Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Review: The Good Fight

The Good Fight The Good Fight by Danielle Steel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Steele takes her readers back to the early 60's when women's lives were defined by their husband and children. Meredith McKenzie defines her life, her way. How does she do this? Well, Steel's character is a child of a very privileged family. Her father never cuts her off from money. Her grandfather encourages her independence and maverick ideas.

To Meredith (Merrie's) credit, she wants to make a difference. She wants to emulate her father and grandfather who believed in 'the good fight.' The story kept my attention because many of the issues presented, I live through as a teenager.

This story gives brush strokes to the social issues of the Sixties: sexism, racism, and gender bias. The beginning of the book took on a great pace and kept the reader engrossed. The Steele's ending disappointed me. I felt she hurried to end the story. It is a 'good read.'






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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Review: Hope Never Dies

Hope Never Dies Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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The author gives the reader a glimpse into life after eight years in the White House. "Uncle Joe" Biden is grouting tile. His side kick and friend Obama along with his government assigned body guard, Steve, spends his time flitting around the world indulging in outdoor sports with movie stars and famous tycoons. All this changes when Obama a.k.a Barack visits Biden on hid dark patio.

Joe knows clandestine meetings means something bad happened. Barack relates to Joe that his favorite conductor's body just was found on the tracks of the high speed train Joe rode while serving in Congress. Andrew Shaffer begins a 'mystery ride' with a political tilt.

You don't need any specific political leanings to enjoy this story. Shaffer add Biden and Obama for their quirks and comebacks. Trust me, this book made me laugh about a murder.

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Review: Hope Never Dies

Hope Never Dies Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Andrew Shaffer invites the reader to follow "Uncle Joe" Biden who spends his retirement re-grouting his tile (this is fiction)and Barack Obama as they try to solve the death of Joe's favorite Amtrak conductor and friend. Visualized Joe Biden and Barack Obama riding around in a gas guzzling bullet proof vehicle known as "the beast" as they track down clues in Finn Donnelley's Death. You don't have to be a Democratic to enjoy this fiction. This is a clever mystery despite your political leanings.

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Review: Anything is Possible

Anything is Possible Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The weaving of characters and their individual stories is the delight of this book. The character and setting descriptions place you in the action. Two hundred, sixty- nine pages of reading complete with questions for discussion makes this book easy to share. Enjoy!

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Review: Cottage by the Sea

Cottage by the Sea Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Debbie Macomber writes a tale of shock, loss, and personal morphing. It is a lesson in going beyond ones’ comfort zone to find peace, harmony, and balance. A comforting read.

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Review: Before I Go

Before I Go Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

This is a great book to ride on a train or plane. Colleen Oakley's well written novel contains lessons about a subject we don't talk about-dying. The closest of couples find challenges when faced with health issues. I don't want to give out too much information. It is a short, but good read.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Review: A Measure of Darkness

A Measure of Darkness A Measure of Darkness by Jonathan Kellerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great weekend read in front of your fireplace sipping the liquid you prefer to warm you innards. This contemporary story takes off in a neighbor experiencing a renaissance. It is takes the reader down a few rabbit holes and leads you through a few dark allies, but it isn't boring. Deputy Corner Clay Edison doesn't just work the crime scene and the lab. This ex-cop follows his instincts and joins forces with Detective Nwado. Together, they follow the evidence. Enjoy a good read.

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