There are some constants in life that you can cause you to breathe a little easier because you know they are there.. or they are coming. Elin Hildebrand’s book releases are on of these constants. She is consistently good in her writing, and consistent in putting out a book a year just as I am craving a little of that Nantucket sand between my toes. ~Sheila
Harper Frost is that laid back girl next door with a beer chaser. She has her own style and it is casual. She doesn’t care what anyone thinks. She tends to leap… and suffer the consequences later. She is typically in between jobs and that is ok.
Tabitha Frost is dignified. She wear only designer clothes and is much like her fashion icon mother, Eleanor Roxie Frost. Appearance – is everything. Tabitha’s teenage daughter Ainsley, begs to differ. She is abrasive to her mother in full on teen rebellion… what she needs, well what she needs is a dose of Harper – Tabitha’s identical twin.
The sisters, have lived on islands 11 miles apart yet have not connected in over a decade. As their lives are splintering, the twins call a truce to see what they can do to fix things before it is all too late. By switching places can they repair the damage done by lies, deception and gossip? And is there any hope that what threw the sisters apart all those years ago can be repaired?
MMMMM I love me some Hilderbrand. Her books tend to be of the Nantucket persuasion which I love. A little of knowing what you are going to get, at least setting wise… but there is so much more.
Harper and Tabitha are well-developed characters and I enjoyed this story line so much. Hilderbrand does a nice job of fully developing the story lines of their worlds separately as well as together. I love love LOVED Eleanor. If you have not tried Elin Hilderbrand, I recommend highly that you do. There are some delightful laugh out loud moments here, as well as a wonderful story of sibling rivalry, family secrets, and well.. basically a typical family trying to make it work.
I admit, I have always been a bit fascinated with true crime. That – I realize feels weird to say. How to put this… the human mind is a fascinating thing, when you add in whatever makes psychopath’s do what they do… and usually justify it – I don’t even know what to say. ~Sheila
Disclaimer… I see as this year starts out my reviews have been ummmm… border line murderous? Those of you who have read my reviews (or look at my review list) know better. I read all over the board – just for some reason as I am catching up on reviews I see I have had a series in a row of these reads – not as dark as this one I am about to share with you.. but mystery dark all the same. I assure you, lighter stuff is on the way 🙂 There have been some re-reads for book groups I am involved in such as Left Neglected (sooooo good), The Husbands Secret (ooh!), Big Little Lies (I will talk about this discussion soon), and Turtles All The Way Down for my book club that meets tonight). See – they are coming 😉
I believe, if I recall correctly, I found SON while choosing audio on Audible.com. I do, as I mentioned, enjoy (cringes at the word) the occasional true crime and SON’s synopsis of being an old crime and then rewritten with a new forward by another author. That caught my attention. Why rewrite a true crime?
SON is about a serial raper in the Spokane Washington area in the 1980’s. Fred Coe raped more women than can be actually known over a two year period. He was described as handsome, kind, and a down to earth attitude that would not make you think twice about him (Bundy?). He mainly watched bus lines or jogging trails for women alone. The crazy think IMO – was he was not that good at it and I was mostly baffled by how long it took to capture him.
What do I mean?
Well, often his face was not covered. He threatened the women of course to not tell or he would be back, and they did not. Often – he could not perform. He would ask the women if they enjoyed what he was doing, using vulgar language, etc…
A newspaper offered a reward for the rapists arrest – as it turns out, Gordon Coe, the editor of the newspaper took the calls that came in about the reward, only to later find out it was Fred Coe – Gordon’s son who was the rapist.
This book (I went with audio) was way longer than it needed to be. The narration took a bit of getting used to, a monotone style voice that was used when they described the rapes and what the women said or what Fred said, grated at me for a large part of the audio as I felt it did not fit the scene. The book is (IMO) over detailed, dragging out way longer than it needed to be. I mainly kept listening as I was baffled by all that was said, that it took local law enforcement so long to capture him. I had to know what finally happened.
As true crime goes, I would not recommend this one. As mentioned, it was too drawn out for me, and while it held my attention, it was not something I could not wait to get back to. Unless you have connection to the Spokane area or the crimes themselves, I would say pass on this.
Allen Eskens is a Minnesota gem. His works are drawing attention all over and he is not only a best seller but has won many awards for his writing. I am thrilled to have met him in New York at the Book Expo and he and his lovely wife attended Wine and Words in 2016. He is an author I watch to see what he will put to paper next. His first book, The Life We Bury was a delight to review with The Bookies.
Boady Sanden has happily enjoyed his retirement, that is until his friend Ben Pruitt shows up on his doorstep broken and grieving announcing that his wife, Jennavieve has just been murdered and he, Ben, is considered a suspect. Boady, who still carries guilt over an innocent client from years ago feels this may be his chance to lift the burden a little and agrees to come out of retirement and represent Ben.
Detective Max Rupert is friends with Boady but does not share in Boady’s strong belief that Ben is innocent. Max, carrying the weight on his own wife’s murder 4 years earlier, finds that Ben’s situation is stirring things in him that have never been resolved.
In a case that has friends on opposite ends of the court room, Boady and Max agree to disagree as both men work to unravel the mystery surrounding Jennavieve’s untimely death. What will be the final verdict for all involved?
As I mentioned, you don’t have to sell me on an Allen Eskens book. Lets just say, you had me at Esken’s. I listened to this one on audio while painting my office recently and the story line, smooth narration bywas the perfect mix. Nothing makes a project go by smoother than great audio.
I loved it. The twists the turns had me all the way through… just when I thought I knew.. BAH. I knew nothing.
Note: You meet Boady and Max in The Life We Bury, although you do not need to have read The Life We Bury to dig into this read. In fact for myself, I had forgotten that I had met these two men in a previous book with over a year for me between the reads. I do however recommend you read this one before you read Esken’s next book, The Deep Dark Descending.
In DDD, you really follow Max Rupert down a rabbit hole and I feel you need The Heavens May Fall to grasp where Max is at. I have two friends (well I have a few more but this scenario is about two of them…) one read them as I suggested here and LOVED Deep Dark Descending. The one who read Deep Dark Descending without reading this one first found it to be dark, and did not fully grasp how Max Rupert came to be where he is in that book.
A week in! Anyone else feel like a rock star? Or just amazed that the first week of 2018 is coming to a close. I am a mixed bag of both 🙂
This week for me was a little crazy… I accepted a position (YAY!!!) that takes me out of my office at home a little more and into the world of marketing which I LOVE LOVE LOVE – yet it is new and I am adjusting to the change in my availability while still hanging on to the commitments I have with non profits, friends, and other projects. I need to borrow from my good friend Amy her word, BALANCE.
I read a little (thank you Jill Anderson!) and I listened to a little audio… I have reviews to write (Huzzah!), W9s to fill out, invoices to send, power point to design, and this recap of the week.
January 1: COLD The 10k in ST Paul at 20 below zero. 6.2 miles.
January 2: Love and Friendship… a beautiful gift in the mail, my friends had their little boy
January 4: Purpose. I started my first day in an office in town. I was a little nervous, I have worked mainly out of my home office since July 2014. It went well. The others were super nice, I felt good, and I felt I had purpose, which surprised me in good ways.
January 5: Heartbreak. Bailey, who has been around for 20+ years was put down (horrible words). He was getting to be too much to handle – above assisted living care.. he needed someone all the time to carry him outside and in, he was blind and deaf and the HARD decision had to be made. UGH.
January 6: Creativity. I attended two jewelry making classes today – one for a necklace and one for a bracelet centered around our words of the year. I have never been to a jewelry making class before so this was new, exciting, fun, and took my mind off of (for a little while) the sorrow over Bailey.
As for today, the 7th… I do not know yet. The day is young… I am planning to stay at home for the most part and prepping some things to take pressure off my week… and it will be a week! Tomorrow Friends meeting, take down decorations at library, Author, Books Burgers and Brews in the evening, Tuesday office and lunch with friends, Wednesday gym, book hauling, a couple of meet ups for work, Thursday office, 2nd Thursday Happy Hour For A Cause in the evening, somewhere in the middle maybe some shopping for vacation next week, Friday gym, office.. somewhere in the week I should consider tanning as well….
Welcome to 2018. How was the first week for you?
Good morning from Minnesota. *Yawns. Stretches.*
I am starting to feel that my word for the year “Experience” has a bad rap.
When looking up inspirational messages for my word, I am finding that often experience is connected negatively. Exhibit A:
Really Oscar Wilde? REALLY?
I was actually surprised as I dug more into the word. My 2016 word COURAGE was so inspirational and strong. My 2017 word SHINE followed suit and everywhere you looked positive things were said in regards to SHINE.
So what is up with Experience?
I don’t see it this way.
Experience is not something you get when something bad happens. Well – it sure can be, but that is not what the word is to me. I was thinking way more positively. EXPERIENCE is moving forward and EXPERIENCING what this world/life has to offer. Doing something new, EXPERIENCING an event, a taste, a challenge, an accomplishment. It is getting up, getting out, and moving in a positive direction.
I plan to run my 1st half marathon in July of this year. That is an experience I am excited for. I am signed up to do RAGBRAI, a 7 day bike ride across Iowa. THAT is an experience.
I am not saying my year will be all sunshine and lollipops. Of all people, I know better than that. I also know that some experiences would be ones I would have rather passed on if given the choice. There may be painful experiences ahead – but guess what? The year of Courage and Shine also had their moments.
When I looked at the lists of words that are suggested for your One Word of the year, Experience does not even make the list. I kind of like that. I have always been an outside the box kind of girl and I kind of like the thought of turning Experiences reputation and the way we think of it around.
If I can keep up with my own ambitions (ha ha … always a challenge) I will share with you here the experiences of each day… come what may –
It will be an EXPERIENCE.
January 1st… ran a 10k in 20- zero weather in St Paul Minnesota… Experience was: COLD, Invigorating, Inspirational… great way to start the New Year
January 2nd: Started a new position with a company I so enjoy working with. My friends had their baby, a little earlier than expected – but he is beautiful and he is a fighter. I received a lovely gift in the mail… a Gryffindor scarf (HOW have I not already had one of these?) And a beautiful copy of The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. Something I have never read, but would like to.
Experience was: Excitement, Joy, and a little sadness too mixed in as milestones and holidays tend to do that to me.
How are you? If you chose a word this year, how is it working for you these first few days? How are you implementing it in your life?
Good morning! Happy January 2nd. It has been fun to watch my E-mailbox fill with these pictures and stories about to be/being enjoyed. Each title inspires me and as some of you noted on yesterday’s post – with as many entries as we have, there is not one duplicate. I love that in so many ways. The diversity in our choices.
This morning, my friend Mary sent in her book choice of Gone Girl with a message that her son asked her to read it so they can discuss it. This opened up a flood of memories for me. On our last trip to Happy Potter world in 2014, Justin and I went to the movie. I had already seen the movie, and I had already read the book prior to that, and wanted to EXPERIENCE (see what I did there?) this with him.
He loved it. We left the theater in an Orlando mall and we immediately walked over to the malls book store where he purchased the book. We talked about it for weeks afterwards. Differences between the book and the movie, plot… I cherish those conversations.
AND that is just one of the many delights of a good book. Not only experiencing it for yourself… but sharing it. I love the book you hand to a friend and say, “Call me… as soon as you are done. We need to talk about this.” ♥
Here is the UPDATED post of the 2018 books. 93 of you in all submitted your First Book. Thank you. This is always so much fun to do and kick starts my year in books, and in blogging, off right. I am bringing over much of the info from yesterday’s post (the places and the book links) to this post so you can click away and perhaps find your second book here.
(The top 2 sets are the newly added pics)
Here are the areas where these books were sent in from: Alabama, Arkansas, Australia, Bermuda, California, Canada, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Jamaica, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, New Zealand, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Scotland, Singapore, Switzerland, Tennessee, Texas, UK, Virginia, Washington DC, Wisconsin and Wyoming
Copy Cat by Alex Lake