outlook on such mundane topics that really make the book so entertaining.  For example, Francesca has an essay where she is talking about planning for her future:

"Think living until a hundred is optimistic?  You seriously underestimate how much kale I eat."
I laughed out loud at that line, because, if I actually ate kale, it would be something that I would say.

Or Lisa's comments in an essay titled Spaghetti and Salad:
"They say you should never talk about politics or religion.  But these days, politics is relition."
In this election year, I find that line to be a fairly astute observation.  Lines like that make me want to be either Lisa Scottoline's adopted daughter or part of her inner circle so I can listen to those words of wisdom on a regular basis.   Her observations at a wedding in an essay titled The Unofficial Wedding Party were so spot on that I laughed through the entire essay.

"The Child Star. This kid displays the attention-seeking behavior that can make for a terror in the grocery store but a superstar at a wedding reception."
Haven't we all attended a wedding reception where there was a kid cutting up the dance floor?

There is also some less than funny essays, like when Francesca was mugged on the streets of New York City.  But, even with such a serious topic, there is a hint of humor.

Bottom line - I have always said that authors are like my rockstars.  I love to hear that their lives are so normal that they do things like watch The Bachelor or live in fleece pants.  I've Got Sand in All the Wrong Places is so smartly written with a level of wit that is guaranteed to make you laugh.  Pick it up for the beach bag, you won't be disappointed.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

(64)The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

Charlotte "Charlie" Silver is a rising star in the tennis world when she gets injured at her biggest match to-date.  Charlie doesn't want to make a comeback only to maintain her mediocre rankings.  She wants to be the best - so she hires the best.   Todd Feltner has trained champions, but only men, but he agrees to help Charlie reach the top.   He is arrogant, demanding, and pushy.  Todd Feltner is turning the sweet and innocent Charlie into a cutthroat champion who is far from innocent.   Charlie's dad and brother will support her no matter what, but they are not liking the new Charlie.  She works hard, but she plays hard, too.   Charlie travels the world seeking glory and fame, but she also is having fun attending glamorous parties in fancy locations all over the world, mega-stars know her name, and the tabloids love her.  By her side is the handsome tennis playboy, Marco.   The fast-pace lifestyle is quite excruciating and starting to weigh on Charlie.  Will she crack under the pressure before winning it all?

Lauren Weisberger has made quite the living by providing the world with behind the scenes looks into some glamorous industries.  This time she takes us inside the world of the glamorous tennis world.  I know almost nothing about tennis, but I still enjoyed The Singles Game.  Charlie is a great character that is easy to like and you really root for her success.  Todd is a bit of a wanker, but since he will help Charlie get to her end goal you put up with him, as does she and her family.  Even though you find yourself hoping she will just tell him to get lost.  Same goes for Marco.  Even Charlie admits that he is a bit of a douche, but she loves the attention she gets for being with him, as frustrating as it is, you can't fault her.  You follow Charlie on tour across the world and it is all racing towards the biggest event in the tennis world, Wimbledon.  The Singles Game is a pretty fast-paced novel, but with not a lot of "meat" and that's okay, the "dishy" nature of the book makes it a fun read.

Bottom line - The Singles Game is one of the best "brain candy" books that I have read in a long time.  Full of hot men. glamorous women, fabulous clothes, and amazing food. Absolutely a book worth grabbing for your next trip to the beach.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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