Saturday, July 23, 2011

If You Were Here, by Jen Lancaster

If You Were Here: A Novel
Very funny fiction from Jen Lancaster, the queen of funny nonfiction. This was a quick and amusing take on HGTV fantasies, the suburbs, John Hughes, and it was a fast and enjoyable light read.

American Heiress, by Daisy Goodwin

The American Heiress: A Novel Fantastic absorbing historical fiction. From gilded age Newport to crumbling English estates, this was an impossible to put down juicy read. Cora Cash, the richest girl in America, goes to England to secure a title, and the classic America vs. Europe thing happens. Great read.

Ingenue, by Jillian Larkin

Ingenue (The Flappers) This excellent follow-up to Larkin's Vixen follows the fortunes of Clara, Gloria, and Lorraine from Chicago to thrilling New York City. While the reader really should read Vixen first, I think it would be possible to jump in to the series here, and still enjoy it tremendously.

Wonderful historical detail combined with raging melodrama combine to create a book that is impossible to put down- a one-sitting read! The fashions, the music, and the societal tidbits mixed in with a racy enthralling plot make for a winning combination. Can't wait for the next in the series!

She Makes It Look Easy, by Marybeth Whalen

She Makes It Look Easy: A Novel This seemed at first as though it was going to be a standard domestic fiction summer read, but it was surprisingly heavy on Christian theme and messages. Interesting and well written characters rose above predictable plotting.

New neighbors Ariel and Justine have very different stay-at-home mom lives, but when Justine's past returns to haunt her, both she and Ariel find out that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Divergent, by Veronica Roth

Divergent (Divergent Trilogy)OK YA dystopian thriller-type thing, but the plot was pretty meh. Pointless, actually, but fast paced action kept pages turning.