Sunday, June 22, 2014

Book Revew - The No-Kids Club by Tali Roland - A First Reads Book Sent For Review

I won this book as a First Reads book here on Good Reads of course they hope that you will write a review and I always do. I found this book to be a great beach read, you can kind of finsish this book in ome long day, it's an easy read a fun story.
Clare Donoghue who is pushing forty finds that her boyfriend all of a sudden announces he wants children and that ends their fabulous relationship. Or at least what she thought was fabulous. She absolutely does not want children, I could kind of relate to Clare as I always knew I would never have children although my choices were based on my health, and I guess my background, which is what in the end has built Clare's decision also. Clare finds that all of her friends are busy with having kids and play dates and she either cant' see them or she does and they only want to talk about their lives with their children issues......she just doesn't relate well with that so she decides she is going to start a NO-Kids Club! She meets a young man who helps her by getting her on television on a Wake Up London program, and her club is off to a very promising start! The first few members though are what the book concentrates on, their lives and issues in addition to Clares. There is Poppy, a woman desparate and unable to conceive, and Anna who is trying everything she can to jump start her marriage that has gone stale. So in the end you find out if for Clare, is living child-free al it's cracked up to be? A very fun read, as i said, easy to finish in a long afternoon, I really enjoyed the book. 
Here is the description as found on Good Reads: At almost forty, Clare Donoghue is living child-free and loving it.

Then her boyfriend says he wants kids, breaking off their promising relationship. And it's not just boyfriends: one by one, her formerly carefree friends are swallowed up in a nonstop cycle of play dates and baby groups. So Clare decides it's time for people who don't have children to band together. And so the No-Kids Club is born.

As the group comes together?Anna, who's seeking something to jumpstart a stale marriage, and Poppy, desperate for a family but unable to conceive?Clare's hoping to make the most of the childless life with her new friends.

Will the No-Kids Club be Clare's route to happiness, or will the single life lose its sparkle

Book Review - The Lemon Grove by Helen Walsh - A First Reads Book Sent In Exchange For Reveiw From Good Reads!

I won this book as a First Reads from Good Reads....I read the book over two or three days I liked the authors writing in that she really described the scenes in Majorca in Spain. I had problems in that I really didn't find that I liked the characters of the book. This was kind of unusual for me. If it weren't for the way that the author wrote it I may not have finished it. Jenn (a forty something wife) of Greg a professor at University who have been married for years. Emma their daughter is Jenn's step daughter her Mother died during birth. Greg and Jenn decide to come to their annual vacation place for one week and allow after much discussion even though they haven't really met the kid, Emma is going to bring her boyfriend Nathan with her for the second week of their vacation. Emma is fifteen, a fairly young fifteen while Nathan it seems is a fairly older and more experienced seventeen year old. Jenn finds herself alone with Nathan and realises after a while that Nathan is flirting with her. Which is flattering but kind of unthinkable. She's been married forever and things have kind of gotten rather setteled and predictable with her marriage and her husband seems to be kind of depressed and self involved lately which will by the end of the book show why. He's not paying much attention to Jenn these days. The book evolves with Emma and Nathan fighting, and Nathan and Jenn spendding more and more time together alone and they slowly get into more than flirting, which is very tough for Jenn to think about after each time she spends time with Nathan, each time she thinks she needs to get Nathan on the plane and out of their, or her life is going to come apart at the seams if her daughter or husband find out what is going on. The sexual scenes are not very long and kind of unusually written, almost as if the author is not used to writing such involved sexual scenes. Anyway, I guess I had to finish the book just to find out if Jenn and Nathan do get found out......and that is all I can say about this book without giving away the ending.

Here si the description as found on Good Reads:
Set on the rugged, mountainous west coast of Mallorca, this taut, sultry, brilliantly paced novel is an urgent meditation on female desire, the vicissitudes of marriage and the allure of youth.

Taking place over the course of one week, The Lemon Grove lands in the heat of Deia, a village on an island off the southeast coast of Spain. Jenn and Greg are on their annual holiday to enjoy languorous, close afternoons by the pool, and relaxed dinners overlooking the rocks. But the equilibrium is upset by the arrival of their teenage daughter, Emma, and her boyfriend, Nathan. Jenn, in her early forties, loves her (older) husband and her (step)daughter and is content with her life, she thinks. But when this beautiful, reckless young man comes into her world, she is caught by a sexual compulsion that she's seldom felt before. As the lines hotly blur between attraction, desire and obsession, Jenn’s world is thrown into tumult--by Nathan's side, she could be young and carefree once again, and at this stage in her life, the promise of youth is every bit as seductive as the promise of passion. Jenn struggles between the conflicting pulls of resistance and release, and the events of the next few days have the potential to put lives in jeopardy as the players carry out their roles in this unstoppably sexy and unputdownable novel from a brilliant observer of the human condition.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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I received an advance copy of Ruby from the First Reads group on Good Reads. This is absolutely the opposite of some of the books I enjooy. It's aobut a man and a women in 1930's Liberty Texas. They are black during a time when being so can cause big problems for a young girl. This book is heavy, disturbing, and gut wrenching. What happened to Ruby during her young life while she was in Liberty and while she was away is really really sad. I had to work to get through this book it wasn't a happy book. I think someone may make a movie of this book, it is a book aobut two people Ruby and Ephraim who has been in love with Ruby since she was a very young girl. She disappeard and was back to her grandfathers home when she was in her 30's. Ephraim had to choose between Ruby and his sister that raised him who is very entrenched int he local church. Ruby is everything they see wrong in a person even though the men of the town made Ruby who she was. This is not a fast or happy read. It deals with a lot of unpleasant subjects and some of them they tell about the girl torn apart by what happens to her but they don't do anaything about it. This just wasn't my favorite type of book. I'm sorry because I always love recieveing new books in the mail. I did donate this book to a small library that my Mom donates time to in Linden Iowa. I'm sure they will welcome the book as they have a very small budget.
Here is hte description as found here on Amazon.:
The epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her—this beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.

Ephram Jennings has never forgotten the beautiful girl with the long braids running through the piney woods of Liberty, their small East Texas town. Young Ruby, “the kind of pretty it hurt to look at,” has suffered beyond imagining, so as soon as she can, she flees suffocating Liberty for the bright pull of 1950s New York. Ruby quickly winds her way into the ripe center of the city--the darkened piano bars and hidden alleyways of the Village--all the while hoping for a glimpse of the red hair and green eyes of her mother. When a telegram from her cousin forces her to return home, thirty-year-old Ruby Bell finds herself reliving the devastating violence of her girlhood. With the terrifying realization that she might not be strong enough to fight her way back out again, Ruby struggles to survive her memories of the town’s dark past. Meanwhile, Ephram must choose between loyalty to the sister who raised him and the chance for a life with the woman he has loved since he was a boy.

Full of life, exquisitely written, and suffused with the pastoral beauty of the rural South, Ruby is a transcendent novel of passion and courage. This wondrous page-turner rushes through the red dust and gossip of Main Street, to the pit fire where men swill bootleg outside Bloom’s Juke, to Celia Jennings’s kitchen where a cake is being made, yolk by yolk, that Ephram will use to try to begin again with Ruby. Utterly transfixing, with unforgettable characters, riveting suspense, and breathtaking, luminous prose, Ruby offers an unflinching portrait of man’s dark acts and the promise of the redemptive power of love