Girl Reading

Girl Reading

Sunday, October 8, 2017

A good book club discussion book.

Keep You SafeKeep You Safe by Melissa Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The setting of this book is Ireland in today's times. One mother cannot vaccinate her child because of a medical condition of the child; another mother does not vaccinate her child because of her beliefs regarding vaccinations. Both girls, in the same kindergarten class, come down with measles. One recovers and the other faces serious medical consequences and is in the hospital. This book is all about the choices you make and how they can affect others. It is a great book for discussion and would be a good book club read. I recommend this book.

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A thriller you won't be able to put down!

Her Darkest Nightmare (The Evelyn Talbot Chronicles, #1)Her Darkest Nightmare by Brenda Novak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Whoa, this was a real thriller of a book! I definitely need to read the other books in the Evelyn Talbot Chronicles. When Evelyn was 16 she was raped and tortured by her high school boyfriend, after he tortured and murdered her three best friends. She pretends to be dead and thus escapes. She grows up to be a psychiatrist dealing with psychopaths/serial killers. She establishes a prison in the wilds of Alaska strictly for psychopaths. But when two employees are murdered, she wonders if it's her attacker come back to get her. I won't give away the story except to say it kept me on the edge of my seat and I could not put it down. Wow! It contains romance, mystery, thrills, terror and more!

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A thought-provoking book about surrogacy and what it means to be a mother

The Nearness of YouThe Nearness of You by Amanda Eyre Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book about a famous heart surgeon whose husband, after years of marriage, decides he wants a child, after they had agreed they would not have any. This was because Suzette's mother is in a mental institution and Suzette herself, some time ago, had mental issues of her own. She does not want to pass on those genes to a child of theirs. So they decide on surrogacy, with the husband's sperm and the surrogate's eggs. They find a young girl as a surrogate, but early in the pregnancy she decides she wants to keep the baby and runs/hides away in another state. The book is told from the point of view of Suzette, her husband and the surrogate, in alternating chapters. I won't give away the story or the ending, but it is all about what makes a family and who is the "real" mother.

It was a very fast and good read; I recommend this book.

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The DuchessThe Duchess by Danielle Steel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, this has to be my second most favorite Danielle Steel book. I read it in two sittings. It is a real departure from her normal, contemporary novels, as it is set in England in the 1800's.

A young girl, Angelique Latham, is the daughter of a Duke and his second wife, a noble French woman related to two kings of France. The Duke is related to the current king of England. Angelique's mother dies after the birth, leaving her young daughter to be raised by her father. Her two older half brothers, from the Duke's first marriage, do not like their sister and did not like their stepmother, who was a wonderful woman and wife to their father. When Angelique's father dies when she is only 18, her older brother is left the estate. As the daughter, he cannot leave anything to her, although he hopes his son will take care of her financially and let her life in the guest cottage on the estate. Luckily, right before he dies, her father is able to give her some money he had hidden away, enough to keep her for the rest of her life. Immediately after her father's funeral, her older brother makes her leave immediately, having securing a spot for her as a nanny to a family some distance away who have 5 children with one on the way. She is the sole nanny, never having even been exposed to children before. Surprisingly, she does very well and grows to love the children (more than their parents do) and they love her. However, after 16 months, a guest of the family corners her in the nursery and tries to rape her. She fights him off but in order to save face, he goes to the employer and claims she came to his rooms and came on to him. She is fired on the spot, with NO references. She goes to London to look for a job, but with no references she is unable to secure anything. It is suggested that she try France, so she goes to Paris and, again, is unable to secure any position. She checks into a hotel to explore her options when she encounters a young woman in the gutter, a prostitute, who has been beaten and abused. She takes her back to the hotel and nurses her back to health and they become best friends. With her money, Angelique decides to open the best brother in Paris, with intelligent, beautiful women, who are able to converse with the top men in the city. She herself, however, although the madam, does not sleep with any of the customers. Instead, she becomes a friend to many, and enjoys great conversation and food with them. Her business becomes wildly successful, as she has found the pick of the crop of women to work for her. However, a few years into the business, two of the customers quarrel and one shoots and kills the other. One of the other guests, a man high in the government and good friend to Angelique, helps her "clean up" the situation, but at the cost of closing her establishment for 6 months to a year, until it all blows over. She goes to New York by ship, not knowing what she will do there, except live on the money she has made. On the way, on the ship, she meets the love of her life and they get married. I won't tell any more of the story, except to say that, again, it's another book I wish DS would write a sequel to, as it's so so good.

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My favorite Danielle Steel book of all time!

The Right TimeThe Right Time by Danielle Steel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm loving this book; it has to be one of my most favorite Danielle Steel books of all time! And it's inspiring me to want to write my own book, if I could come up with an idea for one!!

I really really liked this book; it spoke to me. It's about a young girl, Alexandra Winslow, whose mother abandons her and then dies when she is only seven, leaving her to be raised by her father, who is a crime novel enthusiast. Alexandra becomes a fan of that genre as well and starts to write (very well, by the way) at a very young age. But as a young teen, at age 14, she becomes orphaned when her father dies. As she has no mother and no other family, her family attorney arranges for her to live in a convent with (modern) nuns, who all become like mothers to her. She publishes her first book as a teenager, but publishes under a pseudonym as a male, because her father told her men would not read crime books by a female author. She becomes wildly successful and writes more books all during college, with only her agent, mentor, the nuns, and finally, her publishers knowing her true identity. I don't want to give away any more of the story, except to say it was wonderful, and I think this is one book I wish DS would write a sequel to! The writing and story just flow along seamlessly; a real delight. Bravo, Danielle Steel!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

I loved this book; first in a trilogy!

My Brilliant Friend (L'amica geniale #1)My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an awesome audiobook! It takes place in Naples, Italy in the 50's and 60's, and is about two main characters, Elena and Lena, who meet in elementary school and become best friends. They are very poor and continuing their education past elementary school was rare in their community. Both are very intelligent and good students. The book goes into the many relationships with people and families in their part of town. It is the first book in a trilogy, translated from Italian. The book ends when they are 16 years old. The writing is among the best I have ever read; it's so beautiful! The narrator is also awesome and I highly recommend this book. It's in my top five books of 2017 that I've read, so far. Highly recommend!

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An excellent personal development book!

The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your SuccessThe Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success by Darren Hardy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a personal development book written by Darren Hardy. I listen to his daily podcasts to get motivated to improve my life and me. It is a very quick read, with lots of gems of wisdom. I think I'll need to buy a copy so I can reread it and highlight in it. I'm in a PD kick, and it is one of the first I've read. Highly recommend it!

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