Hey guys! Happy Thursday!!
Today, I’m popping in today to share some of my recent good reads. . .
Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.
A murder…A tragic accident…Or just parents behaving badly? What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny, biting, and passionate; she remembers everything and forgives no one. Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare but she is paying a price for the illusion of perfection. New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for a nanny. She comes with a mysterious past and a sadness beyond her years. These three women are at different crossroads, but they will all wind up in the same shocking place.
Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.
–> a good “beach” read with an interesting twist at the very end. The book was a little slow at points, but the characters were interesting enough to keep me reading and I liked the twist at the end. My grade – B+
The unforgettable story of a mother and son forever changed during a long summer weekend when a mysterious man comes into their lives.
–> super quick read. I wasn’t exactly sure where the story was going but it kept me interested. Not my favorite book, but a decent beach read. C+
During a picnic at her family’s farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime, a crime that challenges everything she knows about her adored mother, Dorothy. Now, fifty years later, Laurel and her sisters are meeting at the farm to celebrate Dorothy’s ninetieth birthday. Realizing that this is her last chance to discover the truth about that long-ago day, Laurel searches for answers that can only be found in Dorothy’s past. Clue by clue, she traces a secret history of three strangers from vastly different worlds thrown together in war-torn London—Dorothy, Vivien, and Jimmy—whose lives are forever after entwined. A gripping story of deception and passion, The Secret Keeper will keep you enthralled to the last page.
–> I really liked this book, the story was interesting and I liked how it jumped around from each person’s view point and from the past to the present. It dragged a little bit in the middle, but the ending was totally worth the read. My grade – A
A #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She and her billionaire husband are getting accustomed to being objects of attention. But now Eve has become one person’s obsession. Someone who thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her again and again. And Eve knows that underneath the worship, a terrible threat lies in wait.
–> So, I didn’t realize that this is like book #40 in a “In Death” series. . . thankfully, it is a good stand alone book. I liked the characters and think I will go back and read more of the series. This one was a fairly standard murder/cop mystery. Somewhat predictable but still a good read. My grade – B
At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that is not meant to be read…
My darling Cecilia,
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died…
Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive…
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything—and not just for her. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
–> such. a. good. book. I couldn’t put it down. I lost a lot of sleep the week I was reading this one. The perfect vacation/lazy weekend read. My grade – A
For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.
It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.
–> Another winner. SO interesting and amazing. I love how the story started with following one boys childhood and then intertwining with the other boys who rowed in the crew team for University of Washington and then competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Also, it was very interesting to read about the Olympic preparations in Germany during the Nazi era. So much sadness during that time period, but this story will stay with you. I read it a few weeks ago and I am still thinking about this amazing story of the nine boys and their journey to the Olympics. Grade – A+
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Have you read any good books lately??