Archive | November 2014

A Place at the Table Review

From Amazon:

From Susan Rebecca White, award-winning author of A Soft Place to Land and Bound South, comes a breathtaking story of three richly nuanced outcasts whose paths converge in a chic Manhattan café as they realize they must give up everything they thought they knew to find a home at last.

Alice Stone is famous for the homemade southern cuisine she serves at Café Andres and her groundbreaking cookbook, but her past is a mystery to all who know her. Upon Alice’s retirement, Bobby Banks, a young gay man ostracized by his family in Georgia, sets out to revive the aging café with his new brand of southern cooking while he struggles with heartbreak like he’s never known. Seeking respite from the breakup of her marriage, wealthy divorcée Amelia Brighton finds solace in the company and food at Café Andres, until a family secret comes to light in the pages of Alice’s cookbook and threatens to upend her life.

In her most accomplished novel yet, Susan Rebecca White braids together the stories of these three unforgettable characters who must learn that when you embrace the thing that makes you different, you become whole.

My review:

I felt like this was a bit disjointed. Perhaps it was because I was listening instead of reading and the narrators changed with the sections. It felt like distinct short stories that had some names from each other. But when the description says the stories are braided together, it was exactly how it felt. The stories were, however, beautifully written, the character development was thorough.

I’m glad I stuck with it until the end so I could see how everything fit together. A black cook from the south, a gay man from the south, and a well-to-do woman who has a bad marriage ending in divorce. How do these stories work together? You will have to read it to find out.


four out of five stars


A Poetic Proposal by Julian Froment Book Review
From Amazon Book Description:
A poetic journey of love in the face of enforced separation. A collection of love poetry, and verse reflecting the angst felt when two are destined to be one, then forced to live a half-life constantly traversing the ocean. A roller coaster ride of emotional highs and lows.

My review: Five out of five stars

Reading this collection of poems made me feel like I was eavesdropping on the world’s most romantic marriage proposal. It was quite evident that they were written by plumbing the depths of Julian’s soul. The expression of emotions was tender and loving. And heartfelt. If you are looking for love poems to share with your own lover, these are just the poems.

The poems were arranged in such a way that they progressed over time with the time apart illustrating the agony. My favorite poem I think was “When I Say a Your Name” but there were many that brought a smile (and in some cases, a tear) to my face.

After reading this collection, I was ready to say ‘I do’ myself.

Life Lines Poetry Collection by Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent has compiled a collection of mostly free verse poetry. There are just over 50 poems. I believe that poetry should be read slowly, and often repeatedly. I really liked Dance in particular. The imagery was lovely “A web of life so intricate and fine, A spider silk of spirit, With tensile strength to carry any grief And share all joy.”

This is a book I will pick up from time to time and read the poems over and over again.

That Last Summer Short Story Review

My review: Four out of five stars

This was a charming story about a family in Canada. There are secrets and untold events during that summer. It all came together years later with a bit of a surprise ending. Not really as much of a surprise as unexpected. I think I related to Rachel so I was drawn into her world. It’s a short story so it can be read in about an hour. But what an hour it was. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Toy

Hope to Die by James Patterson Book Review

My review:
Alex Cross returns in this 22nd book of the series. I think this was one of the best. It was a book that reached in and grabbed my heart and hung on. Adrenalin wasn’t just pumping for Alex Cross, it kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put this book down.

I knew that Alex Cross would survive. But it was the journey through this book that shows how good these books are.

I gave this five out of five stars.

Amazon’s book description:
Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross’s family–his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children–have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The stakes have never been higher: What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves?

Widely praised by the greatest crime and thriller writers of our time, Cross My Heart set a jaw-dropping story in motion. Hope to Die propels Alex Cross’s greatest challenge to its astonishing finish, proving why Jeffery Deaver says “nobody does it better” than James Patterson.

Shop for T.V.’s on Black Friday, but for #Books on Read Tuesday


Black Friday 2014


Friday, November 28, 2014 is Black Friday. It’s a great time to score deals on televisions and many other items.

But after a long day of shopping, you might not have everything crossed off of your holiday gift list.

Or you might avoid the long lines and traffic on Black Friday.

Black Friday may not be the optimal time to shop for books.

So a new shopping day was born just for book lovers.

It’s called Read Tuesday. In 2014, Read Tuesday falls on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

Read Tuesday is a great opportunity for book lovers to stock up on great deals.

It’s a chance for gift-givers to give the gift of reading.

Read Tuesday also serves a more important purpose—to spread the joy of reading and the goal of improving literacy.

For authors and publishers, Read Tuesday helps with a fourth-quarter promotion geared specifically to books.

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Give Thanks for Reading




Ever read a great book? Be thankful for the author who spent years writing it.

That book grabbed your interest and entertained you. It may have communicated valuable knowledge. The story may have drawn you in. You may have fallen in love with the characters. Perhaps you became part of another world. It could be a better world, or a highly exciting world. An escape from reality. The story may have moved you.

The author may have spent years writing the book. Doing research. Learning and developing the skills needed to craft the masterpiece. Spending months searching for agents or publishers, writing query letters, or taking a huge risk by self-publishing. Marketing avidly, struggling to build a following, all to help you discover that great book.

So much time and effort perfecting a few hundred pages. All for your benefit.

This Thanksgiving, thank an author.

There are many…

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