Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekly Book News

My Weekly Book News
this week's topic... It Takes Two (Books)
 These are the 2 books I read last week:

1. Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey 
very enjoyable beach read
family dynamics plot, involving troubled relationships between mother, daughters, and the men they love/d or left behind
light but not fluffy-- some serious issues within romantic plotlines
nice descriptive setting of Georgia's coast
first in the Peachtree Bluff series. 
new to me author
I will definitely continue with this series
satisfied: my beachy setting, family-drama fiction craving

"Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp. Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley's life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open."- partial book blurb

2. The Diva Paints the Town by Krista Davis
third in the Domestic Diva series- I've read book #1 & 2
I will definitely continue with this series (10 books)
set in historical Old Town Alexandria, VA
the author is writing another cozy series that I'm not interested in
MC- event planner and wonderful baker & cook with a large group of friends
she's a younger, more fun Martha Stewart-type
her lifelong friend and competitor is like Martha Stewart's evil-twin
humorous but not slapstick dialogue
much description of food and decorating, to advance the plot (recipes at the end of book)
usually more than one dead body... but murder takes place off-stage
there is a large group of continuing characters-- relatives, friends, & neighbors
the stories revolve around the core 8 or so characters  
fun to follow along with Sophie & the gang through the convoluted clues while they add- then discard- several names from their list of suspects
satisfied: my fun cozy mystery craving

 "When Sophie's neighbor-a reclusive professor-dies, his final wish is for the Domestic Diva to throw a dinner party in his honor, and he's planned everything down to the letter. But what no one planned for is the corpse of a student that Sophie finds in his house."- book blurb
These are the 2 books I'm reading now:

 1. The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger
purchased with my Mother's Day gift card
an author whom I've read since she began suspense thrillers

"Strangers to each other, and walking very different paths in the wake of trauma, these two women are on a collision course—because Zoey’s past nightmare and Claudia’s dreams for her future take place in the very same house. As Zoey seeks justice, and Claudia seeks peace, both will confront the monsters at the door that are the most frightening of all."- partial book blurb

2. The Deep End by Julie Mulhern
first in the County Club Murder series 
lingering on my Kindle TBR pile
new to me author
highly recommended cozy book

"It’s 1974 and Ellison Russell’s life revolves around her daughter and her art. She’s long since stopped caring about her cheating husband, Henry, and the women with whom he entertains himself. That is, until she becomes a suspect in Madeline Harper’s death. The murder forces Ellison to confront her husband’s proclivities and his crimes—kinky sex, petty cruelties and blackmail.As the body count approaches par on the seventh hole, Ellison knows she has to catch a killer. But with an interfering mother, an adoring father, a teenage daughter, and a cadre of well-meaning friends demanding her attention, can Ellison find the killer before he finds her?"- partial book blurb

These are the 2 books I hope to read next week (but really, who knows?): 

1. All The Best People- Sonja Yeorg
I downloaded last week with gift card
read and enjoyed a book by her

2. Meet Me At Emotional Baggage Claim- Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella 
library selection 
much-read suspense/legal mystery author
I enjoy her humorous random essay books too

Mom as a teen, smiling down on me on Mother's Day :)
Enjoy your week, and your reading!

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