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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

WHEN CHOICE INTERFERES WITH BLISS....

Proving once again that women's fiction isn't necessarily trite and clich├ęd, Emily Giffin takes us on a thoughtful journey with her protagonist, Claudia Parr.

A successful book editor married to the man of her dreams, Claudia has it all. She and Ben want the same things and almost think the same thoughts. And while their choice of a child-free life sometimes stirs up controversy amongst friends and associates, they (mostly) move along on their chosen pathway with nary a blip on the radar.

Then one day, something changes. Ben decides that he wants a child after all. At first, Claudia thinks he is just feeling nostalgic because of friends having a baby. But when the desire only grows stronger, and Claudia's views do not change, this one major difference between them seems to be a deal-breaker. They part ways.

In the following weeks and months, Claudia is forced to face the demise of something precious, while at the same time, experiencing new relationships, one of which even seems promising. But always there's that niggling little thought that maybe, just maybe...she might have made a mistake.

I loved this character that narrates the story of Baby Proof and allows us to really know her. We get to see inside her very soul, and her thoughts, feelings, and angst become ours.

Some of the other characters who make up her bookish world are also fascinating; I love reading a tale about the publishing industry. And when the story is set in NY, it is a definite winner for me.

Five stars!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

THE LOVELY AWARD!











Awards are fun, aren't they?  This one came to me from Dizzy C. 

Thank you, Dizzy C!!

Here are the rules for this one:

1)  Post the award on your blog with the name of the person and the link;

2)  Pay it forward to 15 bloggers;

3)  Contact the blog recipients to tell them the news!

And that's it.

So here are my FIFTEEN:

1)  Bookworm with a View

2)  Farm Lane Books

3)  Pink Sheep Cafe

4)  Dreams & Speculations

5)  The Literary Omnivore

6)  Semicolon

7)  Book Harbinger

8)  Dot Scribbles

9)  Among Stories

10) The Feminist Texican

11) Write Meg!

12)  Mandy's Escape

13)  Petula Writes

14)  Spiral Upwards

15)  Should Be Reading

Whew, now I'm tired!  lol


Hope you all have a fabulous Sunday, and please stop in and share your thoughts!



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Friday, September 3, 2010

THE STRENGTH OF FOOD AND FAMILY -- A REVIEW OF "COMFORT FOOD"

Augusta "Gus" Simpson, a widow with two grown daughters, is turning fifty, and suddenly, after many years as a top Cooking Channel host, the producers are telling her that ratings are down and something drastic has to be done.

What transpires next is something that Gus thought she could never do—co-host with a diva-like woman, Carmen Vega, who is not happy about the collaboration either. The show gets off to a rocky start, too, when nothing goes as they planned. But unexpectedly, the thrown-together extended family event they create to replace what they had originally imagined turns out to be a big hit.

But was it a fluke, or can they continue bringing in the viewers, and can they work together without a major confrontation between them? And will they garner a second season?

Along the way, Gus finds more benefits that she could ever have hoped for. And when something that could have wrought devastation happens a few months into the season, she has to reassess everything she believed about what she wanted.

On this journey, we come to know each of the characters—Gus; the daughters; the next-door neighbor Hannah, a recluse hiding out from a long-ago secret; and the men they meet who vie for each of their attentions.

This story kept me reading as I laughed, felt frustrations along with them, and celebrated the culmination of all their hard work.

Kate Jacobs has done it again with Comfort Food, this fabulous tale of family, friends, and the hopes and dreams they nurture, even as they all struggle with their issues.

Five stars for this celebratory novel.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

GIVEAWAY WINNERS!

















CONGRATULATIONS!! WE HAVE TWO WINNERS IN THE BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAY!!


Our Number One Prize Goes to Jeannine, who won a copy of The Swimming Pool.

And Prize Number Two Goes to Diane, at Bibliophile by the Sea.  She won a copy of Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House.


Thanks to everyone who stopped by, with their best wishes and congratulatory messages. 


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