Jul 222016
 
love luck and lemon pie
Luck, Love & Lemon Pie
Women’s Fiction
Setting – Wisconsin
Gallery Books (July 12, 2016)
Paperback: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1501121548
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When Milwaukee-area wife and mother MJ Boudreaux notices her husband Chris seems more interested in the casino than her, she’s more bothered that she isn’t upset than by her husband’s absence. She picks up poker as a way for them to spend more time together—and reignite their marital flame.

Although the game doesn’t give her the quality time with Chris that she’d hoped, MJ finds she has a knack for it. Increasingly unhappy at home, she turns to the felt top of the poker table for comfort. Intoxicated with newfound freedom, MJ begins spending more time at the gambling tables and less with her family, finally carving out for herself a place outside her role of wife and mother.

After a string of great wins, MJ finds herself in Vegas, attracting the attention of a certain magnetic poker star. But when she’s forced to choose between her family and her new exciting lifestyle, the stakes may be higher than she thought and MJ will have to play her hand carefully…or risk losing it all.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Marriage is work and when MJ Boudreaux sees her marriage starting to crumble she tries to bring them closer by learning more about her husband’s love of poker. Instead of bringing them together she becomes almost addicted spending less and less time with her family. She even enters a tournament and wins a trip to Vegas where her whole life could change completely, but is that what she really wants.

The cover caught my attention and then I saw it was set in Wisconsin and written by a Wisconsin author so I was quickly all in.

While poker was never my game I had things in common with MJ. My parents owned a tavern and several “gents” arrived daily for their euchre games and men and woman came a few nights a week for euchre tournaments. As it was my parent’s place I was tending bar and playing cards all through high school and college. MJ’s story rang true with me.

Amy E. Reichert takes a very interesting look at love, luck, jealously and family life in this story. Any married couple will tell you keeping your marriage alive takes work and that there are ebbs and flows and how you handle those ebbs and flows makes all the difference. MJ and Chris were going through the motions but weren’t communicating. MJ tried but both parties have to be trying.

The author shows things mostly from MJ’s point of view of her family dynamics. A typical Midwest family with typical family problems. A daughter in her last year in high school in the college planning phase. A son involved in many extracurricular things and adjusting to his teenage years. Chris seemed to be absent a lot, leaving the household and kids to MJ. Although we learn he is the cook in the family. I really didn’t like Chris and felt MJ’s pain.

I enjoyed this book a great deal. It is a story many women will be able to relate to. It is not a romantic book, it is a story of family lives and making it work. There are obstacles along the way and we see how this family deals with them. It is a journey, an emotional journey.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas

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May 262016
 
the girl from home
The Girl From Home: A Thriller
Setting – New York/New Jersey
Gallery Books (April 5, 2016)
An Imprint of Simon and Schuster Inc.
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1476764283
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Jonathan Caine is a true master of the universe—a currency wizard with a trophy wife, a penthouse condo with a view of the Statue of Liberty, and the desire for more—when his world comes crashing down, spiraling him into a relentless fall from grace. Devastated, Jonathan returns to his hometown to care for his ailing father and attend his twenty-fifth high school reunion, where he becomes reacquainted with former prom queen Jacqueline Williams. Back in the day, Jackie didn’t even know Jonathan existed. Now she is intrigued by the man he has become. But their budding relationship has problems, not the least of which is Jackie’s jealous and abusive husband. Jonathan is determined to learn from his mistakes, but is he capable of complete transformation? Or will a shocking temptation test his desire for redemption beyond anything he could have imagined?

Dollycas’s Thoughts

“I want what I what” says Jonathan Caine several times throughout this book. He has a wife that he doesn’t love, but she looks good on his arm, and she is only there for the money. He has a giant penthouse and wants a house in the Hamptons right on the ocean and won’t settle for less. He has expensive clothes, expensive shoes, and eats at the elite restaurants. His mother has died, his father is sick, but he makes rare trips home. All he wants is more and more money and he takes too many risks to get it. It was just a matter of time before everything falls apart.

Jacqueline Williams was popular in high school. She married the top player on the football, had two children, a boy and a girl. Her life is perfect, NOT! Her husband is abusive and she is afraid he is going to kill her.

As Jonathan life is in a downward spiral, he goes home to check on his dad and try to escape what is happening in New York. He goes to his high school reunion and meets Jackie. He always admired her from afar in school but now they seem to have a real connection. A connection that could get them killed.

I will start off my saying Jonathan Caine is very unlikable character, his wife is no better. That being said they will draw you right into the story. A story of greed and the price you can pay. I felt so sorry for Jackie Williams and her kids. Her husband is drunk who was cheats on her but is super possessive of her. She better be at home and answer the phone when he calls. Treat him nice in front of his friends and cater to his every need. Because if she didn’t she met his wrath. When Jonathan and Jackie meet we see a different side and Jonathan’s wants change.

The prologue tells us where we will end up. Then the story starts in the past, but every other chapter jumps months into the future. Then in Part 2 we are in present time.  Written this way we are given a chance to get to know the characters and I liked that.

The plot then takes a twist that I thought may be coming but it wasn’t playing out in the way I imagined. The twists continue until the final one that I thought was startling. I went back and read a few pages again to see if I read it correctly. Yes, I did! I love those kind of endings.

A very gripping read. This is a story that will keep you up late into the night reading until the very end.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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May 232016
 

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Happy Monday Everyone!! 

I had a marvelous weekend with my grandchildren. Didn’t get much reading done, but played catch up last night to reach my goal.
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Dying for a Taste: A Sally Solari Mystery
Release Date – April 12, 2016
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The Girl From Home: A Thriller
Release Date – April 5, 2016
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Beyond a Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery)
Release Date – July 14, 2015
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Forever Beach: A Novel
Release Day – June 7, 2016
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The Penderghast Puzzle Protectors: A Brilliant Minnesota Mystery
Release Date – February 1, 2016
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May 162016
 

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Killer Cocktail (A Nic & Nigel Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2016
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Murder, By George (A Veronica Walsh Mystery)
Release Date – May 18, 2016
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Dead Air: A Talk Radio Mystery
Original Release Date – January 5, 2010
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Newlywed Dead (Perfect Proposals Mystery)
Release Date – May 8, 2016
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Dying for a Taste: A Sally Solari Mystery
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Mar 212016
 

multiple listingsMultiple Listings
Contemporary Fiction/Family Life
Setting – Oregon
Gallery Books (March 8, 2016)
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1476785523
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What would you do if your ex-con father suddenly came to visit…indefinitely? Family drama ensues when Nicki’s dad unexpectedly wants to move in with her, her son, and her boyfriend in this comedic novel from successful TV writer Tracy McMillan.

Nicki Daniels owns a home appraisal business, but real estate is her true passion: she lives for open houses and really knows her way around a floor plan. And especially at this juncture of her life, real estate has come to signify the stability she is trying to build with her teenage son, Cody, and her much younger boyfriend, Jake. She’s finally ready to find the perfect house for the three of them and work on a new business venture with Jake that she thinks will jump-start their lives together.

Meanwhile, Ronnie, a longtime inmate at a nearby correctional facility, is getting some good news for once—there was a mistake in his sentencing, and he’s eligible to get out of prison. Ronnie decides his best option to avoid homelessness is to move in with his estranged daughter: Nicki. Even though they haven’t spoken in years, her door is always open to him, right?

Imbued with wit and profound insight into relationships, Multiple Listings speaks poignantly—and often hilariously—about the ties that bind families of all types together.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I escaped right into this novel.

First we meet Nicki, a real estate appraiser with a 16 year old son, Cody, and a boyfriend, Jake, that is 11 years her junior. Things seem to be on track. They are looking for a new house and are opening a restaurant together.

Then we meet Ronnie, Nicki’s father who has been incarcerated most of her life. He is being released from prison and needs to have a place to live and a job or he will violate his parole and be sent back.  He wants to reconnect with his daughter and meet his grandson. He just hopes she will let him live with her.

The chapters alternate narrators between Nicki and Ronnie and I really liked that. Their own point of views to the situations made them easy to identify with. We were able to see each character develop separately and together and their relationship struggle and grow.

I knew very early in the story what the ending would be because the story followed a very natural progression. There were a few surprises along the way, like Ronnie’s parole officer. That woman was in the wrong job and needs some counseling of her own. We also have Peaches, Nicki’s very outspoken best friend. She brings some humor and drama to the story.

When I was asked to review this book I thought it was going to be a light read full of humor. It does have a humorous side but the book has so much more. Nicki’s family was clearly dysfunctional but she turned her life around and is very successful in her own right. Yes, she does have relationship issues with men but she was clearly getting grips on that as the story continued. Her son, Cody, also matured before our eyes as he and Ronnie got to know each other and built their relationship. Ronnie is a very smart man, both from all the books he read in prison and through his life lessons.  It was a joy to watch him interact with both Cody and Nicki and become the person he hoped to be with all the bumps along the way.

I loved this story. Definitely one for my keeper shelf. I am a sucker for a book with flawed characters and a happy ending.

enjoyable 2016

Dollycas

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About The Author

Tracy is a TV writer, essayist, and memoirist who has written for the acclaimed TV series Mad Men and The United States of Tara. Tracy’s 2011 essay for The Huffington Post, “Why You’re Not Married” went viral when it first published, and it’s now among the most-viewed articles on The Huffington Post ever. Her experience as a relationship-writer has infused her novel with profound insights in complex family dynamics. She also discussed this topic in a TED Talk in 2014. She has appeared as a relationship expert on shows like Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday and The Today Show.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Mar 212016
 

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Hoping to see some Spring flowers like these soon!

I am so happy Spring is here!

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A Deep Fried Mystery (A Deep Fried Mystery)

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Release Date – May 5, 2015
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Release Date – August 26, 2014
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The Corpse with the Diamond Hand (A Cait Morgan Mystery)

Release Date – October 13, 2015
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Crime and Poetry: A Magical Bookshop Mystery

Release Date – April 5, 2016
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Mar 142016
 

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Death By Blue Water (A Hayden Kent Mystery Book 1)

Release Date – November 11, 2014
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No Grey Areas: The Inside Story of the Largest Point Shaving Scandal in History and the Consequences Thereafter

Release Date – January 14, 2016
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Kernel of Truth: A Popcorn Shop Mystery

Release Date – March 1, 2016
Kristi Abbott will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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Death By Sunken Treasure (A Hayden Kent Mystery Book 2)

Release Date – March 22, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour starts March 16 and stops here March 22.
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A Deep Fried Mystery (A Deep Fried Mystery)

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Release Date – May 5, 2015
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Release Date – March 8, 2016
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Ripe for Murder: A Cypress Cove Mystery

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Release Date – August 26, 2014
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Mar 022016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday Part 2! 

Yes, I doubled booked myself today! I am excited to have Anne stop by today!

 

AnneCanadeo-Author-Photo13 ½ THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM WRITING THE BLACK SHEEP MYSTERIES

The latest adventure of the Black Sheep, A MURDER IN MOHAIR, is the eighth case the knitting friends have solved and their first double homicide. In the midst of writing the next book, KNIT TO KILL (coming Feb. 2017) I celebrate eight years of creating these escapades for my stitching and sleuthing friends. Here are a few things I’ve learned from the Black Sheep, about crafting mysteries and life in general.

# 1 Go In For A Quick Kill

Mystery readers want a dead body and want it fast. Mystery editors want to see a corpse on the page even faster. I try to meet this deadly deadline ASAP, but sometimes it’s tricky.

MurderinMohairWhile plotting A MURDER IN MOHAIR, I knew the “starring victim” would not be killed off easily. It was necessary to show interaction with the Black Sheep and others in the town. I solved that glitch by opening with the murder of a local businessman, a situation that simmers on a back burner for most of the story. Then connects when the Black Sheep solve the entire puzzle. I also wanted to set the bar higher for the Sheep, who had to connect more dots and more corpses in this one. Good job, Ladies!

As Steven King said, “The story is the boss.” Sometimes, a story demands that the murder victim interacts on screen long enough so that readers care when they hear the chilling news. And so that readers are eyeing a cast of possible victims, wondering who will be picked off. That’s set up is fun, too. Don’t you think?

postman purls twiceIn THE POSTMAN ALWAYS PURLS TWICE, a Hollywood cast and crew come to town and film in Maggie’s knitting shop. My strategy was to pile up menacing events that build to murder. Or two. Many are set up to meet a cruel end, but I chose one of the most engaging in the group, and even I felt sad seeing that character go. I won’t say more. Except that my priority was a lively plot where “bad stuff” keeps happening. And for readers to wonder who will the victim be? And who will be next?

As a mystery fan, I don’t mind if the cadaver is a little late to the party, as long as suspense builds. What do you think?

# 2 The Dead Have Secrets (Which Should Be Juicy and Create Suspects)

Once I’ve killed someone off in an early chapter, I need plenty for the knitters to talk about. Everyone has a public face and a private side. And everyone has secrets. The detectives – amateur and professional – must start peeling back the layers before the body is cold. Which makes for great dialogue among the knitting friends, who live in a small town where everyone knows everyone else’s business. Or thinks they do.

Revealing these secrets not only pulls back the curtain on the victim’s private life, but pulls in other characters as well, creating suspicion and motives …which adds up to suspects.

knit purl dieIn the second book of the series, KNIT, PURL, DIE, the Black Sheep lose a dear friend, Gloria Sterling, who they believe to be a woman who has it all – beauty, brains, charm, a successful career and a handsome, younger husband. When she dies under suspicious circumstances – which could have been an accident, a suicide, or murder — a darker side to Gloria’s life and personality is revealed.

Clandestine relationships, secret business deals, money trouble, black mail and betrayals-– this is the high octane fuel of a good mystery. All these secrets are floated out, each trailing motivation for murder like ribbons on helium balloons. This is how a mystery writer creates cognitive dissonance and distraction.

These nasties may be true or false. But the unraveling makes for interesting story telling and colorful dead ends for the Black Sheep to explore. While none may be the actual reason for the murder. A mystery writer’s art is very much akin to magic; you need a lot up your sleeve to distract from the “real plot” and the real culprit. You need two or even three “fake” plots, or possible solutions. An interesting corpse, full of secrets and a colorful history, helps create those dead end paths in the maze.

#3 All You Need Is Love…Or Revenge…Or Most Any Strong Emotion
I find the most compelling mysteries to read and write are emotion driven. The killer has a deeply felt, even passionate drive, to commit the crime – revenge, thwarted love, seeking justice — to name a few. And the amateur detectives are driven by emotion to solve it. I cannot always manage to spin both these plates perfectly, but if I get it even half right, the story has a great chance of succeeding.

In regard to the killer’s emotions and motivation, that aspect is largely hidden, moving through the pages as an undercurrent. It can still be a powerful influence but hopefully, the reader won’t realize how powerful until they look back at the end. I’m a mystery fan who wants to look back and see where the clues were seeded, and feel satisfied that the story “adds up.” Even if I didn’t guess the murder’s identity.

When it comes to the Black Sheep’s passion for solving a crime, it may bubble up from a need to prove someone’s innocence, or find justice for a beloved victim. Those emotions are another way to draw the reader closer to the narrative. Perhaps the victim is well known to the knitters, a good friend, relative, or lover. Or someone from their past. Always fun, since I can add even more emotional baggage. Or, the knitting friends can’t abide watching someone that they believe is innocent take the rap.

while my pretty one knitsIn their first adventure, WHILE MY PRETTY ONE KNITS, the Black Sheep rush to the aid of their fearless leader, Maggie Messina, who is accused of murdering the owner of a rival knitting shop. Of course, I can’t make suspects of the knitting friends in every book. But I can show their drive to solve crimes is based in emotion. This makes their sleuthing more than gossipy fascination with murder, or a clever exercise in deduction. Though there’s a touch of both those spices in the mix.

#3 1/2 A Mystery Story Is A Metaphor
Last but not least, I’ve learned that a mystery plot is always a metaphor for the essential, infinite and unsolvable quest to understand our own identity, our relationships and the complicated, tangled threads of our own life. Perhaps that’s what keeps us returning again and again to this genre…and keeps me, and many others, writing them, too.

But far better minds than mine have tried to crack that nut. I’ll leave this last one for you to ponder and comment on.

~Anne

Thank you Anne for visiting today. This is a new series for me but will definitely add them all to my wish list.

About This Author

Anne Canadeo lives and knits in Northport, New York, with her husband, daughter, and canine office assistant. She is the author of the Black Sheep Knitting mystery series, and writing as Katherine Spencer, she has also authored the popular Cape Light and Angel Island series.

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A Murder in Mohair
Series: A Black Sheep Knitting Mystery (Book 8)
Publisher: Gallery Books (December 1, 2015)
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1476767505
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In Anne Canadeo’s cozy eighth Black Sheep Knitting Mystery, a cold-hearted murder in Plum Harbor leads the knitters to investigate a new psychic who may be far more dangerous than she seems…

When Jimmy Hubbard, the manager of the local cinema, is murdered in a robbery gone wrong, the residents of Plum Harbor are mystified. Everyone liked Jimmy, and the struggling theater seems an unlikely target for burglars.

The Black Sheep Knitters are surprised and saddened by the crime, but are more suspicious of psychic-medium Isabel Waters, who has recently set up shop in town. Isabel has hoodwinked one of their friends into shelling out big money every week to keep the memory of a lost loved one alive. Determined to reveal Isabel as a fraud, the knitters are pulled in the web of Isabel’s world and find themselves in a tangle of secrets and lies. They must solve two murders before the truth about all of Isabel’s clients—past and present—are revealed.

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Feb 042016
 

the flood girlsThe Flood Girls
Contemporary Fiction
Setting – Montana
Gallery Books (February 2, 2016)
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Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1476797380
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Welcome to Quinn, Montana, population: 956. A town where nearly all of the volunteer firemen are named Jim, where The Dirty Shame—the only bar in town—refuses to serve mixed drinks (too much work), where the locals hate the newcomers (then again, they hate the locals, too), and where the town softball team has never even come close to having a winning season. Until now.

Rachel Flood has snuck back into town after leaving behind a trail of chaos nine years prior. She’s here to make amends, but nobody wants to hear it, especially her mother, Laverna. But with the help of a local boy named Jake and a little soul-searching, she just might make things right.

In the spirit of Empire Falls and A League of Their Own, with the caustic wit of Where’d You Go, Bernadette thrown in for good measure, Richard Fifield’s hilarious and heartwarming debut will have you laughing through tears.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Needing a little change from the mysteries I usually read I jumped at the opportunity to review this book and am I glad I did.

Growing up in a small town, my family owned and operated a tavern and we even sponsored a baseball team so I felt right at home in Quinn and The Dirty Shame. We meet Rachel who has come home to make amends to the people she wronged in her past. Yes, she’s in Alcoholics Anonymous. Since letters didn’t work she has decided to do them in person. She is not welcomed with open arms but a spot on the baseball team and meeting a boy named Jake may help her to complete this very important step.  She also attends a local AA meeting and receives support from some surprising people.

Rachel left a bit of chaos when she left town. She slept with a lot of guys, single and married. I know growing up in a tavern environment can be difficult, thankfully I had strong, loving parents guiding my way but I gave them some gray hairs too. Rachel’s life was nowhere close to mine. Her mother worked a lot and was emotionally unavailable and Rachel took an unsurprising path. She gets a second chance. The people of Quinn are a tight knit group. Will they accept Rachel’s apologies?

Richard Fifield has hit a home run with this debut. All of these characters, and there are many, are so well developed they positively leap off the pages. At first I had a little trouble keeping everyone straight but soon the vast personalities grew and it became easy. From the main characters to the bar patrons, the ladies on the baseball team, the firemen and everyone Rachel came in connect with, they were all believable characters. They are a pretty rough and tumble bunch. Their lives have not been easy and some tough times take place within the pages. The young man Rachel befriends has been struggling with his identity mostly because of his home life. His step father just can’t accept that he is gay and things take a huge and and very unexpected, at least by me, dark turn. I was afraid something was going to happen and when it did, it stopped me cold.

Fifield also knows to set the scene, the bar, the baseball fields, the trailer parks, his descriptions were fantastic.  His pacing was perfect. The dialogue was great too, whether a phrase filled with sarcasm or a heart warming talk, or anywhere in between.

I enjoy reading stories that make me feel an abundance of emotions and this story truly did that. I can’t say I laughed out loud or say it “hilarious”, but there were some funny moments. There were some uplifting moments as well. It is the heartbreaking ones that are going to stick with me. I have a picture in my head that will be in there a long time. I think this story would be an outstanding choice for a book club. I know there would be some great discussions. I wish I belonged to one because I would love to talk about this book with others.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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Richard Fifield earned his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College in upstate New York. For the past twenty years he has worked as a social worker for adults with intellectual disabilities, while volunteering as a creative writing teacher in Missoula, Montana. Find out more on his webpage here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Jan 252016
 

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Did you see Amazon is merging Shelfari with GoodReads? I was on Shelfari before GoodReads but am so glad they are merging. When Amazon upgraded Shelfari a few years ago they tied it to our Amazon accounts and because I had used 2 different email addresses they never really synced up correctly. They have given us the option to import our books from Shelfari to GoodReads. I thought this was great and was happy to add the older books to my account. Take my advice – DON’T DO IT!! After I imported I noticed I suddenly had hundreds of shelves added to me GoodReads account. It seems every “tag” I had used on Shefari, like cozy mystery, fiction, or the state it took place, now had it’s own shelf and to remove them you have to click on each one individually and the confirm you really want to delete that shelf. I spent my morning yesterday deleting shelves. Time I could have spent reading! 🙂

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

FINISHED

Sweet Pepper Hero: A Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade

Release Date – January 5, 2016
Review will be up tomorrow! 
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For Cheddar or Worse: A Cheese Shop Mystery

Release Date – February 2, 2016
Avery will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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The Cakes of Monte Cristo: A Piece of Cake Mystery

Jacklyn will be my Special Guest on Thursday!
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Diners, Drive-Ins, and Death: A Comfort Food Mystery

My Flashback Friday Read!
Release Date: January 6, 2015
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

A Turn for the Bad: A County Cork Mystery

Release Date – February 2, 2016
Sheila will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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The Flood Girls

Release Date – February 2, 2016
For Review
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Toured to Death (An Amy’s Travel Mystery)

My Flashback Friday Read
Release Date January 27, 2015
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