April 27, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sheila at Book Journey runs It's Monday! What Are You Reading? While it is on hiatus, I still like to take part in this post and visit around where I can.

What I read last week:

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What I am reading at present:

Firefly Beach by Luanne Rice
Listening to The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe

Both books are about three sisters!  I am finding it a little different to re orient to each book - getting a little mixed up!

Up next:

Passing Through Perfect by Bette Lee Crosby
Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Posts from the last week:

Sense and Sensibility Joanna Trollope
One Summer in Venice    Nicky Pellegrino
Home in Carolina   Sherryl Woods
Imitation in Death  J. D. Robb

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April 26, 2015

Home in Carolina. Sherryl Woods

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Home in Carolina
Sherryl Woods
Published: MIRA
Date: 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 375
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Local Library
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There's no place like home, especially if it's Serenity, South Carolina. For Annie Sullivan, though, the homecoming is bittersweet. She'd always envisioned a life there with her childhood best friend, Tyler Townsend. But Ty's betrayal has cost her the family and the future they'd once planned.

For Ty, losing Annie was heartbreaking. Still, he can't imagine life without the three-year-old son whose mother left him for Ty to raise. Ty wants it all; Annie, his child and the future he'd dreamed about; and he's back home in Serenity to fight for it. But getting Annie to forgive and forget may be the hardest challenge he's ever faced. With the stakes so high, this is one game he can't afford to lose.

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Home in Carolina is the fifth book in Sherryl Wood's Sweet Magnolia series.  Like the previous ones I enjoyed it, although I had one reservation.

We met Ty and Annie is the earlier books when Ty was struggling with his parents' divorce and his own promising possible future as a baseball player.  Now he is back in town to recuperate from an injury and with him is his son Ty.  

Annie has recovered from her bout with anorexia, and is now a sports injury therapist at the local women's spa.  When Ty returns she is not keen to meet up with him again because of his betrayal of her.

However Ty is out to woo her and win her back, knowing their love is deeper than she acknowledges. Yet the appearance on the scene of the mother of Ty's son seems to throw a huge curve ball not only for Ty but for Annie too.

I enjoyed the plot line and the addition of two of Annie's friends, between them they seem to be assembling a junior version of the Sweet Magnolias.  I can see that Sarah and Raylene will most likely feature in future books.

What I did quibble with a little was Annie, I just didn't enjoy her on again, off again attitude. Sure she had some reason to be cautious but I think the time was long past for that and it was time to be there for Ty.

3.5 stars

April 25, 2015

Imitation in Death. J D Robb

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Imitation in Death
J. D. Robb
Publisher: Berkley
Date: 2003
Format: Paperback
Pages: 342
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Source: Local Library
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Summer, 2059. A man wearing a cape and a top hat approaches a prostitute on a dark, New York City street. Minutes later, the woman is dead. Left at the scene is a letter addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, inviting her to play his game and unveil his identity. He signs it, "Jack."

Now Dallas is in pursuit of a murderer who knows as much about the history of serial killers as she does. He has studied the most notorious and the most vicious slayings in modern times. But he also wants to make his own mark. He has chosen his victim: Eve Dallas. And all Eve knows is that he plans to mimic the most infamous murderers of all — starting with Jack the Ripper...

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Imitation in Death is #17 in the In Death series, I am slowly getting through them, at least I have reached 2003.  Like the books before, this one has been an entertaining read.

The murders are gruesome and the the murderer is a really sick guy.  However when you have Eve Dallas on the case, she'll narrow it down and go in for the catch.

In the last book we saw Roarke grapple with issues concerning his mother, and the big find that he made.  This time it is Eve as she becomes in touch with her mother and her mother issues.  They eerily mirror some of what the murderer is motivated by.  Why has Eve turned out the way she has, and why do others who had poor, unfeeling mother nurturers turn out the way they do.  It is not only the killer that has a certain type of psyche, all those under suspicion have some similarities.

As usual there are the relationships that take this series to a great level.  I enjoy how Eve refers to Roarke as 'the civilian' when she is on the job.  Of course there is McNab and Peabody to add humour and a romantic relationship as well.  Peabody is getting ever closer to sitting her Detective exams and is a bundle of nerves.  

While Eve is motherless there is the figure of Mira who is becoming more and more a mother figure for Eve.  So much so she finds herself at a cookout with Mira's family and being confronted by one of Mira's daughters about that fact.  Roarke provides a little humour here too, because just when you thought the man had everything he discovers a new toy at the cookout!

The series is certainly holding my interest, I am aiming to read about one book most months, eventually I will get nearer the 2015 mark!
4.5 stars

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I had a good week in spite of some travel and one day when I didn't actually go out for a designated walk.   I met my goal of 46 200 steps for the week.  

Day with the most steps was Wednesday when I walked 8 856.  Friday - my no walk day was 4 386, which was still pretty good, must have done a lot of small trips!

The weather was very good, so no excuses for getting out and about.

I was listening to Blood Magick by Nora Roberts and read by Susan Eriksen.  Finished it now so new audiobook on the agenda.  It will be The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe.  Enjoyed the first little bit - so promising.

April 22, 2015

One Summer in Venice. Nicky Pellegrino

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One Summer in Venice
Nicky Pellegrino
Published: Hachette Australia
Date: April 14th
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 304
Genre: Women's Fiction
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Addolorata Martinelli knows she should be happy. She has everything she thought she wanted - her own business, a husband, a child. So why does she feel as if something is missing? Then when her restaurant, Little Italy, is slated by a reviewer, she realises that she's lost the one thing she thought she could always count on, her love of food.

So Addolorata heads to Venice for a summer alone, aiming to find the ten things that make her happy. Once she's found them, she'll construct a new life around her ten things, but will they include her life in London?

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One Summer in Venice by Nicky Pellegrino was an enjoyable read.  It held my attention all the way through.  It is written in the first person so we only really get the view of Addolorata (Dolly), so it left me a little in the dark about what her husband Eden was really like and the reasons for some of his actions.

Addolorata's sister Pieta sends her off on a week's holiday to Venice when things are tumbling down round her. She works really hard and is at the moment the actual bread winner for the family as her husband is still recovering from a back injury.  He thinks Dolly is making him feel guilty and that he is not pulling his weight.  I actually didn't sympathise with him very much, perhaps I wasn't meant to as it was all from Dolly's point of view. However I still wasn't totally sold on him.

In Venice Dolly meets a number of local people who draw her into their lives.  Coco is a mysterious older woman who catches Dolly's attention for her flamboyance in dress and activities.  Later Dolly is caught up in finding out who this woman is and how she fits in with the lives of the other people that Dolly meets.

I liked the setting of the book of course!  It shows Venice from the eyes of tourists but also from the local people that live there.  The way of life, the cooking and socialising permeated this book in a way that I wanted to read every line.  The love of food was obvious.

Dolly sets out on Coco's advice to find out what really makes her happy and eventually she finds a rhythm and does just that, finally deciding by the end of the book what really makes her happy. I enjoyed her new learnings, her new wisdom, her final decisions.

This was the first book by this author I've read, I look forward to reading a few more of her previous books.

4 stars

April 21, 2015

Sense and Sensibility Joanna Trollope

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Sense and Sensibility
Joanna Trollope
Published: Harper Collins
Date: 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 362
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Own book
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When their father unexpectedly dies, the three Dashwood girls—Elinor, Marianne and Margaret—must face the harsh reality of a life where they no longer have the home or the financial security that they have always taken for granted. As they come to terms with life without the comforts of either their country house or an inheritance, Elinor, a sensible architecture student, and Marianne, a passionate, musical free spirit, are also confronted by a world where their choices are abruptly limited by their new and alarming circumstances.

With her trademark insight and wit, Joanna Trollope has brought Austen’s characters and their story into the 21st century. In the timeless spirit of their creator, she casts a clever, gently satirical eye on Elinor and Marianne as they are forced to navigate the modern world and the search for love.

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This book by Joanna Trollope is a modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. To me it almost felt like the historical setting of that book, except for the modern trappings of life, such as texting, email, and Facebook being involved.

Elinor is the sensible one, Marianne rather given to being over whelmed and lacking sense when it comes to the care of herself, frequently finds herself being overcome by asthma attacks.  She is taken for a ride by a scoundrel called Wills and while she looks down her nose at Bill Brandon who is so boring and sensible.  Elinor is attracted to Edward, who is somewhat a bit dithery, but eventually gets it together.

There is a whole cast of characters, who speak like the upper class in England.  Some reminded me of the people from the TV show Miranda.  Fanny Ferrars is particularly well drawn, a more snobbish person you wouldn't ever meet, she is married to the half brother of Elinor and Marianne, and he is another complete dill.

I think Joanna Trollope did a very good rendition of a modern day Sense and Sensibility, although I was on the whole not fully in love with the book.  I mainly read it because of the author's name and I also picked it up at a second hand book fair!

3.5 stars

April 20, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Sheila at Book Journey runs It's Monday! What Are You Reading?  Holding her family in my thoughts as they face challenging times.

I didn't get so much reading done this week, other things kept me busy! Then early Friday morning I went with family up the middle of the country to Taupo ( a very volcanic area) to celebrate a big O birthday for one of my sisters.  There were eighteen and more sleeping over in this big house rented for the weekend. Lots of fun and chat, not too much sleep. So landed home late Sunday, done in. Loved it though. 
I am still walking and managed my goals for walking for the week! Already into the new week!

What I read last week:

What I am reading at present:

I have just started reading Hide Your Heart by Tracey Alvarez (NZ book) and still listening to Blood Magick by Nora Roberts.

Up next:

What I Remember Most by Cathy Lamb.  
Only We Know by Victoria Purman

Posts from last week:

The Little Paris Bookshop Nina George
Marking Time          Marie Force

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