THE BUG JAR – A Book Review

THE BUG JAR – A Book Review

There’s a new girl in town, and she is a force to be reckoned with.  Ava Black debuted her first book  September 16, 2108 to rave reviews.  While it’s not my typical read, I enjoyed it immensely.  And maybe that’s  why I enjoyed it so much…because it is not my typical read, or even yours.  But don’t miss it!  It’s thrilling to find a book that doesn’t follow a typical pattern, that doesn’t always conform to the standard subject material.  Don’t get me wrong, it has everything I love in a book; it’s quick paced, exciting, never drags.  But it has elements that may surprise you.  Should you root for the heroine?  Or is she an anti-hero?  Read this book…decide for yourself. You won’t be disappointed, and will in fact be thrilled to have discovered a new, talented author on her rise to the top.

Barnes and Noble describes THE BUG JAR:

“For make-up salesgirl Samantha Holland, life is a constant struggle to cling to reality. Her tenuous hold on sanity is exacerbated by a toxic affair with wealthy and powerful State Representative Richard Harrison, who gets sadistic pleasure toying with her already confused mind. But Sam comes closest to losing her grip when Harrison’s emotionally disturbed stepson is murdered—and the police suspect her. When Harrison tries to break off their relationship, Sam tries to save herself by piecing together patchy memories of what might be her own involvement in the killing. The truth she uncovers is more sinister than she could have imagined.”

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Above, the lovely Ava Black

Let me make a prediction: I predict The BUG JAR will be made into a major motion picture.  And you can say, “Hey!  I read that book, way back when!”

“Back Stabbers” A Book Review!

“Back Stabbers” A Book Review!  One of my favorite book series is the ‘Country Club Mystery Series’ by the talented Julie Mulhern.

If you’ve yet to read any of Mulhern’s books, you’re doing yourself a disservice.  “Back Stabbers” is the eighth book in the series, and my favorite.  I don’t know how Mulhern does it, but each book gets just a little bit better, a little bit more interesting, a little bit funnier.  Yes, funnier.  Because even though the series is about a 1970’s socialite/mother/painter, she is incredibly funny; laugh out loud funny.  I think Ellison and I would be great friends.  I’d enjoy solving a mystery or two with her, and laughing.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering, you can click on either link below.  You won’t have to wait long for your book to arrive!  The book debuts Tuesday October 23, 2018.  If you order an e-book, it will arrive automatically to your device on that date.

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So what is this book about?  You may ask.  Well, just take a look at Barnes and Noble’s website description:

“All Ellison Russell wanted was an update on her stock portfolio. Instead, she found her broker dead.

With an unexpected out-of-town guest at her house, Ellison is too busy for a murder investigation. Only this time, Detective Anarchy Jones wants her help, and she can’t deny the handsome detective. Can Mr. Coffee supply her with enough caffeine to keep her brain sharp and everyone else happy?

Juggling bodies (one, two, three, four), two-faced friends, her social calendar, and a cat (yes, a cat) is taxing but Mother might be the biggest challenge of all.

With a killer drawing closer, can Ellison put together the pieces or will she be the one getting stabbed in the back?”

Below, the beautiful author Julie Mulhern.

And what would my wedding blog be without a wedding photo of the lovely Julie and her new husband many moons ago?  🙂   Love her dress and hair!

 

“A Nantucket Wedding” by Nancy Thayer

A Nantucket Wedding by Nancy Thayer …

I have been waiting, rather impatiently, for it’s release.  What a joy to be able to read it early.  Obviously, I love weddings…and I love Nantucket.  Sadly, I have never been; but oh, a visit to Nantucket is on my bucket list!  And that desire has been created by reading the delightful, sun-kissed beach reads, by my all time favorite author, Nancy Thayer.

A Nantucket Wedding was everything I’d hoped, and come to expect, from Thayer.  It’s as rich and as sensual as a warm piece of chocolate molten cake. But first, before my review…a blurb from Barnes and Noble…

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“Wedding bells are ringing, a family is reunited, and new love is blooming—for better or worse—in this captivating novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Island House and Secrets in Summer.

A few years after losing her beloved husband, Alison is doing something she never thought she would do again: getting married. While placing the finishing touches on her summer nuptials, Alison is anxious to introduce her fiancé, David, to her grown daughters: Felicity, a worried married mother of two, and Jane, also married but focused on her career. The sisters have a somewhat distant relationship and Alison hopes that the wedding and the weeks leading up to the ceremony will give the siblings a chance to reconnect, as well as meet and get to know David’s grown children.

As the summer progresses, it is anything but smooth sailing. Felicity stumbles upon a terrible secret that could shatter her carefully cultivated world. Jane finds herself under the spell of her soon-to-be stepbrother, Ethan, who is as charming as he is mysterious. And even Alison is surprised (and slightly alarmed) by her new blended family. Revelations, intrigue, resentments—as the Big Day approaches, will the promise of bliss be a bust?
      
Against the gorgeous backdrop of the sunswept island of Nantucket, Nancy Thayer sets the stage for a walk down the aisle no one will ever forget.”

If you’d like to order A Nantucket Wedding for your own, you can click on either link below and be directed to Barnes and Noble or Amazon. The book appears in book stores, or on your personal reading device, April 3, 2018 – but you can pre-order!

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Most often, I devour books.  I must get to the end as soon as I can.  I had that same compulsion with A Nantucket Wedding, but I forced myself to hold back.  I hate when I finish Thayer’s books.  They are such an escape, such a delight, I feel bereft when I finish one.  So I savor the read, and make it last as long as I can. But alas, A Nantucket Wedding DID come to an end.  But don’t worry, it was such a treat, I enjoyed every word.

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Not only does Thayer give a most glowing description of her beloved island, (and yes, you’ll feel like you know it, even if you’ve never been there! I included a map of the area above, in case you’d like to get a little perspective), she also hits just the right notes of family dynamics, new relationships… and yes, sigh…red hot romance! Her characters are identifiable, just like people in your own lives.

Thayer is a master at incorporating familial multi-generations in her novels.  These books are for everyone.  I love them, as do my teen and young adult daughters.  Her novels are of problems solved and new beginnings; feel good books for sure. A Nantucket Wedding is no exception.

Nancy Thayer has many, many books to her credit set in Nantucket.  She also writes a delightful series – The Hot Flash Club Series – Yes…you read that right!  🙂  They are a kick! (A link from amazon is included below if you’re interested)

The Hot Flash Club Series  – Amazon

Below, the beautiful Nancy Thayer

And what about that beautiful island?  Well the wedding was held at the fabulous Wawinet Resort on Nantucket.  I have included some photos from the resort’s “Toppers” Restaurant Instagram for your enjoyment.

How about that for a spread…and the view!

A wedding cake made on site by the Resort’s very own pastry chefs.

I can most definitely see myself here!

Arrive at Toppers Restaurant via the complimentary cruise “Wauwinet Lady”

What a sunset…I’m in love, I imagine you will be too.  I’ll get back to you after I made my pilgrimage to Nantucket this summer.  I just must…  🙂

“SPLINTERED SILENCE” A Book Review

“Splintered Silence” is a new book by the talented Susan Furlong.  Furlong is a cozy mystery writer, but “Splintered Silence” is a new genre for her.  It’s a thriller, and boy does it thrill! I LOVE the cover…

I couldn’t wait to read “Splintered Silence”, in fact I “preordered” it twice, having forgotten that I had done it when it was first announced.  A quick blurb from Amazon:

Among the Irish Travellers living in the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee, no one forgets and no one forgives. And as former Marine MP Brynn Callahan finds out when she returns home, it’s hard to bury the past when bodies keep turning up . . .
 
After an IED explosion abruptly ends her tour of duty, Brynn arrives stateside with PTSD and her canine partner, Wilco—both of them bearing the scars of battle. With a mix of affection, curiosity, and misgivings, she goes back to Bone Gap, Tennessee, and the insular culture she’d hoped to escape by enlisting in the Marine Corps.
 
Marginalized and wary of outsiders, the Irish Travellers keep to themselves in a secluded mountain community, maintaining an uneasy coexistence with the “settled” townspeople of McCreary. When Wilco’s training as a cadaver dog leads Brynn to discover a body in the woods, the two worlds collide. Soon it’s clear that Brynn and Wilco are in danger – and they’re not the only ones.
 
After the police identify the dead woman, Brynn is shocked to learn she has a personal connection—and everything she’s been told about her past is called into question.
Forming a reluctant alliance with local sheriff Frank Pusser, Brynn must dig up secrets that not only will rattle her close-knit clan to its core, but may forever change her perception of who she is . . . and put her back in the line of fire.

Furlong writes with the gift of always making the reader desirous of reading just “one more page”.  There are never sections you wish to skip.  One never wants to ‘cheat’ and read ahead – you just might miss something.  Her writing flows naturally, all the while keeping you on the edge of your seat.  I shouldn’t confess this, as I have many responsibilities, but I read “Splintered Silence” in one sitting.  Did I loose a little sleep?  Yes…but I’m still young enough that I can muddle through the next day.  I loved this book…and you will too.

Above, the beautiful Susan Furlong

Cozy mysteries more up your alley?  Click on the link below to be directed to a previous blog post where you can read about Furlong’s ‘Georgia Peach Mystery Series’, and how to order, if you’re so inclined!

Furlong also writes another cozy series, ‘The Novel Idea Mystery Series’ under the pen name, ‘Lucy Arlington’.

Click on the link if you’re interested in these charming books. “Off the Books”