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#TheGoldenChild by #WendyJames is one hell of a read. I will start out by saying that if you are #triggered by #bullying and #suicideattempts then you should avoid this book.
Our main characters are Beth, a mom blogger, her husband Dan, and their daughters, teen Lucy and Charlotte (12). Befriending them upon their arrival in Australia are Andi (new mom to baby Gus), her husband Steve, and their 12 year old daughter Sophie.
Throughout the book are snippets both from Beth’s blog and from a blog called GoldenChild, the latter written in the first person by a morally questionable youngster.
Sophie, after the arrival of Charlotte in her class at school, soon becomes the victim of hideous bullying, both in person and online. She is eventually driven to attempt suicide.
The book goes into many points of view on this subject, seen through the eyes of many characters. A knee jerk reaction to the initial events is swiftly called into question by these varying viewpoints.
I pray this book gets made into a film. Its savage and unexpected twists and turns are dizzying, and designed to discomfit the reader. Absolutely brilliant.
🌸🌸🌸🌸 out of 5 🌸s #Bluff by #JaneStantonHitchcock starts off with a bang. Literally. Maud Warner, a faded 50-something society outcast, walks into the Four Seasons restaurant and shoots Sun Sunderland who is lunching with Burt Sklar. She then calmly leaves the restaurant. Sunderland later died from his wounds, and all hell breaks loose as his double life is then revealed. Maud had been aiming, however, at Sklar, a man who had financially ruined her family. This is a rollicking, riveting read, and I loved every minute of it. I received a digital ARC from Netgalley in return for an honest review.
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#SabrinaAndCorina by #KaliFajardoAnstine
I absolutely loved this collection of stories. To be very honest, I went into it slightly biased in its favor–one of the author’s sisters was my eldest daughter’s best friend when they were small, and I share the dubious distinction with another sister of having been horribly bitten by the same dog. That said, the stories stunned me with their scope, their imagery, and the breadth of the author’s knowledge of the human condition, specifically of the female human condition. The stories are riveting and just plain lovely. The collection brought to mind nobody so much as Lucia Berlin. Brilliant.
🌸🌸🌸🌸 out of 5 🌸s for The Christmas Company by Alys Murray. I received an ARC in return for an honest review.
This book swept me up in its charm from the very first page, and didn’t let go of me for an instant.
The town of Miller’s Point, TX, is steeped in Victorian Christmas charm. The Christmas Company operates an annual festival that is every Christmas lover’s dream. But Scrooge, in the form of it’s new CEO Clark Woodward, is intent on destroying that dream by closing down the Company.
Kate Bruckner, energetic and determined, decided to save the Company and by extension the festival.
This is a truly Hallmark story, filled with the sights, sounds and scents of Christmas. It’s a story all about never, ever, giving up.
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#ConvenienceStoreWoman by #SayakaMurata is absolutely incredible.
This slim novel is positively packed with imagery and sensory details. You can hear the sounds of the convenience store clearly on every page.
A razor-sharp depiction of what it’s like to be a single woman in a world run by societal expectations, it’s also a depiction of what it’s like to be a sociopathic single woman in that world.
Brilliant, heartrending, this little book will haunt you.
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#ANannyForHarry by #SylviaMulholland was, for me, a disappointment. I felt that the novel’s initial setup of pregnant lawyer Kali, doctor hubby Matt, and blonde nanny Britta was just too much of a trope from which to hang an entire novel.
Harry is the baby, named before he’s even born. Kali goes through pregnancy struggles that every pregnant woman goes through, including massive self-doubt. All of that is eventually worsened when her doctor hubby hires a Swedish nanny with whom he has a mysterious connection. Said nanny is obviously pretty worthless as a nanny.
Ultimately I just didn’t care about any of the characters, not even the baby. Well-written, definitely. Would I recommend? As a throwaway on vacation, yes.
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This is a fascinating book, and exceptionally readable. The characters are utterly human, a fact that not only adds to but propels the story.
An intriguing exploration of the motives that drive us all, the book centers around the ultimate "what if." What if we could glimpse the alternate realities in which we might live?
I absolutely recommend this book.