Laney can't wait to spend the summer at her father's lake resort. It's a place where time stands still and nothing ever changes-the perfect thing for Laney after the year she just had. But when she gets there, she discovers the lodge isn't quite as unchanging as she once thought.Some of the differences are good, like Rory's new look; some are bad, like whatever secret Karissa is keeping. And then some things are just confusing, like Weston.
Weston, her mysterious new co-worker, who is the cause of so many of the changes Laney hates. She wants to despise him, but she can't deny the attraction she feels, nor the desire she has to be around the one person who didn't know her before the summer-the one person she doesn't have to pretend for.
From the beautiful cover to the first page, I knew this book was going to be something special and worth reading. I haven't read a book in a while that genuinely grabs you so instantaneously. As you turn the first page, not only does Laney begin her journey but the reader does as well together until the last page.
So, the story begins with Laney heading out to her father's resort for the summer. Grateful to get away from her mother and her "whatever you call him" sort of situation, she finds comfort knowing that at least for the 3 months she could put things behind her to the comfort of spending time with her dad. Even though she only met him a few years ago, there is something about his resort that puts her at ease not to mention spending the summer with her two best friends, Rory and Karissa. Even though on the surface things seemed familiar, this summer would not be the same.
After reuniting with her friends, she notices a new face, Weston. As they get to know each other, wooed by his good looks and accent, she is completely smitten by him whether she wants to admit it or not. She finds herself thinking of him more than she wants. The more their attraction grows, the harder it becomes to fight what just seems right. Everytime she is around him, it just feels right but so wrong. The more her heart pushes towards him, the more her head struggled pulling her away with the gripping reminder of the day she wish never happened. Haunted unable to hide the scars that she tries to keep hidden, will she be able to finally to break free to let him in?
No matter how great Laney feels about seeing her friends, there was an undeniable difference underlying their familiar facade. Their lives have changed. As the days pass reuniting and enjoying each other's company like any other summer, the closeness that they once shared and the unique characteristics that made them magnetic, seemed different. Trying to figure their way through, noticeable changes begin to surface. Uncovered secrets begin to reveal. Changes in behavior and a break in patterns causes tension that bring up built resentment that have been hidden since they last saw each other. This past year brought some dramatic changes to their lives. When Karissa tried to reach out to her best friend, she wasn't there when she needed her the most. Not that Laney didn't want to be there but something that happened in own her life caused her to shut down and do something that has haunted her ever since. Can these two friends find their way through their painful experiences...
Well, that is just a little bit to get your started but I guarantee you there is more that is worth diving into. This book was one of those books that really absorb you every part of you. From the first page, there is an inviting voice that carries through the book as if you are spending the summer with Laney. As the title suggests, 99 Days of Laney Maguire, each day was captured separately, which made you as a reader follow along as if you were right alongside her. There was this curious anticipation to keep flipping the page because it was one of those stories that you just fall in love with.
I always say the best authors are the ones who read a lot because they are the ones who are able to capture and define genuine characters and human relationships. Rachel is such a wonderful storyteller who really brings to life these characters in a way that humanizes them and makes them more tangible to the reader. These characters are so defined and you really get them. Even though these characters were young, there was a depth to them through their experiences that made you want to connect with them. You share their journey together through friendship, love and family. It also dealt with a couple of sensitive issues that I felt were handled in a way that translated well to the reader. Overall, I think you will really enjoy this story for its entirety. If you are looking for a book that you really can you sink into, add this to your reading list.
Review by Michelle Bowles
When Camille was six years old, she was discovered alone in the snow by Enrico Vultusino, godfather of the Seven—the powerful Families that rule magic-ridden New Haven. Papa Vultusino adopted the mute, scarred child, naming her after his dead wife and raising her in luxury on Haven Hill alongside his own son, Nico.
Now Cami is turning sixteen. She’s no longer mute, though she keeps her faded scars hidden under her school uniform, and though she opens up only to her two best friends, Ruby and Ellie, and to Nico, who has become more than a brother to her. But even though Cami is a pampered Vultusino heiress, she knows that she is not really Family. Unlike them, she is a mortal with a past that lies buried in trauma. And it’s not until she meets the mysterious Tor, who reveals scars of his own, that Cami begins to uncover the secrets of her birth…to find out where she comes from and why her past is threatening her now.
This novel is about taking us to our roots, and finding out exactly who we truly are. However, it will be challenging, especially if there are people who are already looking down upon you. It may take quite a lot out of us in order to find the strength to continue looking, but it may be worth it in the end.
The story seems to have a lot of potential, especially as it is advertised as a modern retelling of the classic tale of Snow White. The main character, Camille, even has two best friends, Ruby who is modeled after Red Riding Hood, and Ellie who is modeled after Cinderella. There is talk of magic and power all around, which is always exciting.
However, the story was very confusing to follow as there are frequent changes in point of view. In the prologue for example, when Cami is telling the story of how she was found, she switches between referring to herself as “I” and “the little girl”, which made it difficult to understand. Also, the concept and rules of the magic and families is never explained, and you only have the characters’ conversations to learn everything.
Past all the confusion, I was content with the story. Although I am debating whether or not to continue the series. I most likely would not recommend this for fellow readers, but certainly encourage them to try it out for themselves.
Reviewed by Mercedes Olivas
Publication date: 2/6/2014
Series: Tales of Beauty and Madness Series
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SAVE YOURSELF has the narrative flair of Gillian Flynn and Adam Ross, the scruffy appeal of Donald Ray Pollock, and the addictiveness of Breaking Bad.
Patrick Cusimano is in a bad way. His father is in jail, he works the midnight shift at a grubby convenience store, and his brother's girlfriend, Caro, has taken their friendship to an uncomfortable new level. On top of all that, he can't quite shake the attentions of Layla Elshere, a goth teenager who befriends Patrick for reasons he doesn't understand and doesn't fully trust. The temptations these two women offer are pushing him to his breaking point.
Meanwhile, Layla's little sister, Verna, is suffering through her first year of high school. She's become a prime target for her cruel classmates, not just because of her strange name and her fundamentalist parents: Layla's bad-girl rep proves to be too huge a shadow for Verna, so she falls in with her sister's circle of outcasts and misfits whose world is far darker than she ever imagined.
Kelly Braffet's characters, indelibly portrayed and richly varied, are all on their own twisted paths to finding peace. The result is a novel of unnerving power-darkly compelling, addictively written, and shockingly honest.
Sometimes when we are unaware of the people of the around us, we don’t realize the impact they will have on our lives when we first meet. They could be the person that is the cause of your downfall by creating so much pain, or the best friend you could ever have to trust, or be the part of your life you didn’t know you were missing until you found them. Any interaction with a person could change the course of your life.
That is what this book is about, learning that the people in your life may be more important than you initially thought, and that meeting new people can change your life. Braffet does a wonderful job of creating characters that are broken and lost, that you aren't even sure who the main character is. But all their stories intertwine, and you can’t help but feel happy for them when they get on the right path.
Reviewed by Mercedes Olivas
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/6/2013
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What if you were loved by your rock star crush?
Kristen’s blog is about to get her into trouble – deep trouble – when she says negative things about a rock star. When she finally meets him, and falls for him, should she confess? As they grow closer, does she have to make a choice between blog or boyfriend . . . or is the choice made for her?
Stargazing From Nowhere kind of hit home for me because I am a small town girl with a big city heart. And often times I bash the place I live in and forget that all that flashes isn’t as glamorous as it appears. Over the summer, I had a chance to visit a city up north (which shall remain nameless because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feeling or seem like I’m trashing someone’s home) and while there, we had to take the subway. Well down south, where I leave, we don’t have such things. Suffice to say, I did not care for it. I like driving and coming and going at my own pace, not having to rely on public transportation. My point, I have dreamed of this place for years and when I got there, it wasn’t what I expected. Thus, my perceptions were flawed and my assumptions were wrong. But I digress.
If I had named the city I had went to or even though I hadn’t, the fact that I said something less than positive about subways might have upset some people. And though it was only an opinion, only words, what I said may have hurt. Which is the overall message of Stargazing From Nowhere. This novel is about learning that the things we say have consequences and that words can actually hurt people. Also, Stargazing From Nowhere is about reevaluating how we see our world and each other. That one lifestyle or one person’s life is the measure we should live up to. What we see isn’t always what’s there. And most importantly, this novel touched on something a lot of teenagers as well as young adults seem to miss and that is the true meaning of Freedom of Speech. Yes, you have a right to be heard but you should be responsible about what you say and learn to filter yourself and choose your words carefully.
Like most teenagers, Kristen sees her life in Spencerville to be plain and boring and that there is something and someplace better out there. And like most teenagers, she has a blog. Only thing is, Kristen’s blog is a secret from everyone she knows and the blog is about bashing the band Rising Tide.
In Kristen’s mind, she is doing the world a service. The band has failed to deliver a listenable second album and they are working on their third but are having musical issues. Thus the band decides to come to Spencerville to recruit Jack Hughes, who is a great music producer (somewhat retired) and Kristen’s uncle to help them make a great third album. With the band coming to town and Uncle Jack possibly producing them, Kristen could get the inside scoop of the band and reveal the true nature of Rising Tide and why they suck.
However, Kristen’s old crush on the drummer, Michael Stevens resurfaces and she is falling all over again. But this isn’t just some starstruck crush. She actually gets to meet the band and spend time with Michael, getting to know him as well as the band better. Now she is developing true feelings for him as well as go out with him and it would appear Michael feels the same way too. Also, she has developed some respect for the band and how hard it is to make great music in the industry. Thus she changes her opinion and tries to sway the negative vibe of her blog because she truly has changed her mind but also when and if Michael finds out about her blog, he won’t hate too much.
Yet they fall harder for one another and she and Michael end up dating. And at first, they keep things low key but eventually she is in the public eye just as Michael is. And she has yet to tell Michael she is Stargazer. Will she have the courage to tell him who she really is before he finds out? And if she does tell, will he still love her enough to stay with her and work things out or will she lose him forever?
Stargazing From Nowhere really is about one of the human flaws where we try to place our opinions on something, somewhere or someone and make it out to be a true statement. Yet by doing this, we open the door for criticism that is more destructive than constructive, thus doing more harm than good. Also, this book is about learning to not project our perceptions upon other people or things. That what we see isn’t always what’s there. It can always be worse somewhere or with someone else. And lastly, Stargazing From Nowhere is about learning that with freedom of speech comes great responsibility and we must learn to chose our words carefully and know how to use those words.
Reviewed by Camia Rhodes
Publisher: Do Art Publishing
Publication date: July 22, 2013
Paperback: 448 pagesAmazon
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
The ability for one to hold and cherish memories for a single lifetime is one of the most significant capabilities of the human mind. Memories are a part of life that are not meant to be forgotten whether it comes to making difficult decisions in life, experiencing pain and grief, or even the radiant memories such as love, loyalty and friendship. There is no possible solution to turning off the part of the brain that holds memories, there is no way to remember every detail of a memory in perfect clarity, but there is the circumstance under which any person can choose to live for the moments worth fighting for. These moments that make life the constant tangle of mysterious beginnings and endings that we all live for in the end.
The dystopian society constructed of the five factions is gone. The factionless have taken over with a new dictatorship. The Allegiant have gathered and plan to restore the faction system that some believe is the rightful sense of government for the people. Tris and her friends decide that none of these options are best suited for themselves and decide to find out what lies outside the city. Once Tris, Tobias and their friends have made it to the world beyond their own, they realize that there is nothing but lies in their path. Lies on top of lies make up the truth to the city and the world that created their small and to the government, insignificant city. As the epic conclusion to the Divergent series presses on, you are left with a sense of protectiveness towards Tris and her friends as they find out the truth to our world and how the American society operates. It is very interesting to read about a society that has never existed before, but that once again is always one possibility out of many that our world could one day become.
Roth’s final book to the Divergent series is captivating as you follow the viewpoints of both Tris and Tobias and their messy romance mixed with degrees of friendship, betrayal and new beginnings. There is a binding sense of family values that are brought to the surface in this book as the memories of the past are mixed with the results of the Allegiant unfolding the revolution and Tris and her friends working to find a sense of peace that will keep as few people from dying as possible. I fell in love with this series from the first few chapters of the first book; watching Tris and her brother choose their faction and their new life, but never once thinking that their life would turn out to be a complete set of lies blanketed by experiences of love, friendship, loss, and a new form of society that only some will survive.
I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys characters that bring you as the reader to life when becoming involved in the roller coaster of emotional experiences that the main characters are forced to face when their world is turned upside down. I cannot imagine my world changing in such drastic measures as I was raised that the United States government and ways of life are set and will never change, but it is always enticing and extraordinary to become involved in a fictional world that will ignite a spark of endless possibilities within you.
Reviewed by Nicole Williams
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/22/2013
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16-year-old Frankie Raven has just moved 250 miles away from her sleepy hometown to Bradford and she’s convinced her life is over. But then she meets two people who set her on an exhilarating new path and change her life forever.
Roxana King lives on Leather Lane and everyone knows what goes on there; well, everyone except Frankie. Roxana is enigmatic, fun and unlike anyone Frankie has ever known. Then there’s Marcus Ford, the gorgeous, brooding older boy who fuels Frankie's daydreams about meeting her very own Heathcliff on the wild Yorkshire Moors. There’s an instant attraction and Frankie falls hard and fast.
Marcus and Frankie begin a passionate and turbulent affair but their relationship takes a sinister turn when Marcus becomes increasingly controlling and volatile. As Frankie is drawn away from Roxana into a world of darkness and isolation she finds herself impossibly torn between her head and her heart. Will Roxana still be there to save Frankie from herself and from Marcus? Of course, that’s what best friends are for. Isn't it?
This is compelling and hard-hitting young adult fiction. Contains scenes of an explicit nature and is not suitable for younger readers.
Sometimes when you are in love, you don’t realize just how hard you are falling, either for the person you love, or how far you are falling in life. Love can make you do crazy things, stupid things, and change your whole perspective on life, and even on yourself. It can make you do things you thought you would never do. It can break or make you, either into a different person, or bring you into a life that ultimately can end you.
I hadn't read the full summary of this book before going into it, just that it was about a girl who moves and meets new people, while falling in love with a boy that makes things complicated. So I wasn't exactly sure what I was expecting when I read this book, but certainly not this.
Frankie is a girl who is moving to another small town, away from her friends and brother, along with her parents who seem to be dealing with problems of her own. You right away understand that her parents are not happy with each other, or with the changes they have had to make in their life. This leads Frankie right away to connect with Roxana, who deals with a similar situation that makes her not wanting to be home very often.
Through other friends she meets along the way, Frankie meets Marcus, who right away screams to Frankie: “hot”, “bad boy”, and “trouble”. Frankie is even warned by her friends to stay away from Marcus, but she ignores them, and through time, she eventually becomes his girlfriend, and he becomes her addiction.
However, there is soon trouble in paradise, really even before their relationship officially starts. Alix Wenmouth provides great detail on acts that are horrific, but also very real in our society. The characters are people who make mistakes, but step up to their game. I greatly enjoyed this book as the issues addressed would be great for our society to learn from, and make open some eyes as to exactly what we may not be seeing, even if it is right in front of us.
Reviewed by Mercedes Olivas
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: June 16, 2013
Paperback: 420 pagesAmazon
For any young woman, it can be hard to follow the rules . . . especially when you're falling in love.
But for Rachel, Hindy, and Leah, it's especially hard. Because as Orthodox Jews, they live by a whole different set of rules. No touching a guy - any guy! - before marriage. No dating - unless they are considering marriage - and then, only marrying a man who rates high on their parents' checklists.
All Rachel's mother wants for her daughter is to see that her daughter marries well. Naturally, this is where the rich, Columbia U educated lawyer comes in. The problem is, Rachel's already found a guy who makes her heart race. A Rabbi. But how could a struggling Rabbi possibly give Rachel the security her mother demands?
Hindy is very pious and only wants to marry a Talmud scholar. The problem is, she's in love with an Orthodox Jewish guy she works with. How long can she keep saying no when her heart says yes? And will she be able to stick to her values amidst temptation?
Leah wants to be a doctor, but her mother insists she study computers even though she hates computers. Her mom, a struggling immigrant, has fixed ideas about the course to success and marriage - which doesn't include any of Leah's wishes. What will it take for Leah to break out of her mom's - and community's - expectations and follow her dreams?
In Brooklyn Love, three Orthodox Jewish women who are caught between crushing guilt of defying their mothers and their desire to be ''normal'' are there for each other as they try to figure out who they really are . . . and what they really want.
Before reading Brooklyn Love, my comprehension of the Orthodox Jewish faith was very limited. Whether you are a member of this community or not, it is a story for anyone who has ever been in love or wants love. Usually when one thinks of dating, there are presumptions of intentions with the understanding that time and getting to know each other would determine the direction of the relationship. To my surprise, this book brought a new perspective of love within the cultural norms of a community that rules contrasts this universal secular belief.
Even though the book highlighted elements centered on the culture of the Jewish Orthodox faith, Yael created a story that centered on the lives of three young women that anyone could appreciate. Not being familiar with the rules, it was very fascinating reading a book centered on their dating culture. Not being able to touch any guy before marriage and no dating unless they were marriage contenders who rated high on their parent’s checklist, gave the book a unique a perspective that opened my mind on a culture whose beliefs about love are centered through their faith and community.
The book was easy to read with core aspects of the characters that were relatable to anyone. There are elements of the book in terms of what happens with certain characters that many might challenge its authenticity but I thought it gave a modern perspective of what many young women similarly face. With such strong influences today challenging so many that have strong cultural ties to communities as such, I thought the story paralleled them in a way depicting the pressures of conforming to the beliefs of life outside versus staying true to their cultural laws and stability of their community.
Here is an introduction to the three ladies to get you started:
Rachel walks that liberal line of thinking, bordering on the want to please her mother to the laws of what should be. Her mother wants her to marry this this lawyer who has the prestige attached to his education. In her eyes, he will provide the security that would give her a great life. Rachel has someone else in mind who she can’t stop thinking about who is a Rabbi. Does she marry for what her heart says or for the status of the community?
Leah whose heart is set on being a doctor, her mother has been pressuring her to take up another study even though she isn’t interested. If her mother had it her way, she wouldn’t even be going to college. She has a certain belief about how she should be and what it will take to obtain a marriage. Her quest is to find her a match but with every one she picks, there is no success. One day she comes across someone who catches her heart but will he be a match?
Hindy is one of those characters that you really feel for. She is not very confident in how she looks. She is someone that would be such a wonderful person to any guy who would really marry her. Her heart is set on her match to be a Talmud scholar. Sometimes in life, who you least expect can be your perfect match. An unlikely candidate in her book sees something in her that captures his heart, will stay true to her beliefs?
That is just a little bit about the characters to get you started. There are so many aspects of their story that is engaging. Their journey is filled with friendship, loyalty and the challenges trying to find themselves and what they want through their cultural laws and familial obligations. Go into this book with an open mind and you will come out with an appreciation for how far some will sacrifice for the heart.
Reviewed by Michelle Bowles
Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights on her and forced her into witness protection. But a fresh start on Juniper Landing Island was exactly what she and her family needed. For the first time in years she and her sister hang out at the beach, gossip about boys, and party together. She's also made friends with a local clique-including a magnetic and mysterious boy named Tristan.
But Rory's world is about to change again. Picturesque Juniper Landing isn't what it seems. The truth about the swirling fog that rolls in each morning, the bridge that leads to nowhere, and those beautiful locals who seem to watch Rory's every move is more terrifying than being hunted by Steven Nell. And all Rory ever wanted was the truth. Even if it means learning that she can never go home again.
The key to any relationship is trust; whether it’s romantic or friendly, trust is what holds two people together. When you are forced to remove yourself from a familiar environment and become acquainted with new people who could possibly be relationship worthy, you become more cautious and aware of your surroundings. Rory Miller is faced with the inability to trust anyone on Juniper Landing because there are too many unanswered questions and unanswered occurrences that she cannot explain. The mysterious bridge that is never used, the ominous fog that rolls in on random occasions, and most of all the clique of beautiful people who seem to be watching her every move.
Rory begins to feel at home with the ability to spend quality time with her father and sister without encountering the fear of a serial killer or a home with memories of her deceased mother at every turn. Juniper Landing seems to be the new place to call home, have a fresh start, and meet new faces who can become trustworthy of a relationship. During her time at Juniper Landing, along comes Tristan, the physically perfect, yet mysteriously witty boy who Rory cannot seem to stay away from. He is willing to tell her the truth, but the real question is will she truly believe him? Can she deal with more haunting secrets to keep away from her family and only to herself? The problem with finding out the truth and finding you can trust the person who delivers the truth is that you are not sure you are going to be able to accept what you hear once and for all.
As I dove into the sequel to Shadowlands, I realized that Rory’s journey of discovery on Juniper Landing is similar to a teenage woman looking to find her true self in an environment full of strangers. Of course the consequences Rory is about to learn may be worth more than her own life, but that does not stop her from truly attempting to take a step back and appreciate her family and what little she has left of her previous life. I enjoy a book that is able to take a common concept that everyone believes they know the answer to and turn the logic into a sense of natural debate. There isn’t much in life that is absolutely certain, and the ability to debate an important issue while learning more about yourself and your strengths is quite rewarding.
Kate Brian’s sequel to this new and endearing series is an excellent portrayal of dramatic form mixed with pure logic. There is nothing certain, absolute, or impossible in these books, but rather the possibilities are endless for Rory and her family. This may seem as a bit of a stretch to a curious new reader, but Brian captivates her readers with the ability to making the book a constant page turner while consciously reflecting on their own personal experiences and what truly makes you, you.
Reviewed by Nicole Williams
After a painful divorce, Savannah White wants nothing more than to find her happy place. So when she gets the chance to pack up her life—and her son—and move to the idyllic town where she spent childhood summers, she jumps as the opportunity. Last Chance is just as charming as she remembered. She’s even invited to join the local book club, where talk soon turns to Savannah’s plan to bring the ramshackle downtown movie theater back to life. A new challenge is just want Savannah needs to move forward . . .
Dash Randall wants to put his fortune to use, but he remembers Savannah as the bratty “princess” who descended upon him each June, causing no end of trouble. But the teenager he remembered has grown into a gorgeous and generous woman, and it isn’t long before Dash finds himself wanting to make brand-new memories with Savannah. But first, Dash and Savannah will need to make peace with their pasts to find a new chance for love.
Sometimes, in order to make a new start, you have to go all the way back to the beginning. And though you are starting over at the same place, this time, you might end up going in a whole new direction. This novel, Last Chance Book Club, is about going back to your roots to reorder your life, escaping the world you were lost in and finding out where you belong. I would also say Last Chance Book Club is about reconnecting with the people you love as well as your past. Learning to let go of the things and people you don’t need and embracing your loved ones and discovering what you’re truly capable of.
I will say that this book kind of reminded me of my own hometown. I live in North Carolina and it’s small in that way where everyone kind of knows everyone. While that can be annoying, (because everyone knows your business) it can be quaint and comforting to know that you’ll always have someone there for you. And I think that is exactly what our heroine, Savannah White thought, just before she moved back to Last Chance.
Of course Savannah had legitimate reasons for coming back to Last Chance, South Carolina. Her Uncle Harry had died and she wanted to come pay her respects as well as come visit with Aunt Miriam. But she also was planning to move back to Last Chance to get away from the clutches of her wicked mother-in-law as well as possibly force the hand of her ex-husband, Greg, to start being more fatherly to their son, Todd. Yet upon her arrival, she is reunited with none other than her “kissing cousin” Dash Randall.
For those of you who don’t know, “kissing cousins” are people who are related to someone in the family yet somehow are not related to each other. At least that has been my understanding from this novel as well as having grown up in the South.
But back to the story, Savannah runs into Dash and she is none too thrilled. He is still the same immature bad boy she had known all those years ago. Teasing her and calling her “princess,” having a lack of respect as well as faith in her. See, Savannah wants to revive The Kismet, the local movie theater but Dash doesn’t think she can do it due to her lack of funding and lack of business experience, yet giving up is the last thing Savannah wants to do. Also, she has joined the Book Club, which means she has somehow also become a knitter. And in the book club, it is where Savannah learns the gossip of the town. Also, Savannah has been dubbed perfect for Bill Ellis, the minster of the church but Savannah isn’t looking for love. She has had enough of that. Now she just wants to revive The Kismet and make a life here in Last Chance as well as a home for her and Todd.
Meanwhile, Dash tries to get used to the idea of Savannah living in Last Chance. He still sees her as the spoiled snotty princess she was but he soon realizes what a great cook she is, how loving and patient she is as well as “mama lioness” about her son Todd and mostly how everyone gravitates toward her and loves her.
Thus Dash decides to give her the money as well as his expertise, even if she doesn’t want it. So he loans her the money through the Angel Development, the company the ladies of Last Chance have started. But in the process, Dash lets go of his long time crush, Hettie Marshalls and begins to develop feelings for Savannah. And he has even found himself fathering her son Todd and growing attached to him in a way he never thought possible. And soon Dash finds himself wanting to be a part of their family, or rather, make them his family.
And what about Savannah? Aside from realizing she can’t knit worth swat, she has the money for the renovations of the theater and even a good business proposal in place; and Todd has someone to be there for him in a way his father or hers ever was. Suddenly, Savannah finds herself falling for Dash and becoming less and less interested in Bill. But her mother-in-law is still trying to destroy her new found happiness by trying to force her to return to Baltimore with Todd. Can Savannah really leave now that she has found her home, now that Todd finally has someone who’ll be there for him? And what about her plans to revive the theater? What about her growing feelings for Dash? Can she really leave it all or will she finally stand her ground and stay?
I know I threw a lot of elements at you but there are a lot of elements to this story. Last Chance Book Club is as I stated, a book about starting over at the beginning but going in a totally different direction than you had before. This book is also about making new friends out of familiar faces and reconnecting with your past. Yet most importantly, Last Chance Book Club is about learning to lean on friends and family and cut lose those who are toxic to you and things you don’t need as well as discover who you are and what you can do.
Reviewed by Camia Rhodes
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 3/26/2013
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No one writes about relationships and parenting quite like humorist Marc Prey. Now comes his first book, a laugh-out-loud funny, brutally honest and deeply touching collection of personal stories about one man's relationship with his spouse and offspring. In When It Comes to Spooning, I'm a Fork, Prey takes readers on a journey from first awkward date to raising teenagers, all the while exposing moments that seemingly shift from the hilarious to the poignant in the beat of a heart. And when it's over, readers may discover they've learned something about themselves along the way.
The best books about marriage and having children are the ones written by those who've experienced it firsthand. No clinical terms or hypothetical how to explanations will teach you about what will just be when you learn as you go. Rarely do we come across books written by men on the subject but this one in particular is definitely one that I think everyone will enjoy.
In his heartwarming and hilarious debut, When It Comes to Spooning, I’m a Fork, screenwriter Marc Prey transitions to author with a book that is definitely one that everyone must add to their reading list. Whether you are married with kids or not, you will enjoy and relate to many of the experiences that were talked about in his book. Its themed chapters, filled with stories from his life being a husband and a father, takes the reader on a journey from meeting his wife through raising their kids. Some moments leaving you laughing out loud and others giving you aha or why didn't I think that situations.
Prepare to read this book in one sitting because once you start, you won't want to stop. This is definitely not a how to but a sort of insightful introspection from a dad’s point of view that is a refreshing perspective. Not to limit this to just parents, this book can be read by anyone who wants a good laugh. Whether you laugh all the way through, find some inspiration along the way or just nod in agreement, this is one of those books that will make you smile.
Reviewed by Michelle Bowles