‘The Deep End’ A Book Review

The Deep End by Ellie Hart, is a refreshing find.  I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy, and quite literally couldn’t put it down. “One more page”, I said, which quickly turned into 10, 20 and more.  It’s a different story than I usually read, but was intriguing from beginning to end. And let’s just say, the ending was a shocker.  I take pride in the fact I usually figure out “Who Done It” – but not in this book.  I was caught off guard, and I love that.

It’s available for pre-order now, releasing April 17, 2018.  Here’s a  quick blurb from Amazon:

Local veterinarian Dr. Giselle Cutler’s world revolves around her profession and Marta, the woman she loves. She’s confident both will always be there to support her, until her cell phone rings in the middle of the night and her once-stable world begins to spin out of control. Her sister Tiffani is missing, and all fingers point to fifteen-year-old Leif, Giselle’s nephew. Life as she knows it is fading fast, and with it, the security that family provides. As the true nature of each relationship is revealed, Giselle begins to doubt her ability to keep―and deserve―a lasting partnership. But Marta’s not giving up, and her support is the lifeline that keeps Giselle from toppling over the edge as they confront the dangers and dark secrets behind Tiffani’s disappearance.

Not only did I enjoy the intrigue of the book’s mystery, I appreciated how Hart shows us that love knows no gender.  The two women’s love story is not the central focus, just a matter of fact in the book – much like today’s world.  We are lucky to live in times where this is the case. Both Giselle and Marta are very relatable and I think I’d probably seek out their friendship.  I’d probably bond more with Giselle; she’s not quite the domestic diva Marta is.  🙂

 

‘The Deep End’ by Ellie Hart can be pre-ordered from amazon by clicking the following link – ‘The Deep End’

Or if you are a Barnes and Noble user, click on the following link: The Deep End’.

Below, the lovely Dana King-Esquer, “Ellie Hart”.

King-Esquer also writes another series, “The Proverbial Crime Mystery Series” under the pen name Dane McCaslin.  More delightful reads!  Click on the link to be directed to amazon for this series: You Can Lead A Horse to Water # 3 in the series

I’ve yet to read the “Proverbial Crime Mysteries Series”, but just purchased all three for my kindle.  Can’t wait to dig in!

A Book Review – “Unfinished”

A Book Review…about our own hometown literary hero’s new publication!  Although this is a wedding blog, I occasionally write a review about a book I love, and often the authors are friends of mine.  Usually, long distance friends.  But Amy Snyder is not only a friend, but lives in my own town of Glastonbury, CT. I occasionally work with Amy.  She’s warm, friendly, creative, and fun to be around. Read on for more about her delightful new book!

A quick synopsis from Barnes and Noble:
Unfinished by Amy Snyder

Mirabelle is a writer who just can’t finish any of the stories she starts. When her twins leave home for college, they take with them Mirabelle’s sense of identity. As she strives to adjust to her empty nest she is visited by someone unexpected: a character from the very first novel she ever attempted to write.

Characters from all of her unfinished works begin to materialize in her home, in her car, at her job. They talk, yell, and some even throw things at her. Mirabelle can see them, smell them, touch them and though she knows they’re not real, she can’t help but engage them. She created them, after all. They become part of her daily life and she finds herself alternating between hiding them from and sharing them with her almost-always-doting husband, Alex.

Some of Mirabelle’s characters are like good friends, encouraging her to finish something she’s started. Others manipulate her for their own needs and story lines. Good and bad, these characters are part of her and Mirabelle discovers she needs to both fix and finish them before they destroy her life, her sanity, and her marriage.

The lovely Amy Snyder

So what’s my take? Honestly?  I loved it. I think if I had to pick the single most appealing aspect of this book, it would be it’s refreshing approach.  But don’t forget the easy dialogue, great husband/wife dynamic/relationship. Snyder’s book is one where you say, “Ok.  Just one more chapter.”  That chapter slips into five.  “Unfinished” is fun, and very relatable.

Click on a link below if you’re interested in obtaining your own copy of “Unfinished”!

“Unfinished” Amazon

“Unfinished” Barnes and Noble

 

A Book Review – A Cajun Country Mystery

A Book Review…

Every once in awhile, I deviate from my usual wedding blog posts for something special. The delightful book, “A Cajon Christmas Killing” is just such a case.  First, a little description from Barnes and Noble about the book:

A Cajun Christmas Killing: A Cajun Country Mystery by Ellen Byron

Maggie Crozat is back home in bayou country during the most magical time of the year. In Pelican, Louisiana, Christmastime is a season of giant bonfires on the levee, zydeco carols, and pots of gumbo. Except, this year, the Grinch has come to stay at the family-run Crozat Plantation B&B. When he floods travel websites with vicious reviews, Maggie thinks she’s identified him as rival businessman Donald Baxter. That is, until he’s found stabbed to death at Maggie’s workplace. And Maggie and her loved ones become top suspects.

The Crozats quickly establish alibis, but Maggie’s boyfriend, Detective Bo Durand, remains under suspicion. With Bo sidelined during the investigation, Maggie finds herself forced to work with an unlikely ally: longtime family enemy Rufus Durand. Her sleuthing uncovers more suspects than drummers drumming, and lands her in the crosshairs of the murderer.

The sleigh bells are jingling, and the clock is ticking for Maggie and Rufus, who must catch the killer or it will be the opposite of a Joyeux Noël in A Cajun Christmas Killing , the recipe-stuffed third installment of USA Today bestselling author Ellen Byron’s Cajun Country mysteries.

What’s the best news about this book?  It’s the THIRD, yes the third, in the series!  Do you ever discover a new author and feel a sense of melancholy when the book is finished?  I do.  But then, what joy when you realize the book you just devoured is part of series!

The first is:    “Plantation Shudders” – Amazon

                       “Plantation Shudders” – Barnes and Noble

The second: “Body on the Bayou” – Amazon

                      “Body on the Bayou” – Barnes and Noble

If you forced me to pick my favorite, I’m not sure I could.  But I always like the last I read the best.  Byron just keeps getting better, her stories more interesting, funnier, the plot even tighter.  Maybe “A Cajun Christmas Killing” is my favorite because I love the holiday season.

Read one/all of these books.  Enjoy, treat yourself. You can thank me later!  🙂

Above, the beautiful Ellen Byron, author

“A Cajun Christmas Killing” – Barnes and Noble

“A Cajun Christmas Killing” – Amazon

 

Cold As Ice – A Book Review

I love to read.  I read to relax, to escape.  And there is no better series for this pleasure that Julie Mulhern’s Country Club Mystery Series.  Guess what?  Mulhern’s latest, COLD AS ICE, is available for preorder now; and you’ll receive it October 17, 2017!  I was lucky enough to have had the great pleasure of reading an advanced copy.  My initial thought?  I DON’T KNOW HOW MULHERN DOES IT!  COLD AS ICE is the best book in the series yet.  It’s still funny, but in this book, Mulhern goes into more depth of each main character.  Did I think I could learn more about them?  In my cockiness, no. Did I?  Yes!  I grew to know and love the characters more.  A favorite aspect of this series? The strong women represented.  This strikes a tender cord in my heart.  I am the mother of four daughters, and I like to think I’ve raised them to be warriors.  But this is much easier in our day and age than in the 70’s.  Yes, that’s right.  Another thing to love about the Country Club Mystery Series. It’s set in the seventies, my teen years.  Love the walk down memory lane.

According to the Barnes and Noble description of COLD AS ICE, “Ellison Russell’s life resembles a rollercoaster ride. And rollercoasters make her ill. Her daughter Grace has a crush on a boy Ellison doesn’t trust and she’s taken to hosting wild parties when Ellison goes out for the evening. Worse, the bank which represents Grace’s inheritance from her father may be in trouble.

When a meeting with the chef at the country club leads to the discovery of a body, Ellison can’t afford cold feet. She must save the bank, find the killer, and convince Grace (and herself) that powerful women don’t need men to rescue them.”

Above, the beautiful Julie Mulhern, author of the Country Club Mystery Series.  

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Is there a wedding in this book…no. But if there were, I’d like to think Ellison, the heroine of the series, would choose a winter wedding like the one above.  And, given that the series is written in the 70’s, she’d have little backlash wearing a gorgeous fur.  Summer wedding?  Love the colored wedding gown below.  I’ll never marry again, 33 years and going strong, thank you very much, but in an alternative universe?  I’d choose a soft shade like the one below. I think Ellison would too. Her mother, President of the Junior League, would accept nothing else.  🙂

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You can pre-order now from various retailers.  You can go to the side bar on this blog and type in “COLD AS ICE” in the amazon search box.   This will direct you to the “COLD AS ICE” amazon page.  If you prefer Barnes and Noble, a link is provided.  COLD AS ICE will be available October 17, 2017.

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