In the Neighborhood of True…by Susan Kaplan Carlton

In the Neighborhood of True…by Susan Kaplan Carlton

“Every time you’re thirsty, take a drink out of the colored persons’ water fountain.”   “Ah, so in the neighborhood of true.” Davis one-dimpled me. “That’s what we say when something’s close enough.”    After her father’s untimely death, Ruth Robb’s mother uproots her and her little sister from New York City to Atlanta, Georgia. The main issue? Ruth is Jewish and she doesn’t want anyone to know. Segregation and blatant racism still loom large in the 1950’s South. Because Ruth’s mother was raised in Atlanta, Ruth is able to hind behind her grandparents non-Jewishness. Ruth must wrestle between being popular and being who she truly is.   I really think books like ‘In the Neighborhood of True’, are important for young adults of today. It helps them to realize that segregation and the civil rights movement are not things of […]

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The Broken Girls…by Simone St. James

The Broken Girls…by Simone St. James

One of my favorite book tubers highly recommended ‘The Broken Girls’. After her description of the book, I knew I had to pick it up. ‘The Broken Girls is a mix of historical fiction, mystery/thriller, and ghost story.    I thought I try a new type of review and give my top ten things I loved about ‘The Broken Girls’ by Simone St. James.     10. The creepy girls boarding school, ‘Idlewild Hall’ and it’s garden that grew nothing. The gloomiest setting I’ve ever read about.   9. The friend bond between Sonia, Katie, CeCe and Roberta. In tough circumstances girls often turn on each other but the roommates stuck together and became true friends.   8. Sonia’s back story. Sonia hasn’t recovered mentally or physically  from her time in Ravensbruck consecration camp. It’s easy to forget that WWII really […]

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo…by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo…by Taylor Jenkins Reid

‘You’re young and your entire generation are casual with words that bear great meaning.’   ‘When you’re given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn’t give you things, you take things.’   ‘Be wary of men with something to prove.’   ‘People think intimacy is about sex. But intimacy is about truth.’   ‘Heartbreak is loss. Divorce is a piece of paper.’     Evelyn Hugo has been through seven husbands and a lifetimes of amazing stories. She is ready to break her silence. She chooses unknown reporter Monique Grant to write her story. Why Monique? What amazing things will she tell Monique? These are the questions on everyone’s lips as Evelyn begins to layout her entire life for everyone to see.   Oh-my-gosh. This book is […]

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Are You Sleeping…by Kathleen Barber

Are You Sleeping…by Kathleen Barber

  Josie Buhrman is leading a normal life in New York City when she overhears someone discussing a true crime podcast. The catch is that this crime podcast exclusively discusses the murder of Josie’s father, Chuck Buhrman. Chuck’s murder tore Josie’s family apart. The rift has caused Josie to stop speaking to her twin sister, Lanie.   The character of Josie was pretty one-dimensional and with the exception of the lies she tells her boyfriend she really didn’t do much interesting. On the other hand the charter of Lanie seems bipolar and mean. She was normal one minute and totally off the wall the next. The whole thing with her pretending to be Josie was just weird and came out of nowhere.   The interesting concept of this book is that Josie’s twin sister, Lanie, saw the murder and sent […]

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Britt-Marie was Here…by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie was Here…by Fredrik Backman

He’s small and chubby and has a head of hair like a lawn the day after an impromptu barbecue.     Britt-Marie is originally a character from Fredrik Backman’s book ‘ My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry’. When Britt-Marie leaves her cheating husband to strike out on her own, she learns it’s hard to start a new life as a sixty-something woman.   Fredrik Backman writes the most amazing characters and Britt-Marie is one of his best. She is passive aggressive, judgmental, and set in her ways. She sees everyone around her as obstacles to keeping her OCD world clean and tidy.   I loved, ‘My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell She’s Sorry.’ In that book it is so easy to dislike Britt-Marie. In ‘Britt-Marie Was Here’ we learn more of her back story and her life […]

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Just For Clicks…by Kara McDowell

Just For Clicks…by Kara McDowell

‘I just can’t help but think, unhinged or not, the good moms are the ones who stay. The ones who keep trying day in and day out.’   Claire and her twin sister, Poppy, are ‘internet famous’. Every part of their lives have been blogged, photographed, and recorded by their fashion blogger mom. Claire begins to doubt her future on the internet while Poppy loves the limelight. The addition of a new boy in class helps push Claire to spread her wings and want more for her life.   The topic of this book is very timely. When I was growing up there was no YouTube, social medial, or email. There was no pressure to keep up on the latest internet trends and there was no such thing as being ‘internet famous.’ In todays world there are many people who […]

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The Secret Keeper…by Kate Morton

Posted February 9, 2019 by Karen in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Secret Keeper…by Kate Morton

‘The landscape of one’s childhood was more vibrant than any other. It didn’t matter where it was or what it looked like, the sights and sounds imprinted differently from those encountered later. They became part of a person, inescapable.’   ‘… she and her tap shoes could be swept as easily as dust beneath histories carpet.’   Laurel is a successful actress in modern-day London. Seventy years earlier, her mother Dorothy is doing her best to survive war-torn London. As a child, Laurel witnesses a death that haunts her for the rest of her life. Laurel and Dorothy’s stories come together to form the dual timeline of a family’s secrets.   I love stories that take place in WWII London. I also love me some Kate Morton. She is one of my favorite authors and the ‘Forgotten Garden’ is one […]

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Between Before & After…by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Between Before & After…by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Favorite Quotes   ‘If we learn anything from a story at all, it’s through identification’   ‘It made me feel like a story could be more than words on paper, a living thing that may change in unpredictable ways.’   ‘Hope is made not given.’   ‘Once you open yourself  to miracles, they start showing up all around you.’   My Review   Elaine is the child of poor Irish immigrants. She is growing up in turn of the century New York City. When Elaine’s mother dies from the Spanish flu, Elaine struggles to keep her family together.   Elaine’s daughter, Molly, is growing up in 1950’s San José, California. She is crushed by the breakup of her parents marriage and desperately attempting to understand her distant mother and learn her secrets. I really love historical fiction. I find I […]

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine…by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine…by Gail Honeyman

The characters in this book, especially Eleanor, are  well thought out and quirky. I found the character of Eleanor to be one of my favorite characters of all time, second only to ‘Ove’ in ‘A Man Called ‘Ove’.   In some ways Eleanor reminds me of  Britt-Marie in ‘Britt Marie’ was Here’. Both are quirky and socially awkward.   The friendships in this novel are second to none. It is wonderful to read about what a wonderful friend Raymond is to Eleanor.   Scotland is an interesting setting for this book. I have read books before with Scotland as the setting but they have been historical fiction or adventure type books. I enjoyed seeing a slice of life story set there.   I thought Eleanor’s depression is portrayed well in this novel. Depression isn’t always extreme or obvious.   I […]

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The Roanoke Girls…by Amy Engel

The Roanoke Girls…by Amy Engel

Lane Roanoke returns to her ancestral home after her mother’s untimely death. Lane learns that everything and everyone within its walls are not as they seem.   Since ‘ The Roanoke Girls’ is such a polarizing book, I am going to keep this review fairly short. This book is engrossing and interesting. It has a mystery/thriller element that pushes the story forward. The dual timelines  added a bit of foreboding.  The characters are incredibly complex and human, both likable and unlikable at the same time. However, (and this is a big however) the storyline is gritty, raw, and graphic. It’s dark and disturbing.  It’s about incest in its extreme. It’s about sexual abuse and victim blaming. It’s about women blaming each other and themselves for abuse at the hands of a man. It’s about things in our society that do happen […]

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