Wednesday, May 28, 2014


If you have not read an A.L. Jackson book, you are really missing some excellent writing. She has become one of the authors that I eagerly anticipate each of her book and her latest, Come To Me Quietly is now on sale for $1.99.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014


After the cliffhanger from the first book, we now get a glimpse at a bit of the backstory for both Andrew and Aubrey.

There was a lot of hot, smoking sex and a lot of back and forth with Aubrey and Andrew. I am of two opinions and can't make up my mind if I want Andrew and Aubrey to have a HEA or I want her to kick him to the curb.

Aubrey's parents are pretentious and don't care about what she wants. They are smug and expect her to drop everything and follow them on the campaign trail - WTH!

Andrew is cocky, self-assured and at times I like him and other times I just can't take his arrogance. It reminds me of the way I felt about Tony in the Consequences series.

So will we have a ballerina? Will Aubrey follow her parents on the campaign trail? Will Andrew and Aubrey get together and will we find out what is going on with Andrew's wife (or soon to be ex-wife)?

I am excited to read the third and final installment of this series

4.5 stars

Saturday, May 24, 2014


Helen Peppe's memoir was at times funny and at other times sad. Being the youngest of 9 children she got less attention when she was younger and as the older children left, she got more attention. Some of the things that happened to Helen were downright inconceivable. Money seemed tight on their farm, yet there were 2 trips to Florida.

My favorite chapter of this book was when Eric kept giving Helen different animals.

There was teenage sex, smoking and since Helen was the youngest, she was on lookout patrol.

I was glad for the happy ending, but it seemed abrupt and I would have liked just a little bit more information between childhood and adulthood.

3.5 stars

Friday, May 23, 2014


As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, people are thinking of the extra day off they get from work or the BBQ they are having or going to. Here is a little history on Memorial Day.

My husband and his family all participate in many (7) parades over the next 3 days and I will be working with our local American Legion Auxiliary to prepare for the Memorial Day Parade and we invite everyone back for hotdogs and refreshments. Above are some of the picture of past parades.

Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountains. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There often is a religious service and a "dinner on the ground," the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the "memorial day" idea.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Coben is a masterful storyteller. All of his books are books that are totally relatable and things that could actually happen.

In this particular book, there is a lot going on. At the beginning it almost seemed as if I was reading 2 different books.

The main character, Kat is in the NYC police department.

Her father was killed 18 years ago, her boyfriend dumped her around the same time and she was given a subscription to an online dating service by her friend, Stacey.

While browsing the site, Kat sees her ex-boyfriend and tries to initial contact.

There was a boy in the station that wanted to talk to her. He was concerned that something happened to his mother because he hadn't spoken to her.

A very colorful character is Aqua and I was really shocked by what has happened to him.

Another 5 star book from Harlan Coben

Saturday, May 17, 2014


I was hoping to like this book a bit more than I did.

I loved the characters, but at times thought they needed a little more depth.

This is a story of a woman, Jane, who is just going through life with such sorry after the loss of her daughter. She has friends in her group and a sponsor who is a very good friend. Every Saturday Jane attends her group and mourns the loss of her daughter, Melody.

Jane tries to hunt down anyone who knew Melody, only to find Caleb, who appears to have known Melody. Can Jane live with the decisions she makes?

There is lots of love, loss and dealing with death and alcohol.

I was pleased with the ending and yet I'm curious to read the next book in the series to see what transpires.

3.5 stars

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


I was so excited to win All Lined Up. I have been meaning to read on of Cora Carmack's books ever since I went to BEA last year and saw her signing books.

This book was so not a disappointment. I was a huge fan of Friday Night Lights and was disappointed when it went off the air, so I knew I would just love this book.

All Lined Up is the first book in a new series centered around Rusk University and Football.

Dallas Cole is the daughter of a football coach and her mother has left the picture when she was very young. She grew up around football. She gets her heart broken and has broken promises. She tries to hold on to the boy she thinks she loves, only to lose him. She develops trust issues and that is the basis of the story. Can Dallas learn to trust again with her whole heart?

Carson is a walk-on trying to make the football team at Rusk University and he has a plan and that plan includes working hard at football, studying and no distractions of the female kind. That is until Dallas literally falls into his lap.

The rest of the characters are wonderful and well rounded and I'm looking forward to getting more into their respective story as the series continues. Stella is a favorite of mine, but there is also Silas, Ryan and many more I am looking forward to delving more into what they are about.

Will Dallas and Carson have a HEA? Will Dallas' father get in the way of her happiness? Can she learn to trust and give her heart away?

I absolutely loved this book and plan to read the rest of her books ASAP