The Goddesses by Swan Huntley – Book Review

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Nancy Murphy has been having a difficult time of it.  Her husband has been unfaithful recently, the family has moved to Hawaii for her husband’s job, and their twin teenagers are acting out by setting fires.  They are hoping the move will reinvent the marriage, and stop the boys from becoming fire-bugs.  In other words, there is a lot riding on this move.

Since her husband’s infidelity, Nancy has been having a crisis.  She’s been a stay-at-home mother since the birth of the twins, and is having a hard time deciding who she is.  Her husband’s affair has left her vulnerable, and Ana, a yoga instructor Nancy meets is more than happy to exploit this vulnerability.

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What follows is a wild ride for a boring, stay-at-home mother in the middle of a crisis.  I don’t want to give too much away, so I won’t.  I loved how true the writing was for a woman in crisis, and a marriage on the way down the tubes.  I highly recommend this novel.  Well done, Huntley!

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Book Review

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When relatively unknown reporter, Monique Grant is contacted by legendary actress Evelyn Hugo to write her autobiography, Monique cannot believe her luck.  However, she soon realizes that there will be a price to be paid for the riches and fame that will follow.

Evelyn reveals all, telling the truth for the first time in her life.  As all is slowly revealed, Monique’s estimation of Evelyn keeps rising, until the final curtain is drawn back.  While I won’t reveal all, I can say that the story of Evelyn’s rise to the top of the acting game is an exciting story with more twists and turns then any movie.

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The story is engaging and the characters are life-like and interesting.  I love how both Evelyn and Monique were portrayed as real people with real characteristics.  This novel is hardly black and white, instead it resides with real life, where gray is the presiding color – no one is only good or bad, we’re all a combination of the two.  I highly recommend this novel.  Well done, Reid!

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Taylor Jenkins Reid

Little Sister by Barbara Gowdy – Book Review

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I found this novel to be extremely interesting, since I’ve long had a fascination with lightning.  When thunderstorms hit, Rose Bowen finds herself inside another woman’s body, experiencing her life and living her emotions.  Is this only a migraine, as Rose’s boyfriend, the tediously boring Victor asserts, or is something else happening?

Rose’s life is the same, day-after-day, taking care of her mother who suffers from dementia, running the family classic movie theater, and sleeping with Victor on the same nights week after week.  Having a peek at another, more exciting life becomes an obsession for Rose.  She seeks our thunderstorms with the hopes of experiencing someone else’s life.

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When Rose realizes that this is a real woman, whose life she is experiencing, she begins to track her down, for what reason, Rose is not entirely sure.  I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, so I’ll just leave it here.  However, I will say that this experience gives Rose the jolt (pun intended) that she has needed for a long time.  I highly recommend this novel.  Well done, Gowdy!

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Barbara Gowdy

 

Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton – Book Review

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If you are a fan of pirate tales, this is the novel for you.  There is the swashbuckling “hero”, Captain Charles Hunter, well on his way to being arrested for “pirating”, when in fact he is a “privateer” (simply a legal term for pirate).  Hunter is everything you would hope for in a pirate – he smells bad, he is a cad and a liar in the first degree.  He is also loyal to his crew, an intelligent man, and one bent on obtaining his goals – treasure hunting and stealing being the preeminent goal of a pirate, after all.  Just a note, this novel was published posthumously.

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I loved this story.  It had everything you could want in a straight-up pirate book.  A Captain on the search for revenge, treasure and having his name go down in history.  The novel moves along quickly, is a fast read, and is full of all the usual suspects.

I highly recommend this novel, as it is great fun.  Well done, Crichton!

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Michael Crichton