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Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman–Review–4.5 Stars

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Other People’s Houses–Coming 4/3/18!

 

Other People’s Houses is an engrossing, entertaining and well-written novel.

This book follows four families in a Los Angeles California neighborhood. Their trials, inner struggles, betrayals and most touching moments are depicted well in this story. My favorite couple is Frances and Michael Bloom. Frances was the designated carpool mom. She took the neighborhood kids plus her own three back and forth to school. Frances was the only mom who was overweight and not obsessed with her appearance. She was also the kindest most level-headed person in the group, and her husband, Michael, loved her, extra curves, and all. Frances was the star who held the neighborhood together, when one family on their street, began to crumble.

This book is all about marriage, family life, betrayal, consequences, and forgiveness. The writing in this book is witty and spot on. Frances is the main character, and her internal dialogue is absolutely hysterical. Although the story is poignant and the subject matter, serious, the author has a remarkable ability to lighten the mood, with humor. I loved it.

Thank you, Berkley Publishing and Edelweiss, for my advanced review copy.

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella-#Review–4.5 stars

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Don’t Miss Sophie Kinsella’s Newest, Funny Release.

Surprise Me-Coming 2/13/18!

 

Surprise Me is a funny well-written novel with quirky characters, witty dialogue and a unique plot. I’ve read several of Sophie Kinsella’s books, and she never fails to spin a funny tale. Although her books are a little over-the-top, as well as her latest one, Surprise Me, they always make me laugh. The first half of this book is a bit silly, but the second half is anything but; it’s emotional, character-driven, and utterly absorbing.

Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, a loving marriage, and twin five-year-old girls. However, after their GP mentioned that they could live long enough to be married for another sixty-eight years, Dan and Sylvie began to panic. Neither one of them could fathom being married to the same person for that length of time. So the two of them started to brainstorm ideas to spice of their marriage and keep it fresh, for their long-expected years together. The two decide that surprising one another with exciting adventures, loving gestures, and romantic outings, was the way to go. The problem was, though, that sometimes, surprises don’t have the expected positive outcome that a person is looking for; something Dan and Sylvie, unfortunately, discovered for themselves.

Sylvie thought she knew her husband thoroughly, but to her surprise, she learned that there was a lot that she didn’t know about Dan. When family secrets were on the verge of being exposed, Sylvie and Dan became stressed to the max. Marriage isn’t always easy, as most couples find out, but then again, nothing worthwhile and precious usually is. Loving someone is looking for the good in that person, and never losing sight of what they mean to you.

Surprise Me is a well-written and thoroughly enjoyable read. Thank you, Dial Press and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!

~4.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Bio (from Author’s Page on Amazon)

Sophie Kinsella is a writer and former financial journalist. She is the number one bestselling author of Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number and Wedding Night, the hugely popular Shopaholic novels and the Young Adult novel Finding Audrey. She lives in London with her husband and family. She is also the author of several bestselling novels under the name of Madeleine Wickham. Visit her website at http://www.sophiekinsella.co.uk

 

 

An Unexpected Afterlife by Dan Sofer–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Book One in Dan Sofer’s Dry Bones Society Series–An Unexpected Afterlife!

 

An Unexpected Afterlife is an intriguing satire that takes place in Israel, during the end times.

Moshe Karlin was shocked when he woke up in a cemetery, nude. He assumed that he was the unlucky victim of a prank. Moshe had no idea that he’s been dead for two years. That important tidbit of information would be made clear, though, by his wife’s frantic screaming, and her new lover, kicking Moshe out of his own home. The afterlife was not what Moshe thought it would be, not even close. There were no deceased relatives to welcome him, or choirs of angels singing praises, or anything that resembled indescribable beauty and happiness. And just when Moshe found work and a place to live in his bleak new afterlife, he was betrayed.

When Moshe discovered that he wasn’t the only newly resurrected person struggling in Israel his relief was palpable. The unique group of people looked to Moshe for direction. He was used to being a leader, so Moshe gathered his new group of friends and came up with a plan. This new strategy would not only allow the new lifers to survive among the living but also to thrive.

Once I got over the initial shock of Moshe’s miserable new afterlife, I was able to settle in and enjoy the many twists and turns of this unique novel. An Unexpected Afterlife is a well-written and captivating satire. Although, I was not familiar with many of the Jewish customs, I was able to follow along well enough.

Thank you, Dan Sofer, for my complimentary review copy.

~4 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving–Book Review–

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A Prayer for Owen Meany is a unique and fascinating literary fiction read.

I had a difficult time rating this book, because, although I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and found it captivating, humorous, and thought-provoking, it is bloated. The author could have easily shaved off two hundred pages and made this book not only easier to read but more enjoyable as well. The story itself, however, is unique, multilayered, controversial, and just plain fascinating.

Owen Meany is an adult who has been teased since childhood. He is barely five feet tall and weighs less than one hundred pounds. Although Owen’s voice is strangled and screechy, whenever he speaks, people listen. Owen Meany is brilliant, witty, outspoken, and rebellious. He is also kind, loving and selfless. Owen is an enigma.

Although Owen and John were two very different people, they have been best friends for forever. Owen came from a poor and depressed home where both of his parents were mentally handicapped. John came from a fatherless but loving home, where he lived with his mother and grandmother. Often, imperfect people, are used by God, to influence and teach others, life lessons. Owen was such a person, and he knew what his purpose was.

A Prayer For Owen Meany is a book that will grip your heart, trigger your anger, make you think, laugh out loud and cry. It’s a fascinating book that will leave an imprint on your heart.

~3.5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery–Book Review–

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Don’t Miss This Captivating Love Story, Filled With Witty Dialogue & Sweet Romance!

Release Date–Sept. 26, 2017

 

Second Chance Girl is a delightful and entertaining romance.
The Duke of Somerbrooke was concerned over valuables that were missing from his estate. And the only packages that were leaving his home were addressed to an American, Violet Lund, in his grandmother’s handwriting. Ulrich Sherwood was livid. Violet Lund was a conniving thief who was manipulating his grandmother. The Duke would see justice done, even if that meant, that he had to travel thousands of miles to do so.

Violet Lund, couldn’t believe when the man of her dreams, Ulrich Sherwood, the Duke of Somerbrooke, walked into her shop. The last time she saw him, she was all frizzy hair and braces; and he had made her feel beautiful. He was a gorgeous man; except, for the fiery blue daggers that were aimed right at her. What could she possibly have done?

Carol Lund loved her work at the Animal Preserve. She also had a hidden crush on her next door neighbor, Mathias Mitchell. They were only friends though. She wasn’t anything special, and he was a well-known artist. Besides, Mathias didn’t do relationships; he was a no commitment, one-night romance type of guy. And, although, he could never be hers, she sometimes imagined that he was.

Mathias secretly adored his giraffe loving next door neighbor, Carol Lund. If he were to trust any woman, it would be her. But, Mathias learned from a young age that love often led to betrayal and pain. So Mathias would admire Carol from the sidelines. Little did he know, though, that events in his life were going to drive him right into Carol’s arms.

Second Chance Girl is a well-written light read, filled with witty dialogue and sweet romance. Thank you, Harlequin and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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Head Over Heels by Jill Mansell-5 Stars–Book Review

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Don’t Miss Jill Mansell’s Newest Release, Coming 9/5/17. I loved it!

 

Head Over Heels is a fun and light romance. I love reading Jill Mansell’s books because she makes me laugh and always writes a captivating story. This book takes place in Upper Sisley, an elite neighborhood in England, where the famous actor, Toby Gillespie, just bought a home.

Jessie Roscoe, the village’s interior decorator, has lived in Upper Sisley for years. So when her new neighbor called requesting decorating expertise, she was not surprised. That was, however, until she recognized the caller’s voice. She knew it was Toby Gillespie immediately, not only because he was a famous actor, but because she has loved him, from afar, for twenty years. Jessie never thought the day would come where she would see Toby Gillespie, face to face, again. She should have told him, about Oliver, years ago, but, the right moment just never seemed to come, and now, it was too late. Toby Gillespie was about to get the surprise of his life, and he was going to be furious about it.

Jessie Roscoe wasn’t the only person hiding something though. There were many residents in the Upper Sisley Village with shameful, buried secrets. And some were carrying on as if they were above discovery and consequences. Little did they know, though, that the comeuppance day for Upper Sisley Village was about to arrive.

Head Over Heels is a well-written book with colorful characters, witty dialogue and cleverly crafted surprises. I have read several of Jill Mansell’s books and have never been disappointed. If you have not discovered Jill Mansell yet, you are in for a treat. She’s one of my favorite authors.

Thank you, Sourcebooks-Landmark and NetGalley for my advanced review copy.

~5 out of 5 stars~ Review by Peg Glover

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